Floods, Cats and PRs {Thankful Thursday}

I have lots to be thankful for this Thursday

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(First I’m thankful for Jessie‘s weekly dose of gratitude!)

I’m thankful that I live on a hill, so my apartment and car are safe and dry.

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There were quite a few cars stranded underwater in yesterday’s flash flooding and I feel so bad for the people who have to deal with flood damage. Luckily no one was hurt (that I’ve heard).

I’m thankful that Sam made it out of surgery okay.

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He had his large intestine removed (how crazy does that sound? I know they do that to humans too, but that sounds pretty intense!) because it wasn’t working and he was constipated and miserable all the time, poor guy.

I know you came to my blog to listen to me talk about cat poop. I aim to please.

Anyway, it sounds like it wasn’t too risky of the surgery, but all surgery freaks me out so I was a big ball of stress all day. But according to my dad everything went well, he just has to have fluids through an IV and limited activity for 2 weeks. Hopefully then he’ll be back to his usual ham of a self.

I’m thankful for PRs!!! I ran a 5k in 28:30 today! Bam. Yes it was on a treadmill which is cheating a little, but it was a full 2 minutes faster than my last 5k PR thankyouverymuch. Assuming that the treadmill was not broken, because that’s immediately what I though when I looked down and saw that I was doing 8:30 minute miles, were the heck did that come from? I’m going to blame it on the mass amounts of sunflower seed butter I’ve been eating, which justifies me buying a new jar this week right? I think so.

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PRs warrant duck faces and thumbs up right?  Let’s go with yes. Also excuse the snow jacket, it’s cold here, nevermind that I’m sitting inside my heated apartment. When is spring?

I’m thankful for George Gershwin’s wonderful music. I’ve been jamming to some Gershwin lately. First off I think using jamming in the same sentence as a classical composer is something to proud of, second I can’t get enough of Rhapsody in Blue and all things jazzy and classical. It makes doing homework 100% better.

What are you thankful for today?

What music have you been listening to lately?

Please brag about your PRs here because they are awesome and I want to hear them! Everyone needs a good brag.

 

I Feel Like Dancing.

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I head back to Boone TOMORROW and it feels way too soon! I’m excited to start this semester but it feels like Christmas just happened and I’m kinda a fan of hanging out in workout clothes all day. Can I just stick with that? Denim is overrated.

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Thanks for hosting Jessie!

This week I’m thankful for dance. Why? Because it’s awesome.

But really, I’ve been dancing for a majority of my life (seriously like 18 years! Whoa) and unfortunately I’ve let it fall by the wayside the past year or so. I’m actually minoring in dance but I took all my technique classes (the classes that involve actual dancing) my freshman and sophomore year so for the first time in years I’m not taking any dance classes and it’s felt a little weird.

However, this weekend I had a practice for a Alumni dance concert that’s being put together for my high school dance teacher. It felt amazing to dance again (and made me realize how NOT in dance shape I’m in, that’s a whole set of muscles I haven’t used in a while!). And I realized how much I missed dancing.

(I’m the white girl in the back corner 🙂 )

I honestly don’t know what I would have dance if I didn’t have dance in my life. I’m a pretty quiet person and dance is such an amazing way for me to express myself, without having to talk.  I love the rush of connecting with each step and getting lost in the movement. Funnily enough I hate public speaking but put me up on a stage and I feel at home. It’s also the best stress reliever, I’ve met so many close friends through dance and it’s pretty much the only form of exercise I participated in until I went to college.

Backstage circa 2008 – purple hair!

Not to mention all the wonderful opportunities I’ve experience because of it, in high school I got to perform at Disney World!

African dancing in Animal Kingdom! Not the actual performance, but we can’t resist an opportunity.

I’m lucky that my parents put me into dance classes at such a young age and that I was able to find something I really thrive in.

Dance is harder to stay involved with after graduating high school, but this weekend reminded me that I need to make a better effort to find more dance opportunities. I miss it too much!

Have you ever taken dance classes?

What extra curricular activities did you do as a kid?

 

An Elf for Health Thankful Thursday

Today’s Elf for Health challenge is to make a list of 20 things I’m thankful for, so I thought I’d tie it into my usual Thankful Thursday post! The more gratitude the better!

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  1. My Family

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    We can be a little crazy and sometimes we get on each other’s nerves but they always make me laugh and are 100% supportive of everything I do. I couldn’t ask for a better family!

  2. My Friends

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    I’m lucky to have found such a great group of girls, they’re seriously amazing and never fail to make me laugh!

  3. My Boyfriend

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    He’s everything I could ever ask for in a boyfriend, and makes me feel like a better version of myself when I’m with him. Plus we’ve been together for six years and he hasn’t gotten sick of me yet, quite the amazing feat 🙂

    Basically, I have some really amazing people in my life. Maybe it’s a little repetitive but family, friends and boyfriend will always top any thankful list I make. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many positive and supportive people.

  4. My Kitties (and all other animals too)

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    Crazy cat lady for lifeeee! Even though they’re not humans they still make me smile. It’s amazing the impact pets can have on your life. I miss them like crazy when I’m at school! Though I don’t miss my clothes being covered in cat hair.

  5. My Home/Apartment I’m thankful to have a roof over my head and not one but two places (my parent’s house and my college apartment to call home). It’s an easy thing to take for granted, but there are so many people who don’t have that luxury.
  6. Coffee

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    Of course 🙂 It’s carried me through many long nights of studying. And meeting for coffee is a great way to connect with people. The fact that it’s delicious is a bonus too.

  7. Creativity

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    I love all things artsy and even though it’s been wayyy too long since I’ve picked up a paint brush or a pencil. The rush I get when I finish a drawing or think up an idea for a design can’t be beat.

  8. My Health I’ve had relatively few health problems in my life (knock on wood) and rarely get sick (knock on wood again!). I’m so grateful to have I body healthy enough to push through a tough workout, and one that’s pretty forgiving when I stuff it full of sugary Christmas goodies 🙂
  9. Exercise sometimes my roommates think I’m a little crazy when I wake up at 6:00am to hit up a yoga class or go for a run but a daily workout helps keep me sane. It helps me blow off steam after a crazy week at school and helps with the fact that I can never seem to sit still!
  10. My Vegetarian Diet going vegetarian is one of the best decisions I’ve ever I made. Not eating meat makes me not only feel better ethically but physically as well. My diet has cleaned up so much in the past 7 years (I actually eat vegetables now!) thanks mostly to cutting out meat. Yay plants!

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  11. My Job I absolutely love my job! Teaching Pilates has been a serious challenge for me, I’m pretty shy and terrible at public speaking, but it’s been so rewarding. I’m still amazed I get paid for it because it never feels like work.
  12. Yoga I love having that time to myself to (attempt) to meditate and just stretch everything out. Time on the mat, even a bad practice makes me feel so much better after a long day.
  13. Running running is a constant challenge for me but I think that’s why I love it. It’s constantly pushing me, not only physically but mentally as well. I’ve reached so many goals I though were unattainable and helps me believe in myself.

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  14. This Blog! I love having an outlet for all my health freak/fitness and general life rambles. Not to mention I’ve met some pretty amazing people through blogging!
  15. The Mountains

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    Nature’s beauty at it’s finest. I’m lucky to be so close to them while I’m at school. They may make the weather a little crazy, but they sure are beautiful. I’m trying to soak in the views as much as possible before I graduate and move back to sea level!

  16. Chocolate it keeps me sane 🙂

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  17. Adobe Creative Suite that sounds weird but it’s an essential graphic design tool and I use it pretty much daily. It makes design a million times easier and I’m thankful for that! I’m especially thankful for the undo function!
  18. Dance I wish I danced more often but dance has been such an amazing asset in m life. I’ve met some amazing friends through dance class, given some amount of coordination and is the most amazing emotional release. I haven’t performed in a while but nothing matches the adrenaline rush of getting up on stage.
  19. School it stresses me out sometimes but I’m so thankful for everything I’m learning while I’m there, not to mention all the amazing people I’ve met and experiences it’s given me.


    Go Mountaineers!

  20. You Guys! Starting this blog I thought no one would ever read it, and even though I’d write it anyway it feels good to know people are reading. I love all your comments and having the opportunity to connect with people around the world, people I would never meet otherwise. Thanks for reading all my rambles!

What are you thankful for?