[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Raindrops on roses and
whiskers on kittens (ew, I hate cats). Let’s just cut to “a few of my favorite things.”
Basil grown from seed
I started growing these little guys from a seed kit early this summer. While the basil isn’t quite ready to harvest, or whatever, I am quite surprised I’ve kept it alive this long. I sneak over to the windowsill a few times each week to water the canister, and linger just long enough for a whiff of fresh basil– one of my favorite scents in the world. Every once in a while I pick up Clark so he can have a sniff, too. On second thought, maybe I have terrorized the basil to the point that it won’t grow any taller?
We came home from New York to a full mailbox, stuffed with holiday-themed magazines. With training behind me, and a wobbly foot below me, I can think of no better way to pass the time than tucked under a warm throw on the sofa with Martha Stewart at my side. Will this be the year I sew felt slippers for everyone I know? Likely not, but a girl can dream.
I’ve been alternating between sports talk and the oldies station in Boston that is already playing exclusively holiday music during my brief commute to and from work. It feels so wrong, and yet so right. Nothing cures a long day at work quite like a solo-sing-along on Massachusetts Avenue. Everyone sounds good singing Christmas carols. As my friends on 98.5 the Sports Hub would say, Fact. Not opinion.
I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and that I shouldn’t wish away the time, but peppermint and snowflakes and tinsel are my lifeblood. I can’t help it.
What’s whimsical but sturdy, candy-striped but calorie free? A paper straw. One of life’s little luxuries and better for the environment than, um, plastic straws (but worse than say, not using a straw at all)… this little jar is a great reminder to keep throwing back that water. Not that I need much of a reminder, as I am perpetually thirsty.
Want to hear a sad story about water? (It’s not really that sad, and yes, I am well aware how lucky I am to have a reliable source of clean, drinkable water.) When I finally crossed the finish line last Sunday (I promise to stop talking about this sooner rather than later), yanked my right shoe off, and hobbled the eleven blocks to the park exit, all I wanted was a cup of water. And a chariot to transport me to meet my cousin, sister, and fiance. And a warm bath. And six bags of cheese doodles. Okay, I wanted a lot of things… but water was at the top of the list.
We were given a bottle of water in our finishers’ bags, but my hands were full, and mostly, I felt crazy. Too crazy to open the bag and peel the cover off the bottle. I made a deal with myself: hobble the three additional blocks necessary to grab a taxi, get situated while waiting for a cab to arrive, and break into that stash of water and pretzels.
With no free cabs in sight, I opened my bag, fished out my water bottle and set it on ground next to me. I called Nick to tell him it may take me a while to get to them, feeling equal parts sore and discouraged. Just as I hung up, a car careened past me, hitting my water bottle and smashing it flat, sending water clear across Amsterdam Avenue. Being the most pathetic person on the planet (or at least, the block), I burst into tears. And then got refused by a taxi driver who clearly thought I was mentally insane. Waaa. Anyway, I like straws.
Though I’m registered for a race next month (I am planning to dress as a Christmas tree. See tinsel as lifeblood above.), I want to make sure I give my little body plenty of time to recover before hitting the road. Instead, I will hitting the gym. Hard. Sort of. I’ve really loved strength training at the boxing gym, and am looking forward to upping the ante a bit.
Nick is helping me navigate Stage 1 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women, which seems to be a great jumping-off point and the perfect set of goals to work toward. I’m also looking forward to putting my TRX to use, cashing in a Groupon for a 10-pack of yoga classes, and making time for all the things I put off “because of the marathon.”
cats to hate basil to grow, holidays to celebrate, water to sip and iron to pump, I have a feeling I’ve got plenty to keep myself busy. Hopefully so busy that I don’t have time to act on my inclination to register for another marathon.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Fireplace is on, and there’s a Frenchie curled up on my feet
- Food shopping for “seasonal wellness”
- Weighing wedding invitation options 🙂