With about three weeks to race day, i have to hope that my training so far is going to be enough. I’ve been running 2-3 times a week with my friend. Yesterday, we completed our longest run yet: 16km. It’s 5km short of the race distance, and we had a very hard time completing it near the end, as we ran out of water and the blazing sun was almost too much to bare. But we managed, and we finished our run. We’ll be going for 18k next week. Hopefully race day will be glorious and we’ll finish strong.
We got a call from our lawyer this morning stating that the builder would be closing the deal on March 28th! We also got our bank to offer us a better mortgage rate – from 3.09 down to 2.89 fixed over 5 years; which is a 2,000$ savings over 5 years. Yay! I can’t wait to sign my name on the dotted line and finally feel like I own my place :-)
it’s all about the small wins. Need to be on the lookout for the next achievement and be grateful for little victories that make big victories possible.
I started training for this event at last. With race day only 3 months away, I need to start upping my mileage and avoid injury. I easily completed 5.7km on Wednesday while running with my friend and it felt really good. It showed that my healthier eating and the at home workouts had maintained my heart health and stamina. I went out for a shorter run with her yesterday and we completed a shorter run (3.6km) but at a much faster pace. I’m glad my body is responding and so long as I can build regular runs into my schedule, I think I can make it through the half with dignity this time.
I miss it a lot sometimes, but it feels good not to have my time sucked away with this irrational desire to read all of my newsfeed and see what the latest meme is. Such a waste of time. At least now I feel my in control of myself and my attention. I just need to find a more meaningful way to spend it, and that’s been the most challenging part of all. At least I restarted my study of Spannish!
We found a place we really liked and jumped on it right away. It’s ecologically friendly, energy efficient, in growing community and close to transit and shopping and parks. We’re really excited about the new place and were able to move in 3 weeks after finding it. But because it is a new construction, the land registration paperwork has not yet gone through with the city, so while I’m occupying the condo, I’m paying occupancy fees but not yet my mortgage. They expect the paperwork to go through by the end of March. Once that’s done, I shall consider this goal complete!
As of this morning, I completed Level 1: Beginner.
Off to study Level 2: Intermediate
I moved rosetta stone from my pc to my laptop on sunday and started my lessons again. Now that i’m not restricted to studying in the den, i’m more likely to keep practicing. In any event, i’ve nearly completed the beginer level. Yay!
This has been a crazy year, financially. Not only did we anniunce our wedding but we also managed to pull out all the stops and bought a condo in the blink of an eye! Our debt had exploded but it actually makes financial sense for us. Guven how expensive rent was, buying out own place make sense because of the forced savings—once we’re done with out place i can sell and recover some of that money. When i’m done renting, i have nothing to show for it. So we bought! I like out new place but we still need to furnish it, so it doesn’t look like our debt will disappear anytime soon. That being said, my student loan is dropping steadily, and i am now just under 30k in the whole for that. Slowly, but surely, we’ll make this work
We’ve taken the first 5 lessons to complete beginner level one, starting next week, we’re up for another 5 lessons for beginner level 2! Yay!
The six lemons on my meyer lemon tree are ripening nicely. I’m so excited, i cant wait to try them!
But my hair (much of it) remains. I declare this a complete for my goal, but a fail in the result. Given that these packages aren’t cheap, i’m not sure i’m ready to re-commit to the whole process. We’ll see how i feel in a coule of months.
I actually signed up for two courses, but i suppose i wasnt as committed and disciplined and required because i quickly fell behind on the readinds and quizzes, and now there’s no way i’m going to cram for these inconsequential classes. Besides, they werent the best i’d ever taken. I’ll try again in a couple of weeks, hopefully i can find something better suited to my needs
I want to have fancy moves at our wedding, and for some mysterious reason, Tuddy agreed to sign up for classes with me. Asside from being stunned, i am also thrilled!
brewed some mint tea from mint grown in my balcony planter basket. The mint was slow to grow this year, but it still was boldly refreshing!
my seed pod never grew… or rather, i lost patience after a couple of months and plucked it out. I shall have to try again, however, it’s been nearly two months since any of my violets have bloomed. I will need to start taking better care, improve the watering and start add more fertilizer… I love it when they are in bloom and it’s only at that time that i can try to hybridize them again!
and I sure am enjoying it…
My basil managed to survive although it’s hrowing very slowly. The chocolate mint only just started to establish itself. My chives are fully recovered but my strawberry seedlings and my vietnamese corriandre are quite nearly dead from the heat and drought. My meyer lemons are the same, although there aren’t any new buds right now and i lost a few small lemons a few weeks ago. Still haven’t eaten anything from the garden yet; it’s a work in progress
I’m getting married! Sadly, this meand i’ll probably start taking on some debt in the short run before i can start repaying my debts. Hopefully the wedding gifts we receive may help lighten the debt load after the wedding day, but this also means i can’t go all Bridezilla and bust the bank. I may need to start thinking about getting a part-time job…