Monday, October 29, 2012

An Update About Random Things You May Not Care About

My new running shoes, with turquoise laces! Aren't they pretty?

Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc with half the country, which is a little funny because my mom's name is Sandy. It's all Sandy this, Sandy that, and all I can think of is my mom. But this weather bomb doesn't affect anything where I live--at least, not unless you're planning on traveling east. I'm not, so I'm fine. It's interesting to monitor the happenings from afar, though. Here in southeastern MN, my main weather-related concern is the fact that it suddenly feels like fall. You know, the period of time that precedes WINTER. Shudder.

The other day I suddenly felt the urge to update you, my loyal readers. I don't know why; you may not even care about the things I was thinking deserve an update. But I haven't been a very consistent blogger this autumn, and it occurred to me that maybe you have wondered what happened with my running injury, or that job I applied for a few weeks ago, or book number two, or those 10 lbs. I couldn't stop complaining about all spring and summer. Or maybe not. If not, feel free to leave. I won't be offended. There are, after all, so many more important things going on in the world. But if you like a little mindless diversion, you may want to read on.

So, my pesky hip/glute/IT band running injury is gone. I know I've said this before, so I don't really know how long such good fortune will last. But honestly, after my trail-running fall a couple of months back, it resolved. (I know; weird, right?) I'm back up to my normal mileage, somewhere around 25-27 miles per week (unless I'm sick, which yes, I have been), which is beyond awesome.

I may have mentioned in the past that when I was 28 years old, I developed arthritis in both feet (a hereditary condition in my family). Because of my various joint issues, I will likely always be prone to running injuries beyond my control. I do the best I can, and I'm thrilled when things go well, like they are now.

I never heard back about the job. I guess that means that I'm either grossly overqualified (Ph.D.) or underqualified (have never worked retail). It would have been a fun little job, though. It was a seasonal gig at this super-cute cookware/kitchen boutique on the historic main street of my Norman-Rockwell-ish little town. I LOVE this shop. It's one of my favorite places in town, and given my love of all things cooking and kitchen-related, I think I would have found it a really fun way to earn some cash. But it's OK. And maybe I'll still hear, who knows?

Thank God, I lost the extra 10 (err, ahem, 12 or 13 or 14) lbs. Now don't get me wrong; I know I wasn't overweight with them, they didn't affect my health necessarily, and it wasn't the end of the world. But they were definitely mysterious, a bother, and abnormal to me, because they made all my clothes too tight and were also accompanied by an odd mix of feeling exhausted and sick and achy and just physically not right all the time. Something was definitely going on with my health.

I have this personal theory that I have crazy delicate hormones and odd, super-sensitive brain chemicals. I dragged out my trusty lightbox in late August at the advice of my doctor (I react very strongly to the reduction in daylight in my part of the world in the fall and winter; did you know that the angle of the sunlight starts to change as soon as early August?), bought a pedometer to motivate myself to be more active during the day (this has really helped; I love it and highly recommend it), and fully moved on from some extremely stressful things that happened to me last winter/spring, and the weight fell off like water. Well, if water fell off slowly, at the rate of 1 to 2 lbs. per week. Ha!

Anyway, I can't tell you how much better I feel. Not just because my clothes all fit again, but because I believe that whatever was causing those pesky pounds to take up residence on my body was also making me feel extremely tired, achy, old, and all-around sick-ish--for MONTHS. It felt hormonal/chemical. I don't feel like that at all anymore, and life is good. The body is a mystery. All of this certainly bodes well for menopause, doesn't it? Ha. Ha.

What else? I finally updated my Facebook cover photo, to this lovely shot taken by my dear friend Angel, on the prairie near my home:

Because Mama hula-hooping (my last FB timeline-cover photo) is fun and all, but I needed a new photo up, one that showed sunlight and golden vegetation rather than the gray drear of early spring, which was what the world looked like back when I was learning to hula-hoop and Genevieve took a candid action shot of me doing it.

As for my book, readings and speaking engagements continue. I know! It's amazing. My book came out last February, but is still going strong, and I'm so fortunate to continue finding groups of people who want to hear from me. I have a reading coming up this Friday and another one toward the end of the month, plus one more in the scheduling phase--all in the Twin Cities-south-metro area. Yay!

People ask me all the time if I'm writing book number two yet, or if I'm planning to. Actually, I do have an idea for a second book, but I'm not currently writing one. The truth is, the entire experience of getting a book published, and then marketing it, was more stressful than you could probably ever imagine; it was certainly more stressful than I ever imagined. I will have to think long and hard about whether I feel passionate enough about my next book idea to jump back into those waters. I do enjoy using my career as a psychologist to write books rather than treat clients at this stage of my life. My sister (a freelance editor) wants me to consider self-publishing for the next book, but I'm just not interested in self-publishing. For now I'm musing on my book idea during my long runs; thoroughly enjoying my current life as a stay-at-home mom, school volunteer, blogger, and freelance (when I can find the work) writer; and basically living a relatively stress-free existence--which is good for my hormones, my weight, my blood pressure, and my arthritis. Hurrah!

Finally---I caught double-pinkeye last week, so there's that going on as well. (Boo.)

Whew! You are all caught up now. So much to say. So little time.

Coming soon: my picks for fall must-haves for moms (or an early holiday-gift-idea list, your pick). Stay tuned.

Love you guys!

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