a multithemed post

December 19, 2010

bittersweet journey
yesterday, i went out for what may be my last 9 mile run for a while. i wish i could say it wasn’t glorious.

so long, endurance . . . for now.
but it sort of was. a crisp jaunt through chapel hill wearing my new (!) running jacket and listening to the sound opinions top 10 of 2010 — i mean, really, it doesn’t get much better in my eyes.

[aside: if you love year-end top-10 music lists as much as i do, here are just a few others to check out –> all songs considered, NPR, an unusual chart version, esoteric pitchfork picks, paste online]

attempt to show details on the jacket, but it just looks like amorphous black here!
for now, i am going to limit my mileage to 15 miles weekly (more details in friday’s post) — likely something like 3 runs weekly (max), topping out at a 6 mile ‘long’ run (hey, it’s all relative, right!?). i am not convinced that this is necessary, but i do think it might help, and josh would really like me to try. 6 miles is key in that i can fit nearly an entire this american life or sound opinions into that window!

no sweating allowed
i am trying to get excited about pouring some of my excess energy into more yoga practice and other gentler pursuits. however, i don’t even dare hit the mat today, because i spent 4 hours yesterday getting my hair thermally reconditioned (an every 5-6 month ritual for me since 2007). i actually took the plunge and tried a new salon this time, and really liked their approach and (so far) the outcome.

photobooth shot taken shortly after rolling out of bed this AM
the salon is japanese-owned and specializes in japanese treatments and products. i even got to take some home:

as a bit of a japan-o-phile, i was extra excited about these
with any sweat-producing activity strictly contraindicated until tuesday, i guess i’ll just have to pour my energies into a) work and b) cleaning!

yesterday’s assignment was to clean one room, and i MAY have put it off until this morning. however, tardiness aside, the kitchen now sparkles:

yep, that’s pretty much the whole thing
where the magic happens. sometimes.
shiny happy sink

on the docket for today

looks like a lovely day, but obviously i am most excited for the finale. the theme is scandinavian and i got some guidance straight from sweden (thank you again, jenny).



workout: 9-10ish mile run. i have no idea what pace. i ran for about 90 minutes.

festive night: josh had to work last night, and my (sad) plan was to stay home and clean the kitchen (i know, awesome). however, my nearly-next-door neighbor caitlin rescued me from my lameness! instead of sulking, we decorated cookies . . .

and drank margaritas at blue corn café in durham.

nice and tart with plenty of salt on the rim
i always enjoy dining at this homey latin american eatery. it was snowing (barely), and that meant that the place was nearly empty. we got plenty of attention . . . and delicious food, as always.

eggplant + tomato quesadillas + sweet potatoes, black beans, and plantain chips
caitlin and i had a great time talking and relaxing! (thanks again, caitlin, for dragging me out of my lair 🙂 )


  • Reply lee March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Your kitchen and your hair look awesome.

    Don&#39t get too bummed about the running thing. You&#39ll always be able to build up your endurance again.

  • Reply caribbean princess March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Love the hair and the sparkly kitchen! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Are lutefisk and lefse on the menu? Those are the only Scandinavian Christmas-type foods I know of. And yes, people around here really eat lutefisk for the holidays. Hope your party is more fun and better smelling than that!

    Also, after a few days of 10+ below 0, 3 degrees actually did feel pretty good. It&#39s amazing how the body- or at least our perceptions- adapts. It&#39s 13 right now with the wind chill so I&#39m making use of the "warm weather" to wash my winter coat (have to go outside and over to another building to do laundry).

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Both the kitchen and you look great. I really like the cut you got!

    I am guessing you didn&#39t serve lutfisk? Not very many people like the jelly-like consistency. Even here in Sweden, it is sometimes used to scare children. As in "Cleen your room or we will have lutfisk for dinner!" :)I may have to try that on Ingrid!

  • Reply JT - The Faux Foodie Girl March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Your hair looks amazing. They did a really good job. One thing that has always worked for me during the "no sweating, no crinkling" period while I sleep is to put a silk pillow case on your pillow – it really helps you get a good night sleep and not mess up all the work.

    From japanese straightening addict (the fauxfoodiegirl)

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