Ten Days Down…

The first week of the year is over.  I have to say that this week was very slow.  I was starting to wonder if it was ever going to end.  Part of the problem was the fact that I had the previous two weeks off, then I have no homework to fill in the empty spots throughout the day and I really had no work either since all the squadron I manage also had the holiday weeks off for the most part too.  However I can safely say that the homework dilemma is about to come to a screeching holt.  My first class begins on the 20th of January and my second on the 2nd of February.  I suspect that these classes will be my biggest challenge since they are graduate classes that have very different requirements from my previous undergraduate classes.  The good part is that the classes should be rather entertaining to keep my interest picked.

Weather here is a bit chilly to put it mildly, so I haven’t ventured outside much.  I’ll be glad when the weather improves because I really hate the whole staying inside thing.  Normally I don’t mind venturing out in the cold, but its just been nasty wild, rain, occasional snow and the rare occasion of ice out there making any outdoor adventure just miserable.  I’m hoping for an improvement in temperate at least by the beginning of February otherwise my six mile trail run is going to be more painful than required.

Other than the cold this year has gone well so far…the entire ten days of it.  My goals are going well.  I’ve stuck to them with minimal slippage.  I hope that everyone is having a great start to their year as well.  Are your goals and resolutions going well so far??  I find if I write about my goals that it helps to hold me accountable for them.  So tell me what your goals and resolutions are for the year??  Any fun and entertaining ways that you plan to stick with them??

Safe journey to all…

The Beginning….Again

It’s the beginning of the year…again.  This is an event that comes around every 365 days (or 366 days depending on the year).  Everyone decides that since it’s the beginning of yet another new year that they need to make resolutions…So what’s wrong with the other days of the year??  Why is it people have to wait tell the new year begins just to set a resolution to get in shape, eat healthier, go back to school or even travel more (just to name a few).  We can choose any day of any week of any month to just start something.  I find that people who decided they need to wait until the New Years day to set/start their resolutions do not tend to be successful in them.  Maybe it’s because they procrastinated so long that they have fallen into the repetitive situation of “well I can just start again in January and this time I’m be successful.”

I on the other hand prefer to always set new goals (not resolutions).  I tend to have a running list of goals throughout the year.  As I successfully complete one goal I add a new one to the list.  So when the New Year rolls around I already have a running list that I’m currently working on.  I realize that it’s the New Year and that means people have a new outlook on life, but really we should wake up every morning with a new outlook on life….we should wake up thankful that we are waking up.  There are no guarantees in life that once you fall a sleep that you will wake up the next morning.  Life is precious and short, we should be living it to the fullest every second, of everyday, of every month, of every year….we should be living everyday as if it might be our last!!

One thing that I do like to do at the beginning of the new year is to give it a name or purpose….So this year I have decided will be the “Year of Adventures and Spontaneity”.  It doesn’t matter what the adventure is, it could be me running a half-marathon in Chicago (which yes I’m doing this in July), waking up one morning to pick a forest on the map for a day of hiking or just visiting a new museum.  There are no rules other than new places and things and of course some days should not be planned, but just up and go.  Odd I know, but it allows me to do something for myself oppose to always doing things for others.  I forget sometimes that I need to be happy and do things for myself.  After a while I start to lose that feeling of individualism so this helps me keep my identity so to speak throughout the year without getting lost in the everyday rat race we call life and the keep up with the Jone’s type people around me.  I try to remove myself from these type of people since they tend to project negativity, but with my job it can be  hard to eliminate them all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and I hope to hear about it.  Safe journey and see you soon….

The Holiday’s…

The Holiday’s can be such a stressful and busy time that we tend to forget to take time for ourselves.  So here is a little me time, my writing…It’s not much but it is something.  Tomorrow is going to be a rather easy day.  My husband and I are staying home for Christmas.  In fact I’ve even planned a hassle free meal for us.  Its a little non-traditional, but hey I’m a non-traditional type of gal.  Tomorrow’s meal will consist of a prime rib (super easy recipe with minimal prep work), some asparagus with garlic and asiago cheese and of course sweet potatoes.  Then for dessert I will be making Sticky Toffee Pudding…one of y all time favorite!  And of course there will be some beer and maybe even a mulled wine recipe that I came across from the 1800’s.  I’m not one for total tradition, I find it can be boring.  I like to change things up to keep life interesting.  Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being traditional, its just not my style.

The best part about the holiday’s is not the gifts, but the friends and family.  In fact I always tell everyone not to get me anything, but some of them insist.  For the holiday’s I always donate time, money or needed items to local charities such as the local Children’s hospital, an animal rescue or even delivering meals to people.  The unfortunate part is that my husband and I do not have any family at our current location.  In order to see any family we have to fly or drive to the west coast, so it will just be us tomorrow.  As for friends I have a few good friends (I try not to use this term as loosely as some people do) in the area, but most of them have family here.  Regardless things will be great, good food, good television, maybe some reading, video games of course and some tasty food.  What more can a girl ask for…

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday….I wish you all the best and hope that you are all with loved ones whether they are family or dear friends.  May you all have a safe journey throughout this wonderful holiday season!!!!

Mid week…

Well the week seemed to be going fast, but that came to a screeching halt today.  It seemed like today was really slow, but it could be that I’m done with looking at test questions.  Overall this is a great experience and I’m glad that I had the chance to be involved.  However the after three days straight one starts to question their grip on sanity.  You start to question if you’ve looked at a question before, if the reference is correct because you can’t seem to find the answer on the page, or better yet if you just answered the same question in the last five minutes.  Just a few more days left…..breathe in breathe out.

So the good thing about today…we finished up a bit early, so I managed to get a pretty good late afternoon, early evening run in.  The base here is rather interesting with the buildings and trees.  One can clearly tell that this is an old base.  The weather was perfect for the run too.  It was a nice 65 degrees outside.  Not to warm, not to cold!  If only everyday could be like that….well maybe in eighteen months it will be that way again because hopefully I’ll be on my way back to California…..Nice warm weather again.  Can you tell that I have a dislike of cold weather??  Don’t get me wrong, I like cool weather and I’ll miss the first few snows of the year after that though the niceness of it all wears off.

Well time for a little reading before bed.  Safe and fun journey to all….

Travels…

For the first time since I left Cali just over eighteen months ago I’m once again traveling for work purposes.  The unfortunate part of this is that I’m not in any new or exciting place….I’m in San Antonio, Texas.  By far not the worst location I could be at for the week, but not the best either….But hey I’ll take it!  After all its a week away from the office. This trip should be rather interesting as well as a learning experience.  I’m here to complete a partial rewrite of promotion test questions for my job.  From what I’ve read the Air Force seems to have a science behind writing test questions.  I’m rather interested to learn more about this science behind it.  It could be helpful knowledge in my everyday writing that I’m constantly trying to improve on.

So the bright side of this trip is that I get sometime with one of my best friends that lives here and I get paid for it….bad thing that time is limited thanks to having to work.  But hey at least I get to see her.  In fact we hung out for most of the day today…did a little shopping, had dinner, and even stopped for some frozen custard.  All that being said equals a run and gym time tomorrow after work.  I must ensure that I keep up the training since I just had to run a 5K Turkey Day Trot plus the 15K in December…Yup I’m a little insane, but hey all that matters is that I’m having fun.

Another fun fact about life…I am officially enrolled in my Masters of Science Degree for Digital Forensic and Cyber Investigation.  My first class starts in January, another great way to start the new year.  The sooner I start the sooner I’m complete and on to the next challenge that waits me….I’m looking forward to the work and the challenges that it will bring too life.

Well I’m off for now….

Safe Journey to everyone and see you soon!

The Week Behind & The Weekend Ahead…

Ever had one of those weeks that just seems to drag on??  Well that is what the past week has felt like…maybe its because of the three day weekend ahead or just the fact that I have plans.  All I know is that I thought the week was never going to end, then finally at three o’clock today it ended.  I’m sure some of it had to do with the fact I had tickets for the St Louis Symphony tonight…1812 Overture and it was just amazing.  In fact that does not even begin to describe the performance that I witnessed tonight.  I can say this, there is another performance in my future before I leave this assignment.

There was really nothing exciting this week.  I think I must have ran at minimum fifteen miles over the course of the week.  I have a PT test next week that I must pass and preferable with an 80% or better.  Oh then today I decided to sign up for some more crazy in my life…In February I am participating in a rugged six mile trail run.  Should be fun, I’m sure there will be snow on the ground to make it that much more enjoyable…somedays I wonder what makes me sign up for these things.  Honestly for the most part, I like the challenges that they present, but I also enjoy the fresh air and the fact that I’m getting my fitness on in a fun way.  It irritates me to read about these people are over weight/obese that think that fit people are only fit because they can afford gym memberships and organic food.  I just want to slap them and then point out that you don’t need a gym to stay fit and that regardless of your income you can still eat a healthy diet.  It is all a matter of how much a person wants it and if they are willing to put forth an effort.

All right enough of my soapbox…I apologize for that!!!

The weekend ahead holds a few things in store (hopefully).  The hubby gets home from his month long business trip tomorrow night.  It will be nice to have him home for a while.  Then either Sunday or Monday we are hopefully off to do a little archery hunting.  And somewhere in there I’m planning on fitting in at least three runs of three miles or more.  Not really sure where I’m going to find the time, but I will…running helps keep the crazy at bay plus keeps me sane and stable…

Safe journey…

Mid-Week…

So thankfully the week is almost over…I always look forward to the weekends because I can explore and find fun adventures without being on a schedule.  This weekend is going to be hiking in Missouri I think.  There are a few fun yet challenging trails that I have found there and I think it is time to try them before the snow hits this year.  I’m also happy to report that I can now run again, the blisters from the half marathon have healed and the pain has left the building.  Unfortunately Khloe the cat is not happy with this because mom is around even less to throw the pole, but she stills gets her daily dose of attention….just not when she demands it.  Got to love cats, they keep you entertained.

I’m afraid that today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  I just finished a run, the animals are demanding their food and then its time for my own dinner…..

Safe Journey….