It's been both an agonizingly long and busy winter. I've been up to some things, which may account for my recent absence here. Let me tell you about them.
#1? I got a new job. I'm now Direct of Content at a company in DC called GovLoop. I've only been there a week and I'm already highly enjoying it. If you work in the federal government, I suggest you check us out.
#2: I'm spending a lot of time hyper-ventilating about the new Veronica Mars movie, WHICH COMES OUT THIS FRIDAY. I sort of have completely failed on my Veronica Mars rewatch blogging project, but you can still see a recent vlog here. Warning: it may be my most incoherent yet. I DID finish the full rewatch, which I'm glad I did, because I basically forgot the entire plot of season 3. At the time they came out I feel like we were all really critical of seasons 2 and 3, but they hold up!
#3: I ran a Ragnar Relay. This really deserves its own post. My team of 12 ran 200 miles from Miami to Key West in about 30 hours (I ran about 17 miles of that, in 3 separate legs). Florida was genuinely beautiful, and we were rewarded at our delirious end with a couple of days in Key West where we stumbled around exhausted, drunk off margaritas, and full of love for our shared bonding experience of pain and agony. If you'll remember, I ran another Ragnar last summer -- in the woods, in the dark, and in a tropical freaking storm -- and this one was still excruciating but so much more pleasant.
#4: Whenever I can see her, I'm spending time obsessing over my niece. She's about 4 months old and basically perfect. Look at these goddamn cheeks. I mostly like her because she seems extremely skeptical about everything. She's also huge and fat, just like any good Andrews should be.
#5: My body is old and crumbling and injured so I've been spending some time trying to heal it. I've had a back injury for the better part of the year and finally started seeing a phyiscal therapist for it. Luckily it seems to only be a tissue issue of sorts, and the PT recommended deep tissue massages, which have helped a lot. They also make me cry like a baby because the pain is extreme. This is a thought I seriously had during the first one: "Is this pain more or less than that of the disastrous root canal I had last summer?" And yet I keep coming back for more, because you sort of feel amazing afterwards, and empty of tears, though full of humiliation from screaming and crying in front of your masseuse.
#6: I've been reading a fair amount. I set a Goodreads goal of reading 52 books in 2014, and I'm on track to do that (10 thus far this year). You can see my profile and reviews here. Americanah, Let the Great World Spin, and The Orphan Master's Son have been some of my favorites. Just started Angelmaker and am liking that a lot, too.
So, that's what I've been up to. Some things I hope to add to that list that I'm not doing enough of:
#1: Cooking. I've always thought one of the most rewarding parts of my 30 while 30 project was the Catherine Learns to Cook project. I need to cook more. It makes me happy.
#2: Running. I'm going to try to fulfill a long-held dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon when I turn 35 (and, conveniently, when the qualifying time goes from 3 hours 35 minutes to 3 hours 40 minutes, which seems, somehow, eminently more doable) and I need to start running more to get a base up before training.
#3: Real estate. I know it seems weird, because I've lived here almost my whole life, but until recently I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of buying a condo or something and thereby staking my existence firmly in DC. But 2014 is the year I realized that's what I want. So I need to get my finances a bit in order, and see if I can fulfill the American dream of blowing my life savings on a 600-foot square apartment.
What's going on with you?