Monday, January 28, 2013

Don't Call It a Comeback: A Return to Running Playlist

You tell 'em LL Cool J

I kind of sort of mentioned it in a previous blog post, not wanting to jinx it, but I've been running again. After six months of problems, for some reason things started clicking. I'm not exactly sure if it was just because I needed a break, needed to do more hip, back, and ab exercises or what, but it seems as if that IT Band of mine has calmed down. I feel like I can officially say this now because I ran eight miles yesterday. And it was awesome. Small victories. 

In honor of my running return, I thought I would share a few of my current favorite running jams. I have an absolutely absurd musical taste. My iPod can hop from Barry Manilow, the Lumineers, Bob Dylan, ABBA, Flogging Molly, Alice in Chains, and the not-so-occasional Broadway show tune. 

4. Hey Ma--Cam'Ron

I certainly did not lie when I said I had some random taste. This past Friday night after dinner my family tried to stump me on a "name that tune" game. I was successful about an hour an a half until I became stumped on some eighties band called Vixen. I only suggest clicking on that link if you want to torture your ears.

I hope 2013 brings a great return to running and I'm not all excited over a short-term return. I have been working hard to make sure my hips/knees are strong in hopes to avoid my previous running woes. Here's to hoping for a good year!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: No Good Thing Left Out

2012 was a big year for me and I always knew it would be. Even while in high school, I knew this would be the year I graduated college and that 2013 would be a gaping black hole that would be a mystery...as in I'm not quite sure what is going to happen. 

2013?

But I'm being melodramatic. I'm sure 2013 is going to be great and I'm not here to write about 2013, but rather this past year. I greeted 2012 with excitement if not with a little apprehension. It had its highs and lows, but really it had its highs. I wrote that I wanted to focus on health & wellness, relationships, and reading. How did I do?

Health & Wellness

I ran a half-marathon
I planned on running a marathon, but ended up having knee/hip/IT band problems which I think are "all clear" now....having had more than a few successful runs in December!!! 
I rode my bike to work every day.
I didn't do as well eating as I hoped going on an post-graduating, post-break-up, working in South Stock eat everything that has sugar should not be left behind diet.
I became a morning person and spend time writing in my journal and writing down three things I'm grateful for each day. 
I didn't blog about this but I did have a bike accident on a ride to work:


Relationships

This is the big one. I wrote earlier in the year that I wanted to work on my relationship with God, my friends, and my boyfriend. I had something like I think family is good so that category was not necessarily an area that I was planning on focusing. Of course life is what happens when you make other plans and being currently single and living with my family, I've had so many great moments in the family category that I did not anticipate happening and would have experienced had I been elsewhere. Some of my best moments and best nights have been with family. So here are some highlights of 2012 relationships:

Living with Sarah my second semester
Restaurant hopping in Ashland for Sarah's birthday
Washington D.C. for CPAC..but not really going to CPAC and hanging out at the Dubliner and eating at Good Stuff Eatery
Friends in DC
Letters from France from Megan
Any wine night with Sarah, but most specifically the night we stayed up until 7 in the morning and Sarah read her favorite lines of Nietszche to me and I read Plato to her.
Sarah and I during Halloween with our favorite men.
Any wine night with my sorority family
Poetry nights
Sarah and I on a poetry night.
Gin and jazz nights
Working up in the Ashbrook Center and listening to this when it reached midnight.
Sitting in convo with Danielle, being convo rats and drinking Bigelow's Lemon Lift tea (Lemon Lift..it'll lift your spirits!)
The time Brittany and James came to the apartment and drank on a random night...not a big night at all and maybe unmemorable to some, but I just remember being so pleased with it.
Rekindling a close friendship with Molly again.
Thesis meetings.
Visiting Dr. Schwarz after these thesis meetings.
Going to the Eagles Nest with Alex almost every single night to get french fries.
When Meg's mom, Renee, came to my thesis defense and gave me a bottle of Bordeaux Meg bought for me in France to congratulate me on my thesis.
Everyone that came to my thesis defense.
Becoming friends with Emily and going out to eat with both Emily and Polly.
2013 New Years Resolution: A picture of the three of us
The last night in Ashland before I graduated where we drank way too much wine and each talked about what we admired and loved in every person there. Not a dry eye in the apartment.
Going out to Al's with my cousins Jana and Tregg the night of my college graduation.
When Alex drove from Ashland to Minster to bring me to Ashland to surprise Meg for her birthday.
Happy Birthday Meg!
Hanging out with Andy and Meg the day after drinking coffee in his room.
Any time I've received a letter or card from a friend.
Bornhorst girls day out.
Group picture (can we agree I have a very attractive family?)
When Meg, Alex, and Danielle came down for Oktoberfest.
Traditional behind Alex pic.
Sitting on the front porch with my dad and Shelley.
My sister Lindsey waking me up in the early morning by jumping on my bed.
Lindsey and myself. We can never take a nice picture.
My sister Viola (6) asking if I was drunk after having two cups of coffee.
Impromptu trip to Whole Foods with my mom.
Getting Cassie an Bitty Baby from the American Girl place for her birthday.
Friday night food nights with my mom and Scott.
When my little sisters started doing the traditional pic that Lindsey and I do when we take pictures together.
 Older sisters.
Younger sisters.
Evenings playing games with mom, Scott, and Sam.
Going to the Greene and going out to eat with my mom for her birthday.
Being my brother Sam's confirmation sponsor.
Myself and Sam
Going shopping at Easton with my grandpa.
When I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to go on the Christmas Sweater party bus, the bus came and picked me up at my house.

I'm sure there is much more, but I think my list is getting rather lengthy. That is certainly a good thing.

Intellectual

I wanted to read more. This goal was certainly achieved.

The best books read for 2012?

We all knew I would do this though. 

With that, I'm out until the next year. As Jay-Z so eloquently puts it, I'm on to the next one.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

These Are a Few of my Favorite Things (December 15, 2012)

Today the master plan was to go for a run, clean the upstairs, and work on grad school applications. Then I went to breakfast at the Cottage Cafe in town with my grandpa and younger brother...so not sure if that run is going to happen. The grad school applications are most important to get done for the day. Hopefully I finish the two I have left between today and tomorrow and then the waiting can begin. Then I can be a nervous wreck for the next few months. Anyways...lots to be done. 

I've seen a few blogs post this, but I laughed at 7 Signs You Can't Party as Much as you Used To. I can especially relate to numbers 4 and 6. I especially suffered from "Fear of Missing Out."  



This Wednesday I have to bring in cookies or some sort of Christmas treat for my South Stock boys. I call them boys even though most of them are near retirement. I'm planning on making these peppermint Oreo truffles and these red velvet black and white cookies

Speaking of my South Stock boys (nearly retired men), the other day they started calling me Georgy girl because I reminded them of the girls in the movie of the same name. So the last few days they've been singing to me "Hey there Georgy girl..." They say I look like a sixties gal...all I need are some go-go boots.


Poetry Makes You Weird from the Chronicle. 

"I had revealed to them, though I didn't know it then, the great payoff of literary study: It estranges us from our normal habits of thought and perception, nullifies old conceptual maps, and so propels us into uncharted regions, outlandish and bracing, where we must create, if we are to thrive, coordinates more capacious, more sublime than the ones we already know. The uncanny—not truth, beauty, or goodness—is literature's boon."

Well I am off to go work on that grad school application. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Too Tired for a Catchy Title

Sunday my grandpa took me shopping for Christmas down at the Easton Mall near Columbus. I picked up a fear things from The Limited, J.Crew, and then at the Gap I had a moment of NO ANCHOR LEFT BEHIND. Just kidding. I practiced restraint and only bought two striped and anchored tops including the one I had mentioned last week. I was right. I couldn't go until Christmas without it. 

I think my grandpa was pretty tired from shopping with me after I spent a little too much time in The Limited. Every store after that he happened to have another store to pop into. "Ali...I need to go look at something in Williams Sonoma...just text me when you're done." "What grandpa you don't want to watch me freak out over stripes at the Gap? How dare you!" 

After we went to Fresh Mart and Whole Foods where I finally found Duchesse de Bourgogne beer. I had first had this beer the last time I went to visit a friend in Texas. I loved it and tried to find it whenever I was in a grocery store in a town bigger than Minster. No luck. No luck. And once again no luck. I was even at this same Whole Foods a few weeks ago with my mama and tried to find and no...not there. I was not even going to check the beer this time around when lo! There it was. I bought two. I would have bought three if my grandpa wasn't there. I do not do moderation.

On the Friday night to-do list for sure...while eating baba ghanoush.

Not much else going on 'round these parts. I finished the first volume of Susan Sontag's journals yesterday and began J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit today. This one is actually a re-read, but I haven't read it since high school. Considering I'm not very good at seeing movies in theaters, I doubt I'll actually go see it until it comes out on DVD. 

With that said, I am exhausted. My bed is calling my name and I'm going to curl up with my book until I fall asleep.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (December 8, 2012)

Greetings friends. Having been sick yesterday, today I'm feeling tired. My plans for the day are to get everything I wanted to get done yesterday accomplished and then some. I hope that I do get a few things knocked off this to-do list...blah. However, I am feeling better enough to present you with this week's favorite things.

I think the next time I'm sick my friend's should send me this get-well pictogram that was sent to Hemingway by his drinking buddies. 

My friend Emily posted this to my facebook wall the other day. Did you know drinking tea was considered a dangerous habit?


I think this could become a dangerous habit. I need some Whimsy & Spice Earl Grey Hot Chocolate in my life. It sounds like the perfect winter drink. 

Gala Darling writes about morning rituals. I absolutely do the same thing every day. I roll out of bed around 4:30 in the morning (post-grad I've become a crazy morning person), pour myself a cup of coffee, and write in my journal, do the reading from She Reads Truth, and then begin to get ready for work. 

I love Page's blog Twenty-Six and Then Some. With my own knee and IT band problems, I really feel for her ankle injury. She wrote a great post on dealing with injuries

I have listened to this song so much this week. Certainly a song of the moment for me.

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pleasant Convalescent Euphoria

I'm currently sick with some flu bug thing going around. My head hurts, my stomach hurts, and I'm super exhausted. As in after I write this blog post I'm probably going to curl up back in my striped bed. Maybe I'll read. Most likely not. 

Being sick always gets me in a panic which I'm certain does not help. For example, next to me is a huge to-do list for the week. It must be abandoned. I will not be able to run today (tomorrow hopefully maybe?) and that middle room in between my bedroom and bathroom will not be cleaned. The laundry will not be done. I will not finish Freddy & Fredericka and I will still be behind in reading the Weekly Standard.

I'm always reminded of Joan Didion's essay "In Bed" whenever I have a migraine or when I'm sick in general. I think I've mentioned this before, but I thought I'd leave you all with a quote from Joan.

"For when the recedes, ten or twelve hours later, everything goes with it, all the hidden resentments, all the vain anxieties. The migraine has acted as a circuit breaker, and the fuses have emerged intact. There is a pleasant convalescent euphoria. I open the windows and feel the air, eat gratefully, sleep well. I notice the particular nature of a flower in a glass on the stair landing. I count my blessings."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Yes...my sister is making that face on purpose.

Today was my mom's birthday. We celebrated by getting a pizza from Willy's (a bar in Minster), eating cake, and drinking a glass (or two) of wine. Unfortunately our gift didn't come in the mail for her today, but I'm hoping tomorrow. This is what my sister and I got her. Mom, if you are reading this PLEASE do NOT click on the links.

Last night my mom and I went to the Greene at Beavercreek and ate at McCormick and Schmick's where I was very pleased that my mom appreciated my French 75. I'm going to make a gin lover out of that woman yet.

We had such a blast. The last time I went out with my friends Emily and Polly for dinner, Emily started us out on asking questions. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing with my mom and began by asking what her hero and hurdle happened to be. She asked what was the one thing that I was proud of, but would never brag about. Of course we asked silly questions as well. She asked what was my favorite of her *crap meals. We both agreed on this: mac and cheese casserole.




Happy Birthday Mama!

*Crap meals are not necessarily crappy. They are thus called because they are easy and take little work. For example mac and cheese casserole may look to one outside the household as a crappy meal, but for me its comfort food. My mom also happens to cook things like seafood risotto that she drizzles with truffle oil in case any of you doubted her abilities. 

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