The first week of the month is always a whirl wind. It seems like all of the organizations I belong to have their meetings in the first 10 days of every month. I also have some unique items on my social calendar. I can’t wait to share them with you.
Community Tai Chi at the Park: My doctors encourage me to meditate and find ways to exercise. Sometimes it takes all of my will to peel myself up to be outside for a few minutes. Sometimes wriggling into a sports bra uses up a day’s worth of energy. But, this morning I peeled myself off the bed (after a pretty miserable night and morning) and joined several people at a community park for Tai Chi. It was my first experience with this practice and I have to admit that I like it more than the yoga classes I have attended. It might be that the instructor (Ajan Nikki) is an awesome woman that I have a lot of respect for. Yeah, it might be that.
Trike In, Trash Out at Cummins Falls: A group of friends and I have been planning to go on a hike after (their) work. Sadly, most trails close around the time we could get to them. So, I’ve asked for special permission to use a trail after it closes with the promise to carry trash back out with us. This seems like a win all around. My friends and I are pretty big into the outdoors and serving our community. The trail we are cleaning is extremely popular, but with popularity comes trash, unfortunately. I used to always take a mesh bag and carry out a load of trash whenever I hiked (especially in caves). I’ve gotten out of the habit over the last couple of years, but there is no time like the present to start again. I honestly think people litter more in places where they already see trash. By cleaning things up a bit, hopefully we will deter further pollution. [I plan to add a brief update and post-clean-up photo here].
8K After Dark Race in the Park: “I used to run.” I tend to say that phrase a lot and have been saying it for almost a decade now. I ran in middle school. I ran in high school. I ran in college and my early 20’s. Since I stopped, I’ve tried to start several times. I’ve ran or participated in a smattering of community races–with friends or to support causes that I particularly care about. This weekend I am going to walk and jog in a community race. I’ll try my best. It will be humiliating. But that is okay… I want to shirt. I want to fully ingrain myself in this community and I am told this is the race that represents the running community best. If I’m going to run one, this is the one. Who knows, this might just be the race that I use as a benchmark next year if I decide to run a bit and train up. [I planned to add a photo post-race, but I was not able to make it. I washed out and spent the evening and next day at home being boring.]
After the race I’ve been invited to cool off at a grown-up pool party. My ability to drop in there depends on how long it takes me to finish the race, but I am excited to meet a few new people there. [Although I appreciated the invitation and was very excited to meet new people, I also washed out of this event. Sometimes insomnia really sucks folks.]
Hair today, gone tomorrow: I cut my hair. It was beautiful and long, but I like to change things up. I lost about 8 inches. It is still longish, but not enough to be a defining feature. I already regret the cut: it took so long to grow out. Ugh. It is just hair. It will grow. It is definitely lighter and curlier now!
**I broke my first spoke. Cookeville Bicycle fixed me up with immediate service. They have heavy gauged spokes on order for me. They also added some protection to my front tire to help prevent future flats.**