Still Alive, Just Away from the Blog

I’m still here…just haven’t made the time to post to my blog. I’m sorry for neglecting it, but it’s been a rather eventful week.

Work was absolutely crazy! I earned my pay and then some! I really hope this week is a bit more laid back than last.

On a better note, I got good news. Woohoo! (Insert happy dance) I found out that I’ve been accepted to Mercyhurst MercyhurstUniversity’s Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Intelligence Analysis. If you aren’t familiar with the program, here’s a link to it. Now, my fingers and toes are crossed that I get some financial aid. Grad school isn’t cheap! I’m going to start in the spring, and it looks like my first class will be Intelligence Theories and Applications.

So what else have I been doing with myself, you ask?? Not writing (sadly). I’ve been working on my Spanish. Thanks to Duolingo, I’m almost 50% fluent. My hope is to finish up Spanish and start Arabic. Yeah, that one’s going to be quite the challenge! If anyone can recommend a good online program/app, I’m all ears.  Continue reading “Still Alive, Just Away from the Blog”

City Girl Runner

I had a great weekend, and I wanted to fill you in on some of my adventures. It’s not everyday that I get to be a city girl!cherryblossom10mirun

My friend Cathy and I spent the weekend in Washington D.C. I was fortunate enough to win a spot to run in the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race. Before you start thinking I’m a bad ass runner, let me clarify. I had initially planned on running the full 10 miles, but since knee issues cropped up early on in training, I switched to the 5K. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I decided I wasn’t going to over-pack because of lugging my stuff around on the metro so I squeezed everything into a North Face backpack (not one of the climbing or backpacking ones, one that is more of a book bag). Yay me! Sort of (that explanation will come later). Continue reading “City Girl Runner”

Creep Factor to the Power of Ten

My run started off pretty good tonight. Despite sore calf muscles and feeling tired, the weather was a bit cooler and it felt good to be outside. I wasn’t far along when I spotted two deer mamas and their fawns. Thankfully, they watched me before heading back into the woods (and away from a heavily traveled side road). 

My usual running/ walking route is just over two miles. I try to run everything except for the pesky uphill that happens to be right by the hospital.

I’m going to share my story to remind those out there exercising alone to be aware of your surroundings and to have a plan in place if needed. Continue reading “Creep Factor to the Power of Ten”