General

I’ve been tagged for a meme, but I’m going to save that for tomorrow. Mainly because I actually have some other stuff to write about, which honestly doesn’t happen much anymore.

I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but I need to publicly declare my love for the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows. I have several friends who don’t care for Radiohead. And while I try to be understanding of other people’s opinions, especially when it comes to music, I keep wanting to make them listen to this song, or that one, in the hopes that they’ll finally see what I see. Or hear what I hear, I guess. Anyway, the new album has become my best friend while I’ve been training for the 5K.

Oh yeah, something else. I’m training for a 5K. The Bun Run, to be exact. Here’s how that happened: I few weeks ago I was out sick for several days. On the day that I finally came back to work, I went in for a half day. Instead of going to Subway like I was planning, I decided to stop by Schlotzsky’s on my way in to work to grab a quick lunch. Along with the delicious food, I received a flyer asking me to vote for the 2008 Bun Run T-shirt. When you voted, you were automatically entered into a contest, the prize being a free entry into the race. Well lo and behold, I won an entry. I’m not religious, but figured this was as good a sign as any that I needed to buck up and do the 5K. I’d been talking about it ever since I started running, and I was already at the point where I could run a full 30 minutes. Now I’m up to 39 minutes for 3.14 miles, with my ultimate goal being 31 minutes. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen, but if I get down to 35 minutes, I’ll still be happy.

If you’ve never thought of yourself as a runner, I urge you to rethink. I never liked running, and figured it would forever be too hard to “learn” how to run. But my darling friend Pieces got me started on a running program again (this was the second time I was trying it) that was designed to help a person reach 30 minutes of running. I’m not exactly sure why it worked this time, but I suspect it had something to do with the fact that I’m going to be wearing a white dress in a few months. Regardless, I’ve grown to love running. I’m excited by the thought of how good I’m going to feel after I’ve gone to the gym, and I’ve finally figured out what people are feeling when they talk about a runner’s high.

I’ve started taking an anti-depressant for my PMDD. I don’t exactly remember the name of the drug (I’m awful about that stuff, and I’m at work so I can’t look at the bottle), but it’s basically generic Prozac, according to my doctor. I was diagnosed with PMDD eight years ago, when I entered junior college. Once I got a boyfriend I stopped taking the medicine because I thought, “Hey, I have a boyfriend now, everything will be great.” I was wrong. But I didn’t realize it was the PMDD. I guess I thought I was a bad girlfriend. Anyway, I’ve now realized that the anxiety and paranoia that plague me before my period can be helped. There’s no point in suffering if I don’t have to.

Since I started taking the medicine, I’ve been much calmer. More at peace, even. Sure, I still get mood swings, I still get depressed and slightly anxious at times, but it’s nothing compared to what was happening before. I didn’t really want to be on meds, but honestly, it’s a small price to pay for your sanity (and the sanity of your fiance).

That’s just a general recap of what’s been going on lately. I haven’t abandoned the internet completely, just found that life is taking over all of my time right now.

Keeping healthy

I am here to say that I am now enamored with Raspberry Emergen-C. I tried the Tangerine first, but that just tasted like watered-down lemonade. The Raspberry tastes like a fruity summer drink. All I need are ice cubes and an umbrella.

Wilco Wedding Wish

Do you think that writing a nice letter to Wilco will convince them to play at the wedding? Their website doesn’t have them booked for May 24, after all…

Here’s where that question came from: I’m listening to an NPR streamed Wilco concert in Washington, D.C. And I’ve got to say that even though I’ve seen them three times now and heard their concerts via the internet twice, I really (REALLY) can’t wait until I’m able to see them again.

I think I’m finally coming out from under the blanket of exhaustion that was my version of the flu. Actually, I don’t know what’s been plaguing me the last four days, but the last two have found me so completely wiped out that I haven’t gone in to work. Even today, just washing a few dishes made me so tired that I immediately returned to the couch. However, I’m feeling a little more optimistic this evening, and I’m thinking tomorrow is the day I’m going to return to the real world. The last two days have found me watching more reality TV programming than I care to admit (because seriously, that’s all that’s on anymore), and I think I’m beginning to go a little crazy.

Austinites!

Be aware that Master Pancake is “lampooning” Back to the Future.

I can’t wait!

List of Recommendations

Good Mood Diet – It’s not so much a “don’t eat you favorite foods” as it is “try eating these foods, see how you feel, and then if you’d like to, add in those foods you like so much.” It seems to be working for me–I mean, I cheat occasionally, but my cheating is no longer going to Sonic for tots with cheese. It’s getting Baked Lays at Subway. Yeah, boring cheating, right? But hey, the pounds are starting to disappear, so I think I’m ok with boring.

Exercise. My friend Marci introduced me to a running program a long time ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I really committed to trying it out. Actually, I didn’t commit to it so much as say, “Yeah, I’ll start the program with you, Marci. But don’t expect me to be running 30 minutes straight with you.” Now, I’m at the 30 minutes. And it’s incredibly uplifting, especially for someone who has always hated to run.

3hive. I’ve recommended this site before, and it’s on my blogroll to the right. I just really like being able to hear whole song samples of new music. And I dig that they recommend all kinds of music, so that I’m quickly and easily able to expand my horizons.

Baseball. It’s good for your soul. (Well, it’s good for mine, at least)

Thanks, by the way, for all of your kind words after the post last week. I really appreciate them.

Tuesday reading

If you don’t keep up with Truesday on Austinist.com, you really should start now.

Addition

If you need some music to walk down the street to, 70s style, check out Orgone. I am not kidding; you will feel like you’re in a movie.