Meet my personal black hole: TOLT

Fair warning: this TOLT may be sad and morbid, but then those are the sort of  Thinking Out Loud thoughts I’ve had the last week. So if you don’t want to go there, I understand, but I promise it won’t all be sad.

Let’s dive right in

It occurred to me . . .
that if I didn’t have any animals, it would be very easy to travel more often, accompany my husband more often on business trips, have enough money to do more halfs a year (if my body stood up to it).

Have you ever seen the movie “Phenomenon”? Kyra Sedgwick’s character makes these chairs, and John Travolta’s character buys them all. Later in the film he tells another character:

Every woman has her chair, something she needs to put herself into

For me, it’s animals. My husband knows this. As painful as it can be sometimes, as time consuming, sleep depriving, and, yes, expensive, it’s worth it to me.

And speaking of Phenomenon . . .
It really is a great movie if you haven’t seen it. Sad and uplifting, at the same time. And hey, John Travolta (where have you got to, John?).

It’s an appropriate movie for what I’m going through right now, and here is one of my favorite quotes:

Everything is on its way to somewhere

I know I probably sound like a broken record skipping about Chester, but that’s the way the last 3 months have been. Emotional rollercoaster, as they say, with a dash (or more!) of sleep deprivation thrown in.

It’s Movie Season
It’s that time of year when all the great movies come out. If you couldn’t tell, I love movies. My parents love movies, and they instilled that love into me and my siblings.

Only right now Chester needs to go out very often so I can only really be away from home about 2-3 hours.

I admit it: when Chester was doing so badly last weekend, my thoughts did turn to maybe I could finally see some movies.

Well, I can see movies. By myself. Which I don’t mind too much, but don’t like to do on weekends, especially not on crazy busy holiday weekends.

My husband is off all next week, though, so maybe I’ll either go by myself or see if a friend isn’t too crazy busy with the holidays. Or maybe not, the malls will be crazy busy anyway.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not ready to say goodbye to Chester yet. But I am human and hey, my thoughts went there, and it is TOLT after all.

Yes, my gym bag is a black hole
I don’t actually belong to a gym, but I use it to haul around running stuff & when I swim.

Only I keep losing stuff! First it was one of my lighter pairs of gloves. I had one . . . couldn’t find the other. Then it was a running shoe! I discovered one on the garage floor underneath my car. Just one!

Turns out both were eventually found in my gym bag.

Then it was the case I keep my phone & license & credit cards in! Again! I’ve mentioned misplacing it and driving without my license & registration before on the blog — yeah, it happens.

3 guesses where that turned up. But thank God it did, I was stressing!

Getting back to my movie theme & speaking of black holes
We watched Interstellar last weekend.

I find that movie so frustrating (and we did see it in the theater last year).

I think it had potential to be a great movie, if only a good editor had worked on it. I am not at all a science geek and I find it very difficult to wrap my head around the theory of relativity, but I still find it fascinating (and time travel has always fascinated me).

It was just too long! And it didn’t have to be.

I also had a question (for those who may have seen it and/or remember it — sort of spoiler alert here, so read ahead with caution): if Matthew McConaughay’s character tried so desperately to tell his younger self to stay, why did he also give him the coordinates for NASA?


Any movies you’re dying to see over the holidays? The Danish Girl & Joy are on my list.

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

A Time for Gratitide: TOLT

My thoughts, like most of us in the United States, have turned to Thanksgiving this week and yes, I’m  Thinking Out Loud about all the surrounding hoopla and work. And maybe throwing in just a wee bit of gratitude, too.

‘Tis the season.

Still time for Christmas Shipping
At least that’s what a catalog I was perusing last week informed me.

It wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet, I should hope I’d get something I order from the catalog by Christmas! Proofread fail or just same old, same old holiday rushing?

Black Friday Starts Before Thanksgiving???
And speaking of shopping, my inbox has been flooded with “deals” for the last week. BOGO! Better Than Black Friday!

I guess retailers have caught on that a lot of people shop online now.

It Gets Complicated All on Its Own
I always say it when I entertain, which is rare: I’m going to keep it simple. No matter how simple I keep it, it still gets complicated!

But then I can breathe a sigh of relief
Just as y’all are deep in the midst of yet more holiday shenanigans, I can finally relax for oh, maybe a month! Because I’m Jewish, the dark Christmas season is the time to hibernate in the house for the most part.

Of course if I hadn’t let my house get into such a mess in the first place I wouldn’t be this tired from cleaning and decluttering.

But it’s amazing what you find
As I was moving jackets out of our very small front hall closet so guests can hang their coats, I found a little not little raincoat I didn’t even remember I had.

I like it because it has a hood and my 3 other raincoats don’t (jut call me the coat hoarder). Did I ever even wear it? Probably on some trip to Seattle. But unfortunately it’s a large. I like my coats one size up, but I’m not a large.

I do have a bunch of stuff I really need to get tailored. I wonder if it’s worth it to have it taken in?

And finally, let’s give thanks
As I mentioned yesterday, I have a lot to be grateful for. It’s been a hard year in many ways, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been many good time, too. And I am grateful for so many things, for my fellow running bloggers, and so much more.

If you’re in the US, enjoy yourself (and maybe go for a run).

How many of you are doing turkey trots?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

Try it, you’ll like it: TOLT

I’m sleeping much better since my husband got back last week, but Thinking Out Loud is still hard because I still have to get up early — sometimes for Chester, sometimes for me. The next couple of weeks are sure to be busy & tiring: getting ready for Thanksgiving on top of the normal chaos. 

Good thing I’m not training for anything (or maybe bad, if you read on). 

Humbled by your response . . .
. . . to yesterday’s post. Very unexpected and I appreciate it. I knew the point I wanted to get across, but as so often happens, I really struggled with it and didn’t feel like I did a great job, but I guess I did better than I thought I did.

Rain makes me inactive
My steps yesterday really sucked. Somewhere around 4-5k. Normally I’m walking the dogs a couple of times a day in addition to whatever other exercise I do, but they don’t like to walk when it’s wet and it never dried out the way they said it would yesterday so there were no walks.

But I felt plenty tired, because I: did yoga, did barre, made some veggie curry for lunch, baked some pumpkin soda buns, worked some more on the pantry and closet in our laundry room, washed the sheets and changed the bed, and did some other laundry too.

I guess I needed that little “break”. 

Winter off season & packing on the pounds
Am I the only one that sees the irony in having my off season be during late fall/winter, so I decrease my running right about the time all I want to do is eat carbs & sugar?

Step out of your comfort zone
As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I decided, on the fly, to take photos at my 15k on Sunday. I’m glad that I did, and while I don’t know if my time suffered (it was my first 15k), I do know that my “time” (aka, my enjoyment of the race) didn’t suffer — in fact, I’m pretty sure that it enhanced the race.

As we age (and no one really remains ageless), we tend to get so hung up on our routine; it’s good to try something new once in a while. 

Try it — you might like it. 

I’m great at picking out recipes
Not always so great at actually making them! I had such a nice healthy menu planned yesterday. If I wasn’t weighing in today (I weigh in once a week at Weight Watchers), I would have totally made a frozen dinner for lunch or dinner. 

And speaking of recipes
I better get cracking on some of the recipes I plan to make for Thanksgiving! Because it’s just 2 weeks away.

Where are you with preparing for Thanksgiving if you’re in the US?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud