The weekend was awesome. Almost all day Saturday was a friend's pool party -- I had a fun and relaxing day, even if there were far too many jello shots involved for me to feel remotely good by the time I got home. Thankfully hubby wasn't drinking and managed to convince me to leave relatively early, so I still managed to get up and head out for 13 miles with friends on Sunday morning. The run was starting to get ugly toward the last 4 miles and I was running solo (if you know me, that is a very good indicator of my level of misery), but then I happened to come up on a few more people, one of whom was a guy I ran with a lot last year. He hopped on to my pace and we took off together. When I started slowing down, he kept me going. That was really nice. The rest of Sunday was laundry, cleaning, hot yoga (not Bikram, this was something called Sunstone yoga that a friend invited me to, 98 degrees, some Bikram postures but only one set, and only one hour, much fun). And the highlight of Sunday was dinner at a friend's house. She was the translator at our wedding (our ceremony was done in English since my parents really cared about using their priest who married my brothers, but of course we thought that a ceremony in English would be rude for all the Italians, so one of our bilingual friends read a translation, so we did our vows in both languages). We have her and her boyfriend over for dinner every so often, but it's usually a dinner party with at least one other couple there, sometimes several, so there's less time to talk and really catch up. So dinner at her house was perfect for that. She made a veggie lasagna that was great and a ricotta cheesecake that was good too. And she sent us home with leftovers, so hubby will be well-fed while I'm traveling.
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Ten Simple Questions
2. Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic? I almost always use plastic (credit specifically). I probably spend less than $100 cash all year. I always pay my card off in full every month (and now I don't even have to buy a stamp to mail a check since I pay the bill online, so I really don't feel like it costs me anything). I mostly like using a card because I love having the record of my spending (and of course the points are great too, and not worrying about losing it and being out money).
3. What is one word that you use too often? Can't really think of one. As a first year lawyer, at our firm we were all videotaped and critiqued, so that was a big lesson. I cut out my tendency to speak in run-on sentences, my tendency to say like or you know or umm, my tendency to seek feedback, etc. Now, the word I use too often is probably "sure" -- over-committing, over-promising, over-booking...
4. Who is the last person outside of your family who said “I love you” to you? It was one of my best local friends on Tuesday night of last week. She waited at her house for me to run there on my commute home from work, then she ran to the track with me. We both did a few events at the track meet and I told her I loved her right before she ran back home and I drove home with hubby. I've probably said "I love you" about 100 times since then, but all those were to family.
5. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? Not sure. Probably about ten days ago when I was doing Father's Day cards.
6. Have you ever been called upon for jury duty? Yes, I wrote a big post out of boredom about how the collossal waste of time unfolded for me.
7. How many keys are on your key ring? Just my car key and a tiny squeeze flashlight. The car key ring has a little connector so it can connect to a bigger keyring with our housekey, hubby's car key, our mailbox key, and maybe a couple other random keys, but obviously I can't carry all those when I run, so basically I just keep the car key by itself. I can't remember the last time I connected the two rings; I sometimes do it if I'm traveling.
8. List two characteristics that you want to change about yourself. I would like to be less argumentative/opinionated, and I'd like to be more patient.
9. Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? I use the hotel stuff. I usually bring my own conditioner for those random hotels (or family member homes) that don't have any, but if it's there, that's what I use. One thing that sucks about our new corporate parent company at work is rate caps on hotels. I used to get to stay a lot at the Four Seasons when I travel, and they have l'Occitane products, which I love. Now the hotels are for more mediocre. This week is a Doubletree I think, and next week is a Kimpton Inn, which is my best friend's favorite chain and will be new to me.
10. What is your birthstone? Do you like it? Mine is a peridot, which is green. It's okay. I have some earrings and maybe a ring. I should wear peridot jewelry more often because I think green looks pretty good on me.
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