Sunday, February 8, 2009

Living simply

Tonight is a nearly perfect night. True, the dishes haven't been done, the bed hasn't been made, the laundry hasn't been done, the car needs to be cleaned out badly (it's gotten to the "what's that smell" and "I've been looking for that!" state), my body is sore from yesterday's walk/run/yoga by the lake, and I still have homework due this week to finish but tonight brings me back to the wonders of living simply.

A pair of pillar candles turn on my coffee table. The fireplace is flickering away, and the house is quiet. Even Clydas seems to have gotten the hint. He's curled himself up in a sleeping bag in quite possibly one of the cutest displays ever. (He must be saving his obnoxiously lovable snores for later. ) Dinner was some left overs of my favorite homemade soup (tortellini - yum!), and I'm working on a bottle of decent Spanish wine.

It's just one of those peaceful times where I can take a deep breath and know that life is good.

Admist all this peace, I was given a blip of great news! The 2009 Danskin Women's Triathlon is being held at Disneyland Resort again this year! This year, it's just a little bit longer though. The swim is 1/2 mile. The biking portion is 12 miles and the running portion is 3.1 miles. I am now terribly excited! This weekend, I've discovered that I love working out in the morning. It seems to help me approach my day with less stress, more energy, and more focus. I plan on making that a habit as I prepare for the Danskin SheRox Triathlon, and a general renewed commitment to my own health. For some reason, this always seems to fall on the back burner for so many women.

Between a book report, 4 chapters of history reading, full time work, and triathlon training, I'll be starting Medifast this week and finding time to go to Disneyland so I can top off a couple of gifts I need to send out ASAP. Like Pastor Miles said in the sermon today, "Failure to plan is planning to fail." So, it's time to make some plans!

I'll let you know how it all goes down!

-J. Darling

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