- In advance of summer travel and visits, the husband and I decided now was a good a time as any to take in our car for maintenance. And it’s going to be pricey — all four tires need to be replaced and our A/C is on the fritz. The car, about six years old (aw, it’s going to first grade this fall!), has served us well, even after we hit a deer on one of the busiest streets in the DC area (that was kind of a shocker). It was a needed replacement after our old car broke down right in the middle of the same busy street. (What is it about that street?) So we’re committed to taking care of it even if it means taking a wince-inducing hit.
- My brother will be here in less than three weeks. He’ll be staying with the husband and me for the last days of June while he looks for an apartment. We’ve been trying to help him in advance of his move and have directed him to some cheap finds. He’s leaning toward Maryland as opposed to DC, so he might be a closer neighbor than I originally thought. I’m looking forward to his arrival even if he can drive me up the wall a little bit (that’s what all younger brothers are best at, methinks).
- My bike is currently in the shop, getting some minor tune-ups done. Now, I know I should learn how to do all of this. This makes my brother’s impending move all the better for me because he is an avid biker. I’m sure he’ll be joining WABA in no time and making a bunch of friends. He’ll also be teaching me the basics if I have anything to say about it. My bike should be ready in about 10 days’ time. I’m looking forward to those commutes a lot.
- My poor, sad Asics Cumulus 14s have bitten the dust. As such, I headed to the store to get a new pair, courtesy of my husband (birthday present). I ended up a pair of bright, happy Asics Nimbus 15s and I love them. My first run was like jogging on a cloud (geddit?). The pain that usually accompanies the end of a run wasn’t present and, thinking about it, my left leg from foot to hip feels so much better at the moment. Along with my yoga class, I’m hoping to increase my flexibility this summer. I feel as if my flexibility (or lack thereof) is a huge impediment to my sustaining a workout routine simply because it becomes painful over time. Hopefully these two steps help me back away from that pain.
- As I mentioned in the comments of my reading post, I’ve been doing some catch up on Latino lit from the 90s. I remember reading a lot of it during college — for a while, I was a Latino studies minor, but then backed away from it. Part of what turned me off was Latino lit; I found the books impenetrable, most likely because I wasn’t as close a reader as I am these days. It’s interesting to go back and read; they are considered greats in the Latino lit canon, and I can see why. They’ve been influential in contemporary Latino lit, which I find relates so much more to my experience. That said, it’s like a medievalist reading the modernists (I fall into this category) — you know it’s good for you and you appreciate its artistic achievement, but hell if you like it for its own sake.
- The Dysfunction, Inc., happy hour happened, but took a while to get started. The newly liberated comrade was teary and sad at first — she was very upset given her treatment on the last day and in the two weeks leading up to her last day. Apparently my ex-boss apologized for the president’s behavior (he was belittling to my former coworker), but still hoped she would help them out by coming in that Saturday to finalize some work. Newly liberated comrade said, in all seriousness, that she may need counseling. I told her that the place had driven me back to my therapist and to do what she needed to do to for her mental health.
If you made it this far, I’d like to offer you some oatmeal sandwich cookies.