Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wine & Love

This week has gone by way too fast. I can't believe it's Thursday.

Yesterday I was talking with a friend that is in my program at Drake (Hi, Anna!) and we both felt that Spring Break was just even more stressful because we felt guilty taking time off.

Isn't that ridiculous?

Although I haven't really taken time off because I have been working, I still get a lot of downtime at work and I have spent it reading the first Stephanie Plum book and re-reading The Hunger Games. Instead of doing those things I could be doing for class. Like, reading chapters for class, working on 1, 2, 3 grad projects that are basically research and synthesizing said research, working on several lesson plans, writing a history paper, or reading articles for my science methods class.

Who lets Spring Break stress them out?! Apparently, we do.

So, it's Thursday and that means Nora's Wine & Love feature! Let's get on with it, shall we?

This week I am loving...

  • That training has gone fairly well and I'm not as sore as I was expecting to be! Pray for me that it stays this way. (we all know it won't stay this easy. Otherwise, everyone would do it, right?)
  • That it's Hunger Games week! I have been so excited all week about this movie! I'm going to see it with a new friend from my grad program and one of my best friends on Friday at 6:45, then afterward we're going out to dinner to "discuss." Can't Wait!
  • All this rain is turning everything green, green, green! While driving around (and running around!) I have had a hard time convincing myself it is March!  
  • I had my first video chat with a blogger this week!! I finally "met" Molly and we chatted for almost 2 HOURS on Monday night! Time flew by and I loved every second of it! It was so much fun! I want to video chat with everyone! Big group chat, anyone?

What's making me reach for the wine... (or in my case, Leinenkugal's Summer Shandy)

  • The above mentioned stress. Although, I should stop calling it stress, because it is clearly not stress. It is guilt
  • All this rain. We're going on the fourth day in a row of rain. Yes, I realize this is in my love column too, but I do love that everything is greener. We couldn't have that without all this rain, but I don't like that it's affecting my running schedule. Boo. At some point I will run in the rain during the next 12 weeks, that point is just not now. 
  • My lower back is killing me. I don't know why, or how or what to do. It is just uncomfortable and painful. It's not from running (I don't think) because it's been doing this for awhile. I'm thinking of getting a massage or heading to the chiropractor, of which I have not done either. (I know, I'm deprived. I've never had a massage). Next time I see a massage in a Groupon deal I'll snatch it up. 
As always, I'm glad that I have more loves than whines!

What are you loving and hating this week? Have you ever been to the chiropractor? 


  1. Have you tried some ice for your back when it hurts? Could be muscular. Either way I know how painful lower back stuff can be! Hope it gets better for you. And yes, I go to a chiropractor every six weeks or so for an adjustment, more if I need to based upon, oh, I don't know, me putting my lower back out on Monday ;)

    I *must* figure out a way to see The Hunger Games. I will go by myself if I have to!

  2. Love my chiro (as you know)and a friend of mine is a massage therapist, and also a runner....she does "relaxation" massages, but also the "It hurts so bad because I'm actually FIXING THE PROBLEM" massages. She has been crucial to helping me through training, and recovering from injury. Hope you can get some relief one way or another, and I'm totally with you on the "PLEASE STOP RAINING!" thing...I love the green, but I want sunshine and to not have to walk outside and have it smell like worms :)

  3. SO much fun video chatting!! We'll have to schedule another date when I get back from California!

  4. I love the massages at Anani Salon & Spa in Ankeny - ask for Dee!

  5. I definitely say do some yoga, google it and try some light back stretches...and see a chiro or an acupuncturist. Sounds like you need a massage! I want to do a group chat! Is that possible?!

  6. I've never had a massage either. (I like to say massage like Phil from The Amazing Race, too. MAH-ssage.) We are deprived souls. I want to book one to do during my cruise but it's $150! Uhhh... do they have a groupon for THAT?!

    I've never video chatted with a blogger before. I need to do it, except my dinosaur of a laptop doesn't have a webcam. I'd have to steal my mom's, hah. I really need an updated laptop!

  7. I have had a lot of lower back issues in the past - alternate hot and cold on it and maybe get a massage. Also my RMT told me that I need to do more core work (boo) but I've been doing it and it's helped!

  8. ugh, I hate that feeling of guilt! I can relate. I've gotten to the point where i feel less guilty when I take time for myself on the weekends as I make a study plan (usually 6 hours each day), so once I've done those 6 hours, I won't let myself feel guilty about having fun! I hope you can get some downtime on your spring break!!

    Wine: The pending work changes are still hanging over me.

    Love: This gorgeous weather. There is no end in sight (according to the 10 day forecast). :)

  9. Can't wait for tomorrow night to see The Hunger Games either!!

  10. Ugh, I hate the guilt thing! I get that when I call out of work sometimes, but you have to take care of yourself mentally first before you can be present for anything - so try to cut yourself some slack! :)

  11. I feel you on the guilt thing. I think we need to make sure to carve out fun time, or else what are we working so hard for!? You need yin AND yang!

    Have a great Spring Break. I am excited about the Hunger Games, but I don't know if I will see it this week or wait until the hype dies down!

  12. Alright, that's it. I'm making a blog. And I hope it turns out as awesome as yours. :) Seriously, wow. Hope you don't mind if I steal some ideas.


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