October was busy. Good busy, but busy nonetheless.
So even though I’ve been posting regularly, I feel as if I’ve fallen off a bit as a blogger. I’ve been posting, and I’ve been (mostly) keeping up on reading, but I haven’t been commenting much, and neither blogging nor training have been the priorities they were when I was training for my Ironman.
Despite my natural tendency to shy away from busy-ness, this period of time has been beneficial.
I wasn’t training for an Ironman anymore, but my mind was still in training mode. I wanted to take a break but didn’t know quite how to approach it. It was kind of like I had forgotten how to be a normal human being. Having a month jam-packed full of other things allowed me to reset my focus and to remember what it’s actually like to exercise regularly (and even train for specific events) without it being the primary focus in my life.
I’ve socialized more this month than I had in the past six months combined.
Rob and I had two weddings to attend this month. They were both in Boise which meant two whirlwind weekend road trips. He ended up getting sick and staying home for one of them, but both weddings were wonderful.
In addition to the weddings, we had some friends (actually, one of the newly married couples!) come into town for the weekend. We showed them around Salt Lake City and went to a couple of our favorite restaurants.
And then, of course, there was Halloween weekend. Neither Rob nor I had a costume this year, but it was a busy weekend nonetheless. On Saturday, we went up to the mountains for a Halloween party, and on Sunday, we had some friends over and carved pumpkins. Rob’s haunted house jack-o-lantern was the star of the show.
I (pretty unsuccessfully) tried to get on top of regular adult tasks like going to the bank and doing the dishes. Some improvements were made, but this aspect of my life still has the “needs improvement” label.
The biggest change this month is that I got a new job as a medical writer. This job is much closer to home, and I should be able to commute by bike most days. But the application process was fast and furious. And since the process included quite a few different steps, it took up a decent chunk of my time and mental energy. Of course, it was well worth it, and I’m excited to start once I finish up at my current job.
Needless to say, there’s been a lot going on and a lot of (mostly) good stress. I’m still looking forward to a few low-key weeks that will allow me to rest and recharge, though.