Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pour Your Heart Out: Get up and Live

Every time I go to write a Pour Your Heart Out post with Shell I go from thinking I should write about my family, or my job, or what's going on in my life. Something interesting, something that people will like to hear or read about. And then I start writing, and sometimes it meshes, and sometimes it doesn't. This is kind of rambly. Bare with me.

or don't, but hey, your choice! :)

Over the past couple of days, I have, as I wrote last week, spent a lot of time in Rochester. I have tan lines because I sat at the pool (!!!!!) and it's great. But I also came to the realization.

As I get older I have come to realize how much my family can mean to me. Whether it's hearing the same stories from Grandpa "Crunchy" and trying to correct his political incorrectness (which I have given up on, unless it's really bothersome, because seriously, at 80 I am just not going to be able to influence him at this point) or going to pick up Gramps and visiting all of my now "Over 90 club" favorites at his retirement facility, 2 of which were in his wedding party almost 70 years ago, or meeting my cousin's son for the first time (even though he's 18 months old), or giving up the fight while getting thrown in the pool, it was a great way to spend 5 days. It was a much needed reminder of how much going back and seeing my family can do for me mentally and physically. I am refreshed (post pool toss of course) and I'm ready to go.

Especially because I found out that one of my aunt's actually reads my blog! And thinks I'm good at this whole "writing" thing. It was nice to hear, and it was kind of surprising to find out that she reads this, but hey, I'm all about people reading and following and commenting, so what the heck, I'll take it :)

So thanks, to my family, to my friends, to my blogging friends for making the past 6.5 months something fun, and opening up a creative and fun aspect of my life. This isn't like my other PYHO posts, but I thought I needed it today.

Time to go and apply some more after sun lotion to keep this tan a bit longer.... ahhh, summer.

PS. I started training for my 5K in September. Couch to 5K program. I am seriously out of shape, but if I can't devote 25 minutes 3 times a week to this, I have massive problems.

Cuz seriously, I just spent 25 minutes writing and editing this. While sitting. And thinking about how it's been 6 months in this year and this is the first time I actually took a step towards accomplishing one of my new years resolutions. It's no half marathon, but a 5k is still a good step.


Oh, and ps go check out Tessica, who has this AWESOME feature on her blog called 26 before 26 because seriously, it's great, and well... almost like a bucket list of things to do before a certain point in your life... In her case, before the age of 26. Who doesn't like a fun "Life List"?! It reminds you to get up and LIVE. Which is the most important anyways.


  1. where are you running in September, I want to try the couch to 5k as well.

  2. I <3 the couch to 5K idea! I am thinking about trying it...well..bc I need too lol

    and ps--I think you pretty much rock at this writing thing too ;-)

  3. I'm debating on what 5k to run. There's 2 different ones on Sept 26th, one is the AIDS walk/run and then the other is the CatieBug run to be healed which is a combination of 2 diff peds cancer foundations. They're both in Albany, you guys should run with me!!!

  4. If you guys don't like the couch to 5K program b/c hey lets face it some are easier to follow than others, I can forward you the program I used. I seriously could not even run for one minute before I started and since November 2008 when I started I have run 3 half marathons and countless other races.

    Either way... you guys can definitely do this b/c believe me if I can ANYBODY can. GOOD LUCK!!! :)

  5. Ok, I'll leave a comment since you said how much you enjoyed them :-)

    I'm Julie's friend from high school and I too read your blog. Blogs fascinate me because it's a way of being nosy with out, you know, being nosy. I've known you for some time, but probably only met you once or twice at Julie's graduation party or wedding party. Your mom and her sisters crack me up and I think your grandparents are some of the sweetest out there (even if they tell the same story over and over). Cherish your family, I promise you that you won't regret it!

  6. I really need to look into this couch to 5k thing.

  7. Hiiii Carrie! Thanks for the comments, and no worries, I too "stalk" your blog :) Parker is so cute and it looks like he has a great time with Aiden when you guys all get together, and I totally remember you too :)
    Shell -- You should do it, aside from being worldwide awesome blogger, the training isn't too intense. My cousin lengthened it out a bit too, it's supposed to actually train your brain/body to LIKE running, which is my biggest problem. Good luck!!