High Low High — Also a Good Summary of My Year…

There is a LOT going on in my life right now, so I think Tina’s High Low High is an awesome format right here.

HIGH:

I just got back from an awesome workout at Uplift.

LOW:

While I could certainly work out during the day at my job…

As of last Monday, I am no longer with my job. It was certainly a surprise, shock and disappointment, but I am grateful for an amazing four years there and to walk away with so many colleagues turned friends.

I went back to work the week after my mom’s funeral, so a little downtime after the most stressful year of my life is really a blessing in disguise right now.

In the interim, I’m looking for some freelance writing and social media consulting work, and I would be incredibly grateful for any leads! My email is theodora at preppyrunner dot com. I’m not currently in a rush yet to get back to an office, and I truly am excited (and OK, yes, a little terrified) of this whole “the world is my oyster” thing.

Accordingly, I am FINALLY actually taking my NASM test, now that I have no excuse not to study with this extra time on my hands!

HIGH:

I am so excited to head to PA this weekend for the Runner’s World Half Marathon + Festival! I know this is super late in the game, but if you’re interested, you can use the code PREPPYRUNNER for 10% off — AND! I have one entry to give away, and I’ll give it to the first person to comment.

LOW:

My poor sweet dad needs another knee replacement. His original replacement came loose this year and he couldn’t really attend to it while taking care of my mom. At least I have the time now to go out and take care of him…

HIGH:

My half-assed marathon training is going as well as half-assed marathon training can!

Shameless plug: I’m raising money for the New York Junior League to help women and children in NYC and you can donate here. I’m SO close to my goal!

For most of the summer, after losing my mom, I had zero desire to run any long distance. A few miles that I could run/walk through my tears? Sure. Being out there for hours on end? Meh. But around September, I decided that yes, I was in this. I’ve just been trying to build as best I can, and last weekend I ran 17 with my sweet friend Leah (on the left above) and we will probably run the marathon together. It went…fine. It didn’t feel super terrible, it didn’t feel easy, for sure, but, it was fine, and I wasn’t sore at all the day after, which I take as a good sign. Depending on how the RW weekend goes this weekend, I am going to attempt to build up to 18-20 on Sunday.

High/Low?

I’ve been attempting to read what I can to understand this grief process and to understand what I’m going through. There’s a woman named Claire Bidwell Smith, who is an amazing writer. I’ve read her After This and am currently reading her Rules of Inheritance. She’s coming to NYC next month to speak on a panel, and I bought a ticket yesterday. I hate that I have a need to have a “favorite” grief writer, but holy shit is her work impactful to me. She was also an only child, and I have already listened to the first episode of her podcast several times, so much does it speak to my experience of navigating this experience without siblings. (She also just has a really soothing voice.) She’s also speaking with Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters, which is also on my list, but I know it will be a really tough read.

High

That’s a serious note to end this post on…so here’s a meme.

Advice on career planning/career planning resources?

Fave tacos?

Who else is running NYCM?

An Amazing Alpaca Day

I’m really happy to say I’ve had a handful of “best days in a long time” days lately, amidst a sea of low days, and yesterday was actually a day that’s been in the works for a while.

If you didn’t know, I have this (weird, I know) thing with llamas and alpacas. After my birthday at Foxwoods, we were going to stop at an alpaca farm on the way back, but we got stuck in a snowstorm, because February birthdays really ruin everything.

My buddy Blake and I were both having A Week, so she decided that we should take some ridiculous adventure outside of the city. “Like…alpacas???” I asked. “Nah, it’s ok, that’s my brand of weird.”

LUCKILY SHE WAS TOTALLY DOWN FOR IT, so off to the alpacas we went!

NYC friends: there’s actually an alpaca farm just in Westchester (!!!) called Faraway Farms. Which is not actually that far away. Blake is an angel and drove, and it took ~about~ an hour, but you can also take the Metro North to Croton-Harmon and take a ~$25 taxi to the happiest place in the world.

You would not believe how happy I was when we pulled up. 

Alpacas NYC

This gets close, though. Happy, crazy, whatevs.

Alpacas NYC

Oh hey buddy.

Alpacas NYC

Leda, the owner, explained to us that they don’t like to be petted (wah), but that they weren’t aggressive, so we could get as close as we wanted..and they’d let us know if they weren’t into it.

alpacas nyc

ALPACA KISSES.

Alpaca Friends NYC

SO SO HAPPY. Just me and some alpacas in a field, NBD.

Faraway Farm Alpacas NYC

After an amazing hour at this idyllic little oasis in…Westchester? we went farm hopping and found ourselves at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. Unfortunately, it was just before it was closing and the lines for everything were insane.

Corn Maze Wilkens Fruit Farm

Except the corn maze!! 

After, we found dinner at Little Sorrento, a lovely little Italian place recommended by the sweet high schoolers working the corn maze. 

AND THEN TARGET.

When in the ‘burbs, right?

My mom decorated for every holiday. Honestly, I never decorated for much beyond Christmas, but I’m trying to do this in my mom’s honor, so I bought a bunch of Halloween stuff.

I’m really loving Target’s Dia de Los Muertes line and got these lights and some other stuff I can’t find online but was in their Dollar Spot.

MORE IMPORTANTLY

I got llama stuff!!!!

Just before getting to Target, I actually got a message from someone on IG alerting me to the llama selection!

Target Llama Pillowfort 

I got this print for my bathroom. (It may technically be kids’ but…so are most of my other prints so whatevs.)

Also, looks like I’m dressing up for Halloween this year….

ALSO, llama salt and pepper shakers.

My wallet is certainly glad I don’t live that near a Target IRL.

Fave random animal? Fave Target purchase as of late?