Standing Tall

The musings of a twenty something girl from the Midwest.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Anatomy of a Wedding Breakdown

11:30 am-Check mail on the way to gym and see that you have received a notice that your wedding dress is in. Get excited.

11:45-At the gym thinking about your wedding still excited.

11:50-Start to think about all the traveling you have to do before said wedding and all the work left to do for wedding and start to get worried.

12:pm-Start on the elliptical at the gym and begin to really stress about getting time off of work to get in all the dress fittings/showers/planning you need to do.

12::15-Start to wonder if this is how you want to have your wedding. Planning from afar with too many people invited for you to spend time with. Whose wedding is this anyway?

12:45-Resolved to call mom to freak out.

1:00pm-Talk to trainer at the gym and make an appointment to loose weight so you can look good in your wedding dress. Since you can’t seem to loose weight on your own.

1:45-Finsh at gym feeling miserable like you won’t loose weight, you are not sure you want to have such a big wedding, and start to entertain the idea of scrapping all your planning and start over from square one.

6:00pm- Fiancé comes home from work to find you in the kitchen still freaking out. Gives you a hug and tells you that it will be alright and knows that he means it.


Repeat as needed.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Running On Ice

Last Sunday I was determined to go running when I woke up. Then I looked outside at the 6+ inches of snow and decided to rain check my run. So once things warmed up a bit I ceased the day and laced up my running shoes and away I went. I was a bit nervous about all the snow and now the melted snow that had become ice so I took my cell phone with me in my pocket just in case. I figured that the snow banks were so high that it was conceivable that I could fall and lay on the cold sidewalk with a broken leg and be unseen by the street. Having a back-up plan seemed like a good idea.

So I ran. It was a great run until near the end where I ended up sliding down a hill and jumping into a said large snow banks to avoid falling. And while my cell phone was not needed for emergency purposes I did get a phone call from a friend who I was meeting up with later in the day. The cell phone will now become a permanent fixture on my runs as long as I have a pocket for it (i.e. until it's warm).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Proof that the Ballot is Stronger than the Bullet

We sat in a bar full of people that was completely silent. Everyone stared transfixed by the 3 large flat screen TV's mounted to the wall. We watched while history was made. Barack Obama became president. Most people in the bar, including myself, were holding back tears as he was introduced as our new president. While he read his inauguration speech we sipped champagne. Then when he was done, the bar emptied as if nothing special had happened at all.

I'm still inspired and a bit teary from all the emotion today. And I'm pumped to see where the next 4 years take us. Something did happen today.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Really Cold?

So the "big drop in temperature" that was expected to hit the east coast is here. I must say I'm not impressed. Yes it's cold but then I see pictures of people in Minnesota where it is really cold and I think, ehh it's not too cold here. I don't get that feeling the my face is freezing when I go outside. What I feel is the real difference between Minnesota and Boston is the lifestyles.

Here in Boston, walking or the T are the primary form transportation for most people. While in Minnesota most everyone has a car and the few unlucky people who do take the bus in Minneapolis are the subject of pity for the people who drive past them. Here my house that is only a 5 minute walk from the T is a great deal where as in Minnesota the feeling would be more along the lines of "You WALK OUTSIDE for FIVE MINUTES?!"

So I guess it comes down to a trade off. A fairly good public transportation system for hardiness.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I got an email from a friend recently that went something like this: "Sorry I haven't talked to you recently...I've been busy but I'm not sure with what." As soon as I read that sentence I immediately knew what she meant. I feel like I'm busy but I'm not too sure I have anything to show for it.

I only work 3 days a week so that means 4 days our of the 7 day week I don't really have anything going on. Yet I'm "busy" with going to the gym, cooking, cleaning, PT, and wedding planning.So while I do feel busy I'm not sure with what. Maybe busy with my every day life would be the only way to phrase it.