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Suddenly everyone wants me to be their workout buddy

While we were living in Kansas City, Andrew and I didn’t have any dogs. My parents were taking care of my pup (I say pup even though he is almost nine years old XD ) since I wouldn’t have the time to take care of him at school and while working. But when we moved back, we slowly acclimated Tabor to the new house and he has permanently moved in with us. :)

I don’t think I mentioned before, but we have a housemate. She will probably just be living with us for this next year as she finishes up her last year of her master’s degree. She is a long-time family friend to Andrew and his mom, and she was living in and taking care of the house while we were in school.

She also has a dog,  named Lela, so almost every morning these past three weeks, all three of us have been taking the dogs walking. We’ve been walking about three miles, but it is such a workout because the area we live in is so hilly. By the end of our walks, I am practically dripping with sweat and my legs are burning. Andrew’s Fitbit says the walk is equivalent to climbing 25 flights of stairs. *dies*

Then the other night, one of my close friends texted me and said she wanted to get in shape over the summer. She was planning on joining the local gym, and wanted to know if I would workout with her.  Since I don’t have a job yet, I really didn’t have any excuses to not workout. The gym fees are pretty inexpensive too, just $20 a month which is pretty good if you go frequently. Plus, I don’t always see her very often, so it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up over the summer while she’s home from school.

Also I’m lazy and should workout more.

We started this week. When we signed up, they didn’t give us a tour of the facility (which I thought was weird), but I had been before with my sister so I was sort of familiar. We spent most of our first and second days just trying out all of the different machines, to see which ones we liked and which ones we didn’t like. We also found that if you go later in the evening, there are a lot less people. Definitely a plus since I feel really awkward when I know people are watching me work out and trying to figure out machines. XD

The same night my friend texted me to go to the gym with her, my sister wanted to know if I would like to train for a 5K with her.  Between walking in the morning, going to the gym in the evening, and perhaps training for the 5K somewhere in the midst of that, I think my friends and family are going to kill me. :P

Only kidding. I think.

I really want to run the 5K with my sister for a couple of reasons, the first being I’ve always wanted to run in a race! I have no disillusions of coming in first place, or anything of the sort – I just think it would be fun. Second, this particular race is for such a great cause. It’s called Race for Refuge, and the race raises money for a charity that fights and helps women recover from sex trafficking. Each runner gets to race in honor of a specific girl that has survived through sex trafficking. We haven’t signed up yet because we are trying to put a big team together, but so far we’ve recruited our parents and my husband and housemate.

The race isn’t until September, so I should have plenty of time to get fit for the race. My leg has been bothering me a bit since I’ve been home when I’ve been running, so I’m hoping that doing some strength training at the gym will help strengthen my legs and better acclimate them to my longer runs.

My arms were really sore today, but I know that just means I’m getting stronger. I just hope no one else asks me to workout with them! :P

Unemployment is busier than I thought

I know it’s only been less than a week since I’ve blogged, but it has felt like years. We have been so busy this past week,  I’m not sure where to even begin.

My grandpa fell last week when he was carrying his groceries in from his car. He lost his balance as he was going up the stairs from his driveway and fell backwards onto his back. Thankfully his phone was in his pocket, so he was able to call my mom and she took him to the ER. He had a compressed vertebrae, so they admitted him for three days. He had a small procedure done to help minimize the pain, but he is still quite sore and suffering from pain.

As scary as it was, we are all actually really grateful it wasn’t a lot worse because he could have broken something or even hit his head. When I went and visited him in the hospital, the doctors made it sound like it would take a couple months for him to get back to normal. But they all remarked that even for his age, he is doing really well – and he is going to be 93 in October!

He is staying with my parents for the time being, since he can’t really cook or do a whole lot by himself with his pain. But I’ve been visiting him the past few days and he is in pretty good spirits, which is good. Pain meds do wonders. ;)

Meanwhile, we have managed to get all our boxes that we had set in the garage completely unpacked. I’m still working with decorations because I need to buy new curtains and rugs, as well as some lamps for our bedroom. But everything is coming together! I finally finished the gallery wall for our living room, though it took me a while to get it where I liked it. It’s still bothering me a bit though, so I might play with it some more before I share pictures.

Andrew and his stepdad tore up all of the carpet in the basement and put new carpet down. They haven’t quite finished yet, but it does look a lot better. They are going to be redoing the carpet upstairs as well, so it will look really nice when it is all done! I’m just glad I finished with all the painting! :D

I’ve also been running a lot of errands. My car needed an oil change and they found some other things that need to be worked on, so I have to call around and get some different quotes. I’ve also got some doctor appointments scheduled, veterinarian appointments since my dog has some allergies, as well as a graduation party and a family cookout!

So despite not having a job, I have been keeping quite busy. ;) Tomorrow though, I am going to get the ball rolling. I need to update my resume to include my latest internship, and then I’m going to start applying.

But in all honesty, I am really enjoying being school-free and job-free at the moment. :P