The Best Of Times…The Worst Of Times

As I have said many a times this year, 2011 has been very good to me.  I am very blessed and lucky.  But, unfortunately, things are not so good for people around me that I care about.

Let’s talk about all the good stuff first ūüôā¬†

  • Florida-I DID just spend a long weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida ūüôā¬† Seriously…most relaxing trip ever.¬† After we made it to the plane that is!¬† How’s this for excitement:¬† we leave Victoria’s house right on time and we are making great progress until we hit accident traffic that has all lanes shut down.¬† That’s right, completely stopped.¬† Once they had the accident moved to the side of the road we eventually got by but it delayed us about an hour.¬† At the point in which we got through the traffic we had about an hour to get to the airport and our flight was leaving in about an hour and fifteen!¬† To say we were crazed is an understatement¬†especially when we hit some construction¬†traffic.¬† Every minute that ticked by, we kept thinking we were done for; as if things couldn’t get worse, my GPS could not read the construction and took us down the wrong exit!¬† What a mess!¬† We arrived to the airport parking at 6:05.¬† Our flight was at 6:20.¬† We missed the shuttle.¬† Of course.¬† 6:06…6:07…6:08…FREAKING OUT!¬† Finally the shuttle came and let me tell you…thank God we are runners-¬†as soon as we got off the shuttle we booked it to security, which thank goodness did not have a long line and the people in line let us go before them.¬† Once we were through there it was another sprint to the gate.¬† We made it just as they started boarding.¬† Whew!¬† Our flight was completely uneventful, we landed and spent the rest of the vacation eating, drinking, beaching, running and sleeping.¬† And repeating as necessary ūüôā¬† It was the perfect get-a-way; I am tan, got my fill of Vitamin D and ready to detox and get ready to train for 2011!
  • Training– the official training schedule is underway!¬† I know I said I was going with a no-plan-plan, but seriously…this is me.¬† I am WAY too anal to simply fly by the seat of pants when it comes to training.¬† So yes, I have a schedule.¬† However, I have also made it fairly flexible so I don’t feel stressed out if I cannot accomplish everything in one day.¬† The schedule works out perfectly; just about the time my tri season is ended, marathon training picks up.¬† I am really excited about this year and focusing so much on running!
  • R2– Yeah, so you might have caught it when I very super briefly mentioned I was dating someone.¬† Well, we are official ūüôā¬†¬†And in this blog, he will be refered to as R2.¬† He is an incredible guy and we have so much fun.¬† I look forward to seeing what is in store for us.
  • Boston 5k– I got in ūüôā
  • What’s ahead- In two weeks from tomorrow, I will be heading down to VA Beach for the Shamrock 8K with my friend Nicole.¬† It’s just for the weekend but I am very excited.¬† I love road trips and appreciate any time I get away.¬† Then it is Boston time ūüôā¬† Before we know it, Spring will be here and then Summer and the beach and all kinds of happiness!

And the not so good:

  • Today my roommate is putting her dog down.¬† She has had him for nine years.¬† To say that they are close is an understatement.¬† That dog is my roommates everything.¬† And not only am I so sad for her, but I am sad for me too.¬† I have some to love Bru¬†so much.¬† I had a little sit-down chat with him last night to say my good-byes and I was a mess.¬† I was really hesitant to move in with Michelle because I didn’t think I would want to deal with a dog, but Bru is such a great guy.¬† I will miss our walks, playing and running around with him and most of all…I¬†will miss him greeting me at the door.¬†
  • Tuesday night, the cuts from Chris Christie came down on our school.¬† If you politically affiliate with Christie, or worse voted for him, please do not leave me your comments here about that support.¬† Our school took away two jobs entirely and cut eleven people down to part-time with no benefits.¬† No benefits.¬† What a slap in the¬†face!¬† And while it wasn’t me, and I am so thankful for that, it will be me next.¬† I’ll be next with no benefits.¬† And really, why would I stay at a job I hate so much, if I cannot even get the benefits.¬† Honestly, this is¬†just¬†their way of pushing people¬†out without cutting.¬† But what is important to remember is that this is not a problem in just this town (although,¬†if this blog wasn’t public I would have a lot more to say) it is a problem with NJ and NJ Education.¬† And Chris Christie.
  • One of my friends who was cut completely, is battling cancer. That’s right.¬†¬†Cancer. With no benefits as of July 1.¬† Another friend who was cut to part-time with no benefits, currently has twin babies in ICU.¬†¬†Both of these people and their families could really use as many good vibes, thoughts and prayers as they could get.¬† So if you have some extra time, send em along.

Last year was a really bad year for me.  Sure, it had is highs, but there were many more lows.  During that time, many people sent their good wishes to me and supported me.  I know how very lucky and blessed I am to have so much good in my life right now.  And I just want those around me to have the same good. 

As for reading all your blogs…I’m working on getting caught up!¬†