Because I’ve been busy and lazy, I mean in an attempt to streamline blog content, I’ve not done a weekly roundup for weeks. But I have a lot to ramble/complain/rant on this week, both on and off the blog (just ask my poor husband).
These rambles are the good kind, though!
First, I haven’t even mentioned here that I am going to Peru in the next few weeks in celebration of my mother’s 70th birthday. She is still traveling and I’ll always appreciate her enabling (and encouraging) us to do the same. I am really excited to see Machu Picchu, and honestly, hopefully have a week of slightly cooler temps. The heat in DC has been tolerable this year, but relief is always appreciated. Vamos!
Second, in a second of impulse (or perhaps misjudgment) I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon again. For the third time. The running demons/gods must be with me, as I did get a place through the lottery. After swearing up and down that I would NEVER RUN ANOTHER after last year, I just couldn’t resist. However, the prior two years I have taken a 2-week trip directly over when the longest (20-22 mile) training runs should be. This meant I was coming home (after not running or running very little) and feeling pretty crappy. I’m hopeful that the quick trip to Peru will be easier on my legs, and that I can at least get a run or two in while I’m there. I guess I’m a glutton for pain, and also for all the massive eating (errr…responsible post-run fueling) that comes with marathon training (remember the blerch? yea). Nom nom nom.
Third, there are things going on in the United States that just sound absurd when discussed in other cultures and contexts, and nothing brings this more to a point than the need for “free-range parenting” in the United States. While we were in Kenya, we were discussing that kids in this area can’t even walk 2 blocks to school on their own in many neighborhoods, or social services can be called. In fact, some can’t even walk to school alone when their house is in sight of the school. This phenomenon was obviously met with an appropriate degree of incredulity in Kenya. What better way to ensure children cannot make decisions than to wrap them in a parental bubble and ensure they never interact with the world.
Fourth, while I don’t shop at Gap very much anymore, I’ve been on the hunt for a less expensive basic white tee. While my Theory ones are the best and have lasted many years, they look disgusting at this point and I have to drive to the outlets to get new ones. I’m lazy, guard my weekends like a hawk (i.e., don’t like to drive), and even on sale they still cost $40-$50. Enter Gapfit. Their breathe tees are THE BOMB, and I got mine for $13, though their regular price of $25 is definitely reasonable. The white is not particularly sheer, they wash pretty well, they are SO soft, and work under a blazer as well as running/yoga etc. Good job Gap.