Friday, September 23, 2016

Five Things I'm Looking Forward To (Friday Five Edition)

I haven't posted a lot recently and haven't done a Friday Five in a couple of weeks cause life has just thrown me a few curve balls.  Between my dad's situation and knowing I'll be losing my job in a few months, there has been a lot of things figure out.  That and I'm not a huge fan of this time of year.  Between the days getting shorter and colder and past haunting memories of the start of school, this is my least favorite season.  For now, I'm just happy to have things to look forward to in the next few months to get me through everything.

1. My trip up to PA to visit a friend - Next weekend I'll be visiting a friend that lives in PA.  I haven't seen her since last summer and can't wait to catch up.  This will be the first time seeing where she lives and meeting her family.  Most of all we will get to run together some.

2. MCM - While I'm getting really nervous about this marathon because of my back, this is my goal race of the year.  I am very relieved that they are changing the mileage of the "beat the bridge" which takes a little bit of stress off me.  A friend from MA will be joining me, and I can't wait to spend the weekend with her.  On top of all of the race special events over the weekend, we have requested a tour of the White House.  While I've been to DC many times, that is the one thing I have yet to do.  It will be a very fun and busy weekend.

3. Rogue One - Yes, I'm a geek.  I love me some Star Wars and this movie looks amazing!  I will be there, seeing it opening night.

4. Trip to Denver for Christmas - With my dad's dementia getting worse, my mom wants us to visit his brother before things gets too bad.  I grew up in Denver and have only been back once for my uncle's wedding.  While I'm not looking forward to traveling over the holidays I am looking forward to seeing my uncle and being in Denver for Christmas (and maybe a day of skiing).

5. Something New - I have a lot of opportunities right now.  Anything from another job in IT to selling some stock and working at Target for a little while and not have the stress of IT.  I have my job till the end of the year and then I have 30 weeks of severance, so I have time to think about what I really want to do.  It might be fun to work for a museum or do something in the parks and recs department or see what's involved in helping out and organizing a running event.  I have no clue, but I'm trying to think outside the box and not just jump into the next job that comes my way.

Bonus - I'm also looking forward to the 2-4 weeks of amazing running weather before it turns cold.  I can't wait to get out there and not be a sweaty mess before I even run.  I've never trained for a marathon in the summer and this has got me thinking twice before I sign up for another fall marathon.

And just to end on a good note, I saw this video and it is very inspiring.  Reminding me that even though things kinda suck now, I still have some other very good things in my life.

What are you looking forward to?  Any advice on traveling during the holidays?

Linking up with Courtney, Mar & Cynthia 


  1. I feel the same about fall... yes, it's nice to have cooler temps, but I also hate that after the fall comes the winter and the shorter days.

    I am excited for Rogue One, and nervous at the same time. I'm excited that Darth Vader might / will be in it, but not sure where the story is going. I'm going with my brothers and fiancé to see it, so if nothing else, I'm looking forward to spending time with them.

    Lots of traveling for you! Welcome to PA! What area of PA will you be visiting? In case nobody has told you, we have a lot of trees!

    Jenny Lawson is amazing! Have you read her books? Furiously Happy is hilarious!

  2. I'm glad coming to PA has made the list of things you are excited for! It's on my list too!
    Since it's still stinkin hot I've been enjoying fall so far! I wish every fall started off like this!

  3. Sounds like you've got some great things to look forward to! That's awesome that your friend will be down for MCM with you. And I am so excited about Rogue One! Big Star Wars geek here too :)