Walk-and-talk

photoThis morning I woke up and had breakfast outside in the beautiful sunshine. It was so relaxing, I didn’t want to leave for work.

I rode my bike into town for the first time today. It cuts at least 15 minutes off the time it takes me to walk there, which is sooo nice! Hopefully I don’t slip into a later routine where I convince myself I get an extra 15 minutes in bed…

At Adelante I worked more on the Resource Center Guide, including a list of employment websites and general rules for using the computers.

I walked down the street to get the mail, and didn’t want to come back inside. I was then assigned cleaning out the Adelante van—which was the perfect excuse for being outdoors. Plates and clothes were loaded into boxes and hauled up to our storage space in the attic. Finally we have storage room in the back again and tomorrow I shall vacuum it all out.

Tonight at Life Skills we had a speaker come and talk to us about organization. Last time she spoke in February about mental clutter—this time around it was more about physical clutter and things we are holding onto that may not be necessary anymore.

There are certainly a lot of things I hold onto for sentimental reasons—or that I may find useful one day. Each time I visit home I try and fill a bag up with things to discard or donate, and hope to do that again in July.

When I got home tonight Lauren, Matty and Jackie were in the kitchen eating dinner. It honestly feels like it has been over a month—probably almost two months—since I have seen my roommates at all, let alone spend quality time with them. I mentioned the fact that I’ve just been so busy and out all the time with work, on top of housesitting, but that I really want to make a better effort to see them. It seems every time I get home after a long day all I want to do is go into my room and wind down. I haven’t really had much time for myself, leaving even less time for them. Lauren said this weekend they’ll be having people over for Cinco de Mayo. I am pretty sure I don’t have anything going on, so I’d like to commit to spending time with all of them.

I think they understand the situation I’ve been in lately, and know I’m just really overwhelmed with all these placements.

Since I am writing this past midnight, today is David’s birthday. (Happy birthday, David!) I wish I could make him a cake and celebrate with him later today. I spoke to him on the phone tonight—much past his bedtime. I miss his guts so badly. It’s really getting hard with the distance between us. I go back to the fact that it can be good to have experiences separate from one another—so you have something to share and bring to the table. But at the same time, I want to be experiencing these things with him right now…

Four months apart is much too long. And then they’ll be 8 more to go.

Just over a week to go before I’ll be in Ohio for a long weekend.

It is much needed.

This morning I watched this TED:

“We’re sitting, on average, for 9.3 hours per day—far more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping.”

I definitely want to incorporate this “walk and talk” idea into future meetings I have.

Let’s start having more meetings outside—while walking…

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