Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lanterne Rouge

Moo: Jen, have you ever done a road race in normal clothes?

Me: Why would I ever do that?

Monday, August 8, 2011

My journal has been hogging all the blogs

Although I haven't posted anything in FOR-EV-ER, that doesn't mean I haven't been writing.

In fact, I've been writing almost daily - just not for public viewing. When I first started this blog, I thought it would eventually take the place of my journal. I didn't realize how difficult that would be.

Try as I might, I'm just not ready to give up pen and paper altogether. I love my journals too much. I've carried one with me (practically everywhere) for as long as I can remember. So many intimate thoughts are tucked away in worn notebooks. Since the entries are mine alone, I'm able to evade the self-criticism and self-consciousness that can accompany blogging (even if Moo is the only one who reads this).

Sometimes writing just feels easier if I can make my letters with extra squiggles. When I make a mistake, scribbling over the words forcefully is much more satisfying than gently tapping backspace. And when I hit a roadblock, doodling in the margins usually helps me find inspiration.

But don't worry. More posts are coming soon. I'm going to start transferring over some of my handwritten entries to my computer.

P.S. Did I mention I have a new job??! It's been keeping me very busy, although it's not a very good excuse for my blogging lameness.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

She's back!

It's been a while. I know. I need to get crack-a-lackin. While I try to get back into the swing of things, here are some highlights of the last few months. (Food is clearly a high priority in my life.) More to come soon...

I finally made it to Chez Henri for their famous Cuban sandwich and mojito. I went on a cold, rainy day, when I needed to believe spring was on its way. It was perfection.

My first St. Patty's parade in Southie. (I know; it's pretty embarrassing considering how long I've lived here.)

Beers at Bleacher Bar before the Dropkick Murphy's show. So. much. fun.

Green man! Getting ready to run the Davis 5K. (I have no shame.)

Supermoon in Salem. This picture is misleading - the moon was absolutely enormous.

A delicious brunch at Community Table after a long run. I wish every day started like this.

More delicious food? Of course! Finale in Coolidge Corner offers all kinds of dessert tastings. This one was tea-infused cocktails and sweet treats.

Dim sum is another first for me. The drink menu at Empire Garden in Chinatown offers so much promise. I had a hard time deciding between the suffering bastard ("turn your big troubles into little ones") and the zombie (two will knock you down).

Oh, how I love restaurant week. This crab cake from Harvest was one of the best things I have ever eaten.

This winter was one of the worst I've ever experienced - never-ending snowstorms, slippery sidewalks, bone-chilling winds. But for one night, we all pretended it was summer. It's surprising how how much happiness sun dresses, flip flops and Coronas can bring.

Ice skating at Frog Pond! This was yet another first for me. Now I can officially cross it off my bucket list.

Stay tuned, people. My sabbatical is over.

Monday, January 17, 2011

She runs

In case you haven't noticed, I really, really like to make lists. I can't possibly keep up with my ever-expanding bucket list, but at least I write my goals down so I don't forget them. A long time ago, I added "participate in a road race" to the list, and I'm FINALLY able to cross it off.

I think I enjoyed dressing up (I was a reindeer) and getting free beer more than the actual running, but I'm glad I did it. In fact, I've already signed up for my next race in March. Can't wait to come up with another fun costume!