Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It Ain't Where I Been, But Where I'm 'Bout to Go

I woke up today in a good mood. I've decided that this whole process is like going through detox. Your body is kind of on a roller coaster, along with your moods. Anyway, I was psyched to try out my new, expensive running shoes that I bought yesterday. I went to a running store and everything, just like a real athlete! (LOL) I've been nervous with this running plan that I wouldn't be able to do each step up. Every time it called for more time or distance, I was sure I wouldn't be able to do it. But every time the intensity has increased, I've managed it with no problem. Today, I finally believe that if I follow the plan, then I am going to be able to run a 5k at the end. Which got me thinking, what could I accomplish after that? Hmm... half-marathon? Stay tuned.

On the career front, I got some disappointing news yesterday. My connection at the U of O informed that it's not a sure thing that I can be a research assistant this year. When we first met, I got the impression that she could hire whoever she wanted. The reality is that she is required to do an open search and as she put it, "some amazing applications have come in." I think that's code for: you can't compete, Jen! She said she would do what she could, but I should be realistic. At first I was bummed, but then I realized that it wouldn't be so bad to be an at-home mom this year and focus on my own personal growth. And I don't need the job to get into the grad program, it just would have looked good on the application. But I'm still capable of getting in on my own. I just need to buckle down, write a killer essay, and kick-ass on the GRE. I can do that.

And finally, Trish asked me yesterday if I've ever read, "Eat, Pray, Love." I have and I love it; I actually read it twice. But it reminded me that once (I think it was when I found out that Julia Roberts is going to play her in the movie), I wrote this snarky entry about the author in my journal. I want to share it with you because it's pretty funny, but I'm going to have to wait until I'm in a nasty mood. I just don't feel like tearing somebody else down today. We'll see what the roller coaster has in store for tomorrow. :)

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