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day thirty three

12 Sep

1. a happy moment, thanks in part to the postal service

i was walking out of the main train station, dom hauptbahnhof, on my way to work and in a pretty fine mood. it was a completely blustery day and aside from the fact that i was wearing lip gloss that was way too sticky for such a windy day (my hair kept getting stuck on my mouth), i was really enjoying it. it was warm and sunny and the wind was just so strong, it really was impressive. and just as i’m coming out of the station and the gorgeous dom cathedral comes into view (seriously one of the best cathedrals i’ve ever seen), this song comes onto my ipod and i’m looking up at the cathedral as a flock of birds fly straight across my view, curl back up and around and it almost looks like they are dancing to the song and the sunlight was glinted of the already-repaired and shiny bits of the façade and all i could do was smile. gorgeous day, gorgeous life. i’m grateful.

2. i didn’t cry or have a panic attack in class

so today was my first day of work and i was actually less nervous than i thought, which was fantastic. leading up to the class, i was still feeling that kind of anxious, panicky feeling about everything else but teaching. i don’t know why my brain does that. just when i need to focus on one thing, it panics and brings up everything else i need to do in my life. but, i successfully pushed that aside and planned my lessons.

in class, of course, everything came naturally. i had a couple of moments where it seemed like the conversation wasn’t flowing and i had to awkwardly force certain expressions and what not. but, i guess that’s normal. all in all, i’d say it went rather well. and, like i said, i didn’t cry or have a panic attack. so, excellent in my book.

3. back on the couch to 5k

i am completely recommitted and started off well today. to be honest, i felt horrible during the running portion. i don’t think i’ve ever moved so slow in my life and my whole body was screaming at me: what the hell do you think you’re doing to me?? but, i persevered and in the end, of course, i felt great.

i’m looking forward to pilates tomorrow and then my next run on wednesday. i’ve got to get out of week three! i’ve been stuck here for about a month now, and i just don’t move on to week four because i’ve only done two days of week three. so, this week, i will not fail. three full days of week three and next week, week four.




day six

16 Aug


1. couch to 5k

having a program like this one actually helps me stick with it. this morning, i got up at 8 (which might be normal to some people, but is unfortunately not for me) and went for a run before going to cologne. last night as i went to sleep, i wasn’t sure i was going to make it, and i might not have if i weren’t on a set program that i have to do three times a week. i appreciate that someone designed this program for idiots like me and that someone else made a free app out of it for my phone so that i don’t have to time myself or buy one of those fancy watches.

2. book exchange

though normally i’m very anti these sorts of events (who actually wants to give away books? i just don’t understand.), i figure the more things that get me out of the house and talking to real live people, the better. and, of course, it’s better than any event without books. when i arrived and sat down, i saw, conveniently placed just in front of me, a book that i’d been wanting to read for awhile now. i’ve read two others in the series, and i really enjoy them. i had just been thinking that i needed a new “easy” (as in, the type of book i wouldn’t have read or admitted to reading ten years ago – luckily now i don’t care) book and now i’ve got one that i’m excited about!

3. finding my way around cologne

i’m very grateful for my smart phone because it gets me around my new city, albeit not very well. i have no idea why this city is so confusing! today, however, i made it to the starbucks on breite straße for the book exchange all by myself and felt just for a second like i was really starting to understand a little bit about the way the city was laid out, which is a nice feeling.