Conversations with a Stranger

Today brought the glorious (can you hear the sarcasm) return to work.  I was ready to roll, rejuvenated for the week when I got there and the computers were down.  Talk about a damper on a Monday morning.  This wasn’t a huge deal, it just made a lot more work because everything had to be hand written and then typed in the computers once they finally came back up.

After work I begrudgingly headed to the gym and mustered out four crappy miles on the treadmill and a 30 minute Nike Training Club Workout (Body Remix).  I was so glad when I was done as always but I was really struggling to get through it today.  Talk about a case of the Mondays!

As soon as I got home Casey told me we were going to a friends house to watch the game and we picked up wings on the way for dinner.  When we got back to the house with the wings, one type we got were super, overly crispy and I volunteered to take them back.  This is not something I ever do so I felt bad walking in the door.  I showed them to the bar tender and they apologized, said they would get me new wings and apologized (great service really).  I sat down at the bar to wait and struck up a conversation with the guy next to me.

We didn’t talk about anything important: sports, my time in Charleston, where he grew up, school, more sports, a little fantasy, where I was from, etc.  But it was so refreshing to talk to a complete stranger for twenty minutes purely for the enjoyment of another’s company.  He was a very nice person and as superficially as I know him, I enjoyed our time chatting.

Will I ever see this guy again, probably not but as I was leaving he said Happy Holidays and put a smile on my face.  It just proved to me that people are inherently good and a warm, fuzzy feeling can come from the stranger sitting on the next bar stool.

Meeting Fitness Goals (before the Thanksgiving Shenanegans)

I don’t know about where you live, but it was pretty much as gross as it gets here today.  At three this afternoon, it was so dark outside the office it felt like the middle of the night.  I swear to you, this is no exaggeration.  With that being said, the motivation to go to the gym and bust my butt was pretty low.  However I knew that today was the day I was going to hit my yearly mile goal if I could just make it to the through the front doors.

Once I dragged myself in I had a really great run, even on the treadmill, and even without the tvs working.  I was so shocked.  After my run I got in a 30 minute Nike Training Club Workout.  It was an intermediate get toned work out called Curve Carver.  This was a pretty good all around workout that got me super sweaty and I really appreciate the time incorporated for warm up and cool down/stretch since I am bad at taking time to do this myself.

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So with 34 days to go, I am thinking my goal for 2014 is going to have to be even more ambitious than this!!  Just getting better year by year!