Thursday, July 3, 2014

Years ago, one of my dear friends gave this card to me. I've had it framed for ages in my apartment, but I re-noticed it for the first time in a while tonight. Good. Stuff.

Mister Rogers

Friday, May 30, 2014

You guys: when I'm stressed out about pharmacology, statistics, and the pathophysiology of tick-borne illnesses, I like to watch YouTube clips of nice things like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I have learned many things about Mister Rogers. For instance, his mom made all of the sweaters, and he wrote all of his own music for the show. He supported parents who put their kids in daycare before the rest of America did. He defended PBS to the Senate, and stayed on public television throughout his career so that all kids could have access to quality programming. And he wrote the first book about potty training for kids. Watch and enjoy this short video--I promise this will make you smile.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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What Has Been My Mundo Lately?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

From top left:
  • Eliza and I ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon. We learned a lot of important lessons, like, don't eat a whole package of Shot Bloks 1/3 of the way through the race. And, in order to not feel like death at mile 10, you should train per your training plan recommendations. Additionally, if you want to run faster, then you have to, well, run faster. Overall, we really enjoyed the course and had a lot of laughs. We got a Tiffany necklace at the end, and our times were not terrible. I call it a win.
  • I went to Atlanta for the CCHF Conference, which was great. Eric and I stopped by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. I got another stamp in the old Passport to the National Parks. You guys seriously need to get one if you haven't yet.
  • I enjoyed my last few school-free days with Jeremy, complete with a walk on the Mall.
  • I consumed my first macaron with Nans and Eliza from Macaron Bee in Georgetown. I was neither over- or underwhelmed. Pass the Oreos.
  • Sarah came to town, and we went down for a quick trip to the monuments. She is a dear!
  • Studying. That is what I do. (See below.)
  • I made it to Wisconsin for a week to hang out with my family. 
  • I enjoyed some good company and ice cream post-church. Thank goodness for this warmer weather.
  • I got to see baby Louise and her parents when I was in Madison, WI. That was a highlight of the trip. She is too cute! I also got to hang out with Kimmie, who is awesome. We went in search of the best Moscow Mule in Madison--a noble pursuit.
How is my mundo right now, you may ask?

Until next time!

The thing about running half marathons (and life).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As I've been training for my upcoming half marathon, I've noticed that my runs take on the following sequence:

The first mile or two start out hard, yet my energy is fresh and abundant. Miles three and four make me want to cry and barf at the same time; my legs feel heavy and my breathing pains me. It's about mile five that I realize I cannot do this one my own--that in order to get through the run, I need pray to the God that loves me for mercy. I'm not joking; I pray long and hard. This is essentially following steps one and two of 12, people. You need steps to run!

Miles six through eight feel dream-like: my legs go numb, I no longer gasp for air, and I begin to regain energy. Just as my confidence peaks however, the pain of my legs and the labor of my breath return. This process cycles over and over until thirteen miles are done. Each time that I surrender to the harsh reality of my physical situation and give up control, the pain dissipates. Then my ego* grows, and the pain returns.

I feel like that is the greatest gift physical activity. It reminds us of our limitations and forces us to surrender to the moment. And so it goes with the soul apparently; Richard Rohr sums it up nicely.

"This is the perennial, eternal, constant transformative pattern. You cannot get away from it. It’s like a spiral: each time you make the surrender, each time you trust the dying, your faith is led to a deeper level. Now even scientific studies reveal the same universal pattern. All the disciplines are coming together to say that there’s one constant movement at work in this world. To be real is to surrender to it." 
- Richard Rohr
*My "running ego" should never be inflated; this article Elizabeth shared with me will explain why.