Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Kind of Recession

The September view from this year…

Sunflowers Going to Seed

…and last year.

September Sky

Bike at Rest Near Fence

Week of September 2, 2012:

Friday: Off

Saturday: Biking for errands/groceries

Minutes run this week: 83.

Week of September 9, 2012:

Sunday: Long run (45 minutes easy)

Well!  What a difference 10 or 20 degrees can make.  It’s been absolutely beautiful this weekend: cooler temperatures, a stiff breeze, and sunshine.  Being outside yesterday and today was infinitely more comfortable because the heat has receded a bit, and I am so, so grateful for it.

I’ve been multi-tasking with my fitness this weekend.  Yesterday, I tried to drop off a pair of shoes for repair, only to be told they can’t be repaired (so sad! I loved those sandals), and I did my grocery shopping, all via la bicicleta.  Today I took the bus to campus, dropped off my paper recycling, stopped by the lab to take care of fly stuff, and then did my long run from campus back to my home.  The campus-to-home route is just about perfect for runs in the 40-55 minute range, which is very convenient because I often have to stop by work briefly on the weekend.  Today’s run was 45 minutes, and it was a very nice, fairly typical long run.  A 45-minute run is still on the edge of my running endurance right now—I could go longer, but I think I’d be absolutely exhausted afterward.  I’m moderately tired now from my run, which is fine.  I’m puttering around the house today, trying to straighten things up.  I did laundry, made a soup for dinner, and I might do a bit of work this evening.  I have plans to go for a walk with a friend, which isn’t ideal on a long-run day, but oh well.  I can be a bit of a control freak, but I fear I will have no friends if I insist that everything be done in such a way that it’s ideal for me!

PS  Hey, it’s almost fall, and I hear pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu!  I pledge to make good on my promise to Raquelita: this year, I am going to try as many pumpkin spice lattes around town as possible, and I will declare a winner.  Which coffeehouse makes your favorite version of this much-loved autumn treat?  Here in College Station, we’ve got a few chain coffeehouses/restaurants (Panera and Starbucks, for example), but we’ve also got a few indie shops, such as Muldoon’s and Sweet Eugene’s.  I hope to try them all, and I will take notes.


  1. PSL! PSL! PSL! I haven't had one yet, but I think I might treat myself to one tomorrow afternoon - unless I treat myself to a margarita instead. :) I can't wait to hear what your verdict is regarding your local PSL scene. I will have to start doing some recon to find the best one in Anchorage.

    I'm really sorry to hear about the prognosis on your sandals. That's such a bummer.

    1. PSL! PSL! I'm pretty excited about this project. I have so much work to do these days that I'm hoping to use the PSL as a way to get some work done outside of the office and enjoy a little tasting project.

      Also, I am always available for a margarita :-) That sounds excellent.