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Thankful Thursdays


I believe all of life’s big questions can be answered with the help of country music, Grey’s Anatomy and exercise (for me running..).      I had a healthy dose of all three yesterday afternoon when I hit the gym for some easy cardio, jump rope and abs.

There’s no problem too big for the docs of Seattle Grace

“No matter how hard we try to ignore or deny it, eventually the lies fall away, like it or not. But here’s the truth about the truth. It hurts. So we lie.”

I was satisfied with the wisdom in Season 2, Episode 14 “Tell Me Sweet Little Lies” and was able to move on from the easy cardio to 10 minutes of jump rope and 10 minutes of abs.  Unfortunately Grey’s still has the power to suck me in and I spent several hours of my sleep time trying to make it through the drama of the bomb inside the body cavity (remember that one?  It’s at least 3 episodes of investment).

Nothing can be as bad as having your hand on live ammunition, in a patient’s abdominal cavity….

If you can’t find any wisdom in the narration of Meredith Grey, the stern rule of Dr. Bailey or dreamy McDreamy’s hair, you can at least use the show to make you realize your life is pretty good.  I mean, thank goodness I wasn’t faced with a situation yesterday of holding live ammunition in my hand.  Seriously.

Anyway, the point of all that is that I stayed up too late last night and couldn’t roll myself out of bed this morning for the 30,20,10 run I had planned.  Instead, I took my time sipping on some coffee and cooking up a healthy breakfast (just because I skipped my morning workout doesn’t mean I get to throw in the towel on the whole day..).

Veggies, fruit and protein!

Sometimes after a tough workout solid food doesn’t sound appealing to my stomach (hence the smoothies).  I took the opportunity today to use the extra time not spent exercising to chop some vegetables and to enjoy some solid food!  I made an egg and two egg whites omelette with asparagus, spinach, baby tomatoes and feta and had a piece of toast with a bit of peanut butter and sliced strawberries.  Just enough to fuel me through basketball camp for the rest of the morning!

Enjoy your Thursday – what are you thankful for today?


Thankful Thursdays


There’s a couple today:

I am thankful my little brother took enough time away from the goalie box to crack the books so he can graduate from college this weekend.  

DePauw Grad….almost!

He’ll be graduating with the class of 2012 with a BA in Psychology (just like mom and sis).  More impressive are his soccer accomplishments, but I don’t have time to dip into those today!

I am thankful to have family in town to celebrate my little brother’s graduation from college.

Nathan, Emilie and Larry

Emilie (dad’s younger sister) and Larry (Emilie’s husband) and G (dad’s dad) all came across the country to celebrate this momentous occasion.  My dad thought they were arriving late tonight and was more than surprised (befuddled is the word I imagined  when he told this story) when G called from the airport last night asking where he was.  After an “Oh, shit” moment, we put em up in a hotel and joined them for breakfast this morning.  I’m looking forward to a weekend of fun.

I am thankful that I was able to drop General Physics this summer.  

This might be the thing I’m the most thankful for in the world.  After some pleading, I was able to convince someone I don’t need to take physics.  That granted me 14 hours of class time and hundreds of dollars back.  Not to mention additional hours of turmoil trying to figure out friction, tension and force vectors.  SO HAPPY!

I am thankful I’m enjoying my Exercise Physiology class (it’s a good sign for the field I’m about to spend two years getting into).

I had my first lab this week and we got to play.  Seriously.  For this week’s lab we were checking our physical performance on fitness tests so we did pushups, step ups, balance tests, treadmill tests and grip tests.  It was like a workout, but for a grade.  I get to wear workout clothes to lab and class and no one thinks twice about it.  I’m totally in my element.

My Classroom

Have I mentioned that my classroom and the lab are located in the same building as the IUPUI Natatorium?  Aka the pool where Dara Torres, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Amanda Beard have done their thing and several Olympic Trials and NCAA Championships have been held.

What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursdays


As I prepare to head back to Memphis today, it makes this past week in Zionsville feel only like a mini-vacation.  But I know when I drive over that Arkansas bridge tonight, I’m just a visitor.  Just a visitor, but am forever grateful for what this city gave to me.

Starting in 2006, the walls of Williford at Rhodes College gave me my first home away from home.  I made friends, found sisters, drank too much, slept too little, studied too much, slept too little and found some footing on my own.



I cried when my family left me but quickly found a new family in my basketball teammates and Chi Omega sisters.

Chi O

In 2008, I hung up my high-tops and found InsideOut Gym as my tiny escape from the Rhodes “bubble”.  I spun, rowed, lifted and boxed.  And quickly found another family in the staff and members.  Later that year, I ran my first marathon.

Support Crew Round 1

I continued to explore the world of fitness, branching out into teaching and working at the desk.  I even “trained” some friends at the Rhodes gym in preparation for big events like spring breaks and weddings.

I lived in my first “big girl” house, learning the joys of house parties and burglaries (RIP Guitar Hero).

I learned how to run.  And then how to race.  Getting second place in my age group in the Road Race Series, and a PR in the St. Jude Half Marathon.

Princess after my PR!

I fell in love here.  With a boy.  With the river.  With the city.  With running.  With the south.  With my girlfriends.  And I am forever grateful to my Memphis people who taught me a thing or two, hugged me when I needed it, bought me a drink, took me on the best date of my life, and shared the love of this city with me.  You’ve got a lot to be proud of, don’t let Forbes or TJ Simers tell you otherwise.

I love memphis.

Downtown at Sunset.

The Old Bridge

View from the monorail.

Mississippi River Park.


Don’t stop believin’ – in the Grizz, or in the Mem.

First time courtside!

Sunset from the Madison Rooftop.

Best date ever. Iris, finally.

Memphis and Midtowners, InsideOut Members, Owners, Staff and Instructors.  Grizzlies, The Mississippi, Rhodes, Trezevant, Harbert.  Thank you!

What about your city are you thankful for?