Friday Free-For-All – 01/20/17

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Inauguration day. Ugh. I’ve been doing my best not to think or stress about it too much, but today will be a struggle. I just feel so helpless, and I’ve been in a state of low-grade anxiety pretty much since election day. I’m very, very nervous about the next four years, and I know I’m not the only one.

Women’s marches. There’s a march on Montpelier, which is Vermont’s capital city, tomorrow. I’ve been going back and forth all week on whether or not I should go. While I feel very strongly about going and being part of history, I feel equally strongly that the whole day will be incredibly stressful with the traffic, crowds, and emotions. I need to decide pretty quickly what I want to do so that I can organize transportation and make a sign if I decide to go. I just don’t know.

Delayed onset muscle soreness is my new normal. Since starting CrossFit, I’ve been feeling DOMS pretty much every single day, in new and exciting areas (can you sense my sarcasm?). I’m sure I’ll regulate eventually, especially since I have the entire weekend to recover before my next class, but for now, every cough or sneeze, standing up from sitting or going down stairs, or reaching my arms over my head are all subtle reminders that CrossFit is making me work hard, which hopefully means I’m getting stronger.

Hamilton is continuing to make me feel all the emotions. Serious question to those of you who listen to the soundtrack a lot–Do you ever get to a point where Act 2 doesn’t move you to tears? Because I’m not there yet. It makes me cry every damn time. Maybe that’s due to me being a generally very emotional person, or due to the weight of the anxiety and stress I’ve been feeling lately, but damn. I can’t stop listening, but I also can’t stop crying.

Let’s focus on the positive–What’s something you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/06/17

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

This week has kicked my butt. First week back at work after the holidays. First week of the new quarter and the new year. First week of rehearsals for 9 to 5 the Musical. I’m POOPED. I’m just trying to wait for things to equalize and not freak out. This weekend will be mostly about catching up on sleep and getting serious about meal planning and prep so I can eat like a normal, healthy human being instead of a garbage disposal. And also not spend all my money on eating out.

I know I’m late to the party, but I’m officially obsessed with Hamilton. For over a year, all my musical theatre friends have been all “Hamilton is so great, Hamilton is so amazing, blah blah.” I tried to listen to the soundtrack a few times in the past and just didn’t get it. I just didn’t understand why people were so crazy over it. It was interesting, but I didn’t feel anything emotionally. Then I got the soundtrack for Christmas and listened to it on my terrible, horrible, no good, very long car ride to New Jersey last weekend, and something about being in the car and surrounded by the music finally helped me feel it. I’ve been listening to exclusively the Hamilton soundtrack ever since.

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions or goals for 2017. I didn’t for 2016 either, and I feel pretty good about it. Goals stress me out rather than motivating me, and I never follow through on resolutions anyway. I do, however, have an extensive list of shit I need to get done this year. Exciting, adult things like an eye exam, gum surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, and rolling over 401(k)’s, whee! I’m hoping to chip away at things bit by bit and get most of the scary, expensive stuff like gum surgery out of the way before I (hopefully) get knocked up later this year.

What’s the most pressing thing on your 2017 to-do list?