I’ve been known to decline a lot of invitations to things. I do not like parties, especially when they are directed at me. I do not want a party thrown for me as if it is “my party” that makes it more difficult to leave and go hang out by myself. I’ve also been working to change my relationship to alcohol, which can be made more difficult when so many of my friendships were made during the time when I partied like it was my job (Oh wait, it was my job!).

I also really need adequate time to myself every week to be happy. That said, hanging out alone all the time doing nothing does not make for a happy life! Lots of people talk about wanting time to just do nothing, but studies *-that I have not read, but have titles that-* suggest that in order to be happy you need to go out and do things you like with people you like.

Last night I attended Metropolis Burlesque ‘Hooray For Hollywoo!’ A Burlesque Tribute to Bojack Horseman with some of the amazing women from my office. I wish I had photos that could capture the hilarity of this show but I do not. Guess you’ll just have to go see them some time. I’ll definitely be at their tribute to Neil Gaiman show in October.

Side note: Ladies, please make friends with other women. Foster those friendships. Cherish them. Lift other women up and get excited about the success of other women. It will bring so much positive energy into your life. Please do not be one of those whack chicks who internalizes misogyny and says things like “I’m really more like a guy. Yep, just one of the guys!” or “I don’t have a lot of female friends because I just don’t like drama.” GET REAL. If no other women like you, look inside yourself, find out why, and then work to fix it. Women are great. The end.

I may not have gotten pictures at the show but I did take a picture of this beautiful street art. Hail Kitten!

We had a fantastic time! Not drinking is easy when there is an activity other than drinking. Like a show or game or whatever.

I got home to a touching email from my Dad telling me how he felt inspired by me and how he feels good about himself and his running. My Dad is in his 60s and will be completing his third half marathon this year. So will my mom! They should be proud! I certainly am proud of us all!

Here we are at the Baltimore Running Festival 1/2 Marathon in 2015.

Today I got up and did my run at a leisurely pace and then packed myself a lunch for the day. I’m working on bringing lunch to work. This is only in part for fitness, the other reason is for money. Getting fit and cleaning out my place has inspired me to also clean up my budget!

It’s all connected.

As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.


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