Spring has Finally Sprung

After the worst winter in my memory, I am so thrilled that spring has finally sprung in Pittsburgh! This spring seems extra sweet due to the never-ending and severely cold winter we had. The grass seems neon green, and I’m noticing all kinds of cool birds that I never noticed before (maybe this is just me getting older?)…

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This is how my cat, Tux, celebrates the warmer weather.

So, what has been going on so far this spring? I have the Pittsburgh Half Marathon coming up this Sunday. I have been training for it, but not nearly as well as I anticipated. I didn’t quite make it the priority I thought I would. However, I did discover North Park a month or so ago, and that has been a great place to do some of my training. Two laps around the lake and my hips are shot, but the sense of accomplishment is worth it. It also helps to see all the other people out there dying running. I don’t feel as alone as I do when I run at Brady’s Run Park. During my runs at North Park, I totally scope out Over the Bar and envision myself sitting on the patio drinking a beer – it WILL happen!

Unless the Pittsburgh Half is amazing, I don’t plan on ever running long distance again. I am signed up for a couple 5ks and a 10k in the next month, and I’m looking forward to dialing down the distance.

I’ve had a couple new experiences so far this spring. I went to my first Barre class, at Pilates on 3rd in Beaver. It was awesome. Nothing like the experience of your gluteus maximus cramping up from overuse! I am the farthest thing from a delicate ballerina, but this class let me pretend, while simultaneously kicking my butt. I definitely plan on going back.  I also went on my first mountain bike ride. Thanks to my husband Tim for his patience with me, while I yelled things like “This is terrifying” and “This is not my idea of fun”. Let me just say that mountain biking is really scary, and also really physically taxing. I had to stop for breaks a LOT, and I am in good shape at the moment. It was tough! I think I greatly prefer riding on a paved path to riding on narrow, windy paths filled with tree roots, rocks, and mud. I’ll give it another try and maybe it won’t seem as bad, but my first time was an overwhelming experience.

We opened the pond for spring, and all 3 of our koi survived the winter! If they can survive that winter, I think they can survive any winter. However I’ve seen the neighborhood cat on the ledge of the pond eyeing up my fish – he better leave them alone! We found a stray cat in our garage, and it got itself stuck in the ceiling. A real life ceiling cat…poor thing. He was terrified and, uh, marked his territory in the ceiling. We spent a few hours trying to get the cat out, and finally did…but the other stench lingers on, far after the cat is gone! Hopefully Nature’s Miracle can perform a miracle here.

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Struck by Lightning vs Healthy Pine

Check out this set of pine trees in our back yard. The tree got struck by lightning last summer, and looked fine until very recently. It seemed to just die within the past week or so. So instead of buying the new cell phone I wanted, I will be spending that money to get this gigantic pine tree cut down before it falls on someone or something. Ah, the glamorous life of a homeowner.

Well, this post is already much longer than I had intended it to be. I want to talk about how things are going as a software engineer, now that I’ve been doing development for almost a year. I’ll have to make that a separate post because…enough already! Happy Spring!


So, what do you think ?