During the past two weeks, I was busy. At the end of July, I drove back to my hometown for my ten-year high school reunion, where many of my good friends were back in town. We all had the chance to reconnect with people we hadn’t seen in-person for quite some time, and I left feeling content. People from my graduating class grew up to be some really cool individuals, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to converse with so many people. I had some good conversations, including one where a classmate somewhat lamented that he had taken so long to decide to go back to college, but I was so excited to hear about it–and I might have slipped into student affairs pro mode for a second. It was also funny to hear people’s recollections of myself from a decade or so ago. I’d have to say the coolest thing I heard was that someone perceived me to be the type of person who was always talking to everyone, regardless of the group that person was in; they said it was no surprise I became an adviser.
Not surprisingly, given how much I post about this kind of thing, there were a lot of comments about my workouts and the crazy CrossFit things I do. They were all positive, but I do feel like I need to remind people that this “fitness nut” version of me didn’t happen until late in 2012. Then again, it’s the current me, and me for the foreseeable future, and I am certainly proud of the progress I’ve made. It’s become so central to my lifestyle. I did run into one of my classmates who was one of the voices that advocated for me to try CrossFit while I was still waffling about the whole thing, and when she asked, “Aren’t you glad you did?” all I could do was smile and say, “Hell yeah.”
Overall, I got to spend some time with my friends and family, got a few very good workouts in, and reconnected with good people. There was even a day trip to Chelan–and a sunburn for me, which is so rare in my world, I had nearly no idea of how to take care of myself.
Speaking of sun… I spent last weekend in sunny Seattle, mostly hanging out with the new boo. After finding out he had never experienced Stumptown Coffee‘s actual shops, I insisted that we go. He found the coffee more than acceptable, and after taking in some sun in my old neighborhood, we drove out to West Seattle and Alki–his old ‘hood. The next day, after the gym, we both went to Issaquah to my friends’ place, where all of us partook in running a beer mile. It was glorious and terrible all at once, but I survived and left in surprisingly good shape.
As you can see, this is not my greatest blog entry. I’ve glossed over many details, and I’m not concluding anything profound.
tl;dr – I went to my high school reunion; it was awesome. Also I spent last weekend hanging out with the awesome guy I’m seeing.
And if “tl;dr” is still too much, here are a smattering of pretty pictures for you. There are many, many more, and those of you that are Facebook friendsies can see the whole collection.