what i’ve been up to lately

Aside from seeing family for the holidays, I feel like I’ve been hiding under a rock. I’ve been so busy with work, school and trying to squeeze in exercise and time with Ty and the dogs that I haven’t had much time for anything else. So, this weekend I decided to do the following:

  1. Get a good start on my statistics class.
  2. Watch “The Shining”
  3. Finish “Me Before You” and begin “The Girl on the Train”
  4. Start watching “Making a Murderer”
  5. Exercise

Basically, I ended up rocking this weekend. I not only started my statistics class, watched “The Shining”, finished one book and started another, began to watch a new documentary series, AND walked the dogs and ran 2 miles, but I also made time for a tiny bit of fun by going bowling and to the Arcade Bar (we didn’t even buy drinks, we just played games. I beat my top score on Ms. Pacman and got much better at playing Rampage!).

Here’s my recap of this weekend’s activities:

  1. Statistics at the master’s level sucks just as much as it did when I was an undergrad…you won’t be seeing/hearing much from me over the next 8 weeks because of this stupid class.
  2. I can now see why “The Shining” is regarded as such as classic horror film. I lover thrillers like this one because they have mystery and can still scare you without necessarily including all the gore and excessive amounts of blood. Plus, I’m a firm believer than horror movies made before the year 2000 were more creative and just overall better movies than most of what we’re seeing today.
  3. “Me Before You” was amazing. I kept bouncing back between feeling utterly happy for the main characters and feeling utterly destroyed for them. I didn’t want their story to end and, shocker, I cried a lot throughout the book. I’m 100 pages into “The Girl on the Train” and I’m hooked so far.
  4. My stomach turns every time I watch an episode of this documentary. Perhaps its partly because the fixer in me wishes I could do something for the men featured, but I think it’s mostly because I can’t imagine being put through what they’ve been put through. I’ve had a hard time accepting a lot of what our criminal justice system does ever since I worked as a mental health caseworker because I saw on a daily basis how many people were treated unfairly or unjustly by the system. One of the things that bothers me the most about these men’s cases is that they have been presumed guilty from the beginning, and yet when the idea is brought forward that police officers may have planted evidence against one of the men, the state replied, “When police officers are being accused of what they’re being accused of, their reputations deserve to be protected.” Don’t all citizens deserve for their reputation to be protected until proven guilty? If you believe that Steven and Brendan are innocent, you can sign this petition to help them get their freedom back: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-steven-avery-and-brendan-dassey-their-alleged-involvement-murder-teresa-halbach
  5. This is boring. I walk the dogs every day its warm enough but Ty and I also got in 2 runs this weekend. We didn’t go far because my lungs felt like they were burning up, but we at least got out there!