34 Stories of running, empty pockets, and April showers

Being 34 is exhausting. I have a strong feeling it has to do with all the drinking, eating out, and socializing that came with my birthday. Somehow I can’t seem to catch up on my sleep and running this week has been nil. I mean the last birthday happy hour was Monday and I think I’m focused on fully recovering at this point.

Sunday was the She Is Beautiful 10k in Santa Cruz and I ran a solid 55 minute race, holla! It drizzled a little during the race but it felt so refreshing and gave me a little boost as I ran through Natural Bridges. The race was sold out and it definitely felt that way, the shuttles arrived late/moved slowly, and I was unable to make it into my time corral. Despite all this I still had a really good time. It was overcast but still such a great day to be near the ocean. I love being at the beach and running, I mean c’mon just add wine and you’ve got perfection. I’ve run this race 4 years now and I have to say I do miss the smaller feel of the first years but it’s still a lot of fun. The energy is so positive and everyone is really friendly. The theme of embracing your own beauty permeates throughout the entire race. It’s a great race for first timers, walkers, and families. The post race festival was beyond over crowded so we grabbed our shirts and headed back to our hotel.

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May feels right around the corner with my trip to Hawaii for my homegirl’s wedding, soon July will be here, and I will be headed to Budapest for another wedding. It’s so exciting but stresses me out a bit too since financially I’m in such a shaky place. For Hawaii, I’ve paid for my ticket and my hotel which is great. I just need to work out a budget for while I’m there. For Budapest I have about of a third of the ticket cost saved but I’m going to throw a chunk into savings with my April paycheck so that we should be able to buy our tickets in May.

I need to really work on my financial security, 34 make me feel like 40 is around the corner, and I would like to be able to retire someday. I was out for jury duty during the Spring Retirement Session but I’m fully planning on attending the Fall session so I can see where I’m at and what I need to be contributing moving forward for my future old lady adventures.

Between my student loans and credit card debt, I feel a little crushed. Having the two weddings this year really hurt my credit card pay down plans although I haven’t added to that debt so small victories. I just need to sit down with my boyfriend and review my budget and our living expenses. I love where we live but we pay a ton in rent and I don’t know if the second bedroom/office was the best investment since he uses it less than anticipated. I don’t know….I just know that I need some help because clearly the choices I’m making on my own financially are not making sense.

Oh yeah and I dropped my phone pretty badly in Santa Cruz. It’s holding on but that’s another cash money purchase that will need to be upcoming. I did not mean for this post to be a broke ass thirty something entry but there you have it. I mean if you can’t be a financial sad bastard on your own blog where can you??

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2015 the theme word was INSPIRED and my action item is appearing to be to ask for HELP.

 Basically I’m Sandra Bullock in 28 days. I heart her.

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April is the get serious month, peeps. We’re bringing the fitness and healthy food back with a vengeance. We will be in Hawaii swimsuit countdown and I want to look and feel good….I say this as I eat mac and cheese. I’m drinking water at least. Thank baby Jesus for that much. I also will be getting serious with my Marathon training – LOOK OUT!!!! Let’s set up some April Goooaalllss!!!

APRIL GOALS

  • DRINK ALL THE WATER!
  • Run 3- 4 times a week
  • Plank for core strength – goal 20 out of 30 days this month!
  • Stay within my budget!!! Just say NO to spending
  • Work on cleaning out my clothes closet
  • Bring my lunch to work also known as saving money!!!
  • Read a book

I’m serious here, kids. It’s time to put the two week long birthday celebrating behind us and get back to reality. I’m considering a sugar detox to help with the eating and hopefully the race this Saturday will be perfect for a Marathon Kickoff!!!

I’m heading to Livermore on Friday for the race expo!!! So excited and did I mention there’s wine tasting!!!!??? 13.1 tastings to be exact. Isn’t that clever.

Alright my peeps, it’s time for me to call it a night and tackle some chores.

Besos,
lbg

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I need a luck dragon….and to get out of this damn bell jar

Do you know you’re in the bell jar or is it only after you’re out that you know you’ve been in???

Where are all my damn Philosophy majors? Probably spending their summer some place dreamy…Damn, kids..I kid..I kid. Well at least about the kids.

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Oh Reality Bites, I can’t even look to you for wisdom because I’m now a decade older than your characters. What movie should I be referring to with thirty somethings…I mean I obviously have Bridget Jones 🙂
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Well at least this hot mess express woke up and made herself do a nice 3.5 mile run and treated herself to a good ole cup of joe. Work has been very slow which is good because my motivation ended right as I walked in the door. I did try and resuscitate it with another cup of coffee but that too failed. I read two articles on improving your productivity/desk station. I will post them later this week if I find them actually useful. I also saw a job that I’m going to apply for at the University. No expectations just a chance to throw my hat in the ring and possibly increase cash flow if it happens. The work would be different and maybe that’s what this bell jar bebe needs?

I need to fall back into love with the administrative side of my job or at the very least not get caught up in the inefficiency and put in a few LOOOONNNG nights. I need to commit to letting something go so that I can make that happen. Most likely it will be having a clean house, laundry, and dinner with my lovely boyfriend. If I get in at least 3 late nights this week and next, maybe I will be caught up before vacation. I just need a strategy, commit, and put in the hours. Sigh, hours that I am not paid for…BLARGH!

I’m thinking of purchasing this workout dvd despite the current “I’m in the red” financial situation.
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First, I need to have a back-up when I can’t get my morning run due to an early morning meeting. Second, if I’m working out in the evening I’d like my boy to be able to enjoy the living room. There’s no tv in our bedroom so I need something that I can download to my ipad. I think I can get this for $10.00 (itunes) which is pretty reasonable and I love Jillian.

Back to the dreaded office, I’d like to have a plan of attack for work so once I return from Mexico I can put on my big girls pants and budget the hell out of the next 6 months.
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I’m 33 and I’d like a kid and to retire one day so I need to break up with my retail therapy, lack of budgeting, and general non-financial savviness.
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I really want a win…so I can feel like this and possibly turn this ish around. Or at least get me out of the jar.
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That’s all I got for tricky Tuesday, my interwebbies. Hope yours is going well. Let me know if you have any budget blogs I should be reading, or any how to be a grown up blogs for that matter.
Besos,
lbg

VIVA LAS VEGAS and other problems of the old lady variety

NOW IN RECOVERY MODE. CHILLING AND DREAMING OF GETTING MY RUN ON.

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Morning workout cancelled due to slight shoulder pain. In an attempt to be a grown ass person and not further jack my little body up, I opted to stay home and sleep a bit longer. Given I took a 2 hour nap after work yesterday this felt appropriate. Your body heals itself during sleep, buddies! If you are not sleeping, you are seriously effing up the bod-day! That’s why sleep deprivation is considered a form of torture. TRUE STORY. But I sincerely hope to bring sexy back tomorrow because I am so over being broken.

Also I’m a stress shopper. I need to stop spending $$$$. I’m on the path to being a 90 year old College Adviser because I can’t afford to retire. I will tell the children I enrolled for my own college course via a landline and these kids will look at me and be like “What’s a landline?” Sigh, I’m broken and my precious Grandma R is doing really poorly. It sucks and I’m nervous about going to LA this weekend since she’s having a rough week. I mean she’s 95 so she’s a tough cookie but still. Plus trying to help my Mom with all my Grandma’s casa stuff is no fun and MAD depressing. Have your grandparents update their wills, people!!! While they are healthy! Update your own damn wills too!! Anyways, MAC Diva in matte was my spending luxury yesterday.
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OMG! It’s so pretty and I love it! Some of you, may be thinking – Hmmm…it’s a little dark. Remember little brown girl, I’m a Mexican and we LOVE us some burgundy, red, and even brown (holla 90’s cholas) lipsticks. It’s in my genes, people!!!

This post needs some cheering up. QUICK MINI DANCE PARTY TO LIFT THE MOOD!!!!

Also Happy Birthday Q-TIP! Thanks for the jam! That seriously helped. The only thing that would have made it better is if my coffee was spiked with Baileys. Yummm….coffee and booze. Talk about a match made in Heaven.

This weekend we will head down South to spend a quick weekend with the Boy’s familia for passover. There will also be some fancy cocktails and brunch with his AWESOME brother and sister-in-law. Seriously, we always have way too much fun with those guys and it makes us sad they far away. However they are living the DINK lifestyle (Dual Income And No Kids – took me forever to figure this one out) and of course neither of them work in Education like us (suckers) so we always end up throwing down the cash. It’s always worth it though so probably good they don’t live nearby because we would be super broke or just yelling at them to not to be so DAMN FANCY! Not gonna lie, they are VERY generous and do pick up the tab quite a bit. THANKS FAMILIA for loving your broke, working in education, crazy familia. Cannot wait for sunny and gorgeous brunch in LA.

Speaking of being happy, running, aka killing the Debbie downer mode. I’m really wanting to do LAS VEGAS HALF MARATHON in November. You get to run the strip at night time!!! How seriously dope is that! Yeah, I said dope. We’ve already established I’m a million years old. Just enjoy it. Here’s a link – doesn’t it seem cool??? If I watched the ticket prices me and the Boy could prob get a good deal. We’d need a hotel but it seems like a fun little 2 – 3 day weekend vacay with a RACE! I should probably register like in June though because who am I kidding – next month is BROOKLYN!!! Aka all money going to fun times in NYC! Let me know if you have any suggestions?

Lastly, this article on xojane made me HELLA laugh. So I’m sharing it with you my interwebbies – check it out!!!

Let me know what’s going on in your old lady lives or bad girl lives!
Besos,
lbg