“Shopping” Costa Mesa, 2022

It’s a short weekend trip to SoCal, but with no plans besides taking Koa to his auditions, I had time to head to my favorite store, UNIQLO. This particular location in South Coast Plaza is one I haven’t been to before, so I was excited to visit it. And I was able to convince my brother and sister-in-law to join me. Bonus! 😀

I ended up getting three v-neck t-shirts which will replace some old v-necks that are showing their age. What’s nice about the UNIQLO t-shirts is that they are a thinner fabric than my Old Navy shirts, so I’ll have more space in the shirt drawer. In fact, I am replacing six t-shirts with the three UNIQLO shirts. It feels good to upgrade and declutter at the same time!

Selling My Chromebook

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“Stickered Up” Cedar Park, 2022

I’m a bit sad to be selling my beloved Chromebook, but I really no longer need it and it would be better if it found a new owner who would use it. I will miss looking at the stickers on it, which I think looked great on the white plastic shell. In fact, if Apple made a white MacBook Air, I would have gotten it so that I could sticker it up again. But now that I think about it, I can probably get a white shell case for it, right? Hmmm… something to think about.

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“Stickered Up” Cedar Park, 2022

In the meantime, though, the Chromebook has been listed on Facebook marketplace and there’s a fair amount of interest so it should have a new home in a few days.

Decluttering the Devices

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“Old and New” Cedar Park, 2021

Over the years, we’ve accumulated quite a few electronic devices and it’s now time to get rid of the ones we don’t use. In the photo above, I’m resetting one of our old laptops to get ready to sell. I also have given away two Android tablets, a broken PlayStation 3, and am trying to sell a Wii U system and a Chromebook. In addition, we’ve got BluRay/DVDs, books, video games, etc. to either sell or donate.

It feels so good to simplify our devices! And hopefully someone will be able to get some use out of the things we weren’t using.

Marathon Recovery

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“Marathon Recovery” Cedar Park, 2022

It’s been five days since I ran my neighborhood marathon, but today I decided that my body had recovered enough that I could go out for a run. I took it easy, just running a couple of miles, but I felt sluggish and my legs felt heavy. It seemed like I also lost my usual running form at the beginning, which was more amusing than concerning. 😂 It was a very short run but it was so nice to get active again!

Since Tuesday, I’ve been eating a lot of sweets and also having a drink or two each night. I guess I still was hanging onto that hunger you get after a long run. Or maybe I was just being lazy and overindulging? That’s probably it.

Anyways, it’s back to running! As for participating in the Austin Marathon, I still haven’t decided. It’ll be a game-time decision, probably.

Personal Marathon

Yesterday I completed one of my bucket list items, which was to run a marathon.

I am actually registered for the Austin Marathon that is happening in February, but with the Omicron variant going crazy right now, I’m not sure that I want to join the masses and run in it. That has been on my mind lately.

I realized that it’s convenient and easy to say that the virus is the reason I don’t want to run in the Austin Marathon, while the real reason might be that I am just not confident that I can run that distance. So to eliminate that possible reason, I decided to just run my marathon early and prove I can do it. Now I can have a clear conscience if I decide to not run in the big race.

Another thing I was thinking about (and I should admit to myself) is that I’m not really into running in organized races or events. I’ve run in several 10K and 5K races, and they aren’t that fun to me. People have said that running the marathon is fun because people are cheering you on. That actually doesn’t sound fun to me. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I prefer to run in my own little world. I guess that’s just the way I am.

Well, I have over a month to decide if I want to race in it or not, but right now I’d give it a 20% chance of it happening.