After a semi-relaxing Thanksgiving break, it's good to be back in Central Illinois. I guess. It's very cold, and it's snowing "a lot" (by Virginia standards) And, of course, today was back to the scholastic grind, complete with a girl in my French linguistics class enlightening all of us about her "nic[otine] fix." Related to questions of indirect requests and linguistic politeness? Perhaps.
Anyway, I apologize in advance for freaking out about the end of semester. My current to-do list on my desk looks like this:
- ARAB405 paper (DONE)
- ARAB405 presentation (DONE)
- ARAB405 Final (12/18)
- FR416 paper (due during Finals period)
- FR416 presentation (12/8 or so)
- FR416 Final (12/17)
- FR531 paper (due 12/8) <--YIKES
- FR531 Final (12/12) <--YIKES
- LING400 take-home Final (due 12/19)
Hopefully, running will keep me sane, and heart-burn-/shingles-free for the next two weeks. I really hate walking around in the winter, but I enjoy winter running. Today, it was pretty blowy and snowy in the morning (winds gusting to 28mph), so I got to wear all the essentials: long tights, thermal shirt, jacket, new hat, snot-wiping gloves. The snow made for really pretty running, but the wind made for snowflakes-in-my-eyes. I also realized that for the first time in my life, I'm going to have to actually run through periods of snow and ice, which may or may not involve treacherous sidewalks and roads. This morning's five-miler was a little rough. The sidewalks weren't too icey, but I could feel myself compensating for the snow on the ground. Also, I don't think that two days of sitting on a train did anything good for my legs, so I finished a bit slower than normal today.
Has anyone heard of/used YakTrax? I saw them on someone's blog, and I'm intrigued by the idea of snow-chains for your feet. I'm also wary of weird, rip-off products, so I'd like to get some opinions before I give them a try.
To compensate for my lack of interesting things tonight, I will end with a Facebook wall post from James about my new profile picture (my glamorous Turkey Trot picture):
Mica!!!Aww, that warms my frozen heart. (P.S. If you're on Facebook, friend me! All the cool kids are doing it!)
This is James.
How have u been???? How was ur thanksgiving break? I miss u!!!kkk
First of all, I should say your profile picture is awesome! Is that you r doing marathon?Hey can we meet tomorrow?
Let's go Korean lunch together and starts tutoirng at 2:30 as always.
Have good night!
Finally, I'm curious as to how so many bloggers get to test or review running products from companies. Is there a list I should get myself on? Should I be shamelessly promoting myself as a semi-media-literate consumer and fairly avid runner/eater? Do I just need to spread the word about this stunningly witty and visually interesting blog? What is the secret to this magic?