Tuesday, January 28, 2014

the Kumquat experiance

It started with just another trip to Safeway to get a few things for lunches. While Tim and I strolled down the produce isle to look for some apples, there we saw them, sitting in a small black basket right behind a huge stack of fruit. They were so cute! (About the size of half of a thumb) What were these peculiar things? My first thought “baby oranges?” They looked just like an orange, but mini size. Tim and I were curious about these little guys, so we decided to check them out. As we approached the basket of unknowns, Tim immediately snatched one up to his puzzled face to smell and examine. Meanwhile, I was searching for the label to unravel the mystery of what these strange oranges were. To our surprise they weren’t oranges at all, but were called Kumquats? This was the first time I had ever seen or heard of anything like this. Kumquat? How strange? Tim was still looking at one, as he asked “how do you eat this thing?” We couldn’t fight our curiosity, so we decided to buy a few to try out. At this point, we weren’t even sure if they were edible. We had to do some research to figure out what these Kumquat things were used for. Of course, we found that they were edible, as a matter of fact; you just pop the whole kumquat into your mouth, peel and all. Supposedly the peel was what made this fruit sweet.


I still have yet to taste my kumquat, but the excitement builds inside me as I think about what it might taste like. Tim and I told each other we wouldn’t try it without each other. There is always something so exciting about trying something new. Sometimes it is actually kind of scary because what if you end up hating it? But then again, what if you love it? One should not let fear of trying something new stop them from trying it, because what if it turned out to be amazing?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Beauty of a friend

The living room screams with silence as I sit on the black leather couch with my feet up on the handmade coffee colored coffee table. All one could hear in the presence of this room is the clicking of my keyboard and the turning of the pages in his book. He sits across the room on the love seat that matches the couch I am comfortably lounging on. We both silently work on our homework allowing the gears in our heads to turn and turn as we try to finish just one more assignment. 

We like to share. We share the living room, we share the table, and we share the silence. One thing we do not share is a conversation, but we share glances and we share smiles. We smile because we know that we are lucky to be able to share a friendship with one another. It makes me smile because we share this comfort level that even when the room is silent it is still comfortable. This is friendship. The importance of friendship has become clearer to me as I have walked through my journey. It is through friendship that helps us grow as people.

Through my friendships I have gained confidence in myself and I have gained a sense of belonging. It is healthy to have these strong bonds with another person. Looking at this outlook as a future teacher it really makes me think about my future students and how I will implement the importance of friendship in my classroom. I want my students to cherish their friends and learn how to be a good friend: because life is just so much better with those friends that have our backs! =)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Piece of Today...

Its 3:30 and its time to get started. I put on my Nikes and I lace them up tight. I check the weather to gage what I should put on, and today it's pretty chilly, but not so cold that I need a hat to cover my ears. I throw a jacket on and run out the door of the EOU women's track and field locker room. The door slams behind me signaling that I am on my way.

My team awaits, standing on that magnificent surface that all sprinters have dreams about. Today is considered our "easy" day of training, but I always seem to question the easy part. Every Tuesday its the same thing. We all know the drill. Warm up for fifteen minutes, hurdle drills for seven minutes, workout for twenty minutes, strengthening circuit for ten minutes and stretching for another ten minutes. 

Before I knew it practice was over!

Where did the time go? I feel so accomplished and so refreshed. My stresses have been stripped away and my body feels good. I have come to realize that my relationship for this sport is very much Love /Hate. I think that this is the way running is for many. They go through the pain to feel that gain! My passion for running is growing as I sit here and reflect on my practice today. I am realizing that running is not just about running, it is way more than that. Who would have thought!