Wow, long time, no blog – even for me! Whoops. Just in case anyone has been hovering on the edge of their seat wondering what happened to me, I thought I’d do a little life update. I’ve got some other fun posts coming up soon, too – I just need to sit down and actually right them! I figured I’d start here.

1. Yes, we’re still fostering: I know I haven’t written much about our current foster placement. I’ve really struggled to find words that don’t share too much of his story or unfairly portray our situation. We’ve had our foster son for about 6.5 months now, and he just finished 2nd grade! To say that the past 6 months have been a roller coaster would be a massive understatement. I won’t lie – it’s been very challenging at times, but also full of joy at others. For example, this week he won the Rising Star award for outstanding improvement at school! He had no idea he was winning an award and was so shocked, proud, and excited when they called his name. I wish I could show you a picture of his beaming smile! He has worked so hard this year (with a lot of “encouragement” from me and AJ) and made incredible improvements in school, and especially in reading. Since I can’t show you a picture of his face, I’ll show you a picture instead of the paper I found at home when I got back after his awards ceremony – it made me laugh out loud.

I thought this was so sweet and so hilarious all at the same time.

2. I just went to Cuba… : If you follow me on Instagram, you know I just spent a week in Cuba! I’ll be posting more about the trip soon, but I went with my best friend Lauren (of Japan and UAE/Oman trip fame). I was born in Miami and grew up in South Florida, so Cuban culture was a big part of my life growing up. My dad’s stepmother (who I consider my grandmother) is from Cuba, and I have an aunt and uncle and cousins from there as well. Therefore, I’ve always wanted to visit. More on this coming soon!

Thanks to KUHL for providing some kickass gear for this trip! Tank and shorts

3. …and I got a stomach virus: In a twist Lauren and I are referring to as Castro’s Revenge, we both contracted stomach viruses in Cuba and promptly got violently sick upon returning home. Of COURSE the meeting I’ve spent 6 months preparing for at work was held on day 2 of my illness, and of COURSE it was a 2 hour drive away. Let’s just say it was not a pretty drive or a particularly fun few hours, but the meeting went off without a hitch, and I did not collapse. Win!

4. I started doing OrangeTheory…: Because I’m late to every every trend, I finally just decided to try OrangeTheory last month. In case you’re living under a rock and have never heard of OrangeTheory, it’s a HIIT-inspired workout class that mixes treadmill running with rowing and weights. I can’t say that I’m obsessed with it – I wouldn’t want to do it as my only workout – but I’ve been going twice a week and like it. It’s certainly a great workout, and I’ve noticed big improvements in my speed already. I figured the summer was a good time to focus on my speed, and most importantly, avoid running outdoors as much as possible. For most of May, my schedule involved 2 outdoor runs per week, 2 Orangetheory classes, and 2 gym workouts.

5. …but I’m getting another shoulder surgery: Trying to get my shoulder back to 100% has been a ridiculous and lengthy battle that I won’t go into because you don’t care. To make a long story very short, my first surgery seems to have fixed one problem but created another. My first surgeon has been…less than helpful, and despite continuing to go to physical therapy pretty much the entire time, it eventually got to a point where I needed to make a decision. I went and got a second opinion, a completely different diagnosis (after much more thorough testing) and will be having the new surgeon hopefully fix whatever the old one did. My surgery is June 14th and I’ll be out of commission (no workouts at all) for 8 weeks at least. Hopefully, at that point, I will be able to get back to running. Any type of strength training will be at least another month after that. They’re cutting my bicep tendon off my shoulder, moving it, and then reattaching it to a different spot (on my shoulder, obviously). FUN. While it always sucks to have surgey, there’s no better time of year to do it than in the dead of summer when running is miserable anyway.

Shoutout to my kickass physical therapist for keeping me alive/functioning and helping me get through the NJ Marathon when my back crapped out on me a few weeks before the race! She ran a 5k the same weekend as my marathon, so we swapped medals. Obviously, me giving her occasional running advice is the same as her keeping my body in one piece. I’m sure she was DELIGHTED to find out about my second surgery. Can’t get rid of me yet!

6. I got a new job: And finally, in I guess the biggest news of all, I’m switching jobs. If you’ve been reading for a long time, you know I’m an environmental scientist by day (although I do basically no field work anymore). I work for a great company and I love my boss and my projects, but there’s a possibility that AJ and I will be transferred somewhere (hopefully overseas!) for an assignment in the next 6 or so months. My current company doesn’t offer the ability to work remotely for extended periods of time, so I got a new gig. I’ll be doing the same work I do now, just with the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world at whatever hours I need. When I’m in Greenville, I’ll be working from home, but when I’m traveling, I’ll work from wherever I am! I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and immensely grateful to be able to move my career forward while AJ takes advantage of his opportunities, too.

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