Randompalooza Vol. 4

I have a ton of stuff in my mind. But I can't write any of it down. Not that I can't organize it, I mean I can't actually publish any of it. I absolutely know it's for the best, but over the years blogging has allowed me to get things out & help me clear my head. It's frustrating sometimes to not share. What do you do when I feel like you missed a really great opportunity & you may have missed your one shot? Do you move on & live with the regret? Or do you circle back & try again anyway?

Its been over a month. I'm happy.

Got my flight home last week. I'm really looking forward to my mom's 50th birthday, to seeing my family, to spending time with my nieces & nephews & seeing my homie JC.

My bum shoulder has bothered me lately. This sucks. I don't remember if I ever told this story about how I injured it. It was the end of my first year as a PhD student at Tech; I was giving finals to my students, taking my own finals & also studying for qualifying exams, so I was doing a ton of studying. I have bad posture so I tend to hunch over a lot, and in the process, my left trapezius (the muscle that goes over your shoulder blade) just quit working - it was fatigued. I had to go on muscle relaxants & painkillers. To this day when I don't exhibit good posture it starts freaking out.

I absolutely adore the seasonal candles at Bath & Body Works. I got several of the autumn ones & they smell so good.

Speaking of autumn, it's coming & it's my favorite time of year. I love everything about fall - the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the crispness in the air, the pumpkins, the caramel apples, the hayrides, etc. Even though I'm a summer baby, I absolutely love fall. This is something I missed living in Florida.

This weekend I found several items for my fall wardrobe. I got some cute camel boots & some nude platform pumps from the Nine West Outlet. And I got a blazer & a sweater dress from H&M. Next up is winter coats. I realized last winter that my winter coats are at least 7 years old and they need to be replaced. I want at least 1 coat in a bright color, like red or cobalt blue. I fell in love with a red military coat at Marshalls but it was a size too small so I either need to either starve myself or find a bigger size.The last thing for the winter I want is a pair of Uggs. I finally tried on a pair at DSW last week & I fell in love. My feet were so happy in those boots.

I've been working on a scarf for my sister all summer & I need to finish it so I can send it to her before it gets cold.

October is going to be a great month for concerts in the Twin Cities. Eric Roberson, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding and Van Hunt are all doing shows here. I can't wait! I've been dying to see ERRO, Lalah, and Van Hunt so I'm super excited about those shows.

How I know a situation is done - when I realize I haven't given it any thought. Sometimes doors close on their own, and it's no one's fault.

I can't stand playing the waiting game. I have a short attention span & limited patience. I've been forced to play the waiting game with a position that I applied for, and it's killing me. I really want to know one way or the other - either they want to offer me the job or they don't. I gave myself a deadline of the end of the year to be out of my current job and it's almost October so I need to make some moves, stat. I do not want to start 2012 in my current position or without any prospects.

I'm still doing the Primal Challenge. So far I am down 5 pounds. I was doing great during the week but the weekend was my kryptonite. I am too social & I love to be out & that makes me go off my Primal plan. I need to figure out a strategy of how to handle that. I went to a new yoga practice last week & struggled through it, but I made it. My goal is to do two yoga practices a week & cardio the rest of the week & see how that goes.

I need a Halloween costume - what are you going to dress up as for Halloween?

I'm officially a Minnesotan now - I finally got my Minnesota plates on my car. It only took me almost 2 years.

Are you one of those people who can be friends with an ex? Does it depend on the ex & the dynamic of the relationship?