healthy and happy. one of these days.

21 March 2010

weekend wrap up

I had such a great weekend! Friday night I watched Monsters vs. Aliens – have you seen it?! I thought it was so hilarious. I love cartoon movies, I really do. Emperor’s New Groove, Up, The Incredibles…some of my faves.

Anyway, Saturday was great. I was sad to miss FitBloggin and I definitely want to go next year – but my day made up for it! I went down to Richmond (VA) to see a bunch of my friends again. I had lunch with one of my best friends – he’s my best guy friend and we’ve been friends since we were 13 years old. He was my senior prom date! He’s in med school and just got matched this week, so we had a celebratory lunch!

After lunch he came with me to my old college roommate’s birthday party, and we had cold drinks and played games in the sunshine. It was so nice. Have you ever played Ladder Golf? Looks like this:

You set them at opposite ends of a yard or whatever and toss the ball/string things and they have to hang on to the different rings to get points. It’s so fun. And if you’re immature like my friends and me, there are an infinite number of ball jokes to be made.

After the cookout I went over to the house of another friend from college – for a St. Patrick’s Day party! I had such a good time, and I had a little NSV too!  My friend told me that I looked really good - she hadn't seen me since September, which was the last time I was down at their house! In fact, my first picture on the side there, the one in which I'm wearing my Orange VT shirt, I took that right before I left to see them.

And now today…just resting. I got a book from the library and I’m gonna start in on that.

Can I tell you what’s a total bummer? Fear. Kat had a great post about it recently, which I totally identify with, but in this particular instance, I’m speaking of a different kind of fear…the “of your life” kind.

If you don’t feel like reading this, basically there’s a guy named The East Coast Rapist and he’s been getting away with, you guessed it, rapes, for the past 13 years. From Northern Virginia all the way to Connecticut. And the other week there was a notice of a similar person in the town where I live. AWESOME.

This guy apparently preys on women after learning their routines and habits, knowing when they'll be alone and unguarded - near their homes, or sometimes at gas stations and such. And I'm in my house by myself. It’s so nice out now and I’m literally too afraid to go out to walk/run by myself. This sucks. It sucks that someone like this exists, and that it makes me live in fear. I’m already cautious about this sort of thing anyway, I always lock doors and pay attention to my surroundings, but I don’t like being fearful about it.

I don't want to be overly dramatic, but I also want to take it seriously. If you were me, what would you do?

Anyway, just in case anyone in the DC area that reads this blog hadn’t heard about this guy…be careful please! I don’t want to sensationalize, I just think everyone should be aware.

(Moving to a different kind of terror, I don’t think I will have lost any weight this week. I ate healthfully, but I think I ate more than I did the week previous, plus my "day off" yesterday, which included lots of delicious beer and three pieces of pizza!)


Tamzin said...

Yikes! Thats not great about the rapist in your area!

I used to live in a big city centre and would walk and run. One of hte best things that I did was read the book "The Gift of Fear". Gavin De Becker. Its an old book, but hits close to home.

Reminds you to listen to your fears, but not to be ruled by your environment. Well worth picking up.


Laura said...

It is unfortunate that we live in a world that causes fear. It is always good to remember to be cautious, aware of your surroundings, and not do anything that would make you especially vulnerable. But you also need to live life. You can't be ruled by the fears.

Also, ladder golf... totally fun and yes, a ridiculous amount of ball jokes can be made :) :) :)

Learning to be Less said...

Sounds like you need a workout buddy. Like a big, buff, male workout buddy.

Ladder golf is super fun! I own the game myself.

Keep eating healthy! The weight will come off.

266 said...

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Audrey, The Has-been Wannabe) said...

I was seriously laughing at the ladder golf.....because we call it 'dingle berry'. :)

Keri said...

omg thats so scary. Diz was telling me that where she is in Cali there were some women being raped while jogging in the evening. Thats so scary I can't even tell you. I jog at a track at a high school during school hours.. I have to deal with high school boys oogling.. lol but that I can deal with. Be safe girlfriend... it really does suck that we have to be fearful of these things, I hope they catch that lunatic and cut his balls off. too much? sorry.. lol


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