Monday, March 22, 2010

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Blog... a land far away, called Not Born to Run.

A lot has happened since we last shared a post.

First, our long national nightmare is finally over. I have been wanting to move since, oh, forever, and have been dutifully trudging around the city looking at apartments since, well, forever. There was something not quite right with each one. Too small, too low (ceilinged), too light-challenged, too desolate, too soul-less, too college-student-y, too expensive, too scary. You name it, I saw it.

I started with quite a list of non-negotiable criteria. 1. Must have fireplace. 2. Must be on Capitol Hill. 3. Must be near Metro. 5. Must have loads of light. 6. Must have hardwood floors! 7. Kitchen not horrible! Etc.

Well, gradually I gave things up. First to go was the fireplace. Then I jettisoned the neighborhood. Much as I love Capitol Hill, I just wasn't finding what I wanted there.

I subscribed to several Craigslist RSS apartment searches in my Google reader, and checked them, oh, about 20,000 times every day. Soon, I eliminated all criteria, and ended up just looking for a place that felt like home.

I knew I would know it when I saw it, and finally, I did. A place on Wisconsin Ave., NW D.C.:

Washington National Cathedral

No, seriously.

I am directly across the street from the National Cathedral!!

Does it get any cooler???

So the plan is this: Sell pretty much everything I own, clean my place within an inch of its life, and rent it out.

In ten days.


Running, you ask? Triathlon? Eagleman??

We'll get to that. Soon. Really.

Meanwhile, I wrote myself an e-mail with everything that's currently on my plate, to keep from losing my mind. Here's what's on it:

  • research and buy car (yes, old car is pretty much dying)
  • buy new computer (ditto, computer!)
  • get zero percent credit card (Done, yay!)
  • transfer discover credit card balance to 0 percent (can't do this til new card comes, since I lost the old card)
  • consulting proposal (yes, I've been approached to do some consulting! done!)
  • Write "10 things you can do to save the environment" one pager for my church's environment committee (done!)
  • call ferguson and ask where to send excess volunteers, plus ask about how/where to transport trash after cleanup (done! I am leading a cleanup of a tributary of Rock Creek for my church's environment committee)
  • get info in sunday flyer for cleanup (done!)
  • Get more boxes (ongoing)
  • Pack (started!)
  • Take photos of stuff I want to sell (which is pretty much everything), get on craigslist (started! you need a couch? or a daybed? Let's talk.)
  • Replace chandelier in dining table (John. (more on this))
  • Paint bedrooms (So. Not. Done.)
  • Clean out storage unit in richmond (I've had a storage unit for 12 years. I haven't looked at it in 12 years.)
  • Get new storage unit in bethesda (not started, can't think about this)
  • Do performance evals (oh man, am I late with this)
  • Read why boys fail so can talk intelligently when attend book party (excellent book, highly recommend it!)
  • BLOG--do something with it (ha ha ha ha)
  • Essay--decide on class (I took a writing class to polish my essay for Modern Love. It needs more help.)
  • Revise essay (perennial)
  • get tix for boston (my adorable friend Petra is running Boston! Yay!)
  • TAXES (sigh)

So you see? There are reasons why I am MIA.

My running is minimal. Twice a week, but that's better than nothing, right? Swimming once a week. Biking? Well, maybe there will be more now that the weather has changed.

But Eagleman?

After long and hard soul searching, and endless griping to friends (thanks, Becky!), I have decided it is just not to be this year.

I'm not happy about bagging it.

I'm not happy about paying for three months of Team Z, and not doing one single thing with them.

But, sometimes life just intervenes.

The things that are happening in my life are good and positive. I could be dropping out because I was injured. But thankfully, that's not the case.

And, there's possibly one other little itty bitty thing worth mentioning: A boy.

There's a boy.

It would be easy to say that he is diverting my attention away from my training. And you know what? That would be quite true.


Sometimes in life, one must just go for what is in front of one.

I am going for this.

It's quite literally terrifying.

I don't know what will happen. Who can ever know?

All I know is: I'm happy when I'm with him. And I think I make him happy too.

May we all find such joy in life.

Your kind thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.

Mood = Happy!


Lesser is More said...

Well its certainly nice to hear an update - so many good things too! Congrats on everything and best of luck with the move to DC. At least you are busy in a good way and not slacking off!

Susan said...

Oh Jeanne! All is excellent! Whoo hoo! Do keep us posted!

21stCenturyMom said...

Wow - double wow. What a huge itinerary and what a LIFE! It's all about living live pedal to the metal and you are so there.

Sounds like you have everything well in hand. A busy hand but you've got it.

And congrats on the boy. There are no relationships without issues. As long as you are both willing to work though them in the name of all that pleasure then it's just part of the fun, right?

Kelly said...

Yay, congrats on everything! I, too, just spent WAY too much time on craigslist searching for a house to rent. BLEH!

If you're looking to buy boxes, you should try They are WAY cheaper than buying new. I used them during my last move, and it worked out great... a variety of sizes and they were all in excellent shape.

Good luck!

Trisha said...

totally excited/happy for you - sounds like all amazing, new stuff!!! This will not stop me from calling you an Eagleman-dropout for the rest of the year...but still very happy (and jealous!) that things are so good!

Lindsey said...

Oh, hi! Remember me? I think we need to catch up sometime soon :) Perhaps when you're through with that to-do list, we can get dinner one night or lunch one afternoon? Or I can help you pack/move!

Vic said...

I'm so glad you are happy in your new relationship! That's wonderful. I am relocating to DC soon... if you would be willing to share some good apt complexes you found (since I am in TX and can't go check them out!) I'd really appreciate it! vickismalls at gmail dot com

Congrats again on everything!

Thomas said...

That's excellent news, Jeanne.

Mood = Happy!

Now that's the one thing that matters, isn't it!

Catharine said...

Hooray for good news! I can't wait to hear more. So here's the plan, you and I will both start attending Team Z workouts in April. Okay? We can run and bike and talk about our news.

ShirleyPerly said...

Who are you again???

No, just kidding!!!

Very happy to hear from you and hear that you've got your priorities straight. As 21CM said, there's no such thing as a perfect relationship. I think I would be more scared if it was too perfect, actually.

nancytoby said...

Photo or it didn't happen.

Best wishes to you in all these amazing transformations!!

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Problems? What kind of problems?

He's a non-runner? Dump him!

Egads. How could you date one of THOSE people?!

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

WOOT! JEANNE! AWESOME! and BOYS TOO! Such good news on so many levels. You will like living near the Catherdral. I had friends who used lived there. It was great.

I still expect to see you on a Thursday Conte's ride. Or just hollar at me - I'll go ride.

funny my word verification is resstri

David said...

I think I was most impressed by the number of "done" things on your list. That may be more than have been done in six months. Amazing what one change of direction can do to everything else.
And Mr. Boy is going to have to become a runner of he isn't already. We don't want to lose you to the couch potato set.

MJ said...

So happy for you! What an abundance of good things! And way to go on moving forward, taking risks and recalibrating your priorities! Looking forward to the next update.....

LBTEPA said...

*squeals and girly handflaps!!* So happy for you, about everything!!

Runner Susan said...

Jeanne, You haven't looked in your storage unit for 12 years. OMG. Jeanne. Having. Heart. Failure. You've seen my closet and you've seen how it's not really very full . . . WHY? because if I don't touch it for 6 months I GIVE IT AWAY. Open the storage unit and HAVE A GARAGE SALE. Or, rather, a storage unit sale.

Okay, now I need to go and read the rest of your post.

iJuls said...

Woo Hoo! Hurray for all that you have going that is good. Oh boy, there is a lot of good here. Congrats!

Judi said...

xxoo jeanne. so glad to see this post. congrats on the boy. buy him a bike.

Anne said...

These are all good reasons to can the Ironman. Especially the boy part!

peter said...

Not only are you across the street from the National Cathedral, but you can sit at your kitchen table, drinking coffee and reflecting on your next blog post (HINT HINT), look out the window and SEE the National Cathedral spires. Cool!

Rainmaker said...

So will you setup one of those new fangled live webcams pointing at the Cathedral? That'd be cool.

Great to hear of all the updates though...woot boy!

Angela L. said...

I'm a little behind (it's 4/5), but this post made me smile a big, wide smile. The happiness just comes right through...would love to get together soon and catch up.

zbsports said...

that is great news! keep us posted ok? lol Jeanne

Dori said...

So happy for you! Have you rented your place yet? I have a friend moving to D.C at end of August. Keep us posted! Even if you are not running, you have a lot of fans and we like to know what is going on with you.

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Nora said...

Wow, what a super post to come back to blog land to. (My excuse is a boy too, but I imagine yours is a bit older.) Hope it's all working out!

Ben said...

Have you spotted the Darth Vador gargoyle yet?

Hope things are still going well!

Sunshine said...

Sure! Prayers and prayers.. still now in June.
Hope every part of your life is some kind of joy.

Runner Susan said...

where is the fashion shoot?

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David said...

March. That was the last post on here???
My how time flies when you're not having fun where I am and you're having it all.

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a.maria said...

:) makes me happy that you're happy!

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