My Blog, How I have missed thee

Yes, I’m still alive and mostly well!! I started grad school two weeks ago, and have been absolutely overwhelmed. I knew to expect a lot of work, but this is a bit much! My life outside of work has been dedicated to school—no blogging, no writing, very minimal sketching, and even less exercise (boo!).

I feel like I’ve managed my time a bit better this week so I’m going to take a moment to relate some of my recent activities.

On the reading front…

  • I’m almost caught up on Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. I’m holding off on the next book because once I finish that one, I will have to wait until July to read the next one.
  • I have gone back to the Scot Harvath series, written by Brad Thor. I’m reading Blowback now, and while it is good, Scot isn’t Gabriel, and Brad’s writing doesn’t have the in-depth, smooth flow that Silva’s does.

On the movie front…

  • I went to see London Has Fallen in the theater. I know, it got pretty crappy reviews, but if you’re in the mood for lots of action, this is the movie for you! Also, it doesn’t hurt that two hot guys in suits do an awesome job of staying alive and taking care of the bad guys.

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Running on the Canal

It’s been an outdoorsy weekend for me. Yesterday was hiking the Pole Steeple circuit in Michaux State Forest. Today was catching up on a run on the C&O Canal. Unfortunately, I was overdressed for my run, and if I have to admit it, I was a tad sore from the hike. My planned 4 mile run turned into a pathetic 2.5 mile plod. Nope, nothing fast about it. At least I got out, right? That has to count for something…I hope!

At least during my cool down, I noticed a particularly nice reflection and snapped a picture. I hope you enjoy it. I’d have to say it was the best part of my workout!

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Scenes from the Bike

I recently returned from exploring parts of Morgantown and Elkins, West Virginia, on my Salsa cyclocross bike. The below photos are shots from several rails-to-trails and state parks we explored.