1 To keep my Spanish as fresh as possible, I’ve been playing around with Duolingo leading up to my trip to Honduras. Its free activities help users learn basic vocabulary and grammar in any variety of languages. The first day I used it, I couldn’t stop because I was having so much fun…but that could just be because I love languages.
2 I went on my first double digit run of the year this morning. Prior to today, I hadn’t run more than 8ish miles since my birthday run, which was 25 kilometers. It felt really good to get outside in the early morning & open spaces and just go.
3 Nick and I looked at our work and school schedules and found that we have two blocks of time off that coincide this summer! Neither of us chooses our vacation time (though I have requested off to go to Honduras this year and last) so this is really exciting. The first long weekend is 4th of July, and we may visit my family then. The first week of August we haven’t decided on yet, though we’ve talked about everywhere from Portland, OR, to Asheville and Charleston in the Carolinas, to somewhere in Virginia where we can do some hiking, to California again. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
4 On the subject of hiking, I finally got around to reading Wild, which has been on my to-read list for a while. Although I love hiking, I don’t know if I could ever be a real distance hiker like those people on the PCT. I tend to visualize the worst-case scenario whenever we’re out of cell service…snakes, bears, cougars, coyotes, falling rocks, etc. I think I’ll stick to my day hikes, for now.
5 It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been (almost) three years since Nick and I got engaged. He proposed on February 8, 2013. It wasn’t an overly elaborate proposal, but it was perfect for us. Perhaps I’ll share that in a post next week!