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Improving my 5km time

Well I went to the gym today, after a few days off. I think I might go ahead and start a membership there for April, now that I know my EI benefits are coming through. It’s only $34.20/month on a month-to-month basis. I especially want to start a membership there because 1) I’m not sure we’re going to be renewing our climbing membership, and 2) BF has made the HUGE decision to go back to school (yay!) in May, so I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands in the evenings after work. Especially if I haven’t found a job yet!

Although I really do want to renew my climbing membership. I think I’ve found myself a new climbing partner (although to be fair, I don’t really know him that well – he’s a friend of a friend who just moved to Vancouver from my hometown), and it would be really really cool to be able to hit that 5.11 target I’ve set for myself. And really, the drop-in rate is $17/day so it makes sense to get the annual membership for $264.50 (50% off the regular price). If I go 15-16 times/year, it’s already paid for itself. And I really want to go at least 2-3x/week. I’ll need to decide soon though, because the 50% off deal I’ve got going for me will only be available for another month. If necessary I would just take the money out of my Travel Fund I guess.

Anyway, my workout today went well. I ran another 5km and improved my time from 26:32 to 26:06. Not a huge improvement, but at least it’s something. I know I can run faster if I wanted to, but I don’t want to push myself too hard. Especially not on a treadmill. Treadmills used to be the bane of my existence. When I used to run competitively in high school and throughout college, I was getting shin splints like you wouldn’t believe. It was only chip trails for me for years and years. And speaking of trails, now that the weather is getting nicer, I really want to start trail running again. I’ve got the trail running shoes, so it’s just a matter of motivation.

Happy Saturday!

What a gorgeous Saturday! BF is currently in the kitchen making me pancakes. :) Afterwards, I think we’ll wash our cars, then go for a nice walk outside. Hopefully > 10km. We did a massive cleanup yesterday, so our place is looking better. I still really want to paint the walls a nice bright colour, because currently it’s just plain drywall. Don’t ask. I don’t know how to finish off the walls, so painting will just have to wait. It’s hard to believe we’ll be living here for another 3 years or so. I always assumed it was going to be temporary, but with BF training for his career, and not having to pay much rent, you can’t really beat that.

As for my money, I’ve been trying hard to curb the spending, but some of it is just necessary. I’ve had to spend $10 on Skytrain fares over the past 2 weeks to get to my interviews (will probably buy a book of tickets sometime this week), spent $31.91 on my weekly groceries this week, and my 5-day trip home ended up costing $188.46 (including $72 for the ferry). We’re not going out to eat anymore, and I haven’t been near a mall in ages. I’ll have to fill up  my gas tank soon though.

Speaking of spending money, I will be taking out about $300 from my Savings Fund on Monday. Which will pretty much deplete that account. I’m not comfortable saying why at this point, but I do hope to get those funds back in the near future.

Another wedding

I have been asked to travel for 2 weddings this year, and with me being unemployed, I’m having a very difficult time trying to figure out what I’m going to do.

As you know, BF and I are supposed to go to Michigan in July for a wedding. My very best friend from college. We have tentatively earmarked my Amex travel dollars towards this trip (I have about $500 earned so far).

But this past weekend, I found out that another very good friend from my hometown has announced that she will be most likely getting married in Hawaii at the end of the summer. Destination wedding = $$$.

I have to figure out what I want to do. I really want to go to both weddings. They are both very good friends of mine. But I need to be responsible here. I don’t know if I’ll get a job anytime soon. I don’t know if I will receive EI payments (even if I do, I wouldn’t be able to afford to travel anywhere anyway). And if I do land a job, who’s to say they’d approve the time off for either of the weddings? At least with the Michigan wedding, I’d only need 1 day off. Whereas the Hawaii wedding, I’d need to take an entire week off. And, with the Hawaii wedding, they are having a blessing and a big celebration dinner when they get back home. So it’s not like I’d miss out on all the celebration.

Right now I’m leaning towards just going to the Michigan wedding. I already told him that BF and I would go, and he’s really counting on me to be there for him. It requires less of a time commitment and less money. Plus, knowing my other friend is having a blessing and a celebration dinner that I can attend if I can’t go to Hawaii really makes it easier to choose between the two.

But still, I really wish I could attend both. If the job situation works itself out in the next few weeks, it might be possible.

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