Way back in January I went to India for the very first time, to speak at WordCamps Pune and Udaipur. I left California in the cold and rain and fully expected a hot and humid arrival at Mumbai. Instead, I barely survived with t-shirts, long pants, and a Northface jacket.
I signed up for this race on a whim on December 31st, figuring I’d have almost two months to prep. I think I ran twice the week before the race, each just 3 miles. In other words, not ready at all.
Noooooo! When I pulled out my bindings from their box last year in preparation for a snow trip, pieces of plastic were falling off. I flip the binding over, and the bottom part of the gas pedal was falling apart.
I’m sure it’s obvious from the URL, but for those who lack attention to detail, my domain (site URL) has changed from vparkhere.com to victoriapark.blog! Expect more consistent updates about my life and my past and future travels. I am going to jet off in under two weeks, so keep your eyeballs peeled for some unedited photos! Honestly, who’s got the time to edit photos?
I’ve had so many drafts all up in my head of these amazing topics to write about, but never bothered going to my dashboard to write up a post. But this year’s going to be different! For example, I’ve just signed up for a 10K, even though I hate running. I guess that’s not really a drastic move, I’ve done a half marathon before. Whoop, did I just do a humble brag? YES. And did I just look up “humble brag” to make sure I used it correctly? YES.
I’ve had buyer’s regret ever since getting victoriapark.blog (bye bye privacy!) but then again, there are actual parks called Victoria Park in any country that England has laid a finger on, so maybe I’ll be able to just blend into the background. Although the whole point of having a blog is making more people look at it, so I shouldn’t be wanting to blend in with everyone else. Look at me, worried about invasion of privacy as though I’m a celebrity. I have nothing juicy in my life that’ll make headlines. Sometimes I don’t wash my face when I go to the gym early in the morning, because I’m going to sweat anyway. I do brush my teeth though, and I wish other treadmill runners would follow suit. Good grief, if the CO2 intake of plants was based on strength, the bag of smells I inhale would nourish an orchard.
Notable places: Brooklyn Roasting Company, Brooklyn Bridge, Prince St. Pizza, Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, Biergarten
Favorite coffeeshop: The Brooklyn Roasting Company
We had visited another, more exclusive looking coffeeshop called La Colombe, but BRC stole my heart. I didn’t want to visit the same place twice, but this cafe was a happy exception. Not only was it large and, to my unpracticed eyes, well designed, it also had the most friendly baristas that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Every one of them was extremely personable, and even gifted my friend a free drink for her birthday.
This was my first trip to New York. All I knew about New York was what I had seen from TV shows and movies, so my assumptions were that everyone was just the average, relatable working class Joe looking to get laid on a regular basis, and it is the prime place for aliens to start invading.
The Fitbit Surge really isn’t so bad, it’s a nifty device and there are a lot of features a stats-hungry athlete would love. It just takes getting used to.
At 10 AM this morning, I was at Castle Rock State Park. The weather was dreary, it was forecasted to have light rain showers throughout the day with a humidity of 90%. I was tired from the night before, but with a full breakfast under my belt and the promise of hanging out with friends, I soldiered on and had absolutely no regrets.
On Saturday, I decided to head over to a popular burger joint near Sunnyvale Costco to fulfill my two-week long craving.