Monday, April 30, 2012

Laura Loves {April 2012}

You have probably noticed that this month I have fallen off the April Photo A Day challenge. I’m not sure what happened…I was doing so good! I think just had a busy second half of the month…and I wasn’t really connecting with the prompts from the second half of the month. I think I will be trying again in May

But here is one last photo I took for Day 15: Sunset from the April Challenge:


But back to business….here is what I’ve been loving in April!

Weekend Mornings
Lately I’ve had a less motivation to get out of bed in the morning on the weekends…because lately I’ve had a buddy that wants to sleep in with me…


Milo doesn’t usually like to sleep on my bed. If he is up there…he usually stays only for a few minutes and then goes to sleep under the bed. But lately on weekend mornings, he has been hopping up…not to wake me up…but to curl up and go back to sleep for much longer than usual. Its so cute…but it doesn’t help me get out of bed!

Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Edition
I don’t follow the Clinton Foundation a lot…but I really enjoyed their recent video documenting the work of their Celebrity Division:

Crystal City 5K Fridays
Well I did it! I completed my very first official 5k! Each year around April they do a series of laid back 5k races each Friday in Crystal City, Arlington, VA. This year I signed up for the very last one so that I’d have time to train. I think I will sign up for 2 of them next year! That way I have one to baseline and one to improve on. The coarse is pretty flat…everyone is laid back and motivating…they update results on the website quickly…

5k Results

…and best of all you get a free beer after the race!

Honestly I am really excited about my results. The fastest I’d ever run the distance on the treadmill was 37:47…and because I am not the best at pacing I wasn’t sure I’d survive running the whole time if I didn’t do a 12 minute mile. I can’t believe I beat my treadmill time by 1:32!

Working in the DC Area
This month I got to experience a fun benefit of working in the DC area…cool things like space shuttles piggy backing on a 747…fly by your window at work…

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You may recall from my last Photo A Day post that I had bought myself a present…well this month I made a big jump and switched from my long list of unnecessary cable channels and cable DVR to a cut back in cable…and switched over to TiVo. I had considered doing this for a while (with the advice of my pal Avi) because most of my shows are on the main networks…but I do watch a lot of TV and need a DVR so that I’m not a slave to my television. With cable, in order to have a DVR I needed to subscribe to additional cable I didn’t really use that much AND rent the DVR and DVR service monthly…it was a money pit!

While the TiVo options I chose made it a bit of an investment this month, I still have the ability to record most of my shows in HD…and my cable bill is going down by about $60 per month…it will pay for itself in a matter of months!!! On top of the money I’m saving…the TiVo comes with apps for Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube (and other streaming apps as well)…it has more capacity than my cable DVR…and is even more flexible with recording options than my old cable box. I’m crossing my fingers that it lasts me a while…but I’m really enjoying my purchase so far!

Check back at the end of May for more Laura Loves!

1 comment:

  1. Clinton stole Penn's lunch....made me laugh out loud!