Stopping for Daisies

Okay so after all that indecision yesterday, I finally made a big decision. I finally decided what I wanted my blog to be about, and what name would fit that. And so now I would like to welcome you to…. (drumroll please)

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Backstory: I was thinking long and hard about what I wanted this blog to be about, and a lot of the names that I was trying to decide on yesterday didn’t really define me or my blog. So I thought about what this blog could be and what I wanted and how I’ve been using the blog already. Well, I always talk about how I don’t have much of a memory and I kind of use blogging as a way of looking back on the things I’ve done, the things I’ve written down… and I always enjoy using my blog as kind of a digital scrapbook of the things that have happened to me, the good stuff I want to remember. So there’s that.

Then the expression “stop and smell the roses” came to my mind, which brings about (to me at least) thoughts of slowing down and taking time for myself, to look at the good in life and appreciate what I can. I want to be that kind of person, for that to be the kind of blog I write.. but since my favorite flowers are daisies I figured I would be “stopping to smell the daisies” instead. Which eventually evolved into Stopping for Daisies, because that’s a much shorter blog title.

So, there you have it. My last blog title/username change. I promise. And, to show you that I’m serious about not changing anymore, I’ve actually gone and given myself a .com blog url:

Please bookmark that page/add it to your google reader. The old link will still direct you to this site but who knows for how long (possibly forever because I have no idea how I did what I did, but just to be on the safe side…). And because that username is too long for twitter (grrr twitter), my twitter username is @stopfordaisies, and I would love it if you would follow me there!

Thank your for sticking with me through yet another round of indecision and username changes. I’m really excited about this one and I plan on actually staying with it for hopefully years to come! Seriously!!


More indecisiveness… plus overindulging galore!

First of all, if you’re new to me and you didn’t realize that my username was indecisiveari… allow me to point it out to you. It’s a VERY fitting name, because not only do I not like making decisions, but once I’ve made a decision I have a tendency to second-guess myself to death. Case in point – my blog title. I’ve only had it for what, a week and a half? Yeah I’m tired of it already. “New adventures”… what am I, a super hero? So I’ve been thinking about it since.. well, ever since I gave myself that blog title and have been trying to come up with a better one. And I think I’ve come up with some. Ready?

  • Running on Wishes
  • Running For My Dreams
  • Running My Dreams
  • Running to Dream

I’m obviously not creative.  I dunno, I like how running can be used two different ways – as in running, like I’ve gotten into running as my hobby, and also running as in fuel… as in, I’m fueled by my wishes, or the wishes of other people. Plus I like the word wishes, it feels optimistic. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been reading too many running blogs lately… and anyway, this blog will never be a “running” blog.. I’m still waiting to see how long I keep up with running. But since it can mean MORE than running, I kind of think it’s okay?  Some people have been questioned the “wishes” part, we spent a while on twitter trying to brainstorm better words. And now that I think about it, should I be running ON wishes? That seems a bit sad. Dreams is a more hopeful word, running for my dreams seems more powerful but I don’t know that I have many dreams, or so it seems. That’s kinda sad now that I think about it. My main issue with running for my dreams is that it doesn’t fit on twitter… so then there’s running my dreams or running to dream, but does that even make sense?

Anyway, what do you think? If you don’t like it, help me come up with something better?

EDITED TO ADD: How about Chasing Down Hope? How does that sound? Thoughts?

Meanwhile, I was bad this weekend. Shopaholic should really be my username. You see, I went to lululemon and spent a bit more money than I should’ve. I kind of heart that store, the clothes always look so cute and fun, even though the price means I can never afford anything. For some reason that didn’t stop me yesterday and I bought this top, called the cool racerback tank, which I had been coveting online for the last few days:

photo-2 This was post-run so excuse the nastiness that is me.

Which prompted this response from my friend:

Screen shot 2011-04-24 at 3.21.03 PM Win!

I also got a black run speed skirt, which is cute because it has ruffles at the back. I can’t get the pic of the skirt ruffles to show up so you’ll have to take my word for it. I kind of love running in skirts because I tend to believe that my thighs are so big that when I run, shorts tend to bunch. Pulling my shorts down mid-run is not my idea of fun so I stick to my skirts. Call me girly, whatever.

And I was also bad, food-wise. For the last 2 months I had been keeping track of my calories, etc to try to force myself to make better eating habits. For whatever reason I got lazy the last few days, which led to me eating things like this:

bunnyLove how Bay is trying to get in on it. Ears went first, of course.

There may also have been ice cream, Chick-fil-A, lots of Mexican food… um. I apparently have no self-control after being deprived from these yummy foods for the last 3 months… it makes me want to eat everything I haven’t been able to eat all at once. Not good.

photo 1 Marble Slab speaks the truth.

Oh yeah and lastly, I have started stalking the weather forecast for my upcoming 5k (t-minus 7 days, ack!)… earlier it was saying 60% chance of rain and I was freaking out. If it rains my friends can’t come watch (4 month old baby + rain don’t mix), plus I’ve never run in the rain. I couldn’t listen to music, I couldn’t use the Nike+ to tell me how much further I have to go (since I don’t have a Garmin yet).. disaster. And then today I checked it and now it says this:

photo 2 Much better.

Here’s hoping the rain chances go down even more. I know Texas needs rain, but I’d rather it not rain on the day of my very first 5k. Please and thank you.

The new adventures…

So you may have noticed the blog name change.. maybe not, depending on how you are reading this post. It came to me slowly yesterday… I spent some time reading my old blog posts, reminiscing on all the things I had done and recorded on that old site, and thinking forward to what might memories I might create with this one. Plus I wasn’t sure how I felt about the website being the same as my username, which was an issue I had back with the old blog. In the midst of my googling, it came to me: The New Adventures of Ari. Let’s see what I can do with it. (Also, lets see how long this name sticks… you know how I roll.) In case you were wondering, the blog address isn’t changing. Too much work, I’m sure. That’s subject to change though, of course.

Anyway, my latest adventure involves losing my driver’s license last night. Grrr. I went out for a run with a friend over at the nearby park and even though I was traveling light (just the iPhone, armband, headphones and car key), I thought I should have my driver’s license with me since I was driving. I should’ve just left it in the car but I slid it into the armband, alongside my iPhone. Before leaving the park, I took out my phone to call my brother and my license must have fallen out too. I’m so annoyed with myself. I went back this morning to see if it was still there but nope, it’s gone. That can’t be good.

The run went well, though it kind of depends on your definition of “well”. Since signing up for my first 5K (btw, have you donated yet? I’m halfway to my goal!), I feel like I need to get on my way to being able to actually run the whole 3.1 miles. The farthest I had ever run was 2.38 miles in about 26 minutes. My goal for yesterday was 2.5 miles but I didn’t make it. I think part of it was because I had never run at this park and had never run with *hills*, so that was a bit new to me. Also, running with someone meant my pace was a bit slower… which was good because I was able to manage my breathing better, but not great because I didn’t run as far as I would’ve liked. I ended up running 2.42 miles in 32 minutes, which shows you how much slower my pace ended up being. Ah well, there’s always tomorrow. I still have 20 more days til the big day… plenty of time, right?

To DON’T list..

First of all, I have to say thank you for the wonderful comments you all left yesterday. I really appreciate you following me over to this new blog/username and supporting my blogging comeback (don’t call it a comeback?). I have the best friends ever!

Last night I was trying to think what kind of a blog this would be. This, of course, was after questioning whether the username/blog name was really all that great… maybe I should’ve coming up with something cuter or something without my name… can you tell that the username “indecisiveari” fits me perfectly?! Geez… Anyway, I’m sticking with indecisiveari (too late to change it now/can’t come up with anything better) but I’m still trying to figure out what kind of blog I want this to be. And first I made a list of things this blog will NOT be:

  • This blog will not be a place where I vent, moan and whine. Because, honestly, who wants to read that? Lately I’ve been getting rather annoyed with people that complain complain complain and I’m trying to become a more positive person.
  • This blog will not be a place of “secrets”. On my old blog/username I would write about stuff that I would be embarrased by if specific people found out. Not anymore. My thinking is, I’m not going to post anything that I wouldn’t want ANYONE to read. If anyone finds out about this blog, it will be a “oh ok you found my blog” not “oh no, my blog has been found out, must go into witness protection now”.
  • This blog will not be about teaching. Or photography. Or any one specific topic. I am a teacher. I am an amateur (sounds better than wanna be) photographer. I am a bookworm. I am starting to get into running. I love watching movies. I’d like to blog about all these different things.  But, even though I’d like to focus on one specific thing, I’m afraid this is going to be one of those random, unfocused blogs. Get ready.

As for what this blog WILL be… that remains to be seen. I’d like for it to be fun, and something people look forward to reading. I’m hoping it’ll inspire me to pick up my neglected dSLR to take and post pictures. I would like it to hold me accountable when it comes to all the different goals I have. But in the end, this blog is just me. And it’s nice to have a home again.

Starting over…

I’m back, baby!!

I’ll admit it, I kind of missed blogging. Okay, truthfully I didn’t for a while… for the longest time I was perfectly happy not blogging, I felt like I had so much more free time. But slowly it’s been creeping up on me and there are times when I’ve thought having a blog again would be nice.. I missed having somewhere that I could look back on what happened in my life (especially since I have no memory most of the time), I missed the fun comments from all my wonderful friends, I missed being a blogger.  I couldn’t go back to my old blog (people I didn’t want finding it, found it.. grr) so I thought my blogging days were over. And then for the last week I realized that if I could come up with a new identity, then maybe I could start blogging again.

Coming up with a new username is hard. I tried to think of everything that could describe me: I’m a teacher, a wanna be photographer, a wanna be runner (more on that later, as this is a new development), a bookworm. I’m quirky, goofy, neurotic, quiet, stubborn… But none of those things *define* me.

And then it came to me. I am probably the most indecisive person in the world. I mean, when I get my mind set on something, I’m definitely determined, to say the least. But getting my mind focused on something can be challenging and then what I’m interested in can change at the drop of the hat. I’m indecisive. And I’m Ari. indecisiveari.

Welcome to my blog.