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Nothing says “Welcome back to D.C.” quite like a layer of ice coating your car, biting wind, and freezing temperatures. Especially when you’ve spent the past five days in beautiful, sunny, 80 degree weather.

Last year around this time, the boyfriend went home to run a half-marathon with his family. He raved about it and, quite frankly, gloated about running outside in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of January.

So this year I went with him, excited to check one more thing off my list.

I went into the race with low expectations. My primary goal was simply to add a new state to my race list, and my secondary goal was to not walk at all on the course. The last two half-marathons I’ve done have not gone well, and I didn’t want to get my hopes up here.

But it was fantastic.

I didn’t PR, by any means, but 1) I didn’t walk, and 2) I also hit my time goal! (Which I didn’t tell anyone about until after the fact…just in case.) The weather was beautiful, the course was flat, and running with the boyfriend, Hermanito, and their dad meant that I saw three familiar faces at the turnaround – all smiling.

This may not have been my best race ever, but it certainly got me back in the running groove, which is exactly what I needed.


2:15:55 - my 3rd best time out of 5 half-marathons. I'll take it!

Besides, only in LA would you see a spectator twirling flaming batons while cheering you on.


*All photo credits go to the boyfriend, except for the one of me running. Hermanito’s girlfriend took that and I love her for it considering I never get good running photos. I wonder if she’s available for my next race…

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Finals count: 3 down, 1 to go.

The good: I turned in my two econ assignments yesterday and, barring a failing grade, I will never have to take another economics class. Ever again. That’s a Christmas present in and of itself.

The bad: I have yet to study for my International Affairs final that will take place in approximately 31 hours. I am, however, equating everything to globalization and balance of power, so maybe it’s sunk in more than I realized.

The heart attack: I turned in my history paper at the absolute last possible second last night, at 11:59pm. After it sent, I saw the clock turn over to midnight. Talk about sneaking in under the wire. (I guess technically this would be a “good,” but I thought I was going to vomit from the nerves.)

The saving grace: In 48 hours I will be on a plane, heading to Puerto Rico. I will not be stressing about school work; I won’t be able to compulsively check to see if my grades are posted; and, with any luck, I’ll come back with a tan in the middle of December.

That is, if I come back at all.

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I know Thanksgiving was a full week ago, but I have a few post holiday updates for you:

  • Thanksgiving in LA was wonderful. I met far more family than I had anticipated, had so much fun, ate amazing food, and learned how to make empanadas from the boyfriend’s mom!

(Hermanito responded by 1) not hating me (plus!), and 2) covering his car seats with Dodgers blankets that I was forced to sit on. I’ll take it.)

  • While the holiday was a blast, it wasn’t exactly relaxing. And no downtime means no time to work on the two papers and presentation that I had due earlier this week. Which all leads to a very stressed and tired Liebchen. Thankfully, those projects are now out of the way and I can start the countdown to finals – and after. In just two weeks we’ll be on our way to Puerto Rico and this semester will be behind me.
  • For now, I’ll be looking forward to a New York visit this weekend, testing out a latke recipe tonight, and buckling down to write just two more papers and study for two more finals.


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I know I’ve mentioned it a time or two or ten, but I’ve been trying to cram as much fun as I can into this summer, in the hopes of stocking up before going back to school.

What do you mean it doesn’t work like that?

I realized, however, this past week, that school starts a little sooner than I’d thought. Actual graded classes do, in fact, begin on the 30th. So it may seem like I still have two full weeks. But I don’t.

Sadly, I had to sign up for an economics refresher course. (Yes, had to. Econ is not my friend, and it’s been over four years since I’ve had any exposure.) That course, actually split into both macro and micro, meets from 5:00pm to 9:20pm. And it starts on Monday. And lasts right up until two days before *real* classes start.

Goodbye, summer. It was fun while it lasted.

In honor of the end, I’ll be spending the weekend at Lake Anna, on my brother’s boat, attempting to water ski. I’ve tried twice before. Neither time has been successful.

The boyfriend has promised to record the debacle so, if you’re lucky, there will be a Monday video to make you chuckle.

If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to stand up on the skis and keep my bathing suit on all at once.

Dare to dream.

Happy Friday!

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Most people like to go away for Memorial Day weekend. They like to take advantage of the time off to go travel – go to the beach or what have you – but basically just get away from home for a bit.

I’ve done that. And it’s great. But this year I want nothing more than to just stay home – and possibly visit one of DC’s lovely (free!) pools to work on my tan.

You see, we’ve been on travel overload recently. We were out of town the first three weekends of May, and have only just now managed to have some down time. (Though, can you call watching 5.5 hours of LOST-related television “down time?” Even if we did it to ourselves…?)

June promises to be another busy month. I’m gone the first weekend, then it’s my birthday weekend (not complaining!), then a family wedding in Minnesota, and finally his birthday weekend (plus, my best friend is coming into town).

Given all that, I think you can see how a little sun, relaxation, and recharging of the batteries would be called for – while we have the time.

I’ve always loved keeping busy, but I think I’ve somehow over scheduled this summer, in an attempt to make up for it being my last “fun” one before grad school starts.

So we’ll see how it goes, but the more I think about what’s in store, the more sure I am that this stay-cation is vital.

Do you have any out-of-town plans for Memorial Day weekend? Or are you like me, planning on hiding out and recharging?

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So, you know how I disappeared starting last Wednesday? Well, it wasn’t totally intentional. I’d meant to post something Wednesday morning, mostly with the intent of provoking minor jealousy that I’d be spending the next four days in beautiful Tampa for a long wedding weekend. But, like it so often does, life had other plans.

Instead of posting, I slept in, helped my boyfriend pack, pampered myself with a manicure and pedicure, and finished packing the last of my own outfits (several of which I didn’t even end up needing). And as I was sitting on the plane, and realized that I’d forgotten to put anything up, I felt a little bit like I’d signed out of a gchat conversation without saying goodbye.

But all those thoughts disappeared once we landed in Tampa.

The weather was perfect. We went to dinners held outside, just steps from the beach, watching the sunset as we ate.

We spent hours lounging by the hotel pool – also swimming in and out of its mini-waterfall.

And when it came time for the big event, it was just as beautiful as we thought it would be. I was in tears almost before the ceremony started, and, of course, had forgotten my tissues. But K was stunning, and the look on E’s face showed that he felt he was the luckiest man alive.

We danced until the lights came on and the hotel staff had already begun clearing away the tables. Because that’s how much nobody wanted the night to end.

So, even though they don’t read this, E and K – I wish you all the best, and thank you so much for letting me be a part of it. I love you both.

Mazel tov!

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I have to say, it was a lot harder coming back to work today, after a long weekend at the lake, than it was coming back after camp.

I know, I know – my life is so hard. Feel bad for me.

In any case, these past few days were filled with much needed relaxation, as well as a few key observations.

1. It is easy to shock people by telling them you’ve never seen the Price is Right. (However, after seeing it this weekend, for the first time ever, I wish I’d watched when Bob Barker was still on. Not a fan of Drew Carey.)

2. Men will be sneaky and devious in order to gain control of the TV remote. (To be fair, I already knew this, but it’s worth repeating.)

3. I’m not the only adult who knows all the lyrics to Aladdin. And will sing along when it’s on TV.

4. I am, however, the only one who would lobby for leaving the country music station on in the car.

5. I will get competitive at anything: Trivial Pursuit, mini-golf, skee-ball…even Big Buck Hunter. Stupid cows getting in the way.

6. And speaking of Trivial Pursuit, let me give you a tip when playing the 90s Edition. On yellow questions (Wired/Technology/etc.): 90% of the time, the answer is Apple. On any golf question, just answer Tiger Woods.

7. It’s practically impossible to spend all day on a boat without saying/singing “I’m on a boat!” numerous times. Try it and get back to me.

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