Good morning! Through the power of technology, I am sending you this newsletter while hurtling north on a train to New York City (though, through the power of planning, I am writing this on Sunday).
I'm going up today for meetings. One of the first personal essays I ever wrote as a freelancer was about the first time I came up to New York City as an adult, and how I still carried warnings from the times I visited with the Girl Scouts that someone who looked like me was a prime target for a good ol' fashioned mugging. I've been to New York too many times to count since then (and even ran that marathon they have), but I'm still woefully unfamiliar with the city, and there's still that little tiny bell ringing in the back of my brain that my mom's warning might be true. So if you see a woman with long blond hair in a red cashmere swing coat and camel colored boots walking about: please don't take my money.
If you'd like to follow along with my trip (because I'll be posting pictures of where those meetings are), Instagram is the way to go. I hope that my Instagram is entertaining. There's lots of pictures of my dog and my current cross-stitching project. Example: I posted the picture above from a reporting trip to Asbury Park I did on Thursday.
Today kicks off a very busy week that includes going to the studios at WHYY to record a podcast and another mileage jump in marathon training. I bonked to my tempo run last week, which I think was due more to not being entirely recovered from running in the bitter cold, then snow, then 30mph wind gusts than anything else. I'll run 10 more miles this week than last week. Let's see how the legs hold up.
One book note before I get on with it: it comes out one month from today! Eeeeeeeee.
From the Blog
"Week 8: When do you not run?"
"We are the 82%: Alumni Put Data Analytics to Work" for Bentley Magazine
"Should CIOs worry about the internet of hackable things?" for CIO.com
What I'm Reading
The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe. This is an okay book but not something I'd usually buy. I picked it up at the Little Free Library I frequent at least once a week while running. I'm reading it now because sometimes you need a book that doesn't take too much thought. On Sunday, I went to the funeral for my cousin's baby, who died just before he should have been born. It's unbearable sad. When I came home after the burial, I wanted to curl on my couch with my dog and a bottle of wine and not think. Instead of doing that, I walked said dog, visited some friends in town, then cross-stitched (with one glass of wine) then read this pretty predictable and cliched book. It's just what I need right now.
One thing the pastor said that has stuck with me: You don't get over everything, but you do get through it. Wise words.
What I'm Watching
I am very sad to report that I have watched all seven seasons of The Murdoch Mysteries that are available on Netflix. I really enjoyed this show, and watching so much in one shot maybe led me to want to deduce somethings myself, like who and how a car had run over a bunch of plants in the Collingswood PATCO parking lot. Now I'm onto Schitt's Creek via Amazon Prime. It's funny. It's short. I'll be looking for something new soon.