What a week! From activities and trips to visits from friends, the past few days have been nonstop. Normally the busyness would bother me, but this time it seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.

Sunday started with brunch with a friend. Despite not being a morning person (that’s an understatement), I got up and tried a new restaurant. It was actually quite awesome!

Work sent me out of the state for a few days mid-week, but on Thursday I was able to get back in time to see my best friend and her family. We had Lou Malnati’s for a late dinner (their first time, my I’ve-lost-track time). So delicious. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend a ton of time together, but even the small time was exactly what I needed!

Yesterday, Sunday, was quite the day. It started with the American Brain Tumor Association 5K, which went from Soldier Field, along Lake Michigan up to Monroe Street and back to the stadium. The weather was absolutely gorgeous! The night ended with a friend stopping over for the night in Chicago. We hunted Pokémon through Grant Park, then stopped by a local bar to chat. A few hours later… 3 AM… and I quickly realized that I needed sleep. Well worth the lack of sleep!

On the agenda for later: a couple more 5Ks, a few trips, and hopefully more friend visits.

Happy Easter!

Welp, I made it! Giving up social media for Lent really wasn’t too bad! Now, the update…

Twitter: I’m back. A few people left me messages throughout Lent, which was a nice surprise to come back to. One friend DM’d me baby animal photos nearly every day. So adorbs!!!

Facebook: I’m back, I guess. My account has been reactivated, all group notifications have been disabled, and many friends have been unfollowed. Trust me – it was necessary. Reading the stream of drama from a few people today after being away for a few weeks has really opened my eyes. I don’t need it in my life. I don’t need to read about it, participate in it, and it can wholly be ignored.

Instagram: This is staying deactivated. I don’t need it or want it.

I will not be reinstalling the social media applications on my phone. They are unnecessary. The notifications are interrupt my life, and I can do without more interruptions and the stress of checking the “omg what did X say…” messages.

If you participated in giving something up for Lent, what was it and were you successful? Let me know!

Day 35

Less than two weeks are remaining in this hiatus. There has been a lot going on, much of which I’ll update on later. Aww, the suspense. 😉

I’ve officially signed up for three 5km walks this season. I’ll likely do more, but three are on the books at the moment. All donations are tax deductible.

  1. Sunday, April 23: BT5K
    – This walk is the American Brain Tumor Association’s 5km walk for brain tumor research. To donate: BT5K Personal Walk Page
  2. Saturday, May 6: Best Buddies Friendship Walk
    – This walk benefits Best Buddies International, which was established to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To donate: Best Buddies Personal Walk Page
  3. Saturday, May 13: Autism Speaks Walk
    – This walk benefits Autism Speaks, which helps fuel innovative research critical support and services for the autism community. To donate: Autism Speaks Personal Walk Page

Thank you all for your support! If you know of other walks, either for charity or fun, let me know. I’ll likely sign up!