April was just nutty. I am glad I keep a running log throughout the month, otherwise I’d already have forgotten everything that happened this month and this would be a blank post today.
April was about accomplishing goals and completing tasks and saying YES! to things. It was a full range of emotions from personal triumphs to nationwide disasters and tragedies.
There was an entire week (April 14-20th) where, as a nation, we ALL wanted a do-over. By Friday, we’d had enough. It felt like if there was an apocalypse, this was it. Everything seemed to go down in that one week. The cover of the Chicago RedEye paper and this article pretty much captured the events, sentiments and all.
There was the Boston Marathon bombing – injuring, amputating limbs and killing innocent people; a manhunt that put a town in Boston on lockdown; a fertilizer plant in Texas exploded injuring, killing and spreading toxic air to more innocent people; much of the Midwest flooded; a sinkhole ate 3 cars in Chicago and a crazy Elvis Impersonator mailed ricin poison to the President and a Senator. That wasn’t even all of it; there was so much that happened in just one week that events like bombings in Syria and earthquakes in China, and many other events were (sadly) overshadowed. With all the bad that happened, all the death and tragedy, our faith in humanity was restored as we saw complete strangers rise through the darkness to show support and love and prove that people are innately good and selfless. The worst really seemed to happen all in that one week, as if the Universe was having a temper tantrum.
The rest of April was much less traumatic.
April was the month of being social, meeting friends for dinner or going to a ton of networking events. It was playing kickball on the National Mall in front of the Capitol building and marveling at its beauty when it is lit up at night. It was finally, after a year in the making, meeting an internet friend for the first time IRL. It was being a good Jewish girl and attending my first Shabbat Cluster dinner at the JCC. It was foggy mysterious days followed by gorgeous sunny days. It was dinner with an old IU friend, with a girl whose apartment didn’t work out for me, but we still connected, and having brunch with a new apt. neighbor friend.
April was having the best & most successful BluePrint Cleanse experience yet. It was attending my first National’s game. On a date. Playing my White Sox. It was realizing that while I enjoy being active and social, I need nights to myself too.
April was having to get a new credit card because my bank caught fraudulent activity. BOO. It was experiencing my first Blue Label Whisky while at a Johnnie Walker (free!) tasting.
April was realizing that maybe this running thing isn’t so bad after all when I ran an unofficial (not a race) 5K without stopping for the first time. Personal Record and triumph for me! It was believing I am ready to start signing up for 5K’s and setting goals to run a 10K, a 10 Miler, a Tough Mudder, and maybe a half marathon someday. It was feeling clever from being productive while running – aka running two+ miles to get to Target then getting errands done and then walking home with the bags. It was finding the awesome Meridian Hill Park and feeling as if I was transported out of the city temporarily. April was a ridiculously long and busy month, it seems like April Fool’s Day was 6 months ago already.
April was moments of rooftop serenity and complete peace and calm followed by chaos. April was about accomplishing goals and surviving what might as well have been the Apocalypse.
TIME FLIES AND DAYS TURN INTO WEEKS AND WEEKENDS TURN INTO MONTHS AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT ANOTHER YEAR HAS PASSED. BY THE END, IT ALL BLURS TOGETHER AND WHEN AND WHAT HAPPENED SEEMS TO ESCAPE ME. SINCE 2012 WAS The Year of Caryn IT ONLY MADE SENSE THAT I DID A YEAR-END RECAP. HOWEVER, IT WAS CRAZY LONG, SO I WANT TO TAKE THE END OF EACH MONTH IN 2013 TO REFLECT AND PRESERVE MY MEMORIES. of WHEN AND WHAT HAD HAPPENED. SO, I WANT TO TAKE THE END OF EACH MONTH IN 2013 TO REFLECT AND PRESERVE THOSE MEMORIES.