October 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
Well, this was not a good month for CrossFit. I only went a literal handful of times. Between the weird fall weather we’re having and coasting on the high of my half marathon PR, I just didn’t feel like doing much. I’m trying to remind myself how much I love going to class, and how good it is for my long term health. I hope to get back to class with some regularity in November.

Running
Once again, not a great month of running. After my race on October first, I only did a couple of short, easy runs. I’d love to say that I’m going to get back on the wagon, but looking out the window at the cold, dreary Vermont November weather, I know that’s not the case.

Since I’m NOT training for a spring race this year, I plan to pretty much not run this winter. I’m not a big fan of outdoor winter running, and since I ditched my Planet Fitness membership, I no longer have treadmill access. I’m a fair weather runner, what can I say?

Theatre
Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Story the musical opens next week. This is the first Lyric show I haven’t been directly involved with since I was cast Legally Blonde back in the spring of 2014. It’s strange, but also good. It’s been a real treat to have free time, although I often feel like I don’t quite know what to do with myself.

I’ve now been to two meetings of the Lyric Theatre PR/Development Committee, and I really feel like I made the right choice. Meetings are fun and completely functional, and there are usually snacks ūüôā I’m excited to continue to contribute to Lyric’s future.

Highlight
Our Toronto trip, hands down. It was so, so nice to spend some one-on-one time together. Runner up is PUTTING AN OFFER IN ON A HOUSE! Yup. That happened. Stay tuned!

Lowlight
The great big wind storm that knocked out power for 3+ days. As of publishing this post, we still don’t have power at home. Boooo.

October Goals
As a refresher, my goals for September were:

  • Make house-hunting a priority–yes
  • Complete at least one item on my ‚Äúlong term‚ÄĚ to-do list at work–yes
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week–nope

As I said above, it wasn’t a good month for CF, but I’m not worried about it. As for my work projects, I have not one, but TWO nearly complete, and I’ve started some others. It feels really good to finally chip away at the stuff that doesn’t really have hard deadlines. It’s so easy to just let them go month after month.

November Goals

  • Complete at least one additional item on my “long term” to-do list at work
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week

What was the highlight of your October?

 

September 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
While I didn’t get to CrossFit as much as I could have liked in September, I still made it to class at least twice a week most weeks, which is my self-imposed bare minimum. Would I like to be going three times a week? Of course. But in trying to keep up with both running¬†and CF, and still trying to have at least one full rest day a week, there’s only so much I can do.

I’m strongly considering upping my CF membership to an unlimited monthly membership, rather than just my 12 classes per month. This would allow me to hit CF every weekday (or even 6 days a week if I wanted), and would only cost me $30 more each month. I still have some goals I’d like to achieve, and getting to class more consistently seems like the best way to get there. However, considering I rarely make it even three times a week, I’m not sure that the unlimited membership is the solution. It’s easy to say that spending more money is a motivator to get to class, but it’s already not working with the 12 classes per month, so…

Running
This month was the best running month I’ve had in quite a while. I did two double-digit long runs, some speed work, AND registered for my first “for time” half marathon in ages. I completed 7 runs for a total of 44 miles.

After having such a great month, I wish I could say that the momentum will continue, but I honestly doubt it. Now that I’m no longer training for a half, and as the weather here in Vermont gets ever colder and darker, I will probably back off on running a bit. I recently cancelled my Planet Fitness membership because I hadn’t gone in over nine months, which means that I no longer have access to a treadmill. That said, I’ll try to cram in some lunchtime or after work runs while the weather allows, but I’m not holding out hope for anymore high mileage until spring.

Theatre
I am still thoroughly enjoying NOT being involved in a show. I’ve had a couple of temptations pop up recently, both of the onstage and behind-the-scenes variety, but I’ve managed to stay strong and remember that I truly need a break. Not having rehearsals three or four nights a week means that getting in my runs and CrossFit workouts is easier than ever, and I still get to come home for supper, or see my friends, or do fun stuff with Ben.

Instead of being onstage, I have been trying really hard to SEE more shows. Ben and I road-tripped to Massachusetts earlier this month to see Company at Barrington Stage, starring Aaron Tveit of much Broadway acclaim. It was an excellent show, and well worth the whirlwind trip. I also have tickets to see Lyric’s production of A Christmas Story, a play my friend is directing, a cabaret-style show starring a bunch of my Lyric friends, and I’m looking at tickets for several other upcoming productions as well. I figure, if I can’t be on stage, seeing theatre is a great way to still feed my passion. I subscribe to the idea that, much like if you want to be a writer, you must read, if you want to be an actor, you must see shows.

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Aaron Tveit signing autographs after Company

Highlight
We have officially kicked off house hunting! We have an application in to get pre-approved for a mortgage, and have secured the services of a buyer’s realtor, so now begins the real work–actually finding a house. EEEEEEEK!

Lowlight
United Way campaign week kicked my ass. I ate like a garbage can, slept poorly, and was generally super stressed out for an entire week. I am SO GLAD that it’s over. AND, I found out that I’ve been granted a reprieve, and will not have to be on the committee next year. I am intensely grateful to have a break after four straight years.

September Goals
As a refresher, my goals for September were:

  • Go to CF 12 times (the max allowed with my membership) – no excuses!–no
  • Complete a 10+ mile long run–yes!
  • Plan a long weekend trip with Ben–yes!

I was somewhat disappointed in my CrossFit showing this month, as stated above. Still, though, I hit all of my other goals, so I can’t be too upset about it.

October Goals

  • Make house-hunting a priority
  • Complete at least one item on my “long term” to-do list at work
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week

Did you have any goals for September? How’d you do?

 

July 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
I am missing CrossFit fiercely at the moment. I only made it to 5 classes this month, which I think is a record low since I started. I probably should have prorated my membership for July, but by the time I thought of it, it was too late. And honestly, I truly thought I’d go more. Ah well.

I’m really ready and excited to get back to going to class regularly once Dogfight wraps up. I think I can re-commit to going to the 5 pm class M-W-F like I was during 9-5 rehearsals, no excuses.

Running
In spite of how busy I was, this was actually a decent running month. I got in 6 runs for a total of 29 miles, including two 6+ mile long runs. Until July, I hadn’t run more than 5 miles since November 2016, so I consider that a win.

I’m still hoping to run the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon on September 9, but it will totally depend on two things: 1) not blowing my August budget, and 2) completing at least one 10+ mile long run. Both of those things are doable, I just need to make the race a priority. And with Dogfight wrapping up in a few days, I will be WAY less busy.

Theatre
I’ve gotten through two weeks of shows for Dogfight the musical, and tonight kicks off the third and final week of performances. I’m excited because lots of people I know will be coming this week, including my aunt and cousin, and my best friend and her husband who are driving up from New Jersey for the weekend.

You can expect a longer post expanding on this next week, but in short I’ll say that this show has made me think A LOT about my priorities when it comes to theatre and performing. I am more than ready for a break after doing two shows in a row, but also have some FOMO settling in because this may be my last show for quite some time if our plans to get pregnant soon come to fruition.

Also, I’m strongly considering joining one of the various committees for Lyric Theatre. They are without a doubt the largest, most well-funded, best organized community theatre organization in my area, and if I can’t be on stage, I’d love to stay involved in other ways and help to make some changes and improvements that I’ve seen a need for over my 10+ years being involved. I’d like to join either the Membership or Development committees, and plan to reach out to the heads of both to find out when they meet and what responsibilities I could expect. Stay tuned!

Highlight
I think my favorite day this month was the 4th of July. I got to be in the Stowe parade, and then spent the day with my new good friends, Brita and Doug. They plied me with delicious cider and tasty food, we chatted, I got a sunburn, and we watched the fireworks. If it hadn’t been for them, I likely would have spent the day at home, missing Ben. Instead, I had a really fun day, and solidified some new friendships that I’m really excited about.

Lowlight
If I’m counting correctly, I only saw Ben seven total days this month. It was definitely hard to be apart so much, but I’m grateful that for much of the time he was gone, I was very busy with the show, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. And now he’s on the final leg of his crazy travel schedule, and all will be well.

July Goals
As a refresher, my goals for July were:

  • Stick to “no booze Monday-Thursday” rule–yes
  • Go to CF at least twice a week–no

Unfortunately, this month just kicked my ass. I was so busy I barely had time to eat full meals let alone get to CF more than a handful of times. Still, I’m impressed with what I managed, particularly sticking to my no booze rule, and adding in the “no treats” piece as well. Surprisingly, I’m having a fairly easy time sticking to my guns on those rules, and not feeling like I’m missing out on anything. For instance, there were donuts in the kitchen at work yesterday, and I didn’t have one. If you know me, you know that is some SERIOUS will power.

August Goals

  • Stick to ‚Äúno booze and no treats Monday-Thursday‚ÄĚ rule
  • Go to CF at least twice a week, preferably three
  • Run at least twice a week

Nothing too crazy for August. Mostly just trying to re-establish “normal” after a month of insanity. It will be nice to get back to a routine, not to mention eating regular meals at home again!

Does it usually take you a while to get back to “normal” after a busy period, or do you just jump right back in?

Gearing Up For Show Week #2

Hey friends! I have gotten lots of sleep, exercise, and Ben time since last Wednesday’s post, and I’m feeling much more like myself.

The first week of shows was a bit rocky, but by the fourth show on Saturday it felt like we’d found our stride. I was completely exhausted after 7 straight days of rehearsals and shows, but I had all day Sunday off, plus Monday and Tuesday evenings.

On Sunday, I got out for a 10k long run (which I live blogged in my IG stories, which seemed to be a hit), and then Ben and I spent the afternoon hiking a steep trail on Mt. Mansfield. We got creemees on the way home, and had a nice supper with his folks before lights out at 9:30 pm.

Monday night was another restful night, with a roast chicken dinner and Rogue One on Netflix before another early bedtime.

Last night I hit up my first CrossFit class in almost two weeks, and then Ben and I did one more date night before he takes off on the second-to-last trip of the summer. We went to our member’s club, St. John’s Club, for an al fresco dinner on the patio, and then watched Sherlock together in our PJs. It was easy, cheap, and a perfect way to spend our last night together before he heads off for another week and a half.

Tonight kicks off the second weekend of shows for Dogfight, and after taking several days of vocal rest, I’m feeling ready to get back on stage. Even though I didn’t expect it to, this show has felt every bit as vocally demanding as Chess, even though the style of singing is a lot less difficult. Maybe it’s because I have more lines? Who knows. Regardless, I’m ready to kick some ass tonight.

Isn’t it amazing what some extra sleep and down time can do?

June 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
Still loving it, though I didn’t get to class anywhere near as much as I would have liked this month. I’m having a tough time just making the commitment to go. I ALWAYS feel better after class and I’m always glad I went, but sometimes it’s just hard to get myself out the door to go.

My box recently transferred ownership, and it’s been interesting. The class formats have DEFINITELY changed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just different. And maybe a tiny bit harder than it used to be. But the new owners are people who’ve been members at the box for years, so at least they’re people I know and feel comfortable with.

Running
Not much running around here this month. I got out four times for a total of 17 miles, which isn’t terrible, but I’d really hoped to get back into a regular running routine and hit at least 30 miles total.

The real struggle right now is where we live. It’s a super hilly area on a busy street, so running at home can be challenging. My weekday evenings are full with CrossFit and/or rehearsal, so my best option is running on my lunch break. But if it’s super hot or rainy, I don’t run. I’m hoping that July will be a bit better, but I’m about to get super busy with Dogfight, so we’ll see.

Yoga
Still no yoga, boo. It’s too hot, and I’m just too dang busy.

Theatre
Unfortunately, things haven’t been going super well with Dogfight. From the get-go, it’s been slow going, with a lot of cancelled or abbreviated rehearsals due to scheduling SNAFUs. And then just last weekend, the director had emergency hernia surgery and had to cancel more rehearsals. We’ve got less than 10 rehearsals left before we open and I am NERVOUS. I know all I can do is show up and do my best, but I just hate being involved in something where not everyone is giving their all. We also haven’t had any costume fittings (or even gotten our measurements taken?), and I JUST got a working guitar to practice the parts I have to play and sing onstage.

Not every experience can be sunshine and rainbows, but this rehearsal process has showed me how spoiled I am after working with Lyric Theatre so much lately. They’ve got a much larger budget and are so much better organized than other community theatre organizations that everyone else just doesn’t stack up. It’s also making me realize that it just may not be worth my time and effort to work with Stowe Theatre Guild again, which is unfortunate, as they’re one of the few community theatre organizations that does summer shows.

Anyway, there’s still time, and who knows what might happen between now and July 19. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude.

Highlight
My trip to San Francisco was definitely the highlight of the month. Three days just wasn’t long enough, but we packed at least a week’s worth of activities in, and I had a total blast. I can’t wait to go back.

Lowlight
Ben left for leg number one of his crazy summer travel schedule. I’ve only talked to him once since he left on Saturday, and won’t see him for more than a couple of days at a time until mid-August. I miss him!

June Goals
As a refresher, my goals for June were:

  • Run at least once a week (5 times total)–nope
  • Go to CF at least twice a week (8 times total)–nope
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall–nope

Whomp whomp. Not a great month goal-wise, but that’s ok. I refuse to let not hitting these be something I’m ashamed of or worried about. They’re there to help me, not to make me feel bad.

July Goals

  • Stick to “no booze Monday-Thursday” rule (you can expect a post on this soon)
  • Go to CF at least twice a week

I’m keeping it simple this month. Dogfight rehearsals are ramping up, and the show opens on the 19th, so I don’t expect to have a lot of free time between now and when the show closes August 5th. I’m just trying to stay relatively healthy and active.

A Quick Check-In Post SF

Hi friends! I’m home! And it’s been a doozy of a first day back already. I had my annual wellness exam (always extra fun for the ladies), and almost ran out of gas on my way to work. And now I’m in the throes of my busiest two weeks of the quarter so I will be flat our at work the next few days.

I’ll get a trip recap post up eventually, but for now I’ll just say I had an AMAZING time, did all the things, ate all the food, and I wish I could have stayed another week.

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May 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
I had sort of a weird crisis over CrossFit this month. I got suddenly very uncomfortable with how much it cost,¬†and was frustrated with changes in my schedule that made it more difficult to get to class. I actually debated giving it up completely because I was just feeling so weird about it. I even started writing a post all about how I was feeling, but never hit “publish.”

Thankfully, I snapped out of it toward the end of the month. After a week and a half of no classes, I went to one that was just SO MUCH FUN, even though it was hard. It washed away any doubts I had that CF was something I wanted to stick with and I’ve been full bore ever since. Yes, it’s expensive, and yes, sometimes I don’t go as much as I “should,” but I love it, it’s a great compliment to running, and I’m so effing strong these days I hardly recognize myself. I love it.

Running
I was supposed to run four races this month, but only ended up with two, which is totally ok with me. The VT Respite House was my first race this year, and was pretty dang speedy. Then the Craft Brew Race was just a good time with my friend Megan.

I ran 8 times for a total of about 27 miles. I’m still trying to fit in two or three runs a week, but it’s hit or miss right now. CrossFit is my priority because I’m paying for my membership, but I love to squeeze in lunch runs when the weather is nice. I’m less dedicated when it comes to running in rain, cold, or on the treadmill.

Yoga
Sadly, I didn’t get to yoga even once. This month was surprisingly busy with social activities, and with Dogfight rehearsals starting up mid-month, my entire schedule shifted quite a lot and yoga was a lot less convenient. I hope to get back to it, but with summer temps on the horizon, hot yoga may not be quite as soothing as during the winter.

Theatre
We started Dogfight rehearsals, and so far, so good. Stowe Theatre Guild is a much smaller, less well-funded organization than Lyric Theatre, so things aren’t quite as well organized as I’d like, but I love the show so much that I’m just trying not to worry too much about anything and roll with it.

We also had a season kick-off cabaret on the 20th, which was a lot of fun. I got to sing a song from the show, and meet a bunch of the actors in the season’s other shows that I wouldn’t normally get to interact with. We had a decently-sized audience and I was pretty proud of the performance I gave in spite of never actually having rehearsed the song.

I’m feeling a bit anxious about the whole “I have to play guitar and sing onstage” thing, because the guitar that the director loaned me to learn/practice on has a broken string, so that hasn’t actually been happening yet. I’m ready to buckle down and work on it a lot this month, I just need to get a fully functional instrument.

I also scheduled my first professional theatre audition, and I’m feeling excited AND scared, to quote Little Red from Into the Woods. It’s a great opportunity, so I just need to relax, prepare, and do the best I can.

Highlight
Ben’s job situation has finally settled! For the last two years, he’s been on a temporary contract covering a leave of absence for someone, and after lots of delays, ups, and downs, he finally has a permanent part time position, and the district is allowing him to fill in some Instructional Aide blocks to pad him to full time so we can keep his benefits. This means buying a house and starting a family are ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

Lowlight
Work has sort of slowly been draining my will to live. I am lucky in that I have excellent co-workers and really competitive pay, but the job I do is SO. BORING. 80% of the time I don’t have enough to do, and the other 20% of the time it’s batshit crazy. There is no in between. It’s been getting me really down lately, and I’ve started getting stress headaches at work, which is no fun.

I’m just trying to remind myself that the end (getting knocked up and not coming back to work after maternity leave) is squarely in sight now, so I just need to suck it up for another year or so. It could always be worse.

May Goals
As a refresher, my goals for May were:

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)–nope
  • Go to yoga at least twice–nope
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)–check!
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice–nope

Boo. Not so great on the goals from this month. Hopefully I can do better for June.

June Goals

  • Run at least once a week (5 times total)
  • Go to CF at least twice a week (8 times total)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall

Do you like to set monthly goals? Do you find that they help you get stuff done?

 

Struggling to Adapt

This is¬†my first week of the “new normal” now that Dogfight rehearsals are starting.¬†During 9 to 5, I had rehearsals from 7 to 10 pm MWF, and 1-5 on Sundays. This meant that I had plenty of time to hit CrossFit MWF from 5-6, eat, clean up, and get to rehearsal.¬†Now, I will have rehearsal from 6 to 9 pm MW and 1 to 5 Sundays. I will no longer be able to fit CF in between work and rehearsal on Mondays and Wednesdays, so my well-established schedule is out, and I’m not¬†happy about it.

I like to have a couple of nights a week where I can either a) go straight home after work, or b) have time to do stuff with Ben and/or friends. Now that I can’t do CF Monday/Wednesday but still have rehearsal, I have to do CF Tuesday/Thursday/Friday. This means I will have ZERO nights per week where I don’t have scheduled activities. Granted, getting done at 6 pm isn’t¬†that late, and leaves some free time, but CF leaves me sweaty and gross, so doing fun things afterward is a lot more challenging.

Also, I’m honestly not sure if I’m capable of going to CrossFit two days in a row. I haven’t done it before, and I’m still usually pretty sore the day after class. Weekends are out because I already drive to and from Burlington five times a week for work; I’m not adding in an extra commute.

I may try lunchtime classes, but because they’re an hour long, that doesn’t leave me any time for travel and/or cleaning up and changing before getting back to work. And the 6 am classes are out of the questions, because I’d have to get up at 5 am to drive into town. I’m toying with the idea of talking to my boss and seeing if I can either come in an hour late or leave an hour early on Mondays and Wednesdays and just skip a lunch break so I can fit class in more easily, but I don’t want to be a pain.

Yes, this is all first-world-problem-y, and yes, it’s a set of circumstances I CHOSE to put myself in,¬†but, as Stewie Griffin says:

Are you adaptable, or are you married to your schedule like me?

April 2017 Wrap Up

And just like that another month is over. The beginning of April was super busy with 9 to 5 the Musical, but the rest of the month was a welcome rest from rehearsal and show craziness. Let’s dive in, shall we?

CrossFit
Not much to say other than the fact that I still love it. I’m starting to see my body composition change a little, which is very exciting.¬†I wish it weren’t so expensive, though. I have been using money from my year-end bonus to pay for my membership, but when those funds run out, I’m going to have to do some serious budget-trimming if I want to keep it up. Which I do. Cause it’s awesome.

Running
I did five runs in April, for a total of 16ish miles. Although I’m still dealing with some shoe uncertainty, the actual running is going pretty well. I’m taking it slow and easy coming back from five months off, and I’m feeling good. The goal is to continue running 2-3 times a week through all of my races this month, and then re-evaluate from there. I don’t have any other races on the radar for this year, and it’s hard to plan ahead too far when we’re hoping to try to get pregnant later this summer.

I’m toying with the idea of training for a PR half, but I doubt that will happen. I think a 10k PR is a much more reasonable goal right now considering all of the uncertainty. Not to mention the fact that I got totally burned out marathon training last year and I do NOT want a repeat of that.

Yoga
I went to two hot yoga classes this month, and I am SO GLAD. Between running and CrossFit, I’m often tight or sore, so a good deep stretch every week or so is essential to staying flexible. Plus, it just makes me feel good. I love the regular Thursday 5 pm teacher, and the studio location is really convenient. I’m hoping to bump up my attendance to¬†once a week, but I may not be able to keep up with the expense in addition to CF.¬†Also, there’s the fact that it’s getting nice out, and I’m reluctant to spend even more time indoors. We’ll see.

Theatre
9 to 5 the Musical wrapped up at the beginning of the month. Overall, it was a very positive experience, and I’m so glad I got to do the show.

I’ve been really enjoying these few weeks of not having rehearsal. I’ve ¬†been able to reconnect with family and friends, re-establish a routine, and just enjoy not “having” to be anywhere four times a week. While I LOVE doing theatre, it’s basically an extra unpaid part-time job.

Dogfight rehearsals officially start up on May 16, so I still have some unstructured time to enjoy. We’re planning a visit to my parents for Mother’s Day weekend and hopefully some other fun activities before all my free time goes away again.

Highlight
Other than 9 to 5 being tons of fun, house sitting was my favorite part of this month. Ben and I got to stay in a beautiful house with a hot tub for almost two weeks, and spend some time just the two of us together, which hasn’t happened much lately. It was great to reconnect, cook together, and just hang out after how crazy this winter/spring was for us.

Lowlight
My friend Stacy moved to Albany this past weekend. I know it’s not that far, but it’s far enough that I won’t get to see her very much, and I’ll miss her.

Goals
As a refresher, my goals for April were:

  • Go to CF 9 times (prorated membership due to being busy with the show)–nope!
  • Go to yoga at least twice–check!
  • Run at least three times–check!
  • Schedule either wisdom teeth removal or gum surgery (yuck!)nope!

All in all I’m happy with how the month went down. Considering how busy early April was, it’s a miracle I made it to the 8 CrossFit classes I did. And honestly, scheduling either oral surgery was a bit of a reach goal. The good news is, I have a regular dentist appointment in May, and can probably take care of scheduling consults for one or both surgeries while I’m in the office.

And some goals for May:

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)
  • Go to yoga at least twice
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice

How did your April shape up? 

The Words You Never Want to Hear/Read

I got a text from Ben on Wednesday morning that read “FYI we’re in lockdown. My class is safe.” Apparently someone called and made threats of violence against Essex High School, so the entire school went into lockdown mode for almost three hours, while rumor swirled.

There wasn’t much more information on the outside, as news outlets just circulated the same basic story. I was stuck at work, which was actually a great distraction, but I was preoccupied all day, constantly refreshing the Burlington Free Press website for updates, worrying about the what-ifs.

Thankfully, police and a bomb squad ensured the safety of everyone in the school, and Ben came home Wednesday afternoon, but it was a scary, weird day. When you see this kind of stuff on the news, you never think it could happen to you.

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time Ben and I have been in this sort of situation; we lived in the Boston area in 2013, and he worked downtown. After the marathon bombings, he was stuck at his office, and I was in Watertown. Cell phones weren’t working and I had to call his office to get a¬†hold of him to make sure he was ok.

And we were in Watertown the night the Tzarnaev brothers led police on a high-speed chase down Mt. Auburn Street. We had just gotten back to our apartment from dropping my sister off at Logan and Ben said “I think those are gunshots.” And I said, “No way, it’s just firecrackers.” And then there was an explosion, and we hid in our basement for 2 hours, listening to police scanner apps on our phones.¬†And then spent the entire next day on lockdown along with all the other citizens of Boston.

I am very grateful for the quick, decisive action of the school district and local law enforcement for keeping the students and teachers safe. Now I just hope they find the bastard who called in those threats.