Twenty-nine

A summer thunderstorm (my favorite) rolled through last night, taking the humidity and nearly ninety-degree heat with it. What it left was a cool, partly-cloudy 76 degree day and the perfect weather for an early evening run. The last few days have been hot and sticky and I haven’t been feeling 100% so I’ve been going on long 4-8 mile walks while I’ve been hanging at my parents’ house in PA. The fresh air, good tunes and solid milage was great and the movement totally helped but walking just never feels the same as a run. Especially an unexpectedly good run where your legs are flying, your mind is free and you feel like, just maybe, you could go on forever. Today was that. And it was awesome.
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40 Days

I was raised as an Irish-Italian Catholic – I was baptized and confirmed, had a communion and went to weekly religion classes. My family didn’t go to Sunday mass but I don’t believe you have to in order to be religious. The times I’ve prayed are few and far between. I rarely step into churches unless it’s a wedding, special event or I’m sight-seeing. I actually love cathedrals, temples, churches and the like. I think architecturally they are beautiful and they represent a place where people can seek comfort, find faith and receive guidance without judgment (in an ideal world, that is). I find myself oddly interested in the idea and stories behind Saints.

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Quarterly Update

When I worked at GS, we had a prolonged and demanding project that involved overhauling our entire client reporting package, process and technology. It was called QL automation and it was the bane of my existence, especially in my last year with the firm. QL stood for Quarterly Letter and 5.5 years in finance and only one year and six weeks out of it and my brain still occasionally sees a calendar in quarters. The funny part is, while part of my brain is somewhat still conditioned, my life feels way more removed from my finance life than the year + time frame might indicate. For one thing, I left my second job in less than one year (a running joke with my friends and fam) and returned to school as a full-time student with zero income and way more time than I’ve had in quite a while. And for another, I moved out a pretty stellar apartment in the middle of Manhattan and back to my parents house in the ‘burbs of Long Island.

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