Before we get down to business, here's the obligatory dinner picture from last night:
Raspberry Chipotle baked tofu, couscous, and sauteed spinach and onions
Now down to business. I took my new shoes out for a test run this morning. They were snug when I put them on and for the first 1/2 mile, I wasn't sure if I liked them or not. They loosened up quite a bit during the run and I think I'm almost sold on them! I had noticed recently that my calves and feet were aching after every run, no matter the distance. My calves and my feetsies do not hurt today, so I'm going to attribute that to the new shoes! Of course I'm going to keep trying them this week to make sure that I do like them, but they passed this morning's test! Even the weird "Are you running from me guy" liked them because he yelled at me to try and get my attention while I was far away from him and when I ignored him, he asked his signature question over and over until I answered. I did an extra lap around the block so that he doesn't know where I live because he's kinda starting to freak me out.
Yesterday, I started watching the TV show "Parenthood" on Netflix because there was nothing on TV and I always see how Hungry Runner Girl watches the show while she's doing her treadmill workouts. I really liked the first few episodes that I watched, but one thing that I think has me hooked is the fact that they address Asperger's Syndrome. For those of you who don't know me, I am a huge advocate for the special needs population. Asperger's Syndrome is on the Autism Spectrum and is considered to be a high-functioning form of Autism. Many people with Asperger's Syndrome have a skill or subject that they are very interested in and excel in that area. I think that Autism Spectrum Disorders and other cognitive and learning differences are very misunderstood in our culture and I like that a popular TV show addresses Asperger's Syndrome and gives out correct information about the disorder. I especially liked when the doctor who diagnosed Max with Asperger's said "This is not a prison sentence" because learning and developmental disabilities are not prison sentences. Some of the most beautiful people I have come across in my life have had Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Cerebral Palsy. I have learned many life lessons from working with special populations, and I give two thumbs up to the creators of "Parenthood" for shedding some light on a subject that isn't easy to address.
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