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New Everything

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

The Run
Unknown – at least 3

The Picture


The Recap

For my daughter, this week has been full of New.  New school, new clothes, new friends, new teacher, new routine, new pencils, new shoes, new lunchbox, new everything.  I think we can all relate New.  New usually means there is some kind of change.  And change covers the entire spectrum of emotions from scared to excited to anxious to giddy.

I had my own tiny dose of New this week.  For the first time I had to pack lunches, lay out clothes, and look at homework.  And next week I’m going to get a big dose of New because I’m starting at a new school too.  I’ll be at Kansas State studying math in preparation for graduate school.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous about my classes because it has been 7 years since I’ve sat in a classroom.  And because Advanced Calculus and Abstract Algebra don’t exactly give off the impression that it will be an easy A.  I don’t think it’s impossible, but I think I will be a little behind my classmates at the beginning.  I see lots of studying and hard work in my future.  To balance out the stress of my math coursework, I’m looking forward to two other New things starting next week:

  1. I get to use the K-State super awesome rec center which includes a full weight room, 2 indoor tracks, 2 swimming pools, and a climbing wall.
  2. As a fun class, I’m enrolled in a Digital Photography course so I’m going to be learning Photoshop and hopefully some more about my camera.

Big Blue River

Hand in hand with starting school means taking on an entirely new schedule and routine.  These last few days, I’ve had unprecedented free time so of course I went running.  As a stay-at-home, running mom who has always had to squeeze in runs or run boring loops on our property, I would be a fool to miss this running opportunity.  On Wednesday (first day of school), the weather was perfect and since it was only a half day I stuck around town and ran on a section of the Linear Trail system that I hadn’t been on before.

Big Blue River

I started at the Big Blue River, on the east side of Manhattan.  It was so refreshing to run a new trail.  I didn’t realize I had gotten into such a running rut.  I wish I knew how far I went, but it’s not the end of the world.  I was just happy to be out running again.  A new trail plus cooler weather, I felt so much more alive than I had all summer.  Just like other parts of the Linear Trail, this part was relatively flat.  I am still having an ankle flare up with running hills, but I seem to have no issues with the flat.  Whatever lets me still run.


As we finish out our first week of school and gear up for another week of New, there is a lot of excitement (and anxiety) at our house.  I’m looking forward to the changes.  I know I will be busier this fall, but I know I will still be running because that’s how I relieve stress.  I know I will be taking pictures because I have to for my class.  But I don’t know how much I will be blogging.  I’m going to try, but I think it may take some time to get into a new routine.  I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to write a bit about my photography class and I’m starting a new workout program since I’ll have access to a real gym.  But one thing at a time.  For now, I’m going to rest up this week and get organized.  Can’t wait for Monday!

Anyone else starting something new this fall?


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1 thought on “New Everything”

  • Dear Alexia — drink in the NEW and relish every drop. I’m sure you’ll be terrific — you have your past learning experience as a foundation and I’ll know you’ll be dedicated to the task. Lots of work but have some fun too! Glad you also got the photography class. Thinking of you from wherever I am. Love, Mom

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