The past week has been so incredibly overwhelming that I haven't had a chance to share my other big news: Mark and I are engaged!
He kept it simple: made me dinner and cake, bought me Guitar Hero to keep me busy, and then popped the question. Considering that the proposal came little more than 24 hours after the job offer, I have been staying on Cloud 9 pretty continuously since then. And I have, of course, been busy with the new job, which I started on Monday. I am enjoying the job very much. It has been very slow so far, so I've been using the time to brush up on grammar and style, as well as familiarizing myself with the client style guides. Now on top of all that, I suddenly have to begin planning a wedding! We're thinking next summer sometime. All I know is that it will be outdoors. Luckily, Bloomington has a lot of great parks and natural places, so it's just a matter of making a choice.
Recovery from the Sunburst Marathon is going well. I feel as if I have my legs back. I actually ran a 10K last weekend (two weeks post-marathon, and only my third run since then) and despite some hills, a poorly marked course, heat and humidity, I came up with a post-college PR of 48:10. I think I lost about 15-20 seconds from wrong turns and pauses to figure out where I was going. On impulse, I signed up for another 10K tomorrow (the Barnyard Dash in Starlight, IN). We're visiting my parents this weekend, and I've always wanted to run this race, since it's put on by the local running store, Pacers and Racers. I have no expectations going into this one; I just want to have fun and enjoy some good food afterwards at the Huber Family Farm.