We moved to Dallas about three months ago and if I tell you it has been ‘absolutely fantastic’, I would be lying. Dallas is a nice city but I've had a few ‘I-miss-Chicago’ moments, especially when I went there last month for my friend’s baby shower.
We live in a nice neighborhood with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Our apartment is pretty spacious too.
But the air conditioning has died on us thrice already and the elevator hardly works. We've also seen people passed out in our hallway and some pretty nasty elevator trash. So we've decided to stick around until our lease expires and then move.
College was fun but I don’t need a weekly reminder of what I’m missing.
Moving here however has changed my life. I've done one thing that I would've never done had I stayed in Chicago. I've started running outdoors because the weather is amazing.
Carnivore and I joined the Dallas Running Club’s marathon training program in July and it has done wonders for my fitness and health. I've written about it in detail on Tanvi’s blog.
We are running a half-marathon on Sunday and I did my first Sprint Triathlon in October. I had such a blast doing it that I've already decided to do the International distance next year. They don’t allow you to wear iPods during triathlons so I was singing to myself while biking and running. During the swim though, I was praying because when you swim in open water with 200 people, you’re bound to get kicked and punched.
|My triathlon medal. It's an opener.|
Other than that, a few things that have been on my mind lately are:
Gone Girl – I read this book by Gillian Flynn when I was in Chicago. If you like a good page-turner please read this. Even though the end was a bit disappointing, it doesn't take away from the fact that 98% of the book is fantastic.
Lance Armstrong – I believed he was guilty the day he decided not to fight the doping charges against him. It has destroyed my faith in competitive sport, and you all know how much I love sport. What do you think; guilty or framed?
Election – If you live in America it is impossible to ignore election news. I can’t vote here but I am following it keenly, mainly because the economic policies of both candidates will affect us directly.
Bollywood – My love for Hindi movies is as strong as ever. I thought English Vinglish was fantastic and Student of the Year was a suspend-logic-and-have-a-blast kind of movie. I’m now looking forward to Talaash.
To cut a long story short, the point of this post was to say hello again and brag about finishing the shortest triathlon distance at a below average pace.