My name is Christy. Or you can call me RoS. Or you can call me BAMF. I’ll answer to just about anything.
I am a runner. I have run a few half-marathons, and I completed my first full marathon last November!!! I started running with the Couch to 5k program, and as cheesy as it sounds, it really did change my life. This June, I’ve started training for Marathon #2 sometime in late Fall. Apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment. Though, really, I’m more of a glutton for cookies and Reese’s, and running lets me eat without too much guilt.
I am a music, book, quote and movie geek, but music is my main love. I love all music, even rap and country. Singer-songwriters and acoustic stuff are my favorites though, because they combine poetry, story-telling and song all together. My favorite artist will always be Sade — she’s an angel.
I love mandarin oranges, apple rooibos tea, cookie dough ice cream, french vanilla coffee creamer and Reese’s peanut butter cups. I am currently obsessed with Greek Yogurt – Fage 0% Greek Yogurt is my current addiction — and I deplored yogurt as a child, go figure.
I have a small zoo; I love all animals. Well, if they have legs. Fur helps too. I currently have a cat, two dogs, two donkeys, and nine cows (
with two more calves on the way as of today) (Scratch that, no calves, apparently I just have some really fat cows.) I’d have more animals, but I have a husband too.
I am a recovering alcoholic. I’m generally not big on labels or one-word definitions, but truly, I cannot drink in moderation. My drinking started to create problems, drama, stress and unhealthy habits for me and my loved ones, so I quit. It took me a few tries, but my last drink was on May 06, 2011. I believe there are many paths to a healthy recovery; I don’t believe any one single method or program is better than another, as long as it works for you and helps you stay sober. AA and lots of sugar helped me get sober; running, blogging, honesty and not drinking are some current tools that help me stay sober.
As far as posts, I typically average 2 a week; sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how I’m feeling and how much time I have. I tend to share quotes, poetry and music that I enjoy–I try to relate it all to something going on with me or others. I write about life, death, getting and staying sober, music, quotes and poetry, people that I find interesting, recovery, silver linings, bacon, cookies, bacon cookies, running, and whatever else crosses my mind.
I share a fairly regular series of weekend quotes, music, and poetry posts called “Words for the Weekend.” To read more about my typical posts and style, visit my post “Scattered, Smothered and Covered (My blog’s theme?)“. I also have a page for running music, motivational and inspirational videos, and a contact and resources page with all sorts of addiction and mental health links.
My blog name is inspired by the Jackson Browne song “Running on Empty.” Except I’m not empty, I’m just sober.
And if I had to pick a quote to sum up my views on life, I have to borrow from the movie “American Beauty“:
“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me
but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much,
my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…
and then I remember to relax,
and stop trying to hold on to it,
and then it flows through me like rain
and I can’t feel anything but gratitude
for every single moment
of my stupid little life…
You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure.
But don’t worry.
You will someday.”
I currently live in the ginormous state of Texas, but Georgia will always be on my mind.
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Last updated: June 9, 2013