This week I’ve been getting up reluctantly, slouching onto my computer, and leaving late for work. I come into work with a bad attitude and am extraordinarily happy when it’s time to go home.

This is not how I want to feel about my work.

Part of it is adjusting to the fact that I’m not on vacation anymore, I realize. Part of it is unhappiness with the same situation I was unhappy with before. The rest is probably due to the fact that I haven’t worked out properly in over two weeks.

I did go bike riding last night with Mari, Kelly, and Chris. That was good; 7.3 miles. I had to stop at the midway point both on the way up and on the way back, though, which was annoying, and on the way up I had to stop and walk twice. I was pretty unhappy with myself, even though I knew I wouldn’t be doing it at the same level as before. What I need to do is just get my own bike, and start riding more often. There’s a trail near here, I’ve heard, so I can go there when my friends aren’t available. It’s not paved, from what I understand, so when I pick out my new bike I will need to get one that can handle that.

Speaking of which, I am going to buy a bike and a bike rack at the end of the month. Brooke and I are going to go looking around at bikes today, so I can start to get an idea of what I like. I’m probably going to get a $100 or $200 bike from Wal-Mart or Target (or a bike shop, if they actually carry bikes that are that inexpensive), and then snag some gear like gloves, rear-view mirrors, reflectors, and a battery-powered headlight. (The bike I rode in Japan had a headlight that was powered by pedaling, but the intermittent light annoyed me.) I also want an odometer, and if I’m really feeling silly I’ll get a bell too. I love those bells…

Well, time to get working. Positive attitude…positive attitude… At least this morning I forced myself not to turn my computer on, and instead just came directly to the office.