sometimes, i really have to manipulate myself to do (or not do) something. as far as half marathon training goes, i have a reward system in place for when i reach my goals. this morning, as i was driving back to my apartment, my autopilot kicked in and i was about to flash my turn signal to drive through my favorite coffee espresso stand. NO, i thought to myself, YOU DON'T NEED IT. of course, i fought with myself internally for all of thirty seconds before a car was behind me and promptly came up with a solution! maggie, if you don't get coffee, you can get a brand new *mug* at target today when you go buy coffee grounds. isn't that so much better!? you'll enjoy a new mug far longer than the fifteen minutes of pleasure you'd get out of an overpriced 16oz vanilla chai tea latte! and so, everyone, the first step of being an adult and being made (mostly) financially responsible was made today by turning down the coffee and instead getting a mug. and like a sign from the heavens signaling that i'd made the smarter choice, target had a 50% off kitchenware sale today so for the price of one coffee, i got two new mugs that will keep me happy all semester long! how is that for adulthood?!