Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 By the Book

2016's list of books.  This is probably the least number of books I've accomplished in a year, but to be fair I did read my way through all of the Game of Thrones books which is no small feat.  I also fell in love with quite a few podcasts over the year.  Some of my favorites are Spartan Up, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Stuff Mom Never Told You, and Human Race.

1. Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy *****
2. Adriana Trigiani - All the Stars in the Heavens *****
3. Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train *****
4. George RR Martin - A Game of Thrones *****
5. Pope Francis - The Name of God is Mercy ****
6. Ben Goldacre - Bad Science ***
7. Suzie Favor Hamilton - Fast Girl *****
8. Augusten Burroughs - Possible Side Effects *
9. Yann Martel - The High Mountains of Portugal ***
10. George RR Martin - A Clash of Kings *****
11. George RR Martin - A Storm of Swords *****
12. Paul Kalanithi - When Breath Becomes Air *****
13. Bill Bryson - the Road to Little Dribbling ****
14. Marie Kondo - Spark Joy *****
15. Anita Renfroe - Don't Say I didn't warn you **
16. Diana Abu-Jaber - life without a recipe **
17. Christopher McDougall- Natural Born Heroes ****
18. George RR Martin - A Feast for Crows *****
19. Drema Hall Berkheimer - Running on Red Dog Road *****
20. Erik Larson - The Devil in the White City **
21. Phil Knight - Shoe dog *****
22. Annie Proulx - Brokeback Mountain ****
23. Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way *****
24. John Parker - Racing the Rain ***
25. Brigid Pasulka - A long, long time ago and essentially true *****
25. Jojo Moyes - Me Before You *****
26. Ron Fournier - Love That Boy *****
27. George RR Martin - A Dance With Dragons *****
28. Shauna Niequist - Present Over Perfect *****
29. Mary Mann Hamilton - Trials of the Earth ***
30.Hope Jahren - Lab Girl ****
31. Rich Roll - Finding Ultra *****
32. Amy Robach - Better *****
33. Jojo Moyes - After You *****
34. Anna Kendrick - Scrappy Little Nobody *****

So what have you been enjoying lately?

Last year's list: here

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Coffee date June 11th

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you that I ran off one plane from Texas straight onto a different Texas bound plane. Traded my work traveling family for my 'we actually have the same DNA' family. 

Week 1 of half marathon training is going. Still looking at pacing and what is an achievable time goal for me. 

I'm ready to get back on the clean eating bandwagon. I think I've had enough Texas BBQ, potatoes, and bread for the rest of the year. 

If we were having coffee today I would ask how your summer is going? And have you read any good books lately? 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Coffee Date June 2nd

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you that this podcast I listened to a few weeks ago has been swirling around my brain ever since.

If we were having coffee today, I'd ask how you've been? And do you have any fun summer plans?  I'll be traveling for work (by myself...eeek!) and then off for some much needed family time in Texas (Yay!).  It should be a lot of fun to have the whole crew together under one roof for a week.

Tomorrow is the Reno Tahoe Odyssey.  This will be my 6th year running.  I've had beginner runs and challenging runs.  This year my legs are ranked the hardest.  I'm nervous but also up for the challenge.  It's so much work but also so much fun!  I may be ready to hand the team captain baton off to someone new though.  I would much rather people tell me what to do than be the one giving orders.

Fun fact: Did you know that June is Cotton Candy blizzard of the month at Dairy Queen?  It is hands down my very favorite flavor (2nd place is midnight truffle of course) and doesn't come around very often.  So, I'd probably try to talk you into going there with me next...just as soon as you've finished your last sip of coffee.

What do you say?

Monday, February 29, 2016

The year of the 5Ks

The first family 5K of the year is finished!

It snuck up on us fast.  We didn't have nearly as much training under our feet as the original plan.  But it was fun nonetheless and a fundraiser for the local high school cross country team.

Short one shoe....he was off chatting it up with someone

Our youngest (and admittedly the least active of us) was discouraged by the hills on the course.  We had a little chat, as we climbed them, about just doing the best with what we have and it doesn't matter what place you get if you tried your best.  Which I think is a lot harder lesson to learn these days when there are so many participation awards so that kids don't feel bad.

In the end he had good hustle and beat his old mom across the finish.  Which calls for celebrating of course.  Or at least a hearty breakfast.

These two were running buddies for the race.  They make quite the pair!

Friday, January 1, 2016


If you want to be successful at accomplishing your goals, tell someone.  It holds you accountable.

Apparently I did not post about my 2015 resolutions last year.  Which is a surprise even to me, especially because it was the year of the marathon AND the Spartan Trifecta.  Which happened and I didn't die....so yay!

This year?  Is looking a little different.  I'm registered for just one half marathon.  We decided that we'd run a 5K series (three races) with our favorite little people.  I am still desperately on a quest to get into the 100 double under club (I'm up to 70 unbroken currently)....it's harder than I expected it would be.  I am aiming to get 10 strict pull ups and this year I really will work on the pistol (it's a hold over from 2014).

And also, to spend more time with my Dad this year.  At 85 years old, I realize that I better soak him up while I still can.  He has the best stories and I hope to share some of them here this year :)

2015 By the Books

2015 didn't see many blog posts from me but keeping track of the books I've read is still on the priority list!  So here it is, my walk through 2015 by the books.

Hard to say what my most favorite read was, The Shoemaker's Wife or the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto I think.  The Theory of Everything was good, the movie was wonderful.  I loved reading Orange is the New Black, but didn't make it past the 2nd TV episode.  Ross Poldark was everything I hoped it would be after watching season one this year.

1. James Dashner - The Maze Runner ***
2. Jennifer Chiaverini - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker ***
3. George Sheehan - Going the Distance ***
4. David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks ***
5. Christine Byl - Dirt Work ***
6. C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters ***
7. Piper Kerman - Orange is the New Black *****
8. Kate Morton - The Secret Keeper ***
9. Alexandra Fuller - Leaving Before the Rain Comes *****
10. Neil Patrick Harris - Choose Your Own Autobiography *****
11. Walter Mischel - The Marshmallow Test *****
12. George Sheehan - This Running Life *****
13. Stephen Hawking - The Theory of Everything ***
14. Emily St. John Mandel - Station Eleven ****
15. Atul Gawande - Being Mortal ****
16. Alan Bradley - As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust *****
17. Jim Gaffigan - Food: A Love Story *****
18. Megan Marshall - Maraget Fuller: A New American Life **
19. Laura Hillenbrand - Unbroken *****
20. Erin Morgenstern - the Night Circus ****
21. Barbara Kingsolver - The Bean Trees *****
22. Matthew Quick - The Silver Linings Playbook *****
23. Laura McBride - We are Called to Rise *
24. Veronica Roth - The Initiate **
25. Sara Gruen - At the Water's Edge *****
26. Alec Wilkinson - The Ice Balloon ***
27. Christmas Abbott - the Badass Body Diet *****
28. Marie Kondo - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up *****
29. Jeff Probst - Stranded ***
30. J. Maarten Troost - Getting Stoned with Savages ***
31. James Herriot - Every Living Thing ****
32. Ransom Riggs - Hollow City ****
33. William Souder - On a Farther Shore ****
34. Nicole Krauss - The History of Love *****
35. Sally Hepworth - The Secrets of Midwives *****
36. Lena Dunham - Not That Kind of Girl ***
37. Anita Diamant - The Boston Girl *****
38. James Salter - All That Is **
39. Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See *****
40. Renzo Allegri - Fatima ****
41. Adriana Trigiani - The Shoemaker's Wife *****
42. Anita Diamant - Day After Night **
43. Jacob Tomsky - Heads in Beds ****
44. Jennifer Niven - All the Bright Places ****
45. Sarah Olds - Twenty Miles from a Match *****
46. Garth Stein - The Art of Racing in the Rain *
47. Marcus Luttrell - Lone Survivor *****
48. Jane Smiley - Some Luck **
49. Harper Lee - Go Set A Watchman ****
50. Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project *****
51. Michael Ondaatje - The Cat's Table ***
52. Sloane Crosley - How did you get this number ****
53. Elizabeth Letts - The Eighty Dollar Champion  *****
54. Alice Hoffman - Nightbird ***
55. Condoleezza Rice - Extraordinary, Ordinary People ***
56. Adriana Trigiani - Queen of the Big Time ****
57. Adriana Trigiani - Big Stone Gap *****
58. Claire Dederer - Poser my life in twenty-three yoga poses ***
59. Colin Meloy - Wildwood **
60. Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Effect **
61. Adriana Trigiani - Big Cherry Holler **
62. Adriana Trigiani - Very, Valentine ****
63. John Green - Paper Towns ***
64. Adriana Trigiani - Brava Valentine **
65. Hazel Gaynor - The Girl Who Came Home ***
66. Winston Graham - Poldark: Ross Poldark *****
67. Jenny Lawson - Furiously Happy ****
68. Mitch Albom - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto *****
69. Cheryl Strayed - Brave Enough *****
70. Ernest Cline - Ready Player One *****
71. Jay Asher - Thirteen Reasons Why *****
72. Adriana Trigiani - All The Stars in the Heavens *****

What have you been reading lately?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Check marks

The thing about bucket lists is that if you share them with people then all of a sudden you have something to be accountable for.  It's really a double edged sword that "someday" list.

My way craftier than me, Sister-in-Law, made this medal holder last year for my birthday.  Knowing that I had "run a full marathon" on my bucket list she made me a separate peg just for that.  Cause you know, marathon medals shouldn't have to be lumped in with all the other race distances...they are an accomplishment that should be recognized by themselves.

And there that empty peg was, staring at me, each time I added a race bib to the wall.  So, when are you going to get around to that...

The thing about marathons is you have to really commit to them.  You can't just decide one day you're going to go for it (unless you are the husband I suppose).  And I do have that pesky little issue with my knee where it is missing some of it's fancy padding and 100 miles a week isn't really a good choice.  So I made a game plan that I thought would work and chose to follow the crossfit endurance training program.

It involved crossfit (which I love anyway), a couple days a week of track work, and some strategically placed long runs.  

So, I hung the training calendar on the fridge and off we went for twelve weeks.  The boy has always been so supportive of my crazy ideas.  He even showed up to rescue me on my long run that day my music died and I needed a pep talk and sip of coffee.

After what felt like the longest/hottest summer on record, race weekend was here.  I knew if this was going to be a one and done endeavor for me, then Running with the Bears was the race I wanted to do.  It's small, a beautiful route, and has the best aid stations and spirit ever.

bear claw tattoos are tradition!

It was so nice to have Mama Woolsey pacing me on her bike.  I didn't think about it before hand but it was the best choice on race day I could have made.  She kept me company and distracted from the miles as they ticked by.  And she's laughing in this picture, because I insisted we take a selfie before I got tired and cranky!

(I know ice baths are good for you but they are so, so, so cold!)

And then before I knew it, the race was over and I was eating bananas and taking a dip in the ice bath.

I don't know what we were talking about but this is my favorite picture from the weekend!

The rest of the race crew (they ran the 10K cause they are not nearly as crazy as I am).

Final time, 4:18, which earned me third place in my age group.  No where near a Boston qualifying time for my age but I'm very happy with my finish time!

And with that there is a giant check mark on my life's bucket list.
You know what, it feels pretty great!


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