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 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)'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?


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