10 March 2016


Low hanging fruit

Today's Brave Blogging prompt - actually this was from a few days ago - I'm a little behind - is: "In the spirit of getting some words on the page, let's go for the low hanging fruit.
What can you share that you know like the back of your hand? What story have you told over and over? Or what's current for you? What's sonething that just happened or has been capturing your imagination?"

What do I know like the back of my hand? My daughter, but I have another blog for that so I'm not going to go into that here.

The current thing in my life is my desire to get back into running and find myself again. I look back to my life in 2009 when it was all running, all the time. I can still remember my best run, one August night after work when I just felt AWESOME and ran 10 miles. I remember being on the bike path and counting my miles via the mile markers. I'd get to a point and calculate how many miles I will have run if I turn around, and then go a little farther. It was such a great moment, one I wish I could regain.

I'm scheduled to run the Irishman this weekend. I've been sick the last 24 hours, so I'm a little hesitant to go run in 48 hours, but I also feel like I need to do this. I need to do it for me. The 5K of the Irishman was my first race ever, back in 2007, when I started running. I now run all three - the 5Miler, 5K and 1Miler.

It's been a struggle. Initially all was well: my hubby would watch the kid, maybe bring her down for the St. Patty's parade which immediately follows the 1Miler, or keep her at home and I'd have my day. But now he's working so I have to get sitters. My Mom is watching her for the first few hours, and then we're trying something new where one of her teachers at DayCare is going to come and watch her until I get home. We'll see how all this goes. 

01 March 2016

25 Random Things about Me

As a way of rejuvenating my blog and my writing, something I've been wanting to do for awhile now, I signed up for Brave Blogging via the ever-impressive Andrea Scher of Superhero Designs. I've taken many-a class from Andrea and I'm really excited for this one.

Our first prompt - a favorite meme - "25 Random Things about Me". Here we go:
  1. I really am a redhead, despite my hair looking fairly brown.
  2. I didn't get married until I was 37.
  3. My first kid was at 38.
  4. My favorite food is popcorn.
  5. I haven't had more than 3 alcoholic drinks in a year in over 5 years.
  6. I enjoyed being pregnant.
  7. I wouldn't mind being pregnant again but I'm terrified about having a kid now when I'm 41 now and probably wouldn't pop one out until I'm 42.
  8. But I worry that I'm spoiling my kid by letting her be a single.
  9. I love to run.
  10. I don't get enough time to run.
  11. I used to hate the treadmill, but I'm coming to appreciate it more.
  12. I have completed 6 marathons. 
  13. I have ran multiple half marathons.
  14. I prefer half marathons to full marathons, but I signed up for one more of each for later this year.
  15. My favorite colors are blue, green and black.
  16. I know how to knit... square things - blankets mostly. 
  17. I want to learn to embroider.
  18. I want to go to Ireland.
  19. I have friends in Wales.
  20. I collect Trixie Belden books.
  21. I love the "Great Brain" series. 
  22. My favorite smells are sawdust, chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, freshly cut grass, crisp winter air, fresh rain, and my girl's hair.
  23. I love to sleep.
  24. I wish I didn't have to work, yet I love my job (most days).
  25. I have been with my boss for 9 years. He's moving on in May and I'm really nervous about who is going to come in next.