This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Between my car accident in October and my mother’s passing in January, I’ve been having a lot more of those “how many bad things can happen” contests in my head. You know what I’m talking about — where you’re driving through a perfectly calm intersection and, all of a sudden, you picture scrap metal and carnage everywhere. Or you want to go for a run but somehow know that this… Read more »

It makes me crazy that McDonald’s is the international Restaurant Sponsor for the Olympics. Every two years, I see that logo connected with what is supposed to be the ultimate test of athletic ability and I cringe. I did, however, decide to investigate my high-and-mighty stance during Sochi’s run. As I was sitting there in my stupor brought on by a nasty cold virus, I wondered what other company would be up to the challenge? Which other restaurant is known… Read more »

Wow. The last few months have been an absolute whirlwind. As I settled in for the holidays, I was — like everyone else — enjoying time with the family, taking a break from the world, and optimistically planning what 2014 was going to be. I was looking to make creative New Years Resolutions and was pumped for the new start a new year seems to provide. I had completed my two month off season for my triathlon training and was… Read more »

For the first time in a number of years, I’m feeling quite feastive. I’m actually looking forward to the holidays and to the New Year. I’m even thinking about what I might set as my New Year’s Resolutions. That got me thinking: resolutions are usually a list of things you promise yourself you’ll start avoiding or stop doing. Smoking, eating, spending too much, sitting on the couch. They usually involve taking a shame inventory and then making a list of… Read more »

Take a look. I’ve left a few comments below the video.   I found this through Jessica Levenson’s post on the Upworthy blog. She really related to the part about women being taught to physically shrink while men are encouraged to expand. The part that hits me in the gut is, “I asked five questions in genetics the other day. They all started with “Sorry”.” It still smarts a little. I was that girl — in genetics class, no less…. Read more »

I realize that you’re probably noticing that I haven’t posted in over a month. Not to worry. I’ve been writing like crazy that whole time. No, my draft list isn’t full — I write them in my head. I’m not kidding. I see things that I need to comment on all the time. I even get several sentences written and tuck it away for later. What has not been happening, however, is actually typing it out. Or writing it down…. Read more »

The other day, I was telling my brother the story of my books — how I love them, how I need to whittle their numbers down to a manageable size, and how I cannot seem to toss even one of them in the “donate” pile. I know this seems like no big deal. Some books. Peashaw. Get over it. You don’t understand — I have books piled up in my office and in office drawers that should be holding business… Read more »

Have you ever been driving along, singing a song at the top of your lungs and then realize it’s really not a song you should be belting out? I’m not talking about the entire Best of Backstreet Boys compilation (I have no idea to what you’re referring). I’m talking about a song that’s been in your collection forever and you’ve either just realized or constantly forget that its theme is rather somber. This happened to me today — as you… Read more »

I admit that this feeling was probably heightened by my being stuck at home with a cold for some of the weekend, but I have a hankering for some adventure. Those of you who are super close to me have a good idea why this feeling is creeping in too (more on this for public consumption in the coming months) but there I was this weekend — me, Maddie (unconscious), and Netflix. What I found was a pleasant surprise. I’ve… Read more »

I know oatmeal is good for me but I had a really challenging time finding a recipe that I liked. They were usually too bland or too sugary. I came across the cousin of what has become my go-to oatmeal recipe while leafing through a vegetarian cookbook. I liked that it was baked. I liked that they referred to it as creamy. What came out was a creamy, fluffy oatmeal that was too sweet but, happily, filled with delicious treats…. Read more »