Monthly Archives: June 2013

want to know my superpower?

Okay, I don’t really have a super power.

Recently DKMS (now Delete Blood Cancer), the organization through which I donated stem cells, reached a milestone, when they had their 1000th donor.  As one of the first 1000, to celebrate, they asked us if we would be willing to get our pictures taken with a “superhero” cape and submit them for their Facebook campaign.

I recruited my 8 year old to take the pictures of me.  As you can see, we had a lot of fun with our little impromptu “photo shoot.”

DKMS Collage

These images courtesy of me, a superhero cape, and a hilarious 8 year old.

I still haven’t heard any news from my patient since I sent my letter.  I’m okay with that, knowing that it took three months to get the first card from her.   If it takes the same amount of time for my response to get back to her, she’s getting my letter right about now.  It would be nice to know if she is doing well, though.  So I am hopeful that I will hear something in the future.


I’ll see you when I see you.

I know my posts are few and far between, and I decided today that I’m just going to embrace that and live with it.  I am not a professional writer, and I just don’t have the time to do this more often.  So, although I’d love to post weekly, or even more than once a week, I just have to realize that at this point in my life I am not able to sit down and type at the computer “for fun” even once a week.

When life gets busy, my running and my blogging suffer.  And, at this point, life is ALWAYS busy.  I’m hoping things slow down around October.  (2020)

Today I headed out for a run, and felt awesome in the first mile.  Then the lack of much extensive running these past few weeks took hold, and I got more and more tired.  I still managed 5 miles, but I had to take several walk breaks.  I’m not frustrated by this.  I’m actually okay with it.  I think I would have felt worse about it if I had stopped at 3 miles and called it good.  But I decided that even with walk breaks, I wanted to do 5 miles so that I would feel I had accomplished something.  And I realized, this is what happens when you push running to the back burner to deal with life.  But struggling to complete 5 miles is a hard thing to accept when you are used to expecting so much more.  A month ago I ran two half marathons in two weeks, and 10 miles the next weekend.  Of course I came home after that 10 mile run and spent the day sick in bed…whether that was the run or not I don’t know.

But, in the end, what I am doing is spending the time on things that mean more to me.  My kids, my family, and work.  (yeah, work).  I love running, and I love it even more when it’s effortless and rewarding.  And right now it’s not very rewarding – it’s frustrating.  But I also know that this is only a phase, and I’ll get back into it when it makes more sense.  I’m done promising myself that soon things will slow down and I will have more time.

It makes me wonder how others squeeze it all in.  I can’t even fathom training for another marathon right now when I’m hardly getting in a few miles a few times a week.  And some people hit the gym daily?  And cook dinner for their family?  And play catch in the back yard?  And clean the house? And go swimming?  And play at the park?  My head is spinning just thinking about all the things we AREN’T doing.


I need to relax.  We’re taking some vacation time in the next few weeks, and I need that desperately.  I may post more if I have time, but then again, I may not.  And I’m going to be okay with that.


So, as someone once said to me, “I’ll see you when I see you.”  Seems appropriate.


I stink.

I feel gross.

I got out for a 6 mile run this morning. Thanks to my mother-in-law, our two older boys were having a sleepover with their cousins, so I also took an opportunity to sleep in. (Until 7:30!)

When I walked in the door all sweaty and gross, and realized my husband wasn’t home, (he had gone to the grocery store with our youngest), I quickly had to adjust my plans – which had included a nice hot shower. I knew that my kids were supposed to be home very soon.

It’s a good thing I didn’t shower. Sure enough, within 10 minutes she pulled up with a carload of cousins.

All the kids thundered into the house and into the basement to play, and after about 10 minutes I realized that my shower plans had been derailed. It just wasn’t going to happen.

At this point, I only had a short window of time (5 minutes) before we had to leave for my 6 year old’s baseball game. I quickly threw on some pants and washed my face so I wouldn’t look quite so, well, “post-run.”

Why pants? Well, this morning I went out for a run in a very short running skirt. Fine for a run, but not fine for an hour sitting in the bleachers with a bunch of other parents.

After the game we came home, ate lunch, and my husband took the two older boys fishing. Yes! Time for a shower!

Just as they pulled out of the driveway, the 2 year old woke up, ready for lunch and playtime.

Rats! Foiled again.

I’ll shower sometime today.

But for now, I still feel gross.

award season…and I didn’t even buy a dress

What a surprise!  I go without posting for a few weeks…(did anyone miss me?)

…and I get nominated for an award!

I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award over at Yea, I’m a Runner.  I love reading her blog, and was totally surprised when she nominated me!   What a nice Friday surprise this was…especially given that I’ve had one really cruddy week.

I’ve been so super stressed out by some family issues.  How stressed?  So stressed that my face has about 10 new breakouts (not pretty).  My middle child got sick Thursday with an over-100-degree fever, and he spent all day Friday on the couch.  The doctor said, “it could be mono, we have had some cases recently, but if it’s this early we probably won’t be able to detect it anyway…so just bring him back in a few days if he’s not better.”  

Enough complaining, back to the cool part!  The award!


I’m sure you’re wondering…

What in the world is a Liebster Award?

Well, I had to look it up on the blogs who were nominated before me.  Liebster is a German word for “favorite” – so one could say this is a “favorite little blog award.”  It is awarded to a blog that has less than 200 followers. It is an amazing opportunity to get to know other blogs and pay it forward. The rules for receiving this award are:

  • Recognizing the awesome blogger that nominated you!
  • Write 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate new bloggers!
  • Write 11 questions of your own for the bloggers you nominate.

So…here goes!  I already mentioned  Yea, I’m a Runner – if you haven’t already checked her out, go over and do it now!


Now for 11 random things about myself.

1.  I’m notoriously indecisive.

2.  When I get stressed out, I want to curl up in a ball and sleep.  Earlier this week I was yawning at 7:30 am.

3.  I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.

4.  I love to knit.  In fact, I’m usually in a rush to work on my knitting every night, which is probably why I’m not blogging or working out after 7 pm.

5.  I also love to read, which I can’t do while knitting.  So when I have found a good book, the knitting goes to the side and I can’t. stop. reading. until I’m done.

6.  If I were Superman, my Kryptonite would be chocolate.  I can’t resist the stuff.

7.  I am pretty sure I couldn’t be a full-time, stay at home mom.  I love my kids but I think I would go crazy.

8.  My biggest source of stress?  Having to arrange childcare for my kids.  I hate feeling like I am imposing on my family.  I would rather stay home than have to ask.  I hate feeling like a burden.

9.  I don’t like to plan ahead, or schedule things to the last detail.  I’d much rather take it easy and see how things develop.  This conflicts directly with number (8) above and is probably part of why that stresses me out so much.

10.  My favorite thing to do on a night out is listen to live music.  I’d much rather go to a concert or show than sit through a movie in the dark.

11.  This one is for my boys…who always want to know who my favorite superhero is.  Usually they want me to pick my favorite Avenger…so in that case it’s Iron Man.  He’s smart, inventive, and confident…and has no superpowers without his suit.  He’s just a guy who invents things…so I like to think he’s an engineer.


Questions from the blogger who nominated me:

1. What is your favorite book?
I have to pick one? (see my first fact above).  I am an avid reader, and I am always reading a book.  But if I had to pick, I guess my favorite book is the Lord of the Rings trilogy (see, I go and pick three…).  Coming in close afterward is The Giving Tree, the Game of Thrones series, anything by Kurt Vonnegut,…I should just stop.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Hmm.  Right now I’d have to say Seattle.

3. Beer or wine…or both?
Beer.  I’m kind of a beer snob thanks to my homebrewing husband.  I have grown to love all kinds of beer, but I mostly prefer coffee stouts and IPA’s.  I won’t drink the “mainstream” beers like Budweiser, Coors Light, etc.  It’s not worth it to me.  I do like wine, but really only drink it if we’re out for a nice dinner.  The bottles we have at home never get opened.

4. What is your favorite season?
Fall, most definitely.  I love the cooler days (give me 50-60 degrees year round!) and the crisp air.  And FOOTBALL!

5. Which historical figure would you like to meet?
Wow, this is a tough one.  I think I’d like to meet Albert Einstein.  Just to come that close to such a brilliant mind…

6. What decade – era – would you want to live in?
This one.  I am definitely one for living in the moment and enjoying life fully.  Every day, month, and year just keeps getting better.

7. What is your favorite tv show?
This is hard, because I don’t control the remote!  I usually watch whatever my husband is watching.  When he’s not around, most times the TV is off.  But I love to record Austin City Limits and I often watch that when he’s gone.

8. Is there an age you wish you could go back to? What age & why?
See my answer to (6).  I love where I am right now.

9. Dog or cat person?  Dog.

10. How many states have you visited? As far as I can estimate, 35.  Give or take a few…depending on if driving through them counts…

11. What do you do when you’re in a bad mood to cheer yourself up?  
Um, I go for a run!  Everything seems a bit more manageable after a run.  Although if it’s a particularly bad mood, I practically have to be shoved out the door by my husband.


And now for the fun part!  Nominating other bloggers!


Mother Running Rampant

Sporty Mama Life

Mountain Kait


(I say she counts even with 232 followers!)


Dan’s Marathon

Dirty Girl Running


Now my questions for all you amazing bloggers:

1.  If you were Superman, what would your Kryptonite be?

2.  How many pairs of running shoes do you have?  Which is your favorite?

3.  If you were given 2 free plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you?

4.  Science Fiction or Romantic Comedy?

5.  What color is your car?

6.  What is the last book you read, and did you like it?

7.  If you won the lottery you would…

8.  Who is your favorite superhero?

9.  Did you grow up in a small town/rural area, suburb/medium sized town, or in a big city?

10.  What was your favorite thing to do or place to go when you were 10?  Would it still be fun if you did it today?

11.  What is one item on your bucket list?


All right, there it is.  Enjoy, folks!

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