Why Am I Doing This to Myself?
This morning I ran the fourth race in my running club's local summer race series. It's a very hilly 5K. Brutal. Here's the elevation chart, taken from my RunKeeper. Notice it starts AND finishes uphill. Does that count as "uphill both ways?... Read more
Inconvenience, Reflection, Realization
A few nights ago, my husband went to take his bedtime shower. He had just gotten wet when the water cut off. (Fortunately, he hadn't soaped up yet.)
Troubleshooting in the basement revealed that there was power going to the well pump. Un... Read more
Sharing Our Talents
Saturday, my husband and I assisted at a funeral Mass and burial. I was the pianist & vocalist, and he, as an ordained deacon, gave the sermon and later performed the graveside service.
My husband doesn't assist at every funeral, but he di... Read more
Inspiration from Rashad Jennings
If you are an NFL or Dancing with the Stars fan, you probably know who Rashad Jennings is. He is an NFL running back, most recently playing for the NY Giants. Then a couple of weeks ago, he won the mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. ... Read more
Whoever Thought of Doing THAT?
My daughter and her best friend brought home some Oreos from the store today, but they weren't regular old Oreos. They were "Fireworks" Oreos. Someone got the idea to mix generic "Pop Rocks" candies into the creamy white filling. They were in... Read more
Yay, Rachel!!!! We Can Help Her Out! VOTE!
I watched Rachel Cheung's Cliburn semifinal recital yesterday. I wrote in my "Last Woman Standing" blog that Schumann's Kreisleriana has never been a piece I like, but hers was the first time ever that I actually LISTENED the whole way through ... Read more
"Champions Don't Have Time to Procrastinate"
It's 3 PM and I'm sitting in line at the DMV waiting to register the car we just bought last night. I work in town so I actually came around lunchtime first, on my lunch hour. The line just to get a number was 8 people out the door! I've been... Read more
Last Woman Standing
The twelve Cliburn semifinalists have been announced. One woman, Rachel Cheung from Hong Kong, remains. She has been my favorite woman since the preliminaries, so I'm very glad I get a chance to hear her again.
In this round, each conte... Read more
I Feel Good?
I just looked up the results from yesterday's 10K. One neat thing the local running shop (which times the events) does now is provide a link to video footage of your finish. It links directly to the time you come in, so you don't even have to ... Read more
This morning, I was messaging back and forth with my pianist friend in Ireland. I met her at the Charlotte airport when we were both en route to the 2016 Cliburn Amateur Competition. During the course of the competition, we became good friends... Read more
Breakfast Inspiration at SparkPeople
90% of the time, I log in to SparkPeople using my laptop, rather than the app on my phone. Usually I ignore the videos playing in the sidebar, but yesterday a recipe video from Eggland's Best caught my eye. I'm glad I watched it because I can'... Read more
Finding What Works... Rolling Along
On January 1st of this year, I had the humbling realization that I weighed only 3 pounds less than when I checked into the hospital to have my first baby 21 years ago. I hadn’t been able to fit into most of my dress pants for well over a year, ... Read more
Making the Grade
With school ending for many people at this time of year, you might think that's what this blog is about. But it's not. It's a continuation of my Heavy Breathing post. HILLS!
Yesterday, I ran my hilly route again - this time I did 5 out-n... Read more
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of... Heavy Breathing
Did that title get your attention?
I live in rural Virginia. Hills are everywhere! About a week ago, I did 6.8 miles with 8 substantial climbs. The whole run was four out-n-backs. A long down followed by a not-as-long climb... then turn... Read more
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With an Oink Oink Here and an Oink Oink There
I went to walk at the track with my daughter after dinner yesterday evening. As we approached the elementary school, I remarked, "Oh great, there's a dog on the loose." As soon as I said the word "dog," I realized it was NOT a dog. It was a l... Read more