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Passover, links, and other April stuff

Happy Passover! The holiday inspired me to write The Four Questions: A Middle Aged Mom’s Retrospective for Mazel Together. (Click over there if you’ve ever sat at the kids table, waiting for Elijah. I know you’ll feel me). I struggled with whether to use the term “middle aged” and decided nothing else would do. I am on a quest to find the perfect eye cream and the oldies station plays music from my childhood, and am therefore definitely middle aged.

If you’re not familiar with Passover, it’s a Jewish holiday that lasts eight days. You celebrate the first two nights by getting together with friends/family for a seder, which is a meal featuring four ceremonial glasses of wine, a number of specific foods and customs, and the re-telling of the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. It always coincides with Easter, as Easter was Jesus’s last meal. The holiday is associated with freedom, rebirth, springtime, and matzoh (a flat bread that we eat during Passover to commemorate the fact that when God parted the Red Sea and let the Jews escape slavery, there was no time to let their bread rise).

In other news, I’m tapering for my half marathon, which is coming up on the 23rd. I was supposed to be running my longest run (14 miles with four at goal half marathon pace) when I was struck by the flu. It was horrible. Not only did I have to skip that run and a bunch of others, I feel like I’ve lost a TON of fitness, which is discouraging. But, by the same token, I didn’t become the runner I am from this four month training block alone. It’s all the blocks stacked on top of each other over the past fifteen plus years, so I’m trying remember that.

I’ve been published a number of times since my last blog post. I realize you might have
a) seen my stuff in your Facebook feed and read it (thanks!)
b) seen and it and thought “I’ll come back to that” and maybe even opened it up in a tab to read later, along with 85 other tabs (I can’t be the only one who does this)
or c) maybe Facebook never even showed you my stuff
In any case, here are
d) links to my stuff you’d like to go read any of it now

also
e) The random multiple choices are in my head because I just devoured Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s memoir Textbook. I had the chance to stretch out on the couch and read while my family went out for lunch without me (it was glorious). If you haven’t read it, you should. Maybe you read Modern Love Essay, You May Want to Marry My Husband that went viral recently; she wrote that, too. Her memoir is sharp, funny, poignant, and different.

and while I’m on the topic of books…
f) All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood blew my mind. Never have I rooted harder for a heroine than I did for Wavy. Did you read it? What did you think? I’m pretty sure this is going to make my Best of 2017 list. Also, I recommend checking out Greenwood’s Twitter feed. It’s highly entertaining.

Anyway, here are those links to stuff I wrote:

What Every Parent Should Know Before Threatening to Burn All the Toys

Our Kind, Responsible Babysitter is a Dude (Yes, They Do That)

You Get What You Get

9 Ways to Assemble an Arsenal of Awesome Babysitters

The Secret “=Formula” for a Happy Relationship

How to Talk About Sex: Early, Often, and in Small Doses

Five Reasons Purim Kicks Halloween’s Butt

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Real moms, real stories

Moms Living a Life They LOVE

I was catching up with an old friend over the phone recently. "You have everything together," she remarked. I nearly choked. "What!?" According to Facebook and my blog, apparently I look like I know what I'm doing. The truth is, I'm making everything up as I go along. One of the greatest shocks of my adult life is that, at 38 years old, I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, and that grown-ups don't actually have all the answers. I went to graduate school right … [Continue reading...]

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March update

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I feel like a March update is easier if I break this down into sections, so... Shopping/Parenting (which don't go together at all, but roll with it, ok?) Sunday felt like spring. The air was all sunshine, soft breezes and bird songs. Also, we were home, doing nothing because Sweet Pea was sick. Puking, avoiding the birthday party and the get-together with friends we were supposed to attend sick. I did sneak out to Pearl Street in the afternoon with Lady Bug to enjoy some fresh air and … [Continue reading...]

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Random February Stuff

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February February has historically been a good month for me. February is the month in which... -I ran my first marathon (Myrtle Beach, 2001) -I met Dan (Valentine's Day, 2008) -We closed on our house (2010) -Sweet Pea was born (2012) Birthdays, Books, and Clothes It feels like Sweet Pea was born yesterday. And suddenly I'm drowning in my baby's Hello Kitty birthday party supplies. While searching for Hello Kitty stuff on Amazon, a book called "Hello Kitty Must Die" popped up and I had … [Continue reading...]

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Prairie Dog 10k Race Report

Prairie Dog 10k

When I found out I was pregnant with Sweet Pea in June 2011, my first thought was "Yay!" My second thought was, "Shit, this is not going to be the summer I break 47 minutes in the 10k." I was right. I spent that summer being bloated and nauseated as a little human began to grow inside me. I didn't know then that I would eventually break 47 minutes, five and a half years later. It turns out, that's not as long of a time as it sounds like. How is my baby starting kindergarten in the fall??? (A … [Continue reading...]

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Name Your Demons

Name Your Demons

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown suggests silencing the voices in your head—the ones trying squelch your greatness—by naming them. I went a step further.  *         *         * I'm old Aggie. You know how in a dream, someone's someone but they look just like someone else's cousin or whatever? Well, my name is old Aggie and I look just like Nancy Kleinfeld*. that horrible lady your parents left you with for a week in the fifth grade. Honestly, I don't know why they did that either. I … [Continue reading...]

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Coffee Date January 2017

Can we do coffee again? (I don't know about you but I had a lot of fun last time). Are you on Instagram? I'm on Instagram. We should follow each other if we're not already following each other. Or we shouldn't... depends if you want to see all my fitness posts... My plan is for my posts to be 80-90% fitness-related and the other 10-20% for randomness. Let's face it, randomness probably means the hilarity and craziness of having kids. Also, I'm going to try really hard not to let it become an … [Continue reading...]

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Workout Wednesday | Diastasis Recti: What is it? (Part 1)

*disclaimer: I’m not a physician or a medical professional with specific training in pelvic floor and women’s health. Do not begin a postpartum exercise program before consulting with a physical or occupational therapist with advanced skills in pelvic floor therapy and women’s health. “That’s not really a thing. It sounds like maybe it’s just, like, a Boulder thing.” That’s what my sister said when I told her about my diastasis recti, right after my second child was born. But it really is … [Continue reading...]

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