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If you want to know what it feels like to get naked in public….

Write the most honest thing you know how to write about something shitty that happened to you, even if (especially if) that shitty thing wasn’t actually earth-shatteringly tragic. Vomit up all the words and then revise them so many times you don’t know if anything you wrote makes sense or is even remotely good but submit it to an editor anyway. Wonder if your words (read: heart) went into an abyss or her actual inbox. Wait for her to reject it, not because you have such low self-esteem, but because that’s just how writing is. Forget about it entirely until you remember again and bug the editor, like “Did you get it? Do you want it?” only way more professional than that. Be elated when she says “We want to publish this.” Count the days till publication. When it is actually published feel a little sick because it is out there and anyone, everyone, can read it.

My essay, Twelve Truths About My Life With Bell’s Palsy is up on Longreads. You can click here to read it.

Like being naked in public, it’s scary at first, but then you get used to it and it’s fine. (Unless you’re at the Wind River Reservoir on a hot July day and just when you’re feeling super relaxed in the water, a park ranger comes to tell your husband his wife needs to put some clothes on because there’s a family who wants to picnic on the beach and nudity is not permitted, in which case it is not fine at all.)

 

Bell's Palsy

illustration credit: Hannah Perry

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Sweating. Writing. Loving. Reading. (July)

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Sweating I haven't been running much. While I was training for the Horsetooth Half, I formulated a plan: I'd finish the half marathon un-injured, take it easy for a bit, run a Mother's Day 5k, run the Bolder Boulder, and then jump back in and train for a fall marathon. But as the days turned into weeks and I remained uninspired to run, I ditched the Bolder Boulder and the idea of a fall marathon. I had been on the verge of an injury for most of my half marathon training. I had to skip or … [Continue reading...]

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Colorado Women’s Classic 5k: Race Report

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Race morning, Sweet Pea is in my room at 5:45 am. "Can we snuggle? Open your Mother's Day present!" She's standing an inch from my face. I mentally berate myself for convincing her to wait until Mother's Day to give me the present she was dying to give me the day before. My alarm is set only fifteen minutes from now but sleep is delicious and I want more. Through half open eyes, with the gray light peeking through the cracks in the curtains, I tear off the wrapping paper, revealing a … [Continue reading...]

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Race Report: Horsetooth Half Marathon 2017

Horsetooth Half Marathon Race Report

When I put the Horsetooth Half Marathon on my calendar, my good friend and running buddy told me not to expect a PR. She'd done the race before and knew the punishing course. Being overconfident and really bad with things like maps and elevation profiles, I dismissed her doubts. After all, I was in a totally different place than I was when I ran my last half marathon. So what if I set my PR five years ago at sea level? Who cared if Horsetooth was known for being hilly? I was more experienced … [Continue reading...]

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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 … [Continue reading...]

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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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