Writing. Speaking. Reading. Running. (Late summer 2017 edition)

  Writing You might have seen my essay on Bell’s Palsy on Longreads. If you sat and read all 4k+ words of it, thank you. I know it’s hard to sit at a screen and read anything longer than a tweet or twenty million (or maybe I’m the only one with a Twitter problem?). If you didn’t […]

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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 […]

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Sweating. Writing. Loving. Reading. (July)

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 […]

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Colorado Women’s Classic 5k: Race Report

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 […]

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Race Report: Horsetooth Half Marathon 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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Real moms, real stories

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 […]

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March update

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 […]

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Random February Stuff

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 […]

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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? […]

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