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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Good morning! I’ve been up since 5am. It’s Kenzy’s new thing. It’s also why I can’t give up my cup of cold brew coffee in the morning. So let’s start the day with what I’m super thankful for this year: Modern Medicine= thank you! I guess when you’re old enough, this is on the list every year. But thank you for keeping my friends and family (and dog) around another year & as healthy as possible. It means the world to me and my health anxiety. (Kenzy was playing yesterday & kept having to call the doctor to say “mommy is sick” LOL, is my healthy anxiety already rubbing off…

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    Race Recap: Xterra Topanga Trail Run 10K

    I wanted to sign up for a “turkey trot” this year, but I tend to be in smaller towns over Thanksgiving. I like the small-town run feel. I searched around & there were several on Thanksgiving day IN and around L.A., but they sounded like a crowded mess. Instead, I signed up for a trail run 10K this past Sunday in Topanga State Park. It lived up to its expectation of being more about scenery than the crowds. I’ve only done a few trail runs & this one was not kidding. Like most trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, it’s basically UP and then back DOWN. “Well that’s any mountain,…

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    Thankfuls= My Little One

    This week has been one that has not inspired loads of gratitude from me. So I’m taking a moment here while my kid naps to be grateful for the littlest of gifts she gives me. I actually wrote that yesterday as I heard the little footsteps of Kenzy waking up for her nap, so I’m trying it again today! Little Kenzy Gifts: When she actually falls asleep, she makes an audible sigh. It’s my cue that I can go, which is always good news–but it’s also just so sweet. The things she gets wrong with language–like when she says “sorry” every time she sneezes or “OOPIES” instead of “OOPSIES!” The…

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    Waiting. Is the hardest part.

    Waiting is so hard. So hard. I threw some things out in the universe (or the universe threw some things at me), and now I just have to wait to see if they happen. Jumping through the hoops in order to have these possible opportunities was a lot of work–but at least in that work, you feel productive. When you’re waiting around to hear back, you tell yourself “stop waiting around. You have stuff to do.” I get dragged down sometime in the frustrations of checking email all the time just looking for any kind of a sign. I should be focused on moving through the day accomplishing things, but…

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    Trying to be FUN Again. Does watching a depressing documentary count?

    When I’m alone with a night of TV to myself, which doesn’t happen much because my kid likes to sleep the same hours as me, my first choice is whatever the most disturbing, depressing documentary is. This weekend it happened to be Fire in Paradise on Netflix. It blew my mind. I follow the news regularly, but the news does not get at what it felt like to be in the middle of that fire. I cannot imagine escaping your home to get away from the flames only to encounter nightmare traffic that isn’t budging. The police yelled at people to abandon their cars and lay low on a slab…

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    To my Huxley, my Bubba, My Boy

    I figure what is a better subject on a Saturday entry than to tell you more about my dog Huxley. I feel like I have already done this before, but he is worth multiple posts. He is a 4 yr old wire-haired pointing griffon, and he is everything. Having him as a pet has made me want to live out in the country and have SO MANY dogs. I’m not even kidding. I think about it almost daily, and I try to envision what changes can be made in my life circumstances to allow me such a gift. Living in this crazy expensive city, it’s just impossible to afford the…

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    Memorable E-mails

    I was looking at some of my email folders today to find something work related, and I just happened to click on a folder I have labeled “Memorable Emails.” It is composed of what I consider the funniest, strangest, angriest, painful, over-the-top or just plain odd emails I have received in the past 10 years. Even if I’m reading a really angry email (for the first time), I’m also thinking, “I need to move this to the Memorable Emails folder ASAP.” As a more light-hearted example, the first one in there (and the reason I created the folder) was from an old roommate about the time we were packing our…

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    Nap Time

    I used to take a nap almost every day. While it sounds luxurious, it was mostly due to insomnia during the night and exhaustion during the day–so not that cute. But it was so restorative. There was a zombie-like feeling that took about an hour or so to shake off, but even that I loved. In a world where I am easily confused about how to spend my time, napping is the best bet always. “Nap when the baby naps.” I’m not sure anyone said this out loud to me, but I must have read it at least a dozen times–which is saying a lot considering I gave up reading…

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    Inspiration to Run

    Happy Veteran’s Day! I have no students today, so I can stick to my goal of a new post a day. And today, I’ll get my running blog out of the way at the very beginning of this writing streak. Just for reference, I started running a little over 20 years ago. I never really stopped (minus a stress fracture and having a baby, which forced me out for a bit), but as with any long term fitness routine–there are ups and downs, shifts, new discoveries, injuries, boredom, frustration, PRs, good days, bad days, good years, bad years, etc. And for me, ever since I started doing triathlons (10 years…

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    Staycation

    I decided very last minute to get out of L.A. for the weekend, so we are here in Huntington Beach. It’s only about an hour away from where we live, but it’s really close to our favorite (DOG) beach. The room has an ocean view, which I am looking at right now. There is a huge hotel pool with a bar that allows dogs, which I’ve never heard of–so it was great lounging around the pool with Huxley instead of being stuck in the room with him. Let me sing the praises of a staycation. If I had the money, I would do this at least once a month. When…