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    A Year With No Races

    I ran in my first race when I was 20. Fresh out of college, I think I needed something concrete to focus on. My running seemed to come out of nowhere, but as anyone who has started a fitness habit knows–it never does. I remember the 15 minute walks around the path of my apartment complex. The one minute run/two minute walks that followed. I think the highlight of my life that summer was when I started running daily at the college track (even jumping a random hurdle, which just seemed odd for a theatre geek like me & also someone that was not trained in hurdle-jumping), and someone asked…

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    “Do you have a pet opossum?”

    I’m a meal delivery expert at this point in the “Stay at Home” order. I wait until I see the little car moving on my app, parking in front of my house & then go outside to meet a usually confused delivery person. It’s the life of a back house person. People can’t find you. Tuesday I go outside with Kenzy to collect the Thai dinner order, and I see the delivery person way at the far end of our long walkway. I assume he doesn’t want to get too close because of the Covid situation, but before I can just tell him to leave the package there I notice…

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    Dolly

    Kenzy didn’t have a good night, which meant I was up at 3am scrolling Facebook (you know, that time after your kid gets back to sleep and you are still wide awake). My Facebook is filled with Dolly-related content, so I clicked on an article about Dolly waking up to start her day at 3am. She of course prays and meditates, etc–but my favorite is that she puts high-heeled shoes on so she can reach her kitchen cabinets. And sometimes she just throws together a breakfast of sausage, biscuits and gravy! She makes sausage patties. And biscuits from scratch. “Not every day,” she tells me–making me feel a little less…

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    These Days

    Some days I had it so much together I thought I should give advice to everyone on how to have it all together. Ever since I became a mom though, those days pretty much vanished. Ever since I became a mom in a pandemic, I became a straight up ad for what not to do on a daily basis. Here is a list of things you shouldn’t do that I did just today: Wake up at 1am worrying. Stay up at least a few hours. Wake up for real & drink lots of caffeine. This will help. Ignore your first instinct to take the dog and yourself on a run.…

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    Christmas Past.

    I am sitting here trying to schedule a Zoom meeting with Santa, filling out a Google Survey about bad habits my kid might have that Santa can address. No thanks, I will not have Santa shaming my kid. Her latest accomplishment? Epic scooter speeds. What message do I want Santa to convey? Ummm, a message of peace and unity? I was hoping our numbers would be down & we would be able to drive to see my family for Christmas. With a new Stay at Home order in place in L.A. later tonight, though, it very much isn’t worth the risk. Many of you have probably had to make these…

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    My Facebook Groups

    Anyone else here a frequent visitor of a Facebook group? Besides keeping in touch with my extended family, this is my only reason for being on Facebook anymore. I find them fascinating. My favorite by far is the page dedicated to my dog’s breed & is called “Griffology” (Huxley is a Wire-haired Pointing Griffon in case you were wondering). My second page is my local “Culver City Unofficial” page, which is both informative and super gossipy. Let me breakdown my reasons for loving both. After meeting another Griffon dog owner who mentioned Griffology, I innocently joined the group thinking I would check in every now and then if I needed…

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    Remote Work

    Working remote is something (like many of us) never even crossed my mind except when watching House Hunters International & noticing so many of the clients could live “anywhere” because their job was remote. “What was this job?” I always wondered. Whatever it was, that was my dream job. I am lucky to work in an industry that still has work & even luckier to be able to do that work safely from home. I have been at the same job for 15 or so years, waking up at 6am (earlier if I wanted to exercise), driving through L.A. traffic, and returning to my home about 5:15ish on a good…

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    Things my daughter does…

    Here are some things I really love that my daughter does right now: She says “love you too Mom” reassuringly in response to my daily outpouring of love to her. I can never quite believe I have a kid and she actually loves me. She insists on picking out all her own clothes. She slams her door shut in the morning (do kids do this already?) and won’t let me see her until she is completely done. You can’t say ANYTHING about her look, or it will send her into tears. She told me today that kids eat a special gum and then become dogs & that Huxley actually used…

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    December 1st

    I find myself with nothing to say. This year especially. I suffer from writer’s block, and I’m not even much of a writer. I miss this mode of communication as one-sided as it is, so I’m challenging myself with a one-entry-a-day challenge in order to jump start some kind of momentum. I keep thinking one day I can move this all to Instagram–a dozen posts of me reading this out loud while also hawking my latest favorite lip mask, but I don’t have it in me. Happy December. We made it through this year! I hope you have found small ways to celebrate that fact. Next year will be rough…