• Relationships

    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…

  • road races

    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…

  • Mom-ing,  Vacations

    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…

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    An entry every day.

    I am going to do my best to write an entry every day until the end of the year. I did this once before, and I ran out of things to say. This was an amazing feeling. I love to write, but I don’t have much these days. I’m going to try to stop by here everyday for my own good–my own self care. I hope you stop by, too. The other day I was thinking about how I could basically just write these entries on Facebook or Instagram. Who knows, maybe I can even get FOLLOWERS? I was thinking about how blogs are not a real thing anymore, but…

  • Triathlons

    Hermosa Beach Triathlon 2019 Race Report…5 months late.

    I don’t know if I even remember anything about this race anymore, but I promised this write up in my last blog & so I give the fans WHAT THEY WANT. I will keep this short with my main take-aways. I zipped my new wetsuit up all by myself! This is progress. I don’t know if I lost a pound or I gained some kind of new flexibility & was able to shrink myself–but it happened. Honestly, I blame Kenzy and what she did to my ribcage. It feels bigger. I was cool, calm and collected during this short swim! I highly recommend this race to newbie racers who are…

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    I actually did some triathlons! RACE REPORT.

    I re-branded my website after having Kenzy, calling it “Triathlete Mom.” LOL, I guess I thought I would be a big time triathlete/mom/influencer by this point, except that I didn’t do any triathlons OR write more than 2 blogs a year…so no big sponsors sending me gear these days. I am so very excited to write that I actually did TWO triathlons in June. It took me until August to tell you this, but it happened & I’m here to report all about it. I have done several duathlons & road races since having Kenzy, so it’s not like I’ve been totally out of that world. But there is something…

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    So let me tell you about motherhood (unless you already know)…

    Motherhood. It always seemed to be something way off in the distance for me, which as an 18 year old I assumed would be at the old age of 28. Then life and school and moving around happened. And then as a 28yr old I watched Sex and the City and told my friends I would never be 35 and still looking for love. SO OLD. And now here I am at 40 with A TWO YEAR OLD. At this point  in my life I was supposed to be dealing with the horrors of adolescence with my teenager. Instead, I have bought a book called “How to Potty Train,” and…

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    Top 10 (I mean 11) of 2018

    Wow, Huh. End of a year. I know each one is so different for everyone–some years ask more of us, some sail by, some are filled with the most joyous moments, some seem just like the last. Regardless, we made it through. There is celebration enough in that. Here is my top 10 list for the year (in no particular order): My little brother had a baby girl named June Olive. I mean, even the name is insanely cute. You should see her. Full head of dark hair, just gorgeous. I have always been so proud of my brothers–but never so much as when I get to see them become…

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    Race Report: Tour De Cure Duathlon

    This race was a 5k run/14 mile bike ride/5k run at the Sante Fe Recreation Dam (about 45 minutes outside of the city). Most people signed up for cycling rides (up to 100 miles)–the duathlon was a new addition this year. It is so rare in this crowded part of the country to find an event where less than 50 people are participating, but I did it! My main concern was getting lost, making a wrong turn, doing too many loops, etc–since there would be so many others out there going in different directions. But the race directors were super nice & on top of things, so I started in…