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February 2016

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This journal is a mix between Friends-locked posts and Public posts.  I generally do add anyone who adds me, but a comment is always nice.
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I am up super early on Sunday because travel anxiety has me by the nerves. I spent all of yesterday in denial, soaking up time with my family while trying to forget all the things I have to do to get ready to fly out on Monday morning. Ugh.

I also am not the best at checking LJ on the weekends, but saw that I had some new friends thanks to the Friending Meme happening here.

Today I have to:

  • Wash my work clothes (Chicago) and some summer clothes (San Antonio)

  • Pack

  • Host a Super Bowl Party/Family Dinner

  • Conduct a Study Circle for Points of Diversity from 2:00-4:00

  • Go to Brunch at a Friend’s house


I know it will all get done somehow. And I do not regret a second I spent snuggling just a little longer or staying up a little too late with the kids last night. So, all will be well.

How did I become the corporate mom that commutes between a bustling valley in Virginia and Chicago?

The kids are starting to stir and morning is about to hit the ground running.

I am armed with coffee.

This is a good thing.

Welcome to my new friends! I’ll do an intro post someday soon-ish!
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And now, because I played, I have to share:


Wuxi, pool party
Picture by Wuxi on Flickr
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Friending Meme for LJ Survivors - 2015 Re-edition


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Thanks!
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My week has been such a flurry of activity. I wish I could do ERG work all the time. Being a PRIDE board member feeds my soul in ways that my day job cannot. I’m actively looking for jobs in Inclusive Diversity that wouldn’t require a Re-Lo to Chicago or a ton of travel. Being away from my family for five days this month and then another week next month makes me feel all sorts of twitchy. My to do list is getting to-done… ish. I mean, look!


I have to spend a good chuck of the afternoon writing out stop-gaps my leaders pointed out in my Measurement Strategy document. Then I have a finance call with the leader of the African American Working Network to see how they lay out the funding for their field chapters so that we can pitch a new structure to the board sometime this fall for 2016. It is already time to plan for 2016! This strategic venture position is NOT A JOKE. My head hurts.

But tonight is GAY PROM! Nicole is coming home to cook me one of our favorite meals, we’re going to get gussied up in formal wear and go out on the town while Nana keeps the kids overnight. I’m excited!

I forced myself through a simple three miler today. I don’t know what has me feeling lethargic and weak this week. I’m mightily disappointed that my athletic body is crapping out on me this week. I hope it’s hormonal or that I’ve just fed my body incorrectly for the last few days (being out of town).
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Oh my goodness! Back in full swing after a wonderful long weekend in Boston and Cape Cod. Working from home is such a gift. I missed the kids so much and Nana had a long five days, so I was able to stay home with them this morning to give her a long, restful morning and spend a few extra hours with them. I still had to sign in right at nine, but worked my email on the front porch at a leisurely pace while they played in the yard. The meter reader told us there was a box turtle next door, so we had time to play with the box turtle for a bit, fed him a strawberry and released him back where we got him. I think the kids needed that long morning as much as I did. I made them French toast for breakfast and enabled Nicole to make it to work on time(ish). They just left with Nicole’s mom for their Monday Music Class.

Nic and I were both hung over from the road travel, I think. The drive didn’t feel particularly hard until I had to wake up with Brenner this morning! Coffee was the only thing that made me feel any better!

Boston was amazing. We went up on Wednesday to Mashpee on Cape Cod where our college friend lives. Thursday morning we got up, drove to the nearest Park-and-Ride and made our way into the city. We got there around 11, I think and walked through as much of Boston as we could. My FitBit said we walked 10 miles that day! To the aquarium, the harbor, the Freedom Trail, The North End, Boylston Street, Newbury street… It was phenomenal to adventure around with my favorite adventure partner.
Graduation was Friday morning. I felt snazzy in my regalia, loved meeting some of the other M.Ed folks (including my only other cohort member!) and loved that the ceremony gave me closure on the degree path and made me feel like I’d accomplished something tremendous. I walked around feeling so utterly proud of myself for the whole day! We quickly escaped Boston to get back to the Cape before traffic started up.

Spent time with Lisa and her little boy, had a great dinner together near Woods Hole. On Saturday morning we took Lisa’s little boy to her mother’s house and met her mom and her partner. Cute little grandma lesbians! It made me extremely happy. They were taking Lisa’s boy fishing on the boat. He was beside himself.

We made our way up the cape to Provincetown. YAY. We had a fabulous day wandering around, driving back down to Chatham and having a delightful dinner once again.

On our way through Connecticut yesterday, we were able to stop and meet another college friend and her husband and new baby for lunch. I LOVE that our alma mater gave us so many strong connections. We rarely go anywhere without having someone we love nearby! It. Was. Awesome.

Nicole did such a great job planning this vacation and I was/am so grateful that I got to take part in the commencement. I am truly, truly humbled by this life we lead together. It’s nice to remember that even though life is hectic, fast paced, crazy, full of whiny toddlers, and generally insane – that we’re remarkable blessed and complete together.More Pictures )
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And then, just like that, it was Friday.

I gauge the morning by birdsong. If there are half a dozen bird voices, it’s about 4:30 AM. And that’s about the time that Tucker threw up this morning. It was dark. By the time he started throwing up again, the birdsong placed us at about 5:00 AM. More birds, but less than the orchestral (orkestrel? Ha ha.) swell of 6:00 AM or the downright cacophony of 6:30. Poor, poor sick dog. I bet when you started this paragraph you thought it would be a lot prettier in content than it was, didn’t you? Fooled you. I’m feeling a little punchy. We’ll blame the aforementioned fact that I’ve been up since 4:30. Don’t hold it against me, okay?

It was nice to be awake and have warm and aware moments of falling back in to bed (knowing that going back to sleep is futile when your alarm goes off at 5:30) and snuggling with my wife. I sincerely love those close moments. Especially when the room is so chilly! There was a frost warning last night. It is going to be MAY next week. Frost? Seriously? It was cold enough in the house yesterday that I turned on the heater. The HEATER.

Tomorrow is the Earth Day festival and the forecast calls for temperatures in the 40s and rain. Sigh. That seems completely unfair. This is the weirdest end-of-April ever.

I was supposed to take PTO today, but decided that since it is SO cold, I might as well hole up in my office with my space heater on and work. No one wants to waste a PTO day on a chilly day in April, am I right?

I am planning on taking a leisurely run later. Like, in the next hour or so, maybe. I’ve eaten a LOT of sweets this week, so I should really run. Did I mention it’s cold? (What a wimp! I ran when it was 16 degrees and icy! Scary how easily we get soft in the spring weather.)

Our Mosely dog has something wrong. Sunday morning he lost control of his bladder. He’s 70 pounds, so when that happens, there is a FLOOD. He was in our bedroom (above our living room) when it happened and I knew before Nicole did (she was sleeping) because pee literally came through the ceiling. I thought we had a water leak! Nope. Just a Mosely Leak. He went to vet and because we’ve noticed an increase in the water he’s drinking, the loss of bladder control (which is still happening), and they couldn’t find any indication of infection, we’re looking at early renal failure or Cushings Disease. We’re crossing our fingers that the urine sample they sent off to be cultured does come back with some infection, but Nicole said that the vet seemed to indicate that it was unlikely. Poor Momo. He’s confined to the bathroom downstairs during the day now and we’re letting him out all the time. He seems to be really confused by the fact that he can’t hold it anymore. Having older critters is rough.
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My sleep rhythms are messed up. I haven’t been able to go to sleep before 10:00 this week, and more likely it is 11:00 or midnight before I finally succumb to peace. My alarm is still going off at 5:30, though on Tuesday and yesterday I was able to sleep until 7:00 because when I work from home, I don’t have to get up and get moving. I can’t decide why I’m out of sync. I’m off my running and office schedule (with an unexpected day of working from home on Tuesday and giving my knee a reprieve on Wednesday…) but I haven’t ever had it affect my sleep this much!

Needless to say, I’m tired.

I gave up on The Goldfinch. I hate to give up on things, but Nicole reminded me that “life is too short to force yourself to finish a book because you feel like you ought to”. Maybe at some other point in my life I’ll return to it and the Pulitzer in it. As a recovery treat, I binge read two lesbian romance novels in 24 hours. Don’t judge. Sometimes you NEED fluffy. And trust me, after The Goldfinch, I was ready for some fluffy.

I also bought “Letters of Note” since it was on sale ($3.99!) and have been reading it on the iPad since the compiler has includes photographs of the original letters wherever possible. Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter to her husband, Mary Stuart’s letter to Henry III of France at 2:00 AM the night she learned she would be executed the next morning, the Queen of England writing to Eisenhower and including her drop scone recipe… Seriously, the queen makes scones? It has been fun and fascinating. I think my favorite letter is a response from E.B. White (Author: Charlotte’s Web) to Nadeau when Nadeau asked his opinion on the bleak future of the human race:

“It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor the seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiousity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, and his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that the same traits will enable him to claw his way out. Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock for tomorrow is another day.”

I looked at my “To Read” list and didn’t feel moved to read anything I have on it. That’s a shame. I was so excited to MAKE that list! I need a really good, carrying story where I can suspend a little of my reality for a while, maybe.

Did I mention how tired I am?

It’s another rainy day in the mountains of Virginia. Brooks looked out this morning and said, “It can’t be morning! It’s so DARK!”

“It’s raining, baby!”
“Again? Why is it always raining now?”

“April showers bring May flowers, Brooksie.”

“But MAMA.” Exasperated. “We already HAVE flowers.”
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10 Day Meme
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you're addicted to

Day 6 - Five things you can't live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won't forget
Day 8 - Three words you can't go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Five Things I cannot live without:

  1. My sweet family.

  2. Books.

  3. Coffee.

  4. Running. (And really, really good running shoes)

  5. Appliances- specifically my washing machine and dishwasher. What time savers!

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I did six minutes of a 15 minute arm workout this morning. So. Many. Pushups. I know I need to do them and I’m working up to it. My last core workout I managed to make it 24 minutes before falling prey to exhaustion. A little more each day, that’s the goal. Strength, bit by bit. I’m amazed at what can be done at home without equipment to get you started. I mean, SWorkit is trying to kill me.

I should have gone into the office today, but there’s a slight chance of ice, I am overwhelmed with grad school work, and I have THINGS TO DO that will not get done if I am in the office chatting with my team. A responsible decision but I also feel quasi-bad about not going in when we so rarely see each other. Okay. Twice a week isn’t RARE, but still.

I haven’t weighed in for several weeks and usually do that on Tuesday mornings. I kind of don’t want to know. Which probably means I need to just check in with the scale. All my clothes still fit and I’m working out more than ever, so there’s that.

I stayed up entirely too late last night reading The 13th Tale. I absolutely LOVED the language. What beautifully crafted sentences and paragraphs. The storyline took a while to hook me, but once it did I was pleasantly carried along until the end. I have to say that I was left feeling a little lackluster at the ending, though. I don’t know why, either. Most of the readers I really respect gave it high marks on Goodreads and I was kind of “Meh.” and rated it three stars.

 I’m thinking I want to splurge on Station 11 as my next book. Or maybe throw in another lesbian romance for fluff. I also want to read The Book of Strange New Things. And neither of THOSE is on my 2015 reading challenge list!

What are you all reading?
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10 Day Meme
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you're addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can't live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won't forget
Day 8 - Three words you can't go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Nine things you do everyday:

  1. Get up early for at least an hour of alone time before the house starts to stir.  I'll say this is a 95% of the time thing, though.  Sometimes I let myself sleep - on the rare occasion.  Introversion with twins and an extroverted wife means I have to carve out time for self care where I can.

  2. Read a book.  Read something every day!

  3. Play. Usually some sort of make-believe with the kids or indulging their make-believe play.

  4. Check the weather.  Either on my phone or watching the morning news in my morning quiet time.

  5. List three things I want to accomplish during the day, but don't beat myself up over it if I get derailed.

  6. Think of three things I am grateful for when I turn off the light before closing my eyes at night.

  7. Drink 64+ ounces of water.

  8. Kiss my wife, kiss/hug my kids.

  9. Check my page-a-day calendar.  This year it is 1000 Places to Go Before You Die.  Awesome pictures, geography, and history lessons daily!

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We are expecting more snow tonight.  Can you believe it? (Okay, Northerners, I know I have no room to gripe ;) )  The Race13.1 10K/Half Marathon is this weekend on the greenway near our house and I just wonder if it will still happen?  With a new coat of snow on top of the black ice I hurdled this morning on my 3.25 miler, I cannot see how it would be safe to run on by Saturday (at 7:00 AM) when the temperature is supposed to be in the teens.  Luckily I'm used to running in the teens at that time of the morning, so if I didn't have to deal with Black Ice, I'm sure to have a leg up on all those afternoon runners who wait until it warms up in to the 30s!

I haven't registered yet because I'm waiting to see what happens.  Plus, I kind of hate paying 50$ to run.  Sigh.  I'm going to have to get over race registration fees if I want to accomplish my running goals this year, though.  I have races to run!  I want to register for the color run, but can't find a team to rally around me.  I'll have to find one to barge in to, I guess.  At least I'm not shy about that!

It was 19 degrees this morning when I left the house.  I'm getting spoiled to running without feeling overheated.  As much as I miss the days of running trails surrounded by sweet-smelling honeysuckle, I am loving the winter running scene.  Except for the ice.  Man.  The ICE.
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Okay.  I’m a lemming. Jump!
10 Day Meme
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you're addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can't live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won't forget
Day 8 - Three words you can't go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust
Ten Random Facts:
1) I had never held a newborn or even been around a baby before a nurse deposited my three hour old twins in my arms.  I’d never even changed a diaper!
2) I took a career aptitude test in 6th grade where I checked “Pastor/Nun/Religious Career” as a potential career.  My parents were horrified that I wouldn’t get recruited by the right colleges.  Turns out INFJs gravitate toward the priesthood or education/counselling.  I still think I would have made a fabulous priest if I could have been non-denominational.  I’m just glad I realized I was gay before jumping into Nun-hood.
3) Speaking of becoming a Nun – I seriously almost did take the plunge in high-school.  Sister Monica urged me to go to college before making that choice.  Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to me if I’d actually taken orders…
4) I live in the present so fully that sometimes I don’t plan ahead well, which is weird because I can be a very strategic thinker, but not in advance.
5) I’m a terrible procrastinator because I love the pressure of a deadline.  But the older I get, the less I like it…. Habits are hard to break!
6) I want to write a novel when I finish grad school.
7) I have a soap fetish.  But I hate fruity/Flowery scents.  Jasmine is about the most flowery flower I can tolerate as a scent in my bath products.
8) I try to buy a magnet or a mug from every place we visit.  And a Christmas ornament.
9) Maleficent will always be my favorite Disney villain.
10)  I ended up marrying my first girlfriend. When you know, you know.
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Bring in the New Year with some new folks!
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2015 Book Challenge

So, I started making MY list.  Who wants in?  Here are the books on my goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/60049-blair?shelf=2015-reading-challenge

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And because I'm a SUPER busy lady lately, I'm combining several of these categories into one book.  Considering I haven't had much time to read since having kids and starting grad school, I still find the list I've compiled so far to be a challenge.  Here is how I've combined them.  (Note - some are blank because I haven't planned that far ahead!)

A book with more than 500 Pages/A book with a love triangle: The Host (Stephanie Meyer)
A classic Romance/A book that made you cry/A book more than 100 years old: Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
A book published this year: Waiting until later in year to determine
A book with a number in the title: The 13th Tale (Diane Setterfield)
A book written by someone under 30: Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Marisha Pessl)
A book with non-human characters/A book from your childhood: Redwall (Brian Jacques)
A book by a female author/ A funny book/ A memoir: Yes, Please (Amy Poehler)
A Mystery or Thriller: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)
A book with a one-word title: Ash (Malinda Lo)
A book set in a different country/A book you started but never finished: Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
A non-fiction book: The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way (Bill Bryson)
A popular author’s first book:
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet:
A book recommended by a friend:
A Pulitzer Prize winner/A book with a color in the title: Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
A book at the bottom of your to-read list:
A book your mom loves:
A book that scares you:
A book based entirely on its cover:
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t:
A book you can finish in day:
A book with antonyms in the title:
A book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit:
A book that came out the year you were born: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman)
A book with bad reviews:
A trilogy/A book that became a movie/A book set in the future: The Divergent Series (Veronica Roth)
A book with magic:
A graphic novel: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Isabel Greenberg)
A book by an author you’ve never read before: Almost ALL of these.
A book you own but have never read: The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
A book that takes place in your hometown/A book of short stories: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (Benjamin Alire Seanz)
A book that was originally written in a different language: Tiger Moon (Antonia Michaelis)
A book set during Christmas:
A book written by an author with the same initials as you:
A play:
A banned book/ A book set in a high school: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chobosky)
A book based on or turned in to a TV show/A book based on a true story: Orange is the New Black (Piper Kerman)
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I love these surveys.  This one is ever-so-slightly different than the ones I've done in the past years by a question here or there:

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Got legally married (May 3rd)
Had my home state recognize my marriage (October 6th) on the 7th anniversary of our Commitment Ceremony
Lost 30+ pounds and hit my goal weight of 130 and size 4/6
Became a Runner
Ran 9.5 miles and made running a habit/passion
Went to Chicago
Took the kids to Disneyworld
Went to San Francisco with my wife, attended Out and Equal Summit
Got promoted twice in the same calendar year
Made straight A’s in Graduate School
Completed a high-profile e-learning course from soup to nuts
My Mother in Law moved to town and started watching the kids full time
Got a new purple office!

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48. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Sometimes going with the flow in a determined fashion can get you where you want to be much more calmly than setting BIG AGGRESSIVE goals.

49. What are your plans for 2015?
Run 2 5Ks, 1 10K, and complete a half marathon.  Finish Grad School. Be more awesome.

50. Quote something that sums up your year: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou
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Sitting in San Francisco airport waiting to board my flight home.  AMAZING conference.  I am so thrilled to have been a part of if and even MORE excited about continuing to work for Workplace Equality.

I'll have more to say later, but this trip was amazing on so many levels.  I'm ready to smooch my kids!
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I've been dressed in my running clothes and waiting for the sun to rise *forever*.  How it is 7:40 and still no sun?!

Well played, Upcoming WInter.
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The wind is absolutely wicked again this morning.  Whipping the leaves right off of the trees, mercilessly ending fall before I have even had time to enjoy it.  Being in Florida during peak leaf season was fun, but I feel a bit robbed of the sweet Virginia fall!

It’s been too windy, cold and dark to even go on after dinner walks.  The kids are content to run around in the yard before dinner and snuggle up with Halloween movies at night, but I think I might go story crazy already.  When am I going to run? What are we going to do with all this pent up boy energy in the house until light returns? Heaven, help me!

I am finally back in the Corporate Office Building today after two 10-hour days working from home to catch up and …

Suddenly it is five hours later.

The end. 
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For the second morning in a row, I am at work and watching the sunrise from the window of my purple office.  I worked ALL yesterday on an e-learning module only to find out at the end of the day that my project teammate and I worked on the same content ...  Back to the drawing board today.  It is going to be a LONG one wherein I scramble to make something that looks even half as cool as what he did.  I get frustrated that I am still such a baby in this craft.  I want things to be awesome immediately and should not measure my performance against someone who has been doing this for five years.  He is a tool expert and graphic artist trained, so it is easy to actually step back and gather ideas from his creativity.  It's a good thing that he pushes me to be better!  I just need to forgive myself for my elementary tool use and try to learn and grow.

Brooks is seriously happy to be back in his routine.  Seriously happy.

I miss the Magic Kingdom so much that I've been browsing the instagram hashtag and looking at jobs at Disney that I would never apply for because it would require moving to Florida.  Plus, they don't have any IDT positions open - who doesn't employ Instructional Designers?

The wind last night was wicked.  The sky was gray and ominous.  Multicolored leaves zipping through the air while the wind howled at the nooks and crannies. Fall with a vengeance.

Speaking of fall, I made chicken and scratch-made-Dumplings on Monday! And Nicole put together a pot roast for the crockpot tonight.  YAY.
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As usual, when I fall quiet there is usually some stress involved.  School work, work travel to Chicago, interpersonal stressors.  The whole nine.  But I seem to be bobbing along through it, managing to hit deadlines that seem to be whizzing by me at light speed. So far, no balls dropped.  I did receive a grade I don't like, but I have an action plan to up my game and my graduate school experience is almost, almost over.  I can make it.

The chill in the air came with the first day of fall.  Not gradually, but a sudden shift from summer to fall in a clear, overnight transition.  It may still warm up, but it is downright chilly.  We've spent some glorious nights by the fire pit and my morning runs are filled with cold air, morning fog, dazzling sunrises, and the beginnings of tree-leaf changes.  The sun sinks so fast in the evenings that our nightly walk is now at sunset and this family has seem some truly awe-inspiring sunsets this week, too.  Monday I saw both a magnificent sunrise while running an easy 10K and a sunset that took our collective breaths away while walking as a family that evening.

Fall puts me in the spirit of gratitude for the privilege of being alive.  Cool mornings with warm afternoon sun, fire pit nights with s'mores, sunrises/sunsets on an impossibly stunning celestial canvas, oranges/reds/yellows/golds. Anticipation, celebration. Pumpkins, baking, candles, apples, and the never ending chorus of "Happy fall, y'all!" in this southern town in Appalachia.

I have all my office windows open and I am rocking a hoodie, slippers, my heating pad on my lap and a blanket on top of that.  Nicole ordered me a heated mattress pad that will arrive today - so a warm bed tonight, sleeping with windows open and lows in the high 40s.  This is the PERFECT weather.

We are also going shopping this weekend. I am buying a Gala Dress for my upcoming trip to San Francisco and the Out and Equal Workplace Summit. Also, a few new business-dress outfits for my Chicago trip next week. Two years of running and I am a solid size 6. I put on my long spandex leggings for my run this morning only to discover that they hung on me.  Spandex not Spand-ing? What?  Time to shop for smaller sizes in just about everything.  My 10k on Monday was a piece of cake.  My 4-miler this morning was a happy recovery run without pain or push.  Half marathon seems within my grasp!
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The. Sun. Came. Out.

Hallelujah!

I missed my Monday morning run.  I missed today because of a thousand concocted excuses that happened at 5:00 AM, but the overwhelming heaviness and exhausted feeling in my body makes me feel that I made the right choice.  I can't decide whether I feel sluggish because I haven't had a run since last Friday or if I am sluggish because I'm trying to fight something off or my body just needs a break?  Either way, I am going to attempt a nice, easy 5K on Friday and let my body rest, guilt-free until then.  I find it gratifying that I know I can take this much time off and still bounce back into running pretty easily.  I've developed a lot of confidence in my runs.  And it doesn't hurt that this weekend I got a new pair of jeans that actually fits, in size six!  My headspace is better about the whole thing, too.  I'm not in the dark and questioning-my-deepest-motivations anymore.  I'm just thankful to be healthy, athletic, strong, and have the ability to guilt-free snack on french fries and carbs :)

61 days until Disney World!
dreamsrundeep: (summer feet)
More rain.  Four days straight of drenching rain and cloudy weather.  I had to get out of the house today.  Four days straight of being cooped up started to get to me.  Nicole quipped that it is getting close to time to buy an ark ticket.  I don't disagree.  When, oh WHEN will it stop?

Curiously, the rain has been so persistent and soaking and the ground has been so dry and parched that there have been no flash flood or flood warnings.  The ground is drinking it up easily and asking for more.  So, yes.  We needed the rain.  Neither of us can remember the last time it rained for this many days consecutively, though.  And I KNOW I have never experienced a Virginia summer where the temperatures in August were not even close to the 90s.

I checked the academic calendar for my graduate school fall semester.  I thought I went right in to class!  I don't start until September 8th.  I have a MONTH OFF.  What?  What is this life where I can read books??

What should I read?!

Lots of Love, LJ.