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My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.

When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.

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Run on…


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the cliche of life.

I first have to send love to my friend. She knows who she is. She lost her significant other two days ago and though they weren’t married they were as close as they could have been…living together, having a child together and being a family. He was young and she is broken. I am broken for her. His parents lost their son…such a loss.
I went to see her and I found myself flitting back and forth between practical mode ~looking absentmindedly for the hairbrush for the baby’s hair ~ and hugging her because that’s really all I want to do. I want to sit on the couch and hug her and let her cry as long as she wants to. The practical in me totally takes over and I don’t know how to turn it off. But the house filled up and she had things to do so I left because at that point I was just in the way. I’m good when no one else is there I think…

I hope she’s okay. She has a big job ahead of her but a lovely support system from what I saw today and of course, she knows I’m a message or a text away any time. My phone is always on. As long as she forgives me my verbal gaffes. I’m sure there are many.
I love you, Friend. Hope you’re okay today.
I bought one of those stability balls and I got my workout in just blowing the damn thing up. I was exhausted and by the time I was done I didn’t have the energy to workout. I read the instructions (I know, right? Instructions? To blow up a ball? This should not require instructions…I was seriously doubting my ability to function as a human being if I needed help with this) and it told me it wouldn’t be fully inflated until tomorrow. I don’t know why. Today it would only partially inflate. Tomorrow it would inflate the rest of the way. This seems like a lot of work for a workout I’m not even sure I’ll like.
I had one of these before but I had kids at home then and I don’t workout with kids so I ended up donating it because I never used it. Trying again now. It’s supposed to be great for your abs. My abs need all the help they can get.
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The Gilmore chronicles
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you know some men retire...”~ Emily
yes, and some men tattoo their mother’s names on their biceps...” ~ Richard, Emily’s husband, a line I appreciate and smile at as I fondly think of my son…with “Mom” tattooed on his bicep. LOL (shout out to Alex Michael)

I think it is really important to take a moment to recognize what you have. Appreciate it and thank the universe.

We can’t always “appreciate every moment”. It’s incredibly unrealistic and I don’t like cleaning the toilet, talking to the car mechanic, having the flu and I really really don’t like pulling weeds…sorry Mom. Never have and I’m a little bitter about the memories. Bugs. But I am a HUGE lover of life and all the little things. I am the person that appreciates life for all those stupid little things that people make fun of me for.

  • I love the plant I haven’t killed yet that’s still sitting on my counter (Megan asked if it was real..she obviously knows me…LOL)
  • I love that my husband is ridiculously happy playing this game (he just left again tonight…he’s so happy…my husband is happy..he’s a very subdued introvert, that’s a big deal)
  • I love Netflix. What a brilliant idea Netflix was
  • I love strength training…I KNOW> can you BELIEVE IT???  Yep. That happened after my surgery kept me from it
  • I love great restaurants that are gluten free (so much)
  • Podcasts. joy.
  • I love running so SO much. I can’t wait until it’s not so much work. SOON. I’m holding my breath. Not really I would totally be dead.
    Can you imagine if I actually put real thought into this list? This took me like 4. 6 seconds.
  • The gist is…life gives us surprises every single day. kiss your family. 


Today I did a half ass workout due to my day being out of whack. Friday is supposed to be a rest day so I’m swapping and doing Thursdays workout on Friday.

I’m going to run and I have a strength training workout that includes the stability ball. I know you’re shocked.

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Run on…


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Appreciating life all the time but we can’t close our eyes for one minute.

  • I feel like I had a “while you were sleeping” moment.  My phone died and while it was charging I ran a few errands. When I got my phone back we’d bombed Syria. What the hell? Now I’m clutching it to me like my Daddy’s Bible. Lord knows what will happen if I put it down.
  • I’m having an “I’m pretty over Trump” day week.
  • We picked up theboy from school today and to placate him because he couldn’t go to Babe’s house we took him to ice cream. He was happy and delightful and funny and smart and he worked on a computer game on Papa Sean’s phone while I took pictures of him and admired him because good heavens he really is nearly perfect. How did we get so lucky. #afterschoolicecreamspecial #hesallmine #sweetestboy
    They were learning games…pretty intense studying going on.
  • I was talking to my friend Dana today on the phone and we were discussing how my blood work had turned out after surgery. Without going into too many details (not important right now) she asked how I’m generally feeling and what if any symptoms I have and I had no problem telling her I feel really kind of amazing. Seriously I feel great (leg notwithstanding). I am incredibly happy it.
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  • Years ago Alex came home with a friend from the neighborhood and I knew immediately they’d be best friends. I marched my ass right on over to his mom’s house and insinuated myself into her life. I insisted we be best friends, she really had no choice. Here it is 18+ years later (I am really not sure how long it’s been)and she really is like my sister. She’s this amazing person who has seen more tragedy in her life than a person should have to and insists on being happy and loving life and this, People, is why I love her. She is that kind of person that finds joy in everything….the little things, the big things, the ridiculous things. I feel the same way and most of the time people just shake their head at me but Andrea appreciates my whacked out perspective. She appreciates and loves life and this is why I can talk to her in the car for fives hours. Life is ridiculously beautiful and she knows this, too. Please please PLEASE appreciate all the little things that make life beautiful.
  • Stephen Takes On Kendall Jenner’s ‘Attractive Lives Matter’ Pepsi Ad– I can’t seem to post the video, you’ll have to just follow the link. Sad day! It’s totally worth it anyway.
  • I went to Shaughnessy’s house the other day and after I left, Adam texted me and told me thank you for cleaning Theboy’s room. He said I absolutely didn’t have to do that. I told him it was no problem and not to worry about it. In relaying this story to my mom I told her he doesn’t understand, I have friends who leave their kitchens messy so I CAN clean them. I LIKE that. She said to tell him I’m Monica. That should help explain. I’m the person you WANT to have at a party….the clean up is my favorite part! I need to explain that to him.
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Do yoga. Walk far.
Run on…

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the music of running.

Listening to the sound of my footsteps on the pavement as I run is one of the things I miss the most. I do run with headphones but I can hear my feet hit the street in a soft soothing rhythm that is a meditation of my own kind. Some of us don’t do well with the sitting still, closing our eyes, shutting off our brain kind of meditation and this is the way we commute with the universe. The line on my treadmill I read when I feel myself forgetting is to “run with quiet feet” and this just reminds me to listen for the pattering of my shoes on the belt as I go, careful to not let it become something loud and unhealthy to my ears. I miss the sounds on the pavement. I miss the sounds of the streets. I miss the city sounds that become music.
Today was slightly crazy with a drive to Colorado Springs to get my hair done and a three hour drive home thanks to multiple accidents on the drive back. I spent the whole time listening to real life murder investigations on podcasts.  I left at noon for a hair appt and got home at 6:30pm. That’s a lot of murder. Full disclosure, I did make two stops. I stopped at the dirty scrapbook store ~Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking~ (They aren’t actually dirty, they are perfectly respectable, it’s just a name thing with me). They are a GREAT store and I love to visit them. We hardly have any scrapbook stores anymore so it’s nice to have one to pop into. I never get there anymore. My other stop was for cat food which doesn’t sound exciting except Skosh was ready to eat my leg off. It’s not polite to starve the cat.

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My leg seems all ready to have its stitches out. The doctor said come back on Friday if the cut is all dried out which sounds gross and I’m sorry but hello..this is Colorado and I have sandpaper skin. He said if it doesn’t happen by Friday just keep checking it every day. Dude…overnight. It was dry overnight. It was drying out within the hour. SANDPAPER SKIN>
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I miss moisture.

I did kind of want to smack him when he said, “it still hurts??” like…wow…you’re kind of a wuss.

I restrained myself.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow after I stop in and get it taken care of. I also have my OTHER doctor appt tomorrow when my OTHER stitches get checked. Just a little prayer would be good, you know…PLEASE let all my stitches be fine and dissolved and ready to come out and whatever and sigh. I’m a medical mystery, I know this.

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What is a best friend for? Well I chatted with Miss Andrea about a recent issue and she totally called me out on my bad ass and said…no. You are dumb. Stop doing that. Duh. Sigh. Okay, that’s what best friends are for. I totally do the same thing with her so it was good to hear it and handy to have her around. Something to think about…I think we get all caught up in the whole…a best friend is to always have your back, agree with you no matter what, listen to you vent and take your side and …well you get the picture. But Andrea and I don’t have that kind of relationship. We’ve always kind of been there to say…um…I don’t think so. I think you’re probably doing this because of such and such and we do it without judgement because we both have been there for the other person’s lowest moments.  DAMN. She knows me really well. ha. We don’t have to do it very often because we mutually think the other person is fabulous but occasionally a “come to Jesus” moment is required and I’m grateful to have it.

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Facebook…love it or hate it.

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What is Facebook for? I really like Facebook but I see it’s downsides, too, and I’m realistic about it’s issues. I’ve just learned how best to manage it. I know how to unfollow people, unfriend, block even. I know how to message them and how to understand what’s on your page. I mean, learning how it works and learning how to manage your own page is a major part of liking or not liking it. From there you can decide whether or not you like the network for what it is. If not handled correctly though, I can see that it would not be a friendly platform. 

The list of things people join Facebook for:

  • to connect with friends
  • to reconnect with old friends
  • to socialize
  • to arrange meet ups
  • to coordinate with groups
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The list of things people actually do on Facebook:

  • sharing photos of babies and kids
  • sharing photos of pets
  • sharing photos of food
  • show pictures of themselves partying
  • vaguebooking
  • post selfies
  • post offensive and obnoxious selfies
  • post too many selfies
  • selling products
  • amusing statuses
  • post passive aggressive comments to people and then hashtag it
  • complaining about moments we’ve had throughout the day
  • bragging about accomplishments
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The list of things people can’t stand that other people do on Facebook:

  • See above except for “amusing statuses” because that’s always good.
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Here’s my thought, use Facebook wisely, like you are actually talking in person to a friend. Think before you post. Is what you’re posting necessary? Will it do anyone any good? Will it do anyone any harm? Will feelings be hurt? Is what your posting only glorifying you and if so, what’s the point of it? As soon as people get all mean and dramatic I invite them to leave. Life is short and I”m happy. Don’t rain on my happiness. I’m one of those people that think Facebook should be for the following things:

  • babies and kids in moderation
  • funny statuses, because we all need a laugh
  • pets in moderation
  • Happy statuses in moderation (we probably don’t need to know how blessed you are ever single morning. But hey…I won’t judge)
  • politics and news because..good Lord people have you seen what’s happening? We have to keep vigilant or we are going to lose this damn fight.
  • Calls to action (family emergency, prayers, etc)
  • general ~I love you guys~ statuses because who doesn’t love those.
  • pretty awesome videos.
  • Buzzfeed lists…duh (and things along those lines. To entertain us)


Never Mind The Emojis: ‘Monopoly’ Welcomes The T-Rex, Duck And Penguin

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Name that movie. Flashback to my kids whole childhood. They loved this movie.

I have so much to do today I’m hoping to get some yoga in later and some foam rolling. I would love a hike or something tomorrow though. My kids are all coming over in the afternoon so we’ll see what we have time for.

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Run on…


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My friend the artist.

I’m lucky to have artists everywhere in my life. My best friend Andrea, an art lover forever,  has created a piece of art for me that is so beautifully me and such a gift I can’t even tell you. The beauty of this is that Andrea just recently discovered a personal love for creating her own art after a lifetime of other people’s and her own expression is so unique and perfectly her, I’m really happy to be on the receiving end of an original.
This photo does not do this justice, but here it is…it’s really so beautiful. The colors are incredible and the 13 is raised and textured.  A reminder…the number 13 is my lucky number. I was the thirteenth grandchild, born on the thirteenth to a grandmother born in the year 1913. My son was born on the 13th, my daughter married on the 13th. We love the number and Andrea knows this well.


I spent the day working on my friend/client’s kitchen. She has a terrible schedule and can only meet on Wednesdays so we connect then. We’re also friends, that’s the beauty of start up businesses, right? I’ve found that even as I work with her I find myself second guessing my own work. When you do a job like this you have to work with the client and not just go in and run over their system. Some people tend to just hang back and take your “suggestions” as gold and I feel like maybe some of the changes we’ve made may not be successful. They’re changes that would never work in my kitchen but maybe they work in hers. How do you trust if someone is just going along with you or if they really think something will work? She is TOTALLY someone who would just go along with you. She’s done it before. I’ve started a business so now I have to learn how to tell the difference.
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We have a LOT going on with this presidency right now. I know it’s really exhausting and it’s hard to keep up with it all but I really want us to remember it’s ONLY what…60 days into the presidency?… and we have so much to worry about. I just don’t think we can relax and rest on our laurels. We need to keep the pressure on all of the important points. Health care, the environment, Russia, the tax returns (they may seem small but I think they are not), women’s issues, everything we are dealing with every day, we need to keep up the pressure.

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I got up this morning with a million things to do…determined to make sure I got a workout I dressed out and headed out for my WALK and as I walked out the door it dawned on me…

I can run now. I totally forgot.

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I was so disappointed but I was really late so I just walked. It seemed easier than running back inside and changing up my plans.

Tomorrow I’ll try again…


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It’s Pi Day…

Are you having pie? I need to bake a pie but I don’t know what kind. Maybe I’ll just buy one…damn that’s tempting. Either way…it’s Pi day and celebrations must be had.

On that note, I have my final follow up appointment today and  that means I’ll be cleared to run.  Could this BE a better day? (I’m channeling Chandler there)
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Seattle Jogger Attacked in Public Bathroom Fights Back
This is a terrifying prospect. It happens in the middle of the day when you just stop to use a public restroom. We’re doing the best we can to be safe but sometimes the worst happens anyway. This amazing woman fought back and kicked ass. I’m so incredibly proud and impressed by her. They set the bar. So glad she’s ok and big thanks to the person who came and helped. Note: check out her Garmin activity. Ridiculous crazy.

Boaty McBoatface is Preparing for it’s First Mission and as much as I’m happy they chose to actually name this little guy Boaty McBoatface (the consolation vessel) they could at least have painted a face on it. Just sayin’. He has big important work to do and I love him. He is sweet and wonderful and has personality!

source: An artist’s impression of Boaty McBoatface in the Antarctic. Photograph: NERC/PA

Do you guys remember the Grout Doctor saga from last week? The whole “my calendar is off and I don’t know who I called” thing? I did get in touch with this gentleman and he came today to work on my bathroom and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I SO wish I had done it years ago. I am so happy now! I have an older house (1982) and it’s had grout and caulking issues since we moved in twenty years ago. It felt so good to have it all cleaned up beautifully.

Isn’t that incredible and white and shiny and pretty? Not bad for an older bathroom. Someday in the next few years we’ll rip it out and make it all shiny and pretty and updated but for now it’s pretty great and really reasonable! Nicest guy ever. If you’re local…Dean from the Grout Doctor…I highly recommend.


When your computer battery dies and all your windows don’t “restore”. Back to day one. What was I reading three days ago?  Dammit.

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I didn’t get out today, I had Dean in my house working and I was working the rest of the day but tomorrow we’ll see…my need to go hiking/running is FIERCE!!
At the end of the day….. twinkle eyes:

 Run on…

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Here’s something interesting…

First of all…Happy March 13th. The 13th of the month is always the best day and I don’t recognize it enough for you guys but today…there you go.

This political nightmare is bringing so much chaos to the forefront of everybody’s life that the influx of information is like nothing we’ve ever seen before and more people than ever are learning about how policies and government works. The downside to this, however, is the lack of research. Sometimes when we’re gasping about some tragic thing the new administration has done, it’s actually something every new administration does. We’re just on the train of looking for evil and nothing they can do is right. We need to save our energy for real and critical issues.
Like Sean Spicer wearing his flag pin upside down…

It takes so little.


Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace takes flight, with stores open and busy; here’s a look (photos)
We’ve been watching this building project from the whispers and we are SO PROUD of AURORA for the development of small business and quality business. I can’t wait to check it out and shop there. What an amazing endeavor and a beautiful example of what can be done with big empty space that is usually discarded, closed and left abandoned.

Michelle and I headed over to Bear Creek Trail Park in Lakewood  on Saturday to try the route that is a possible upcoming what-the- hell-are-we-thinking ultra run for the fall. We walked and we walked and we walked. It was a lot of walking. Because I can’t run yet until this Wednesday when my doctor clears me! As you can see I’m not at all excited. Also, I am seriously out of shape. But look how pretty it is!!

We walked A LOT (eight miles!) and I was pretty certain we were hopelessly lost and would never ever EVER find our way out of the mass of trails that reminded me of suburbia but in fact, it is a large circle (of sorts) and it turns out to eventually take you back home to your vehicle. I had serious doubts and it took us a ridiculous amount of time but really it was only a few hours. I gave up hope and Michelle said “we just have to go into these woods and we’ll come out by the cars” and finally I said, “um, I think that’s what happened to Little Red Riding Hood so…no. Nothing good happens in the woods”.

She got a new name. I call her Red now. By the way, we NEVER magically came out of the woods and found the car. ::shakeshead::

Michelle recently started the Get Outside Colorado Kids blog because it’s beautiful in Colorado and we have so much hiking available to us it’s just a shame to not take advantage of it and also, kids don’t spend nearly enough time outside.  So she grabbed her kids and took off. Either that, or she’s trying to make her husband crazy by driving across town every day. One of those things.

You can find her blog here…: Get outside colorado kids
he’s also on Facebook here: Get Outside Colorado Kids

You don’t have to have little kids to enjoy the blog because she reviews the trails on there and I like that for sure. Plus I went hiking with her and rumor has it I’m a grown up. Don’t tell.

I missed this last week and it’s so good I feel I would be remiss in not sharing it and giving it the love it so deserves.

But I found it while watching this one:


Sean and I went to Boulder yesterday so we could hike to our hearts content but the 22 mph winds that Michelle predicted with her magical weather app powers actually did, in fact, come true. She is magic. So we went to lunch at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place. They are 100% gluten free and 99.999 percent soy free and they have a relaxed ~hang out and have a beer~ kind of atmosphere. Totally zen. I loved it. We’ve actually been there once before (you’d think we’d remember where it was…duh…13th street) and left with funky ~maybe it’s pretentious? vibes) but since then we’ve totally revisited our idea of that and decided no…this place is absolutely not that. Ha. No. And we love it. Live and learn and visit Shine.

And now I leave you with this last moment…

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Run on…and be wild…


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Just a list. Of my day.

  1. Yesterday was #adaywithoutawoman and even as I was typing this I was planning on not working but this client is ridiculously difficult to connect with so I opted to do it. I decided to just wear read.  Then I pondered if I own any red.
  2. On #adaywithoutawoman my friend posted a controversial post. She meant it to be a loving post about how supportive, as a woman, she is going to be by continuing to work rather than taking the day off. She did not recognize, really, the real meaning and importance of the day and how vital it is to at least recognize the day.  If she couldn’t take the day off she could have at least chosen to wear red to say hey…we have a long way to go and I’m going to wear this because even though I may be privileged I recognize how far we have to go for equality everywhere, we have the right to walk the streets without fear, we have the right to not be disrespected in our job,  we have rights to be treated as people, with kindness and dignity.  Another friend reasonably responded to her merely to explain and help her better understand the day and over seventy posts later and much heat by neither of these women…the two of them are no longer friends. There was not a lot of love there on #adaywithoutawoman. It was a tragic circumstance, they are both kind and loving people.
  3. My daughter wrote a thought-provoking essay about her experience in LA yesterday. It’s beautifully written.
  4. I woke up yesterday with perfect hair. Perfect. 5am perfect hair. What is THAT about? Five o’clock in the morning and no one to witness it? If you wake up with perfect hair and there’s no one to witness it did it really happen?
  5. I have discovered that now that I don’t have kids at home I have finally mastered the art of the backup supply. I have a full on backup supply of toilet paper, kleenex, hand soap. Need handsoap? It’s in the cabinet. So is it the kids being gone? Or is it the backup supply of cash is maybe bigger? They should do a study. The government probably has.
  6. I’ve been writing this blog for four years and two months – I haven’t really improved much. You’d think I would after all this time, wouldn’t you? Every year I forget the anniversary until like..March. It dawned on me last night at about one am. Bright side it lets me go back and re-read the beginning. I get to read about Michelle’s little kids. I like that part.
  7. I had dinner with Solongo! I missed her SO much. She is ridiculously fun and I love her. I was going to get a picture but completely forgot so I will take one next time because we are overdue. We talked for 3.5 hours.  We went to 730 South for dinner and as usual…dinner was great and they do Celiac perfectly.  Not sure what it says that the waiter remembers  me that well but he does. So nice! We talked politics, running, hair, work, kids, food, surgery, and politics again. Deep sigh of relief to find a friend you love and respect thinks the same as you. These days it’s hit or miss.
  8. My kid is home tonight. Don’t get too excited. It’s only for ten days. He took a break because he’s just sitting there waiting for school to start and there’s nothing else to do. SO BORING.
  9. I am in a complete fog today. Total fog.
  10. A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull

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    Ahem... For all those women who say they aren't feminists. Why not? Feminism is about equality. That's it.:
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It’s that time of year again…

We’re registering for the Bolder Boulder. 

I’ll be honest, it’s the first year I’ve hesitated. Last year I didn’t love it as much. They’ve corporatized it too  much (it’s a word).

In April..they are running the Cherry Creek Sneak and I’ve never run it. I may think about that little race. Little being the operative word…

It’s April 23rd, it’s expensive ($40 for the 5k, $50 for the 5 mile and $65 for the 10 mile) and really big. It’s a huge race. I just am not sure I’m up to it. But I feel the need to get on the road and run.

I suppose I could search for a different race that is smaller and more of a pull…maybe more trail oriented but not.

Most 5k’s are in Wash Park or City Park and those are my least favorite.

I don’t know…I typed that last night and I’m already over it.

Michelle is thinking maybe she wants an ultra this year.

She knows I’ve always wanted to do an ultra so this is a big tease. SO mean.

Also, my son is getting married in October. Like…two weeks after the scheduled ultra and everyone knows you gain weight when you train for marathons and ultras so there’s THAT. But the joy is how awesome is it to not care and just run my ass off. Oh yeah…I just ran 30+ miles. Thanks… 😉

Yeah, I’d rather do that. Pretty sure.

Hey, Michelle, we get to walk a LITTLE, right? 😉

Damn…it’s crazy far.

The other downside, and it’s a big one for me, is that ultras tend to be trail runs and I’m a city girl through and through. So that’s part of the challenge. Running 30 miles on a trail. The upside is having someone to run it with. Having a partner would be so much less painful.

Note, I did not say easier.

I think we’re going to do some research on this and we’ll keep you updated. I’d like to point out I’m still not cleared to run, I haven’t run ANY kind of distance in months and months and MONTHS because…giant fibroid eating me from the inside out and cutting off my blood supply. I’m totally and completely freaked out about the possibility of not being able to ever run again even though I know that’s not even realistic. It’s just…out there in my peripheral.

If we attempt this giant feat there needs to be some serious yoga cross training to take care of my leg. My poor little right leg is definitely feeling some IT band issues. I don’t want to get half way there and have to stop.

I just messaged her and told her I’m in.

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We’ll see. Probably next week I’ll break my leg since I publicly announced something.

Anybody out there have some great little races they want to share with me???


Power outages freak me out and makes me think of end times. I would not do well without power. I know that’s random but the other night all the neighbors houses were so completely black we were pretty sure they had a power outage. It was totally freaky.

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I had a doctor appointment yesterday (my Celiac doctor) and you know, I love her. She was the person who initially said, “we can’t figure this out and since you no longer have a primary physician let’s run a blood panel and see if that’ll give us an idea” and it did. It started the direction that led to surgery and me feeling SO much better so yay her! Unfortunately her nurse accidentally ran the wrong blood tests this time so it was a fruitless appointment. Thank the Lord for insurance? Hm. Not sure how that works. As we talked she said…wow…I’ve been seeing you for so long it’s been quite a journey!  She’s not kidding.

Yes…it has. I started seeing her like…six years ago maybe? For Hypothyroidism that couldn’t get regulated. I am quite the story. She told me again today…I am not normal. I’m not sick…just not normal. None of my tests ever come up normal. I’m a medical mystery.
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It’s been too windy to do anything so today I am finally getting out of the house. I’m supposed to spend the day with Andrea but she’s been suspiciously silent so I may not be. I also get to have dinner with my friend Solongo (she’s not on social media…gasp) and I haven’t seen her in forEVER. I’m excited. Okay, she’s on Instagram but barely. She posts once every month or so.

But she’s my FAVORITE…I’ll keep you posted. We’re going to 730 South and it’s delicious.


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis:

Run on…


Filed under Celiac, Hashimoto's, Michelle, Motivation, Races, Running