Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New places...

I haven't checked on this blog in awhile. I thought about dropping it and deleting it altogether, but there's too much here I'd like to look back on. So, it will remain, suspended on the interwebs.

However, it you've stumbled across this blog and would like to continue following my efforts...check out:

The Blank Page - a blog devoted to my reading and writing life


One - a blog devoted to our family's journey becoming "green"

When I started this blog in 2007, I had no idea where I was going with it. I had a myspace blog...then it moved to Blogger in 2008 (what you have here). Now, I actually have goals attached to my blogs.

Happy reading.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Favorite

Just thought I'd share this important addition to my coffee table. Even though one of my new year's plans is to cut back on paper waste (i.e. magazine subscriptions), this one will remain a staple - The Sun It's a bit expensive, BUT that is because it is ad-free! Yes, a magazine that is solely about the writing: genius.

And a new musical favorite...since I haven't shared one in a really long time: Imelda May - Dublin born rockabilly queen...and she covers Patsy Cline like nobody's business!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Change is coming

So, you might have nomme de plume. I just started a new blog, which, while I have published several entries over the past week, I have not openly shared with my closest friends. Hell, I haven't even let my husband read it yet. But starting on January 1...there will be an open invitation. Which is why I have changed the name. Now that I will be providing more information and writing on a more consistent basis, I thought it might behoove me to be a bit more least to the rest of the world.

You are welcome to read it and comment...just know that I'd like to keep things on the down-low, if you know what I mean. No need for anyone to know who I am until I'm ready. But feel free to spread the word. The more people I have reading, and commenting, and expecting the next entry, the more likely I am to keep to my daily deadline! Which will benefit everyone, though most-of-all me.

Thanks all...
I'll keep you "posted".

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Today I was doing laundry. I was oblivious, as usual. Living life. Doing the every day. And then, blam. News. News, no one ever wants to hear. News that cannot be talked about or ever really understood. Shock. Sadness. Tears. And this empty feeling of utter human impotence. I, who always have words, have none. Words are not good enough, but maybe my prayers are worth something. I hurt so deeply for my friends who have lost the unspeakable. And I so wish I could do something to help.

(Hug your children.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First Steps in Running

Okay, so better late than never...I'm doing a bit of research on beginning a running routine "safely". This is the best article I have read. It's also from a great source. I've been wandering around on the Runner's World website and have found an abundance of useful tips and information that I didn't know when I woke up this morning. Today, I will definitely be resting this knee, doing a few yoga stretches to make it feel better, and icing/heating it before bed.

It feels very weird to be committing to an activity like running. Especially me...Queen Couch Potato herself. Hmmm... And I owe it all to my "training" partner (thanks D.).

Click on the link below to read "10 Steps..."

First Steps

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Running Reality Check

As with Hot Yoga...I have found at least a modicum of internal motivation for my nightly run/walk (4-5 times per week); I'm now almost done with my 3rd week and I've doubled my distance. But, I'm realizing, with a new and slight knee injury, that I have jumped into this without enough knowledge to intelligently stave off pain and future leg/knee/joint problem. For example, after doing a little research, I realize that my shoes are probably all wrong, that I'm possibly running too far, too fast, and that there are a lot of terms with which I am unfamiliar and that are quite possibly affecting me (i.e. pronation/suppination). I'm also feeling in need of expert advice, but living in such an isolated, rural area, it isn't very practical for me to just run down to my local running-gear store and get fitted for the perfect footwear. Apparently, I'm supposed to consider where my other shoes show wear, the arch of my foot, the flexibility, the terrain...and a whole slew of other technical dynamics and design features that sound like some strange foreign language to me. And here I thought this would be simple. Maybe I'm over-complicating it. Wouldn't be the first time. But, I AM sure of this: I need to learn more, be gentle to my skeleton, not be suckered into buying things I don't need, buy better shoes, and KEEP RUNNING!!!

(Anyone have any suggestions on stores where expert advice on running shoes can be found on the Olympic Peninsula or in the Seattle area?) It'll be a little while before I can get to Seattle/Tacoma, but I can put it on my list of things to do when I get there.)

See my next entry for an informative article from Runner's World.