Fighter Jets and Heart Attacks

When the world feels out of order, I scan the refrigerator, select a recipe, and settle in with “My Favorite Murder” or some tunes, and cook. At this moment, I am writing. Writing is another way I work through intense feelings. In the past, I’d run things out over some hard miles but my body… Continue reading Fighter Jets and Heart Attacks

Does Cam Newton Have a Mama?

Routes. I’ve said the word outloud a couple of times now. It doesn’t make me laugh. You try. Now, how about “Running routes”–is this more amusing? Are you laughing? What if I put “routes” into a complete thought and a follow-up question: “Devin Funchess has really seemed to embrace the physicality of his routes and… Continue reading Does Cam Newton Have a Mama?

Sometimes, You Need to Let the Weeds Grow to Find the Good

“The universe is clearly trying to tell you something,” my wise friend said. She set down her coffee and looked me in the eyes. “Now you just have to figure out what.” Tacos and Time with a Friend Many of the things I love in life–good food, friends, thoughtful conversation–are rolled up in “taco time”… Continue reading Sometimes, You Need to Let the Weeds Grow to Find the Good

Our Anniversary Tree, My Favorite Holiday Decoration

If your house were on fire and you could only grab one thing, what would you save? Thinking about this disaster scenario is not a complete waste of time, so don’t scoff. Our former next-door neighbors’ house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, and they had about 90 seconds to get out.… Continue reading Our Anniversary Tree, My Favorite Holiday Decoration

Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

Hubby and I love a date night celebration, and we were out on Friday, dressed to the nines, in full empty nester foodie mode. We were trying one of Austin’s amazing downtown restaurants, Counter3.Five.VII. Yes, it’s a clunky name but it’s illustrative. The seating area is a u-shaped counter, so that diners rub elbows as they… Continue reading Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary

Even though I didn’t come to exercise until an adult in my 30s with three kids, I’ve got hundreds of workouts under my belt now. I’ve worked with at least eight different running coaches; I’m not sure how many different swim and triathlon coaches; and let’s not even attempt to catalogue how many trainers and… Continue reading Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary