Today is my birthday. Another year, another chance to do new things, make another set of mistakes, and have another round of successes. As I look back at 42, I see that I need to par down my obligations. I stretched myself thin and wasn't able to give my best to those who needs me. … Continue reading Mountain Mama at 43
Blogger's note: I wrote this column for work. I've expanded on it here a bit since space isn't an issue. I'm a mom. I don't know what I'm doing half the time, which makes my perfectionist side crazy. But we all have clothes that fit, food in our bellies and a roof over our head. … Continue reading Motherhood, the most epic adventure of all
You know what I miss the most about alcohol?
I miss not dealing my my emotions and the worries of the day. It is so much easier to wash down anger, fear and other things with a cold beer or glass of wine. But then, you wake up the next morning and the problems are still there, plus maybe a hangover.
Today, Mountain Kid 1 turns 12 years old. I remember at the age of 28 or so, my husband was driving up this mountain in Appalachia with a statue on top in the dead of winter. I looked at him and said that I wanted a kid by the time I was 30. Two months … Continue reading Surviving 12 years of parenting
So, my training has been halted for the past week. I haven't really posted much on social media because I hoped this was a quick something, like a stomach bug. As I described my symptoms to my mom during a semi-frantic phone call, she stopped me and said I may have vertigo. She has had … Continue reading Hello, hello. Vertigo
"There comes a day/When you're gonna look around/And realize happiness is/Where you are." -- "Where You Are," from the movie Moana LOW TIDE, ATLANTIC OCEAN, OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- From a small hill on the sand, I saw her -- Mountain Kid 1. Her wind-blown hair resting gently on her shoulders as she looked down. … Continue reading My daughter, Moana and myself
Song: "Moves like Jager" Maroon 5 Quote: "It's not what you think about before the race or what happens after the race, it's just what you do while you're out there." -- Millie Paladino, 2012 West Virginia cross-country winner, from "The Dominion Post" For a teenager, Paladino has the wisdom of an adult runner. I … Continue reading Try again