Saturday, November 4, 2017

Here Goes Nothing

My gym is hosting an indoor triathlon in January. 10 minute pool swim. 30 minute spin bike ride. 20 minute treadmill run.

And I just signed up. *gulp* Let the training begin!

Sunday, October 22, 2017


I saw this photo today and it struck a nerve with me. 2017 has probably been the hardest year of my life and I've been ready to write off this year entirely. But I've got two and a half months left to turn things around.

The year started off with so much promise. DH and I made an offer on a house and closed in February.

And then my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.
And my dad had a major stroke and passed away.
And now my dog has cancer.

I've also been spending about two hours a day in the car commuting to a job that I'm not crazy about. And as a result of the stress and the commuting and the grief, I've gained about 20 lbs.

But all is not lost. I started doing Pilates a few weeks ago. I've swam a few times. I've been on my spin bike a few times.  I've been eating better and making sleep a priority. And I'm starting to feel like myself again.

So I'm going to make the last quarter of 2017 the best quarter of the year.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On Happiness

I've sat down to write so many times but don't want to come off as negative. This year has been HARD.  I just haven't felt much like myself this past year. I will write about it eventually but not today.

So instead I will share this. Today, DH and I played golf. We've probably only played a half dozen times since we moved here. In California we played an average of twice a month, so it's something that I have really missed.

We used to play the same 3 or 4 courses regularly, and we'd throw in a different one every once in a while just to mix things up. We have yet to find one that we both like enough to play regularly. Until today.

Today was everything I've missed about golf. A course with a driving range, a nice putting practice area, and close to home. The fairways were beautiful, the greens very well kept. It was a beautiful day - if a bit hot at 90 degrees. But DH and I both agreed after three holes that this could be our new "regular" course.

I played well and thoroughly enjoyed the day. And I am so happy and grateful. I think I might have found a little bit of my old self out there on that course.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Starting Over

I joined a new gym this month - one that has an outdoor pool. Hurray for outdoor swimming!

I just joined last week and went and swam twice. I plan on going three times this week - probably two swims and one different workout.

I'm gradually easing my way back into things. At this point, I am honestly starting over like a beginner exerciser. Because when you go months without doing a single workout - or maybe just one workout that month -  and those months turn into a year, you really are a beginner.  And I'm fine with that. I'd rather workout three times a week than not at all. There will be no triathlons for me this summer. I just don't think I could get myself race ready.

There are a lot of reasons why I haven't exercised very much over the past year - some very recent. But I'll go into that later.

For now I'm just happy that I want to exercise again. I'm looking forward to seeing progress - because the gains are always great in the beginning.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Change is hard

Dan and I were very fortunate to have both found jobs very quickly after arriving in Philly.  Unfortunately we both had to start those new jobs only a week after finally being able to move into our new home. We never really had a chance to unpack and settle in once we got here.

I really like my job and can see a future with lots of opportunities. But the commute is a bear. It takes about 45 minutes in the morning. Not great but bearable. But the ride home. Ugh! I'm only going 23 miles, but if I got home in an hour I considered it a good day. Lately it's been creeping closer to 90 minutes regularly. And one night when it rained it took two hours.

I haven't been getting home until 6:30 or 7:00, and I leave the house just after 7 am. That is a loooong day!

Needless to say, workouts have just not happened since I started working.

But...I sat down with my boss last week and told her the commute was killing me. And the first words out of her mouth were "Change your hours." Awesome! So I'll be going in and leaving an hour earlier to avoid some traffic. And I'll only have to wake up 20 minutes earlier to do this. I'd been leaving so early in the mornings anyway to beat the traffic, I was arriving at work 30 minutes before my actual start time.

 I'm so happy with this change. I'll finally be able to exercise again! Spin class, here I come!

Maybe I'll even have time to blog again 😀

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hotel Living

I have so much to write about my cross country road trip, but things have been incredibly hectic since we arrived in Philadelphia.

Our second to last day of the trip was a drive from Cleveland to Harrisburg. It wasn't a lot of miles but it was a long drive because of the weather. We were very fortunate to have no rain all the way across the country until this point. But that day we got caught in an incredible storm. It rained nonstop for at least three hours of the drive. At points it was so bad that everyone was driving on the highway about 30 mph with their blinkers on. I was terrified and wanted to pull over, but Dan wanted to push through. Luckily we arrived in Harrisburg safely and the rain stopped that night.

What we didn't know was that while we were driving through that rain, that rain was driving through our rental house. We arrived in Philly the following day and were supposed to meet the landlord to get the keys to the rental house so we could start moving in the next day. When I called him, he said he was at the rental house. He had gone by to make sure everything was good for us to move in. Well, it wasn't. It really, really wasn't.

It turns out that the roof drain got clogged by debris. Water collected on the roof. And when I say water collected, it could have been up to three feet of water because that's how high the ledges are. Anyway, the ceiling in the master bedroom partially caved in. Drywall and wet insulation came down. Water poured into the bedroom, down the hall, and rained down into the living room.

Needless to say, we couldn't move in the next day. We were lucky that we were able to move our belongings in that week since it was already scheduled. All of our furniture is stacked in the spare bedrooms and the kitchen. All of our boxes are in the basement and garage. But because the entire downstairs - aside from the kitchen - is hardwood floors, there was no way we could live there. All of the flooring had to come out.

So after two and a half weeks on the road staying at various VRBOs, hotels, and AirBnBs, we get to Philly only to have to stay in a hotel for another three weeks. We're hoping to be back in our house this weekend.

It could have been much worse. We could have been asleep in our bed when the ceiling came down. But after being without a real home since July 12th, I really miss sleeping in my own bed! Fingers crossed that all goes as planned for the rest of this week.

At least Emma is comfortable here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Next Chapter

I know, I know...if anyone is even reading this, my blog has been incredibly silent lately. I have had a LOT going on including one big secret. But I can finally let it out.

First of all, it's no secret that the Sharks had an incredible post-season run, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, only to lose to the Penguins on Sunday. After 25 years, I finally got to go see my team play in a finals game. I am so incredibly proud of their success this season - even if it didn't end the way I would have liked. But I actually got to see the Stanley Cup awarded in person. That's a once in a lifetime experience.

On the way to the game. Look at that banner!

Lord Stanley's Cup

The other thing that has been keeping me busy - and the reason why I haven't been able to sign up for any races this season - has been this.

House for Sale

Dan and I have decided to take advantage of the booming Silicon Valley real estate market and sell our house. We have spent all spring preparing to list our house for sale. Two garage sales, tons of purging and donating of clothes and stuff we no longer need or want, cleaning, painting, new carpet, new kitchen lighting.

Wish we had done this to the kitchen years ago!

All of that hard work did pay off. We listed our house for sale and were under contract within a week. We need to be out of our house July 8th and are heading back to the town where I grew up.

Cue Elton John: "Philadelphia Freedom! Shine on me."
I never thought at my age that I'd be moving across the country and starting all over again. But it's really the best financial decision for us. And if I'm going to leave California, I want to have some familiarity. I've still got some family and I'm still close with a few of my friends from high school. (Thank you, Facebook!) In fact, one of my best friends did the house hunting for us and found us a rental. So we will instantly have a network when we get there.

So, this is why I haven't signed up for any races this season. I didn't know how long I'd be in California or when I'd get to Philly. And even if I did, my workouts have been nonexistent for months due to all of the house prep plus stress.

I'm looking forward to getting across the country, finding a new gym, and settling back into a routine.

But before that can happen, there is one more major step. Road Trip!!!!

To be continued...