Learning to run again

Learning to run again

I just started running again a few weeks ago. Straight out of the cubicle last year, the challenge to increase my speed and distance was as much mental as it was physical. Running a mile seemed like a long distance, and then three miles seemed outrageous–who was I to run three miles? And then six … Continue reading

How to do everything

How to do everything

I’m reading a lot of inspirational literature and listening to a lot of the same kind of audiobooks as we gear up for our Big Life Change. One of the best results is that I am learning to give myself permission to not do all the things I think I should be doing if I … Continue reading

Rice and beans for you

Rice and beans for you

While rice and beans was the unfortunate catalyst for an epic fallout with my normally beloved bro, I’m still a fan (of the dish…and my bro). The dish is perfectly nutritious, jaw-droppingly cheap, and as flexible as Gabby Douglas. I mean, you can do anything you want to it, and it will just be damn … Continue reading

Black beans and relationships

Black beans and relationships

Jeremy and I vowed to not eat out for the month of August. At the same time, I’ve been looking for easy, cheap, healthy meals that can be stretched out over a couple of days of lunch and dinner, and rice and beans is about as perfect as it gets. I fired up the slow cooker and the … Continue reading

Surfing is a goal of mine

Surfing is a goal of mine

I’ve been working on a list of 101 goals. It’s something like a bucket list with a couple of boring habits I’d like to cultivate, like exercising twenty minutes a day everyday and getting to work on time. One of the goals I am most excited about reaching is surfing in Bali. I have always … Continue reading

Guesting

Guesting

I’ve been inundated with house guests lately. That’s not even true. I’ve had a few guests over the past couple of weekends, and I’m going to have a few more in August. But the thought of hosting anyone, even my own mother and even just overnight, stresses me out so much that any kind of … Continue reading

Getting beyond the voices

Getting beyond the voices

I love reading self-help books. I like lots of other things that make me a complex and worthwhile person, but I also love reading self-help books. They’re like a little nitrous for the soul, just a boost of encouragement and hope that helps me keep the wheels turning even faster than usual for a couple … Continue reading

Housecleaning for the soul

Housecleaning for the soul

All the excess stuff in this house is driving me nuts. I have been a stuff-magnet since I moved back, gathering hand-me-downs from friends and relatives, hitting up the thrift stores and discount stores, and generally just finding a place for any item that comes my way. But it drives me crazy! I hate fighting … Continue reading

Magic Mike review

Magic Mike review

I’m not in the habit of writing movie reviews, and by now, I assume that most of you who were, like me, all hot and bothered at the prospect of seeing not only Channing Tatum but also Matthew McConaughey (who’s about to be a daddy, btw) as God intended have already seen Magic Mike, so this … Continue reading

I *heart* my local credit union

I *heart* my local credit union

I have been banking with PNC since college. I opened my first account there as a freshman because that’s where my parents and grandparents in Pittsburgh banked. I was with them through college and then all my years abroad, but we started having problems when I moved to Harrisonburg: the closest branch is two hours … Continue reading