Three things — 9.22.16

Things I’m loving this week


Real apple cider. Not that fake pasteurized apple juice they try to pass off as cider in the retail stores, but the real deal made with nothing but pressed second-hand apples freshly gathered from Erie, Pa., backyards and orchards.

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This is Us. Of course I didn’t stay up to watch this new show when it aired on Tuesday at 10 p.m.(ha..ha…ha…you’re funny thinking I’m upright after 9:30 p.m.), but after all the chatter about it on the interwebs the next day, I watched the premiere online. Then, added it to my Google Calendar, which is a sign that I’m really, really committed to at least trying to see the show. (Though probably not at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays because…are you kidding me?)


High School XC. The kids are cool and kind to each other, the parents cheer for everyone, and all the runners who finish the race “win” in a way.   I’m sure the whole thing is much more intense for the fastest kids in the white, hot spotlight, but in the back of the pack, it’s all pretty chill. I’m so grateful that the entire thing has been a positive experience for K.

Things I’m not loving this week

Shorter days. Here is one thing I don’t like about fall/winter — less daylight. Not much time to squeeze in any outdoor activities (kayaking, walking, etc.) between the end of the workday and nightfall. And, yes, I’m well aware it’s all downhill from here till like Nov. 21.

September heat. You know what? I’m done with this summer heat & humidity. It’s September in NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA and I want crisp, cool air; crunchy, colorful leaf litter to kick through; and the faint pungent smell of a smoldering leaf pile some idiot is always trying to burn.

A crappy Quad run time. The 5-miler leg of the Highmark Quad is pretty much 2.5 miles downhill, then 2.5 miles uphill on the return. On Saturday, it also included a strong tailwind on the way down and a headwind on the way back up, which totally sucked. I let it get to me and my time reflected that.





Worth Reading — 9.21.16

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

John Pavlovitz: On the Day I Die (Really powerful stuff…and a good reminder of what really matters. I actually think about this a lot (the senselessness of careers, money, possessions) because I’ve seen the “stuff” left behind when people die and I think…they spent their lives accumulating and climbing ladders…and for what? The stuff left behind is just a burden now (what to do with it all). What if they’d have just spent their time and money on experiences….or dinners with friends…amazing vacations…etc.)

The Cut: How Osielle founder, Sally Bergesen, gets things done

Inc: The Secret to Happy Workplace May Be Found in This Ignored Virtue

New York Times: Writing a “Last Letter” When You’re Healthy (Interesting concept here…)

Motto: How to Never Get Angry: 3 Secrets from Neuroscience (OK…reappraisal. Must. Remember. Reappraisal.)

M.Blazoned: The Default Parent (Story of my life, right here…)

Laurenisms: In search of a modern man

In the car, Lauren mentions something about her Child Development class…

Lauren: Yeah, but babies don’t like me. I mean, Kinzlee (her 1yo cousin) is the only baby that ever even smiled at me.

Me: Well, you know, you can probably babysit her. Deana would probably like some extra help sometimes and you’re old enough.

Lauren: Yeah, but I don’t know how to change diapers.

Me: You could learn.

Lauren: I don’t really see a point in that.

Me: Uh, who is going to change diapers if you have kids some day?

Lauren: Well, I guess I need a husband who knows how.

Me:  Huh.

Lauren: And, you will, cause you’ll probably be watching them, too. I know that you love babies.



Three things — 9.15.16

Things I’m loving this week

Noxzema. My friend Linda is in her 70s and has the most amazing skin you’ve ever seen. At a party recently, I was complaining about how makeup remover wipes dry out my skin and she said: “OK, I’ll tell you my big beauty secret — Noxzema…none of the fancy stuff, none of the new stuff, just a $3 can of Noxzema. That’s all you need.” So, I bought the $3 can and I love it. Not only am I reminded of my high school years (you know back when Dove soap and Noxzema were really your only choices), but it actually removes all my makeup and cleans my face without leaving it all dry and scaly . So….there you go…toss out all your overpriced crap and get yourself a blue can of nostalgia.


Riding my husband’s coattails to Boston. Dan qualified for Boston again and so did all our Saturday morning running friends, so looks like we’re going to be heading back to Bean Town again in April. And, the best part is, I don’t even have to run a marathon.


Beast on the Bay. This race is so much fun….especially with friends. Don’t have any friends? Join me and my team of Superfriends. All are welcome. Seriously, it’s fun. Here’s proof:

Next year’s race is 9.9.17. Start training now!

Things I’m not loving this week

A forced new sewer. Our township is being forced (by the DEP) to install a sewer system because so many dipshits in our township had septic systems that failed inspection (thanks, morons!)…and the price tag is high…astronomically high. Like $10,000-12,000 to hook in, which does not include the cost to actually hook in (you’ll have to pay a contractor to do that…likely about $3K…..or do it yourself and have it inspected). And then….and then ….a $112 MONTHLY sewer bill. It all seems surreal…like a bad dream. But it’s not. If we didn’t have so much invested in our home and two kids with five years left in the school district, we’d move. As it is…we’re going to bear a big burden for whoever does buy our house when we do sell some day.

Her Times 5K in 15 days. HOLY CRAP. How did this happen? My race—the one I direct—is like three (wait…two….) weeks away and, MY GOD…. I better get on that. Eek!

September. For all the reasons this blogger lays out. It’s like we live the same life.

Worth Reading — 9.14.16

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Washington Post: 7 Ways to Encourage Older Children to Read (Some good advice here)

Motto: Productivity Tips (Sigh…if only I could do this. I should try.)

Patheos: The Story You Aren’t Hearing About the Dakota Access Pipeline  Also this Kansas City Star story.

“It’s an uncomfortable reality that reservations exist in the first place; they arose out of greed, entitlement and blind ambition. Their boundaries have been constantly re-drawn to protect corporate and government interests, and their people have been displaced and lied to, again and again, by those same institutions.  Episodes like the one unfolding in North Dakota right now have been consistently rinsed from our history books, as if forgetting about them will make it not so. Such ignorance of our own history is lethal. We repeat sins of the past because we have not entirely integrated them with our collective sense of self. That was somebody else. Some other place and time.’

People: Inside My Terminally Ill Friend’s Final Party Before Ending Her Life (OMG…the feels)

NPR: Dog’s Understand Tone and Meaning of Words

Laurenisms: Planned procrastination


My phone at work rings at 3:15 p.m. 

Lauren: Mom, what time will you be home from work?

Me: Why? You need something? I’m going to Kelly’s cross-country meet right after work.

Lauren: OK, cool! So what time will you be home.

Me: *growing suspicious* Why?

Lauren: Because I’m trying to figure out exactly how much time I have before I have to get this list done before you come home.

Me: Why don’t you just do it now and be done with it?

Lauren: Well, that’s makes no sense.

Me: *pinches nose between finger and thumb, shakes head* 5:30. You’ve got until 5:30, so plan accordingly.