October 31st, 2010

We talked him out of putting the “dead” baby in the bag.

She WAS a pirate a day ago.  By the end of the night, she took off the wig and was saying she was Becca.

Teen wolf out on the prowl.

King of Craft Beer!  He really just wanted to drink while he tried to track the kids trick or treating, so this worked out real nice like.

Happy Halloween.

Self Portrait

October 29th, 2010

KP handed me this rolled up wad of paper to bring home from the bus stop this morning.

When the bus rolled away, I opened it up and found this.

KP’s six year old self portrait.

I love the fact he added in a devil like creature on his shirt and he gave himself blue eyes.  He is the only one of the three who has brown.


October 26th, 2010

I swung by my dad’s tree yesterday to check and see if it was changing color.

It had.

As I looked at it and its color and looked around, it was so quiet.

No one was there.

It was the first time I had not seen anyone sitting on the bench or someone stretching or chatting or resting their bike on the trunk of the little tree.

A feeling of loneliness came over me.

The large gaping hole that he left, will never be filled.

Happy Friday

October 22nd, 2010


I know this tells me something

October 20th, 2010

While waiting for the bus, CT (the 10 year old boy) was telling me about the book that he was reading.  I wished I had a pen and paper to write down his description, because it was really something.  It was something about butts taking over the world.  In fact, the title of the book is The Day My Butt Went Psycho.

The same day, PJ (the 8 year old girl) , who can’t read much English yet, came home from school very excited with a book from the library called Black-eyed Suzie.  She thought this book was about the flower, Black Eyed Susans.  Once I read the back and the first page it was clearly about a 12 year old girl who is struggling with a sever case of mental illness.

This is not the first time that these two are so diametrically opposed and it will not be the last.

Good lord, what do the teen-age years look like?

Tiny treasures

October 17th, 2010

This kid is nothing but a human wrecking ball working his way through life.

And when he takes the time to destroy and reconfigure something, then turns around, looks at you with those big brown eyes and says, “Mom, I made this for you!”

What can I say….I just melt.

For the love of jMatt

October 15th, 2010

Here he is in all his glory…crossing the finish line in Kona.

Way to slay those lava dragons jMatt!

To all those who have loved and lost

October 14th, 2010

Back when I was 15 or so I was dumped real hard like, twice by the same guy. Both dump-a-roos, for the SAME girl. I know, tragic! Funny enough, she had curly brown hair and big lips…but she was a lot softer spoken, dare I say, nice.

For everyone who has been kicked to the curb in their life, you’re better for it.

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A marathon, a sherpa, a gun, a hit-n-run, TACO the dead dog and off to Boston we go!

October 10th, 2010

What a day, what a race, what a way to end the season!

3:40:31 and 1st in my age group!

The late TACO, my race inspiration.

The finish line.

Here are the rest of the photos.

Thanks to Adam for all the support you ALWAYS give me, to Erika for being there all the way to the finish line, to Welle for helping me turn the wheels over yet again, to all my friends, team mates and family who have cheered me on ALL season long.

Couldn’t do it without all the love!

Alright…let’s do this

October 8th, 2010

I am off to Ashland, WI to face the demons.  Or maybe we should spin that a little differently…crush them!

Armed with my new compressions socks (which make me feel like a very naughty Catholic school girl when worn with a running skirt), Welle’s pacing (which will be written all over my arms) and my ladybird Erika (seriously, who doesn’t want her around?) for ground support, this should be one heck of a ride.

Totally ready for the challenge…bring it on!

If I can actually follow the pacing, here is how it should go:

Miles 1-8: 8:45min/miles

Miles 8-13: 8:15min/miles

Miles 13-20: 8:00min/miles

Miles 20-23: 8:15min/miles

Miles 23-26.2: How much heart do you have????


10k: 54:30, 8 mile: 1:10:00, 13.1 mile: 1:52:30, 20 mile: 2:48:30, 23 mile: 3:13:45

I’ll keep you posted and have photos on my return.

Good luck to Vicki, Scott (and Scott’s brother) who are running Chicago this weekend and to jMatt who is racing KONA!