Reflections on the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Today, I watched horrified as the situation in Boston unfolded.  The tragedy was honestly too much for me to handle.  It hit close to home, it made me scared of pursuing a goal of eventually one day running the Boston Marathon.

I ran (and finished) the Chicago Marathon in October, it was one of the best experiences of my life and never once did I think about the possibility of someone destroying such a magical day for me.  I was never scared, I never felt unsafe, all I felt was a great sense of accomplishment and joy. I am sure all the runners today had the same feelings I did until some coward used the site as a place to break everything down.  

It has been a day of sadness and anger for me.  My heart breaks for all the victims and their families, those still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe or nervously awaiting medical news.  It is sadness that I don’t think I will ever forget.  I am angry too.  An anger that I have not felt in a long time, I am angry that someone decided to break down the beauty of a marathon and make it something it is not.

I feel that my running family has been personally attacked, which it has.  I know that next time I step to the start line of a race there will be a nagging fear in the back of my mind and  fear for my friends and family that have come to support me.

I think the sadness and anger will linger for a while.  I also know the running community is full of strong individuals that have true endurance.  We will put one foot in front of the other and take another step, of course the first few will be the hardest, but eventually we will find our stride and be back more trained and ready to make it across that finish line again.

If I do know one thing, us runners are the real deal.  My prayers are with everyone in Boston tonight and I pray that the beauty of the sport will continue to remain intact.


Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That…

For the last year or so I have let Pinterest make me feel bad about my life.  I am unorganized, have fifty or so abandoned craft projects in my house, and I just picked up on the color jeans fad (which will probably end now because I bought two pairs).

Here are a couple of gems from the Pinterest world that make me want to question the amount of time people have on their hands and why?!?!


I hope that you are getting some sort of compensation for this? 



Pinterest has caused the world to go mason jar crazy! In my house this would be more realistic if this pin suggested you use old cool whip and lunch meat containers…


To all you Angry Bird fanatics that are waiting to bake this bad boy…cheese melts and it may or may not result in your desired effect.

However Pinterest did introduce me to an endless supply of this guy:




Currently Obesessed with…

So moment of truth here.  I dated this guy last year that loved 30 Rock and Tracy Jordan quotes.  I would laugh and then throw out one of the three of four quotes I had stashed away in my memory but usually would try to transition to quoting something along the lines of “Stepbrothers” or “Anchorman”, of which I had a much greater quote arsenal.   I truthfully did not watch the show because it came on when I was watching the quality TV that is Grey’s Anatomy.

While that guy exited my life later on in the year, one this came into my life and that was Netflix.  So after watching every episode of Law and Order: SVU, I have moved onto 30 Rock.  I feel like I am Liz Lemon.

Happy Weekend!

The Tuesday Ten

I just saw this on another blog and thought I might give it a try, if I can do ne post a week this year then it is a win :)

Ten Things that I am loving this Tuesday:

10. Tuesday night game night is back! 

Nothing beats getting together with a bunch of your friends and playing yard games for a couple of hours.  I hope that it isn’t too cold.

9. The heat wave (sort of..)

It is warm here in the Ohio valley today and I am loving the 48-ish degree weather and the sunshine

8. Having someplace to be.

Today I hade to be up and rolling and out of the house for work and it was great, previously had been going stir crazy.

7. The kindness of my little brother.

He did me a huge solid today by letting me borrow his laptop since mine doesn’t have the microsoft word software.

6. New jobs to apply for.

Had several referrals to a job with an agency  I would love to work for, I have written my cover letter, but now taking a few to come back and look at it with fresh eyes.

5. Perspective

I seem to be getting the hang of that…finally!

4. Being reunited with an old friend

Met up with an old college roommate yesterday and it was like we had never been apart, hopefully we stay in touch!

3. Supportive Family

I love the my parents, especially are always there to help me and to step in when I need to a hand.  Today’s example, picking me up from the mechanics and then letting me borrow a car for the day.

2. Fun conversations with my twin sister

We didn’t talk much this weekend, so it was great to catch up with her while she was on her lunch and make fun of certain people’s handwriting and their enjoyment of selling things online.

1. Keeping my New Year’s Resolution to stay positive.  

It just makes the day that much better!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This weekend’s adventure included a trip to see the Reds play. Had great seats and it was a blast.



Don’t worry. I also met the man of my dreams. He drives the ferry between the stadium and northern Kentucky.


I didn’t get his digits this time, but it for sure gives me a reason to go back.

Meet my fur baby

His name is Fritz. He is awesome. We have a borderline unhealthy relationship together.


Fritz as a mere kitten this summer

Fritz also is my boss when I work from home. He is a micromanager to say the least.

But at the end of the day, he is the
Best kitten a girl could ask for.

Big things!

Going in for my first day at the new job this afternoon! Hopefully this will be me afterwards!

Why I love Pandora Radio

My old job blocked Pandora radio from use on our work computers about six months ago.  That means for the past six months I have been missing out on some great jams while working.  No worries, since I work from home part of the time now, Pandora is back with a vengeance.

Today on the listening agenda:

80s Hairbands and other rockers!

I hope everyone enjoys their Wednesday!

Father’s day recap: my two dads

Some photographs of all the father’s day fun yesterday:
First off brunch with papa bear, the original d-a-d.


Then a little south end traditional fare at Mike linnigs with the stepdad.

Overall, despite the rain, a great day. Thanks to both my dads for all they do.


This is a fun and frugal project. I have way more t-shirts than I need or know what to do with. Hello Summer running tops!

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Hola from Mexico!

A couple days before I flew down here, I was doing a little blog browsing when I ran across a really cool tutorial for making a cute gym tank top out of an old t-shirt, which is totally perfect for me because I exercise a lot and designer workout gear is anything but cheep.  Anyway, I found the tutorial on a really cool site called Blogilates that’s full of free pilates videos, tips for healthy eating, cute exercise attire, and general inspiration for living a healthy, active lifestyle…

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