Same Mantra. Different Lipstick. 

Monday was a flexible learning day for my junior in high school. This new phenomenon in learning leaves it up to the student and parents to come up with meaningful learning activities on these days. On past flexible learning days, we have visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in downtown Richmond, driven to CharlottesvilleContinue reading “Same Mantra. Different Lipstick. “

For the Love of Office Supplies

My older daughter reached out to me in dire need of a decidedly old school office supply that is apparently not readily available in her college town: White Out. Do you remember using this in school? I do. Except it came with that little brush that got all dried up and goopy over time. NowContinue reading “For the Love of Office Supplies”

Why I Won’t Try the New Beyond Nuggets at KFC

I had an interesting conversation with a fellow Vegan about these. She was upset about a few things, as am I. But I have other vegan and vegetarian friends who have happily embraced the new plant based fast food item on the block. Shades of gray. Everyone’s entitled to their interpretation.  Don’t get me wrong.Continue reading “Why I Won’t Try the New Beyond Nuggets at KFC”

Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Rice Soup

Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Rice Soup You know, sometimes you’re just a girl, standing in front of the fridge, asking it to inspire you to make something amazing for dinner out of nothing. That was me the other night. And my fridge delivered! I spotted a forgotten container of baby bellas when I realizedContinue reading “Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Rice Soup”

Endorphins Make You Happy

One of my favorite movies of all time is Legally Blonde. (I’m blonde. Go figure…) One of my sole sisters and I would routinely quote lines from this movie on any given long run, often during moments of sheer runner’s high, and lightening any effort produced by our runs.  One of our favorite lines? YouContinue reading “Endorphins Make You Happy”

The Tale of the Ends

In one final ritual of the holiday season, I took down the Christmas tree today. It’s January 7th, 2022, as I begin writing this. It’s such a mundane task, and it seems like it always goes quicker than putting it up. I like to listen to music while I do this. It’s a task IContinue reading “The Tale of the Ends”

A Spiritual Revelation

I’m lying in my bed. It’s night time. I’m awakened by the sounds of rain, pounding harder by the second on the roof and against my window, and then suddenly, that sound is punctuated by booming thunder and bright lightning. The thunder is so monstrous that it shakes my room. It’s accompanied by an equallyContinue reading “A Spiritual Revelation”

Happy Veganuary!

I actually have a few friends participating this year. What’s Veganuary, you ask? It’s a movement to get people to try eating vegan for the month of January. It’s a great way to ease into this lifestyle. Brian May, guitarist for Queen, did this last year, and he loved it so much, he never stopped.Continue reading “Happy Veganuary!”

Is it over yet?

My last post was about some of the good of 2021 for me: the fact that running continued, and that racing in person kind of returned. I managed to achieve some unexpected goals as well. But this post is not about the happy. It’s about the exhaustion. If you want to sum up the culminationContinue reading “Is it over yet?”

My 2021 In Running!

Yes, 2021 is coming to a close. And although I maybe didn’t accomplish everything I had set out to do this year with my running, I also kept expectations low. After all, we certainly deserve a bit of grace after a pandemic year, especially those of us who are essential workers, including healthcare providers.  I’mContinue reading “My 2021 In Running!”