Welcome to Motherhood
It's official. My first baby is going to be a mom! There's something extra special that happens in a mother's heart when she remembers that first experience...and though she loves each of her children, equally, with all her heart...that first ti... Read more
Even the Cat has a Date!
It's Friday night again...that great big, beautiful pot of gold at the end of a week of meetings and deadlines and bosses...oh MY! Tomorrow, I am going to start out early, on a weekend trip to visit my elderly mom who lives about 130 miles away.... Read more
A Gleam and a Smile
This morning, I was sitting at my computer doing some Sparking and received an email with one of my all-time favorite creative pieces by an anonymous artist. It never fails to make me smile...which also reminded me of another favorite creative p... Read more
Sometimes, the Runner Stumbles
The time we think we're the most on top of our game, can also be the time that we're the most vulnerable. Life throws us a curveball or places a slick spot on that curve toward the home stretch, and we feel ourselves spinning. Maybe, we think we... Read more
Nicole's Ruby Slippers
My 5 year-old granddaughter, Nikki, is crazy about the Wizard of Oz. In fact, she is planning to dress up as Dorothy for Halloween this year, and is most excited about the sparkly red shoes that she gets to wear. She's talked about them for week... Read more
Back to Our Roots
No matter how hard we work at fitness and health, we all sometimes feel like we're hitting a rut. Over the past two months, I've been concentrating so hard on training for running races, that I forgot just how much fun and rewarding my 'humble b... Read more
Reflections on a Football Saturday
It's been over 2 months now since my dad passed away. As for the stages of grief, there is no 'normal'...it's very personal. And I've found that my mind and heart are a scattered mess right now. My job keeps me so busy, which I thought would be ... Read more
I Did It! I Did It!
And I'm all smiles tonight...I completed my first 5K since my knee injury 4 years ago!!! I knew that it would be such an awesome sense of accomplishment...but after driving 140 miles back home, the rush is just now setting in! Everyone who ever ... Read more
What Sparkpeople Means to Me--A Quarterly Review
I've now been with my Spark program for nearly 9 months, and I'm not that far from my goal now. It's almost my birthday, and I'm actually doing so much better than I ever dreamed possible. But hey wait...I KNEW I could do this time! I KNEW that ... Read more
Monday Music for Daddies
This wasn't the blog I'd planned to write tonight. My creative juices still aren't flowing well yet. I was going to write some brief, meaningful thoughts about my 5K on Sunday...the race that I'm running in my dad's honor...for his favorite char... Read more
When Push Comes to Shove
Today started out as a tug of war between my old self and my newly Sparked self...and the new self won! It was already 2:30 pm, and I was close to talking myself out of going for my run and to the gym AGAIN. Excuses were flying around like crazy... Read more
Stuck in Slow Motion
My fellow Sparkies...if anyone would like to give me a swift kick in the pants, I would appreciate it. I had a run planned today, and I could not get myself going. All I've wanted to do all day is lie around and watch movies. I also bought a gre... Read more
The Kindness of Strangers
I am getting ready to leave for the gym this morning...for the first time since my dad passed away on July 19th. My heart is heavy, but I know that putting one foot in front of the other and resuming my Spark program, is the best thing for me no... Read more
My dad passed away on Tuesday. He was my hero.
Please take the time to tell those you love how much you care. Do it now. Don't wait.
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Hotdogs for Breakfast...and Other Joys of Being Single
This morning I got up and knew that I needed to eat something substantial before I went to the gym. I could not think of one thing that sounded good. But...some very yummy-looking turkey hotdogs were calling my name from the top shelf of the fri... Read more