I've been a long-time blog-reader of Miss Zoot and have followed her on Instagram as well. She was pregnant with her daughter at the same time I was pregnant with Julianna and she became a runner just before I became a runner. She's a die-hard Harry Potter fan who posted a lot about young adult reading material (which I am crazy about) so I couldn't quit following her even when I stopped reading ...more

marathon recap 2.0

I ran my second marathon on Saturday morning. It was the Anthem Richmond Marathon and the coldest on record since the race began in 1978. We met with other runner's from Fleet Feet Winston-Salem in the lobby of the hotel at 6:45 am for a quick picture and pep talk from our fearless leader ....more


Several good songs came on...more

random thoughts for Friday

bullet points full of randomness If my husband is taking steroids (for a poison ivy/oak rash) then why I am eating like I am as well? How do you decide what's on the menu for Thanksgiving? Do you always have the same exact things at your house or does it change? ...more

around the www

fotor I'm loving this site lately. It's another web-based photo editor that you can make collages and slideshows with but mostly I'm just loving it for adding text and effects to random snapshots I take. Here's one of our condominium at the beach ....more


On the day of Josh's birthday party (which wasn't on his birthday) he came to me and put his hand on his hip and demanded, "Why didn't you put balloons on my door this morning, Mom?!" I had to just look at him and tell him with a straight face that there were still four more days of being four and maybe he would have balloons when he woke up on his actual birthday (per usual tradition in our ...more


Last Sunday Jonathan had to take something to his Dad's house after church and when they got there everyone was sitting down to eat so the kids went to the cousin's table and Jonathan sat down with all of the adults. In the middle of the meal the adults were talking but a few of them overheard a conversation going on at the kids' table as well. One of the oldest says, "Well, I'm in second ...more

cell phone contracts

When I turned 16 my parents gave me a car and a contract to go along with it. The contract had to be signed before I could drive it and I had to agree to do things like drive responsibly, always wear my seat belt, never drive after drinking alcohol, take my sister necessary places, help pick up my grandparents laundry once a week, etc. I think it was pretty effective in stressing the importance ...more

happy friday! my current thoughts on distance running

There are 42 days until my marathon. I'm honestly at the point where I'm really tired of running. I had an awesome race last weekend at the Salem Lake 30k Trail Run and I still have 4 pretty big long runs left if you count race day ....more

things i love

I Like the Way You Work It T-shirt ----- The Summit Church Lip Sync Battle This is my pastor, y'all! ----- My Ivory Kate Wire Wrap Headbands I look like Rosie the Riveter when I wear them but I still adore them. Great way to jazz up an outfit ....more