It's the Little Things: What I Learned While Channeling Heidi Klum

Last week, while running my usual 2.7 mile route around my neighborhood, I was able to shave one minute and 30 seconds off of my mile time, and about four minutes off of my total time. I was pumped!  (But resisted the urge to tweet my success when I realized that most runners would not necessarily be proud of an 11-minute mile).  Still, whatever the numbers, it was a success for me.  So what made the difference?  For the first time I told myself to run as if I had...more

Running an Obstacle Course

We all face obstacles when attempting to exercise. Just to get out of the door we may have to battle low motivation, uncooperative elements (wind, cold, rain), time that is limited or workout clothes that just really aren't cute enough to be seen in, in public anyway.  But I think some of us have especially difficult challenges standing in our way of a good workout.  Literally.  Challenges that could be described as shorter than waist-high with sticky, slobbery faces and ...more

Why I'm Not an Interior Designer

I was flipping through the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens the other night.  What I saw reminded me of why I am not a designer.  A lot of designing ideas and trends baffle me.  I simply do not get som...more

That's great advice. Thank you. And congrats to you and your new house!

HC Scarano


A Successful Thanksgiving?

It's Monday and I'm back to work.  The sky is nearly black outside my window.  The rain is pummeling the pavement.  Puddles are overtaking parking places.  But none of that matters.  Nothing can darken my spirit today.  I am filled with light.  I just spent four days at home with my boys. Yes, we ate homemade stuffing and green bean casserole.  Yes, we went shopping.  Yes, we raked leaves, decorated our blue spruce, made leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, broke the wishbone, made fires in the fireplace, baked ...more

Minivans, Magical Creams and the Mommy 15

I'm having a bit of blogging block.  So I'm posting something I wrote about two years ago, before I started blogging.  Happy Thanksgiving! I knew I was getting older when, looking back at 2008, I realized my favorite purchases of the year were our seven-passenger Dodge Caravan and a facial cream called “tight, firm and fill.” Sure, I may just be one birthday past...more

Maybe This is Not a Good Topic for Thanksgiving Week

Lately my pants have not been fitting.  Strangely, they're actually too loose.  This is odd since I haven't been dieting or doing anything else differently in an effort to lose weight.  No, I'm eating the same stuff, exercising at the same frequency (sporadically) and sleeping the same at night.  So why is it then that I am losing weight?   I remember both times after my children were born agonizing over the fact that no matter what I did, I could not lose the baby weight.  I lost about 20 pounds right away, but the other 15 (or...more

You Know You're Married to a Baseball Coach When...

You can tell the difference between an 82 MPH fastball and an 86 MPH fastball.  No seriously, I can.  Once after a baseball game Joe asked me what I thought of the team.  I responded, "Honestly honey, I thought our guy didn't seem to be throwing very hard."  "Well, yeah." Joe replied.  "He was only throwing about 82-84.  You're used to seeing 86-88."  Seriously?  I surprised even myself on that one. ...more


This morning, while dark shadows from the magnolia trees behind our house still shook and shivered across my bedroom window, I heard the soft shuffling of little feet in my room.  In the quietness of the early morning hours I heard a “flump.” Four year-old fingers, I figured, flipping on the bathroom light.  Then another “flump,” followed by the steady whirr of the bathroom fan.  ...more