A Weekend of Fun and Remembering….

This weekend has been coming for over ten months. Ten months of training. Endlessly, tirelessly, and furiously training. For what? you might ask? A 2.4-mile swim A 112-mile bike ride A 26.2-mile run ALL IN THE SAME DAY. Yes. This is IRONMAN! My sweet hubby has been training for this for nearly a year. Throughout all that training, he worked through the diagnosis of his mom’s cancer, two of her surgeries, my surgery for an ovarian cyst (no cancer, thankfully), and ultimately his mother’s death. His mom, Lynn, was supposed to be here for this event. To cross the finish[…]

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Notes—Week of Love

For today’s Love Themed-This Writer’s Journey I have to mention my sweet hubby. Now, I know, it’s Friday and you’re like, “Oh, enough lovey-dovey.” Humor me, it’s just one more day, k? Celebrating fifteen years of marriage is super-exciting. And heck, the fact that I still kinda LIKE the guy, is even more exciting. All joking aside…..I really wouldn’t be where I am when it comes to my writing had he not given me the support I needed to keep moving ahead. So, I took some of the notes he’s given me over the last year and snapped a picture.[…]

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Why do I do this again?

Lot’s of people look at me cross-eyed when I mention I ran a half marathon recently. Some smile nicely as if to keep the crazy girl calm and quietly slip away. But many slap me on the shoulder and say, “Great Job!” Talking about sports, especially some of the things I do (long distance cycling, speed skating, etc), sometimes draws mixed reactions. Especially when I talk about my dad (climbed Kilimanjaro & Rainer, biked 3100 miles across the country, etc). It’s genetic. And I’m okay with that. Although this past weekend, I might have questioned it once or twice. I[…]

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Throwback Thursday–Week of Love

Love Songs . . . The’ve been around forever. Some good ones, some great ones, some with great lyrics, some from great movies. I’m guest blogging today to give you my top 10 love songs. When I hear these, I think of the wonderful woman I married 14 years ago. I hope some of these remind you of your special someone too. 10. Giving You the Best that I Got, by Anita Baker. Her unique voice has always intrigued me. The lyrics of this song are strong. Perfect theme song for a marriage. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsMHjbfFEjU] 9. More Than a Woman, by[…]

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Musical Monday–Charlie Style

Charlie here-As you may guess, I’m a fan of pop music from the 1980’s. I think songs had memorable choruses,  great hooks, and catchy lyrics back then–And of course great videos to go along….most of the time 🙂 .  Not something you find as much with today’s music. One of the groups that flew under the radar was Level 42.  Loved their music.   Their song “Something About You” was probably their biggest US hit. Loved the video too! Enjoy! ~~~ [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FfXj3XcBP0] ~~~

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Musical Monday

~~~ [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opWqCQCVrlM] ~~~ Happy Monday, everyone. I’ve played this song on Musical Monday before, but I just had to bring it up again because it holds a special meaning to me. My hubby, Charlie, proposed to me fourteen years ago on Valentine’s Day. And we all know yesterday was Valentine’s Day. So, I had to dig out this song. Fourteen years ago, Anytime You Need a Friend, was my favorite song. Back then, we were living in Iowa City, IA, going to grad school. It was Valentine’s Day, and Charlie had a big test the next day, so he was[…]

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