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Cruisers Christmas Celebration, And A BAMR Bands Winner!

Last night the Cruisers had their annual Christmas party.  Each Cruiser who wants to participate in the gift exchange brings a wrapped gift.  I stopped by Potomac River Running on Wednesday and picked up two mugs and two Christmas ornaments for Bill and me to give away.  I paired them like you see below, and […]

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Favorite Vintage Christmas Decorations

  When you’re as old as I am, the Christmas decorations you had as a child can be considered vintage! I wandered through my parents’ freshly decorated house, picking out my favorite childhood decorations. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures, and learning about the story behind these “special to me” Christmas decorations…   1.  […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, my friends!   While running in our local turkey trot this morning dressed as a pilgrim (yes, dressed as a pilgrim), celebrating post-race by hosting our annual champagne breakfast for the Cruisers, and then busily putting the finishing touches on the food for our Thanksgiving dinner, I am ever thankful for […]

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Let’s Try This Again:  Ten Quick Thanksgiving Questions

Let’s try this again!  If you get email notifications of my blog posts, you either saw the imcomplete version of the post below, or something like, “Gnarly Dude, that’s a 404!”  I started this post last December and dated it for this November.  I thought I had it scheduled to run on Wednesday, but it […]

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Happy Hug A Runner Day!

  Long before the blog, and possibly even before I was on Facebook (yes I’m talking about the olden days), I somehow heard about Hug A Runner Day.  On that cold November 20th morning, I hugged my favorite runner goodbye before he left for work, and left my house for a solo run around our […]

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Last year I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my age updated in the first paragraph and the addition of this year’s note to myself…    Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the […]

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One Year Later, And Missing My Dad

A year ago today I lost my dad, and at times it feels like it was forever ago, and at other times it seems like just yesterday that I was laughing at his corny jokes, giving him fitness advice, and talking Monday morning quarterback with him. Shortly after Dad died, I wrote the following tribute […]

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The Rehearsal Dinner, Our Best Anniversary Ever!

On August 1, 1981 I married my best friend and the love of my life.  On August 1, 2014 my groom of 33 years and I threw a huge party.  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary – even though the party wasn’t for us.  The party was a […]

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Friday Five: The Fourth of July

Two weeks ago I enjoy participating in the Friday Five linkup so much that I’ve decided to join in on the fun again!  DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run! are the clever bloggers behind the linkup. Each week Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar either suggest […]

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Light Up The Night VIP Cocktail Party

My super busy weekend started around 4:45 on Friday afternoon when I left home for the first of the The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend events.  I allowed a little extra time because I was expecting to get caught in Friday afternoon commuter traffic, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got to the Mosaic […]

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When A Rule Follower Plays Hooky

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time!  Here’s what was on my agenda: Friday: Fit Foodie packet pick-up Fit Foodie Tweet-Up Light Up The Night VIP Cocktail Party Saturday: Fit Foodie 5K Love DC Chefs Experience Julie’s bridal shower Julie’s bachelorette party Sunday: Power Systems Obstacle Course Bootcamp Fit Foodie […]

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Post-Holiday Blues

Weeks of excitement and preparation for a major holiday can lead to depression during the days immediately after.  That’s me today, the day after National Running Day… It’s time to take down the holiday tree decorated with running shoes, GU packets, race bibs, and finisher medals.  It’s time to throw out the leftover holiday pasta […]

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How To Throw A Successful Party When You’re In Class All Weekend

Throwing a party is all about organization… and delegation; especially if you’re not at home all weekend, and will be arriving home only 30 minutes before your guests arrive! Bill and I have a summer kick-off barbecue every Memorial Day weekend and invite about 60 families.  It started off about ten years ago with four […]

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Remembering Our Nation’s Heroes

Today’s post is a replay from last Memorial Day weekend… On this Memorial Day weekend, let us not forget those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live freely in this beautiful country.   May God bless our nation’s heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery; and we must not forget those who have […]

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Mother’s Day:  I Was Trained By The Best

Today is Mother’s Day and I have to admit that I have a pretty cool mom.  I’ve always said that Mom was a women ahead of her time.  When she and Dad got married she was a teacher with a two-year business degree.  A few years after I was born, she knew that if she […]

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Thinking About Boston Today

Today I will be thinking about Boston… I’ll be thinking about the runners… I’ll be thinking about the spectators… I’ll be thinking about the volunteers… I’ll be thinking about those that put themselves in harm’s way to keep others safe… And I’ll be thinking about every single person that crosses the finish line… Because today, […]

 
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