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HSF! Ironman is on Sunday!

This tapering stuff is driving me bonkers.  I was really looking forward to having the extra time to spend with my kids, do some work for the coffee shop that I’ve been putting off and maybe even clean the house.  610 more words

"This is what it's all about, baby!"

I just did something impossibly crazy. Yesterday, shivering and soaked to the skin, I cried ugly tears while rolling across a finish line after pedaling 180 miles in the Trek Across Maine. 1,198 more words

Life After Transplant

Eek! Raceday is almost here.

Two weeks from now I will be recovering from Ironman Coeur d’ Alene.  What a sec, what?!?!?!  Two weeks?  Man, the time has gone by so fast.  933 more words

Healing Hearts

Grieving is the worst feeling.


You feel like you’re never going to be normal again.

Two months ago, I had to say goodbye to my brother. 349 more words

Two Years

The first thing most people think of when thinking about my dad is most likely his sense of humor.  He’s the most funny person I have ever known.   873 more words


Three Stars: The Missings

As a nurse, the subject of this mystery thriller by Peg Brantley was of particular interest to me. Detective Chase Waters is on the hunt for a serial killer.   253 more words


POP QUIZ! Real Neat Blog Award Nomination

The coffee-drinking and language-loving Melissa Barker-Simpson has nominated this blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. I appreciate this compliment very much; to be nominated is surprising and flattering and great fun for me because I actually like taking tests, and the following requisite questions are not unlike a pop quiz! 750 more words