Monthly Archives: October 2015

Building Communal Living For A Family


Yes, we’ve talked about it. With a family our size and the desire to maintain contact with our children as they grow up, move out and start families of their own, it makes sense. One of the times I recall with fondness (and angst) was dorm living. What if we could take the things we love about dorm living – communal living – and marry it to having autonomy? Wonderful things could happen. Continue reading

Run For Education 2015


We came, we ran, we had a blast!!  There were about 3500 runners this year and due to that I think some changes will need to be made at the start/finish for subsequent years.  People were everywhere and no one had any clue what was going on.  The race itself was fantastic, though, so that’s dialed in. Continue reading

My Wardrobe Update – Ordering Online


My order arrived from Betabrand!!!  If you haven’t looked at their website, take a peek.  I really super duper like a couple things about them.  First – Customer service is off the charts amazing.  Seriously I had one question and now I probably know some of the staff better than any of us imagined was possible.  They are professional and they’ll work their butts off to help you out.  I was looking for something out of stock and they’re keeping me posted on it which is awesome.
Second – the clothing quality is fantastic.  If I’m going to spend money on clothes (outside of a thrift shop where I usually go) I want to rest assured it will last a long time.  It’s not just how their stuff is made, it’s the fit.  One of the places I can get things in a size 4 with a 34″ inseam and the overall fit is always amazing.   Continue reading

Ongoing Minimalism


It doesn’t end. For those of you thinking you can reorganize, dump a few items and move on, it doesn’t work that way.  It’s an ongoing battle to FIRST:  Find your sweet spot where you have nothing extra and only the things that are useful or bring joy, SECOND:  Stuff will continue to accumulate, crap creeps back in, we aren’t perfect about replacing items and soon you can end up right back where you started. Continue reading

Weight Loss, Running and Supplements


I broke my foot a year ago, was in a boot, couldn’t run for over 6 months and put on 12 pounds.  Twelve might not be a big number, especially since I was at a good weight, but I didn’t want to keep it on.  I started running in March – and I use the word “running” loosely since it started as walking a mile on a treadmill.  In October I ran my first half marathon in 18 months and I’m consistently running about 20 miles a week over 3 different days.  I took seven months to build up to that.  Prior to the break I was running about 50 miles per week but I was definitely over training.  After 7 months of slowly easing back into running, I lost 5 pounds and just stayed there. Continue reading