Another Look

When going through posts from last year to create a 2014 year-end review, I noticed something that I’d not noticed before: this has been a quirky year for photos! I found myself laughing or smiling through the entire year. I figured most were my “Distracted Runner” photos, but I soon realized many were not. So here’s…

Write It On Your Heart…

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson On this first day of a full week of vacation, I thought it would be a good time to look back over and share some of the best of the best days of 2014. Lots of…

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer…

…is to decorate the dumpster… …and this porta-potty here. The kids and I saw a lot of decorations and lights this holiday season, but today I happened upon these two gems. Now THIS is creative. And hilarious.

Simply Beautiful

Normally I would post a series of photos to share our visit to a holiday display. However, I don’t want to diminish this with filler. This photo is everything I could possibly say about our visit to The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the…

So Far, I’ve Learned…

Today I saw an article that a woman wrote about “what you learn in your 40s“. I thought it was well done and I enjoyed it a lot (although I’m not as inclined to be so generous with old boyfriends). Given that the author and I are pretty much the same age, I started to wonder what (if anything)…

Sure enough…

Three years ago, it was an eye punch. Two years ago, it was baby bear’s squished head. Last year, it was the Nutcracker’s smushed gut. For 2015, may I present… the squashed snowman. Every. Single. Year. It took a lot longer this year, but sure enough, somebody had to go and mutilate the chocolate. What…

Garden Glow

Last night, we wandered through the Botanical Garden for the annual Garden Glow. And there is absolutely no way to do it justice. But I’ll share what I have. The spheres and trees in the reflection pools change color and were synced to music. But it even looked gorgeous in the dark. This is the second…

Holiday Lights Run

An unexpected addition to our calendars actually made it possible for me to cross an item off my winter “Travel in Place” list. Tonight we ran in a local running store’s “Holiday Lights Run” in the south part of the city, including…Candy Cane Lane! Before we even got to the famous street, we made our way through some other…

One Down…

Not too long ago, I made a list of things I wanted to do in my hometown this winter to “travel in place.” Tonight, the kids and I crossed “Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park” off the list. I didn’t get a lot of photos, but it didn’t matter because the house shown above was the…

Oh, Come ON.

Apple, what are you doing to me here?? Don’t play a spot like this during a professional football game. Especially when I’m trying to appear interested in this sport in front of my sons. Oh, my feelers felt that one. I just bawled like a two-year old. In all seriousness, watch this video. With tissues. Well done, Apple. This…

From there to here…

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss I don’t know what it is lately, but there’s been a pattern of funny little things that have made me laugh. Take Murphy, for example. He liked my oatmeal so much he got his head stuck in the cup — and…

In no particular order…

…a mid-holiday season “small happiness” list. 1.) Egg nog 2.) Thick blankets 3.) Ginormous leaves that do not match up to a single tree along my running route 4.) Colorful Christmas lights that make running and driving at night so cheerful 5.) Looking ahead to lots of holiday plans 6.) Dogs. Especially dogs named Buddy. 7.) Christmas cards…

A(nother) Day in the Life

A little over a year ago, I completed a “day in the life” photo project — which meant taking at least one photo every hour all day long. As I said at the time, it’s not that my life is vaguely important or newsworthy enough to merit play-by-play documentation. Rather it is a much-needed exercise in awareness…