Hitting The Road…AGAIN

30 Oct

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I have a good thing going and then I ruin it all by being a slug. Well, this summer I did it again, I stopped running. It was’t like last summer when I had a good excuse either.

It got too hot. The kids finished school. The routine went out the window. I have a million excuses for not running.

Lack of consistency is a common theme in my life that touches everything I do. For now, that’s neither here nor there.

I guess the important thing is that I’ve started back at it again. I’m running. Not far and certainly not fast but it’ll take time to rebuilt everything I lost in those months of doing little to nothing.

Every time I go out there I wonder why I stopped. I love to run. I love to be out there, just me, my music and the road. Dodging the occasional car, truck or cob of corn.

on the road again

An actual cob of corn that came flying at me on a run.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why I don’t run and what I can do to make sure I don’t take these long breaks from something that I enjoy so much. Trying to come up with a solution to keep me out there even if it’s just for short little three mile runs.

The only thing I can come up with is to keep racing. I run all winter long, no matter the temperature or the frozen ice falling from the sky. Why? Because I’m training for my spring half marathon. Maybe if I always have something to be woking towards it will give me the drive I need to stay out there.

I participated in a few virtual races and they’re a fun way to keep me out there and increase my bling collection.

hitting the road again

After my first virtual race, 10K.

I’m getting ready for my next virtual race next week then I’m thinking about doing a Thanksgiving virtual race since I’ll be out of town and not near any real races.

It’s not that I don’t love running, I truly do, I struggle with time and (sometimes) motivation. I’ve never regretted going out for a run but I really regret not getting out and hitting the road.

Are you a runner too? Do you ever struggle to get out there and log those miles?


Welcome Cooper

27 Oct

About four months ago, we got a dog! Yeah, this post had been sitting in my drafts folder for months, but my lazy ass hasn’t been blogging so it just sat there.

CooperCooper’s first day with us.


I’ve been wanting a little dog for quite some time now but Bill kept saying no. I pulled the crazy card on him and that’s when he started to cave.

It all came together quite nicely actually. A friend reached out that she needed to rehome a Yorkie I had once admired in one of her Facebook posts.

There were some concessions made before Bill would allow us to even try to bring a dog into the house. It took me a matter of hours to figure out how I could make it all work. When I’m determined to get something, nothing can stop me.

Welcome Cooper

Cooper quickly made himself part of the family.

Cooper came to live with us on a Monday morning. I dropped the kids off at camp and met my friend to pick him up. He was friendly and hopped into my truck without any problems. It wasn’t until we got home that we saw what our challenges would be.

The cat.

The first time Cooper and Nittany met, the fur literally flew. It was an ugly interaction. I was pretty sure they wouldn’t be instant BFFs but I was hopeful that they wouldn’t want to kill each other.

Nittany is bigger than Cooper in every way and I was really hoping that would work to her advantage when it came to him leaving her alone. It has not.

While it’s gotten significantly better of the course of those four months, it’s still not my ideal situation. Their violent interactions are shorter and Cooper will disengage as soon as I get involved.

I actually woke up the other night to find Nittany sleeping on my pillow and Cooper at the end of the bed. When Cooper decided to get under the covers he just looked at her and went about his business…No fighting.

welcome cooper

Baby steps.

Progress is being made!

Other than the issues with the cat, Cooper has been a wonderful addition to our family. He’s sweet and loving but also very protective of his new family. I’ll feel much safer when Bill travels having Cooper around to sound the alarm if danger comes our way.

Cooper loves to go for car rides and his love of car rides has taught me an important lesson. I took him with me to go get the boys from camp and left him in the car (in my view and in the shade) while I picked Logan up. He wasn’t going to be in the car for more than a minute or two so I turned the car off. I also left my keys, phone and wallet in the car with him. In the short time he was in there he managed to lock me out. Long story short, the spare set of keys was lost and the police needed to be called.

Welcome cooper

Moments before locking himself in the truck.

I now never leave the dog in the car with the keys, not even for a second.

He’s taken off on me twice and while it’s not too funny in the moment, seeing his little legs running away with his giant ears back is pretty funny.

Cooper is full of personality and is sure to provide some funny stories from Mommyland. He has truly filled a spot in our home that we didn’t even know needed to be filled.


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