Friday Fête

Happy Friday! Another week down… not that I’m counting down to anything. And honestly weekends don’t mean that much to me these days.

Woohoo, it's Friday! Oh wait... I'm a mother.

On February 17, Alex and I both came down with a nasty cold. And we’re just NOW getting over it. Ridiculous! For how mild this winter has been (sorry rest of the country) the cold/flu season has been brutal in my household.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Miracle Health SystemApple Cider Vinegar = best acne remedy evah!
Seriously, I got a zit on my jawline, dabbed a little bit of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother!) and it vanished overnight. I might be on my way to becoming a ACV zealot! 😉

Virtual Races:

Vacation Races recently launched a series of virtual races, they sent out a questionnaire to past participants of their races about thoughts on the virtual series before they announced them. I think I was pretty harsh in my responses, but going through it made me realize that I’m NOT a fan of virtual races. I don’t do races for the medal. Medals are fun, but I’m not going to pay $$ to run the same routes I always run to get a medal. For me, races are more about the community and the atmosphere. And if I’m shooting for a PR, I feel it’s more legit if it’s at an official race with a timer as opposed to my GPS watch running around my neighborhood. So I’m just curious, what is your take on virtual races?

Interesting Things to Read:

  • The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys) – A piece about voluntourism and if it’s truly helpful. I think if I had $3000 to go on a trip to help build a developing village, maybe I’d be better off to just give them that $3000.
  • 5 Regrets of the Dying – Okay, so the title is a little morose, but there are some good points. The first one is a big reason why I developed an eating disorder.
  • Running a marathon nearly killed me – I know, this isn’t a commonplace incident, but you gotta appreciate that the guy took heart and realized there was so much more than his race times.
  • The Reverse Bucket List – I love the concept of creating a list of the accomplishments in your life that make you proud. The post recommends making a list of 50. I think I will start with however many I think of in the next couple minutes…

My Reverse Bucket List (a start, in no particular order)

BTW – It’s kind of hard to write about things you’ve done in the past in a “bucket list” voice! If I put some of these on a list of things I hoped to accomplish, they would seem very odd. But having actually done them, they are things I’m proud of.

  • Graduate with my bachelor’s degree at age 20 with no debt
  • Complete 2 marathons and DNF a 3rd
  • Look at a DNF as an accomplishment
  • Call and check into eating disorder treatment at age 30
  • Work at a television station
  • Perform the piccolo part in Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Get vision correction surgery (PRK)
  • Eat escargot
  • Feel beautiful in my own skin

Notice I didn’t include my daughter in there? I just can’t call her one of my “accomplishments” because she is so much more magical than that. I do my best to not screw things up, but she’s also her own little person with her own ideas/traits/personality and I’m not responsible for that. The best I can hope is that I don’t squash that individuality with my own inadequacies.

Alex with a green drink


  1. I personally love virtual races. I work in social services, so I always end up working on the weekends (usually saturday and sunday mornings). I can’t race unless I take a vacation day, and I hate to do that unless its a half-marathon. I understand it’s not for everybody, but I don’t consider myself a serious runner. To each his (or her) own 🙂

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