I am really trying to slow things down, but right now life just feels like it’s on hyperdrive. Somebody press pause! So… this is just some of the stuff that’s been going on with me…
I made an impromptu trip to Massachusetts last week.
Unfortunately, it was for an incredibly sad reason… My great aunt Connie (also my Godmother), passed away.
Isn’t this picture the best? Yes, I still make that face AND have the double chins.
She was one of the most amazing and determined women I’ve ever known, and I can only hope that her spirit continues on through me and my kids – especially my daughter. She didn’t have children, but she was a L&D nurse and helped deliver hundreds of babies including my dad, my brothers, my cousins, and – yes- me. I know she was with me in spirit when I delivered all of my babies – especially last May when my labor/delivery went an unexpected direction (I guess you could say she was my honorary doula). I’m glad she got to meet each of my kids…
My trip was very, very short – about 36 hours and I brought this little man with me.
I figured he would provide a few smiles (he did) and I know my aunt would have appreciated that he was there. He was a great little traveler.
It’s never easy saying “goodbye” to a loved one, but I will carry her memories with me, always.
I picked a charity!
I will be running the Chicago Marathon for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in October! I have some big plans for some fundraisers – I hope I just have enough time to make it all happen. More details to come. As well as some begging (but for a really GREAT cause!).
I picked a 2nd marathon!
I was originally thinking I wanted run the Jacksonville Bank Marathon – but it’s the weekend after Christmas and that timing is JUST not going to work.
So, I went with Space Coast! It’s November 30th – the weekend after Thanksgiving – and 6 weeks after Chicago. I was hesitant to go with Space Coast, because it’s still pretty warm in Florida (of course, it’s February and last week it was in the 90s), but the medal and the timing won me over. I’m hoping that my extended family will also come and cheer me on (HINT HINT) since it’s so close. There’s nothing better than having cheerleaders at a race.
I cut my hair — and tried Keratin for the first time.
I know, I know – Keratin is full of chemicals… but it is AMAZING.
I have never been able to just wash, blow dry, and style my hair in 10 minutes — and now I can. I think my coworkers are shocked because they have NEVER seen me wear my hair down this often.
I also LOVE my cut. I went with a “Lob” (long bob – I had to ask) and it’s perfect. It still feels long in front, but it’s not incredibly annoying. I went in not knowing what I wanted — short, long, ACK! and thankfully my stylist knew exactly what to do. She is amazing.
I’m an aunt!
My youngest brother is a daddy – and I couldn’t be happier for him! It’s funny to think that of all of the roles I’ve taken on him life – sister, cousin, wife, mom… the one that has eluded me the longest is aunt! The little (big) guy arrived last week and I am finally going to meet him this week. Related: My kids have a cousin!! They are getting another one in April – I can’t wait
I am trying really, really hard to still include strength training in my weekly workouts.
In fact, I have a new at home workout for you….
It took me 25 minutes and made me sore. I even included burpees which I REALLY, REALLY hate. So, you should try it too.
Life is crazy and full and it’s not going to slow down any time soon.
In the next few weeks I have two races, two baby showers (one that I am throwing), and a wedding. There’s also family visiting, a night in with friends, the start of baseball season, and L’s birthday party that I have not yet schedule or planned. Does it count that I’m thinking about it?
Thankfully, there’s wine. Lots of it.
What are you looking forward to in the next month?