Posted by Linda on Oct 31, 2011 in friendship
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The ideas are the hard part. Once you have the idea then you just hope you have time to execute the idea and everything goes as you pictured in your mind.
Well, we wanted to celebrate a birthday among us. We figured socks (actually inspirational socks) would be perfect– ones that say “Never give up”, or “Just show up” or “Eat, Sleep, Train” or something like that. We would buy four pairs so my friends and I would all have a training memento of this season. I went looking. Nothing on the internet was doing it for me. So a local sock store was recommended. Heather and I made an outing of it last Monday.
They didn’t have exactly what I was looking for… they actually had better! On the wall were many socks with many words and slogans on them and one jumped out at me. You see, my friend M.L. loves Bacon as much do. Or I could say she loves it a little bit more. How perfect: inside joke socks! I have had a long week waiting to give these socks to M.L. and wish her a Happy Birthday. After our long run on Saturday (all four of us present again, thank-you) the gifts were given.
For as long as these socks last we will remember training for the Rock n’ Roll ½ marathon together and M.L.’s Birthday and the year we went with inside joke socks as a way to celebate life!
I love it when one idea turns out slightly better. Has that ever happened for you? (I’ll bet a costume or two has gone better than planned.) Tell us what it was.
Posted by Linda on Oct 28, 2011 in life at home
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These are the kido’s that we get to watch grow. Dasia will turn three on the 31st and Kaia is three month’s old today. So as they were all gathered at our house to pick up mom yesterday, I thought it would be a great time to grab a photo. Next stop was the Dr’s office and shots, so we wanted to get the photo this day.
Kaia, Heather, and Dasia on the Love Sack
Dasia is doing what she does best, loving Heather and Kaia and be sure everyone is in line. Pictures do say a thousand words some times.
Happy Birthday Dasia and Kaia, our life is richer knowing you and watching you grow!
Linda and I thought maybe you could use a little tip a week, some little trick that works for us to be healthier. (We share these between ourselves all the time!)
Here’s one from Linda:
“I used to carry a whole apple around all day, then bring it back home each night. I was trying to eat more fruit, but it wasn’t working. Then I started the day off with an apple sliced up in a little baggie. With that little change– cutting it– I ate it every day.”
I’m the same with oranges. If the fruit is unpeeled, it may sit in my fruit bowl until the fruit flies come. But if I cut orange slices or section the grapefruit, I gobble it up.
Do you have a reformatting trick that gets you to eat good things?
Posted by Tegan on Oct 26, 2011 in brave things
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I first met my friend Diane Mapes when she came to Queen Anne Books to do a fantastic event for her book, Single State of the Union. Like her writing, Diane is hilarious, smart, and wonderful. I knew our paths would have to cross again when she suggested we put up a pinata with a bride on it for all the single ladies to act out their aggression against marriage pressure. Let me tell you, laughter and a baseball bat can transform an author signing into a wild time!
Diane always just makes me feel great. She’s the type of person who lifts others up and offers encouragement all the time. And did I mention how funny she is?
Diane is also fighting breast cancer. She is strong, beautiful, and brave. She chronicles her experiences online for msnbc (her latest: “Love in the Time of Chemotherapy“), and recently she did a very brave photo shoot showing how she transforms her chemo look to her date look. With and without her wig, she shows just how beautiful bravery is.
Diane: You are amazing!
Posted by Tegan on Oct 25, 2011 in brave things
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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(p.s. I love her smile, especially in this photo with her dog.)
What gives you strength, courage and confidence lately?
Posted by Linda on Oct 24, 2011 in friendship
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Yesterday was the first day all four of us made it to our long run of the season (the milage is getting more intense). Usually three out of four of us make it to our training runs, but today was an all-out effort to just “show up” and put in the miles all together. It was a beautiful day! We have marked out the Rock n’ Roll ½ marathon in Las Vegas in early December as the finish line, and yesterday was one of many long run days we need to do before race day.
And because it was early morning I knew I probably would not be permitted to take a group photo, so I went to thinking, “What do these women feel like to me?” I wanted a photo that would reflect how these women make me feel. When we are together I feel stronger, more balanced, secure, and loved.
We have known each other for the last 8 years and have trained for many events. We have shorthand for our favorite hills (or should I say our least favorite hills) and where to meet in the middle and park. We are all going throught a tough time these days in one way or another. Tough times call for an invitation/decision. We had to decide whether to lean on our friendship and keep moving or ??? Yeah, we chose to lean in.
Today, I feel very blessed to have friends who chose to show up.
What or who do you feel blessed by?
Posted by Linda on Oct 21, 2011 in life at home
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I know I know it’s not earthquake hard, or we-are-out-of-food hard, and it’s not even fighting-sickness hard. So what’s the problem?
The problem is me, the rain and training…simply getting out the door. If I have a person I’m meeting up with, then I am there, no problem. It’s just these couple of runs I need to squeeze in on my own that get harder when the rain comes.
I’ve called all my friends who could meet up with me and they are either sick, on another training schedule, or out of town. So it’s just me motivating me, and frankly I’m lousy at it. I have two days to get one run in. So I’ve gone to trapping myself.
I’ve called a local appointment I have and asked if I can move it back a half hour so I can run there. Then I can run home. If this works, which it has in the past, I kill two birds with one stone.
The phone call just came and she is willing to push it back! So now I’m set. What mind games I need in these wet days.
How about you? What do you need to get you out the door? And going to a gym counts.
Posted by Tegan on Oct 19, 2011 in book world
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Whoops! Have you heard about the National Book Awards snafu? Due to a high-stakes game of telephone (National Book Foundation staff misheard “Shine” instead of “Chime”) Lauren Myracle’s novel Shine was nominated in the Young People’s Literature category even though the judges didn’t select it, then Franny Billingsley’s novel Chime, the judge’s actual fifth pick, was added as an unprecedented sixth nominee.
When six books were announced as up for the award, the bookselling world was abuzz with the novelty of six nominees and titters about a mistake that led to the extra nomination. I thought of it as a charming mistake, not as something that threatens “the integrity of the awards,” as the National Book Foundation executive director seemed to think. I figured no one would need to know which book wasn’t originally supposed to be on the list. At the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association conference last week after the original announcement, there was some laughing guessing going on as to which wasn’t intended, but booksellers I talked to had different opinions. (I actually would have booted another title off the list before Shine, based on my own feelings for the books.)
Then the NBF made the call to ask Myracle to withdraw her book from the competition. I think this was a poor way to deal with the mistake. Especially in these difficult times, when not let one more author and one more well-written book benefit from being on the short list for an award? Why further embarrass the staff who made the mistake and compound the bad feelings by embarrassing Lauren Myracle, too?
I actually got all in a private huff about the situation, but then I saw something else: the National Book Foundation has an apology to Lauren Myracle on its home page. And, at the author’s suggestion, they are donating $5,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. (Shine is about a hate crime against a gay teen.) I’m going think of this apology by the Foundation as their attempt to make right their second (and in my mind, bigger) mistake– that of asking Myracle to withdraw.
So I guess now I’m just in a little public huff. It’s just books, right?
In the end, I hope that these mistakes benefit all six of the authors nominated, and I have to be glad that the world benefits from the donation to help educate people and prevent hate crimes. Lauren Myracle behaved with grace and dignity through the process, and due to her creative thinking of how the NBF might try to make it all up to her, she has helped real teens.
What are your opinions about the controversy?
Posted by Linda on Oct 17, 2011 in life at home
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People always comment on how fast time goes by: “How fast she grew up!” or “Wasn’t it yesterday that he was in the 5th grade?” Well, I had to do a double take this week when I realized I have been working for Weight Watchers for 10 years. What? Have I loved every minute? Pretty close. It is a job that fits me well, and I have figured out why I am here.
Colin and I came through the doors of Weight Watchers in 1999 carrying 127 extra pounds together. We figured it was time to do something about our weight, and we needed help. Our favorite saying is: “If we could do it ourselves we would have done it already.” Weight Watchers had a plan– yikes a plan! As Colin and I set our personally- tailored version of that plan into motion, each week we discovered new things about ourselves or about food or about this culture that wants to feed us every time we turn around.
I started working with Weight Watchers two years later because Colin came home from his meeting one evening and said, “Hey Linda, Weight Watchers is looking for Leaders. Since you are a lifetime member and you love to talk, I think this could be perfect…Go!”
As they say, the rest is history. But I can say I am one of the lucky people who really likes her job. I love the people I have met along the way. I have met the most amazing people at Weight Watchers, but I will save those stories for another day (or you will just have to read the book).
Here’s to Weight Watchers, such a great part of our quilted life.
Have you ever woken up at your job several years later wondering where the time went?
Posted by Linda on Oct 14, 2011 in family
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We watched the weather all week and lined up our wonderful caregiver Toni to manage all of Heather’s needs and handle the home front for the weekend, because on Tuesday it looked good for one last motorcycle ride of the season. The plan was to go over Chinook Pass and keep going East, and perhaps turn South. Colin got Friday off, due to the weatherman’s forecasting. I got Saturday at work covered just in case everything was a “go”.
We woke up Friday morning to wet pavement, and the webcams in the mountains showed it was raining. We hit the “off” button and settled into the cloudy Seattle unpredictable damper that the rain offers us. We got a lot done that day and even saw a movie we enjoyed. Resigned to a rainy weekend, I laid out my clothes for work the next morning.
On my way to work on Saturday the pavement was dry, and during my break Colin called and said,” I think we should make a run for it.” So as fast as you can say “Get out of town,” we were back to Plan A. We rode 7 hours one day and 7 hours back the next… inhaling Washington. What I love about being on a motorcycle is not only feeling the speed, but the feeling beauty.
Below are photos that I took as we sped along or stopped for a break.
Beautiful Mt Rainier
Getting lunch out with the Mountain in the background
One last look before the Mountain goes away
Capturing glimmers of the rivers
Where the river went a little wider
The road opens to beautiful farmland
Tumbleweed destination Hermiston Oregon
good morning Columbia River
Washington side of the Columbia ( I can feel my soul tank being filled)
one last look at the Columbia before heading North
Cloud cover on Chinook coming home, mystical beauty
These rides work for us on so many levels. Time together,time away from the city, time away from expectations, and soak,soak,soak, up BEAUTY. Sorry to see the season go…But we’re already planning next season.
What works for you?