Brain gains

It was ABBA in the car on the way home from work that got my brain spinning out of its usual orbit. The intro beat and chords to “Does Your Mother Know?” blared from the radio and, with both eyes still on the wet road, my mind flashed back to being a kid again, and…

A Daughter

I remember when I first laid eyes on Katherine, when they first put her, wrapped in a green blanket and pink cap, into my shaking arms and I remember vividly that first night when we stared at each other for hours. I was in awe and a little terrified of this totally new person that…

First World Problems

Foreward: Any and all decisions made here are about me, my body and my life and should in no way reflect on anyone else’s choices. My thoughts about this process and my body are also not reflective of anyone who lives with, is friends with, coaches, helps or assists me in any way. I make…

The highest peak

I haven’t published anything on the blog in a while, not for a lack of activity in my life, but rather due to a superabundance of change and events that have kept me leaping nimbly from one lily pad to the next to avoid submersion. Now that the dust has settled a little, I almost…

Deep and crisp and even

Good King Wenceslas looked out, On the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, Deep and crisp and even. It’s the week before Christmas and I’ve started feeling really Christmas-y. Last weekend we conducted the ritual hunt-and-slaughter of the conifer and decorated the house. The windows are festooned with lights, boughs, and decorations…

Stop adulting

Want to know a secret? I need you to really believe this one. It’s okay to not do what you’re “supposed” to do some days. It’s okay to leave the dishes in the sink. It’s perfectly fine to not prepare the whole week’s worth of meals. It’s utterly allowable to not fold the laundry, tidy…

My Food Fixin’ Formula, or how I keep the family from starving

We eat a lot of food.   I’ve noticed that when I take the time to plan out meals, everything in our lives flows better. Mornings are magically possible because there are easy lunches to be grabbed. Tempers fray less when everyone is fed. I fret less about training because I know I’m well-fuelled (and…

It’s not the answers, it’s the questions

I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks, not for a lack of things happening or life content, but more for a lack of being able to pull suitable thoughts coherently into a meaningful narrative. When I resumed writing this blog, I decided on a few key points: 1. It was going to be…

No exonerations

I recently wrote a post about the importance of finding strength for me as a means of self-definition and understanding, but there’s a part that I want to be clearer on because I think it really matters. With the gift of choosing your own path and standards for physical fitness comes an obligation to you,…

The Perfect Fit

“You can whack it all you like. It might eventually jam in there, but it’ll never really fit properly,” John opined wisely. We were attempting to coax a second-hand door onto the pre-existing frame of the greenhouse and he was right. It was a door designed for another purpose and while I could have made…