A new race on the calendar!

As many of you know, registration for the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World opened up to the general public last week. I’ve wanted to repeat this race since I first participated in 2013, but I haven’t had the opportunity. All the stars have aligned, and I will be going back in 2017!


What’s really fun is, once I put it out there on the Internet that I’m registered, I learned that a lot of people I know are running. AND I recruited a friend to come and make it her very first half marathon! AND she is inviting everyone she knows to come along, too. If I’m honest, so am I. “Come! Run with me!” “Come! Be my cheerleader!” I’m pretty excited. I just can’t seem to help myself.

Once the kids are back to school (in less than a month?!), I’ll have to get serious about running again. We haven’t broken up completely, but I haven’t trained for any kind of long distance since January. Of last year. I’ve lifted weights and done a lot of other things, but I haven’t run farther than three or four miles in quite some time. It will definitely be a challenge with the hills and altitude that I have to contend with now.


I snapped this photo one morning while walking Hank. It’s a little tricky to tell, but our neighborhood is nestled right up next to the mountains. There’s a running/biking path…at the bottom of the hill. No matter what I do, the last mile back to my house? Straight up. I may need to leave the neighborhood to find a path that won’t try to kill me.

Regardless, this is happening. I’ll have another one of these beauties to add to my collection come February! Now, to figure out my costume….




Welcome, 2012!

It’s time to break out the old’ goals for 2012. I don’t always do this, but I’m feeling ambitious this year.

1. Grow as a photographer. I intend to attempt a 52-week photo challenge this year. I figure shooting at least one decent photo a week can’t hurt.
2. Run a half marathon. I’ll let you know when I’ve chosen one and registered.
3. Decorate my bedroom. Our master is always the junk heap of the house, an afterthought when it comes to decorating. It’s time to transform it into a more relaxing place.
4. Organize my pantry. It’s a mess. I’m open to suggestions.
5. Make and accomplish a really awesome summer checklist with the kids on summer break. I wanted to do this last year, and um…yeah, it didn’t happen.
6. Find a happy medium when it comes to eating healthy.
7. Take the kids to Disney World. Let’s face it. This one will be super fun for me, too.
8. Stop procrastinating, call the endodentist, and get my front tooth fixed…again. (Laura, don’t feel guilty. In a weird way, you have given me a little souvenir so that I can never, ever forget you. Not that I would anyway, because you’re awesome.)
9. Read more. I love to read. I haven’t done enough reading in the last year. It’s time to step it up. Maybe I need to find a book club.
10. …and so I thought 10 would be a good place to stop, but I’ve got nothing. My last resolution is to stop with nine resolutions. I’m sure that’s plenty.
Happy New Year to all!