One More Thing, #31

Tory Burch has two great coats in the Spring 2017 collection.

The Hibbert Coat is extremely pretty and lady-like, but let’s not kid ourselves: with my propensity to spill coffee, trip and fall, and generally do things like get splashed with mystery liquids, this light colored number is probably NOT for me.


This bright Castleton peacoat in “Samba” might be more suitable:


It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the coat has bracelet length sleeves and a cool blue and white lining.

I want this to go on sale NOW!


Things That Happened

A quick recap of Things That Happened while it was quiet around here:

  • I ran three Run Disney events: the 2015 Wine and Dine Half-Marathon (which turned into the Half-Half-Marathon, but more about that later), the 2016 Marathon, and the 2016 Tinkerbell Pixie Dust Challenge, which is really two races. So make that four Run Disney races.
  • We went on another Disney Cruise, this time with friends and on one with a Star Wars Day at sea. (Ok, I am also disclosing all of my Disney nerd-ness upfront here). 
  • I got braces. Ok, Invisaligns, but I think that still counts. I’m about a third of the way done with the program. Initially I wasn’t even convinced that I needed them, but when I found out our insurance covered it, I bit the bullet.
  • Trixie was in a play. She was a Wolf in “Beauty and the Beast.” If you are familiar with this work at all, you will know that the Wolf is not exactly a starring character.
  • I still did not break up with Stitch Fix, despite threats.
  • I read a lot of books. For me, that is. I’ll do a separate post about them, too.
  • My kind, 94-year-old grandmother died, but I was there to hold her hand. This wasn’t an easy day, but it’s a memory I cherish.
  • I went to a lot of places: Dubai; Florida (three times); Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Scottsdale; Anaheim; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Chicago; Michigan.
  • A recent thing: I diligently started using My Fitness Pal. Being honest about what I really eat and drink has been humbling, but effective.
  • Some of my favorite blogs also went dark, or at least very, very quiet: RunKnitTravel (I really miss the race reports and travel updates from this blogger), Hitha On the Go (although this fave is currently on an upswing, yay), Run The Great Wide Somewhere and One Mother Runner.
  • But a few new blogs also caught my attention: Disney Tourist Blog (frequent posts and lots of in-depth information), My No Guilt Life (also running, parenting and life-in-general), and Momastery (not exactly a secret, but new to me).
  • I descended, but now I’m Rising Up.


I’d love to know what you’ve been up to.


One More Thing, #26


Here’s another great story from “The Dinner Party Download” last week, celebrating the glamorous Jet Set age of airline travel.

“Jet Set: The People, The Planes, The Glamour and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years,” a new book by William Stadiem, describes the arc from luxury travel in the 1950s and 60s to the cattle car conditions of today.


While I’m definitely considering this for my next in flight reading material, it may prove to be too depressing as I munch my tiny bag of pretzels back in coach.




One More Thing, #24

A few tips for using your smartphone when traveling:

  • As you head into the terminal, take a quick picture identifying the location of your car in the parking garage. This avoids aimless wandering on the back end of the trip, when you’re inevitably exhausted.
  • Take a screen shot of your mobile boarding pass and (temporarily) make it your home screen. No more struggling to unlock a passcode and pull up an email at security.
  • Download your airline’s app, which is usually free. I often fly Delta, and they have a great mobile app that allows you to check-in and tells you gate information and flight status.

Please share other great tips if you have them!


One (Ok, Two) More Thing(s), #22

What are you doing this weekend?


I don’t have a lot planned, but I hope to get some time to finish watching Season One of “Orange Is the New Black” (I’m late to the party, I know) on Netflix, and/or  finish reading this book:



I have a rule at the gym: When I am running, I can (if I want) stream Netflix and watch “Orange,” and when I cross-train on the elliptical machine, I (can) read “Cuckoo.” Both are captivating, in different ways. 

[“Cuckoo’s Calling” was pseudonymously written by J.K. Rowling and even though I’m not quite done yet, it’s good. And this is coming from a person who hasn’t read a single word of “Harry Potter”).

I’m also excited that “Orange” is having a new season released in June (so I hear). The series is based on a book by the real Piper, and while it’s less salacious than the TV series, it’s also got insight and empathy into the quotidian details of prison life. Check it out.

Have a great weekend!


One More Thing, #19

Yesterday I posted a picture of an inspirational t shirt I bought from Fellow Flowers.

Yet I neglected to mention this: They also had shirts in kid sizes.

To be more specific, girl sizes.

I bought this for Trixie:


I usually don’t get too worked up with stuff like this (Hear me roar!), but something happened over the weekend that really brought this message home.

I had just finished running nearly 20 miles of races over two days and headed back to my hotel for a much-needed shower and an obligatory nap.

When I got there, I discovered that the resort was also hosting a “modeling competition.”

There were hundreds of coltish, teenaged (Pre-teen? I can’t even tell anymore) waifs tottering about in shoes that they had no business wearing.

And I felt sad.

The dichotomy of going from one event that was so empowering to one that seemed to be the polar opposite was hard to handle.

I’m going to make Trixie wear this shirt until it’s in tatters.