Archive for August, 2017

Just Me

Jess went back to work today so that means it’s just me and the kids all day today. I have big plans, like walking all the way to the library (about 30 minute walk), but we’ll see how the kids are. Maybe we’ll just end up at the park or somewhere closer to home. The weather looks nice so we’ll probably be outside a lot. 

Back Home

Today we traveled back home. I always say you know a vacation is over when going home sounds like a good idea. Today it felt like a good idea. The week was great but it’s tiring to be in a different environment where sleep isn’t as easy to come by.

I feel rested and ready for what’s next.

Rain on vacation

Most of today was rainy, but it allowed for me and Cece to get a really good nap in after lunch. She and I slept on our bed and it was awesome. 

We made sushi and another few dishes dishes for dinner. My parents and brother visited with their RV. We packed up the beach since we’re leaving tomorrow. It’s been a great vacation.

Long Run

Today I got lost in the run and went for 7 miles. I was also listening to Rich Roll’s book Finding Ultra so maybe that was some of my inspiration. 

The kids are having a blast up here and loving the fire, the beach and all of the toys. I love it here.

Running in the woods

Running up north is so much better than running at home. The roads are soft, the forest is lush, the miles come so much easier. I went 4 miles Sunday, 6 Monday and about 3.5 today. I plan to keep it up the pace.


We built the perfect bonfire last night. We sat around it as long as we could until the kids couldn’t stay awake anymore.

Up north week part 2

This we’ll be spending our time at the cottage relaxing and having some fun with the family. I plan to get all of the mowing and hard stuff done first so I can forget about it for the rest of the week. I also want to run daily. Today I ran about 4 miles. Tomorrow I can maybe do 6.

When is the last time

Since my daughter turned 1, we were told by our doctor to stop giving her bottles at night (and to phase them out during the day). I was immediately sad about the prospect of no more bottles because that’s an experience that I realized I would no longer get to have.

Tim Urban from Wait but Why details this exact feeling perfectly in his blog post called the Tail End. You need to read it. It completely opened up my eyes to the reality that life is fleeting and you’d better be savoring every last little bit of it, the good and the bad.

I think we get lost in our heads thinking about the drudgery of our lives, imagining some fantastic future where all of the hard stuff is removed and we’re left to a life of leisure. But that just isn’t how this all goes. The amazing stuff of life is everyday, mundane and seems bland in the moment. Feeding your baby, walking your dog, making dinner for your family, changing a diaper, going for a morning run.

This is the stuff lives are made of.

Trying to do it all at the same time

I have this problem where I want to listen to an audiobook, read an article and also reply to email. I end up not internalizing any information and doing absolutely nothing of any value. The audio plays without me actually listening to what is being said. The article gets skimmed and nothing of value gets retained, and my email replies end up only half-formed and full of typos.

I have to consciously work on tasks one at a time. Thinking I can work on multiple items at once is a lie I tell myself all too often.


I have this desire to want to create exactly the same art I’m hearing, seeing or experiencing. If I just heard music that moves me, I imagine that I would feel fulfilled making that same kind of music. When I see really cool drawings, I immediately ask myself if that’s something I could make too.

Is that inspiration? Is it just enthusiasm? Is there a difference?