Coffee shop. Christiansburg, Virginia. The swim team has practice, so our daughter is at the aquatic center, but the pool is on holiday hours so I can’t swim this morning. I sit on a wood and metal stool at the bar facing the main road to the big box stores. I see the reflection of … Continue reading Counting the minutes to Girls' Weekend
Though our cats breakfast at 6am, oftentimes they decide at 5am, “I’m bored. Let’s have breakfast now.” When they decide they’re ready to eat at 5am, they bring our attention to that decision. In the silent stillness of a sleeping house, they stand in the windowsill and pull the blinds away from the glass, then … Continue reading How irritating can you be and still be loved?
It’s 5 o’clock and inky black out. The across-the-street neighbor’s porch light is on. The only sounds are the hum of the fridge and the scrape of a metal spoon across a cereal bowl. The clock ticks and I wait for 5:10, when we go downstairs to put our shoes on and then leave for … Continue reading Before the world awakes
Our daughter’s favorite swimming event is the mile. For 33 laps, she maintains nearly the same pace for every 50 yards she swims: 34.54 sec, 34.86 sec, 35.12 sec, 34. 52 sec. It amazes me how she can hold almost the exact same pacing, each within tenths of a second of the lap before, for … Continue reading Endurance pacing for work and life
The self-doubt is creeping in. I’ve published 12 blog posts in a row, all written on the fly with minimal editing, and with rare exception, minimal planning. I get up, I write, I publish. I needed to break out of a rut. I was writing privately, a lot of nothing, and frankly, I was trying … Continue reading Feeling vulnerable about blogging
I slept until 7:30 this morning, which for me is sleeping in. By a lot. Tomorrow I’ll be up at 4:30. Yesterday, Saturday, was a lazy day. I did my chores in the morning: grocery shopping, putting the groceries away, washing the grapes and lettuce for easy access throughout the week, changing sheets and towels. … Continue reading Lazy days