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Coolest Birthday weekend…ever

And…I am officially another year older. And, it was probably the coolest birthday ever.

S and I went to Boise for my birthday weekend, which also was Labor Day weekend, which also was the start of college football. S went to Boise state, played football for Boise State,Β and still had a lot of friends in Boise, so we decided to spend the weekend there. It was amazing in every way. It’s crazy to think S and I have only been dating for 5 weeks! It feels like we’ve known each other forever!

We left Seattle EARLY Friday morning, and landed to cloudless skies in Boise before 10AM (1 hour later there). Cab to our hotel in DT Boise where we freshened up. We then walked a few blocks to meet one of his best guy friends for lunch. That started our pre-birthday pub crawl. We walked to another place to meet a couple more of his friends, and then we went to campus and S showed me the infamous blue field. We walked on it, took some pictures, and then he showed me around campus. We wandered around a bit more, went to a couple more bars/restaurants, met some more of his friends, and then went back to the hotel to get ready for the surprise evening. I was told, “Wear your bikini.” I asked, “What else do I need?” “Your headlamp.” “Anything else?” “Nope.” (He packed everything else). We drove for about 45 minutes, and then got “there.” It was dark. We hiked up a bit, and then…Hot Springs!! I had NEVER been to hot springs, and S knew this. It was so awesome. The temperature of the pool was perfect, and we played in there for a while, stared up at the star-filled sky…it was absolutely beautiful! My head almost got smacked by a couple of bats, too. πŸ™‚

Saturday morning…my birthday, we woke up very early to go climbing!! I wasn’t a fan of waking up early, but when climbing is involved, I am 100% down. We drove a short distance to Black Cliffs and did a couple of climbs before it got too hot. We went with S’s friend who leads, and at one point, he said, “Want to do your first lead for your birthday?” At first I said no, but when he said, “It’s your birthday,” I agreed, and I am so glad I did. I did a 5.7, and it was really, really fun! There was one spot where I was a little freaked out, but I did it, and I finished, and I survived!! SO excited to do it again!

After climbing for a couple of hours, we went to lunch, and then off to the next fun activity: frisbee (disc) golf. It was so much fun!! It’s played on a mini golf course with a frisbee. The “hole” is a metal bucket. Par is 3 on all the holes. At first, I was horrible. I seriously do not know how to throw a frisbee. But, by the end, I was beating the guys. πŸ™‚ After frisbee golf, we were dropped off at another friend’s house where we would stay the night. There was a block party going on for the Boise State game, and I met a ton more of S’s friends. It was hard to keep everyone’s names straight!! Boise won, and everyone was happy. Toward the end of the game, S came walking out with a cupcake and a lit candle in it and everyone sang Happy Birthday. It was so great. πŸ™‚

Sunday…we slept in!! Our original plan was to get up early, drive into the mountains, hike and camp, but we were exhausted, so we decided against that plan. Instead, we slept in, went out for brunch, and then floated the Boise River. So much fun. There are actual mini-waterfalls to go over, so it’s much different from floating in Washington. After we floated the river, we showered, went out for dinner, went and played pool, and made it a semi-early night…we were pretty tired.

Monday…slept in again. πŸ™‚ Went into DT Boise for brunch, and then went mountain biking. Ooh, boy, that was hard. It was about 90 degrees out and I had NEVER been. When we got to a steep incline, which seemed to go on forever, the boys were coaching me on what to do, and right before we went, S said, “And, I know how competitive you are, so I am just going to tell you…NO ONE has EVER made it all the way up without stopping their first time.” And that was all I needed to do everything I could to make it up without stopping. And…I did. I only shifted gears once, and I didn’t stop at all. I felt like I was going to die, but there was no way in hell I was going to stop. Probably one of the hardest things I had ever done. And, going down hill was not much easier. I was completely out of control and thought for sure, more than once, I was going to fly over my handle bars. I rode in ruts, over drop offs, on sand, but not ONCE did I fall!!! I made it the entire way!! YAY!

After mountain biking we went out for celebratory beers and some lunch in this super cool open air bar: Parilla. We went there on Friday, too. I think all the bars in the South Bay should follow suit, and even Seattle should have some.

Then, we went back to shower quickly before going to the airport. 😦 It was truly an amazing weekend. It was a perfect blend of awesome fun activities, exercise, football, outside time, good food, drinks, cool people, and a little bit of downtime. S was amazing in every way, and he made this weekend super special. I am all smiles thinking about it…and him. πŸ™‚

Now, back to reality, and back to training!! Today I start my 12 week training program for the Seattle Half marathon Thanksgiving weekend. I am excited to get back on a schedule and be more disciplined. This past weekend, and summer have been incredible, and I did everything I wanted to do, now it’s time to get my focus back and achieve some more goals! Top 10 in my age group for the Seattle half…BRING IT!!


I am the epitome of happy…right now

This is my Happiness blog. It has been a place for me to write about all the things in my life, which make me happy. I have written about some pretty great things, but now…right now in my life, EVERYTHING is happy. For a long while, although I only wrote about the happy stuff…or at least tried to, there was always so much else going on in my life that I wouldn’t necessarily say made me very happy. I avoided writing about it…I was dealing with it, yes, but I didn’t want to bring all of my readers down. I was working through it, and all the happy things I wrote about were what helped me get to where I am now. It’s a pretty amazing place.

I am doing everything I love right now…I am surrounded by people I love and who love me back. I feel great.

I wake up every day and come hang out with Baby H. He is my buddy, and my days are spent laughing with him.

While he sleeps, I do another thing I absolutely love: I write. I write a lot. I have a lot of different projects I am working on right now, and it all makes me happy.

Every day, I move my body and sweat: running, yoga, climbing, brisk walk with Baby H, hiking, stand up paddle boarding…anything that makes me feel good.

I have an amazing circle of friends who I talk to and hang out with as much as I can.

I recently met someone amazing whom I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know.

My life is calm, happy, easy, and fun. All the pain, hard work, and grief I have endured the past couple of years has paid off BIG TIME. I have learned how to take care of myself, how to make myself happy, and how to say no to things that don’t make me feel good. EVERYTHING is working out perfectly, and at the right time, and I am welcoming it all in with a smile on my face. Life is good…life is really good, and I deserve everything good that is in my life right now. πŸ™‚


Well, hello, summer, nice of you to visit Seattle

Summer made an appearance in Seattle over the weekend! It was just beautiful…how it is SUPPOSED to be in Seattle in the summer.

Friday night, my new climbing partner and I went out to dinner. We had planned on going to Leavenworth to climb Saturday, but it was going to be VERY hot over there, so we opted to go stay local and go to Exit 38. Wise choice.

I was still pretty beat up from climbing the previous weekend and could barely climb. 😦 My chest was SO sore…particularly on the right side. I had to climb very slowly, and cautiously, and I couldn’t push myself at all. It was sad. 😦 I was very glad we didn’t make the long trek to Leavenworth. I was only able to climb two routes…I didn’t want to injure myself anymore. It was a GORGEOUS day, so it felt good to be outside, I just wish I could have climbed more.

After climbing (and showering), we headed to a wedding, which was a lot of fun!!

Sunday, I woke up, went for a long run down at the beach, and then headed to the south end to meet a friend at a friend’s house on the lake. This was the hottest day of the summer yet, and I spent it exactly how I would want to spend a hot day: boating, wakeboarding, jet skiing, swimming, slip and sliding, and relaxing. It was just awesome! My friend on Alki was having a dinner BBQ, so I left the south end and drove straight to her house. It was a perfect end to an awesome weekend. πŸ™‚

Yoga tonight, for the first time in nearly two weeks. Yikes!


Wonderful weekend

Another great weekend. I am so sore, I can barely move.

Last week, I went to yoga, and ran between 4-6 milesΒ the other days. It all felt great. πŸ™‚

Friday, I metΒ a new friend for dinner. We had a great time! He is a climber, and we made plans to climb together on Sunday.

Saturday, I went up to a friend’s lake house on Lake Kachess to celebrate her birthday. The weather wasn’t perfect summer weather (not warm enough to go out/in the water), but we had a great time anyway. We ate a lot, drank a lot and stayed up way too late.

I got up EARLY the next morning (7:30AM), while everyone was still sound asleep, and made the 2 hour drive to Index to meet my climbing partner. The weather looked iffy, but we decided to go anyway. I had 4 hours sleep. Ugh.

We lucked out. The weather was PERFECT! Not a rain drop on us, good temperature, and the sun even came out for a bit. I climbed the hardest I have climbed in 2 years. Nearly every piece of exposed skin was cut and/or bruised, which means I had a great day climbing. My new climbing partner is awesome! We climbed until I could barely move. As soon as we got in our cars, it started pouring! It was an absolutely perfect day. We had dinner on the way home, and I laughed throughout the entire dinner…

I can barely move my body today I am so sore. It’s a good, happy sore, though. πŸ™‚

My weekend was wonderful. How was yours?


The last chapter

I am right in the middle of another staycation. I have been off work since Thursday, and I don’t go back until Tuesday afternoon. It is really good timing.

So, on my staycation I have:

Gone climbing (after an 8 mile run…probably won’t do that again. I was BEAT!)

Met with my Naturopath, and went over my “treatment plan.” It’s all good. πŸ™‚

Went to yoga. Love.

Went to the chiropractor.

Got acupuncture. Wow.

Ran 16 miles. I really lucked out on the weather. It was beautiful for my entire run. I ran in a tank top, and IΒ even got color on my chest! I started to get pretty sore the last few miles, but I finished it and was able to go about my day no problem. I slept very well.

Baby shower on Sunday and a 3 mile run with a friend’s dog. Then said friend, came by later in the day with tulips for me. πŸ™‚

Red light therapy every day.

So, I am in a very good place right now. I am getting closer to where I have been aspiring to be my whole life: content. I have worked very, very hard to get here, and it is nice to know it is paying off. I am grateful for the people in my life, and I feel lucky to have the life I have.

I have decided to write about the past year…REALLY write. In full detail. It is the final chapter, so to speak. I know I have kept up writing here, but I haven’t really dove into what has really been going on the past year, so this writing is separate from the writing I am doing here (thus why the writing here is more sporadic lately). It is going to be a process, this writing, and I really don’t know how long it is going to take. This writing is going to help with this:Β “It takes much more courage, strength of character, and inner conviction to forgive than it does to hang on to low-energy feelings.” As I said, it is the last chapter. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Climbing, Happiness, Running, Yoga


Mexico countdown is ON

3 mile run yesterday…outside. πŸ™‚

I also went climbing last night. I climbed hard again. I felt like a monkey! Even though I haven’t climbed that much in the past few months, I feel like I’ve improved. I am sure it’s yoga. Man, I sure do love climbing. I feel like it’s a sport made just for me. πŸ™‚

Sushi and Coldstone ice cream after climbing. I was one relaxed, happy girl last night. πŸ™‚

Also…it’s official. There’s no turning back now (well, I guess there IS, but I don’t back out of my commitments without REALLY good reason)…I am registered for the FULL marathon in San Diego June 5. Wow! I am really excited. I am excited it’s a full 26.2, and I am also excited to do a race out of town. I am going to make a vacation out of it and stay down in SoCal for a while. Also, the Rock and Roll is in Seattle the last weekend in June, and my plan? Run the half. It might sound crazy to some of you, but it’s what I want to do. I will be all trained up, and 13.1 should be a piece of cake after 26.2. A lot of my friends are running it, too, so I thought, “Why not?” Maybe I will win. Ha!

Happy weekend, everyone. Oh my gosh…Cancun in nine days!!

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Climbing, Food/Restaurants, Happiness, Running, Travel


One week down, 19 to go.

Week one of training…done. Only 19 more to go!

My weekend was great…just perfect, actually. I switched my Saturday/Sunday runs, so my longer 6 mile run was on Saturday. I did this so I could also climb on Sunday. We had originally talked about going skiing, but it was poop up there. So, I ran in the morning and climbed in the late afternoon. I climbed so hard I could barely lift my arms. It felt amazing! πŸ™‚

And yes, I am still in love with my foam roller. I left it at home today, and I am sad I can’t roll today. 😦

Yoga tonight, and then week 2 of training begins tomorrow.

Cancun in less than 2 weeks! YESSSSS!!!

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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Climbing, Happiness, Running, Travel, Yoga