2019: A Year in Review

This year we didn’t travel quite as much as last year. We didn’t run or race as much as we did the year before either. This year was definitely the calm before the storm that is to be 2020.

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Organized Mudroom

Because of the undefined status of the mudroom, over 3.5 years it became a place holder for everything. Every time we were having people over or the house keepers were coming – into the mud room went all the piles of things that hadn’t been dealt with or didn’t have a home. And there they stayed.

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2018: A Year In Review

This year we spent a lot of time out of the house; in the yard or traveling. Don’t worry, our house didn’t get too lonely, more rats moved in.

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Organizing our Master Bathroom Drawers

The master bathroom has two sinks and three drawers. When we moved, I brought many many many drawer organizers with us. However, the drawers are almost comically wide (I asked for six smaller drawers and the cabinet maker told me that the drawers would be too small to fit anything … I still think he was wrong. Yes, I’m Sicilian, why do you ask?) so it takes a lot of drawer organizers to fill each one. I made do with what we had and tried to see how we would use this space, while directing my attention to other rooms and other drawers.

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2017: A Year in Review

2016 was not a great year, and 2017 was no better. It was the year I learned to stop saying, “well, it can’t possibly get WORSE.”

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Like My Dreams They Fade and Die

For instance, if I say, “Do you want Bacon?” Bella immediately appears from wherever she’s been hiding and starts licking her lips. If I say, “If you sit on the couch with me I will cover you in a blanket and snuggle with you.” She will jump onto the couch or run away depending on her mood. But if I say, “This isn’t a bubble gun, it is a milk frother.” She cocks her head to the side and stares at me and says, “You’re a moron who can’t work a bubble gun correctly.” in perfect French.

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Weekend 2017

I was happy with my finish time and was feeling great for having run a quick 10k. Chad wasn’t entirely pleased with his time, but it was still really fast. You guys, the medal though, like all of my favorite medals: spins.

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SLC Haunted Half 2017

Big deal races (and runDisney) require a POT (proof of time) if you want to be in a good corral (A or B, but really A) on race day, and not elbowing your way through the people who are here for the medal and a long ass walk. The last time I needed to sign up for a race solely for a POT was prior to my very first race, so, almost four years ago. Unfortunately for me, after taking almost a year off of running races because of my hip injury, and then returning to running about 30 seconds per mile slower, all I had were some disappointing (to me) race finish times to submit.

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The Hummingbirds

Last summer, Chad and I tried coaxing hummingbirds, any hummingbirds, into our yard with no success. We were so unsuccessful that we forgot about the hummingbird feeder and left it out all winter. When I finally brought it inside, it was filled with black mold and nothing I did would get it clean. So I had to throw it away.

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Make A Little Birdhouse in Your Yard

For many many days after we returned home, Chad kept talking about the bird feeder, and where we would put the bird feeder, and how many birds we might get to visit our new bird feeder. I quickly realized that Chad might be itching to get started on some long overdue yard projects. Memorial Day Weekend seemed like a good stretch of days to get started on such a project, so we made our first stop at Wild Birds Unlimited – sent by our good friend, The Crazy Asian Bird Lady (she gave herself that name, I just call her The Crazy Asian Lady). Wouldn’t you know it, they knew exactly who I was talking about.

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