What a stressful couple of days here at our house.
Kid #1 is sick. Super, super sick. In fact, she is coughing so bad she threw up on Saturday. Not fun. She’s slowly but surely coming around, but still gets coughing fits. Yesterday she had a movie day and was super lethargic, whereas today I’m kind of forcing her to play… Probably not the best move but the kid needs to get off the couch!


Kid #2 is sick as well, but only stuffy. Which, in theory, isn’t an issue, but he is still nursing. Poor little guy gets super frustrated because eating is a challenge for him. That doesn’t affect his energy level in the least – he is crawling, climbing, terrorizing and trying to walk, babbling and ‘singing’ his way throughout the house.


Last week my family came to visit, which was a blast. My little brother and our parents were here, and it was the fastest, yet BEST 6 days of my life. I would give anything to have them back here again!! I know for sure the kids were spoiled beyond capacity Winking smile 

Running is going relatively well, and of course I am my biggest enemy. My biggest vice right now is that I’m being a brat and I don’t want to run with the double stroller… So I wait until my husband gets off of work – which is a bad move because by then I have the time to make up excuses, “Its dark/cold/raining”, “I’ve had a long day and don’t feel like it”, etc.

The only long run I have botched up on is the 10 miler this past weekend. Just as I was heading out, my daughter threw up, and I felt a bit guilty leaving my husband at home with a puking kid and cranky baby. I initially set out to do 10, but I was distracted by trails [surprise, surprise…] and once I was on them I zoned out and got lost. Whoops. Around mile 4ish, I lost my footing and trudged through a HUGE puddle – all the while the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping. We’ve also had coyote sightings and I wasn’t sure if the bears were still hibernating (??) so I totally freaked myself out and decided to try and take a shortcut home. No bueno. That’s when I got lost, but I finally found a road-ish looking exit and found my way home. I ended up with 6ish miles, but the character building is definitely a factor here. Had I not stepped in the puddle I would have done 10, but by the time I turned onto the main road, I couldn’t feel my toes, and my motivation was shot so I booked it back to the house. Though the schedule calls for 6 this weekend, I’m going to attempt the 10 miler again, because I can’t stand not having done it… Luckily I am training with an amazing group, and accountability is key. We run at all kinds of paces, but knowing that we’re rooting each other on helps quite a bit.

Life is also taking an interesting turn in that I’m now FRG leader for my husband’s battery. FRG stands for Family Readiness Group, and my ‘job’ is technically to look out for the families of the soldiers. This group comes in handy when the guys are deployed, and since we’re here at home it’s a bit less stressful, but this is also my first go at this position, so I have no idea what I’m doing. I also started freelancing again, and you would *think* that working at home would mean I get to work whenever and however much I want – NOT the case!!

Anyway, there is a baby wailing upstairs because I didn’t go to him immediately so I must bid you adieu. I promise to post more. As much as running is my therapy and safe haven, writing is as well, and I hate that I keep neglecting it.


Staff Duty Ramblings, Again!

workout :: tbd. sometimes just winging it is the best option.

I forget which number this is. One day I’ll go through them all and find out. Anyway, here’s my usual daily nonsense in the day of single parenting. Husband has his 24 hour shift, so we’re flying solo. This also means no running [*SIGH*] but I can finagle workouts here at home, so not all hope is lost.

Without further ado.

– By 10 am I had four loads of laundry washed/folded/put away. While our Army/runner/potty training toddler/newborn household demands laundry be done daily, I don’t always get a chance to fold it and put it away. Luckily I tackled the loads before they had a chance to band together and smother me.


– We did nails.

– I started a list of daily cleaning routines I want to do. I find that on any given day I will wake up and decide the house is beyond recognition of humane living conditions and I’ll immediately get into a pissy mood and clean everything in sight. This means a less than ideal day for everyone involved, and my husband usually gets roped into deep cleaning something when he’d rather be watching golf. So, instead I’m going to try and figure out a way to do a separate room every day so that it doesn’t pile up on me/us.

confession :: I have yet to send out Thank You cards for gifts received for my child’s birth EIGHT weeks ago. I really, really, really, really suck at getting those out on time.

– TMI/proud mom moment :: K has used the potty two days in a row without an accident. She’ll even go to the potty to ‘toot’, which I think is pretty hilarious. I’m still hesitant to take the plunge and remove the diaper for both nap/night time, but we’re getting there.


– Ate lunch.

– While K was napping I opted to have a little photo shoot with Spud, then I sat down to clean out my computer and years-old photos that didn’t belong. I wanted to work out, but this has been bugging me for weeks and my lunch was sitting heavy [this happens a lot. the lunch bit]. I figured I could always work out later – pop in a DVD for K and go from there. Treats all around.

– One particular child of mine did not enjoy his play mat today.


– The thermostat reached the 80s, which meant the house was a solid 76 the whole day. Not very many clothes were on.

– When its summer/hot, I tend to lost my appetite. Usually I wouldn’t pay this any mind, but I’m breastfeeding and this means I’m starving nearly 24/7. I don’t want to cook, so instead I made another huge salad. I’ll spare you the picture because once you’ve seen one of my salads, you’ve seen them all: greens, mushrooms, slivered almonds, hard boiled egg, raisin, etc.

Do you lose your appetite in the heat?

What’s your fail safe activity when “single parenting”?

Staff Duty Ramblings, Again!

Running & a Flashback

Yes, blog posts two days in a row! Watch out, world!

Did the usual housewife stuff around here this morning. Our vacuum cleaner is making odd noises, like a squeaking kind of thing… I guess that is what will happen when you use it at least three times a week about three years?? I really don’t feel like buying a new one, maybe I’ll just pretend to not hear the squeak from here on out. I am also the worst at ‘diagnosing’ anything on machines, so until it starts smoking I am not worried.

Once the house was caught up, we loaded up for a run, which ironically took about 45 minutes. Getting a busy toddler changed and ready to strap into a stroller is harder than it sounds – even if it is for a 2 mile run. Anyway, we ran, and I didn’t notice that the tires were getting a little flat on the stroller, so I ran with way more effort than I should have. Some of us, however, had a far more relaxing time.


I was curious to see where my running was last year and imagine my surprise when I found this entry:


How cool is that!? I’ve officially been in Washington for a year. I do know that this particular run was at my sister in law’s house, and that we didn’t move into our house on post until the 6th of March. Anyway, I think that’s pretty darned exciting – lots has happened in this past year. Maybe if I scrounge up some time I’ll do a recap Smile

Running & a Flashback

I Swear, I’m Running TONIGHT


I didn’t do anything all weekend but rearrange rooms and clean out our storage shed. To balance out the crazy, I decided to sloth it up a bit and became attached to the couch for a good part of Sunday afternoon.

Worth noting :: a buddy of mine from college is doing a complete re-design of my blog [!!!], and to celebrate the new launch I’m having a giveaway. I’ll also be moving my site, which after 5 years is a little heartbreaking, but I’m looking forward to it. So, stay tuned for THAT!!!!

My Monday has been quite crazy, and even lunch was eaten on the move. This morning I had the parenting class again, and the purpose of the class is to reduce stress by being more mindful. You would think that this would come naturally to humans, but caught up in the reality of LIFE, sometimes [ok, a lot of the times] it is easy to forget. I jumped at the chance to take this class. As parents, dealing with the day to day, we struggle to find patience for everything. Take a simple military family – dad works all day, surrounded by work stress, rumor mill stress, and in my husband’s case – soldier care stress. Mom might stay home with the kids, which can be stressful in and of itself; not to mention cleaning, feeding, keeping kids entertained, etc. A lot of military spouses also run an at home businesses, so there is additional stress thrown on top of sharing a good chunk of your husband’s work related stress. At the end of the day, its possible that everyone is at their wits’ end, and there is still daylight to burn.

This class helps a lot with not only honing in on your own emotions, but your kids’ and spouses as well. In the two classes I’ve gone too, I’ve already applied what I’m learning, and I may or may not be nerding out completely and reading ahead…


In every class we also do two meditation exercises. Today, there was a particular exercise that threw me for a loop. The teachers mentioned ‘walking meditation’ and I immediately furrowed my brow. What!? I need to close my eyes to meditate. How will I picture my stream? Its hard enough to meditate with my eyes closed, there’s no way I can do this… Well, I tried. And failed. Failed, oh so miserably. But – that’s the beauty of it. I know it doesn’t work for me, and that’s ok.

However, it was mentioned in class that someone did have success with it, which made me curious as all get out. The individual was in tune with their body, and felt as though the ground was giving them renewed energy with every step. They walked outside, their breathing correlated with their steps, and the entire process was very calming for them.

I listened to this individual describe their experience, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. What this person felt during the walking meditation, made me realize that this is how I feel when I run. Sure, not every run is totally Zen, but the majority of them are. I zone out, listen to my footfalls, focus on my breathing, and just run. I don’t run with music, I try and keep to a quieter route, and often times my mind just totally goes. For the record, I don’t do this on purpose, it just kind of happens.

In contrast, I definitely do have runs where my mind is a million miles an hour, and everything goes through my mind. From a grocery list, to what the hell Demi Moore was thinking this past weekend – its all there. Topped off with loud, angry music – you would think I was a deranged beast.

Would you say you’re a Zen runner?

Are you a deranged beast runner?

Or do you just go with the flow?

How was your Monday!?

I Swear, I’m Running TONIGHT


WOW. It has certainly been an incredibly busy here!!

First things first – I promised you all a link to the article when it came out. So here it is. Smile

Saturday was a breath of fresh air. LITERALLY. We left the house [!!!!!!] and ran some errands, feeling more than lucky to get out. That afternoon I had a horrible run that I won’t revisit because I’m over it, and that night we went out with friends who we haven’t seen in forever. We absolutely love this family, and it was great to see them. Somehow I managed to not snap a single photo… Figures.

Sunday was packed full of football, and the greatest treat of all was when my sister in law and her daughter came to visit!!!!! We haven’t seen them in about a month, but it feels like forever. We were both gone during the holidays, and schedules finally meshed for a play date. Again, my camera apparently was hiding from me… I had zero time to run, which in retrospect was probably a good thing…

This morning I attended a class on Stress Free Parenting. It’s a 6 week course that meets once a week, and I am REALLY looking forward to it. I can safely say that with my short time in motherhood, I have developed way more patience, but I strive to be a better mom. There is room for improvement, and I have high hopes for this class. Heck, we learned things today that I have already applied to life, so there you have it!

The highlight of the day was the husband’s promotion. I am beyond giddy about this. There is so much about that man that I admire, that it would take me all day to write it all out. While the promotion was automatic, I definitely feel as though he truly earned this. His sense of humor, integrity, and perseverance always astound me, and everyday I wake up feeling so incredibly blessed for having the opportunity to be his wife. I can’t wait to see what else Army life has in store for us, and I know that whatever card he is dealt, that he will do the best to his ability. Anyway, I’ll shut up now because I’m a hormonal mess and could start sobbing at the drop of a hat Winking smile

Listening intently. I promise. :)

I plan on running later, which will probably have to be on a treadmill at the gym… help me.

Hope everyone had a great Monday!


Staff Duty Ramblings, Vol. 4… maybe 5?

Did I ever even explain to you what Staff Duty even is?? From 0830 one day to 0830 the next, my husband and two other Soldiers [I think] have to go around and make security checks around the various buildings they’re in charge of. They also make notifications and phone calls to the appropriate people, if they need too be [weather warnings, for example]. Staff Duty goes one of two ways – its either super boring or insanely busy; neither of which I get details, which depresses me because I love a good story.

Anyway, no matter what unfolds for my husband, the same thing always happens here at the house. We’re left to our own devices to keep entertained, and I try to change it up every time. Tonight we Skyp’ed with my parents, we did the bath thing, then hung out until her bedtime. She usually sleeps horribly when daddy is gone, so I try and make the night as easy going as possible.

So yeah, how was that for a good ramble?! Shall I continue?

– The delicious gluten free pizza I had for dinner tonight is giving me insane heartburn. That is not even fair.

– Are people as depressed/sad/lonely/pathetic as their Facebook status/Tweets imply? Is it for show? Are you seriously like that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

– I typically watch mind numbing shows at bed time, but for some reason, tonight I have opted for mind warping ones like Forensic Files and 48 hours. Ah yes. I am not getting much sleep tonight.

-  Feeding the fish tonight, I made the mistake of glancing at the ingredients in their food. Wheat flour, gluten meal, MSG, fish meal… what the crap!? I actually feel bad for these little guys.

– It is almost 10 pm and it has yet to start snowing, and they keep pushing the tentative time back. *sigh*

– Are your dogs as neurotic as mine? My husband is gone for 24 hours, and they refuse to eat/drink/get off the couch. As I type this from bed, Dieter alternates from staring at me from the opposite corner of the room, or pacing the hallway.

– Did you know it is possible for a two year old to make you feel completely inadequate? Observe.

Kara: “Mommy. Where does Daddy come from?” // Me: “Um… well, he’s from Texas”

“Mommy. Where do trucks come from?” // Googling ‘peterbilt’: “Well, it seems like they’re from Denton, Texas”

“Mommy, where did our car come from?” // A dealership… in Texas

“Where does rain come from?” //Well… the clouds? // What are clouds? // Those white fluffy things in the sky // What is the sky? // The big blue thing that planes are flying in.

Me, upon putting the milk jug down in frustration because I can’t open it after my husband put a vice grip tight closing on it: “Kara, I can’t do it.” // “Oh dear. Well… you better figure it out.”

“Kara, please eat your carrots” // exasperated with me: “I CAN’T. I’M PLAYING MY VIOLIN.” [her ‘violin’ was a set of markers]

“Mom, what is the letter ‘O’? // “Well, that’s exactly what it is – a letter. Just like ‘K’, ‘M’ and ‘H’. // “but… WHY?”

I obviously need to brush up on my skills if this kid is ever going to stand a chance.

Ok. I promise to be more entertaining in my next post. See what happens when I’m not able to run?

Staff Duty Ramblings, Vol. 4… maybe 5?

Making Do

lazy puppies, kiddo and dad doing who knows what, and the typical ice cream picture

Hello!! I have to make this quick, because I plan to actually be a housewife today [i.e., laundry, dishes, vacuuming, dusting] and I have yet to get started… The 4 day weekend was spent lazily lounging, and it felt amazing. We’re at the point in the year were my husband has a slew of weird 4 day vacations after the Christmas Break – its so nice to see him so often! As I type this though, he has dreaded staff duty, which means we probably won’t see him until Wednesday night, and at that point he’s just so fried that I send him to bed early after a quick dinner.

Our poor daughter is going through ‘detox’ – we go from a house full of FUN people, and then all of a sudden she’s left alone with boring old mom, ha! I’m doing my best by having a play date and Disney day, but she’s very much a busy body so I don’t expect her to cooperate for long. I also don’t have the car, which makes it a little harder, but we will make do!


It has been snowing non stop here, and I know my family will be shocked to hear it, but I LOVE it. It is so pretty, and breathing in the crisp winter air is just so invigorating and refreshing. I have realized, however, that I need to invest in better cold weather gear. The running gloves I have are some that my brother got me for Christmas, almost 10 years ago; and a few of my base layers are just as old. Maybe I really shouldn’t be admitting this to a whole bunch of internet strangers… Smile

Unfortunately the only chance I would get to run today would be dragging the stroller out, but I don’t think snow is melting enough at this point to do so. If it gets warm enough I might get away with doing loops in the street, but we’ll see. Again, have to make do. Winking smile I do plan on getting my yoga on once the kid goes down, so I at least will get these lazy bones moving at some point.

After the crazy snow we encountered at Fort Sill last year, we considered getting a treadmill once we got to Fort Lewis. That plan quickly fell by the wayside when we got here and realized the weather is pretty much perfect for running year round. Times like these I wouldn’t mind having a treadmill around, especially when I’m car-less and would like to just zone out during Kara’s naptime. With that said, I really do NOT want to become dependent on one again; only to sit on the sidelines for a couple of weeks thanks to an IT Band angered by my switch from only treadmill running to road running.

I have this conversation with myself every winter. Except now I get to not only torture my husband with this talk, but you’re subjected to it as well!

Ok y’all, the fun is over and and its time for me to bake cookies and watch Young and the Restless tackle some dishes. Have a great Tuesday!

Making Do