Monthly Archives: January 2018

A Well-Earned Cheat Day and a Beach Run!

So much to talk about!


I’m getting pretty good at back rubs.  Well, my foot and Miko’s back.

One morning we woke to a house on fire 2 streets behind us.  Luckily no one lived there.  But with flames so close and the wind blowing, I can only imagine the terror people felt in California.


I was so surprised to see that it’s not just me who thinks graham crackers and frosting is the most heavenly of all desserts.  But “Hungry Runner” and husband share my thoughts.


But if I ate all I wanted, this is what it would be like to wake me in the morning.


A trip to the nearby outlet stores meant more adorableness at home:


Finnegan is pretty amazing in his bouncer.  Daddy attached a mirror to it and Finn was fascinated.

Who IS that?


Let me kiss you!!


For two weeks we have been eating soooooo good here (good, meaning no sugar, low carb, etc.  Not like bagels, cinnamon rolls, ice cream good).  So Last night we had to do it.  Yes,     P-I-Z-Z-A. !!!  You think I’m joking when I say I was like this:
I’m not.    I also had their stuffed cheesy bread – stuffed with spinach (a veggie) and feta cheese.  Oh My God.

All we could say, when we were not stuffing our faces, was “This is SO worth it.”


Then this morning I was out for a run (guilt?).  It was such a great run, I’d like to say it was because I carb-loaded.   🙂

5.5 miles of running along the coast.  Perfect temperatures of low 50s and not a drop of rain.  I took a bunch of pictures so I could share my run with you.   A couple of views right from the road.


Way out in the distance is the lighthouse and the view the people in the house sees every day.  Wow.

I found my way onto Agate Beach.  I just love these huge flat beaches.

I may have to purchase this house.  Or not.

What’s the next best thing to your toes in the sand?

And being the first one to run across this spot

This is the first time I have ever actually been able to run on the beach.  I smiled the whole way.

I saw a couple of things that I cannot identify.  This looked like a garden hose and yet was some kind of plant.  Anyone know??

Major dune running

Does it get any more amazing?


At the far end of the beach are stairs that take you to the lighthouse road, I was told.  A mile and a half later….. yes, that white sign signals the stairway.

Since I am not training for a triathlon I decided a swim would not be part of today’s run.

Back I headed, but I hope that will be for another run this week.


This is pretty close to my  “After my run”  look.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the last week of January.  My little sister undergoes surgery tomorrow for breast cancer, so if you have extra good thoughts and prayers for Sandy, we sure appreciate them.

One step at a time,








The Sea, the Sand, and Some Running

Hi!  Greetings from the west coast!  I feel very lucky with the weather so far.  Now we have had some super rainstorm –  Like thunder (!), sideways rain, and crazy wind.  But most days if it rains, it’s off and on.

This weekend we headed into Amanda’s office to hang curtains, pictures, etc.  As we hauled in bags and boxes, it was pouring.  By the time we finished, the skies had cleared up and we were able to walk through the little beach shops.

I went out for a run this morning.  The first time I’ve done a ‘first thing in the morning’ run since I’ve arrived.  About a mile out, it started raining pretty hard.  I had on a rain jacket and hat so I wasn’t cold.  I thought I was being pretty bad-ass actually.

Approximately 6 minutes later it was over.  Hey, I was bad-ass for a while!  Running started out with lead legs.  It was crazy hard to keep moving, but I kept reminding myself that the first mile is always the worst.  It did get much better, but I am SO slow.  Is it because I am trying to run ‘for the fun of it’?  I’m trying not to let it bother me and just add mileage.

Remember when I mentioned that there were a lot of hills?  I had to take a picture of one of them so you would understand.
It looks like this and feels like San Francisco.

But I made it here:

Beautiful views from here.  This is also  the start of the Newport half-marathon I did here with my daughter.

Around the corner, was this:
I had to stop and rest and catch my breath  and take in the sight.

Then I found a wooded trail and steps down to the beach.  Wow.  It was great. All hard-packed sand and empty!

The only negative was that now I had to run home!  As I headed back, I started to have some hip pain.  I shortened my stride and that did seem to help but I’m not sure if that is actually a good thing to do or if I was just hoping it was.  I finished with 4.5 miles.  I realized I can’t just think about doing my stretches and exercises, I may have to actually DO them.

Once home, I got to sit with this naked little guy.


Pictures from Patient Husband in Wyoming today:

The dogs are sad and miss me.


Murray the cat has a hard time sleeping with the sun in his eyes.


But he sleeps fine once he can sleep on my flip flop. (Not sure how that got on the bed)


This evening we took the dogs and headed to another nearby beach called South Beach.  Finn was ready in his fisherman’s jacket and crab hat.

Walking out to the beach ….  That bright light out in the distance is a ship.


Even when its cloudy, it’s breathtaking.


Does every coffee drinker out there understand this like I do?

Now if I can just figure out how I can arrange for each morning to have me with that cup of coffee walking on that beach.

One step at a time,




Happy Birthday to my oldest son.  His birthday was Sunday and he was travelling.  I will not tell you how old he is because I may or may not pretend to be that age sometimes.   🙂