The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Friday, December 31, 2010

Fav Fotos

I wasn't as committed to my camera this year as in years past. Instead of doing a photo a month, here are just a dozen of my favorites, in no particular order. Some are just really nice photos and some are relevant to my life in 2010.

Shout Out to the Huskies

The UConn Huskies Women's Basketball Team lost to Stanford last night, ending their winning streak at 90 games. The last game they lost was to Stanford in the NCAA Finals, on April 6, 2008. And so, Stanford has become the "bookends" of their record-breaking win streak.
Their 89th win broke the record for consecutive wins in Division I Basketball. For a few moments, the sports world focused on women's sports, largely because they broke the record that had been set by a men's team. Their amazing feat was the result of hard work, perseverance, great coaching, and of course, talent. And Title IX. The 1972 law forbids discrimination in funding of athletic programs in public schools. Since then, there has been a tenfold increase in the number of girls playing high school sports. The number of women athletes receiving college scholarships has increased dramatically. I love to see girls and women involved in sports, being athletic and strong. It wasn't that way when I was growing up, and I think women of my generation reflect that in their overall health and fitness and their attitudes.
Maya Moore and her teammates inspire me to work harder and do more, and not only at the gym. I hope they inspire many more girls and women to reach higher, in sports and in life.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In Search of Endorphins

I am looking forward to the end of 2010. I feel like I have been marching in place for the past 6 months, ever since my bike crash. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. I have really been struggling to get moving, and have had little motivation to do much of anything. I have come up with some wonderful excuses for why I can't do this or that. Enough. I have been thinking about it and trying to find "something" to get my engine into gear. Do I need another triathlon or other event on my calendar? What about getting rid of the extra 10 pounds The Change has brought? And yes, while I want these things to happen, the bottom line is I just need to be healthy. I know what I have to do and I know that if I do it, I will feel better, look better and be happier. I need those endorphins! That's my goal for 2011, to flood myself with endorphins by getting all the pieces to fall into place. I found this on this website: The journey is all. The destination is beside the point.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On My Mind

My boys are home from college. That means buying and preparing large quantities of food. Often their friends are in the house as well. I love having my children home and I love seeing their friends. My secret (its really not a secret) to keeping them and their friends coming through the house is to feed them well! So I have been spending more time in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning up. The boys are pretty good about helping with the clean up part too. Today I made 2 large trays of ziti, tomorrow it will be ribs and a couple of chickens. I try to freeze portions, so I can send them back to school with good home-cooked meals.

Since they left for college, I appreciate the holidays more when we can spend time together. I love preparing a dinner so we can all sit down around the table and share that time together. It's the simple things that bring so much happiness.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Brought To My Knees

About a month ago, I went for a beautiful bike ride with some friends. We rode about 30 miles, then we had lunch at this very fancy garden/interior design center. Very funky. They set up a big table for us in the greenhouse. A few people couldn't ride but they met up with us for lunch. Lynne was one of them. We had a wonderful time, just talking and looking around at the beautiful plants and flowers and art. We were all sharing stories, laughing, and just enjoying the afternoon. I felt so alive, so connected to the world, after spending the morning rolling up and down the hills on my bike and then shmoozing with this wonderful family of friends.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lynne took her life, jumping off the Tappen Zee bridge. No one saw it coming, no one knew she was in this dark place, so dark that she couldn't see any light and chose to end all the pain. We have been brought to our knees, wondering how we could have missed it, why didn't she ask for help......... so many questions for which there are no answers.

I called my children and told them I loved them. I called my mom to tell her I love her. I gave my husband a big hug and a kiss. I love my life and the people that surround me. I am so grateful for everything.

Rest in peace, Lynne.