• I ran the Celebration Marathon yesterday and finally met my goal of running a sub-4-hour marathon, finishing in 3:57:11.  Everything about this race went just right.  The weather was cool and rainy, but it didn’t pour on us while we waited for the race to begin.  I started with the 3:55 pace group and stayed right with them all the way up until mile 24 when I slowed down a little bit.  At that point, I knew for sure I was going to run sub-4 and decided to not to push myself but to just keep going all the way to the end.  I didn’t have to stop and walk the entire way and, even though it wasn’t easy, I didn’t have any trouble staying on pace all the way up until mile 24.  It was awesome to be the one passing people at the end rather than the other way around!  I’m super sore today, but am otherwise feeling really good about everything.  Daniel asked if I was planning to run any more marathons since I’d met my sub-4 goal (and I would have to take off a huge chunk of time to actually BQ), and I said I thought I would.  I think I will tentatively say I’d like to do Space Coast at Thanksgiving time this year.


  • Singing “Unforgettable” in the tub:

  • Pajama day at school (making his teddy bear roar at the girls):


  • Backyard swing set fun:


  • The other big thing for Scott is that he’s started violin lessons this month(!).  His teacher is really great and right now the lessons are all about him learning to make sounds with it like to “pop” the strings for “Pop Goes the Weasel” and play rhythms with a nice tone, which, amazingly, he can do.  He takes one regular and one group lesson a week (the group lesson is right after his regular lesson and he’s already “performed” by holding his violin in rest position and bowing for the group) and practices for about 5 minutes each evening.
  • We are also crossing our fingers that Scott’s best friend from school’s family decides to move to our neighborhood this spring!


  • Taking some calls:
  • Will has started developing his own social life.  He was invited to his first birthday part for a classmate on Saturday and has his own best friend in class.  Will is usually kind of shy about other kids, but if you ask him if Giles is his friend at school, he gets a big smile on his face and says “yes”.  Will, in general, does not like to be touched by other kids, but seemed happy to let Giles give him a big hug and a kiss (which Giles also did to both of their teachers – no wonder everyone is always sick!).


  • Currently: (Print) The Wangs vs the World, (Audio) An Echo in the Bone
  • Recently finished: (Print) The Gene, Homegoing, Today Will Be Different, When You Reach Me, Modern Lovers and Before the Fall (some of these were really short), (Audio) A Gentleman in Moscow, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, and Modern Romance
  • Next up: (Print) The Left Hand of Darkness, (Audio) It will probably take me all month to finish An Echo in the Bone

Working on:

  • My novel
  • Classes ongoing and to start in mid-February

This time last year:

  • We moved into our new house!
  • A cute Scott memory from last year: He’s also learning about the idea of friends and has decided that not being friends with someone is the ultimate punishment.  When he got mad at Will he told Will that Will was not his friend anymore.  I asked Scott why Will wasn’t his friend anymore and Scott said, “Because he’s a horse.”  Ouch.  2nd-degree burned.

  • Will things he’s a dinosaur:

Two years ago:

  • Tiny little Will started smiling, and Scott was just Will’s age.

  • Going back and reading some old posts from this time makes me so relieved that Will is a MUCH easier 2-year-old than Scott was!
  • Will was already starting to look like himself.

Three years ago:

  • Scott had started walking!

Four years ago:

  • We could already tell Scott was already not a morning person!



Q1 2017 update

January 30, 2017

Run a sub-4 marathon at Celebration.  I did this yesterday!!!!!  3:57:11 !!!!!!!!  Will write a bit more in my “currently” post but I’m thrilled. Write another 1/4 of my novel.  I’ve written a few thousand words so far this month and am guessing I’m about at the 3/4 done point.  There’s really only two or […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 recap

January 17, 2017

Some observations: While I’m finding it interesting to track my time, I would not do another one of these post series.  I honestly don’t like having to post every day.  Now that the kids are older, I’m going to consolidate all of our updates into one “currently” post per month, and I’d like to do […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 7

January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 15 6:30: Wake up, make coffee and catch up on WITL blog posts before everyone else gets up 7:30: Kids get up, eat breakfast, get ready 8:15: Check Valencia e-mail and do some minor things.  This will slow down after next week once everyone is settled 9:15: Leave to take boys to visit […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 6

January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14 5:00: Wake up, get ready 5:20: Run 14 miles in 2:13 with 2x4mi at marathon pace.  1st 4 mi at 9:04/mi, 2nd 4mi at 8:55/mi.  This was a little slower than I’d have liked – definitely slower than my last marathon paced run, but now begins the peaking/taper phase when I get […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 5

January 15, 2017

Friday, January 13 (dun dun dun) 7:00: Wake up (rest day), get kids ready 8:45: Car makes a strange noise when it starts.  Take Scott to school.  Get battery checked.  Car starts fine.  Must be owls.  Start Jane Eyre on audio book.  It’s really good.  The narrator is wonderful. 9:30: Stop by friend’s house from […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 4

January 15, 2017

Thursday, Jan 12 6:00: Wake up 6:15: Run 5mi with strides 7:15: Get ready, get the kids up and ready 8:00: Grandma is here! 8:45: Kids leave with Grandma.  Scott goes to school.  Will and Grandma go to the park and to pet baby animals at a feed store 9:00: I’d set aside this time […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 3

January 13, 2017

6:00: Wake and get ready. 6:15: Run 7mi with 8x800m between 3:30 and 3:40 (this was the good workout I needed after Sunday’s a little too slow long run) 7:30: Return home, get kids ready for school, eat breakfast 8:45: Leave to take Scott to school 9:05: Arrive at library with Will.  Do puzzles, read […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 2

January 11, 2017

Tuesday January 10: 7:15: Wake up, get myself and the kids ready, eat breakfast (oatmeal with Craisins, peanut butter and honey again) 8:45: Drive boys to school 9:15: Yoga at the Y 10:30: Check and respond to student e-mail 11:00: Write about 400 words of my novel 11:45: Go get Will from school 12:10: Come […]

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WITL – Winter 2017 Day 1

January 10, 2017

Monday, Jan 10: Overnight: Random (unusual) wakings to attend to the boys who both (I think) managed to kick off their blankets and get cold. 7:30: Wake up, get kids up, get everyone fed and ready to go.  Did my long run (last 20-miler before Celebration!) yesterday so today is a rest day. 8:45: Drive […]

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