Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Word: Independent

Good morning! It's a quick blog post today because I'm on vacation with a little crowd but I didn't want to miss out on the Wednesday Word link-up with Deb over at Today everyone is writing about what it means to be independent.

Go check them out!

Deb Runs

When we're up here on Cape Cod, we are lucky to do a number of things together as a family. Big Jim has a terrific family and our visits usually include time with uncles, aunts, and cousins in addition to his mom and dad. But another real treat is the independence of getting out to run. No one else in the family does it, and it's been a great way to explore my in-laws' beautiful town and soak up the deliciously cool weather that's usually in place.

With this year's foot trouble, I have been able to share some walks around town with Jim and Cora, but haven't had a chance to run. Tomorrow is our last full day there and I'm going to test the foot out with an easy one. I look forward to it more than I can say.

Fine company for a walk (atypically foggy weather).
A more typical day and a very typical scene around here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Juneathon Day 30 -- Last Day!

Doing a Juneathon exercise streak while resting a sore foot probably isn't a great idea. I'm lucky; I've been able to do some walking on vacation and swimming while at home but boy, do I miss running.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Juneathon Day 29 -- Birthday Foxes

It is the boy's sixteenth birthday today!

I went out to get donuts (Dunkin' of course, this being New England) to start his day off right and was amused to spot two foxes loafing around on the bridge that leads into town. They meandered off into the grass but as I drove by you could still see them watching the cars going by.
This was yesterday's fox. Hanging out at Jim's parents' house.

It's rainy here again and I'm still resting the foot (AKA not running) but I did a full hour of yoga posing so I'll be able to eat my donut in a centered way. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Juneathon Day 28 - M is for (My) Marriage

Look out: this is not about running. It's raining like heck this morning and my foot is hurting enough that I am considering transferring my bib for the Marine Corps Marathon. If I were to write about that, the title of this entry would be "M is for Mad" and I'm not going there.

Much has been written about marriage in the news lately, and yesterday, we were fortunate enough to spend the day at one of the happiest marriage ceremonies we've been to, between two young women who seem very, very happy and yes, I'll even say made for each other.

Every wedding I go to makes me think about marriage, and as I write this, I'm sitting across my in-laws' kitchen table from my husband of almost 23 years, Big Jim.

Like with many things swirling around this year, I am stunned to wonder where did the time go? And I don't realize how long 23 years is until I see wedding pictures of the two of us.

Here's one:

Being at one's in-laws' house, it's very nice to see that they have one of your wedding pics around. For good measure, here's theirs from 1965:

Here's us from the wedding yesterday:

Complete with a photo-bomb from Uncle Bill

Like every couple, I think there are times that we get just plain annoyed with one another. I know I'm no picnic on a day to day basis, and Big Jim has his own brand of "special." But damn, am I ever lucky to have had these last 23 years. It's so nice to get to go to a wedding, and hear the vows, and be reminded of how, yep, sacred this institution is. Thank God for marriage, and thank God for ours.

So here are some marriage thoughts that are not mine, starting with the final paragraph of Justice Kennedy's decision on gay marriage, a quote that I tried to read to Jim on the drive up here for Alex and Sarah's wedding, but it made me tear up too much.

And finally, here's what my wise friend Diane had to say (she made me tear up, too):
I have been married for 24 years and nine months. Although we didn't say the traditional "To have and to hold " vows, that is how we have lived. I know many who said those vows and lived up to them and others who did not. To those who gained the right today to say those words and be afforded all the legal protections they convey, I say congratulations. May you enjoy the fulfillment and comfort that pledging your permanent and never-ending, loving commitment to another can be.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Juneathon Day 27 -- Wedding Day!

It's not our wedding day of course. But this afternoon, a dear friend of Jim's family is getting married and it's a very good day. We have watched this young woman grow up (admittedly from afar) and she is someone to cheer for!

We've not yet met her fiancée, Sarah, but if Alex loves her then she is lovable to me. And after the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday, this day will be a party for sure!

And Cora and I kicked it all off with a glorious walk to Eel River. Vacation is on point so far.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Juneathon Day 26 - Vacation!

An eight and a half hour roadtrip today up to Jim's parents' house. Beautiful up here as usual. Not much of a workout, just some prescribed squats, push-ups, and leg lifts. And a walk with daughter after dinner to come. Just glad to be here!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Juneathon Day 25 -- Last Trip to the Pool . . .

. . . for awhile because we're going on vacation tomorrow to Cape Cod. There is no pool there (for me to use, anyway) but there is plenty of beach. Alas, these guys are there, too. Every year I say I'm going to try open water swimming and every year I chicken out. Maybe this will be the year?

Not much workout planned for tomorrow because we'll be in the car most of the day, so it was great getting my laps in this morning. Even greater, I got to run into my sister on the way out; she was watching my nephew swim laps with his team in the Big Dog pool. A great surprise and an overall terrific start to the day!

Hope your day is starting off brilliantly!
Any tips for open water swimming?