Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I bit the bullet and bought a domain and have started my own webpage. This won't be a big surprise, but the site is: www.trailmomma.com and I am super excited to play around with it.

Please be patient with me as I navigate through this whole process. My daily, weekly, sometimes monthly random posts will be located over there for the time being (at least until my contract is up) but I plan to keep this site "active" and post all race reports (ahem, when I actually start racing again) here in addition to the new site in the off chance that www.trailmomma.com does survive.

This site holds a dear place in my heart and I cannot fathom shutting it down or deleting it. I still hope to publish my posts into a book format to have as a keepsake for my girls some day so they can see what a silly mom they had. If anyone knows of a great website that does that, please let me know!

In the meantime, please join me over at www.trailmomma.com and be patient with me!

Monday, August 19, 2013


Hello everyone! Happy Monday.

This weekend was a bust running wise. I tried to run on Saturday but I feel that I have a cold (or perhaps just really terrible allergies) but when I left my house Saturday morning, I only made it about a mile before my lungs and throat were burning and I felt like I was going to hurl. I turned around and trudged my way back home. I wasn't totally down on myself. I can appreciate resting when you are sick more so these days ... and because I knew I'd be a solo parent most of the weekend.

Saturday we had a pool party with some of my great running friends and their family. It was long overdue. Saturday evening Vans left for the Bay Area to do a century ride so I was solo with the girls that evening and all day on Sunday (hence why turning around on my run was a good thing).

We had some fun. We watched movies and ate popcorn. We goofed around and went to bed late. We had treats here and there. We went to the mall and had some fun in the Disney Store and of course we rode the carousel at the mall. Yup. all good times.

So after talking with Coach Nikon on Saturday, he convinced me to go ahead and buy a domain name. I have wanted to for quite some time. When I researched it, I saw that I could buy the name I wanted for $10.00 for a two years! That seemed great to me so I went ahead and bought my domain name.

THEN I realized (doh!) that one also needs to have a website building program AND a host. Those were not $10 for two years and in fact, were quite a bit more. Not as much as I thought but definitely something and the catch (because there is always a catch) if I like having my own domain and website, then after two years I'll have to continue to pay for it. Vans had a rule, that I could have my own domain name IF the website could pay for its own cost. Yeah, that is not going to happen unless I blog a helluva lot more.

So what to do? I have figured out the cost and if I can work two games with the Sacramento Kings (my side job that I have had for 13 plus years) that would pay for my two year contract commitment to have the program and the host. However, if I don't work two games, well then I am paying (of course). I am inclined to go for it and see what happens. Of course, I'd have to direct everyone from here to the new site and just keep this site "active" in case I need to return to it some day. Oh and of course there is that little thing called TIME to keep up the site and actually do some quality posting. Decisions decisions. What would you do?

Photos from the weekend. Enjoy.

Carousel Ride at the mall
Give this girl brown rice and black beans
in a tortilla and she is so happy.
Too Cool for School.*
*The funny thing about this photo is that I had stopped at traffic light and turned to look at the girls and saw they both had their sunglasses on! Totally made me laugh.
What also made me laugh is this conversation with Squeaker:
ME: Squeaker what is this? (pointing to her eyes)
Squeaker: eyes!!
ME: Good, what is this? (I point to her mouth)
Squeaker: Mouth!
ME: What is this? (I point to her knees)
Squeaker: Knees!
ME: What is this? (I point to her feet)
Squeaker: Feet!
ME: What about this? (and I grab her toes)
Squeaker: piggies in a market!

Smart kid!

Monday, August 12, 2013


I cannot believe August is here already. The summer (in my opinion) just flew by so quickly. The weather here is cooling slightly (still warm compared to most). I love fall, although I always hate to see summer go. My girls are just loving flip flops and summer dresses right now and my allergies are taking a beating from all the weather changes.

The Peanut started Kindergarten last week. They start pretty early here in northern California. She handled it "okay" I guess. The second day was the hardest but she's a really smart kid and once they get into a groove of actually "learning" things, I think she'll just love school. I did. I could not wait to read and learn (what happened?! ha).

When I asked her if she read the note that I left in her lunch box she was quick to say "Mom! They didn't teach us reading yet!" Smarty pants.

The Peanut with her lunch box and backpack!
So cute - notice her "bicycle dress!"

Squeaker is doing great, she's such a jabber box at times and quite soft spoken at others. She has a personality that is not to be challenged! Getting dressed is her"thing" as she prefers to pick out her clothes which usually involves a skirt/tutu of sorts and some kind of shirt that either has animals on the front OR is the color pink. Don't you dare try and dress her in anything different.

Our little fashionista!
As for running, I am still managing a run every weekend usually The Ridge Loop of Death. That seems to be the perfect mileage for my ankle right now. Some days I run it fast and don't walk the big hill and other times I just run it at whatever pace I can manage. I ran it this past Saturday afternoon when the temps were well into the 90s and there was no shade coverage. It was brutal but still a great run.

Every morning at 5 am I go to Breakout Fitness and work my core, upper and lower body with Diane. I've been doing this for over a year now and finally am really seeing some results. Some that I like and some that I need a little time to get used to. My body tends to pack on muscle very easily vs leaning out with muscle. I probably need to tweak my diet a little bit and incorporate more yoga. I did attend a Bikram Yoga session last week. That was the first time in months and although quite a few poses were a little bit impossible difficult because of my ankle, it felt great to sweat that much and get into some deep stretches.  I am planning to attend once a week (I have a Groupon that I need use up).

Vans has a big Century ride this weekend, despite some ailments with his achilles and knee lately. He is off to do this one by himself while I stay home and have a night and a day with my girls. Not sure what is planned but they are a riot. They keep me on my toes and make me laugh constantly. Just this past weekend we had a variety of funny moments.

Breakfast at Peet's Coffee

On Sunday I took the girls to Peet's Coffee before a scheduled play date. Normally I get the Peanut soy milk, with one shot of chocolate in it (as a treat) and Squeaker usually drinks water as she has Almond Milk at home but we had run out. Needless to say, she really wanted "milk" that morning. So I asked the server at Peet's to make one kids warm chocolate soy milk but to split it in half between two cups (as this is way too much chocolate and soy to begin with). I told Squeaker, as I handed it to her that it was "warm chocolate milk" as she had never had this before. She took a sip. Put the cup down. Looked at me. Looked at the cup. Looked at me again and goes, "GOOD MILK!" haha Oh boy.

Later that evening the whole family made a trip to Whole Foods (had to buy more Almond Milk - duh) and we sat in the Bier Garten with friends and listened to a local high school girl play the piano and sing. My girls were mesmerized! The were in awe of this young girl and so was I.

Sitting up close to the stage (that you can't see).

I love that my girls love each other so much. The Peanut is an amazing big sister. Yes, she has her moments when Squeaker pushes her buttons, but she always watches out for her, always. I cannot wait to see how they grow up. I can only hope, they always remain close and love each other as best friends and sisters.


However that's not to say I am totally blind to what lies ahead as well. The Peanut is smart and picks up on everything rather quickly and Squeaker is a dare devil with a flare for being the funny girl in the situation.

As cute as this photo is, it also scares me ... she's way too happy to pose in her tutu swim suit!
It is borderline Sports Illustrated Toddler Style if you ask me. :-)