Choices, stressors, negative vibes

Today, I had only one positive thing to say to anyone thus far. Meeting my friend K at the gym tonight, so that will change. She is doing really well with her barbell training and it's inspiring and exciting to witness. But for now, I'm a squatter in the negative neighborhood and feeling justified in…

Expectations, feelings, The Holidays

My daughter and son-in-law are presently somewhere in Texas (it's a big state) enroute to their new home and chapter in their life in Florida. She texts me, her brother and sister-in-law every evening when they are done driving for the day. While I am not especially worried about them on this grand adventure, it…

Training #78 – Bang the drum all day

Monday morning, training with J. Today was all about new warm-ups and very ab/core focused. A lot of stuff I have done before or already on a List somewhere, with a few new goodies thrown into the mix. Super excited about this. While it seems like a "light" day in terms of working hard at…

Losing my stuff

Titling this post "Losing my shit" would have been more appropriate, but I am trying to be considerate of those who are not quite as salty as I am in my language habits. Most of the time, I think I am pretty rational and organized. Then again, most of the time I seem to spend…

Marriages, children, family dramas

The last few weeks C has been texting or we have been talking about this whole marriage and family thing and how it works. Now it's come up with G and K as well. First, with C and her husband, A. They are good kids, normal with some debt and working out plans to pay…

Parenting fails

Today I had the most surreal human resources experience of my entire career. Backstory is simple - an associate at the firm has been having escalating interpersonal issues with other staff members and increasingly clients. Despite numerous conversations, significant amounts of coaching, disciplinary write-ups, and actual one-on-one mentoring with me, her professional behavior continued to deteriorate.…

Dancing in the rain

They say when it rains it pours, and today I think that to be true. Metaphorically speaking, of course; it's sunny and gorgeous here in northern California. So in flipping off my own inner negative girl, I have decided to shake off my potential for cranky and refuse to wallow in negative misery. And no, my…

Sticks and stones

We had invited several friends over for Thanksgiving, something we do every year if we plan to be home and cooking anything. This year we had 8 guests, a mixture of running friends and others from our life. Whenever we host, we try really hard to accommodate everyone's tastes and particular dietary needs. I've had…