4 Posts in 1: It’s a pregnant, decorative, musical new year!

I’m a little behind on posts so I thought we could play catch up. Instead of doing the smart thing and turning this into four easily digestible posts, I decided to write one that is way too long.

BLOG POST 1: Here we go again!

I’m pregnant. Due 5/28.

I feel pretty good. I was a bit nauseous during the first trimester, but I don’t think it was too bad relative to what some women go through. I had absolutely NO nausea with Ruby, but I also had all those stressful complications. This is WAY BETTER.

We’re going to wait (until birth, in case that’s not just implied here) to find out the sex. We would both slightly prefer a girl, but a boy would be cool too.

BLOG POST 2: Decorating the nursery… for Ruby

We have a 3 bedroom house: our room, the baby/office storage room and the guest room. There is a crib in the baby room and a full-sized bed in the guest room. And they’re both staying there.

The baby room will remain the same. The closet will still be used for non-baby storage and the book shelves will still hold Chemical Engineering textbooks and Star Wars toys. Baby won’t mind.

Ruby has moved into the guest room. We’re sort of redecorating there and I’m really excited about it! I have plans for one decorative DIY project. I’m a lot better at planning than execution and it’s evolving into something rather elaborate. So we’ll see if this actually happens. If it does, I fully plan on shamelessly pinning it to Pinterest.

I’ll post before and after pictures of the room when it’s all done. Only I won’t post any before pictures because we didn’t take any.

BLOG POST 3: All the musical things I’m doing

Remember that post I wrote about wanting to write/perform music… cringe… 8 months ago? (It’s actually the last post I wrote, which means I also haven’t… cringe… blogged in 8 months.) Well, I thought I’d give you an update. In the form of a metaphor.

I once read something about the 5 stages of running. They went something like:

1. Thinking about thinking about running.
2. Thinking about running.
3. Preparing to run.
4. Running.
5. Running again.

Musically speaking, I’m somewhere between stages 2 and 3. I’m still sort of tinkering around without much to show for it. But don’t give up on me yet!

By Tuesday my old crappy piano will be gone and a new digital piano will take its place. So I’ll be able to play while babies and toddlers sleep and record to my computer via USB. Santa brought me a mic I can use to record vocals, and I have plans to replace my laptop sometime this year.

As you’ve probably gathered, I also want to take a stab at recording. For a few reasons:

1. So I can hear what it really sounds like.
2. So I can share with you folks.
3. So I can try and find someone to collaborate with. (I have actually replied to a few Craigslist ads and have yet to receive a response. I think this is because I have no sound bites to share and, therefore, no way to prove I don’t totally suck.)

BLOG POST 4: This year I’m pretending I will…

Oh the resolutions. I’m not quite sure what to do with them. On one hand, I feel like they should be measureable. On the other hand, who needs more pressure? Maybe I’ll just spell out both options.

Super High-Achiever Goal: Write, record and perform 1 song.
Totally Good Enough Goal: Do something musical.

Super High Achiever Goal 1: Run 100 miles before the baby is born.
Totally Good Running Goal 1: Go for the occasional run before the baby is born. If I feel like it.

Super High-Achiever Goal 2: Participate in the Las Vegas Team Challenge season with Stacey.
Absolute GOD-like Goal 2: Convince Elsha to do it to.
Totally Good Enough Goal 2: You know, whatever.

Super High-Achiever Goal 3: Pick out and start training for a Spring 2016 full marathon.
Totally Good Enough Goal 3: Maybe just focus on Goal 2.

Super High-Achiever Goal 4: Do something with that run coaching certification.
Totally Good Enough Goal 4: Continue doing nothing.

Other Fitness
Super High-Achiever Goal 1: Try out another type of more local yoga and get back into a regular yoga practice after the baby is born.
Totally Good Enough Goal 1: Try out another type of more local yoga ONE TIME.

Super High-Achiever Goal 2: Lose all but 5 lbs of the pregnancy weight.
Totally Good Enough Goal 2: Lose like 6 – 8 lbs of the pregnancy weight. You know, whatever the baby weighs.

Personal Growth
Super High-Achiever Goal: When upset/angry/offended/frustrated etc. recognize when it’s mostly just my ego or pride that’s been injured.
Totally Good Enough Goal: Carry on.


The year of the tortoise

Now that 2012 is tucked neatly behind me, I figure it’s time to take a look at 2013. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do this year and realized it’s all stuff I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and just haven’t been able to fit in. So looks like 2013 will be the year of the tortoise. Or whatever animal plays catch up. This includes:

1) Mentor for Team ChallengeI ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon back in 2010 with Team Challenge and had an awesome time. I’ve been wanting to mentor ever since, but there’s always been some reason why I couldn’t… too much travel scheduled, pregnant, brand new baby, running another race on the same day.

Well, finally the timing works out. So I’m doing it. It’s official. I’ll be training for the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon with the East Bay team. If you’re interested in joining us, I promise you won’t regret it. Feel free to contact me with any questions or come to one of the info sessions.


2) Complete the Northern California Half Marathon SeriesI’ve been wanting to do this for the last two years. But, again, there was always something in the way. I up and got pregnant in 2011 and last year chose to focus on training for a full marathon instead. Now that those boxes are checked it’s back to my favorite distance.


I plan to kick it off with the Oakland Half Marathon in March. I’ve taken it pretty easy the last couple months so a March race seems like just what I need to get it back in gear. I’m attempting to drag GreekMelie along with me, with a time goal of 6 hours.

3) Complete the East Bay Triple Crown Trail ChampionshipsYeah, I don’t run trails. Yet here this is. I ran the first race of the series, the Tilden Tough Ten, back in 2011 after Bay to Breakers sold out. I had such a good time I went and registered for the other two races in the series. And then never ran them. An injured Achilles kept me from running race #2, and I totally spaced the fact that I wasn’t even going to be in town for race #3. So I feel the need to revisit this.

My biggest challenge in completing all of this is going to be childcare. Jason’s still working that crazy rotating shift schedule, and I refuse to push the stroller for more than a 5K. But I guess it’s a good sign when what scares me most about 6 half marathons, 1 ten miler and 1 nine miler is finding a babysitter.

Gold star. I win.

Well kids, let’s just pretend like January never happened. At long last it appears we are all, more or less, in good working order. I plan to take Ruby to story time at the library tomorrow. That’s right. We’re in go-out-in-public kind of good health. Let’s hope I’m not jinxing it with this post.

And since January never happened, it’s only natural that I do all the year end/new year bloggy stuff in February. Let’s start off by checking in with my 2012 goals

In a nutshell – GOLD STAR. I win.


In several nutshells:

1) I ran a full marathon. I actually trained properly this time around and it paid off during the race. I do plan on actually writing a recap so I’ll refrain from doing so here. Let’s just say mission accomplished.

2) I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight. As of now I’m actually about 5 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight thanks to two bouts of the stomach flu in less than two weeks. But I’m pretty confident gaining that back will be NO PROBLEM. I’m helping the process along by eating Diary Queen blizzards and BBQ potato chips.

In all seriousness, it took me about 8 months to lose all the pregnancy weight. And I feel really okay with that. I opted out of dieting and let all that running catch up to me.

3) I (sort of) got back to a regular Bikram yoga practice. My goal was to go once a week, and for awhile I was actually doing that. But it got to be too much once I was in the thick of marathon training. Getting to yoga can also be a bit of a logistical pickle between breastfeeding and Jason’s work schedule. So I feel good about what I was able to do.

4 & 5) I did not complete the 200 sit-ups or the 100 push-ups challenge. I started. Barely. Turns out this wasn’t important to me. It’s a good thing I said I wasn’t going to beat myself up if it didn’t happen.

It’s also a good thing I didn’t include things like “get anything done” or “maintain my sanity” on my list of goals.