That Ohio Feeling

One of my happiness and productivity gurus, Gretchen Rubin, talks about what she calls her America Feeling. I have to admit, I haven’t had my own America Feeling since voting for Hillary and it feels like my country is one I no longer recognize (or, I’m now seeing what was always there in a terrifying new light).

I do, however, still get my Ohio Feeling. I get it watching the sun set over the trees while driving alone down SR 16 and the sky is that perfect shade of pink and filled with cotton candy clouds. I get it trying new beer brewed here and it’s easy to find when checking out a new state or Metro park. It’s in a perfect summer day, in cornfields taller than I am.
And I definitely get it at the Ohio State Fair. Its in the Ag & Hort building. It’s deep and rich when I get my Ohio lamb gyro, when I ride on the SkyGlider, when I eat my one annual deep fried buckeye.img_0549IMG_6115

12 Bakes of ’18: April


I have been craving lemon meringue pie for AGES and I have had the recipe printed out for months! I finally made it and took it to a family dinner where we promptly ate the whole thing. Even the toddler had a slice and it was a hit! One small hiccup – I tried to use a pie crust I’d frozen but it crumbled and did something funky while pre-baking so I had to toss it and start over with the one listed by King Arthur Flour and it was good.

Shawnee State Park + Portsmouth Ohio


We met my in laws at Shawnee State Park for the Easter holiday and we went to see the John Rankin House. The view looking over the Ohio River was breathtaking but we didn’t stay too long as it was raining. We also saw the John P. Parker house while there. We drove up to Serpent Mound and had a picnic lunch while there on another day. And then, we spent a day in Portsmouth walking around, checking out the Spartans Stadium, the murals on the flood wall and we had a drink at Portsmouth Brewing Company.

We rented a cabin at the Shawnee State Park resort and it was a very nice place to stay. They say it is a full stocked kitchen but I would recommend bringing knives if you are a serious cook. We cooked in for most meals but we did eat at the lodge one night and it was very good. I’d highly recommend it if you’re staying at the park. We did a little hiking around the park and I have to say, I think it would much prettier in the spring.

A 100 mile month

In the month of March, my training plan had me running 114 miles – if I didn’t shorten or miss any runs. I ended up with 98 road + trail miles in March, which is the most I have ever run – ever. AND it is 50% more than what I ran in February (exactly 60). And now, we’re nearing the end of April and I just barely feel like I’m coming up for air. My race didn’t go as planned but I’m fairly pleased with my performance and I’m grateful to have pushed myself so hard. That said, I didn’t do much in March except work, run and what I had to keep the toddler alive and safe. I’m hoping for balance between running and my other hobbies (like reading and sewing) in the coming months. That said, my running partner and I are signed up for Columbus in the fall and I can 100% see us sticking with this plan again.

Race Report: Athens Half 2018

I’m not exactly sure how my running partner and I settled on Athens for our spring race – but we did and had a quite the time. We drove down to Athens on Saturday, had dinner with some fellow runners (and I managed to get food poisoning…luckily the rest of my group was spared). After a restless night, it was race morning!

The weather had been looking rough all week leading into the race and it was about 65 and raining during the whole race. The few moments it wasn’t raining, it was humid as all get out. The race is an out and back along a bike path on the Hocking River. It was beautiful to run there. My running partner was able to stay at pace at the turn around but I started to slow back and ended up with a 2:44:23, which means my pace was about 30 seconds off what I had been training towards. We’re signed up for Columbus in the fall, we’ll see how that goes. There’s a lot going on in our house besides running, work and toddler minding, but it’s possible I’m going to sign up for another half soon to try to get that elusive 2:39.

Baby C: Month 21


Likes: PJ Masks, playing outside, ‘working’ with Daddy in the garage, ‘making’ coffee, dancing and being goofy,

Dislikes: eating is getting more and more difficult, especially now that you are done with using a high chair, restaurants

Who You Saw: The first quarter of the year was spent hunkering down and at home.

Where You Went: daycare! You started part time this month.

Milestones: walking up and down the stairs, getting more words everyday, identifying a growing number of body parts, using one (1) short sentence ‘where’s da?’, throwing away the trash, we made maple syrup!