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!

What I Read: Dec ’17

(I can’t believe I never wrote this! These were some of my favorite books of last year!)

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine: “With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.” (via) I am not sure how this book came into my life, but I do know that once it did, I found it nearly impossible to put down. The suspense held me; I was truly surprised by a few of the twists.

A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang: This was a free Kindle First book. To be perfectly frank, I’ve stopped downloading these and this book is a good example of why. The pacing was off, the characters were poorly drawn and it could have been a full 30% shorter.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: The follow up to Six of Crows, I devoured this book. set in her Grishaverse. “Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. ” (via) I seriously think everyone who loves fantasy should check out this duology.

What I Read: March ’18

All the Little Children by Jo Furniss: “Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.” (via) I was into this book for the first 90% but there is a final decision in the end that I found unrealistic and could not believe.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: “Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.” (via) I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend and I could not put it down. I loved it and found it engaging, fast paced and, of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in Ohio.

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King: This month’s parenting book. I found some helpful nuggets and would recommend it to folks with kids in this age range.

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine: This thriller is the follow up to Stillhouse Lake, which I previously read and really enjoyed. I did hate that she set it up for another one and felt the pacing of this book was a little off – too slow to build and the climax came too late towards the end of the book. We are the characters aren’t given a chance to catch our breath after the climax hits, and given the subject matter, we all need one!

40 hours in DC

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough for the stars to align for me to take a quick weekend trip to DC to see my best friend who I last saw in Detroit. I hate that we now live so far away but luckily, Southwest runs great deals between here and Reagan. Here’s a few snaps from the weekend!

I made C go for a run with me 🙂 We did 4.5 around her neighborhood and got to see Lincoln’s Cottage, St. John Paul II National Shrine and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We then hit up brunch with her friends (apparently brunch is A Thing in DC). We spent the afternoon wandering the National Portrait Gallery and the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. It was so cool to see Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits and I *adore* that the line to see Michelle’s was twice as long as Barack’s 🙂 

We went for a chicken dinner and then, walked thru the freezer door to a hidden whiskey bar. The boulevardiers were SO GREAT and the atmosphere was great (not too crowded) for a Saturday night.

Sunday morning brought a good old dinner breakfast before a flight home to my dudes. Such a good weekend!