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Thoughts and Ramblings...Literally.

This entry is an expanded version of a Facebook status update I was writing for the Thoughts and Ramblings Facebook page and then I thought to myself, "Self, this is why you have a blog...just for this type of thing!"

I have gotten into what I think are two bad writing habits over the years:

1. Being overly cautious about not offending people or making people upset with my writing. I mentioned this in an earlier entry and I am working on it. Apparently, I have a bad habit of doing this in my regular life as well, but that is coming along much faster.

2. Thinking that every blog entry I write has to be a well-crafted work of art. Since my average blog entry takes me anywhere for one-three hours to write, edit, etc., this habit does get in the way of production, not to mention creativity.


So, my "Thoughts and Ramblings" for today:


1. I desperately need fresh air in my house. It has been buttoned up too long. I cannot stand how dusty it is, but since this week (thanks to …

Crossing the Finish Line

This past Saturday was an event I have been preparing for over the past five and a half months, since I started running last October: the Holyoke St. Patrick's Road Race. 6.2 miles. 2 1/2 miles of it uphill. And, they are big hills!


This is a bit of a race report mixed with my observations on what it is like to do this type of event. I don't know the specifics of how large other races are, but this particular race had a lot of people, reportedly over 7,000 runners. Somewhat intimidating to me. As I have mentioned in a previous blog entry, my husband was running the race by himself and my friend, Heather, and I were running together. It was such an incredible experience that it has taken me a few days to get my thoughts together before I write them down.




The City of Holyoke, Massachusetts takes St. Patrick's Day seriously. The parade, which is the day after the road race, is one of the biggest in the country, maybe even the biggest. So of course, the road race is a big deal…

The Power of Running

I just finished my last training run in preparation for a race that I am running (I do a run/walk combination) in four days. The race is a 10k event (6.2 miles) and is the second race I am going to be competing in since I started running five and a half months ago. The first one was a 5k (3.1 miles) on New Year's and since then, I have been training for Saturday's race with my friend, Heather. My husband is also going to be running that day, albeit at a much faster pace than Heather and I.


This race is a big deal for me. Two and a half miles of it is uphill and honestly, I have never even ran 6.2 miles in my whole entire life. I have done three miles...four miles....and a one-time five miler, but never more than that. But, I have been consistent with my runs and since I am still dealing with some type of upper leg injury that has yet to be resolved, that is a major accomplishment. Actually, it is a major accomplishment that I can even run at all considering the physical obsta…

Support Groups: Not-One-Size-Fits-All

Once in a while I post a blog entry about something that I suspect may raise a few brows or cause a bit of a ruckus. Honestly, I think I need to do that more, because I sometimes find myself censoring my writing or what I post in order not to offend people or stir up great controversy. Not because I am afraid of controversy, but rather because oftentimes, I don't have the energy to defend myself or my position, or even feel the need to do so. Chronic illness does can do that to a person: make them pick and choose their battles because in the course of a day, you must prioritize.  However, I am trying to be more honest in my writing and I guess there is no time like the present to start with that.


What I have decided is that it is important for me NOT to write about something when it is a fresh, emotional topic for me. I need time to get perspective on it, rather than use my blog as a catharsis for every single emotion I may be experiencing. There is actually a topic I would love …

I Am Still Here!!

I know, I know....I have been very neglectful of the blog. I have good excuses, really. The book marketing, e-mail follow-ups, interviews, etc. etc. are part of it. There have been major dramatic changes at my church and I have been trying to be more involved there and functioning as more of a support to my husband since he is a deacon. I started a new job and am working for the first time in five years. Granted, its not many hours, but it has kicked my butt! There's a whole bunch more excuses, but I will spare you for now.


My plan was to do a lot of writing today, but I have physically crashed, my Sjögren's symptoms are giving me a run for my money and I am having a hard time forming coherent thoughts because I am so exhausted...and medicated! But I noticed that it has been a while since I posted and I don't want anyone to think I jumped ship. I do miss writing a lot and I have to start making it a priority.


I am doing better with keeping the blog's Facebook page upd…