Sunday, March 31, 2013


Only picture taken on Easter.

C stayed clean for about 2 minutes after getting his best clothes on; K did a little better. We took a bath at 4:30pm and were in bed at 7:15. K was asleep for about 45 minutes before I heard her coughing in bed. Unfortunately it wasn't a cough. She was throwing up. To complicate matters, D was on-call so I was single parenting and K (for the first time in forever) went to sleep in her room. She woke up screaming and covered in vomit. Miraculously, I managed to get her and all of her bedding out of the room under the cover of darkness without waking C.

Lessons learned: take pictures before leaving home in our best clothes; never eat hard boiled eggs for dinner; and cherish every moment - the good and the not-to-good.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Self portrait. A little art project under construction in our sunroom.

Friday, March 29, 2013


Good Friday breakfast: cross & 30 pieces of silver pancakes.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Giant stuff microbes

K went to school with me today. We staffed my department booth at the University-wide Health and Fitness Expo. She also got to play with a basketful of stuffed microbes that belong to a colleague. Pictured above, she is holding flesh-eating bacteria (notice the tiny fork and knife on the stuffed microbe). And then (moving clockwise) there is plague, diarrhea, hepatitis, and the common cold.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



We loaned a a spare carseat to a neighbor. When he returned it this evening, he brought this bottle of wine as a thank you. I could not be more grateful!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


K's quiche. Aside from a little help getting the crust into the piepan and pouring the eggs, she made this quiche all by herself. She loaded it with two cheeses --- swiss and mozzarella.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Best day ever --- snow and construction

NYC Marathon

I've applied to the NYC Marathon three years in a row (2010, 2011, and 2012) and was denied all three times. Plans were for D and I to run the 2013 race together. When the 2012 NYC Marathon was canceled and entrants were guaranteed that they could run in 2013, I started to doubt that they'd be able to honor my guaranteed entrance into the 2013 race.

Then I checked the web site and saw this (highlighting mine)...

I'm already making plans to go to NYC in November!

I'm also starting to think about my race-day outfit.

I love the NYC Marathon. So excited to be toeing the line in November.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


First day of spring pancakes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Every Tuesday is Smoothie Tuesday at our house.

This week we made chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothies. Here K is sporting her a smoothie mustache.

Monday, March 18, 2013


C loves to vacuum

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013


DC Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon.

I wasn't planning to run this spring's half marathon (or marathon), but when I was a free race entry was offered I couldn't turn it down. And I am so glad I didn't...

Aside from the fact that several of the water stations were poorly staffed, the race was a lot of fun. The weather was perfect and there's nothing better than running in your hometown. I wasn't properly trained for the race. I had a good 30 days of training prior to the race, but I definitely didn't have the endurance to PR. And I had no idea the course included the hill out of Rock Creek Park onto Connecticut Ave. This hill is a butt-kicker. I hate running it while training and avoid it at all costs. Including it in a race -- in the first half of a half marathon and first quarter of a full -- is just cruel. I struggled up to the top of the hill, but I never stopped to walk. Not on the hill; nor at the top to recover.

I had two goals for the race. First, finish in under two hours. The second was to enjoy running in my hometown.

This race was likely my last in DC as a DC resident. My last hometown race in DC.

It was a run for me. A huge confidence boost.

Next up... another half in May. Goal: finish in under 1:50.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Playing at the park with friends

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Napping with Woody

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Loving the springtime puddles

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Nothing like climbing a tree in your Sunday best

Saturday, March 9, 2013


What on earth is this?

Q: What is this?

A: A gravity furnace

While out looking at new homes, we came across this. A gravity furnace. It is huge. Seriously took up the entire basement of this home. The furnace does not have forced air or any sort of fan. Instead it heats the air with what looks like a large bunsen burner and allows the hot (lighter air) to rise naturally. After talking with our real estate agent and a family who once had one, we learned that these gravity furnaces are silent, but not energy efficient.

Friday, March 8, 2013


You've got a little mud right there...

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Inauguration water

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Love our cleaning ladies

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013


PB & J pizza: K's selection.