Checking In!

Oh hey friends. So it's been more than a month since my last post because I'm the worst blogger in all the land. I could make a million excuses for why this is, but really it's just that I had a lot going on and when I didn't have to be at the computer for work or school, I didn't want to be anywhere near one. But I've had lots of fun stuff happen in the last month so I figured some quick updates might be in order: 1. Running. I was on a pretty good streak there in July and early August, … [Continue reading]

Seashore Striders Five Miler: My Second Age Group Award

It's become an annual tradition that the first Sunday of my family's beach vacation in Rehoboth I run the Seashore Strider's 5 miler. This tradition started five years ago when we happened to rent a beach house right on the course. I figured how could I not run a race that went right past the place I was staying. I've done the race every summer since (except for the one where I had a stress fracture in my foot). I've had varying degrees of success in the race. It's usually pretty … [Continue reading]

Books I Read on Vacation + a Few Others

Man it's been a long time since I've done a book update -- in part because I've been lazy, but also in part because I haven't been reading nearly as much this year -- which makes me a little bit sad. But I just got back from my beach vacation where I read a ton of books, so figured it was time to do another update! Books I Read in April Devotion by Adam Makos I really like the first book I read by Makos, and I might have loved this book even more. Here's the description from … [Continue reading]

4th of July Weekend Fun

Long weekends go too fast. Or I just try to cram too much fun stuff into them -- this one was no exception. I ended up taking Friday off and spending the day at the pool with Emily before we headed downtown for an event at the Air and Space Museum. The museum was celebrating it's 40th anniversary and was throwing an all-night party. Emily and I got there around 9 p.m. hung out and listened to the Air Force band and then wandered around in some of my favorite exhibits. My coworker … [Continue reading]

Starting from Scratch

Hi friends. So June has been a pretty busy month for me with work and school and softball, and if you've been reading for a while, you know I had definitely struggled to find time for running last semester with school being so brutal. But now that summer semester has wrapped up and I have a few weeks of blissful freedom before the fall semester starts, I'd like to get back into some sort of a regular running rhythm. If nothing else, I'd like to be not stupidly out of shape for the five … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: County Clare, Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Our last day in Ireland was the only day it ever really rained while we were there. We know we got pretty lucky to only have one real day of rain, since it rains a lot in Ireland. Our last day in Ireland was also one of our longest days. We left our hotel at 7 a.m. to board a bus to take us through County Clare and eventually to the Cliffs of Moher before dropping us in Galway to catch the train back to Dublin. I was really excited to see parts of County Clare since that is where my mom's … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

Friday was one of the only days of the trip where we didn't have a super early wake-up call for planned activities. So instead of sleeping in, I decided to explore Killarney National Park on a run. The entrance to the park was a short ways from the hotel, and one of the hotel employees gave me directions on how to get there and told me I'd be very safe, and I'd only have to worry about seeing very large deer. So around 6:30 a.m., I set off to explore. I ran up past St. Mary's Cathedral, … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures in County Cork, Blarney and Cobh

So after our three nights in Dublin, we packed our bags and hopped a train to the countryside. I was excited to get out of the city because everyone told me if you want to really see Ireland you have to get out of Dublin -- and they were all right. The Irish countryside is gorgeous and some of the places we stopped on our remaining days of the trip were just breathtaking. Our first stop on Thursday morning was Blarney Castle. Yes, yes I know it's extremely touristy, but it was totally … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Drinking and Castles In Dublin

At the rate I'm going here, I'll finish blogging about this Ireland trip by Christmas time. But seriously, it's summer and I just don't spend a lot of my free time at a computer, so apologies for the super delay between these posts. I'll try to be better about making time to write the rest of them. Anyway, we're now on day three of the trip, which was our last day in Dublin, and also the day everyone else got to Ireland. We sort of went on the trips in waves. Four of us flew over from DC … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Belfast, Giants Causeway and More Northern Ireland

Ok so where did we leave off on my Ireland adventures? I think we'd just finished up day one. So day two was definitely one of my favorite days of the whole trip. We took a day trip outside of the Republic to Northern Ireland, spending time in Belfast, Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede. Quick history lesson to put this day in context: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It is under British rule and is not part of the Republic of Ireland. This has caused tensions for years and … [Continue reading]