Note to Self – Don’t Dress Like You Live in the Artic Circle. It’s Just Virgina


I can’t believe it.  I don’t have a single picture of food from the past 2 days!  Wow…something is seriously wrong with me.

That’s not to say, however, that I didn’t enjoy some good eats, because I did.  Green smoothies, salads, veggie sushi, and some roasted veggie flat bread comes to mind.

Entering holiday week means I’ll be cooking and baking even more than normal (heaven forbid), so I promise to make up for today’s lack of pictures!


I went for a run this morning when it was still pretty chilly out (just shy of 40 degrees).  I have absolutely no concept (still) of how to dress when it’s not either blisteringly hot (aka – as little as possible) or freakishly cold (aka – as much as possible).  I think, “wow, 36 degrees, that’s nearly freezing”, and thus bundle up like it was 20 below.  Halfway through I seriously started to question my polar bear impression and if I could have, I would have stripped half my clothes off and left them on the side of the road.  So as usual….I was way overheated and ended up a soaking wet stink bomb by the time I got home.  Even my socked feet were leaving sweat marks on the floors.  TMI, sorry – but I was sweaty.

That is NOT to say I didn’t have a stellar run, because today’s was great.  I just think the hat, gloves, pants, long sleeve T, short sleeve T, and hoodie was overkill.

An hour or so after getting home from the run, R and I hit up the Y for some strength training.  I love that she loves the gym at her age (9).


I went up to Richmond Friday night by myself.  It was blissful!  My original plan was a day trip on Saturday, but D convinced me that I wouldn’t do all the things I really wanted to do if I had to drive 4 hrs. of the day away.  He was right.

I stayed downtown at a very nice place and enjoyed a quite dinner and a book.  Bright and early Saturday morning I grabbed breakfast and then walked through Carytown shopping.  After that I went to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum to see the Chihuly glass exhibit.  He’s been a favorite of mine for a long time, and was very excited that he had something (fairly) local.  Then it was off to the mall for a few more things, REI, and Whole Foods for lunch.  I ended my adventure at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg where I wandered through the lights, taking pictures, and enjoying some solitude.

On a much more fun note, my niece back in WI is doing a school project based on the Flat Stanley children’s book!  In the book, Stanley Lambchop has a bulletin board fall on him in his sleep and squish him (yes, sounds almost horrifying…but this was a book written in 1964 when our sensibilities weren’t so easily shocked!), and he takes advantage of his flatness to mail himself to fun places.  By the way – in the end his brother pumps him back up with a tire pump and Stanley is back to his normal 3D self.

Each of the kids in her class made a flat version of themselves, and picked someone to send it to and have travels documented.  So my family gets to be the caretakers of Flat M! for the next few months, and we have some fun planned.  I took her to Richmond and then Busch Gardens in Williamsburg yesterday, and be the end of April she’ll get to go to Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, and Washington DC.  Not to  mention our own Virginia Beach, Yorktown, and anywhere else we end up going.  I’m thinking of starting her own Facebook page – the Adventures of Flat M!  We’ll see – that’s going to be up to her mom.

On a very exciting note, my daughter A got her first college acceptance packet this weekend!  She’s very excited, though she wants the trifecta – admission to all three schools she’s applying to.  Hopefully we’ll know in the next month or so and we’ll go from there!

Until then – happy (non food) pictures!

Flat M hogging the covers in bed at the hotel Friday night!
Flat M hogging the covers in bed at the hotel Friday night!


The Chihuly Pictures

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Flat M loves her Chihuly like her Aunt!
Flat M loves her Chihuly like her Aunt!

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Busch Gardens Pictures

Flat M in front of the map in France
Flat M in front of the map in France

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Flat M resting on a bench in England
Flat M resting on a bench in England

A few other pics from the museum

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

5 thoughts on “Note to Self – Don’t Dress Like You Live in the Artic Circle. It’s Just Virgina

  1. The flat M made me laugh. When we moved from Wisconsin to Seattle, several of my husband’s students (we’re talking PhD students) made a “flat Ken,” and took it to events (even a political protest) where they took photos of themselves with it. Then they made the photos into a book! Needless to say, my husband was very amused.

    1. oh that is absolutely awesome! We’re planning to put together a scrapbook of Flat M’s pictures and stories as we cart her around on our travels for the next few months so she can turn it in at school.

  2. I’m with you on not knowing how to dress for runs when it gets cold. I hate being cold and think 75 is chilly. But “running Heather” gets crazy hot! And I forget that. Every. Single. Time. One of our dear friends was the art curator here when the Chihuly exhibit was in town. All he could do was rave about it. Merry Christmas sweetie.

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