Thursday, November 3, 2016


In case no one has told you this lately... you. are. awesome.

Friday, July 29, 2016

not someday, today..

We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  is supporting research that is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs which have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients.  There are new treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies which seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today. Jenn is living proof of this...

Our donations (yours and mine) have made this possible. And continues to make this possible. You've made a difference! Doesn't that knowledge give your heart and spirit a little lift in these difficult times? Feel free to donate again! Feel free to invite your friends and family to donate too! 

You can do so right here!

I'll close out this update with some words from Jenn. I am so very grateful and happy to be able to share them with you...

I cannot express how much I appreciate the love and support that I have received the last 7 months.
It has been an incredible journey and I have every intention of paying all the love, support and kindness forward. 

The last 6 weeks following my 6th round of chemo have been a bit rough. I have had to take a step back and reevaluate my fitness goals. Fatigue got the best of me. I don't know that I will make my goal of running a full marathon by the end of the year, but that's okay.

Sending you all lots of love and thanks. Remember your health is the most important priority you have. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. 
                     Love, Jenn

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

trail running with wildlife

Went for a walk with the dogs and my husband last night at dusk, and almost ran smack dab into a mama deer with three tiny spotted fawns... paused for a moment to watch her silently shepherd them to safety at the edge of the trees.

Unfortunately, it was too dark to take photos.

I do, however, have a photo of the wildlife Remy and I saw on our Sunday morning run. I give you now....  the elusive trail hippo.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

in other news

long weekend flew by in a flurry of picnicking, paddle boarding, and pouring rain... with a leisurely 16 miler thrown in on Sunday morning for good measure.

am now wishing for more vacation time... even though it's now so hot and steamy out that i want nothing more than to hide out in the air conditioning and just watch through the windows as the gardens turn to a jungle of green. (we're picking green beans, cucumbers and swiss chard daily, and they just keep coming!)

just 5 weeks til i head home to Canada to see my family, celebrate my sister's birthday, meet my new niece and take a little road trip to St John NB to run the Marathon By The Sea... 3 day / 3 race run weekend with my mom! super excited about that.

have a few dear friends who are finding life to be a bit of a struggle right now... sending these words of love straight to their delicate hearts. maybe you need them too.

Monday, June 20, 2016

updates (training and otherwise)

This weekend was a good one as far as marathon training and friends with cancer goes...

Ran 5 hot and steamy miles in Alexandria with the Team on Saturday morning. Nice to run somewhere I've never been before, and to run with new friends. One of my new teammates works with my husband, which was a delightful surprise!

We had our seasonal honoured teammate brunch at the LLS office, and heard some pretty inspirational stories. One of our teammates got her 5 year "all clear" on Thursday, so that was cause for great celebration!

Because I am also in training for the Marathon by the Sea in St John NB in August, I was scheduled to have run 14 miles on Saturday. But I spent too much time talking to people at the brunch, and it was too hot by the time I got home to be bothered with going back out for the remaining 9 miles.

So the dogs and I hit the trails yesterday morning. Four hilly miles with a quick mid-way break for Remy to have a swim in the lake. Then three hilly miles with Lando, and an even quicker break because he would only go ankle deep in the lake... then another two solo miles. I know it's not the same as running 9 miles without breaks, but... one must do what one can to meet all of the household exercise requirements.

Maya has been bed-ridden with a flare of immune mediated polyarthritis, so she is doped up on pain-killers, barely able to walk through the house to go out for a bathroom break. So, no running for her.

My friend Jenn completed her last chemo on Friday. She came out to relax at our place yesterday, read books in the hammock, was forcibly and enthusiastically snuggled by the dogs, had a nice quiet dinner... and talked about plans for the future. Specifically, running plans for the future. She's participating in a Ragnar event this summer, and training for both the Chicago and Richmond marathons in the fall... and planning to run Flying Pig with the Team in the spring. (This is the girl who went to the gym with her portable chemo bag to get in her regularly scheduled 4:30am workouts!)

Talk about not letting life pass you by...

I will be running Richmond Marathon with her in November (if I'm able to keep up with her!). So my goal for the season (beyond just preparing to run 3 marathons in 4 months), is to get faster.

Tonight... yoga.

Tomorrow, speed work...

In other news, we will be having a community yardsale on Saturday. All proceeds from my table will go to LLS. My first fundraiser for the season!

If you'd like to be the very first person to donate... you can do so right here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

more love

love more.

be kind.

be compassionate.

be brave.

love more.

love more.

love more....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

summer on

As I often do at work, I'm listening to music... today's music selection is The Tragically Hip live in Abbotsford. So, I'm singing along as I work. Processing credit card payments, speaking with customers, and in the back ground I hear Gord Downie talking to his people, to me... My new call to action.

"Summer on, people! Summer on! Take care of each other. Drive the speed limit. 
Wear life jackets.  Summer on!!"

crossing the Fraser River, summering on... 1977.