365 Fresh Starts

A Blog About Life

We've been conditioned to expect things to be all or nothing. We make dramatic resolutions on December 31st that we break by January 2, and then feel terrible about ourselves. We think that we can't change at all because our annual, dramatic attempts at change just don't work.

We get 365 fresh starts each year.

tales-another-mother-runnerI’m Another Mother Runner

Contributor to Tales From Another Mother Runner You guys, I’ve been really quiet about this because… well, it didn’t exactly seem real. But on Tuesday, I’ll officially be published in the latest Another Mother Runner book, Tales From Another Mother Runner. And can I also say that this was the hardest gig I’ve ever had? […] Read More

A tasty meal that I wouldn't have thought to make on my own.Blue Apron Follow-Up

A Review of the Meal Service Earlier this year, I gave a review of my first week with Blue Apron, a service that delivers recipes and precisely measured ingredients to your home. Since then, we’ve done several more weeks with the service, and I have mixed feelings about the process. The Pros No meal planning. I don’t […] Read More

salad-in-a-jarSalad in a Jar

Eliminate the Lunchtime Guesswork I hate dealing with lunch. Hate it. I work from a home office, and I don’t have anyone to drag me away from my desk for a social lunchtime event. I never want to prepare a proper meal (more dishes? no thanks) and sometimes I’ve spent all of my food-related interest on […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Becoming a Runner

Surprising Myself Since the start of the year, I’ve been meeting Team in Training alumni for a regularly-scheduled run through the hilly vineyards. Most people on the distribution list are gearing up for a half marathon at the end of March. I’m just doing a 10k training program through Another Mother Runner, so my scheduled […] Read More

My Crock Pot. I know that temperatures vary between models. I cooked this recipe in this device on low  heat.Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should We’ve entered what I semi-affectionately call slow cooker season. This is the time of year where baseball begins and we get home late two to three nights a week. I live and die by my slow cooker, a Crock Pot programmable model (see a screen shot of a […] Read More

This is Gini. There's a lot of laughing that goes on.Pilates with Gini

Long-Distance Pilates I stopped seeing a Pilates instructor who was 20 miles away and now I do Pilates with a trainer who’s 350 miles away. Wait, what? See, I’d been with my same Pilates instructor — Mercy at Apex Pilates — since 2001. But it’s been a solid decade since I lived anywhere near her […] Read More

indian-lentilsIndian Lentils

Making Indian Lentils in the Pressure Cooker The Husband has always been a big fan of pressure cookers. I, on the other hand, regard them with a healthy level of fear, not entirely sure if the thing is going to blow and kill me. Plus, being able to cook foods in such short periods of […] Read More

highlight-foilsGoing Gray

Ready or Not, I’m Going Gray I found my first gray hair shortly after my 16th birthday. I was getting ready to out on a date — one of only a handful in my high school years — and there it was: bright silver and glistening in the light, starkly obvious against my dark brown […] Read More

saturday-runIncreasing Mileage

Finding My Running Legs Two weeks ago, I went out for my first run since early November. It sucked. It was the sort of humbling experience that made me regret ever stopping and made me wonder why I was starting again. And then, last weekend, I ran again. Same route. Same running buddy. It sucked […] Read More

tikka-masalaTikka Masala

Quick and Easy Homemade Tikka Masala The Assistant loves tikka masala. Loves it. Last night, when he realized that I was cooking Indian, he literally jumped up and down in the kitchen like a crazy person. Honestly, how can I say no to that? You can make the recipe with chicken, paneer or vegetables. I […] Read More