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.

What Would Betty Do Logo Marginally Less Crazy

Just Keep Moving Well, I followed my own advice and kept last week marginally less crazy. Only marginally. Even though I did a pretty good job of keeping my own stuff under control (aside from being sick for a few days), it seemed like lots of stuff went crazy around me. We had rain on […] Read More

Old Witch's Magic Nut Cake was a great use for my home-grown pumpkin.Old Witch’s Magic Nut Cake

From a Child’s Storybook Last year, around the time of the harvest of the great punkini, we had my husband’s colleague over for dinner. He told the story of how his all-time favorite dessert is a pumpkin-based cake, Old Witch’s Magic Nut Cake, from one of his childhood storybooks. Naturally, I had to look it […] Read More

Fog and vines and funky morning light.The Recovery Run

Last weekend I ran the more-brutal-than-it-should-have-been charity 15k to fundraise for the local schools. Not only did it hurt while it was happening, it left me with three blisters as a lingering reminder of the suck. And then the week came along and it was situation after situation that just kept kicking me in the […] Read More

My Another Mother Runner hat, the latest in the running hat collection.Wearing Many Hats

(This is Not a Metaphor) I’ve come to realize that I’ve been wearing many hats. Not in the metaphorical sense — although juggling half a dozen clients, coaching little league, and generally managing 90% of our home life would certainly qualify — but actual, literal hats. It started gradually, with the quest for a decent […] Read More

The fog along the trail.Running is Hard

PPIE 15k Recap I hadn’t planned on running a 15k race (9.3 miles) two weeks after a half marathon. But it was the school fundraiser and my running partner — a teacher in the district — had already signed up for the 15k. “I wish you’d run it too!” she texted while I was on […] Read More

vegetable-brothTime to Cook

Fewer Recipes Posted Hi y’all. I want to talk about recipes and my temporary need to post fewer of them. You see, it’s baseball season, and many of my nights have been co-opted by games and practices. It’s not that we’re not eating at home, it’s just that with limited time to cook anything, my […] Read More

One of the many running hats, from Kingston Adventures outside Seattle.Nuu-Muu

My Go-To Gear I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to write about one of my favorite products. Many of you have noticed that I’m always wearing a running dress my race photos and post-run selfies. (Ok, on my 6’1″ frame it looks more like a tunic, but still….) The dresses are made […] Read More

Maybe it's best not to discuss my eating habits in the Pacific Northwest.Eating for Speed

More Calories Make Big Differences Every year, when I begin training, I have the same problem: no increase in speed, but a noticeable increase in my waistline. When you research why people gain weight when training, you get the following suggestions: You ran, so you deserve a reward! Go have that entire pizza and a pint […] Read More

We split a meat and cheese platter and a porchetta sandwich. I'm still full, a week later.Pacific Northwest Food

Eating Everything in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver We interrupt our regularly scheduled recipes to talk about how you need to go to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver and eat everything you can get your hands on. Last week, we headed north for spring break. I knew there was a Pacific Northwest food scene, but I had […] Read More

Sometimes you just have a question and don't want to spend $300 to make an appointment and ask it.A Better Way to do Health Insurance?

Common Sense and Usability I hate our health insurance. Before get excited thinking that this is a rant about the Affordable Care Act and how healthcare for all is ruining America, I can assure you that this is not that kind of post. What I hate is that the system of this Major Health Insurance Company (MHIC) […] Read More