Happy New Year!

It’s 2015 and that time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new.

I ran my first race in 2014 and went on to run two more. So, I ran two 5Ks and then one 5 mile. I ran a bit more quickly in the second 5K than I did in the first so that was good. When I ran the 5 mile race, that was the furthest I’ve ever run.

So for 2015 I figure I might as well keep going. I don’t have the desire to run long distances but I want to keep running the shorter races. I signed up for a relay team for the Akron Marathon next September. I think all of the phases for the race are a bit over five miles. It will be good to have a team to train with.

On the professional side of things, I quit my regular job in 2014 and began to work for my own business. My new company is WhitePoint Professionals. My goal for 2015 is to build my company so that I have a steady stream of business. Right now I’m working on getting the website developed and accounting details taken care of. More on this later.


So, it looks like 2015 will be a busier year than last year.


Women Griping in Panera

Pet peeve: I hate listening to women complain about their husbands. I was in Panera ages ago and listened to four women who appeared to be in their 30s and 40s complain about their husbands. They were stupid, neglectful, absent-minded, and buffoons. Perhaps the women didn’t use those words but there was lots of sighing and eye rolling and laughter.

I really wanted to pop over and say “well, at least they’re alive.”

If you don’t like your husband, don’t be married to him. If you do like your husband, don’t bad mouth him in public. Probably not in private either.

I know we often vent about things to our friends to help us feel better but let’s not make husband bashing into a recreational activity.


Coffee. Copyright by Moyan Brenn

Coffee. Picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr.

Home Repairs

This morning I figured out why the shower door in my son’s bathroom was always difficult to slide open. The one door was off the track so I managed to lift it up and put it back where it belonged. This was not difficult at all but I was pretty pleased with myself for seeing what the problem was and fixing it.

This past weekend, I realized that an earring had been laundered and was stuck down in the dryer’s filter trap. I tried and tried to get it out but could not lift it out. I remembered that Dave had a magnetized screw driver but didn’t know for sure what it looked like and if it was still around. I was feeling very frustrated when all of a sudden I thought of chewing gum. I ended up not using gum but put a big wad of scotch tape on a stick and used that to retrieve the earring. I was pleased with myself over that too.

Earlier, I replaced the screens on my back porch with the glass windows for the colder months. The windows are heavy and bulky but I managed to do it on my own. That too made me happy.

So, hooray for me for fixing some things. Unfortunately, my garage door suddenly is malfunctioning, my outside light has quit working, and my kitchen faucet has developed a leak. I already know I can’t fix those things so it’s time to make some calls.

I dislike having to take care of everything. It’s tiring and I always end up feeling inadequate.




I’m lucky to live in an area with lots of great hiking trails. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is close by and there are a number of Metro-Parks (run by the county) in the area. I take my dog Nunu with me to hike as much as I can though as she’s aging, I have to be selective on where I take her. She really can’t do long distances any more.

I am going to have to decide if I will hike alone since Nunu can’t go that far. I’ve never felt alone when I’ve had my dogs with me.

I signed up for some hiking clubs on Meetup.com but have only gone to one hike. I don’t know why it feels so stressful to join a group where I don’t know anyone but it does.

I love hiking so I’ll have to figure out a solution I guess.

Flower on Boston Store Trail in CVNP

Flower on Boston Store Trail in CVNP