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this is the one where i explain where i’ve been

Or so it’s supposed to be. As it usually does, life got in the way of blogging. Work/life balance and then a PCS? It happens. In lieu of an apology how about an update? 

Since March, we’ve been told we’re never leaving Fort Campbell, given three weeks to pack to leave Fort Campbell, PCSed to Florida and then my husband was put on hold for two months while the Army figures out where their paperwork went. Despite being back “home” in the Sunshine State, we’re still 10 hours away from South Florida so life is CrossFit, marathon training and make-at-home coffee (because budgeting for the future nursing home and no longer DINKs). 

It’s not a bad place to be but I’m bored. I keep telling myself it could be worse but I miss my friends, coworkers, running buddies and CrossFit Dunbar Cave Lab. No longer living on post makes it harder to meet people.

  I’ve found a new box, but it’s not the same. I’ve made a few acquaintances but it’s not the same. Now I’m crying in Starbucks (see: why I’ve been avoiding my blog).


On the horizon is the Army Ten Miler, NYC Marathon and a Fort Campbell family reunion (minus one important piece) at RNR Vegas so fall should be lots of fun. At least that’s what I keep telling myself after runs so humid I can wring the sweat out of my shirt and it looks like I went swimming.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Any tips for making friends when you don’t live on post?

happy december

Happy December!
It’s a good thing I didn’t shoot for participating in NaBloPoMo because I would have failed miserably. November was full of races, fun, family, A NEW JOB!, and not enough time to blog about all. Tis the season, after all.
My parents left early yesterday morning after a week-long visit to Kentenessee. Apparently it was cold or something because they didn’t want to leave the house unless they had to.
18degWe went to dinner at a couple local restaurants, celebrated Thanksgiving Cuban-Rican style , watched lots of movies and shopped until we dropped on Black Friday. It was a great week full of the first snowfall my family has ever seen and lots of family time. I’ve been missing that a lot since we moved up here.
Now it’s back to reality.
I started writing for a local newspaper a couple weeks ago and that’s going to be taking up a lot of gym time. That doesn’t mean I won’t get it in. It just means I have to get it in at different times. My biggest pet peeve is when people say they don’t have time to work out because it’s not true. It’s all about your priorities and finding the time to get that workout in. It’s definitely possible.
I have quite a few priorities on the list for December because well, I love lists and I’ve got a ton to get done before the new year.decembergoals

  • Keep up with my fitness goals. I don’t want to start the new year with regret so my number one goal for the month is to maintain, if not lose. I don’t want to deprive myself but I also know I don’t need to eat an entire cheesecake in one sitting.
  • I need to get back on the 3x a week blog post schedule. I miss this outlet. True story. It’s a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch a movie than use my brain after it’s been working hard all day.
  • Drink more water.
  • Finish a round of T25.
  • CrossFit more.
  • Go iceskating.
  • Get a tree from a chop-your-own Christmas tree farm.

I can’t believe we’re one month away from the end of the year. It seems like this year has gone by so much faster. I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy graduating, PCSing, settling in and discovering your new home.

What are your goals for December?

it’s been awhile

A lot of them

Forgive me, readers. I have a confession to make…
In case you haven’t noticed. It’s been awhile.
I said I’d try harder but I’m busted.
I’ve been busy (I know that’s no excuse because aren’t we all) with the move and it seems like things are just settling down.
I’ve also been going through a bit of a blogging slump.
What can I write that’s interesting? What do you all want to know?
I’ve been at a loss for words but like always I’ve taken a ton of pictures.
Clarksville is growing on me and I’ve met some great women so there’s that.
We joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and are getting to eat lots of farm fresh fruits and veggies.20130601_231628 (2)20130525_173142 (2)I haven’t done any local races but I’ve started a run club on post and I’m doing The Great American Mud Run in July and The Color Run in October. Both should be lots of fun.
Last weekend we went to Memphis, ate a lot of BBQ, walked historic Beale Street and toured the National Civil Rights Museum (across from where MLK was shot).
We booked a room at The Madison downtown using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price option. I’m officially hooked.
The hotel had a gorgeous rooftop and super cozy bed that I didn’t want to leave.20130616_11341220130616_112820But since our first night in Memphis was spent eating all the barbecue in sight we checked out and headed to historic Beale Street.memphis1memphis2And then to the National Civil Rights Museum.memphis3It’s always grounding to walk where history has been made. I learned more about MLK’s death than his life which was disturbing but I understand the general purpose of the museum. Tracing in the footsteps of history is incredibly different than reading about history in a textbook.memphis4In other adventures, J and I attempted to go tubing with a group of ten on Sunday. Key word: attempting.riverIt all started out OK but half of the cheapo tubes busted on the way to the end point and we ended up stranded next to a cornfield. The company we used brought a canoe and kayaks to the rescue to get us to the endpoint where we grilled brats and veggies. I’d go again in a kayak but I don’t think that particular section of the river is great for tubing. Live and learn? It was still a good time but not the lazy, relaxing float we were all expecting.
Besides our weekend adventures we’ve been busy doing lots of moving in and decorating. We’re not completely finished yet but we’ve turned this:20130521_184948 (2)Into this:room2room3It’s still a work in progress. I’ve got some more DIY projects in the works but I’m pretty proud of the results so far.

What do you think?
What would you like to read about more?
Tell me in the comments.