Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I got in a few outdoor runs this past week. Last weekend we had our annual ski weekend with friends - which was great - and then I took a couple of days off from running on Monday and Tuesday. Today it was beautiful out - finally! - but Lila didn't have school and my inlaws are in Florida so I had to hit the treadmill for 90 minutes.
 Depressing. I watched Inside Llewyn Davis, which was even more depressing, but in a good way (if there is such a thing). Because I've been a fan of Dave Van Ronk's music for 2o years (Llewyn Davis's character is based on Dave), and because the folk music of the 60s rocked and still rocks my world, I got what the Coen brothers were trying to do with this film. Do you move to the suburbs or do you follow your true passion at all cost? I loved it. It ruined my day, entirely, but I will treasure it as a work of art that is particularly close to my heart. And ironically I probably would've missed it if it wasn't for the dreaded treadmill, as Jeff and I never go to the movies....tomorrow I get to do a long run OUTDOORS while Lila is at school and it's looking like it will be a mild first day of spring - lots of snow finally melting out there.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Still unbearably cold and still running on a treadmill so nothing enlightening to record. My 41st birthday  - on February 21st - came and went with little ado, which is exactly how I like it.  Two people whose craft and character I deeply admire were also born on February 21st: David Foster Wallace and Nina Simone. I truly wish I had known DFW, somehow, some way,  while he was living. Here's a link to a commencement address he gave some years ago - wouldn't it be great if my college prep students would adhere to these ideas....I come back to it often to keep me grounded.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

We've had school vacation this week, so I haven't had much of a chance to blog. Although we were seriously tempted by a last minute offer to travel to Tulum Mexico with friends, alas we decided upon a "staycation". We joined my brother Phil and his family up at Cranmore where we got both girls on skis the first weekend, hit the Children's Museum, had a 7th birthday party for Cleo the dog, took the kids down to the northshore for an indoor amusement park/hotel with pool stay, had a playdate at the bouncy place in town, had a snow picnic and did A LOT of singing and dancing. I did all of my runs on the treadmill - my long run last Monday was 14 miles and I watched The Butler, which I still can't get out of my mind. At any rate, I'm definitely looking forward to hitting the pavement again. I also got some free time and mental space to think up and find additional whole food, unprocessed recipes for us all - I'm happy to report that Solveig now says things are "too sugary", as we can go days just quenching our sweet teeth with fruit. Here are some pics: