Pee and The Plastic: Bribes Don’t Last

A while back, I wrote about Maggie’s little peeing problem – and how my mother began to bribe her to use the litter box. Well – bribes don’t last. That’s right. She struck again – this time, it was in her beloved circle bed. The one that sits on the table where I work whenContinue reading “Pee and The Plastic: Bribes Don’t Last”

So You Registered for A Marathon…

So, you registered for a marathon. Now what? I signed up for my first marathon – the one at Wal Disney World in January. I’ve never gone more than 13.1 miles at once, but something, somewhere in my little ambitious mind was like, “Let’s see what happens when we run 26.2 miles in one day.”Continue reading “So You Registered for A Marathon…”

Figure Skating 101: Blades

Figure skating is a beautiful sport – it’s like ballet on ice. Only the skaters wear knives on their feet and run the risk of getting “ice burn” on any exposed skin. Growing up on the ice, I’ve encountered many questions from non-skaters. The most popular one? Are the blades sharp? Yes – the bladesContinue reading “Figure Skating 101: Blades”

So You Registered for A Marathon: The Dreadmill

Living in Florida has its perks. The summers (early May until late October), however, are not one of them. Between the Love Bugs, spiders large enough to eat a mid-sized cat, humidity thick enough to drown you, and the fear of your flip-flops melting to a Publix parking lot, let’s just say running outside isContinue reading “So You Registered for A Marathon: The Dreadmill”

An Ode to: Spiders

I hate spiders. Let’s get that out there up front. So, why would someone with self-diagnosed arachnophobia move to USA’s spider central? Like I’ve said before: I make bad decisions. Spider season sucks. In New Jersey, we had a “spider season,” which was usually from around June through late September. This was a time whereContinue reading “An Ode to: Spiders”

Chasing Dopey: Why I Run

Why run when you hate it? Good question. It’s more of a love-hate relationship. I only hate running leading up to the run and during. I love it when I can tap the little end “button” on my watch and check it off my training list. Okay. Untrue, but honestly – the act of runningContinue reading “Chasing Dopey: Why I Run”

Figure Skating 101: Jumps

If you think about it, figure skaters are gliding into jumps at top speed, throwing themselves into the air to complete an absurd amount of rotations before (hopefully) landing backwards on a quarter-inch blade. On ice. Why do we do it? Because behind all that hairspray, glitter, and dazzling smiles, we’re bat sh!t crazy. So,Continue reading “Figure Skating 101: Jumps”

I Make Bad Decisions: Chasing 2023 Dopey Challenge

Running 48.6 miles in four days sounded like a good idea at the time. If you know me or have been following this blog, you know I’m a little Disney-crazy. (Okay, you know I’m a little crazy in general). You also know I was a former athlete. So, when the pandemic rolled around, I gotContinue reading “I Make Bad Decisions: Chasing 2023 Dopey Challenge”

Figure Skating 101: Boards

I got checked into the boards. I’ll back up. I was warming up for my figure skating competition. Each group of competitors (around six or seven skaters) has roughly five minutes on the ice to warm up for their programs. My group was called to the ice and at the first turn, things went sour.Continue reading “Figure Skating 101: Boards”

Sam Went To Scotland (And Became A Tourist Attraction)

During my MFA program, I studied abroad in Scotland during the summer of 2017. I had never been out of the country and was ready to learn about the Scottish culture, rich history, climb an extinct volcano to Arthur’s Seat and basically be a tourist while exploring the castles and haunted dungeons. I was fortunateContinue reading “Sam Went To Scotland (And Became A Tourist Attraction)”