Ruth Deneen, 103 Years of Fabulous

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Life

I had the pleasure of being in charge of the photo montage at my grandma’s 100th birthday as well as her wake services.  I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of my favorites…


Bittersweet Monday

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Monday was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.  I woke up remembering the same day, seven years ago, when Jack was born.  I cannot believe he is seven years old already.  He has become such an amazing boy and I’m truly luck to have him in my life.  Unfortunately, he was not at home Monday.  He went to North Carolina to visit his father for the week and didn’t return until the day after his birthday.  I had to settle with a phone call to wish him a happy day and trust that he enjoyed spending time with his father and family. 

Around noon, I received a call from my parents.  My great grandmother, Ruth Deneen, died just shy of her 103rd birthday.  She truly was an amazing lady and I am so honored to have had her as a grandparent.  While I will miss her terribly, I do feel it was the right time.  She lived a long, wonderful life and it was time for her to move on to a better place – where she can watch her beloved Bears games without the assistance of bulky headphones.

This weekend is Easter and so the services for my grandma are not until Monday night.  This makes for an incredibly busy several days ahead.  First, we celebrate Jack’s bday with a party on Saturday.  Easter is Sunday.  And finally, we lay Grandma Ruth to rest the begining of the new week.

Achieving a Goal

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Life

Finishing with a smile!Last summer, when I signed up at the gym, the trainer asked me to list three goals on the back cover of my training book.  Printed in optimistic blue pen is “Run the Shamrock Shuffle 8k.”  I am proud to say that I completed that goal on March 25, 2012.  Having not run as much as I should have over the last several months, I ran much slower than my potential.  I knew this was going to be the case, though, so I made a very simple goal.  Finish within 75 minutes.  Those 15 minute miles would give me time to walk intermittedly, stretch, drink the water without spilling it down my shirt.  I was pretty pleased with myself when I crossed the finish line, smile on my face, at 64 minutes.  Slow and steady, I achieved something that would have been impossible just over a year ago.

A special thanks to my biggest supporters – Mike and Jack – who came downtown to watch me race!






Running Restart – Prep for 8K!

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thanks to the peer pressure of my at-work husband, Jon, and a couple other coworkers, I signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle.  Last year, I had put the 8K run on my list of fitness goals.  When I stopped running in the fall, I shifted goals and let the race sneak up on me.  Last weekend, not even considering the possibility of being able to complete the 8K, I went out for a run (as mentioned in my pervious blog entry).  The run was far more successful that I anticipated.  Slow, yes – but I hadn’t lost quite as much of my stamina.  Two days later, I went out for another run.  I completed 2.29 miles and while, again, I was slow, I felt accomplished.  So when Jon, Tonya and Krista brought up the Shamrock Shuffle, I was hesitant but it didn’t take much pressure to get me to sign on.  I find that I work best when I have clear goals and deadlines when it comes to my running.  At the very least, it would encourage me to run for the next two weeks in an attempt to get through the race on the 25th.  Yesterday, I left the house with a goal of repeating the success of last Sunday’s run.  The wind was pretty hard on me and for a while, I thought I wouldn’t make it to two miles.  But I kept going, breaking often to catch my breath and save my energy, and I completed 3.15 miles.  The Shamrock Shuffle requires you to be able to run under 15 minute miles and I was happy to see I was averaging 13 or so, even with all the walking.  All I have to do is take on another 1.85 miles to yesterday’s run and I will be able to complete the 8K!  Wish me luck!


Posted: March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

March 3rd marks the anniversary of my very first run.  It was on March 3, 2011 that I put on my gym shoes, walked out my front door, and began my quest for a better life.  I truly believe that day changed the course of my life.  By starting to run, I started to embark on a healthier lifestyle… which lead to weight loss, self-confidence and personal growth.  The transition was not only physical but psychological. 

After my first 5k in June, I began breaking into other types of fitness and didn’t focus as heavily on running.  This spring, in honor of this life-changing anniversary, I am looking to switch gears and make running a larger focus again.  Overall, I find the cool, dampness of early spring to be the easiest time to run.  I’m hoping this will carry me into another successful round of weight loss and fitness gain.  

This morning, I hit the pavement.  This year, I recruited my son Jack to join me.  He put on his rollerblades and glided along side of me.  It really is a win-win situation.  I get to run without worrying about who is watching him at home.  He gets much needed practice skating.  And as a huge bonus, we get to spend time together doing something healthy and fun.

Fun in the Sun

Posted: February 22, 2012 in Life

Whoa, what a busy few months.  After the big move, we quickly came upon the holidays.  And like every year, I was quickly launched into the crazy busy season at work throughout January and the first few weeks of February.  This year, I was able to experience the busy season from a new position in the company and I couldn’t be happier.  I am truly happy with the changes that have come to my life over the last year.

This past weekend, I spent a long weekend in the Florida Keys and Miami.  My parents had rented a house in Key Largo for the month and we were able to take advantage of their hospitality.  It was a great weekend full of fishing in the ocean, kayaking, snorkeling, eating, relaxing, and enjoying the local nightlife…. oh and I even got a tattoo!  I had an amazing time that I will remember always.

Happy Holidays

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Life