I spent half of this last long weekend coaching at a swim meet in a pool facility that is notorious for its horrible air quality. While you may be thinking, “Wow, that seems like a problem for athletes that cherish the chance to take a breath,” you would be right. Right. But the crux of it all is that the poor air quality hits you hours after you have left the building, leaving you sneezy, stuffy, headachy, and downright no good for a day or two. Swimmers, coaches—this place doesn’t discriminate. The after-effects hit me hard….
The temps have been frigid here as of late, making the post-holiday return to work a little more difficult. Slow motion almost. Like those dreams you have when you’re being chased but you just. can’t. move. Instead, you want to run back to bed under piles of blankets until things have warmed again or until the sleep has thawed from your face.
I have been on a winter citrus kick and went a little crazy this week when our local grocery store was stocked with kumquats. This vibrant little fruit is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A & C, and fiber. And they are so cute!…
Hello, 2015. We’re ready for you. Though I’m not one for making resolutions (the word seems to strike some kind of weird anxiety in me), I am all for reflecting on what’s done and looking forward to the possibilities ahead.
As winter brings its own (sometimes wicked) beauty to our world, I love the citrus gems this harsh season produces. Fresh, bright, and revitalizing, it’s as if Mother Nature knows just what we need when the trees have gone bare and the sky gray….
In our five years of marriage, our holiday travel schedule has evolved. In the beginning, we’d fly from NYC to Kansas City, stay, visit, rent a car, drive to Oklahoma, stay, visit, turn around and drive back to KC to catch our plane home. Now things are a little less complicated and we’re certainly less travel weary when it’s all said and done….
For those of us that live in Kansas City, the holiday season officially begins with the lighting of the city’s beloved Country Club Plaza. The Plaza, as locals refer to it, is a restaurant, shopping, and entertainment district built with Spanish-style architecture. The lighting ceremony has been a Thanksgiving night tradition for Kansas Citians since 1930. Our own little Times Square ball drop. To take in the lights, take a break, and just spend some time together, Heath and I recently had drinks at Seasons 52 on the Plaza. They always have the best seasonally fresh cocktails, and this time neither the Plaza lights nor my drink disappointed.
I have woken up every day this week thinking it was Friday. A cruel Groundhog Day of sorts. And while I won’t analyze too deeply why this is so, my disappointment in realizing it is not Friday quickly dissolves as I quietly leave our house in the cold, early hours to head to coach morning practice. There is such a peaceful stillness at that hour. The Christmas lights that outline the houses on my route blink and twinkle silently. Secretly. And while it is not Friday, I am once again excited for the holiday season. Groundhog Day continues….