These Running Shoes of Mine…at Dimple Dell Regional Park

Dimple Dell Regional Park has been on my radar for a while. However, it’s a matter of driving across the city just to get there. So much work. But I was motivated because the autumn foliage is fading, and I want to see all those brilliant colors before bare branches and ugliness greet me (I…

The Joys of Nature

Today, These Running Shoes of Mine and Choose Joy are teaming up to bring you…the joys of nature. It all started last week when I was reading Anne Frank’s diary. I noticed that she had a lot of wisdom about life, but she had some especially interesting thoughts about finding happiness in nature: “The best…

These Running Shoes of Mine…on Jordan River Parkway, Murray

This week I went to the Jordan River Parkway. It’s close, convenient, and long. You can pretty much park anywhere along it and be guaranteed a new running experience. I went to the Murray section. Again, because of the closeness (I’m lazy). But if you’re in Salt Lake and you need a little nature getaway…

These Running Shoes of Mine…on Oquirrh Lake

Lately my running routine has been that: a routine. A boring, mind-numbing routine. Running the exact same 5 miles day after day makes that 5 miles seem more like 10. Or 20. So I’ve recently made the decision that at least once a week I’ll run at a new location, something different from my usual….

In the Garden of Beasts | WWII

If you want a unique look into Germany right before the war and those events that led up to it, if you want to read about some of the everyday people who lived and loved and suffered in that country during that time, read this book. It was fascinating and entertaining and a little haunting.

The (Mis)Adventures of Quilling

I’m 10 weeks old. Which means that I’m older and wiser now. It also means that I’m quilling. And that’s not so great. I lose quills and grow new ones in every few weeks until I’m about 13 weeks old, which is when I have my final adult quilling. So, needless to say, I’m rather grumpy…

Dad and His Goody-Making Fun

Apparently my most popular posts aren’t about running or reading or writing or even cooking. No, they’re about my parents. So nothing I can ever do will as be as interesting as what my cute parents do, which I’ve come to accept. I mean, they are pretty adorable and quirky. As many of you know,…

These Running Shoes of Mine…on Dog Lake Trail

Sometimes these running shoes of mine becoming hiking shoes (or even strolling shoes). I mean, I could run up to Dog Lake in Millcreek Canyon, but there are tree roots and I’m fundamentally clumsy. True story. I can trip on anything or nothing—usually nothing. Running on a paved path is hard enough without having to…

What My Parents Have Taught Me about Marriage

It all started with a product description. As a lark, and because my dad asked me, I wrote up a product description, a “Get your Gary!” sort of thing. But then I started thinking about it. I had written a few pithy lines about Gary’s selling points, but what got me was what I didn’t…

These Running Shoes of Mine…on the Jordan River Parkway

Sometimes you just need to shake up your routine a little (at least in the running world), so I went down to the Jordan River Parkway today. Honestly, usually I’m just to lazy to drive there—you know, as five miles is such a long distance—so I normally pound the same path and go slowly insane….