Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. The way my life is changing. One thing mid-life is about is shedding and accepting.

2. The challenge is to do that while keeping your heart open–trusting, even though there is a chance of being hurt, figuring out if it’s worth it.

3. Tess Mathilde and her love of the cello. I find myself going to the Waynesboro Symphony orchestra on Saturday evening with my baby girl.

4. Chrissy Lantz, my neighbor who waits at the school bus stop with us each morning. Her husband told her she should write romance novels. She said no thanks, I’ve learned too much about writing at the bus stop and I don’t want to do it. LOL.

5. The girls will be home mid-day tomorrow and all day on Monday. Good thing they told me.So I’m working today, running errands tomorrow morning.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Cloud watch: When I first started running the sky was mostly one big
gray blanket of clouds. The only clear blue sky was around the
mountains. Toward the end of my run, the sun is really fighting to come
out.
2. Going to Staunton this morning for Emma's acting class.
3. She was invited to watch movies at a friend's house last night. We had
to pick her up at 10:30. Eric and I struggled to stay awake. She came
home full of energy, of course.
4. We are daydreaming about this central air conditioning. We hope it
will be completely installed by midweek.
5. My new blog. I'd love some comments on the blog. http://www.molliecoxbryan.com/kitchenqueenoffishpotroad I also have fan page for it–check
your in box for an invite.

Five things I thought about during my evening run:

1. This is different.
2. When I run in the morning, it jump starts my day. In the evening, I
can feel the knots in my shoulders and neck give way. Hmmm.
3. But my legs are getting tired much more quickly.
4. I can feel the burn in my thighs. Haven't felt that in the morning in
quite some time.
5. Could not run in the morning because of the contractor craziness.
More to come.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. So I woke up this morning to Eric's big arms wrapped around me. "Good
morning and happy anniversary."
2. Nineteen years of marriage is a long time–but it doesn't seem that
long, really.
3. We were together a long time before we had children. I look back and
think a couple of things. "What did we do with ourselves, with all that
free time?" Then, I remember. We went to concerts, bookstores,
restaurants, movies, plays, the opera, ballets, and oh yeah we went to
Ireland. I took Yoga and poetry classes. Eric took German and Latin
classes. Those days are gone–probably at least until the kids leave or I
get a full time job of hit it big with one of my books.
4. Sounds cliche, really, but Eric is my best friend.
5. Still, there have been times when it's been a challenge–to say the
least. But at the core of it all there is a deep and abiding bond
between us.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Tess is sick–coughing and hacking. Oye. Eric is finally back to work
and now I have her home with me.
2. The sky is blue, but there's a haze around the mountains. It will be a
humid day.
3. We are getting central air next week. Exhale.
4. Emma is loving her acting class so much that she doesn't even want to
miss it to go to King's Dominion with Signature Singers. Too bad. We
paid and she is going, will sing her heart out, and will have a good
time, damn it.
5. It's taken me 11 years to feel at home here. I've been longing for my
DC days far too long. I still miss it and the people there. It's really
funny which people have stayed in touch with me. Some I never would
have guessed. And I miss the restaurants, food, culture…and the
opportunities. But I am grateful that I've spent this time at home with
my daughters. What ever happens, we will always have that. And I'll
never regret it.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Jen's passion for paint and her mission to get rid of all white
walls. And she is amazingly good at it.
2. After 11 years of living without central air, we are going to get it.
Finally, as we are considering putting the house on the market. 😉
3. I have eggplant walls. They are seriously eggplant, seriously
GORGEOUS! I find myself standing in the room and staring at the
walls–well, even more than usual. (grin)
4. This weather is amazing. If we could have this all summer long, I'd
be so happy.
5. Birthday donuts. Tess wants birthday donuts, instead of cake. I think
the kids tomorrow will be down with that.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Blooms and blossoms blowing the the wind this morning.
2. Teeny tiny droplets of rain hitting my skin, then going away.
3. Trying to focus on the moment, one foot in front of the other, but my
"to do" list keeps popping into my brain.
4. Had such a wonderful time last night at Marijean's house and my date,
Mary, was fabulous. Met some interesting women. I hope to see them
again soon–other than just on Twitter and Facebook. 😉 Great food,
wonderful company, can't get much better than that. thanks for including
me…
5.Sweat pouring out of me. Heart beating strong. A space in my day
that's just for me. Hope you get that, too.

Five things I thought about during my morning walk:

1. Walking in the clouds this morning.
2. Love the way the trees in the distance fade into the gray mists and
as you get closer, it all sharpens. Gray into green.
3. Eric is home today, which messes with my mojo. I'm hoping we can get
some work done on the house. At least get it cleaned up enough to have
the real estate agent come over this week or next.
4. Mary Johnston. At one point, I was going to write a book about her.
I've gotten sidetracked, mostly because I couldn't get my agent
interested. But I think I need to revisit that idea.
5. Why, there's Christy, with a big grin on her face, driving up the
hill. 😉

Five things I thought about during my morning walk:

1. Orange creamsicle-colored clouds against the blue mountains.
2. I'm pretty sure walking bothers my hip more than running. Odd.
3. Need to finish that article and get my taxes done.
4. Walking up a hill gets my heart racing almost as fast as running
does.
5. I'm thinking of taking a screenwriting class. Even looked into this
online degree program at ASU. Can't do that. But maybe a class or
seminar would be fun. I'd love to turn the first Mrs. Rowe book into a
script. But I have no idea how.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. @stevewhitaker has to be one of the funniest people I've ever met in
my life. If you aren't following him on Twitter, you should. Yesterday,
at lunch w/Eric, he asked me why I was looking off into space and
grinning. So I told him about one of Steve's posts.( I'm not sure, but I
think Eric growled….) But in any case, Steve should think about
comedy. Seriously.
2. YES, I am running this morning, with minor pain.
3. So glad I have friend who can help me see the humor in my situation
and also that have expressed their concerns. For the last few years,
right before my birthday, another little health situation comes up.
Paying attention is hard with active children and husband, house, and
career. But we all must.
4. My article for Grit is coming along. Hope to get the first draft
finished this morning.
5. Nice note from Jen this morning about Maggie Rae's Scrapbooks.
(Thanks for reading it, Jen.) My agent is chomping at the bit for it.
She's very excited about the possibilities. I'm hoping there's a reason,
like she knows just the right editor who is looking for this kind of
book. (Eternal optimist, I am.) So I'm going through it one more time
and sending it off to her.