Monthly Archives: January 2016

Project 50: My First Two Goals for Project 50 Accomplished


I have successfully completed my first two goals of Project 50!

While the goals may sound fairly simple and no brainer, you never know if your plans will come to fruition.  Vacation time was granted, flights researched and booked.

Celebrate my Birthday in Grenada

Grenada is a small island in the very south of the Caribbean, about eighty miles off the coast of Venezuela.  Once a colony of Great Britain, it gained its independence in 1974.

carenage StGeorges

This is my sixth visit to the island. Our plans were successful. We escaped the impending snow and made our connections. We arrived on the island on Monday, mid afternoon, time enough to have my first Carib (a local beer from the island) and curried lambie!

Beach Morne Rouge

Have a Cake for my Birthday

I have not had a birthday cake in..twenty years? Thirty years?  I’ve had slices of cake for dessert, or a dessert on my birthday dinner. But cake? On January 6? When I’ve started my diet on January second?  January 6 birthday always seemed to undermine my dieting efforts.

In the last six or eight years I’ve not worried about “dieting” on my birthday.  I have a nicely cooked dinner (usually by my husband) with a delectable dessert.  But this year I wanted a BIRTHDAY CAKE.

The only problem we were going to an island for the birthday.  While familiar with many resturants on the island, I wasn’t sure who could bake a cake.

I found a new place (new to us, as it was not there two years ago) called Sweetly Confectioners.  I had a light chiffon cake, with a small dark chocolate layer.  It was perfect: not to heavy or too sweet, a nice Italian cake.

I blew out the candles after my five hour hike concord trail grenada

through the rain forest. I told my husband five candles would be sufficient, one for each decade, rather than burn down the hotel with fifty candles.

fiftybirthdaycake birthdatcake

My husband had a small slice of cake, but I ate that cake every day for my birthday trip! It was wonderful.  If you are ever in Grenada, check out Sweetly Confectioners on Mourne Rouge for cake, croissants, and coffee!


My Word of the Year for a Great 2016

My Word of the Year

It is a popular end of year activity to pick your one “Word” for the coming year.  I have been picking my word of the year for several years. Christine Kane has a great downloadable tool to help you find your word.  I usually use her tool and ponder on the word. The last two year’s words have not worked out for me.

This year, in turning fifty, I have my Project 50.

My word came to me not long ago, just that little epiphany:


I know what Yoda said. Do or do not. There is no try.

I agree with that. You should not say you are going to try to run a 100 mile race. You say I am going to run a 100 mile race. Don’t even put that word of “try” which in that context says “maybe” like you aren’t entirely sure you can do it.

Using TRY in the context of my Project 50:

to test the effect or result of (often followed byout):

to try a new method; to try a recipe out.
to make an attempt or effort; strive:
Try to complete the examination.
Project 50 is going to consist of doing new things, new processes, new ideas *to me*. I don’t know if I will succeed. I don’t know if I will even like the activity, or whether I will accomplish the activity! But it’s all about learning something new, striving to achieve some goal that it not really in my normal realm of activity, even some things that may make me slightly uncomfortable.
It was amazing how quickly TRY hit my head and I knew right then that was my Word for 2016.
Do you pick a word for the year?
Here are a couple of articles that may pique your interest:
Christine Kane’s article
Sits Girls One Word Article

Project 50

Project 50


I am turning fifty and I’m stoked!

I am happy to make it to age fifty. How do you approach to turning fifty?

Let’s look at the science on how we feel about *old people*:

Scientists are discovering something very peculiar about aging: How we feel about getting old matters. A lot.

Negative stereotypes about aging are pervasive in America. Even many older adults embrace the idea that getting old is a bad thing—which means they’re doing potentially serious harm to their health without realizing it.

I have never really felt my age. I remember running a 100 mile race a few years ago. The male runner next to me finally asked my age. I said 42, and he asked if I was lying. Now, why on earth would I lie about being 42? Wouldn’t I bump that down to 39?

I changed my lifestyle in my early forties and lost weight and began exercising and never looked back. However, I’ve been feeling many health impacts of being fifty-we could start at hot flashes and move on from there..

To celebrate my full year at age fifty, I decided to take on fifty activities/projects.  Some items I have wanted to do; some items are completely new to me; several are destined to push me out of my comfort zone.

Some activities will happen at certain times of the year, like celebrating my birthday in Grenada, running the Umstead 100, and the obstacle course race. Others may happen when they happen-like view a bald eagle or see a meteor shower.  That may be very happenstance.

Others are pretty simple. Like, eat a new fruit.  Grow some awesome sunflowers.

As of December 25, I have 51 items on my list. I reserve the right to add/subtract items from the list, but this is the back bone of the list.

The Project 50 List

Celebrate my birthday in Grenada

Eat cake for my birthday (a birthday cake!)

Make a photo album/scrapbook of all my beloved dogs

Creat a Time capsule

Visit fifty parks, whether city, county, state, or national

White water rafting at Ohiopyle

Organize my photos

Go kayaking


Read a Sherlock Holmes novel

Memorize a new poem

Find and attend a local yoga class

Make my husband a picture from his favorite flowers from our property

Attend an Ignite Talk

Update our wills, power of attorney, advance directives, central spot where all this will be stored

Be vegetarian for a day…or a week

Try oil pulling

Adopt a portion of the Buckeye Trail for trail maintenance

Send a note/postcard/funny card every month to both sets of parents (in addition to birthdays/anniversary) and my nephew

Figure out instagram

Eat a new fruit

Visit a new trail

Go zip lining

Give money to a homeless person without reservation

Make a gingerbread house

Attend a local festival

Break 24 hours at Umstead

Make a scarecrow for my garden

Take my bike on a mountain bike trail

Start a podcast

Snowboard or ski again

Make a sock monkey

Paint a picture

Run an obstacle course race

Visit a new museum-

Be able to do a pull up

Get my CCW

See a bald eagle

Go orienteering

Clean out my clothes closets, get rid of any clothes I have not worn in the last year

Participate in a local clean up the river/lake

Update my resume

Visit Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob

Get a colonoscopy

Cook a meal for Dennis

Grow successfully some cool sunflowers

Set a new PR


Try a dance class

Sing karaoke

See a meteor shower


Who Will Finish the Buckeye Ultra Slam?

Who Will Finish the Buckeye Ultra Slam?

Looking at the 2016 running calendar, there is the opportunity for an ultra runner to complete a race every month in 2016. Who will be our Buckeye Ultra Slammer?

This is not a comprehensive list, but I have found an ultramarathon of 50k or longer to run in every month.

January: Rocks and Roots 50K,  Run For Regis
February: Rocks and Roots 50K & 50 miler, Old Girdled Grit; Buzzard Day 50k & 100K
March: Green Jewel 50K; Fool’s 50K
April:  Forget the PR50K; O24  Trail;  One Day for the K.I.A
May:  50’s for Yo Mamma; Playing Possum 50K
June: Mohican 50 & 100 Mile Race; Buckeye Buster 50k; Another Dam 50K;
July: Buckeye Trail 50K
August: Burning River 100; Germantown 50K
September: YUTC; Not Yo Mama’s 100; North Coast 24; Hocking Hills Indian Run
October: Run With Scissors Double Marathon; Stone Steps 50K
November: Bills’ Bad Ass; Fuzzy Fandango 50K
December: Bigfoot 50K; 1st Day of Winter 50K

Will you attempt the Buckeye Ultra Slam?