NaBloPoMo is FiOv

November 30, 2013 § 4 Comments

National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) is finally over (FiOv).

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  • My followers like photos and photo essays/collages
  • My Nightstand feature continuously has a small following (not just this month), but it’s one of my favorites, so it stays (plus it’s a good way to track what I read)
  • Sometimes my worst photos have the best stories
  • Not many people read blogs (or post on blogs) during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend



November 30, 2013 § 1 Comment


Pretty, old downtown St. Paul — Lowertown, Seventh Street East

Seven Down

November 29, 2013 § 4 Comments

I’ve noted several times that I injured my ankle/calf/Achilles tendon in the spring, blowing a chance to successfully complete my running challenge of 13 races in 2013. I took more than three months off from running, slowly starting back in September. With only six races completed through May, there’s really no chance I’ll run another seven before December 31.

However, before preparing the Thanksgiving meal yesterday, I rose early and ran my first race since May, the inaugural Turkey Trot in downtown St. Paul along the Mississippi River (just the 5K).

Turkeys getting ready to trot

Turkeys getting ready to trot

I had a great race. No problems with pain. Dad came to cheer me on, standing out in the cold from start to finish. And remarkably, my time was one of my best ever. So I guess I’m doing okay, though I still have some problems with irritation when I don’t run. Strange.

The 5K facts:

  • Time: 26:56 (8:41 pace)
  • Overall place: 307/2473
  • Female: 110/unknown
  • Division (F40-49): 16/289
Before the race with Dad (Mom wanted to avoid the early hour and the cold)

Before the race with Dad (Mom wanted to avoid the early hour and the cold)


November 29, 2013 § 4 Comments


Thanksgiving leftovers and the descent into mayhem

Other Than That, It Was a Fine Day

November 28, 2013 § 6 Comments

A banner day, Thanksgiving was.

I ran a great race — my first since spring, post-injury.

The meal I feared ruining turned out way better than planned.

I was surrounded by lovely people — family, friends, children. I even chatted with a few dogs.

The only bad thing? I learned Saul Leiter, one of my favorite photographers, died the other day. I had clung to the hope that I’d bump into him on the Lower East Side one day, ask him a question or two, then leave him be.

Now I’m left to wonder what will happen to the disorganized photographs, drawings, paintings, and treasures that fill his NYC apartment.

Saul Leiter Red Umbrella 1957

Saul Leiter
Red Umbrella



November 28, 2013 § 1 Comment


A good race morning

Gobble Tov

November 27, 2013 § 4 Comments

I believe the Thanksgiving meal I’m preparing is kosher (no meat, so no worries about mixing it with milk, wine, or grape juice), so I clearly have Hanukkah and Thanksgiving under control. Considering I’m not Jewish, I’m pretty pleased with myself.

I’m also exhausted. Below is a run down of my day today and the expected chaos tomorrow. All good. All worth it.

Gobble Tov.


  • Morning walk
  • Work
  • Chocolate cake with icing
  • Blackberry shortcake
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin pudding
  • White dinner rolls
  • Carrots, celery, and dip
  • Five-mile round-trip walk to pick up 5k race packet
  • Cleaning
  • Dinner with the parents at Cafe Latte
  • Countless loads of dishes
Rolls rising

Rolls rising


  • 5k in the cold
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potato casserole
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cranberries
  • Cranberry salad (made by Dad)
  • Cheese, cracker, and fruit tray
  • Hosting
  • Dinner
  • More dishes
  • Walk
  • Dessert with family and friends
  • More dishes
  • Sleep


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