I promise to be smart

Seems as though every day something happens to remind me how fortunate I am to be alive, healthy, happy, and productive. Now, well past the days when my friends and I lose our parents, I am seeing my actual *friends* disappear. And with those who remain exist various stages of physical disrepair and miseries neither anticipated nor welcomed. Lucky me; this has yet to come my way.

I was not contemplative until some years after giving birth to my precious Jessica and Jedd. It evolved suddenly after learning of my biological heritage in my early 30’s, and while I have never allowed it to shape me, I know it explains what’s in my fabric: raging attention deficit disorder, but fortunately well compensated through the years. Well, most years anyway.

I wouldn’t call myself a thrill-seeker, though some might. I have no desire to jump out of a plane, on purpose or otherwise, and I am an overly-cautious driver. Mostly I just always need to have something to do. More than one something actually. Sometimes ten. I am actually more comfortable when involved in several enjoyable projects at the same time, such as right now, when I have deadlines at my job at GNTC, Rotary leadership, and training for the Malibu Triathlon. Were I to have to think of the same thing (or nothing) all the time I would become instantly bored and anxious. I don’t watch TV except for news and occasional sports events and documentaries, but I read like a monstah and usually have at least 4-5 books in process.

So to my beloved children, who have often thought me crazy, have perfected the eye-rolling sigh of “okayyyyy, Mom…whatever makes you happy…” and have each expressed concern over my decision to compete in Malibu on Sept. 14, I promise you with all my heart that I have *no* death-wish, nor do I have an injury-wish. I am training very carefully, as I did in 2011 for NYC; systematically working to make my whole body strong enough to be a decent competitor. When in training-mode, I am very intentional about what I eat and how much I rest, making these the healthiest life-intervals I’ve ever lived. Trust me, the LAST place I want to be is in an ER with an injury. I love that you care about me enough to express concern, and it is because I love YOU so much that I am now (finally) going through life in the most prudent manner possible (which may not be prudent to some, but is when you are me). All this is because I love seeing how you are both thriving in your lives after working hard to get to this point. I thank God every day for my life, for your lives, and for the friends we all treasure. I truly love life and intend to meet my great-grandchildren one day!🙂

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Christmas Eve 2013

I’m still up wrapping long after Santa has gone back to The North Pole. Call me scattered, but very, incredibly happy.

Merry Christmas to my friends who join me in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. Some of you I’ve known my whole life. Others for years or months, or even weeks. I love you each and all.

Some of you believe differently, and I hope you know I will never judge you on any level; that is not my job. I respect you and I love you unconditionally.

Tonight at church, I shed faces full of tears. I lost it at Silent Night, and it continued through The Lord’s Prayer and Emmanuel. These were quiet and happy tears. Jedd and Jessica, Dan, Marsha and Joseph, sorry if I embarrassed any of you; you’ll get over it.🙂

The Traveling Wilburys:

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring
Waiting for someone to tell you everything
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring
Maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is judgement day

Maybe somewhere down the road aways
You’ll think of me, and wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
Purple haze

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive
It don’t matter if you’re by my side
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please.
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line.

Merry Christmas, friends–I Love You! Nina.

I’m still up wrapping long after Santa has gone back to The North Pole. Call me scattered, but very, incredibly happy.

Merry Christmas to my friends who join me in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. Some of you I’ve known my whole life. Others for years or months, or even weeks. I love you each and all.

Some of you believe differently, and I hope you know I will never judge you on any level; that is not my job. I respect you and I love you unconditionally.

Tonight at church, I shed faces full of tears. I lost it at Silent Night, and it continued through The Lord’s Prayer and Emmanuel. These were quiet and happy tears. Jedd and Jessica, Dan, Marsha and Joseph, sorry if I embarrassed any of you; you’ll get over it.🙂

The Traveling Wilburys:

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring
Waiting for someone to tell you everything
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring
Maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is judgement day

Maybe somewhere down the road aways
You’ll think of me, and wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
Purple haze

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive
It don’t matter if you’re by my side
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please.
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line.

Merry Christmas, friends–I Love You! Nina.

I’m still up wrapping long after Santa has gone back to The North Pole. Call me scattered, but very, incredibly happy.

Merry Christmas to my friends who join me in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. Some of you I’ve known my whole life. Others for years or months, or even weeks. I love you each and all.

Some of you believe differently, and I hope you know I will never judge you on any level; that is not my job. I respect you and I love you unconditionally.

Tonight at church, I shed faces full of tears. I lost it at Silent Night, and it continued through The Lord’s Prayer and Emmanuel. These were quiet and happy tears. Jedd and Jessica, Dan, Marsha and Joseph, sorry if I embarrassed any of you; you’ll get over it.🙂

The Traveling Wilburys:

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring
Waiting for someone to tell you everything
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring
Maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is judgement day

Maybe somewhere down the road aways
You’ll think of me, and wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
Purple haze

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive
It don’t matter if you’re by my side
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please.
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, were going to the end of the line.

Merry Christmas, friends–I Love You! Nina.

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Retrospective

In seven days it will be the 1-year anniversary of the day that as a member of the 2011 CNN FitNation Six Pack, I swam a mile in the Hudson River, biked 26 miles on the Upper West Side Highway, ran a 10K through Central Park, and then ran, sweaty and jubilant, into the arms of my children and eleven treasured hometown friends at the finish line. It wasn’t a glass-dome-moment (def: you want to put a glass dome over it to preserve it forever); it was a glass-dome-DAY! From the 5 am rain-soaked transition setup to the evening after-party at the Boat Basin Café where I knew that I would be seeing some of my teammates and new-best-friends for the last time, every second of that day is still alive to me.

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What’s next? Who knows…

Those who know me best will confirm that I have lived my life collecting adventures and making memories. I developed the concept at a young age, when I realized that elderly friends in nursing homes still had their long-term memories, whether or not they knew where they were today. So, just in case I survived to a feeble old age, I resolved to make plenty of vivid happy memories worth enjoying over and over again in my mind. At least I’ve always thought that was my motivation. More recently I’ve come to realize that I simply have an adrenaline-junkie-thrill-seeking personality, most likely attached to my ADD.

Attention Deficit Disorder is a gift that I treasure, and I will write about it in the future; today I just want to record the most memorable day of my life since the birth of each of my children: Feb. 18, 2012. An over-committed day if ever I had one, but one that I was determined to conquer. Success! I completed my first half-marathon that morning at Berry College (time 3:11), and later that evening celebrated with my children and closest friends as I was honored at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. I am pleased to report that I stayed vertical and energetic for the whole day and evening (and completely enjoyed the next day languishing on the couch and seeing how many movies I could watch in one day).

2012 has been incredible thus far, but how could it possibly top 2011? Well, it’s just March 4; there’s plenty of year left to conquer. Who knows…maybe I’ll just take it easy for a while. Naw…can’t do. Stay with me as I figure it out.

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Reconsiderations, Reconsidered.

Per my blog on January 14, I started thinking I was crazy for holding on to my dream of doing my first half marathon at Berry on the same day that I would be honored at the Heart of the Community Awards. I mean, the Heart Ball is a GREAT party: black tie, delicious food, a thorough and hilarious roasting of each honoree by Bob Berry, all followed by a couple of hours with a high-energy dance band! I certainly did not to have tired feet for this event. So I emailed the race coordinator, and her answer is at the end of that last blog.

I guess she knew I would become better trained by February, and she was right. Additionally, I have had conversations with Carlton and John, both Iron Men and respected trainers of mine, and they both agreed that I am fit enough for 13.1. “You could do the half today and never bat an eye.” The caveat is (and they both told me this), I’m not to go out there trying to win any land speed records. “Don’t knock yourself out; just take your time and you will be fine.”

Allison was right, and so are Carlton and John. I have un-changed my mind. After several more long runs of 8.5, 11.6, 10 using my Jeff Galloway-style 2:1 run:walk pattern, I have found that it really does conserve my energy. Yesterday I did 12 miles! Then I showered and went to a Super Bowl party, feeling just fine. So I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, and I’ll be doing the Berry Half Marathon on Saturday, February 18, and then the Heart Ball that night. What an awesome day that’s going to be.

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Twelve! Twelve! TWELVE!!! by ninalove1 at Garmin Connect – Details

Twelve! Twelve! TWELVE!!! by ninalove1 at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Watching natural gifts

There is a pleasure in watching someone perform a thing that comes as naturally to them as breathing: a surgeon, an artist, a musician… For me, the greatest thrill comes from my children; Jessica being a sweet little mommy… Jedd playing the drums. The music flows through him, as essential as his own blood.

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