Life is a Zoo…2018 is Now Open for Business

So apparently New Year’s Resolutions are supposed to be made (some article I read last year) however I’m going with 2018 Goals, as opposed to resolutions. For me moving forward requires some reflection on the past.

It has been a rough end to the year with the loss of my little fur-friend. I thought I was so prepared to let her go and while I know it was the right decision (at 15yrs and with an enlarged heart, it was her time) it has been a process. I feel like I lost a little piece of my heart. [And that is all I have to say about that – Forest Gump]

There are several other events that I could have done without coming to fruition at the year end. So it was important that I look back over the events of the past year if for nothing other than to not judge 2017 on just the last two months of the year.

The Good Stuff (in no particular order)

  • I spent time in Texas with friends

Shot and Seat

  • A work trip to Mexico


  • The road trip of all road trips from FL to Seattle


  • Fantastic conference in NOLA with two amazing gal pals


  • Some great workouts (inclusive of podium finish at a comp) and improvements in the lifting department
  • Progressed with the PhD
  • I’m a godmother/aunt to the most beautiful little girl

2018 Goals

  • Finish my PhD – Spring 2018 – even if it damn near kills me
  • Secure a job in academia for a Fall 2018 start
  • Stay strong
  • Don’t be a disappointment
  • No matter what, no matter where – don’t forget to find the positive and always keep a smile

That pretty much sums it up.

So here is to 2018 and remember…

“If you are confident enough, every zoo is a petting zoo.” – Author Unknown

In Memory of Ruby: 2002-2017

HRH Ruby Tuesday Templeton

Rest in Love little girl


Box Dogs

One of the best parts of my workout is being able to take Ruby with me. She loves going and it gives her a ‘job’ and social time.

Many crossfit boxes are dog friendly, and it adds a little something special.

A dining surprise

Having a day off from work is always fun, especially when there is a friend to go exploring with.

The day took me, Mari, and Ruby to Bluffton, OH. On the advice from my amazing co-worker, we decided to have lunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe and what an adorable little place! The Cafe was once a train depot and is now a cute little restaurant that seats approx 30 (to give you an idea of size). Mari went with the “Mustard Seed Pasta” and I decided upon the “Brisket Stuffed Peppers” – both were delish! For dessert I had a “butterscotch and walnut scone” and Mari went with a “mango sorbet” – YUMY!

Afterwards we strolled through downtown Bluffton (all 3 blocks). With it being Good Friday most of the stores were closed however Mari did venture into a small bakery (and came out with “hot cross buns” and other treats).

All in all, it was a great half-day adventure and I would go back to eat at the Mustard Seed without hesitation!

Meet Me in St.Louis

My recent vacation took me to visit St.Louis, MO. The highlight of my trip was spending time with a good friend (that I hadn’t seen in 4 years). Everything else was a fun bonus – it was an awesome trip.

1. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial a.k.a. “The Arch”

Pretty awesome. I didn’t go up (the wait was 60 min and I don’t do well with waits), however it was worth walking through the museum. Super informative and the Park Rangers are super.

2. Fox Theatre

This theatre was built in the 1920’s and is beautifully ornate. The day I went there was an open house to celebrate the beginning of the season.

3. Other Sightings

St. Louis University was a visit while I was in St. Louis. It is a beautiful campus that sits several blocks away from the Fox Theatre. Ruby and I visited the dog park across from campus. There are a variety of sculptures that decorate the park, it is an interesting site.

Overall it was a spectacular trip and I would love to go back. Ruby was impressed with how dog friendly the city is. (Always a bonus!)

Ruby Sunday

It’s been a little while since posting last. Not too much has happened but after being inside, and being sick, I decided to get out and go for a drive. Ruby was very happy to get out of the house.

The drive took us to the local university and we discovered a small memorial to Veterans. I remembered to grab the camera as I walked out the door and here are a couple clicks of the morning’s outing.

Happy Dog Ruby

Checking out the baseball stadium

Checking out the baseball stadium

Lounging Tribute

Each brick is inscribed with a tribute

Each brick is inscribed with a tribute

IMG_3619 Semper Fi