I recently found myself on a mountain in the middle of the night. Again. Unlike the last time, this event wasn’t quite so…traumatic. Though this adventure, dubbed Ladies Night by the boot camp that created it, certainly had some special nuances. Behold…the numbers: 29 female participants 12 hours (7pm to 7am. As in overnight.) 3 trail runs, ea...More
What’s Up with All the Honking?
This week's blog is available in podcast form! You can listen/download here: What's Up With All the Honking? Want more? Let me know by answering the quick poll at the end of this post. If enough people say "yup" then I'll keep 'em coming, post some old favorites, and publish them to iTunes. Now, onto the blog... Recently I found myself in a new city...More
Things You Learn When You’re Lost On a Big, Fat Mountain
Today’s post is a bit different. It’s a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don’t judge me. It begins after a good dose of “you can do it Deirdre!” pep talks, when I signed up for a race/hike up a big, fat mountain in the big, dry, lunar-landscaped desert known as Anza Borrego. That morning, we were raring to go as the race began. [Not...More
What Two Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All
It happened at a grocery store on a Sunday evening. Hubbie and I were pooped from a day of errand-filled frenzy and this was our last stop on the journey. As we made our way down to the parking garage, loaded up with bags, there stood two adorable little Girl Scouts. Lily and Lisa. I don’t mind telling you that, as we made our way down the stairs and saw...More
Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile
Stupid, freakin’ fear. I hate it. And, sad to say, I’m walking in a big, glumpy pile of it as I write this. Walk with me for a moment, won’t you? As we begin, let me first acknowledge how ironic this post feels already. I’ve written lots of blogs on how to tackle fear. Heck, I even dedicated a chapter of my last book to the sucker. Throughout it all I’ve ...More
This is a Test. Let’s Play.
Well, there’s been a momentous occasion in the life of Deirdre. Momentous, I say. I quit my gym. Those of you who know me will understand why this is such a big deal…that up to now my body-building hobby has actually been an enormous part of my life. Every single day of it. For years. But now I’ve decided to make the physical activity switch from this ind...More