My friend Jill of GlossyVeneer fame is running her buns off in order to train for the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon — her second marathon this year, mind you — and she’s training with Team in Training!  A group very dear to my heart!

Jill is *so close* to meeting her sponsorship minimum — money donated will help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society find a cure for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma. In order to meet her goal, Jill is holding a drawing for a lovely piece of pottery from Bethany Actually‘s fun creations! I’m so excited, I donated AGAIN to Jill’s campaign!  Please check it out, and donate whatever you can.


This is pretty much what my days are like with these two chicks…

(filmed with my new Flip)

Outnumbered from Marci B. on Vimeo.

(THE STUPID VIDEO WON’T POST! GRRR! Click the title “Outnumbered” to see it!)

I find myself with a very full plate… again.  Honestly, I like it when I have many irons in the fire, so to speak.  But as expected, it becomes too much.  I want to do it all, but I only have so much energy; so much time… not to mention I’m a full time mom during my family’s waking hours.  But to paraphrase my blog’s slogan… Do something new, it doesn’t hurt to try!

So what on Earth is on my plate now?

Marathon training

with my triathlon season wrapping up in a few weeks, I’m jumping into Team in Training once again!  I really do love that organization, and the cause touches me, my family, my friends.  The Southern Nevada organization is a tad rickety right now, so dearest Coach Chuck — who coached me during my tri training, and with whom I still train with on occasion — asked if I would consider mentoring members of the upcoming marathon team.

The goal race is P.F. Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon in Phoenix on January 18, 2009.  Problem is… I don’t care for running that much.  I do it fine.  I like running 10Ks.  Heck, I’d even love to run a half marathon this winter.  But a whole 26.2 miles… meh.

Well, I decided to go for it.  Why not?  I have already amazed myself, pushed my body to achieve physically… in ways I never thought possible.  I know I can do it.  And, I look forward to the mental break from training for three sports in the wee hours of the morning.

Going back to work

I really want to go back to work next year, and put my teaching credential to good use (finally).  Both the girls will be in school, and I’m really craving the thought of having my own classroom.  A couple weeks ago, I finally added a grades 7-12 English credential to my teaching license, and I renewed the license which will be good for another six years.

Now, I need to further discuss the feasibility with my husband, my mom (who will help pick up the girls after school), and decide if I’m really ready for the distraction!  Meanwhile, I’m talking around to people I know, getting my feelers out for middle school English or Reading positions around the district.

Blissfully editing

I have a new gig as editor of the Blissful Buzz channel over at Blissfully Domestic.  That’s okay, I’ll pause a moment while you laugh that off… me… DOMESTIC… ???

So far, it has been fun gathering writers for Buzz, which covers celebrity news, pop culture, books, movies, goofy stuff.  It reminds me of when I was a copy editor way back in the day, and I enjoy hearing fresh ideas and reading the contributors’ posts.  (PSST!  If you’re interested in writing for Blissfully Domestic, let me know!  All channels, including mine, are still taking in writers.)

Hop on over to check it out, there are lots of goodies and information over there.  The site launched today, so it is still has a few hiccups.

Guest posting!


I can’t seem to update my own blog to save my life, but I was happy to help out Secret Agent Josephine during her blog sabbatical.  Check it out!

Las Vegas: A Local’s FAQ

Magic Six Ball


It’s time for another Six Things meme!  I was tagged about eleventy-billion years ago by pal VDog, and by The Grand Duchess of Cupcakes, Kari.  So here it is…

1.  I love Lucky Charms, and I would eat them all day, everyday if I could.  Yes, I hear your EEEEWWWWWs and barfing sounds.  I don’t care.  If loving Lucky Charms is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

2.  I am a mix of Norwegian, German, Czech, Polish, English, and possibly Russian.  It’s such a strange mix that it’s showing up as anomolies around my body.  Denstists comment about how abnormally deep the grooves are in my teeth.  Running shoe experts comment that my feet show an interesting mix of shortness (for my height), width (like, Fred Flintstone wide) with really, really high arches.  I blame my odd European cross-breeding.

3.  Loud chewing bothers me to no end.  Especially if someone sniffs a lot while they chew.

4.  Even though I hated reading them, I loved buying textbooks at the begining of each semester of college and grad school.  I don’t know, I think it was something about the fresh start that appealed to me.

5.  Speaking of beginnings, I love sunrises.  Sunsets are great too… but sunrises always fill me with hope.

6.  I haven’t read a Harry Potter book. No, really.  I haven’t.

But I’d rather be brokedown with you by my side. –Jack Johnson

At 5:05pm on August 6th, 2004, our little baby Peanut made her quiet entrance into the world and made my life complete.  After 14 hours in the NICU, I finally got to meet my Makenna Leigh.  She was small and cute and wide-eyed, even within the first days after she was born.

Our small little baby is growing into a big, beautiful little person.

While she was once so quiet by nature, she sure tells us what she’s thinking.  She has a great sense of humor.  She’s brave and strong.  Her will is frighteningly fierce.  And we love everything about her.  (Well, except maybe her temper).

Happy 4th Birthday, Bugs!

At the age of two, my mom drove me around town as I stood next to her, arm around her neck, and gazed at my reflection in the rearview mirror.  Those simple days are long gone (thank goodness).  As hard as I try not to be a mommy blogger, I am a MOM, and thus I concern myself with mom-type things.  Like this:  Makenna is about a half inch away from being too tall for her Britax Marathon car seat.

She is four; 43 inches tall, and weighs 40 pounds.  She is big enough to sit in a full-fledged booster.

I’m not against boosters — they are safe, especially certain brands and designs.  I’m open to something lighter, something a little simpler.  Makenna is one of the only kids at school who is still in a car seat.

BUT.  I have heard and read scary stories about the overall safety booster seats for small children.  So I’m not sure if I want Makenna (and eventually Paige) in a seat belt booster at this age.  I’d like her to be in a 5-point harness as long as humanly possible.

I’m also a realist.  Once Makenna figures out that big kids ride in boosters, Child Made of Iron Will likely won’t be thrilled sitting in a “baby seat.”  I’m the MOM, I’m in charge, blah blah blah YES… but really.  This Child Made of Iron Will definitely will make seating a miserable event.

I’ve narrowed my search to these two seats:

Britax Frontier

Pros:  Convertible – can be used with 5-point harness up to 80 pounds, then becomes a seat-belted booster up to 100 pounds; high safety rating with side impact protection; LATCH can be used safely up to 65 pounds with the harness.

Cons:  Heavy; still looks like a baby seat.  Will the future six-year-old Makenna actually sit in this?  We may need to buy a conventional booster down the road.

Britax Monarch

Pros:  High safety rating; sturdy, with side impact protection; more versatile – back can be removed as child gets older.  Better chance of this being “the last safety seat we ever buy.”

Cons:  No LATCH.  Can the child unbuckle themselves?  Still scared of a booster.

I’m all about perspective.  What’s your take on this?  What do your preschoolers ride in?

p.s.  Just found this excellent post, for those that are curious about all the hub-bub about boosters vs. extended 5-point harness use.  And it’s a great review of the Frontier.

**Source: Britax USA