Spring and Summer (because its been that long)…

Well, helloooo there.  It has been a while.  It has been a long while.  Today, I’m writing you from my bed as I recover from hip surgery.  I hope to write about my recovery and my return to running over the next few weeks and months.  But before I dive into the hip story, let me provide you with a quick list of all the (wonderful) mayhem that has proceeded over the spring/summer.  Where to start???

1) Goats–we adopted two goats on Easter weekend.  Jack and Jill are their names.  They are playful, curious, and quite naughty.  I have become a pro at trimming hooves (while nursing Leif) and even learned to give vaccinations.

Jack

Jack

The Kids (well, they aren't really kids anymore but I still like to say, "hey kids" to them.

The Kids (well, they aren’t really kids anymore but I still like to say, “hey kids” to them.

Vaccinating Jill with the help of our friend's Michael and Kevin (and of course Sochi wanted in on the action--or the grain we were feeding Jill)

Vaccinating Jill with the help of our friend’s Michael and Kevin (and of course Sochi wanted in on the action–or the grain we were feeding Jill)

2) Gardening, gardening, and more gardening.  Our garden exploded over the summer, bringing us kale, lettuce, peas, beans, beets, carrots, squash, and more.  It was an explosion of yumminess.

Zucchini Chips.  We had a lot of Zucchini!  I made chips, bread, dips, stirfry, and froze about 60 cups of shredded Zucc for the winter.

Zucchini Chips. We had a lot of Zucchini! I made chips, bread, dips, stirfry, and froze about 60 cups of shredded Zucc for the winter.

Holy Buddha!  That's a big zucchini!

Holy Buddha! That’s a big zucchini!

Cabbage patch kid

Cabbage patch kid

Love chasing the girls around.  They are so patient with him

Love chasing the girls around. They are so patient with him

3) We went on a 5000+ mile road trip through Canada to Alaska.

Buffalo crossing on the highway!  They came right up to the car!

Buffalo crossing on the highway! They came right up to the car!

A walk through Denali.

A walk through Denali.

Sour Toe challenge--a shot of Jack Daniels with a real human toe in it.  We became honory Sour doughs!

Sour Toe challenge–a shot of Jack Daniels with a real human toe in it. We became honory Sour doughs!

Ferry across Yukon River in Dawson City. Way the heck up in the Yukon.

Ferry across Yukon River in Dawson City. Way the heck up in the Yukon.

The go to upside down play.

The go to upside down play.

Gorgeous light at 11 PM at this brilliant lake in Northern British Columbia..with a couple of gorgeous guys

Gorgeous light at 11 PM at this brilliant lake in Northern British Columbia..with a couple of gorgeous guys

4) I turned 30!  I’m pretty stoked about my 30’s and thankful for all the incredible things…and really ridiculously hard things…that happened in my 20’s.  To a new decade!

30 is lovely!  I have a healthy and delightful little boy, a beautifully supportive community, a home to create as I wish, my family is healthy, and I feel more confident and grounded with each passing moment.

30 is lovely! I have a healthy and delightful little boy, a beautifully supportive community, a home to create as I wish, my family is healthy, and I feel more confident and grounded with each passing moment.

5) We became host parents to a 17 year old boy from Vietnam!  His name is Son and he is an absolute delight.  We are enjoying having him as part of our family!

Son on his first day of school in America.  I was feeling like a proud host mama.

Son on his first day of school in America. I was feeling like a proud host mama.

This kid is so great.  He's been helping out while I'm recovering from surgery.  Yesterday Leif bonked his head on the corner and Son came running to comfort.  So so sweet.

This kid is so great. He’s been helping out while I’m recovering from surgery. Yesterday Leif bonked his head on the corner and Son came running to comfort. So so sweet.

6) I had the honor of attending the birth our dear friends’ baby.  It was truly an incredible experience and I had to include it in my list of major events in the past months.  It is not every day I get to hold a friends hand while she brings new life into the world.  It was beautiful.

Sweet Elliot Pax.  Love.

Sweet Elliot Pax. Love.

Kevin, Annie, and their perfect little bundle--Elliot.  Thank you guys for allowing me the honor of being present at Elliot's debut into this crazy world!  You are already top notch parents and Elliot has already captured my heart!

Kevin, Annie, and their perfect little bundle–Elliot. Thank you guys for allowing me the honor of being present at Elliot’s debut into this crazy world! You are already top notch parents and Elliot has already captured my heart!

7) I had my hip socket shaved down and my torn labram cleaned out. Kind of a big deal.  After chiropractic, PT, acupuncture, and massage…my sweet acupuncturist suggested I get an MRI/MRA to look for a torn labram… And finally, after almost a year of worsening hip, groin, glute, and low back pain (and almost zero running)  I am on the other side of surgery and hoping I’m running in 4 months!  I will devote an entire post  to this in the next day or two with many more to follow.

I was hungry and dehydrated but mostly in good spirits before and after surgery.  Enjoyed joking with the nurses and my surgeon about child birth/pain/tricks I could do on crutches/ how the bag they put my clothes in reminded me of a bag I'd put my extra clothing in at the beginning of a race.  It was all fun in games--minus the part I was unconscious and had cameras and surgical tools inside my hip.

I was hungry and dehydrated but mostly in good spirits before and after surgery. Enjoyed joking with the nurses and my surgeon about child birth/pain/tricks I could do on crutches/ how the bag they put my clothes in reminded me of a bag I’d put my extra clothing in at the beginning of a race. It was all fun in games–minus the part I was unconscious and had cameras and surgical tools inside my hip.

That's my hip socket, guys!  Technology is amazing.  Thanks, Dr. Brukner for helping me on my journey toward running 100 mile race and running into my 100's!

That’s my hip socket, guys! Technology is amazing. Thanks, Dr. Brukner for helping me on my journey toward running 100 mile race and running into my 100’s!

Recovering with my girl--felt way better than I expected after surgery.

Recovering with my girl–felt way better than I expected after surgery.

Of course a lot of other stuff happened in there!  Leif is growing up much too fast.  Changing every day.  He is all sorts of active, fearless, and passionate about life.  He loves his animals–Sochi, the chickens (we call them “the girls”) and Jack and Jill.  They are all so patient with him and his roughness.  Life feels full, sometimes overwhelming but mostly wonderful.  My 30’s will be great, I’m going to heal well and come back strong.  I’m going to focus on loving myself, my family and my community in a way that enriches life.  Stay tuned for recovery posts!


Almond Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

It was chocolatey, and messy, and wonderful.

Ya’ll know I love smoothies! I have a green smoothie most mornings.  They are refreshing, nourishing, and dang tasty.  Green smoothies are my staple smoothie but lately I’ve been wanting to mix it up a little.  Like today, I got back from a fast 15 miler and was in the mood for something sexy (to drink).

So, in a moment of inspiration, I whipped up a little somethin’-somethin’ out of my comfort zone and boy was a I glad I did.  I drank this in the bathtub with lots of lavendary bubbles.  Talk about bliss.

Ingredients:

  • Thanks iherb for the free sample! It was deeelicious.

    1 banana

  • a scoop plant based protein (I just happened to have this sample from iherb that I used but you could also just use straight hemp and spice it up)
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • spoonful of carob powder
  • packet stevia or a squeeze of agave
  • A few handfuls of ice
  • water to your liking (I like mine thick so I add a little bit of water at a time)

Directions: 

  • I like to chop the ice in the blender first
  • Put it all in and blend it all up!
  • EN-FREAKIN-JOY