Category: my life

a thin tree with an arrow carved into the bark

Happy 2019! Or, a year for practice and process

I love New Year’s Day. It’s not the drinking (although don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good drink), or counting down to midnight, or setting off firecrackers and noise makers. No, I love New Year’s Day because it’s a fresh start. Ultimately, it’s a completely arbitrary fresh start. It’s a psychological trick that we...

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups. I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year. Still, I made some...

Running and body image

Running and body image

I started running at the end of May because I wanted to improve my overall health. Back then, I couldn’t run for more than a minute at a time without getting winded. Last week, I completed my first unofficial 5k run in about 45 minutes. I still have to take some walk breaks on those...

Missing Lexi

Missing Lexi

I had a dream about Lexi the other night. My dad’s dog Neo was there, too, and they were both puppies again. We played tug like we always used to, and when I squished her she got mad at me (also like she always used to). Neo was about a year old when we got...

Every end is a new beginning

Every end is a new beginning

Monday, June 4th, we said goodbye to Lexi. Her life was full of things she loved, and we strove to maintain her quality of life right to the end. With degenerative myelopathy, there’s not really a tipping point. It’s a slow, steady progression that robs the dog of her mobility and eventually her breath. Although...