Brain Dump!

Here’s a big ol’ brain dump of what’s going on in penguin land…..

– I now live here:

oceanAnd I love it.  Yes, it’s crazy hot, but that’s okay.  I like heat.  I love having the ocean near and the sun shining every day.  I love not having a 45 minute commute every morning and afternoon across a two lane bottle necked bridge.  I love being near a body of water.  Did I already mention that one?

– Working from home is strange.  I love not having a commute, but the limited human interacting is strange.  It’s also difficult to have a clear line between work time/not work time….if that makes sense?  It’s really easy to keep working extra house just because my work laptop is available.  I need to figure out a better way to compartmentalize this.  At least my coworkers are cute!

koda and orion cuddle

Are you done working yet, mom?

– The dogs may love living in Florida even more than I do.

dogs in oceanKoda may never stop thanking us for moving to a warm climate near water.

– Race day is almost here!

racine count down

Unfortunately Fella can’t make it up for this race.  I’m not sure who is more upset: him or me!  Fortunately, my awesome friend Jessica and I will be make it an impromptu girls weekend!  Overall I feel pretty solid going into the race….which is good because I have some pretty aggressive goals.  Honestly, I’m ready for it to be here so I can stop training.  I feel like I have been training for forever while fighting life and I am ready for a break.  I need it.

Happy Tuesday!

An Unusual Request

I wanted my first blog post from packing and moving cross country to be full of fun updates, but that post will have to come tomorrow.  Today, I can’t write that post.

Meet my sister-in-law’s husband, Eric.

Eric is a loving father to my niece and nephew.  He’s a caring husband and a compassionate person.  Unfortunately, he’s been dealt a terrible genetic hand and his cancer has come back for the fourth time.

Eric was diagnosed for the first time in 2010.  He bravely fought the cancer and, for three years, was cancer free.  In 2014, a routine scan showed a tumor on Eric’s right lung.  He underwent surgery to have it removed, but he suffered a pulmonary embolism post surgery that landed him in ICU for 9 days.  Eric and his family went forward with optimism, hoping for perhaps 3 more years of being cancer free.  They got three months.  In April, Eric began to suffer headaches and bouts of dizziness. Scans revealed a tumor in his brain causing the pressure leading to his headaches and lack of balance. He underwent gamma knife radiation therapy followed by brain surgery in October 2014 to remove the tumor.  Sadly, the fates are not being kind to him.  His cancer is back yet again in the form of two spots on his lung and a tumor on his pituitary gland.

My brother in law, me, and Eric. The three amigos of mudding.

We have started a GoFundMe to help Amy and Eric with medical bills and expenses.  With Eric being unable to work for the foreseeable future, finances are extremely tight between medical bills and life expenses.  If you do not want to or cannot donate, I completely understand.  All I ask of you is to please send up a prayer for Eric or to send some positive vibes his way.  He has a long road ahead of him and every dollar, prayer, and positive vibe helps.

Thank you.

New Beginnings!

Goodbye St. Louis!

MapHello South Florida!

A while back, Fella and I decided that we wanted to work towards moving down to Florida.  We both missed the ocean and I really can’t handle another winter.  The past month has been insanity between trying to get the house ready to put up for sale, job searching in Florida for Fella, still working full time for me, and training for a Half Ironman.  To say that time has been at a premium would be the understatement of the year.  Last week though, Fella got an offer for his dream job!  And we had our first house showing on Sunday!  Unrelated, I need a nap.

Back next week with more regularly scheduled posts!  I’ll be spending the weekend without internet on our annual camping trip to paradise!

Wordless Wednesday

Life is madness right now which is the reason for my radio silence.  Fella and I have some major life changes going on right now on top of regular life.  Currently I’m working 50+ hours a week, training 10-15 hours a week, and trying to not go insane.  Blogging falls by the wayside a little bit.  Nothing to do, but enjoy the crazy ride!

Three Things Thursday – Random Edition

Just be warned that there is no cohesiveness to this post.  At all.


You know you have the best teammates in the world when you tell them that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and that turns into a competition of who can make the best face.  Life has been stressful lately.  Being surrounded by incredible people helps.

Funny team


We have some birds that build a nest at the back of our house every year.  I have seen eggs in the nest before, but never the actual babies…..until this year!  We’ve got lots of little chickies!



I’m moving out of my comfort zone and joining an early Friday morning swim class for triathletes.  This put me out of my comfort zone in two ways.  First, I hate morning.   I like morning workouts more as time going on, but these workouts start at 5:45 am and are a 40 minute drive for me.  Someone just start a coffee IV, okay?  Second, I get super nervous swimming around other people.  My form isn’t terrible, but it’s still a work in progress.  And I’m not fast by any means.  Basically, I still kind of feel like a fraud in the pool.  It’s a work in progress though and this is one more step trying to improve on that.  Here’s to pushing past my comfort zone!

Happy Thursday!