Thank you Ingrid Michaelson, for giving me the words...

Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts?
Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts.
So it's fairly simple to cut right through the mess,
And to stop the muscle that makes us confess.

And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just,
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.

You fasten my seatbelt because it is the law.
In your two ton death trap I finally saw.
A piece of love in your face that bathed me in regret.
Then you drove me to places I'll never forget.

And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just,
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.

And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just,
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls-
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls-
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.

Easter 2011

Easter this year was fantastic. There was lots of time in the car, lots of time with family, and lots of time in nature. All my favorite things, in my favorite city.


Glutton for Punishment

So last night Jayme, Kim and I decided that it would be a good idea for us all to run the marathon again this year.  We each took turns saying, "are we crazy?!"  and "are we really going to try and fundraise again?!"  And the answer to both, we decided, is "yes."
So, yes, we are crazy to take on this challenge once more, and yes we are going to be fundraising close to $3,000 each again. But we are savvy ladies, and we know lots of people who like a good party, and we have some kick butt event ideas up our collective sleeve... in short, we got this.
I was so excited when I woke up this morning about signing up again that I had to pull my marathon shirt out of the closet and wear it to work today. I am so ready to rekindle my love/hate relationship with running, shin splints, calf cramps and all things GU.
So stay tuned for updates from the marathon road!


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 30

Day 30 - A picture of yourself

I began this 30 day photo challenge with a picture similar to this one.  There are many things that are important to me at this stage in life represented in this snapshot. 

- Sunshine
- Team In Training
- Cycling
- Nature
- Power much greater than myself

Wow.  The challenge is over.  I may have to do this again sometime and see how it compares. If you've been thinking about taking the challenge too, do it.  It's fun, and a great way to begin the day.


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 29

Day 29 - A picture of someone you miss

 You each know why and how.  Love you all :)


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 28

Day 28 - A picture that can always make you smile 

Step 1 - get in car with best friend.
Step 2 - start driving.
Step 3 - keep driving.

Best road trip.  EVER.


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 27

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

 My brothers have always been there for me.  They've protected me, stood up for me, and been my friends when I've needed someone to talk to.  I have so many fond memories of playing football, climbing trees, chopping wood and running around outside in the summer with them.  I can't imagine having had any better choice for siblings.  God chose them well.
Love you guys!


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 26

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

When I first decided I was going to complete a marathon with Team in Training I highly doubted myself.  I doubted my abilities, doubted my stamina and doubted my self-discipline.  Miraculously no one else seemed to.  Two people showed me the most faith though, and stood behind me the entire endeavor.  They were my best friend, Richard, and my sis-in-law, Danielle.  This picture reminds me of both of their encouragement and support. 
Richard was going to travel with me to the marathon from day 1.  He was going to be at my side during the weekend, and at the finish line when I crossed.  Danielle strapped on her running shoes and was on the trail with me every week running and walking at my pace and pushing me to get better and better.  They both stepped up in big ways.
When it came time to head to the race, Richard had a big conflict in scheduling and was going to be unable to travel with me.  I understood, of course, but was bummed that my support team was going to miss it.  Without missing a beat Richard told me that he was paying for Danielle to go with me and be there to see me cross the finish line.  Danielle was on the course to cheer me on, and Richard was on the phone with me at mile 16 to talk me through my mental block.
I could not have asked for a better team to be at my side while I conquered the biggest challenge I have ever given myself.
Love you both!


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 25

Day 25 - A picture of your day

I went for a ride with some team members after work yesterday.  It was fairly uneventful (especially in comparison to this ride!) just 10 miles in the rain and a little wind.  When I got back to my apartment I checked my handy little odometer and realized that although I've gone on a handful of pretty lengthy training rides, I just now hit 100 miles. 
100 miles.  The distance of my ride in June will be 100 miles in one day.


I got to thinking about just how far 100 miles is.  Pardon my language, but that's a long damn distance!
Here are some comparisons:
  • If I were to get on my bike in Boise and ride to Wendell, that's 100 miles.
  • If I were to get on my bike in Boise and ride to Ontario, OR  AND BACK that's 100 miles.
  • If I were to get on my bike in Boise and ride to McCall, that's 100 miles.
  • If I were to get on my bike in Seattle and ride to Olympia AND BACK that's 100 miles.
  • If I were to get on my bike in Portland and ride to Olympia that's 100 miles
  • If I were to ride around Lake Tahoe that would be 100 miles.... oh wait, I'm going to be doing that in June!



30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 24

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

You're probably looking at this picture thinking, "where is she going with this?  How in the world is this a picture of something Macey wants to change?"

Well, let me explain by sharing my thought process on this one:

Something I wish I could change, hmmm... something I wish I could change.  Well, let's see.  I wish I could change my weight, oh wait, I can change that.  And I am.  Ok.  Well, I wish I could change my job.  Oh wait, I have the power to change that too...  Ok.  What is something I can't change, no matter how hard I work, or how hard I try I have no power to change this.  
Hmmm... (look around my office) 
Hmmm... (look over at my boss)
Hmmm... (stare out the window)  Man, I wish the weather was nice.  WAIT!  That's it!  I wish I could change the weather.  I want the sun to shine, the temps to rise and have an excuse to escape the office that includes some sort of activity that involves shorts.  

So folks, my picture 'describing' this change is one of the sun on my toes.
Don't you feel silly now for questioning me?  Sheesh.


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 23

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

I quickly grabbed the copies of "Peter Pan" from my bookshelf that I could easily find and snapped this photo with excitement. I may have a slight obsession with the notion of never growing up.  Life on an island with pirates and mermaids, an active imagination and fairy dust... yes please!

Peter: Why do you have to spoil everything? We have fun, don't we? I taught you to fly and to fight. What more could there be?
Wendy: There is so much more.
Peter: What? What else is there?
Wendy: I don't know. I guess it becomes clearer when you grow up.
Peter: Well, I will not grow up. You cannot make me!

Yes, I actually own more copies of this treasured story than these 4, and have my eye on a few other editions too.  Ooh... this one too :)


30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 22

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

I remember climbing trees as a kid with my older brother and loving it.  We would find the tallest tree on our property and climb to the tippy-top, surveying the world below us and pretending we were famous explorers discovering new worlds.
Somewhere along the line I developed a fear of falling to my imminent death and stopped. I still have an irrational and intense fear of heights and haven't climbed a tree since my pre-pubescence.  I wish I was better at climbing trees and discovering the joy again.