Race Day


Oh goodness, that face!It’s been a little over a week now since my husband did the half Ironman race in Delaware, Ohio (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, then 13.1 mile run) and I really wanted to post about it last week, but sickness plus maybe teething took over our house which meant a severe lack of sleep. So survival mode it was. This wasn’t the first one he’s done, but it was the first one that was close enough to not require a road trip and for that I was thankful. It was so nice to sleep in our bed and to be able to be home in less than an hour! The only little bit of drama associated with this race was the tornado (small thankfully) that touched down the night before at the state park where the race started and where our family was camping. A few uprooted trees and everyone and everything else was fine!

I’ll admit that I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with my husband’s hobby of distance races and the training that comes along with it. It’s kind of annoying to have all of your weekend plans from maybe about April through October revolve around what the training schedule looks like, and the training rides and runs can take up a lot of time when it’s the peak of training. But I’ve learned to use that time to do something for myself too and save the chores for later when we’re both home. Sure I have my little toddler side kick, but we’ve gone for walks that end in a coffee shop visit, a trip to a farmer’s market, the library, and sometimes just a slow morning at home knowing that I have full control of the tv remote. 😉 It’s just what my little introvert heart needs!

My favorite part though is seeing someone you’re close to accomplish a goal like this because you see the work and the dedication that goes into preparing for it. As they were getting to start my husbands’ wave of the swim, I looked over and saw a woman watching the group enter the water and she had tears in her eyes. And yes I’m off the charts sentimental and my husband would probably roll his eyes at me, but I totally teared up when he did his first triathlon and was damn close to it this time too!

So here’s a little video created out of cell phone pictures and video to show you what race day looks like for us, minus the parts where I had to chase a toddler out of the parking lot 15 times, try unsuccessfully to get him from napping in his stroller to napping in the car, and then drive around aimlessly in neighborhoods surrounding the finish line just trying to find a parking spot… 😉

Ironman 70.3 – Delaware, OH from Jess L. on Vimeo.

That Mom


On the chance that you’re ever invited over to my house to hang for a bit, let me go ahead and apologize for the state of it. I can almost guarantee that there will be some kind of combination of toys strewn across the living room, an entire downstairs to be swept, dishes in my kitchen sink, and a kitchen island full of clutter. I wish I could be one of those moms who has the time and energy to put in a 40 hour work week, keep a clean and orderly house, get a solid nights’ sleep, and take time for her own hobbies and interests too. They exist right, or am I just thinking wishfully?

I let go of the expectation that I could be that mom who managed it all pretty early on because I actually never was that great at managing it all before I even had the privilege of taking on the title of mom too. Instead I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and that it’s ok that I don’t do everything well. My role of mom and wife has of course stayed my top priorities, with my job usually coming in second. I love and believe in the work that I do, I just tend to get emotionally drained and overwhelmed by it from time to time.

Last week was one that was exceptionally difficult at work, but rather than let the stress get me down I decided that Jacob and I were going to pick something local that we had never done before and check it out on Saturday morning together, a time that’s typically spent just the two of us. This time around I decided on a local farmer’s market and it did not disappoint, despite what the look on Jacob’s face may try to tell you. 😉


It was the perfect distraction, truly it was. Weaving in and out of people, making one big loop to scope out the goods and decide what I wanted to pick up when we circled back around, I didn’t think once about work. It was a little bit crowded and the set up was a little bit tight in spots, so it felt a bit impossible to get pictures of some of the stands without feeling obnoxious. That and you know, making sure a certain almost 2 year old wasn’t acting up. But plenty of fruits and veggies to go around, and quite possibly the largest peaches I’ve ever seen. Pretzel bread for my carb loving husband, something I knew he’d like when he got home from a long workout on the bike.


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And flowers, because did you really go to a farmer’s market if you didn’t come home with flowers? Those purple beauties up top were selling for something as low as $2, but I opted to bring home the $5 bunch of orange and yellow flowers. There was a table of tiny succulents for sale too, priced at two for $5 and I had to literally talk myself down and into putting my wallet back into my purse because there was no need to go overboard (I already have 3 at home).



The whole outing took maybe an hour and a half, and it was just the distraction I needed to wipe out the constant to do list from repeating in my mind. The scenery was even enjoyable!



The farmer’s market we went to is in a really pretty part of our area, a city with that old, brick everything type of charm. As we were almost back to my car the bells at this church started in and it was just beautiful too!

Casual to a New Level


shirt: H&M (similar) / pants: Walmart (similar) / shoes: Target (similar)

These pants are most definitely the closest thing to pajama’s that I think I could get away with wearing to work. Even though we’ve been granted a more casual dress code for the summer at work (jeans any day until September!) I still held onto this outfit for a Friday with the hope that even in the most casual of environments during the whole work week that we could still lower our expectations on Fridays, right?!


My favorite time of the month! Linking up with Anne and Dana to talk about a little bit of what life’s been like lately…



This current toddler stage we find ourselves in 21 months into the parenting game. Communicating with him is so much easier and it feels like every couple of days he says something or knows something new that leaves my husband and I looking at each other and saying when and where the heck did he pick that up? So fun!


My kid related answer is Finding Nemo for what feels like a million times. My kid is obsessed! I have some mixed feelings about this and a little bit of mom guilt going on about how often we watch it, but I’m making myself feel better about that by focusing on how he can now identify fish, whales, sharks, crabs, birds (although he calls any kind of bird a quack quack!).

On a much more serious note, my husband and I have gotten hooked on the Missing Dial special on the National Geographic channel though.It’s the story of Biologist and explorer Roman Dial’s son going on a solo trip and disappearing in the jungle of Costa Rica and it follows the investigation that he brought in two men for (one a former DEA agent and another retired from the Air Force). The 6 episode special is sad – losing a child is truly tragic, but watching the investigation unfold was pretty interesting. The ending had me scratching my head a bit though.

a coffee shop in an airstream – how cute is that?!


I’m trying to be better about making sure weekends consist of getting out of the house to do something other than just run household errands. So far we’ve wandered around the grounds at Franklin Park Conservatory with friends (seriously, for an active toddler this was the perfect amount of open space to let him explore without feeling like I had redirect him every 5 seconds) and checked out the newly renovated main library. They don’t have to be grand adventures though – I’ve also done things like walk to a coffee shop I’ve been wanting to check out because the area is pretty and I knew we’d get to see the ducks (an animal Jacob’s recently become familiar with), or even grabbed the stroller so that after our trip to Trader Joe’s we could walk a few blocks to the outdoor fountain that kids run freely through and just let him run around, get soaked, and enjoy himself. So far I think it’s doing us both some good!

want / have / have (and they’re my fav!)


My shopping wishlist. My birthday was about a week and a half ago, on a Sunday and I took the Monday after off work. I told my husband that I wanted my birthday present to be that I spent the afternoon shopping by myself and he happily obliged. I wanted to go with a bit of focus and I’m so ready for fall that most things on my list were for the upcoming season. Distressed denim and cozy sweaters were at the top of my list, give me all of them please! I did find jeans, some new t-shirts, and a new purse for the fall so I’ll call it a win, but it was a little too early to find cozy sweaters so that search will continue at a little bit later date.


Last month I mentioned The Peach Truck and this month they came to Columbus and I went and bought some. You should’ve seen the look on my husbands’ face when I came home with a 25 pound box of peaches, haha! But I’m determined to not waste them so we’ve been eating lots of them and I froze a bunch of them, but my favorite way to use them may have been to make bellinis! I wish I could find the recipe I followed, but it really just consisted of throwing peaches, some sugar, and some lemon juice in my blender and then mixing that with Prosecco when I was ready for a drink. So good!