My Family is Normal

This is a photo of my small, immediate family:

Megan + Amy at Fenway
Megan + Amy at Fenway

We’ve got two dogs who live with us. They’re pretty much family too. I mean, we pick up their poop, feed them, and make sure they have health care. That counts, right?

Maggie + Otter
Maggie + Otter

The other parts of our family are my folks, brother and family, Amy’s folks, sister and family (three of our nieces below), and brother.

Mud masks!
Mud masks with Auntie Amy!

And then there are our friends – our chosen family. Chosen family is special in a different way from traditional family, and I wouldn’t trade either of them for the world. From our oldest friends (not age-wise old, but length-of-friendship old) the newer ones, they really do make life wonderful too.

My family isn’t really all that different from most people’s families, with a few awesome exceptions:

  1. They’re mine.
  2. Amy and I happen to both be women.
  3. Our traditional families didn’t raise an eyebrow about #2.
  4. Our chosen family didn’t either.

Not everyone who is L, G, B, or T can say the same things, and that’s one reason why I’m blogging today. My family is NORMAL and I’m hopeful that someday #3 and #4 are the rule rather than exception.

This weekend we ski!

Loon Mountain!We are off for days 2, 3, and 4 of skiing in 2013 this weekend. Day 1 was last Monday, up at Loon Mountain in NH. It was a gorgeous day and there were relatively few people there.

What was awesome was that we parked at the Pemi Base Camp – the lot had maybe 30 cars in it total. We had the dogs with us, and with so few people around, it was really easy to head down there every couple of hours to take them out for a quick walk. (Traveling with dogs due to Maggie’s recent ingestion of something horrid which caused days’ worth of GI issues…)

Tomorrow we drive to southern Maine, and early Sunday we finish driving up to Sugarloaf for what I hope are 3 great days on the slopes. Chipping away at my goals for 2013!


2013 Resolutions

As I did for 2012, I’m splitting these into fitness and life goals. Ten in each area. Looking forward to seeing how much I can accomplish in 2013!


  • Heal my moderately-injured body as quickly as possible. Avoid more injuries.
  • Work out 5x/week at CFNE.
  • Do Crossfit classes at least 1x/week when doing Oly training.
  • Compete in an Olympic weightlifting meet and hit PRs on both my lifts.
  • Snatch 145#.
  • Deadlift 2x+ bodyweight.
  • Run more, row less.
  • Do the Crossfit workout called Murph (run 1 mile, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, run 1 mile).
  • Ski at least 10 days in 2013.
  • Go to the women’s ski/snowboard event at Loon Mtn. in March.


  • Read 50 books.
  • Finish one knitting project currently on needles. Start and finish one more.
  • Say “yes” to social outings more often. (It worked last year, so I’m doing it again.)
  • Drink at least 50 new and unique beers.
  • Set up a media system in the house.
  • Paint the living room, kitchen, and bedroom ceilings.
  • Cook dinner 1x/week (currently Amy does almost all the cooking and I’d like to pull my weight more in this area.)
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal.
  • Floss daily. I did AWESOME on this for most of 2012 and want to continue. (Until 2012, I hated flossing.)
  • Turn off my phone after 10pm. (This will be the hardest one for me.)

Looking forward to seeing other people’s resolutions for the coming year.

Looking Back at 2012

My accomplished resolutions for 2012 were:

  • Make it to CFNE minimum of 3x/week, no matter how crazy the other parts of my life are.
  • Find my double-unders again
  • Avoid the avoidable injuries, and treat the unavoidable ones
  • Bring mindfulness to my Crossfit practice (some days, the PR is in the attempt, not in the results)
  • Maintain a healthy sense of humor and of the absurd
  • Keep work and life in balance
  • Be more social – go out with friends more often.

I’m most proud of being more social this year. I’m a total homebody, so that resolution was really important for my mental well-being this year. My other huge accomplishment was switching up  my Crossfit training to focus exclusively on Olympic weightlifting. It helped me achieve the mindfulness goal, the showing-up goal, and the avoid/treat the injuries goal. Amazing what that’s done for me. Love it!

Ones I didn’t accomplish included:

  • Eat Paleo 90% of the time and make the 10% non-Paleo REALLY worthwhile. – HA.
  • Snatch 135# (my biggest goal in terms of fitness) – Close, got to #130!
  • Run a 7:30 mile (and run at least 1 road race, either a 5k or 10k) – set aside
  • Row a sub-8:00 2K – set aside
  • Visit my massage therapist 6 times – got there 3 times
  • Continue reading like a fiend (this year I hit 66…) – AWFUL. Only read 30 books this year.
  • Knit a few items and GIVE THEM AWAY – No FOs this year. Whoops!

I think I can see a few areas for continued improvement this coming year!

I pick things up and put them down

It’s really been 8 months since I’ve updated this blog? Wow. It’s not that I’m not online, I just don’t do it here.

The new fun thing that I’ve gotten into over the past 4-5 months has been Olympic weightlifting. Olympic weightlifting involves 2 lifts – the snatch and the clean & jerk.

There are two major misconceptions people have when you tell them you do Olympic weightlifting. The first is that I’m somehow a body-builder. Nope, not by any means. I’m not glistening, I don’t wear a bikini for lifting, and I certainly don’t use bronzer to make my body look better on stage.  I have the utmost respect for folks who have the time and dedication to put into training for bodybuilding, but can’t imagine doing it myself.

The second misconception is that you have to be HA-YUGE to be an Olympic weightlifter. That too, is simply untrue. There are 7 weight classes in women’s lifting (8 in men’s), which means that when you lift in competitions, you are lifting against other people who are roughly the same weight as you. Lucky me, being over the age of 35, also gets to lift against people in my same age class too (master’s level). Because Olympic weightlifting really isn’t that big of a sport, it means that the likelihood of me winning meets is pretty darn high.

I’ve done 3 meets so far – one was a small, unsanctioned meet at my gym, for which I didn’t do any training. Amazingly, I PRed both my lifts (personal record)! For the next meet – the Bay State Games – I spent about 6 weeks training. This was an official meet, and lucky me went 6-for-6 on my lifts, and set two more PRs! Super exciting! The most recent meet I did was 6 weeks ago – the New England Regional Championships – and I trained long and hard for that one. My coach had me work through 2 cycles – a strength cycle, in which I squatted like a mofo, and a Bulgarian cycle in which I worked a lot of heavy single lifts. I went 5-for-6 on my lifts at that meet, and again set 2 more PRs! Can’t argue with that at all. (52kg snatch, snatch 56kg, snatch 58kg miss, clean & jerk 67kg, clean & jerk 72kg, clean & jerk 74kg).

The next meet I’m planning on doing is in April, the Master’s National competition. I’m learning a new way to do the snatch, and should have enough time between now and then to really perfect it. In the meantime, of course, I’m frustrated every other day, which I think means I’m doing things right.