45 Things I’ve Learned Living in Tucson

45 Things I’ve Learned Living in Tucson

Nearly three years ago, Jason and I made the journey across the country to live in Tucson. We’d sold our house near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and much of our belongings to start our post-Army life in Tucson so Jason could attend the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Now that Jason has graduated [insert big happy dance for how proud I am of him] and we are gearing up for our next adventure, I have been reflecting on what…

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Reflecting on Our First Weeks in Tucson

Reflecting on Our First Weeks in Tucson

Jason is graduating from college next week, and we’ll be closing the Tucson chapter of our life soon. We began this journey only three years ago, and I’ve gained a lot of perspective in a short amount of time. We moved to Tucson having never been here before. We pulled into town in our 2004 Ford Explorer on a nearly 100-degree day – June 19, 2014. I remember that date well because it was the day before Jason’s college orientation….

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Diabetic Story: When Your A1C Jumps

Diabetic Story: When Your A1C Jumps

“7.4 A1C! Are you kidding me?!?” That was my first thought last Tuesday when my doctor told me my bloodwork results from January 5th. My second thought was, “Diabetes sucks and can kiss my ass.” For those of you who may not be familiar with diabetes-lingo, an A1C a measurement of how much glucose (blood sugar) is in your bloodstream over a two- to three-month period. A reading under 5.7 is considered normal. A reading of 5.7-6.4 is considered “pre-diabetic”…

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Tackling the Freelancer Burnout

Tackling the Freelancer Burnout

Yesterday was a Saturday morning, and instead of watching the Penn State football game, I spent hours researching “Freelancer Burnout.” I came across these two articles, “3 Symptoms of Freelance Burnout” and  “Coping with Burnout: A New Study Reveal What Works (and What Makes it Worse)”, but ended up reading about a dozen in all. The articles confirmed what I already knew. I am burnt out – in a major way. While my husband and a few close friends have…

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Monsoon Storms in Tucson

Monsoon Storms in Tucson

When we first pulled into Tucson in June 2014, it was at the beginning of monsoon season. I’ve always been a weather geek so I was interested in learning more about what monsoon season meant. Basically, monsoon season begins when there is a shift in wind direction. Typically, Arizona gets a west to east flow of weather, but during monsoon season, pattern shifts, most often due high pressure sitting overtop of the Four Corners region. This allows the flow of…

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Running Reboot: Day 1

Running Reboot: Day 1

Location: My ‘hood Elevation: 2,251 to 2,343 ft Temp: 60F at 8:15 a.m. Today was the start of my running reboot. I haven’t run in several months; in fact, my last competitive run was the Marana Egg Nog Jog 5K on January 1. Why I Needed a Reboot There are many factors of why I haven’t had the energy to keep up with running. The biggest reason is work. For months (pretty much since I posted last), I’ve been doing…

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A First: Trail Running

A First: Trail Running

Location: Catalina State Park Elevation: 2,601 to 2,785 Temp: 39F at 8:45 a.m. Last Sunday I did my first ever trail run – a short 2.3 miles in the Catalina State Park. To be honest, “trail running” wasn’t even on my radar two months ago. How it began. I met and spoke with a long-distance trail runner in July while we were volunteering together at a triathlon. She, too, is an active member of TeamRWB, and she told me about her and her…

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Cat Mountain

Cat Mountain

  Location: Cat Mountain, Tucson Mountains Elevation: 3,852 ft Temp: 39F at 7:00 a.m. (start) / 65F at 12:05 p.m. (end) http://www.summitpost.org/cat-mountain/598423 On Black Friday, we elected to follow over 1.1 million others to #OptOutside – a movement by REI to take the day and be outside. Easy enough. I hate shopping! We ventured out with TeamRWB to hike Cat Mountain – one of the standout peaks in the Tucson Mountains. When we met up with a few others at the trailhead at 7:00 a.m.,…

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Ready for a Fitness Challenge

Ready for a Fitness Challenge

People look at me and assume that I am fit. While I am the first to admit that I am much healthier than I was eight years ago (before I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 35), I still struggle with fitness. I am ready for a fitness change. I am not unlike many other people I know. I sit at my desk all day (I am a copywriter and content marketing strategist), and the activities I enjoy the…

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