Five Things I’m Loving For Summer

I feel like we didn’t get much of a spring this year. Our temperatures bounced from winter to summer and back again without only a few pauses for spring-like weather. Although the summer solstice is a few weeks away, since Memorial Day weekend already is behind us and we will be turning our calendars to June on Monday, I’m definitely feeling like it’s summer.  5 Things I'm Loving

Before summer really heats up, I thought I’d share five new things I am loving for this summer. Continue reading

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Anticipation At Work And Play

Today’s Wednesday Word is anticipation. Are you anticipating what I’m going to write about? πŸ˜‰

Deb Runs

Anticipation has two distinct meanings for me, depending on whether the context is work or play.

In work my as a patent attorney, “anticipation” has a specific legal meaning. You can’t obtain a patent unless your invention is “new,” and your invention isn’t “new” if it already has been described in a publication such as an earlier patent or scientific journal article. If an earlier publication describes every feature of your invention, we say that the publication “anticipates” your invention. If a patent was granted but an earlier publication is found that describes the invention, we say that the patent is invalid for “anticipation.”

I guarantee that this book was not as much fun to write
as #WYCWYC must have been!

In the rest of my life, “anticipation” has this meaning from the Merriam-Webster On-Line Dictionary

a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen

I feel anticipation about seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, like the friends I’ll see at Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks. (It’s not too late to join us — click here to register through my affiliate link.)

Fitbloggin 2012

My first Fitbloggin’–see any familiar faces?

I feel anticipation about travelling to new places, even when it’s for work like last year’s trips to Copenhagen.

Copenhagen 2

Did you catch a glimpse of this area in Pitch Perfect 2?

I feel anticipation about upcoming races, especially Ragnar–even though its a few months away. (Check out my 55 Things About Ragnar post to see why!)

Ragnar Leg 3

Yes, I’m still smiling at leg 3!

Maybe this will show my age, but I can’t think about “anticipation” without remembering this Heinz Ketchup commercial.

What are you excited about this week?

“Ketchup” or “Catsup”? (Or “No thanks, pass the mustard”?)

Don’t forget to shop my Stella + Dot trunk show to support the American Heart Association!

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Visiting Monuments On Memorial Day

In this part of the country Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, with neighborhood pools opening and grills being fired up for the first time since winter. But we also take time to remember and honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Marine Corps War Memorial
One of the most iconic monuments in the D.C. area is the Iwo Jima Memorial, which actually is located in Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, which you can see in the background.

Its official name is the Marine Corps War Memorial, but it depicts the taking of the island of Iwo Jima during World Word II. This is how the National Park Service website explains it:

The tiny island of Iwo Jima lies 660 miles south of Tokyo. Mount Suribachi, an extinct volcano that forms the narrow southern tip of the island, rises 550 feet to dominate the ocean around it. US troops had recaptured most of the other islands in the Pacific Ocean that the Japanese had taken in 1941 and 1942. In 1945 Iwo Jima became a primary objective in American plans to bring the Pacific campaign to a successful conclusion.

On the morning of February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions invaded Iwo Jima after an ineffective 72-hour bombardment. The 28th Regiment of the 5th Division, was ordered to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21 and, by nightfall the next day, had almost completely surrounded it. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top. At about 10:30 am men all over the island were thrilled by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. That afternoon, when the slopes were clear of enemy resistance, a second, larger flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman: Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Harlon H. Block, Pfc. Franklin R. Sousley, Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon, Pfc. Ira Hayes, and PhM. 2/c John H. Bradley, USN.

Not just a monument to that event, the memorial is inscribed to honor all marines.

In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775.

A less well-known monument is the Navy and Merchant Marine Memorial, also located on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

Navy Merchant Marine Memorial
I’ve always admired the beauty of the sculpture–seven gulls soaring over a cresting wave–and didn’t realize it was a monument until we ventured up to it on a recent bike ride and saw this inscription.

To the strong souls ready valor of those men of the United States who in the Navy & Merchant Marine and other paths of activity upon the waters of the world have given life or still offer it in the performance of heroic deeds this monument is dedicated by a grateful people.

Of course, nothing is more moving than visiting Arlington National Cemetery. 

Arlington National Cemetery

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Every time I see those grave markers stretching across the rolling hills, my heart swells with gratitude and sadness for all those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms and rights we have as citizens of the United States of America. 

Even though Memorial Day is for remembering those who gave their lives, I’d like to share this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer “For those in the Armed Forces of our Country”:

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

How are you observing Memorial Day?

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My Favorite Summer Produce

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, today’s Friday Five topic is favorite summer fruits and veggies. Join the link-up with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up for What?! and see what others are looking forward to enjoying from their gardens and the farmer’s market. 

summer produce
My absolute favorite summer fruit is strawberries–especially if I can pick my own and end up with way more than I know what to do with!  Continue reading

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How Do You Show Appreciation?

Today’s Wednesday’s word is a fantastic one–appreciation.

Deb Runs

It takes such little effort to show someone that you appreciate them, but it can have such a positive impact.  Continue reading

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