Posted by: forgingahead | April 27, 2015

Baby Steps

After 3 months in the boot the people who are well paid to make such decisions told me to try walking without it. Even though the stress fracture was still – well – fractured.

They couldn’t really articulate why this was a good idea except to say I had been in the boot long enough.

I double checked with a family friend who is also a PT for a sports medicine clinic. Since he also thought it was ok as long as there’s no pain I went for it.

The timing was fortuitous as I was heading into 3 consecutive weeks of travel.

I’m home now and spent the weekend going on short slow walks with Bert. This morning we walked to Bart. It’s been a long time since we were able to make that trek together.

Pain is mostly gone. I get intermittent twinges that convince there is still healing going on. An X-ray this week should tell me more.

In the meantime, I’ve become mindful of every step.



Posted by: forgingahead | February 20, 2015

Still Healing

Seven weeks into wearing a walking boot for my fractured shin bone I am not yet healed. So four more weeks have been dictated.

The good news is they say I can swim. And they changed their minds about having to use crutches – thank goodness because the 3 days I used them were hard.

My days with Now Voyager are mostly grooming him to a shine and standing in the middle of the arena while he trots in circles around me. He’s being so good listening to my voice commands!

A couple weeks ago Mom and Tony invited me and Bert to join them in Carmel for a long weekend. It was beautiful and a little rainy and Bert kept a beautiful fire going to brighten up the room.

So 2015 is limping along but life is good so I’m mostly being Zen about it all :-)





Posted by: forgingahead | January 4, 2015

Welcome 2015

I’m starting the year with a six week imposed rest from a stress fracture in my left tibia. So many plans to get back running biking and swimming will have to wait.

Bert took me to the top of Twin Peaks on New Year’s day on his motorcycle so we could enjoy the view.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!


Posted by: forgingahead | December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Greetings from sunny Santa Barbara. Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season and a fabulous new year!



Posted by: forgingahead | December 15, 2014

Happy Horse


Posted by: forgingahead | December 7, 2014

December 2014

Two months have passed since my last post. Dreamforce was a smashing success.

And the four weeks following Dreamforce were taken up getting ready for another big event in New York.

And then we had Thanksgiving, which was lovely.

And this week I head out to Minneapolis. Last trip of the year.

Everyone is happy and healthy, including the animals. Wishing all a happy holiday season!

Assorted random photos from the last few weeks.

Sunset over Twin Peaks taken from my back deck:

Weird fog at Crissy Field on a warm November morning:

My mom’s adorable dog on Thanksgiving:


A morning walk along the beach cliff in Moss Beach with my honey:


A cool building on a cold morning walk in SOHO NY


Zinger ate too much turkey on Thanksgiving:


View of Central Park from the 25th floor of my NY hotel (not my room)


Pretty clouds


Posted by: forgingahead | October 9, 2014

Nearly there

Dreamforce begins in 4 days. Everyone is heads down managing a million final details.

At this point the days and nights are a blur. My body aches from too much computer time. I miss Bert, NV and Zinger. And daylight and fresh air.

But it’s just a few more days and the result will be spectacular!

Here’s the only new photo I have to share. On my run last weekend the tide was high so the seals were all camped out on a sliver of beach. A few of them looked up at me :-)


Posted by: forgingahead | September 25, 2014

Random Musings

Dreamforce is 2+ weeks away. I am my usual blend of busy stressed out excited.

Quick update on life.

The best news of all is Dante is sound! We have had a couple of really good rides lately – super fun for both him and me.

I have also been able to get together with my mom a couple times to celebrate her birthday month. Always fun to hang out with mom.

And lastly, Salesforce sponsored a bunch of runners in the J.P. Morgan corporate challenge race last week. It was a perfect night for running and we all had a blast!

Back to work…




Posted by: forgingahead | September 9, 2014


I’ve been home for a couple months and have been enjoying the routine.

I bike to work 2-3 times a week. It’s only 4 miles each way but with all the stoplights it’s a sprint / interval workout. Now that I’m used to the buses and trains and cars I really enjoy the trip.

I’ve been swimming in the Bay every week or so. And that had resulted in getting my body back into the pool too. Because it is no fun getting fatigued when you are in open water and the only way to shore is to swim.

I’m only getting in one run a week and that one workout has been reduced to a slow 2 miles. Something going on with my left hip, knee and shin.

Now Voyager is doing ok. He kind of moves the same way I run. Slow, a little awkward. Some days are better than others.

Zinger is a happy cat. Sleeping and eating and the occasional snuggle.

I am going to add yoga to my routine and see if that helps with the soreness.

The other benefit to being around is spending time with friends and family. It’s been such a treat to catch up with people in person. FB and email is all well and good for keeping lightly connected but nothing beats looking into the eyes of another and really listening to their stories.

A few pics from the summer…















Posted by: forgingahead | September 1, 2014

Celebrating the Beautiful Life of Clara Hewes

I had the honor of creating a slideshow to celebrate my grandmother’s life at her memorial. Clara Hewes was blessed with true love, wonderful family and a long full life. I hope you enjoy these photo collages that represent just a few of the many happy moments in her life filled with love.

Helpful tip: click on the photo and it will enlarge. Click the “back” button to come back to the main page.

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Clara’s childhood.

Teenage years.

Teenage years.

A beautiful young woman.

A beautiful young woman.

Through the years.

Through the years.

Grandma and Grandpa - young love.

Grandma and Grandpa – young love.

Sis and Joe.

Sis and Joe.

The Hewes Clan

The Roche Clan

The girls.

The girls.

World travelers.

World travelers.

Sis and her band of brothers.

Sis and her band of brothers.

Family happiness.

Family happiness.

Family family and more family.

Family family and more family.

Children, grandchildren, happy group pics.

Children, grandchildren, happy times.

Clara and her beautiful girls Patsy, Martha and Pam.

Clara and her beautiful girls Patsy, Martha and Pam.

Wise words from Grandpa.

Wise words from Grandpa.

Clara and Patricia.

Clara and Patricia.

The Grandkids: Kathleen, Kevin, Christine and Amy.

The Grandkids: Kathleen, Kevin, Christine and Amy.

Clara, Kathleen and Kevin.

Clara, Kathleen and Kevin.

Clara, Christine and Amy.

Clara, Christine and Amy.

Dan, Bert, Ann and more.

Dan, Bert, Ann and more.

Clara and her great-grandson Jacob.

Clara and her great-grandson Jacob.

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