Photo Explosion

May 4, 2015

I wasn’t super prolific on the blog last week, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t keeping busy and staying (mostly) on program. I kept my camera handy and captured lots of fun moments. Some of these photos ended up on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), but a lot of them didn’t, so get ready for a photo explosion!

plane-overhead

One of the parks where I run is in the Read the rest of this entry »


Brussels Sprouts with Carrots and Raisins

April 30, 2015

I recently had a wonderful meal at a restaurant, including a great side dish of Brussels sprouts with grapes. It was delicious. I wanted to recreate that dish at home the other day, but I was fresh out of grapes. I did have raisins, though, and those were grapes at one point, so… close enough. I came up with this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Carrots and Raisins, and here’s how I made it. What do you think it began with? Brussels sprouts!

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These little green beauts came from Read the rest of this entry »


It’s Loquat Season!

April 24, 2015

Earlier this week I had a great dinner with my friends Heidi and Tom at their house, which I hadn’t been to before. Guess what they have on their property? Loquat trees!

loquat-tree

Which just begs the question: What’s a loquat?
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AM I CRAZY?! I’ve Signed Up for Three More Stair Races, in Three Different States!

April 20, 2015

My recent race in the Aon Center in Los Angeles was my sixth stair race of 2015. I haven’t mentioned any other races, but it turns out… I’ve been keeping a few secrets. I’ve actually signed up for three more stair races. One of them is the inaugural race at an iconic skyscraper that opened last fall to international fanfare, after years of anticipation.

Need another hint? It’s one of the buildings in this photo:

Travel-2015-Year Ahead

YEP! On Sunday, May 17th, I’m going to race up the stairs of ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER in New York City!
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A Double Carrot Kind of Day

April 17, 2015

Ever have a day where you just end up eating a whole lotta carrots? I just had one of those days. It started when I was decided to make, as a mid-afternoon snack, some roasted, glazed carrots. I had these beauties in my fridge, from the Los Angeles Salad Company:

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They call them Baby Carrots with Tops, but I call them Read the rest of this entry »


Fun With Maps: How Far is 1,500 Miles?

April 15, 2015

Put your nerd hats on, folks, because this post is filled with evidence of my nerdiness. (I never take my nerd hat off, by the way.)

Last week, when I was having a hard time, I promised myself that I would go running. It felt great – I ran 2.6 miles and climbed 68 floors of stairs at a local parking garage. (The garage isn’t 68 stories tall, it’s four. I ran it 14 times.) The run felt great, and afterward, I posted this photo on social media:

david-after-run

In addition to providing a much needed boost to my emotional state, that run turned out to be a milestone run. Those 2.6 miles pushed me across a major threshold: Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve Triple-Checked The Math… I’ve Done 20 Stair Races!

April 13, 2015

What an exciting weekend. A momentous weekend. A milestone weekend. I competed in my 20th stair race! It was the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles, in the Aon Center, which, at 63 stories, is the second-tallest building in California.

Aon-Center-Stairs

That wasn’t the only milestone I was celebrating. In addition, it was the Read the rest of this entry »


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