44 Hours in Seattle

October 8, 2015

The great thing about flying to Seattle for a competition is that after I was done racing up the Space Needle’s stairwellI got to hang out in Seattle! It’s an awesome city, and I love visiting. This was my third visit in a year! This visit was quick – slightly less than two days – but it was fantastic. I spent lots of time with my friend Collin, whom I’ve now known for over 18 years.


This picture was taken on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. We headed across Puget Sound on a little excursion after I raced. Bainbridge is a charming community with a Read the rest of this entry »

Race Recap: I Competed in the First-Ever Race up the Space Needle’s Stairs!

October 7, 2015

The first thing I saw when I walked out of my hotel on Saturday morning was… The Space Needle.


It’s wasn’t exactly kismet or anything. First of all, the Space Needle is hard to miss, and secondly, I chose this hotel partly because it was two blocks away. Even so, seeing it got my heart beating a little faster, and I smiled, because I knew that an hour later, I’d be in the stairwell, racing to the top. Read the rest of this entry »

CAREFUL! This Melon Has Spines and THEY HURT!

October 2, 2015

I saw something in the produce section that made my jaw drop. Here is a recreation of my expression from that moment:


Just look at this thing! Isn’t your jaw dropping too?
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This 10-Minute Black Bean Dip Will Be A Touchdown At Your Next Football Party!

October 1, 2015

Football season is in full swing, and game day snacks aren’t always super healthy. But I have a recipe for an amazing dip that you can serve instead of nachos or wings that you can turn to for endless munching, with no guilt whatsoever. There’s no added sugar or fat, it’s vegan and gluten-free, and you can easily customize it to suit your own tastes. Plus, there’s no cooking and it only takes 10 minutes. What could be better?

I was dogsitting a little guy named Doty when I threw this together, and he photobombed one of my pictures. I absolutely love this shot: Read the rest of this entry »

I Raced Up a 75-Story Building. What Did YOU Do Over the Weekend? (2015 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 29, 2015

First off: this headline is not an arrogant, holier-than-thou brag. Yes, I raced. Yes, I’m proud. But not for the reasons you think, because it was actually a really crummy day. This headline is meant to inspire reflection on your own accomplishments, big and small, because they all matter. More on all this to come… Let’s just get right into my own crummy day, shall we?

This building was the setting (that’s me at the bottom!)


Meet the 75-story US Bank Tower, which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the Read the rest of this entry »

Final Preparations for This Week’s 75-Story Race!

September 24, 2015

I have a big race in a few days – the YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower. I’m gunning for a personal best, which would be faster than 18:30. This week I’ve had to improvise with my final workouts – because, well, I’ve been busy!
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A Perfect Autumn Recipe: Butternut, Carrot & Orange Soup

September 23, 2015

It sure doesn’t seem like it’s autumn, but then again, autumn doesn’t really exist in Los Angeles. It’s 85 degrees today – and that’s not a brag, by the way – I want it to cool down! But leaves are turning in other parts of the country, and I just created a soup that screams Autumn, so I’m gonna share! It starts with this stuff:


The recipe is for Butternut, Carrot & Orange Soup, and believe me, Read the rest of this entry »


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