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!
These little green beauts came from Read the rest of this entry »
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!
Which just begs the question: What’s a loquat?
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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:
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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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:
They call them Baby Carrots with Tops, but I call them Read the rest of this entry »
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:
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 »
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.
That wasn’t the only milestone I was celebrating. In addition, it was the Read the rest of this entry »
April 10, 2015
First things first. I’m feeling a lot better since my last post. I’ve spent time with family I don’t see very often, had some good workouts (including the run I made myself do after writing that post), am eating ok, and have kept busy, which helps my mind from wandering down dark and depressing roads. This little lady has been helping out, too:
It’s Luna! She’s my pal Tavi’s dog, and I Read the rest of this entry »
April 7, 2015
This posts has good news and not-so-good news. Here’s the good news: There’s a great article, published today, about the benefits of a cathartic workout – one that pushes you to do things you didn’t think you could do, or helps you access and process the feelings that have been bottled up. It’s a great article and you should definitely read it, but in case you need another reason: check it out because I’m in it!
The article is called “The Unique Release of an Emotionally Cathartic Workout” and you can read it here. It’s on Read the rest of this entry »
April 3, 2015
It’s been a fun couple days in my world. My modem crapped out on me, but today I got a brand-spanking-new one installed. So no more delays… time for my weigh-in results! Let’s take a look at the ol’ chart, shall we?
Down three pounds! OK – here’s the deal: Read the rest of this entry »