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!)

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

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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:

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


Adventures in Babysitting

September 20, 2015

What happens when my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Justin take off for a weekend trip to Chicago? I head to their home in Colorado to babysit my nephew Sam and my niece Allison! And what a fun weekend it was. Exhausting, too. Turns out that kids aged 9 and 7 have a lot of energy!

I took my nephew Sam to his flag football game, where he caught two interceptions and ran them both in for touchdowns:

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I don’t know a lick about football, but I did learn that Read the rest of this entry »


Is This The Tastiest Recipe I’ve Ever Posted On This Blog? PROBABLY.

September 17, 2015

I’m so excited to share this recipe. Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water. This recipe is the best thing I’ve made in weeks… months… maybe even years, and I can’t wait to make it again! And it starts with…

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WASABI PEAS. I’m going through a wasabi pea kick. They’re Read the rest of this entry »


Four Months. Four Races. I’m Racing Up Lots of Stairs This Fall!

September 15, 2015

I went on a spree over the weekend and registered for stair races that will keep me busy between now and December. The first one is less than two weeks away! And it’s in this behemoth:

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The US Bank Tower is Read the rest of this entry »


If You’re Anything Like Me, You NEED To Improve Your Posture

September 11, 2015

I’m not a ballet dancer, or a tightrope walker, or a model, or anything else that lends itself to excellent posture. My work involves spending all day hunched over my laptop, and a few times a week, I hunch over my laptop after work writing blog posts. My posture could use improvement. And that’s why I really like the PostureFit Bar, an exercise tool that’s based around maintaining proper posture. (Try saying ‘proper posture’ ten times fast!)  Read the rest of this entry »