Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge (Race Recap)

October 25, 2015

SURPRISE! It’s a Race Recap! Ten days ago, I signed up for a race that happened on Saturday. I never mentioned it here. Partly because I didn’t post at all last week (life got in the way), and partly because I didn’t know what to say… it just kinda sorta scared me shitless. Check out the venue, though: how gorgeous is this?

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That’s actually where the race ended. The finish line was right in front of that building. And if you’re guessing that a race in the mountains could be difficult… you’re absolutely right. It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Read the rest of this entry »


OK Savvy Shoppers…Who Can Tell Me What These Are?

October 15, 2015

I’ve eaten these guys hundreds of times, and yet, when I saw them piled up like this at the store, I had no idea what they were. Do you know?

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Give up? They’re… Read the rest of this entry »


Three Restaurants, Two Days: Making Good Choices During a Weekend Filled With Eating Out

October 13, 2015

I love when family comes to visit. This past weekend, my sister Laura and her boyfriend Chuck were here, and it was a jam-packed few days. On Sunday, we hosted a brunch, and invited some cousins and friends (check out what I made here). But that was just the tip of the iceberg!

Laura and Chuck rented a convertible, and I loved tooling around town with the top down.

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What a sucker I’ve been, driving all these years in a car with a roof!

Because we were Read the rest of this entry »


Spinach and Egg Brunch Casserole

October 12, 2015

I had family in town over the weekend, so we had a brunch gathering at my place, and I made the entree: a delicious Spinach and Egg Brunch Casserole. I love egg casseroles, but they can be loaded with cheese and bread. This recipe has less of that stuff, and a whole lot of something that I’ve never had in an egg casserole before: cottage cheese. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT!

But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning. Read the rest of this entry »


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.

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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.

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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:

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Just look at this thing! Isn’t your jaw dropping too?
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