My Halloween Weekend… In Pictures

November 2, 2015

I’ve got lots of photos, so I’ll try to keep my words brief. (Good luck to me – brevity isn’t my strong suit!) First, the biggest headline: I didn’t dress up for Halloween. I actually haven’t dressed up since 2011, when I went to a party as Jared Fogel (the Subway guy). Now, just thinking of him makes me shiver in repulsion and disgust, so… man oh man, do I know how to pick a costume!

The most seasonally festive thing I did this weekend was go to…


a CORN MAZE! You all know how much I love mazes – I even sell my hand-drawn themed mazes on Etsy – so navigating my way through Read the rest of this entry »

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?


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?


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.


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.


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 »


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