June 30, 2014


So here is a serious oldie;
circa 1999-2000ish to be more accurate. 

I love these older, whimsical pieces!

Mixed Media on Canvas
Owner: CFC

Detail Shot

This piece hung in my first apartment and reminds me of my broke, graduate study years when thin canvasses or canvas paper, chalk, watercolor and inexpensive acrylics were my only comfortable media options.

I love the stories these subtle details tell, and the memories they invoke.

Welcome home old girl.

June 27, 2014

Happy Friday

Wait, what!?
You don't run!?

Join the club.
 The majority of my friends and family are on your side.
 Including my husband. 
Although he was the person that got me strapped into my Mizunos and jogging up and down our driveway, he has long since jumped ship.

So, although he supports my efforts, he hates the sport, so I thought I would get him this as a token of my appreciation:

...and I filled it with his favorite summertime drink; the simple and classic vodka and club soda. 
Lemon and Lime.

I am such a good wife.

Happy Friday to all of my non-runner, and runner friends out there!
Let us conserve some energy this weekend!

Summer is HERE!!!

ps. I bought this glass at Cafe Press. 
They have the best stuff!

June 24, 2014

Dye Now, Wine Later!

I usually do not like having shit thrown in my face, but this may be the exception.

Who knew that this concept would be so wildly popular!?

This relatively new, color-run phenomena is such a great way to bring people together; 
It is an un-timed (yay!), 
judgement-free (yay!), 
non-ability based (yay!), 
communal (yay!)
...and people throw shit at you. 
Packages of color-dyed cornstarch, to be exact. 

Funny right!?
Well, the originators of this tour hit the nail on the head;
People love it! 
All shapes, sizes, talents, and ages show up under the banner of fun.

Photo: So fresh and so clean clean!
Our clan before the onslaught!
So hot! So clean!

 I highly recommend doing this run the next time it rolls into a town near you. 
Grab a group of your favorite people, get jazzed up and have a blast!

Thank you Monica for suggesting this event, 
the awesome homemade t-shirts, and the post-race vino!

My only suggestions: wear clothes that can get stained, and don't plan any fancy events that following night...unless you don't mind showing up with tie-dyed skin...

Check it out!


June 19, 2014

Filter fun

The other day as my son bounced his little heart out on the trampoline, I couldn't help but capture the awesome sky...

What a gorgeous evening.

I had so much fun with the different filters!



Jazzed up!

One of the originals

Filter #1

Filter #2

Filter #3

Filter #4
My favorite!

Per standard, I could not make up my mind which one to post, so I decided to share them all with you!

June 16, 2014


Happy Monday Everyone!

Whether begrudgingly or with enthusiasm, 
Mondays always seem to be a day of new beginnings.
So, why not start with probiotics?!

My sister in law turned me onto Kefir, and I am hooked. 
It is like yogurt's light, tart, effervescent, drinkable cousin.
Plus, I have read that it has more beneficial bacteria, less calories and it is lactose free;

I think it is just delicious, but I'll take that!

Happy Monday everyone, and bottom's up to happy digestive systems!

June 12, 2014

Magical Fruit Brownies

Black bean brownies?!

Do they make you fart!?

Why mess with something so perfect as the brownie?!

Yes, this was my initial reaction as well.

However, and much to my surprise, these are delicious;
moist, doughy, fudgey...
Everything you want in a brownie, but with more fiber, less flour and slightly less guilt.

My friend Christie actually mentioned this healthier alternative a few months ago and I thought she was absolutely, 100% crazy...

Then I ran a race down in Bethlehem, PA where they were giving them out as treats to the finishers.
I grabbed a few.

I tasted one and thought, "These are actually really good!"

So, to make sure I wasn't just feeling desperate and light-headed from running, I gave one to my son.
He gobbled it up and came back for seconds.

Then I tested the last one on my husband, and he liked it too!

So, in honor of Christie, here is a recipe I found on the Food Network's website.

I apologize for doubting you!

*The only thing I changed was I added chopped hazelnuts.


Enjoy Everyone!

June 11, 2014

Lake Placid or Bust!

We survived that hill in Lake Placid!

This graph doesn't justify the dramatic incline...

It is just a cruel joke that LP event coordinators play on all of us;
Just when you think you are finished, 
your gas tank is on empty, 
and your legs are about to burst into flames, 
they put the longest and steepest hill on the course...at mile 12.5...

Nonetheless, we all finished and will probably be back for more punishment in 2015, 
because the setting, the group of great friends, and the after party make it all worth every second of pain.

Here is a little photo-documentary of our fun-filled marathon weekend:

We arrived!
I love this view
I'm ready!

The necessary gear...

Our celebratory glasses!
Cafe Press lets you customize your own without having to buy in bulk!

Candy Store Credit

The Haus' Warning Against Dangerous Fun...
Brown Dog Cafe Cigar Box Memorial
TKD '14!

How beautiful is Mirror Lake?!
What a perfect morning for a run!

We finished!
Missing Hilary!? :(

My athletic supporter!

Okay, so luckily I don't have to run to support my village,
but I did achieve my personal goal time,
and I shaved 20 minutes off of my time from last year!
Yay me!
Toot toot!
How the hill affected my pace...
so defeating...
Also, somehow my Map My Run app messed up, because I only ran 13.1...not 14.66, but this at least shows my steady slowdown..

Whiteface from the water;
A perfect place to celebrate!

My future summer home;
I'm sorry Erica, they accepted our bid first...

Cliff jump anyone!?
200 feet deep here! Wowza!

86 the Pouilly-Fuisse

Action Shot!

...and then this happened...
Cheers to 13.1!
I love this group!

Thank you Lake Placid for another great weekend!
See you in 2015!

ps. Dear Event Coordinators, 
Could you somehow get rid of that hill at the end?! 

My next event....

June 6, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!

Phew, this one is supposed to be a scorcher folks!

So, stay cool, and for my marathoning friends, run like the wind!

You will soon find me under a sprinkler, hydrating with a big celebratory beverage!

Have a great weekend everyone!