• races,  thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Source Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  I’ll be enjoying a few days off from work, eating a ton and spending some quality time with loved ones. I will also gobbler galloping some virtual miles.  One thing I will not be participating in is the saddest American tradition of all – Black Friday. The last time I went shopping on Black Friday was in college in the late-90s. I have never looked back or regretted it. There are some many other things to do: go watch a movie, work off the turkey, spend some quality time with the family or take in some culture. Then, go shopping…

  • active life,  girls gone sporty,  goals,  recent happenings,  training

    Recent Happenings – November 2013

    Hello, friends. You may have noticed that I haven’t had a Week in Review in quite some time. I have decided to discontinue them because I find them boring to read on other blogs and I also find them boring to write. So from time to time, I am planning to do Recent Happenings posts instead.  – I was officially in hibernation mode this weekend. I ran all of my errands and did my long run on Saturday. Because this was the forecast on Sunday….Yeah, it is freezing. Hopefully, this passes soon.   – I entered the random drawing for a spot in the 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in…

  • home-cooking,  lemonade cookbook,  Product Reviews

    {Product Review} The Lemonade Cookbook by Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli

    Raisin Bread was away on a business/leisure trip for part of last week, so I decided to surprise him with a multi-course meal the night he returned. I turned to The Lemonade Cookbook to try out some new recipes.  Chef Alan Jackson’s Southern California modern cafeterias called Lemonade are the source of the 120 recipes shared in this beautiful cookbook. Dishes from marketplace sides, salads and sandwiches along with soups and braises are featured in the cookbook. Also, there is a whole section of different lemonade recipes. Chef Jackson’s recipes showcase his approach to healthy Southern California comfort food that leans heavily on global flavors. For our first course, I prepared…

  • albuquerque,  eat and drink,  el malpais,  explore,  hiking,  new mexico,  restaurant reviews

    New Mexico’s El Malpais National Monument and the Rest of Albuquerque

    This will be the final post in my New Mexico series.If you missed my other New Mexico posts, check them out first:– Albuquerque: Settling In and Driving the Turquoise Trail– A Day Trip to Santa Fe– Exploring Albuquerque and Afternoon Tea at St James Tearoom– New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo and El Morro National Monument After leaving El Morro, we drove back towards Grants and then on to El Malpais National Monument. Beautiful sky along the drive! El Malpais is known for its caving opportunities but since it was already late afternoon and we didn’t have permits, we obviously didn’t take part in the caves. Instead, we were mostly there to see some of…

  • acoma pueblo,  el morro,  hiking,  new mexico,  other US travel

    New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo and El Morro National Monument

    I’m getting close to the end of my report on our summer trip to Colorado and New Mexico. If you missed my other New Mexico posts, check them out first:– Albuquerque: Settling In and Driving the Turquoise Trail– A Day Trip to Santa Fe– Exploring Albuquerque and Afternoon Tea at St James Tearoom After our day exploring Albuquerque, we headed west to explore a pueblo and some national monuments. I couldn’t get enough of the huge clear sky. It is amazing how far you can see into the distance. It gives you such a feeling of freedom and like you’re somewhere other people haven’t been before even though you obviously aren’t! We spent…

  • week in review

    I’m not sorry…I’m sick

    My friend, the upper respiratory infection (aka the common cold) paid me a visit last week, and I am still coughing up all sorts of goodness.  He is so cute in Giant Microbe form, but he really needs to go back to where he came from. Source: GiantMicrobes.com I haven’t felt like myself in days, and because of that, I haven’t been up to writing blog posts. Having full days of work and commuting with a congested head and headaches that last for days doesn’t put me in the mindset for blogging. So that’s why there has been a lack of updates. I think I would usually say that I’m…