• dallas,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  texas

    More Fun and Eats in Dallas

    In addition to attending the State Fair of Texas and running the Carson’s Crusaders 5K, my weekend in Dallas was filled with more eats, activity and hanging out with a special pup named Waffles. After the State Fair, we headed by lightrail to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The museum is located on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository (now the Dallas County Administration Building) and details the life and death of John F. Kennedy. It is from this location on the sixth floor that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that would kill JFK. The exhibition was sobering and intriguing because it seems after…

  • dallas,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  state fair,  texas

    Fun at the State Fair of Texas

    While I was visiting my sister, I got to attend the State Fair of Texas (aka Fried Everything Under the Sun Festival). The state fair has been going on since 1886 and is held at Fair Park in Dallas. Big Tex is the symbol of the State Fair. Unfortunately, he burned down in 2012, so this was my first time seeing the new Big Tex. He sure looks spiffy! Now, this was not my first time to this rodeo. I have attended the State Fair several times before: during my childhood when I lived in Fort Worth and after my sister moved back to Texas, so I know the main…

  • active life,  race recap,  races,  Running,  texas

    Carson’s Crusaders Foundation Trek or Treat 5K 2014 – Race Recap

    I have now officially run in seven states! Last week, I was in DC for work for a couple of days and then visited my sister in Dallas for the weekend (more on that later). My sister, brother-in-law and I are all in the midst of Wine & Dine training, so we decided at the last minute to do a run together while I was I town. We chose the Carson’s Crusaders Foundation Trek or Treat 5K, which was held at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm in Allen, Texas. Despite what its name might suggest, Watters Creek is actually an outdoor shopping mall. That’s one setting I have definitely not run…

  • albuquerque,  balloon fiesta,  new mexico

    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014

    Our first Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has come and gone, and it was a bit of a disappointment for us. If you are not familiar with the Balloon Fiesta, it is an annual hot air balloon event that takes place in Albuquerque. The Balloon Fiesta first took place in 1972 and is now the largest hot air balloon event in the world. It also has the distinction of being the most photographed event in the world and is one of the major tourist attractions for the city of Albuquerque. We decided to go to the morning session on the second day of the festival, which was Sunday, October 5, 2014.…

  • active life,  albuquerque,  hiking,  new mexico

    Hiking Elena Gallegos Open Space

    From my first visit to New Mexico last year, I discovered that one of the things that sets Albuquerque apart is its gorgeous landscape. Enjoying the outdoors is one of the things I was looking forward to the most when we learned that we would be making this city our new home. Over the weekend, we went on our first hike in Albuquerque since we moved here. It also was Gus’s first hike ever! We decided to head to Elena Gallegos Open Space or Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, which it is alternately called. The location of the park allows for amazing views of the Sandia Mountains. The weather was sunny…

  • Product Reviews,  snacks

    {Product Review} Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips

    Disclosure: I received a sample of Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips for the purpose of this review. No compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.  If you have not figured it out by now, I am always looking for snacks. healthy snacks to satisfy my mid-afternoon work day cravings. One of my favorite snacks is potato chips (or as I call them, “chippies”), but I usually try to avoid them because they are so bad for you. When I heard about Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips, I was definitely intrigued as I had never heard of this brand of chips before. The new…