Reading is Sexy: One Bullet Away

I had an amazing Spartan Spirit weekend, and I’ll be posting photos and full update soon. But today, the corporate overlords are cracking the whip, so my stories will have to wait. Instead, I want to tell you about One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick. You could say it’s about a guy who joined the Marines, but that would be minimizing its power. This story is about integrity, strength, honor,... read more

Moroccan Spice Blend

I found this Moroccan spice blend on Kalyn’s Kitchen blog and thought I’d pass it along. It’s very good on butternut squash and sweet potatoes — key components in any self-respecting post-workout meal — but it’s also tasty on chicken, shrimp, cauliflower, and other mildly-flavored things that are begging for a spicy-sweet zing. [Photo by Flickr user Dey] Moroccan Spice... read more

This. Is. Sparta.

Disclaimer: I have the deepest respect for the Spartan 300 workout and its ability to bring me to my knees. For an appropriately reverent take on the Spartan 300, visit Aaron’s blog. To be silly, read on. * * * * * * * * * * * This post is dedicated to maintaining a playful, optimistic, relentless attitude about tomorrow’s Spartan 300 workout — and avoid the pitfalls of last... read more

Stop… Hammie Time

Sometimes you just need to look at something cute. Big props to cuteoverload for the continuous supply of painfully cute... read more

Open Sesame

Not this Sesame: This Sesame: This story has nothing to do with a recipe and everything to do with being who you want to be. Once upon a time, we adopted a cat named Sesame. She was a regal calico, and when she was young, we often referred to her as Supermodel. Later, when her true character began to show, we called her Punk Rock Kitty. Social niceties weren’t her style, but when she did relent and... read more

Sign of the Apocalypse?

I hate talking on the phone. Just ask my mom, and she’ll tell you that I’m horrible at returning phone calls. (I love you, Mom – just don’t much like the phone.) So I rely on texting to stay in touch with friends and to send words of encouragement or to find Dave when we get separated in Target. Texting is awesomely useful. But this freaks me out a little. (Although I am pretty fast... read more

Countdown to Spartan 300: T Minus 3 Days

There are just three sleeps ’til the Spartan 300. Based on advice from my new mentor/boss, I’m taking both Thursday and Friday as rest days, which means this morning’s workout was my last one ’til the 3-2-1-GO! at 8:30 Saturday morning. I gotta admit: rest sounds yummy. Today’s workout was a great send-off into sleeping an extra hour each night and eating a little extra fat... read more

Super Rockin’ Spartan Saturday

So many of my very favorite things are coming together on Saturday for the perfect weekend storm. Please consider yourself invited to all of these events – except my afternoon nap! 6:30 a.m. – Weight Watchers meeting 7:45 a.m. – Check-in for the final Spartan 300 Workout of the 6-week Challenge 8:30 a.m. – KILL the Spartan 300 10:00 a.m. – Indulgent breakfast at the Frisco Shop... read more

Five Real Badasses

I love a super-cheesy action movie, and my favorite “pass the time on the bus” daydream is a long, involved story of double-crossing spies, starring me in black leather – with the miraculous ability to run in high heels. has compiled a list of five real-life soliders who pretty much define badass. In it, you will meet a gentleman known as “The White Death” and learn... read more

Dinner & a Movie™: Curry & Prehistoric Eating Machines

Dave and I, after much painful trial and error, have declared Sundays “socializing-free zones,” which means that except for major occasions — like a friend’s recent wedding — we don’t make plans with other humans on Sundays. Sunday is our day to sleep late, do laundry, cook for the week, taunt the cat about being a skinny-ass Zombie beast, read books, take a nap, sit in... read more

Countdown to Spartan 300: T Minus 5 Days

I am a grouchy today. Perhaps it has something to do with someone declaring today “Sugar Monday” at the office. We’ve received company-wide email about homemade tres leches cake, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from a returning co-workers vacation in Hawaii, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and fresh-from-a-local-bakery granola bar thingies… “In the kitchen…... read more

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