Cleans: Off the Nemesis List?

The first time I ever did a barbell clean was the I AM CROSSFIT Challenge in January 2009. (Read all about that workout here. It was a doozy.) I didn’t like them that day, and my feelings haven’t changed much since then – until this morning. Today, I may have made my peace with the clean. But first, let’s talk about how I almost stayed in bed this morning. (Again!) I woke up before my... read more

They Draw and Cook

Palt by Daniel Janssen It’s impossible to not be completely charmed by this site: They Draw and Cook. The blog is a collection of illustrated recipes from various artist/cooks – and I love the affection for cooking and drawing that comes through in the artists’ contributions. It’s also really nice to see so many different styles in one place. I am terrible, TERRIBLE at drawing. My best... read more

… And Spice and Everything Nice: Turkish Baharat

Remember when I told y’all about the spice blend Ras el Hanout? That was a goodie, for sure. This time, we’re getting an exotic spice blend from Turkey. It’s called baharat, which literally means “flowers and seeds” and loosely translates to “herbs and spices.” The term is so pervasive in the Middle East, many Arabic spice shops are simply named baharat. The spice... read more

A Little Change Will Do Me Good

You know that awesome relentlessness and commitment (a.k.a., stubbornness) that keeps me moving through workouts and helps me say ‘no’ to Tiff’s Treats in the corporate overlords’ office? It also has a dark side. It can make me resistant to and fearful of change, even if I don’t particularly like the situation I’m in. Sometimes, familiarity trumps my true desire. When... read more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Prada Chandelier Shoes

I’m fairly certain my life would be complete if I owned a pair of these: They’re only $1800. Surely I’m worth it, right?! (And for the record, I’m still lusting after these. I wonder if Madonna has cast hers off to a thrift store... read more

Wishbone, Backbone, Funnybone

Thank you, Things We... read more

PA Eating: All-American Grill-Out

We’re sneaking up on the next big summer holiday (hello, fireworks!), and I’ll be returning to Pennsylvania once again for a swimming-and-cooking extravaganza with my family. I just realized I neglected to share the final installment of our kitchen adventures from my last visit, and you don’t want to miss any of these recipes. They’re delicious and easy, perfect for summery cave... read more

Whole30: Day 23

From June 1 through June 30, I’m participating in the Whole30 clean-up/change your life/heal thyself plan. (Here’s why.) TrainingTriumph! Two workout days back-to-back. This is Big because I haven’t done that in weeks. 5X5 OH press(Mildly lame ’cause I only had 20# dumbbells which were too light, but whatever. My shoulders felt it.) 3 rounds, for time:400m run30 box jump 20″... read more

VJ Day in Hawaii

This is so…. breathtaking and lovely. VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on... read more

Whole30: Day 22

From June 1 through June 30, I’m participating in the Whole30 clean-up/change your life/heal thyself plan. (Here’s why.) TrainingWhen the alarm went off at 5:01 this morning, I had that experience where I’m all kinds of confused by the noise that’s happening. What is that?! [fling arms wildly toward direction of noise in desperate attempt to make it stop]. Then I hit the snooze,... read more

Vultures are Funny

In response to my blog post about Patience, my pal Lydia pointed me to the illustration below. I love it so much, I think it deserves its own post. (Click the image to see it full size.) Thank you to bird and moon for this totally kickass... read more

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