Reading Is Sexy: Best First Lines

Let’s get (word)nerdy up in here! I love the Guardian’s collection of the 10 best first lines in fiction — and not just because Jane Eyre shows up in the #3 spot. The write-ups that accompany each quoted first line make me itch to read all of the books. Oh, words! You are so wonderful. For what it’s worth, I’m now very curious to read The Luck of the Bodkins — and I’ve... read more

Strength Monday – 04/30/12 (w/ Bonus Almost Birthday)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ve never been that jazzed about birthdays. I know there are people who declare Birthday Weeks (and Birthday Months!), but that’s not me. Despite the... read more

Rants & Raves – 04/28/12

I’m not going to sugarcoat, friends: I’ve had a terrible two days. Or, more accurately, life has been normal, and I’ve been unable to effectively manage my perspective enough to stop pouting. That’s the thing about hormonal wonkiness: when hormones aren’t working properly, it’s like a veil is covering the world, tamping down the good, making everything kinda meh.... read more

Super Simple Spring Salad

As much as I enjoy playing in the kitchen, I like to balance “project recipes” (I’m looking at you, Paleo Chicken Bastila.) and dead-simple dishes that require almost no work with a big flavor payoff. This is my first in a series of Super Simple recipes that are made with minimal fuss, just a few ingredients, and produce leftovers that can be used in other dishes. I know I have a justly... read more

Train Hard and Go Easy

Are you reading the site Breaking Muscle? If not, you should probably remedy that situation. Breaking Muscle is updated daily with well-written articles that cover smart training techniques, athlete profiles, and nutrition — along with a wide variety of workouts to try, including yoga, strength training, intervals, and more. In addition to the smart, sassy writing of Managing Editor Becca Borawski,... read more

Taxidermy, Red Dresses, Laughter: Jenny Lawson

I’ve been sitting here for a good thirty minutes trying to find a way to describe to you the awesomeness that is Jenny Lawson — a.k.a., The Bloggess — author of the book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. If I tell you about how funny she is — so funny that her posts move me beyond laughter to that really embarrassing snorting thing that happens sometimes — I might potentially minimize... read more

Firecracker Tuna Salad

There’s something very lunch-y and comforting about tuna salad — which explains why I’ve been experimenting with it so much lately. It just feels so easy to grab a can from the pantry, then dig through the fridge for ideas. (Plus I’ll take any excuse to eat homemade mayo.) My husband Dave usually requests pickled jalapenos in his tuna, but today I was inspired by the glossy fresh... read more

Strength Monday – 04/23/12 (w/ Bonus Superhero Habits)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. Back from the beach — back under the barbell. A few things I should mention now that I’m back at the gym and my desk: 1. I drank some serious pina coladas on my half-vacation. I... read more

Mission 9: Costa Rica

If you haven’t treated yourself to the app Zombies, Run! yet, don’t wait! Get it now; so much fun. And if you are running from zombs, I gotta tell you: Mission 9 is so so so good. The story takes an unexpected, poignant turn, and it’s brilliant. I felt sheer elation at the end of the mission when I finally ran through the gates to Abel. Naomi Alderman, the author of the story (and some... read more

Costa Rican Ceviche

One of the weird-wonderful things about our rental house here in Playa Grande, Costa Rica, is that there are caretakers who will, if we ask them, cook food for us. We’ve mostly been preparing our own breakfast (eggs + plaintains) and lunch (grilled chicken marinated in Salsa Lizano; grilled fish with lime juice, oil, garlic, and cilantro; guacamole and raw veggies), then hitting neighborhood... read more

Tropical Tabata

It’s not all plantains and pina coladas — I mean, it’s mostly plantains and pina coladas, but a girl’s gotta do some moving around to keep her sanity. Yesterday, we played frisbee on the beach, then strolled toward Tamarindo until we hit the DO NOT CROSS estuary. And this morning, we joined the iguanas in the garden for Tropical Tabata. A full tabata workout is 8 x (:20 work + :10... read more

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