I’m going to make this short and sweet.

Today, I realized that we have 102 registered participants for Strides for James. And there is still time to sign up!

I am just speechless. And overwhelmed. And ecstatic. And so excited for this  event.

Tomorrow I am going up to the park so I can do a race day timeline. And it’s going to be beautiful out there!

Fifteen days til race day.

Do you have a cause you are passionate about? Any races coming up? 

Happy weekend!

20 Things

I’ll keep this to the point. My #elf4health task for today is to make a list of things I’m grateful for…twenty to be exact. So here goes nothin’!

1. My parents. They are so different, but they have taught me so many things in their own way. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. One is quiet and soft-spoken, the other is loud and forceful… I’m a mix of both.

2. My job. I know this is cliché, but there are so many people who don’t have work right now. I am so blessed to have a job and to be able to make a living.

3. My health. Another cliché, but there are so many out there who are not well. I’ve been blessed with a healthy body, mind and soul.

4. My faith. God has a wonderful sense of humor, something he reveals to me all the time. I’m still learning to follow His plan, and I am enjoying the peace and joy that happens when I do!

5. My brother and sisters. They may drive me crazy at times, but we get each other so well. I love that we understand what one of us is saying just by hearing a word or two. I love that we all look alike but don’t at the same time and I love that we’ve been through so much together and have each other’s back.

One of our famous holiday dinners... circa 1990-91

One of our famous holiday dinners… circa 1990-91, brother, sisters and cousins.

6. The past. And more of the past. Everything happens for a reason. People come into your life for a season and then…they leave. It doesn’t make sense at the time, but when you are living in that moment, it was exactly what you needed. Things change, people change. I’m so glad life happened and I am so glad it’s done. I learned so much about life, love and giving your all. But I also learned what I’m worth and found inner strength.

7. Farmer Ben. I love my husband so much. I’m so blessed, each and every day.

ADK Ragnar Relay 2012

ADK Ragnar Relay 2012

8. The ability to cook. And a hubby who gardens. It really scares me that I know so many people who have no idea how to cook. Not everything can come out of a box or a can. I’m glad that I am able to take real, whole foods and prepare them in all sorts of delicious manners.

Corn King!

Corn King!

9. Books. I love to read. I love how much I have learned from reading  and how my imagination has grown from all the books I’ve read.

10. Music. I love to sing, I love learning a new piece and getting lost in the feel of the song. I love all kinds of music and being transported to a different time and place because of a certain harmony, note or riff.

11. Coffee. I don’t really remember exactly when I started drinking coffee… but I’ve learned to enjoy it. And I am thankful for it. Yum.


12. Eggs. They are so versatile and are delicious no matter how they are prepared.

13. Running. My therapy. I’d go crazy if I didn’t run.

Night Run

Night Run

14. Law & Order SVU. I don’t watch a lot of tv. Ben and I didn’t even have a tv in the apartment until a few weeks ago. We still don’t have cable. But when I do get in some tube time, I almost always watch Law & Order SVU. Quality television.

15. My friends… they rock. I love them.

16. This blog. I am so happy I have this little corner of the web to express all of my deepest thoughts and feelings. And that people actually read them.

17.  Big comfy sweats. I have this pair of black sweatpants… I have mentioned them before. I don’t think I could ever part with them.

18. Clean water. It’s not something I often think about, but we are so blessed to have clean drinking water…and shower water…and just…water.

19. (Good) Wine and beer. There is nothing like a good red zin or a whiskey porter shared with your closest friends or handsome hubby. Bonus points if you add cheese.

Some delicious drinks

Some delicious drinks

20.  A sense of humor. I’m the funniest person I know… at least I think so.


21. The ability to rock red lipstick. No big deal.


I’m very blessed. This was a great reminder of how much good I have going in my life.  Great challenge, Elle and Lindsay!

What are you thankful for today and every day?

A Quarter Century??? Almost.

That sounds so…. official.

Today is my last day as a 24-year-old.

Tomorrow I turn a quarter century old.

Can you say “major freak-out?”

I know that age is just a number, but I have this vision in my head of what 25 is supposed to look like… and it’s a lot more put together than my 24 and 364 days old self.

I feel like I am supposed to know what I want to be when I grow up…and should be doing that already! I also feel that I should know how to tame my cowlick, not spill things all over myself and know exactly what direction my life is heading in. But I don’t.  And frankly, all of those things freak me out, just a little. Okay, maybe a lot, depending on the day.

Everything happens for a reason…I know that. If I had followed a strict plan, I certainly would not be anywhere close to where I am today. I may be making more money, or living in a city somewhere, I may have a more expensive wardrobe to spill things all over…but I’d be miserable.  And stressed out. And did I mention miserable?

I have to admit, that although I’m uncertain where I’m headed at this point in time, I am ridiculously happy. I have a wonderful husband and great family and friends. I laugh every day and I’m healthy.

So, today I am going to take a deep (calming) breath and just relish the unknown. I’ll take comfort in the fact that, although I won’t ever be that well-put-together-25-year-old-who-knows-exactly-what’s-going-on-and-where-things-are-headed, that I’m still pretty okay. I’m a lot more interesting than that perfectly put together image. And the last (almost) 25 years have been very good to me. I’ll continue to count my blessings.

Here’s to 24 and 364 days old. And cowlicks.

Do you have a big birthday coming up? Do certain years freak you out more than others?

Favorite Things on a Thursday Afternoon…

The last 24 hours have been full of my favorite things…

1. Burritos. Ben and I had delicious-ness for lunch from our favorite taco joint.

2. Foodie Penpals-I sent my package to Marcia in Florida… Anxiously awaiting the arrival of mine!

3. Farmer Ben in Chef Pants.


He rocks those shroom pants so well.

 4. My siblings.


Missing Erin.


 5. Marriage


Typical Thursday Night…

6. A good run.


7. Summer nights (and bon-fires).

8. Go-go Juice and being on time to work.


I have an addiction…

8. Sunny days.

9. Lunch.

10. Writing this blog.

Hope your days have been as blessed as mine. Have a great day!


This morning I failed to wake up early and go for a run. I also failed to make my usual green smoothie. And then I failed to make my morning tea. But I’m not complaining…

With my failure to wake up and go for a run came an extra hour of cuddling up with my husband, who I haven’t seen much of this week. With my failure to make a green smoothie came a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes and cheese-topped with chipotle Tabasco-cooked by the hubs. And with my failure to make my tea came my enjoying the heck out of a cup of coffee.

I also can’t complain because I did manage to bring a tomato-carrot-red pepper concoction for lunch…and I have a running date with Ben after work. Followed by fish tacos on homemade tortillas. I also managed to make it  to work on time. Life is good.

And did I mention I had coffee this morning?

It’s mornings like this that make me realize how blessed I am. To be honest, I’ve been very stressed lately due to circumstances that are out of my control and some goings-on with loved ones. And though this morning doesn’t magically fix everything, it does remind me that there are still a lot of blessings in my life-like that wonderfully supportive guy I tricked into marrying me-in addition to the difficulties. It also reminds me that although life is full of “oops!” moments and little hiccups, that’s what makes the great moments so much sweeter.

So, I hope that you had as excellent a morning as mine, little failures and all.

Just in Case.

It’s going to be a short one, but I want to start out by saying that I have so much to tell you! December has been a busy month. Unfortunately, it’s been so busy that I haven’t had much time to sit down and actually talk about it. Forgive me. I will catch you up on the happenings in my life soon… Unfortunately, today is not the day.

Because I have to work today and tonight, continue baking, shop and sing tomorrow and have family things to do the rest of the weekend, I am taking this spare moment for you. The holidays are about spending time with friends, so here we are.

I can tell you that I am very thankful for a good job and great co-workers, Christmas food/baked goods, time off from work, new tires-finally, a wonderful family and my new husband. The last year has been crazy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

It’ll be my first Christmas as a Mrs., so I am wondering what sort of traditions we will start…so far, we have waiting til the last minute to do…everything! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? Or favorite memories?

Some of mine are having dinner at my grandmother’s house with all of the family, or going to Boston and having the Christmas Eve party at my Uncle Paul’s house-complete with Chinese food. There was also the time spent watching Christmas movies with my siblings. I also fondly remember singing in Christmas programs at my church, including one special Christmas where I threw up in the middle of singing “Oh Holy Night” with my sister.

I want to take this time to say “Merry Christmas,” in case I don’t have another moment. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday, full of baked goods, wine and time spent with loved ones. God Bless.