Showing posts from May, 2013

Foodie Pen Pals: May

It's that time of the month already- Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day! Foodie Pen Pals is a wonderful program, organized by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. Every month she matches you up with a fellow foodie to exchange a box full of goodies. 
One of my favorite things about FPP is that I get to try local specialties without having to leave my house. My FPP this month, certainly delivered on the local products. I got a box chock full of Memphis  goodness. 

Andrea included a great hand-written note with an explanation of each item. I love knowing the background of the stuff in my box. My box included Rendezvous seasoning, which comes from a historic Memphis restaurant; Dancing Pigs BBQ sauce; Ugly Mug coffee; and Bacon Cheddar Fries. I love everything! I can't wait to try the coffee- I definitely have an Ugly Mug in the morning until I get my java. And my BF already has his eyes on the bacon cheddar fries!
What would you want to try first?

Race Fundraising

I am realizing that it is almost June, which means that the Tri for the Cure is coming right up. Which means that I better get on the fundraising. Sigh.

I hate fundraising.

I know that that it is for a really good cause, but I still feel bad asking people to support me. I basically feel like I am asking them to pay so I can do something I want to do. Anyone else feel like this? But despite my dislike for raising money for charity, for at least the past 10 years I have done one event a year that has a significant fundraising requirement, so I have developed some strategies.

 Limit the number of times you ask people to support you each year so they don't get pledge fatigue. I limit myself to asking people once a year. If I want to do more events that require fundraising, I just pay myself. Pick causes that have some personal significance to you. If you have a story to go with your request, people are much more likely to want to support you. Last year my Dad had cancer, so doing an even…

An Island Life for Me??

After spending the week with the BF's Mom out on the island where he grew up, Islesboro, we spent much of drive home discussing whether or not we would ever want to live full time on an island again. We both grew up on islands, but then we both went away to college and have lived near cities ever since. We went back and forth and didn't really reach a consensus because our list of things we like about living in Portland about balances the list of things we liked about living on an island.

Things I would miss most about living in Portland:
-Access to multiple fully equipped gyms and yoga studios. This is absolutely #1 on my list. I love being able to take a variety of classes and mix up my workouts with the plethora of equipment at the gym.

-Ability to go a store whenever I want and have access to nearly everything I could need. Here if I have a late night craving or I am in the middle of making something and realize I forgot some exotic ingredient, no prob. I can run to the store…

Islesboro Retreat

I don't know that I necessarily believe in fate, but I do think it is pretty neat that my boyfriend and I both grew up on different islands on Maine's midcoast and then ended up living 1/4 mile apart in Portland. I also happen to have family on the island he grew up on Islesboro, so it is highly likely we passed each other at some point in our childhoods. His Mom still has a house on Islesboro and invited us up to spend a few days before she rents it out for the summer. Islesboro is about 68.88 sq. miles and has a year round population of around 566 people.

Last September we took my boat up to Islesboro for a night, but I was excited to get to spend some more time there and have a car to get arounhood so the bf could show me all the sights of his child! We left Portland early Sunday morning and got to Lincolnville just in time to see the 9 am boat leaving. So we grabbed some ice-coffee and a bear claw at Dot's while we waited for the 10 am. 
It is a quick 20 minute ride over…

Random thoughts on Yoga

I have been really into yoga lately. I just can't get enough. It is one of the few things that helps to quiet my overactive, crazy mind. And physically it feels like such a good thing to do to my body. There are are 2 ideas in particular that have kept coming back to me in the past few weeks.

The first is that I stink at picking and sticking to a drishti, or focal point, during practice. This is suppose to help center your practice and keep you focused on yourself. It also helps with balance. I pick a drishti, and then I find something wrong with it like it is too far away, or off-center, and pick another one. And then I find something wrong with that one too. And then at some point I usually totally abandon the concept of a drishti all together and just look around the room at whatever I want.

This doesn't surprise me at all. In life in general, I am always trying to do multiple things at once. I am terrible at living in the moment and appreciating what I have right now. I am a…

2013 Tri for the Y

Apparently triathalon is like theater, a bad dress rehearsal means a good performance. Because I had a horrible last swim session earlier this week, but a totally awesome race today!

I did the Tri for Y for the first time last year and couldn't wait to do it again. It's a great season opener because it's a pool swim, a small race, and everyone is super friendly.

I got to the race early and got all my stuff situated. I always forget that you need so much stuff for a tri! I made a list and checked it 3 times to make sure I was ready. I was super excited to try out my new quick zip tie bike shoes and tri sneakers.

I did a better job predicting my swim time, which made me a little nervous. I was in the 8 minute heat, so if I didn't finish in 8 minutes they would pull me out. I was also in the 6th heat which was a bit of pain, because I had to sit around for more than hour before I got to start. I was glad though that I got to watch the first heat. It was the slowest swimmers …

That Time I Flashed the Lawn Guys

It went from 40, rainy, and windy to sunny and 70 here overnight. Great. Except that it meant I was way too hot running this morning. I'd just grabbed the same clothes I ran in Tuesday (is that gross??) without checking the weather.

I was sweating buckets 10 minutes into my run my long sleeve shirt. So I figured I would do what I NEVER do- run in just my sports bra. The only reason I was willing to consider it is because I was doing and out and back on an off-road wooded trail. I figured I'd leave my shirt by the side of the path and then grab it and put it back on for the last 10 minutes on the main road back home.

So I ditched the shirt and enjoyed a much more comfortable next 20 minutes. The trail ends at a big sports field complex where there is usually no one early on a weekday morning. Today however there was a huge crew of guys mowing the grass. I mean like 35 of them. And they were all totally staring at me. Straight out staring. Haven't they ever seen a girl in a sp…

And I forgot how to swim

Remember how I went to that swim clinic to prep for the Tri for the Cure? Well apparently it made me forget how to swim....... Or maybe it is the fact that I haven't been in the pool in the 2 weeks since. Either way, when I finally got to the pool today, it totally sucked.

Before the clinic I was comfortably doing the tri distance (325 yds) 3 times with a lap of easy swimming in between as my workout. Today I thought I felt horrible just doing it twice with a rest in the middle. Poo.

I think part of it is that I am working way too hard on my turns and push off trying to implement the tips from the clinic. Arms tight to my ears, hands out in front, push-off before I am turned all the way around, push up well under the surface of the water. My brain can't handle it all at once!!

Combine the brain overload with my horrific allergies and the lack of swimming lately and it was rough. Good thing the race isn't this Saturday or anything......

What If....

I was reading an article this week about Mika Brzezinski's new book, "Obsessed," about living her life with an eating disorder. There was one thing in  particular that she said that has really stuck with me because it struck so close to home.
"Sometimes I wonder what I could be if 75 percent of my life wasn't obsessed with food."

While I certainly have a much healthier attitude than I used to about food, and I don't have a "eating disorder" anymore, I do still spend what seems like inordinate time thinking about food. I think a lot about what I want to eat, what I should eat, what I am going to eat, making food, eating food, and then either feeling guilty or good about what I did eat. Along with that of course, is also the time I spend thinking about exercise. 
Some of this isn't bad. It does require a conscious effort to plan and prepare healthy meals and maintain an exercise routine. Food can be a great pleasure. But, I do also waste a lot …

DIY Friday: Patio Chairs

When I got my patio furniture out for the season, I noticed it was getting rusty.

So, I figured if I was going to spray paint it with Rustoleum, I might as well use a fun color. So I took off the seat part (not as easy as I thought it would be since the screws were all rusty), sanded down the chairs, and got to work with the spray paint. 
After 2 trips to the hardwar store for more paint (a can does not go far) my chairs were transformed.  From tan to ........ very blue. The paint was lighter than I thought it would be.

And despite using drop cloths, I got blue paint all over the brick. 

I think this project was a mini fail. It's not terrible, but it also isn't what I envisioned. 
What do you think??

What is your biggest DIY fail??

Sounds I love

I really think about the most random things while I am running. This morning was the first foggy day we've had in a long time, so the fog horn was blowing as I ran down by Willard Beach. I started thinking about how I love the sound of the fog horn. It reminds me of being tucked in my warm bed growing up on the island and hearing it sound outside my window as I slept. Or, of foggy summers days where the fog was an excuse to build a fort and stay inside all day reading and eating cookies.

So that got me thinking about other sounds that I like.
- The sound of my coffee maker percolating in the morning.
- Bell Buoys. Another remnant of growing up on the water. I love the ringing bell sound. I even got a replica of the marker off the island where I grow up so I can ring it any time I like.
- Foot steps. I love listening to my foot-steps while I run.

And then naturally I started thinking about sounds that I don't like.
-Whispers. I am a freak, but I can't stand whispering. It sends t…

A grudge is the hardest thing to bear

I won't lie, a huge part of why I exercise is for cosmetic reasons. Many days what gets me out of bed and out running or to the gym is simply the calorie burn. But this week I was reminded of the other reasons why I exercise.

It had been a stressful week at work, so by Friday morning I was fried.  Thursday night I ate too much junk so I woke up with a food hang-over. The last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym, but I dragged myself there anyway. Half-way through my strength work, I realized that I was easily lifting weight that I'd struggled with just a few months ago.

I love that feeling of making progress. I also love being strong. It allows me to do so many things, like say, re-arranging my living room furniture at 3 am when I can't sleep (that happened this week.) After strength I went to a step class. We had new choreography and new music and there was such a sense of energy in the room that it totally revitalized me. I left the class with a literal bounce in my ste…

Derby Day

I spend most of my time, now that I am working from home, in yoga pants. So, everyone once in awhile it is fun to get dressed up. What better occasion than the Kentucky Derby?? We totally did it up this year- constructing our own fancy hats (mine perfectly matched my dress) and I even straightened my hair.

There were a few wine tastings going on in the Old Port, so we decided to hit those up first. It was pretty funny being the only people dressed up- we got a lot of funny looks. But then we headed to Brian Boru for their annual Derby Party, where it was strange not to be dressed up. They had a pet race out in the parking lot, which was a riot, a best dressed gentleman contest, a best ladies hat contest, a brass band, and of course betting on the horses. You could hardly tell you were in Main and not Kentucky, except for the fact that it was freezing! I should have worn a sweater.

My horse didn't win, but was a fabulous day all around.

Did you do anything for the derby??

Pin it Party

It's Thursday and it's been a long week, so I could certainly use a little party! Luckily, Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean is throwing a Pin it Party today. She is inviting us to share 5 of our own posts that we'd like to see on Pinterest. So let's get this party started- here are mine!

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup : So yummy and so easy!

My Body Doesn't Make Me Beautiful: Such an important Message

Basement Blizzard Workout: We all get stuck working out in the basement sometimes
Light Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream: Needs no description

Southport Island Triple Brick Workout: When you want to mix it up a little