Gratitude Lately

Lately I’ve been grateful . . .

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. . . for brides in white dresses.

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For $6 trifle bowls, and lemon custard.

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For this “Fuzzy Thing” who makes life more fun.

For sweet cuddles with this babe while her parents eat dinner.

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For the way he talks to her.

And for mixers from 1957, and the repairmen who know how to fix them.

Happy Monday, friends! Hope your holiday week is filled with laughter, joy and plenty of rest. 💛

{Ithaca, etc}

These are just a few shots from our time waterfall chasing in upstate NY.  Waterfalls pictured here were found along Six Mile Creek and at Robert Treman Park.

“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that your journey be a long one,
filled with adventure, filled with discovery.
Laestrygonians and Cyclopes,
the angry Poseidon–do not fear them:
you’ll never find such things on your way
unless your sight is set high, unless a rare
excitement stirs your spirit and your body.”

[Barry Powell, Classical Myth, 1995]

 

Gratitude Lately

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Lately I’ve been grateful for camellias that remind me of my Papa Jim…

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For queen bees set free from their boxes.

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For docks and the blueness of Lake Lanier.

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For homemade vanilla lattes.

For the love between these two, and the kippah on my brother’s head.

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For instant photos (as always!)

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For finish lines.

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And for blooming azaleas.

Happy spring! What are you grateful for?

5k Foam Fest 2018

Race review time! In April we returned to complete the 5k Foam Fest. This time with a bigger crowd.

A big fave was the “water lilies” – a long floating pad in Lanier Lanier. Surprisingly buoyant!

Of course one of the best parts of the whole thing is the mud.

Second best part is probably the three-story inflatable water slide, followed closely by the finish line smiles.

Would I recommend this race? DEFINITELY. We had a blast last year and an even better time this year.

Please remember this is a “fun-core” race. It’s not a time to work on your PR, or to try to make your fastest 5k. The Lake Lanier terrain is full of sticks and rocks and plenty of hills (but lovely views!), that make running difficult. It’s best to approach this as an obstacle course, with some light jogging/hiking in between obstacles, as opposed to a “run”.

5k Foam Fest Tips:

Wear long pants! Last year I wore leggings but this year I opted for shorts. After experiencing some seriously skinned up knees and shins, year I’m going back to leggings next year.

Wear light weight “wicking” materials. Avoid cotton.

Buy new shoes. Every year on the way I swing through Walmart to buy a pair of $10-12 running shoes (men’s usually, bc they are better made than the women’s). There’s no way I’d subject my beloved ASICS to this mud and foam. The Walmart shoes go promptly into the trash at the end of the race.

Stay nearby if you can! Last year we drove almost 2 hours to and from the race, but when you’re wet and muddy that’s a long time to be in the car. This year we nabbed a nearby AirBnb with 3 showers. It’s hard to beat a post-race shower and a lakeside nap.

Happy spring, friends! Do you have any upcoming races?

Passover 2018

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I don’t have many photos from our family Messianic Passover Seder, but what a wonderful night it was! 22 seats were filled with family and dear friends.

Scott did a lovely job leading the Seder. Arabella asked the Four Questions beautifully, and received a hefty cash prize (collected on the spot from the Seder participants) for returning the afikomen. Mom made braised beef and Autumn brought matzoh ball soup, while Dana decorated the tables and I lit the candles and arranged the Seder plate. As my Dad likes to say, “A good time was had by all.

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Happy Passover, friends! Dayenu, indeed.

Gratitude Lately

Lately I’ve been grateful for…

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Christmas gifts that make me feel loved and known.

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Craft beverages and tomato soup.

trips in new york

Whirlwind big city adventures.

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Delicious brunches with my favorite man.

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Velveteen dresses.

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My favorite tiny cookie cutters.

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For time to paint, and fuzzy little muses.

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And for beautiful snowy days in Georgia.

Merry winter, sweet friends! What have you been grateful for lately? 

Flavor Run: 2017

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In November 2017 we completed the Flavor Run 5k for the second time!

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This was the final race in mine and Carol Anne’s goal of completing twelve 5ks in twelve months! We circled back to the first race we started with, and it felt amazing to be back where we started and see the progress.

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We ran in white tutus and flower crowns for the occasion (of course!).

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Running with friends and family is the best way to run.

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I’m so proud of my sister and so glad we completed this year-long 5k challenge together.

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Special shout-out to Scott for being our running coach, barista, chauffeur, chik’n biscuit supplier, and chief cheerleader.  Without him, Carol Anne and I would be a couple of decaffeinated direction-challenged non-morning people who would never make it to the start line on time.  Thank you for helping us make this goal, and being there every step of the way!

Notes on FLAVOR RUN:

Still a huge fan of this upbeat family race! They have updated their powder formula, and we found it much easier to remove this year. Less skin staining is a plus! 2017 was the “Year of the Watermelon”, and you can bet we will be back next year to earn our third Flavor Medal. Can you guess next year’s flavor? There’s a hint hidden in the Flavor logo!

Bubble Run 5k

For our October Race, we completed the Bubble Run 5k at Lake Lanier.  This race boasts a 3.1 mile distance with interspersed multi-color “Foam Bogs” (bubble stations). Since this was a less serious race than some of the others, Carol Anne and I once again opted to dress with a bit of whimsy — this time, as DONUTS. Who doesn’t want to think about carbs during a run?

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Here’s the 4 of us, ready to start the run!

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Honest review:

We loved the location, and the fact that the Bubble Run partners with local charities.  The registration process was also AWESOME, particularly the part where they mail your bib straight to you.  Yep, you read that right.  No packet pick-up lines for us, thanks!

We didn’t necessarily love the foam — only because the foam was dyed to be pink, blue, green, yellow, etc (different color for each bog); and this color stains skin. The effect afterwards was like having a bizarre spray-tan that left you a little pink, a little green, and slightly jaundiced.  I’ve got nothing against foam, or color for that matter, but I just really didn’t like the foam/color mix. It seemed more difficult to remove than color run powder, and felt just plain icky.

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Definitely a fun run, and well organized.  Plus, the bubble runners themselves were a happy crowd! Lots of tutus and costumes to be seen.

Next up: we bring it all back to where the “Year of the Banana” started!