8 Is Great

I’m certain that every single parent on earth would agree to the words, “the days are long but the years are short” when it comes to watching their children grow up.  Today my little boy is 8.  I’m still in disbelief that nearly 8 years have passed since this photo was taken.



It seems like both a long time ago and just yesterday that I was in the haze of having an infant, a toddler, a preschooler and then an elementary school aged child.  8 seems so much not like a little kid and yet, not like a true big kid either.  While I don’t often write about parenting or my child, I do take the time every year to celebrate the little boy who truly changed my life for good.

My little Wild Boy has changed a lot in one year.  It’s amazing how many things can happen in just 365 days.

These are just some of the highlights from the past year:

  • The transition from 2nd to 3rd grade was an easy one.  Being in a class with great friends has been pretty fabulous.  Academics are relatively easy for you.  You excel in math and reading.
  • The two front teeth came out and grew back in nearly as quickly as they fell out.  The Tooth Fairy was generous and wrote some pretty nice notes.
  • This was the year when popular music became important – John Newman’s “Love Me Again”, Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries”, “Turn Down For What” and anything by Maroon 5 became favorites.  You even developed your own appreciation for Duran Duran – you love “Hold Back The Rain” and “Ordinary World” most of all.
  • The devotion to sports still continues to astound.  Waking up every morning to check scores, standings and getting the chance to watch any and every sport is what’s most important right now.
  • A blue belt was achieved in Hap Kido (which was the goal of 2014) but a hiatus was taken to accommodate the soccer/basketball season and then the baseball season.
  • Baseball tryouts went well this season with a move up to the league that required try-outs.  It was a proud moment to learn that  you were one of the youngest accepted to the American League in the Little League district.
  • Ladies Love Cool Wild Boy – the first secret admirer left you a note and a special bracelet.  We figured out who she was by her handwriting but your heart still remained with a special girl in NYC.
  • A tie at the Jog-A-Thon – last year you and your buddy won the school Jog-A-Thon for your grade and this year, you and the same friend ran the JAT together to come in 2nd place.  It made many people smile to see how hard you both worked and that you wanted to do this race together.
  • Image and hair became very important this year.  Currently Shaun White clothing from Target is cool and hair often styled and a bit on the long side for flipping ability.
  • This was the year that a request was made to make drop off at the school gate (not the class line) and hand holding when crossing the street is now a definite no-no.

My Wild Boy remains a headstrong, confident, sweet, smart, handsome and fun child.  There are times that parenting such a child is difficult but it is also quite wonderful.


In this photo Wild Boy is 1 month old, Griffin is nearly 2 years old and Jay is 37.


I’m lucky to have a kid that challenges me not only as a parent but as a human being.  I’ve learned more about people, myself and the world at large from being a parent.  I like the person that I’ve become from being a parent and I can only hope that my child likes the person from whom he comes as well.

To read what the previous year’s recaps:  Here’s Lucky 7 and 6 is 1/3 of the Way To Being An Adult.

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Exploring LA

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran


Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

It was a busy week last week with a family friend in town.  This week I’m traveling for work and another friend is coming to town this weekend.  It’s not bad to be this kind of busy but it does cut into the ability to find the time to write so bear with me, please!

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

Last week, while Ms. O was visiting, Jay and I went out to belatedly celebrate my birthday.  We went to Hinoki and the Bird.

hinoki and the bird, LA, century city

One of my favorite things about living in LA is getting the chance to not only explore the array of fabulous food but I love seeing the many cool areas of this spread out city.  LA has so many beautiful and funky parts but Century City, where Hinoki and The Bird is located, is in the middle of an office park.  The area is strangely sterile and the restaurant doesn’t quite fit in with it’s surroundings.

The restaurant is beautiful and delicate (I really couldn’t take pictures because it was a little too dark) and the food – delicious hamachi with lime, cucumber and apple, chili crab toasts and hinoki (a type of wood) scented black cod were all delicious.  My favorite dish at Hinoki and The Bird was the miso donuts with honey caramel sauce.

Hinoki and the Bird, miso donuts, LA, food, foodie


Los Angeles might have a reputation for being the mecca of healthy eating but I’m here to tell you that this town reveres donuts in a way I’ve never seen before.  I don’t even really like donuts but HatB made interesting ones.  I still think The Church Key’s brioche donuts win though.


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I went back to the orthopedist last week and he, like the groundhog, didn’t give such great news – looks like 4 more weeks of PT are in my future.

3 weeks after my QL spasm, I know I’m walking better and I thought I was standing up straighter but my doctor walked in and instantly said, “You’re not a mess like you were when you came in (see here for the Xray) but you’re still standing titled to the right”.

I didn’t think I’d get clearance to go back to full normal activity but it was disappointing to find out that my perception of progress wasn’t as far as I thought.  It’s hard not to feel like every ounce of strength and muscle acquired through active living is quickly disappearing with all of this non-activity.

Physical Therapy

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but…

It’s hard not to be frustrated but I’m grateful not to be in so much pain.  I’m looking into a local water spine rehab program to attempt to ensure better core engagement and posture in the future in all aspects of movement – athletic or otherwise.

Even though I couldn’t workout, I did attend the Drenched Fitness event sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine.

Drenched Fitness, Women's Health Magazine, Britney Spears

It was great to see fellow Duranie and Britney cover story writer, Lori Majewski on the West Coast and to watch blogger friends David@KeepItUpDavid, Keke@FreeandForMe, Christiana@SpillingCoffeeandDroppingThings and my girl Josie@JosiesOrdinaryWorld, all produce some serious sweat using the Drenched Fitness technology called Flexline!

It was also nice to have the opportunity to meet Jordan@TheBalancedBlonde (formerly The Blonde Vegan who wrote the brave piece about her orthorexia and transitioning from a fully vegan lifestyle) and Sophie@ThePhilosophie in person.

I’m looking forward to getting the chance to try out this boutique fitness studio for myself once I’m cleared to workout hard.  I can even bring Wild Boy with me because Drenched offers free childcare from infants to pre-teens (which is all kinds of awesome)!



Since Ms. O was visiting and had never been to LA, we wanted to show her some of our favorite spots like Abbot Kinney and the Venice Beach area.  I knew that the Venice area was modeled after Venice, Italy and had canals but I had never seen them until this particular trip.  They’re really pretty and the fact that they’re in Los Angeles is a bit mind blowing.

Venice, canals, Venice Beach

Wild Boy was even brought into a performance by a large group of street performers near Muscle Beach.  Normally, I don’t pay these type of performers any mind but their crowd was huge and the sun was setting so it was fun.  Who knew that the group would give each of the 3 kids that participated in the performance $20?!  Jay and I did donate the same amount back to the large group but I was floored that these performers actually gave these kids money!

The Burton-Fleischman family also attended at Brooklyn Nets vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center.  We might not have been the most popular people in the stadium given our visible Brooklyn pride.

Nets Game

It was fun to watch the Nets win and to see former NY Knick, Jeremy Lin, be the high scorer for LA (our family did spend part of Memorial Day weekend watching the Jeremy Lin documentary; the things we do for our children!).

Nets Score, Nets vs Lakers


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The Duran Duran War Child concert sounded like it was pretty fabulous.  Sure, the set list was a bit tired but I’d still kill to have seen them perform in a venue that holds less than 300 people!

Did you notice clean shaven (and creeper wearing) Simon?!  Maybe he heard my plea to shave the ‘stache?

Simon Le Bon, War Child

Image: Joseph Okpako

Duran Duran aside, I’m currently in Del Mar San Diego for work and it was announced today that the KAABOO Del Mar concert will be taking place a stone’s throw from the hotel where I am currently staying.


This 3 day Coachella-type of festival will be featuring some big names like No Doubt, The Killers, Foster The People, Counting Crows, The Roots, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as well as a bunch of comedians like Joel McHale and Lewis Black.  It sounds like a lot of fun but with tickets starting at $290, no thanks!


 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

What’s something cool that you’ve discovered in your city? 


Disclosure:  I was invited to the Women’s Health Drenched Fitness Event and did receive a gift bag but I was under no obligation to write about the event.  I have no professional affiliation with the KAABOO Del Mar Festival but just thought it was interesting.  As always, all opinions expressed here are clearly my own and any professional or financial affiliations will be disclosed.

I Don’t Like Mondays

It’s the first Monday of 2015 and about all I can eek out today is….


David Paymer, Crazy People

David Paymer, the Master of “Hello” from the fabulous movie “Crazy People”.  If you haven’t seen it, do so soon!


While often Mondays signify the opportunity for a fresh start and can be positively viewed as a beginning, Mondays (and the Stressball Sundays leading up to the dreaded Mondays) make me nuts!

Gift Return, Mondays

In an attempt to make my 2015 less stressful and more productive, I won’t be blogging on Mondays anymore.

Tuesdays will now be my kick-start of the week.


Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my #GoReIn2015 (Goals/Resolutions/Intentions for 2015) List (as I did in 2013 and 2014.   I’ll be offering a Link-Up that will be live until Jan 31st with quarterly check-in’s to help everyone who wants to participate to get all of the group support they want or need!

Because I’m sure I’m not alone on this particular Monday after the holidays and school break, I’ll give you today’s theme song, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats.



PS – If you want to catch the fabulous movie “Crazy People”, you can purchase to stream here via Amazon (affiliate link):

Are you a Monday person naturally or if you need a ton of coffee to face the day?

Surviving and Thriving After A Fitness Injury

Hello All!  I haven’t disappeared.

I know I haven’t been posting consistently but there are some personal things that have required my undivided attention lately and it’s kept me from blogging.

However, you can find my latest post, 5 Tips to Survive and Thrive After A Fitness Injury over at Live Well 360 (yes, the awesome fitness bag company):

Live Well 360, fitness, injury recovery

I will be posting sporadically until the end of 2014 but will be back on a regular posting schedule with a totally updated site in 2015!


You can keep up with my more daily happenings on Instagram and Twitter until my more regular posting resumes!

Would Someone Please Explain? Answers to 50 Questions.

Skin Trade, Duran Duran, lyrics, question, 50 Questions


The reason for this “strange behavior” is because I saw this 50 Questions post over on Christine’s blog LoveLifeSurf (who cribbed it from Alison@WritingWishing) and I started to “wonder and asked myself the question” so I figured I’d “explain”.  I like blog memes (see here and here) and if there’s a way I can incorporate some Duran Duran into a post then why not?


50 Questions and Answers:

1. What are you wearing?  The cliche WAHM outfit, fitness clothing.

Yoga pants,
2. Ever been in love? Yup, still am.
3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Yes.  Enough said there.
4. How tall are you? You mean short, right?  5′ 1″
5. How much do you weigh?  Let’s just say that I’m within the healthy weight range for my height and leave it at that.
6. Any tattoos? Nope.
7. Any piercings? Two in each ear.  The first ones were done at the mall with the typical earring gun.  The second ones were done in my friend’s basement with an ice cube and an earring.  Hurt like hell.  Rite of passage though for young girls, I think.
8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)?   Because I’m woefully under read, I’ll make this movie related – Let’s just say it wouldn’t have been Andie and Blane from “Pretty In Pink” (Duckie was too good for Andie, IMHO) so I’d say Keith and Watts from “Some Kind of Wonderful”.

Some Kind Of Wonderful

Image: Douglas Coulter

9. Favorite show? Currently: “Parenthood”‘ Past: “The Shield”, “Nip/Tuck” or “Rescue Me” just to name a few  
10. Favorite bands?  See blog tagline and yes, this is a real holiday.

Duran Duran, Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Image: Mirella Stirvani

11. Something you miss? New York City – the city, friends and restaurants
12. Favorite song? Favorite Duran song: “Hold Back The Rain”; Semi-current song: “Pompeii” by Bastille
13. How old are you? 44.5 but feeling as old as dirt
14. Zodiac sign? Aquarius (Who didn’t love this clip from the 40 Year Old Virgin?)
15. Quality you look for in a partner? Patience, understanding, intelligence and humor and my guy’s got ’em all.


Wedding picture from Studio 450 NYC 5-6-00

May 6, 2000 – Studio 450



16. Favorite Quote?  From Caroline Knapp, author of “Appetites: Why Women Want”

Caroline Knapp, Appetites: Why Women Want
17. Favorite actor? Current: Robert Downey, Jr.  The man can act, sing, has a sense of humor and has both personally and professionally recovered from a very personal battle of drug addiction.  I love comeback stories.
18. Loud music or soft? Depends on my mood.
20. Where do you go when you’re sad?  The couch or bed.  Sometimes, a yoga class or a run but not often enough.
21. How long does it take you to shower? If I could live in a hot shower, I would.  Not the best thing to admit when living in a state with a ridiculous drought.  I try to limit my showers to 5-10 minutes though (I get good thinking done there).
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? I’m low maintenance – 10-20 minutes.  If I need to presentable, it might take longer (make-up eludes me).
23. Ever been in a physical fight?  I have a younger sister so, yes.
24. Turn on?  Smarts
25. Turn off? Bigotry

26. The reason I started blogging? As a way to keep occupied after moving cross country while helping my son adjust to a new school.


27. Fear?  Heights and flying.  The list keeps growing as I get older, I’m Jewish so it’s expected.
28. Last thing that made you cry?  Frustration over re-injuring my back.
29. Last time you said you loved someone?   This morning as Jay dropped Wild Boy off at school.
30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I’m born on Valentine’s Day and I’m a Registered Dietitian.  No, it doesn’t hurt that Duran Duran have the word Valentine in The Reflex though.
31. Last book you read? This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – thanks Allie@VitaTrain4Life for the recommendation.
32. The book you’re currently reading? The Smart Girl’s Guide To Going Vegetarian by fellow RD, Rachel Meltzer Warren.

Rachel Meltzer Warren, RD
33. Last show you watched? Veronica Mars, it’s my newest Amazon Prime addiction.
34. Last person you talked to? In person, Jay.  On the phone, Laurie.  I do a lot of virtual talking too though. 
35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?  Jay, the boyfriend since college.  Laurie, friends since we were 5.
36. Favorite food?  Does challah count?  It is perfect but if I had to choose, I’d say good grilled shrimp or Indian food.
37. Place you want to visit?  Everywhere!  Greece would be top of the list though.
38. Last place you were? Travel-wise – Boston and NH for Reach The Beach.
39. Do you have a crush?  Hello?  See Simon Le Bon below.

Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Terminal 5, NYC

My photo of SLB from the 2nd row at the Duran Fan Show at Terminal 5 6/20/12

40. Last time you kissed someone?  This morning before Jay and Wild Boy went to school.
41. Last time you were insulted?  Last week with a backhanded compliment.
42. Favorite flavor of sweet?  Dark chocolate.
43. What instruments do you play?  None well unless you think “Tom Dooley” on the guitar is masterful.
44. Favorite piece of jewelry?  My diamond earrings from my first wedding anniversary, my Satya Lotus necklace,  the many pieces of jewelry made by Wild Boy or my FitBloggin’ necklace (now with a Ragnar charm).

Bam Ry, Fitbloggin'

A gift for myself

45. Last sport you played?  Yoga isn’t a sport, right?  Then a game of catch with Wild Boy.
46. Last song you sang? “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC in the car.  Not a song you want people to hear you sing.
47. Favorite chat up line?  I’m not into picking up dates but I’m friendly enough and just introduce myself in situations where I don’t know anyone.
48. Have you ever used it?  Often.
49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Camping last weekend with friends.  7.5 is a great age.  Kids don’t have to be watched like hawks and adults can socialize for a little while.
50. Who should answer these questions next?  You and you and you.  (Can you see me pointing?)


What question do you normally ask people to determine whether you really like them or not? 


Disclosure:  There are Amazon Affiliate links (book mentions) within this post which means if you buy anything on Amazon.com through these links, it will generate a few pennies to add to my Duran Duran 2015 Tour Fund.  I thank you in advance.