One More Lesson

You were expecting one more lesson from Reach The Beach, weren’t you?  I planned on recapping my RTB experience today but life as a sometimes solo parent got in the way.

Plans change


It never fails that when Jay goes away on business that Wild Boy has some crisis that requires long and emotional discussions that leave me spent.  There are so many things that I’ve learned to endure in my 44 years on this planet but one certain 7 year old can knock me out colder than Muhammad Ali without the courtesy of a warning punch.


Little Humans


Because my Reach The Beach recap deserves more than I can give it tonight, I ask that you stay tuned until next week for full details and my 3rd Quarter check in for #14in2014 (yup, we’re nearly done with 3/4 of 2014 already!).


Make sure not to miss tomorrow’s Friday’s Featured Female either.  Carly@FineFitDay shares an incredible story of how unbelievable circumstances changed her life forever.


Happy Thursday!


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard or read?  If it’s parenting-related, bonus points for you.

Old School Blogging – Summertime and The Living is Easy

Even though it’s perennially summer in Southern California, the summer season is coming to a close and now that Wild Boy is back at school, I can’t deny the end is here. I love the Old School Blogging prompts from Elaine@MissElaineousLife and figured I’d wrap up my summer experiences here today.


What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?

FitBloggin’ and BlogFest were two of my favorite things that I technically did alone this summer (I arrived alone and left alone but I had many old friends at both events and I got to make many new ones so I never felt alone).  If hard pressed to choose a solo activity though, I’d say my Duran Duran run was my favorite alone time this summer.


What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?

It’s hard to choose one favorite thing because we did a lot things that may not have been spectacular to others but were very meaningful to me.  We traveled to Chicago and spent some quality time with friends that left the NY area soon after we did.  Spending a simple Fourth of July a friend’s house and seeing happy kids and hanging out was really perfect.

We even had a typical California beach bonfire night that was everything a New Yorker living in LA needed to be seduced by this great city.  However, if I had to choose one thing, I’d say getting the chance to watch Wild Boy perform a Hap Kido demonstration on the Dodger Stadium field and watching the game with friends was a great memory of Summer 2014.


What books did you read this summer?

I’ve been slacking terribly in the book reading department.  I did finally read “The Fault in Our Stars” and some nutrition related books though.



What do you WISH you had done this summer?

I wish we could have traveled back to NYC.  I miss New York in summer tremendously.  I especially miss not being able to run on Summer Streets – 7 miles of car free roads in the middle of New York is a runners paradise.

Brooklyn Bridge, running, Kick Ass 5K,


People are going to hate me for saying this but I do wish that there was at least one rainy day so that we could have spent some more lazy days together as a family.


What movies did you see this summer (if any)?

Movies?  Like in a theater?  That rarely happens any more.  I did see “Wolf of Wall Street”, “Philomena” and “Don Jon” (which I really liked despite the somewhat uncomfortable subject matter).  I caught up on a ton of television this summer.

James Spader

James Spader Now and in Pretty in Pink.


I exhausted my 15 Bingeworthy Shows list so I started watching Season 1 of “The BlackList”.  Seeing how James Spader has aged reminds me just how long ago “Pretty In Pink” (my favorite movie) and “Less Than Zero” really were.  I’m choosing to remember that James Spader despite liking his new TV character.


Where did you travel this summer?

Chicago, Atlanta (for one night), Savannah, Augusta (for 2 hours), Anaheim and Westwood (if you live in California anywhere more than 15 miles away really is considered traveling).


What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?

I love ice cream but I don’t eat it often.  My favorite treats that I discovered were all alcoholic – the strawberry lemonade French Press drink at Hard Rock Cafe, discovered I can drink vodka (with lots of pineapple juice and sparkling water) and I had my first real Moscow Mule in a copper mug in Chicago.


What did you celebrate this summer?

Duran Duran, Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Image: Mirella Stirvani

I celebrated 2 years of living in California and Duran Duran Appreciation Day with my 2nd annual 10K.  I also celebrated turning a half year older on August 14th.  I might have cried a little.


Did you grow anything this summer?

My hair.  My hair is long (and is need of color – damn you grey hairs – see above answer).  My hair was pretty long back in April and I haven’t cut it since then.  (PS – It’s hard to find a more recent photo of me with my hair down).

Duran Duran, Mad World

I have a black thumb and have issues growing anything that requires sunlight and water.   I will take credit for my child growing though.  He must have grown 1-2 inches this summer and at the rate he’s going, he’ll tower over me by 5th grade.


What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?

As you can tell, I’m not very good at picking one favorite so I’ll keep up the trend.  I enjoyed writing my 10 Women You Need to Meet at BlogHer and BlogFest posts but I have a soft spot for my post about my favorite pieces of vintage activewear.  I loved writing about why I still have a few pieces of fitness clothes/activewear.

Rock n Roll Marathon, Iron Girl, Hind, #oldestpieceofactivewear

Iron Girl hat, Hind Leggings, Iron Girl hat day of the San Diego RnR Marathon 1999 and that medal.

 I know people keep pieces of activewear for sentimental reasons and wanted to find out why but I never started a link-up.  Let me know if you think I should.


What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?

My favorite photograph would have to be this one of Wild Boy entering the Dodger Stadium field to do his Hap Kido demonstration.


Dodger Stadium, Hap Kido, Wild Boy


What do you want to do next summer?

Our good friends have a family home in France.  It would be dreamy to be able to go with my family and friends.  The only time I was in France was when I was 25 and I was alone, in Paris for only two days.  If the France trip doesn’t happen, I hope to be able to travel domestically and spend at least some time doing nothing on a beach.


That’s a wrap on Summer 2014 for me.

If you’re a blogger, think about joining the meme and go and check out Old School Blogging by the MissElaineousLife for future awesome prompts.  She has some great ones.  Here’s one that I liked a lot – the A to Z Meme OSB post.



What was your favorite thing that you did this summer?


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Awesome 80’s Run Pasadena Recap

I’m sure you’re dying to get the scoop on that happened at IDEAWorld BlogFest (which was a lot) but that recap is going to have to wait until Wednesday because one of my favorite annual races happened yesterday, the Awesome 80’s Run in Pasadena!

Running + 80’s music = No brainer for this 80’s music loving girl


This absolutely fun run began in 2012 and kind of ushered my family and me into California living in 2012.  My about page photo (as it is right now) is taken from this first race in Los Angeles.



I ran this 5K  race again in 2013.  It was a ridiculously hot day in August but the costumes and the 80’s music made it especially fun.

Awesome 80's Pasadena, 5K, running

Darth Vader Medals are cool!


This year was especially fun because I had a very special partner – Wild Boy joined me for his 3rd 5K run!


Awesome 80's Run, Duran Duran, 5K


I might have worn the same Duran Duran tank top from my Duran Duran Appreciation Day 10K last week but so what?


I knew this run wasn’t going to be an easy one for Wild Boy.  It was hot even before we left the house, the race started late (9:30am!) and the 5K course (around the Rose Bowl Stadium) didn’t offer any shade at all.  Not to mention that this guy had been part of a martial arts demonstration the night before at Dodger Stadium!  It was a fun night but not what someone should probably do the night before a race.


Dodger Stadium

Yes, I found a nod to Brooklyn at Dodger Stadium (this bottom illustration was on one of the walls outside the Top Deck).


Regardless of lack of sleep and my achy ankle from last week’s sprain, Wild Boy and I were not in the best shape to do this run but we were excited to be running together in such a fun atmosphere that we put on our happy faces and did our best to enjoy ourselves.



Wild Boy refused a starting line selfie with me.


Let’s just say this was not our best race ever.  Despite this being a race I look forward to every year, I wish this race would start earlier in the day.  It was so hot that it was difficult not to need to stop and walk.  Wild Boy was frustrated because he believed he should have been running faster but he couldn’t.  I told him that we all have bad days when we run but that we all finish.  I tried to entice him with the fact that he was getting a medal at the end of the race but he does not have the lust for race bling…yet!


Once we hit the 2.9 mile mark and Wild Boy could see the finish line, he couldn’t wait to get there.  He took off with a quick, “Bye!” (we had already previously discussed our finish line meet up plan in case we got separated) and dashed to the finish.  Jay got this great action shot of both us right before we hit the finish line.


Awesome 80's, 5K, Pasadena, finish


Getting my  3rd Awesome 80’s medal was great and even though Wild Boy was less than impressed with himself or his race bling, I think he was happy that we experienced this together.


Awesome 80's run, 5K

No shot of Wild Boy and me together this time.


This is a race that many first timers and fun-runners would love to do but the organizers need to get their bib pick-up streamlined and the race start to an earlier time.  The participation level seemed much lower than last year’s race (there was a race at the same location just the day before) and I’d hate to see this Pasadena race disappear (like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half and Mini which was discontinued this year).


I love this race and even though I’m not sure Wild Boy will want to run it again with me next year.  I’ll continue to do this race every year that I can.  Even though this race could use some improvement, their medals can’t be beat!  Some love their Disney race bling but I’ll take these 80’s themed one’s any day of the week.

Awesome 80's Run, medals, race bling

Medals from the Awesome 80’s Run 2012 (cassette tape), 2013 (Darth Vader) and 2014 (Ms. PacMan).


FYI - I am not affiliated in any way with the Awesome 80’s Run.  I paid for entries for Wild Boy and myself out of my own pocket.  However, if Awesome 80’s ever chooses that they’d want an Ambassador, I’d be all in!


If you’re a runner, what race do you always run (no matter what) and why?  If you’re not a runner, what’s your exercise class of choice?

15 Bingeworthy TV Shows – on Netflix or Amazon Prime

I’m excellent at procrastination and lately the way I’ve been avoiding my work/feeding my insomnia is the rabbit hole known as the Netflix binge.


Binge watching television

Clearly not advice that I’m taking.
Image: Duncan


I did the “House of Cards” binge (S1 in two nights but S2 took longer), the “Orange Is The New Black” binge (S1 only, I’m saving S2) and I’m currently knee deep in the teen drama “One Tree Hill“.  Don’t judge!  I didn’t watch the show the first time around but it’s reminiscent of the 80’s teen dramas I love so much (like “Dawson’s Creek” which I could watch over and over again…for Pacey Witter NOT Dawson).


Since I know that I’m not the only one who gets sucked into to the newest socially acceptable form of bingeing and because I see requests on Facebook and Twitter nearly every day for recommendations of what shows to binge-watch next, I’m sharing some shows you might want to start watching before the Fall TV season kicks in.


Because once you’re done with “Breaking Bad“, “Mad Men“, “Sons of Anarchy“, “Dexter“, “Scandal“, or “The Walking Dead” (which I hear is good but I can’t get into), you really do need a next show to watch!


15 Bingeworthy TV Shows, Netflix, Amazon Prime

(in no specific order)

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Tunes For Tuesday – The 70’s

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


It’s Tunes For Tuesday and welcome to July!  Since it’s the 7th month of the year, we’ll be celebrating the 1970’s this month.  I did it last year (remember this 1970’s song with the awesome mondegreen?).  If you don’t know the term mondegreen, it’s a great one and you ALL do it even if you don’t know it).


Today’s tune is Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.  This song always gets me running and this particular weekend I got the chance to run with the Olympian and famous run coach Jeff Galloway (the founder of the Run Walk Run method) – more about that with the upcoming FitBloggin’ recap but let’s just say that this FitBloggin’ run was life changing and this song might need to be my new theme song!





What was the last life changing thing that’s happened to you?