Wednesday in Boston

A little quiet around here today because something unexpected happened…

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…the sun came out!

Oh beautiful, warm, bright sun. Welcome back to my life.

So what if it’s only 48 degrees and I’m still in my winter coat and this is the only warm day in the 7 day forecast. So what! We’re living in the moment and this moment isn’t freezing.

Blue sky above.

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Outside seating set up (a bit prematurely if you ask me).

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And four very muddy puppy paws, happy from a long walk by the river.

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Tomorrow recipes. I just couldn’t stay inside today.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Some Kind of Sunday

To start, I’d like to take a moment to remember all the innocent lives lost in Newtown on Friday. Healing and understanding of loss are such personal journeys and everyone grieves in their own way so I will not pretend that I can offer much guidance. However, I do believe in the power of collective voices. So I ask that as you move through your week, may you use your voice as an offering of love in a way that feels authentic to you: chant an Om, say a prayer, dedicate your practice, sing a song, say I love you, sign a petition for gun control, offer light and hope to those around you, especially as we head into this week before Christmas. It might not seem like much but who are we to say that adding a little compassion to the world won’t help?

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It’s cold and gray here, if not a little bit lonely too. Michael left for South Africa yesterday for work and will be enjoying some 90 degree weather, leaving me and the boys to freeze our tails off. Determined not to let the cold weather get me down I took Eli out for an early 3.5 mile run this morning. We went very slow in comparison to last weekend, part of that was definitely due to the chill, the other to a dog that felt compelled to sniff every tree as we went along. I try not to get too attached to the pace of my runs, many times not even tracking, but sometimes I’m bringing my phone along in hopes of a good photo opportunity anyway so why not Map My Run while I’m at it?

Regardless, here are the stats, if you’re interested that sort of thing.

Map My Run Sunday

When we got back I drank the hottest tea I could muster and searched fruitlessly for recipes to try this week.

I was hoping a new recipe would kick the ugly habits I’ve reacquired from my bachelorette days since Michael’s been gone. I’ve had two back-to-back meals of tomato, basil, cheddar paninis, read countless magazines and watched one very awful Lifetime movie. Michael puts up with a lot of bad TV but Lifetime movies are not tolerated. This was my chance to watch movies like Finding Christmas Eve Under the Mistletoe and Very Merry Holiday Love. I made both those titles up but you get the point. They’re so bad but so addicting. Ladies you feel me right?

I suppose this is my round about way of saying I don’t have a recipe to share. But I can tell you that Dr. Oz highly recommends that getting more calcium be on your new year’s resolution list, that Haylie Duff is not a very good actor and that it is possible to waste an entire afternoon browsing food blogs!

I sincerely hope that you are enjoying your weekend and that it’s been a bit more productive than mine.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Happy Up Dog Weekend

I realize that I didn’t post a single recipe this week. Sorry about that. I promise to post a few before the holiday. I created a spicy wasabi dressing today that I can’t wait to share and a sweet potato hash brown that my sister and I made while I was in New York. Both coming to you next week.

Today, Eli just wanted to wish you a very happy weekend and had a few words of advice.

Get outside.

Enjoy a big tree branch (or your equivalent).

No, really enjoy it. Like you mean it!

Most importantly, just be an up dog.

But if you’re going to be a down dog at least come do it with me!

Three chances to take a class with me this weekend.

Tomorrow 9am at Sangha Yoga and 10:30am at All One Yoga.

Then on Sunday at 5:30pm back at Sangha.

Pardon the shameless plug, but then again, it is my blog 🙂

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Little Bits of Random 3

In celebration of the weekend, I present Little Bits of Random 3.

We’ve been getting outside as much as possible lately to soak up the last of the warm temps and the stunning colors.

Fall colors are in bloom all over the city now.

Dusk on the river.

One very happy puppy after a long ball throwing session.

Guy loving up on Michael.

Family meeting.

Eli on his third run of the week in Jamaica Plains.

Sunset looking west off the Mass Ave bridge.

Skyline at dusk.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Little Bits of Random 2 and a Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

This post was just titled Pumpkin Banana Smoothie but then Eli ate half my breakfast and the picture below is so priceless that I decided to do a little bits of random post dedicated to the pets.

I’m sorry I ate your bagel but you left it unattended lady. If I give you this look you’ll forgive me in 3 seconds right?

Me and Eli getting ready for a run.

Kitties need chapstick too.

And puppies need kisses.

Apparently this is what morning looks like in our bed.

And how Guy looks when held against his will.

 

Best friends!

And for those of you who want the pumpkin banana smoothie recipe here it is, super simple.

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

3/4 cup almond milk

3-4 ice cubes

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon maple syrup

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Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

Little Bits of Random

I’ve never been one to take a ton of photos but since starting this blog I realize that that’s what most people want to look at so I should probably get my butt in gear and start taking more pictures.

This all seems like a great idea, but then you end up with 100s of random pictures that don’t fit into a specific blog post. So everyone once in a while I’m just going to post random photos that have no correlation whatsoever.  Hope you don’t mind.

I present you with Little Bits of Random 1!

There’s a cat that lives at the corner store down the street.  Most of the time he’s by the door to greet you when you come in.  The other day we walked in and didn’t see him until he was spotted curled up in a box of candy on the counter.

Eli on a walk.

Morning wake up call.

Guy reading his Kindle. He was reading Before I Go To Sleep which is a weird but really interesting book.

Rainy day farmers market. So many sunflowers.

More fall foliage on my walk to yoga.

Lunch at Life Alive. I had their warrior bowl with red lentil hummus (must re-create soon), tofu, veggies and miso dressing.

Michael had the quinoa, brown rice, kale, avocado bowl with nutritional yeast and some kind of dressing that I can’t remember.

Carrot, fennel, ginger, lemon juice. If you haven’t tried fennel in your juice you should, it gives it a spicy flavor that goes really well with the ginger.

Last night’s pesto put to good use. Gluten-free pasta with pesto, steamed veggies and chickpeas.

Off for a run in the foggy, drizzly weather. Only 5 days until the Tuft’s 10k.

Have a great Wednesday.

Moving, Moving, Moving

Thursday was moving day.  As were Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  How can two people, one dog and a cat have so much stuff?  Granted our place in SF was bigger than our apartment in Boston but still.

We spent most of the weekend just trying to maneuver around the boxes.  This is the guest bedroom, cozy and inviting right?  West coast friends, it’s waiting for you!

Master bedroom.  Love the windows and the light in this room.

Living room.

The space is a bit odd.  Michael and I spent all of Saturday moving couches and rugs trying to configure the furniture.  I think we found a solution but had to get rid of a ton of stuff to make it work.  Thank goodness for Craigslist and living in a town full of needy college students.

Here’s a work in progress.

Not very impressive for a weekend’s worth of work.  Better pictures to come tomorrow, hopefully.

In the meantime, these two were less than impressed with all the chaos in their little worlds.  Guy spent most of the weekend under the bed or in the back of the closet.

And Eli took his rightful place on the bed as soon as it was made.

Time for more organizing and navigating the T for the first time.  Apparently it should only take me 20 minutes to get to the yoga studio, we’ll see, I’m giving myself an hour.

And lastly, my Papa would have been 59 today.  Happiest of birthdays to the greatest dad who ever was.  Tonight, I celebrate his life by spending some extra time in the kitchen.