My stats for December stand at zero, zilch, nada.  I’m drinking too much wine and eating too much holiday candy.  These days, I like to sleep past 6am.  I have not finished my Christmas shopping. I haven’t mailed my secret santa gift for Jill’s gift exchange or my cards for my own card swap.  I don’t have one single gift wrapped.  So yeah, pretty much I suck.

Hopefully all you faithful interwebs will still be around when I get my act together and start doing post-worthy activities. 

Until then, I will leave you with my all time favorite Christmas movie clips:



Can you tell which movie is my favorite???

(Belated) Monday Brain Exchange Week 22- 2010 Bests & Worsts

Apologies for the late post- I am home sick day 2 (I cannot even remember the last time I stayed home sick more than one day) and I am so behind on my reader (over 200 posts!!!).  The good news is, I woke up feeling a bit better after 13 hours of sleep 🙂

Links from last week: Darlene and Kandi (Slow week??)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week. This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish. If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog. Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic:  2010 Bests and Worsts

This Weeks Question: Tell readers about your 2010 Best and Worst races. What made them so great or not so great?

Best Race: NJ State Sprint Tri- I was calm, cool and collected going into the race and it was everything I could have asked for.  I had a major PR, felt great and it was the start of a lot of great summer races!

Worst Race: Black Bear Relay- I was the swimmer.  It was freezing water, raining, and I had a disaster swim.

For more details, you can read the full reports, here and here.


I will elaborate more on all my races in my upcoming Year In Review Post. 🙂


Next Weeks Topic: 2010 Wrap Up (+ Give-A-Way)

Next Weeks Question: Write a poem (any kind works) that sums up your 2010 year of racing.  The most creative poem will be rewarded.  (Poem must appear in a MBE post on your own page by Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be eligible.)

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever…

It was only a matter of time…

I have been pushing myself to the limit for longer than I can remember and I think my body is finally having its say!  I started feeling crappy on Friday but by the time I got out of work last night, I was a mess.  This morning it was more of the same.  Therefore, even though I had planned to run and get lots of stuff done today, I am going to listen to my body and get the rest I so desperately need.  I have to work later, but until then I will be hanging out with my bed.  And using the time wisely to get my Christmas cards written and maybe read my newest Runners World 🙂


One of these days I’ll get my feet back on the asphalt….

Card Swap- Final List

Below are the names of those participating in the Card Swap.  You will receive an email by the end of today with the names of your recipients 🙂  Please mail your cards so that they reach their destination in the month of December (cough Lindsay cough). 





 Jill P.-





Jill W.-


Katie B-


 Have fun kids 🙂

Back At The Gym, Pilates Class, And Some Truth

So kids, I did it.  I finally went back to the gym.  The same idiots are still there and they still haven’t found a way to properly clean the bathrooms, however I was happy to see my old Pilates instructor was still there.  I haven’t been in ages and was worried she may have moved on (turnover rate is high at LA Fitness).  My friend Kate came along with me to give the Pilates a try (she had never been) and after class was over I was able to come to two conclusions: I really miss Pilates.  And I have lost a lot of my flexibility this year.  I could not believe how difficult some of the moves were for me; I never had those problems prior to my injury.  The only good part about that, is it will keep me motivated to keep going back to class so that I can get back into the shape I was in pre-injury.  Pilates is going to be a huge part of my off-season in which I am mainly focusing on stregth training.

It felt good to finally be working out again.  I was beginning to feel like a lazy slug and even though I hadn’t gained any weight, I could feel the weight shifting and noticed my clothes looking a bit different.  Getting solid and consistent workouts in around my 60-80/hours a week schedule is tough- I enjoy sleeping in until 6am and have a hard time wanting to work out at 11pm when I get home from work or on my only nights off.  But I know how good I feel when I am done a workout and I try to keep that in mind when I am feeling like doing nothing.


Lacey did this the other day, inspired by Mark Bittman on the Whole Living website, and I loved it…

I included both Mark and Lacey’ answers…

If I could say one thing to myself 20 years ago…
MB- Things will get better, not worse.

L- Write down every single book you read, a favorite quote, and something you thought about it.

Me- Take advantage of being young.

My favorite place in the world…
MB- The United States.

L- My first thought: home. My second thought: some sort of vacation get-away.

Me- Wildwood, NJ and anywhere when I am with people I love

The lesson I keep learning over and over…
MB- Most things that seem hard at first get easier, in either 10 minutes or 10 years.

L- If you stay up too late, you will be tired the next day.

Me- Listen to your gut.  Then follow what it tells you. 99% of the time, you already know the answers.

The movie I watch when I want to laugh…
MB- “A Night at the Opera” [the Marx Brothers].

L- Oooh, tough one. I feel like I laugh so hard at so many but I can only think of a few: Bill Murray in The Man Who Knew Too Little and What About Bob, Leslie Nielson in the Naked Gun movies, Steve Martin in Sgt Bilko, Rush Hour, National Lampoon…

Me- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The most scared I’ve ever been…
MB- Cannot talk about it.

L- The moment of getting hit by a car.

Me- There have been a few times.

No one knows I…
MB- Will not talk about it.

L- Made an elaborate plan to barricade myself in our log house bathroom and live out the rest of my life there. I figured it had the bathroom and the shower so all I needed to do was install a fold out bed, in-wall fridge, in-wall television, and a  slot for food and books to be passed through. Brilliant, right?

Me- If I told you…people would know.

Unhealthiest thing I’ve ever passed off as dinner…
MB- Hmm. Roast beef?

L- Copious amounts of cereal.

Me- Ice cream.

Personal philosophy…
MB- Seriously? The Golden Rule.

L- Be kind.

Me- Always remember who you are and where you came from.

Book that changed my life…
MB- There are many. Julie Sahni’s “Classic Indian Cooking” is one. “Thank You, Jeeves” [P.G. Wodehouse] is another.

L-  The Diary of Ann Frank. The Giver. Night. My Side of the Mountain. The Berenstein Bears… hehe.

Me- Wow- over the years, I have been riveted by so many books.  I don’t think I could ever narrow it down to one, or even five.  I will say that I was most inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s Biography, written by her son.

I unwind by…
MB- Running, cooking, drinking, sleeping.

L- Castle!!! (TV show). Reading. Sleeping. Taking a hot shower.

Me- drinking wine, reading blogs, reading books/magazines…

Proudest moment in my career…
MB- Landing a column [“The Minimalist”] at the New York Times.

L- Beginning my graduate program…. getting good grades on work I put a lot of thought into.

Me- I really don’ t have a career, but my proudest moments academically were all the times I made Dean’s list while also holding a full-time job.  And most of all when I was honored with the Humanities Award in my junior year at Rutgers University.

What keeps me up at night…
MB- Writing a column for the New York Times. Well, not really. I’m 60, therefore: death.

L- What I have to do tomorrow. The next day.

Me- To-do lists, family concerns, financial concerns and so on and so on and so on…

I define “downtime” as…
MB- Almost any time a computer screen is not in front of me.

L- When I feel calm.

Me- Being able to lay in bed or on the couch and veg

Coffee or tea?
MB- Both.

L- Both!

Me- Both!!

Guiltiest pleasure…
MB- Corned beef.

L- Staying in a really hot shower way longer than necessary! Massages… Vacations…

Me- A really good martini and traveling

My mom was right about…
MB- Cooking being a worth-while activity.

L- Everything! She is amazing.

Me- The importance of being smart about money.

My mom was wrong about…
MB- The right way to cook hamburgers.

L- Nothing. See above.

Me- Not a whole lot.

The last time I lost my temper was…
MB- Yesterday.

L- On Saturday when Elliot told me we couldn’t get a train to NYC for New Year’s Day (for a friend’s wedding) but he was kidding except I didn’t know that. WHAT?! WE CAN’T GO?! I ALREADY RSVP’D! I THOUGHT YOU WERE BOOKING THE TRAIN?! ARRRRGHHH. hahaha. Something like that. Slight overreaction?

Me- It has been a long time since I have really lost it, but I get easily frustrated on the daily at my day job.

My favorite moment of the day…
MB- It’s either waking up or going to sleep, but it depends on the day.

L- Tea in the morning. Coffee after breakfast.

Me- The feeling of getting in bed at night

I wish I had more time for…
MB- Movies.

L- Vacation!!!!!!!!!

Me- Myself

I always make time for…
MB- Cooking.

L- Sleeping.

Me- Catching up with old friends when the opportunities arise.

I’m currently reading…
MB- “War and Peace” (yes, really).

L- The DSM IV… (kidding, slightly…)

Me- Notes Left Behind

Home means...
MB- Love.

L- Family!

Me- 208 ♥


I know some of you did this on Lacey’s comments page already; for those of you who didn’t, feel free to leave answers here, or post your own.  I would love to read others wisdom!

Holiday Card Swap Update- Are You On The List?

***I have decided to accept participants until 8am Friday if you are still interested in joining.***

Listed below are the names from whom I have so far recieved an email from with their information for the card swap. 





 Jill P.-





Jill W.-

If you are still interested in the card swap, email me your address to with the subject line “Card Swap” and include in your email:  Your Name, Blog Title/URL, Home Address and Winter Holiday that you/your family celebrates (Christmas, Hanukkah…etc).

I will re-post an updated list of participating blogs on Friday afternoon.  Check the list to make sure you are on it and let me know if you are not.

Monday Brain Exchange Week 21- Alternative Activities

Links from last week: Darlene, Kittzy, Whitney, Kim, Kandi

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic:  Alternative Activities

This Weeks Question:  What activities do you enjoy outside of swim/bike/running?  Are you a winter sports person or summer sports person?  Do you enjoy team or individual sports?  Do you participate in more alternative activities during the off-season?

I am definitely more of a summer sports person, mostly because I really don’t like winter.  The only thing good about winter, is skiing.  I do love to ski.  I actually haven’t been on the slopes in a while, but I am going to be getting back out there this winter and I am very excited.  I think the mountains are so much fun- snow tubing, skiing and sleding are all great activites. 

I like to take part in both individual and team sports- I really wish there was a women’s softball team around me that I could join; I grew up playing and for four years coached the team at my work but I haven’t done much with it in over a year and I miss it so much.  Whenever I am presented with the opportunity to play most any sport, I take it.  I really just like to be active. 


Next Weeks Topic:  2010 Bests and Worsts

Next Weeks Question: Tell readers about your 2010 Best and Worst races.  What made them so great or not so great?