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AMRAP: Pout, Gasp, Sweat

Question of the day: Is it possible to pout and complete a WOD? Answer:Why, yes! Yes, it is. But note: the diversion of energy to facial muscles required for pouting is not recommended. However, research shows that while one might find one’s workout more pleasant if an attempt is made to enjoy it, the damn thing does, in fact, get done, good attitude or bad. Skills5 sets:1 power clean + 2 clean... read more

Pear and Bacon Bites

I can’t tell you how desperately I wished this morning that I could just order a pizza for us to nosh on while we watch the Academy Awards tonight. But I didn’t do it! Instead, as I lounge on the couch in my ridiculously cute leopard-and-pink-rose print pajamas (with ruffles on the sleeve and pant cuffs, no less), we’ll be enjoying delicious dino-chow snacks. On our menu: Applegate Farms... read more

Talk Derby To Me, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to talk Derby with Butterscotch Bitch of the Iron Range Maidens Roller Girls for her radio program RealGoodWords on KAXE public radio. First, I need to say Yeeha and Hell, Yeah! to the ladies of Iron Range Maidens for not only surviving their first bout, but winning with a score of 143 to 64. Check out the adorable (and deadly?!) uniforms on the Prom Queens. And... read more

Barbell Love

Stephanie at Radical Hateloss has a totally kickass post today about “Barbell Love.” Definitely do yourself a favor and read it. A tasty snippet: We do the heavy lifting in life – whether we are running our families or our careers, often times both. We lock our grip on what needs to be moved… and move it. We may be sore from yesterday’s trials, but we come back day after day and... read more

Southwestern Cumin-Lime Dressing

Oh, man! I’ve been having way too much fun playing around with variations on my homemade mayo. High on the success of my creamy Italian dressing experiment, I wanted to concoct something “like ranch, only better” because between you and me, I’m not a dill fan. But you know what I do like? Come on! You do… CUMIN So, check it: Cumin-Lime Dressing… in a flash. OK.... read more

Homemade Coconut Butter. F Yeah.

You know what this is? That is coconut butter waiting to be released from its constricting flake form. Like most of the Whole30, dino-chow, paleo people I know, I’ve been gradually falling more and more deeply in love with coconut products. It started with the aforementioned coconut flakes as a snack, evolved into coconut oil as the fat of choice in all of my sauté pans, reached a fever pitch with... read more

Learning To Sail

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”– Louisa May Alcott Alcott is best  known for her semi-autobiographical novel Little Women. Raised in New England in the 1830s, she was a tomboy: “No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race,” she claimed, “and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences …” Her family was... read more

Smupdate! February 21, 2011

This just in: Smudge really likes Jane Eyre, too… and since we’d never seen the adaptation starring Orson Welles, we held down the couch this weekend through every spooky moment of the 1944 classic. Smudge and I are in agreement that we prefer the 2006 Toby Stephens-Ruth Wilson... read more

Is It All In The (Arm)Pits?

Oh, friends. I’m firmly entrenched in cranky town this morning. My complains, in no particular order: I slept lousy. My boobs are too big. My tummy is too flabby. My thighs look big in these pants. It’s wicked humid which makes my hair frizzy. My busted, broke-ass, good-for-nothing thyroid is making my fingers and eyes puffy. I had no snatch this morning. No speed. No extension. No landing. No... read more

Talk Derby to Me

Before I was CrossFit and dino-chow, I was a Texas Rollergirl. See? That’s me, just after giving Sparkle Plenty a full-on body check that sent her flying into the audience. I really had a thing for Sparkle Plenty. I’ve been thinking about my Derby days a lot this week for two reasons: This Sunday, February 20 is the season opener for the Texas Rollergirls at their new venue: The Austin... read more

Breathing As Easy as 1-2

I like the advice in this video a lot! It’s a nice little tutorial on how to manage breathing to help with a heavy squat. When I’m lifting heavy, especially on stuff like back squat which makes me kinda nervous, I can sometimes freak myself out by standing under the bar too long and thinking through all the possible cues and reminders. By the time I’m ready to move, I’ve thought... read more

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