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Field Trip: Savory Spice Shop

Obstinate. Loyal. Determined. These are words often used to describe me, along with relentless, stubborn, and mouthy. So when I make a plan or find something I like, I generally stick to it. But these days, I’m trying to take a more experimental, experiential approach to life, so when I ran out of Penzeys Rogan Josh seasoning, I decided to visit a new local source for spices: Savory Spice Shop. The... read more

Your Perfect Playlist

I’ve previously written about some of my favorite running songs, and I can still vividly remember what was playing on my iPod when I ran up the stairs (twice!) at Letna Park in Prague (“All These Things That I Have Done” by The Killers). Gratuitous shot of Letna Park stairs leading to the Metronome. Gratuitous shot of me, triumphant, under the Metronome. There’s... read more

Strength Training Tuesday – 3/29/11

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I tackle the Strength Training Workout posted by Coach Wes every Tuesday at CrossFit Austin. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Strength WOD 4X 2 press + 3 push press – 53#, 63#, 73#, 78#5X2 back squat @ 80% max – 120#3X5 deadlift @ 60-65% max – 133#plus… 1-3 chest-to-bar strict chin-ups @ 2012 tempo* between squat and deadlift sets Five cool things... read more

Again With The Barbie Arms

Once again, I wish I had removable arms, like Barbie. My triceps and deltoids are so tired, they’re tingling even as I type. This workout didn’t look like it was going to smoke me like a pork shoulder, but it did. And I’m glad! Skills5 sets:dips (on bench, touch butt to floor) @ 20201:00 restMy numbers: 10 – 11 – 9 – 10 – 10 WOD3 rounds:400m run20 burpees10 DB... read more

Barbell Bonding

OK! I said I was going to do CrossFit Austin’s strength workout every week and despite a missed Tuesday workout, I did it! Saturday morning. Craptastic gym. Strength workout done. And it was pretty badass. Strength3X5 behind-the-neck press @ 2020 – 55# – 60# – 65#(4)5X2 back squat @ 80% max – 120#3X5 deadlift @ 60-65% max – 120#plus 5 (perfect!) pushups in between back squat and... read more

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

It’s an undisputed fact that tiny things are fun. See? Which is why I like Brussels sprouts. Cabbage is my favorite vegetable, and Brussels sprouts are really just stupid-cute, tiny cabbages. I usually chop them in half, toss them with melted coconut oil, and roast them in the oven until they’re carmelized. But the best part of the roasted sprouts are the few leaves that flake off all on... read more

Baby We Were Born To Run

It’s Saturday! Take a load off and enjoy these videos that will make you want to hit the streets or a running trail this weekend: two rock stars (of different kinds) on why tramps like us were born to run… Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Bruce in London. Enjoy! First, the smarts… And second,... read more

Spreading the Good Word on Blisstree

Disclaimer: I would never ever EVER refer to paleo as a “fad diet” – and frankly, I don’t even feel 100% comfortable referring to the way I eat as paleo because that term has so many varied definitions. However, when a writer acquaintance asked me for a quote about paleo – what it is, why it’s great – it seemed like a good opportunity to spread the word in a more mainstream... read more

This Just Happened.

The scene:Lunchtime at the office. The characters:MeA dude from another department that I don’t particularly like The action:I’m sitting with a book in one hand (Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child) and a fork in the other, eating a leftover lamb shanks (good, not great, so I’m not sharing the recipe yet) on a bed of kale and spaghetti squash. Across the room, the Dude is assembling a peanut... read more

Jane Eyre… TONIGHT!

My preference for Jane Eyre over any other story on the planet is well-documented (here and here and  here). I recently finished another re-read of the novel, watched the Orson Welles version of the movie on the couch with Smudge, and over the course of a few days on the bus, re-watched the Masterpiece Theater version on my iPhone. Last weekend, I bought another used copy of the book to add to my... read more

Humid Hell(en) And Handstand Holds

According to my shiny new plan, I wasn’t supposed to go to CrossFit Austin today, but you know what Robert Burns said about best laid schemes, mice, men, etc… (No? Read it here.) At 6:45 a.m. yesterday, I walked to the car – strength training workout in hand – only to find that our car battery was dead, leaving me no means for getting to the gym. I indulged in a fair amount of pouting and... read more

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