Decide What to Be and Go Be It

img_5366When I decided to work part-time instead of full-time this year, I envisioned having all kinds of time to run, cook, write, and do all of the other things that full-time teachers never have the time to do. And though I have managed to keep myself quite busy in the last few months with a couple of hourly teaching gigs, it would be disingenuous to say that I haven’t had time to write. In fact, I have – there has been plenty of time, actually, but my motivation and inspiration to do so has been woefully lacking.  Continue reading →

Autumn Sunrise Over Riga

IMG_2056There is nothing quite like lacing up my shoes and zipping up my wind jacket in the dark, early hours of an October morning to head out for a crisp run on empty streets, hearing only the rhythm of my footsteps and breathing as the sun rises in bright shades of pink, orange and yellow. Indeed, runs like this are one of my favorite things about autumn. Having a vacation from work this week has allowed me to have several runs alongside the sunrise in the last few days, and the views have been absolutely spectacular.  Continue reading →

Making Dutch Letters: A Little Piece of Iowa in Riga

IMG_2105It’s October, my favorite month of the year, and although autumn in Riga is thoroughly beautiful and colorful, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been feeling tremendously homesick lately. Homesick for which home exactly, I am not sure, as there have been many. What I am experiencing is perhaps better described as a homesickness for a feeling… one of comfort, peace, and coziness. When I think about of all of the places I have lived in my life, Iowa is quite possibly the place that evokes this feeling the most, and lately, I have been missing it quite a bit. Continue reading →

On Tour at “Home” in Washington, D.C.

IMG_5022As a military kid, I grew up everywhere and nowhere, and my moving habit didn’t end with adulthood. I can’t really say that I have a hometown, but if I had to choose one, the Washington, D.C. area would be it. Collectively, over the past 35 years, between Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia itself, I have spent over 15 years of my life in the D.C. area. You’d think that in that time, I would have seen all that D.C. has to offer, but in reality, I haven’t even come close. Continue reading →

A Holiday Guacamole: Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Cranberry-Avocado SalsaAs we enter the season of holiday parties, I thought I’d share one of my favorite crowd-pleasers, passed on to me several years ago by my former boss. This unique take on guacamole, sweetened a bit with honey, includes tart cranberries, which provide great flavor and crunch, as well as beautiful color. Serve this at your next dinner or party and be ready to wow your guests.

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Mind Over Matter: The JFK 50

Finisher goodiesAmerica’s Oldest 50 Mile Foot Race, better known as the John F. Kennedy 50 Mile Run, is officially in the books, and I couldn’t be happier this morning to have had such an incredible experience.

You learn a lot about yourself over the course of a 50 mile run… what your body needs to endure, how much (or how little) you are truly prepared, how to continue running through fatigue and pain, and most of all, why you continue to run through fatigue and pain, even when another step feels nearly impossible. Continue reading →