New Year, Better Me

IMG_5280Standing in line at the grocery store checkout, I often peruse the magazine rack, mostly for fodder to contribute to conversations about celebrity gossip. I also look at the lifestyle magazines, in search of new recipes or fun-looking craft projects. At the end of the year, when the magazines put out their January issues, I can’t help but notice the frequency with which the words New Year, New You! are splashed across the covers, complete with flawless-looking models with perfect clothes and promises of weight-loss and money-saving secrets within the pages that follow. Even Runner’s World jumped on the New Year, New You bandwagon this time, punctuated with an exclamation mark to get us all excited. Continue Reading →

Musings of 2014

Shoes 2014I’ve always thought that you can learn a lot about someone by looking at their shoes, and that there’s a good story in every pair of running shoes: dirt that shows where we’ve been; a wear pattern that shows how we run, and often, where we hurt; and a smell that shows how hard we’ve worked. When I look at my running shoes from 2014, I see a lot: dust from Mexican trails, tears on the sides from bunions that insist on poking through, a tread worn from miles and miles run in thirteen states and two countries over the past twelve months. And the smell… well, I will spare you that. I like to think that my running shoes tell a story of joy, contemplation, adventure, determination, and hard work.  Continue reading →

Glühwein: A German Holiday Staple

GluhweinIf you ever have the chance to visit Germany (or Austria, or northern Europe, for that matter) at Christmas time, be sure to spend some time at a traditional Christmas market, where you can wander through stalls of foods and crafts while sipping on a hot mug of Glühwein. This hotspiced mulled wine is a German staple and best enjoyed with a traditional Lebkuchen or Stollen.

Since it will be a year until we can do this ourselves in Latvia next Christmas, I have brought a little piece of European tradition into our home these evening with my own, homemade Glühwein. Give it a try- it’s quite easy and a great complement to any New Year’s Eve celebration. Let me know how you like it!

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