Friday, March 22, 2013

Independence

I had someone ask me today if I was in love. Their logic? I'd been dressing up more often, pulled out some "girly-girl" fashion, and just looked "happier". While this encounter was rather bemusing, it reminded me of something I've been trying to voice but haven't had the chance to put down on paper yet.

Here it is: I am in love. Well, not in the way you expect, I suppose. I'm in love with myself (hear me out before you roll your eyes). After 20 odd years of thinking I wasn't good enough; pretty enough to spend time or money or effort on. This is what changed: one day I decided enough was enough and that I wasn't going to put my life on hold for anyone or anything -be it more money, a different number on the scale, or a change in philosophy. It's a novel concept, but one that so many women struggle with everyday. We think "when I lose those ten pounds", or "when I just get that promotion", or any number of excuses we force ourselves into.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Just Keep Running

With the advent of my new phone I've been hit with a rude awakening: the GPS on my EVO Shift was apparently complete crap and all too generous with me. First two runs using Nike+ with my iPhone have informed me that not only am I running less but I'm also running much slower than I previously thought.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spaghetti Cravings

Going gluten-free usually means giving up a lot of things. Yes, you're giving up gluten, but you're also giving up things people take for granted like dining out, or being able to comfortably and safely eat a home-cooked meal with your friends and family.

Being Italian, my family eats a lot of pasta. Every Sunday, you will find a group of us (ranging from 10-30 on any given Sunday depending on the time of year and event) congregating at my grandparents house. We talk (okay, most of it is yelling), laugh, hug, and especially eat. For the majority of my family, this means pasta and lots of it. It also means breaded chicken. As far as eating goes, we are for the majority your stereotypical American-Italian family.

Monday, March 11, 2013

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2) for Dummies

Or "By a  Dummy-Who-Never-Should-Have-Updated"

I am convinced that OS X 10.8.2 is the Windows Vista of Apple Land. Talk about a drag. But first, let's get some backstory:

I recently got a new phone and after trying Android for a while, I decided to try out the iPhone. Not being an out-and-out Apple fangirl, I didn't see a need to get the latest model, so I got the 4S which, with a lovely green rebate from my carrier for turning in my old phone, cost me less than $80 with a contract renewal. (This review is not about the iPhone, but let me say that so far I like it pretty well, though it is annoying having to learn a whole different system).

Friday, March 8, 2013

Zumbathon®: Dance for a Cure! #CLE

If you're in the Greater Cleveland Area tomorrow, come out and join us for our event "Zumbathon®: Dance for a Cure!". It's going to be a great time!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Setbacks and Starting Up (Again)

Well, here I am. We're about nine weeks away from event day and I am much farther behind than I'd like. In January, I was doing well, had actually reached my longest distance up to that date (about five miles and actually going at a pretty good clip for me) and then about a mile from home, I felt and heard something pop. In my hip. It wasn't broken or fractured, but it did mean that I had to stop training for awhile and then go back v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y for the rest.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Infographic: 29 Ways to Stay Creative


I haven't had a lot of time to write lately, but I found this fantastic infographic and wanted to share it. I'm a bit of an infographic junkie so I subscribe to a lot of feeds to see what people are coming up with.  Here's my latest favorite: "29 Ways to Stay Creative", designed by Islam Abudaoud.

http://www.behance.net/gallery/29-Ways-to-Stay-Creative-Infographic/4504625