• Recent Reads

    Let’s start here. The most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion…

  • Liberate the Summer Vibe

    According to some, summer was over before it even started. Back in May, I got an email from our elementary school announcing that the deadline to order school supplies for the…

  • Hello, Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

    Mr. Weatherman has thoroughly freaked me out with 108 degree predictions for today. Luckily we’ve already got plans to ditch our furnace (i.e. AC-less house) and head for a coastal breeze.…

  • Portland Places: Kruger’s Farm Concerts

    Isaac and I spent a magical week on the coast of France one summer. If we hadn’t had jobs to return to, we would have stayed, learned French and lived on…

  • Hello, Bike Tabata

    Like the treadmill, the stationary bike can be a butt kicker. It’s currently my go-to machine to get my heart pumping and sweat dripping. Whether I’m busting things up at BurnCycle, joining…

  • The Who of Summer

    The idea of summer evokes a lot of images… all of them include sun, bikinis, cocktails and large bodies of water. And loved ones. Always, loved ones. Because, let’s be honest,…

  • Voices from the I-5

    I just got back from a five day road trip with my little big girls. Most of our time on the road was spent with them reading books and watching movies…

  • Digging for motivation

    One of the things that motivates my healthy lifestyle is performance. I love feeling like I CAN, I WILL, I JUST FUGGIN DID! It’s what gets me up at 5am most…

  • Cheerleaders vs Challengers

    I find cheerleaders difficult to trust. Regardless of what’s happening in the game, they’re all smiles and Rah! Rah! Rah! After a while “Go Team Go!” starts sounding a little bit…