Tools of the Trade

August 12th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (16 Comments)

File this one under:

What the Hell Am I Up to Today.

What the Helll

Why I’m trying to get this young coconut open, you see.

sweet young coconut

This is my second young coconut. Getting these things open is no small task. Considering the ones in my bra aren’t so young anymore I was inspired to try, try again. And a special thanks to Linda for additional inspiration and her fabulous idea to use a mallet instead of trying to cut this thing open with an axe and keeping my hand behind my back to ensure “I don’t lose it”, as Natalia Rose would say.

Uncle! Uncle!

August 10th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (15 Comments)

Someone got the memo that it’s August and is supposed to be hot and humid here in upstate NY. I give! I give! The AC is on. Zak (and his brush) are back to work today. If he gets to spend the day in an air conditioned office so do we.

Today’s workout has been rescheduled to this evening to attend a yoga class. My first class, yoga or otherwise, in a very long time. My friend Andrea goes regularly and she suggested I could go as her guest at her YMCA class.

Treasure Hunts

August 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Party Time - (14 Comments)

Yesterday’s party started with a treasure hunt, or more accurately, we went letterboxing!

Letter boxing

We traveled around their neighborhood following clues to find our “treasure”, which contains a stamp and a stamp pad. You use the stamp in the box to stamp your letterboxing journal, and then you stamp your own personal stamp on the pad found in the box to show that you’ve been there, for others who find the box to see.

We were instructed to start at Clue 2. Our first stop was a community garden.

community garden

Stop #2, a tree stump in another community garden!

Are You Kidding Me?

July 6th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Morning Craziness - (9 Comments)

My camera has seen better days.


This is what my apple with cinnamon looks like when I don’t have my contacts in.

I passed on a morning work out to “run” to the grocery store for fresh produce.

Mama needs fruit!

Mmmm blurry cantaloupe.


And fuzzy coffee with a notebook as I made notes on the new digital camera I’m going to go buy this morning with my stash of cash I’ve been saving to buy a Garmin.


Oh well, who needs a Garmin anyway?


July 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (6 Comments)

Out the door first thing this morning for a 4.2 mile run in 34 minutes. I took it easy and just enjoyed a jaunt around the neighborhood. A perfectly cool, sunny morning with my girlfriend Jillian.

Once I got home to find everyone still sleeping, I decided to take a cool down ride and rode the long way to my little grocery store to pick up coffee knowing we were out. After I read Master Your Metabolism a few months ago and along with listening to Jillian talk on and on about the pesticides that conventionally grown coffee beans are covered in, I decided it was worth it to make the switch to organic.

Questionable Long Run

June 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Fitness - (3 Comments)

I’m going to this group run but have no idea how far I’m going to today. Well, maybe “No Idea” isn’t completely accurate, it’s probably somewhere between 8 and 11 miles. I guess they have groups and have a variety of distances to choose from.

I’m wondering what this is going to be like. Should I bring water? My ipod? Is there a bathroom nearby before we start? Maybe I should have prepared a little better for this. Oh well here we go.

Pre run fuel:

Kashi H2H Waffles. Who needs syrup when you’ve almond butter and bananas? And some Fage with fruit and granola.

Monday Mess

June 15th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (4 Comments)

Today’s workout can be filed under: ohmygodwhatthehellhappenedtothishouse?!

You know it’s been a busy weekend when the house is a disaster on Monday morning.

I knew a rest day was in order when I wasn’t pumped about my run yesterday. Even though I was glad I ran after I got going, my reluctance was also my sign that it was time for a day off.

I swapped today’s work out time for an hour of getting caught up house work and then another hour catching up on emails and cleaning up my desk. Around 8 I felt hungry enough for breakfast.

Memorial Day 2001

May 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (4 Comments)

Memorial Day, 8 years ago, Zak and I were newly married and on our way to Aruba!

Memorial Day 2009? We cleaned the garage.  8 years.  Sounds about right.

On tonight’s dinner menu: black bean burgers with a side of kale chips.  McDonald’s ain’t got nothing on this version of burger and fries.


I first heard about Kale Chips on Fat Free Vegan, but she didn’t have much luck with them, so it wasn’t until I read Kath’s post about them that I finally tried them. If you’ve yet to discover kale chips, it’s about time you did!

Blue Skies, Smiling at Me

May 21st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (4 Comments)

It is SO easy to get up when the days start getting longer and the air is warmer!  I beat my 6am alarm this morning by 45 minutes and was up and raring to go at 5:15.

With Jillian Micheals chatting in my ear, I went for slow and easy 8.19 miles in 1:06:45, making my pace about 8:09.  A fabulous run under this amazing blue ski this morning!

Blue Skies

I have Ava to thank for this pic as I only happened to find it when downloading pictures, forgetting that she ran off with my camera for a bit this morning.