1.  I would like one of these Dutch Sea Eagles.
  2. This is very helpful if you’re into essential oils.
  3. This is a great story!
  4. Italians having opinions about American food.
  5. This diet is my eating life goal.
  6. BOY do I miss these ladies and their podcastios!!  This is one of my favorites.  Mos Def!
  7. I’m making these rolls for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
  8. I just ordered these comfy looking slippers.
  9. This planner is one of the reasons I can’t wait to get my winter FabFit Fun box.  Join me!
  10. This run is my first of the new year.  How about you?

Thanksgiving 2016

Yesterday, we were recipients of a momentous occasion – my daughter’s boyfriend called us to ask for our blessing to marry her. We were stuck in traffic in South Carolina on our way to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family when he texted and asked if he could talk. Guys know guys – Michael knew what he wanted before he started talking.
The plan is for our families to get together and meet when he asks her.



  1.  Exfoliation.  I’ve been using Shower Gloves now for almost 10 years on my body and face.  Yes, my face.  Some skin care experts may say that this is too abrasive on the skin, but I have silky smooth skin as a result of this diligent exfoliation (of course avoiding the eye area!).
  2. PRODUCT!  The good stuff is worth it, ladies!  My skin responds to Le Mer and Darphin products like you wouldn’t believe!  I am a regular at Blue Mercury where they give out all kinds of samples with every purchase.   I use a multitude of these on my face every morning and night.  No method, but simply switch up the products, and use several – a serum, eye cream, whatever you have.  I received a sample of Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus and immediately noticed the difference in the texture and appearance of my skin.  While using this magical stuff a young person told me that my skin looked amazing.  WORTH IT!
  3.  Sweat.  I get a lot of exercise and try to sweat every day – I can’t say that it gets out the toxins from a medical perspective, but does allow my skin to breathe.  The sweat has to go through the skin and pores to get out, creating openness.  Only beneficial things can come from this, right!?
  4. This is a tip I read about in a magazine years ago to reduce “raised  eyebrow lines”:  Put the palms of your hands together, place the fleshy part of the hand (below the thumbs) on your forehead and move in a circular motion, pressing gently and count to 20 repeat the opposite way.  IT WORKS!!

Crashing New Year’s Eve 2015


Two days into this New Year for all, two days into the New Year’s Eve Crash of 2015 for me.  Michael and I were at the end of our NYE 2 hour 2×20 SST (sweet spot training) cooling down.  I did not see the man carrying a baby in the crosswalk in front of the Lodge;  Michael did.  He slowed down.  I did not.  I hit his wheel, and the next thing I remember is  opening my eyes to a strange man holding my neck in place.  (This man, I later found out, is an ER M.D. propitiously placed at the scene just for me.  Thank you, God!)  Apparently, my helmet clad head made contact with the road, followed by my face, shoulders, then down the rest of the left side of me.  Somewhere along the way my thumb hit hard enough to break the tip.  I don’t remember any of that – I was unconscious for a bit.  The EMTs come and cart me off to Mayo where they perform the requisite CT scans and x-rays, clean me off and staple the cut on my head (4 staples).  Thank goodness at that point in time I had no idea how horrific I look.  Michael did take pictures so I could later see what a mess I was.  He alerted friends and family, Leisha came with clothes and lunch for Michael, and Pop came for support.  Leisha and Pop brought us a car to drive home.  And about 4-5 hours after the doctor and nurses did what they needed to do to make sure I was okay to go home, exhausted, we do.

Highlights of the incident:

  1. Michael dislodging my foot from my handlebars and throwing my bike (I was not awake for this and at this point I still don’t know if IT’S okay);
  2. Michael very sternly telling someone to call 911 NOW (again not awake for this, but I hear he scared that person into it);
  3. A Beaches Velo rider taking care of our bikes for us (not awake for this – ironically the guy who took our bikes to the shop almost ran me off the road the prior Saturday);
  4. Again, the ER doctor who stabilized my neck until the EMTs arrived;
  5. Seeing my precious Michael (he’s really the star of the show here) spent and cold,  wrapped up in a blanket when I came back from x-ray;
  6. Our nurse, Jesse:  I have never felt such tender loving care from any health professional.  I thought she was going to hug me as we left!
  7. Coming home with Michael; nothing makes me feel more loved than his tender loving care of me!

Here is the picture from the day of the crash:


Yeah, epic, right?

Here are more from the next day:

The bruised and broken thumb:


The side view (with a slice of bum):


Closer in on the shoulder ( and a bit more bum):


Staple head:


AND . . . . the face:


Side story: My sister Amy scraped up her face and injured a wrist on Christmas Eve when she fell outside, so we’re now twinkies. She is one week ahead of me and said that her cuts are now mostly healed by keeping Neosporin on them.  I started with that but have now switched to lavender and frankincense essential oils mixed with equal parts coconut oil.  Here is how it looks today close up:

Yesterday I woke up with a VERY swollen face.  Today it’s a bit better!

What I am thankful for:

  1. My sweet Michael taking such good care of me;
  2. NOT having a brain or neck injury – I totally realize that my injuries could have been much more serious!
  3. Family who is there for me;
  4. LIFE.  It’s precious!


2015 Tour de France

Here we are in THE France! A trip recently considered and quickly planned. I did not think we would be returning so quickly after our trip last year, but here we are again, and I would have it no other way! This year will be a departure from last year. No jumping from hotel to hotel every day – we will be stationed at the Wrighties villa (that sounded so pretentious, didn’t it?) for most of the week and riding from there to climb and catch 3 stages of the TdF. Right now we are in Toulouse recovering from the 2 hour flight to NYC, 5 hour layover there, then 10 hour flight to Istanbul, 5 our layover there, then 4 hour flight to Toulouse. There is just no getting around it – traveling to Europe from the US is exhausting because it is a LONG WAY.  But we are nothing if not persistent, and not that bright.  Thank goodness we have each other and chocolate!

2015 Ocala Stage Race

These are the days of wonder, and love and transformation, and movement, days of oh so tired, sore and dehydrated, but oh so happy. We’ve worked, sweat, ridden in the hottest sun, and stood under the misty tent commiserating with our fellow riders. It was hard, fun, and glorious. One of us raced, really RACED, and one of us just pedalled. Nobody won or lost – we got to play bikes today.

Lots of rolling hills, horses, cows, goats and donkeys, beautiful horse farms lined with black fence line.  This is a very singular group of people.  The competative cyclist is a rare individual.  Focused, willing to sacrifice, to push and work in the heat and the cold and the wind and the rain, to push through the fatigue, the dehydration, the heat and utter exhaustion, to finish well, to help a teammate end off the front . . . this is the stuff they live for.  To push themselves to the outer limits of endurance and effort, to suffer, to work together with fellow riders until the last minute, to go all out balls to the walls  until that final sprint.

Weekend Bucket List

Caramelized Garlic: This is on the agenda for the weekend! A few heads of garlic, a bit of butter and olive oil, some white wine, and very low heat, for however long it takes. I am thinking this is going to go in EVERYTHING, but to start, some pasta and on crusty bread. YUM! Pictures to follow.
Front Door Transformation: a (very rough) first coat of paint is already on. The knocker has arrived, the handleset is being purchased today. All that’s left is putting it all together. I CAN’T WAIT to see the result!!!
Hang out time with my girl: Maddi’s coming for the weekend! There will be hugging, lot’s of hugging, food, shopping, spa time, and for her, much needed SLEEP, I’m sure.

And of course, a bike ride.