Yesterday was a really non-existent day for me. After my amazing holiday in Honolulu, HI over the past few days, it was time for me to fly back home to reality. I was very fortunate to enjoy 4 1/2 days of sunny and hot weather in Hawai’i before I had to return home to the downright COLD temperatures of SoCal. Yes, that’s right … cold. Most of the country is dealing with this cold weather, which is the norm, but we here in Southern California are not accustomed to cold weather. The temps are in the 40s right now. So while I’m freezing my buns off, I only have my memories of hot and sunny Hawai’i to warm me. More »
One year ago this weekend, I traveled to Honolulu, HI to participate in the 40th annual Honolulu Marathon. At the time, I was still reeling from a horrible break-up and the only thing I knew how to do was run. Run long races so I would have something else to focus on. That marathon was my very first and it showed me what I am capable of. Yesterday, I ran my second Honolulu Marathon and what a difference a year makes. I’m in a much better place this year emotionally and I was able to fully enjoy the entire experience here in Hawai’i. Yesterday’s marathon wasn’t my fastest … but it was the first one I ran twice, which means I’m basically a pro now ;) More »
Posted under: The Honolulu Marathon
Yesterday was my first full day here in Waikiki, HI and it was a gloriously warm and very relaxing day. Once I finished up with work, I ventured out into the city to soak up the sun and find some food. I did a bit of window shopping on my way to Duke’s for a meal of macadamia nut crusted chicken (which was amazing, btw) and ONE Lava Flow drink. Emma and I drank a few of these when we visited Hawai’i last year so I had to drink one in her honor. I spent much of the afternoon walking around, just generally enjoying the company of all the friendly locals. Man, this place is great. I spent my night in … but when you find out who kept me indoors all night, you’ll totally understand why. More »
Posted under: 'Auntie Mame'
Yesterday morning I boarded a Delta play for a 6 hour flight into Honolulu, HI ahead of this weekend’s big marathon race and here I am, reporting to you from paradise. Some of you may recall that I made this very same trek to O’ahu a year ago to run the Honolulu Marathon which was my first marathon ever. I loved the experience so much that I had to return for a second go. I got into town early enough to hit up the marathon expo to pick up my race bib but I spent much of the rest of the day just chillin’. That’s really the goal for this trip, er except for the hours of running on Sunday, I hope to just relax and do as little as possible in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. More »
Last month we saw photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence rocking a pair of Google Glass in San Francisco, CA on the day that she revealed that she chopped off all of her hair. This week, I was invited by Google to purchase a pair of Google Glass personally and … I’m having a hard time deciding if I should pony up the bucks for the new tech. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Google Glass, it’s a device you wear like glasses that act as a portable computer of sorts on your face. You can see a functional screen and can use the device to take photos. For the most part, most of the people I’ve asked about Glass have told me YES, buy them! Others have suggested I not. I’m hoping some of y’all have opinions that you’d like to share with me. More »
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Back in June I had the great fortune of seeing Beyoncé live in concert at the Staples Center here in LA on the first US leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. As you may recall, I snagged SWEET seats up against her stage and had the most amazing time. When tickets went on sale for the second leg of her tour, I couldn’t resist and purchased the same seats right up next to her stage for her show here in town last night and, once again, I had THE time of my life. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I took and shared a lot of photos and videos from the concert. I’ve collected a few of my faves for sharing below. Have a look, won’t you? More »
Last night I met up with my friend Darion for an evening showing of the new Disney animated film Frozen even tho I really had no real interest in seeing the film. I know, insane, right? I’m the biggest Disney fan and everything that I’ve seen about the movie made it look so bad to me that I figured this would be a movie I’d skip. When the first trailer came out in June, I was so disappointed … particularly since the trailer had NOTHING at all to do with the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale The Ice Princess which the movie is based on. But, I’ve been hearing the best things about the movie from people who actually saw it so Darion and I figured … why not? I am SO happy to say that the movie is GREAT. I loved it a lot. The promo advertising has done this movie such a disservice. I cannot believe I almost decided NOT to see this movie based on the way it’s been advertised. More »
Posted under: 'Frozen'
What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, I was back home in Michigan suffering thru 30 degree temperatures … and yesterday, I was out and about here in SoCal enjoying temps in the high 70s. Tamar and her father Richard graciously invited me to go on a hike with them in Griffith Park and I gladly accepted. We spent a couple of hours climbing up to the summit of our trail and then back down to Earth again. It was just what I needed to get my bearings back again. The rest of the day was spent running around taking care of errands and then last night was spent on the couch catching up on some TV. My Sunday was a very nice one, I have to say. More »
And so, I am back home in LA. My quick Thanksgiving trip back to Michigan has come and gone and I am now back in the sunny climes of SoCal. My trip home was a nice, very uneventful one but my day … ugh, my day was an extremely stressful one. As you may have noticed, there have been a few technical problems with the site in the past week or so but the folks who handle the tech problems have been really great about getting those problems fixed. Yesterday, we noticed that something wasn’t working quite right behind the scenes and in fixing the problem, 10 days worth of posts were accidentally wiped out. Needless to say, Shannon and I were freaking out about all that lost work. Very thankfully, the tech folks came thru again and managed to restore the lost work … but not without a lot of hard work on their part and a lot of worrying on my part. As a result, my last day in Detroit wasn’t really a great one. More »