Just a quick post to share some of the the fun that my friends and I enjoyed on Thanksgiving and to talk a bit about some of the many things that I am thankful for this holiday season. For the second year in a row, my friends and I participated in the annual Detroit Turkey Trot race that takes place in downtown Detroit every Thanksgiving morning. Of the approximately 470 races that take place on Thanksgiving day all across the country, the Detroit race is among the most popular (last year it was the third most popular behind races in San Diego and Sacramento, CA). It was cold last year but nowhere near as cold as it was this year. The high temp early Thanksgiving morning ranged between 21 and 23 degrees F. It was only when Mark and I (the first in our group to race, we did the 10K run … the rest of our group did the 5K run an hour later) were walking to the starting line that we realized that it had begun to snow. And if you can believe it, the 31st annual Detroit Turkey Trot this year was one of the funnest races I’ve ever run in my life! More »
I made my way to Detroit yesterday safely, soundly and without one hint of delay. Despite the Thanksgiving holiday being the busiest travel time of the year, I managed to avoid all of the mess that goes along with it this time around (I even managed to avoid the horrible traffic in LA due to President Obama‘s arrival in the city). My flight was easy breezy, no complaints at all. As soon as I deplaned, I realized how cold it really is in these here parts right now. The cold isn’t really a problem usually because I tend to stay inside when I’m here at home. Early tomorrow morning tho, my friends (Sarah, Mark, Agnes, Ken, Adriana) and I are planning on running the annual Turkey Trot race tomorrow in downtown Detroit (the third largest Thanksgiving day race in the country, btw). The temperature will be in the low 20s … if it’s windy, it will feel like the temps are in the teens. As a result, we are ALL freaking out about the cold. More »
Last night I met up with my dear, dear Ollie for a dinner hang in Hollywood after a couple of weeks of not being able to see one another. It had been FAR too long since we last hang so I wanted to make sure that we were able to reconnect at least once before I fly back to Detroit for a few days (and then Hawai’i a week after that). Thankfully, she was free to meet up for dinner so we decided to grab some grub at the Pig & Whistle on Hollywood Blvd. Ollie and I are big fans of old skool Hollywood glam and altho the boulevard bares not actual resemblance to the glory days of Tinsel Town, we both appreciate the history that does still reside there (way down deep, under all the grime). We may be the only Los Angelenos that actually like hanging out in Hollywood ;) More »
I’ll be heading home for Thanksgiving tomorrow and as I understand it, it is REALLY really cold back home in Michigan. While I am NOT a fan of the cold, the weather doesn’t usually concern me unless it affects my travel plans. When I’m home, I like to bundle up and stay indoors and I try and spend as little time as possible outside. A group of friends and I will be running a Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving morning and as I understand it, the temps are supposed to be in the low 30s that morning. OY! I’ll have to deal with the cold this trip and I’m kinda not looking forward to it. More »
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Yesterday was a really fun day spent in the company of really great friends. I met up with Darion, his mom Janai (who visited LA for a quick day trip) and our newlywedded friends Loy and Ryan for a brunch hangout session at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. After we were sated and all caught up, I made my way to Pasadena to spend a bit more time with Emma, Josh and his mom Catherine who is also visiting LA for a short time. We had so much fun Friday night that I wanted to see Emma, Josh and Catherine one more time before she flies back home to St. Louis. After that, I made my way out to Echo Park to help celebrate my friend Genevieve’s birthday at a place called Little Joy. All fun, all day with all my favorite people! More »
After my movie hang session with Eileen yesterday afternoon, I met up with Emma, Josh and his mom who is visiting from St. Louis for another movie hang session last night. I hadn’t seen Josh’s mom since their wedding last year so I really wanted to make sure I got to spend at least a little time with her (and Emma and Josh). I met up with them at the Westside Pavilion where we decided to see the movie Philomena at the Landmark Theater. Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench and is a movie that we heard about a few weeks ago so we thought it would the perfect movie for us to see. I am really happy to relay that Dench is really flawless in this film about a mother in search of her long lost child. More »
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Late yesterday afternoon, I met up with my friend Eileen and we made our way to the Arclight in Hollywood to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire together. I have been anxiously awaiting my chance to see the movie and my chance finally came. Having read the books, I knew what to expect. Eileen had not read the books, so I was excited for all the surprises coming her way. I’m hesitant to say that the movie is better than the book version because, honestly, the best things about the movie come from the book … but the movie version of Catching Fire brings to life so well the events from the book that I think I have to give the edge to the movie being the better of the two. More »
Last night I made my way to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA for a special one night only screening of the BRILLIANT 1964 film Mary Poppins. As I mentioned yesterday, the El Capitan hosts a Throwback Thursdays screening about once a month were fans vote for the classic Disney film they’d like to see in the theater. This month, Mary Poppins was the winner and I made sure to attend. Unfortunately, Ollie couldn’t make the movie due to a scheduling conflict but I did get to hang out with my FB friend Stacy at the screening. The house was PACKED with eager and happy fans. It really was a great way to see a truly beloved classic Disney film. More »
So, yeah, I realize that the site doesn’t look as BEAUTIFUL as it usually does today. We are having technical difficulties where images are concerned. BUT, I’ve just received word that the problem has been fixed and the images should start loading properly now — which is a huge relief. Much love goes out to the tech team that has been working on this all morning. Now Shannon and I can get down to our usual business. Last night was a REALLY quiet night for me. I had planned on going to a friend’s party but I started to feel unwell by late afternoon and after I rested for a bit, I really didn’t feel great enough to leave the house. I’m bummed I missed the party but I am feeling much better today … which is good news because I have a couple of FUN things lined up for tonight. First, Ollie and I are going to a screening of Mary Poppins at the El Capitan Theater (yes, the original film). Then, later on, I’ll be seeing Ollie/Hustle Roses perform a quick show in Hollywood. It shall be an amazing night! More »
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The last few weeks (well, months, actually) have been pretty hectic for me … granted, of my own design, but busy nonetheless. I’ve been traveling and running races and hanging out with friends and running races and seeing concerts and running races. It’s been a bit mad. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy (for a host of reasons) and while it’s all been good, it has been a bit tiring. Last night was my first night “off” in a while. I had nothing planned so I decided to just stay in, make it a quiet and very relaxing night. It was great. Tho, all that peacefulness allowed me time to think about what’s to come (more travel, more running, etc.). After my last big run, I ordered a new pair of running shoes for my next set of races (which will cover about 100 miles altogether), which I’m excited to wear … even if it means hours and hours (and hours) of running to come. OY! More »