Sunday, May 31, 2009


It's so fun...I appreciate the suggestions from those that commented. I ended up buying a combination of some All Clad, which will be my staple pieces, and a Scanpan fry pan...They will be my non-stick pieces, I got one but will end up buying another one or two. Anyway, the pieces I bought are the staple ones. Stock pot, sauce pan that I can add a double boiler to, smaller sauce pan, and a saute pan. I got the Master Chef2 series, but plan to get some stainless pieces as well. I have at least enough to start and will be able to add things to my Christmas list now! The only problem with the MC2 is they can't go in the dishwasher, but not sure I'd put them in or not.

Also, in other news, I managed to run a good week. I still couldn't get up to a double digit run...ran only 9 yesterday, but did a second 5 miler so for the day I did double digits. And ended the week with 36 miles with having 2 days of no running in there. Hopefully I can continue to add to that...of course that was a bit over since I haven't done a ton of running since Boston and only did 28 last week...a bit too much increase probably but oh well.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Question to Those who Like to Cook

I decided not to buy the fun little toy...that Solstice I posted about. I'm just too practical to buy something so impractical...and give up some of the other things I might want over the next couple of years. Maybe someday.

Anyway, I still owe myself a birthday present. What I've decided is I want a nice cookware set. I've been doing some research and I think I've narrowed it down to All-Clad or Scanpan...unless someone out there has something else they really love and can recommend? Or I'm considering buying the All-Clad (I'm debating on the stainless or MC2 sets) base set, and then get a Scanpan or two (for the non-stick)...I just can't decided. Help!! If you have nice cookware, what do you have and what do you love about it?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's Weird How Life Plays Out...

Wow…how time flies and how things change. I remember back to elementary school, when I still thought boys were icky, but knew that they were who you had to marry some day…because that was my plan. I mean you get married when you get older right? That was what I thought at least, so when we played the game MASH, I would choose getting married at 22, 23, 24 and having 1, 2 or 3 kids…and now 20 odd years later, I’m still single, no kids and pretty sure I don’t want them. You just don’t know how life is going to be. It’s an adventure everyday and there are things I’ve learned…

18 years ago I was in love with that boy band New Kids on the Block…was DYING to meet them and never in a million years did I think it would happen. In the last year I met them…twice.

21 years ago, I was running track, 1 mile at most and no one could get me into the 2 mile…no way no how I was going to run that freaking far…I didn’t even KNOW what distance the marathon was…I knew nothing about it. In the last 5 years I have run 7 of them…with the pleasure of qualifying for Boston last fall and running Boston itself a month ago.

16 years ago I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up…college but for what? I’m still figuring that one out, but I’m now in grad school…and it’s definitely helping me move ahead.

When I was a child I never thought I’d get to adulthood, not that I thought I wouldn’t live to it, but that I would never get older, be old enough to do things…I still find it weird to think of myself as an adult. And today was just a reminder again of that adulthood…the anniversary of the day I first made my appearance in this world. It’s actually been a good last year, the upcoming one will hopefully be even better. Lots of new opportunities and I’m looking forward to it. And hey, I'm in a new age group now too for races. And there might be someone new in the picture too...that is for another another time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yes, It's Spring

Have I ever mentioned how much I love spring? Yes, anyone who has been reading here for any period of time probably does know, but man...I really do love this time of year. I went for a run on Monday and tonight...normally this wouldn't be a big deal but since Boston I have only run once a week and the most was 5 miles...partly I've been busy, partly I was still hurting (not from Boston but from that stupid back issue I still have, well, OK, hip). But Monday it was nice, and after meeting with someone to talk to them about my job (information interview) I really was happy to be out in upper 60s temps, no wind, sun, and the wonderful, wonderful smells of spring. There is no other season that brings out these smells and feelings. Summer really doesn't have smells so much, other than that sultriness on the warm nights. Winter is too cold to try to smell and fall gives me hayfever (OK, it can have nice smells but not enough) but Spring, wonderful smells of that fresh scent of new rain...the first time the grass is cut, and the wonderful, wonderful flowers that bathe the air in their heady perfume. It's so fantastic and I can imagine it, and wish for it all year long, but now that it's here...and really, May is the month that it just really hits you most. Tonight was anther run like that. I could see and smell it everywhere. Lilacs are on the verge of full bloom. Apple, crab apple, cherry, and who knows what other trees are pretty and smell wonderful. Why can't it be like this year round?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Decision Time

I always said this was going to be my birthday present this year...

You'd think the deals would be killer but so far nothing quite at the price I'm willing and I haven't done much looking for financing except through a bank...thing is, how bad do I really want it?