The Do’s and Donuts of a 5K Run

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Do you run to stay fit? How about walking? How about running and walking while eating a donut? If feeding your lactic acid build up with sugar-coated fried dough is how you roll, then The Donut Run is for you.

My husband and I are not runners and have only walked/ran in one or two 5K races. So when he initiated interest in participating in an upcoming 5K, I was puzzled. The last bit of walking we did together was on a farm picking blueberries. Hardly the level of intensity required to finish a 5K. Once he told me donuts were involved, then it all made sense.

Yep, volunteers at The Great Donut Run pass out donut holes at the half way point of the run, then everyone gets a medal and a full size Krispy Kreme glazed donut after they finish the race. Bleh! Donuts make me nauseous, and the thought of eating one after an exhausting 3.1 miles of run/walking in 80 degree heat was not the proper incentive I needed to participate in this thing. But it was more than enough to encourage my husband’s will to walk/run in the heat. And for my daughter who’s on the cross country team at school, this was merely a practice run.

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Making History, Herstory

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In 1987, the month of March became Women’s History Month to recognize the role of women in American History. A lot has been written about the women’s suffragette movement for equality, including the right to vote. (Really America, you had to wait until 1920 to make that a thing?!) I’m truly grateful for the sacrifices made by the women before me, but that’s not what this blog is about. No, we’re here to celebrate the fun contributions women made. And there’s plenty to celebrate!

Feel free to play Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun in the background while you read this!

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Splish, Splash, Rainy Day Dash

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I live in Southern California, so any little bit of rain becomes headline news. Along with the mocking headlines like this one, which of course came from NORTHERN California.

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Notice how I chose to be petty by not making a hyperlink to their site? For a more scientific approach to understanding how the recent wet weather has affected California’s drought conditions, I give you this link.

Say what you want, but this last storm was legit. Mud slides, flooded streets, freeway

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Laughing All The Way…

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‘Tis the season to celebrate, shop, eat too much and have fun in what can be a very stressful time of year. So let’s take a minute to review how we can put the ‘Ho, ho, ho’ into this holiday season.

Let’s start with gifts. Giving can be a real joy, especially when you see the recipient smiling and truly enjoying it. I found this fun nail kit from Planet Beauty for…uh…well, I won’t say who cause she may read this, but anyhow, I got it! And look how fun it is, truly her personality.

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Let the Games Begin!

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There are times when it’s good to take a break from staring at a screen and challenge your family or friends to a good old fashion board game. And there are so many to chose from.

Of course there’s the classics:
• Monopoly
• Scrabble
• Jenga
• Sorry!

But don’t be afraid to try something new! Just search trending board games to get some fresh ideas.

One of our favorites is Logo Party. Given how consumer driven we are, it was inevitable that there would be a logo game, and this one is actually pretty fun.

The photo on the right shows the gadget that slowly reveals a company logo. The team that guesses the most logos correctly is the winner!

If you want to celebrate this spooky time of year, Clue murder mystery game is a good one to get into the scary spirit.

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Play it by candlelight to enhance the mood.

 

Or if spy games are more your thing, try Codenames. I haven’t tried it yet, but heard it’s pretty fun.

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There’s also the old school Trivial Pursuit 80’s version. Of course we can’t play this with our 14-year-old daughter because she doesn’t know who half these people are, although some are still in the news today.

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Whatever game you choose, make sure it’s the right fit for the people who are playing with you. Same premise for the snacks you choose to serve. (There must be snacks!) This way, everyone is sure to have some fun!

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End of Summer Fun!

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Here we are at the end of summer. Did you get in enough fun? If not you still have time! Do yourself a favor and get out there! Whether it’s a ‘staycation’ with the family,

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(The Simpsons)

a quick overnight camping trip with friends

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(The Big Bang Theory)

(leave the computer at home), or hop into a cab, car or uber and take a quick road trip.

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(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

As for me, I have a daughter starting high school so I need some meditation, massage, lexapro, yoga and a big glass of wine before this school year starts! But hey, it’s all good. The most important thing is not to get so busy that summer passes you by before you had a chance to enjoy it.

Have fun!

IdentityMeme

A Toast to Speaking Your Mind

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This past April, I joined the world renowned public speaking organization,
Toastmasters International  Toastmasters_2011

This came after a decision to put my actions where my inspiration is, because I’ve always secretly wished to be as inspirational as some of the best public speakers I’ve witnessed.

There’s really a variety of reasons why people get into public speaking. Sometimes it’s to send an inspirational message from their own life.

Like what Malala Yousafzai and Nick Vujicic do.

Or it’s motivational speaking from someone like Tony Robbins tony-robbins

Maybe it’s to pitch a product,  Tim_cook

or pitch a way to help people living in third world countries. bill-gates-melinda-gates

There’s also podcasts and other media outlets promoting great speakers. TED-20_most_popular

And it all begins with taking that first step. Which I did this past week. The first Toastmasters speech is what they call an ‘Ice Breaker.’ This speech is autobiographical in nature as a way of introducing yourself to the club. I did it, and got some great feedback. Looking forward to my next opportunity to speak my mind! And of course have fun doing it! I highly recommend you give it a try. Cheers!

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