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December 7, 2011

Mandoline

I’d like to take this moment to proclaim my love for my new mandoline.  I mean really, even though this is a horrible picture, you can see how beautiful those onion slices are.

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December 5, 2011

sqeezing in one more

Remember how I just wrote about my last race of the season.

Then I ran another one.  Just a 5k. Nothing special time wise, but it was a good run. Over the winter I definitely will be working on some speed runs so I can set some new PRs.

And remember how I said I wouldn’t be running anything like a marathon anytime soon, because I’d have to keep running for like 4 more hours?

Then I started talking with a friend about training for a triathlon. You see, I’ve had a personal goal to complete a tri since I turned 20. I originally wanted to do it before I turned 25, but then I moved to Tanzania. Now the opportunity presents itself, and I’m spending my break time perusing training schedules. Race time wouldn’t be until June, so I have plenty of time to pull this together. But I’ll be getting started now.

I guess it’s time to buy a new swim cap.

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November 29, 2011

Detroit Turkey Trot 10k

At the beginning of last spring I ran my first race, a 5k through the arboretum. It was a wonderfully hilly trail run on a brisk March morning. It took the whole first mile for my feet to thaw out. (One of the few draw backs I’ve found to races in my Vibrams is that standing around waiting for the race to start causes my feet to get cold and it takes a while to get them warmed up again).

I loved the race. I loved running with other people, chatting as we ran. I loved finding other runners to set my pace with. I loved the burst to the finish. Since March I’ve run 4 additional 5k’s, including a Warrior Dash, and a race the day before my wedding. And after about race number 2 I knew I wanted to set my sites on something a bit farther than a 5k.

After the wedding 5k I thought my racing season was done, but then I remembered the turkey trot. When I found out Detroit holds a 5k and a 10k I signed up.

This was by far the biggest race I’ve been a part of. The 5k’s I ran were max about 1000 people.  (Warrior Dash was big, but we ran in heats, so it still felt like a small race while running it.) The Detroit Turkey Trot attracted over 20 thousand people! (Which is an awful lot of people to see all at once in downtown Detroit these days.)

Despite all sorts of hassle in the morning, the race went great. The race encourages costumes, so it was fun to see all sorts of elves, turkeys, and what have you trotting through downtown. My feet held up great in the Vibrams, which was excellent.  I’m normally a 3-4 mile runner, so I was nervous that 6+ might tear up my feet, but no problems there.

Most of the race I spent in happy running zone, but there was one point, about a half mile from the finish, when I remember thinking “Thank goodness I’m not running a marathon, because I’d have to do this for another 4 hours.”

I guess that means I won’t be setting my sites on a marathon anytime soon.

But I think I’m hooked on the 10k.  Looking forward to next spring when I can run another couple.

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November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

I love that it’s about being aware of the blessings in our lives.

I love that it’s about being with family, whether that family is blood relation or not.

I love that it’s roots are in the harvest, and the wonders and provisions of nature.

I love that we celebrate by sharing a meal.

Sharing a meal is one of my favorite ways to show love.

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November 13, 2011

Snapshot Detroit: Recycle Here!

After being spoiled in both Minneapolis and Ann Arbor, where there is city-wide recycling pick up and there is no-sort recycling, I was frustrated moving to Detroit.  There is no recycling pick up here, which means we have to bring our recycling to a collection site.

The nearest collection site to us is at Eastern Market, and is the first Saturday of the month.  For the first three months that we lived here we couldn’t manage to make it to drop off our recycling on the first Saturday because of our travel or CSA schedule, and what with wedding shower gifts, IKEA furniture and just our day to day habits, we had accumulated a mountain of recycling.  Finally we got our acts together and brought all our recycling to the drop site, which was incredibly easy.

But the fact of the matter is, we need to drop off our recycling more than once a month.  We recycle a lot, and in a little apartment there is no room to spare for excess recycling bags.  A couple weeks ago we got fed up with the mountain of cardboard boxes, plastic containers, glass and cans crowding our apartment and had plans once again to be busy on the first Saturday of the month.  We knew we needed to do something about our situation, so we decided to look up where the recycling center was actually located.  Turns out it’s acutally just down the road, not much further than Eastern Market, but in different direction.

We gathered up all our goods and drove over.  And I was in. love.  2:45 pm on a Saturday, and the recycling center was packed with people unloading there cars and sorting there goods into the different bins and compactors.  The center is painted with bright friendly signs both inside and out, making it friendly and super easy to figure out where everything should go.  We made a trip back this past weekend, and I snapped a couple photos.

If you live in Detroit and are interested in figuring out where you can bring your recyclable goods, visit Recycle Here for drop off info.

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