The Warrior DashAugust 31, 2012

You guys. I got out of my box last weekend. I ran uphill through the woods, swam with my shoes on and played in mud. If you know me, you know that this is so not me. I pretty much do everything by the book (i.e., swimming means you take your shoes off, seeing mud means you walk around it rather than lay in it).

Life can get kinda stale though when you don’t spice it up every once in awhile, so when my friend Molly asked me to do the Warrior Dash, I felt like this was my chance. Have you heard about these new racing phenomenons? There’s a whole slew of them, but the Warrior Dash is a 5K, and I felt like I could handle that.

What I totally underestimated were the obstacles that stand in the way of you finishing the race! I know some people say they’re so easy, blah, blah, but I for one thought it was kinda hard to swim with heavy shoes weighing me down. And how about those logs that sit in 4.5 feet of water and SPIN when you try to go over them? Ridiculously hard (I blame it on being short).

Still though, despite the grueling 40-minute race and the hefty price tag that comes along with running in one of these, it was fun. Yes, fun! Who knew?

Warrior Dash
(P.S. Thanks to Sharon for actually bringing her camera to the race! :) )

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Kelly & Josh | WeddingAugust 29, 2012

Remember Kelly and Josh? Well, I got to shoot their wedding with the lovely Amanda Donaho. She’s pretty awesome and gave away a wedding last year (where I got my giveaway idea), and Kelly and Josh won! It was fun having her in my territory and second shooting alongside her again. Check out her blog post here, and enjoy a couple photos from my perspective.

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Goodreads: The Little Women LettersAugust 28, 2012

This month I read just one book, but it was what I’m calling a window-seat book: quick, lighthearted, entertaining. Can I copyright that term? :) Here it is!

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly. This is a current-day Little Women, and actually, these sisters are the descendants of the March girls. What’s not to love about a take on the classic? Each sister reminds you of one of the March sisters, and as the story follows them through their 21st-century lives, it takes a lot of the same twists and turns as the classic. My verdict? It was a little cheesy, but a must-read if you’re a Little Women fan. I’d give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

As the weather’s gotten a little cooler and rain has actually fallen out of the sky (imagine that!), all I’ve wanted to do is curl up with a book. Look for more than one Goodread next month hopefully! And if you have good book recommendations, please share! I’m always looking for something new.

Little Women Letters

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When I Grow Up, I’ll Drink My Coffee Black.August 27, 2012

McDonald’s employee: Welcome to McDonald’s. What can I get for you?

Mom: I’ll have a medium coffee with two creams and a packet of Equal.

Every time my mom ordered her coffee, she’d turn and say to me, “When I grow up, I’ll drink my coffee black.” As a kid, I thought that was the funniest thing because my mom was grown up! Now I totally understand. I’ve learned to like the taste of coffee, but drinking it black? Huh-uh. Never going to happen … except maybe when I grow up. :)

While I definitely enjoy Starbucks, I’ve decided as of late that I need to be making my own lattes instead of spending $3.25 every time I need a pick-me-up. I recently got my very first coffee maker and have been experimenting with hot coffee. This morning though? I wanted something cold, so I made up an iced coffee/smoothie recipe I thought I’d share. There’s a slash in there because it’s more iced coffee consistency with just a little thickness to it. I’m a big texture person; I’ve got your back!

Lane’s totally-made-up, not-grown-up iced coffee/smoothie
(Be forewarned, this makes enough for three-ish glasses)

6-8 ounces of bold, black coffee, chilled
1 container of plain Greek yogurt
4-6 ounces (totally made that up. Really, it’s a couple pours) of store-bought iced coffee (I use International Delight, vanilla)
1-ish teaspoon of vanilla sugar (regular sugar would be equally as delicious I’m sure!)
10-12 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! :)

The Greek yogurt makes the consistency a little thicker, plus it gives it a nice little tang (also why I add some vanilla sugar) and you get your morning protein with the caffeine. Let me know if you have an even better iced coffee/smoothie recipe. I’m always up for trying something new!

Coffee Smoothie

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