Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tapioca all grown up: Brazilian cheese bread

Growing up in the Midwest, my only association with tapioca was a  goopy strawberry dessert that I never liked well enough to replicate as an adult. So naturally I was intrigued when I saw a bag of Bob’s Red Mill … Continue reading

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When can walking be considered cross-training?

It seems like occasionally I see the words “walk or other cross training” on beginner triathlon training schedules. But does walking — even fast walking — really count as “training”? The consensus on a Runner’s World forum I checked was … Continue reading

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Food fight: Arctic Zero ice cream vs. Skinny Cow

I was in the mood for ice cream the other night after my monthly Weight Watchers check in, so I decided to see what was in the Kroger freezer case. Some “diet” ice creams I’ve tried lately are almost too … Continue reading

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In memory of Marsha

I’ve been putting this off for a while, not wanting to face yet another loss that would’ve taken me to the funeral home if we’d been in town when it happened. Just about exactly one year ago I wrote about … Continue reading

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Waterfall 5K full of surprises

I told Ben* that one of the perks** of running the Waterfall 5K — a scenic but challenging trail race at Kokiwanee Nature Preserve in Wabash County — was the cool A4 shirts they give out. Imagine his dismay when … Continue reading

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Last-minute cool race alert

I know, I know, I said I was taking Saturdays off for the summer. But I completely forgot about the Waterfall 5K Trail Run tomorrow at the Kokiwanee Nature Preserve in Huntington County. I’m still scrambling to see if I … Continue reading

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Graduation cake pops!

The one thing Rowan knew for sure she wanted on her graduation party menu was cake pops. Ours didn’t turn out as gorgeous up close as Starbuck’s. But they made a pretty display on the dessert table and offered a … Continue reading

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A new (used) bike!

So we’re in Monroe the other day for Ben’s baseball game, and I’m wondering where I’ll find a Wifi signal in a town so small the gas station serves as the local grocery when I spy … a bike shop. … Continue reading

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An all-star cookie monster’s chocolate pie update

Even though it happens constantly, I’m still always amazed whenever I stumble across the interconnected web of existence in small town living. On Saturday I hurried off after work to Colleen’s 9-year-old All-Star game — she’s the only girl, like … Continue reading

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In defense of not being ‘Normal’: Haruki Murakami

In my interviews with so-called “Normal People,” my focus has always been on what little habits come naturally for them that are difficult for the rest of us. I’ve refused to accept the idea that some people were just born … Continue reading

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