Bright spot in a gray rainy day

It’s cold and dreary out and the rumor is it’s going to SNOW tomorrow. Disappointed smile I’m not excited about this because I can finally run (!!!!) and running in the snow will just cramp my style Winking smile

What’s making me happy today? My bright red nails.

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I got them done SEVEN days ago and there isn’t even one chip. It’s seriously magic. Normally I have at least some chipping the very first night (sometimes by the time I get home from the salon!!) but not this time.

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Seriously, I can’t get over it. Adam think I’m crazy but maybe some of you girls can relate.

Have you tried a shellac manicure yet?

PS – Need some foodie inspiration? I just posted a Russian dessert recipe on Russian Bites. Check it. :D

Guilt free pumpkin cupcakes

Sometimes 1 cupcake turns into 5… and with that comes food guilt.

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Yesterday I’m happy to say this was not the case. There was a bit of “tasting” during the making of the cream cheese frosting

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… but then I was content with just 1 cupcake. One guilt-free pumpkin cupcake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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And that’s why diet free living is a worthy goal!

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PS – I don’t like any cupcake places in Boston (except for Mix Bakery which is delivery only) so if I have a serious craving, I have to make them (bringing the rest to work today). What’s your favorite cupcake recipe?? Maybe I’ll recreate it when a craving hits again :)

Just let yourself fall

This past weekend was super busy. Between rock climbing, shopping, hanging out with my sister and parents, going dancing with my friends and attending a fashion show – there was little room for down time, and well – cooking. But rock climbing was actually on 2011 resolutions list under “try something new” so it was very important that I made time for it. [Btw, I should really revisit that list because I’ve been a slacker.]

My friend Judith and I purchased groupons for 1-month unlimited membership to Metro Rock a whole back and this past weekend we finally attended the intro class. SO glad my chiro gave me the ok to do it!!

The place was INTENSE. There were so many different walls to climb and so many people everywhere – some beginners and some really amazing athletes. It was such a fun atmosphere.

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… But I was nervous. You see I have this mild fear of heights that comes out of no where. I thought being attached to the rope would keep my nerves at bay, and for the most part it did.

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The instructor actually used me as an example. I had a hard time climbing far… and then I was too afraid to let go when she told me to just “fall.” I was 2 feet off the ground but I still gripped to those rocks like my life depended on me. Such a baby Winking smile

Eventually I let go and realized it wasn’t scary at all. You have to trust your belayer. Yes. And remember that you can’t control it all. Quite the metaphor for life, huh?

Judith and I are going back next weekend to solidify what we learned. I used too much arm strength to pull myself up (which was hard and I didn’t get very far) so next time I’m going to try using my legs. So happy my back is feeling better so I can get back to the swing of things!

Have you ever tried something that scared you a little? Ever been rock climbing?

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