Tough Mudder 2014

Tough Mudder Finisher


If you think you can’t then trust me, you’re wrong. If you believe that you can, then go forward with that thinking. Two years ago, I FAILED at My FIRST Tough Mudder. 2 years later, 25 pounds lighter and in WAY better shape than before, I FINISHED MY SECOND ATTEMPT at the Tough Mudder Poconos!!

Can I tell you how determined one can become to be the PROUD owner of an ORANGE headband and a T-shirt? Pretty darn ecstatic! Best articles of clothing I’ve ever paid for! And of course, it benefits the Wounded Warrior Project! Now that is kick ass!

Happy Sunday. Happy Easter. Happy Mudder’s Nation Weekend!

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Crusty French Bread

My Girlfriend sent me this recipe that she swears by as a good go to bread recipe. I’m all about easy and go to! So here ya go :)


2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 -5 1/2 cups bread flour
1 Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in large bowl; allow yeast to proof or foam (about 10 minutes).

2 Add salt, oil, and 3 cups flour; beat for 2 minutes.

3 Stir in 2 cups flour to make a stiff dough.

4 Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

5 Place in oiled bowl, turn dough to coat all sides, cover and let rise until doubled.

6 Punch down and divide in half.

7 Shape dough into two long slender loaves.

8 Grease and sprinkle with cornmeal either a french bread pan or large cookie sheet.

9 Place loaves in pan and cut diagonal gashes on top of each loaf (I use scissors).

10 Cover and let rise until doubled.

11 Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

12 Note: You can sprinkle or spray water on the loaves during baking if you want a really crunchy crust.

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When eyes are closed and words just flow – the topic of lovers

lyrics written
melodies heard
blended together
we call it music

weather’s changed
clouds they drift
sunrise captured
morning’s beauty

day goes by
and shifts to night
the moon, she does take over

Calling love to luxuries
calling lust to yearnings
sealing fates and sharing bonds

too short the moment that passes by
to timid the words never fantasized
too shy the tongue when glimmers transpire
between you and I

A fleeting memory lingers in
a passing smile
the sun she rises
the day goes by and
in the night, a lullaby

my heart does not cry
but sings the sweet lyrics
of a melody
heard from peaks
in that vast sky,

and breathed
into a hushed sigh

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This is a complete steal from one of my nearest and dearest sister with another mister. For those of you that find numerology a treat and the pattern-ologists in all of us :) this is for you (*all the virtual you’s )

Every day this week

is a total palindrome:

4/14/14, 4/15/14/ 4/16/14,

4/17/14, 4/18/14, 4/19/14.

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Confuscious Says, “Girl, drink wine”

You ever notice how the world just gets away from you and then the only lingering thought is, “Where did the time go?”

I find that more often in my life, I am questioning how time has escaped me and the days turned into years and less of what I want to do is available because more of what I have to accomplish consumes my time. And I say consume loosely – it is more of a demand of the moment based on necessity rather than the affordability of languishing in the luxury of daydreaming.

And then my head spins :)

But – there is my Monday Conundrum – how do I carve out more time for me while delivering responsibility to life and find a happy balance?

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