It’s going to be cold next week runner/joggers/walkers, check out this posting from Running in Transit

Running in Transit

With winter in full force here in Ottawa, I wanted to share my favorite winter running gear. Our temperatures here this winter have fluctuated an astounding 50 degree Celsius (if you take into account the windchill), so being prepared for any type of weather has been key.


Here are some of my go-to winter running items. Obviously the warmer the temperature, the less of these layers I tend to wear but the key for winter running for me is just that – LAYERS.

From top to bottom:

1) New Balance touque with ponytail hole:I love this touque. I always had a problem with an uncomfortable ponytail while running with normal touques, so I was thrilled to have found this one last year. There are so many other brands that make them now, I have seen them everywhere this winter.


2) Running Room reflective jacket: I was on the hunt for…

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Mom Bombs!!

mom grenade

Sitting at dinner with my mom, made me think back to an episode of Modern Family. In the episode, Luke looks into the camera and smugly says, “Sometimes I like to throw a grenade and run away.” If you missed this episode, it is the one when Gloria announces she is pregnant and Luke decided to plant the idea that the baby will get more attention, to Manny. This verbal grenade is like a real grenade—it carries a punch.

My mother…my sweet beautiful, southern mother, the woman who gave me life; is great a dropping grenades! She is Special Forces level when it comes to them. Like real grenades, verbal grenades can’t be stopped once detonated.

My mother has often dropped grenades about my dating life. My response has always been “I don’t have time to really worry about that.” Which in all honestly…I don’t. Between relocating to Louisville, working full-time, grad school, Junior League, YNPN, Andy, and trying to fit in a work out, I just don’t have the time. However, this has not stopped her from bringing up the subject all the time…yeah, all the time.

Here is the military-like strategy my mother used to get to her point. Trust me, Huck has nothing on her.

Infiltrate behind enemy lines: During dinner she casually starts asking questions about my friends and their families, children, and marriages.

Gain their trust: She then begins to ask about a few of my friends who graduated undergrad close to when I did.

ATTACK: Finally, she narrows in on her target and says “Well, you, Crystal, and Daphne (names changed to protect the innocent) all graduated around the same time and none you are married or dating…what’s up with that?”

My expression afterwards was pretty much this

My reaction was similar to this

Did she really just say that?!? Um, yes she did. What should I say next? How do I handle this? Why can’t I think of anything…I want to do crisis management for a career, and I can’t think of a da#n thing to say to my mother who has just dropped this on me!!!! I’m a communicator da##it! WTH?!?!? As these and other colorful thoughts started to mosh in my head I finally came up with; I think I should really look into getting a new vet for Andy. He keeps looking at his butt.

Does anyone in your life ever drop bombs? Are you a bomb dropper? Please tell.

For all the foodies out there or Southern taste enthusiast, purchase a copy of the new Junior League of Louisville cookbook; Bluegrass Gatherings.

Pre-Sales for Junior League’s must-have Bluegrass Gatherings Cookbook is now underway. The visually stunning book will be released mid-March 2013 at our Official Launch party. The cost to own one of your own is only $29.95. Make sure to your reserve copy soon (and while you are at it-copies for your friends and family too!) as only 7,500 will be printed! You will be able to order online on the JLL website, at General Meetings, and at Hollydays.  You will receive a pre-sale voucher to be exchanged for your fresh copy of Bluegrass Gatherings in March.  (Sneak Peak: Belgravia Court Brussel Sprout Salad recipe from Bluegrass Gatherings below)

Fall is here…Cook up some seasonal veggies!

With the change in the weather, Fall veggies are sounding pretty delicious! This weekend, I decided to whip up this dish from Bluegrass Gatherings – the new must have cookbook! Its sooo easy (even…

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