Monday, November 28, 2016


I haven't done one of these in a while. Or, maybe I never had. I don't know. I've been blogging for so long I sometimes have my head up my ass. Anyway, I love reading these when others do them, so here goes...

In the life of me - Beth - SUAR, here's what's up currently...

Eating: I cannot get enough of this chunky veg (veg not vag) soup from Jamie Oliver's wife, Jool. Jool and I go way back. Like back to last Tuesday when I first made this soup. You should watch the video of her making the soup because I love her English accent and how she says "lovely" and "tender" and "if you fancy." Seriously, this soup is delicious and feels really healthy and healing to put into your body. I leave out the bacon.

Enjoying: Laying in bed. These past four days have been really decadent for me and I feel guilty about just how unproductive I was. Well, I did get in some great trail runs and I did some cooking and cleaning but the rest of the time I was horizontal. Seriously, one night I got into bed at 7:30 and watched the Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix. I turned off the light at 8:30. I got out of bed at 8:00 the next morning. Do you think Amanda did it? I don't.

Watching: Don't even get me started. I have been in a TV coma lately. We've been loving the show Shameless (I think it was originally on Showtime, now streams on Netflix). It is wildly inappropriate, Inappropriate is my spirit animal so I am good with that. Seriously, it is hilarious. This weekend we also watched Obsessed (<Lifetime-ish movie), San Andreas (<Dwayne the ROCK). Oh, and then there was Amanda Knox. Foxy Knoxy!

Dreaming: It was just over a year go I was in in Nevis/St. Kitts for the Nevis Triathlon. The pictures keep coming up on my computer screen. That trip felt like I entered some crazy fantasy world that combined my love of warm weather, sandy beaches, seafood and swim/bike/run.

Nisbet Plantation. Nevis.

Nesbit Plantation. Nevis.

Charlestown Harbor, Nevis. 

Reading: I haven't read Jodi Piccoult in awhile, but I did pick up her latest book, Small Great Things. What I've loved about Piccoult's books in the past is how she usually presents a moral/ethical dilemma and builds the story around that. In many respects the book is disturbing as hell (it is highly steeped in discrimination and racial tensions), but it really draws you in.


Rediscovering: An un-met goal from the 8th grade. For real!

I used to be a gymnast. I was obsessed with gymnastics and would practice my skills for hours at a time in a grassy area outside my house. I would pretend that the 6" curb was my balance beam and would spend hours perfecting my walkovers, cartwheels, etc. One skill I could never master was the press handstand. This takes so much core strength I while I could do it when press up against a wall, I could never do it without the wall. For some reason I rediscovered this goal the other day and decided DAMMIT. I will master the press handstand in the year I turn 50 (2017). Here I am with the wall #proof

Welcoming: Sam home from college on Friday! He couldn't be here for Thanksgiving, but we found a way to bring him into the picture (see what I did there??):



I think most moms would agree that all is right with the world when the whole family is safe at home and sleeping under the same roof (but not the same comforter...ewww).

Relishing: Tons of miles and time on the trails with Ken. Over the weekend we did about 16 miles on trails with 3,000 feet of climbing.This shit just feeds my soul. I cannot explain it.

Shopping: I haven't done much shopping lately for myself. I don't know what my problem is, but as I've gotten older, I kind of hate to shop. Something about driving there, parking, browsing, waiting in line. I know!! When did I become such a cranky bitchy lady? I hate myself! 

Anyway, so I was excited to try out a couple items sent to me from prAna (<means "life force" in Sanskrit in case you want some trivia to drop at your holiday party). Do you know their clothes? I already own a few of their things - a couple of dresses and some accessories. I love their stuff because it is high quality, sustainable and fair trade items. Stylish for hiking, yoga or even work. 

I tried out the Mariette Dress in Gray Indigo. I paired it with black tights and boots and wore it to work. This is a soft, warm, cozy dress. It will be a new staple in my rotation (like I have a rotation, but whatever):

This is not me
I also ordered the Kara Jean (gray with charcoal dots). I usually have a tough time ordering pants online and getting them to fit right, but I followed the size chart to a tee and they fit perfectly.

If only my butt looked this good.
I did notice that some items on the prAna website are 30% off today with free shipping, but if what you like isn't on sale, use this code at checkout:  MHMF16BERS to get 15% off. !!

Tell me on thing going on with you currently...

What are you reading now?

Best new recipe you've made lately?

Best new show you've watched?


Disclaimer: prAna provided me the products to sample, but all opinions are my own.


  1. I just discovered your blog and I'm reading it from the start! I'm so enjoying it, and it's chockfull of useful running tips and laughter. Oh and Prana is some of my favorite ish...have you discovered the joy of skhoop yet? I have to keep my tush toasty in Alaskan winters, yours might benefit for CO running.

  2. As of today I am finally allowed to walk in the boot, SEVEN weeks after the break. Don't know when I am ever gonna run again. :( Favorite new show? Divorce on HBO!!! Thomas Hayden Church is just so freakin' easy to hate!!!

    1. Yes, we watch Divorce too. THC kills me with the way he talks.

  3. I'm between reading at the moment. Should be thinking about the next book, but really thinking abut the next bit of video binge. We ate Elementary Season 4 just recently. I don't do recipes.

  4. I just finished Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Any book that has a Neil Young song as the title has to be good. It was! Next up is Cory Reese's book, Nowhere Near First. Should be good!

  5. "I leave out the bacon"--> Words that will never, ever cross my lips. I just read Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes and now I need another book.

  6. I think I'm in love with a 50-year old, married blogger.... Somehow that feels wrong, but whatever...

  7. I am reading the new book by Siddhartha Murkherjee, it's about genes. I loved his previous book, The Emperor of all Maladies, which was about cancer. I just finished Phil Knight's book, Shoe Dog. It's the early history of Nike, I highly recommend this book.
    I have been cooking from the Run Fast, Eat Slow cook book, that has been fun.
    We have been watching Tru-tv's funniest, never fails to make me laugh.
    I really like Prana's bikini's, they are so colorful and stay on when you actually swim in them!!

  8. good information madam. and useful for us

  9. I'm also watching is so inappropriate it is awesome and hilarious!

    1. I KNOW!! It is so terrible it's good. Love Fiona and Frank.

    2. And Sheila!! She is probably my favorite. 'Go towards the light' LOL!

  10. I am waiting for your coming pictures. I wish you all good luck for your coming blogs and posts. Keep sharing!
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