We bought a really nice patio set a few weeks ago, but we keep it on the enclosed sun porch when we’re not using it so it’s protected. However, Dylan has fallen in love with the chairs.


His hair has taken over, as you can see, and I keep saying “when he moves, I’ll cover the cushions with a towel.” But I can’t bring myself to move him when he’s so comfy.


I was able to clean the chairs off shortly after I took these pictures since he bolted about five seconds after the last click. You can see he’s starting to get annoyed by the attention.


“Why are you bothering me woman?”


You know, I hated kale for a long time. I guess it was from my days as a server/bartender in college. I worked at the Texas Roadhouse for a few years while I was in college, at a blues bar before my first “real” job as a journalist (which is how I met Dennis,) and as a bar manager for a bar in Boston’s Back Bay in between newspaper jobs. The idea of eating kale made me want to throw up a little. I used to throw that crap on the side of plates for garnish, NO ONE ever ate it. In my opinion, it wasn’t meant to be eaten. And it just looked nasty.

And then I bought a bag of kale at the farmer’s market a few weeks back by accident. Yes, by accident. I thought it was spinach. I mean, it was in the vicinity of the spinach. And it didn’t look like that curly, crazy crap I threw on plates for all those years.

It looked tasty.

When I got it home, I was so annoyed. However, I couldn’t let it go to waste. I searched high and low for the best ways to make kale – kale chips, sautéed kale, raw kale salads…but what I found I like best is steamed kale.

I boil some water in a pot and steam the kale in a steamer that goes inside the pot. It takes a good 5-6 minutes to boil but about 30 seconds to get the kale steamed and wilted. Add a little salt and maybe an olive oil drizzle, and you’re all set.

But what am I going to eat it with? Clearly I can’t just eat kale.

Long story short, this is what I ended up with.


Warm Kale, avocado and roasted chickpea salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing


  • 2 big handfuls of kale, chopped
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 15.5 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Make sure to dry off your garbanzo beans as much as you can. Add 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes into a bowl with the beans. Toss to coat. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes (ish)
  2. Steam your kale (or cook to your liking. Or don’t cook and eat it raw)
  3. Zest and juice your lemon. Add 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper and smashed garlic clove. I put the mixture through the Magic Bullet, but you could just whisk if you’re too lazy (or don’t have one)
  4. Add about 1-2 T of the roasted beans to your plateful of kale, chop up your avocado, drizzle on some dressing, and viola! Lunch is served in about 20 minutes.



Today I’m going on a boat cruise for our company picnic. Then I’m meeting some friends at National’s Park to watch the Nats play the Yankees. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Have yourself a great weekend!!



We’ve come to the realization that we cannot plant herbs indoors. Every time we try, they disappear.

And this guy is the one to blame.

I walked into the kitchen and through the window above the sink, this is what I saw.  He was just chewing away like nothing. The funny part about this is that I stood there staring at him for about 30 seconds while he just froze, not sure what to do. He wanted to run, but he was too scared for some reason. All I could do was laugh, but as soon as he saw me walk away from the window, he bolted.

Sometimes it’s hard to get quality pictures of them doing funny things. This was an “ah-ha!! Busted!! Crap all I have is my phone near me” type of moment, but sometimes those are the best ones.

Anyway, here’s to the start of a great week!!


I run for sanity, the challenge, commodore, and of course my health. But mostly I run because I’m really competitive and I love that rock stardom feeling I get when I cross the finish line. I love feeling like a bad ass. Like, “hell yeah I just ran that!” It’s a feeling of strength, accomplishment and power.

I’m pumped up just writing about it.

The coolest thing about today are all the coupons I’ve been getting for discounts on upcoming races. I really want to sign up to run the Virginia Beach half in Sept. but I don’t know if I will want to pay for a hotel room if I have to go alone. I’m trying to encourage friends to join me so if anyone out there is up for the challenge, let me know!!

To all my runners out there, why do YOU run?


Dennis’ sister Chris bought us this rug as a housewarming gift last year and when we put it down, Marley immediately laid down on the Yankees side.

Dennis said it was because Marley didn’t want to get the Red Sox side dirty. I said, of course,  that Marley is a smart cat that knows where he came from.

Marley was born in NY to a stray alley cat. The people who found the kittens were going to bring them to the ASPCA, but I didn’t want to add to their plate since they were already full of cats and kittens. Reluctantly to Dennis, who hated cats, we brought home our new buddy. This was in Sept. of 2005 (wow!)

After having Marley for a few years, he started to get fat. We had moved to Boston in the summer of ‘06 and Dennis and I weren’t home as much as we were back in NY. So, to try to help Marley lose some weight and have a friend, we adopted Dylan from a foster home in November of 2007.

Dylan was a feral cat whose mother was killed on a very busy road just north of Boston. He, along with his brothers and sisters, were scooped up and brought into foster care. However, he was the runt of the litter and very scared of everyone, so months later, he was still there. I fell in love with him immediately and drove north to Ipswich, MA, to get him.

It took over a half hour to get him in the crate. He was a mess. He howled and cried the entire 45 minute ride back to his new home in Boston, but it was worth the fight.

Now, here they are, looking out the screen door in our home in VA – yet somehow – they haven’t seemed to forget where they came from.

Ok, that’s probably not true. But it sounds better than what really happened… which was probably something like Marley was laying in the middle of the carpet and Dylan came running over to see what was going on. Marley probably got annoyed by Dylan taking over his space and moved over to the left. End of story.

My version is much better.

Happy National Doughnut Day! Did you know…

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

This is how we spent ours at work…







Did you know today was National Donut Day? If you go to Dunkin Donuts you’ll get a donut for free with any beverage purchase!

Happy Friday!!

It’s been two weeks since our yard was torn up to fix our busted sewer pipe. I figured you’d all want to see an update.


The grass is growing! I can’t believe how fast it’s growing too. We’ve gotten a lot of rain these past two weeks so I’m sure that’s helped.


And our lilies are opening up so nicely, I figured I’d share some of those pictures too.



Oh and someone’s eating my tomatoes.


I wish I had a better picture … but I’m really pissed about this. I was so excited to see ripe tomatoes and when I went to pick them, some were missing. This time, I noticed this. What’s that all about?


I was able to salvage one though.

One. How sad.


I have no idea what this bush/flower is but it’s pretty.


And we have yucca plants. Funny because being of Puerto Rican decent,  I always knew yucca existed. As a root. That we eat. But I had no idea people planted them in their gardens.


Above are the flowers from the yucca plant.

Do you know anything about growing veggies? What’s going on with my tomatoes and how can I save them??


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