the beanstalk lives

Did you think I fell off the face of the earth or something? I’m not going to lie,  I even thought myself that perhaps the beanstalk had seen its final days. I mean I love my little space of the internet… The little beanstalk space where I can ramble on about basically nothing… But there are times when my creative juices run dry and this time that dry spell lasted for months. Yes, I was still reading my favorite blogs daily but I was feeling uninspired when it came to my own writing.

Last week I found some inspiration in an odd place. I came across a fabulous photography series called “Follow Me To…”. Murad Osmann, a Russian photographer/videographer travels the world with his gorgeous Russian girlfriend, and they snap pictures at iconic and exotic locations across the globe. Each picture is of the lady’s backside with her arm extended behind, tugging Osman forward. These pictures are just so darn cute. Osmann captures these tender moments beautifully. You can find the pictures on his Instagram account, here. I’m anxiously awaiting the next post, which will come from the French Alps (there was a lil foreshadow on the muse’s instagram). These pics make me want to live, love, travel and be present. They also reminded me one of the purposes of my blog; to record my journey. While my journey may not be as international as theirs, I do some fun things every now & then. I also do a lot of boring things. Oh well.

Take the inspiration I got from those pictures, throw on a hefty dose of resolution (the new year variety) and here we are. I’m back.

There is way too much that has happened since my last post to do a thorough update but I’d like to hit a few highlights.

Thanksgiving in Boston with one of our favorite couples.

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An anniversary weekend at a bed & breakfast in Wisconsin.

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A new apartment and some new furniture.

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Christmas and New Years in Chicago with both my family and Lu’s family. (Unfortunately I didn’t take pics of my fam. What?)

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My Chicago bestie moved back from NYC!

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And here there was a lowlight over the past couple of months: the Polar Vortex. Chicago set a record low of -16 with a windchill in the -30s.
That happened.

I hope this post finds all of you happy and enjoying these days. 2014 is a good year for you to choose happiness and to make yourself better.
Life is too short to do otherwise. Adios for now…



the plant with 9 lives + new running crops

Let’s not pretend that I have a green thumb. I’m known for struggling to keep even a simple house plant alive. What’s that? I need to water the plants? So that’s the secret.

Don’t get me wrong, I love plants. Fresh flowers in the home are heavenly. I just have a hard time keeping plants around these days because life is busy. I lose track of when I water things. Is that a good excuse?

Say hello to the little plant that could. The plant that I’ve been trying to kill since 2009. Ok, I’m not purposefully trying to kill it. I have just gone periods of time without watering it or rotating it in the sun…. The lil guy sits in the corner of our apartment and it’s easy to forget about him. Over the past couple of weeks I stepped up my game when I noticed the leaves were turning brown and breaking off. I’ve been telling Lu that I’ve lost the battle. I was ready to compost the thing and move on. When….

Little buds!! The little green sprouts put a smile on my face!!



There are three little sprouts poking their pretty leaves through. Spring is in the air. This plant is a serious fighter!

Now on to something very important. I need new running capris. I’ve been running in the same Lululemon yoga pants (yes, the ones designed for yoga and not running) for the past five years. Yesterday I got the urge to buy new pants and now I can’t shake it. I’m getting some today. But first… I need to do some online research to figure out what my next purchase will be.

Naturally, I turn to Lululemon. I’ve been lusting over the Run: Proceed with Speed crop… Until I read the customer reviews, that is. Within the past week several people have complained that the Lululemon pants are still see through. With all of the negative press Lulu got, I assumed that ship had sailed and they corrected the problem. But no, many customers are warning people not to buy these pants and that makes me sad. I’ll heed the warning. But I’ll also go into the store and try them on for myself.

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After I go into Lulu and realize that the pants are in fact still see through, I will turn to the reliable Nike. Lu and I were talking about brands last night. We were wondering why Lululemon doesn’t sponsor any pro athletes. Maybe that’s the proof that their stuff is more cute & trendy than functional. I still love you Lululemon. Anyway, the Nike Relay pant caught my eye. Guess what a couple reviewers say? They’re see through. What gives people. Again, I’ll try them on and hope that they aren’t.

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My question for you guys — what are your very favorite running tights? I need good ones! The NYC Marathon lottery registration opens today at noon. That race is on my bucket list. Anybody registering for the lottary this year?

I’ll leave you all with a picture of Uncle Lu and his niece Soph-a-loaf. They’re a feisty duo.

photo-28Have a great day everybody. Can you believe we’re approaching the end of April?! Time is flying. It’s a good day to make today a good day.

xo, lw