Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Month: January, 2013

Keep Your Diamonds, I’ll Take Plane Tickets

Diamonds my be some girls’ best friends, but give me airline tickets and hotel stays anytime. I’ll take my bling in the form of sunshine and upgrades thank you very much. So many places to go and so little time – dang that pesky working for a living thing! Here are some of the places on my travel radar right now – Melbourne, Cabo, Vienna, Moorea, Hong Kong, Vieques, Tuscany, Barcelona, etc. etc.. My brain’s only scratching the surface – you send me a ticket, I’ll go anywhere, but these places are at the forefront currently. And now this little gem of a city…

New Orleans – Monday night we watched Anthony Bourdain’s Layover in New Orleans. Surely you’ve seen it – or No Reservations. I’m pretty sure I’m two episodes short from seeing the entire body of work. Bless Tony and his boozy, eclectic commentary complete with some really great insight into what to see, eat and drink if you have limited time in a city! His profile on New Orleans got M and I talking about travel time again.

I’ve never been to Nola and am itching to go! Architecture, culture, food and frozen daiquiri convenience stores- oh my! I know it’s top of mind for a lot of people for Mardis Gras and the Superbowl. Great, all of them can go visit now. I’m happy to wait it out and go when things are a bit more subdued…the average temperature in May is 74 you say…Perfect!

Pedesclaux-Lemmonier Mansion

Pedesclaux-Lemmonier Mansion Source

Jazz Jazz Jazz

Jazz Jazz Jazz Source

Crawfish Heaven

Crawfish Heaven Source

Treme Neighborhood

Treme Neighborhood Source

Got the travel bug too? Want more ideas? I highly recommend checking out Cecile’s Certified Jetaholic site and TV show Lux Lifestyles (on Wealth TV). She’s always doing something fun somewhere gorgeous – although her latest exploits in a shark diving cage may not be for everyone. Trekking through Belize rain forests, hot air ballooning through Turkey and cocktails along the way, now you’re talking!  And yes, some of you may remember her from this earlier post.

Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey? Yes Please!

Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey? Yes Please!

So what are you waiting for??? Submit that vacation request, find some good fares on Kayak and get thee on an adventure!

Anywhere else I need to mark as an absolute must for our next getaway? I’m all ears!♥

Tin Man Humor

Anyone who's gone to yoga post run can relate to this!!!

Anyone who’s gone to yoga post run can relate to this!!!

My girlfriend Shelly posted this on Facebook this morning and it made me spit out my coffee b/c I laughed so hard. Anyone who’s logged some miles running then decided to recover with a yoga class has probably experienced a similar feeling…

After my pledge to go back to yoga last week, I still have yet to go. I know, really??? But no, I ran instead this weekend. And then post runs, I chose the couch and popcorn over yoga. But maybe this week…Seriously, someone come pick me up, throw me in the car and drive me the .5 miles to my nearest yoga studio!!!

Namaste & Love,

The Tinman


Rain Running And Couch Snuggling

Scene: It’s Saturday morning, the scent of coffee drifts through the house, the down comforter’s snuggled up around my ears and the rain is tapping steadily against the window. It’s 7am-ish and I’m very tempted to roll over and stay here all day. But I know that last week’s long Sat run disaster needed to be avenged if I had any chance of enjoying my upcoming half marathon in a few weeks.

Love This, Even a Sat Run is an Accomplishment

Love This…Even a Sat Run is an Accomplishment

Flashback to last Saturday: My two run buddies met me at my house for our long run. Strike 1 – as much as I love running w/ company, running in 3’s is unlucky for me. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but it’s too hard for me to keep my pace. You have to dodge in and out b/c three is bulky and it just makes things a bit tricky. No biggie if it’s a quick run, but if I have to run longer than an hour I easily fall apart!

The other factors that stacked up against me? Strike 2,  I forgot to eat breakfast – yup, not kidding, no excuses, just plain dumb. Strike 3, I didn’t drink water prior to starting out on the run so I was going through my little water bottle pretty quick. And it was hot. Not necessarily a strike if I’d gotten my ducks in a row in the other areas. The trifecta of poor planning resulted in stopping short a 1/2 mile of my goal and hobbling home. You know it’s bad when your run buddies have finished their run and are starting the car to come get you as you walk it in to your driveway!!! Bless them, they didn’t judge and still gave me a congrats hug for finishing.

Run now, rest later!

Run now, rest later!

Live and learn…but no way, no how was this going to be me yesterday. So even though it was raining, I knew I needed to get it right this time around even if it meant braving that yucky, cold rain. So I got up, immediately drank some water, had my trusty coffee – this time chased with a piece of almond butter/banana toast an hour before my running start time. Armed with a Gu and some shot blocks and my trusty Hello Kitty Lipgloss, I was prepared and ready to go.

Water, Gu, Losanges, Miss Kitty Lipgloss, check, check, check!

Water, Gu, Losanges, Miss Kitty Lipgloss, check, check, check!

And thank goodness because as bad as last Saturday’s run was, yesterday was actually fun! Okay, maybe not the last mile, but relatively, I was soooo happy not to be miserable! I felt good, strong and like I could have run a little further if I’d had to. Isn’t that always the goal?

The next time you want to bail on a rain run, here are some things I found mentally helpful while splashing through the puddles…

  • When you finish it feels so satisfying b/c you know you got your butt out the door & met your goal when you really wanted to curl up on the couch
  • No crowds! It weeds out the fair weather runners and cyclists so you get more room and less dodging (except for those pesky cross country kids who always run in packs and never yield even if they’re on the wrong side of the road. But that’s a rant for a different day!)
  • The runner “hi”. You’re part of a tribe of people who committed to running in the crappy weather. You smile, wave and roll your eyes together
  • Your core temperature stays pretty regular. No worry of over-heating, that’s fo sho…
  • The mist on your face and humidity in the air is like a mini spa treatment – okay, maybe I’m pushing it

How did I celebrate the completion of this run? By doing absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. M had a big run too so we snuggled up on the couch, watched two movies and the Mecum Auto Auction (classic cars selling for $100k+ is surprisingly engrossing). Some yummy beer w/our special chili lime popcorn recipe (borrowed from my friend Mer) and voila, the perfect recovery!

Don't Worry, this pic is from before Christmas...I was too tired to take a new shot yesterday!

Don’t worry, this pic is from before Christmas. Was too tired to take a new shot yesterday. Just pretend the tree’s not there!

Moral of the story: When in doubt…go for the run. You very rarely regret it!!!