Posts Tagged ‘lifeness’

Virtual Run for Sherry – 2/11

earlier in January i stumbled upon this blog via a FB post by a member on my triathlon club’s wall, that led me to this post about a missing runner in Montana…

she goes “Wanted to share this with you all. Please be careful when you run and ride!!”

up to that point, i took the usual precautions, especially before a night run/ride – reflective gear, roadID, maybe a phone if i had a pocket for it… but now when i leave the house its with an added sense of awareness. this woman, wife, mother, sister, teacher – Sherry – in our ‘running world’ is now gone, just a running shoe found !ONE MILE! from her home

so, please join US
no matter what part of the world you are in
on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11th for a virtual run in honor of Sherry
runners, walkers, bikers, hoppers, skippers and jumpers are all welcome!
pin on your ‘race bib’ and hit the streets, trails, beach… wherever
send me your pics – or send them straight to SUAR

please read (this link) for more information and to get the print out for your ‘race bib’

if you live in the Jersey Shore area and want to join ME on 2/11 at 1pm for a 3, 5, or 7 mile trail run/walk/hike, all levels of participation are welcome to join us in honor of Sherryand ALL of the runners/walkers/bikers out there who never made it safely home.

email me at Hungry4Living at gmail dot com for more details!

every pet deserves a home

i find i am reading more and more in the news everyday about the efforts people are making to support adopting pets

just the other day i read this press release by PJ’s Pet and Pets Unlimited about how they are no longer going to sell puppies in their stores and are instead going to focus on pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for the thousands of animals in shelters, humane societies, rescue groups and SPCAs

what an ingenious concept to proclaim – i back that 200%!!!

Companies like Helotes Creek Winery and Mutt Lynch Winery have created special labels with pictures of actual foster pets who need homes and are donating money to shelters each time a bottle is purchased.

who needs papers anyway?!
what is having a purebred or a mutt going to make?
it should be about the love and the bond that you and your animal create

i do confess – i may be partially biased to this whole movement: my dog growing up, North, was sold to us, with papers, stating he was a purebred lab. when my mom and i brought him home my dad goes ‘is that dirt all over him?!’ – what ‘purebred lab’ with papers do you know that is black with the brown/caramel colorings on his paws and eyebrows of a rotty and grew up to be the size of a small horse with a heart of GOLD?!

after i was out of college, i knew i wanted to adopt my own dog so badly, so when my husband and i purchased our first home two years ago, within days of moving in i was searching the internet on sites like and local rescue groups looking for a rescue pup. i didn’t care who he was, where he came from, or what awards his parents/grandparents may have won at some fancy dog show… i just wanted to make sure i was saving the life of at least one dog out there who was heading for euthanasia in a kill shelter

two years later we now have two rescue pups on our hands, entertaining the heck out of us, our friends, our families, and showering us with more LOVE and doggie kisses than we know what to do with sometimes

do me a favor please, if you want a pet, ADOPT.
they need homes too.

they did not have any choice to end up in the SPCA, shelter, rescue group or humane society they are currently residing in… most of them just buying their time until it becomes too crowded where they are and they get shipped off to a kill shelter.


We made out far better than we could have fared from Irene! I’ll take what we got any day, no trees down on our property, but the power IS still out…

the fun got started with a lazy Saturday of making last minute preparations, anxiously waiting around with family for the BIG storm to hit. when the trees started a rockin’ and the power went out we knew the night of turbulence was just getting underway.

we woke up to the eye just settling in over us. it was such a weird feeling lingering in the air. a quick look around the neighborhood, seeing trees down left and right, tearing down power lines like it was their job, we knew the worst flew over us while we were snoozin away


they don’t think power will be on for at least a couple of days, but thankfully the buses, trains and ferries are up and running to the city so having some electricity and a solid Internet connection for 8 hours is looking REALLY nice about now!

isnt it kind of crazy how sometimes it takes a natural disaster like this to realize how connected we would really like to be?!

I can honestly say I’m not minding it too much. we have hot water and gas and a generator running here and there to keep the food in the fridge from spoiling… kinda feels like we’ve been camping – actually a nice little treat since we’ve been talking about going on a camp trip for a while now!

be back on the flip side with my salsa experiment from Saturday afternoon

stick out your tongue

i got this forward yesterday and instead of sending it to just 10 people like it asked me to – hows the world wide web for ya?! and yes T, i even scoped it out on snopes to verify the authenticity :0)

this may be old news to some, but it was new news to me. please pass this along, you may have the chance to save a very precious life one day:

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

Remember the 1st THREE letters – S. T. R.

this may be a true story – if not, it’s still a great example:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine, they even offered to call paramedics, but she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.  Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke – TOTALLY. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Doctors now say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S – Ask the individual to SMILE
– Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

If they have trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

And here’s the newest sign of a stroke – stick out your tongue.
If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

I have done my part. Will you?

>where is the love


if this blog post’s subject line doesn’t automatically pop Black Eyed Pea’s ‘Where is the love’ into your head… well, i hope me mentioning it now does the trick

ive been following Whole Living’s blog for a while now; not only do i love their interesting/informative/enlightening articles that pop up in my gReader every day, but now that i know some of the ladies from the website will be participating with me in the Danskin Women’s Triathlon in September… oooh, like icing on the cake my man!
speaking of that tri – training officially started for me yesterday!! the hubster so affectionately stated ‘well, i guess i’ll see you at the finish line’ … hehe, what can i say, the man knows what makes me happy and doesnt bat an eyelash when asked ‘could you spend your sunday morning kayaking around the bay acting as my lifeguard while i get my open-water swim sesh on?!’. speaking of love….
their article i read the other day highlighted ways to be more compassionate. in the dog-eat-dog / eye-for-an-eye world we live in, we can so easily overlook compassion for others while treading in our own rough waters… you can start today by taking a step back to:

see diversity as divine
it’s okay to be different
be kind to strangers
hold a door for someone
smile more often
help a person in need
don’t judge what you can’t understand 
there are many of other ways to be compassionate ~ if every single one of us tries just one way, each day, to bring more compassion into our lives… could you imagine what the outcome would be?!