Sunday, January 31, 2010

2 Good Books: Handler & Godin

This month I read two very different, but equally interesting books: 
My Horizontal Life - By Chelsea Handler and  The Big Moo - By The Group of 33, edited by Seth Godin.

My Horizontal Life - Everyone loves to hear about the alcohol-infused mishaps and sexual adventures of others (makes us feel better about our own indiscretions) and this book is both! This HILARIOUS collection of Chelsea Handler's one-night stands and vodka-tales kept me laughing from beginning to end! I recommend this book to anyone who has listened to a girlfriend's walk-of-shame story, understands the occasional need for a stiff drink or just enjoys a good laugh.

The Big Moo - I've read a lot of self-help books and got bored with all the "secrets", inspirational affirmations and personal soul I switched to Business motivational books for a new source of uplifting material. The Big Moo is just that, a Chicken Soup for the Soul of sorts, for tell them to stop trying to be Perfect and start being Remarkable! Of course, the stories can be applied to any personal situation as well, so even if you don't run your own company or plan to start a business, you can be Remarkable every day in anything you'd like. 

Monday, January 25, 2010

I Can't Cook But Even I Can Make: Crab Quesadillas

A fabulous, quick dinner that even I can make (and to be honest.....I can barely make toast) is Crab Quesadillas!

This easy meal is a tasty treat that spices up the week-night dinners:

You Need:
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Peppers - Red, Green & Jalapeno
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato
  • Fake Crab
  • Cream Cheese
  • Tortillas
  • And any or all of the following: Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole
And Action:
Dice up the peppers and onions, sauté them in a frying pan with a bit olive oil. Break up the crab into the pan and continue to sear for few minutes. Season to taste with chili powder, pepper, salt and a bit of cayenne. Grab a couple teaspoons of the cream cheese and gently fold it into the veggies and crab until coated. Place in a bowl.

In the same pan, place your tortilla down and grate cheddar cheese on one half. Scoop the veggie, cheese and crab and spread if over the top of the cheese. Let cook for a minute, then fold the tortilla and flip. Continue to cook and flip until lightly browned.

Cut into three triangles, garnish with chopped tomatoes and your choice of salsa, sour cream or guacamole! Its truly scrumptious! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Great Night Out: The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat was at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins this past weekend. The three-man, rock-a-billy band rocked the greaser-packed theatre once again with their energetic beat and twangy sound. Classic songs like J-I-M-B-O were combined with new tunes from the latest album, Laughin & Cryin, resulting in a great show and a lot dancing, cheering and well...spelling J-I-M-B-O! 

They changed things up when they busted out some post-Christmas holiday tunes including Run, Run Rudolph and then let us see a classic move when the Rev. jumped on Jimbo's stand -up bass and surfed it. Bass-surfing is always the highlight of the show.....the crowd goes wild! 

The Reverend Horton Heat will continue touring the U.S. for the next couple of months, then head over to Europe for awhile. They'll be back in the U.S. by May....and hopefully at the Aggie again very soon.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fitness: Running Program

Well, the New Year is here! Happy 2010! 

One of my major goals for this year (and before I turn 30) is to run a marathon. I know, I know...most people have cars so they don't have to run 26.2 miles. But for years its a been an elusive item on my list of crazy things to accomplish and I've determined that this is the year to do it.

The selected race is the Colfax Marathon on May 16th.......but its now time to start training. Without a trainer or professional coach to guide me from my typical 3 mile runs to 20+, I'm turning to my favorite running magazine, Runner's World, and thier race training guide, SmartCoach.

This training program is free to all, just sign up for a RW account and you can access this and tons of other great training resources. You can use the SmartCoach to train for any race from a 5k to Marathon, set time goals, choose your workout days and determine the level of difficulty you wish to take on.

So if you've ever hoped to complete foot race of any length, then get online, find a local race and download your SmartCoach!! You can do it!