Archives for January 2010

Cultural Differences


Last night my dinner with friends brought us to Chinatown in Boston. We tried very hard to have “authentic” Chinese food and not the Americanized version. I am partial to the American version of Chinese food. I like my lo mein, fried rice and chicken fingers. What can I say, I’m a purist. But one of my dinner companions is actually from China, so he knew exactly what to order that would send our culinary vision of Chinese food spinning.

The meal started with our waiter bringing a live crab to our table for us to “inspect” and moments later the crab was seasoned, spiced and fried. I wish I could say that I ate it and it was the most delicious culinary experience of my life. Nope. I’m a wimp. I stuck with my noodles and rice and watched everyone else venture through unknown territory. Do I wish I was more adventurous? Sure. Was I happy with my noodles and rice? You bet!

Sometimes it’s fun to just be a part of something daring, to witness it and take in your surroundings without actually jumping in feet first. I’m more than happy taking it all in.

The Power of a Run

I fully credit my elevated mood with the kick ass run I accomplished today. As I posted yesterday, I have been feeling a bit down in the dumps. Well, today I laced up my sneakers and hit the ground running (sadly, I think I’ve used that pun before…eesh!) and I am feeling on top of the world. Admittedly none of my stressors have gone away and I am still feeling overwhelmed by the winter doldrums, but I do feel a burst of sunshine from deep within. There is something to be said for moving, putting one foot in front of the other and pushing forward.

I also finished a phenomenal book yesterday. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. If you haven’t read it…GO READ IT! I loved this book. I’m now about halfway through Jonathan Lethem’s CHRONIC CITY and loving this book, as well, for a completely different reason. The writing, each sentence, is so clever that you feel completely absorbed by this alternate reality he has created. Definitely a book to check out. I hate to admit that this is my first Lethem experience, but I am glad I picked it up.

Now I am off to brave the frigid air to celebrate a friend’s birthday in the city. What we do for those we love!


Three blog posts in one day! Hopefully this is a sign of consistency to come!

I didn’t run yesterday or today and am feeling it! Not physically, actually my heel has been hurting a little so it feels good to give it a little rest, but emotionally and psychologically.

It’s amazing how running has turned into my own private therapy. There is something about the rhythm and consistency of one foot in front of the other, combined with upbeat music that really helps me sort through all of the emotions and obstacles that I face on a daily basis.

I also get most of my inspiration during my runs. As a publicist, I am always thinking of interesting and creative angles to pitch my authors to various media outlets. Not only does the mind-wandering time allow me to come up with some pretty creative pitches but flipping through the news channels also keeps me abreast on all of the hot topics in the media.

So I guess you could say I am a big fan of running.


I know, I know..two posts in a row, no pictures. I’m sorry! I’m just not in a tech-y mood. I don’t feel like uploading pictures, formatting the post so that it looks “just right.” I’m in a pull the covers over your head and pray for a good chick flick on tv because there is no way I am facing the winter chill outside my own front door kind of mood.

I feel like I have been on a treadmill lately with regards to work. Non-stop. I love it and it inspires and fuels me daily, but sometimes you just need a little break.


I feel so badly that I haven’t posted here in forever. Unfortunately, I have been spreading myself way too thin and doing about a million things at once. Sadly, this is the spot that seems to have suffered the most.

I promise I will be back to regular blogging soon!