A New Running Record

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Sometimes it is such a struggle to go running. Today was one of those days: a long, tiring 8 hours at work, followed by an open-mouthed doze on the subway ride home. It took every ounce of energy I had to motivate myself to lace up my Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 sneakers, but in the end I was glad that I did because I earned a new Nike achievement.

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Book Review: In Sunlight and In Shadow

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From Ernest Hemingway to Tim O’Brien, I find myself often drawn to war stories, especially those in which war rests at the periphery. In Mark Helprin’s nearly 700-page novel, In Sunlight and In Shadow, Harry Copeland has returned from World War II to his Manhattan home, where he assumes responsibility for his deceased father’s leather goods business. But the business is going under and the situation only worsens after he sweeps actress Catherine Hale off her feet and away from her wealthy and powerful fiance. Harry, who only wants peace but can’t resist the urge to stand up for what’s right, decides to take on the mafia boss extorting Copeland Leather.

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A Perfect Summer Recipe: Berry Pie

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Now that the temperature has reached its seasonal peak, I crave my favorite summer foods: lemonade, pineapple-and-shrimp skewers, burgers slathered with ketchup, fresh corn, sand-dusted sandwiches on the beach, and fruit-filled pies. The best summer pies have a flavor that bursts in your mouth, sticky and sweet yet refreshingly tangy.

So when my coworker (the same one I attended BookCon with) invited me to her new apartment for dinner, what else could I bring for dessert but a warm, homemade, blueberry-raspberry pie? This easy, simple recipe requires minimal preparation and offers great results. (Full disclosure: I adapted this from a Good Housekeeping blueberry pie recipe.)

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Blueberry-raspberry pie cooling on the stovetop.

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Recipe: Gemelli with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

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As I promised almost exactly one month ago when I did some research on Italian parsley, I’m finally sharing a healthy and delicious pasta recipe that you can use it in. I first saw this recipe in The Good Life, but I’ve made some modifications to it that I think dramatically improve its flavor. Another bonus is that it’s pretty simple to make, as long as you have enough time to wait for the tomatoes to soften.

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Forming New Relationships through Blogging (and Facebook)

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I’m so thankful to everyone who has followed or liked a post on this blog so far. In an effort to connect with more readers and create even more meaningful relationships, I’ve decided to try something new and create a Pineapple Sage Facebook page, where I can share additional photos, news clips, or some shorter updates that don’t quite warrant the status of a full blog post.

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Learning Yoga: Boat Pose

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There’s nothing like yoga at 4:30 a.m. to loosen your limbs and energize your mind, getting you ready to face the day ahead. One of the poses I’ve been trying to accomplish lately is Paripurna Navasana, or full boat pose. Paripurna mean “full, entire, complete,” and nava means “boat,” according to Yoga Journal. With its call for extended arms and legs, boat pose reminds me of the pilates “hundred” exercise—-only harder! As part of my ongoing yoga series, I’ll walk you through it using the photos below as a guide.

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Countdown to Disney: MagicBand Arrival

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Along with the new Fastpass+ (FP+) system of booking rides and attractions in advance, Walt Disney World’s MyMagic+ initiative includes wearable technology: MagicBands. These colorful bracelets contain all of your FP+ data, act as your room key and theme park tickets, and can even charge purchases to your hotel room. Although Todd and I weren’t expecting ours to arrive until later in the week, they surprised us by coming on the mail on Saturday!

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Growing My Green Thumb: Learning about Thyme

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When sharing some herbs with my friend Beyza today, I realized I didn’t know much about thyme, except that it does best in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Curious about where the herb originates and what it can be used for, I decided to make it the next garden plant that I would research and learn some facts about. And it turns out that thyme has quite a history!

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Congratulations to My Dad

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When I was a baby, my dad sang me to sleep. In elementary school, he played Barbie fashion show with me and helped me study. In high school, he picked me up and dropped me off and never complained. In college, he supported my decisions and put up with a series of questionable boyfriends. These days, my dad sometimes tries to convince me to move out of the house (I know he doesn’t mean it!), but he’s always  there for me–whether it’s building me a garden box or offering up his support. Today, I was proud to be there for him and show my support at a luncheon thrown by his coworkers to wish him luck at his new job, which he starts later this month.

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My Garden, Almost Two Months Later

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I spent some time weeding and trimming my garden this weekend, and my mom used some of my herbs as seasoning for grilled corn during our Sunday barbecue. I can’t believe how big some of my plants have gotten since I first planted the garden, and even since my one-month update. A couple of plants are even starting to bear some veggies! I wanted to share some pictures of it with you so that you can see how much it has grown in the nearly two months since planting.

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Restaurant Review: David Burke Kitchen

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For Todd’s birthday, I took him on an adventure around the city, beginning with coffee in Cobble Hill. Then we strolled through Brooklyn Bridge park, walked over the bridge and into Manhattan, meandered up through Chinatown (where we gobbled up some sesame chicken at a street fair, tasted a lychee, and drank coconut water from a coconut), enjoyed some sun in Hudson River Park, and ultimately ended up at a surprise location for dinner: David Burke Kitchen on Grand Street in SoHo.

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Countdown to Disney: A Review of “Disney Legend” Marty Sklar’s Memoir

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In preparation for my trip to Disney World, I’ve been trying to inundate myself with as much insight as I can into the Disney Company, the Disney parks, and Walt Disney himself. Although I haven’t really gotten a start on the huge list of movies that I want to watch, I did get a chance to read a new 368-page memoir, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdom, by Marty Sklar.

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