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2013 Fight For Air Climb


fight for airTypically throughout the spring and summer I spend many a weekend morning up early to run in races.  Some of them are for fun, and some of them are for causes.  This past weekend I did a race much different than one I’ve ever participated in before called the Fight For Air Climb.  The Fight for Air Climb is a unique type of race that took place in downtown Hartford at City Place.  Its not a road race or a trail run, but rather a “vertical race” where we ran up 34 flights of stairs at City Place.  A good friend asked me to do this with them and I was was intregued, partially because I have never run in a “stair race” before, but mostly because the money raised goes to the American Lung Association, which is an amazing organization that works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung diseases, like asthma, emphysema and lung cancer to name just a few.  This is something close to my heart as my mother lost her mother to lung cancer years before I was even born and I currently have other family members suffering from the same disease.  No one should have to struggle to breathe, something that most of us can do so easily and naturally.

photo 2The race itself was…interesting…to say the least.  There was a few hundred participants, all raising at least $100, but some over $1,000 for the American Lung Association.  How it works was that everyone lines up and every 20 seconds a person starts up the stairs – this minimizes the “stampede” effect.  I thought, since I work out frequently and am in pretty good physical healthy, that this would be easy.  I mean really, whats 34 flights of stairs?! (That’s totally obnoxious to say, right?  Don’t worry, I “got mine”).  The stair climbing portion, was in fact easy…What was not easy was breathing.

I’m going to say this in the nicest way I possibly can…whoever thought that having hundreds of people tramp up 30+ flights of stairs in a completely 100% enclosed area with absolutely ZERO ventilation is an absolute idiot.  No, seriously.  If I knew who the person was that made this decision I’d tell them to their face.  My legs were fine, but for about 10 hours after the race my throat and lungs burned with every breath I took.  I literally had that irony-blood taste in my mouth for the remainder of the day (I finished the race before 10AM), and consequently 3 days later I’m still coughing so badly I’m literally hacking things up.  Its not pretty.  I’m sorry for the detailed description, but its the only way to really paint a picture for you!  Apparently this is “how it feels to have lung disease”.  I’m sorry, but I really don’t think it benefits anyone to make lung disease more prominent. I thought we were trying to raise money to prevent lung disease, not spread it!!

Me and some of my teammates outside City Plaza before the race!

Me and some of my teammates outside City Plaza before the race!

Though the actual race has passed, I still have a few more weeks to collect donations.  If you’d like to support the American Lung Association (or my horrific experience this past weekend), please click HERE and click on the “make a gift” link underneath the thermometer.  I’m sure just about everyone knows someone suffering from a lung disease, no matter how big or small it is, and any donation to this amazing cause (even if it’s just a few bucks) will really add up and help make a difference!

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Whoops


This morning I accidentally posted a bunch of posts to the wrong blog!  Whoops!  If you’re interested in it, feel free to check it out.  Its linked in my header EHT247.

 

Stay tuned!  I’ll get some “real posts” up as soon as possible!

Inspirational Blogger Award!


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I was nominated by Wine & Dash for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I’m pretty excited about it!  I’ve gotten nominated for blogger awards before, but have never actually taken the time to follow through on the write up.  But hey, there’s no time like the present!  erinHasThoughts is just over two years old and I’m thrilled that somehow I have kept the ball rolling and am still in the “blogosphere”. Thanks for the nomination, Karen!  Blog on!

Here are the rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Things about me

  1. I hate winter with a passion, and if I could find the right person (family, friend, lova – I have no preference) I’d move to a warmer climate in a heartbeat…I just can’t bear the thought of doing it alone.
  2. I LOVE dogs.  No, I’m pretty much obsessed – since I can’t have a dog of my own (living in an apartment) I walk dogs on my lunch break and dogsit as frequently as possible.  If you hate dogs, a relationship with me – even just as a friend – probably would never work out.  I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs…or pizza, or orange soda.  Something is wrong with these people.
  3. I work too hard and play too hard.  I never give myself a chance to sit and relax.  If I’m not at one of my multiple jobs, I’m probably half way across the country, hiking, wine tasting, or doing something else…It’s extremely difficult for me to just sit on my couch.  In fact, sometimes I have to “schedule” a relaxation day and force myself not to make any other plans…it’s tough.
  4. I’m obsessed with colored skinny jeans – no seriously, I have about every color, wear them almost every day, and have no intention of changing that any time soon.
  5. I love working out! I wouldn’t say I’m the most coordinated or athletic person out there, but I do love breaking a sweat. Whether its hiking, bootcamp, running races, or even something I haven’t tried before.
  6. I love elephants – they are a sign of wisdom and good luck – I can always use a healthy dose of both of those!  They are also one of the world’s smartest animals and are one of very few animals that actually has compassion for others.  They even have a burial ceremonies for the dead.  I’d love to see one in real life and touch it one day.
  7. I want to spend a little bit of time, even if its just a week, in each state in the United States before I die.  I think its amazing to have the opportunity to travel around the world, but there is so much diversity right here in the US, and I want to see it – all of it.  My plan is to buy an RV when I retire and travel the world for a full year, spending one week in each state of the US.  Hawaii and Alaska?  1 week cruises! yes please!  (oh, and also then I’d be able to have a US map on the side of my RV and I could fill in the states as I visit them!! 🙂

I nominated the following 15 bloggers:

  1. Lose It Big
  2. Tattoos & Pearls <–needs to start blogging again…like yesterday!
  3. Words and the Bees
  4. Over My Styled Body
  5. The Bliss Project
  6. Sidewalk Ready
  7. Kendi Everyday
  8. Hello Gorgeous!
  9. Urban Nester
  10. Undressed Skeleton
  11. J’s Everyday Blog
  12. Pop of Style
  13. Round to Ravishing & Back to Round Again
  14. Amateur Healthy Girl  <–needs to start blogging again!
  15. She Wines Sometimes

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What the Hell is Elf on a Shelf


elfAm I the only one that doesn’t get the point of this whole “elf on a shelf”  thing?  I’ve only become familiar with it in the past year and even at that I’m not sure I really get it.  So from what I understand, you hide this little bugger and the kids go wild over finding it.  Why would they want to find it!?  It looks like a creepy relic of 1950.  I’m not so sure about this one…

Silence and Support for Sandy Hook


Sandy Hook Support

Seneca Harbor Wine Center, Another Wakings Glen Gem


On our way out of NY a few weekends ago, we walked around the down town area.  As we were walking I saw the Seneca Harbor Wine Center.  I thought “hey I’ll go in and grab a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes Region since I wasn’t able to do any tasting this weekend.

So I go inside and walk around looking for the perfect bottle to bring home as a souvenir.  I came across this one bottle called “Chocolate Lab”.  Instantly I was drawn to that because A). I’m a HUGE dog lover and the puppy on the label was adorable, and B). My parents have 2 labs, yellow labs, but labs none the less.  It wasn’t two seconds after I saw that bottle that I noticed they had a sign up that said “Tastings all Day”.  So I asked the woman how much the tastings were .  “Free”.  Free?!?  Are you kidding me?  I’ve been to probably a dozen wine tastings in my life and all of them cost something…most were only $5 or $7, but they cost something for the 3-5 wines you were sampling.  So, when this woman said the tasting was free, I figured it was less like a traditional wine tasting where they tell you about the wine and swish it all around etc etc, and more like when you’re at the deli and the deli clerk gives you a slice of cheese, so I tell her I’d like to try the Chocolate Lab.  She replies with “Ok, would you just like to try the Chocolate Lab or would you like a full tasting?”  Ummm does a bear shit in the woods, OF COURSE I’d love the full FREE tasting!

It was at this point that Ben made his way inside, I thought maybe I could sneak this one under the radar (since he doesn’t drink wine and would be bored while this whole hoopla is going on) but no such luck.  Thankfully though, he was a good sport and even partook in part of the tasting with me.  Yes, only part.  Why?  well one of us had to drive home…for the full tasting, they gave us 14 different wines!  I couldn’t believe it!  I mean that was even a better deal than shopping at Kohls!

After all was said and done we ended up purchasing not one, but three bottles of wine!  Trust me, we didn’t want to get so many, but they were all so good it was honestly hard to limit it at that!  The three we got were :

-Chocolate Lab
-Peach Chardonnay
-Blackberry Merlot

I’m not usually a Chardonnay drinker, normally it makes me feel like smacking my lips like that little blonde girl that used to be in the grape juice commercials, but this one is quite delightful!  We also go the Chocolate Lab to mix with the Blackberry Merlot!

Wonderfully Wet Watkins Glen State Park


Recently Ben and I visited with some of my relatives in the Village of Burdett, and we were able to do a lot during our visit even though we were there for less than 48 hours.  Besides visiting with my family, going to Lodi Point State Park, Wagner Vineyards, The Crooked Rooster, and the Seneca Harbor Wine Center, my aunt and uncle took us to Watkins Glen State Park, which was pretty much the highlight of the trip.

As you can tell from past posts, Ben and I love hiking, so already this was right up our alley!  Connecticut doesn’t have any cool gorges like Watkins Glen, though, so this really was quite the treat.  Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, and it’s easy to see why:  throughout the 1.5 mile path there is water flow that drops over 400 feet.  Some flows over huge waterfalls, others just over the rocks.  It is so cool too because you can see how the water has worn the rocks down over time.  My aunt is a nature fanatic and was able to tell us a lots of cool fun facts!  Over thousands of years, glaciers originating in Canada drifted down to the US to create these amazing gorges, and they also brought some nonindigenous plants and trees with them.  It was also these same glaciers that created the 11 Finger Lakes!  Interesting right?!  We can’t wait to get back up there and hike some other gorges in the area!

Starting at the top left- water dripping, top right – me drinking from a natural spring (cold and delicious), bottom left- water rushing through the rocks (you can see all the different layers the water has cut through throughout the years- cool!),  bottom middle- my family standing on a bridge that was chiseled in the 1800s.  At that time, the water poured down under the bridge to a flour and feed mill that was located right about where I stood to take the picture! Bottom right- one of the couple hundred feet tall waterfalls.  The picture doesn’t do it justice since the waterfall was so tall I wasn’t able to get the whole thing in one picture!

Top left – Pic with Ben, my cousin Laura, and my Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim.  Top Right – cool pic of the water.  Bottom:  Me and my uncle Jim behind the sign.  (we both like taking pics of signs haha)

Me and Ben behind one of the waterfalls!

Summer Bra Etiquette


So summer is here in full swing – I’m not sure how hot it is where you are, but here in CT it’s been in the 90’s for a few weeks now.  We’re talking you break a full on sweat walking from  your front door to your car and possibly need to wear gloves so your steering wheel wont burn your little fingers.  No seriously I sat on a stone wall at lunch and literally had to stand up…it was burning my butt – THROUGH MY JEANS- no lie.  OK, so anyways, lets talk about the issue at hand.  It’s hot, we all know it.  It’s not that hard to figure it out, but unless you look like Gisele Bündchen, you probably shouldn’t walk around naked.  So us mortals have to do the next best thing:  wear tank tops, tube tops, racer back tops, and halter tops.  Now I have a multiple issues with these types of “tops”, including, but not limited to the fact that they’re aren’t made for everyone, yet everyone seems to think they can wear them, and there are times and places where they should and should not be worn…but that’s a topic for another day.

Today I want to get to the base of the problem.  The top underlayer, aka the bra.  If you want to wear a tank, tube, racer back, or halter top, your first and most important action should be to invest in a strapless bra.  I know we’ve all see the girl that has the on the pink halter top with the nude or white REGULAR bra on.   Does she look  cute?  Maybe from the front, but from the back, no.  She looks like WT.  I know what you’re thinking, “Erin, you’re being mean…”  No.  No, I’m not.  I’m being honest.  Honesty is the best policy, and here’s the honest truth:  If I was saying something people that is unchangeable, that is being mean, but I live in Connecticut where there are 3 other seasons, so I can pretty much put every dime on own on a bet saying that every single last girl in this state has a freaking t-shirt, and some of them really need to put them on.

What are your fashion pet peeves?

The ‘Busy’ Trap


I read this great article this morning that one of my Facebook Friends posted on their timeline called The ‘Busy’ Trap, written by Tim Kreider.  The first paragraph immediately drew me in:

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.”

Ahhh….if that isn’t me, I don’t ever know who I am.  I’m ALWAYS saying I’m “so busy”, and it’s true, but it’s completely self inflicted!  I’M the one who signs up to coach a track team (or two) after work.   I’M the one who insists on running, doing p90x, and getting up insanely early to go to Bikram Yoga once or twice a week.  I’M the one who volunteers to help out friends to achieve their goals. And, I’M the one who still tries to have somewhat of a social life with my family, friends, and boyfriend.

I guess somehow I think the more things I do, the better all around gal I’ll be.  Taking a step outside my own body and looking at how stupid that statement is really cracks me up.  “Better” how? I’m now asking myself.  Is being sleep deprived, annoyed, frustrated, and stressed out making me a better person?  Probably  not.  Does anyone care if I do any of the above mentioned activities?  Again, probably not.  I love that this article opened my eyes to many things and really put some meaning into the phrase “take time to stop and smell the roses”.  Merely doing things to do them, but not getting enjoyment out of them is pretty pointless.

Though I’m saying this now, I was still the one that got up at 4:45AM to ride my bike 10 miles, write this blog post, go to work, run errands on my lunch break, go running and do p90x after work, make dinner, fulfill a prior commitment, do household chores, and going to see fireworks tonight.  Where does it end!  I need to start realizing, and more importantly, living by the thought that life is about the making the moments matter, and enjoying what  you do…not just packing the most things into everyday that you can.  Now lets just see if i can do something about this for myself!

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