Thursday, February 26, 2015


I feel as though you can tell a lot about a person from both the gifts they ask for and the gifts they receive.  A couple years ago, when the chair of the Advisory Board at my daughters' school stepped down, we gave her a beautiful crystal vase.  She's a lovely woman who appreciates the finer things in life and the gift was perfect for her.  I happen to be the new chair of the board and I was not afraid to let the head of school know that, while I thought the vase was stunning, she should not feel obligated to give me the same thing when I resign.  She laughed as she told me that was good to know and then proceeded to ask, joking I think, what I might like to have instead.  "Oh, I don't know", I responded, "maybe a new pair of running shoes or a gift certificate from my favorite running store?"  She continued to laugh about this so I just chuckled along with her, not sure whether I should let her know that I was totally serious.  (I didn't)  This year, for my 40th birthday, my husband gave me a 4 day trip to France that we are going to take this summer in lieu of a big party.  Mon Dieu!  My parents generously gave me financial support to attend a running camp out in Washington State in August.  The rest of my family and several of my friends gave me some wonderful treats as well; things such as jewelry, books and coffee cards.  So what does this say about me?  Well, I guess it says that I'm an avid runner who likes to travel, enjoys getting dolled up once in a while but also appreciates the simple things in life like a good cup of joe.  I'll take that.  On Saturday, my daughter is turning 8.  Want to know what's on her list this year?

~ A new racing helmet  She is on the ski team up at Cannon and while they don't actually race in the U8 program, there's no reason not to look the part, right?  We gave it to her a few weeks ago so she could start looking cool earlier in the season.

~ A silver heart locket  She claims that she'd like to put photos of her family and all of her friends in it.  I'm not quite sure how she's going to make that happen, but I totally support the idea.

~ Books  Specifically joke books (so she can tell them) and books on magic (so she can trick people).

~  Snackeez  She has wanted one of these for years.  Very random, but why not?

and, last but definitely not least,

~ an Assist Reacher.  Oh yes, you heard me correctly.  She wants one of those reaching sticks that helps you grab things from high places often marketed toward older people in need of an extra hand.  Don't ask.  I have no idea.

So what does this say about Grace?  Hmmm.  I guess it says that she's a sporty and witty little lady who has a solid appreciation for things that make life more organized and convenient and who definitely beats to her own drum.  You go, Grace.  May you always stay this way.


Today, in honor of Grace's upcoming birthday, we're giving away some headphones from Yurbuds.  These babies are the best things since sliced bread....a truly perfect gift.  The sound is incredible, the fit is snug and comfortable, and they never, ever fall out.  What does it say about you if you want some new Yurbuds?  It says you like to rock out in some way, shape or form and when you do, if you happen to be wearing headphones, you want the experience to be freaking awesome.  Done and done.  We're going to keep this one short and sweet.  If you want these bad boys, just comment below.  Tell us....What is the one gift you have received (and you can't say your children) that best describes who you are?  That's it.  Grace and I will pick 2 winners via at the end of day on Sunday and post it on Monday.  Good luck, have fun and rock on.

Listen to this:
Run - COIN  


  1. I'm going to have to say my blue kitchenaid mixer, which was a 25th birthday gift from my husband. It has been my trusty sidekick in the kitchen for 16 years and has helped me turn out more birthday cakes, cookies for care packages and quarts of ice cream than I can possibly count.

  2. A magnet that my Boyfriend got me that's says "you are my sunshine". He has always called me Sunshine for being so happy and always smiling. Everytime I see it it makes me teary eye and smile.

    1. Congrats, Mary! You scored yourself a new pair of Yurubds. Please email me your mailing address and I'll send them off to you!! Enjoy. email:

  3. I came home from work to find golf clubs - because I hit balls with my husband one day - and he thought I had potential!

  4. The book "Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer. Combined my love of reading with my love of yoga, plus my husband picked it out all on his own!

  5. My BF's mom got me a hydration pack that has flames on the back, which is perfect for me- I'm a firey & passionate redhead, and i'm always on-the-go, doing my outdoor activities, and it has come in handy in everything from a trail marathon, biking, and even a music festival.

  6. A pair of bright yellow Brooks Pure Flows.

  7. Your husband is an excellent gift-giver! Remind me to have him chat with Pete next time I see you :)

    My sister just got me an oil diffuser and a bottle of DoTerra "Serenity" oil- it's a combo of lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, Hawaiian sandalwood, and vanilla bean. I wouldn't say that I'm particularly stressed out at the moment, but that scent really relaxes me in the evenings... and we happen to have a lot going on right now (new baby, new house, etc.) so I'm in need of some "serenity".

  8. I bought myself a Vitamix blender as a gift to myself when I finished my dissertation.