Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Golden Rule

Hey hey! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday so far!

Remember how I wished for nice weather during my spring break? Apparently I have a magic genie on my side because my wish came true!

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So I know some of you have already been hitting the beach this month (ahem, jealous)—but 52 degrees for me means running in short sleeves!

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Let’s just go ahead and ignore my cheesy smile and instead focus on a. the sun shining through the windows and b. the fact that I’m wearing short sleeves. Awesome and more awesome. I think I’m high on Vitamin D.

Juicy summery fruits are further cementing my good mood.

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Fresh watermelon might just be the best fruit on the planet. Am I right?

After dropping off Adam at school this morning, I headed straight to my parent’s house to take the pup for a 1-mile walk with my Mom.

I inherited my coffee addiction from my Mom, so it’s not too difficult to guess where we found ourselves next. Starbucks!

I love iced coffee year-round—but it’s even more satisfying when the sun is shining.

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{Grande pike place with sugar free caramel and a soy topper}

I also enjoyed a pre-run snack.

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{banana + lemon larabar}

I ran an easy 2-mile loop by my parent’s house. Once Adam gets off school, we’re going to take Bahla for another walk (it’s her lucky day) and then I’ll probably knock out another 2 miles.

The lazy-girls post-run fuel.

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I couldn’t pass this up at Costco. I adore butternut squash, however I do not adore nearly losing my fingers every time I open one!

Simply spritz this with extra virgin olive oil and pop it in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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  • steamed and chopped broccoli and brussels sprouts
  • roasted butternut squash
  • chopped roma tomato
  • hummus
  • side of carrot sticks and crunchmaster crackers

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While this plate was tasty, it was missing a little something. Next time I’ll add something spicy—sriracha chili sauce or salsa, perhaps.

Well, I’m off to enjoy some more sunshine. I’m going to pretend like the nice weather is here for good.

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Do you think it’s wrong of me to truly enjoy the amazing weather here when those in Japan are suffering through a natural disaster? I have to admit that sometimes I find myself feeling guilty for being blessed with such a wonderful life when people all over the world (US included) are suffering to get through the day-to-day.

Instead of wasting energy feeling guilty, I decided to be proactive and donate to the American Red Cross. While money alone will not solve the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I’d like to think that every dollar counts towards rebuilding and relief for the Japanese people.

Adam has been writing back and forth with a pen pal in Japan for the last 2 years. Immediately when we heard of the earthquake, we wondered whether he (Kento) and his family were safe and out of harm’s way. It turns out that they are. We were so grateful to hear this news, yet our hearts still go out to each and every person who is suffering.

My parents taught me to live by the golden rule and I’m passing that down to Adam as well. Treat others as you want to be treated. Helping those in need is certainly in line with this style of thinking. Wouldn’t you hope that in a time of need, others would also employ the golden rule?

If you haven’t already, go check out Angela's fabulous fundraiser for Canadian Red Cross Japan Disaster relief. Every dollar counts.

<3 Stefanie

What do you think of the golden rule?

On a lighter note, what is favorite summery fruit?

 

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