180 miles TO. END. CANCER.

To be quite frank, I’m so sick and tired of cancer. I hate it. I hate how it takes away my friends and loved ones. I hate how it affects healthy young people. I hate how it selfishly takes away memories and years. This is why I’ve decided to ride 180 miles again this year in an effort to raise $2,200 for cancer research.

Last year I rode 180 miles with Team Speranza to celebrate the life and memory of a dear family friend, Phil Krause. Here are some images from that ride in 2011:

Phil was a selfless light. He brought laughter, love and hope to everyone around him. He was my Uncle’s best friend. He was my Cousin’s Godfather. He was a brother and a dear friend. He was my mentor.

Phil taught me many things, but the one thing that he always reminded me to do was to ENJOY every single moment of my life. He told me to revel in it and marvel at it. He always told me to use all of my talents to make each day better than the last one.

Pelotonia 11 was such a memorable experience. I enjoyed every single solitary moment of it. Pelotonia 11 was the fruition of everything Phil taught me about enjoying life, and I can’t imagine not riding Pelotonia 12 in his memory for another year.

I hope you can support me through messages, donations and love! Here is a link to my rider profile for more information on making a donation. I plan to write more consistently this year about my training and progress as Pelotonia 12 approaches. Stay tuned for updates! Thank you for your support!

Protein-Packed Smoothielicious Recipes

After surviving an awful stomach bug a few weeks ago, I still don’t have my appetite back. No complaints however, I’m still showing off my goal weight – booyah!

The only thing that I have had an absolutely overwhelming craving for are smoothies – BUT not just any smoothie – POWER PROTEIN SMOOTHIES. That’s right people – I can jam pack anywhere from 20 – 30 grams of protein into one cup of smoothie awesomeness. I am also getting a full serving (sometimes two) of the fruits and vegetables that my body craves. These smoothies fill me up, increase my protein intake for the day, AND pump me silly with vitamins and antioxidants.

Lots of you have asked me for some healthy smoothie recipes. Here are a few that I suggest. Just dump all the ingredients into your mixer and blend until smooth! Comment below – let me know what you think of them!

Spring Cleaning Smoothie via Eat Clean Diet
Don’t let the color turn you off – this smoothie packs 14g of protein and a whole lot of flavor. Try it for breakfast on the go!

Ingredients
• 1 tsp / 5 ml Spirulina powder
• 1 serving hemp protein powder (or any kind of protein powder you prefer)
• 1 Tbsp / 15 ml coarsely ground flaxseed
• 1/4 cup / 60 ml dry oatmeal
• 1/2 banana
• 1/3 cup / 80 ml applesauce
• 1/2 tsp / 2 1/2 ml vanilla
• Handful of ice cubes
• 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced (Optional: save 1 or 2 slices for garnish)
• 1/3 cup / 80 ml low-fat plain yogurt
• 1/2 cup / 120 ml milk of your choice
• Juice of 1/2 orange

Tropical Tango Smoothie via Oxygen Magazine
If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain you’ll LOVE this healthier rendition.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup mango, sliced
• 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
• 1 cup non-fat vanilla soy milk
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 ice cubes
Optional – Top this smoothie with 2 teaspoons almonds, sliced.

Cake-like Vanilla Blackberry Smoothie via the Clean Eating Club Online
Who doesn’t cake? Celebrate your hard workout at the gym this morning with this as your afternoon treat!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup Light Silk Soymilk
• 1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
• 1/4 c. frozen blackberries (sub any frozen fruit you prefer)
• 1 tbs. wheat germ
• 1 tbs. ground flax seed

The Purple Protein Shake from the Feb 2011 Issue of Oxygen Magazine
This is my new FAVE! If you want to ward off the flu or dodge that cold which has been floating around your office – this shake is definitely for you. Mangoes are a real boost to your immune system with a superior blend of vitamins A, C and E!

Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
• 1/4 cup frozen mango pieces
• 1/4 cup frozen cherries
• 1/2 cup sugar free & fat free yogurt (plain or vanilla)
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
• 1 tsp flaxseed oil

“Wired” to the iPad

I wasn’t sure I really cared about the iPad. I mean, how much more technology do I really need (I totally feel like my grandma saying that).

Here’s the thing: technology is changing the way we engage with each other and with content. The iPad is going to enable magazines to thrive again, using multidimensional experiences to re-engage with their audience. This is so cool! Check out this video by Wired on their new iPad App:

What does Julia Child have to do with me?

This was the question that Julie Powell asked herself before she started her ‘deranged’ assignment where she spent the next 365 days cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. That’s 524 recipes and she even writes a blog about her adventure. This is the most darling true story, and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! I loved the cooking, I loved the baking, I loved the story, I loved the blogging, I loved learning about Julia Child’s life. Please, if you have 2 hours watch this film. It’s purely delicious.

The Man With a Heart Made of Gold.

I’m fairly certain that Michael Osborne has a heart made of pure gold. He has an obsession with design, a true-love for it that keeps him designing round-the-clock for some amazing charitable organizations.

Photo by: Joe Carabeo, Astray Productions
Photo by: Joe Carabeo, Astray Productions

This is a picture of Michael Osborne and I moments after I met him for the first time. It was a unseasonably warm and sunny Sunday evening on November 15, 2009, at a special meet-and-greet gathering held by AIGA DC for the AIGA DC Design Continuum Scholarship Fund Circle donors. Michael was invited to join our social gathering and share some of his work from 1 Heart Press. Among Michael’s many passions is the fine art of letterpress printing. His love for finely set typography and skillful printing required more and more dedication and strict diligence, so in 1991 he decided to open his own letterpress printing shop in San Francisco. Since then he’s been letterpress printing anything from fine books to wedding invitations.

By day Michael is President and Creative Director of the San Francisco-based graphic design firm, MOD/Michael Osborne Design, Inc. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in corporate/brand identity, package design, and print collateral has been recognized by many organizations, and publications and is on display in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

With Michael there’s always love, or a heart, something he’s become well-known for in his design work. There are many different kinds of hearts in his body of work, but the majority have been created for projects at Joey’s Corner.

In 2004, Michael Osborne created a non-profit 501(c)3 organization called Joey’s Corner, a studio dedicated to providing pro-bono strategic creative services to non-profit groups focusing on healthcare, children’s and social well-being issues. The studio was founded to honor the life of Michael’s deceased son, Joseph Michael Osborne, 1980-2004. Joey’s Corner operates on donations, fund-raising events, and whenever possible, projects may be underwritten by a sponsor or by the non-profit client itself.

Joey’s Corner is the first heart in a series of Michael’s many hearts:

joeys_corner

Next he created Valentines Day cards for sale with the proceeds going to Joey’s Corner.

Valentines Day Cards by Michael Osborne

Then Ethel Kessler, Art Director for Stamps, called up Michael and asked him to design Love Stamps for the USPS.

Heart Stamp_Candy Hearts

All of a sudden, there were Hearts in San Francisco. Hearts were all over the city, actually and most were designed and constructed by Michael himself.

Intel Heart

Then there is Heart to Heart, an orgainzation founded to save babies by teaching doctors abroad the art and science of open-heart surgery for children.

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There’s a heart in yoga, The Art of Yoga Project. This organization’s mission is to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change.

TheArtofYogaProject

I’ll conclude with one final heart, his work for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk.

AA_MemoryWalk

Michael Osborne came to Washington, DC to give a presentation to the local AIGA Chapter on the work he’s produced at Joey’s Corner. His presentation moved the audience. A dozen plus people came up to me after the presentation to thank me for inviting Michael to our chapter. A few even marked this as one of their top 3 AIGA DC events, ever. I just couldn’t be happier.

Thank you Michael for coming to DC, but mostly for your boundless ability to inspire and delight designers and change organizations so their messages are finally heard.

I love Joan Holloway

Last night John and I watched the finale of MadMen, Season 3. We always end up watching the Sunday episode after it’s aired, so inevitably we hear comments about the episode on Monday morning (via twitter, facebook, and just general discussion.)

This episode WAS worth all the hype everyone was making over it. Not only was I glued to John’s new and very manly entertainment center (yes, it’s really amazing) it was funny! There were a few choice lines by Roger Sterling that really made me howl, more so than any other episode.

But now comes the waiting game, and I hate waiting. I want to know what happens with Sterling Cooper Draper Price NOW! *Sigh*, but in due time. I have been wondering what will happen with each of the characters. Who will be on the show, who’s off and what happens with Betty! Brian Moylan posted an interesting story yesterday outlining his idea of who’ll be back for the next season.

If nobody else, I want need Joan Harris (aka Holloway) to return. To be honest, I don’t even care if Don Draper HIMSELF returns. Joan is my all-time favorite character. I was so sad when she left Sterling Cooper. I was just about ready to throw the whole series out the window until she appeared in Episode 8 when Peter drops by the Bonwit Teller department store with Mrs. Lawrence’s dress and discovers that Joan has taken a supervisor’s job there.

Joan looking amazing at Bonwit Teller, as usual.
Joan looking amazing at Bonwit Teller, as usual.

There are many reasons why I love Joan, but here are my top 10:

1. She’s absolutely gorgeous.

2. She cultivates her curves.

3. She makes decisions and doesn’t think twice about them.

4. She never succumbs to male pressure (only when she can get pleasure out of it).

5. She’s got style:
“Try to stay away from pattern prints. Stick with solid colors. Your mother wears pattern prints, not you.”

6. She understands effective branding:
“Men like it when you smoke their brand. It makes them feel like you have something in common. Nothing is steamier than red gloss wrapped around your man’s favorite smoke. But when out with girls always smoke Pall Malls, Marlboros are for tramps.”

7. She’s blunt.
“Roger, if you had your way, I would be stranded in some paperweight with my legs stuck in the air.”

8. She offers great advice.
“Go home, take a paper bag, cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest.”

9. She’s realistic.
“He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”

10. There’s no other Joan.