Daron, Melanie, Stephen, Kassie, and Kenny

Monday, October 17, 2011

A rooster, raclette, and running

Technically, it's a chicken -  but what a cute creation Kas made in her school class! She stuffed it, sewed it, and glue-gunned it all herself. I love the creative projects they do here.

And our dear friends The Stewarts hosted us for a traditional French 'Raclette' meal in their home... it was delicious and so fun! Similar to fondue - there's a raclette cooker in the middle of the table with these cute little paddles for melting your cheese, while your meat and veggies are cooking on the top. You put it all over potatoes and bread - wow. Great food and great company -- we LOVE the Stewarts.

They also introduced us to my new favorite book ~ "Born to Run"... can't put it down. I'm already pretending I'm a Tarahumara tribesperson when I run... 8-)

I just love discovering things like this that I never even HEARD of -- these superhuman Mexican Indians who "for centuries have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence."  Plus, the book quotes one of my all-time favorite sayings that I've always kept in my planner: "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.  Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.  It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running!"  (said by Roger Bannister: the first man to break the 4-minute mile). 

Life is all about discovery - it's fun to be on the journey!

And speaking of  'life's fun journey', here's Kenny, approving of my new haircut and color. It was super fun when Kas came into the bathroom last week and said, "so Mom - I see you have 2 colors in your hair these days - the top is brown and the bottom is yellow. That's interesting." That's when I knew - 10 months of grown-out highlights was long enough. Time to splurge and get it redone. 8-)

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