2012 Inspiration Run

People often ask me “do you run?” and my answer is always the same – “not unless some one is chasing me”. Well, this weekend…all that changed.
A couple weeks back, a close friend who is a school teacher for Autistic children at my former Elementary School, challenged me to do a 5K. My first reaction was a chuckle, but then i found out it was to benefit the Special Olympics. I have a soft spot for kids in general, but the special needs kids…BIG soft spot.
So, here i am – never run or jogged in my life, finishing my 1st 5K!

What are you waiting for, folks? Get out there and do something “feel good” for the people in your community…then blog about it ๐Ÿ™‚

A Deck with a View…

Ok, i really don’t mean to rub it in but we’ve had theย most amazing weather here in Miami, lately. With the record breaking high temperatures we had during March, we were way over-due for the cooler temps that have arrived, if only for a short time.

Tonight it’s expected to get down to the low 50’s and tomorrow a perfect 80 degrees. Perfect “leaving the windows open” kind of weather! For me, this weather brings a certain energy along with it…makes you want to, um…well…BLOG! ha ha…

Oh, and take pictures….but, of course!

Here are a couple of shots i took this evening with my iPhone, just as the sun was setting. You can see the waxing crescent moon at 12% of full and a very clear Venus, off to it’s right. Click here to read more about the Moon and Venus conjunction.

Clear skies, cool breezes and celestial treats…it doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

Cheers!

I want the moon and the stars and the whole nine yards...

Moon and Venus Conjunction, what's your function?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast

I seem to have fallen behind in my postings, but rest assured…i will catch-up! For now, i give you this morning’s creation:

Breakfast of Champions

Banana, Almond Milk Pancakes with a Semi-sweet chocolate chip garnish. Feel free to message me for the recipe, it’s healthy AND delicious!

and pancakes,
~Nic

Breakfast in a pharmacy…who knew?

For several months now, my Mom has been trying to convince me to try the breakfast down at the Royal Palm Grill in Homestead. Mom is convinced they have the best grits in town, so with that…i finally decided to give it a shot. Now keep in mind, my breakfast partner is quite fussy (as am i, when it comes to food)…ok and men! ย So, she was a bit shocked to find out that our little breakfast place was situated inside the Rexall Pharmacy. Yes, we literally waited for a table on aisle 1 next to the “disposable adult undergarments”…laughing all the while. Not too hard though, as we realized we might actually need these items some day. ZIPES!!! If you’ve never been down to the Homestead area, it’s quite different from the rest of Miami…very umm…country. Yes, as in everyone drives a pick-up truck – it might even be a prerequisite! We are seated and our coffee arrives (at this point i get a little nervous because b.p. is very picky about her coffee and it’s definitely not the best). Now we order: b.p. decides she will try the eggs and ham (sans the green) and i go for one of the specials, corn-flake crusted french toast, 2 eggs scrambled with cheese, bacon and OF COURSE, we both order a side of grits ๐Ÿ™‚ ย The food was T.D.F. (to die for)…grits were delicious, just as Mama said they would be. Generous portions, also…b.p.’s ham was so big that it took up the entire plate it was served on! I can’t wait to go back there…even b.p. enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Best breakfast in Homestead

Weekly Photo Challenge (Wildlife)

For this week’s “Wildlife” theme (and in honor of Mother’s Day) i’ve decided to post a photo of a Java Macaque Monkey with baby. I do quite a bit of volunteer work with an organization called “Hands on Miami” and one of my favorite projects is helping out the DuMond Center at the Monkey Jungle. Monkey jungle is a family owned and operated bio-park that started in 1933 and is home to over 400 primates. Conservationists study, train and conduct projects, as well as participate in the International Collaborative Breeding Program, which reintroduces captive born animals into protected habitats in the wild.

Java Macaque and child - Monkey Jungle, Miami Florida