What is more perfect than a bright sunny, breezy day, spent in the perfect outfit? Answer: These shoes. I am in love with them. I want to take them home and love them forever. $198.00 Madewell.com
So, on my quest to feel like an actual princess I’ve chizzled down my options for the perfect birthday outfit. Here are my selections. Feel free to weigh in, I always love to hear what other people are thinking!
I absolutely love the yellow of this dress, and think it would be perfect for spring.
Here is my second option. Clearly diggin’ yellow this spring. I love this rigid wrap scort, and the shoes are beyond.
LOVE this dress also, its just not as bright and colorful and don’t think it exactly fits “erica’s birthday” but its still really pretty and very reasonably priced. $59.90 at Zara.com
Last but not least, I wanted to include this dress on my post because (even thought I just purchased it) I am in love with it! Its a french connection, semi-sheer viscose maxi dress.
Strongest Dad in the World
Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars – all in the same day.
Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?
And what has Rick done for his father? Not much – except save his life.
This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.
“He’ll be a vegetable the rest of his life,” Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an institution.”
But the Hoyt’s weren’t buying it. They noticed the way Rick’s eyes followed them around the room. When
Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,” Dick says he was told. “There’s nothing going on in his brain.”
“Tell him a joke,” Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.
Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!” And after a high school classmate
was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want to do that.”
Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker” who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. “Then it was me who was handicapped,” Dick says. “I was sore for two weeks.”
That day changed Rick’s life. “Dad,” he typed, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore!”
And that sentence changed Dick’s life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
“No way,” Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyt’s weren’t quite a single runner, and they weren’t quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway.
Then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.
Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?”
How’s a guy who never learned to swim and hadn’t ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.
Now they’ve done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Iron-mans in Hawaii. It must be a buzz-kill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don’t you
Hey, Dick, why not see how you’d do on your own? “No way,” he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling” he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.
This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992 – only 35 minutes off the world
record, which, in case you don’t keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.
“No question about it,” Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.”
And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race.
Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. “If you hadn’t been in such great shape,” one doctor told him, “you probably would’ve died 15 years ago.”
So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other’s life.
Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the
country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father’s Day.
That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. “The thing I’d most like,” Rick types, “is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.”
~By Rick Reilly
I saw them run the Boston Marathon last year…truly inspiring!
Got the chills… This is.. Priceless. OhmyGod. Truly amazing. Must read!
These feet are made for running…
Its the second day of my paleo adventure and apart from weighing 3.5 lbs lighter, I feel exactly the same. I do have quite the sense of accomplishment, however. Eating clean two days is far better than eating clean zero days!
Being the competitive individual that I am, I’m adding another aspect into my paleo diet. Lately, I’ve been penchant to choose yoga as my work out. Which, is fabulous, because I absolutely adore yoga and find the classes to be challenging. However, I also recognize the importance of a varied workout regimen.
Due to high volume of time spent at work and the yoga studio, I’ve committed to running at least 3 miles, one time per week. I believe that is a reasonable, yet challenging goal. Thus today, apart from my dismay, I ran my three miles on the treadmill. It wasn’t pretty, but I got the job done and post haste felt a spiritually aware commitment to my new goal. I’d like to think that I could exceed my original expectations!
Enough about goals, here is what I ate today:
Reflecting: Didn’t really feel hungry throughout the day. Drank almost 5 whole nalgenes, so possibly a reason why the lack of appetite. Also HAPPY that I’ve made it thorough the second day of paleo, and I don’t even feel like its been too difficult :)
“Now is the winter of our discontent”- Richard III
(they just found his bones buried underneath a parking lot, however this quote, which was made famous by him, was ironically fitting to my current situation: Going Paleo).
I’ve gone Paleo twice before, and admittingly, can report that I didn’t stick with it for very long either time. I chose to embark on yet another paleo adventure again, because as of recent, my eating habits have been unruly. I’m not trying to lose weight, although I wouldn’t be upset if that was one of the side effects of this adventure. I am using Paleo to keep my eating habits habitually better than before. Less processed grains, fats, sugars and more fresh fruits, veggies and meat.
So, today being day 1, I suppose I should talk a little bit about how I feel, progress and what not? First, I am unprepared. As the super bowl was yesterday, and I spent most of my day baking dishes to take to a friends home, I didn’t bake anything paleo, which has left me hungry today. I’ve had a smoothie for breakfast, coffee with milk, an apple and natural peanut butter, almonds, raisins, and sunflower seeds and I have some grapes packed in the refrigerator for later.
Second, I am feeling OK because I’ve already eaten better and less than previous days, so I feel lighter.
Hoping to get to the grocery tonight, and make a healthy dinner after yoga!
At the end of the day….no matter how hard i run, nor how slow i run….whether it be a 17:24 5k or a 20:12 5k….to her, i am her champion….To me, she is the one…
Reblogging again because SOMEDAY.
I need this
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - “Album Covers” Autograph Giveaway
The LNJF blog team successfully snagged the signed, original artwork from Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon’s Album Covers segment on Late Night. Instead of using them to decorate our apartments, we’ve decided to give them away to our Tumblr fans!
All you have to do to enter:
- Follow the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tumblr
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Four random winners will be picked at 12pm EST on Friday, January 11th.
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