In about a week and a half, I will be flying to Sochi, Russia.  I am lucky enough to have been signed up for a role helping NBC with their curling broadcast during the Olympics.  Very exciting (although with all of the bombings and terrorist news, certainly a bit worrisome too).  My official title is “curling researcher” and I believe I’ll be based at the International Broadcast Center.  My contact explained that even though my primary responsibility is to curling, that I should expect to support any sport (I think we’re in a bit of a research pool). Continue reading

The Elephant Bar

Well, we probably shouldn’t have, but we ended up going out to eat Saturday night – too pooped from all the running to make dinner.  We have been eating out a lot since moving here – but I think that’s partly because we’re still checking out the place.  We decided to go to the Elephant Bar – Derek has been here before, but it was new to me!  I guess it is a bit of a chain – with locations in California and Florida – but just this one in New Mexico.  The Elephant Bar is located in ABQ Uptown – a somewhat upscale, outdoors mall.  We called ahead – which was great – because when we arrived – the place was hopping and we probably would have had a much longer wait. Continue reading

Pajama People Pizza Run

Along with exploring sites and restaurants in Albuquerque – we’re really diving into running out here.  We’ve done a bunch of running with the Albuquerque Road Runners – joining their Saturday and Sunday runs with regularity.  It’s a wonderful group of friendly people – so it’s really helped our transition. Continue reading


In our continuing effort to explore Albuquerque – we made plans for Friday night with friends to go to Explora!  “Explora!” is a science museum in Albuquerque and about once a month – they host adults’ nights – which is a brilliant idea.  Because going to a science museum and watching kids interact with exhibits – not all that interesting.  Getting to play with the exhibits yourself – ka-ching! Continue reading

Streetfood Asia

Derek had received a LivingSocial deal at Streetfood Asia – so we figured we would go and check it out.  Streetfood Asia is located in Nob Hill, a trendy area of downtown.  It is a popular restaurant and serves, well, street food from Asia!  Dumplings, buns, rice and noodle dishes, tofu, etc. often done in different styles – styles that reflect six different countries:  China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand.  As you can see – the night we went, it was bustling:

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Corrales Wine Loop

On my first full Saturday (and weekend) in Albuquerque, I wanted to make sure we really started to make good on our intention to explore Albuqerque, New Mexico, and the Southwest.  Since we don’t really have time this weekend to go far, we chose to do something in town.  There are several wineries in the area, and we decided to try a few in Corrales – a small town across the river from Albquerque.  We didn’t know it when we started – but they call this the Corrales Wine Loop. Continue reading

Marine Corps Marathon 2013

Back in October, my dear friend and fellow runner Beth was running her first marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon.  She had been training hard for this day and had set her sights on finishing a marathon awhile ago.  Originally, she had intended to run the Marine Corps in 2012, but an injury sidelined her and caused her to wait another year.  She struggled with some injuries during this training cycle – but was able to battle through them and get herself to the start line.  I had to be there to cheer her on. Continue reading

Epcot Food & Wine 2013: French Regional Lunch

My dear friend Beth told us that one of the best special events held at the Epcot Food & Wine festival is the French Regional Lunch.  These are extended lunches with wine pairings hosted at the France pavilion (in Monsieur Paul’s) twice a week or so – each day being a different region of France with a different winery doing the pairing.  Since Beth and I have many shared tastes – her recommendation put this event at the top of our list. Continue reading

Epcot Food & Wine 2013

For the third year in a row, Derek and I headed to WDW and Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival.  This is absolutely one of our favorite times of the year to go to WDW and one of our favorite events.  This year, we were living in different locations as Derek had already moved out to Albuquerque, so we arrived at different times on Saturday.  Lucky me, I arrived early enough that day to partake in “Taste, Shake, and Indulge like the French” – a Grand Marnier tasting at the France pavilion.  I had convinced Beth, Noel, Carlos, and Eileen to join me for this (yeah, ok, it wasn’t hard to convince them) – although I would have gone alone. Continue reading