Running mix…(+ dream shoes!)


Yesterday on a long run, I realized the importance of a great “pump me up” mix and wanted to share a couple of my essential running jams:

  1. “The World’s Greatest” by R.Kelly
  2. Anything by Eminem (bad words get me angry and then I run faster, don’t judge!)  May I recommend,  “Lose Yourself”?
  3. “Run this Town” by Rihanna and Jay-Z.  Anything by Rihanna…she’s so darn peppy, it’s good “move it” music!
  4. “Ready to Run” by Dixie Chicks (this one is personal, it brings back great memories of my field hockey days!)
  5. “Lay Me Down” by The Dirty Heads (beachy and happy)
  6. “Lizstomania” by Phoenix (peppy, fast, quirky)
  7. “The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearhead (I found out about this one from Hoda on the Today Show, love it!)
  8. “The Right Stuff” by NKOTB (haha…)



DC flamenco festival + Picasso’s Drawings

I can’t wait for DC Flamenco week!  It looks like such an awesome event full of beautiful dancing and Spanish food.

DC Flamenco Festival

And, at the National Gallery, there is an exhibition of Picasso’s Drawings!  What a fun little Spanish day of adventure this could be!

Now all I can think about is sitting outside at a cafe drinking a cafecito and people watching.

Happy Monday.




Love me some Irish (inspired) tunes…

Check out these Irish-inspired bands!  They are good fun for a dreary rainy January day.

1. Gaelic Storm: Think, a little Irish Band in a little coffee shop / bar in Galway + Mumford and Sons with a dash of the craziness of Flogging Molly without all of the angst. Read more here. 

Gaelic Storm's Newest CD

2. Regret the Hour:  They are a young band and are VERY talented!  We know the dad of the drummer from his own band, the Sean Fleming Band, and love that his son is making music too.  Think of a mix between old-school U2, a splash of the modern vibe of Kings of Leon and a creative little dash of their own style.  Keep an eye on these guys!  Listen to some of their original songs here.

3.  More fun Irish jams to check out:

The High Kings 


Listen to these songs and daydream of this:

Galway Bay

or this:

Guinness Bar overlooking Dublin