Me Likey Monday 11/11/13


{My street, via Kerry B}

As I’m writing this Me Likey Monday, it is a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. In fact, it has been one of those fall weekends that makes me feel like I’m on a movie set. Fiery orange leaves twisting in the cool breeze, kids in hoodies laughing in the wind and millions of grown men everywhere painting their faces, coordinating wardrobe colors and passionately cheering on other grown men in tight pants. Ah, fall is in the air.

1. Freedom Flavor: I was browsing through Natural Grocers (love), came across some NOWFoods dark chocolate stevia and had to try it in my coffee. I was feeling extra crafty and decided to pull out the ol’ French press and make myself a cup o joe. Ugh. I forgot how clean and crisp fresh coffee from a press pot tastes. It’s like when you’ve gone awhile without taking a bath because you think, “I’m an adult. Adults don’t take baths. Plus, there’s no way I will fit in that tub laying down.” And then you find yourself in a bathtub and are like “Oh. Yea. I remember you.”


2. Kidspiration: This is a story about a six year old who ran a half marathon. Now, you could take this one of two ways. This tale of courage and determination could motivate and inspire you to do great, seemingly impossible things. Or it could make you feel like a worthless, lazy, good-for-nothing lump and send you spiraling into a dark rabbit hole of shame. Here’s hoping for the former. (And for those of you who always have to take a beat and work out the whole former/latter thing in your head, I meant the first one.)

3. Secrets of a Long Life: Kerry B and I saw a lovely documentary this week called Walter: Lessons From the World’s Oldest People, about the lives of supercentenarians — people age 110 and older. While the film is filled with great advice (“Stay active”) and sentiment (“This is the Lord’s work, not mine), I felt very much like this film critic did. The filmmakers had a great story of aging beautifully, but muddled it with their own. While it’s important to get to know and trust the storytellers, there was too much trite, self-saddness. And WAY too much making out. On the plus side, we saw it at the Alamo Drafthouse. We ordered Old-Fashioned’s in our seats while watching old-timey previews. Just my style.


4. Foodie Friends: Looking for a yummy, healthy fall entree? Check out Molly’s Roasted Veggie Quinoa. Just a few veggie chops and grain fluffs later, you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of lunch. As you know, quinoa is super food!

5. Pioneering: Some RUNchers and I checked out a new route on Saturday, the Riverfront Heritage Trail. It was gorgeous, minus the off-roading that led to the spot where I’m pretty sure they film the intro to every Law and Order or Stand by Me. Creepy. We also found great views of the Kansas City skyline, glistening Missouri River and clean lines of our fabulous bridge architecture. The shadows and sunlight were so cool! We are lucky to live in such an incredible city.


{Katie, RUNch’s personal photographer.}

6. My City’s Cooler than Yours: Speaking of incredible city, look at 14 Kansas City Startups That Are Making Us All Proud. If you are looking for holiday gifts, shop now and Sock it Forward!

7. One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: So, here’s the thing. You people are crazy. As evidenced by this series of photographs. It is 60° outside and ya’ll are prancing around in shorts and no sleeves. Clearly you have some sort of illness that prevents you from feeling pain. It’s apparent you are some sort of species of manfish and your bodies adapt to the temperature of the air. Obviously I am the only logical one who dresses appropriately for the near freezing climate of 57°. Consider this an intervention.



8. Baking Soda & Vinegar: Typically when I write, I need instrumental music with no lyrics to distract me. Jim Brickman and other great pianists are my go-to’s. This week a friend introduced me to Volcano Choir, and I literally listened to the entire album on repeat for 5 days. I don’t know how I’ve never heard of this collaboration before, because I love Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. This album is passionate, emotional and sweet. And the tone of Justin’s voice is perfect for keeping me focused. Give it a listen, wouldya?

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What do you love about fall? 

Do you get cold and or hot easily? 

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6 thoughts on “Me Likey Monday 11/11/13

  1. I love the pictures contrasting your running attire with your hot-blooded friends. At least Ash is with you most days. 🙂 I usually go with shorts plus long sleeve shirt.

    Thanks for the shout-out. I thought of you when I made the fall quinoa.
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  2. Oh, Meg and her winter wear. It always provides us with some comic relief! I love the fall weather and colors but I could totally skip over the winter part.

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