I’d Be Taller If I Were Younger?


Yes, I actually have a snack for you.  It’s an incredibly easy snack, and keeps for a few weeks.  The fun thing about making this snack is that it’s incredibly versatile.  Sometimes I throw greens in it, or horseradish, or I’ll play around with different spices.  I’m not actually posting the recipe because it’s too close to the Candle Cafe basic one, and I didn’t change it enough to make it mine.  But if you do a web search, a standard one is easy to find.  I did spice this one up a bit with cayenne, so it’s been fun not just as a dip, but in sammiches too!

no prepping – just throw everything in the food processor!
spicy hummus!!!

I’m heading out-of-town today for another trip (a week long this time), and am seriously thinking of bringing the rest of this batch with me!


This past week has been mostly about longer runs.  I know conventional logic says to run only one long one a week, but I was so missing just being home, that I’ve done three longer-than-normal runs since last Friday.  I’m planning to head out again in a few minutes so I get at least one more in before my flight this afternoon.


I have an incredibly goofy family.  It makes them a lot of fun to be around, so I’m thinking I’ll keep them.  Last Sunday, we all went to Hunt Club Farms, a petting-zoo/farm most of the year, and the areas best haunted craziness during October.  We went Sunday, and went through the rituals of being scared silly though haunted hay rides and mazes like The Field of Screams.  Through all of this my 17 yr old was howling and freaking out, and my 15-year-old was even losing it a bit.  Me??  I turn into a big puddle of goo when I get scared, and have this bizarre nervous laugh that clearly indicates I’m scared, but still having fun.  Not R.  She’s a rock!  At 9 years old, pretty much nothing scares her.  Even one of the workers there told D that the little one was fearless.  R was very proud of herself.

D and I.  And M doing a photo bomb in the back
another goofy shot with M photo bombing
D and R
ready for the hay ride!
it was a little too intense for A….
yeah…I’m thinking it’s the little one protecting the big one here…

Fast forward 5 days, and just R and I headed to Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream (my absolute favorite thing!).  They have about 9 haunted houses/mazes and the entire park is decked out in the best display of Halloween fun I’ve ever seen.  Dressed up scary clowns (and I HATE clowns), werewolves, swamp people, zombies, creeps with chainsaws…you get the idea…they roam the park with the sole goal of scaring everyone silly.  It’s fantastic.

As we moved into the mazes, R would either lead the way (which would elicit chuckles from the grown ups around), or she would put her arm around me and push me through.  All the while, she’d point out the things I shouldn’t look at if I didn’t want to be scared to badly.  It was very, very cute.

Throughout the night, she did say a few things that were either hilarious or insulting, though she didn’t mean it.  Take for instance our waiting in line for a roller coaster when we first got there and it was daylight.  She was lamenting that she was too short to ride the big ones, and I said that’s okay because I’m short too.  She looked at me and in all seriousness says, “If you were younger, you’d be taller because, you know, older people shrink”.  I proceed to tell her I have about 40 years before I need to worry about that happening.

Later, we were walking through Germany, and she pointed to something and asked if I thought it was scary.  I said no, and deadpan she says, “if you don’t think it’s scary, then it’s definitely boring.  Since, you know, you’re a scardy-cat”.  Lovely, my child thinks I’m a wuss.

And finally, on our way out, she spent about 10 minutes describing to me how she’d design a haunted house.  At the end she mentions she’d play loud 80’s music, because that’s scary.

See….my family is hilarious 😉

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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