Favorite Things 6-17-15

A few things I’m excited about today:

Khan Academy – this website is amazing. It’s totally free and very user-friendly. Right now Carlos is using it primarily to learn computer coding. He also loves listening to the history lessons. I enjoy those too. It covers a wide variety of subjects including math, history, finance, economics, arts, literature and computing.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry – Carlos and I are reading this at night before he goes to bed. I’ve never read it, but it seems to have received a resurgence of popularity lately so I was curious. We are only about 4 chapters in, but we are on pins and needles just waiting for Jonas to get to the Ceremony of the Twelves.

My new bike rack! – We all finally have bikes, but we live on a busy street which is not ideal for biking. Now we can load our bikes and hit the local bike trails. Of course my bike has a flat tire at the moment, but it will be fixed by the weekend.

The Iron Cowboy – Have you heard about him? 50-50-50. James Lawrence is doing 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 States in 50 Days! He’s an animal. You can track his progress and even run his last 5K each day with him. He is in Texas today. You can follow him on Facebook and even track his progress through Garmin live tracking. Carlos and I are really hoping to join him either in Massachusetts or Connecticut for his last 5K.

Strawberries – it’s picking season here. They are so much better than anything in the store.

Hoka One One running shoes – I’ve never been one to splurge on expensive or trendy running shoes. I laugh when I say trendy because I’m the least trendy person out there and I think these are trendy only in certain running circles. After running in them for a few weeks now I can honestly tell you I’m in love with them. I feel like I’m running in the clouds. They are soft, light and add an airy bounce to my step. My shoes were $110 because I purchased last year’s model. They were a gift from my sister after the Vermont City Marathon. Most seem to run between $130-$160. However, my toes don’t hurt anymore and my feet feel great throughout the run. I have a very challenging race on Saturday so that might be the ultimate test.