Oldenburg calls one’s “first space” the home and those that one lives with. The “second space” is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third spaces, then, are “anchors” of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction (like hair salons and barber shops).

homey 101

He suggests the following hallmarks of a true “third space”:


Remember Ellie from the movie ‘Up?’ “Adventure is out there!”

Never stop exploring!


Nothin’ But Belt Buckle, Baby!

imageI did it!! Yippie! I ran my 1st 50 miler & it feels great to have conquered the beast! One day later, I’m pain free, with no blisters, so I know I was properly trained… & smart to bring all those extra socks. 😀

I must admit the cold, rain & wind made it an absolutely miserable day! Beyond miserable. At one point, I had to strip out of my completely drenched clothes, change into something dry, & run a bit in my down, winter parka to bounce back from uncontrollable shaking, turning blue, & borderline hypothermia. Definitely not fun.

But, I’m stubborn as all hell & I don’t have an ounce of quit in me. So I sucked it up, left the dropping out of the race for the wusses, & gutted it out to continue onward. If I could somehow manage to finish in 11 hours or under, I would receive that belt buckle that I wanted so badly. Otherwise, I would go home with a considerably less fancy, regular finisher’s medal. Belt buckle sounds so much better, doesn’t it?

As the race gods would have it, after changing socks 3 times, clothes 2 times, & coats 3 times, I made it across the finish line in 10 hours & 15 minutes. I must admit, the distance felt great. I kept a good, steady pace & pain was never an issue. However, the unrelentingly nasty weather was a complete game changer, & only intensified my feelings of hate I have always held for the rain & cold.

I just can’t stop wondering what my time would have been, & how vastly different this experience could have turned out to be, if Mother Nature would have thrown perfect conditions my way. Hmmm. 😏

50 Miler Training Journal #6 – Race Tomorrow!

I made race weight today! Yippie! There’s a 100% chance of rain tomorrow. Boooooo! Wish me luck! 😊 #TeamAlexx


50 Miler Training Video Journal #5


3 weeks ’til race day! Training topped out this season at 30 miles. But most importantly, I’m not injured or sick! YIPPIE! :)

I’m a lot stronger too, having gained 7 lbs of lean muscle.


50 Miler Training Video Journal #4

Against all odds… I had the best run of my training season this morning! And it was in the dreaded rain! The fact that I’m not even sore, has me feeling down-right beastly, right now. :)

Today was an AWESOME day!

#RunningLikeForestGump #TeamAlexx




50 Miler Training Video Journal #3

This past month has not been easy. I’ve had serious setbacks, but, at least, I was able to make some gains in other areas.

Chronic fatigue has been trying to take me down, but I refuse to give in.





You Deserve This… It’s Mug Cake!!

mug cake 2Make Super Tasty Mug Cake in Your Microwave

Cookie butter cake in a mug that you can make in less than 2 minutes…. thank you, Buzzfeed for turning me on to this!!

Since most of us love sweet treats, but aren’t gifted bakers (like my friend Aimee), I have found help.

Forget running to the store every time you need a sweet fix, try this microwave baking hack instead. #YUMMY


  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of cookie butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder


  1. Add all of the ingredients together in a mug.
  2. Stir together well.
  3. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  4. Spread more cookie butter on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Feel free to experiment with this recipe, adding peanut butter, chocolate chips, nutella, etc!  And don’t forget the whipped cream on top! :)

Watch and get hungry.


50 Miler Training Video Journal #2

I’m still pushing! #TeamAlexx



50 Miler Training Video Journal #1

I’m keeping this video journal, so you can travel this crazy journey with me.  :)  #TeamAlexx

Here’s hoping we can motivate each other toward achieving all the things to which we set our minds. #Teamwork

Not by the Hair of My Chiny Chin Chin!

chintweezeAbout a month ago, I was walking down the street & saw something that scared the $#!% out of me. I stopped cold, like I had gotten kicked in the chest. I saw one of my worst fears, a possible glimpse of my future, & I wasn’t ready to face it. I saw a woman with a full on goatee, & she was rocking it like there was nothing odd about it!!

I, like a lot of women, have unwanted facial hair. While I don’t have a moustache, I do have what I call “chin fur,” & I worry if left unchecked, I’d have the chin hair of a traveling circus act. So, I spend countless hours removing every hair I can find. I can’t imagine all the things I could do with all the extra time I’d have if I wasn’t dedicating my life to the removal of chin hair. Plus, it’s a huge fear that when I finally make it on the tv show “Survivor,” people will be on social media using #BeardedLady when referring to me. Even though I am the queen of “I don’t give a F*@% what people think of me,” even I have to admit that would not be good & beyond embarrassing.

Seeing that woman & her buddy, the goatee, made me realize just how bad this could get, especially once I hit menopause. Isn’t that supposed to be the time woman really experience this issue? Well, I guess it’s just lucky me who’s always ahead of the curve. Granted, to each his own. Everyone is allowed to make the decisions that allow them to live their happiest life, but I’m not going #BeardedLady without a fight! Also, I don’t think that trend will be catching on any time soon.

My friends all have their preferred method of hair removal… tweezing, waxing, threading, depilatories, laser, even shaving. But unfortunately, nothing ever seems to be a permanent solution, as those annoying little furs always return. Either way, I’m not giving up, & I encourage you not to give up either if you share my plight. That lady with her goatee was frightening. It was Halloween, horror movie, nightmare stuff, & I don’t want it.

I sure do hope men appreciate all we go through as women. But I guess, men have their equivalent, too… MOOBS! And you can’t tweeze those. LOL! 😉