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December 14, 2013


Alright… I admit it. I’ve been pretty blog-lazy lately. BUT it’s probably because I’ve been watching:


Scandal on ABC


Homeland on SHO


House of Lies on SHO

These peeps have been entertaining me and also keeping me away from updating you. I’m pretty much caught up (and Ms. Rhimes has once again turned my world upside down in the last 3 minutes of the the Dec. 12th episode) so I’m back on here.

At the moment there’s a marathon in Dubai & team triathlon in Abu Dhabi on the horizon for next year. Will keep you posted on training as things progress.

In the mean time, check out those shows on Hulu Plus and SHO if you to wish to be entertained.

ETT out!

August 7, 2013

July Faves

Me Waving

Hey Peeps! I’ve been up to no good, as usual, but thought this would be a good time to take a break from my debauchery to share what’s kept me going through the month of July.

I will also mention that not listed below is my decision to ‘go vegan’ for a few days out of each week during the moth of July. Let me tell you… I can’t recall having such a boost in energy as I’ve had during those days. If I had to pick a number one favorite it would be my Vegan Days, but I’ll do a separate post about the specifics.


  1. I have to start with Scalini’s Margherita pizza. Simple, yet well done. Since leaving Beijing and my beloved GungHo! Pizza I’ve been a bit apprehensive about trying any other delivery options. I can’t say that Scalini’s compares to GungHo!, but I will say that I was not disappointed. This hit the spot!
  2. The Lululemon gym/yoga tote is my everything right now. I’ve taken up tennis lessons and in addition to running and other cross training activities, this bag is the perfect support system. I can fit everything in there… including my lunch bag, makeup, wallet, and various other items that I should really just put away when I get home!!! [NOTE TO SELF: Put your sh t away when you get home]
  3. Fit & Hungry’s 21 Day Challenge is the perfect monthly favorite item… mainly because it took up most of the month of July and just ended on August 4th. This challenge was physical, nutritional, and mental… and it was just what I needed. Every once in a while the lovely Angel R. Stone (spin instructor & athlete extraordinaire) shares challenges with her readers and subscribers. These challenges can be done by people of all fitness levels and all you need to do is stay tuned for daily instructions, keep in touch with Angel via comments or tweets, and do the work. The thing to remember is that the challenge is there for you and only you can perform the work!!! This is work checking out.
  4. Who would have thought that a recipe shared in the New York Times back in 1966 would have such a hold on me!?! Well, David Eyre’s pancake recipe is just the type to have such an effect. These baked in the oven pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast item. I threw in some fried eggs, coffee, and fresh berries with cream to bring it all together that particular Saturday morning, but David’s pancakes were still the star of the show.
  5. I finally broke out the Oster waffle maker and whipped myself up some waffles. The recipe I used was a generic Belgian variation that I found on the Internet, but here’s my secret… shhhhhhh I folded some freshly made whipped cream into the batter. *nods head slowly* Mmmmmhmmmm… it was good.
  6. So I know I’ve talked about these kicks already, but I had to mention them again. Not because they’re so awesome, which they are, but because they come with the best laces I think I’ve ever had on a pair of running shoes. I usually have to double knot my laces to make sure they don’t come undone. Approximately 40-miles in with these Asics GelLyte33 2‘s and I haven’t had to double knot them once. They stay in place on the treadmill, the road, and the trail. I’m in love with them!!!
  7. This particular breakfast combination may not look terribly spectacular, but it made for some of the most productive days I’ve had this month. It’s a veggie and portabella mushroom omelette along with a 16oz green smoothie (spinach, kiwis, apples, cucumbers, and some carrot orange juice). I obviously didn’t have these on the vegan days, but this breakfast did help me come close to having the same amount of energy I had on the vegan days.

Did you have any favorites for the month of July? What did you find yourself doing, eating, or using the most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and if you have any questions, sugguestions, or just want to share a few tidbits of information please feel free to comment below.

Signing off… ETT =)

July 11, 2013

iPod Wars + P-RIDE

Let’s Get This Party Started… RIGHT!!!

So, some crafty friends of mine decided to organize a great event in which closet DJs (like me), play songs as requested by the judging panel, that fit into random (SERIOUSLY RANDOM) categories, and get judged on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). The end result… the winner becomes the musical overlord of all of his/her friends until the next installment of iPod Wars. BIG FUN!

Werk It

We did this last night, so I don’t have the official numerical scores yet… but here’s how I played.


Sweetest Taboo x Sade


She Said OK x Big Boy (feat. Theophilus London & Tre Luce)


Oh-bla-di Oh-bla-da x The Beatles


Backseat Freestyle x Kendrick Lamar


Love the Way You Lie x Eminem (feat. Rihanna)


All That She Wants (Is Another Baby) x Ace Of Base


It Ends Tonight x The All-American Rejects


Darling Nikki x Prince


Dude (Looks Like A Lady) x Aerosmith


Ridin’ Dirty x Krayzie Bone (feat. Chamillionaire)

Going into the final round I was in 3rd place, but after hitting the judges with Ridin’ Dirty they had to recognize the superiority of my repertoire… I ended up tied for 1st place with a good buddy of mine. And the tie break got pretty interesting…


He played… Jammin’ x Bob Marley

I played… What is Love x Haddaway

What do you think happened? Yup, you got it! Another tie break…

TIE BREAK #2: With your own device play the BEST HOOK UP SONG ON THE “STEAK NIGHT” PLAYLIST (I have to note here that “Steak Night” is a local event that I do not attend so I was at a bit of a disadvantage)

I played… We Found Love x Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

He played… Call Me Maybe x Carly Rae Jepsen

And he won!!!

It was an awesome night and even more awesome event! I’ll be better prepared for the next one!

To get my head right for this event, I’ve been mixing up my cross-training with some Nike Training Club workouts . I would recommend the NTC workouts for anyone who needs to mix it up a bit. NTC is a free app available on iTunes or Google Play with loads of content and variety. Give it a try.

I’ve also been incorporating some indoor cycling into my training. After spending so much time working out at the Revolve NYC studio, I’m having withdrawals. So I created a ride of my own (dedicated to the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision) that I like to call the P-RIDE aka my Push It To The Limit Ride. Check out the playlist and strategy below… and please note, I’m an amateur at this. I just put together some songs that I know motivate me to work and I used the resistance to my advantage.


Do you think you could own iPOD WARS? What would you say is the best song to workout to?

Signing off… ETT =)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Song number 11 in the P-RIDE playlist should be She Said OK (Big Boi feat. Theophilus Monk & Tre Luce).

May 10, 2013

Choices & Play Dates


26 it is!!!

I’ve made a decision to go with the longer distance. It will be tough, but I think this marathon might be fun. Here I come TNF WashDC.

My past experience with trail marathons and the comfort during the past few days’ 17.5 miles have helped in the decision making. Let’s hope that keeps up.

In other news, Harriet and Jessie had a play date this weekend. Lots of chasing tennis balls, random butt sniffing, and couch naps. These two are too cute!


Signing off… ETT -_-

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January 6, 2013

Happy 2013…

… a little inspiration from Stic Man (via YouTube)



Signing Off… ETT! =)

October 28, 2012

ETT Dabbles in Underground Dining?


Maybe underground dining is over-exaggerating my intentions a bit, but as I sit here planning all the fun stuff I can do with my shipment from China (whenever it shows up)… I feel the urge to entertain my newfound peeps.

What better way to do that than to feed them!?! I’ll call it a Supper Club… because that sounds cool and intimate. AND having a “club” encourages me to become a repeat offender.

What do you think of the idea? Do you host any “clubs?” If so, any suggestions?

Signing off… ETT! =)

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October 23, 2012

Binder Full of _____

Because this hasn’t been beaten to death enough by the Internets…

The Lovely Binders… courtesy of

I present to you, lovely reader, the binders ETT has been working on since last we parled:

  1. A binder full of podcasts [i.e. Girl on Guy, The Evening Jones, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Pardon the Interruption, and BBC Global News]
  2. A binder full of workouts, courtesy of and Runner’s World <– THIS IS BIG, because I can run again.. is anyone else excited about this?
  3. A binder full of political satire, … Barrington Thurston da Third, or @Baratunde if you tweet, has provided the MOST entertaining live Twitter coverage for the Presidential Debates
  4. A binder full of button ups… I’m wearing proper shirts (as opposed to polos) a lot more than usual… you needed to know this about me
  5. A binder full of tasty adult beverages, check out some classic and creative cocktail recipes at (this simple, aptly named concoction is my fave)


Signing off… ETT!! =)

April 12, 2012

Te hni al Diffi ulties

It’s really hard to rant about slipping in a fresh pile of spit and twisting your ankle in the metro, when your iPhone doesn’t understand rudimentary profanity.

Par exemplo:
Motherly suckers <– (I actually like this one)

I blame Siri for not understanding my needs. That birch!

AND… back to your regularly scheduled duckery!

Signing off… ETT =)

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April 3, 2012

Where is ETT?

Between me and you… I think she’s hiding from us! Or maybe the real reason is that she totally misconstrued her priorities and has been treating her blog like a stepchild.

She has been running though, more than 3km of course…

But she’s been doing most I her long runs here…

I think her running schedule has been interfering with her blogging, but I’ve given her a stern talking to and we’ve got a pretty sweet lineup for you this week:

1. Tour of Old Beijing at Qianmen (前门)
2. Afternoon Tea at Capital M

Stay tuned for plenty of pics and from those events!

Signing off… ETT =)

February 15, 2012

Podcasts Are Good For You

trust me!!! Especially the one’s for guys.

Set aside my infatuation with listening to Bomani‘s Evening Jones during my late night runs and starting the day with Peter Sagal hosting NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

I want to ask you a serious question. 😐   <– that’s my serious face smiley… don’t judge

Have you ever listened to Aisha Tyler‘s Girl On Guy podcast?


Well, so yourself a favor and start. It’s not to late.

All three are available as free downloads on iTunes and Girl on Guy is also available via Amazon for Android.

Choose your favorite noiseless activity (i.e. running, walking, feeding other people’s toddlers copious amounts of candy) and prepare to engage your mind. Consider it cerebrum coitus. Ok, maybe don’t consider it that. I’ve found that listening to something other than melodious headbangers can help take my mind off the miles and my aching joints. In addition to that it’s quite stimulating.

Aisha’s interview with Jean Grae is one of my favorite and as are any segment on TEJ (formally The Morning Jones) involving Bo, Brooklyn Stacy, and/or DJ Mike Hitman. If that’s not enough, go listen to Bo discuss why Sam Hurd is an idiot that most likely has never seen The Wire.

Signing off… ETT =)