Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My co-worker just started a business - Happy Tails Barkery

My co-worker, Kristin, just started up a business making doggie treats. They are only able to sell and ship within Connecticut right now, but hope to expand in the near future. Check out the site. I know first hand that she's great a baking 'human treats'. :o)

Here's some info from that website:

Welcome to Happy Tails Barkery - all natural doggie treats made with love
Happy Tails Barkery biscuits are made with all natural ingredients with no artificial additives or preservatives. The biscuits come in 3 flavors: Seize the Cheese, Hint of Mint and Grapple for Apple. They come in 3 different sizes and in a variety of dog-themed shapes such as bone, dog house, fire hydrant, paw print and dog. On special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Christmas, we will have other shapes available as well.
All of our biscuits are registered products with the State of Connecticut. Currently, we are only registered to sell to residents of Connecticut and we apologize to you if you are visiting our site from another state. We hope to expand our business in the future and we look forward to serving you then.
As required by the State of Connecticut, we have had each treat tested for nutritional value by a certified laboratory.

Seize the Cheese

Hint of Mint

Grapple for Apple

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sweetheart 4 Miler - February 14, 2009

What a fabulous race! I had so much fun at the Sweetheart race this morning. I got to see many of my running friends, challenge myself on a hilly 4 mile course and come home with hardware! This race has the usual age group categories for awards, but also adds a couples award system. The age categories for couples are calculated by adding the two ages together and the times are taken by adding the two runners times together. I picked Brian to be my 'Sweetheart' so with him being 38 and me being 41 we were in the 70s division. This should be a pretty competitive category, especially since we were old for this category coming in at 79 years. However, Brian is a very fast runner and helped us to place 3rd in our division. Brian and I also got trophies for each coming in 3rd in our individual categories.

As you can see from the photos below many of my friends also received trophies and medals. Congrats to Frank, Emmy, Andie, Ronnie, and Paul.

Andie, Paul and Ronnie

Boomer (Pugle - part Pug, part Beagle)

Frank, Rob and Emmy

Chris, Frank, Rob and Emmy

Chris, Frank, Rob and Emmy


Brian, Kate, Emmy and Frank

Ronnie, Paul and Andie

My trophy and medal

Frank's photos:

Emmy and Kate

Kate and Frank

Brian and Kate ("Sweethearts")

Boomer and Kate

Emmy, Ronnie and Paul


Sherry and Marty

Brian, Kate, Emmy and Frank

Monday, February 9, 2009

Boston Buildup 20K - February 8, 2009

What a perfect day for running! The temperature had been in the teens and twenties for several days, but on Sunday it was in the low 50s for the 20k race. It was a little windy at times and we did have a brief rain shower, but I found the rain to be quite refreshing. The sun came out on several occassions also, but the best part about it was being able to ditch the leggings in favor of a running skirt for the day. I met up with many of the usual gang before the race and mostly discussed what to wear on this unseasonably warm February day. Due to the construction at the Southport station we started the race in a different location, but the rest of the course was the same as in prior years. I have run this course 3 times before, but never seem to remember the details and am always amazed by the number of hills. The first half is mostly uphill and the second half has some nice downhill stretches, but the downhills never seem to match up to the uphills. I ran the entire race with Jill and found myself constantly asking her where all these hills kept coming from. The hill between mile 3 and 4 from Bronson Road to Greenfield Hill seemed to be never ending. I also thought that I remembered Mill Hill between mile 10 and 11 to be short and steep, but it ended up being pretty long. However, I did enjoy the challenge and was happy to run the entire race with no knee pain and only slight hip discomfort in the last few miles.







Jill and Joe pretending to be the front and back of a horse, but they forgot to bring the costume.


Petra and Maria

Don, Ikuko, Sean, Roy and Kate

Don, Ikuko, Sean, Roy and Frank

Don, Ikuko, Sean and Kate

Big Bad Bob, Jim and Brian

Rob, Karl and Geoff

Rob, Karl, Geoff and Roy




Ikuko and Sean


Jeanette, Jill and Kate


Roy, Dan and Ronnie


Frank, Joe, Jill, Jason and Kate