Friday, June 4, 2010

5 For Friday

If all goes as planned, I will be on a plane when this posts! And hopefully I will be sleeping.
Can't wait to get this vacation started!

On to this week's 5 for Friday:
  1. The Big Apple BBQ Festival in Madison Square Park is next weekend (June 12, 13)! There will be music, seminars, and lots of fantastic food from all over the country (including the amazing Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX)! If you're here, please go and enjoy some pulled pork for me!
  2. Now that the weather is warm and the flowers are blooming, chances are, if you have a house, your lawn is growing too. Instead of thinking about mowing the lawn as a chore that just takes up your precious running time, think of it as cross training! According to, one hour of mowing the lawn with a push mower burns 408 calories!
  3. Have you heard California is on the verge of passing a bill that will ban one-time-use plastic bags at grocery stores, pharmacies, local markets, convenience stores and more? Shoppers will either have to bring their own reusable bags or pay a fee for a paper bag made of recycled material. Apparently, Californians use over 19million plastic bags a year and only recycle a tiny fraction of them. Several Californian towns already have bans in place (perhaps you heard about San Fran) and this will bill will put in place a statewide legislation. Personally, I think this is fantastic and I hope other States follow suit!
  4. The summer season of Burn Notice has started! Woody and I are addicted to this show. Jeffrey Donovan, who plays the lead role, Michael Weston, does all of the stunts himself. He has a Black Belt in Karate, and has studied Aikido and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He must spend a lot of time working out.
  5. I saw this doormat in the Weight Watchers Magazine the other day and fell in love! Perfect for any runner or fitness enthusiast, so I just had to share it with you! You can get it on

Have a great weekend!


Molly said...

HA! Great doormat! Hope you have a lovely weekend visit home!

Lindsay @ said...

Have a great trip! I love the California idea. The thought of having to pay a fee for the bags would be enough to get me to never forget mine!

shelby @ eatdrinkrun said...

I am DEF hitting the BBQ fest next weekend - been looking forward to it for weeks! I'll have some for you! :)

Safe travels and enjoy your vacation!

Evelyn @ cheers2healthy said...

I am completely on board with the ban! It really doesn't require that much effort to bring your own bag once you have a sizable stash. Also, it just makes me feel better knowing that I am doing my little part! I hope it goes through.

J said...

Love that doormat! It is totally cool! Crazy about the plastic bag ban in Cali. have a great weekend!

Robyn said...

Have a great trip! Thanks for all the info on great NY events :)

ALFIE said...

LOVE that doormat!!

and how EXCITING that you're here in the mitten :)

if you end up down near detroit during your stay---let me know! i have LOTS of amazing restaurant suggestions :)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Living in California...i love #3! i already have a bundle of bags in the trunk of my car. would love for that to pass. thanks for sharing that!

Anonymous said...

love the doormat! and have a great trip :)

Chocolate Coated Runner said...

Your main picture is lovely

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I hope you are having a wonderful vacation!!
I do mo the lawn, but not with a push mower. Either way, I still count it as part of my workout. I would guess I burn about 100 calories the entire time.
The bill in California is a great idea. I will admit, however, I ask for plastic a lot because I use them for Nick's lunches. I recently bought a lunch box so plastic will be used no more!