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Jim’s Graduation Bauer-B-Q

Yesterday, we all gathered together for a backyard barbeque to celebrate Jim’s graduation from Mercy College.


Jim and Mom and his “cake”


Group photo! (left to right: Jeremy, Mrs. Cumberland, Ashley, Zato, Amy; front row: Samantha and Momma)


Katie flying away with balloons


The paparazzi


Gavin climbing trees


Gavin and my two brothers, Jim and Kris


and Betty!

UPDATE: This one I stole from Andrew’s Facebook :)

Jim Graduated!

On May 23, 2012, my younger brother, Jim, graduated from Mercy College with a degree in Music Industry & Technology (and honors!)

Immediately following the graduation, we had a massive photo shoot with Jim.

Here he is with my other brother, Kris.

Jim and Katie had a super long hug when they saw each other. We circled them like paparazzi.

Mom and Dad took a photo with Jim, as did I. (Yay Jim!!)

Dad held Mom’s purse while she took a photo. Katie’s dad looked on from behind. (I think he was trying not to laugh.)

After the graduation, Kris, Amy and I had to head back to work. Kris and I took the Metro North back together.

Back to Being Healthy

In addition to the apartment being kind of a dump (this issue has since been resolved), Gavin and I had also been dumping bad food into our bodies for the past couple of weeks: processed food, sugar, sodium-laden frozen food, take-out (MSG, who knows what else) and overall a really unhealthy, unbalanced meal selection. It was high time for this to stop. We were both getting run down, on edge and exhausted way too often lately.

So we kicked if off this weekend with some exercise, juicing and homemade, balanced meals. On Saturday night, we had free-range chicken with broccoli and basmati rice.

I started earmarking pages in one of my recent favorite books (thank you Jeremy and Ashley!) The nice thing about this recipe book is that, not only does it provide a massive amount of combinations for juicing, it maps symptoms to issues and provides a list of recommended recipes for each. I immediately went to the section for fatigue (and bookmarked a few others, too.)


There was a really delicious one that Gavin and I are both crazy about. It’s supposed to be good for attention deficit disorder (ADD), which we both probably have to some degree. One could just as easily attribute this to the fact that we’re both creatives and its just a personality trait. Either way, the juice was good and it was a refreshing departure from the Green Juice which we’ve been drinking pretty consistently when we juice.

Here’s the recipe (page 173 of The Juicing Bible– highly recommend if you have a juicer; even if you don’t):
Pear Pineapple
2 pears
2 pineapple slices
1 cup red grapes
1 lemon


Saturday morning was my first run with my running group. We’re training to run a 9-minute mile for the marathon in November which would mean sub 4 (under 4 hours for the entire marathon.) We started out with an easy 3-mile run and will increase the mileage every week by one mile until we get to 29. The idea is that if we go past the amount of the actual marathon distance, our bodies will adapt appropriately, preventing such a dramatic hit of “the wall” at the end of the race- the infamous last stretch on Fifth Avenue when we strive toward the 26. Gavin was up early that day, too, but to watch the Chelsea soccer game.

Then on Sunday, Gavin and I woke up fairly early again to run 4 miles in the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks. It was kind of cold that morning and looked like it was going to rain but we pushed through and Gavin even finished before me with a pace of 9:28/mi!) We went to church afterward so that Gavin could pick up his baptismal certificate (also we hadn’t gone in awhile.)


Once we got back home, we had a nice breakfast together. Gavin made bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches on English muffins.


I made a broccoli omelet and finished up the rest of my juice. I tried a sausage, too, since they were fresh and not the microwaveable ones that we’ve had in the past. Super delish!