Review: Nike+ is my best friend

If you know me, you know that I am a type A control freak.

I like to know everything about whatever is going on. I like control and I like consistency. And this is especially true with running.

I wanted something cheap and reliable that could calculate distances and my pace on my runs.

Of course there is an “app for that”

Introducing the Nike+ app!



I initially loved the idea of having the Nike+ ($1.99 from iTunes) for my iPhone because…

a )I’m always attached to my iPhone (typical me)

b) for safety running downtown (creeper alerts)

c) I like to listen to music (Jay-Z forever)

I now love it because it’s simple and it does everything.

I was pleasantly surprised when I started using the app. There’s no calibrating, there’s no unnecessary questions, there is no hardware required. And it’s not asking me to buy anything (trust me, Nike already gets a lot of my $).

Everything is perfectly streamlined. You can listen to music, record run times, and map out your routes yourself, with distances, elevations and average speeds. Voice alerts during your run give you stats like time, distance and pace, calories burned and a post-run report. There are also athlete voiceovers leaving you inspiring messages.

I mean, what more do you want from a $1.99 app?!

I especially enjoy the social media aspect of the app. You can sync your Nike+ to your Facebook and can choose to broadcast your run on your FB. There, if someone likes your Nike+ post during your run, you hear a crowd cheering. There’s nothing like getting a couple of those blasting in your headphones during your run.

Want a cheap, reliable, and engaging running app? Check out Nike+

I’m best friends with mine…


Mid-Week Music: Sexy and I Know It through Barack Obama soundbites

Let me start by saying I love Barack Obama.

I also love stupid YouTube videos.

Combine those two and you will have me rolling on my office floor laughing. 

You can’t be like Croya after you watch this video…

Props to A Girl Named Spark for this find!

Introducing… Croya

Croya caught on camera

You know when you just wake up and you just know you are going to have a bad day? 

I am definitely have one of those.

Everything seems a little off. It’s kind of like my today is buffering and I’m not going to get up to full speed

(side note: buffering is the bane of my existence, especially when I’m trying to watch one of my all-important reality shows)

It’s hard for me to snap out of these moods. I’m either really happy (Roya) or really…not happy (Croya)

Made by the delightful Dannica Hutton

Croya = Cranky Roya

And she’s dangerous. And today you better watch out…

Croya is feisty and quick to fight. She is also cries a lot (much like Roya), talks way too loud, and can get mad at anything and everything.

Steven has playfully been referring to Croya for the past two years. She always comes out unexpectedly and she hangs around for awhile. My family now refers to her, as do all my friends, as does my boss… it’s a “thing” now. People have even developed their own name for their angry selves modeled after Croya – Jamie is now Gramie (Grumpy Jamie) and my mom Tammy is Crammy (Cranky Tammy)

Does anyone else have this or am I bordering on multiple-personality disorder a’la United States of Tara?

And what name would you give your “not happy” personality? 

Mid-Week…Time Laspe: Portland Timbers Season Opener by Uncage the Soul Productions

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Mid-Week Music just got way cooler. I already told you guys about my intense home opener experience. This time lapse project encapsulates everything I was trying to convey.

We are epic. It won’t let me embed the video, but go watch it now!


Eide Shoma Mobarak! Happy (Persian) New Year!

The G-E family in Iran, 2011

Today is the Persian New Year! Hello year 1391!

The new year, Nowruz (which means new day in Farsi) takes place on the vernal Spring equinox, which is usually sometime in April or May. This huge holiday in the Iranian culture represents the celebration of new life that comes during the Spring.

Nowruz dates back at least 3,000 years and is rooted in rituals from the Zoroastrian religion. It was originally celebrated in the geographical area of Persia, but is now celebrated in Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan, Albania, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Serbia, and Uzbekistan.

The weeks leading up to Nowruz is traditionally when Iranians do their “Spring cleaning.” By the time Nowruz comes, the Persians are ready for their fresh start to the new year and a new Spring.

The most essential tradition of Nowruz is for every family to prepare the Haft Sin or 7 symbolic items that start with the letter S (in Farsi). The number 7 has been symbolic in Iran since ancient times and the seven dishes stand for life – rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty.

Sabzeh – sprouted wheat or lentil growing in a dish, to symbolize rebirth.

Samanu –  a pudding made from common wheat sprouts that are transformed and given new life as a sweet, creamy pudding and represents the ultimate sophistication of Persian cooking. This represents fertility and the sweetness of life.

Seeb – apple, represents health and beauty.

Senjed – the sweet, dried fruit of the Lotus tree, represents love.

Sir – garlic, represents medicine and good health.

Sumac – crushed sumac berries, to represent the color of the sunrise; with the appearance of the sun, Good conquers Evil.

Serkeh – vinegar, to represent age and patience.

Mamani & Baba, 2011

The Persian calendar, which would make this year 1391, is one of the oldest calendars as well as the most accurate solar calendar in use today. This is because the calendar uses astronomical calculations for determining the year. .

According to some internet searching, Nowruz begins “at the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere: on the midnight between the two consecutive solar noons which include the instant of the Northern spring equinox, when the sun enters the northern hemisphere. The first noon is on the last day of one calendar year and the second noon is on the first day (Nowruz) of the next year.” (yeah…I definitely don’t understand that…)

Happy Persian New Year!! Let’s make 1391/2012 a good one!