run much?

After my post this morning about running outside, I thought I’d throw this one (which has been sitting in my queue) up next.

I started a new pair of running shoes today.  (The pink and black ones, below.)


From left: green and gray, dated 4 July (2011), gray and light teal, Jan (2012) and the current pinks ones, Feb (2013.)  Above are my trail-runners, outfitted with YakTrax.

I haven’t been running as much (sad), so my pair from last year ended up lasting the whole year.  Good for our bank account, bad for me.  Resolution #8 (or am I on 9?): run more this semester.

(So far this week, I’ve run a whopping THREE times, so I’m off to a good start!)

binder hell

Seriously people, buying school supplies is highway robbery these days.


$5.99 each?! For some off-brand plastic and metal? That seems a bit high, don’t you think?

Oh, it gets worse.


$7.49 just to be able to flip it over?? (A handy option, I’ll admit, but am I willing to pay more for it? I don’t think so.)

Believe it or not, it gets EVEN worse.


$9.29!!! For ONE? You’ve got to be kidding me.

All I wanted was the Avery brand, white, one-inch binders I’ve been buying for the last three semesters. I needed five. Target was fresh out, which brought me to Office Max, or ‘the most expensive place to buy office supplies you can’t find anywhere else and are thus forced into paying through the nose.’

After much price-comparing in my head, and maybe a little out-loud public math using my fingers, I came to the conclusion that this would be my best bet:


Twelve for $24.99. Just more than $2 each–my kinda price for BINDERS, for pete’s sake. And it’s not like I won’t need five or six more next semester…

BBQ in our city

Or village, rather. (Well, I don’t even know if it’s even in East Aurora, but it’s close.)

Andrew found the neatest little hole-in-the-wall barbecue place a couple weeks ago and has already gone twice. This past Thursday, he took me for lunch. (Technically, I ‘took’ him since I did the driving, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Anyway, R & R BBQ isn’t much to look at on the outside (which I think was due mostly because of all the snow), but it’s cute and clean on the inside. It reminded me of City Barbecue, a chain restaurant in Ohio, with its multiple self-serve sauces and menu.

Interestingly enough, I think they started out as a food truck and now have both the truck and a free-standing location.  I’ll get more on the story soon; I’m going to write about them for the Advertiser in the next couple weeks.  Score!  Another lunch just a week away!

The price was right–$6 for a lunch combo–the food was excellent, and the atmosphere perfect–not too quiet and not too loud. Drinks are from a fridge and no frills, just cans of soda and bottles of water.

We both got the pulled pork sandwiches–served with coleslaw on top, just the way I like it–and seasoned fries.


OMG. Awesome. Please stay in business! Seriously. R and R, you are my new favorite place. Not that the sandwich or the fries were singly amazing or anything (they were good, even great perhaps), but rather it was the whole package: the locally-owned business, convenient location, reasonable prices, good food and comfortable atmosphere. It made having lunch with Andrew an enjoyable experience, rather than a mad-dash to get our food and finish before he had to leave again to get back to work.

Oh, and did I mention the made-on-premises desserts?


I might have inhaled my red velvet cupcake. (I’m such a sucker for red velvet.) And don’t think I’ve resigned my allegiance to Firefly; this morsel had nothing on them. Think more ‘out-of-the-box’ mix, almost too airy and light, but a delectable end to an otherwise savory meal. (Don’t tell Andrew, but I can’t wait to try their rocky road brownie!)

Ahh, at long last, a replacement for City Barbecue here in our own neck of the woods.