Friday, November 12, 2010

My Shows are Finally Back!

Okay, this is totally not running related. I just wanted to say how happy I am that my shows are finally back on! Tonight, I will be plopped on my couch wathing Lost. I have been watching that show from the very beginning and just love all the individual story lines and the twists and turns. Can't wait to see what'll happen tonight! Friday night is a new show I've been watching -- Moonlight. This is it's first season and while the premise is a little out there (the main character is a vampire,) I am totally drawn into the show! I find the inner conflict the main character goes through pretty compelling, and of course the forbidden love thing is always fun. Oh yeah, did I mention...the main character is very easy to look at! OMG, I can not help but smile like a giddy school girl every time I watch the show! It's so difficult to watch it too because usually my DH watches with me and I try my best NOT to let him know that I am basically mesmerized by this guy on tv. Anytime my DH finds out that I think some guy is good looking, he has to make a HUGE deal about it! He'll spend the whole entire show saying stuff like, "Oh, there's your man! Look out, here he comes! Maybe you'll be lucky and he'll take his shirt off for you!" Oh, did I mention that he'll do that through the WHOLE show! It gets super annoying. It gets to the point that I don't even want to watch the stupid show anymore. So anyhow, DH, if you're reading this -- yes, I think the guy is a looker. Now let's move on! :-)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Healthy Recipe #1: Zucchini and Chicken Salad

As promised, here is a healthy recipe I'd love to pass on. It's one of my DH's favorite summertime salads. It's pretty easy to make, is tasty and very healthy.

Zucchini and Chicken Salad
(From: Everyday Food’s Great Food Fast)

Serves 4


¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1¼ pounds zucchini, thinly sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bunch (8 oz) spinach, roughly chopped
½ red onion, thinly sliced
¾ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh mint


  • In a large bowl, whish together ¼ cup of the olive oil, the lemon juice, and the salt and pepper to taste. Add the zucchini; toss to coat, and let marinate while cooking the chicken.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 6-7 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, allow to cool, and slice thinly.
  • Toss the chicken with the zucchini mixture, spinach, red onion, pecans, parmesan cheese, and mint. Serve, eat, and say YUM!

We're Here! Vacay Report: Day 1

So we ended up traveling for 22 hours before we finally got to bed. The final plane ride was a little over 5 hours long, but after traveling so long, it felt like 15! I was getting so antsy the final hour and couldn't get off that stupid plane fast enough. I actually started thinking, "The next vacation I go on will have a plane ride limit -- Anything beyond 10 hours of travel is too much for me!" The exhaustion took a toll and both DH and I and the only thing we could do once we arrived was crash!

Well, when we woke up this morning, we mosied down to the lobby and enjoyed a nice breakfast poolside. As soon as I sat down and took in the view, I realized the 22 hour trip was more than worth it!

After taking a walk around the hotel, we grabbed some brochures and chose some activities to do over the next 10 days we are here. The first thing we're doing is taking a hike tomorrow through Volcanic National Park. Hopefully we'll get close enough to actually see some of the lava flow! Super cool! That'll take almost the whole day tomorrow and we're both pretty psyched. Hopefully I'll have some cool pics to share of that soon!

Other than that, we spent most of today just exploring. We checked out the local shops and even hit the local supermarket to pick up some somewhat affordable food. (After the $25/person breakfast this morning, milk and Cap'n Cruch looks mighty tasty! Too bad the milk was $7/gallon!) More updates to come!


As an aside, I brought some of my running gear just in case I felt like hitting the pavement. I thought it might be cool to try to find a nice path around here and find my own "Rave Run"! At first I wondered how I was going to get my mileage in without knowing the area, but my DH got me one more Bday gift that'll surely help with that -- a Garmin Forerunner 405! That thing is flippin awesome! It's pretty ginormous on my twiglike wrist and way more technological than I think I can handle, but it is pretty darn cool. I can't wait to take it out on its first test run!

Also, while trying to kill time at LAX, I wandered into a bookstore and found this super cute cupcake book: Hello, Cupcake. It's got all sorts of pics and directions for how to create cupcakes in all different designs! Next time you go to Borders, check it out!

No TWD Today

Just wanted to write a quick note to say that I will not be able to complete the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for this week or next week! I won't be home until August, so I'll have to jump back in then. I look forward to getting home and checking out all of your awesome recipes! I can't wait to see how everyone liked the Cherry-Rhubarb Cobbler. I have a bag of rhubarb sitting in my freezer just waiting for me when I get home.

Vacay Report Day 2 coming later today... If I'm not too tired! :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pumpkin Fudge

A friend of mine has been mentioning that she loves having pumpkin fudge this time of year but hasn't been able to find any at all. As she is telling me this, I am remembering that I have half a can of pumpkin puree that I need to do something with. Well, it didn't take me long to put 2 and 2 together!

As soon as I got home, I started searching for some pumpkin fudge recipes. I haven't made fudge in a loooong time though and didn't even own a candy thermometer, so I was searching for something easy. I turned to the VeryBestBaking website since I had such good luck with their pumpkin roll recipe and sure enough, I found a pumpkin fudge recipe! It still mentioned the use of a candy thermometer, but after reading up about testing for the "soft ball stage," I figured out how to make it without the thermometer.

I modified* the recipe a tad based on some reviewer comments, so click here for the original or look below for my adapted version.

Spiced Pumpkin Fudge
(adapted from

-2 cups granulated sugar
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter

-2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) evaporated milk
-3/4* cup pumpkin puree
-1 Tablespoon* pumpkin pie spice
-2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips
-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
-1 cup chopped pecans
-1 teaspoon* vanilla extract

1. Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil.
2. Combine sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice in medium,
heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240º F (soft-ball stage). *Because I didn't have a thermometer, I placed a bowl of cold water next to the stove and did a test for the soft-ball stage.
3. Quickly stir in morsels, marshmallow crème, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigoriously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Makes about 3 pounds.

So after allowing these to cool in the fridge for a few hours, I pulled out the pan, lifted the fudge and sliced off a little piece. I was hoping to this would have a nice strong, spiced pumpkin taste. I was worried that the white chocolate would be too overwhelming. It wasn't! This fudge was wonderful! It tasted just like pumpkin pie, with just a little white chocolate. It was just what I was looking for. I'm glad I added more pumpkin puree and spice to the fudge. It was fabulous!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Taste of Summer

Well, it's been awhile since I've given an update on other things, so here's a little bit of everything going on right now...

Run Report: Again, not too much new going on. I've kept up with my training and have continued to bring the speed work back into the routine. I hit the local track last week and ran some intervals. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt. While I had planned on running a 400, 800, 1600, 800, 400 with 400 recovery runs in between, I wasn't able to do that middle 1600. I could instead only do another 800. It was insanely hot and humid though, so I think that's still pretty good for me, especially considering my last track workout was um... in March! Unfortunately though, I have no idea what my times were. I was so distracted that morning, that I put the wrong watch on! I didn't even realize it either until I was just finishing my mile warm up and went to press the button to time my first 400 only to find my "fancy" silver/gold watch on my wrist. DOH! Oh well...

As far as my long run, I'm glad to say that I'm up to 12 miles. I felt pretty good while doing it too. I was super tired the rest of the day though. I usually do a session of Namaste Yoga afterwards to stretch out and I opted out last Saturday. I paid for it! I did it later during the day and it did the trick. I was again reminded the importance of stretching.

This week, I have a planned cut back week and will be enjoying it!


In the Kitchen: I think my all-time favorite summer pie is strawberry rhubarb pie. I was excited to find some rhubarb at my local grocery store so I immediately started looking for a good recipe. I started by looking in my favorite cookbook, America's Test Kitchen's The New Best Recipe and was lucky enough to find a strawberry rhubarb pie recipe -- perfect! I had to find one strange ingredient (arrowroot) but was soon ready to go.

I tried a new dough recipe, also from The New Best Recipe and had a much better time with it. The main difference was that when you add the ice water to the dry mixture, you don't do it in the food processor. You instead do it in a separate bowl and then fold the ice water in. That seemed to work much better for me since I could easily see the consistency of the dough to tell exactly when it was ready. This will definitely be my go-to pie dough making method!

I then worked on the filling which seemed pretty easy and worked on assembling the pie. This is definitely the hardest part for me. Getting the dough from my work surface to the pie plate is a nightmare. Of all the methods recommended, the easiest for me is to fold the dough over itself in half, then fold it again in fourths. Then pick up the dough, put it in a corner of the plate, then simply open up the dough. After wrestling with the dough, I finally had everything assembled as directed, put it in the oven, and crossed my fingers.

After an hour or so of baking and a few hours of cooling, the pie was finally ready to be sliced. I'd show a picture of a nice slice, but that is not possible. Each slice is crazy ugly for two reasons. First, the bottom crust wasn't firm. To fix that, I think next time I will butter the pie plate. I can also maybe place some bread crumbs or graham cracker crumbs to help keep the crust from getting soggy, like Dorie suggested in her blueberry pie recipe. The other reason for the heinous looking slices is that the filling was pretty runny. I think I need maybe more arrowroot next time. I will also slice the fruit smaller. The chunks were a little big for my liking.

As ugly as the slices were, my tummy did not discriminate. The pie was very tasty! It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart -- my ideal taste of summer.


Summer Vacay: The word "vacay" will have a whole new meaning next week. My birthday is this Friday. I'm turning the big 3-0. I have been begging my DH all year to go on a vacation of some sort this summer. All year he has been saying NO WAY! Well just yesterday, he finally spilled the beans. He has been planning a surprise vacation for my birthday all year! He only told me early so that I could get some shopping done and get the house ready, but that's all he's telling me! I know we will be gone for 10 days... I know that I need to bring a few swim suits... I know I need hiking shoes also... but I have no idea WHERE we're going! That is the one thing he wants to keep a surprise until my actual birthday. Tee Hee! I'm so excited! So needless to say, I have no idea what that means for running or cooking/baking challenges over the next two weeks, but I'm not worried about that! All those things will be here when I get back. Until then, I've got some rays to soak up! YEA!

I'm Back!

I didn't get a chance to blog our last days in Hawaii, but we didn't do too much. We drove around to Hilo on Wednesday and stopped to see some waterfalls and botanical gardens. Then we went to Volcanic National Park only to find out that much of the hiking trails and roads throughout the park were closed. We finished off the day by heading back out to Kalapana to see the lava flow to get a few more pics. It was pretty cool. The next morning was our last morning there. I went snorkeling one last time and said goodbye to all the cool honus (sea turtles) there. After that, we bought a few last souvenirs and then had to head to the airport. I cried almost all morning. I SO did not want to go! I refused to accept that I could no longer wake up every morning, eat breakfast on my balcony while taking in a gorgeous view, and then walk a mere 100 yards down to the beach to swim with my new friends, the sea turtles. Boo Hoo! Much to my dismay, reality was awaiting us and my time of ignoring it was regrettably up.

After a few very cush first class flights, we finally arrived home Friday afternoon. After saying hello to the kitties for few minutes and laying around, we quickly went about unpacking and washing all of our clothes. We had a birthday party the following day so we knew we had to get done as much as possible Friday. We tried hard to stay up till 10PM (which was 4AM Hawaii time) in order to get back on our sleep schedule. Well, while we did go to bed around 10:30, we slept until noon the next day! DOH! So much for that! Luckily, the party was at 4 so we still had time to go shopping to get a gift.

We got to the party just in time and even had some pics to share. It was funny though because later my MIL said, "Wow, it sounds like you had a great time. Are you glad to be back home though?" I realize she probably expected me to say, "Oh yes, I missed home so much." But I just couldn't lie! I did not miss home at all! I said, "No...I'd rather be there! It was so beautiful and we had so much fun!" I even told my husband that if someone gave me an offer to live there but said I had to give up my house, my car, and all my worldly possessions, I'd be like, "Okay!" He said, "Yeah right. You'd get tired of it after awhile. The grass is always greener on the other side." Hmmm, I don't know. I can bet there aren't too many people who say, "Wow, I wish I could live in Ohio. It's way better than Hawaii!" :-)

Oh well. I am slowly reminding myself that even though I can't live in paradise, I am extremely fortunate to have even been able to visit. And I have tons of beautiful pictures to remind myself of that every day and that is good thing!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Way Harder Than I Thought!

Okay, so earlier this week I read The Law of Attraction by Michael Losier and I decided that whether I believe in everything the guy is saying, the message of positive thinking can't be a bad one, so I thought I'd give a try. Okay, this may not have been the best week to start that. This has been SO difficult! Monday was one of my MOST frustrating teaching days. Here's a sample...

1) Last Friday, my principal declared that we could have a "jeans day" every day for the last two weeks up until winter break for $15. (Teachers in my building often pay money to be able to dress down in jeans. The $$ collected goes to a charity or local needy family.) So anyhow, I was super psyched to be able to wear jeans, I actually went out and bought another pair. As soon as I got home Sunday night, I threw them in the wash so that I could wear them Monday. Okay, so now it's Monday morning, and I'm running late. I run down to the dryer and pull my new jeans out only to find them nearly two sizes smaller than they were the night before! I mean, when I put them on, my legs felt like they were in sausage casing! What the hell?!?! I followed the label instructions! GRRR. I didn't even have time to change or find anything else, so there I was for the rest of the day, stuck in sausage casing!

2) I got to school and almost immediately got a note from a parent saying that she wants all of her son's missing assignments for the past NINE weeks so that he can do them all and get full credit for them. Uh...NO! And if not, she expects me to put together some extra credit work for him because there are only a few days left in the quarter and he can't have a D on his report card. Uh....yeah, I'll get right on that!

3) Just a few minutes later I ask a student to please find his way back to his classroom (which I know is downstairs) and to stop wandering the hallways. He tells me to "mind my own business." Uh...excuse me?!?!? So then of course, I have to confront the whole situation and I'm just thinking, "WHY?! Why did you have to go there? Because now this means paperwork for me, and that is NEVER good." Anyway, the boy refuses to give me his name or even his homeroom teacher, and only continues to say that it's none of my !@#@# business. AWESOME!

4) My principal comes to my room asking me for the locker number of one of my students and his combination since they now have to search his locker after he threatened to kill one of my other students. Kill them?! Please, so unorginal! (Meanwhile, as she's talking to me, I'm hoping she doesn't notice my sausage casing jeans. I might have to pay extra for those!)

All this within about 15 minutes. At this point, I just want to go home and start all over again! Trying to start my positive thinking plan on that Monday was like trying to start a diet on Thanksgiving Day! It's just not possible. Well, there was one ray of light...the teacher next door decided to order in for lunch so we had lunch from my favorite Mexican place down the street. Little things like this make everything all better! :-)

The Training Begins!

Wow, it's been nearly a week now since my last blog entry. I have been busy with school and have just been in a general funk, so the inspiration to blog just hasn't been there. Anyhow, I did want to update on one of my goals for the year and that is to run a half marathon! I have NEVER done one before, but I need something concrete to motivate myself to get off the couch, so, there you have it! Anyhow, I'm happy to report that my half marathon training has officially begun! A coworker recommended this tool on the Runner's World website called Smart Coach. You enter in your last race time and the type of race you want to train for, and it gives you a whole workout schedule. Pretty cool! Well, the half marathon I want to run is the Cleveland Clinic River Run and it isn't until September 7th. The plan I got on Smart Coach is a 16-week plan, but I figured the sooner I start training, the better! In fact, my one coworker suggested setting a spring goal for myself. So, I decided to start training for a 5K in the spring. I told my teaching partner, (who is starting to run) about it and she found one in March AND signed up! WHOA, that's just a month away! I think I am going to do it with her though.

So, my training started on Feb. 1st. I just ran once around my development. I hated it though because we live on the middle of a big hill, so half of my run is downhill (awesome) but the other half is uphill (totally UNawesome!) The loop is about 1.75 miles. So far, I've run a few times more -- about every other day. Today was my longest run. I wanted to run 4 miles, but I had to stop at 3.6. My pace was better though. Using my cool new Nike+ IPod, I was able to see my pace per mile. I only have used it for the past two runs, but for my first run with it, I ran 2.6 miles at 9:46/mi. Today I ran 3.6 at 9:20/mi. That's better! I was so exhausted though and a bit disappointed I didn't do the 4 miles. I honestly can NOT imagine how I will EVER run 13.1 miles!!! That seems so far away! And those split times are SO much slower than I used to run in high school. Then again, that was a LOOOOOONG time ago. Actually, I should be pretty proud. I mean, that 3.6 mile run was only my 4th run since spending 6 solid months keeping the couch from flying up into the air. I know, instead of focusing on the daunting distance of 13.1 miles, I will instead try to focus on smaller distances first. I've got the 5 K in March to work towards, then maybe a few months later, I'll do a 10K...I'll get there eventually, RIGHT?! Oh well. Time to focus on the positive -- According to my Smart Coach plan, I am ahead of schedule! Anyone have tips or inspiration to offer?!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Raindrops are Falling on My Head...

Today is a pretty gloomy day outside. It's in the low 60s and has been nonstop raining all morning. I've taken a few days off from running since my last run was pretty painful. I've been massaging my lower leg with my foam roller and icing and I think that's helped. I decided to brave the yucky weather and go out for a short run. I drove over to one of my favorite local parks, Hudson Springs Park. There is a small lake there and a 1.8 mile wooded trail that goes around it. Part of the trail though is open and near the trail, they have pavillions, a play area for kids, picnic tables, and swings there. You can also rent canoes and go out on the lake. I have never done that though -- I don't know how, I don't know why, but I know I'd end in the water somehow! Anyhow, the park is really nice with tons to do. My DH and I actually got some of our wedding pictures taken there. It was cute because there I was in my big poofy wedding dress and these little girls were there with their family having a picnic. They kept falling us around talking about how they thought I was a princess! SO CUTE! That was such a beautiful day...unlike today! As I was driving there, the little sprinkles on my windshield grew stronger and more plentiful. By the time I pulled in, it was a pretty steady rain. Oh well, I was already there I figured. I started on my run and luckily, before I knew it, the rain was the last thing on my mind. I focused more on my knees trying to monitor how they were feeling, all while trying to push myself up and down the hills that I seemingly forgot existed. On each hill, just as I felt that I couldn't suck in anymore air, luckily I had reached the top and was ready to come down. I just kept thinking, "What goes up, must come down!" That helped! Anyway, I'm glad to say that I ran the loop twice for 3.6 miles and both knees felt WAY BETTER than my 4 mile run earlier in the week. I had nearly no pain in my right knee and only minor / occasional pain in my left. As soon as I got home, I massaged again with the foam roller and iced. So far so good!

After doing more research on the two races I blogged about yesterday, I think I will do the 5.25 mile race. It turns out that this race is part of the local Blossom Time Festival in Chagrin Falls. The same day of the race, they will be having hot-air balloon races, a parade, and "The Taste of Chagrin" -- you know what that means...yummy food! And if that food weren't yummy enough, there will be the typical fair stuff which means rides, games, and yes...fair food! OMG, my DH loves fair food! And what better way to finish off of 5 mile race than with elephant ears?! (For those non-fair-going people, no they are not literal elephant ears! They're huge pieces of fried dough with cinnamon and sugar. AKA, "crystally goodness!") I still have a few weeks to decide though, but this one sounds good to me!

Now I am contemplating another couple of races, but these aren't until August. The problem is, they are on the same day. Remember how I said that I would LOVE to run another 10 mile race? Well, it turns out there IS another 10 mile race not too far from here. It's the Perfect 10-Miler and is scheduled for Sunday, August 17th. It looks like a pretty popular race with some pretty good runners. I know that because I looked at the results from last year, and there were nearly 30 girls just in my age group. When I compared my recent 1o mile time with their times, I would have been almost dead last! Yikes! The other race is a 10K (6.2 miles). The results from last year show a much smaller group (55 people in the entire race) with times that I could compete with. Oh, and there's one more factor -- both of these races are just 3 weeks before the half marathon I want to run! The 10-mile race could be a good "practice race", but I don't want it to drain me too much for my big race. I don't think it will though. Three weeks should be plenty of time to recoop. the 10-mile with great athletes and prepare to be smoked or run the 10K with fewer, more equal-to-me athletes and hope for a medal? Decisions, decisions...Hmmm, I wonder what food they will have at each...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I've Been Tagged! WOO HOO!

Okay, so I'm super excited because this is my first "tag"! I've been tagged by Linda! Here goes...

1. Name your 2 favorite scrapbooking topics: any kind of family get together, our cats doing funny or cute stuff

2. What are the 2 best places you've been to? Maui and the Bahamas

3. Name 2 things you do every day: email and hopefully something creative (writing, crafting, or even cooking, although not that last one so much lately!)

4. Tell us 2 things that pretty much everyone knows about you. I am a teacher and am recently married...well, kind of. We've been married for 2 1/2 years.

5. 2 places you wish to visit: The Philippines and Australia

6. 2 things you may not know about me are: First, I know a lot about a lot of random things. You see, whenever I get into a hobby, I have to know everything there is to know about it! So, I know a lot about aquariums, raising African violets, growing roses and hydrangea, and hopefully, scrapbooking and card making! Second, I once got to be an extra in a movie!

7. 2 nicknames you've had at some time in your life: My name is Tammie but my dad used to call me Tamoca (rhymes with taco.) I have no idea why! I never really liked it because it always made me think of tacos! I do like tacos though. I never really had another nickname except maybe for Mila. That is my middle name and in high school, a couple of my friends thought that was a cooler name and started calling me that.

8. Name 2 of your favorite drinks: Cherry Coke and Chai Tea Latte

9. What are 2 interesting (in a good or bad way) jobs you have had in your life? One interesting job I had was in high school! As I said above, I got to be an extra in a movie. It was a totally lame martial arts movie called, "Double Dragon". They were filming in Cleveland and needed extras for some fight scene. The director was friends with a guy in my town who owned a martial arts studio. They wanted a certain "look" though and went to my high school looking for people. That's where I was DISCOVERED! Ooooooo! Anyhow, I had no martial arts training so I had to take karate for 2 weeks and I had to audition. I even had to do all this karate moves! It was crazy. I got to hang out on the film set and meet Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano. That was cool! I never made it onto the movie, but it was still super fun! The second interesting job I guess is teaching. I never have a dull day, that's for sure!

10. What are your top 2 fun things to do after work? Scrapbook or make cards and watch tv. I usually end up doing all three at once!

11. What are 2 things I would like to learn: I would like to learn how to speak another language. My mom and many of my relatives speak Tagalog (the language of the Philippines.) I would love to be able to speak with her in her native lang. The second thing I'd like to learn would be to dance! I always get super psyched when I see shows like So You Think You Can Dance?! I know that is so not me though. I'd probably break something -- either something in the room, or something in my body!

12. What are the last 2 songs you downloaded or last 2 CD's you bought? I haven't downloaded any tunes in a long time...don't remember the titles, but I KNOW it was something from the 80s! To keep with the "2" theme, I'll make two guesses...Janet Jackson's "Control" and Cindy Lauper's "Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun"!

13. Okay, here is my question: What are the last two books you've read? I haven't read in awhile, but the last book I read was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. It's a historical fiction novel which a lot of people recommended to me. I wasn't a fan myself. Before that, I read, The Thirteenth Tale. I can't remember the author's name right now, but I LOVED that book! It was like a modern day Gothic kind of story which rich language and a good twist at the end! Great fun!

Okay, that's it for me! Now it's time for someone else. All of the questions have 2 in them. Answer the questions, add one question of your own (this tag started with 4 questions) and then tag 2 people. Simple enough? I am tagging Jill and Melanie.