Well hello there. Yes, I know what you were thinking but this isn't that type of blog. Hickies per their website here, is a no-tie, flexible and customizable responsive lacing system. 

I was wandering around the wondrous internet one day when I happened upon a picture of some sneakers with Hickies. I was immediately intrigued. I googled may way to their website and several easy clicks later I had a couple packages of Hickies on the way to me. It was $14.99 for a package of 14. 

I decided to play it safe so I went with the basic colors of black, white and silver. This is what they look like straight from the package. You loop them through the holes in your sneakers the way you would regular laces and then put the end with the hole over the the end with the knob so they meet at the middle of your shoe. 

It looks like this when finished.  It took me about two minutes to get it right. There is a You-Tube video that walks you though the steps if you have any problems.

When it comes to exercise I do Pilates, run, lift weights at the gym, yoga and stumble into a spin class ever other blood moon. I wanted to try Hickies on my weight training and running shoes. 

First up we have my well loved Ryka sneakers. I use these when I'm lifting weights at the gym. I picked silver because I wanted a color that was closest to the original laces. 

I used six Hickies per shoe. They were snug enough that my foot felt supported but flexible enough for me to slip my foot in and out easily. I love how sleek they look on these shoes.

On the nails: OPI Tiramisu for two 
My running shoes pictured above (ASICS Women's GEL- Cumulus 12) were a different story. I've had them for a while so I forgot that they don't have the traditional side to side eyelets throughout the entire shoe. You can see in the picture by my thumb that some of the lace inserts are actually tabs on top of the sides of the shoe. As such, I could not get Hickies to work for them.

It's still all good though because I love everything about Hickies. I always hated having to tie and untie my shoes every time I go to work out. I also take my shoes off before I enter my home so you can imagine how much of a pain that is if I'm wearing something with laces.   

I bought some for my mother who liked hers a lot as well.  Her feet are pictured above with Hickies in her Asics. She said she felt they dressed up her shoe and she loved that she now could just slip her sneakers on and off when at the airport. 

I couldn't figure out from their website exactly how long Hickies have been around. The earliest review they had posted was done in July of 2014, so it seems it has been over a year.  Have you heard of them?  Have you tried them? What do you think about a no tie lacing system? 


Comida de San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coconut Pancakes

Mofongo(fried green plantains)

Portobello Gnocci 

Avocado with curried vegetables

It took everything I had not to title this post- I came I saw and I ate.  Also known as- What I do every time I go somewhere. I don't consider myself a foodie but a quick glimpse of this blog will show you that I have yet to meet a carbohydrate that I could not get along with.  

The internet tells me that Puerto Rican food is a blend of Spanish, African, Taino and American influences. I can tell you that every menu I looked at had avocado, rice, beans, and plantains.  I did a lot of eating but I also did a lot of walking up and down the cobbled streets of San Juan. I think it was fine balance for a good trip. 

Have a great week!


San Juan, Puerto Rico: 18.4500° N, 66.0667° W

I've always felt that Puerto Rico was an underrated vacation spot. If you are based in the US it's most likely a short plane ride away, and because it is a US territory you can use your dollars and your cell phone with no problems. The island has rain forests for the adventurists, malls and outlets for shoppers, and quiet beaches for the romantics single or paired.  Then there's the amazing food. I had so many pictures of my meals I decided to save them for another post. 

My favorite part of Puerto Rico is Old San Juan with its cobble stone roads, colorful buildings and museums.  I drive all the time when I'm at home so I like places like Old San Juan where most of the attractions are within walking distance. 

I had a strange experience while I was there. I was enjoying a great meal thinking about what my word was going to be for 2016.  I like to pick a word to inspire me for the year. My word for last year was bold.  In a muddled kind of way the words go, move, get and do were popping into my head.  All of a sudden I saw all of the men in the restaurant running out the door. I looked up and saw an elderly man with a two hand walker standing in the street, and an elderly woman on the ground with all of the men from the restaurant around her. It seemed like a scene from a movie.  From what I was able to gather the woman somehow fell as she was walking towards the restaurant.  The guys helped the woman get up and helped the couple into the restaurant. The waitress seated them right in front of me. They were both impeccably dressed and seemed fairly well to do. If I was a betting woman I would bet that they were husband and wife, and that they came to this restaurant every week around this time. I watched the man try to soothe the woman who kept rubbing the back of her head and was visibly shaken. He kept stroking her hand and telling her not to worry.  I low-key scoped them out until they finished eating and watched the waitress escort them back to their car. 

I stayed in the restaurant a while longer thinking about how getting old is not for sissies. I thought about how the longer I live the more I realize that there is no point in putting anything off.  I thought about how scary it must be to one minute be walking and then have your feet give out from under you the next.  I thought about how I wish I knew how to say I think you should go to the hospital because you might have a concussion in Spanish. 

That happened on my first day in San Juan and the rest of the trip was uneventful.  I left the island with not one word to inspire me for the months ahead but four: go, move, get and do. I have a funny feeling that it's going to be one hell of year. 

Have a great week and as always thanks for stopping by! 


A Little Life by Hana Yanagihara - Book Review

**Trigger Warning: Please note that this book contains graphic depictions of physical and sexual abuse. 

Let me just say up front this book gutted me. If you are looking to start the new year with a light fluffy read please look away now.

A Little Life is the epic(it's 734 pages) story about the lives of four men who have been friends since college.  I think that you will recognize at least one of the friends from your own relationships. The ambitious one, the damaged one, the uncertain one, the liar.  The story is set mostly in New York and spans decades as the friends attempt to navigate their post college lives, while attempting to maintain the bonds they once shared.  The author leaves no emotional stone unturned as they experience dazzling highs and utterly, absolutely soul crushing lows. There were plenty of times I wanted to throw my phone(read it on my Kindle app) across the room in despair. So, did I like it?  Ultimately, yes I did. I tend to avoid anything that is not shiny and happy in my own life like the plague so there were sections of the book that were very draining to me.  But, when I finally finished it I couldn't stop thinking about how much I had to be grateful for in my own little life. I also thought a lot about how important it is to get to a point where you can start each day without the weight of your past accomplishments or trials, and how for some that might be impossible.

According to the internet A Little Life was short listed for the Man Booker Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. If you have read it I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. I would also like to know what you're reading now. I just started A Brief History of Seven Killings which won the Booker Prize in 2015.

Happy New Year from this little corner of the inter webs.  Thank you for reading.  All the best for 2016!