Archive | November, 2015

Grohe Ladylux³ & stainless soap dispenser

13 Nov
I loved my old chrome Grohe Ladylux faucet so much, but after 21 years of mineral filled water, the handle was moving harder and it was dripping a bit.   A plumber fixing a leak under the sink in half-bath used my kitchen faucet and reminded me I really needed to replace it.  The problem was finding one I liked nearly as much.
Grohe Ladylux3

NEW!! Grohe Ladylux3. “Pure Freunde an Wasser” (German for “pure pleasure in water”)

Grohe’s German design, quality and technology is superb, but so expensive.  Shopping around, I looked at Lowe’s, Home Depot and the Granite Group/Ultimate Bath Store.  My Grohe these days, $500-800, so figured I’d go with something less expensive like Delta, recommended by plumber.  A fabulous woman who is also an interior designer at Ultimate Bath Store miraculously found me a discontinued color (with black, just like my old one) of my same Grohe model (Ladylux) for less than I’d pay for Delta!
Just to make sure, I asked lots of advice, recommendations, read reviews.
NEW Grohe Ladylux and new soap dispenser

NEW Grohe Ladylux and new soap dispenser

The write-up : 
Best-selling pull-out faucet has been given an updated look.

This new design combines the innovative design of today’s modern kitchens with the functionality and durability of a professional tool. The Ladylux³ features a dynamic and flowing silhouette with a more streamlined body than its predecessors. The flower-like body rises organically from the counter and merges with an elegantly arched spout and distinctive lever.   (I dig the “flower-like” reference!)

With its fluid curves and graceful gooseneck design, the LadyLux3 Café single-handle pull-down spray head kitchen faucet is as elegant and eye-catching as it is functional. Standing 14 ¾ inches tall, its striking profile comprises a high-arc swivel spout that extends 8 1/8 inches in reach and incorporates a pull-down sprayhead. Spray control allows users to switch between two spray modes—regular flow and spray—with a simple push of a button.

GROHE SpeedClean protects the spray nozzles against limescale buildup, and the lever handle, equipped with a GROHE SilkMove cartridge for smooth control of the water temperature and volume, rotates forward to turn the faucet on, eliminating installation issues relating to backsplash clearance. LadyLux3 Café has a 1.75-gpm water flow.  It comes in several finishes and says: the professional’s choice GROHE RealSteel®.

It was surprising to see the variation in cost between faucet finishes.  The retail for Ladylux in chrome is $539, jumping up to $699 for Supersteel and $869 for RealSteel Stainless.  Dang, I saw that Grohe’s retail for my version finish with RealSteel Stainless Steel/Black was $881!!!   Thankfully, mine was hugely discounted.   I interviewed 3 plumbers re: installation and went with a great referral who installed it last week.   When I tried my new Grohe, I realized how rough the old one had been operating.   Plus this piece not only looks like a piece of sculpture – gorgeous & fascinating visually – the handle operates soooo smoothly.

Elle checking out new soap dispenser

Elle checking out new soap dispenser

Similarly, I looked for a better deal than the $159 retail soap dispenser to match the faucet.  The designer picked out one which matched, but when it was installed, I found that it was plastic and the pump didn’t work nearly as well as my previous soap dispenser.  Customer reviews agreed.  So I watched a YouTube video, removed it and replaced with same model soap dispenser as I had before, but with stainless finish to match new faucet.   Check it out in photo.  I can use one hand, it self primes, pumps great and sits low profile, and looks good with new Grohe faucet.

Plus it’s totally OK to mix metal finishes between faucet and antique brass cabinet pulls… “leave matchy-matchy to the catalogs and let your kitchen’s personality shine with a mix of metals for hardware and fixtures” per this article & photos

Elle & new Grohe Ladylux.. kitty shower?

Elle & new Grohe. Reminding me a reason why I nixed the “touch” activated on/off

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Millennium Running, CHaD, Trick or Trot 3k, October 31, 2015 – PR

5 Nov

I ran this race last year as part of the “Holiday Hat Trick” and it was a pleasure to get to do it again as part of the Millennium Running “Points Chase” (and “Holiday Hat Trick” too)

Love seeing the Millennium Arches

Love seeing the Millennium Arches

With a Morton’s Neuroma causing toe off trouble and right knee which needs a lot of TLC, I sometimes get kinda frustrated about running, so I really cherish good days when they happen.

View from the bridge, we cross river twice

View from the bridge, we cross river twice (photo courtesy Dave Dunham)

Like all Millennium Events, this was fabulously done – the professionalism, details and great staging – easy registration, custom race numbers, announcers, sound, WMUR TV sports director Jamie Staton and the incredibly welcoming black & white inflatable arches!

I must have registered early, got number 33

I must have registered early, got number 33

It goes without saying that Millennium will have plenty of water, Power Ade, yogurt, fruit, pizza and post race beer.  This race had a kid’s Halloween carnival with climbing wall, exotic animals, bounce house, food truck vendors.  Plus, it’s really a gorgeous course up and over the Merrimack River.

I warmed-up running the course.  Race start was 2:30 p.m., temperature in 50’s and lots of people in Halloween costumes.

Start photo, courtesy Dave Dunham

Start photo, courtesy Dave Dunham

I lined up several rows back – there were 854 runners – we were off!  Jade said she was running easy, so I tried to get past her, then I put in a good effort on the uphill & we were on the bridge.  Not the time to enjoy the view, focus!  Super fast Muriel was ahead, so I tried to not let her gain more distance ahead of me.  Running legend Dave Dunham was on the bridge right before the hairpin turn.  It was great to see him, we runners really appreciated the support of an elite runner/coach like that.  Back across the bridge and I tried to keep strong, Muriel kept about the same distance ahead.  The downhill was fun and a few quick turns and back to Arms Park.

Often in races, I visualize being on the track to keep my form and estimate potential kick.  Rounding the final turn through the arch, I made my move on Muriel, yelling “let’s go!!!” and kicked !!!! It’s so memorable hearing announcer Andy Schachat’s loud shout out – another great Millennium detail, it makes you feel kind of like an elite runner.

Final Kick!!

Final Kick!!

Not knowing how close Muriel was, I kept running beyond the line and it took me a moment to “decelerate” and turn around.  I saw Aimee Sherman (finally got to meet) and then I ran the course again as warm-down.

Muriel’s husband Norm, came up to me afterwards and said he told Muriel she’s not supposed to slow down at the finish – making me laugh.  She is a phenomenal, strong competitor, I felt very lucky to catch her that day.

Additional appreciated Millennium details were a “Holiday Hat Trick” series coffee mug (mmmm keeps my hands warm!) long sleeve shirt that fits and slightly different from last year (so I don’t have 2 identical) and a very, very cherished 1st master glass (different style from other races this year)

Holiday Hat Trick coffee mug, 1st F Master glass, long sleeve women's shirt

Holiday Hat Trick coffee mug, 1st F Master glass, long sleeve women’s shirt

We had 3 choices of bars for post-race celebration and a lot of us went to Milly’s, right next door.

Post-race Celebration Milly's.

Post-race celebration Milly’s. Cherishing the journey to get that winning F master mug!

My time was 5 seconds faster than last year, so it was a 3k PR!  Winning 1st F master meant a lot, I felt very lucky and surprised.  The wonderful friends, camaraderie, atmosphere of striving for one’s personal best excellence 🙂   What a great day it turned out to be!!!

1st F master of 117, 12:49  6:53

In the Points Chase, I kept my place as 1st female master, 3rd female and 9th overall !!

Results link

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