(Near) Death by Cork

Hello hello!

I forgot how much I love Saturdays. This morning, I was able to sleep in and it was a beautiful, beautiful thing. It has been eons since I’ve felt like I got a good night’s rest so that was quite a treat.

Aside from a total fail of an appliance-delivery, a couple of random errands and the World’s Greatest Cup of Coffee, the rest of my day was pretty low-key!

Until about 5:30 that is! This afternoon, I was able to (finally) celebrate Katie’s birthday with her!

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I had some big plans for her special outings and fortunately, my evil plan worked out just perfectly!

Tonight, we ended up taking a painting class at a new little studio that opened up last year!

The cute little schtick of this studio is that it’s BYOB. Given that fun little option, it seems to attract LOTS of birthday celebrators, “girls-night-out” groups and people just looking to have a fun evening with friends. It was the perfect outing for a 23rd birthday!

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I wasn’t entirely sure how the class was going to run,  but it ended up being pretty free-form. There was an artist on a stage in the front of the room who was recreating the painting and explaining the steps as she went along.

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Our paintings were of a city skyline. It ended up being a 3 hour and 15 minute class!

 

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Our finished products! (Mine is on the left!).

Overall, it was a very fun outing. I loved the environment of the place– everyone was just there to have have a good time and to learn something new! It was so fun to spend a birthday night out and to be doing something engaging and interactive at the same time.

Katie and I were actually just talking about how without any sort of consistent intellectual or artistic stimulation, it kind of starts to feel like your brain turns to mush. Very quickly. Back in high school, I used to be very involved in art and took all sorts of classes from drawing/ illustration to painting and sculpture. On top of all of that, I used to sing and took piano lessons too! I loved having those creative outlets and didn’t realize until very recently just how much I miss them. Granted, this wasn’t a serious art class by ANY means, but it was fun and engaging and got those creative juices flowing!

A very successful birthday outing to be sure.

But before I go, I must share the story of How I Nearly Died with you.

The Culprit:

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So I figured that in the spirt of celebrating a birthday, a bottle of bubbly would be the perfect accompaniment to our outing. Typically, the corks are IMPOSSIBLE to remove, right? That’s half of the fun! Well tonight, as soon as I removed the foil, I set the bottle down on the table and turned around for a SPLIT second to grab a towel to throw over the cork before I opened it. It seemed that the bottle had other plans. Within about five seconds, the cork FLEW OFF and shot off into the distance. It was by some grace of GOD that I wasn’t standing over it at the time because it probably would have broken a tooth. Or blinded me. Or broken my face! Oy vey. Just a word of caution: don’t trust pressurization!

I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday ahead of you. Happy Oscars Day and I will talk to you soon!

A Birthday Post

I bet you have been wondering where in the world I have been. Well, the good news is; I have been wondering the same thing…

That doesn’t make it any better, does it?

Well, I owe you about six posts, but for today, let’s focus on birthdays.

This week, the land of 5ks and Coffee Beans has celebrated TWO very important birthdays:

The 23rd birthday of one of my very best friends in the whole wide world!

199035_4583052019150_172377510_nOn Monday, the lovely Miss Katie turned 23! We have yet to actually celebrate the big day, but here is one gigantic, blog-world version of a happy birthday card! Katie is the greatest friend a girl could ask for and I am so, so grateful to have her around. We have so much fun together and I can honestly say that I don’t know what I would have done without her in my life these last three years!

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Happy, happy birthday, Katie!!!

Annnnnnnnnnd, next up:

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RUDITH! Yesterday happened to mark the very special birthday of my very favorite canine friend!

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I know it may sound silly, but I swear that there is a special place in the heart that can only be enlivened by an animal. I begged for a dog throughout all of my childhood, but I never truly realized what I would receive when this little girl came onto the scene: unconditional love, so much fun, so many smiles and laughs, a personality unlike any other, and an unflinching friend; good company and lots of love.

Happy birthday to my puppy, too!

So no, there are no grand workouts to share today, nor any tales of culinary victories or midday meal  mishaps, but instead, I thought I’d share a little personal lovin’.

Thanks for reading and I will be back tomorrow!! Hint: I PACKED A GYM BAG!!!!!

G’night!!

Food Swaps & Retrieved Pottery

Hello there!

I hope that you all stayed safe in this nutty weather that’s been happening in the northeast! It is so crazy how localized snowstorms can be. My new drive to work takes me right along the lake for quite a while. As I sat in my office and stared out of my window at the perfectly calm weather, I was receiving constant text updates from friends at home warning me about how bad the snow was getting. I ultimately decided to leave the office early and continue working from home to ensure that I didn’t get stuck traveling in the thick of it at rush hour, but I felt so silly because all was perfectly still there! I was very happy that I left, however, because as soon as I was about twenty minutes away from home, the snow was coming steadily. There were accidents left and right and it was pretty rough going!

Anyway, I hope that you were all able to stay safe and sound. Here’s to hoping that the power remains too!

Last night, I received an exciting package in the mail from Katherine! Katherine now lives several states away and at one point, we were discussing Wegmans (yes, the grocery store. Our lives are quite exciting.) Katherine mentioned how much she missed having a Wegmans right around the corner and I was saying that I wished Western New York had a Whole Foods. Don’t get me wrong, I love Wegmans, but Whole Foods is just a magical little land.

My very first combination arrived yesterday, here’s what was in it:

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You can barely see it, but on the left, there is a bag of the World’s Most Delicious Granola. For Christmas, my sister got me some vanilla-pomegranate granola from Whole Foods that was absolutely delicious. This one was blueberry almond and I can’t get enough of it. It is the best blueberry-flavored ANYTHING that I have ever tasted. I’ve been putting it in oatmeal and yogurt. (I also brought a small bag to work “for my yogurt” that I busted out by 10 am and proceeded to devour in two minutes flat.)

She also included a jar of dark chocolate Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter. SO delicious. It’s like the best of the Nutella and Peanut Butter lands combined into one lovely little container.

I am very excited about our healthy food swaps. Now the ball is in my court so I better get thinkin’ about some of Wegmans’ Finest.

And now for the retrieved pottery:

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When Chloe was home for winter break, we went to a local pottery store where you can pick out your piece and paint it yourself. It’s actually a lot of fun, my only beef is that there is a $10 studio fee which I think is a tad ridiculous, but I don’t go often. Just the other day, I finally picked up my new sign!

I was really looking for something that I could use and enjoy every day. Granted, a sign isn’t particularly “useful,” but I thought that the message was just perfect to stick on my desk. Believe in yourself, believe in others, believe in good… all very important things to keep stuck in my brain when the going gets stressful. I actually spent two sessions at the store painting this because I really wanted to make sure that the final product was something that I was happy with. (Previous outings to this place have resulted in some lack-luster pieces…typically my impatience gets the better of me and I surrender early on.) I am loving this one though!

I think that’s all for tonight, folks! I will leave you with a picture of the ridiculously wintery wonderland that is WNY…

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Roommate Reunion

Greetings!

Today started off (a little late) with a solo trip to the gym! (It’s been quite a while since I have been to the gym sans-gym buddy!) At first I didn’t have much motivation. Actually, let’s be honest… I had zero motivation. I was ready to call a quits five minutes into my workout. Fortunately for me, about five minutes into my elliptical time, the motivation to (at the very least) not leave the gym looking like a total sap kicked in and I quickly made a new plan. At first, I thought I’d try one of my cardio machine hopping techniques. That sounded like zero fun and I knew that the bike would be the death of me (I used to love cycling bikes, but for some reason, I have NOT been into them recently!). Then I thought maybe I’d just do a cardio circuit in the spare room after a short elliptical warmup, but I knew I would talk myself out of doing rounds 2 and 3 rendering it a rather pointless workout. All of this thinking took quite some time and I eventually fell into the groove of the elliptical. I decided to just stay put and managed to crank out 40 minutes of high-speed, high-resistance elliptical time!

I left the gym feeling quite proud of my (unintentional) accomplishment !

Later in the afternoon, I met up with my freshman year roommate from college. After a coffee run to Starbucks, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the mall! Since a couple of post-Christmas sales sweeps landed me with some excellent deals, I didn’t buy much of anything tonight, but I did find a couple of cute accessories at Forever 21 for ridiculously low prices!

Check out this waist belt that I got for $2.50!

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love having fun accessories, but things like belts are typically 12,000 times more expensive than they need to be. Even though some of the clothing at Forever 21 is a little on the cheap side (quality, not price), their accessories can’t be beat!

We also may or may not have hit up the fro-yo counter…

photo-162Oops? Just kidding, that was most definitely NOT an oops. It was delicious. I had a small red velvet frozen yogurt that was topped with Oreos. It was like heaven on earth. I could probably live off of that stuff, but I suppose I probably shouldn’t.

Overall, it was a quite a fun afternoon. (Who could complain when friends, fro-yo and “café mistos”are involved!?)

In other news (AKA a Random Brittany’s Life Aside), last night I had a dream that my teeth were slowly falling out. As soon as I thought the madness had stopped in the dream and that it was just a “fluke,” two more would fall out. I distinctly remember looking in the mirror in the dream and being relived to discover that I didn’t look ridiculous yet. Even without half of my teeth. I was quite distraught when I woke up and decided to look up an interpretation and take it with a  grain of salt. (Thank you, Google, for reaffirming the fact that a sneeze = instant death and also that our dreams may not symbolize the end of the world!). Here is what I found:

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Glad to know that my anxiety dreams are Google-able and right on the money. 😉

Hope you all have a great night and that your dreamland teeth stay right where they’re supposed to!

 

Uphill Runs and Pro/Con Lists

Late last night, I had the brilliant idea to book my gym buddy for “10:30” this morning. What I did instead was book her for “10:00” this morning. I woke up at about 10:15 to a text message from 10:05 saying, “I’m here!”

Oops, I did it AGAIN. (Thanks, Britney.)

So even though I am The Worst Ever, we still managed to have a good workout and in order to sufficiently punish myself (once again), I ran uphill! (Aka on a steep incline!)

Holy workout! (For the record, I didn’t actually do it as punishment, but it’s fun to pretend. 😛 ) As strange as it’s going to sound, I actually REALLY liked running on an incline and felt that I might actually be able to do it for even longer than I did. For some reason, the incline took some of the drudgery out of treadmill running. It was like I was on a mission! (A mission to climb a never-ending mountain…) I would really, really love to be training for a race right now, but I haven’t found one that I was excited enough about to actually register for (races are QUITE pricey!). Beyond that, the ones that I have found, are a little too soon to realistically train for in a safe and healthy way, which we are ALL about here at 5ks and Coffee Beans! There will be ZERO running-related injuries on my watch!

Next, we went to the floor to complete an “ab workout” that was somewhat half-assed and morphed into sitting on our mats and planning our futures and also detangling the present.

I have mentioned it before, but there are a few things that never fail to make me feel like a real adult. Those things include:

  1. Driving after dark 
  2. Driving on the expressway (part of this is probably because I hated expressway driving and avoided it for the longest time after I got my license)
  3. Drinking coffee from a coffee pot to “wake up”
  4. Running errands in the middle of the day
  5. My gym time with Katie. I am really not sure why this is, perhaps because we typically go in the mid-morning which is not a time that anyone in school would ever be able to go. Or because oftentimes, we follow up with a coffee run (see point number 3!) where we sometimes make pro/con lists (perhaps I should add a number to this list that incorporates “having serious enough decisions to make that they actually warrant well-developed pro/con lists.”)

After a couple of random outings and meetings strewn throughout the day, I made my way to the bookstore to get lost for a few minutes. (I love going to bookstores during the day when there aren’t tons of people milling about. I love books and something about wandering through aisles and aisles of them is very relaxing for me!)

I will talk to you all tomorrow! Double check your plans for the morning… a half an hour can make quite a difference! 😉

Night!

Bridesmaid’s Dresses and Strange Coincidences

Hello friends!

Guess what didn’t happen today. A workout! Oops. I somehow overslept a tad and had a movie date with Chloe early this afternoon so I had to hustle to get some e-mails out and get ready in time! (We actually went to see the Silver Linings Playbook and I loved it just as much or MORE than I did the first time!)

And then there was a great big moment in Brittany’s life. I tried on my first-ever bridesmaid dress. (I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but Bridesmaids is probably one of my top five favorite movies of all time. It is entirely inappropriate and WAY over-the-top in ridiculousness, but I just can’t get enough of it. It is insta-mind-erase, which I can use from time to time!)

Later this year, one of my very good friends, Amy, will be marrying her high school sweetheart and I will be in her wedding!

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Amy and I have been friends since we were four years old! The picture above was taken of the two of us at my sixth birthday party. (Holy 1990s photography! It’s blurry, far away, old. Classic!)

And now, 16 years later….

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Amy selected several different options for her bridesmaids to choose from. There were a couple of different lengths and styles, but after perusing the options, I decided on this one. (Although the color is actually a deep red. They just didn’t have that one in stock!)

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I really think the socks make the picture. And the outfit…

Amy disagreed. Apparently, these are slightly more appropriate for the occasion:

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It’s cool. I can be flexible…whatever.

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If you look carefully (or not even so carefully), you’ll notice this picture is a little blurry. Why? Good question. Because about .04 seconds after this was taken, I almost fell over. Promising, no? One boot, one heel. Yellow coat. Check. Check. Check. Someone’s ready to party.

So, not to be totally sappy, but ever since I first heard the song in Phenomenon (hey there, John Travolta!), I have love, love, loved the song “Crazy Love.” It is so sweet and pretty and I love it. I decided long ago that it will (someday) have a spot in my wedding. I think in the last 5 years, I’ve probably heard it on the radio three times.

Including tonight. The INSTANT Amy and I got into the car after the bridal shop.

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Weird, right? (Also, I listen to this particular station CONSTANTLY. I pretty much know their tracks so well that I can predict what’s going to be playing next.)

Afterwards, we hit up Friendly’s for sundaes because everyone knows we are actually still 5.

Once I got home tonight, I had a hot date. With Rudy. Someone was looooong overdue for a bath!

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The 2% of her face that you can see in this picture looks terrified. Don’t be fooled, she secretly loves her baths.

For the rest of the night, I think I will attempt to tackle some more of The Help.

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I’ve been reading this book since just before Christmas and although I found the first chapter kind of hard to get into, I am really enjoying it now. For some reason, the days have been FLYING past me and I never seem to have the time to crack the cover!

Hope you all had a great day!

See ya tomorrow!

Random Acts of Kindness

Just about everyone responds positively to kindness. Oftentimes, it seems that truly happy people are kind. They wish well to others and they behave in ways that make other people smile.

I have been tossing this post topic around for a couple of weeks now. The main reason I didn’t write it right away is because I don’t want to cheapen the essence of this idea by broadcasting the actions that I have decided to take to kickstart my own random acts of kindness mission. Eventually, I decided that encouraging others to do good is by no means cheapening anything, so here it is! In case you are wondering why some of the stories are particularly vague however, that is the reason.

The one moment that changed everything for me happened just a day before Christmas. The act was simple and quick, but left me with such a happy feeling. I knew I had to continue the trend. In this particular instance, there was a very small window during which I could take action. In the seconds leading up to that instant, I was more nervous than I have been in years. I could feel my heart beating out of my chest. For some reason, I was panicking. I didn’t know how my intentions would be received (there always seems to be the rare possibility that your efforts or assistance could be taken as offensive). In that mode, I thought I had let the moment pass me by. It seemed like the chance to jump had come and gone.

I was so angry at myself. I was disgusted at my hesitation. The thought that I could have impacted someone’s life in a positive way, but let my nerves get in the way infuriated me.

Just then, the window opened once again and I jumped at the chance to do what I had planned to do all along.

The reaction was so overwhelming that it brought tears to my eyes. In the briefest of thanks, I saw so much earnest appreciation that I instantly vowed to never let my own inhibitions prevent me from doing something that I knew could brighten someone’s life or bring them some sort of relief, even if only for a fleeting second.

Of course, the idea is that the “fleeting second” will turn into something more. It will make an impact (perhaps just on one person), but with any luck, that one person will be moved  to do the same for others.

Everyone can do something nice. Sounds stupid, right? Sort of a no-brainer. But oftentimes, I can convince myself to not do something because it’s too expensive, or too “out-of-the-way”, or too complicated. Simple solution / note to self: pick something different to do. It can be priceless, quick or anonymous. Give me an excuse and I’ll give you an option.

Instead of perpetuating negativity and hurt, positive messages of respect and appreciation for others will spread.

There are plenty of things about myself that I’m not crazy about. Some of which, I am sure affect others from time to time. As strange as it sounds, I believe that addressing these quirks within myself could actually help to ensure the longevity of my kindness mission.  So if that’s where you need to start, I encourage you to do so.

Recently, I have had about 12,000 things swirling through my mind. Some exciting, some 110% nerve-wracking. Tonight I met up with Katie at a restaurant and we talked for hours.  Despite the time we spent, our individual orders totaled less than ten dollars.

In a strange twist of events, we happened to have the most perceptive, attentive waitress in the world (I have notoriously bad luck when it comes to waitress assignments. I have plenty of hilarious stories of fantastically awful service). This one appeared at just the right times, she didn’t act like I was a lunatic when (in my typical, overly-animated way) would be telling a story with my whole soul. She made her presence known so we didn’t feel like we had been plopped at a table on a desert island, but she also didn’t reappear every fifteen seconds to rush us away from the table once she realized our bills were next-to-nothing and we weren’t planning to order anything else.

Usually, I find myself trying to calculate the exact minimum tip to leave due to the terrible service. But tonight, I needed nothing more than an un-hurried night out with my friend and apparently, having a decent waitress made all of the difference in the world.

I left an unusually generous tip that Katie matched and I left a note at the top of the receipt that simply said “Thank you for being so nice!”

Monetary gifts are not at ALL what this project is about. In fact, the note at the top of the receipt may very well have been enough to brighten that waitress’s night, but being a waitress is zero fun. It was late and I was obnoxious, so I figured a couple of extra bucks would only add to it.

Tonight’s post is a little different than any others that I’ve written. Think of it as a challenge. A challenge to be good and do good. We all have quirks that can be worked out (presumably). And as I said before, anyone can do good. Choose something nice to do for someone else and do it. Don’t be afraid to share your stories. Tell your friends. Pass it along. Do good for others, but do good for yourself too.

Let me know what you do. I’d love to hear your stories.

Have a great night! I’ll be back tomorrow with some exciting Boot Camp updates!

Running on Repeat

Hello again! It’s be a loooong time since there have been two posts in one day! (But to be fair, I wrote the review of the Silver Linings Playbook yesterday evening and scheduled the post ahead of time. Hehehe, so sneaky!)

Today was a very fun day that was packed with friend time.

Fitness:

First of all, as per usual, I met Katie at the gym for a nice little run. I was feeling my oats this morning and didn’t stop once. Granted, the distance wasn’t terribly long, but I did feel like I could have kept going which is rarely the case. I owe it all to the Flo Rida song that I listened to on repeat for the entire distance. (Whatwhosaidthat!?!?!)

This is likely just one of my incredibly strange quirks, but sometimes when I can’t seem to hype myself up for a workout, I pick a song and just blast it away on repeat throughout the workout. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I’m crazy and that it sounds like the most repetitive, monotonous workout ever known to man, but for some reason it totally helps me to get in the zone. Especially for a run. Yeah, I’m a nut. Whatever, let’s move on.

Food:

When I got home, I busted in to a portion of one of my sister’s Christmas presents to me:

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This is seriously the most delicious granola that I’ve EVER tasted. I opened it this morning and threw a couple of tablespoons into a container of yogurt. I then proceeded to snack on it throughout the rest of the day and ate 400% more than I actually intended to. Oops!

Fashion:

After a quick breakfast, I picked up Chloe for a mall adventure complete with lunch at one of my favorite italian restaurants. We had fun scouring the ends of the post-Christmas sales racks. As Operation: Improve Business Casual Wardrobe Inventory continues, I am constantly on the lookout for new additions, not only classic staples, but also some fun and sassy things as well.

For example, CHECK OUT THESE PANTS.

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They are khaki-style and orange and I LOVE them. At first, I tried them on as a joke, but the longer I kept them on, the more they grew on me. With a very dark-colored blazer and some cute shoes, they suddenly become a key portion of what is perhaps my Favorite Internship Outfit Ever.

After a couple of Brady Bunch cracks, Chloe and I both agreed that these pants needed to be mine.

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Source.

Evidently, I have a thing for absurdly colored pants. Check out today’s outfit…

Mint Green Pants

Hello there, mint green pants. (Also, check out the dog staring herself down in the mirror. Too funny.) (In other news, that cardigan was a Christmas gift, but it is the comfiest, softest, best-fitting, most perfect-lengthed cardigan that I have ever met. I highly suggest you investigate for yourself. It’s from Gap!)

I also snagged some other excellent deals that I’m very happy about. Slowly but surely, my non-college-bum wardrobe will grow!

Cancellations: In other news, I am absolutely outraged. My CPR/AED course that was supposed to begin next week was CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST. That’s right kids, there weren’t enough people signed up, so I randomly received an e-mail confirming my refund. Very inconvenient.

After my shopping trip with Chloe was over, I headed out for an arctic trek with Jordan. The fresh air was definitely good for the brain cells! Even though I am still defrosting hours later, it was definitely invigorating. It was so strange to follow our typical summer running route in the frigid cold and snow.  Gotta love the seasons!

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Thanks for reading and have a great night!

Dude, Where’s My Dumbbell???

Greetings, friends!

Today I made a major workout buddy faux pas. I overslept for a gym date with Katie! I WOKE UP ten minutes after I was supposed to meet her there! Fortunately, the gym is right around the corner and very little preparation goes into a gym outing. I felt so, SO guilty, but fortunately I think she mostly thought it was funny. I was quite a mess when I arrived!

Anyway, I stumbled through a very awkward (nearly) 2 miles on the treadmill (one mile I actually ran, the rest I jog/power-walked/flailed around for). Next up was my favorite “Ballet Abs” workout that I posted last week from a Tumblr.

Apparently, not only was I a complete fail at waking up this morning, but I also seemed to have left my brain in bed. At the end of our workout when I went to go return my dumbbells to the shelf, I realized that I “only had one!” Just as I was about to walk back over to our little mat corner, Katie called to me to inform me that the weight was in my HAND. I was HOLDING it. Oy vey. I scare myself sometimes!

Today’s trip did feature a new workout outfit!

Ok fine, it was just a new shirt, but this is definitely one of my favorite combos I’ve had in a while!

Shirt: Avia “Moisture Wicking” shirt from Marshalls. It was $12.99, but it is SO light and comfortable and I love the bright color!

I love the back of this shirt too! Stylish. 😉

Capris: GapFit “gFlex capris.” These are THE best workout pants that I have ever owned. They are so cool and I LOVE the fit. I generally do not like tight-fitting pants, but these are wonderful. They are fitted through the leg, but flare out ever so slightly at the calf. They are flattering (even on my more “athletic” (read: chunky) thighs.

Sneakers: ASICS “Gel-1170″s. I purchased these at Kohls a while back for work and I love them. They are extremely comfortable and even 12-hour days spent on my feet don’t result in backache (as I’ve experienced with many other sneakers). I also frequently wear them to the gym (yes, I know you’re not supposed to do that!) and they have served me very well from BodyPump to the treadmill! I highly suggest trying out a few different styles of ASICS however, because the lovely little numbers featured on my title bar (the bright ones) I purchased to train for the famous 5k in, but ended up wearing old, beat-up sneakers on the day of instead because they actually hurt my feet quite a bit. Even after being broken in!

I have to say, in addition to some other great finds I’ve purchased lately at Marshall’s, their “activewear” department is fantastic! I have found some of my favorite shirts and sports bras there and never spend more than $13 per item! I highly recommend making a trip.

I spent the rest of the day at work and ended the day with a trip to the grocery store that left me with two exciting purchases. (Have you ever met a 22-year-old who loves going to the grocery store quite as much as I do? Doubtful.)

1. A (new) flavored coffee.

You guys are all well aware of my ridiculous weakness for coffee. Throw me a holiday-flavored coffee and I’m in heaven. This one sounded absolutely amazing: Cinnamon Gingerbread Truffle by Godiva. It’s a limited edition and features gingerbread men on the bag. Say no more, I’m there.

2. A Pomegranate!

I have been wanting to try pomegranates for the longest time. I have had them (at work, samples at the grocery store, etc.), but I’ve wanted to try them on oatmeal and yogurt and in salad, so when I discovered a $1.00 off coupon, it seemed like the appropriate time. After researching how to properly bust into it, I went to work!

 

 

 

I ended up with a whole bowlful of these tasty little seeds. I was taste-testing as I cut it open and they are delicious! I can’t wait to throw them in absolutely everything I eat.

Have a great night!

Seven Days of Thanks

Hello!

Today is one of those days where I wish I could say things like “OHMYGODIHAVEASTORYFORYOU.” But seeing as this is a blog and not a sleepover, I feel like that probably isn’t kosher, so I will resist the temptation to spill

This morning, I hit up my Total Body Conditioning class (which for some reason, DRAGGED by today). When I walked into the room, it was roughly 25 degrees. Apparently, someone left the windows open overnight and the result was a refrigerated workout session. The instructor kicked up the heater however and before long, hot air was blowing throughout the room and for a brief moment, I was convinced that I was in a Bikram Yoga class. Anyway, despite the seemingly never-budging clock and the wildly unregulated temperatures, TBC delivered a punch and a half (literally at some points, she incorporated a lot of martial arts-y/ kickboxing moves) and when I left the gym, my muscles felt just like jello! Three things that were highlighted in today’s class that will definitely be making appearances in my workouts were: new resistance band moves, a quick-feet/jab-cross combo and v-crunches on The Step. I am not entirely sure what the protocol/ copyright issue is with sharing workout combinations, but I plan to talk to my instructor and see how she feels about having some of her routines make an appearance on the blog. She has some killer moves that I’d love to share with y’all (<–where did that come from?).

Seven Days of Thanks: This evening, I was fortunate enough to talk to two of my wonderful friends who are currently busy law-schooling and New York City-ing. These two conversations left me feeling so incredibly lucky for my friends (even though they are strewn all across the eastern seaboard). So allow me to introduce the 5KCB 7 Days of Thanks. Between now and Thanksgiving, there will  be (and this calculation is barring any further internet malfunctions) seven posts. In each one, I will briefly talk about one “thing” that I am thankful for, because what better time to appreciate the good things we have going for ourselves than at the holidays?

So today’s “thanks” is for the continuance of my close friendships with my lovely long-distance friends despite the space. Tonight after talking about random things that have been nagging at me with Jordan and briefly catching up on our lives, I immediately felt better about all that had been irking me. In recent summers, Jordan and I would take walks throughout the village just about every night which was great for both the workout routine and also just for the fresh air and the talks that we would have.  As strange as it sounds, talking with her tonight brought that exact same relief. Next I talked with Katherine briefly and as soon as we hung up, I was thinking about how we have been great friends for the last twelve years and how bizarre that is. We have totally grown up together and I am so lucky to have her (and I use the phrase “grown up” very roughly as I am pretty sure that we are both still eleven years old at heart). Earlier this week, I also had phone conversations with two of my college friends who are living in far-away lands (also known as “states other than New York”) and despite the fact that we haven’t talked in months it was like nothing had changed.  As much as I miss all of these people, I feel incredibly lucky to know that they are still very much parts of my life. So today’s thanks goes out to friends. Both the local ones and not-so-local ones. 🙂

Sidenote: On second thought, perhaps today’s “thanks” should have gone to technology… gotta love social networking and that beautiful little thing known as a cellphone that made those conversations possible!

I will talk to you all tomorrow after NOT attending Saturday morning BodyPump!

HAPPY 24/7 CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON THE RADIO DAY!!!!!! (<— aka THE BEST DAY OF THE WHOLE FREAKING YEAR.)