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Surviving Sandy

So, there was this hurricane and its name was Sandy. She was a real bitch these last few days and well, she wreaked havoc all across the Northeast, putting much of the great city I love under water or into darkness.

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The damage that’s occurred has been devastating and lives were lost, homes were destroyed and many of my friends are without power right now. But the one thing that has been so uplifting in all of this? Our community.

People aren’t kidding when they say New Yorkers are tough. Many are heroes. I mean, when you have nurses evacuating newborn babies out of NYU Langone Medical Center in the middle of the night, in the middle of the hurricane, you have real heroes on your hands. Seriously, these people are rock stars, along with all of those who have been working tirelessly around the clock to help our city bounce back quickly and safely.

New Yorkers don’t mess around.

Photo from NYRR

I’m so proud to call myself a New Yorker.

I’ve heard that you’re not a real New Yorker until you’ve lived here for 10 years. Maybe this is true. For those who believe it, I respect you. But I’m a real New Yorker. I grew up in Central New York, went to school in Oswego and have now lived in New York City for a year and half. I’ve been through countless blizzards, a handful of earthquakes and two hurricanes. Mother Nature likes to mess with us, that’s for sure, but I believe she hasn’t dealt us a losing hand quite yet. Yes, what happened this week has been devastating. But what’s happening as a result is amazing as well.

Another amazing thing? Social media. I’m not sure how people stayed up-to-date without it before. I’ve had the news on around the clock and have been tuning in to Mayor Bloomberg’s reports, but Twitter has been my saving grace. Getting tweets instantaneously from the mayor, MTA, airports and friends has been so resourceful. Not only in finding out what condition our city is in, but to quickly make sure my friends and family are safe, especially when power goes down. Luckily, everyone I know made it through safely without any major damage or losses.

We made it through safely as well. I, fortunately, didn’t experience the brunt of Sandy as I am back upstate. I went home for my best friend’s baby shower, and by the time my bus would have returned, subways were shut down.  I’d either be stuck in Port Authority, or gambling to find an expensive cab back to Queens. My mom asked me to stay, so I did. Thanks for asking, mom 🙂

Dustin and Libby were back in our apartment in Astoria and while the winds were unbelievably strong, there was no flooding and power stayed on the entire time. We were lucky, that’s for sure. And to everyone who sent messages or called, thank you. It’s so heart-warming to be reminded how loved we are.

In the meantime, I’ve seen people posting Facebook statuses about the storm being a joke and others incessantly asking about whether or not the New York City Marathon will still take place. To these people, I say one thing: “Really?”

Joking about the storm = not cool. If anything, count your lucky stars that you weren’t affected. So your town was placed in a state of emergency and nothing major happened? GOOD. Better safe than sorry. Everyone has the right to voice their own opinion, but I find it extremely offensive when jokes about a storm like this are made. Remember, people lost their lives. Homes were destroyed. Last time I checked, those weren’t joking matters.

As for the runners who are furious about not knowing the status of the marathon: calm down. I completely understand wanting to know your travel plans and whether or not you’ll lose money. I also can sympathize – if I found out I wasn’t going to be able to run a race that I had been planning for over the last year, I would be upset. But please, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Yes, hosting the marathon would help the city financially, and if it does happen, it’s going to be one HELL of a celebration of this great city. But if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world. There are bigger fish to fry and more important matters to pay attention to, like restoring homes.

And if you have time, money and a sympathetic heart, think about volunteering. Here’s a list of some great organizations lending a helping hand that would welcome your assistance with open arms.

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Checking Out Chobani SoHo

I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt. Like, a really big fan. I have some every single day, either as a snack or mixed into a meal. It’s one of those foods that’s easy for me to grab when I’m scurrying around like a mad woman, and I know that I’m still putting something in my body that’s really good for me.

So when I heard that one of my all-time favorite Greek yogurt companies had opened up a yogurt bar in SoHo, I was just a tad excited. As in, I couldn’t wait to make the hour-long trek from Astoria down to SoHo so I could get my hands on some of the delicious goodness.

Lucky for me, Chobani was kind enough to extend me an invitation to a recent blogger event to test out all of their creations. I even got to bring along this fun girl I know:

That’s Chloe. She was an ASME intern (like me!) at Parents for the summer and I was her mentor. I shared what little knowledge I have about the magazine industry with her, and she sang my praises. Sounds like a win to me.

Once at Chobani SoHo, we learned about the different sweet and savory combos they make, the history of Chobani, where and how it’s made and then taste-tested it all. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the savory flavors, the sweet ones were a major hit.

Out of the nine yogurt creations, I narrowed it down to a top three. Drum roll, please…

1.) Fig + Walnut: Turkish Figs, Walnuts and Honey.

I blame it on my obsession with figs. This was unbelievably delicious.

2.) Peanut Butter + Jelly: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Grapes and Peanuts

Come on, are you seriously wondering why? It has PEANUT BUTTER.

3.) Pistachio + Chocolate: Pistachios, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Oranges and Mint Leaves

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this when it was delivered, but it was OMG-fantastic. I seriously considered moving it up the list, but couldn’t cheat on pb like that. It’s already upset about the #2 spot.

Even though those are my top three, I really liked the majority of them. The only one I strongly didn’t like was the Plain Chobani + Olive Oil. But if you are a fan of more savory dishes, this may be right up your alley.

So whenever I’m down in SoHo, I know I’ll be making a stop here. It’s only $3.50-$3.75 for one of these tasty treats, and if you bring the glass container that it’s served in (after you’ve gone once, of course), then you get 50 cents knocked off. Not too shabby.

Have you been to Chobani SoHo yet? Do you have a favorite Greek flavor? If someone finds the Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, BUY ME SOME. I can’t find it and seriously want to try it.

{Disclaimer: I was invited to this event free of charge, but was not required to write about my experiences. All opinions are my own.}

Somebody’s Gonna Miss You

This week is pretty insane, to say the least. Things are very busy at work, I’m moving to a new apartment throughout the week, I have various engagements every night and I’m going out of town for a wedding this weekend.

But the craziest thing is that this girl is leaving.

Karla is one of my favorite co-workers and after sitting with our desks right next to each other for the past year, we’ve gotten quite close. So much, in fact, that we’re often finishing each other’s sentences or jinxing because we’re just saying the same thing simultaneously. Cute stuff, I know.

But alas, New York is not quite her scene, and she’s heading back to the Midwest to be closer to her family and in an environment she’s more comfortable with. Although it sucks to see her go (she seriously is the nicest person in the world), I totally understand and respect her decision. But I expect plenty of visits!

Nonetheless, I’ve been devoting as much of my evening time to her as possible this week. As my Spinning buddy, we usually hit up one of Danny’s SoulCycle classes together. When I found out she was leaving, plans began to form and Danny and I secretly started planning a goodbye ride. My job? Get her there and bring the balloons. Done and done.

Although there was a brief scare because she was wait listed during sign ups on Monday.

Luckily, the Soul fairy sprinkled its dust and got us on bikes right next to each other before class began. Karla walked in, saw a bike pimped out with ribbons and blue balloons, and realized what we were up to. Especially when “Bye, Bye, Bye” started blasting overhead. Although I’m a BSB girl through and through, N*Sync has a special hold on K, so including the boys was crucial.

Danny took us through a fantastic class where we sweat a lot, smiled ear-to-ear, had water sprayed on us and then cried when  Rihanna’s “Farewell” came on near the end. Damn that song is emotional. It was such a great way to send our girl back to the Midwest.

Then we met up with our co-worker, John, to chat about life and enjoy some adult beverages.

What a bunch of cutie patooties those two are.

Then we spun again today. But this time, Ali came along for the ride. We’d been trying to make a date for a while now, so it was perfect timing that this finally came to fruition. It was now or never not until next time she’s in town!

We took Parker’s class, which was a first for all of us, and while it wasn’t “OMG holy sweatiness that was unbelievably fantastic,” we left with a good layer of sweat and smiles. And then we ate 16 Handles. Obviously.

I forgot to take a picture. Bad blogger.

Tomorrow we’ll have a final sendoff for this girl after work and I’m pretty excited. It still hasn’t quite hit me that she’s really leaving. We’re gonna miss you, K, but I’m just telling myself that September will be here before you know it!

 

Fly For A Great Cause

Looking for a way to get your full dose of celebration on in honor of Cinco de Mayo, without quite as much guilt? I’m a big fan of Mexican food and we all know I love a tasty margarita, so I know for a fact I’ll be celebrating this weekend. But just like many others, I’ve been looking for an equally fantastic way to get my sweat on before I indulge, so the added calories don’t make as big of an impact. My ticket to the big show: Flywheel. And if you’re in New York City, you’re definitely going to want to get in on the action.

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As you all know, I’ve had a running coach for the past few months to get me through my spring training cycle. Even though she was originally hired (that sounds so weird, since she’s one of my friends, but it is what it is) to help me tackle a marathon, Abby modified my plans and stuck by me through all the craziness as I went after a half-marathon instead. My recap on Saturday’s race is coming your way tomorrow, but today I want to share a bit more about Abby and the awesomeness that surrounds her.

This is Abby. I stole this picture from her blog.

You see, Abby’s husband was deployed in the United States Marine Corp six years ago and she was by herself in the Big Apple. Looking for a way to to be productive, she signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon and decided to raise money for a military charity while doing it. The winning charity? Fisher House Foundation, a charity that builds houses near military hospitals so that families of injured soldiers can stay for free while their loved ones are recovering. It’s a great organization, and 97 percent of the proceeds go directly to those who need it, rather than to advertising and administrative costs.

Fast forward to present day, and Abby is now planning to run the same marathon, but this time it will be her 10th race of that epic distance (wowzers!).The best part?  She’s still running for Fisher House and her husband will be running alongside her. Pretty sweet, if you ask me.

But what does this all have to do with Cinco de Mayo and getting your sweat on? I’m so glad you asked. This Saturday at 3pm, Abby and hubby will be hosting a charity ride at Flywheel and they want to see you there. Seriously, she’s one of the nicest people you can meet, so just go and get your daily dose of happiness.

But if that isn’t enough, there are some pretty sweet prizes being raffled off. Think Lululemon, NY Yoga, Erica Sara Designs and more. And I hear there’s going to be a sweet, rather tasty refreshment after the ride…

Anyway, if you’re interested in getting your sweat on with Abby, myself and a ton of other really awesome people, come to Flywheel on Saturday at 3pm. The proceeds go directly to Abby’s fundraising efforts for Fisher House Foundation (DOUBLE CHECK) and bikes are going fast, so nab one here before they’re gone. And if you do decide to go after reading this, make sure you say hi! I love meeting new readers. Who knows, maybe we’ll all go sip on a margarita (or two) after.

Ole!

Thankful on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you are, but it is GORGEOUS here in New York City. I was out the door for physical therapy before 6:30 this morning and it was already 70 degrees out. Walking around sans jacket definitely put a little pep in my step and I am in a glorious mood. Funny how the weather can inspire such drastic mood changes in people.

The last few days, I’ve been taking the time to just be. How often do we do that these days? Definitely not often enough, especially when you live in a city that never sleeps and people are constantly on the go to get somewhere. So every once in a while, mostly when I’m outside in the sunshine, I remember to pause and just live in the moment that I’m in. And it’s been glorious.

Whenever I read Ali’s Thankful Things Thursday posts, I always get a big smile on my face and it sets me up for a good day. I don’t feel like waiting until Thursday, so I’m going to get my thankful on today. It’s Tuesday, so it still starts with a “T,” which makes it still cute-sy and stuff. Here we go!

I’m thankful for…

My running coach and physical therapist.

They’re both pretty rad. They know each other too, which makes things more fun. They talk about me when I’m not around. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Hopefully they say nice things. Even if they don’t, I’m still thankful for them. There’s no way in hell I would’ve gotten through this training cycle without them. Mentally, I’ve been beating myself up for a while and am totally checked out. I’m kind of ready for this race to just be here so I can be done with it. But more on that later.

Basically, if I didn’t have coach Abby to report to and Ken fixin’ me up twice a week, then I don’t think I would survive. They brighten my day and keep me from doing stupid things. They’re much smarter than me.

Dailymile.

I like that it tells me I’m “awesome” or “impressive” every Monday, despite how few miles I log on a weekly basis. It makes me feel better.

This weather. Because that’s a given. 86 degrees in mid-April isn’t typical, but I’m not complaining. Please stay forever, warm weather ❤

My job.

Even though some silly survey thinks that journalism is one of the worst jobs ever, I tend to disagree. Instead, I think Forbes did a pretty good job explaining how rad my career is. My favorite part? I’m constantly learning. I loved going to school and constantly absorbing new information (am I nerd?) and I get to do that every single day still. I also get to do super cool things and meet extremely interesting people on a daily basis. Win.

My friends.

A lot of them have come to visit since I’ve moved to this grand city and it means the world to me. My buddy Tim, from high school, came for a quick trip the other day. It had been a long time since I’d seen him.

Despite battling a nasty cold that I believe came from the oh-so-wonderful Dustin, we did a lot of walking on Sunday and fun shopping. He lets me dress him, which is very exciting. I think Dustin got jealous because he let me dress him, too. This is new. I like it.

I also got to dress myself in fun dresses suitable for this beautiful weather. This is my outfit today, for example, except I took this picture when I was in the dressing room over the weekend. Ya know, to make sure it looked cute.

But anyway, I really like my friends. They’re super cool. You should be my friend, too. We’ll have fun.

New York City.

It really is a beautiful place and I could not be more happy about living here. Last night I saw a movie with Libby, and as we walked home, we passed Lincoln Center and all of the beautiful fountains and structures that surround that area of town. So pretty and, even though a lot of people are busy, it was peaceful.

Going to school at Oswego.

Speaking of beautiful places, Oswego is definitely one of them. Even though I love this city, I can’t help but miss the college days when a warm-weather day like this one would mean a game of pickup soccer, relaxing by the lake listening to the guitarists play, a walk on the breakwall to reach the lighthouse, followed up with dinner at Rudy’s seafood and dessert at Bev’s ice cream. Apparently I’m not the only one nostalgic for my alma mater either.


Hole-in-the-walls.

Not actual holes in the wall because those aren’t fun, especially when it’s time to move out of your apartment and you have to either fix the hole or watch a big chunk of change disappear from your security deposit (Luckily, no said holes appear in my current apartment. Phew). But rather, little gems of a restaurant or bar that are tucked away in the city, not outrageously advertised but stumbled upon quietly. That happened this weekend when Tim, Dustin and I happened upon Chat ‘n Chew diner.

The atmosphere was quaint, the decor was cute and the prices were just right. The menu was limited, for sure, but I’m not one to complain. The grilled chicken sandwich was bomb-tastic. (Why do I say non-words like this? I don’t know.)

I could keep going, but this post is getting a little long. Just know I’m full of thankful today.

Your turn: tell me what you’re thankful for! I don’t care how big or how small, just tell me. You’ll feel better, I promise!

PS: I added a new page! Check out my personal bucket list, then tell me what awesome things you want to experience.

Tag, You’re It!

By now you must have seen at least one other blogger playing the fun little game that’s been bouncing around for the last few weeks. It’s the post of randoms, which I happen to love. I like reading personal, quirky things about the person behind the computer screen; it makes me feel more connected to them as a person, rather than just a computer screen. Abby graciously tagged me to play the game and I am more than willing to oblige.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in the post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them they’ve been tagged.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section like, “you’ve been tagged if you’re reading this.” You (the blogger) have to legitimately tag 11 (or so) people.

Phew, that’s a lot of rules if you ask me! So let’s just hop right to it, shall we?

Eleven Random Things About Yours Truly

  • I graduated as the salutatorian in high school. People are impressed. Until I tell them my class size was 26. Heh.
  • I absolutely loathed running until my sophomore year of college. Run a mile for gym class? No thank you. Now I’m tackling 26.2.
  • I tried Chobani’s apple cinnamon flavor for the first time this week. It was good, but not as OMG fantastic as everyone made me believe. I blame too much hype. But yes, I’ll still buy it.

  • I have a leaking radiator in my bedroom. The dang thing randomly spurts out water and it’s incredibly annoying. If anyone knows how to fix it, I’m all ears.
  • Dustin was out of town for the last few days. Despite starting on “my” side of the bed, every morning I woke up on his side of the bed. Either I miss him or I just like my space.
  • My best friend moves back to New York (from Oklahoma) this summer. I am STOKED.
  • I’ve never lived without a roommate.
  • My one regret about college was never studying abroad.
  • My lucky number is nine, and I almost always bowl a nine for every frame.
  • It’s not a coincidence that the above factoid was the ninth one about me.
  • I have yet to meet someone who knows more about FRIENDS than I do. I bet I’d even give each cast member a run for their money about each character they played.

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Eleven Questions from Abby

What was your best race? My very first half-marathon: the MORE/FITNESS half in April 2011. The weather was gorgeous, I was excitedly nervous, ecstatic to be back in NYC (I didn’t live here yet) and just ready to run. I blew my estimated finish time out of the water, felt great the whole race and soaked in the wonderful feeling of runner’s high. I’ll never forget that race, especially because I got a tattoo after it.

What is your favorite place to go for retail therapy? Hmm, that’s a tough one. I honestly don’t shop all that much because I have such a difficult time letting go of the money I earn. I’ll treat myself every once in a while, but I still can’t drop $80 on a pair of pants or anything like that.

What is your favorite color? Red. Always has been, always will be. I’m obsessed.

If you could go anywhere for a vacation, where would you go?  Somewhere I’ve never been that’s warm. It needs to have a place for me to run and a place for me to relax outside. Those are my only specifications.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Another tough one, Ms. Abby. I’ve received a ton of great advice. But I think the one that applies to nearly every area of my life is “push for what you want and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.” Maybe it sounds cliche, but it’s always in the back of my mind. My family taught me to be strong, independent, caring and compassionate. And I deserve to be treated nicely because I’m nice 🙂

What would your friends say is your most redeeming quality? You’d really have to ask them. But a lot of them have told me that I’m a great listener and they always feel like they can really open up to me without fear of being judged.

How did you start blogging? Originally, I did it for my career. Every editor told me I needed to have a blog so that higher level editors could see my work unedited. Now I blog because I love it and it’s another creative outlet for me.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter. There’s a better sense of community there.

What is your pre-race ritual? Wake up, drink a glass of water, change into my race clothes right away, eat an untoasted bagel with peanut butter, drink another glass of water, stretch a bit, sip on water, spend lots of time in the bathroom, double-check I have everything I need, another trip to the bathroom….leave.

Woody Allen movies: yay or nay? Yayyyyy

Favorite book you’ve read in the last few years? The Hunger Games series. The Help and Unbroken are close behind.

Eleven Questions for Bloggers

  1. What’s your lucky number?
  2. How many siblings do you have?
  3. What was your favorite school subject and why?
  4. What’s your biggest gym pet peeve?
  5. What’s a healthy food that you really can’t stand?
  6. What’s your favorite cereal?
  7. Where’s the farthest you’ve traveled from home?
  8. N*SYNC or Backstreet Boys?
  9. What’s one career you find fascinating?
  10. How do you feel about Pinterest?
  11. What’s the biggest fear you’ve conquered?

You’ve been tagged:

And there you have it! Now you go: answer one of the above questions in the comments or tell me something random about yourself. Want to know more about me? Feel free to ask a question, too 🙂

I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving-Eve! Tomorrow marks the celebration of my favorite holiday in the whole entire world. It has all of the important F’s: family, friends, food and football! It’s not very often that you get all four of those together and I want to soak up as much of it as I can.

Pudding puff pastries for dessert tomorrow!

But more importantly, this holiday is about being thankful for all the beautiful, wonderful things happening in your life instead of focusing on the negative, which happens more often than most of us like to admit (at least me).

Every year, my mom requires us to all go around the dinner table and say at least one thing we’re grateful for and one thing on our bucket list. She’s a big believer in goals and dreams, and this is an annual reminder to keep on keeping on. What am I thankful for? I’m so glad you asked:

My family. First and foremost, I’m so unbelievably thankful for the family in my life. I have a great support system and people I know I can turn to with any problem. I’m grateful they are in good health and I get to spend time with so many of them this holiday weekend.

Justin and I on the Brooklyn Bridge. We're happier than we look. It was windy.

Liz. Yeah, she’s in Oklahoma. But she’s my best friend. Even though she’s a bajillion miles away, or at least that’s what it feels like, we still talk on a regular basis and she’s the first person I call with good and/or bad news. I can’t wait until the day she moves back to New York for good and I can see her all the time again. Until then, I’ll cry a little inside as I constantly search flight sites to find something semi-cheap to Oklahoma.

Dustin. We’ve been through a lot this year, some great stuff and some really difficult things. No matter what, we’ve been able to work through it all and he’s really been my rock. I’m so thankful that we’re living together and continuing to grow our relationship awesome-ness.

My friends. Old and new, I love you all. I’ve made some great friends in the last few years and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them. People come in and out of your life for a reason, and I honestly believe every single one of my friends has made a great impact on me. Love you all.

At Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. Our version of Where's Waldo?!

My health. I’ve been relatively healthy for the entire year and I could not be more happy about that. It’s allowed me to do a lot of fun, fit things that I’ve had on my bucket list (like running a half-marathon) and kept me out of the hospital. That’s always a good deal.

Being in New York City. I’m living the dream. It’s not easy, but I’m doing it. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to really prove myself and work toward success in my career.

Running. It’s awesome. I’ve fallen in love and I’m so excited to start marathon training soon.

All of you. Thank you so much for coming to check out the blog and read whatever I have to say on a random day. It really means the world to me. And I get all sorts of excited whenever I get an email saying someone “liked” my post, I have a new subscriber, or a new comment is waiting for me to view 🙂

And in honor of mom’s Thanksgiving tradition, here are a few things on my bucket list for the year (until next Thanksgiving):

  1. Complete my first marathon.
  2. Volunteer at the Hope Lodge in NYC.
  3. Raise money for the American Cancer Society during a race.
  4. Get my personal training certification.
  5. Run at least three more races in new states.

I hope everyone has a fantastic day tomorrow; Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for? Tell me something on your bucket list!

p.s. If you want to see photos from my birthday trip to New Orleans, check out my Facebook page!

Always Remember, Never Forget

This weekend my brother was in town and one of the things he requested we do is visit the Ground Zero Memorial. I hadn’t been yet and was more than willing to oblige. So I snatched up three tickets for Sunday afternoon and Dustin, Justin and I trekked down there. It was so beautiful and unbelievably moving. I nearly cried reading everyone’s names again and was so sad seeing names with flowers rested upon them. It made me wonder who had visited to lay them there, and I wanted to know their story. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has had to personally deal with a lost loved one on that tragic day.

If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend you go see the memorial for yourself. I went during the day, but think it would be beautiful at night with everything lit up. And when spring comes around, all of the trees in the park are going to be in bloom and it’ll just make the memorial vibrant and full of life — something I think many people need to be reminded of. Live life to the fullest, you never know which day is your last.

Here are a few of the pictures I snapped while at the memorial. I hope you enjoy ❤

September 11, 2001: Always Remember, Never Forget ❤

Feel-Good Friday: Because I Need It This Week

I know you all are patiently waiting for Part II of my Nike Women’s Half-Marathon race report, and I promise it’s coming. Just not today. It’s been an extremely difficult week for me, emotionally and mentally, which is why I haven’t blogged since Monday. So instead of my race report, I’ve decided to continue the weekly tradition of Feel-Good Friday. Because after the week I’ve had, I don’t want to dwell on the bad. It’s much better to focus on the good.

So here’s what’s been getting me through this week:

My new mug shot. I’ve been meaning to bring in a coffee mug for work for the past few week so that I would stop using the paper cups our office provides (go green!), but just kept forgetting to snag one from my cupboards at home. When I snagged this big boy from a Starbucks in San Fran, I knew it would be my new office mug. I’ve already enjoyed a few warm cups of tea and hot cocoa (I don’t drink coffee) and am sure to enjoy plenty more. Plus it’s red, which automatically makes it way cooler.

My new water bottle. I know, I know, I’ve been putting a lot of “new” stuff on here that have been making me feel good. I swear I’m not materialistic. There are just some little things (like water bottles) that make me feel good. This one in particular is not so little, in fact it’s huge. And when I fill it up in the morning and chug it down by the end of the work day, I feel accomplished for drinking that much water.

Flowers from Dustin. Or Dustin in general. Dustin has been my rock, helping me sift through the emotions that I’ve had thrown at me this week. I really am so grateful for him every day, but this week he just stepped it up. He never pushed me to do anything I didn’t want to do and he came home with my favorites on Wednesday: yellow roses, a Reese’s cup, a Starbucks gift card, and lots of room for hugs. He’s a keeper.


Oswego and their reunions. Dustin and I met at Oswego, so that automatically makes Oswego awesome, but last night our alumni association had a NYC Welcome to the City party and we got to meet a bunch of people from varying graduating classes, from the ’70s all the way up to today. We met at Houndstooth Pub in Manhattan, got appetizers and drinks, and enjoyed everyone’s company. I got to see a lot of friendly faces (Hey Liza and Liv!), people I worked with at school that I haven’t seen in a long time, which made the night even more fantastic.

(Sorry for the grainy iPhone photo!)

And Dustin striking his signature pose.

So that about sums it up for me! I would say to expect the race report tomorrow, but that would be a lie. Dustin and I are escaping the city for the weekend to visit his family, and I’m avoiding technology at all costs. My brain is in dire need of an unplug from technology. So I won’t be tweeting, texting, blogging or anything. But I’ll be back Monday, happy race report in hand!

What’s made you feel good this week? Tell me at least one thing!

Feel-Good Friday

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged in the last few days, but I’ve been putting in a lot of hours at work so I haven’t done much but work, eat, sleep and exercise. Err, ok so blogging is really the only thing that got cut for two days. Otherwise that sounds like my normal schedule. Oops!

To make up for my absence, I’ve decided to kick off another series (two in one week, who am I?)! It’s time for Feel-Good Friday, where I’m going to share some of the pleasant things in life in hopes that you’ll return the favor in the comments section 🙂

Here are a few things that made me feel good:

Fall weather. A cold front has moved through NYC and it was in the 50’s when I went for my morning run! My body has acclimated to the heat, so running in cooler temperatures was really nice. And I love dressing for fall weather! My outfit screamed fall to me, except for my lack of tall brown boots.  I’m on the hunt for an affordable pair, so let me know if you find some!

Biggest Loser returning. I could not be more excited about this. Yay for fall TV shows!

Glee coming back too. Told you I love fall TV! I can’t wait to see what Ryan Murphy and the other writers have come up with for the third season. And I love Heather Morris, our October cover girl!

Groupon, Living Social and LifeBooker. My three favorite social deal sites have stolen my heart once again. I managed to snag an hour deep-tissue massage for $39 and a three-course meal at a high-end sushi restaurant for $13.50 this week. WIN.

Yoga. My body is begging me to go to yoga. I meant to go last night, but Libby accidentally signed us up for a CoreFusion class instead. Oops! At least I got my strength session in. And I plan on going to yoga Sunday morning instead. I would go tomorrow, but I have a four-mile race (and then three miles to tack on after my long run of the week) to run for FITNESS’ Mind, Body, Spirit Games. I can’t wait!

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Libby’s pumpkin bread. I can’t stand the taste of pumpkin (gasp!), but the bread Libby made this week was goooood! I couldn’t taste the pumpkin at all, so I gobbled down a few pieces throughout the week. I will force her to make this again!

Care packages. My aunt sends me goodies every month or two, and I just received a small box this week! My favorite part? The food. She sent me freshly picked apples (that lasted great!) and homemade  peanut butter chocolate fudge. Yum.

What’s made you feel good this week? Anyone else excited for all things fall?