Friday Five {10.17.14}

happy Friday, friends! super stoked this beautiful day has finally arrived, as this has felt like a looooong week for me. anyone with me?

let’s get right into the fabulous Friday Five, aka what’s rockin’ my world this week:

*this babyface darling sweetheart lovebug of a mush.

i gave lil Henry this elephant so he'd know i'm always thinking about him, since pachyderms never forget. safe to say, i think they're fast friends. <3

i gave lil Henry this elephant so he’d know i’m always thinking about him, since pachyderms never forget. safe to say, i think they’re fast friends. โค

there’s no way i could put anything else as my #1 this week when this boy is in my life. he’s totally stolen my heart and i can’t wait to see lil Henry and my bff Jess tomorrow. yep, headed back upstate, aka my weekend home.

and a transitional image to tie the above and below parts together today (and because it’s so cute, i couldn’t leave it out!):

which segues nicely into…

*workouts. this has been a killer week for workouts for me — stoked about that. the legs areย  significantly less sore every day, and i haven’t skipped a day since last Tuesday — and i’ve kept my workouts varied enough (aka, didn’t overdo the running even though i’m finally running without much pain again) that i’m still feeling good. i also have had a lot of sleep this week and kept the plans to a minimum — my social life has been the gym or else watching the Voice with pumpkin beer and my Halloween costume crafting to keep me company — and it’s been quite glorious. i had a totally rad workout this morning: an hour of intense plyo-free weights-abs followed by 15 mins on the Arc trainer, and it was exactly what i needed to kickstart my weekend into amazingness gear.

*feeding the mermaid obsession. yet another amazing find from my lovely kindred spirit friend Alex who knows me so well. i’m thinking this will become my next DIY project:

totally nonplussed about the fact that i live in a big city and not at the beach — this must hang in my apt. you can’t fight your inner nature. ๐Ÿ™‚

*words to live by. things my heart scream.

*biking this apple.
there are a whole lot of views in this world less spectacular than my morning commute to work.

have i mentioned that the hours of 5:30-8:30 am are some of the best of my day? biking down the west side on a beautiful October morning does wonders for my soul and helps me start the day thankful for some quiet time and fresh air (before having to be indoors all day, which pains me to no end). this morning was simply gorgeous and i willingly risked my life to fish my phone out of my purse (which was dangling on the handlebars) to snap this shot while cycling. and boy, was it worth it.

have a wonderful weekend, friends! i’ll hopefully have some beautiful pictures of upstate NY and some funny ones of my Halloween costume to share with you next week. ๐Ÿ™‚


Tell me something great from your week!

How do you commute to work? Any other bikers?

What are some defining attractions/buildings in your city that are picture-worthy?

8 fears? oh geeze

welp maybe i should have read through the list of things i signed up to blog about more closely before happily deciding to jump on the “10 days of you challenge” bandwagon. even though i did have fun making this my icon for it and am totally beach bum dreaming right now:
8 fears, hmmm? let me try and dig hard and deep for these, without getting too depressing on you.

1. losing people close to me.ย my fam and friends mean everything to me and i cannot imagine my world without them. so let’s not spend any more time on this one, mmmmmkay?

2. never really falling in love — like, you know, the all-consuming, blackened-out-completely, it-might-not-exist-but-i’m-chasing-it-anyway sort of love. i mean i’m not biting my fingernails to the quick and losing sleep over this, but sometimes i wonder if maybe i’m just too independent/picky/engrossed in my own life/waiting for a miracle/stuck on “the idea of someone out there.” but i kind of like holding on to all of that, so here i stay until here he is.

ancient map of the world

3. jello. because those first two were about as heavy as i am going to get, let’s move on. i hate jello. everything about it makes me cringe and i’m afraid for anyone’s life who eats it (not mine, b/c i clearly don’t touch that jiggling, gelatinous poison). i don’t understand it, i don’t want to be anywhere near it, i don’t think it’s meant for human consumption and i sure as heck don’t know how it was ever invented in the first place. don’t do it to yourself, people. wrong on every level.

4. being left alone in the dark in a strange place. like a foreign city, or a cabin or tent in a forest, or a deserted road or a strange house or maybe even a not-so-strange house. if it’s dark and not my own bedroom, i like someone else to be there. so if we go camping together and you decide to go for a walk in the middle of the night and leave me in the tent, well, don’t. thanks.

5. losing my health/getting hurt so i can’t run. i definitely don’t take the fact that i’m so healthy and able to be so active for granted, and losing this is unthinkable for me. i pray every day for health and safety.

not having all of the glorious adventures i so desperately want to have. i want to always be learning and reading and growing and traveling and studying and exploring and and and…you get the picture. i believe in the art of forward motion and i would hate to feel like there was something i wanted so badly and just didn’t chase after or achieve. this is why i’ll probably end up with 6 college degrees, a head full of novels and dreams and still move to SoCal to live on the beach and try to write books. #freespirit

7. matches.
i was going to say “uncontrollable fire” but i’m pretty sure 99.9% of the human population would cite that as a fear, so i’m altering that to “fire in my own hands.” i can light a candle but not always on the first try, b/c if that flame starts creeping down the match, i’m blowing it out. these little fingers are scaredy-cats.

8.ย sharks. and jellyfish. oh gosh and bees. so basically, animals that sting or bite or creep up on you out of nowhere.

well, that was fun. and now i’m off to spend my weekend with people i love who are still alive, doing things i can still do while i’m healthy, and avoiding all things jiggly, stingy and fiery.

happy Saturday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions: What’re you afraid of? c’mon, i just bared my soul here…give me something! ๐Ÿ™‚

i like these things {picture post #1}



make time for the things you love most to do.


travel. (mostly by train for me lately, skimming along beside the Hudson River on my way upstate, to people and places and things i hold most dear…but soon, by plane.)


eat lots of veggies (and pretend you can cook!).




discover who you are — and do it on purpose. dare to dream, and chase it. because any new day could be the next best day of your ever-unfolding life…