okay i’m doing it: survey #1 (get ready for more loves)

soooo, up to this point i have stayed clear of the surveys and “What I Ate Wednesdays” and all of the “let me tell you a little bit more about me” questionnaire-type posts that run rampant in the healthy living blog world. i enjoy reading my fellow bloggers’, but i’ve never ventured into this form of spillage sesh.

but i’m about to break that streak today.

i’m jumping on board with the adorable Miss Amy from Fitness Meets Frosting and the lovely Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers to chime in on the “10 day YOU challenge.” i’m digging this one.

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thankfully, i missed yesterday’s “10 Secrets” day and am stepping in on day 9. i’m not much of a secret-spiller. that’s what my best friends are for. 🙂

9 Loves (brrppp of course this comes after i just posted an “i love everything” post yesterday)

1. the fam. ok, so that was a no-brainer.because if i didn’t list them as #1, i’d be the worst excuse for a daughter/sister/human being. ever.

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2. my girlfriends.
again, an obvious fave. i have the best of the best of the best.

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3. the Huss pups. which are also an extension of the Huss fam, obvi. i can’t get enough of these 3 darlings. (side note: i’m Hundo P a dog person. all dogs, all day, all my life. no cats allowed.)

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we have Quinn, my bro’s Bernese who pees every time she sees me (it’s true love when you can’t control your bladder at the sight of someone, i’m telling you) and jumps with me into the lake, and then Moka & Kayla, the sweetest lil Shih Tzus who climb into my suitcase whenever i’m home and beg me with their eyes not to leave. i don’t have a dog in NYC and it pains me every day.

4. running. errrrr, duh. this sport has entirely changed my life in so many ways, and i am so, so thankful that i am healthy and able to run, and that i have such a passion for something that has challenged me beyond anything i could dream of and helped me to really gain a new perspective on life, health, and my own identity. it’s truly been a gift.

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5. salsa dancing.
just try it. you’ll hate it at first because it’s stupid hard and you feel like you’ll neverrrrr be gooood but then you’ll love it so much, and then something clicks and it gets into your head and under your skin and you’re dreaming about it at night and downloading iPhone apps to learn new moves and practicing in front of your mirror. trust me. i’m telling you stories. plus, you get to wear shiny sequined shoes.photo
6. bananas.
i like to know that one is always nearby in case i need it. i had a mini melt down in the cafeteria yesterday at work when one of my favorite caf workers had to tell me there were no bananas that morning and to check back at lunch. it was a rough moment.

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7. traveling/wanderlust. planes and trains and road trips and boats and camping and beaches and cities and mountains and everything. just take me with you, wherever you’re going.

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8. Counting Crows. absolutely fave band ever and i truly think Adam Duritz is a poetic, lyrical genius. i read his lyrics to get inspiration for my poetry; i’ve actually shed tears at one of his concerts, during the encore performance of “Holiday in Spain” (which actually makes you want to fall in love even if you know you’ll lose them, it’s so beautiful); i can listen to their albums tirelessly. absolutely amazed by this band.

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 9. anything to do with water. like, outdoors. oceans and lakes and beaches and rivers and even puddle jumping, i’ll take it. i gravitate towards anything nautical: sailboats, anchors, stripes, that whole motif. my parents live on a lake and we are an ocean-loving fam, so i can’t get enough. really, really want to live by a beach one day.

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and there you have it! probably super predictable but what can i say — i wear this lil heart on my sleeve and when i love something, well…it shows.

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if you decide to join in on the fun, link to your page and let me know you’re playing along!

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thankful Thursday

do you count your blessings?

i try to. i mean to. and i want to do it more.

i mean, i am a Hundo P fully aware of how amazingly blessed i am just to be healthy, active, safe, employed, and surrounded by amazing people in my life — that’s more than enough to be thankful for on a daily basis. but on top of that, i know that there are a million little things to appreciate in my everyday life that i often just let slide by without a thought. being thankful and really stopping to take inventory of all the bits of wonderful that life brings us each day is something i want to be more intentional about, so i think dedicating my Thursday blog posts to this thankfulness theme should be the new name of my game.

so today, and this week, i am thankful for:

*boot camp. ah, i was so glad to go back to working out with a trainer this morning for the first time in over a month. man, how i missed having my butt kicked. fave exercises today: burpees with a Bosu ball and squat jumps onto a Bosu ball. love that thing.

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*having my only sibling be my best friend. that’s pretty much the greatest thing in my life.

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*Quinners my love. i never thought i’d love something so much that sheds so much, but i totally adore her, my beast of a niece. lately, our relationship is really progressing and maturing: she actually doesn’t pee every single time she sees me anymore. miracles do happen.

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*that it’s almost April. April just sounds like Spring, doesn’t it? surely things will be better and warmer and sunshine-y in April. hurry.

*time management. i’m thankful i have this skill, considering i have so many passions and things i love to do and want to fit into my life. i recently started up teaching my online college course again after a semester break, and i’m glad to fit this back in. along with work, and school, and running, and dancing…

*dry shampoo. lifesaver. ’nuff said.

*fabulous roommates. this has been a huge blessing in my NYC life. my last roommate was wonderful, and we’re still good friends (and always will be); my new roommate is wonderful, and i can’t imagine having an easier transition from one great girl to another. this is such a big deal for me, especially living in rather tight quarters, and i couldn’t have asked for better girls.

*Seamless. i only recently started relying on this food-delivery site on the regular, and it’s becoming a fast addiction. lately i’ve been ordering the same thing all the time: a skinny chicken burrito with black beans and pico de gallo. (yes, i’m such a creature of habit with food — probably the worst.) i don’t think you can live in NYC and not have somewhat of a Seamless addiction. it’s basically required.

*faith. if life was easy all the time, how would we know that God really is who He says he is, and how would we see Him working in our lives? i’m trying to learn to find the good in the hardships, because anything that deepens my faith and dependency on Him has a purpose to benefit me, even if i can’t see it when i’m struggling.

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 *crushes. because you don’t even realize that you miss the butterflies until they suddenly appear entirely out of thin air and catch you off guard. and then you remember — these things are nice to have, after all.

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xo

Question:

For what are you thankful today/this week? Give me something good!

The Friday 5 (on Saturday!)

(well, it shouuuullld have been my Friday post…’cept i realize i never finished this last night, so now it’s spilled over into Saturday. whoops. 🙂 better late than never, right?)

i decided i’m changing up my “Fun Facts Friday” posts to “The Friday 5.” they generally end up being 5 random things about my life anyway, so i’m liking this better.

1. i’m on a (forced) running rest. i haven’t run since Sunday — that’s entirely out of character and 100% attributed to the sickness. running + hacking cough does not = a good time. while i greatly dislike not running, i’ve managed to get some decent workouts in this week, sick and all:

Monday:  winter walk around and across Grafton Lake
Tuesday: rest. we had a blizzard and i nearly died just walking down the icy sidewalks.
Wednesday: 50 minutes full-body elliptical, 20 minutes incline walking on a treadmill, 30 minutes circuit intervals (kettlebells, wall/ball jumps, box jumps, burpees, back rows, planks)
Thursday: boot camp circuit training (kicked my butt- super sore today)
Friday: another rest day, as my body is killing me from yesterday and i was up all night coughing.

so it was a lighter workout week for me this week for sure, and while i definitely miss the running, it would have been a bad move to push myself. it’s probably good for me to get comfortable with periods of rest, as i tend to freak out a bit if i can’t work out every day, and that obsessive mentality might not be the healthiest. certainly motivating, but possibly a bit on the edge of crazy. 🙂

2. i am such a dog person. we have always been a dog-keeping family. there was Spanky, my first black lab when i was 2-3 years old (guess who named her), and Rusty the mutt who ran away incessantly, and Oreo the English Springer who really needed to live in the country, and Missy the sweet Shih Tzu who was such a foundation part of our family that we had to get two to replace her, the adorable Moka and Kayla (who you’ve seen pop up around here before):

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from our snow romp last weekend.

i love everything about Quinners — except that i can’t go within 10 feet of her without her peeing everywhere. she’s frenetically obsessed with me and just can’t control herself, no matter how many times a day she sees me, so petting her is an issue. thank God i don’t have that effect on boys.

all this to say, i desperately wish i had the space and time to have a dog in NYC, because i am crushing on this breed sooooo harddddd:

berniea Bernedoodle: Bernese-Poodle mix. i cannot. can you? that face. must.own.one.day.

3. reading. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. i’m a big Fitzgerald fan and love how he writes and brings his characters to life. this is the third of his books i’ve read (Gatsby and Tender is the Night), and to me, it surfaces the themes of the intricacies of love and intimacy, the institution of marriage, and the all-imposing question of, “Exactly what does one do with oneself?”ahhh, there it is. the ever-imposing philosophical question of life.

it’s set in NYC in the 1920s, the wondrous Jazz Age, detailing the life of the uber-chic do-nothing-with-themselves socialite crowd, and seems to me to be a bit of a mockery of the idleness of such a life. i’m enjoying it, both his writing and the frivolity of his characters, which he fleshes out with such great complexity it makes me insanely envious. i so enjoy reading truly magnificent writers, whose prose springs off the page and makes you question everything you ever thought you knew about good writing. i’m such a fan, Fitz.

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5. favorite thing for the weekend: dancing. can’t get enough. i have two salsa events on tap for tonight: one from 5-9pm, the Capital Region Salsa Social, and the second from 9-?? potentially 8-9 hours of dancing…bliss.

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happy Saturday, lovies!

What’s on tap for your weekend?

September was my Favorite

I’m sad to see it go; September was the most amazing month in NY. Almost every day was glorious, and I was fortunate enough to have increeeedible weather at the lake this past weekend. Couldn’t have been more perfect for end-of-September loveliness. Waking up at 8am on a Saturday to this view never gets old.

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The picturesque mornings certainly helped my running morale, as I can’t lie — running has been a bit on the rough(ish) side lately. The half went pretty well last weekend, but I only did one 5-miler this past week, and it was painful. I set out Saturday am with pretty low expectations and hoped I’d be able to tough out at least 8-9 miles (while secretly wanting to hit 10-12). I actually struggled a lot the first 3-4 miles with the calf and hip pain and might have screamed at the sky/begged God to make me pain-free and make running easy again at one point. Thank goodness nobody is alive/awake/outside at 8:30am in the country, as I can only imagine what sort of looney toon I looked like.

I managed to push through the initial misery, however, and end up with a pretty nice run after all,

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…even if I hobbled into my parents’ car at the end affirming that “half marathons are more my style and I really don’t have any desire to ever run a full.” The verdict is still out on whether or not I’m a post-run liar. 

The rest of the weekend was just what I needed after a crazy week: stress-free and full of relaxing time with my family and BFF. There was an amazing boat ride, a fabulous service at my old church, a wonderful Saturday afternoon patio date with my best friend, and lots and lots of family time —  which included drinking the bottle of Sebastiani red zin I bought at their winery in Sonoma back in 2011. I can’t believe I hung onto it for the past two years, and am on a serious mission to get myself back there ASAP to visit their winery again. It was so, so good.

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Oh yeah, and this crazy lady was certainly a fun highlight of my weekend:

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the Quinners, my overly excitable “niece” who loves me so much she pees everywhere whenever I’m around. My brother swears she only does that for me and one other person, his friend from Colorado. I guess that’s true love right there: when you just can’t control how happy you are to see someone. 🙂

I’m such a dog person. Those eyes and paws just get me every time. So thankful I have such an amazing crew of people (and furry friends) to go home to when life gets a little too hectic.