Friday Five: 5 Weekly Faves

soooo, this is how i’m feeling today:

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and you’ll see why if you keep reading. 🙂

linking up with the DC ladies Mar, Cynthia & Courtney for our weekly dose of Friday Five fun, with this week being a “Free Friday” where we can choose whatsoever topic suits our fancy. as i did a pretty specific one last week on nutrition bars, i decided to go a bit more lax this week and go with a list of random favorite things from the last week of January.

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1. florals. i came home from a double-job, 12-hour workday on Monday (did i mention i’m a therapist a few nights a week now? if you are looking for a therapist or life coach, i’m happy to work with clients remotely as well!) to find these beauties hanging out on my dresser, along with the sweetest note. it was the perfect surprise to end my long day. & i totally won the human lottery, for real. he’s so good. ❤

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2. School of Rock. what do you get when you mix Broadway theater + hilarity + a total Jack Black double + adoooorable and talented children + all the enthusiasm and energy in the world?

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School of Rock the musical, that’s what. this was SUCH a cute show. the lead actor clearly studied Jack Black ad nauseam for this role, and totally crushed it — he was hilarious. and the kids?! OMG they were fantastic. such a wholesome, rowdy, energetic, fun-filled, non-stop show that made you laugh so hard & made you “awwww” & made you feel good about theater still reflecting the genuine heart of humanity at its core. i really, really liked it and would recommend it for all ages. basically if you liked the movie, you’ll love it.

3. bottoms up. i went out with guys from work for a drink last night to Ward III in TriBeCa, a dark little cocktail bar that has a great novelty drink list, talented mixology bartenders, and this menu gem:

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a list of house rules. this adds such character and serves as a great conversation piece. we especially liked #2, Don’t Be Creepy, which lets us gals know that if a guy is bothering us, the bartenders are happy to ask him to leave her alone. genius.

i ordered their signature drink, the Ward III, which was fantastic and one of the best drinks i’ve had anywhere in a long time (also the first, since i haven’t been drinking anything but wine for months!):

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definitely a different order for me, and it was SO good. i’d return just for this.

4. inspiration. i love this.

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5. travel. so, about that first image from this post…

it was entirely apropos for today, as the best thing that happened to me this week was booking a trip yesterday for me and the boy…

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to the beach in that picture above.

Ka’anapali Beach, Maui — i’m coming for you in March. eeeeeeee!! ❤

hope you all are having a fabulous Friday, friends!!

Best part of your week?
What’s on tap for the weekend?

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Saturday Successes

this past Saturday, i did so many things. so many good things, i might add.

for starters, i had what i will consider the first successful run (ahem, jog) in a week or so, in that my leg wasn’t locking up or as painful as it has been, thank God. i was sore (due to doing so many squats/lunges etc the day prior), but it wasn’t painful like it had been. i think it’s safe to say i’m on the up-and-up there. success #1: 7-8 mile riverside run. slow, sore, but steady. i’ll take it.

we then did a little jaunt to Astoria so the boy could buy a car! success #2. i don’t claim to know anything about cars, but i really like this one, and he’s super happy, so it was worth celebrating. we then headed back to Manhattan to brunch. we had no plan, but fortuitously stumbled upon one of the best brunch spots i’ve encountered in a while: White Oak Tavern. located on Waverly & Green St. right near Washington Square Park, this place was such a lucky find and we are already stoked to return. we split the Benedict (minus the sauce, i’m so picky) and the Avocado on Toast, and both were amaaaazing. success #3. i was sad to see the food leaving my plate, it was so good.

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White Oak has a rustic-meets-Prohibition sort of vibe, with large-print floral wallpaper and shelves of books and antiques above the bar and along the windows that give it a definite throwback-to-another-era feel — in the best way possible. There are little jars of wildflowers on the tables & heavy drapes & hanging lights & communal plank tables in the middle & a craft cocktail list & just all things country charm. i definitely recommend this place.

photo taken from Yelp

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to cap off a pretty great day, we had a fun date planned for last night: Tyler had surprised me with tickets to Aladdin on Broadway as one of my Christmas gifts! this was one of my favorite movies growing up, and i’ve been saying i need to see the show since it came out, so i was really stoked. it was also his first Broadway experience, which is always fun!

we started off with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, 44 & X. this place is the epitome simple elegance and has a unique, extensive, amazing menu, so i never tired of going here. success #4.

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we shared the Mediterranean Chopped salad, and then i went with the Maine Lobster Taco appetizer as my meal, which was so simple and delicious: just boiled lobster and pico de gallo in a grilled soft taco, topped with avocado. it was awesome.

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yes i know i need to get better at this food-photo thing. yeesh.

the pinnacle of this amazing day was, of course, seeing Aladdin that night — this was a maaaaaajor success (#5).

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Aladdin was one of my all-time favorite movies growing up, and let me tell you — if you liked the movie, you’ll love the show. they add a few Broadway-esque songs and change a couple of things, but overall, it’s very true to the Disney movie and so entertaining. lots of energy, lots of laughs, and more sequins and sparkle than i’ve ever seen in one place in my entire life. oh, and the magic carpet ride & “A Whole New World” part was breathtaking. seriously one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen done on stage.

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i realize that i need to get myself to the theater more! i really have no excuses, given that i live in the Theater District and love going to shows. this was my idea of a perfect NYC date night that i hope to recreate again and again.

hope your weeks start off well, friends!

Any theater lovers? Last show you saw? Any specific shows you want to see?
Tell me something good from your weekend!

snapshots from the S days (fabulous weekend)

don’t you just love it when the weekends actually feel like full, non-rushed weekends?

that’s, like, the best thing ever. to have two whole days of not running around like a crazy person and actually getting to do everything you want to do, with people you want to see…yep. that’s my definition of lifeisgood.

this weekend just rocked. plain and simple, it totally rocked. and yep, i’m super exhausted this morning, you betcha. 🙂

for starters, i saw an awesome Broadway show on Friday night,

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starring these three beautiful, extremely talented people.

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all i can say is that Violet entirely blew me away and was everything you want a show to be: entertaining, hilarious, heart-wrenching, laugh and tear inducing, and just completely lovely in all regards. if you can see it, do. do do do do do. the music was great, the cast was incredible, and there’s a father-daughter relationship that definitely made my make-up run. it’s so good. plus, it’s playing right near my apt, so the walk home in the rain was totally do-able. the perks of living near the theater district. 🙂

the weather was lovely here in NYC this weekend, so i started off Saturday morning with a beautiful outdoor run along the West Side/Hudson River:riverrun
i love having the water on one side of me, but still being able to see the city on the other.

felt sooooo good to be back outdoors for my weekend runs. this 6-miler felt pretty good:

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one thing i’ve been thinking about in regards to my running: i really don’t do any speed work, or push myself much faster than i’m comfortable with, so i really don’t do anything to improve my speed or race times or try to be “a better runner.” i’ve thought about this, and it just isn’t the point of running for me. i honestly, truly love to run and cherish this “me time,” and it’s not about being the fastest or crushing the people around me, and i don’t want it to become that. if i happen to get faster and PR in races, that’s fabulous. but running for me is about loving my life and feeling healthy and strong and pushing myself to new limits distance-wise, and i don’t want to let it become anything else. i’m happy where i’m at.

oh, and i’m also happy about this:

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that would be a water fountain along the Riverside Park running path that has been turned on again for the spring. they’re not all up and running yet, but we have at least one working, so i’m taking that as a good sign that warm weather is going to stay!

Saturday afternoon then included a lot of fun traipsing around Hell’s Kitchen, SoHo and the West Village, complete with a great brunch, a latte with my name spelled correctly (for what i believe is the first time), and some sangria & snacks at Tortilla Flats, one of my fave little indie Mexican bar/restaurants in the city. i swear that Albany’s Bombers is totally modeled after Tortilla Flats. i love these little divey, sensory-overload, casual places where i fit right in with my Chuck Taylors and ripped jeans and love every song that comes on. fave.

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i also had the pleasure of cuddling with this little nugget on Sunday morning, and seeing the happy sight of doggie bowls next to my kitchen when i walked in the door this weekend:

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have i mentioned that i love dogs? i looooove dogs. it kills me to not have one here, and i try to get in as much snuggle time with my pups and my brother’s Bernese whenever i’m upstate. this weekend, we had dogs in our apartment for the first time, as my roommate’s friend came and brought her two little cuties. that’s Hippo. i didn’t want to let that lil nugget leave.

and then, last night, something wonderful happened.

i was reunited with a childhood friend for the first time in 20 years. that’s, like, a lifetime.

and it was wonderful. and it must happen again, way sooner than 20 years from now.

mestephhave i said how blessed i am to have the most amazing girlfriends in the world? i think i have. and i think i can never say it enough. i’ve always had the most wonderful, wonderful girlfriends, and Steph from Canada is such a gem. i really want her to be Steph from NYC, but we are working on that. 🙂

and then it was trivia at Tortilla Flats, and bingo at the Standard Hotel, and then it was midnight on Sunday and i was half awake. but so, so happy after such an amazing weekend.

Questions:

Highlights of your weekend?
Did you ever have a pen-pal as a child?
Steph and i were pen-pals for our entire lives, since we lived in two different countries, and we still have shoe boxes of letters from one another. 🙂

xo

Friday Five {4.4.14}

1. coffee Fridays. one of my close girlfriends and i work together, and we’ve decided to start making Fridays our Starbucks-date days. there’s a Sbucks in the lobby of our building, so it’s a nice little break from sitting at a desk. it also breaks up the daily routine of regular old Keurig drip with a nice Skinny Vanilla Latte (my cup of choice). fun fact: i was a barista for a while, both in Colorado and in Albany. and i didn’t mind it one bit.

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2. Broadway! stoked to be going to a show tonight. i really need to get better about making this a habitual thing. i’m seeing Violet, of which i know nothing, but which has a pretty sweet plot and is supposedly really well done:

“Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.”

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i’ve already decided that i’m probably going to love this. really looking forward to it. (review to come, for sure.)

3. motivation & inspiration. because it’s always the perfect time to give yourself a life pep-talk.

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4. giving back. i participate in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NYC and head up our office’s program, and i am so enjoying building a relationship with my “little” this year. life is so busy in NYC, and it’s so easy to get caught up in your little bubble and run around like a crazy person with a thousand things to do, and volunteering or investing in someone else’s life on a consistent basis can be difficult to schedule in as much as we’d like. it may seem like a small thing, just giving 4 hours of my time a month to build a relationship with a 15-year-old girl, but last night at group she shared with everyone how much it meant to her to have another adult role model in her life outside of her family and how glad she was to have me and that she felt that we were the perfect match. it almost brought tears to my eyes right there in program.  i didn’t realize i had this much of an impact on this girl i’ve only just begun to build a relationship with. it definitely makes me want to evaluate how i spend my time, and make sure i’m prioritizing my investment in other people — because nothing else feels as good, or matters as much.

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running humor. i work with a few guys who are marathon runners as well, and we obviously bond over our crazy love for running distances. one of them sent me this BuzzFeed article (any other BuzzFeed fanatics out there?? it’s fantastic, right??) this afternoon:   75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While out for a Run.  okay, so i haven’t had most of these thoughts, but it was a funny little piece to read and laugh at anyway. here are some of my fave points:

32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.

60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run.
61. I AM THE SWIFTEST GOD OF ALL TWO-LEGGED CREATURES.
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.

little laugh for you. 🙂

happy weekend, friends! xo

 

Questions:

What’re you looking forward to this weekend?

Seen any good theater productions lately, or is there anything you’re dying to see?

WILW {1/15/2014}

i sort of feel like it’s Wednesday a lot. anyone with me? yes, i’m fully aware of the nonsensical logic behind that, and the fact that it’s Wed just as often as it’s any day, but still. it seems like there are a lot of Wednesdays.

welp, you’re welcome for that little dose of semi-philosophical rambling. in other news, here’s the camel who was waiting for me in my (work) inbox this morning:

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possibly one of the strangest and most disconcerting animal shots i’ve ever seen. i like it.

so, let’s love on Wednesday, shall we?

* Joe’s New Balance Outlet. what a site. if you’re a New Balance fan (or even if you’re not, and you’re starting to realize you should be), this outlet site might become your new fitness gear fix. it offers amazing deals on sneakers and apparel, and i’ve found the customer service to be wonderful. i purchased those turquoise babies dangling on this blog header as my marathon shoes last summer, and i couldn’t have been happier with them. it’s replacement time, however, so i ordered these two pairs yesterday and am hoping i love how they run as much as i love their fun and spunky attitudes.
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*the theater. man, i wish i took advantage of NYC’s amazing theater experiences more often, especially given that i live in the theater district, and it’s fairly easy to get discount tickets to certain shows. last night i had the opportunity to see the brand spankin’ new Broadway play Machinal at the American Airlines Theater (right in Times Square) on press night, as it officially opens tomorrow, because a girlfriend gets tickets to shows through her job. pretty sweet gig.

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i love everything about going to the theater, and it totally makes me miss my (very amateur, aka ended in college) acting days and wish i’d pursued that. this was a crazy unique show that employed a very mechanical, industrial theme in all aspects, from stage design to character development and dialogue. it was based on the true story of one of the first women ever executed using the electric chair (because she murdered her husband). lead Rebecca Hall did an incredible job, and the show was complex and dark and very character-driven. i wasn’t quite certain how i’d feel about it at first, but there were a lot of cool elements and i’m definitely glad i saw it.

*Birch Box & Nature Box. what a nice treat to have two packages waiting with my doorman last night at the end of a loooong day: both my Birch Box and my Nature Box.

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January’s Birchbox was pretty decent: Fekkai shampoo and conditioners, a Burt’s Bees eye cream, a perfume sample that i haven’t smelled yet, and a little quad eyeshadow palette. i’m always glad for the shampoos and conditioners because i they’re so clutch to throw in my gym bag, as i work out in the mornings and head right to work. i have a good feeling about these.

and Nature Box — oh man. what a lovely sight to behold on my kitchen counter.

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his was my first Nature Box from the subscription i received for Christmas from my bff, and i customized it online so that i’d be sure to like every snack (love this feature!). i chose the Cinnamon Spiced Granola, Dark Chocolate Berry Trail Mix, Fancy Dried Figs, Blueberry Almond Bites and Whole Wheat Bluberry Figgy Bars. so far, so amazing. just hoping i can make this stuff last more than, ya know, a week…

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happy snacking, indeed.

*snowboarding. oh, how i love that mountain life. i’m heading back upstate to get some more riding in this weekend, about which i’m soooo psyched. last year i only had one trip out to CO (albeit an amaaazing trip!! pix below), and the year before i mayyyybe got on my board twice. this year, i’m three times and counting already. pretty good for a city dweller/ snowboard bum at heart.

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*blog love. one of the best parts about having a blog and getting involved in the “blogosphere” is finding other blogs you like and getting to know the people behind them a bit through their writing. writing is such a powerful tool, and as someone driven by a true passion for the written word, i believe fully in the importance of paying close attention to your voice as a writer and how your personality comes across. everyone blogs for different reasons; for me, my primary purpose here is to keep myself accountable, in the midst of a hectic life, to writing on a regular basis. it has always been my true love, and it pains me when i feel it being slowly edged to the shadowy corners of my life. i need to keep it in the forefront, where it’s always belonged. this, at least, is one outlet for that passion. i think everyone who is haunted by an innate passion of some sort feels the indescribable pain that comes along with it, when you find yourself unable to devote most of your life to this pursuit.

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having said that, i follow quite a few blogs that i find interesting, adorable, helpful, inspiring, funny or entertaining, and so why not promote some of these other ladies’ stories?

this week, i’m pushing Gracie’s GirlMeetsLife. it’s adorable and relevant and fun, and she’s a fellow NYC girl, so she’s automatically a cool chick. 🙂 she just started her own line of necklaces (which i totally wish i’d had the vision for, as i dig the whole vibe behind it). check her out.

Questions:

If you’re not into snowboarding/skiing, what are your fave Winter activities?
Runners: Do you swear by a specific brand of sneaks?

xoxo