surf & swim = life is good.

i’m exhausted beyond all comprehension and feel like today has been the longest workday of my liiiiife, but it’s all for a good reason:

i had a fabulously fun long weekend in Dallas with my cousin/one of my bestest friends these past 4 days. i totally wish we actually lived in the same place, as 4 days seems far too short, but it was the most amount of time we’d spent together in years and i’m so grateful for it. we tried on bridesmaids dresses (me) and went to her engagement party, and i played cornhole and drank Deep Eddy’s grapefruit vodka for the first time each — both were epic wins.

big success, all around, Dallas. i dig it. it’s a nice city; a livable city. it’s young and clean and pretty cosmopolitan, with lots of fun bars and good restaurants and active, energetic, pretty people. she lives in a sweet area where you can essentially walk everywhere, and everything there just looks nice.

i was also introduced to an amazing new workout (where “amazing” = ridiculously fast-paced & challenging), from which my quads are still attempting to recover and which has rendered me more sore than i’ve been in a looooong time. enter City Surf, a local surf-inspired boutique studio where you’re performing the usual circuit exercises — burpees, planks, push-ups, squats, etc — but on (or next to) a “surfboard” of sorts. (and then you do about 4,326 jumping lunges in-between surfboards, just for kicks.

i honestly still can’t walk well today at all and dreaded even riding a bike to work. stairs have suddenly morphed into torture instruments and i almost fell simply walking down the hall today because my leg locked up. sooo that’s where i’m at in my stage of post-surf recovery.

i forgot my phone so here’s a pic from GuiltCity which gives you a sense of the boutique:

origtotally sweet idea and i think NYC needs one for sure. apparently Chelsea Piers has something similar, but i think it’s now my calling to open up a City Surf NYC. i can’t wait to inflict this much pain on everyone else who lives here. 🙂

my other workout in Dallas included an hour of cardio on Friday morning, comprised of running a (rather painful and slow) 4 miles on the treadmill and finishing the rest on the elliptical. i’m feeling the lull lately from not being able to run much due to the injury, and it’s dragging me down. not that i could run today if i tried, but still.

oh, check out my lovely (and completely private) post-workout source of relief at T’s apartment complex:

swim
apparently nobody else needs a pool in 95 degrees on a lovely Saturday, so i got to pretend i was a trophy wife with the world’s nicest backyard. i think if a company wanted to persuade a young professional to move to Dallas, they should take them to City Surf and then right to this complex’s pool.

annnnd done.

How were your weekends?! What’d you do?
Any fun/creative fitness classes you’ve taken lately?

Can you surf? Will you teach me?

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i like these things {picture post #4}

*a good run. i needed to enjoy a run this week, and this beauty of a morning gave me a great one.

run

i felt a bit stiff/sore in the beginning, but managed to work out the kinks halfway through. it couldn’t have been more perfect weather for a 6am run. i actually felt the best in the last 2 miles, which was a nice little pick-me-up, and i was happy with these splits.

photobring it on, Thursday. you’re mine.

*catching up with a good friend & NYC Restaurant Week. i had dinner on Tuesday night with one of the first really good friends i made when i moved to NYC, and even though we don’t see each other as often as we used to when we worked together/went out all the time/bonded over our love for indie music and movies, catching up with him is always a treat and it’s like no time has passed.

we went to two new-to-me and really great places:

The Other Room in the West Village — suuuuuch a cool, intimate little wine/beer bar on Perry St, almost to the river. i had no idea this place even existed and i really dug the dark, cavernous vibe — and the rose i had was awesome. i’d def return here.

photo: Lauren Klain Carton

photo: Lauren Klain Carton

photo: Lauren Klain Carton

photo: Lauren Klain Carton

we then walked the block over to Spasso, a restaurant i’ve walked past a gazillion times and wanted to try. thankfully, i was not at alllll disappointed! we participated in NYC’s Restaurant Week menu, where you choose a first course, a main entree, and a dessert option (and add your own martinis, of course — one dirty, one twist — any guesses which was mine?).

foodthe only pic i managed to snap was of my summer salad (please note the dirty martini and plate of shishito peppers creeping in the background, as they were key players, too), which was amazing, and followed by a grilled fluke entree and finally gelato. it was all amazing and i was super impressed and would definitely go back here. perfect night.

*proof that i belong on an island. okay, so it’s not exactly tropical, but Nantucket will do. apparently i have a street there waiting for me?

Image-1can we stop and acknowledge how much i love my last name? like, i can’t imagine not being a Hussey. just saying. it’s pretty rad.

anyhoo, a friend who has this amazing gig where he lives in Rhode Island and sails boats and whatnot for a living (suuuuper rough life) is currently in Nantucket and sent me this Hussey life pic this am…along with these envy-inducers, to remind me of where i COULD have been right now had i chosen to take a week off.

boat
sailing
i think it’s safe to say i made the wrong choice. #lifefail

*travel. next stop, in the beginning of September:

photo just can’t get enough of Texas this year — San Antonio in May, and now i’m headed to Dallas in a month (just booked my flight 5 mins ago, woot!) to visit my lovely cousin and celebrate her engagement! suuuuuper duper excited for this trip and cannot waiiiittttt to spend a weekend with T. LOVEYOU! ❤

Tell me something good about your week!
Any fun cities on your travel radar?