Thinking out Loud

linking back up for the 2nd week in a row with Amanda at Running with Spoons and the other gals who participate in this Thursday fun!

Thinking-Out-Loud1. is the lamb here to stay?  so please tell me you guys are familiar with the whole “in like a lion, out like a lamb” idiom used to describe March’s personality, right? i’ve been chanting this every Spring since i could string words together (my parents were great teachers, thanks Mom!), but when i dropped it on the boy last weekend, he looked at me like i was speaking Parseltongue. i mean, this is a thing, guys. someone tell me they say this, too?

art: Emily Arnold McCully

art: Emily Arnold McCully

translation: the sun & blue skies have returned to NYC, and we hit 55 degrees yesterday. i seriously considered starting patio season already after work last night. can’t wait to run outside tonight, and i’m choosing to believe it’s only going to get better from here on out. c’mon, March!

2. eating: all the protein. so although i’m not sticking to Whole 30 strictly (i had wine with friends last night, whoops), i’m still loosely trying to base the majority of my diet around their food list, and i’ve been eating more eggs in the past 2 weeks than ever in my life. i was never much of an egg person, and now i’m hard boiling them like whoa and actually loving them. they keep me full for hours and eliminate any desire to snack, so i’ll take that! i’ve also been eating a lot of grilled chicken, and staying away from chips and crackers and bread products 100%, so that’s a win.

3. reading: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. i’m a big C.S. Lewis fan — the Narnia series is one of my faves — and i started this book years ago but didn’t get into it. my roommate and i decided to read it together and discuss it, so i’m committed to it this time.

in case you’re unfamiliar with it, this is from Wikipedia:The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological issues, primarily those to do with temptation and resistance to it…the story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter.”

so yep, the narrator is a demon, and the book uses this interesting style to tackle a bunch of issues in the Christian faith. it’s rather dense, but i think it’s really good for me to read this (especially after all the fiction to which i default), so it’s good. i love being challenged and forced to really think about serious issues, so this is certainly accomplishing that.

4. Vegas! so i just found out last night that the weekend i’ll be in Vegas is now the weekend of the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight — aka the richest fight ever, with a purse of over $250 million!! whaaaaat?! thank God we booked our flights way ahead of time, b/c i imagine the prices will soar. i’m not into boxing whatsoever (i just know Pacquaio’s name b/c my old trainer was a Filipino who was also a boxer and he was obsessed), but the weekend should be packed and full of fun events and craziness, so that’s cool. not that i’ll probably partake in anything. i just am stoked to go to Vegas. and it’s a family trip — have i mentioned how much i love family trips? when your family is as fab as mine, you want to do all the things together. seriously, our vacas are the best.

5. food. these snapea crisps in wasabi ranch are so good.Calbee-Snapea-Crisp-Harvest-Snaps-Wasabi-Ranch-071146002470 i ate them on Tuesday on the train ride to class because i didn’t have time for lunch…but i refuse to consider them “chips” because they are essentially vegetables. they’re so light and puffy and have a great flavor. i’m a sucker for anything wasabi.

6. NYC Half. i’m not running that this year (sad face), but a big “good luck and have so much fun, this is an amazing race!” to all of you who are tackling it. i loooooved this race last year and had allllll the feelings about my city, so i hope you runners have a smashing time.

7. Instagram humor. half of my feed consists of these comedy accounts…please tell me you guys follow them. daddyissues? betches? girlwithnojob? i cannnnn’t. hilarity.

whena bestie and i are going anywhere (before we fall asleep on the couch and our boys take pix):

when you’re not with an actual like boy and amusing yourself with boytoys:


when your delusions of grandeur don’t quite align with the reality of your life in NYC:

but i’m maintaining that it’s still the best city, no matter what.
Whatcha thinkin’ bout this Thursday, friends?
Tell me something good from your week!

WILW {3/5/2014}

*gym collecting. as of this week, i now belong to four gyms. four. that miiiiight be a little bit unnecessary…but for now, i’m chalking it up to a healthy way to release my commitment issues without taking a strain on anything (except maybe my wallet).  i mean, i can totally justify them all:

  • i joined NYSC when i first moved to NYC a few years ago and have gone there religiously
  • i need a (cheaper) gym upstate for my frequent trips there, so i joined Planet Fitness
  • i switched to Mid-City two mornings a week when my trainer moved there
  • and now, because it’s only $25 a month and super convenient (especially in the cold weather and early mornings), i decided i should show my face in my apt building’s gym.

and there we have the story of how i started collecting gym memberships as though they were trucker hats.

yes, it’s annoying that our gym isn’t free, but it is what it is. or, as Juan Pablo would say, “eees okay!” plus, they serve free coffee/tea and breakfast goodies in our lounge compliments of Amy’s Bread, the most amazing bakery, so it’s definitely working out in my favor.


* running humor. after taking running so seriously last summer/fall when i was training, sometimes it’s a nice little breath of fresh air to be able to run without the pressure of a big goal. or to be able to have a conversation with someone without talking about running (yes, i probably annoyed everyone). or to run five miles and not feel like it just wasn’t good enough. although now i’m rather feeling the other extreme, that i might be taking this training for next weekend’s 13.1 just a little tooooo flippantly. and by training, i mean sleeping a lot and running some. recipe for a PR, right?


*those lemony Girl Scout cookies. these Savannah Smiles things suddenly came out of nowhere in the past couple of years, am i right? i’ve never really been into lemon desserts at all, but these are like crack for me.  i can’t stop eating them, and at 5 cookies for 140 calories, they’re not even that bad. i mean, the whole box only has 5 servings. it’s practically health food.  i’m not that tempted by most GS cookies (except thin mints, which i just make myself avoid at this point). those coconut chocolate Samoa things that people go crazy for? yeah, not into them at all. nor those peanut butter ones with the funny aftertaste. but for some reason, i’m addicted to these little half-moons of lemony perfection. so. good.


* headbands. i’m a big fan of head accessories. i have my fair share of snap backs/trucker hats, beanies, and stretchy running headbands (that i regularly wear when i’m not running). i pretty much always have one with me if i’m not wearing one just in case i neeeeed it, which i usually do. very limited time to do my hair + very little desire to do my hair + not so concerned with how my hair looks except for the one weekend night when i may or may not go out = meant to wear headbands. because “hey, i dig your headband” sounds wayyyy better than “um, do you want to borrow a brush?”


*still on the “Jared Leto is amazing kick
  because posting this on his Instagram (yes, i follow him — stop yourself now) today is just all kinds of awesomeness.

happy Wednesday, loves!

Favorite Girl Scouts cookies?
Tell me something you’re lovin’ about your week!