Thinking Out Loud

so, after reading so many other fun bloggers’ “Thinking Out Loud” Thursday posts, courtesy of Amanda at Running with Spoons, i decided i’d take the plunge and jump on that train this week, too. because we all need a healthy lil dose of randomness in our lives now and then, don’t we? i like a good ramble.

Thinking-Out-LoudONE: once upon a time, when i was a snowboard bum (briefly) in Colorado, we used to delight in snow days as it meant lots of fluffy, powdery goodness for us to play in on the mountain. now, living in NYC and slushing through street-corners-turned-lakes and sweating through layers as soon as i hit the subway station, my opinion on snow has changed. falling from the sky and making things look pretty, sure — the first 5 times a season. but if i’m not snowboarding in it or curled up by the fire at the lakehouse, i’m about done. sorry, March, but i really had higher hopes for you, and today’s blizzard is quite the let-down. c’monnnn, Spring!

IMG_6502welp that’s one bright side of living in NYC — might be wet & miserable, but at least our earth isn’t quaking. thanks, Eeyore. #perspective

TWO: where the heart is. i’m going home upstate tomorrow for the first time in almost 2 months, which is a long stretch for me! they’ve been two very busy, very fun, very activity-laden months, so i’m stoked for a relaxing weekend upstate with people who make my heart so very happy. and speaking of some of these people: last night, i got a text from an acquaintance upstate with this picture, captioned, “They don’t have this in New York City.”

FullSizeRenderthat would be my adorable parents, sitting at a diner, waiting for my brother to join them for their Wednesday night family dinner. so much cuteness. totally made my night.

THREE: i got my first pair of OmShanti leggings last week. i say “first,” because i’m hopeful there will be more in my collection in the (nearish) future, once i can justify another pair.

first pair: Hearts in the Sand.

74-127f-heartssandSummer, i’m so ready for you.

i knew i had to have these as soon as i saw them — my little beach-bum, Summer-dreaming heart felt like they were meant to be mine, and i thought of little besides these leggings for a solid week. i’m happy to say they’re really cute in person and fit super well (i’m 5’5” with an athletic build and the small fit me perfectly), even if this skinny lil model rocks them better than i do. 🙂 this pair is next up on my “want all the leggings” list:

74-128f-peacocki have no idea why i need these but i do. because one day i will do yoga and i’ll want to wear peacock pants. and because one time in high school one of my friends randomly announced that if i was an animal, i’d be a peacock. cool. good enough. i need these.

FOUR: anyone watching The Voice? i’m not much of a TV person but i am addicted to this show, as i’ve mentioned before. my opinions range from “this person is the best singer in the world” to “if they picked her, i would have definitely made it,” to “i’m pretty sure Adam Levine and i would have hit it off, if i’d gone on this show before he got married and we fell in love.” i sort of think i’m getting discovered every time i sing anywhere, so maybe i should get a voice teacher and try out. and i can wear those peacock pants, because blind auditions, whhhhattttttcha know about that!

FIVE: i did not go out one single night this week — no restaurants, no bars, no late nights, not a sip of alcohol (heyyyy March goals), just me and lots of hours at the gym and dates with The Voice judges — and i have my first head cold in a year and am exhausted no matter how much i sleep. God must be trying to tell me something. there has to be a lesson in there somewhere…

or my personal hypothesis: wine has been keeping me healthy all these months. not only is it good for my heart, but it keeps me swimming in antioxidants and probably kills all the bacteria so i don’t get sick. go off it for a week or two, and look what happens. i’ll be lucky if i make it through wine-free March in one piece at this rate! 🙂

SIX: i really need this. because i’m six and that’s Ariel and ’nuff said.


Any random thoughts for the day?
Fave pair of patterned leggings you own, or a style you want?
links, please!
Fave Disney princess?
i think it’s clear who mine is… #mermaidlife


WILW {10.8.14}

oh heyyy, friends. i’m still here, don’t fret! i can sense your worry. 🙂

you know those days when you just feeling super meh, and the only thing you can do to try to snap yourself out of it is try to focus on good things about your life and hope that eventually you’ll be able to mind-trick yourself into willing the yucky parts away?

welp, i had two of those in a row the past 2 days, which didn’t feel amazing. and i started blogging both days but just couldn’t muster up the energy to finish either time. but today, everything feels like sunshine and rainbows again, for no reason and every.


so today, i woke up and decided i was going to get outdoors and run, no matter how much my legs hurt. and they did hurt — but i did run anyway — and while i fought for those painful 4+ miles, it was worth every aching step. i have so missed my morning runs along the river, and a slow, painful run this morning felt like a tiny victory, as it did wonders for my soul to just start the day outdoors and let everything go.


when you love something that much, it’s hard to give it up, even if it hurts to stick with it. so this is the first thing i’m loving on this Wednesday: starting my day with an outdoor run again.

oh, and
prayers for my hurting legs are much appreciated, please, friends! thank youuuuu.

something else making me happy today, on a totally unrelated-to-running note: i have to say, it’s nice to have friends who enjoy your blog so much — and know how much writing means to you — that they look forward to reading it and reach out to let you know you’re slacking. what that says to me is, hey! i like you and you’re important to me and i love reading about your little corner of the world, so please add something to my life by writing about yours.

that’s sweet. i like that. and i always appreciate those who help hold me accountable to writing. one of my bffs is such a fabulous blog-supporter (and fellow wanderlusting gypsy soul) that i swear she gets as stoked as i do to find stuff “for my blog” and is always sending me (or insta-tagging me in) pix to use, which i absolutely love. she recently sent me this one because she saw it and “it reminded her of me”…which i took as a big, fun compliment…in reference to the strong legs, the leg warmers (i love those things!), and the love for dance. (just not the pole, obvi.)  thanks, girl. keep ’em coming. 🙂


sooooo, then, moving on! most of the things i’m loving this Wednesday happened over the weekend, so let’s backtrack, mmmmkay?

Saturday was a great day overall, starting with a (rather painful) 6.5 mile run, albeit on a treadmill due to the rain. boo.

i’ve been doing a bit better with the foam rolling, although i still need to step up the consistency of that game…but the pumpkin everything goal? i’m crushing that one, like whoa. pumpkin beer for dayssss.

it pairs so well with everything, really: gym pants, sweat, recovery, foam rollers…crazy how that happens.

in keeping with the pumpkin theme, i popped into Pinkberry for the first time in months to try their pumpkin season flavor. omg sososososo good.

pumpkin-pinkberryphotodo it. doooooo it.

…annnnnd i kept the streak going strong, as Saturday night date night with the girls at their (awesome) new apartment in Hoboken consisted of on-the-couch pumpkin/fall beer taste testing (3 down so far), sweatpants & a movie. precisely, exactly, absolutely the way i wanted to spend that evening.

the beer was good, but the company was the highlight of my weekend. i haven’t seen these lovely faces nearly as much as i’d have liked to since the summer (and our weekend beach trips) ended, and it makes my soul so glowingly happy just to be around them, in sweatpants on the couch on a Saturday night when there’s nowhere else in the world to possibly be.

oh, and real friends introduce you to amazing books that change your life, like the one i’m currently reading:

it’s absolutely beautiful. i was undoubtedly hooked from the first page, as she told me i would be. it’s unprecedented, like a riot in the soult; it’s heartbreaking and raw; it’s shocking and organic at the same time. it makes you dive down into the hidden depths of your own confused, muddled being, down to the most sacred, clandestine parts, where love and loss and pain and joy all go to nurse their wounds after years of colliding with one another and try to make sense of where each one ends and the other begins. it’s brilliant, and i wish i knew how to write the way she does, to feel those things.

read it, please. you won’t regret it.

hmmm no segue for that little emotional burst, soooo…

The Voice makes me happy. anyone else watching this show?

man, i love those four faces. i’ve had a Gwen girl-crush since she first burst onto the scene, and i’m just loving the way these 4 interact. i always assumed i’d naturally choose Adam (you know, when all 4 chairs turn for my blind audition and fight over me), but Gwen might be a game-changer. so fab.

annnd last but not least, i’m totally digging this little commentary on a runner girl’s fairytale:

a-da-mo-11no caption necessary. he should just understand. 🙂

Anyone have any good runs/races lately?
Pumpkin beer: nay or yay? if yay, please tell me your fave kind so i can try asap!
Any Cheryl Strayed fans? Or any book recs you want to send my way, please do!


slowing it down & random stuff

once upon a time, i was this super social chick who went out more nights than not and spent about .2 seconds awake in my apartment each day. run/gym, work, class or out, home to sleep. repeat, repeat, repeat.

then, it became 2014 and i decided, hey, let’s slow down a bit, mmmkay? plus, it was getting difficult to see my bedroom floor beneath all of the shoes/running clothes/school books/everything else i own, so i took that as a sign that mayyyyybe i should start staying home a little bit more. that, and i was just plain tired. a lot.

welp, that somehow turned into me wanting to do nothing but have nightly dates with these lately:

you think maybe i’d cook more now that i’m home more nights, but nope. i’m just fully discovering the depths of my relationship with


it’s a good thing The Voice isn’t on every night because i might never leave my apartment again. a singing competition + the 4 people with the best chemistry everrrr to be on television + lots of Adam Levine time miiiiight be my idea of what people do in Heaven when they aren’t running/snowboarding/surfing/traveling. i’ve discovered that this show pretty much embodies all of my passions: i want to date/marry/lock up in a room and never let anyone else have Adam, dance like Usher, have Blake’s sense of humor and just all-round be Shakira (with dark hair, of course). and yes, i’d pick team Adam all the way, if i got on.

anyone else watch this? i’ve never been much of a TV person but i love this show. and i don’t even care about the contestants. just one more pic, i promise…


so even though i’m definitely experiencing much less of NYC’s nightlife and restaurant scene this winter, i’m really enjoying my down time. joining the gym in my building has also been a good move, as i can pop out of bed and down two flights of stairs and not have to lug multiple bags all over the city. homebody status in full effect.

i’m feeling pretty decent in the wake of the NYC Half two days ago, in that i got in a good hour-long strength workout yesterday morning and a 3.5 mile treadmill run + ab sesh today. my legs are a bit sore but nothing crazy, and i’m thankful for my body’s resiliency in being able to withstand a lot of hard exercise and bounce back quickly. either that, or i’m just so used to a certain level of soreness by now that it’s my new baseline.

i’m on spring break from school this week (quite possibly the most magical pairing of words ever invented: “spring break”), which is lovely, and heading back upstate tomorrow for a very special wedding, for which i am beyond excited. definitely expect pics of that in the near future!

& since transitions are weird, i’ll leave you with this wonderful gem of alliteration. i personally think “morning miles make every day manageable,” but the word nerd in me is too geeked out over the five-word alliterative sentence to care if it’s Monday or not. so good.



Any Voice viewers? Which judge is your fave?

Are you a morning runner?