why isn’t it always the weekend?

anyone else feeling like that this morning? i had one of those “and thiiiiis is how life is always supposed to be!” weekends of which i’m having a difficult time letting go today. take me baaaaack.

Friday evening: somehow lucked into the company Yankee seats for the second time in 3 days (no idea how that happened but i’ll take it!), and it ended up being an epic 19-inning game against the Boston Red Sox that included a power outage (i left during this, in the 12th-inning) and marks the Sox’ longest game ever (and the Yanks’ longest since 1962). i love baseball, but after 12-innings on a Friday night at the end of a long week, i was tired and cold and wanted to sleep. i’m still glad i was there for most of the game, though! such a blast.

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Saturday morning: i finally had my first great outdoor double-digit run in months, as this weekend was gorgeoussss in NYC and i was determined to spend as much time outside as possible. man, did that do wonders for my running self esteem, which was sort of lacking a bit lately, and my overall mental state/happiness level! sometimes a long run along the river on a beautiful day just changes everything.

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i reallllly love my new Nikes — they felt amazing during this run, and i’m hopeful they’ll be just what i needed (coupled with SPRING) to get me back into the distance groove.

Saturday evening: saw Insurgent with one of my best friends.

Insurgent_posterif you liked Divergent, you’ll like this one — it’s a good follow-up, i thought, and totally entertaining and keeps your attention. and this boy!! seriously.

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Sunday morning: the most gorgeous day everrrrr. i ran 2 miles downtown to meet my girlfriend along the West Side/Hudson River path, and we ran another 3 miles or so, for a total of 5 for me. even after running 12 the morning before, i was feeling awesome. this weekend was exactly what i needed to boost my running morale and get me stoked for Spring/Summer running!

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we then brunched on the patio at an adorable spot in the West Village that ended up being the absolute perfect chocie: Upright Brew House.

upright their $25 brunch gets you orange juice, any drink off their coffee menu (almond milk latte w/ their house-made almond milk for me — did i mention i recently had to cut out dairy?? — and a chai latte for Al), a cocktail, and an entree. everything was delicious and we plan to return for more post-run brunches in the near future for sure.

i had every intention of working on a presentation for school at some point yesterday, but it was just so gorgeously amazing out that i couldn’t resist meeting a boy for a cocktail on a patio later on and calling it an early night. sometimes Sundays just need to be filled with all good things and not tainted by work!

hence, i will be spending tonight working on that presentation for my Parenting class. happy Monday.

hope you all had amazing weekends!

Highlight from your weekend?
Runners — any good runs lately? Is the weather finally lovely near you as well?
Anyone else brunch outdoors this weekend? What’s your go-to brunch meal?

 

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whatchou know ’bout baseball?

along with being America’s favorite pastime, baseball has long been my sport of choice.

i grew up with a sports-obsessed father who has an especial love for baseball, which he imparted to me at a young age. i have a baby picture of me rocking an SF Giants jersey as a dress and a sideways cap like a boss. between his SF obsession and my mom growing up in Queens near Shea Stadium (Mets), i had no choice but to love baseball. we start fanaticism young in the Huss fam.

why SF Giants, you’re probably wondering, since i grew up in New York? well, they were the NY Giants before they moved to SF, and my grandpa grew up in the Bronx and was a big fan, so my family stayed loyal even after the coastal switch. i’ll always root for those boys…even if i get company seats at Yankee stadium.

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because my boss looks out for me and knows i love baseball, i lucked into the company seats last night for the Yanks’ second 2015 season game against the Toronto Blue Jays! we have sick seats, lower level between home plate and first base right by the Yankee’s dugout. couldn’t ask for anything more than dope seats, 3 other baseball-excited friends, a home team win, and all the laughs…

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except maybe wine with a straw?

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the only downside was that it was 40 degrees and we were freeeeeeezingggg….but luckily, our seats included access to the VIP lounge, so we chilled in there for a good portion of the game. wine & free popcorn? score.

as nice as great seats are, being able to feel your fingers just miiiiight take the win.

it was a blast of an evening, shivering or not, and a fab way to start off baseball season 2015.

Baseball fan? If so, what team?

Fave sporting event to go to?

Ever drink wine with a straw? first time for everything!

Friday Five {5.2.14}…on Monday

welp, i totally started this post on Friday (obviously) and was such a busy bee that i never got around to finishing it! so instead of disregarding it altogether, i’m bringing you the Friday 5, first Monday edition. hoping this procrastination posting doesn’t turn into “a thing,” but hey — better late than never.

*baseball season. yes, yes and yes. raised by the quintessential sports-nut of a dad with an especial affinity for baseball, i love going to professional games and went to my first Yankees game of the season last night, on the most beauuuuutiful evening. great weather + pre-game patio drinks + amazing friends + Yankee stadium = perfect way to kick off my May.

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*dance. it’s important to stick to your passions, and i’m determined to get better at one of the things i love most to do: salsa. i just ordered myself a new pair of Latin dance shoes (since my 2 pairs are years old), and hopefully this will spur me into taking more lessons this summer and improving my dancing. look good, feel good, dance…better? let’s hope so. 🙂

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*healthier summery cocktails. who doesn’t like a light, refreshing cocktail to sip on a patio in the sunshine? however, i try to be very conscious about the amount of calories that they can pack on, so i like to do my research and find some lighter versions that i can make. here aretwo that i’m looking forward to trying (taken from Shape magazine)

Vodka Cucumber Mint Cocktail (like a mojito, but with vodka rather than rum)

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How to make it: In the bottom of a Collins or mixing glass, muddle 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon water, herbs (1 pinch fresh ginger, peeled and grated, 3 medium basil leaves, 3 mint leaves) and juice of half a lime. Pour in 1 oz.  or vodka and stir. Top with crushed ice and club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Green Sangria (although i’d omit the Midori)

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How to make it: For about six servings, you’ll need a bottle of Pinot Grigio, 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur, 1/2 green apple (cored and sliced), 1/2 lime (sliced), 1/4 English cucumber (sliced), 10 mint leaves, 1/2 kiwi fruit (peeled and sliced), and club soda. Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 8 hours. For individual servings, spoon some of the fruit into a wine glass before pouring and then top off with a splash of club soda, diet lemon-lime soda or diet ginger ale to taste.

*New York City. as the winter begins to (finally) fade and the days are snowless and sunny, i remember anew each morning how truly glorious this city is. something about the rebirth of a city in Spring just makes you feel so utterly alive, and i believe it’s even more extraordinary in New York. because isn’t everything?

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it’s so silly, the things we sometimes take for granted. i shouldn’t forget how fortunate i am to wake up here every day.

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i’ve been here for 3.5 years, and i’ve learned so much about myself in this time. you really can’t live in NY without being changed.
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*wanderlusting. i spend a good deal of time dreaming about the places in this great big world that i need to see, and just the thought of getting on a plane in 2 days is enough to make this a wonderful week. it may not be some place exotic, or foreign, or beachy, or surf-town-ish, but it’s traveling…and that’s good enough for me.

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happy new week, friends!

Questions:
Where’s the last place to which you traveled?
Favorite summery cocktail?

thankful Thursday: the MayDay edition.

happy MayDay, lovelies.

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May just feels like Spring. it feels like flowers and blue skies and an end to this 6-month Winter we’ve had in NY; it feels like picnics in Central Park and the beginning of a tan; like patios and open-toed shoes and walking to work without a jacket. it feels like a rebirth to a world of light, of flower-scented air and blossoms on these city streets.

i’m a bit excited for this month, in case you can’t tell. so today, i’m thankful for a new month, and especially for these things:

*my first Yankee game of the season tonight with great friends. fun fact for you: i’m such a baseball fan. although SF has always been my team because it’s my dad’s team, i love to go to Yanks games as often as possible.

*a family trip to San Antonio next week! (anyone been? it’s my first time, and i always love going to new cities! if you’ve been, let me know your favorite things about it/fave places to go.)

*the Brooklyn Half on May 17. i ran this last year for the first time and had an awesome race, and it’s still my PR for a half marathon. it’s a great course, mostly flat, running all through Brooklyn and ending on Coney Island. so great. and a few of my girlfriends are running it this year, which will be awesome. if anyone local is looking for an entry, one of my friends is selling hers, so please let me know!

*Mother’s Day. i love to celebrate my mom every day, but having a day set aside to specifically love and honor her makes me so happy. moms are just the best things ever, and i have a very exceptional one. couldn’t ask for better.

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*more outdoor running! the weather here usually gets much better in May, so i’ll be outdoors pretty much exclusively. finally.

*BBQs. and patios. but currently mainly excited for my friend’s Kentucky Derby/May kickoff BBQ on Saturday in her backyard. so clutch to have space in NYC.

*spring clothes! can’t wait to wear the cute stuff again.

*white wine spritzers. i know, i know — laugh all you want. but i love these things and always look forward to re-introducing them into my life come the warm weather.
Your turn!

Tell me what you’re looking forward to in May, or something you’re thankful for this week.