Who else woke up to the notification that Britain decided to leave the EU? Well, it’s the end of the world as we (I) know it – from the countless classes that I took between high school and college that talked about politics, my travels throughout England and Europe, and simply being aware of what was going on. Between the Brexit and this Hillary vs. Trump phenomenon, our world of politics is on a nice roll.
But enough about politics. This week I was feeling MUCH more refreshed – probably due to the fact I didn’t go out over the weekend and just hung outdoors – between the west side park and Central Park – for an absurd amount of time.
^^ Thank goodness I listen to morning television during breakfast because I learned that New York City was hosting our very own volleyball tournament and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross (the Rio bound duo) were going to be playing!! This was all FREE and thankfully I decided to bike rather than walk my way down (~3.5 miles) and made it just in time. They won…obviously.
^^ After I went back to charge my phone a bit (yay for iPhone battery life), I went into Brooklyn to meet my friend Laura at the Brooklyn Bowl. She is a HUGE fan of Jeremy Loops, a South African singer and song-writer and I was up for something new and different. It was SO GOOD! Sadly it was his last USA performance for a very long time and I was so glad that I went. You never know what could happen when you say yes to new opportunities.
I also happened to fall prey to the artisan ice cream truck before making it to the show, but hey it was part coffee (to keep me awake) and vegan dark chocolate (so healthy?)
^^ Almost more of a fan of the vegan ice cream (dark chocolate on the bottom because it didn’t melt as fast!) This also was a summer must as Van Leeuwen’s is ranked in the top 5 ice cream spots 1 in NYC! Thank you PureWow for fueling my constant food exploration and consumption in this city.
Summer means fresh fruit, which means it’s time for BLUEBERRIES! And figs and strawberries and peaches…but I digress. PureWow rounded up some fresh ways to use blueberries and of course there is one of my favorite YouTube videos about blueberries. Enjoy:
^^ Saturday was filled with a very tough workout class (quasi-weights/boot camp), breakfast acai bowl, and lots of park time for a friend’s birthday. I was quite a sight in the subway as I was not only carrying a butt load of fruit but also walking my friends bike through the mass amounts of tourists in the humidity. I was not impressed when the subway was 20 minutes late and I’m sure the tourists were not impressed by my desire and ultimate need to get that bike in and on and out of the subway car.
^^ If you don’t follow Ali’s blog or instagram, I would do so if only for more pictures of Ellie. How can you say no to that face? Our friend Jason may have a different feeling after seeing that last picture of Ellie with his soccer ball…she may have thought it was a chew toy. Oops.
The rest of the day I was SUPER social. Not. What I actually did was go to Whole Foods with some friends, pick up mac and cheese w/ salmon and cauliflower and then go home to eat and watch Orange is the New Black. It was glorious and I loved getting a full night’s sleep.
^^ The next morning was the Harlem Mile up in – you guessed it – Harlem. Well it was at Marcus Garvey Park to be specific. I hadn’t signed up for the mile but wanted to get a longer run in and cheer for my friends. About six miles later, I was up above Central Park and ready to cheer on the speedy crew. Our crew tied for first and it was also a blast to see all the kids running around – some more enthused about this thing called “running” than others.
For those who weren’t thrilled, I feel for you. My dad had to draaag me around the local track when I was going into 7th grade. I’m serious. I couldn’t even make it that mile. But hey, look at me now 😉
^^ Running + Brunch + Levain Cookies + Ice Coffee + Park + ANNELISE FOUND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER! What a Sunday.
^^ My view en route to Track Tuesday. I may not love the track or even really like the track but it’s better with a group of people and the idea that I could get faster. It also helps that the track is only a mile away from my apartment and I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn (or earlier than I already do) to get to Central Park. The little things my friends, just the little things.
^^ That’s the plan for this weekend. After my 5-mi run (the NYRR Pride Run) tomorrow, I’m heading up to Connecticut with Lindsay and we plan to hang at the beach all weekend long. YES!
^^ New November Project tag ready for tomorrow’s race. Thank you so much to the paint crew that got up early to spray paint all of our t-shirts because they look saweeet!!! Here’s to an awesome weekend to all. Enjoy!
“Know your own happiness” – Jane Austen