Treat Yourself Kind of Weekend

First let me just say this weekend FELT LIKE SPRING!  Even if it only was a global warming tease, it felt wonderful.  The moment the sun started to shine and the warmth of the air touched your skin, you felt like a brand new person.  I’m sure the suffering through colder temps makes you appreciate the warmer weather that much more or maybe it’s because I just love spring (and summer) weather all the time.  Shorts > pants (unless it’s yoga pants)

So how did I soak in some of that spring-like weather?  Well, I treated this three-day weekend like a full treat yourself escape.   Friday night started off with some reading and then Thai take-out, although I didn’t realize I had ordered from the wrong place until I walked in looking for my order and it wasn’t there.  Turns out it was about 3 avenues and 6 blocks away.  After a quick walk to retrieve my curry and Thai tea, I was all set to relax.

Saturday brought sunshine and a nice long 16 miles.  Now typically my long runs are either with friends or with some variety of Pandora playlist.  While I do love that Pandora is free, the whole switching songs and stations is a pain and usually leaves me frustrated and fumbling with my phone.  I tend to have music ADD and feel the need to switch channels every few moments (my sister can attest) and this was not going to be good for a 2+ hour run.  So this weekend I decided to test out a podcast and lucky for me Ali just released her very own called the Ali On the Run Show (oh so aptly named).  Oh man GAME CHANGER. I’ve run with Ali a few times and it was like she was right there! Not to mention how much I loved listening to the Inspirational Alison Desir in episode #3.

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Yes, once the long run was in the bag, it was time for FOOD FOOD FOOD.  I met up with some girlfriends on the west side near Zucker’s bagels, where the seating may not be nice (cold and cramped) but the bagel sandwiches are divine.  We sat and chatted for awhile and then decided to make a trek to Chinatown for massages.

As we parted ways, I checked my hunger levels and decided to splurge on a treat.  Truthfully I probably didn’t need what was coming next buuuut I happened to be in the prime location and had it on my bucket-list, so no time like the present.  Yep, I went in for the full ice cream experience with the widely popular Tayaki fish-shaped ice cream cone.  I guess I went partially for the ice cream and partially for the Instagram picture and I wasn’t the only one in that shop gearing up for a good shot.  I just set myself apart by being dressed head to toe in running gear, no makeup and thankfully no longer sweaty.  Cute Kaitlin, real cute.

Oh and while we are somewhat on the topic of running, man long runs are tough week after week.  I end up ravenous (not always leading me to the best food decisions), I sometimes have back tension, my legs have grown at least one size, and it just wears you down.  I certainly going to be a-okay with half marathons and yoga and other workout classes once this marathon is finished.  Buuuuut no complaints because I’m grateful my body is able to do it and the race will be absolutely gorgeous.


Let’s talk about treating yourself – some people think you have to wait to go on a date or have girlfriends go out to dinner/plays/musicals with you.  Well due to the nature of dating in the city or lack thereof, there’s no time like the present – carpe diem!

So after chilling out in the apartment and recovering from my sugar crash, I went up to Lincoln Center and watched the New York City Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty.  I had only seen The Nutcracker back in high school when my friend performed so this was very different.  I also ended up sitting next to a dancer who seemed to be critiquing the entire performance and its choreography.  But I attended so that’s a bucket list check!

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Sunday’s escapades included finishing one of my books, a load of laundry, yoga, and an overpriced brunch at Le Pain.  I never know why I go back to that place since the service usually sucks and amount of food to price ratio is poor.  In the end I tend to make up for it by going to town on the extra spreads and call it even.

From there it was off to see the musical On Your Feet! and while it was amazing, if I had known the weather would be this glorious, I would have skipped the musical and walked around the park all afternoon.  Alas hindsight is 20/20 and off to Times Square I went.  Fun story – I ended up running into my friend Lucy randomly on the subway!  Not so fun story – all the tourists in New York seemed to be congregated in those few blocks of Times Square.  Goodness gracious.

Monday was a day off and that meant free to do whatever I pleased (though it’s not like I don’t already live along those lines).  Even though I had the day off, I knew I would be in a better mood if I woke up and worked out right away.

My friends Abby and Amanda and I went in search of coffee (and I in search of a snack because you know it’s breakfast).  Turns out nothing is really open at 7:30a on a holiday or really not open on a holiday at all.  Cool.  We did find success at El Rey where the coffee was meh but company and stories were awesome (how cheesy can I get?)  Pro tip on El Rey – get the Brownie Batter Mocha, which is made with real brownie batter.  That’s what Amanda went for and it was the golden selection.

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The rest of the day was filled with yoga and errands and some more reading here and there.  I was supposed to meet up with another friend to run but plans fell through.  While I probably then should have finished my mileage earlier in the morning, it may have been a good reminder to rest and stretch rather than over do it.  Anyways, it’s back to the grind today and hopefully some sunshine and warmer weather coming our way this week.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Life of Late ~ 2.10.16

For those of you in the northeast, how are you doing post-snow storm?  I honestly was surprised that they declared it a snow day – no school for the kids and most people I know worked from home – but hey, it’s the winter wonderland that we haven’t had this season!

Speaking of working from home, I was able to then spend more time with my former Santa Clara boss who happened to be in town, but I sure don’t foresee myself ever with a “work-from-home-all-the-time” type of job.  I need human interaction and I would eat myself out of everything in the kitchen.  I’ve noticed that I tend to eat out of boredom and often my solution is out of sight, out of mind.  Believe me, I don’t starve myself during meals but boy, there is no need for snacks every hour just because they are there.

I enjoyed catching up with Michele {Days Unplanned} as we walked in the snow and picked up breakfast sandwiches.  {Michele’s recap of our walk in the wonderland} She even reminded me (the girl who lives in NYC but could do without snow) how beautiful it is.  I even was able to send some emails and catch an evening yoga class.  No sledding like some people I knew in Brooklyn, but it was nice to wear sweatpants and a fleece to “work”.

^^ Left to Right: Boy do I love walking through Rockefeller Center in the morning.  I usually am there once a week and the city can be a real gem before rush hour.  // Running has been tough lately and so has getting out of bed at my 5:30 alarm.  But catching up with friends and reminding myself to run for fun has helped.   // Michele had me standing and posing for all sorts of pictures.  The photographer that she is (now) 😉 was getting very fancy with the portrait view on her iPhone 7.  Sort of looks like Humans of New York, right?? 

This is Insider ~ Old School Ice Cream Shops ~ #goals to visit all the best ice cream places.

Local Adventurer ~ Things to Do in NYC Bucket List ~ Well looks like I’ve accomplished pretty much everything!  SUCCESS.  Time to make my own bucket list.

Refinery29 ~ “A Former Obama Staffer Makes a VERY Good Point About the Women’s March” ~ “With a new President coming in I have find myself facing a few hard questions. What do I care most deeply about? What are the issues I want to sink myself into? How can I make a difference as an individual? It feels overwhelming. The march this weekend feels like a short term answer to that.” 

Grantland.com ~ “Get it in His Hand…and He’s Gone” A look at USC Trojan’s Marqise Lee

Lululemon ~ “Wellness Trends: Set Your Intentions for 2017” ~ I can get on board with all of these! Longevity foods, brain health (help me step away from the black hole that is my phone) and going sober.

WSJ ~ “Ready Set Grovel – Desperate Runners Battle for Slots in Trendy Races” ~ For once in my life I can consider myself trendy.  😉  But really, signing up for races like the BK Half are no joke.  Last year it sold out in less than 40 minutes!!  This year I opted out, even though  my work would reimburse half of the fee.  I’ve already run it (twice) and would rather allocate money to races I haven’t run or towards upcoming trips.  Not to mention I didn’t really care for the last part of the course – sue me but I could care less about running along Ocean Parkway.  Buuuut I’ll be there to cheer!  Maybe I’ll even run my way down to Coney Island and celebrate with a beer on the beach.

Lululemon ~ Wellness Trends for 2017 ~ Why hello meditation and kombucha.  Let’s get to know one another better, shall we?

Time/Ellen ~ Looking back at the Obamas ~ Between these amazing photos and this hilarious montage of videos by Ellen, I sure do miss the classiness of the Obama family.

Surf Yoga Beer ~ 8 Steps for a Balanced Life ~ Passion // Gratitude // Focus // Communication.  Those are just half of the steps and man do they resonate.  Also, I have found my birthday activity – a class at Surf Yoga Beer.  Because a workout class + dinner (or brunch) sounds like an absolutely divine way to celebrate 26.  Too bad I’m about 3 months too early thinking about this.


 This weekend’s looking like a bit more of my favorite routine – workout and explore new eateries and coffee shops around the city.  I have to fit in a long-ish run tomorrow and maybe some miles + free Lululemon workout class on Sunday.  I might fill the rest of the day museum visits because it’s time to feel somewhat artsy and educated again.  Other than that, another week in the 2017 books and many lovely articles for you to now browse 🙂

“Wake up and live” – Bob Marley 

A Week Spent in NYC

A couple of weeks back, I stumbled on a Refinery29 article where young women in different cities spend their money over the course of one week.  While I’m not sharing any of my income or bills, I thought the daily doings was interesting.  I bet this wasn’t what you anticipated when you read the blog title 🙂

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Life of Late ~ 2.3.17

Looks like I’ve been doing an excellent job at keeping my blog updated. Not.  Maybe it’s a blogger burnout or a sugar crash that I’m experiencing right now maybe it’s too much screen time.  Really though, who wants to go home after sitting in front of a computer and under florescent lights for 8+ hours, and then stare at another screen?   Ok, to be honest, I actually go home and immediately have my nose in my phone while watching TV.  (This generation is certainly going to have eye/back/neck problems and carpal tunnel. )

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