Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

Preface: The past two weeks have certainly shook our nation and world to the core.  I am still working to educate myself on the issues and how to get more involved.  Because I am not the most knowledgeable on all subjects, I plan to keep politics out of this blog.  I will continue to post updates on my life in the city and yes, I may include some pictures of protests that I have attended, but these more light hearted posts do not mean that I am oblivious to what is going on.

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Year 3 In New York City

Another post that’s better late than never.  The past year was spent traveling, running, and exploring all of New York – sounds a lot like year #1 and #2, right?  To be honest, there wasn’t too much change.  I continued to work for an awesome company, expanded my friendships within November Project, and squeezed as much out of my free time as possible.  As I mentioned on the 31st, I learned a little bit more about myself, appreciated my body thanks to the I Run This Body movement, and learned when to let go.  This last bit was tough in the sense of FOMO and friendships, but I realized (through many discussions and Elite Daily articles) that we can’t do it all and there comes a time in our lives that makes us realize what and who is important.

But here’s a look at what made my third year in New York City so wonderful and memorable.

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Holidays in the City

Unless you find yourself amidst the holiday markets in Europe, there’s no better place to be during Christmas time than New York City.  From the countless trees decked with lights to the window displays along Fifth Avenue to the ice rinks found around the city.  Hey, most of the time we even have the crisp air that allows you to bundle nice and warm, because who isn’t about that boots and scarf look?

Having lived here now through four Christmas seasons, I do agree that the Big Apple does it best – it’s been a treat to wear jeans, sweaters, and scarfs on a regular basis but I also have been fortunate to go home for a sunny and 70F Christmas morning.  I have made it my goal to experience as much Christmas cheer as possible and have a list of things that you certainly should check out one or many years down the road.

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Giving Thanks ~ 2016

In a perfect world, I would remind myself of things – people, places, events, etc – that I am grateful for on a daily basis.  Whether it’s when I wake up, before bed, on a walk around the city, it’s possible.  Maybe it’s written in my phone or on a piece of paper or even repeated like a mantra as I run, it’s possible.

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Life of Late ~ 7.8.16

Well it looks like I have jinxed myself believing that we could get through a summer without humidity.  Mother Nature is probably laughing and thinking “as if”.  I’m talking it is SO HUMID.  I have beads of sweat dripping down my forehead the minute I walk outside and those spur of the moment thunderstorms make for a lovely walk home. Nothing like an east coast summer, right?

My plans of late have been organized anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before hand, which is quite different than growing up where we had everything planned out to the hour.  Each method has its positives and negatives but I’ve had to rely on more  “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” schedules here in the city.  I figure there are so many people coming and going, so many people asking each other plans so they can figure out what best suits their interests and schedules, and hey, if no one else wants to go somewhere I can do it on my own.  #independence.

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^^ Hometown BBQ with some friends.  We arrived to the Brooklyn joint around 4pm, which was perfect since I needed all those hours following the meal to digest.  Surprisingly there were quite a few parties already eating so they must have had the three day weekend BBQ plan in mind as well.  Looking back, I definitely give the cornbread, brisket, and potato salad two thumbs up.  The mac and cheese was solid but nothing seems to beat the Whole Foods spread.

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^^ Fast forward to Saturday morning after consuming a whole lot of water and TUMS, I met up with some November Project friends to go hiking.  I plan on doing a photo dump later this week since it was a neat experience.  But the soup to nuts version is that we took a train up to Tuxedo, finagled our way to a lake somehow, logged over 8 miles, and were back in the city by 5:30.  To think that I usually sit at my desk for that long…

^^ Another foodie adventure to Lil Frankies where an empty stomach and wallet of cash is necessary.  It’s actually not too pricey  but it is cash only.  You MUST get the burrata and lemon pasta.

When I’m home in a few weeks, I am thinking that some ice cream will be in order (when is it not?)  I would love to check off one or two of the top places to get ice cream in Los Angeles and having already been to Milk, it’s looking like Salt & Straw or Paradis in Montrose.  I’m 99% sure this location is actually related to the Paradis in Copenhagen!

November Project ~ “You’re more than what you do, you’re how you treat people” >> Another transition in leadership in the SF tribe with a so-long post, definitely worth shedding tears over.   To those thinking that they need to find some meaning in their job, their day to day, or whatever it may be – read this.  It’s just yet another reminder that we are multi-faceted human beings and are defined by so much more than our jobs.

Great Big Story ~ How cool would it be to work for something that produces this content?  Anyways, there was a short about Bodie, “The Ghost Town that Time Forgot“.  My parents took us on a short visit one time because it’s located right near our favorite mountain spot – Mammoth Mountain, snug in the Sierra Nevadas.  It also happens to be the namesake of our dog Bodie!  Take a look – the clip is less than 2 minutes long.

Currently Watching >> Whatever I can find on television that catches my attention.  Once I worked my way through ‘Grace and Frankie‘, it was onto ‘Orange is the New Black‘ (OMG…this season), and then … crickets.  Similarly to reading, it takes me awhile to find a show or novel that catches hold.  Once I do find something that I love, I’m hooked and terribly disappointed when it is over.   Other shows and documentaries include:

  • ‘Fed Up’
  • ‘Forks over Knives’
  • CNN’s ‘The Sixties’
  • ‘Uncle Buck’
  • ‘Seinfeld’

I’ve tried to get into older series like ‘The Twilight Zone’, the original ‘Star Trek’, Hulu’s 11.22.63, and even ‘Scandal’ but those are still sitting in my queue.

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^^ Last Sunday’s bRUNch! After five or so miles in the heat, I was ready for some ice cream or rather three full lemonades and then ice cream.

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On the actual fourth of July, I took a slow jog over the Brooklyn Bridge to meet my friend Jackie for a strength class of epic proportion.  It kicked our a$$ that’s for sure.

After a brunch at Le Pain, I made my way to the west side to hang out with friends, play the game Codenames, and earn a nice little sports bra tan-line.  That will be oh so attractive in my bridesmaid dress later this summer.  Although who knows how bad it’ll be by the end of the summer, so I’ll probably have to find some good spray tanner.

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^^ That evening I got together with a couple of different friends and we had a summer salad soiree. Between Annelise’s adult fruit salad, Melissa’s divine deviled eggs and my Greek salad, we were set!  Of course there were a few other items to make for quite a potluck spread for the three of us.  Our thought was to snack until the fireworks went off around 9:30 but of course we had consumed everything by 7:45 and the rain started to pour down around 8:45.

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^^ This is the FDR, which is NEVER this clear.  Not even at 11pm when I’m in an uber back from the airport.  Nope.

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^^ Despite the semi-surprise rain shower (it was supposed to rain at 11pm, not 9pm), we hopped back into Annelise’s apartment and then back out in time to see the Macy’s spectacular.  Successful check off the bucket list!

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Life of Late ~ 7.1.16

Schooooooool’s out for summer!  Well maybe that doesn’t really work but today feels like one of those last days of school where you really aren’t doing anything at all but have to show up just because.  Most of the agencies that we work with are closed today and I’m just catching up on emails from yesterday because our network decided to crash at 12pm.  That’s right, from 12pm onward we did not receive many external emails.  It’s safe to say there was a 2-4 hour delay in correspondence.  Cool.

A very happy first day of July, happy Canada day eh, and 4th of July weekend!  Two years ago I went down to the Jersey Shore, last year I was home sweet home in Mammoth Lakes, and here are some other favorite flashbacks from this patriotic holiday. Good times, good times.

This year I’m up to a hodge-podge of things – hiking tomorrow, swimming and maybe Smorgasburg on Sunday, and hopefully a picnic of sorts for the fireworks on Monday.  I decided against any big trip this weekend since I only have a couple of weeks in the city and then I’m off to Alaska/home for three weeks.  It’s going to feel so weird being away from New York for that long but I may luck out and miss most of the humidity.

I’m definitely going to miss my workout buddies but I’ll have a few running dates set up and might be able to swing a couple of NP_LAX workouts as well.  Have tribe will travel, right?

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^^ On the last Wednesday of every month, we meet at the Randall’s Island footbridge and run back and forth throughout the workout.  We include some form of strength work like burpees or pushups but man those bridges wear you down.  Starting on July 11th, we actually are going to be graced with Monday workouts, #bridgetheme.  That means we will be rotating around the city running on a variety of bridges.  The verdict is out on how much I can attend since I still need to work on strength and Monday is usually the day to do that.  Of course I could do this thing called “switching things up”.  Not a control freak at all.

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^^ Benefit of bridge day = tagging.  NEW GEAR!  Tie-dye compliments to Meghan and Madre. Turquoise tank by Old Navy and the very best color to wear.

Wired.com ~ “Fitness Isn’t A Lifestyle Anymore. Sometimes It’s a Cult” ~ Cult meaning tribe in only the BEST sort of way.  Hey hey, we all find what works for us.  For me, it’s fitness and friends that I find via fitness.  Also I really want to go to the SF and San Diego tribes because they just sound utterly amazing.  And I hear they have gorgeous people there…

People.com ~ “8th Grader Roasts Presidential Candidates” ~ Oh my goodness.  This kid is hilarious.  YOU NEED TO WATCH.  He has the impressions down and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on SNL during his lifetime.

Collective Evolution ~ “How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain Body” ~ Well, maybe less caffeine and less technology before bed will help me sleep past 5:45…

Ironman ~ “My Finish Line Road” ~ Goals. Maybe impossible goals but goals all the same.

NY Mag ~ “Dad Takes Out Dating Ad for Adult Son” ~ Please dear family DO NOT DO THIS TO ME.  Ok thanks.

Life Hacker ~ “How to Overcome Your Quarter-Life Crisis” ~ Definitely going to do a post on this one but it’s too good not to share now.  Not saying that I’m having a “crisis” but too many “OMG YES” moments.

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^^ Running with one of the best buddies.  Wednesday was tough.  Running today was tough.  I could definitely use some swimming.  But running together made it better for sure.

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^^ Yoga in Bryant Park ~ Seems relaxing but was really more of organized chaos.  I realized that I love working out in the morning and really do not enjoy it in the evening.  It also didn’t help that the girl in front of me kept hitting me in the face with her foot.  That and I had to use the bathroom.  But yay for Bryant Park!

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^^ This morning’s view en route to November Project in Washington Square Park.  I’ve decided that the only way I will go to NP on Fridays is if I run or bike there.  It just feels like more of a workout that way.  Although, jogging with a backpack – even the Lulu Run Pack – is still semi-difficult.

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^^ Ali and Laura Ann looking perfect as always.  My face not so much.  BUT we had the most patriotic of teams.  Winning.

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^^ Run to NP + NP workout + breakfast club = perfect start to a Friday.  This wasn’t nearly as tasty as my breakfast sandwich from Tilda All Day but it did the trick.  Now it’s back to “work” before starting a lovely three day weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?  Any fun 4th of July plans?

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(Quote found by Sarah)