August Life of Late

Do you ever have those days where you just feel on top of the world?  My mind starts bouncing at a millions miles a minute, which is mostly due to the pure energy, adrenaline, too much sugar/coffee pulsing through my system, and post-exercise high.  So, all of this will either help me power through the work day or cause severe ADD.  Issues, obviously.

While I really cannot believe that summer is almost to a close, I’m excited for what the fall has in store.  More on that later but for now, I wanted to recap some of what’s been going on in the city for the past few weeks.

AUGUST LIFE OF LATE

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Running around town and seeing all the cool sites with my blends 🙂 My girl – Carrie – was traveling up and down the east coast and was ever so sweet to stop in for a quick jog and sushi/froyo dinner.  Seems to be our ritual 🙂

IMG_5723Announcement: There is a MICHEAL’s CRAFT STORE NEAR ME! Oh how I miss my arts and crafts.  The only Michael’s I knew of was on the upper west side and that’s a bit far to justify.  However, this little section of the west side is daaaangerous.  In the span of three blocks we have the following: Michael’s crafts, Harmon’s beauty discount store, the Container Store, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Trader Joe’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

IMG_5733Chilling Walking until we have blisters.  My buddy AJ was down from Boston for the weekend and so it was ever so necessary to explore up and down the island.  Most of our items on the checklist have been included in my NYC Summer Explorations Part 1 and upcoming Part 2.

IMG_5768 NOVEMBER PROJECT

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am now a NP-NYC Convert and will rep it wherever I go.  If you haven’t heard all about it from Sarah (Baltimore tribe) or Ali (NYC tribe), you must check it out.  I followed Ali’s posts for awhile and decided to take the plunge.

What do you know?  This lovely Grant Memorial happened to be the location of my first Friday NP workout.  Sure the 5:15 am wake up was killer, but people do it all the time, so it couldn’t be that bad, right?  It was absolutely the most amazing environment and community.  Gone are the days of club soccer teams and high school cross country, where your teammates are your best friends.  Yet, this community feeling and work hard/play hard mentality still exists out there! Healthy living for the win here.

IMG_5772 Thank you November Project for taking and posting some of the most flattering and non-flattering images of our workouts.  But really, the level of photography used can either highlight how much fun you are having in such a picturesque environment (even the streets by the pier) and how unattractive working out can be sometimes.  If only we were like this ridiculously attractive guy running.

Maybe I’ll try taking selfies with all the good-looking people in my next race like this girl did.  Props my friend, props.

IMG_5782One of the best salads I’ve had all summer.
~ Bacon, lettuce, corn, tortilla chips, tomatoes, feta, lemon vinagrette ~

IMG_5792~ Summer Streets ~
For about three weeks in August, NYC shut down motor vehicle traffic on Park Avenue and then opened up the lanes for biking/running/walking/roller-blading.  They had rest stops every 10-15 blocks and even offered free bike and roller blade rentals.

IMG_5798 I was feeling the need for something sweet and stopped by The City Bakery for its famous chocolate chip cookie.  Yes, this is the size of a softball and it was delicious.  Quite rich and heavy on the sugary side, but well worth the $3.50.

IMG_5816 The NP annual “Better than Bedtime” event.  Everyone was to arrive in pairs, although we obviously broke that rule.  My friend Marnie + Tracy + I dressed up as dominoes or a pair of die – pick your fancy.  From there, we all ran the streets of New York for a solid 4 miles.

IMG_5822 Just casual planking in the middle of a NYC street fair.  No big deal

IMG_5796Enjoying Chipotle salads after working out.  Nothing in the world like a bit of Tex-Mex.

IMG_5847 Waking up to work out for this view

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Happy Hour Hopping at the Hudson Hotel 

As you can see, my brain tends to jump back and forth and can sometimes drive my friends insane. My family has gotten used to it and my mom likes to call me Tigger (except for the time I was an Eeyore thanks to high school/college anxiety and stress).  Good to know I’ve bounced back.

How are you spending this lovely summer weekend?

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Such A New York Weekend

Oh boy, what’s in a weekend?  To lounge around or scuttle through the city like a maniac?  Friday night was much more of a low key night as I didn’t leave the office until 8:30.  I had been working March Madness from 2-7 and of course had to handle some client emails before signing off for the weekend.

From there I decided to wander the mall, because going back to my consumeristic habits, wandering stores and grocery stores is a method of relaxation for me.  The anticipation of something fresh and something new.  The potential to reveal your personality to the world through clothes or food – the opportunities are endless.

Well, I was absorbed in my own lovely phone conversation (this is probably rude to be in a store on the phone, but whatever) when I realized that CWonder had actually closed.  The employees were ever-so-kind and helped me make my purchase and wished me a lovely evening as they re-locked the doors behind me.  Once back at my apartment, I settled down to watch 500 Days of Summer, which was an interesting movie to say the least.  I liked the fact that it wasn’t your typical love story, just because I’ve been in that sort of mood lately.

IMG_3564Saturday started with a warm 4.5 miles along the East River Trail (misleadingly pavement), quick shower, and back to work.  The weather did happen to be warm and gorgeous, so that was the only bummer about being inside from 11:30-5:30.  More on that tomorrow, but it really wasn’t that bad to be in the office.  I was with coworkers I enjoyed, drinking coffee, eating chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels, and watching basketball. Tough life, I know.

IMG_3569Please tell me that every time you see someone in fur, you think “oh that’s so New York.”  Because I certainly do.  Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll pick up a few east coast habits during my stay but I doubt that will ever be a trend that I pick up.

IMG_3570This may not be Europe, but the unique architecture surprises and inspires me every day.

  I’m hoping to pick out a few day trips in the future and adventure outside of Manhattan.  Maybe a hike, a trip to Ben & Jerry’s (ok, that’s more than a short jaunt), or somewhere different.

IMG_3573Night out on Broadway!  Had this musical on my list of ones to see and wasn’t disappointed.  Growing up with these songs on my old school radio made it that much more fun to follow along 🙂

If only I captured the madness of Times Square.  Oh  boy, I’ve totally become a New Yorker – annoyed at the hundreds of tourists blocking my path and stopping suddenly in the middle of the street to take a selfie. But I digress…

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Sunday morning was my absolute favorite – a 9am run through Central Park with Laura and James.  While it was still a bit on the chilly side, it felt so nice gallivanting through the park and not having to worry about the snow or ice.

Our five miles were followed up with a Liege waffle and then a trip to the ever so popular and famous City Bakery (off 18th and 5 Ave).  Laura and I are two peas in a pod with out sweet tooth habits and it is our goal to test out all the glorious hot chocolate in the city.

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More on it’s absolutely deliciousness soon. For now, I’ll leave you with this not-so-great shot, but ever-so-tasty meal.  We spent a solid hour on this ledge, eating, chatting, diving into deep and utterly random bits of our lives, and just plain ‘ol people watching.  We also may have been eyeing the chocolate chip cookies but decided to save that for another trip.  For now, I’m still salivating over the melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows.

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie