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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How to Make a T-Shirt Blanket

Goodness, I have accumulated so many t-shirts over time from soccer tournaments to cross country races and beyond.  I love wearing them all, but when they started to fray and well get those lovely stains, I know it’s time to retire them.  So, what do you do with all those shirts? I didn’t want to throw them out, but wanted to display them.  What about a blanket?

When I began the task of creating a t-shirt blanket, I had every intention of taking pictures of each step.  Well, five or so months later, I plumb forgot. 🙂 But, I’m still going to share it with you and maybe my vivid descriptions will help paint a picture for you.

1.  Determine how large of a blanket you would like.  This will ultimately impact how many t-shirts you use, but I would recommend about 30 shirts, which creates a 5×6 rectangle.  This is perfect to slide over a bed or wrap up in on the couch. Granted, at every step of the process, feel free to take some creative license with the decisions.  I know I like to 🙂

2. Take a piece of construction paper or cardboard and cut it with dimensions (~15×15″).  Let’s call this the “guide”.

3. Cut each shirt in half, saving the side that you would like to have represented on the quilt.  Some of my cross-country shirts were dual-sided, so I needed to save both sides.  The easiest way to do this is to cut simply along the sides of the t-shirt and through the shoulder parts.

4. Piece one t-shirt side over the guide.  I would recommend pinning it down so that you get a clean cut.  Cut the edges so that the t-shirt is left with a 15×15″ outline. Repeat with each shirt until you have 30 cut t-shirts ready to sew.

5. Lay out your shirts in the order you would like to have them sewn.  Place one tshirt on its neighbor (images facing each other in) and sew along the edges.  Make sure when you sew these edges, the back sides of the shirts are facing out.  Repeat with each shirt until you have six strips of shirts (w/ 5 each) *This is a bit tricky, so if you need further assistance, feel free to email me 🙂

6. Repeat step 5 but this time folding one horizontal level on top of the other. At this point you should have one half of the quilt finished. If you are feeling up to the challenge.  Iron the remaining backside creases (parts you sewed).  This should provide a flat surface to sew the backing upon.

7. Obtain enough fabric to back your quilt.  I selected two colors of jersey fabric (about 2 yards each to be safe).  Take this home and WASH IT IN THE MACHINE.  *I forgot this step and not only did the fabric shrink later on me, the red fabric turned my white t-shirts pink.  Hmmm, oops.

8. Once the fabric has been washed, measure out enough to fit over your t-shirt side.  This could vary from blanket to blanket, so I’m not giving an exact number.  I tend to fly by the seat of my pants a lot of times, so it’s more of go with the flow.

9. Pin the front of the t-shirt blanket to the piece of fabric.  Sew ~90% of the edges, leaving a little slot to flip the blanket inside out.  Once you have done this (sew and flip), sew the remaining 10% of the blanket.

10. To add more stability to the blanket, sew horizontal and vertical lines, outlining the t-shirts. (See bottom picture)

IMG_5865Of course the last step is to ENJOY 🙂 Have any questions? Feel free to reach out – californiaendlesssummer@gmail.com

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott

ME WANT CHRISTMAS COOKIES

The past week I have tried to be extremely helpful.  This means running errands, wrapping gifts, you name it.  I also will accomplish pretty much any errand for some cash as I am slightly panicked by my credit card bill.

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Dead Week Begins

Our school likes to call the week before finals, “dead week,” meaning minimal midterms or projects or information.  I’m not sure why this is because my roommate seems to be running around like the end of the world is coming near.  Well, it is, but in her case, all of her projects are due this week and so it pretty much could be the end of the world if she doesn’t finish 🙂 I have faith. My week isn’t as bad as it could be, but it’s only Monday morning… Continue reading