Life of Late ~ 11.20.15

Get this. I’m home again.  In California.  Sort of seems surreal to be honest since this is my first Thanksgiving at home in a few years.  Some people think it’s silly to travel so much around the holidays, but hey, it’s one word – “family”.  Sure, I could be using this time to travel to places outside the United States and make the most of the fact that I’m halfway there (hello direct flights to Europe), but there’s time and place for that.  I do however happen to have a bit of a travel itch and have been trying to set a plan for 2016 and of course consider the important things like budget and days off.  For now, I’ll be enjoying some west coast love.

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^^ Being home means I don’t get to see these lovely ladies and my New York NP crew. Alas, there’s always NP_LAX.  Also, We looooooove our Lululemon shorts.  Even in the fall.  Even when it’s raining.  Especially when they are on sale in the We Made Too Much section.

IMG_3449^^ What we at November Project call the bounce.  Because every workout requires a mighty good warm-up. Safety first, right?

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^^ Updated view of the park.  So long to those harvest leaves and (almost) hello to bare branches.

IMG_3429 ^^ Throwing it back to that good ‘ol casual style.  You know, I probably will wear sweats more often while I am home than I do in New York. That is because my house is built like an igloo (meaning one wears layers upon layers to stay warmish) and my apartment has central heating (blessing and a curse) so we just walk around dressed as if it is summer.

IMG_3461 ^^ Why hello Jo Malone.  The Columbus Circle mall just opened a fine and fresh scent shop and if I’m not careful, I’ll be spending a good deal of my lunch breaks there.  Or in Whole Foods.  Or Williams Sonoma.  Or JCrew.  Basically a mall that has too much good stuff.

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^^ With the holidays comes the return of the gorgeous star decor inside the mall.  I haven’t seen a full on musical production just yet, but I’m sure we’ll catch a glimpse after the Thanksgiving holiday.  I know it’s not Macy’s Christmas Spectacular, but I do recommend checking it out if you are in the area 🙂

Mashable ~ “35 Career Goals” ~ Know your strengths, weaknesses, when to say no, and just know you.  Too often we start to say things about ourselves that aren’t true (are we detail-oriented or do we just want to be detail-oriented?)  Pick a side project, get involved, learn how to delegate and try something that scares you. 

The Muse ~ “13 ‘Crazy’ Interview Questions That Awesome Companies Will Ask” ~ Well, if that’s any indication of the complexity of the applications, I’m not sure if I’m ready for the likes of Google or Apple just yet.  Let me also say that my answer to one of the Tournament of Roses Court questions – what’s your favorite class? – was “lunch”.  Yeah that’s a real winner Kaitlin.  Obviously didn’t get asked back and probably got an eye roll and talking to from my mom.  What can I say?  I’m a keeper. 

Elle ~ “The Case Against Career Ambition

Ali on the Run ~ Just her blog in general makes me happy.  I’m slightly biased since we share a birthday.  Naw, she’s just real and it’s amazing.

The College Prepster ~ “4 Ways to Break Your Digital Addiction” ~ Boy, isn’t this one true.  Let’s just say that my phone is at 49% by noon most days.  More often than not, I feel like stranded without my phone.  No means of getting in touch, scheduling with others or even my own schedule (sad but I live through my iCalendar), etc.  But then there is another part of me that feels relieved.  As if I don’t have to respond to anything and it’s a way of saying get out and do something different.  There are many times that I think to myself (while scrolling through some stupid app while watching TV), that I’m wasting my brainpower.  Isn’t that sad?  People used to read books and educate themselves or learn a new skill.  I sit and scroll and swipe and respond to things.  I’ll probably add something related to this in my 2016 resolutions but for now, I’ll just try to be more mindful. 

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^^ Thanks Coach Brian for being an epic runner who can not only run a marathon, but have enough energy and stamina to run around the water coolers taking pictures of all of us and then go off and chase down whoever he was running with or pacing.  That’s what we call #beastmode.

Dinners with friends are hands down the best.  Especially when you get to eat at places like The Cellar – a restaurant in Beecher’s Cheese Place.

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^^ world’s best mac & cheese + kale & red peppers mac + harvest flatbread

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^^ PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE.  Seasonal selections for the win.

Volunteering for work means catching glimpses of Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Schilling (aka Piper), Sharon Stone, Kathy Griffin (who is actually hilarious), Common, Kelly Ripa (tiny tiny thing), Chris Noth (Mr. Big), Zachary Quinto, and my favorite –  Anderson Cooper.  It also means listening to stories about individuals like you and me, making big changes in the world and giving back way beyond belief.  I’m talking about CNN Heroes, which will be broadcast on Sunday December 6th at 8pm ET.  I highly highly recommend watching this.  You might need a box of tissues as well.

Buzzfeed ~ “13 Reasons Thanksgiving is Not a Holiday for the Weak” ~ TRUTH

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Life of Late ~ 11.6.15

Keeping it short and sweet this week.  1 – It’s my half birthday.  Good times.  2 – I’m spending the weekend at home for a couple of high school friend’s wedding and then it’s back to NYC for a week and back to California for Thanksgiving.  3 – I booked my travels awhile ago and while it seemed like a good idea to take such a long time at home (+working in the LA office), of course all the fun events are just NOW getting scheduled. Ah well, live and learn.

For now, it’s a little R&R with the family, quality walks with the dog, and studying for that stupid media math test again.   Yep, I don’t like tests and tests don’t like me.  But I am grateful for the people I work with and their desire to help me grow and be a better sales planner.

IMG_3185^^ Last week’s impromptu outfits.  Twinning

IMG_3178^^ Food, food, food for days.  Taking a stroll through town led me to Broadway Bites – a selection of pop up restaurants selling everything from paella to pad thai, doughnuts to burritos.  While I didn’t end up buying anything, I couldn’t help but snap a picture of this Spanish selection, something that I was almost sure to find if I flew back to Barcelona right now.  Oh paella, patatas bravas, and churro

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If you follow me on Instagram, you will surely see that I have gone overboard on pictures of fall and pictures from Sunday’s marathon.  No shame.  Just reliving some excellent weather and excellent memories.

IMG_2999 ^^ Last year I highlighted the Greenwich Village Bluestone Lane and its fabulous Aussie brunch.  But when word got out that there is a pop-up location around Bryant Park AND now at Central Park (outside Engineer’s Gate), I HAD to test it out. My life and my wallet have been changed.

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^^ This is what I’m talking about.  Avocado toast with feta + prosciutto.  Who needs a Lenny’s sandwich when you have this?

IMG_3263^^ Early morning workouts in Central Park.  Last Friday’s November Project workout was at the Bethesda Fountain, right by the Boathouse.  While I do adore the hustle and bustle, sometimes the best moments are when there is practically no one awake and the sun is just starting to rise.  Oh and of course you are working out amongst your best friends 😉

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^^ Fall brought to you by Central Park. Isn’t it lovely?

Strava ~ “The NYC Marathon” ~ Can’t get enough, right?  Check out some of our tribe members features in the article!  Woohoo Feeny and her first marathon!

Tech Insider ~ “I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to try this free workout — and I can’t wait to go back” ~ Seriously, lots and lots of traction.  How about showing up for this weekend’s Better than Bedtime event?  Just show up 😉

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A Trip to the Apple Farm

It’s safe to say that fall is officially here.  I may have said this a week or so ago, but with the crisp northeastern weather and a full afternoon of the most stereotypical fall activities (think apple picking, cider sipping, and donut munching), I’m content to check fall off my list.  But really, living here for now three autumnal seasons has made me believe that fall is my favorite season.  In just a few short months I may tell you that spring or summer is my favorite, but for now, let’s revel in the changing leaves and slightly cooler temps that call for boots and scarves.

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So, this past weekend, a few friends and I decided to escape the city for an afternoon.  We met up at Grand Central Station and hopped on the Metro North towards White Plains.  About an hour to an hour and a half into the ride, we arrived in North Salem for the Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.  Apparently this was the thing to do as quite a number of people left the train and headed towards the taxi cabs.

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Since this really was a seasonal business, taxis had the system down and were lined up, ready for service.  While just a quick 10 or so minute ride away, each car charged $5/person charge, but I wasn’t in the mood to haggle.  Let’s just say when you don’t see the yellow cabs, you realize you really are no longer in the city life.

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^^ Successful blogger outfit of the day picture?  Check.  Just a look at my “basic” fall outfit with Levi’s jeans, JCrew tank (on super sale woohoo!), vest, jacket and recently purchased scarf from Anthropologie.

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So yes, I joke about being basic but I kid you not, we had the most “basic” girls in our cab from the train to the apple farm.  By basic, I mean they were dressed in the most fall fashion outfits – plaid, vest, scarves, full make-up, and even toting a little dog.  I cannot confirm if the dog was dressed up but it very well may have been.  From what I recall, dropping “like” every other word and saying things such as “wow, I didn’t realize it would be so crowded, maybe I should be an apple farmer” and “oh my gosh, I wonder if they are sold out of apples.  We should have called ahead!”.  The first comment cracked up the driver who responded to them with “you know farming is like 8-10 months of unpaid labor and then two months of hopefully breaking even, right?”. Good times.

IMG_8084 Once we arrived, we did a quick survey of the grounds.  Lines upon lines for cider and doughnuts, craft beer and music in the back, a store full of pre-picked apples and lots of other goodies.

IMG_8092We even snagged a free bite of pumpkin cheesecake and while I know we were supposed to be focusing on apples, I was quite close to picking up a slice of pumpkin cheesecake and calling it a day.  ‘Twas really that good.  (but then, when can you go wrong with cheesecake?  this is why I can’t go vegan)

IMG_8085 Yes, the first stop would be doughnuts and cider.

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IMG_8086I was slightly disappointed in the hot cider as it tasted more like warmed up apple juice.  Maybe I should have been looking for the spiked cider, which Lindsay had tested last week when she and her friend were at the festival.  Alas, no time for disappointment as it was time to go scour the orchard for those apples.

IMG_8109 IMG_8101Each of us had oodles of apples at home already (just from the store), so we really didn’t need our own bag.  Plus, when you are living paycheck to paycheck (or right above that), you really don’t need to be dropping $25 every which way you turn.

As it turns out, most of the apples were picked over, so we grabbed a few from the trees and filled the remainder of our bag with those in the bushels on the ground.  After snacking on our donuts and perusing the store, it was time to catch a cab back to the station and a train back into the city.

IMG_8120Oh, and funny story about the store.  So after coming out of the orchard, we split up the apples amongst the four of us and I packed my bag to the brim with my share.  Well, when I was purchasing my jar of pumpkin butter, the cashier was quite suspicious that I had stolen all the apples.  Really now.  You’ve got miss goody-two-shoes and you think I stole that many apples?  No ma’am.  All purchased in that lovely $25 bag (but I understand the problem that orchards usually encounter with that type of stealing problem…)

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“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” – Vernon Duke

North Face Endurance Challenge AKA SUMMIT

Warning: This post is packed to the brim with November Project fitness pictures from the recent North Face Endurance Race in Park City.  If you just so happen to be friends with people who attended, I’m sure you are sick and tired of seeing pictures and throwbacks and flashbacks pop up on your feed.  Well, if you are over it, I suggest you click out now.  If not and you are oh so interested in the hoopla that went on, read on my friends, read on.

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About 10 of us NYC gals flew together out on Thursday night, narrowly missing the Papal chaos, and two girls just nearly missing the plane (story for another time), and then 5 of us crashing at a friends house in Salt Lake City.  Early Friday morning, we reconvened with about 400 other November Project tribe members for a morning workout on the stairs of the city capitol.  No really, there were TONS of people all.weekend.long.  For pure evidence, check out NP Canada’s album here.

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^^ This is Lily.  She is one of my old/new friends from Los Angeles.  She also blogs at “Lily Runs the World“.  Boom.

IMG_2572Sam and I. Sam and me.  I am confused on the grammar of that sentence and have been battling my mother (the English teacher) about it.  Anyways, Sam is my accountabilibuddy and we are two cool kids…as you can see.

The best part about these events is that many of us have “met” through Instagram, Facebook, or some other strange way that our generation meets.  Point of the story is many of us know one another through social media but haven’t met or haven’t seen one another in a long time.  Summit = glorified summer camp.  For three days.  It’s amazing.

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^^ Utah’s state symbol, the beehive.  Main reason being Brigham Young & the Latter-day Saints arrived in Salt Lake Valley, named it Deserret, which according to the Book of Mormon means “honeybee”.   You can now see this symbol across Utah on signs and pretty much everywhere.

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^^ THESE WERE $1 EACH. I REPEAT ONLY ONE DOLLAR!  I swear, you would have thought we had won the jackpot.  When I asked how much a homemade cinnamon roll cost, my jaw dropped and I proceeded to tell every single soul in the store.  I may have walked outside with cinnamon roll in hand to spread the good news.  I mean, this would have easily been $5 in New York.  We all had decided to eat at this one store, which only happened to have one person working.  I’m sure he was quite overwhelmed and while we ultimately all came waltzing into this poor store, purchased a treat, and walked out, it was worth it.

After breakfast, it was back to SLC where we were staying, a quick shower, and then party bus to Park City!  Just kidding.  We were oh so chill and our friend Taylor drove us through the interstate and I laughed as my entire car was in awe of the mountains.  Don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous, but I had also been to Utah (and SLC/Park City) a fair number of times AND have practically grown up in the mountains, so it’s nothing new. Some of my friends had never been in altitude before!  I couldn’t give them too much of a hard time because I must say things about the east coast that they think are no big deal.  Point of the story is, listening to them oo and aw all weekend did remind me to stop and “smell the roses”.

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^^ This is the Blue Haus crew.  An AirBNB selection (best option ever) right off the main street and rolling deep with NP_NYC girls and Jonathan from NP_Boston (aka the Mother Tribe).  Absolutely no fun was had during this trip.  No pillow fights, no girl talk, no hot tub.  😉 We gave him a hard time.

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Friday was spent exploring the town, picking up race bibs, checking out the course (or avoiding looking at the mountain we were going to be climbing the next day…I prefer to go in and just “wing it” and hope for the best – a Kaitlin classic mentality, something that didn’t really help me on my SATs…)

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^^ I don’t normally partake in the pre-race alcoholic festivities, but this sounded too good to pass up. The Rose of Cimarron (American Prairie Double Rye w/ strawberry rhubarb & rosemary preserve, lemon juice, gingerade kombucha)

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We opted to stay in for dinner and prep a little salmon + sweet potato + grilled veggie medley.  Actually, the famous Burke from Burkes Bites was residing with us (yay Team Manhattan Mountain Goats!) and pretty much had this meal whipped up in no time at all.  Not to mention the price per person was just around $12 (waaaaaay less than what we would have found in town)

SATURDAY ~ AKA ~ RACE DAY!

Saturday we were up bright and early (7:15? better than NP alarm clocks, which can be 4:50am or 5:30am), had breakfast on the porch, and maybe a little too much Keurig coffee.  May not have been the best idea since I hadn’t drank coffee for two weeks.  Between the caffeine and my nerves for running (always get nervous no matter what), my heart was literally pounding all.day.long.

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TAGGING TIME!  Because when you join November Project, you will learn that it’s completely normal to take all your workout clothes (and even purchase brand new items) to then spray paint them with various stencils.  Technically we should only have the November Project tag and our respective tribes, but there was the Summit tag and we Mountain Goats need our own representation.

IMG_2619^^ Love love love this.  We here are the Manhattan Mountain Goats, reporting for duty.  As Burke put it, what happens when you put a Californian, a Lawyer, a Fashion Designer, and a Consultant together?  One epic team.

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(LEFT)  Here’s Laura, heading off at 9am for her FIRST marathon.  That girl is crazy.  She decided to make a marathon – a trail marathon in altitude – her first marathon.  She killed it.  So proud. (RIGHT)  Around 10am, we had the first legs of the marathon relay head out.  Nice NYC representation above by Coach John and the awesome Matt Powers.

IMG_2604Some of the leaders were handing out these nifty passes to people they didn’t know.  It was like a little tribal stick where you had to then go find someone YOU didn’t know and hand the pass off.  One guy made fun of me for holding onto it for too long, but really I had forgotten it was there.  Also, I sometimes get nervous going up to random people. Sometimes.  Strange, I know.

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We took pictures, we modeled, we cheered each other on.

I waited around from 8:30 until 1:30ish when I ran the 4th and final leg of our relay.  Times ranged around an hour (1:04:52 ~ 1:09:12 ~ 1:18:03 ~ 58:49) as the course went 3 miles uphill and 3 miles downhill.  Not going to lie, I was so nervous all day.

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I’m not sure why since racing is all done for fun and there’s never any pressure on the line (except the pressure I put on myself of course).

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Aren’t we attractive?  This was taken seconds after I finished and practically collapsed into Sam.  The rest of my team had been chilling (in the Sierra Nevada beer garden?) and I was struggling to stay standing.  I had completely underestimated the hills and the altitude and was banking on my sea level Central Park training to get me through.

Once I stretched out a bit, it was off to post-race festivities, which included chilling in the Sierra Nevada beer tent (yay for shade), cheering on other runners, stretching, showering, dinner, and celebrating at the No Fun bar with all of NP.  We may have stuffed a good 100+ people in the 40 person capacity patio.  What happens in Park City, stays in Park City (on social media like this little blog).

PSA: Drinking in the altitude is different than drinking at sea level.  Just saying.

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^^ Blue Haus crew making some joke that will stay in the orb of Instagram and not be repeated on the blog. 

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Sunday morning spent with coffee on the porch, snacking on an energy bar, getting ready to do a little mountain shake out.  I debated whether or not to run again, but I honestly couldn’t pass up spending some more time outdoors sans city grime.  The crew above logged in about 5 or so miles, climbing and descending hills, wishing we had booked a few more days in Utah.

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As they jogged back to the NP_San Fran house for breakfast (homemade waffles because one dude packed his waffle iron…BRILLIANT), I got cleaned up, helped tidy the AirBnB and set off to find breakfast.

IMG_2637 It sure wasn’t a homemade waffle, but french toast croque monsieur, was quite divine.  From there, it was time to finish cleaning the AirBnb, pack our bags, say goodbye to old and new friends (jealous of those who continued exploring the great Utah outdoors), and Uber our way to In N Out – $90 ride later and worth it.

IMG_2651^^ A trip to the west coast apparently isn’t complete without a trip to In ‘N Out.  Can you believe that two people in my car had never tasted In ‘N Out?  Mind blown.  I actually wasn’t entirely in the mood to eat but I have FOMO (fear of missing out) and thus, purchasing a burger, fries, shake, and lemonade was the next logical move.  But hey, points for the protein wrap, right?

From there, we took an uber to the SLC airport, boarded a plane to Chicago, transferred and landed in Newark, caught a ride with Sam’s mom (mega thanks for picking us up at midnight) and crashed into bed.  The next few days were not nearly as fun (think waking up and feeling hungover but actually having the flu…yeah no fun) but the memories remain, even if it’s all on social media.

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^^ cred to Kati from November Project Canada

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” – Sarah Bernhardt

Life of Late ~ 9.25.15

Seriously, how are we already at the end of September? Good gracious time is just FLYING by.  Things at work have been picking up – between clients wanting to advertise during the 4th quarter and some of my colleagues being out of the office, I’ve started to cover more and more.  Fine by me since I’m more productive when I have more on my plate.  Anyone else feel that way?  Seems to be a Type A thing.

Probably the best part of today is that I am NOT in New York City and do NOT have to deal with all the chaos that has ensued from the UN Grand Council meeting, President Obama being in town, and oh the Pope being in the United States for the first time.  Ever.  I’m out in gorgeous Utah for the weekend and am PUMPED for being outdoors all.darn.weekend.  Yes, lots of all-caps going on, because it’s just that exciting.

We are out west for one of the North Face Endurance Challenge Races in Park City, Utah and are participating among hundreds of other folks, to run up a mountain in epic (at least compared to NYC) altitude.   Good times.  Oh, and it’s our November Project Summit, which means tons of people are flying in from all 23 tribes! Partay!!!

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These are just some of the folks I’ll be hanging around with this weekend.  Aren’t we attractive?  Let’s decide to take our “picture day portraits” on the most humid day ever.  But really, I don’t think this summer was too terrible in terms of humidity but the last few weeks of August were out of control.  Our New York tribe was going for concrete business jungle or something like that.  Basically a play on the fact that most of our city is stereotyped to be fashionistas or Wall Street finance bros.  Either way, my pals Emma and Alex nailed it (top row – lawyer and fashion designer) and Sam and I just are awesome. 😉

IMG_2362 ^^ Anyone know what this means?  I’ve raced 9 races for New York Road Runners this year and volunteered one (well two actually) and am able to receive automatic entrance to next year’s TCS NYC Marathon.  As in my first marathon ever.  Wow.  I’ll be taking a bit of a break after my next half in Staten Island (yes, it will be a glorious destination race, just like Sweden or Huntington Beach or Berlin) and rest mentally and physically.

I actually have a bit of an issue mentally and physically resting, so that should be interesting.  When I told my friend that I couldn’t actually sleep and felt that I had to work out instead (usually leading to me overextending myself and getting sick…) she joked that she had never heard anyone say that it was tougher to stay in bed than work out.  It’s sort of tough to explain to some people and I know we are all different.  But, here’s my verbal commitment here to at least try.

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^^ Another New York bucket list item CHECK!  This time it was out to Brooklyn for some shuffleboard fun at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard and Ample Hills Creamery.  I’ll throw together a little recap in case you want to add it to your bucket list 😉

IMG_2483^^ We do a mean straight face.  For some reason that’s a trend in November Project.  I guess you could start using the same hashtag that Equinox uses for its campaigns >> #novemberprojectmademedoit.  Bit long but you get the idea.

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^^ Did you know it’s fall?  Have you seen every single girl around you fall prey to the Starbucks PSL or Pumpkin Spice Latte?  Apparently they got so much flack after people exposed the original PSL to not contain any pumpkin whatsoever – just chemicals (good for the mind, body, and soul, right?) – so they changed the recipe.  I think it’s absolutely delicious and did cave on Wednesday aka the first official day of fall.

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I am already planning all the festive fall things I would like to make – apple butter, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin vegetable lasagna, pumpkin granola, apple cider martinis/sangria, pumpkin gnocchi or ravioli or pumpkin mac and cheese, stew, soup + grilled cheese, on and on and on.  Then there are the fall outfits like boots and scarfs and jeans.  I will need to switch over my entire closet and of course buy a new pair of jeans because running = muscles = 3 ripped pairs of jeans.  Basically I will be broke from all the ingredients I have purchased and probably sick of pumpkin by October 31st. #basicbitch (sorry mom) and no shame about it.

How do you like to celebrate fall?  Do you fall prey to the pumpkin trend too?

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“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
– Bertrand Russell

Life of Late ~ 9.18.15

I do apologize for the bombardment of photos this week.  There is so much to share and so much to catch up on so let’s keep this nice and short.  Did you know that this week marks 16 weeks until 2016?  That sure puts things in perspective.

Also, this is the LAST official weekend of summer.  I’m hoping the weather holds out for us as I would LOVE to take one more trip to the beach tomorrow.  I can already feel a slight chill in the air, a slight breeze that truly smells like fall, and of course the Pumpkin Spice Latte is in full force.  I’m trying – oh so trying – to hold out until October 1st.  It just doesn’t seem right otherwise.  For now, I blog to eat.  Or is it run to eat?  Let’s link up and list out random fun.

IMG_2049 Throwback to my last summer Friday day of eats.  Got to love the “healthy” sweet frozen treat from Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit – frozen fruit with water and a dash of cane sugar.

IMG_2054 ^^ Next up or later in the afternoon, I stopped by Shake Shack for a burger and a concrete.  I had just finished yoga when my roommate texted me that she was meeting a coworker at Shake Shack.  I had only planned to stop by and say hi but of course the allure of a juicy burger and dining al fresco pulled me in.  Some say it’s a great burger and others compare it to McDonald’s.  I’d say for a “fast-food” joint, it’s not half-bad and I especially liked the chopped pepper and bacon on top.

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Shutters upon shutters from Charleston, SC.  Just a little blue and I don’t mind if I do.

IMG_7910Take me back to where the street views look like this. Window upon windows and flowers upon flowers.

Well + Good ~ “9 Signs to Show You Are Exhausted” ~ Yes. Yes. Yes.  I also have been cutting out coffee (over a week without!) but maybe a little more sleep would do the body and soul good.  

MyDomaine ~ “Jenna Lyons (JCrew) Shares Her Secret to Being Happier” ~ As I like to say (and remind myself) YOU DO YOU

Pure Wow ~ “13 Fresh Recipes for Blueberries” – Doesn’t that grilled cheese look divine?

Well + Good ~ “The Beauty Secret More New York Women Are Sipping On” – Hydration is a good thing!

Pure Wow ~ “13 Reasons You Are So Happy You’re No Longer in Your 20’s” – What if I’m still in my 20’s? #4, #5, #10. Truth

Well + Good ~ “This is What Happens When You Eat 40 Teaspoons of Sugar” – Sugar, sugar, sugar.  The new smoking. (along with sitting…the app that reminds you to stand up)

Buzzfeed ~ “We Know How Much of a 90’s Kid You Actually Are” – But really.  Take this quiz and you will thank me.  SO MUCH FROM THE 09’s that I forgot about.  So many good memories.

~~~ lunchables. seeing the zoo books commercials, caprisun at soccer games, having lisa frank folders, billnye the science guy videos making your day at school, beanie babies and believing you could save them until 2000 and get rich selling them ~~~
FullSizeRenderThat time I ran around Manhattan in order to fulfill my long run quota for the day and to end up at Clinton St. Baking Co.  A quick tip is that it’s a cash only joint, so make sure to come prepared.
Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
(646) 602-6263
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I’m 99% sure you will arrive to a queue, between 30 minutes to over an hour, but well worth the wait.   This here is the famous blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter.  I saw the man next to us order the same thing and then ask for regular syrup.  No sir, just no.
IMG_2349 ^^ Yoga + hip-hop and rap?  Who knew yoga could be that much fun??
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Digging my time at this weekend’s 5th Avenue Mile and Wanderlust festival.  TOO MUCH FUN IN THE SUN!
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard