Go Home Snow … And Other Random Thoughts

Snow.  Not cool.  Ok, maybe slightly cool. But it’s February and I want to run on Saturday and the forecast calls for 80% chance of snow.  We’ll see how that works out.  Today’s post calls for an epic arrangement of random thoughts, so please enjoy.  It’s just about all that I can handle and frankly need a random post right about now.  A big thank you to Amanda for hosting.

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I would not make a good full-time writer.   My ability to concentrate long enough to write a cohesive post has somehow disappeared.  Studying skills?  Forget it.  Now I flip-flop between wanting to draft posts for every day of the week and actually arriving home from work only thinking about changing into athletic clothes, making dinner, stretching, catching an episode of one of the ten shows I have missed, and then crashing into my bed.  Working full time, keeping up with blogging and hobbies, and finding time to be social is tough.  Boy, I give mega-props to you bloggers who keep it up.

I have however always thought about writing a children’s book with my mom.  Goodness knows we have enough topics to write about – the Bodie man and his various adventures or even the shenanigans that happen in our home town.  Ok, the last idea would have to be written under a pen-name and most definitely published (though it’s not a given) after we move out.  But, Helen of Pasadena was a hit, so why not give it a shot.

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Best.shaved ice.ever. I recently heard through the grapevine that my parents are planning a trip to Hawaii. Hm, maybe I should find a way to snag vacation days and find myself a ticket.  Just kidding, I’ll let them have their fun as empty nesters.  But still, the allure of sun, surf, and shaved ice.  It may be too difficult to resist.

Let’s talk about how obsessed our culture is with technology and cell phones.  When I got into the elevator to have lunch in our cafeteria, three other people jumped in and immediately brought out their phones.  This happens every.single.place I go.  Walking along the sidewalk?  Yep.  In the subway?  Yep.  Again, I’m often just as guilty but I’m just saying we are going to have some serious neck and back problems in the next 10-20 years.

How 11 Words and 5 Minutes Can Make Every Day the Best One Ever

Have you seen “50 First Dates”?  Now, I’m not much of an Adam Sandler fan, but using the movie as reference and how Drew Barrymore has to be reminded every single day about her life and schedule.  There are certainly days where I have to remind myself why I’m waking up so early or what I have on task for the day.  It’s not like I lost my memory, but I do have to have a small heart-to-heart/pump-up conversation with myself, especially on Mondays. Posts like these remind me that it’s normal.  Or so I keep telling myself that.

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You know those bloggers from the west coast who post pictures of the ocean or mountains on their days of?  Yeah, I used to be one of those. Until I got a real job and moved to the east coast.  Now I’m just making myself jealous by going through all the top eats and sights from the beloved Sunset Magazine website.

My fellow November Project peeps are amazing bloggers.  It’s actually thanks to Ali and Sarah that I found out about NP and made the decision to start showing up.  Actually a double thanks to Ali for an awesome run last Saturday and including me in her post (day year made by the way).  This girl is a phenomenon and I highly recommend checking her hilarious posts.  Filled with sarcasm, good fun, and rocking the neon like no-other, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Power on my friends, the weekend is near.

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Four Times the Fun

I’ve never been very good about setting trends, but I am pretty good about following them.  Yes, I guess you could say I’m just like a lemming and would follow the pack right off a cliff.  Well, maybe not that far, but I do love to feel included, but don’t we all?  When I was tagged  by Carrie to fill out this popular survey of late, I knew that it was something I could do.  I do enjoy sharing random facts and tidbits, so while you may have seen this floating around out there, I hope I can provide some random fun.  Who knows, maybe you can connect with a few of my answers 🙂

Wait, before I begin, I do want to say that I was one of the first kids (that I was aware of) in junior high to start wearing Vans lace-ups.  I bought them because my dad said the red ones were cool and sure enough, a few weeks later, they were all over campus.  #winning as a 7th grader.

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name

k-fu
kait
katie-b
K or KK

2. Four jobs I have had:

camp counselor (short lived for one summer)
intern — Hulu & Telemundo & my college athletic department
digital sales representative
professional gift wrapper (6″ ribbon curls…dominated)

3. Four movies I have watched (and can quote oh so much) more than once:

The Pink Panther (with Steve Martin)
Kangaroo Jack
Elf
Pitch Perfect (stoked for the sequel!)

4. Four Books I recommend:

Outliers
The Language of Flowers
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
Me Before You

To be honest I love to read but rarely read books more than once.  While I was browsing through countless lists of top books, I saw that William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” was on there.  That I did read in high school and wow, it must have some literary success if it’s on there.  We high schoolers did not think it was so hot.

5. Four places I have lived:

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Barcelona
Pasadena, CA
England (thanks to Dad’s job when I was a baby!)
New York

6. Four Places I have been:

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Costa Rica
Hawaii (one of my favorite places)
Lisbon, Portugal
Amsterdam

7. Four places I would rather be right now:

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Mammoth Lakes
Hawaii
California
traveling or really anywhere sunny and 75

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8. Four things I don’t eat:

mushrooms
squid, octopus, or anything slimy
olives
persimmons

9. Four of my favorite foods:

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ice cream
any type of nut butter
kale (and pretty much every other vegetable…I.love.vegetables)
sweet potatoes

10. Four TV Shows I watch:

The Mindy Project
Newsroom (so sad it only had three seasons and is over)
Last Man Standing
The Bachelor/Bachelorette (yes, you call it trashy, I call it my Monday night therapy)

11. Four things I am looking forward to next year:

finding ways to explore New York/east coast (possibly a country concert in my future)

visiting my sister in Copenhagen

november project/running more

the unknown.  strange, right?  After so many years of stressing, I’ve started to learn that that’s what life is about, learning to ride the waves

12. Four things I am always saying:

goodness (or gosh)
ah shoot (maybe a little more dramatic or you get the picture)
okie dokie
it’ll all work out

13. Four drinks I order at starbucks:

tall pike roast
grande iced coffee
venti iced passionfruit tea
latte if I’m in the mood to splurge

14. Four of my favorite things to do:

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workout
craft (draw, wrap, sew…old school stuff rules so don’t hate)
explore and travel new places
laugh

15. Four of my favorite memories: 

making it a year in the big apple
trips to Hawaii
living abroad during college (for kicks and giggles, check out my blog here)
the feeling of accomplishment after a running race or long run

Four bloggers I tag:

Brie ~ Lean Clean & Brie
Caitlin ~ Chasing Chels
Laura ~ Sweet & Salty
Brittany ~ Dulce Vie

Now it’s your turn.  Pick a question and fill me in!

Sunny Birthday Getaway

A quick little getaway always does the mind and body good.  This is especially true when it means heading home to sunny Southern California.

The trip was somewhat impromptu and oh so wonderful.  I forgot how much I enjoy my hometown in the spring, or really just enjoy spring in general.  There wasn’t much time to fit in a run around town but I did get to pick up a Horchata latte from Porto’s with my mom as well as wander one of my favorite grocery stores – Sprouts.

IMG_4735The afternoon was spent by my friend’s pool, taking a way around town, and capped off with a birthday dinner.  Today’s the actual day, so in a sense, it was a nice birthday gift to fly home for some time.  I practically hadn’t seen any family since Christmas, so it was quite overdue.

Dinner was at Roy’s, which is my own little version of Hawaii in Pasadena.  I adore the preparation of the mahi-mahi (macadamia nut crusted of course) and they always know how to welcome you into their ohana.

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From there, it was down to Claremont where I spent the rest of the weekend jogging around town (attempting to be like the track team 😉 … slight fail/definitely would be left in the dust on their runs), soaking up free meals in the dining halls, pondering the purpose of campus parties (or just curious how they expected to manage the heat + day drinking), and then watching my sister and her team race at SCIAACs, their league meet.

IMG_4174_Fotor_CollageExploring the best parts of the Claremont Village…I spy CBTL 🙂

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LET’S GO ATHENAS!

Ok, so I have heard through the grapevine (aka my sister) that a quick dining hall review would be nice. First off, for a girl who went to a school with only one dining hall, having over 5 places to choose from is mindblowing.  The kids can seriously plan their meals based on which dining hall has better variety of granolas or soups or the types of paninis they can get pre-practice or pre-race.

I thoroughly enjoyed Frary, which looks like a mini-Hogwarts dining hall, for breakfast, and one of the Pomona halls for lunch.  Unlike most cafeterias, they served actual Greek yogurt, delicious granola, and endless bowls of fresh fruit.  None of that wilted watermelon sort.  Meghan pointed out that the Ponoma hall has a panini press, which enables one to press any type of sandwich, even a pita sandwich.  Take that Santa Clara Benson.

Claremont 1Funny enough, this is the first time I’ve picked up a New York Times in ages (ever?)  Got to love those liberal arts schools. 

Going back to Meghan’s college, I realized I had a lot of “what if” questions.  What if I considered other schools?  What if I had not been afraid to have a dining hall that was unlimited food?  What if I decided to explore other schools in order to participate in team athletics?  Well, these are all great questions, to which I will never know the answer.  Life is too short to keep ruminating over the past and it’s time to move on.

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There happened to be some free time over the two days, something I didn’t really plan for, but made the most out of.  Luckily I had a car to transport myself to and from the meet (thank goodness there was no traffic) and managed to schedule even more time to hang out with my friend Lindsay.

I took her to my favorite joint in Pasadena – Lemonade.  Known for it’s fresh and innovative dishes, Lemonade is one of the budding hotspots in Los Angeles.  It operates somewhat like a cafeteria where customers order from a variety of salad combinations, entrees from the land or the sea, or classic dishes like stew, brisket, and mac & cheese.

IMG_4185Butternut squash salad w/ grapes & brussels sprouts + Arugula w/ strawberries and feta (maybe?) + split brisket/mac & cheese + Guava lemonade (mmmmmmmmm)

A race is never complete without a trip to frozen yogurt.  When Meghan and I ran together back in high school, we would celebrate or socialize post-race with self-serve frozen yogurt.  Those were the days when we really didn’t speak to one another, mainly because I was so competitive and afraid she would beat me.  We’ve moved past that and she has begun to run circles around me, but such is life.  We still like to indulge in our favorite treat of 21 Choices every now and then.

IMG_4198This photo does not do it justice but I swear the Animal Cookies + Almond Roca w/ coconut was scrumptious. If you haven’t experienced a 21 Choices in California, I do declare you go.

IMG_4184And of course we have the aTRACKtive athlete.  It was neat to see her interact with her team and I loved finally being able to meet everyone.  Leaving on Sunday was a bit tough, not to mention about 12 hours of travel ahead of me.  But, it’s good to be back in the city and I’m looking forward to the next adventure.

“We must live as we think, otherwise we shall end up by thinking as we have lived.” – Paul Bourget

Dreaming of Sunshine

Today we celebrate the end of the week, the last Friday of March, and the continuation of spring.  Spring is probably my favorite month, but I’m not such a fan of the whole “April showers deal.”  Although, it does bring May flowers along with my birthday, so I can’t complain too much 😉

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Oh what I would give to be running along these waves and soaking up the sunshine.  I think my hair could really use a good bought of sun and maybe some lemon or sun-in.  I’ve never dyed my hair but with all the time I’ve spent in the office and not to mention NYC winter, it’s been getting a bit dark at the roots.  Not that I’m vain or anything, I just love my blonde hair and would like to keep it that way (but without spending huge amounts) Not too difficult to ask.

IMG_5945This wonderful friend of mine has become a pretty close pen-pal and we enjoy sending one another goodies through snail mail.  Usually I send some of my latest and greatest baked goods and she sends me some fabulous treats from Hawaii where she goes to school.  When I arrived home from work and the gym last night I had a box sitting on our doorstep with all of this fabulousness.

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I’ve always had a love for anything and everything Hawaiian.  My family used to joke that I would just uproot myself and move there but the cost of living and the fact that I’m an ocean away from any family sort of deterred me.  Of course that’s essentially me in NY except 2,000+ miles of land in between me and any family.  Well, I guess I have a cousin on the east coast but we still haven’t met up.

It was brought to my attention that two weeks from this Sunday I will be running my next half marathon.  Um, excuse me?  That crept up on me.  But, no matter because I am beyond excited for my best friends to arrive and spend the weekend exploring my favorite spots and show them my town. 🙂  We may not break any records, but we are going to have a blast and enjoy every moment of our girl’s weekend.

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Any Frozen fans out there?  Found this on Pinterest and was in love.  But really.

Lastly, I’ve been in the market for a pair of sunglasses.  It must be all that summer dreaming and it can’t hurt to start looking early, especially because I’m so picky about how the frames look on my face.  Been blessed with cheekbones and some chipmunk cheeks, which aren’t the best to carry off some of the popular frames (at least in my picky point of view).  I’ve heard of various frames – Ray Ban, Hobie, Kate Spade, etc.  and more recently heard about Warby Parker.

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From what I have researched and seen from some of my coworker’s frames, they are classy, crisp, and fresh. This perfectly fits my style, or what I think is my style.  As a matter of fact, they recently launched a new collection called the “Spectrum Sun Collection” just in time for the sunshine months.

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I’m thinking these would be perfect for lounging on the beach somewhere, no? It exudes spring and summer with flowers, and freshly cut grass (if that exists in the city), and iced coffee.

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These are just a couple examples from Warby Parker because to me, that’s the epitome of spring.  I’m a personal fan of everything Tortoise related, so I’ll be on the hunt to find a store in order to test them out.  What are some of your favorites?

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“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

A Hui Ho (Until We Meet Again)

This morning we had the luxury of sleeping in.  Wait for it, a whole half hour.  My personal favorite time of day is the early morning when the sun is rising or has just risen, and there are barely any people or cars on the road.  I love wandering streets, or in our case, the beach, with the waves crashing and a peaceful breeze around us. Continue reading

Aloha From Kona

Well, a happy father’s day to all the dads!  While we were in complete transit mode most of the day, we did make sure to let TFred know he was loved and appreciated.  We also told him that the Hawai’i trip was just for him, even though he planned it all.  It’s more of a running joke in the family. Continue reading