Life of Late ~ 6.3.16

Friday. Four day week.  June 3rd.  Better yet…NATIONAL DONUT DAY!  Now even though I have a sweet tooth, I’m not always the biggest donut fan.  If it were a showdown between Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbin’s ice cream, obviously a scoop of ice cream would win.  Though I am a sucker for food holidays and November Project was located near a donut joint (Underwest) so I indulged.  The verdict?  Very pleasantly surprised and actually satisfied with my choice.

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There are a few parts to this success.  First – purchase donut from the source.  None of this donuts from Whole Foods or even donuts to go.   Second – partner up with someone so that you can sample multiple flavors.   This is a #runtoeat and #eattorun sort of deal so we can’t go donut crazy and eat 1 of each flavor (cue sugar crash at work and hello witchy Kaitlin), but splitting them is definitely a viable solution.  Thank you Rebecca for being my donut buddy 🙂

Underwest Donuts
638 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
(Fun fact: this is located on the west side IN a car wash…yes it’s sanitary)

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^^ Located right next to this big ‘ol boat named the Intrepid (location of today’s NP_NYC workout)

As I predicted, we have gotten into full swing of upfront season at work.  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a time in ad sales where the publisher (where ads run) negotiates with agencies (who work for clients like State Farm and Geico and such) on prices and how much they are going to spend and where their ads are going to run.  This means we wait after work for them to come back with their best deals and then we revise our options and submit proposals.  It’s a lot of back and forth and some long nights but boy am I learning a ton.  I also happen to be on a solid team where my Account Executive and Associate Account Executive are super helpful and are genuinely interested in helping me learn.  Plus the company feeds us.

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So my life goes back to the balance of working and working out – a combination that I am quite ok with.  Yes, there are 100% days that I would like to sleep in but then I see the sky look like this and am always happy I made it out.  The one recent instance where I wish I hadn’t worked out was yoga  yesterday.  Stretching = good.  Bad teacher = bad practice.  My friend Jackie and I arrived for our favorite class and soon learned that 1) water was shut off at this particular location (no showers no toilets) and 2) our favorite teacher was NOT teaching there anymore.  We stuck it out but when the OM at the beginning of class sounded like a capella group out of tune, my immediate reaction was “ah hell no”.  I stayed the entire class but it did nothing for me.

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^^ Tested out a couple of classes via ClassPass and totally LOVED Throwback Fitness.  One of the gals I met at 24 Hour Fitness back in the day has been working out here at least 1x if not 2x every day and is obsessed.  I had been meaning to try it but didn’t want to interfere with training for Brooklyn.  Ha – as if I was really trying hard to train.  Best described below:

“We are gamifying fitness by harnessing the feelings of accomplishment, confidence, and camaraderie that come from being part of a team, and the excitement felt when working together to achieve a common goal. Our‘murderously fun’ workouts channel the nostalgia of adolescence by modeling our unique, competitive, partner- and team-based workouts after such childhood favorites as Dodgeball and Capture the Flag, or even dorm room-inspired games like Flip Cup.” (source)

So how fun does that sound?  Test it out, see how much fun you have and then BOOK A BIRTHDAY PARTY! That’s right.  How totally cool is that?  You can have your birthday at a fun workout class.  Because birthday parties are no longer for those under the age of 8.

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^^ Another class that I took was a hip-hop class at Y7 – another successful discovery.  I had taken it the Sunday after Brooklyn and entered the class with practically no flexibility and all the aches and pains.  I wasn’t so good at the “flow on your own” parts but did leave limber and ever so sweaty.

I’m really going to have to kick up my yoga game soon.  Maybe I’ll make it a part of my two-a-day program when marathon training starts.  A little cardio/strength in the morning and some yoga stretching at night.  Solid schedule don’t you think?  Still have to test out the beloved Bethany at Lyon’s Den that Ali keeps talking about.

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Reading >> The Lake House by Kate Morton

Watching >> The Barkely Marathon phenomenon/obsession via Netflix & Great Big Story ~ “The Man Behind The Most Grueling Footrace on Earth

Salivating over >> Bondi Harvest ~ New Aussie restaurant in Santa Monica (+ amazing recipes here)

Cleaning >> My room and closet all.the.time.  I don’t have to move apartments for another couple of months but want to have as little excess as possible.  Seeing that I am either at work or on the go, I don’t need too much, right?

Drinking >> Iced coffee.  Starbucks is even coming out with new options like sweet cream cold brew and nitro cold brew!

Hoping >> To find Hamilton tickets.  I know they are hard to come by so don’t burst my bubble.  I’m hoping that I can find a loophole somewhere or that people don’t try as hard when the original cast moves on…

Baking / Experimenting >> With BERRIES. ALL THE BERRIES!  And this nut butter zucchini brownie recipe.

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^^ Round #2 of single serving strawberry shortcake (homemade shortcake by the way…just call me Betty or Martha).  Second time was definitely the charm.

PureWow ~ “The Best Burgers in NYC” ~ This is no time to be vegetarian or vegan.  Let the games begin.

The Muse ~ “Sheryl Sandberg Opens Up and Reminds Everyone About the Power of Resilience

Meter Tracksmith ~ “No Rest for the Weary” ~ aka Badass.

PureWow ~ “11 Iconic Summer Moments” ~ GOING TO JERSEY FOR A POOL! Hope you are reading this my Jersey friends because it’s happening.

Shine.com ~ Daily Texts for self-fulfillment.  No really – if you sign up, you will get daily texts and gifs to make your day so much better.

Being Your True Self: Does Authenticity Matter in the Workplace?” ~ An interesting thought.  There are too many articles that look at millennials in a bad way, but there may be something to this.

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Weekend wise, we’ve got some rain in the forecast (yay summer storms), I’ve got a bike ride and festive outdoor fete, some running to Central Park to cheer the runners at the Retro 4M and the viewing of Me Before You.  Let the games begin!

What are you up to this weekend? Are you a donut fan?

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Life of Late ~ 6.5.15

Today is Friday the 5th of June and it oh so happens to be National Donut {Doughnut} Day.  Yes folks, we have arrived at the day of the week that celebrates the most delectable and often deadliest breakfast item.  In honor of that, I’d like to start this post with a recent find on the west side, thanks to a November Project recommendation.

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Get this…it’s in a CAR WASH!  Don’t worry, health code is all up to date and probably a whole lot cleaner than some of those food carts you see around the city…

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Maybe not ideal to start the morning with a bucket full of sugar, but I had to test out the maple waffle and pineapple selections.  Plus, we had just worked out soooo it’s all justified, right?

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Underwest Donuts
638 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
MON: 6:30AM-3PM — TUE-FRI: 6:30AM-5PM — SAT: 7:30AM-5PM | SUN: 7:30AM-3PM

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^^ Typical commute from November Project to work.  I’ve gotten surprisingly good at running with my backpack, although I don’t think I’ll be racing with it any time soon.

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^^ Volunteering with my buddies at last week’s UAE 10k and oh, it just so happens that we made it on NYRR’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  #grassrootsgear #winning #novemberproject #noshame

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^^ Celebrating a friend’s send-off with a touristy rooftop bar.  Touristy or not, the view isn’t half-bad.

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^^ CNN celebrating 35 years and so of course that means some free t-shirts, photo-booths, and sneak-peek at upcoming documentaries

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As you may have picked up from my posts and blog, I love the beach, sun, and anything tropical.  The joke was that I would grow up to be a dolphin trainer, braid hair, and live in Hawaii (sorry if I have already said this here…it’s a common story) Anyways, I love tiki themed parties and used to be obsessed with the tiki and tropical section of Oriental Trading.  Well, while in Norway, we happened to see THE boat that discovered Easter Island.  More on that trip next week (Norway, not Easter Island), but I decided a picture with Mr. Easter Island was necessary.

IMG_0180I arrived home to this amazing package, thanks to my blend friend Meighan.  We were roommates last year at the Blend Retreat and since I wasn’t able to attend this year, she was a doll and sent me some of the good stuff.  I mean, oats, Honey Stinger, and yogurt coupons and I was a VERY happy camper!  Not to mention, those sesame crackers? I was skeptical but am on the hunt to find more.

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^^ Did you know that Denmark is the HOME to Lego?  That’s actually why Meghan chose it as her study abroad program.  Just kidding.  Maybe 😉

~ Links I Love ~

Sometimes, Always, Never Blog ~ “Five Facts From A Guy {About Girls}” ~  I never grow tired of her blogs and love this one! Be true to you.

The Greatist ~ “The 7 Questions I Asked That Seriously Changed My Life” ~ Never be afraid to ask.  You never know what the answer will be or where it will lead you.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Brittany Lesser ~ “Why Clothing Size Doesn’t Matter” ~ All hail the booty!

Refinery 29 ~ “Tips For Becoming A Boss From 34 of NYC’s Most Powerful Women

Sheryl Sandberg’s Reflection ~ There are no words to describe the pain she has endured – the loss of a loved one too soon.  I recommend taking the time to read what she has written and remember to tell those around you that you love them and to value each moment of each day.

Bustle ~ “7 Things Independent People Do in Relationships That Make Them So Much Stronger

Spoon University ~ “Outrageous Facts That’ll Change How you Think About Starbucks” ~ (And a website dedicated to the secret menu!)

Linking up with Life in Leggings!

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^^ A little bit of free fitness to start my Friday and the weekend.  You know the drill, W/F … November Project … just show up 🙂

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine” – Morris West