Monday, June 30, 2014

things I look forward to…erryday

Besides breakfast, lunch, and dinner…

cawfee coffee
I am trying, TRYING to avoid artificial sweeteners (ahem: Splenda) because I know how bad they are for you. So I stopped having my usual coffee with skim milk, two Splenda. But then...I fell in love with French Vanilla Coffee-mate. I have not confirmed this theory, but I'm pretty sure it's equally as bad for my health (and full of chemicals). I try to keep the splash in my daily coffee to a minimum and lighten it up more with some skim milk, but I enjoy it so much that I actually get sad if I think about having coffee without it. Better or worse for me? I can't decide? Do I want to know? I don't know? Is there happiness in coffee without sweetener? Moving on…

morning catch up
This includes my daily read of theSkimm, which is an email newsletter geared toward women, that basically sums up news highlights in a really, easily digestible way. I find it really informative and if I want more information about a topic, they have links to their original sources.  After that, I always browse a few other sites to soak in my news along with a daily dose of useless information.

Seltzer and I have a very new relationship, we weren't always this close. But recently, nothing quenches my thirst like a good ol' can of seltzer. There is truly nothing more refreshing than seltzer over ice, with lemon. Unfortunately, I don't always have lemon on hand (especially at work) but seltzer can still stand on its own. It's special that way.

Anchorman Movie animated GIF

my walk home
Mememememe time.  It's only about 15 minutes, because I walk to the gym which is closer than my actual apartment (after the gym I walk the rest of the way home as well). But, especially in the warmer months, after sitting at a desk for many hours it's so nice to stretch my legs and feel the sun. Sometimes I zone out and just put my headphones in, other times I make phone calls and catch up. I don't have much time like this where I'm (sort of) doing nothing.

And here is an aerial shot ;)
Thatta way.

that glass of wine
Okay, I try for this not to be everyday. But, kicking my feet up and relaxing with a glass of wine is one of my favorite pastimes. Usually I go for red, Pinot Noir at the moment. In the summer though, I've been enjoying white, which I'm less picky about - just not too sweet.

And now is the portion of the post where I recognize my minor obsession with beverages. And I didn't even include my love for tea time post lunch…

On a separate note, I saw The Fault In Our Stars last week and I am still thinking about it. I was looking through my phone today for a random picture and stumbled upon a screenshot of my favorite quote that I highlighted from the book and apparently saved to have on my phone forever.
::Spoiler alert::
It kills me every time.

So this is a very random post, I've actually had it written for a while and figured today is as good as any for a posting. Still to come: a weekend recap. I leave you in great suspense…;).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

summa summa summa time

Hello... Tuesday!

Summer is here, it's FINALLY really here to stay. Summers in the city are an interesting phenomenon. I'm not going to lie, the city develops an interesting stench when the weather gets warm. Hot air really brings out those odors, amirite?

Then again, there is something really beautiful about NYC summers. The buildings sort of glisten, everyone hangs out outside and you can go to any park to create your own little serenity within the hustle and bustle of this crazy place. Like, of course, Central Park.

Okay, so that is a photo from last year, but you get it. And this one is downtown on the west side at Hudson River Park. 

Treasures within the concrete jungle. Yet, all the city folk flee Manhattan on summer weekends and it's empty (relatively speaking). Which usually I like, because most days I feel like Dwight, and continuously notice the alarming number  of people we managed to squish on this island. But, I'm no exception to the rule and I'll always choose a beach weekend when possible. 

So, I've been out on Long Island the past couple weekends. I know it gets a lot of hate, but it really is a beautiful place. 

Until tomorrow…

Monday, June 9, 2014

staple it together and call it bad weather

Happy Monday!

So, how bout that rain this morning?  I am always a vision during a walk to the subway in a solid AM downpour. Especially if there's a lot of wind. Sometimes I just start to stick my umbrella straight out in front of me to shield myself and also, hopefully, prevent my umbrella from doing that thing where it turns inside out. Which, is my favorite moment of just sheer panic.  Now, not only are you getting soaked but you have to stop and fix the situation, becoming a stationary rain target.  Goodbye straight hair, goodbye dry clothes.

So, anyway, it was raining.  But, I guess after a beautiful weekend I can't complain…that much.

Now for a brief weekend recap:

Low key Friday night...
A delicious and incredibly spicy dinner spent at Uncle Boons. (An interesting name for a Thai Restaurant.) The Massaman Curry and Gold Curry were my two favorite dishes - basically they nail curry.  There was a great cocktail selection too. I went with something a little different, I usually shy away from dark liquors, but I was feeling a little funky and decided to have a drink called the Bolan. Which was a Bourbon cocktail, and tasted similar to an Old Fashioned. And I liked it enough to have two…

Followed by a sunny Saturday.
A few of best high school friends came to visit this weekend! I sort of conned them into a visit back in January when I bought Jack Johnson tickets at our favorite venue, Jones Beach Theater (oops). When your friend has tickets reserved for you, you can't turn em down right?

We spent all day Saturday at the beach.

And like the young champions we (think we) are, we changed in the bathrooms at the beach and went straight to the concert. We met up with a few more friends to tailgate before in the parking lot. We all caught up, for probably a little too long, and eventually went in to enjoy the concert. I don't have any pictures from the show, but as a reminder: Jack Johnson is very attractive and has the voice of an angel.

Note to self: Remember to take pictures.


Friday, June 6, 2014

focus on friday: inspiration & recovery

Happy Friday!

Can we talk about this Beats by Dre ad? It is p.o.w.e.r.f.u.l. They killed it.

And it introduced me to this song.

And this band, X Ambassadors, who I haven't stopped listening to today. They sound similar-ish to Imagine Dragons. My favorites on their latest EP are Giants and Free & Lonely.

Anyway, this is how my morning started:

That is Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea and a morning juice. It's my little mini morning detox. The juice contains carrot, cucumber, lemon, apple and ginger from Juice Generation. It's a combination I really love. Basically anything with both lemon and ginger is immediately what I'll go for when it comes to the juice game. After a night out I always feel better when I start my morning with a juice or tea with lemon and I have to eat something healthy for breakfast. If I dive right into a BEC (bacon, egg & cheese) I am doomed. It's one of those "it sounded great at the time" choices.

This morning's beverage selection of champions is a result of my Thursday night.  It started off with a couple margaritas at El Rio Grande, a bar/restaurant in Murray Hill.  They have an outdoor area, which is nice and a rarity in the NYC scene. But, if you've been there or plan to go there, fair warning: their margaritas are very strong. Tip for survival: 2 margs max. Promise.  After Rio, instead of going home, we decided to head to Mercer Kitchen for a late night meal and drinks.  Mercer Kitchen was more of a restaurant bucket list item, not so much an after bar event. But, it's pretty typical for us to make these logical decisions.  The good news is you don't need a reservation at 11:30pm on a Thursday! And it's beautiful and so delicious.  They also have a really cool library in the back (read: swanky). I'd like to go back for an earlier "dinner" next time. :)

I won't be roaming the concrete jungle this weekend, I'm heading out to Long Island tomorrow for a few of my favorite things:
  • Friends visiting! 
  • Jack Johnson concert
Happy Weekend! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

forever never full

Once upon a time, I ate a very large meal. To my immediate distress, my first thought after this meal was, "But, why am I not full?" I shared this sentiment and confusion with my close friends who, to my relief, agreed with me.  Why can we eat so much? Why do we end meals thinking, "What's next?" Why? WHY? As the result of these ongoing conversations, one particularly bleak day during this winter's never-ending polar vortex, came the creation of Why Am I Not Full?.  Which is an informative platform on which we ponder the age old question, "Why am I not full?"

TL;DR Food is glorious.

That being said, I truly always try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When I’m eating right and working out regularly I feel better inside and out. For real. I also love reading blogs where the authors share their daily eats. I find so many great ideas for meals I've never considered (adding peanut butter to my oatmeal was literally life changing) and also, it's nice to see what other people eat in an average day.  Is that strange? I love it.  As blogging is new to me, I thought it would be fun to make a post of what I ate - but I sort of failed.  Nevertheless, I took pictures of my breakfast and lunch on Monday and 100% forgot to capture snacks and dinner. Also, I know you didn’t miss that these meals are from Monday…and it’s Thursday….but, I digress. 

For breakfast, I ate some hard boiled eggs topped with salt, pepper and Frank’s Red Hot. Which I think is my favorite hot sauce or maybe my hot sauce of the moment. Anyway, I wanted something that was easy and would fill me up for a while (read: lazy monday morning).

I had an apple after that. And for lunch I made a salad. 


Included some basics:

But elevated with:
Peeled Carrots

I’m going to take a moment here to discuss with you peeled carrots because it’s changed my salad game. Thanks to my roomie we now by whole carrots instead of our standard baby carrots, which are great for dipping in hummus but not so great when you try and cut them up into your salad. I always end my salad with a bunch of carrots pieces at the end and they don’t blend as well with the other ingredients. Amirite? But, if you take a whole carrot and peel the outside, and then use the same peeler to create carrot ribbons it truly elevates your salad. The flavors blend and the crunch isn’t as overwhelming. Do it, really seriously, do it.

Also, I had a few slices of Honey Maple Turkey.

And that nail polish, while not experiencing its finest moment in this picture, is a great Spring to Summer color - truth or flare by Essie

I won’t bore you with discussion aobut the rest of what I ate on Monday but this was a nice introduction. Until next time. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

done is better than perfect


First post.

This is weird.

I'm excited.

I feel like the first post you put on your blog is kind of awkward? Like when you're first introduced to someone…it's very unclear what to talk about. We haven't really established any ground rules yet.  I guess I've wanted to start a blog for a while.  I'm a fan of the lifestyle, foodie, fitness, etc., blogging community.  But, I was concerned with everything being perfect, like the name, what I would write could I possibly nail down everything I want to talk about?  After a lot of back and forth, I realized the blog is living and it can evolve with me. So, eventually my desire overcame my self-doubt and here we are.