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Happy Monday

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Sooo…this weekend involved lots of outside activity, lots of friendly faces, lots of coffee, and nowhere near enough sleep. I even managed to take in a free pilates class, yoga and dinner with my mom, and time for summer reading

And by not enough sleep, of course I mean waking up at 6:30 Sunday morning even though I went to bed at 2:30. Crazy morning people genes, I tell ya. Let’s give this Monday thing a try, shall we? 

What was the best part of your weekend? 

Birthday BBQ in the Suburbs

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Good morning and happy Saturday! Last night I went to my parents’ house for a BBQ to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. It was a pleasant way to spend a pretty spring evening, and of course, the food was excellent.

IMG_2250We enjoyed some classics like burgers and ribs, along with a few different types of salad and plenty of roasted veggies. Seriously, salad & ribs is one of my favorite meals ever. So simple but so satisfying!

Of course there was birthday cake. Unfortunately, the birthday girl had to go home early to rest because she was feeling under the weather (gotta love spring colds), so we texted her a picture of the cake and sang over phone.

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Naturally, “The First Cut is the Deepest” had to be sung then as well.

Anyway, I just got back a little while ago from a morning yoga class, so I’m going to work on some school stuff before heading to my sister’s for a little Cinco de Mayo gathering.

Have an awesome day!

What are your favorite BBQ foods? Best birthday cake ever?

What I Ate Wednesday #108: Messes in Bowls

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Good morning and Happy Wednesday! Not only is it WIAW, it also happens to be the first day of a new month! And it’s not just any month—for me, this happens to be the Month of Big-Ass Changes. Between a new job and finishing grad school (after 4 years!), I can’t even pretend that May isn’t a big deal.

Big changes or no, a girl’s still got to eat, so once again, I’m linking up to the weekly blog party, hosted by the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Enjoying my last week of fake vacation has had me out and about quite a lot—making and photographing pretty meals hasn’t exactly been a priority. I’ve been more concerned with keeping my energy up to enjoy the fun. Monday was basically a day of messes in bowls. My first meal of the day was uncharacteristically late—well past noon—so let’s just say it started with a luxurious brunch. Ignore the fact that it was eaten computer-side as I checked work emails…Please pardon the horrendous photo quality. Like I said, priorities…

  • “Brunch”: Savory oatmeal with lots of veggies, nutritional yeast, egg whites, avocado, and a lot of hummus.
  • Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with cereal, blackberries, and sunflower seed butter.
  • Dinner: Post-yoga dinner with a lady friend at Jivamutki—I had the “yogi’s choice” with grilled tempeh, steamed veggies, quinoa, and turmeric tahini dressing. The food was okay, but the company was lovely.
  • Snack: (unpictured) sliced banana with PB2

Any enjoyable messes in bowls recently? 

Pink Floyd Yoga

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If you’ve been reading this blog a while, then you probably know I’m a big music nerd with a soft spot for artists from the 60’s and 70’s. You’ve probably also noticed that I love yoga. Last night, my friend Carrie and I went to Yoga Vida for a night of Chris Calarco’s Pink Floyd yoga. It was basically everything you’d expect—lasers, projections, 2 hours worth of Pink Floyd music…IMG_2218

While I wouldn’t call it the best yoga I’ve ever experienced, the whole thing was really fun. They played a lot of great songs (some of my favorite moments were this and this, and while I rolled my eyes at the “be both comfortable and numb” jokes during half-pigeon, it was a good-natured eye-rolling), and by the time they started winding down, I was more than happy to lay in savasana and listen to this song as the ceiling fans spun overhead. Hah, yeah. I told you I’m a nerd.

IMG_2217Since the event didn’t start until 8, Carrie and I caught up over dinner at nearby Dojo. I’m not a fan of eating a big meal before yoga, so I figured a salad would be a good bet. This has grilled chicken and portobello, and I asked for avocado on the side. This was perfect—it was the exact right amount of filling, though by the time I got home around 11, I was really hungry.

Aside from talking about all the stuff going on right now and coming up, Carrie and I had an awesome time reminiscing about college. It’s crazy to think we’ve known each other for 8 years. Or is it 9? I may not remember the year, but I do remember when my friend Anders told me, “I want you to meet her,” and we had dinner at this Chinese joint near their apartment. A few years later they were married : )

It’s funny, frat parties and the like were not part of my college experience—it was so off my radar, I didn’t even know we had sororities and fraternities until graduation. Though I have plenty of not-safe-for-blogging memories, I also have some really sweet, kind of innocent ones, at least from my freshman year (aka before I discovered whiskey, Tom Waits, and Bukowski—we all have our phases). That winter, we spent quite a few Friday nights going to the Pink Floyd laser light show at the Boston Museum of Science (where my aunt got married in 2011!) and then going for a late-night snack at the South Street Diner or cuddling (yes, cuddling) and listening to music in someone’s dorm room until the wee hours. Totally sober, too. Weird, I know.

Anyway…

Have you ever been to a “themed” yoga event? Any artists you’d like to do a yoga class for? Favorite pre-yoga eats? 

How to Recharge for Friday Night

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Why use a glass when you can drink your wine from a jar?

Good morning and happy Friday! Anything good on the agenda? I have a yoga date with a friend later and plans to catch up with some other favorite people over the weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep work-time to a minimum.

Coming across this Self blog post about 5 Energizing yoga poses to do before you go out at night made me think of some of my early clinical rotations where the only thing I had energy for on Friday night was laundry. I even stopped lying after a while. I’d just say, “I’m tired and I kind of just want to stay home and write/catch up Mad Men things/faceplant.” To be fair, I was pretty new to the clinical grind, but I eventually found ways to combat the end-of-week exhaustion.

Do you ever find that by the time you get to the end of the week, you’re too wiped out to even think of doing anything festive? While there are definitely times you should stay home and rest (and you probably know better than your social calendar), but sometimes getting out and catching up with friends is the best medicine for that dragging feeling. A few things I’ve found that work for me:

*Exercise—it can be anything from a 15-minute walk around the block, to a quick yoga flow in my apartment, to a Zumba class or cardio session. Endorphins are like a magic drug for tired. 

*A nap. Everyone’s different when it comes to naps, but I’ve found that a 20-30 minute cat nap perks me right up. Any longer and I usually wind up more tired, but that doesn’t always stop me from taking the extra 10 or 15 minutes because I can.

*Eat something—Even if I have dinner plans later, I’ll eat a well-balanced snack to keep my blood sugar levels stable so I don’t show up in crash-mode. Yes, I belong to the “never show up to a dinner party starving” club. I make sure I have something with both protein and carbohydrate to keep me going. A few of favorites:

  • Plain Greek yogurt with fruit and/or whole grain cereal
  • Non-fat or part-skim ricotta with fruit and a drizzle of honey
  • Dry-roasted edamame
  • Green smoothie
  • Scrambled or hard-boiled egg on whole wheat toast (scrambeld egg whites is great too)
  • Sliced veggies dipped in hummus
  • A mini Babybel cheese and an apple
  • A small baked sweet potato with goat cheese

*Hydrate—Never underestimate the difference a tall glass of water can make—when our cells are thirsty, it’s harder for them to do their thing, which makes us feel sluggish. Also important if you’re planning to drink alcohol later…

I have a feeling I’ll be relying on some of these tricks quite a bit in the summer months. It’s been nice to have a couple months without a regular schedule, but I’m looking forward to the change. I’m one of those nerdy people who thrives off routine, and I find that I enjoy my off-the-clock time more when I’m more aware of how precious it is. Haha that sounds kind of sappy. Oh well. There are worse things.

Any good weekend plans? How do you re-energize to go out on a Friday? 

Springing ahead for real

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Technically, anyway. It’s still a tad blustery in NYC, but spring just happened, so cheers to that…I may or may not have wandered into the makeup aisle when I went to stock up on allergy meds yesterday. Nothing like a seasonal impulse buy. I wish my insurance covered pick-me-ups like lip-stain. IMG_1926

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These boots are worn the f*** out

Even if the temperatures suck, the lighting situation is definitely improved. I love that it’s so much brighter out. While out running errands, I spied a few budding plants. Signs of life!

The start of a new season seems like a good time to check in with those new years resolutions and see which ones are worth keeping with, which ones to chuck, and which ones to get started on already. It’s also a good time to see if there’s anything you need to focus on that didn’t occur to you in January. Not that January 1st is the only time to make resolutions, but since so many of us do, it’s a good jumping-off point.  Read the rest of this entry »

Stay-cation

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Good morning—happy Monday! How was your weekend? I enjoyed a little stay-cation. It was so nice to unplug and unwind. I’m really bad at relaxing, but after almost 4 years of grad school with a dietetic internship and some crazy studying thrown in there, logic told me that one should totally take a few days off after passing the RD exam.

So I made a deal with myself: every time I felt that I “should” be doing something productive (on a weekend, I know), I would write it down so I could get to it come Monday. I was mostly successful, save for a few work emails and stats homework. Other than that, I did only fun things.

Friday I got a reflexology massage and went to a really fun Zumba class—endorphin overload in the best way possible. My muscles were so sore by the time I went to bed.

Saturday I cleaned, took a few walks, and made use of some giftcards I’d gotten for my birthday. Then I organized my closet. I’m embarrassed to admit I had more than a few items that had been lurking in the mix since 2003. Somehow, “maybe I’ll wear it this summer” turned into ten years. Whoops.

I love that Ann Taylor LOFT actually has a decent petites selection. Tiny ladies are people too!
I love that Ann Taylor LOFT actually has a decent petites selection. Tiny ladies are people too!

I also went to a favorite cafe and sat with a glass of wine (first white of the year!) writing in my notebook. I don’t really care if the couple next to me knew that I was taking in every little word and analyzing their conversation. Um, people in their late twenties and early thirties: why do we pretend to own less Ikea furniture than we do? Whomever you’re trying to impress will find out eventually! Case in point: someone who came to my apartment for the first time once said, “Hey, I know this table!” It was actually a good ice-breaker.

No matter your profession, I think it’s really important to just free-write sometimes, whatever the hell pops into your head. It’s a form of meditation for me, but a meditation that is especially enjoyable with a cup of coffee or wine. I used to be afraid to go and have a drink by myself, but it’s really nice once in a while.

Sunday I did yoga and spent more time outside. I also managed to read a whole book. A friend had recently recommended a popular author whose work, for better or worse, bears that “airport best-seller” label, but I was glad I gave it a chance—there’s a reason some writers’ books can get you through a transatlantic flight, no problem. Good, engaging writing that lots of people like is not a crime! I need to remind myself of that every once in a while, lest I wander into lit-snob territory.

I didn’t take a whole lot of food pictures, but I do have to admit, it was so nice to enjoy a simple salad between excursions outside. IMG_1864

Are you good at relaxing? How do you like to unwind? Thoughts on Ikea?