Thursday, March 26, 2015

TiLT #11

perfect shot of the capitol at sunset.

love love love this photo. may even get it printed and framed at some point, because its that awesome. seriously just some really good timing.

first oberon of the year

love this beer. makes it seem like spring/summer even if the high today is BELOW FREEZING. ::snowman emoji::

how sweet eats pork enchiladas & shrimp quesadillas.

i made the full recipe of these on sunday and they were gone by wednesday. and Joe only ate them twice. they were just so so good. i may have liked the quesadillas more? its hard to decide. there's just something about baked corn tortillas that just speaks to me.

little loves: a clean car (although lets be real, maizey hair will be all over it again soon) | flex city (review coming MONDAY) | runs followed by beer | an accommodating YMCA | runs w/ high school friends | starbucks birthday cake frappuccino | free indian food | maximizing chase freedom 5% cash back | lunchtime trips to horrock's for basically just snacks |

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Upcoming Races

1) Gazelle Girl Half Marathon - April 19, Grand Rapids Michigan

I'm excited for this! One of my good friends ran it two years ago and really enjoyed it! I'm excited for it -- plus I have 3 friends running it. It will be my first "all-girl race" which I'm also excited about -- gotta love girl power (def. putting some spice girls on the playlist for this one!)

half marathon tee on the right! 
and charm on the left! (source for both: gazelle girl fb)

2) Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25K - May 9, Grand Rapids Michigan

My very first 25K! I think that there's a chance this will be my "goldilocks distance." I love halfs, hate fulls, but always feel like I can go a bit longer on  the half marathons. So I think 25K (which works out to ~15 miles) will be perfect.

Plus, by running both of these races, I'm gonna get this bad boy:

looooove great medals :)
So that's the racing agenda. In terms of training, I'm trying to squeeze in long runs on the weekends, and my mile-a-day for lent is keeping my running endurance up as well. I did 7 last weekend, am looking forward to 8 or 9 this weekend, and then there's a few more weekends to go before gazelle girl!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TiLT #10

cheating on lent on st paddys day. i think this started 1L year when J gave up alcohol for lent and then decided he would drink on st paddys. last year i gave up sweets as well, and I'm pretty sure I still made irish car bomb cupcakes for st paddys. and I did the same thing this year. And they are just so so so good. I finally used the dutch process cocoa powder the recipe calls for and i think it makes all the difference. love you tj's cocoa powder, but the dutch process ish is so much better. So i ate a cupcake. and irish soda bread. *heart eyes emjoi*

March Madness. I didn't make brackets until law school and now its just so addicting. sad my team isnt in it, but i'll still bracket along. I named my bracket "unbreakable" aka kimmy schmidt. but its already pretty broken (WTF 13 seeds!)

little loves: hannah brencher's monday morning email this week | door to door organics (full post/review coming soon) | being a birchbox book club winner | and a origins original skin/quarter life crisis winner! | flex city (also full post coming soon!) | a no spending money week until butter london nailpolish was 40% off today. whoops. bought this and this | julep's march box  (basically the colors in that photo) | maizey's barkbox | this recipe. now i just need an occasion |

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Ramblings

1) yesterday i walked into target at 8AM and bought a six pack of beer and a bottle of kombucha. Now it was st paddys day, but I no longer live in a college town, so I think this is now unacceptable. But I was getting it in order to make my corned beef in the crockpot because my mom swears by a bottle of beer in the pot. So there you go. justification for 8AM six pack purchases.

2) i made irish car bomb cupcakes yesterday and ate one despite my "no sweets during lent." whoops. its just tradition at this point though.

3) pretty sure I'll be making this sometime this week. 20 minutes, ingredients i mostly have? done and done babycakes.

4) the skimm march madness guide is the bomb dot com. They pulled a lot of it into this morning's skimm. so bracket tips in your morning email? sign up here

5) definitely want to make this cake.

6) finally, a sciencey link:Genetic Modification I can get behind
and a legal one: supreme court reenactment by dogs (literally amazing!) 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy 313 Day!

3/13 has been adopted as 313 day, a day to celebrate detroit and what makes it great. My parent's home phone number and my cell number are actually both 313 numbers, so I feel like I can safely say I'm from the 313.

I actually really love going to downtown detroit. there are tons of restaurants, the greatest art museum, races, sporting events -- I've yet to have a bad experience in Detroit.

So I thought I'd join some bloggers today in posting some pics of my favorite things about/in detroit.

our baseball stadium can look like this

or like this!
we've got a whole foods! 
the paczki run in hamtramk, which completely engulfed by detroit.

paczki's from hamtramck

I've ran the turkey trot in detroit for the past 3 years. It's on thanksgiving/my birthday two years ago, and right before totally awesome detroit thanksgiving day parade
these footballs on I-94 always indicate that i'm home

awesome coffee and croissants at great lakes coffee roasting co

my half marathon PR race!

and my ten miler PR/only 10 miler + atwater brewery!

Basically there's a lot to love in Detroit, and I'm proud to say that I'm from the D.

Please check out the other blogger's posts about why the D is awesome!

Something Beautiful

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TiLT #9


This is my second scarf from acacia scarves and I'm in love. At one point this winter, I considered going to Jo-Ann's, getting some fabric, and making my own scarf. but the material is just not comparable at all. So I splurged a little and bought another scarf.
Acacia Scarves is run by Jaclyn Day (and her husband Brandon) -- who's blog I've been obsessed with lately, moreso for her life and book updates than the fashion, since I'm trying not to buy clothes currently. Her suggestion of ballet beautiful has made me add "ballet shoes" to my list of things to retrieve from my parents house.

Sip & Skimm

yesterday was skimm day! A day to blitz social media with the skimm, and celebrate the awesomeness. Skimm partnered up with Netflix for this one, to commemorate unbreakable kimmy schmidt's release. And because Kimmy's last time in the real world was the 90s, its perfect 90s nostalgia, and a perfect skimm day theme.

yes that is my hand digging into the pizza while the photo is being taken #impatient
Some fellow Michigan skimmbassadors and I met up for drinks and dinner and swag last night which was so much fun! It was so easy to chat with these girls about life and the skimm, and current events because we were all equally informed! Go #skimmlife.

This little nugget eating snow on Friday 

When maizey and I were walking around on Friday she decided she was literally going to chomp at the snow. 

little loves: pineapple and cashew fried rice | papersource |  this article | trader joe's | sunshine and warmer weather | extra hour of daylight (even if it means feeling like I'm waking up way earlier) | unbreakable kimmy schmidt (that autotuned theme song is so damn catchy. "they alive dammit!") | baking (even if I can't eat the final product) | oiselle flyte shorts on sale on amazon | communicating with j through instagram comments | me before you (i'm not finished yet! no spoilers!)

note: this post does contain some amazon affiliate links!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K 2015 Race Recap

Shamrock and Shenanigans 5K

I signed up for shamrocks and shenanigans pretty spur of the moment. I wanted to run a st paddys race, none of them seemed to work out with friends, and finally I just decided to run one. S&S made sense because 1) it was in ann arbor, and I've been meaning to get my butt to trader joe's for a restock; 2) it benefited Mott Children's Hospital's Save a Heart program. Where I worked for 5  years. So it was an easy choice.

I registered online a few days before. Registration fees were reasonable (~42 all said and done).

I decided to do packet pick-up morning of, which was actually kind of killer considering it felt like an hour earlier (you go DST). As I was skedaddling out of the parking lot to get to packet pick in time to get back to my car and drop off my shirt, I hit and patch of ice, and BOOM down I went. busting up both knees and my hand and ripping a hole in my really nice cw-x capris. ::crying emoji:: ��

So that was embarrassing and unfortunate, but luckily I made it to pick-up, easily grabbed my shirt, bib, and a cute magnet, and then brought them back to the car, and walked back to the start with plenty of time to spare.

The race course was a little wonky -- lots of loops downtown to start, and then down Main St to the stadium and back. They were clearly trying to get to 3.1 while closing the least number of streets possible, which I totally get, but was a little weird to start and finish.

thanks capstone photo

It was nice to run where I ran for my last two years of law school - up and down Main street with its hills was my jam. It felt very familiar.

The worst part was that we went up this very steep (but fairly short) hill TWICE, once before mile 1 and again RIGHT BEFORE THE FINISH. thanks race planners. I don't mind short steep hills, but I was pushing myself, and that last one was a little tough.

thanks capstone photo
Final time: 26:40, for 8:36's. not my PR, but also pretty damn good for not having done speedwork in a while.

At the finish we got medals and pint glasses(!) which I loved. always nice when you can add to the pint glass collection.

Post race was bagels, bananas, ICE CREAM (WHAAAA), and granola bars. i grabbed a banana and called it good.

So that was my first 5K of 2015! Weeeeee.