Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Day in the Life: April 16, 2015

Cast of characters:

L: me
J: bf
Maizey: dog
B: coworker
L: B's dog

context: I'm a mid-twenty something attorney, currently doing a fellowship in Lansing, MI. I live with an 11 month old 1/8 husky-7/8 mutt named maizey.

April 16, 2015

12AM-630AM  wake up coughing many times over the course of the night. Maizey joins me in bed during the night. snuggles right up next me.

630AM: alarm goes off. slept too poorly to actually awaken at this time. fumble with alarm several times (of course its the blaring foghorn alarm)

630AM-730AM: interrupted alarm sleep. poor decisions.

730AM: finally up.

730-750AM: check email, wash face, put on serum and moisturizer. get dressed.

750AM:  take maizey outside for a walk. First day in the life photo of the day!

walk walk sniff sniff
Trees aren't green yet but they're starting to sprout these type of buds. 

buds on trees

808AM: return to apartment and prepare maizey's kong -- bones and peanut butter for her to munch on.

She's a very good attentive dog when there's peanut butter out. 

hi mom!
put on moisturizer, check bag to make sure I have everything I need. Decide that the flowers J brought home for me yesterday should probably go in water. Prepare them as so

spring flowers
825AM: leave apt. a bunch of radio stations aren't coming in, and i realize i left t.swift's 1989 in J's car. bummed, but turn on lady antebellum cd instead.

836AM-855AM: pick up coworker, B, and dog, L, drop off dog, L at doggy daycare, get almost to parking lot and realize we left the parking pass at home. pick up pass and then finally get to parking lot and park.

doggy daycare
855-900AM: walk into work

900AM-10AM: check email, check in on the maizey on camiocam.

make plan for day. do some case law research to incorporate into a presentation.

drink this deliciousness
Eat the highlight of my morning: this jalapeño cheddar bagel.


maizey sleeps a lot
10AM-11AM: meet with one of my co-workers to work on a complaint we're drafting, return a phone call I missed.

11AM: receive some great timehop induced text messages reminiscing about last year.

11AM-115PM: continue to work on complaint

115PM-215PM: head home to release maizey from the crate and go for a walk. throw some chicken nuggets into the toaster oven to cook while we're walking (living on the edge, i know). put maizey back in the crate. travel back to work.

215PM: arrive back at work and realize I just missed the tornado drill. wooo! but this means the elevators are all full so i trudge up 6 flights of stairs - harder than one might think!

215PM-230PM: eat my chicken nuggets. receive notification that my calligraphy order has been delivered. make a dessert-esque cream cheese and preserves wasa cracker.

wasa and cream cheese and jam 

the besttttt

230-430PM: work pretty diligently, taking a few breaks to look up some makeup/skincare suggestions for my impending trip to sephora this evening.

420PM: send off what i've been working on to my supervisor, type up these notes from the afternoon. upload the maizey screenshots.

500PM-515PM: leave work, walk to car, drive to old town to check out the old town general store in hopes of finding almond butter 

515-545PM: pass preuss pets on the way which has this crazy waterfall-ish contraption outside. 

water and greenery and rocks

old town general store! 
many michigan things
what i leave with
not so surprisingly they dont have almond butter.

545-610PM: make an impulsive decision that I want mediterranean in order to garlic sauce this coughing-fit/cold away. drive home. devour said bowl.

Tabooli. a Lansing only thing I think? Very similar to roti though, which isn't in michigan
chicken shwarma bowl 
610-650PM: play with maizey, walk maizey, clean up apartment a bit, become furious when I realize that my calligraphy supplies have not in fact arrived, and have been sent to the USPS annex where I will have to pick them up tomorrow. annoying.

650-705PM: drive to the mall to use my sephora VIB coupon!

705-710PM: head to williams sonoma to return a dutch oven that was the same size different style of one i already have. bummer, because the one i was returning was on super sale, but i just dont have a use for two of the same size, different style.

710-810PM: sephoraaaaaa, with B.

sephora in all its glory

this is approximately $100 at sephora
810-825PM: travel home.

825PM-935PM: maizey is excited for my return. she is also in love with her new artichoke toy.

omnom artichoke
I make blondies for a farewell party at work tomorrow. they look delicious, but they're in the oven for 15 min before I realize I didn't add the brown sugar. So they're not perfect, but they're still edible. I decide I'll still bring them into work.

said blondies
J stops by on his way home. We talk a little bit, catch up on our days, Maizey is very excited to see him. 

more maizey and artichoke.
935PM-1032PM: work on this post. I'm jumping from phone to computer, since the pictures are all on my phone, but its infinitely easier to organize/type on my computer. Maizey was playing with her antler on the floor, but decides to join me in bed eventually. She must, of course, make the bed to her liking. 
maizey and antler
making the bed
good enough? nope.
round two

finally satisfied
1035PM-1040PM: wash face, turn on humidifier (also in hopes of kicking cold). Maizey has temporarily abandoned the bed for her spot up against the exterior wall.

goodnight world!

Monday, April 13, 2015

TiLT #13: silpat, nike women's toronto, goose island and ello


ello water bottle
love this water bottle. easy to drink out of, easy to clean and glass!

celebrating beer day
with a chicago beer and tigers nails. (and a maizey in the background)

getting an entry into the nike women's toronto 15K
so excited for a race in a new city with a tiffanys necklace at the end ;) 

making chocolate covered banana bites on my new silpat
these were so so good and satisfying. the light brown ones are dipped in PB powder, but next time I'm totally going to do both PB and chocolate. yas yas yas. 

little loves: think goop is ridiculous but love this idea | rain appropriate outfits | graham cracker carrot cake | bagel sandwiches | brightly colored drinks and apps while watching the MSU game | PIZZAAAAA | listening to the lion king soundtrack at work on songza (station: epic film scores, duh)

note: post contains amazon affiliate links.

Monday, April 6, 2015

How I spent 40 days running every day, and not eating sweets and bread

I celebrated the end of lent at midnight on Easter by eating a bowl of samoa ice cream and it was so so so good.

So here's the lent recap.

Running 1 Mile Every Day

There were 3 days where this didn't happen.

- March 7th, the day before the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K
- March 14th, the following Saturday, where I just was not feeling well
- March 31st, the day where I subbed a long walk with Maizey for a run.

This was a great learning experience in I can run very very consistently and not get injured. The first race I ever ever trained for was a half marathon in the early summer of 2011. I was running in fivefingers (idiot, i know), and running A LOT, all of a sudden. and I broke a bone in my foot. Two summers ago in Chicago I started training for a full marathon (interestingly, chicago). I developed crazy bad shin pain, that may or may not have been a stress fracture, and cut down running like whoa. Since then, I haven't ran two days a row. But this time I ran 43 (ish) days in a row. I'd call that proof that PT last spring, and running smart, instead of running hard can get you far. A mile a day is easy peasy -- there were quite a few times where I showed up at the Y fifteen minutes before they closed just to get in that mile. I had weird explaining to do to the front desk person who was probably livid that someone was walking in 15 minutes before closing. but I was always out on time. Mile and done. ten minutes (or less) and done.

Also flexcity was great for this. Most days the workout there includes at least a mile, sometimes more but never more than 2 miles (unless you're a super speed demon). so whenever I went to flex city I was also hitting my mile for the day. done and done 

No sweets

This is what I did last lent as well so I knew I could do it. I made a few exceptions/cheats (irish car bomb cupcakes on st paddys, a donut from one of the best donut places that I hadn't had before)

My thing for sweets is always kind of weird. I'm never really addicted to them, but if I'm at the store and see them, or if I'm at the movie theater and see candy I want it. If I drive by diary queen, I want a vanilla cone dipped in cherry.

No bread

this was THE HARDEST. I lovelovelove bread. It's why I run. Which is also sort of why I did this.

I cheated on this one a few times too.

I had a bagel in Ann Arbor a few weekends ago when the Michigan birds spectated the Ann Arbor marathon. I had bread with our anniversary dinner last week. I ate pizza with the skimm ladies for skimm day. 

but overall I did really well. I'm totally ordering these everything breadsticks from cottage inn tonight while I hopefully watch Wisconsin win it all and thus giving me 2nd place in the work bracket though. 

Since midnight on Easter I have since consumed:

straight up bread
a bagel thin

aforementioned samoa ice cream
actual samoas
actual tagalongs
carrot cake
swedish fish and eggs
sour patch kids
trader joes peppermint joe-joe's (wrong holiday i know. but also dont care)

clearly the sugar thing was more important. or maybe i just had more sugar on hand? not sure.

anyway, I'm glad I challenged myself to no bread and sweets, and running consistently, and I'm glad I did so well. Now I just need to find the balance again! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

TiLT #12: origins original skin, dagne dover, pizza ramekins

Things I Love Thursday #12

Dagne Dover

Very very luckily got my hands on a very slightly used turquoise leather mini tote and i'm in love! The bag itself is beautiful. Now the only issue is going to be actually remembering to put things in the pockets, instead of just tossing my phone in the bag or my pen or whatever. and preventing myself from purchasing the big tote. ::speak no evil monkey emoji::

Pizza Ramekins

with mushrooms, banana peppers, spinach, nom
Almost as satisfying as pizza as I get through the final "no-pizza" push. eeeep! Thanks tracy!

origins original skin

i won this badboy in their #quarterlifecrisis app and I'm so excited because I was honestly considering buying it. I've been looking for a serum and since this is formulated for 20-somethings, I figured it'd be a good serum for me. I used it last night. Smell = pleasant. consistency = i needed about four pumps to cover my face, so its not thin or watery. results = we'll see!

little loves: julep oxygen bonding base coat | lusting after these tights (thanks cecile!) | dressing thats so good you'll eat it with just lettuce (but that doesn't mean you should, toppings are the spice of life (or something)) | midweek mid distance runs in SHORTS AND A T-SHIRT | flex city (again and again) | having a law student-esque thursday night drinking too much oberon | starbucks birthday cake frappuccino | small pleasures of dog people (so much truth) |

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why Flex City Fitness in Lansing is The Best Workout [review]

I'm almost done with a 2 week new student special at flexcity fitness and I am in love.

FlexCity is what I would describe as a bootcamp style fitness class. Each class is 56 minutes long and includes cardio, strength and flexibility.

source: flexcity facebook. also thats me! on the spin bike on the right in the pink tank. go me!
The cardio is accomplished through time on both the spin bike and the treadmill, but if you have an injury that would prevent you from doing one or the other, you could surely just do all your cardio on one machine. Most classes the cardio component is either 10 minutes on each, or two sets of 6 minutes on each.

The strength component changes each time. The classes I've attended have utilized the following equipment: weights, barre, magic circle, TRX, bosu, scooters, resistance bands. The instructors are great at providing modifications for injuries, and fitness level (in both directions -- more challenging and easier options).

The class splits up into groups to accommodate the various stations - 8 on bikes, 8 on treadmill, and the other half of the class on the floor. and then we swap.

The studio is clean and bright -- its my understanding they knocked down some walls to open up the space and it honestly looks great. There's a large open floor area for strength and TRX work - plenty of space to spread out without worrying about whacking your neighbor with your hand or even worse your weight. The treadmills are up against one wall, and the spin bikes are usually in line with the treadmills, unless its a day when we're using the bar.

There's a good amount of mirrors to keep an eye on form and how sweaty you're getting.

I've used my heart rate monitor for several of the classes, and hit over 500 calories burned on all of them.

The instructors, Trista and Jenny, are great. They really know what they're doing, are motivating, are great at cuing form, and really just incredible. I know I could never keep track of what's supposed to be going on in 3 different places at once!

Interested in signing up?

New students get their first class free, and then they also offer a new student special -- 2 weeks unlimited for $35! (which I am totally taking advantage of. I've been 6 times already!)

There are two locations, one in Lansing and one in Grand Rapids. The GR location has a groupon special right now -- it's totally worth it!

Despite only having been at flex city for less than 2 weeks, I'm already repping flex city and bought an "I ♥ Flexcity" tank. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TiLT #11: how sweet eats, oberon, michigan capitol

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!