Weekend in Photos

Happy MLK Day! And for those who don’t get a holiday today… Happy Monday 😛

Does anyone else feel like January is flying by? I keep on looking at the calendar and expecting it to only be like January 8th. Crazy!

Well even though my weekend is technically still chuggin’ along, here’s what I was up to the past few days:

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I finished up the workweek working on a project in our conference room that had a sweet view during a sweet sunset. The end of week 1 at work called for some wine (because duh, I am me) and an awesome dinner salad. Black beans, corn, avocado, and jalapeno stuffed olives with a cumin vinaigrette… YUM!

That evening I went out to the bars (for the first time in a while!) for a going away party to wish my friend Sara farewell as she moves to Washington DC this week for an awesome job. Sad to see her go, but excited that she got the opportunity! I stuck around for a couple of drinks but made sure to head home by 11 since I had 9 miles planned in the morning.

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And run I did! I decided I wanted to stick with an increase of at least .5 miles per week. Since we ran 8.7 last week, I went 9.3 this week…just to be sure 😉 I switched it up and instead of doing out-and-backs on the last half of the half marathon course, I pretty much just ran the first 9 miles of the race. I was really impressed with my pace this week, since I’m aiming for a 9:10 min mile pace for my half.

I was definitely feelin it afterward though, and pretty much plopped myself on the floor to ice and stretch through several episodes of The Office 🙂

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In a welcome change of pace from the norm, we went to see a Sacred City Derby Girls bout on Saturday night! I had never been to a roller derby before, and Chris had never been to one in Sacramento. It was awesome. Stereotypically enough, I loved the ridiculous outfits, and Chris loved seeing the girls crash and fall. Hahaha, OKAY, I loved that too.

The rest of the evening was quiet for me, since I was still recovering from the long run- perfect conditions for a glass of wine + Netflix night!

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Sunday also started off quiet, with an early morning cup o’ tea and some calming music on my balcony… But the rest of the day was anything but! As you probably know, the 49ers fell to the Seahawks in their quest for the Super Bowl 😦 CHOKED is more like it. Gahhh. After watching the game at our friend Danny’s place, Yvette and I booked it over to dodgeball on our bikes, where we kicked butt 8-1!

Since most of us didn’t have work today, we got to stay out and enjoy each other’s company at the bar afterward. Yvette and I sucked at water pong as per usual, and she trolled. Once I switched partners, I redeemed myself by winning 3 games in a row! Success!

Not much going on today…I will probably catch up on this weekend’s SNL and do some food prep for the week. Such an exciting life I lead 😀 Have a great week!

Have you ever been to a roller derby?

Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?

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Weekend in Photos

Hello and happy Monday! My last weekend of “funemployment” is in the books, and it’s back to work for me on Wednesday!

I’m excited to start a new chapter in my professional life. On my birthday this year, I reflected on what I called my quarter life crisis, and about how I’ve decided to start putting myself first and cultivating my own happiness. I didn’t know then that I would be losing my job just a month later. Instead of wallowing in self pity, I saw it as a blessing in disguise, and an opportunity to finally shift my career focus to what I have always wanted to do. Compound this with the fact that I’m running further and faster than ever, and have a great group of friends (& blends!)…I am just one happy panda right now!

Alright, enough of that mushy stuff. Here’s what I did this weekend:

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I had a few dollars left in my grocery budget (and a coupon for Ménage à Trois that was about to expire!) so I did some grocery shopping on Friday night. Yes, I am that cool. I redeemed myself by heading over to my trusty Alley Katz (closest bar to my apt) to watch the Kings beat the Magic, drink some strong ass IPA’s and play pool. #SuccessfulFridayNightAfterAll

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Not too many IPAs, though, because we had a long run to conquer in the morning! I was really excited that my friend Chris agreed to join me for my long run this week. He was a trooper and said he’d go as far as I wanted – I was aiming for 8.5, and we ended up going 8.7! It was a welcome change to have a running partner, and definitely made it feel like it went by faster. Plus he picked up my pace at the end- check out our splits for those last couple of miles!

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After a Farmer’s Market trip and some sober NFL playoff watching, I roasted up a bunch of veggies for dinner and cozied up for a night in with a classic movie- The Princess Bride! #inconceivable!

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Then it was up bright and early Sunday morning for some brunch and football! We hadn’t had a bottomless mimosa brunch since well before Christmas, so we were long overdue. Kupros definitely didn’t disappoint- look at those glasses! And the Niners won! Pretending to care about football is fun when the local team is kicking ass and champagne is involved 😉

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I came home to another dead goldfish… oops. #anotheronebitesthedust

Then it was off to game 1 of our new Sunday dodgeball season! And anyone who knows me knows it’s not a complete dodgeball outfit without funky socks 😉

That’s all for now, folks! Hope you all have a great week 🙂

Do you prefer to run alone or with a partner?

What’s your favorite weekend night in routine?

Superbowl Weekend in Photos

So many photos….so little time.

Another busy Monday at the office! Even if I feel like my head is spinning out of control, at least I’ve got this nice view to calm me down:

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I’ve also got memories of a sunny weekend to tide me over for the next 5 days. Chiggedy check ’em out:

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Friday Happy Hour at Dive Bar (um, I didn’t know they served free food with a HH drink purchase…score!) — Watching Downton Abbey — My new squirrel buddy. This lil guy was sunbathing for a good 40 minutes on our balcony!

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The aftermath of a snacky picnic in the park with Carly. She brought homemade Larabars, omg — went to Target for 3 things, left with…..6. I think that’s a pretty good show of self control. — dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack. What an experience! I was the only one without a huge crab bucket in front of me, but it was fun watching the others!

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We finally tasted T-Man’s beer! Expect a full report later this week 🙂

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Went on an awesome bike ride on the American River Bike Trail with Mikhail and Matt on Sunday pre-Super Bowl. We rode for over an hour (Matt and I on our cruisers, ha) and it was so gorgeous outside! The high temperature was actually more like 65 degrees by the time we finished.

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Aaaand of course, the Super Bowl. I am not big on football, and I usually have no interest in either team competing in the Super Bowl so I don’t feel much attachment to the actual game play…but the fact that the 49ers were in the Super Bowl this year had everyone in Northern California pretty excited! Except for the Raiders fans of course, haha.

Highlight for me was definitely Beyonce’s halftime show. It was short, but AWESOME. Our host Scott’s puppy, Scout, made an appearance, and the game got super close in the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, the Niners couldn’t pull it out, but it was still an exciting game!

Who were you rooting for?

And how did you burn off your Super Bowl calories??