Weekend in Photos

Hellooooo March weather and Spring time!

I know everyone hates springing forward because of the hour of sleep lost (the sleep lover in me can definitely hear that!), however it is arguably my favorite weekend of the year because I love having longer days! Don’t have to lug my bike light to work anymore or walk home in the dark– yippee!

I might (key word: MIGHT) miss my pre-sunrise 6:30am runs though once it starts to get lighter earlier again. Those were kind of nice 😉 …..NAH who am I kidding?!

Anyway, let’s jump into it!

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Friday was a weird day at work- half of the office was out, we went to a weird free breakfast event so I skipped lunch, and the day just seemed to drag. So the end of the day selfie was a given 😛 I came home to my new Fabletics outfit in the mail and IMMEDIATELY tried it on – will definitely be sharing more about what I bought soon!

I then cozied up with a plate of crackers and cheese (I also had a bowl of roasted veggies) and painted my nails while watching a classic: THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Oh, a green face mask may have also made an appearance. Yep, I’m 12 years old at heart. Did anyone else have a fat crush on Erik Von Detten as a preteen??

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A chill evening in created ideal conditions for my Saturday morning run. My internal clock was still on weekday time and I woke up at 7am 😦 after lying in bed as long as I could, I got ready and was out by 9am for my run! As you can tell by the sweat, it was a HOT day. It ended up being in the mid-70’s later on and I was definitely feelin it!

It was a good one- 11.5 miles at race pace. I was actually averaging a bit slower than I wanted from miles 3-6ish, but I picked it up for the last couple of miles and averaged a whopping 8:30 for mile 11- then I spotted my friend Danielle and pretty much sprinted my last half mile (8:19 min/mi) with her boyfriend Noel 😛

This week is tapering week, so that was my last long training run! Cannot believe race time is almost here! It’s forecast to be 80 degrees on Sunday- good thing our wave starts early.

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Afterward, I walked to the Farmer’s Market to get my favorite salsa and flowers (I love daisies!) and of course a dirty chai 🙂
Then, I convinced my mom to come along for an impromptu Macy’s trip. Great/terrible decision… I love shopping with my mom, but she is a bad influence! She talked me into getting a couple of dresses. Luckily we had coupons 😉 However, I went with the intention of replenishing my BareMinerals moisturizer and left with everything you see above, including BB cream, which I apparently use now….

I don’t have any pictures from Saturday evening, but it involved one final Sacramento Beer Week event (Yummy Dogfish Head beers at BarWest), followed by a quick game of pool (props to Chris for knocking in the 8 ball 10 minutes into our game!), and an epic Beatles listening sesh. I instituted a 10pm curfew for the weeks leading up to my race, so I was home and in bed by 11!

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On Sunday morning, I woke up at 8am (meaning 7am…merrrr) to make a full farmers market trip with Yvette. It was actually kind of crazy how much cheaper some of the vendors are at the big Sunday Farmer’s Market! I might have to switch up my routine! We stopped at Yvette’s parents house afterward and got treated to breakfast (and lots of fun stories) by her mom.

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The weekend ended with our dodgeball championship game, which came down to the wire- we started off down 1-3 and pulled off a 4-3 comeback victory! (Editor’s note: we did come back to make the score 4-3, but we actually ended up winning 5-4 in an overtime victory. Ahem, thanks for the correction ALEX GRAVES) I have such a great time playing on Sundays because my team is made up of some of my closest dodgeball friends — many of whom I’ve been playing with for well over a year! It helps that Sundays are a little less competitive than the Thursday A league, and we use a smaller, lighter ball as well 🙂 Check out the play by play on the Xoso website here!

I’m now ready to take it easy this week- both with half marathon training and my social life- to prepare for Sunday’s race. Tyler is coming up on Friday night and we (+ Chris) start running at 8am sharp on Sunday morning!

Have a great week!

Do you have a favorite farmer’s market?

Any pre-half marathon race week tips?

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Treat Yourself Tuesday

It’s time to TREAT YO SELVES, friends!

Treat-Yourself-Tuesday-BadgeEvery Tuesday, my dear friend Becky over at Olives n’ Wine hosts a linkup encouraging bloggers to share in which ways – big or small – they have treated themselves over the past week. I love this idea and think everyone should find at least one way to treat themselves each week!

As I mentioned yesterday, tomorrow is my first day of work. As you can imagine, I’ve been taking advantage of my last days of “freedom”, aka too much free time on my hands.

I started last night by spending some time catching up on all the TV shows that are back this month- New Girl, How I Met Your Mother (OMG, does everyone else love the Mother as much as I do?! I have such a girl crush. Can’t wait for them to meet!), Girls (ugh the premieres were so so good! I laughed out loud too much!), and I got through almost half of the Downton Abbey premiere before I got kinda bored and went to bed…oops. Haha. I normally love it, I think I was just in the mood for comedies last night, so I wasn’t feeling Lady Mary’s doom and gloom.

I set out to make today equal parts productive AND treat yo self worthy. I woke up bright and early (I’ve been going to bed and waking up early lately to get back into my routine!) and did my weekly 3 mile run. It’s always strange to go from my long run on Saturdays to only 3 miles on Tuesdays.. But I know it’s important not to overdo it! Plus, I have 5 miles to look forward to on Thursday morning 😉

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It was super chilly when I went, but check out the high temp today.. 71 degrees?! Isn’t this January?! Not great news for that drought California is experiencing right now..

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Next up was a movie date with myself! I actually did this for my own version of a Treat Yourself day back in the day…I decided since American Hustle was playing downtown and I’ve been wanting to see it, I’d take advantage of the opportunity while I still had some free time! It was SO good. Amy Adams was phenomenal.. Actually, the whole cast was!

Afterward, I made the mistake of walking past Express…

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I know I may be on a budget.. But I have been eying this LBD (little black dress) for over a month! I tried it on twice, and put it back twice, because of the $80 price tag… When I spotted it today, there was 1 left, it was in MY SIZE, and it was only $30. It was meant to be. #treatyoself #amen

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I also ended up with this tank and this sweater. They were both on sale for half off the sale price! I couldn’t resist.

Speaking of shopping..

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Did anyone else check out Target’s C9 sale last week? Love that stuff! I pretty much anticipate only wearing workout clothes and work clothes for the next…forever 😛 Seriously. That’s all I wear.

In sum: TV shows, running, the movies, and shopping…Definitely sounds like a successful Treat Yourself Tuesday to me!!

What TV shows are you loving right now? I love all the ones I mentioned, but my all-time fave is Mad Men.

Last great movie you saw in theaters?

Weekend in Photos

Ummm, welcome to fall? I woke up to a brisk 45 degree morning here. I thought maybe that meant that fall had finally arrived, till I looked at the high temp for today- 85 degrees! What?! I forget that we don’t get much of a fall in California… it gets cooler at night, but as far as Mother Nature is concerned, we’re still in August during the day.

Now that I’ve bored you with weather talk, here are just a couple of pix from my weekend:

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My weekend started early, as I went shopping on my lunch break. I used a birthday gift card to buy a couple of ~fancy~ VS bras, and I bought a $6 skirt from Forever 21 that was small enough to fit into that bag. #noshame

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That night I went out with a bunch of dodgeball friends. Fun times were had. Lots of alcohol was consumed. Nuff said. lol

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I didn’t wake up early enough to go for a jog…in fact, I woke up to a text from Carly saying she was on her way to Sac, since we had plans to hit up the Farmer’s Market. Plenty of gabbing, laughing, and selfies with strange produce were had 🙂 Always a riot with my first ever Blend!!!

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After a day of cleaning and binging on New Girl on Netflix, I got ready and waited for friends to get out and about. In the meantime, I took lots of selfies and Facetimed with my little brother, who moved away a couple of months ago. Isn’t it funny how you talk more with your family when they don’t live in the same city as you anymore? 😛

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After 2+ nights of shenanigans, I decided I needed to punish myself with a long run. I know I’ve been bragging lately about how long runs aren’t hard for me anymore and I’ve hit my “Runner’s High” or whatever…But I’m not gonna lie, I suffered through every.single.minute of this run. However, I felt a lot better afterward!

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For the first time in weeks, I actually did some food prep for the week after my run. I roasted my first spaghetti squash of the season (!!! my favorite!) and a pot of quinoa, and baked a couple of chicken breasts. Nothing too fancy, but it will definitely make eating healthy a lot easier this week! Aiming to not have to succumb to soup cups or frozen burritos at all this week…we’ll see how that goes!

Hope you all have a great week!

Weekend in Photos

Happy Monday from cloudy, humid, hot Sacramento?

It’s overcast and 80 degrees outside already, with a high of 103 on the horizon. What the what?! I was going to go for a jog this morning since it would be too hot to go at lunch, but it was just too muggy. It’s never a good sign when the A/C wakes up at the same time you do!

Anyway, I had an excellent weekend doing a whole lot of nothing. After a couple of fun weekends and a whole week of vacation, I seriously just wanted to veg out all weekend, and that’s more or less what I did!

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Since I had kickball on Wednesday and stayed out late on Thursday (dodgeball) I decided to stay in on Friday. I started off the weekend with a post-work workout, and a decision to finally unpack from New York. Little did I know that my roomie had similar plans to clean up around the apartment, so most of Friday evening was spent cleaning! Haha. Add in my ideal Friday night dinner of cheese, crackers, fruit & wine, and I was in heaven!

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Another reason I decided to call it an early night was because I was going on a run with my friend Nicki in the morning (we ran a 5K together earlier this year!). I never run with a buddy, but I think I might have to start.. we went slow and steady, chatting and gabbing the whole way, and before I knew it we had run 4.1 miles! What?!

As per my usual Saturday routine, the morning jog was followed by a trip to the Farmers Market. This week, I went with corn, cherry tomatoes, local cage-free eggs, squash, mushrooms, and some cute little Indian eggplants!

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Another benefit of having a relaxing weekend was that I got to eat some good, clean, homemade food for the first time in a while. Including: badly cracked egg + eggplant + goat cheese in a tortilla, southwestern salad with turkey-quinoa meatballs, Moscow Mules (haha okay not clean, but the ginger beer was housemade at the bar!), and a protein packed black bean-quinoa-egg-sriracha bowl.

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I did some serious damage at the Macy’s Sunday sale yesterday and was worried my bag wouldn’t fit in my bike basket. Crisis averted! I finally succumbed and signed up for a Macy’s credit card…I’m in for it, you guys.

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The perfectly relaxing weekend finished up with a super tense viewing of Breaking Bad at Sam & David’s place. Sam cooked up some amazing quesadillas and guac as we chewed off our nails and stress-sweated through the episode (ok, maybe that was just me…) that had an epic cliffhanger. SO GOOD!

Hope you all had a good weekend as well! I’m going to try to get back to my more frequent posting schedule, but to be honest that might not happen until after my cast comes off…Typing and using a computer mouse with a cast on your thumb/forearm is not the business. 9 more days!

Do you run with friends?

What did you think of Breaking Bad?

Weekend in Photos

Yes, another Weekend in Photos post… it seems like forever since I’ve posted a Meatless Monday recipe! A full THREE months (my last was these Red Pepper & Chickpea Veggie Burgers)…sorry guys. I actually have photos and a recipe for an easy weekend breakfast hash that I’ve been meaning to share, but I forgot to upload the pictures from my home computer last night so you’ll have to wait till next week! I’ve got an even better recipe later this week that will surely tide you over ’till then, which leads me to my first picture of the weekend…

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I came home from work on Friday with a can of garbanzo beans and one goal: to recreate the avocado-cilantro hummus I bought at the Farmer’s Market a couple weekends back. I’m happy to report it was a smashing success! I almost finished the entire batch by Saturday evening…. 🙂

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On Friday night, I had plans to check out a new spot with my friend Shannon, whose cousin from Spain was visiting. We went to Vanguard, which is actually located on the ground floor of the building where I work! It felt kinda weird to be sitting outside enjoying a drink within eye-shot of the lobby I sleepily walk through every day at 8:30am and 5:30pm. But it was a gorgeous venue, super classy and pretty chill since it was more of a lounge than a club.

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As I told you all on Friday, all I wanted to do on Saturday morning was go for a nice long run and hit up the Farmer’s Market. My mom called and made plans for early in the afternoon, so I decided to combine the two- what was going to be a 3 mile run followed by a ride to the Farmer’s Market ended up as a 3.25 mile run ending AT the market. Once there, I finally went for it and tried the Kombucha Truck! I had Synergy Gingerade, which was awesome since I love ginger. Would it be weird to put kombucha in my Whiskey Gingers from now on? Is that kind of defeating the purpose of kombucha being healthy?? Haha.

I also picked up summer squash (every week I get assorted summer squash from the same stand – next week they said they might have cherry tomatoes WAHOO!), a purple cauliflower, and some shiitake mushrooms!

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We have a family wedding in New York in August, and my mom and I had been procrastinating our dress shopping. East Coast weddings require something a bit more formal than my go-to ‘California Casual’ wedding outfits. We left for the mall at 12:30pm and didn’t leave until nearly 5 PM!!! Oh, except around 3:30 we drove to ANOTHER mall. It was an intense day, people. I found a dress I liked right off the bat (see that little red number above), but red doesn’t do much for my complexion and hair color.

My mom found a nice navy blue number that she loved (and was comfortable in! SUPER important for what’s sure to be a hot and humid wedding), and I kept looking. I came home empty handed, but looked on the Macy’s website and found the dress I loved in yellow. It’s hard to judge from a picture, but I’m gonna give it a shot and see how it looks! Yellow has worked on me before (see this picture from my About Me)…I may require input from you all, so stay tuned 🙂

That night, we went to Napa to spend some time with T-Man’s mom before she moves…she’s moving to DENVER this week! It will be strange not having her an hour away anymore. She has treated us to some amazing dinners and wine tastings during our visits over the last couple of years. Sad! But excited for her to start a new chapter of her life.

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After saying goodbye, we joined T-Man’s dad, step mom, step siblings, and a few friends for a fantastic meal for his step brother’s 30th birthday. Since the last time I visited, they had built an addition to their dining room that is amaazing. It’s a sun room, complete with a full dining table, kitty apartment, and lush plants. The meal involved some Filipino favorites and two “semi homemade” Angels Food cakes 🙂

We got home in time to catch the Mad Men season finale right as it was airing on the West Coast (though it was DVR’ed earlier so we still got to fly through the commercials!)…very interesting episode. Such a strange season of Mad Men this was. It felt so cerebral…After each episode I just needed to sit and think and analyze!

That’s it for now! Didn’t take too many pictures this weekend so unfortunately for you guys, if you follow me on Instagram you likely saw most of these. Either way, it was a good weekend. It’s raining outside right now, but next weekend is expected to be in the triple digits. It’s a real mixed bag over here!

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a Mad Men fan?