Birthday Week in Photos

I can’t remember the last time I started a blog post with a sentence other than something like, “so this post is a little delayed, but…” Apparently I’ve been busy!

Last Thursday (September 24th) was my birthday! Pretty much every year since I’ve had this blog, I’ve done some sort of birthday post, so I didn’t want to abandon the tradition! For fun you can check out my 25th birthday quarter life crisis (I was nearing the end of a really rough year) and my 26th birthday photo post (a rough year is best followed by a re-building year!).

Age 26 was kind of a weird one for me. It is so strange to me that for an entire year I have had a job that I like, kept up regular exercise (ran 2 half marathons) and a healthy diet with no significant physical ailments (besides my scary bike crash and hospital stay), and am in a healthy loving relationship (with someone whose terrible jokes make me laugh just as much today as they did a year ago).

I guess I just got used to things being wrong.

I definitely still find little things to complain about from time to time, as I’m sure we all do, but overall I am a lucky girl! Case in point: my birthday celebrations lasted a whole week! Read on for more :) Continue reading


20 Questions

I sincerely intended to post a Weekend in Photos update yesterday- truly, I did. But I have been buried at work. Let’s just say my pre-birthday weekend was super fun, and a “birthday week” post is definitely in the works in the future!

So In an effort to get some more entries in my little blog space despite a lack of documentation of my weekend shenanigans, I was glad to see I had a draft post waiting in my pile…I filled out one of my favorite blog post cop-outs: a survey!

And though I’m not sure these 20 questions are as scandalous as some games of 20 Questions turned when I was a teenager, it was pretty fun to fill out all the same. Read on :) Continue reading

Run Now, Wine Later

Fitness Friday: September Running Goals

Happy Friday! For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to get into a more regular running routine. After my last half marathon the first week of May, it took me a little over a month to start running again, and I’ve been slowly getting back into it since mid-June. After a month or two of consistently running twice a week (with bootcamp, weight lifting, and a little 18 mile hike mixed in), I’m starting to feel more confident about my endurance and pace, and I’ve decided I’m finally in a good place to set myself some running goals!

After my last half, I decided no more long distance runs this year. That’s for several reasons, but mostly because of all the aches and pains I was experiencing. I ran 3 half marathons in 14 months! Doin’ too much, Katie…However, I would love to run the Shamrock’n Half again in March 2016, and instead of starting my training from practically nothing in December or January, I want to start to build my distance and endurance now. It is literally a marathon, not a sprint 😉

So, I have two long term goals… Continue reading


Weekend in Photos

Hello and happy Monday!

This weekend I decided to make a conscious effort to take more pictures (or at least more than usual) so that I could document the weekend. The interesting thing was, this was the first weekend in 4 weeks that we actually stayed in town the entire weekend with nothing planned. Since we went to New York the second week in July, I think there have only been 2, maybe 3 weeks that we haven’t been traveling or out and about. That’s summer for ya, right?

Without any real set plans, I still ended up having a pretty fun weekend, with some relaxation sprinkled in 😉 Continue reading


That Time I Climbed Half Dome

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I went on a quick* walk in the park** on Sunday…

*18 miles

**Yosemite National Park

Thanks to my insane boyfriend, earlier this spring we won the lottery. Except instead of getting a million dollars, we got to torture ourselves for 12 hours by hiking to the top of Half Dome.

I complain, but it really was a once in a lifetime experience (or 4 times in a lifetime if you are said insane boyfriend), I’m glad we did it, and I feel pretty damn accomplished. Plus, I think this view was worth it:


A few fun facts about the hike:

  • 8.2 mi (13 km) (via the Mist Trail) to the top, so 16.4 miles round trip. We took a different [longer, but more gradual and less stress on the knees] trail on the way down, and walked about .5 miles each way from the parking lot
  • 4,800 ft (1,460 m) elevation gain
  • The final 400 ft (120 m) ascent is steeply up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds (A class 3 route)
  • A maximum of 300 permits per day in the months of May-October are issued to hikers and backpackers who enter the lottery to apply for permits

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Around the Web: Body Image

So I don’t know about you all, but I generally use my Twitter account to archive articles I agree with, or find interesting or funny. When I say “Oh I read an article about that recently” I like actually being able to then look back at my Twitter feed to find it. Is that weird? What do normal people use their Twitters for? Re-posting their Instagram pictures of food? (cause I definitely do that too 😛 )

I recently noticed that a large amount of my Twitter feed in recent days/weeks has included articles about body image. It’s a hot topic, for whatever reason. Maybe because of the popularity of fitness blogs, long distance/obstacle races, and Crossfit…maybe because of elevated platforms for feminist authors and spokes-ladies (e.g. BuzzFeed, social media, and the all powerful Internet), or because musical artists like Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor keep singin’ about it.

Anywaaaay, here are a few articles & blog posts I’ve spotted recently on several different aspects of the topic. Enjoy! Continue reading


Weekend in Photos

Question of the week: Where has the summer gone?

I was reading social media posts this morning saying that some students are going back to school today…What the what?!

We just got over a pretty insane week of 100+ temps (I think we had 3 or 4 days in a row, peaking at 107…yikes) in Northern California, so it still definitely feels like summer here. And this weekend’s activities definitely solidified that feeling!

On Saturday morning, I peeled myself out of bed just in time to make it to a yoga class at my gym. Russell and I have been trying to get “in shape” for an upcoming Lake Tahoe trip. My goal lately has been 2 gym trips and 2 runs during the week…then hope for the best on the weekends ;P I’ve been pretty good about the first part for several weeks now, but for me to actually bust out a decently challenging workout on a Saturday this weekend was a big win for me. Gone are the days of my 10 mile Saturday morning runs, apparently! Continue reading


Treat Yourself Tuesday – New York Edition

Oh hi again! It’s me…almost another entire month since my last post. #bloggerfail

Life has been busy with work and play, and I somehow fit in a mini vacation among all the craziness! Last week, we went to New York to celebrate my Pop (grandpa)’s 90th birthday. We also got to spend a couple of days in NYC. I decided to remember a few of the best treats of the trip in a TYT post, along with a few other things I’ve treated myself to since we got back.

Be sure to check out Becky’s post to see what fabulous things people have been doing to treat themselves. She puts it best:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!”

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Weekend in Photos

Look at me, 2 posts in a week’s time! #winning

Many weekends lately I’ve found that I either don’t take enough pictures over the weekend or don’t do enough fun stuff to make a blog post about my weekend sound exciting, but this weekend was a pretty fun one! I feel like once it gets warm outside, the weekend activities start to multiply. Let’s begin, shall we? Continue reading


Friday Favorites

Helllloooo blog. That was a bit of a hiatus, eh? It’s been nearly a month since my last update. My bad.

I’ve been pretty busy at work and with life in general lately. And I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when your job involves drafting tweets and posting on Facebook and writing blogs…sometimes doing those things for yourself just feels like another job.

That’s not to say I don’t still occasionally spend lunch time and my before-bed phone time catching up on others’ blogs though! I’m starting to wonder how people do it with busy full-time jobs and regular blog posts on top of it!

One thing that won’t change no matter how busy I am (or how much I neglect my blog) is the fact that I’m constantly taking pictures and documenting my everyday life. Like, seriously. The other day, Russell actually said to me, “you don’t have to take pictures of everything you eat, you know.” I know…but I #cantstop #wontstop!

So without further ado, here are some of my recent favorite things that I’ve been able to document: Continue reading