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Friday Favorites

Hey party people! It’s Friday! And not only is it Friday…but it is the Friday before a 3-day weekend and the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Which either means you are going to get together with other single girlfriends and eat/drink your feelings, or perhaps you are planning some kind of fun/romantic weekend with your significant other. While either actually sounds like a good time to me, I’ve got the latter to look forward to this weekend!

Every so often, I go on a binge reading spree at one of my all-time favorite food blogs (and the one that really inspired me to start blogging myself, to be honest) How Sweet Eats, and once I start reading her Tuesday Things posts I basically go down a rabbit hole of fun Internet finds. In general, I just spend a lot of time on the Internet during the day at work and in addition to finding articles and news that are relevant to my job…I also end up finding a lot of random cool stuff. I get the feeling that many other people out there can relate to this 😉 So in order to share the love, I decided to share a few cool finds I’ve come across in the past week. Enjoy!

Blissful Bites Podcast with Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats

Shocker, my first find is an interview with the author of How Sweet Eats herself 😉 This is a great convo to listen to for bloggers and aspiring businesswomen alike. I totally forgot that Jessica’s foray into blogging was just like my own – she was at a deadend job that she didn’t like and spent most of her day reading blogs, which turned into writing one of her own!

Closet Organization & Capsule Wardrobes

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Whoa, you guys…whoa. Have you heard about the KanMari method of folding clothes and, more generally, decluttering your life? So basically this woman named Marie Kondo wrote a book that talks about this whole way of life that encourages you to only keep clothing and items that give you joy. (And a way to fold the clothes you keep that isn’t as messy as the way most of us fold clothes.) And I guess this has inspired a similar trend, which is capsule wardrobes. The idea being that you pick 30-40 pieces (tops, bottoms, accessories) that you will use each season, and either toss or store everything else until its proper season. It’s a very minimalist approach to fashion that is supposed to help you spend less time shopping and worrying about what to wear, and more time on the more important things. It’s a really interesting idea, chronicled in the blog Unfancy, but I don’t know if I’d ever be able to pull it off 😉

Hard Choices: I used to hate Hillary. Now I’m voting for her.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been really torn about staying out of any political talk on social media, while still wanting to share my opinion and help contribute thoughtful information from time to time. I actually work in politics, but I prefer my discussions and debates to be in person, well-researched, and respectful (which Facebook debates never seem to be!)

Without getting too preachy about my preferred presidential candidate, I really enjoyed this article about why a feminist is supporting Hillary Clinton after vehemently opposing her in 2008. It’s pretty balanced in bringing up arguments for and against her, and even goes pretty far back into her voting history and experience in the public eye dating back to Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. A good read!

Driving Vs. Public Transportation

Well said, The Onion. We’ve all dealt with crappy traffic, and I’m also a frequent visitor of NYC and depended on public transportation when I live in France. There’s really no winning!

The Sacramento Kings’ Bad Timing

 

We’ve made it! Our dysfunctional NBA basketball team was featured on The Daily Show last week. Unfortunately it wasn’t for the greatest reason. Russell and I actually went to the game the night that they pulled the “offensive” t-shirts. And to think, we could have had a racist Chinese New Year t-shirt!

Trump Donald

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To wrap things up, here’s something that will keep you entertained for hours… Or maybe that was just me 😉

Have a great weekend!

What are your plans for Valentines Day? 

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Life Lately

Once upon a time, I had a blog that I wrote in regularly. Then I started to slow down…and then I went 2 months without blogging. Whoops!

It’s not that I haven’t thought about it. And I wish I could say that I’ve been too busy changing my life or traveling the world or something of the sort, but the real answer is a little more like: busy with the holidays, and I started binge-watching American Horror Story (starting with Coven and moving on to Freak Show 😛 ) in the evenings instead of blogging. *insert embarrassed emoji here*

That being said, I’m still the same girl that I was in high school (don’t ask me how long ago that was) (OK, it was over 10 years ago)…and that would be the girl who documents and takes pictures of everything. So although I haven’t updated this little bloggity blog since a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, you bet yer butt I’ve got pictures to get y’all caught up 😉

I have no intention of giving up on my blog…on the contrary, I have plans to run a half marathon in March, and I even got a planner this year (check out Passion Planner!) to step up my To-Do list game, which should give me plenty of blog fodder. But until then…here are some pictures of my Life Lately. Continue reading

Beat the Blerch10K Recap

Beat The Blerch 10K Race Recap

Has it already been 2 weeks since I updated?! This month has been flying by. I remember back in, like, September planning out  the next couple of months and thinking, “Oh man, November is going to be busy…race weekend, bachelorette, Thanksgiving, wedding…” And then I blinked my eyes and I’m already prepping my liver self for some wine tasting this weekend for a college friend’s bachelorette 😉 (Hi Desene!)

Which means…race weekend has already come and gone! I’ll get into details from my race, which are really kinda fun because it was a much different race than any I’ve ever ran before. But first I wanted to check in on October’s running goals – which I mainly set to keep myself on track for my 10K! Continue reading

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HelloFresh Meal Kit Delivery Review

Hello and happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend. We were still getting record highs around 85 degrees on Friday and Saturday, but apparently as soon as November arrived on Sunday, so did fall…and the rain! Normally I’m not a fan, but with California’s drought and a serious lack of fall weather lately, I was more than happy to break out my boots.

Anyway, on to the topic of the day…Food box delivery. Meal Kit services. Whatever you want to call it, it seems we are living in an age of Birch Box/StitchFix/Ipsy and the like, and the latest entry into the market is FOOD.

Thanks to Becky, I got the opportunity to try a week (3 meals) worth of HelloFresh meals free of charge.

Here’s some info on HelloFresh:

Order HelloFresh and we’ll deliver fresh ingredients and healthy recipes straight to your doorstep each week. Each week our chefs create amazing recipes for you that are easy to prepare. Our meals are interesting yet simple. And we ensure that your diet is balanced and varied. With the HelloFresh recipe box subscription, you will receive a box of fresh ingredients and delicious recipes every week.

When you purchase a box from HelloFresh, you get to choose 3 meals out of 5 options available. I decided on these three meals:

  • Bratwurst in Pretzel Buns with Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw
  • Turkey Meatballs with Parsnip Mash & Roasted Carrots
  • Saffron-poached Basa with Basmati Rice, Caramelized Onion & Sweet Bell Pepper

Here’s how each went, followed by my general thoughts! Continue reading

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Garlicky Pumpkin Stew

Alert the press!!! I made a new recipe. ~insert shocked emoji face here~

I saw that a few of my blogger friends were hosting Pumpkin Week this week and I decided, even if it is still 85 degrees here and there is no sign of fall ever arriving, I should welcome any excuse to drink pumpkin beer let myself get into the fall spirit!

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I swear I used some of it for cooking too 😉 Continue reading

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October Running Goals

Hello blog world! Long time no talk.

I think it is the lamest thing ever to lead into a blog post by talking about the weather, but here I go: Can I just complain for a moment that we are nearly halfway through October, and yet this is the weather forecast for the next 10 days?!

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It’s only a slight consolation that we’re getting below 60* at night. This time 2 months ago, it was 100* during the day and 75-80* at night, so I guess I can’t complain. But I want to start picking pumpkins and doing fun fall things!!! And my vision for said activities involves crisp fall air, a flannel shirt, jeans and boots…not sweating in an apple orchard in the 85 degree sun wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip flops 😉 Oh well. We will get there eventually!

Anyway…A little over a month ago, I posted my September Running Goals, keeping in mind that my eventual goal is to run a 10K in November and a half marathon in March. I’ve always said that putting your goals on the internet makes you more wayyy more likely to actually stick with them, and this was definitely the case for me last month!

Though I haven’t put them in writing until now, I also have some October goals in mind that I have been working toward this month. And I’ve gotta stick with them, because registration re-opened and I was able to snag a spot in the Beat the Blerch 10K on November 14th! Continue reading

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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

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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

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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