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! 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

Friday Favorites – Internet Edition

So I was keeping a running tally of links and pictures I’ve come across recently that have made me giggle, and my post was all ready to go up this morning…and then yesterday happened on the Internet.

“Where were you the day the internet was freed from ISP tyranny? Apparently, you were either watching two llamas on the lam or tweeting that a clearly black and blue dress was actually gold and white.”

First and foremost, let me address #TheDress. I posted my thoughts on Twitter this morning:

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And that’s all I have to say about that.

Except that llamas are actually hilarious.

And on to my little collection of funnies/interestings/awesomes that I’ve found recently on the Internet that don’t have anything to do with a dress or a llama 😉 Continue reading

Friday Favorites

Hi all, and welcome 2015! Sadly I haven’t updated since I took a few minutes to look back on 2014.

For the most part, I was too busy enjoying my holiday break to keep up with posting…And then, back to reality I went! Having a break between Christmas and New Years was nice, even if some of that time was emotionally draining (after she passed away on December 22nd, we had a memorial service for my grandma on January 2nd).

It sure has been rough getting back into the swing of things (I came down with a gnarly chest cold my 2nd day back in the office and haven’t ran or worked out since 🙁 ), but a few things have been keeping me sane that I want to share with you today. In true Run Now, Wine Later fashion, they are mostly all either fitness or food related 😛

1. PERSU Collection

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A few of my friends from high school had been posting on Facebook and Insta about these amazing fashionable and functional gym bags and I eventually realized that they were created by a girl I went to elementary and high school with! Steph is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first round of production of her two bags, the Jessica bag (above) and the Tom bag (below): Continue reading

Friday Faves

Hey friends! I survived my week! I am currently writing this post on Thursday night, the first night this week that I didn’t work overtime and/or didn’t have some kind of function to attend after work. PHEW.

My office hosted/coordinated/attended quite a few events this week (ALL of which took place on Wednesday, I might add) so it was a crazy time. And much like I said in my post about staying healthy in times of busy-ness, I have still been keeping up with my workouts…buuuut just not so much with the healthy eating part. Though I can successfully say I haven’t had any cheese and crackers dinners this week! Small victory.

In the little time I’ve had to surf the web over the past few weeks, I’ve accumulated a few fun finds, along with other things I’ve been enjoying IRL, that I wanted to share today. Enjoy! Continue reading

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

Since the state legislative session wrapped up last week, things have been pretty quiet ’round the Capitol lately. This has left lots of time for Facebook stalking internet browsing! Check out some things I have been loving lately:

1. Surviving Whole Foods

“The first thing I see is the great wall of kombucha — 42 different kinds of rotten tea. Fun fact: the word kombucha is Japanese for ‘I gizzed in your tea.’ Anyone who’s ever swallowed the glob of mucus at the end of the bottle knows exactly what I’m talking about.”

HAHAHA. I actually have only been to Whole Foods twice ever (blasphemy, I know), but everyone will enjoy this article!

2. Dodgeball

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Yes, I am still playing. No, no more broken bones….yet. But my team is 4-1 and we are kickin’ ass!

3. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Yup. I went there. Pretty sure I just heard all of you X out of this window too. Since I don’t drive (and thus listen to the radio), I am the only person on the planet who is not only not sick of this song, but still frickin loves it. Totally inapprop lyrics aside, it just makes me wanna dance!

4. Honest Trailers – Breaking Bad

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I actually discovered this last month when watching Breaking Bad with my friends, but I love it so much I actually have gone back and watched it a few times haha. It covers up until the first half of Season 5, so ~spoiler alert~ if you’re not caught up! “Juggalo without the paint” is my new favorite way to describe Jesse Pinkman.

Also, here’s a great article dissecting last week’s AMAZINGLY EPIC episode.

5. Karaoke

I am going with friends tonight….and I am so excited. I karaoke’d solo (and with Richard, as seen above) for the first time in May and have been itching to go back ever since!!

6. iOS 7

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I decided to download iOS 7 on my iPad before taking the plunge on my iPhone. I like it so far! Very visually appealing.

That’s it for now. I’ve got an eventful weekend ahead of me – my birthday is on Tuesday, so there’s some celebrating in my future! And proooobably some anxiety about hitting the quarter century mark 🙁 WAAAHHHHH life.

Do you karaoke? What’s your go-to song?

Have you upgraded to iOS 7?

Friday Faves

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We made it through another week, y’all! Um, remind me never to try to make “y’all” happen again.

Let’s chalk it up to the fact that I am kind of in a rut. Socially, professionally, in every way possible it seems. There are only two things that I’ve consistently looked forward to these past couple of weeks: the Saturday morning Midtown Farmer’s Market, and my workouts. Food and fitness. Typical.

But otherwise, I am unfortunately in a slump. I feel like this happens every few years for me; I am definitely one to crave change. I chose to go to college in Santa Barbara mainly to get as far away from Sacramento as possible (at the time, the only way to get there was either a 6 hour drive, or via a 2-part flight). Then, because apparently 4 years in one place is too much for me, I spent one year of college dicking around studying abroad.

So you can imagine that now, after three years of living in the same place (with the same job for about half of that time) I’m kind of going stir crazy. Last weekend marked 3 years since graduation, and I’ll be turning 25 in three months. My twenties are almost half over. WTF?

In an effort to combat my case of the grumpies, today I am bringing you some things that I do like. 😉

Midtown Farmer’s Market

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As mentioned above, I have been l-o-v-i-n-g the Saturday morning farmer’s market. The big year round Sunday Farmer’s Market is a good 20 blocks away from my apartment, which is kind of a long biking distance. Every week during the summer, there are mini farmer’s markets around my office, but they tend to have fewer vendors. The Midtown Farmer’s Market has live music, tons of vendors, is a whopping 5 blocks away from my apartment AND has free bike valet! I can’t wait to go tomorrow, I spotted tomatoes as I biked past yesterday’s market. I hate most tomatoes, but LOVE fresh cherry tomatoes and sometimes even homegrown regular ones too.

Pre-Planned Workouts

I have been trying to incorporate more strength training into my workouts, and workouts like this are perfect! I did this workout on Wednesday and my triceps are still super sore. I also have an iPad subscription to Women’s Health magazine, which has a lot of 15-minute workouts that I’ve been trying out. I did this body weight workout last week, but was  little leery of doing an L stand without someone to spot me. Also, ab roll ups are like the burpee’s annoying cousin.

Running

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I ran my furthest run ever last week, 3.4 miles! I have also been toying with the idea of running a 10K in late August or early September. Somehow, training 4 days per week in the Sacramento heat doesn’t sound desirable (or safe) though. I have upped my “minimum” distance to about 2.75 miles, so I am at least somewhat on track for the training in case I do decide to go for it. The training schedule I found shows 2.5-3 mile runs during the week (eventually increasing to 3-3.5 miles), and long runs on Saturdays.

Really Good Food

chicken & grilled veggies with fresh corn!

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spicy pork Banh Mi from Gogi’s Korean BBQ

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“semi homemade” cinnamon buns. made from an Auntie Annes kit which included yeast, flour, cinnamon sugar, and premade icing.

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meatless monday taco! with summer squash, yellow carrots, bell peppers and black beans. also, SRIRACHA.

I have been eating pretty frickin well lately.

Where do you get your workout ideas?

Change: Love it or hate it?

Friday Faves

Another week gone…thank goodness! I’ve gotta say though, it really does feel like the week flies by when you’re busy at work.

I did a lot better this week about eating healthily (thanks to my Sunday Food Prep, my only meal that wasn’t homemade this week was dinner last night at the dodgeball bar {pizza and beer FTW!}) and I continued my pretty good exercise streak. Last night before dodgeball, my friend Lisa and I did this quick upper-body workout from Women’s Health — perfect for easing my way into pumping iron again. I feel like I have the opposite problem as this guy: muscular legs, noodley arms.

Anyway, here’s what I’m lovin today:

1) This story about the “inventor” of Sriracha

It makes me love sriracha 20x more knowing that the product is made by a guy who really loves what he does.

2) Alexia products

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I know I’ve shown pictures of my dinners with fries on the side, but I’ve never explained where those come from…I have Alexia brand fries or potatoes a minimum of 2 nights per week! So so good. I am sad that it’s going to be too hot soon to use my oven, because they’ve really become a staple in my diet, and a key factor in making easy quick weeknight meals!

3) The Kings are (most likely) Staying in Sacramento!

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Crappy picture, but after the NBA Relocation Committee recommended to block our team’s move to Seattle, there was a HUGE crowd gathered at a bar/restaurant near my office for the mayor’s press conference. It was a happy day in my Facebook and Twitter feeds! #HereWeStay was trending NATIONALLY! YES! {not to mention it was the same day that Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to publicly come out of the closet. Great day for the NBA if you ask me!}

It’s still up in the air who the team will be sold to, but for now we know that they’re here for at least another season.

4) The Kentucky Derby

Is anyone else really into horse races? It’s totally in my genes: my grandpa on the East Coast started taking us to the races (dogs, horses, you name it) since we were little, and when I started dating T-Man I was delighted to learn that he loves it too! We have gone to Golden Gate Fields (as pictured above) quite a few times over the past couple of years for Dollar Days.

I’m putting together a Derby pool for our gambling-loving friends, and will TOTALLY be living vicariously through my future Blend Roomie, Becky, who is there and has already posted pictures of her first fabulous outfit + hat on Instagram!!!

5) Gradual Tanning lotion WITH SUNSCREEN from Jergens

THIS IS BIG, PEOPLE. Do you understand what a big deal it is for a pale chica like me to have discovered a lotion that safely (artificially) tans you WHILE PROTECTING YOUR SKIN?!

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Ready for these pale legs to get some color! Let’s call this my ‘before’ picture 🙂

I’ve always struggled with accepting my fair skin – especially when I attended college at a school right on the beach where everyone’s tan. Even at my tannest (summer after sophomore year) I was pretty pale according to normal standards! I’ve always been pretty good about applying sunscreen though, and after having a cancerous mole removed in January, I’m not taking chances anymore. I’ve used Jergen’s before and I like it…the smell didn’t seem to be as bad with this one at first, but it definitely lingers.

6) Rose gardens!

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McKinley Park Rose Garden

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Capitol Park Rose Garden

The rose gardens in Sacramento have been pretty epic lately. Last Saturday, T-Man and I had a picnic at McKinley Park and took a few minutes to walk around the epic rose garden there. This morning, I walked to work for the first time since Winter and got a chance to walk through the rose garden at Capitol Park! Loving springtime…even if it already feels like summer 🙂 (94 degrees today!)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Do you like horse races?

How do you maintain your skin’s natural (or in my case, not so natural) glow?

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! Here’s some things I’m lovin’ today. A bit delayed in posting, because of Favorite Thing #1…..

1) Windows 7.

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My firm is finally making the switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 (which I learned how to use at my previous job, and currently use on my Office programs at home…),  and I got trained in how to use it all over again this morning. I don’t mind though, because XP is not the business.

2) Convention!

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It starts TODAY! So many events going on tonight…See the “Progressive Era Hosted Welcome Party”? A few girls and I have been planning it for the last couple of months. Pretty much right after I finish this post, I am going to get a move on and start buying all the desserts for our ~fancy~ dessert bar!

3) This video: How Animals Eat Their Food

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4) On a similar note, this video: Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend

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Hahahaha. One of my new favorites.

5) My new party dress!

I am not normally the most fashionable lady around, but I’m pretty proud of the outfit I put together for tonight. I finally found a hi-low dress that I love, and scored big time with these $8 wedges I spotted at Goodwill:

Friday Faves

I’ve got some goodies for you today, folks! The internet was killin’ it this week.

1) Running costumes

I’m cruisin’ into my 5K race tomorrow fresh off a dodgeball high from our game last night. I caught not one, but TWO balls thrown by one of the biggest baddest dudes in the league last night and, along with a couple of other players, delivered us our first victory of the new season! Nicki and I are going to Target tonight to figure out our outfits for the Veggie Chase…I am totally loving the ideas on this site, though a lot of them don’t exactly look super conducive to running quickly…

2) 20 Ways Cory And Topanga Gave You Unrealistic Expectations About Relationships

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I woke up this morning to this link on Facebook shared by one of my childhood neighbors. So many memories of Friday nights spent watching TGIF together and dreaming about a Cory and Topanga relationship of our own… SIGH. I couldn’t choose between these two screenshots. The first is from the best episode ever (Halloween episode with South Park references galore, anyone?), and the second is just so cute and so unrealistic. “I can never really get mad at you”…really? Really? Never?

3) Braided Lemon Bread by smitten kitchen

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Easter is Sunday, and we’re having two meals – I’m making brunch here in Sacramento for us and my parents in the morning, and then we’re driving to Napa for early dinner with T-Man’s family. I’m going to make my dad’s famous Chile Egg Puff and some kind of fruit salad…I’m trying to keep it light, but wanted to make a 3rd dish involving lemons because T-Man brought me a whole bunch from his coworker’s tree. I’m hoping if I make the lemon curd the night before, I’ll have enough time to make this bread on Sunday morning! It just sounds tooooo good.

4) Having only one team left in the tournament…but it being the team that matters!

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You guys, my bracket majorly failed this year. I knew I was being pretty risky by choosing a lot of upsets…but the payoff would have been high! See, my pool rewards a LOT more points depending on the rank of the team…the lower their rank, the more points you get if they win. Unfortunately, I picked North Carolina and New Mexico instead of…La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast?! Who could have predicted those upsets? Thankfully I still may be in luck if Michigan State wins! I’m still in it….for now!

5) 4 steps to pairing colors and patterns by nutritionella

I love this easy guide to decorating your home/apartment! My roomie and I haven’t done much in the decorating department, since we accepted a lot of mismatching hand-me-downs from our parents when we moved in. We will either be renewing our lease in a month or finding a new place…I think either outcome will call for some spring cleaning and decorating! Speaking of spring cleaning, I have had some serious clutter anxiety lately. My desk at work, T-Man’s fridge, and our living room were victim to my anxiety-induced organizing/cleaning sprees this week…I’ve never had this urge before, but suddenly I can’t stand clutter! Might as well ride the train while it’s here…I’m sure in a month I’ll be back to preferring what I like to call my organized chaos. 🙂

6) Skinny blueberry lemon poppyseed muffins!

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Last weekend, I set out to make a muffin with as close to 100 calories as possible…and I did it! I’ll be posting the recipe for these low cal, super low fat muffins sometime next week 🙂 I’ve enjoyed them for breakfast with my yogurt or oatmeal every morning this week!

Have a great Easter weekend!

What are your plans? Do you do Easter brunch or Easter dinner?