Foliage Watching

I’ve been a wee bit distracted by the gamut of orange littering the street. There’s little more beautiful than the transition of Fall.

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And evidently, I’ve been too distracted taking pictures next to leaves to blog the past few weeks. Infinite apologies.

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Note: I do have other shoes I swear

 

While I wasn’t foliage watching, there have been a few notable moments:

1) Halloweening in Chicago. It’s a hard life being a party animal unicorn. Costumes followed by a girls weekend in NYC. In withdrawal from everyone and both cities.

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2) It seems that I’m late to the auto-correct text jokes. Regardless, I lost my whole night a few hours of productivity this weekend due to uncontrollable laughter and amusement. I’m actually still chuckling to myself, which my coworkers are clearly loving this bright-eyed Monday morning. Read THIS

 

3) Mediterranean for lunch. I’m successfully hitting my Falafel quota every other day. Be still my heart.

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4) Wearing my underwear on backwards, because I’m that cool. Or maybe because I’m just that lazy to make the transition after my discovery in the work stall. Well, at least I got treated myself to Starbucks. Cheers.

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5) Candy wrappers at the gym. Washington Sports Club is the epitome of health.

nothing like a Hershey's Kiss to fuel your crunches

nothing like a Hershey’s Kiss to fuel your crunches

 

6) My thoughts on trail mix exactly.

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8) Colleen’s new VW body. This made for a very fun drive to our 10 miler trail race.

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9) Tranny Tuesdays in Dupont. But really, there was a wine night with le friends and then the annual Dupont Drag Queen Race. Quite an impressive display of Halloween costumes and very tall, made-up men.

 

How has your November been?

 

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Here’s What I Do Know

I may be a neglectful blogger and have abandoned you all for a few months, but don’t let that discredit a few of the lessons I’ve been taking the time to absorb. We’ll be back to health, food, and fitness in no time but bear with me.

 

I do know:

  • It will take more than 24 years and 5 months to cultivate the savoir-fare and gumption needed for life’s constant waves
  • People love you and believe in you. And it never hurts to ask to hear that
  • Fresh sheets will change everything. That and a bouquet of pink peonies
  • Good friends and family are there through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take the time to appreciate them
  • If all else fails, sit down with a cup of tea and a good book
  • Sundays are just as disheartening now as when you were a child
  • There’s nothing more wonderful than the morning, when it’s just you and the still world
  • Crying on your yoga mat will help more than you realize. And it will happen more than once…
  • No matter how perfect you think someone’s life is…it really isn’t
  • A lot of things will knock you on your butt. It’s okay to wallow, scream, and kick before getting back up
  • A bar of dark chocolate with crystallized ginger is an appropriate dinner
  • Love is the most powerful thing we will feel in our lives
  • A good surge of endorphins will transform your mood and perspective. Albeit maybe temporarily
  • If you really want to do something for yourself, take the time to meditate. It will change you
  • Where you are in this exact moment is exactly where you need to be. Trust in that

 

Sandwiched in between spin class and green smoothie blogging, there may be more rambling. More impulsive introspection. More altruistic encouragement. More of practicing grace.

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The Good Stuff

It’s what gives your day a little extra something something. The things that put a smile on your face and an make your heart race an extra beat. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s so important to keep hold of the reins of your life. We tend to think that stress is natural during the holidays, but high levels of stress hormones are meant to be released briefly. And if they continue, say for one month straight (Thanksgiving to New Years) without enough time to recharge, our resistance levels are substantially lessened. The more we take care of ourselves, the less we will suffer from relentless stress and the effects of exhaustion.

By all means, its equally important to indulge in that extra gingerbread man and stay up a few hours later watching holiday movies with your family. Really bask in your holiday–it will only happen once in 2012. But find that perfect balance so that “you do you,” as one of my friends says (heyyy Robbie 🙂 )

 

So let’s get to the good stuff this week:

1) Listening to my body. Yoga is what I needed, and I needed it badly. Started my morning with a slow flow. Met friends for one of those butt-kicking prana flows that leave you bathed in sweat, or more like in the very sweaty man’s puddle next to me. And then finished off my night with a mediation class. Exactly what I needed that day

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2) Enjoying 65 degree weather and the simplicities of the day

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3) New, PINK running shoes. They really were the only color my Asics came in, and I haven’t switched shoes since my marathon. All you runners know that that is just asking for an injury

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4) Moleskin Calendars. This week, there are work lists, personal to-dos, Christmas lists, reminders, and so on. Keeping me sane and organizedIMG_2038

 

5) Tea and lots of it. I have a current obsession with Trader Joe’s Peppermint Green tea. Are you even surprised? I should probably be a store marketer. It helps the work day go by. Tea=stamina…and warmth, now that it is again 30 degrees

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6) Front page stories of the WSJ. A cup of tea while reading the most ground breaking news of the day

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7) Sweatyyy spin classes with good friends. Those ones that make you question your ability to do cardio. We both ran a marathon (hi Courtney) yet cringe in fear before we step foot on the cycling bikes

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8) The newest addition to our house. Our little love fern Christmas tree–all decorated and gleaming. Cinnamon scented broomstick in the house, dozens of cookies made last weekend, and Pandora Glee Holiday blaring from my computer. I think it’s that time of the year

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8) It’s almost Friday

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What made you smile today?

How do you do you?