Fact: It’s Friday


Fact: I have an addiction to Kombucha. I crave the refreshing carbonation and it’s “healthy” placebo effects. I’ve been chugging these and going broke



Fact: I have 2.5 days of work before CHRISTMAS VACATION. My holidays don’t rollover to 2013, so I’m taking off eight days in December


Fact: When a foodie and an architect (along with a lot of wine, beer, and Hershey kisses) get together on a Thursday, this happens….

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Fact: My Christmas cards have been mailed and the majority of my holiday shopping list is complete. This is a historical moment. Take note



Fact: I eat a protein pancake almost every day–topped with strawberry jam and greek yogurt. Grape jelly will never be welcome  in my house



Fact: I can barely contain my excitement at new book recommendations. I’m reading Junot Diaz’s new novel (I’ll report back) and have a overwhelming list following that completion. Eeeeeeeeeee


Fact: We did the tree lights TWICE this year, since some male in my family started with the light plug at the top of the tree. Note to all: use the outlet side



Fact: I will be in Northern California in four days. If anything brings out the crunchy granola in my, it’s the Berkley/San Francisco culture. Let the wine, local produce,  farm to table restaurants, cookie baking, grandma time, and yoga ensue


What are your facts?


Things I Never Thought I’d Do

I’m a planner, always have been. Mapping out the agenda for my day keeps me sane. I like to know when I’ll be waking up, how long I’ll be at work for, what my dinner plans are, etc. My iPhone calendar provides a helpful glimpse at my month, but my moleskin notebook provides me ease of mind with my daily tasks. Life has changed immensely since graduating college and launching into a life in the real world. Over the past four years, there have been numerous changes in my personal life but let’s stick to the healthy living ones:

  • Doing laundry primarily because I’m out of sports bras and socks
  • Calling myself a Marathoner (or do I have to run more than one)
  • Going to the grocery store solely for grapes
  • Choosing an early run over sleep
  • Double-fisting green juice and Kombucha
  • Wondering if my yoga mat is so sweaty, it’s on the verge of dangerous
  • Baking a vegan pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving (Warning: bake another pie for upset male family members)
  • Having more running shoes than high heels
  • Cursing the world when I run out of Greek yogurt
  • Starting sentences with, “So this one time in yoga class…”
  • Receiving a yoga mat for my 20th birthday and a GPS running watch for my 22nd
  • Contemplating what flavor animal crackers are in the waiting room of my yoga studio
  • Budgeting for that pair of spinning shoes I’ve needed
  • Realizing the liquids I consumed that day were coconut water and lots of Pinot Noir

I’m traveling for work this week and next, which gives me little independence and control over my schedule. But I’m making peace with it. Don’t get me wrong, my to-do list is still going strong and my early rising ensues; however, I’m going with the motions of my team each day. After this week of Kentucky Fried Chicken eating out, a little appliance is calling my name…

What are some of your idiosyncrasies?

Happy November

October, I bid you adieu.In my eyes, October always marks my favorite time of the year: the arrival of fall leaves, cool weather, pumpkin flavored everything, boots and scarves, and the holiday season. I can’t believe it went by so quickly. That only means that the eddy of holiday activities is almost upon us. Deep breaths. I have vowed to be on the top of my game this year. Not that I haven’t said that before…

Welcome November!

I know you will fly by, especially since I will be out of DC for two weeks and then out of the country for a week. Yikes. Regardless, I’m excited for the new month. I like to set goals for myself each month, does anyone else do that? And as a general ideal, I want to keep up my yoga, running, and healthy eating before the holidays start. With all this traveling it will be a challenge, but I’m going to persevere.

I have a lot of work-related goals this month, which I need to try and focus my attention on. I need to contact my company’s financial adviser and start being more efficient with the allocation of my paycheck. I also need to devote more time to my yoga readings and studying. Finding a balance with yoga readings, the WSJ, and pleasure reading is a challenge, but ultimately the satisfaction I receive from all three is almost palpable. The weeks I am in town, I want to make more time for friends and family. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it together and have a Friendsgiving or at least some get-together at my house. Ideally I’ll be able to make some time to enjoy the outdoors (ie. walks, hiking, bike rides) before it gets too frigid. So here’s to a productive month 🙂

Putting my serious goals aside…


Since we’re so excited about this month, let’s discuss my favorite November things 🙂 I apologize in advance for the abundance of food (I’m limiting my food-related likes).

1) Coconut Body Butter

This lotion is amazing. So thick and soothing. My skin has not been this soft and restored in ages. It’s a keeper for the winter.

2) Apple Butter

Buy it or make your own. Really not that difficult if you do. But this stuff is addicting. You can top yogurt, bread, muffins, anything you want with it. Or just eat it by the spoon. It’s hard to make it through the day without finding some leftover smudges on my hand or elbow 🙂

3) Kombucha

As expensive as they are, I sometimes need to treat myself after 8 hours of yoga. So refreshing. I love the assortment of flavors but I stick to my favorites: Gingerade, Multi-Green, and Citrus. I’ve been detoxing from coffee for the past two weeks (trust me, headaches ensued), and this is the perfect probiotic and pH rebalance.

4) Sonicare Toothbrush

I picked this baby up at Costco the other month. Yes, I shop at Costco….or did before I changed project locations. Anyway, my teeth feel significantly more clean and the I love that the timer makes me brush for approx 2 minutes. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Also, I just went to the dentist and I’ve pledged to floss everyday for the next few months (hopefully to commit that to a routine), anyone want to join me here?

5) Power Tanks

I’m blowing through my workout wardrobe from all these yoga sessions. Laundry, laundry, laundry. I’m loving these little tanks for yoga practice, spinning, and layering. Perfect fit and so comfortable during whatever activity I’m doing. Mucho costo though, but I can still covet them.


What are you loving this month?

Do you have any November goals?