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Workouts

Monday: The plan was to go running, but it was pouring so I did a whole heck of a lot of lunges inspired by Fitnessista’s 10 Ways to Lunge. I also did 3 minutes of a forearms and toes plank (10 seconds of holding the plank, 5 seconds relaxing).

Tuesday: I went for a 3 mile run (alternating 5 mins. running and 1 min. walking) and did another 3 minute plank. The best part about the run was that my Garmin magically started working. It stopped charging about a year ago so it just died. Granted I haven’t really tried to use it in a year, but the other day I randomly decided to see if it would charge…and it did!

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I had been using RunKeeper and and I never felt like it was accurate (which I don’t necessarily blame on RunKeeper, the GPS on my phone isn’t the best). Compared to my Garmin RunKeeper was about .16 off (it was done faster than it should have been).

Wednesday: Plank day! I used another Fitnessista page as a guide. I did 10 seconds of holding a plank and 5 seconds off for the following planks: regular plank, hip twist plank, lifting right leg plank, lifting left leg plank, supermans. I did it once, then I did it again. I also did 50 leg lifts and 50 scissor lifts.

Thursday: All I wanted to do was go for a run. It was supposed to be sunny all day, but it ended up being overcast and rainy all day. It looked like it was clearing up when I left work, but when I got to Brooklyn it was lightly raining. I don’t mind running in light rain (I kind of like it) so I said I’d still go. Then it started down pouring, and kept down pouring until around 8pm. Bye, bye run.

Friday: Tons of walking, but no time for a real workout.

Saturday: I ran 3 miles at my parents’ house (again, 5 mins. running alternated with 1 min. walking). It’s so nice to run somewhere less hilly. But it was humid and I finished a sweaty mess.

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What else I’ve been up to

I went to NJ for work on Wednesday.

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The work part of my trip went really well and then I did some shopping.

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New capris (yay or nay with the coral jacket?)

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New wedges. Super comfy.

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New espadrilles. I actually need to exchange them. I only tried on the right one in the store and when I got home and put the left one on the left one was smaller. I tried to exchange them Friday afternoon but the Michael Kors store by my office (which has super snooty employees, FWIW) didn’t have an 8.5. I’ll try some of their other stores next week.

I actually have these in gold from last year.

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I LOVE them and wore them everywhere last summer. However, after a month the sole fell off, luckily it wasn’t anything crazy glue couldn’t solve.

Then, this year, the whole bottom started falling off.

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Again, crazy glue is a miracle worker 🙂 Now I’m probably crazy for buying the same shoes that fell apart on me, but whatever, I love them, I don’t care.

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I took the train out to my parents’ house yesterday afternoon. That picture shows the crush of people on the platform with the reflection of the train. The confusion pretty much sums up my trip.

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I went to the bank to cash in all my change. When my parents came in for my wrist surgery I had them take the change back with them since it’s so heavy. My bank here has a change machine, but the one in the city doesn’t. The change is actually from the piggy bank I talked about in this old post. I had $61.03!

After the bank I went to Target and the beer distributor.

Then I came home and cooked.

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Green Chili Chicken Turkey Burgers from How Sweet Eats.

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Triple Double Chocolate Puppy Chow from Food, Fitness and Family (couldn’t find chocolate Chex)

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Sweet Corn and Roasted Jalapeno Hummus from How Sweet Eats

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I snacked on all my food sitting on my parents patio all afternoon. I also had an Ithaca Flower Power beer (I think it might be my favorite beer). I finished two books. I highly recommend them both.

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And after dinner my mom made strawberry shortcake for dessert! And then my dad and I took the dogs for a walk.

Whew! That was a big brain dump. Busy week!

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I thought I’d do a mostly random recap of my weekend with a few pictures from my trip to Oregon included.

First, my randoms from my trip…

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That’s the room I stay in in the condo my grandparents rent. Well, where I stayed before I got sent to the couch so my mom and aunt could sleep up there. It’s a nice room, that door goes out to a big balcony that over looks a stream…

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And there’s a full bathroom right behind where I was standing when I took the picture.

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That’s the large lake that’s pretty much right outside the condo’s door. There are a ton of restaurants and stores around the lake. And there’s a town square-like place where they have a farmer’s market, show movies, and hold other events.

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Just don’t feed the water fowl.

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Who are these fetching people? That’s my uncle, aunt, and mother. This picture has been hanging in my grandparents’ house for as long as I can remember. I always thought it was so funny growing up.

I arrived back in NY bright and early Friday morning after a fairly bumpy red eye flight where I got elbowed by the video game-playing guy next to me for the whole flight. After some squeezing onto the Long Island Railroad I was greeted by this shining face.

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The great greyhound hole digger!

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It’s something he’s started since it’s gotten so hot outside. I guess it’s cooler in the hole? Needless to say my parents aren’t pleased.

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Here’s a zucchini and cucumber from my parents’ organic vegetable garden. I’m very proud of them. Too bad I don’t like zucchini or cucumber.

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This was my gorgeous view at the beach this morning. Unfortunately it was hot as hell at the beach. There was no breeze and it was so sticky.

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I also got attacked by flies the entire time. I lasted a little less than 3 hours before I threw in the towel (haha…).

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This is the clear coat nail polish, Seche Vite, that my aunt told me to buy to fix my nail polish absorbing dirt problem. She said it was only available online, but then I found it at Target today. Score.

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And finally here’s my latest attempt at applying the OPI Shatter nail polish. It’s really hard! I love how my thumb looks but my index finger looks awful. There has to be a trick to it.

I’m using my parents free laundry facilities and then packing up to head back to NYC tomorrow. It’s been a real vacation, but I’m actually excited about heading back to work and a normal routine tomorrow.

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Another day in Oregon, another day of consuming alcohol. Today’s alcohol of choice? Wine.

Rather than the main drag places we went last year, we decided to try two smaller vineyards this year.

First up was Aramenta. The setting is absolutely gorgeous.

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Since it was so small the owner just walked out of her house when she saw us coming and took us into the tasting room.

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We got to try 6 wines in all, but overall I liked the 2008, both the reserve and the normal (I’m sure that’s not the technical term). I ended up buying two bottles of the normal 2008, one for me and one for a friend.

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The reason I wanted to go to Aramenta was because my friends went there about a year and a half ago and brought me back a delicious bottle of wine. That wine was actually what I drank after my first half marathon.

Seriously how pretty was this place though?

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The owner offered me a job and I told her not to tempt me.

After that we were off to Vidon, which is even higher up in the mountains. It involved driving up a very long dirt road.

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The scenery at Vidon was even more gorgeous.

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I think I actually liked the wines at Vidon a bit better than the Aramenta wines.

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And I really, really, really liked the scenery.

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After that we headed out to lunch at the Yamhill Grill. I would have liked to visit more wineries but with two older people who tire easily and don’t drink and a 15 year-old and a 10 year-old more vineyards weren’t in the cards.

When we got back to my aunt and uncle’s house I went with my aunt and her friend to see Larry Crowne. It was ok, I didn’t really understand what the point was to the movie and all the characters’ stories seemed underdeveloped and their decisions just strange.

But it was $5 for the ticket and my aunt paid. So no harm.

Then I came back to the condo and ate dinner and did some stuff online. I really wish there was an internet connection in the condo. I’ve spent so many hours staring at my iPhone screen I think I’ve gone blind!

BTW, I really liked the outfit I wore Tuesday.

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Black jeggings from J. Crew (on sale after Christmas for $19.99!), tee shirt from Lands End Canvas (just bought on sale for $11.99!), and denim blazer from the Gap from 2004.

And now onto Wednesday. It’s actually good I didn’t get to post yesterday because I wouldn’t have had much to say about yesterday. My mom and my aunt came in on Tuesday night and my aunt wanted a quiet day to acclimate to the other side of the country. I ended up going for a run in the AM, then we went over to the mall, back to the apartment for lunch, over to the mall again, followed by a visit to my grandparents’ new apartment.

Then it was back to the condo where we’re staying for dinner and then out for a three-quarter of a mile or so walk. I was just planning on staying in but then my aunt asked if I wanted to do something and I thought she really wanted to get out so I said I’d grab so dessert.

We ended up also stopping at Ulta so I could buy OPI shatter nail polish.

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Ignore my messy job, I always scrap the extra off in the shower 🙂

I also really liked the outfit I wore yesterday.

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Romper from Lands End Canvas this year, belt from J. Crew this year, and cardigan from J. Crew 2007.

We’re off to Fort Vancouver today and then I fly back to NY tonight!

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Shopping!

With spring kind of sort of upon us (come on nicer weather!) it’s become clear that I am in desperate need of new clothing. Perhaps you remember when I had my big closet purge last fall?

As cathartic as that was I also gave away a lot of stuff and at some point I need replace (some of) it.

Enter Land’s End Canvas. I own one thing from the regular Land’s End, their infamous tote bag. I always thought of Land’s End as the place where my grandmother shops, but Land’s End Canvas is their cooler, J. Crew-like line. And I love, love, love it.

Thank you to the Blue-Eyed Bride for posting about it.

I found out about Land’s End Canvas a while ago, but I was reluctant to order online since I didn’t know how the stuff fit and I wanted to make sure the quality was good.

Luckily there’s a Sears (seriously, who would have thought?) in NJ that sells the Land’s End Canvas line and my wonderful friend Elisa, who lives in NJ, agreed to take me.

Elisa actually did better than I did, but I found some great stuff. I can’t say enough about the quality (far better than J. Crew which IMO has really taken a major downturn) and the value. Plus when we went last week everything was 25% off.

Just a warning: the sizes are a bit wonky. I was in extra-small in one sweater I tried on. While I admit that did feel nice, I am certainly not an extra-small. And the two dresses I bought (see below) are two different sizes.

I got this charming shirt.

What? You can’t tell what it looks like? That picture was actually a mistake but I thought it was kind of cool.

Better? The shirt was $19.95 but I paid $14.99 since it was 25% off. Unfortunately I don’t see it on their website so I can’t actually show you want it looks like.

I also got two dresses.

It was after this picture that I stopped trying to take phots of myself.

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Cute, no? For some reason boxy-shaped dresses like this are really flattering on me.

I also got this dress

I really love this one. I can’t wait to wear it. Maybe for my birthday?

After we left Sears we headed to the Garden State Plaza, a very nice mall just down the road from the less-nice mall that’s home to Sears.

I did quite well at J. Crew. I got the jeans I’m wearing above with the gray shirt for $40 (down from $98). I never would I thought I would look good in skinny, cropped jeans with a zipper at the ankle, but somehow they work.

I also got this lovely white sleeveless shirt.

Also worn with my new jeans. However when I wear it for real I probably won’t wear it with my teal sports bra.

No idea why I’m standing with my legs so far apart.

Finally, because I haven’t embarassed myself enough, I bought a shirt from Banana Republic.

That’s my model face.

Moving on. I also did some shopping on Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea.

Seeing as I did enough budgetery damage this weekend I kept it simple and bought one thing.

Pretty crazy, right?

The stand had a bunch of really crazy rings. I loved them all. I have a thing for rings. They have a website, but it doesn’t really accurately portray the coolness of the stuff they had at the Flea.

And now no spending for the next few months!

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