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Monday Happies

As part of my Monday Happies I’m also going to start including my plans for working out and eating for the week. An attempt to be more organized, healthier, and save money. Those plans can be found below.

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1. US Open. I know, I know, this isn’t a tennis blog, but it’s a big part of my life so it’s here. I am super excited to go to the US Open tonight for their opening night festivities with three of my good friends from work. And I’m excited to go all day Wednesday and Thursday. And I’m really excited to watch it on TV evenings and over the weekend (I don’t know why, but I really love watching it on TV).

Smoothie after a hard kickboxing class = best thing ever.

2. Berry Blast Smoothie. After kickboxing on Saturday I was hot and miserable so I looked up nearby Smoothie places on Yelp and found this great little place that’s about a 15 minute walk away. I got an amazing berry smoothie (with OJ, minus honey) for $4! FOUR DOLLARS! In NYC. Small miracle. So I went back Sunday and got the large, for $5. And it was amazing.

Too early for pumpkin beer? I don't think so.

3. Pumpkin Beer. Too early for pumpkin beer? I don’t think so. I had a serious craving this weekend so I took advantage. It was fab. I was never a big pumpkin fan, but over the past few years I’ve started drinking pumpkin beers and eating pumpkin baked goods, now I just need to conquer the healthy pumpkin things.

Monday
Lunch: Leftover mac and cheese
Dinner: Out at the US Open
Workout: Rest day

Tuesday
Lunch: Leftover mac and cheese
Dinner: Leftover mac and cheese
Workout: Rest day

Wednesday
Lunch: Out at US Open
Dinner: Out at the US Open
Workout: Rest day

Thursday
Lunch: Out at the US Open
Dinner: Leftover mac and cheese
Workout: Kickboxing

Friday
Lunch: At my parents’ house
Dinner: At my parents’ house
Workout: Walk at my parents’ house

Saturday
Lunch: At my parents’ house
Dinner: At my parents’ house
Workout:

Sunday
Lunch: At my parents’ house
Dinner: At my parents’ house
Workout:

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Monday Happies

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1. My trip to Cincinnati. I love this yearly tradition. It’s nice to watch tennis. It’s nice to get away. It’s nice to spend time with someone I enjoy being around. It’s an all around win.

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2. Essie’s Splash of Grenadine. This is the nail polish color I’ve worn all summer and I adore it. It’s the perfect pink/purple and I’m already on the hunt for a fall color I will love just as much.

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3. Graeter’s Ice Cream. I don’t think it will shock anyone when I say that I love ice cream, but I think Graeter’s is my favorite. The three times I got to have it while in Cincinnati were great, and I’m also so happy I can find it at grocery stores in New York now, although it’s still better fresh.

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Monday Happies

1. Not moving. This is a weird thing that’s making me happy given how much I love exercise and how much I love walking, but yesterday I had enough. Every day since May I’ve walked at least 10,000 steps. In NYC this is easy, it takes pretty much zero efforts and on days it does take effort I still really enjoy doing it. That said I’ve still managed to get my steps in through trips to Amarillo, my parents’ house, Oregon, and Austin. But Sunday, at my parents’ house, I had had enough. I didn’t plan on leaving their house all day and although I originally planned to go for a long walk around their neighborhood, I just didn’t want to. I tried to convince myself, told myself I’d appreciate the time alone, the time to listen to music, but when push came to shove I knew I’d be happier not going for a walk. And even though I only walked about 1500 steps yesterday I have no regrets. After nearly three months of 10,000 step days (plus exercise on most of those days) and quite a hectic schedule I needed a day off. And it was fabulous.

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2. The Olympics. They are over. Which is so, so devastating to me (mock me if you must). But I have lots of fond memories and I’m actually pretty happy to have my normal life back (kind of). But I will miss Ryan Lochte (even if he is a douchebag), McKayla Maroney’s (she’s not impressed) death stare, Aliya Mustafina, Allyson Felix’s smile, and so much more. Until 2016. (I guess really until 2014, the winter Olympics are fun, but they’re not the summer.)

3. Cultural events. My roommate Abby invited me to go to the ballet in Prospect Park with her. I went, even though I would rather have been home watching the Olympics, but I was so happy I did. It was modern ballet, which started out a little too out there for me, but then it got much better. The second act was all to U2 music and I loved it. I also won free VIP tickets on Twitter, which helped.

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Monday Happies

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1. Great roommates. I really like all my roommates now, but for the purposes of this list I particularly mean my current roommate Grace and my former roommate Amy. Grace and I went to Amy’s wedding last night and it was completely lovely. I couldn’t be happy for Amy and Mike (who started dating right before Amy moved in with us) and Grace was a fantastic date.

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2. Travel. I’ve been so stressed out by my schedule this summer, but I really do enjoy the traveling I get to do. Austin is a great city and I’m happy I got to go eat some good food, do my work, and get some quality alone time in at the hotel.

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3. The Olympics. Let’s face it, this is going to be on my list until they’re over. One of the best things about my trip to Austin was the uninterrupted Olympic viewing time. I got the flight there (thanks Jet Blue!), Thursday evening, most of the day Friday, and then the flight home on Saturday.

 

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Monday Happies

1. Olympics. I mean, duh people. Literally the only things I did this weekend were go to kickboxing (an hour each day) and watch the Olympics. I’m setting myself up for major disappointment when they’re over, but for now I couldn’t be happier. I love going on Twitter and seeing everyone Tweeting about the different events, to me it’s a really great feeling of the world being interconnected.

2. My wrist feeling better. Friday, after I had a terrible time at kickboxing, I was pretty sure I was going to need to go back to the surgeon about my wrist. It was killing me all last week and I felt like I couldn’t do anything at kickboxing on Friday. But I did a lot of stretching and used the heating pad on my shoulder (where a lot of the pain originates from) and I’m feeling much better. I felt about 85% in kickboxing yesterday, which I’ll take (for now).

3. Red Gatorade. I don’t care if it’s bad for me, it’s absolutely the best thing after I work out. I have been sweating like a beast lately and if I don’t chug water or Gatorade or coconut water after I workout I feel terrible the rest of the day.

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Monday Happies

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1. Spending time with family. I know I said this last week, but screw it, I’m saying it again. Even if family is difficult, even if they make you plan out every second of your life, even if no one wants to eat the same things…they’re still family and I’m still thankful for them and the time I get to spend with them.

2. A really freaking busy schedule. I’ve talked about this before and, to be honest, I’m kind of completely overwhelmed by it, but I’m trying to put a positive spin on it and to psych myself up so I’m putting it here. This is how my next few weeks look: today: head back to NYC, work, go home, go to kickboxing, return books to the library, go home, eat dinner, unpack; Tuesday: sit through a full day of meetings at work, go home, go to kickboxing, meet a friend for dinner, hopefully make #fitblog; Wednesday: sit through another full day of meetings at work, go out with a friend; Thursday: work (probably still doing lots of catch up), go see Clueless at Brooklyn Bridge Park; Friday: work, grocery shop, go home, go to the library, eat lunch, go to kickboxing, watch the Olympic opening ceremonies; Saturday and Sunday: watch Olympics; Monday and Tuesday: go to work, go home, go to kickboxing; Wednesday: go to work, go to Mumford and Sons concert in NJ; Thursday: leave for airport at 6am, fly to Austin at 9am, land in Austin at noon, hopefully check into hotel early, eat lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon working; Friday: working in Austin all day; Saturday: Leave for the airport around 5am, land in NY around noon, watch Olympics (I’m missing my cousin’s fiance’s bridal shower); Sunday: kickboxing, Olympics, Amy and Mike’s wedding; Monday: maybe have the morning off from work?, work, kickboxing; Tuesday and Wednesday: work, afternoon appointments out of the office, kickboxing; Thursday: work, kickboxing; Friday: work, afternoon drinking marathon at new beer garden; Saturday: kickboxing, go to parents’ house; Sunday & Monday: at parents’ house; Tuesday-Saturday: Cincinnati all day tennis; Sunday: parents’ house. And then it kind of cools down for a week before the US Open starts. It’s a crazy month. But it’s nearly all really good stuff and I’m incredibly lucky to have such thing things happening with work and with friends and with almost every aspect of my life.

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3. The beach. Whether it’s the rocky, chilly coast of the Pacific in Oregon or if it’s the sandy, warm coast of the Atlantic by my parents’ house I love the beach. The smells, the sounds, the scenery…it’s just so relaxing.

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Monday Happies

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1. Spending time with family. I used to see my grandparents all the time, but then they moved to the west coast. I’m very lucky to be able to come out here and spend time with them, in addition to my other family who lives here and comes out to visit.

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2. Good local food. I’m going to do a whole post on what I’m eating in Portland, but for now let me say I am getting a lot of great local food. Produce and cheese and soda and hummus. Yummmm.

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3. Working out on vacation. I decided to really commit to working out while I’m in Portland. I printed off several workouts from blogs and I’ve been doing one a morning. I’ll do a whole post on my method and if I’m enjoying it, but for now I’mgloving having a plan and not just having to mindlessly run. And the picture is the coffee table I moved this morning so I’d have space to workout.

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