Running as a Form of Transportation

Recently I have felt like I don’t have enough time in the day.

Well, let me rephrase that.

Recently I have felt like I don’t have enough time in the day for my personal life. I have plenty of time in the day at work :)

I find myself racing through the evenings to get everything done that I need to. Take yesterday for example:

5:45 – Leave work (and this is early, typically it is never before 6:30)
6:20 – Check into spinning (I love Flywheel)
7:20 – Walk out of spinning, absolutely covered in sweat
7: 23 – Stop by Trader Joes to pick up a few things for dinner
7:33 – Wait in the ridiculously long line at Trader Joes – and when I say ridiculous, I mean ridiculous. There were easily 50 people in the two lines at their popular Upper Westside Location
8:00 – Finally leave Trader Joes, walk home and call my parents
8:05 – Get home
8:10 – Start a load of laundry
8:15 – Shower
8:25 – Stretch while watching TV
8:35 – Start a load of laundry
8:45 – Start making dinner (World’s Best Chicken, made by Worlds Best Wife)
9:15 – Switch clothes from washer to dryer
9:20 – Fold laundry that was left in dryer from night before
9:30 – Eat dinner
10:00 – Fold more laundry while watching House Hunters, NYC!
10:20 – Wash dishes and clean up kitchen
10:35 – Get ready for bed
10:45 – Finish watching House Hunters International
11:00 – Turn out the lights and go to bed

Yeah, I know. It is exhausting. And all of this is after working all day. So I have been thinking, how can I use my time efficiently. One of the biggest time wasters is my commute home. Now it isn’t super long – it probably takes me 40 minutes door to door, but it is a lot of wasted space. So that got me thinking… what if I was able to get my work out in before I got home.

When I worked at a school, that answer was easy – coach the track team and work out with the kids from 3:30pm – 5pm. Workout done before I left work. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury any more. So I had to think harder.

That’s when the light bulb went off — what if I started using running as a mode of transportation? Brilliant!

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So today, I ran home from work. It was only 3.5 miles and took me 30 minutes. Yeah, that’s right, I just shaved 5-10 minutes off my commute and by the time I arrived home, I had already finished my workout. Genius.

That’s right. Blogger, philanthropist, wife and now, genius!

 

Monday Afternoon Round Up

I just realized that I never posted my Friday Afternoon Round Up from last week. It was written and ready to go – just forgot to hit “schedule”.

Sorry for the delay but I guess it is fun to shake things up and go off schedule a bit, right?

 

My two favorite things, coming together for one incredible YouTube Video

More from Sesame Street!

Is burning the state tree of NH a bad thing?

I loved this game when I was younger. Here’s a more realistic version.

A wall fit for Rainbow Bright!

Storage tips are my crack.

Suddenly the Lego hospital I built when I was 8 doesn’t seem so impressive.

The Central Park Battle: Runners vs. Cyclists. Can’t we just all get along?

My list is very similar.

Yummy frozen treats!

Awesome room re-design.

Treats for my Niece

Last week, I got inspired to make some homemade dog treats for my niece-puppy Bexley. Yup, I know – I am the world’s best Aunt.

Well, let me clarify a little…

As many of you know, Matt is training for the NYC Ironman in August. (Read more about this here.) As a result, we have been trying to eat a little healthier in preparation. Now, when Matt seeing me pulling out sticks of butter and my KitchenAid mixer in preparation, he gets a little annoyed with me. However, baking is my therapy, so in order to avoid going crazy, I had to come up with a creative solution. Hence, the homemade dog treats!

I found the following recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked easy enough.

Ingredients:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

And anyone who knows anything about Martha Stewart can tell you how important packaging and presentation are. So my “Super Aunt skills” didn’t stop with the baking.

The night before, I had made Matt and mine’s favorite spaghetti sauce for his pre-triathlon meal. That left me with a 28oz tin can, just asking to be turned into some incredible craft project. Since I had already created enough pencil holders for all of y writing utensils, both at home and work, I decided to turn this can into a container for Bex.

I measured out some cork board (left over from another fun project) and painted the top of the can with black craft paint. Before gluing the cork around the can I stenciled Bexley’s name with a black sharpie. After letting it dry for 24 hours, I put in a cellophane bag of treats tied with a ribbon.

Needless to say, Bexley was thrilled with her personalized homemade treats.

Weekend at the Beach

This weekend, Matt and I have been lucky enough to have been invited to our friends lovely home in the Hamptons. I am looking forward to relaxing around their pool, soaking up a little sun (emphasis on the little) at the beach and getting in some quality time with their adorable 4 month old son. It is certainly going to be a different Hamptons experience than the one Kinsella showed us but that doesn’t mean that I am not SUPER excited!

Tonight Matt and I are packing for the weekend. Here are my top 5 things you should bring when you go to the Hamptons for a weekend of summer fun.

1. Sunscreen

After years of burning, I’ve come to realize that I am not someone who tans. It is the harsh truth. Took me 29 years to realize it, but I have finally accepted it. As a result, I’ve become somewhat of an expert on sunscreen. I’ve tested multiple brands and Neutrogena is far and away my favorite – particularly the Ultra Sheer, Dry-Touch style. This is a must have for everyone who wants to prevent skin cancer and wrinkles!

2. Sunglasses

Almost as important as protecting you skin, is protecting your eyes. Ideally you should look for a pair of sunnies that block 100 percent of UV rays and that also absorb most HEV rays. Unfortunately if you are like me and notorious for loosing your sunglasses it might be hard to justify the expensive price of Ray Bans. Thankfully, you can buy knock offs on the streets of NYC (and in most Target stores) for $5 a pair. Sadly, they probably don’t have the UV ray protection you need. Another place worth checking out is newcomer Warby Parker, who are quickly becoming known for the on trend frames and philanthropic model.

3. Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a great option for dinners out when the temperature might drop, the AC might be blasting or to cover a sunburned leg! Dress them up with heels or go casual with a fun summer flat or classic style like Jack Rogers. Plus with the right material, this is a piece that can be added to your weekend tote without the worry of wrinkles.

4. Beach Tote

Make sure you bring a purse or tote that is big enough to carry everything you need to the beach and is water/sand friendly. I’ve made the mistake of just bringing a regular purse on beach trips and then not having anyway to bring my towel, sunscreen, book, etc to the beach. A nautical themed tote is a nice touch for a seaside town.

5. A Gift for the Hostess

If you are lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s home like we are, make sure you don’t show up empty-handed. Gifts don’t have to be expensive but gifts that take either your, or the host’s interests into consideration go a long way. Bring your favorite game, a jar of homemade cookies or the makings of their favorite brunch cocktail.

Staying Put

After looking at more than a dozen apartments in Brooklyn, Matt and I have come to the decision that we are going to stay in our current apartment for another year. While I am disappointed that we won’t have a new neighborhood to explore and a new home to decorate, I know that it was the right decision.

It seems like every day there is a new article written about the crazy rental/real estate market in New York and Brooklyn is certainly not excluded from that. After seeing what was out there, Matt and I decided that our current place wasn’t so bad and we could handle it for another year.

So now the real fun begins: trying to rethink the current layout of our apartment. Particularly because Matt wants to incorporate an office/desk space for himself. I thought I was being generous by offering up my craft table, but apparently Matt isn’t good at sharing and needs an areas that is “all to himself.” Good luck finding that is our already packed one-bedroom apartment!

So I’ve turned my “When We Move to Brooklyn” pinterest board into “Redecorating.” First on our list – bedroom furniture. Any suggestions? We are trying to be a little more grown up than Ikea, but not quite ready for the maturity level (and money) it takes to shop at Pottery Barn!

Beat the Heat


…with a tasty treat!

For Christmas, Abby bought Matt and I the most amazing present –  a Zuko Popsicle maker. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees this weekend, I knew it was time to bust this out.

After mixing together a delicious concoction, in just 10 minutes, we had homemade popsicles! The only difficult part was staying to decide which flavor to try first. I settled on a chocolate recipe. I mean, you can never go wrong with chocolate, right?

     

While the old school method of just freezing juice in Dixie cups certainly works, this is a good kitchen gadget if you aren’t in the mood to sit around and wait. Plus their blog has tons of fun ideas to try! Up next – Pink Mojito!

Friday Afternoon Round Up

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Seriously, I need to work here at some point.

Nothing like a good library.

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Olympic goosebumps. Can’t wait to see him in London!

Matt and I saw it on our honeymoon last year. Definitely worth the effort.

18 minutes of fireworks in 15 seconds.

These two are my favorite on the show!

It pays to be a teacher. So does getting old!

Super cute DIY for kids!

Cute way to document your travels

Love these ABCs!

I have the chalkboard wall – need to work on the writing

6 weeks of meals (including grocery lists) in one click!

DIY baby shower presents. Any new moms want to tell me which ones are worth the effort?

Exploding art.

Harvard to Homeless

There is a Lifetime movie titled “Homeless to Harvard.” Here is a brief summary:

At 15, Liz Murray finds herself living on the streets after her mentally ill, drug-addicted parents falter in their attempts to keep their family together. Instead of crumbling, the troubled teen clings to hope and determination, and works her way up and out of homelessness – all the way to Harvard University. This three-time Emmy-nominated film is based on an incredible true story.

And recently, another teen has gone from homeless and working as a janitor at her school will be enrolling in Harvard next fall.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/07/us/from-janitor-to-harvard/index.html

Well, my story is a little different.

After attending Harvard and living in Boston for two years, I moved to New York City. My husband and I found a great one bedroom apartment to start our lives together and lived there for 3 years. We decided it was time for a change and began the process of looking for a new place to call home in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

After seeing more than a dozen apartments, some that were much too small, others that weren’t’ in the best location and too many that were too expensive – we’re starting to run out of time. The lease at our current apartment is up in 3 weeks. And while, in New York terms, 3 weeks is plenty of time to find an apartment, the option of renewing our list has officially passed. So we aren’t sure if we are able to stay there.

So in 3 weeks time, maybe I will take the opposite path from the two ladies above – I will have gone from Harvard to being Homeless. Good thing I know where all of the nice homeless shelters are in the city!

This is What Healthy Looks Like in Our House.

Sunday nights, Matt and I typically spend the evening on the couch, watching the latest HBO Shows and eat ice cream from our neighborhood creamery, Holey Cream. This Sunday, after a delicious dinner at Good Enough to Eat, we both felt rather full.

So instead of ordering ice cream, we decided to be healthy.

That’s right, we got frozen yogurt instead! After months and months of me begging Matt to take to me 16 Handles, he finally caved.

Who knew “healthy” could taste so good?