Monthly Archives: March 2011

Things I Love Thursday XVII.

After a stressful time-consuming start to the week, I’m surprised Thursday came so quickly! I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday! Of course I’m not complaining. I had a tough time getting out of bed this morning to face the dreary, drizzly, sub 40 weather but eventually I got myself moving. I headed to the gym for an easy but sweaty 2 miles and stretching. There were barely any people at the gym today, I have no idea why, but I definitely prefer that to an overcrowded gym.

As usual, here is what I’ve been loving this past week:

❤ Fresh juicy watermelon
❤ Getting our first choice for housing selection
❤ Running
DIY Cabin
❤ Going out
❤ “My nose is stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey.”
❤ My new running top
❤ The coolest pen ever
❤ Daffodils in Central Park!
❤ Seeing old friends
❤ Honey roasted almonds
❤ The feeling of accomplishment when hitting “print”
❤ Vermont planning
❤ Starbucks unsweetened black iced tea
❤ Writing postcards/cards/letters
❤ Literally laughed out loud at this
❤ Faith
❤ Chirping birds
❤ Organization
❤ Amazing aerial photographs
❤ My Mom coming to NYC this weekend
❤ Anxiousexcitedness
❤ Paper crane prayers for Japan

Six person suite with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room type area, a living room, and awesome people of course!


Emily ❤

Question: What has been making you smile?


Laundry Loathing

One of the worst things about running is the amount of dirty laundry that accumulates over the week. Seriously, I despise doing my laundry. From lugging my hamper to the laundry room, to taking a leap of faith that the washer/dryer I choose actually works, to racing down to the laundry room when my clothes are done to get there before some impatient individual tosses my clothes aside a whole .2 seconds after they are done spinning. Suffice it to say it’s always an experience.

But, it has to get done. And there are few simpler joys than a closet full of fresh, clean, downy-scented clothes. Besides, I’d say running is worth the more-frequent-than-I’d-like trips to the laundry room.

Anyway, it is definitely time for lunch:

I’m craving an enormous salad!

Emily ❤

Question: How do you feel about laundry?

Hidden Caffeine

One of the benefits of being required to have an unlimited meal plan is that I have access to the main dining hall as often as I want while still being able to do a meal exchange at a different dining location. Usually my “meal exchanges” consist of bottles of water and cups of cereal that can easily be stashed in the room. Last night I picked up some Cheerios, Chex, and a new flavor of Vitamin Water Zero.

I was totally digging the flavor but around 12:30 I was wondering why I wasn’t at all tired. Looking at the bottle made it obvious. There are 30mg of caffeine in each serving, and the bottle is 2.5 servings. That’s a total equivalent to my cup of coffee each morning! As with most things in life, this will have to be enjoyed moderately.

Despite not being able to fall asleep as early as usual, I was up and at ’em by my usual(ish) 7:15 and off to the gym by 8:00. I did an easy 4 miles at about a 9:15 average pace followed by some much needed stretching.

I have three classes today including a three hour night class which I am not looking forward to. On the bright side tomorrow is Wednesday, my day off!

Emily ❤

Question: How does caffeine affect you?

Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate Marzipan

Today has been a very academically based day. Last night I got a terrible stomach ache which I think may have been caused by the soy protein in the Clif bar I scarfed down after my run. It was hours later that I felt the pain but I can’t think of any other explanation. I’ve been avoiding soy for the most part in terms of tofu and Starbucks soy lattes and that has only proved beneficial. So with that being said, I might try this elimination diet plan to determine if this really is the issue. Anyway, because of the awful pain I was in, I set aside my paper for my comparative politics class until this morning. Luckily I had it mostly finished and just needed to add some final touches, citations, and a bibliography.

Unfortunately I’m back to paper writing tonight for my western political thought class. How did all these papers sneak up on me?!

On the bright side, I have lots of cereal to snack on in addition to this lovely thing:

Honestly, I hate marzipan by itself. But when it’s covered in dark chocolate it’s a whole different story! I picked up two of these cute mini Ritter Sport chocolates at the cafe Danielle and I stopped at on Saturday. I’d say it was definitely a good impulse buy.

Okay, I’m off to finish writing about Aristotle and democracy. Wish me luck!

Emily ❤

Question: Do you like marzipan?

Long Run Sunday: 12 Miles

Love my new running top!

My 12 mile run in Central Park today was amazing. I was running while the Colon Cancer Challenge was going on and being surrounded by runners and cheering people along with being able to see the times at the mile markers definitely made me push myself! The first few miles were my slowest but by the end I was running sub 9:00 minute miles and feeling awesome. My average pace for the entire run was 9:05 minutes per mile!

This might sound lame but when I finished I had tears in my eyes. I am so amazed with how physically and mentally strong I have become over the past few months and honestly, I couldn’t have done it without the faith I put in God. I felt truly truly blessed.

Anyway, before I left I had an apple and during the run I consumed a banana and a couple of dates which worked really well for me. I walked over to Whole Foods before getting on the subway to grab a bottled water and my favorite flavor Clif Bar!

Seriously, white chocolate macadamia nut it the best!

Emily ❤

Question: Do you believe in/have faith in a God?

Playing Tour Guide

What a fun day it has been! Yesterday I was talking on Facebook with one of my friends, Josie, whom I’ve known for about 11 years. We met at an Inn in Vermont where we spend the 4th of July each year with our families. She informed me that she would be in the city on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art sponsored by her university. Of course we had to meet up!

I met Josie and her two friends in Times Square where we walked around for a while and headed to Famiglia Pizza on 8th and 43rd. Although I didn’t order anything, the food looked outstanding!

I instead opted for some “Nuts 4 Nuts.” Every time I pass a Nuts 4 Nuts stand, I am mezmorized by the wonderful aroma, but for whatever reason I’ve never tried them.

I got a little package of deliciously candied almonds for $2.00 and it was definitely a $2.00 well spent.

I had no trouble finishing the almonds and could probably eat this x 10!

After lunch, I brought the girls to the famed four story Forever 21 which they adored. We probably spent about two hours just browsing through all the clothes, shoes, and accessories. By about 4:00 though, they had to get going back to the Met to make it back on their bus. I was so happy I got to catch up with Josie though!

Danielle was running in Central Park so I met up with her at Rockefeller Center to catch a train back to school. Before we hopped on the subway, we stopped at a little cafe for her to get some fruit and then went to City Sports. I ended up getting this top for $35.00!

It’s been an amazing day!

Now it’s time to get these three papers done…

Emily ❤

Question: With social networking, cellphones, and everything else technological do you find it easier to stay in touch with long distance friends?


My pictures from last night are officially terrible.

I’d much rather have terrible pictures of an awesome night than have no pictures at all though.

I’m also content with the fact that my friends and I are not those girls who attempt to pose perfectly while some innocent soul snaps a photo with every. single. one. of their phones and cameras (multiple times trying to get a “good one” of course).

Nope, terrible photos are just fine in my book.

Emily ❤

Question: How was your Friday, what did you do?