Every once in a while I catch the running bug. I read through entire archives on running blogs, become convinced that I need to sign up for races, and start planning out run days. You should know this: I am not a runner. And a better title for this post would be “A Hilariously Bad 5K”. I’m slow and my form shifts from nearly perfect to looking like I’m running away from an axe murderer (sloppy at best). But besides all of this, I love running and that’s why I made sure to include a 5K on my fall list.
I ran late Sunday night (technically early Monday morning) and despite a time of 46:38… I took a lot of walking breaks… had a great time. I was still sore yesterday but it was fun to run since I hadn’t since the summer when I ran this. I doubt I’ll ever run anything more than a few miles but I’m hoping to make running a part of my workout routine again. What about you, are you a runner?
Or Insta-boring but such is life sometimes. In many ways last week felt like the longest week of my life. I still can’t believe school is finished and I have free time again. Look out for a more interesting blog!
I spent a lot of time at Starbucks and finished my finals on Friday. I have the next month off and am very happy about that.
I went to World Market to survey their Christmas treats and couldn’t leave without Kinder chocolate. This reminds me so much of my German childhood. Kind of weird, but when I was little I was always wondering how the kid on the package got his teeth so white. Still wondering haha…
I’ve been taking evening walks (in addition to regular workouts) because now is the time to enjoy the outdoors! Although with the temperatures in the low 50s, it’s been chilly. If you’re from the East Coast you’ll probably laugh, but the amount of layers I have on is borderline ridiculous. But the fresh air, friendly fellow-walkers, and sunsets are so worth it.
This kid got groomed.
Mini ornaments for my mini tree! After buying broken lights not once, but twice, this tree won’t be decorated until New Years. Baby steps.
Psych! I’ve been in need of some light television and I had forgotten how much I love these two.
What were you up to last week?
I haven’t written about a beauty product in ages, but I think this new makeup discovery is worth a mention: Maybelline’s Color Elixir lipgloss. It’s pretty much the most amazing lipgloss I’ve ever tried. I picked up a shade (#095 Blush Essence, pictured below) on a whim at Target last week and since then, it’s been the only thing on my lips. As a lipstick lover, I usually don’t reach for glosses because they’re too sticky and don’t impart a great opaque color. And while these Color Elixirs are still sheer, they do give off color. The glosses are also pretty thick but somehow manage to be non-sticky; whoever figured out how to do that deserves as medal. Seriously.
The shade I choose is one of the lighter ones (I needed a break from my usually berry tones) and I love it because it’s like your lips, only better. Though as you can see, Maybelline has a color for everyone. And I can’t wait to try out other shades…maybe a red?
Have you tried the new Maybelline Color Elixir lip colors? If so what did you think of them?
This Thanksgiving I got back to basics- unplugged from the internet, decided against purchasing more material items, and did I mention I was completely alone? Yes, I spent the holiday weekend just me and my little furbaby. I hadn’t set high expectations for the weekend, but I ended up having one of my best Thanksgivings yet. And what’s more, a four day vacation that actually felt like a four day vacation.
I caught up on lost sleep, had a Girls marathon, studied
unfortunately, ate way too many cinnamon rolls, and started to get into the Christmas spirit. Also, just because I was flying solo on turkey day, didn’t mean that I couldn’t enjoy myself. I set the table (my kitchen island really), made myself a meal, and took the time to count my blessings. With the influx of sale notifications in my inbox, its easy to loose site of the real meaning of Thanksgiving. And I guess that was part of being alone on the holiday, it was like the universe smacking me in the face with everything (and everyone) that makes my life so full. Anyways, let’s get back to the recap!
Late night cinnamon rolls, because everything tastes better after midnight! Also, one should note they were all gone by Friday night…
I also spontaneously bought a Christmas tree on Saturday. Best decision of the weekend, #obvi
More evening walks with spectacular sunsets- a definite plus of living in the desert during the winter months.
I hope all of you had lovely Thanksgivings with whomever you spent them with!
Last week wasn’t the most eventful, although my mother and stepfather did move to Santa Fe, lending a melancholy feel to things. Despite this, I managed to get work done both with school and a personal writing project that I’ve taken up. Here’s a few photos I managed to snap during the week.
Anthro has great options for the home bar right now and we all know that I’m a little obsessed with my bar cart. Since I was on the hunt for smaller glasses- difficult to do when most tumblers really are too large for proper drinks- I snatched these right up. I followed that purchase with a quick stop into Total Wine for necessary libations. Tanqueray, Italian Vermouth, and tonic water. Wednesday night turned out alright to say the least.
Fresh flowers. Although I’m slightly put off by the scent of lilies, these were too pretty to pass up.
A broken “y” on my keyboard. Not exactly convenient.
Cold, rainy weather called for a puffer vest for Zorro and my Hunter wedge rain boots for me.
And yesterday he put himself into timeout…I know, I can’t handle the cuteness either.
Have a great Monday everyone! I’m planning on powering through the necessary work so that I can enjoy the holiday (and a few adventures) later in the week. How’s your day looking?
I finally did it, I showed some love to the long neglected “about me” page. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s better than the “check back soon” slogan I had going on. Besides this, I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. I’m going to be enjoying some of this cooler weather (50°!) and get a head start on this week’s classwork. What are you up to?
Every once in a while, I stumble across a film that takes me by surprise. With And While We Were Here, I’ll admit that I was expecting a sort of typical American-in-Europe type film. You know the kind; beautiful cinematography accompanied by a lackluster plot. While this film is certainly nice to look at, And While We Were Here also has that extra little something, elevating it to the status of a must-watch.
Kate Bosworth shines as a writer who’s accompanying her husband, a concert violist, on a work trip to Italy. Left to her own devices, she befriends a 19 year-old expat and begins an unlikely, but eventual romance. Jamie Blackley (the love interest) lends a comedic edge that will leave you smitten. Through the picturesque landscape of the Amalfi Coast, exquisite soundtrack, and love story, you can’t help but be reeled in by And While We Were Here. Rent it for the vacation and adventure you wish you could take this weekend!