1. Half marathon training officially began on Monday – yay!!! Per my training plan on Monday I did some stretching and for strength-training I did full body lifting. This consisted of flat dumbell presses, squats, lunges, dips, and dead lifts. This morning I did a 3-mile run. I know it’s super early in the game, but I’m feeling good and am really excited training has begun. [Read more…]
I cannot write anything without saying that my deepest thoughts and sympathies are with all of those effected by the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. My heart keeps breaking. I know those precious babies and educators lost are angels up in heaven now. Peace be with everyone.
As mentioned before, every year since 2006 when I moved to D.C., I have always hosted a holiday party in some fashion.
My co-hosts may have been different – in 2006 when I lived with two roommates I convinced them how fun it would be to have a party in our apartment and then beginning in 2007 – when Tommy and I moved in together – we began hosting annual holiday parties. My brother lived with us in 2007 & 2008 so he joined in on the co-hosting Christmas spirit as well those years. It is a tradition that we, our friends, and family look forward to and one that I hope to keep continuing for many, many years to come. [Read more…]
Last night I attended the Swedish Embassy’s “Lucia Reception” at the House of Sweden.
The House of Sweden is separate from the actual Swedish Embassy. In addition to the House of Sweden hosting several office suites of the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, it is also an event center that features conference and exhibition halls. The building is located on the Georgetown Waterfront along the Potomac River. [Read more…]
I prefer to do my workouts in the early morning. This way the workout is already done, the mornings are naturally quieter so it’s good reflection time, and when I run outside there isn’t as much traffic to meander through so I feel like I can get a good pace and speed.
I have always been a morning person, waking up early has never been a problem for me. I think it began when I figured skated competitively as a child for 5 years and I had to wake up at 4:30am three days a week to get morning practice time in before school. [Read more…]
I apologize if this isn’t news to anyone but me. Maybe I’ve been in the dark for too long or just don’t take advantage of my Costco membership like I need to, but I learned not too long ago that Costco provides travel services to its members and I wanted to share this new found knowledge with you all!
(For those of you that don’t know, Costco is American retailer of brand name products, from computers and clothing to gardening and gourmet food.) [Read more…]
1. This past weekend I went to a couple of restaurants I had never been to before.
On Friday night, my friend Nova and I met for drinks, which then turned into dinner, at 1905 on U Street. I had heard great things about 1905’s cocktails and burger. I had been trying to come here for months but something always came up (read: whoever I was doing happy hour with at the time and I decided to go to a closer bar). I finally made it! Nova and I were very happy with our cocktails and we ordered their homemade potato chips for an appetizer and their potato gnocchi to share for dinner. (I’m sorry, I didn’t take any photos. 🙁 ) [Read more…]
I have a new goal/a new list to start ticking things off of. Explore U Street more, by way of restaurants, bars, etc. This inspiration came to me as I was sipping a drink and sharing a dinner entre with my friend Nova this past Friday night, at 1905, coincidentally a U-Street restaurant and bar.
For non-DCers, U Street Corridor is a neighborhood in the District with many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues. It covers about a 9-block stretch. I have heard it referred to as a “hispter” part of town and that it carries a similar Austin, Texas vibe in the neighborhood. [Read more…]
As 2012 slowly (well, let’s be honest I’d say more like rapidly – where has this year gone?!) comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on this year and all the events and wonderful memories that happened.
One of them was Tommy and my honeymoon in May to St. Croix in the U.S. Virigin Islands. While we had gotten married the previous year, October 21, 2011, we decided to wait a little bit before we took our honeymoon because of my job and it’s strict vacation policy. [Read more…]
I realize that this “wish list” is a little ridiculous since I have not yet run my first half marathon. This will happen on March 16 when I run the D.C. Rock “N” Roll Half Marathon. However in my defense, I strongly believe I will love the race so much I will catch the running bug and will want to run some other half marathons. Isn’t there a saying when talking about half marathons and marathons “it’s more mental than physical”? (I have also been thinking about this way too much this week).
So here’s to hoping that all my positive mental energy and soon to be training do indeed ring true and I love running half marathons! [Read more…]
Another guest blogger, Anna! Anna currently lives in Dakar, Senegal, working for a San Francisco based nonprofit, Kiva. Kiva is a leader in peer-to-peer lending via the internet, to and from people in all parts of the world.
Today marked one of those mornings where my emotions ran wild; I’m guessing, I’m hoping, oh please — tell me we all know the sort? Or maybe I’m just a total March hare.
In the time span of 45 minutes, I went from… feeling unflappable, invincible, and filled with gumption to tackle any and all inevitable nonsense the day would throw at me, to… unfathomably indignant, and… shortly thereafter, tears which were unreasonably pathetic but impossible to hold back. [Read more…]