the weekend

This past weekend was probably one of the better ones I’ve had in a long time. Friday started off with a great November Project workout at the UW outdoor track. Sprints + burpees + pushups + squat jumps = death. I loved it anyway.


After NP, I went to work for my 9am-12pm shift, and promptly crashed when I got home. (Shouldn’t feel this tired after only working for 3 hours, seriously.) I actually took two naps on Thursday (my day off) so I have no idea what’s going on with my circadian rhythms right now.



Later on Friday, one of my best friends and I (the one I ran the 10k with) went to free outdoor yoga at Lake Union Park in Seattle. The class was accompanied by a live DJ which was pretty cool, but the music was definitely more “workout” than “yoga” style. We had a great time nonetheless – Friday was one of the hottest days so far this summer, but the sun had started to set by the time class started and a really nice breeze blowing off the lake kept us cool. When I got home that night (~9 pm) I ate a late dinner and then collapsed on my bed and slept for 10 hours. Glorious.

Since Saturday was forecasted to be super hot, I had been hoping to squeeze a run in early in the day, but between some IT band problems I’ve been dealing with and wanting to just sleep, I skipped the run and went for a long walk with my mom and dog. By the time we got back around lunch, it was almost 85 degrees and we were drenched in sweat!

I was on call for work from 12-6pm that day, so I couldn’t schedule anything or go very far in case I was called in for a rush. I parked myself at my favorite coffee shop downtown and worked on a few more job apps. Thankfully I never got called in, but it’s a bit frustrating that I had to give up such a large portion of my day and not get paid at all. I would love it if the Department of Labor started cracking down on “on call” shifts. I’m lucky in that I don’t need to find childcare ASAP if I get called in, but I know there are many working parents out there that do, and not knowing if you’ll get paid or not for that day really sucks. I keep reminding myself how lucky I am to have a job, though – it might not be perfect, but it’s still a job.

After my “on call” shift, I quickly ate dinner and then headed to a barbecue at the house of a fellow NP tribe member. There were about 15 of us from NP there, plus a number of her and her husband’s other friends. It was such a great night getting to know my tribe members better (and to see what we all looked like without workout clothes on!). The temperature had also cooled off by then so it was really comfortable to be outside.


I woke up Sunday morning and went swimming at the gym (my IT band was still acting up). After I got back, I unwittingly fell asleep again and woke up just in time to make it to my 1-7:30pm shift. It was a quiet day in the cafe and so I was able to actually get out on time, which almost never happens. There were some leftover grilled veggies waiting for me when I got home, so I whipped up a bowl with rice and lentils for dinner (and avocado, of course!). Followed by Luna and Larry’s Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge (one of my favorite flavors!).

The weather here is supposed to be pretty nice for the rest of the week. Looking forward to sunny NP workouts on Wednesday (NP SEA’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY) and Friday! Hopefully the AC at work won’t crash again – pulling espresso shots when the room is 80+ degrees isn’t fun.

Have a great Tuesday!

thinking out loud #6

(Thanks for hosting, Amanda!)

1. The job search continues. Morale is low. I had two interviews last week but haven’t heard anything since, so that’s been stressing me out a lot. Tuesday after work I parked myself at a coffeeshop for three hours and submitted two more apps, which did make me feel somewhat productive. At this point, I’ve probably submitted ~75 job applications and I’m just so sick of having to “sell” myself. After working myself to the ground in school over the past 10 years I just can’t fight for someone else’s approval anymore, if that makes sense. At least I have my job at the coffeeshop to bring in some money and give me some sense of purpose.

2. So, protein powders? Really not a fan. 90% of the people I follow on Instagram are always adding it to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes, etc., but I just can’t eat it without getting a terrible stomachache. I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more protein into my diet besides beans and nuts, and I was really hopeful about the protein powder. I added some brown rice protein powder to my coconut milk yogurt Tuesday morning and spent the next 8+ hours in pain. Will not be doing that again.

3. Summer is finally here in the PNW! My best friend and I went hiking Friday afternoon and ended up spending 4 hours climbing steep trails in 90 degree heat. I know that’s nothing compared to what the East Coast has been getting, but it’s still hot!


4. Ran a 10k with aforementioned friend on Sunday morning. I’m pretty sure I PR’ed at 45ish minutes (the last 10k I did was a trail one in June, and I don’t think I can really compare the two) and I remembered just how much I love running that distance. Not brutal like a 5k and shorter than a half. I had to work a seven-hour shift right after the race where I was basically on my feet the entire time. Needless to say, my legs were dead by the time I got home that night!

5. November Project mojo is still going strong. I think I’m actually falling in love with our tribe – everyone is just so warm and friendly, and I feel like I’ve already started building some good friendships. Wednesday and Friday mornings have become the absolute highlights of my week. Next Wednesday is our tribe’s 1-year anniversary, so I’m stoked for that! It’s going to be epic. Praying for lots of burpees.

6. Picked up some green sriracha sauce (traditional sriracha plus Thai spices? I don’t really remember) at Trader Joe’s yesterday. Given my total and complete love for sriracha, I’ve got some high expectations! (Update: tastes like tomatillo salsa. #struggles)

7. Does anyone else feel like this summer sucked in terms of movies? I don’t think I saw even one. September is going to be awesome, though – Sully, Deepwater Horizon, and Snowden are all coming out within a few weeks of each other! I’m probably most looking forward to DWH cuz, you know, Dylan O’Brien.


8. Food has been basically the same as always. Oatmeal for breakfast, avocado toast with an egg for lunch, and some sort of grain/bean/veggie/sriracha bowl for dinner, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I love my routines.

9. I got a free trial pass for CorePower Yoga last week and went to 4 classes. It’s been years since I did yoga, and I certainly felt it! I was sore everywhere. I also can’t remember the last time I sweat that much. It felt really good for my body, but given the $$$ price tag, I don’t think I’ll be able to afford many classes.

10. Does anyone else watch Bachelor in Paradise? It’s the only reality show I will ever let myself watch (and admit to watching, lol). I know it’s a bit stupid, but I really like the show’s premise – it’s much more natural than The Bachelor/ette. Rooting for Carly to find someone amazing (probably not Evan). She is probably the most genuine and kind person on the show, and she definitely deserves it!


11. Still laughing over #phelpsface.

Well, that’s it for me today. Have a great Thursday, everyone!

grocery store essentials

I don’t know about you, but my shopping list tends to stay the same from week to week. Obviously it was much smaller when I was at school, since I got the bulk of my food (grains/beans/veggies/peanut butter) from my co-op’s twice-weekly grocery trips, but since I’ve gotten home the main items rarely vary from what I had been getting there. I try my best to diversify the veggies I buy, but I’m really not a salad/raw vegetable person (#yaybloating!) and so that can make things a bit more difficult.

Anyways, here are my weekly staples!

  • GF breadNuflours Bakery in Seattle has a really awesome sesame sandwich loaf and vegan flax loaf, but they’re pretty pricey so I typically stick to Happy Campers, which I buy at our local co-op. The slices are pretty small compared to the Nuflour ones, but they’re still tasty. Now that I’ve started eating eggs again, it’s much easier to find good GF bread in general – the best GF loaf I ever found was made by Our Daily Bread, an all-GF (I believe?) bakery in the Hudson Valley. I still dream of their seedy loaf.
  • Almond butter – Has to be crunchy and (usually) salted. I always put it on toast with banana slices. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t have this for a snack. Sometimes into my oatmeal if I’m feeling feisty.
  • Peanut butter – Has to be crunchy and ALWAYS salted! I don’t get how some people like unsalted peanut butter…the salt brings out so much flavor! PB is my favorite to put in oatmeal, on top of waffles, in smoothies, and sometimes on a banana for a snack. I think AB is better in this application.
  • Brown rice – A staple. I probably eat it everyday for dinner and sometimes lunch.
  • GF pasta – For days when I don’t have the time/energy to cook rice, or when I just need something different. I typically get two different kinds, a bean-based one (e.g. POW Pasta) for protein and a grain-based one (e.g. quinoa, brown rice), that I mix together. Tolerant Foods makes really good red lentil pasta, which I’ve been enjoying lately. Fun fact: I almost never eat pasta with tomato sauce. Usually I have it with lime juice and coconut aminos, mixed with a bunch of roasted veggies and either avocado or tahini. And always nooch.
  • GF instant oatmeal – Ain’t no one got time for cooking the regular stuff. Or maybe I’m just lazy and want my oats STAT.
  • Garbanzo beans – My favorite type of bean. I usually roast a big batch in smoked paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. They add a nice crunch to my rice bowls!
  • Eggs – Avocado toast with a fried egg has become my go-to lunch. It’s super fast to make and keeps me full for a while!
  • Nooch – I don’t eat this as much as I used to when I was 100% vegan, but it still shows up in my dinners maybe 3-4x a week.
  • Lime juice – Mixed with coconut aminos (and sometimes Sriracha) over rice, pasta, etc. SO GOOD.
  • Coconut aminos – See above.
  • Sriracha – Goes with everything. Actually, everything. I’ve mixed it with sauerkraut before and it still tastes delicious.
  • BANANAS – I can’t tell you how many bananas my family goes through in a week. We typically have to buy a new bunch every 2 days or so (probably about 20 bananas a week?). I put those things in EVERYTHING.
  • Apples – Honeycrisps are my favorite, although when they’re not in season I go for Cripps’ Pink.
  • Seasonal fruit – Peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, melon, cherries, mango…I only really snack on apples, melon, or peaches – berries and the other guys tend to go in my oatmeal for breakfast cuz they cost $$
  • Sauerkraut – If you can put sriracha on it, I guarantee you can put sauerkraut on it too.
  • Veggies – Broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, squash (if it’s in season), Brussels sprouts, baby spinach, sometimes cauliflower. Like I said above, I’m really not a salad person and my stomach doesn’t like raw veggies so I typically roast or steam them. I almost never buy lettuce or other salad greens, even when I was vegan.
  • Avocado
  • Kombucha – GT will always be my favorite brand, and Trilogy is probably my favorite flavor. It’s expensive so I try to only get two bottles a week, although that usually doesn’t happen. I almost never go out to eat and only rarely get drinks or go shopping, though, so I think it all balances out. I need to start brewing my own again – that saved me a TON of money in college. A lot of people thought I was making moonshine in my room.
  • Knudsen Recharge – Although water is great after a workout, I’ve had problems with low blood sodium levels in the past and so I really like sports drinks with electrolytes. This brand is just water, fruit juice, a little salt, and some added potassium. None of the yucky food coloring that’s in Gatorade.
  • COFFEE – Stumptown Roasters is my favorite, although Tony’s (from Bellingham) ranks a close second. I drink so much coffee that I typically buy decaf, and just add in a bit of cheap fully-caffeinated grinds.
  • Tahini – So delicious mixed with lime juice and coconut aminos and poured over rice.
  • So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt/Coconut Grove Yogurt/Amande Almond Milk Yogurt – I don’t get yogurt all the time, maybe once a month or so. I love mixing it with some sort of cereal or granola, protein powder, bananas and other fruits, and PB for a late-night snack.
  • Chocolate – The darker, the better! I always have a square after lunch, and almost always after working out in the morning (I struggle a lot with not being hungry after working out first thing, but eating a piece of chocolate seems to help boost my appetite!).
  • Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream – I can barely go a day without this stuff. Chocolate PB has been my go-to lately, although the Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor is really good as well. I just picked up a pint of Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge the other day, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet (update: IT’S DELICIOUS) .I can’t seem to find my old favorite, Mocha Maca Crunch, in stores anymore, so I’m really hoping they didn’t discontinue it.

I think that’s about it! What are some of your grocery store essentials?

thinking out loud #5

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Wow…I think it’s been almost two full years since I did a TOL post? Anyways, my brain is thinking in fragments today so TOL seems appropriate.

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The view from our Wednesday workout spot

  1. NOVEMBER PROJECT. I know I mentioned it on Tuesday this week, but I’ve been going to the Seattle November Project workouts for about three weeks now. The tribe started as soon as I flew back to NY for school last year, and I just didn’t have the opportunity to start going to workouts until this month. In short – I’M ADDICTED. Reading Sarah’s posts about NP has made me desperate to try it out, and I’m now officially a NP fanatic.

    13776035_902093693235837_6178263992984643042_nWednesday workouts are held in Gas Works Park, a beautiful park right on Lake Washington (probably one of the prettiest spots in the city to see the sun rise), while Friday workouts are held at rotating locations throughout the city. Every single person I’ve met so far has been so warm and friendly, and I can feel the sense of community within the tribe. (And there’s nothing like hill sprints and burpees to start off your day.) NP workouts have definitely become the best part of my week!IMG_8070

  2. It’s finally starting to feel like summer up here in the PNW. We had a spell of hot days in early June, but since then it’s been cloudy and mid-60s almost everyday. This week has been beautiful – we got up to 86 degrees on Monday, which was crazy. On Tuesday my family rented a boat and putted around Lake Washington for a few hours. The temperatures weren’t as warm as Monday’s, but the water still felt great!

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    Post-trail run oatmeal

  3. Swimming didn’t happen on Tuesday. Lol. I woke up at 5 and couldn’t bear the thought of working out. I slept until 7ish and then spent some quality time on the trails (about 8 miles? I haven’t been wearing a watch except for long runs). I do plan on swimming today, though – my legs are dead from Wednesday’s NP workout (partner workout where one person does a tabata circuit while the other runs and then switch). 20 seconds of lunge jumps is surprisingly exhausting.
  4. Almost done with The Poisonwood Bible. Since I had Monday and Wednesday off of work, I had a lot of time to put into reading. If you haven’t read it before, definitely check it out. It’s beautifully written and depressing but amazing at the same time.
  5. It’s nice to be living at home right now (especially since that means I don’t have to pay rent), but I’ve been ready to get my own apartment and start my “adult” life since sophomore year of college and I don’t know how much longer I can stay in the nest. Praying to the urban employment gods everyday.
  6. It’s peach season in Washington! Literally the biggest, juiciest, sweetest peaches you’ll ever eat.
  7. How is it almost August? This summer has flown by. It’s so weird to think I won’t be heading back to school in the fall.
  8. Not much socializing has been happening lately. Working at the coffee shop has been really tiring and my shifts are all over the place, so it’s hard to schedule out in advance (I’m not one for day-of plans). I do enjoy the time I spend with my friends when I get the chance to hang out with them, but it’s becoming harder and harder to get myself to go out. I’ve been seeing a new psychiatrist and will be starting a different med combination tomorrow, so I hope it might lessen the depression and give me a bit more energy.
  9. I never really thought I’d say this, but I really miss the East Coast. For the entirety of my college career, I was convinced I would stay in the PNW for the long run. Now, I’m not so sure. I might just need a few years in NYC or wherever to be a young adult in a big city, and then maybe I’ll be ready to move back here. The future is pretty foggy atm.
  10. My latte art still sucks #iswearimabarista
  11. Friday’s NP workout is going to be at the base of the Space Needle! So. Excited.

Happy Thursday, everyone! (And thanks for hosting, Amanda!)

weekend/updates

My goodness, it’s been pretty chaotic around these parts for the past few weeks! I started working at my second job (barista), which involved a lot of training and some short notice scheduling. I’m still applying for “real” jobs…I’ve probably sent out about 200 resumes/cover letters so far. The job market for college grads these days is not very welcoming.

Anyways, this weekend was filled with work and a little bit of sun. I worked until 9:30pm on Friday night, and so once I got home and ate dinner, I only managed to read about 10 pages of The Poisonwood Bible before falling asleep. Speaking of TPB – it’s really, really good. Not a fast read, that’s for sure, but there’s a lot of character development and it’s interesting to learn more about the 1960s revolution in the Congo and the involvement of the CIA. I had been getting a bit sick of YA novels (or maybe just jealous of all of their happy endings), so I chose a book that was a bit more challenging. I’m at 60ish% now, and I’m hoping to finish it by the end of this week!

I meant to wake up early and run on Saturday, but when my alarm went off at 6:30 am I saw it was cloudy and, with my legs really sore from November Project the day before, I decided to sleep in a bit more and move my run to Sunday. I ended up going to the gym later to use the elliptical and do a bodyweight circuit, and then had work at 6pm. My shift went longer than expected, so by the time I got home at 10:30pm I was starving. Luckily I had prepped a big batch of roasted veggies earlier in the day, so I just threw those into a bowl with lentil-quinoa pasta, tahini, coconut aminos, lime juice, and sauerkraut (my staple lately).

I woke up to my alarm on Sunday morning and saw a clear blue sky outside, so I knew I had to go run. I went for 11 miles (about 6 on the trails near my house – my favorite part!) and finished around 9am. After waffles and coffee for breakfast, I planned on reading more of TPB but ended up taking a two hour-long nap. By the time I woke up, I had to get ready for my 12:30-7:30pm shift. It was pretty stressful, since it was my first time closing up the coffeeshop alone, but I managed to do it and stay only 45 minutes late (!).

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Still working on that latte art

Swimming was on the agenda for Monday morning – it’s forecasted to be a beautiful week in the PNW, and so I knew I was going to be seeing a lot of the pool. I mean, just look at how beautiful it is!

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Unfortunately, there was a lifeguard staffing mishap, so when I got to the pool at 5:30am I found out that lap swim had been cancelled that morning. While I was sad (and anxious, to be honest) I wouldn’t be able to swim in the sun that day, I was a little grateful – I really needed some more sleep and my whole body just felt drained. I ended up going home and getting back into bed. I think I slept until 9, which has been an increasingly common occurrence for me. I’m so used to getting up at 6:30 or 7am that it’s weird to all of a sudden be sleeping this late. I’m definitely not complaining though :)

Once I got up for real, I made some coffee and drove my sister to work, then came back and made oatmeal with banana, mango, blueberries, and crunchy PB.

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I read out on the deck until 11:30, when I headed down to the lakefront. It was so beautiful there – the sky and water were both totally clear, and since it was a Monday, the beach wasn’t super crowded. I lounged on my towel and read for a good hour and a half (while jumping in the water every so often to cool off).

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Lunch when I got back home was avocado toast with a fried egg on top. Sorry, no picture…it wasn’t that pretty anyways. Spent the afternoon doing some blogging and reading. When my mom got home, we took my dog out for a quick walk (it was hot out by PNW standards) and then had dinner.


Leftovers! Way too warm in the kitchen to cook. Lentil-quinoa pasta, roasted veggies, tahini, avocado, sauerkraut, lime juice, and coconut aminos (grape juice on the side). I probably eat some version of this for 95% of my dinners. I’m just not that creative or ambitious in the kitchen anymore, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This bowl satisfies all my cravings and is pretty easy to prep.

Typing this up on Monday night, about to go read some more or possibly watch the DNC (although I’ve become so frustrated with the Democratic Party establishment that I might not be able to sit through it). The plan is to go swimming tomorrow morning (hopefully there’s not another lifeguard mishap!), work from 11:30-3:30, and then head to the lake with my parents and sister.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!