Monthly Archives: August 2012

weekly iPhone pic drop

This month is hands down all about adventures.  The first one took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Four of us ventured north to join in on the Lululemon Athletica SeaWheeze Half Marathon festivities.  My love for yoga pants tripled when I tried on their Groove Pants and since that day – I have been infatuated with Lululemon.  We flew to Seattle and took a train up.  An early morning flight forced us to locate the nearest java shop.  It happened to be Zeitgeist Coffee in Downtown Seattle.  We refueled with Honey Soy Lattes and Huckleberry Greek Yogurt before hiking the city.

My travel mates include a close work friend (Chelsea), another work friend-turned mentor/guru/lover (Molly), and a newfound friend with a bottomless pit of wisdom and peace (Berit).

There were 14 statues down by the ocean in Vancouver.  Giant bronze laughing ones with huge grins on their faces.  We climbed around like monkeys.  The piece is called “A-maze-ing Laughter” was made by an artist named Yue Minjun and he used his own iconic face in a state of hysterical laughter as a signature trademark as it is recognized universally as a sign of happiness!  It is the city’s most recognizable piece of art and valued at $1.5 million.

These cherries were the best, most freshest I’ve ever tasted.  We found them at Seattle’s Pike Place – a place that I’m truly fond of.

All throughout our time in Vancouver, they used these little handheld credit card scanners at restaurants and bars.  They never took the card elsewhere, and it made tipping that much easier to calculate (#ihatemath).  Why do we not have these in the USA?  This is the first thing we need to adopt!

A local hat shop, family-owned, called Goorin Bros. was drop-dead fabulous.  Old-fashioned hats, newsboy caps, top hats, they had everything.  The staff was great and informed us that Minneapolis is getting it’s very own shop soon!

Pikes Place, nuff said.

Ocean view in Vancouver, thinking about the half marathon in the early AM, a little ocean-side mental prep.

Long, flowing grasses surrounded a pier and we had to play hide-and-seek like young’ins.

The first I heard about Lululemon SeaWheeze Weekend, I signed up super quick.  Running is run, and destination runs are even better!  Especially sponsored by a rockin’ yoga/run gear company!  In Vancouver!!

Instead of number bibs, we had wristbands.  That say “i runcouver” with our name on them and YES, I’m still wearing mine proudly.

Inside of our gear bag was a free coffee drink at a local coffee shop, custom SeaWheeze flipflops from a local shoe company, a 15% off at the race clothing store and some cranberries!  As we were standing in line they handed out fresh lime and watermelon popsicles that had us all in a silent-lick phase.  The branding was beautiful throughout the event, great colors and solid design!

At the race expo store, I dropped more than I care to share on new yoga clothes and running gear, as well as a workout bag!  Outside on the patio of the convention center (facing the ocean and mountains) we were treated to mani/pedis and massages.  After the race, we were given keychain medals hanging on new shoelaces with the quote reading Sweat Once A Day.  After the race and a little relaxation, there was a free concert.  An amazing local band called Hey Ocean opened up with music about what else but, oceans!  After that – I died as we stood front row and listened to 2 hours of one of the best bands of 2012.  FUN!

I don’t know what hurts more, my voice from singing all the songs at the top of my lungs, or my legs from tackling the Vancouver hills.

I love Lululemon.  I loved this weekend.

Cheers to travel, friendship and a healthy lifestyle.

xo

Listening to.  Sipping on.

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inside my own head

I had an early morning float tank session today.  The float tank is a sensory-deprivation chamber at The Wellness Center.  It’s the only one in the Twin Cities.  Some float as a meditation ritual, some float to straighten their tense muscles, others float to get away from it all.  The chamber looks like a space-era pod from an alien movie.  Inside is about 8-inches of 93.1 degree water with 850 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts.  The salt keeps you bobbing on the surface, an awesome feeling in it’s own part.  There is a choice to have music or none, I choose none.  And light or no light, I choose no light.  I was searching for the complete, pitch-black silenced atmosphere of being inside my own head.

Work project after work project, after long run, after stressful day has me running on fumes.  A float tank session is exactly what I needed to get away from it all.  I had my eyes wide open in this completely dark chamber – the feeling was a cross between spinning around in a giant toilet bowl and performing drunken horizontal yoga in an attempt to relax and just be.  Just float.  And think about all the rampant unchained thoughts running around in my head.

A 60 minute session will set you back $50.  Money well spent to have silence, no distractions, and complete peace to sort through your thoughts as you bob like a human life-preserver.

I’d do it again.
xo
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a stroke of genius

I have an idea.
What if… at fast food restaurants. People had to calculate their BMI (body mass index).  If they are overweight or obese, their food costs more money.

Often I think the cheap dollar value and convenience-factor encourage those that are out of shape, overweight, and morbidly obese, to continue down that path of destruction.

If their Big Mac Super Value Fries meal costs 4x as much money – say… $25 because they are pushing 300lbs. on their 5’7″ frame (and we aren’t talking muscle mass here), maybe it will encourage them to choose another form of sustenance.

Hi Mr. Customer, oh I see you are pushing 4 bills and cannot safely secure the seatbelt around your snack pack of a stomach… yeah, that 20 piece Chicken Nuggie meal is going to cost you $35. Cough it up!

What’s wrong with this solution? I think it’s genius!
Wishful thinking,
xo

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weekly iPhone pic drop

After a particularly long day of work, more work, and promos.  I passed the window of a mattress store.  Inside were plush mattress.  No coverings, sheets or duvets.  Just naked mattresses.  I had a temporary moment of “whoever can get me into this store with a sleep mask and one hour of silence is about to get home cooked meals for a year, and housekeeping!”

During the summer is the busiest time for promotional activities.  Outside festivals, block parties, car shows, patios and a vast array of brunch-drunk soirees.  Most of them include giveaways.  Premiums, if you will.  This particular event included super sexy nerd glasses that we wore all. day. long.

A late night tour of some random dude’s $4 million shoreline Lake Minnetonka home left me drooling and dreaming of a day when I’m truly financially free to have the McMansion home of my dreams.  A wood-carved sink in the guest bathroom isn’t necessary for mine, though.  All I really want people, is a beautiful home to entertain friends and family every weekend.  I want enough bedrooms for four kids, and space for two dogs to run around.  I want a few guest bedrooms so my best friends can safely get ‘high-school’ intoxicated off my new Pomegranate Sunrise cocktail.  The Lamborghini and Bentley chilling in the garage were beautiful… but, not my style.

Summer = runs = fun runs = best friends = Torchlight 5K – 5th year running this fun race!  A super fast 3.1 mile run throughout a bit of downtown Minneapolis to kick off the Aquatennial parade.  Complete with 3 free beers, live music, and the chance to sweat it out with some of my athletic lovers.

Less than ideal temperatures, oh around 102 and sticky hot, means some of us have to resort to being creative.  Take this little dude, for example.  He was pretending his body was a jet as he lay in front of the industrial fans.

Purple nails.  Red grapefruit.  Nuff’ said.

Apparently TCBY now has frozen Greek yogurt.  What?!  Found a location that carried the Greek Honey Vanilla and I dashed.  No… sprinted, to get some.  Zero calories my friend, pair it with strawberries.  You can thank me later.

I was on cat-sitting duty for much of the last week.  Apparently cat poop stinks just as bad as every other animal in this kingdom.  But their pee, that is the strongest, most acidic scent known to mankind.  I had to suit up and prepare myself for battle on more than one occasion.

The world is mesmerized with the Olympic Games 2012.  I enjoy everything about the Olympics.  But what I truly, hands down, love to watch is gymnastics.  When you were a gymnast at some point in your life (and I was), you can absolutely respect the skill and unbelievable risk-taking these gentleman and ladies are undertaking.  Throughout the past couple days, I find myself clenching, holding onto the arm rests of chairs with a death grip, holding my breath, the whole nine yards.  I’m impressed beyond all measures.  And the gentleman… they are built like little tanks.  Compact and insanely muscular (+ flexible!).  Don’t mind me having a small crush on Sam Mikulak.  Flip thru some of these Google images – yes, he is inked (score!).  Yes, I would love to give him a Thai massage.  I don’t even know Thai massage, but I’ll learn it if I have to.  🙂

Three of my favorite things about the last 48 hours are:

1.  This video is called Basic Needs, Extreme Happiness [watch with subtitles turned on & it will be 3x more funny!]
2.  I admit it, I took the last banana comes from one of my favorite websites of all time.  I dare you to make that picture your desktop screen for 24 hours and share it with as many as you can!  This is what I call being a day-maker.
3.  My ninth Kiva loan went thru at midnight on Monday.  I couldn’t sleep and decided to peruse the site.  I fell upon Nelson Yovani from Honduras.  He is in need of more material to make footwear.  In his picture, he has a shelf of cowboy boots and I was sold!  Cowboy boots are part of my year-round wardrobe.  A true fashionista staple.  Worn with everything from yoga pants to jean skirts to sweatpants (don’t judge!)

Apologies on the delay in keeping up with Pic Drops.
Life is happening – and there ain’t nothing you can do to stop it!
Continue on with your merry hump day!

xo

 

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