1. 13:47 10th Jun 2014

    Notes: 152

    Reblogged from monkeychow

    monkeychow:

    Today’s school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR was the 74th since December 14, 2012.  That is horrifying and unacceptable. (Not to mention devastatingly sad for the families and communities shattered by this violence.)

    What can you do to help create a safer country and put a stop to this epidemic of gun violence and death?  

    Thank you. 

     
  2. 6-mile run this morning. Shiba Inus spotted: 1.
I really really didn’t want to do this run, so of course it went much better than I expected. One of my NY friends came to visit this week and it was super fun, with all the late nights, drinks and talks to be expected. (Currently accepting summer and fall bookings now! 15 mins from beach! 18 mins from Dairy Queen!) When I packed off our guest this morning I was zonked so I went back to bed for a few hours and then started running. It really helped me put my head together. I conveniently forget about that benefit of running whenever I’m trying to talk myself out of going.

    6-mile run this morning. Shiba Inus spotted: 1.

    I really really didn’t want to do this run, so of course it went much better than I expected. One of my NY friends came to visit this week and it was super fun, with all the late nights, drinks and talks to be expected. (Currently accepting summer and fall bookings now! 15 mins from beach! 18 mins from Dairy Queen!) When I packed off our guest this morning I was zonked so I went back to bed for a few hours and then started running. It really helped me put my head together. I conveniently forget about that benefit of running whenever I’m trying to talk myself out of going.

     
  3. I’d rather be sweating in a van right now

    I hate even using this abbreviation, but Ragnar Chicago starts today and I have serious FOMO about not signing up. I’ll probably be at the finish line tomorrow to support a friend but I am jealous! I wouldn’t have been able to swing it because I was just off of work… Bah, making adult decisions and having to live with them. 

    Anyone need a teammate for one later in the year? (Sadly I can’t join Jenn’s DC team.)

     
  4. 06:38 5th Jun 2014

    Notes: 21

    I’m a fine mess this morning. Two days ago I took a Tabata class (basically five rounds of different exercises done interval-style, balls-to-the-wall) and at the time I felt fine, but today I can barely lift my arms and I’m all lurch-y in the legs.

Then last night I went out for gigantic burgers which were delicious, but there’s something unnatural about waking up still full from a meal 8 hours earlier. I think if I lay on my back you could probably see a burger-shaped outline in my stomach. It wouldn’t have been so bad but — and maybe someone else has made this goof — I thought we were going to a small-plates-type restaurant so I responsibly ate a salad before going out. Then, acknowledging I had already eaten dinner, I could have burgered responsibly, but NO, I burgered bravely on to the gluttonous end. Like a champ! Like I never want to see another meal.

Anyway, I have to present for a tough crowd today and I’m hoping if I just stand really still they won’t smell weakness on me. 

(P.S. You probably knew this but don’t EVER search for “snake” on Google Images. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.)

    I’m a fine mess this morning. Two days ago I took a Tabata class (basically five rounds of different exercises done interval-style, balls-to-the-wall) and at the time I felt fine, but today I can barely lift my arms and I’m all lurch-y in the legs.

    Then last night I went out for gigantic burgers which were delicious, but there’s something unnatural about waking up still full from a meal 8 hours earlier. I think if I lay on my back you could probably see a burger-shaped outline in my stomach. It wouldn’t have been so bad but — and maybe someone else has made this goof — I thought we were going to a small-plates-type restaurant so I responsibly ate a salad before going out. Then, acknowledging I had already eaten dinner, I could have burgered responsibly, but NO, I burgered bravely on to the gluttonous end. Like a champ! Like I never want to see another meal.

    Anyway, I have to present for a tough crowd today and I’m hoping if I just stand really still they won’t smell weakness on me.

    (P.S. You probably knew this but don’t EVER search for “snake” on Google Images. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.)

     
  5. It’s not a huge sale, but these races are pricey already so every little bit helps — especially if you want to do one of them as a destination race.

    Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A. and Vegas are all included as is the one I have my eye on, New Orleans.

     
  6. The usual

    I dropped out of blogland for a while because I was in Rhode Island and New York last week, not at work. I was happy to see some people and places I treasure (including some of my Tumblr friends). In short, vacation is awesome and re-entry into the real world, well: 

    Forever Pete-ing it up.

    Health notes:  

    • For the first few days I was gone I went HAM and pretty much ate and drank whatever I wanted. Then I took it down a few notches and started eating salads and stuff again, but still gave in to whatever random thing I was craving (Shake Shack? Don’t mind if I do!)
    • Since I like running when I’m in random places, I ran 4 times on vacation. Nothing fast or complicated, just got out there. It was worth making room in my luggage for workout clothes (and subsequently leaving a sweaty bag of them at a guy friend’s apartment and being beyond embarrassed that he found them, as you do). 
    • I also went to Soul Cycle and that may or may not merit its own review but in summary: I see why people like it and hey, whatever floats your boat, but my experience was not worth the price. And I kind of expected it would be, so maybe I’m the foolish one. 
    • Sum total of all those things: For the first time in probably my whole life — I feel like if I write this I’m going to jinx it? — I came back from vacation and didn’t gain any weight. It’s probably a fluke, but I was pleased. 

    While I was gone summer snuck in the side door here in Chicago and it would be nice if it stayed. 

    So, what’s new with you?

     
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    I love summer and most of these activities, but this is a stroke of genius. (Credit: Claire Zulkey)

    I love summer and most of these activities, but this is a stroke of genius. (Credit: Claire Zulkey)

     
  9. My physical therapy office is next to a Baskin-Robbins. Today for the first time I gave in and went for ice cream after my session. The flavor I picked wasn’t even that good which just added insult to injury (no pun intended).

    I know it’s good for me to keep going, but I’m not seeing any results yet. Instead I am sore and tired and I have a constellation of bruises on my ass for what feels like NO reason. I do all the exercises and then I redo them because “you’re supposed to feel them in different muscles” when I have no bloomin’ idea what I’m doing. I come home from sessions too tired and hungry to work out, and it hurts to turn over in bed. And I pay money for this?! For how long?

    TL;DR came in to therapy like an A student and now I feel like I’m flunking.

     
  10. Happy to say that in this calendar year 100% of my food photos on Instagram are things I actually ate. And I drank all the drinks. By myself. 

    (Although, in December I took a picture of an ice cream cake, and I only had a few slices, not the whole cake. But I mean, it was a really stunning cake, and you don’t get the full effect from a slice! Is there a part vs whole exception? And what about cool packaging of things you don’t even want to eat, you just think they look cool? Aieeeee.) 

     
  11. 08:25

    Notes: 2

    Take time to appreciate how toughness (big or small) has made you tougher.
     
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    Eyes on the prize: If I survive this week, Saturday I will be on vacation and by Monday I will be here. If I can only fight against the molasses tide of “well, it’s going to be a holiday soon so I’ll just stop doing stuff now”… 
Photo: Alex Correa

    Eyes on the prize: If I survive this week, Saturday I will be on vacation and by Monday I will be here. If I can only fight against the molasses tide of “well, it’s going to be a holiday soon so I’ll just stop doing stuff now”… 

    Photo: Alex Correa

     
  13. Maybe it’s just because I’m in Wisconsin for the weekend but I am strongly feeling like this is something I need to own. Who wants to be on my team?

Also, one way that bikers do gear right: POCKETS.

(Leinenkugel’s shandy bike jersey, $80)

    Maybe it’s just because I’m in Wisconsin for the weekend but I am strongly feeling like this is something I need to own. Who wants to be on my team?

    Also, one way that bikers do gear right: POCKETS.

    (Leinenkugel’s shandy bike jersey, $80)

     
  14. 12:20 15th May 2014

    Notes: 24

    Tags: chicagoyoga

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    I just bought a summer pass to do yoga outside in this awesome sculpture pavilion at the zoo. I went to a class last summer and it was completely different from being in a nice warm (somewhat private) room, but oddly liberating. Goes great with long runs or lazy Sunday brunches. 
Is this stealth advertising to get you to come to class or visit me? I don’t know… is it working?
Photo: John Picken Photography

    I just bought a summer pass to do yoga outside in this awesome sculpture pavilion at the zoo. I went to a class last summer and it was completely different from being in a nice warm (somewhat private) room, but oddly liberating. Goes great with long runs or lazy Sunday brunches. 

    Is this stealth advertising to get you to come to class or visit me? I don’t know… is it working?

    Photo: John Picken Photography

     
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    someoneatethis:

THIS MEAL HAS ALL MY FAVE ThiNGS! Peeza, wulffles, mulk, maineyes, formks, knifes. I AM SO HAPPEH!

Hi, this is a blog for terrible food photography and I think you need to see it. Some of them aren’t bad foods per se, just horribly or confusingly presented (see above); some are photographed dreadfully, and some look nightmarish. Cackle away!

    someoneatethis:

    THIS MEAL HAS ALL MY FAVE ThiNGS! Peeza, wulffles, mulk, maineyes, formks, knifes. I AM SO HAPPEH!

    Hi, this is a blog for terrible food photography and I think you need to see it. Some of them aren’t bad foods per se, just horribly or confusingly presented (see above); some are photographed dreadfully, and some look nightmarish. Cackle away!