Friday, May 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 26:
Bangers and Lace (The Worst Brunch Ever)

You may not know this, but I ran in the Boston Marathon last week.  This news might come as a shock to you, although my more perceptive readers probably picked up on the 72,000 times I mentioned it.

I guess there's something to be said about beating a dead horse though.  Some people may call it meaningless, stupid, a complete waste of time, energy, and resources.  But personally, I look at it as a positive; you still get to beat a horse if that's your thing, and you can do it without PETA following you around with picket signs.  Truly a win-win, I'd say.

So this week, I'm going to dedicate this one to all of the people out there beating their own hypothetical dead horses. You might not be getting anywhere but at least no one is trying to stop you.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 25:
Endgrain (again)

You know that I have always been one for trying new things.

Like, moving across the country.  Starting a new career.  Eating the pink Starbursts BEFORE the orange ones. (Although that last one didn't work out too well.)

The point is, I'm not afraid to try something new... but sometimes, the old tried and true works just fine too.  I don't have any new fabulous brunch spot to share with you today because, well, I already shared this one a few weeks ago.

But not surprisingly, it was just as good the second time around.

So this one is for all of you out there, the ones who could be doing something different but just aren't.  Because when you got a good thing going, why mix it up?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Sponsor Spotlight

For some reason, it seems like all of the amazing bloggers flock to my sidebar.  I don't know why; I'm guessing it's because I have a cute dog.

Today, I'd like to introduce you all to Bri who writes over at Deliciously Active.  Bri talks a lot about being fit while raising a family, but also just adds enough personality that makes you want to go on a long run with her.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Series Part 24:
Kingsbury Street Cafe (and a link-up)

I mentioned this on Friday, but I was such a fool when I was young.  Rioting against mandatory naps, enraged at the idea of someone making me go to bed at 9, offended that my parents had the audacity to force homemade family dinners on my important teenage schedule... I was a menace.  A menace and a fool.

But besides just regretting my truly baffling opposition to all things wonderful in the world, I also wonder if I'm going to look back in 10 years and think the same things about my 23-year-old self.  Will I look back on these posts and say to myself, "And you complained about using duct tape to fix a hole in your bathroom wall?!  You didn't know how great you had it."

Maybe I will and maybe I won't, but just like with pre-elementary school me who protested mandatory nap time, I probably won't know until it's too late.  But I guess that's life; you don't always know a good thing when you see it.

So this one is for all of you out there who have ever let a good thing go.  You had no idea nap time was a blessing until after your first 2PM office meeting.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 23:
The Peasantry

Every once in a while, you go through periods when you just don't have it in you to be lighthearted.  You can have every ounce of perspective force-fed down your throat but it won't be enough.

My grandpa has told me over and over through my life to just enjoy every emotion you have, happiness, sadness, frustration, confusion, anger, because you'll never be in this moment and feel this exact emotion again.  I still haven't totally figured out how to enjoy the rage that comes with public transport, but that's really neither here nor there I guess.

What I'm saying is I'm just going to go with flow right now and not try to force some bubbles where I have none.  I'm just going to feel the way I'm feeling now.

But that doesn't mean you all have to dim the lights and mope around by candlelight.  It just means that this week, I'm going to let these links do all the heavy lifting.  I may not be a little cloud of rainbow glitter, raining down smiles and giggles, but I guarantee at least one of these links will make you smile.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Sponsors

It's Saturday, and you know what that means: Saturday treats.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 22:

Mother Nature is officially on  my black list.

I know what you're thinking: she wasn't already?  I mean, Polar Vortex.

And yes, that wasn't our best moment.  I definitely was a little peeved about that one.  And yes, the whole 80 inches of snow thing is a little over the top.  But I am the one who moved from Florida to Chicago; I was asking for it.

But now she's playing games with us, and that is just cruel.  She got it up into the 50's this week and it was great.  I can feel my nose!  Look at all these puddles, all un-frozen and stuff!  Life has meaning!  I can see the light!  But what does she follow that up with?

More.  Snow.

So that's it.  I'm done with these mind games.  I'm done making silent bargains with her.  I'm done promising her my first born in return for the end of this God forsaken season.  I'm not sure what my next steps will be, but I can assure you that Mother Nature will not be involved.  Sometimes, you need to know when to just walk away from a toxic relationship.  And Big M. N., this is me walking away.

So this one is dedicated to all of you out there who also are just saying no.  To the brave souls out there who know what's best for them and what just needs to be let go.  I hope you're listening, Mother Nature, and I hope it hurts

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 21:
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

It's taken me almost 24 years to admit it but I think it's time to give it up: I'm not the "going out" type person.  I've always had my suspicions but this weekend, the weekend dedicated to corned beef and binge drinking, just sealed the deal.

I should have just admitted defeat 9:30 Saturday morning, when I was getting ready for a run while my neighbors below me were half an hour into their raging St. Patty's party.  But no, the only thing I thought after coming face to face with a man wearing a beard and Lucky Charms suspenders (who was drinking his Miller Lite on a roof three feet from my bedroom window) was: "We could use some curtains."

I went for my run, came home to shower and put on my lime green leprechaun pants, and was back out the door to celebrate the great American-Irish holiday.  The plan was to drink with my friends until Derrick got off work, then drink some more, then go downtown so Derrick could see the river dyed green.

A few hours, a few Irish Car Bombs, and a green beer later, Derrick and I decided to head downtown on our own.  We needed to stop by the apartment first though, because I had been a little too optimistic with my leather jacket and needed a coat.

We got home and sat down on the couch "for just a second."  We woke up an hour later, both of us having passed out.  Turns out that our Saturday afternoon nap had come for us, Irish Car Bombs or not.

We never made it downtown.

While the rest of Chicago continued to drink and throw up in the back of buses, we were running late to indoor soccer games, eating pizza at 9 PM, and realizing that we might as well just accept it for what it was.

So this one is for all of you out there who are realizing who you really are.  If ripping shots isn't your thing, just go to RedBox already; there's no judgement here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Reader Appreciation Part 20

This is going to be hard to hear and believe me, I hate being the bearer of bad news as much as the next Debbie Downer.  But I'm just going to rip the BandAid off now: we skipped brunch again this weekend.

Take a second to collect yourself.

We're actually doing fine, considering.  Derrick especially seems to be handling the situation well.  That might, of course, be due to the fact that he turned 24 on Saturday and I more or less nailed his birthday weekend.  (Am I allowed to say that?  Whatever.  I'm going on three weeks without brunch... cut me some slack.)

But seriously, Derrick had a pretty awesome weekend.  And he deserved it; I ripped him away from the sunny beaches of Florida to a place where 40-degree weather is a reason for mass celebration.  Treating the man was the least I could do.

With that said, this one is for all of you who deserve to be treated every once in a while.  And in case it's not obvious, that's everyone.  Yes, even you.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This is Living

I told myself I wasn't going to blog this week but alas, here I am.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Men at the Gym

In general, I am not a huge fan of stereotypes.  Sometimes a girl just wants to be a grump without people assuming she's hormonal, you know?  I think we can all agree that stereotypes can be a real drag and can really rub people the wrong way.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

10 Awesome Things About Having a Sister

If you're a runner, you understand that the bond you have with your running friends is just, well, different.  It's not that you don't have special, unique, soul-enriching, fairy-fart relationships with non-runners; it's just that you can't stand watch as someone else pees in the bushes and not form a uniquely special bond.  Just the fact that only runners truly understand the genuine love/hate relationship we all have with our sport unites us all on some level.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brunching Fashion:
We're Not Playing Games

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for anything in this post.  Like, at all.  In other words, this disclaimer has no purpose whatsoever; I just really wanted to disclaim something.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014