Friends

Currently in June

I’ll just be upfront and say that this post’s survey has been done before. I’m aware of it because if these two lovely ladies – Amanda and Sam. Sometimes I feel like I need to update you on aspects of my life outside of food and fitness, and while I do that on Sundays with Arman, those questions aren’t always as relevant to my current life.

So what am I obsessed with currently? Let’s see…

Current [book]:

I just finished The Circle, and now I started reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. So far I’m into it. I think Picoult has a unique way of tying the pieces of her stories together. This particular novel is about a woman, whose parents were Jewish, who happens to unknowingly befriend a former Nazi. If that doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will.

Current [music]:

On Tuesday, Cassie and I saw the Arctic Monkeys. I always become more obsessed with music after I hear it live, and even though they were already on repeat for me, I’ve been playing them nonstop anyway. Apparently they brought a “heavier stoner sound” to the show. Wish I knew what that meant.

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Current [guilty pleasure]:

Chris D’Elia’s new show “Undateable.” NBC at 9pm on Thursdays. So funny.

Current [nail color]:

None. Except a light grey on my toes. I prefer my fingernails unpainted! Is that weird?

Current [drink]:

COCONUT WATER. Always.

Current [food]:

Bloobs.

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Current [wish]:

For my loved ones to be healthy and out of the hospital!

Current [triumph]:

Finding a few job listings that I’m actually qualified for. YAY. Progress.

Current [need]:

Goat cheese. I’m fresh out. Nah, jk. Well, I’m really out, but I don’t actually need goat cheese.

In all seriousness, I need world turmoil to calm down. Every day I open my Skimm email and am saddened to see even more unhappy news out of foreign nations.

Current [bane of existence]:

Crow pose. I cannot get into it not matter what I try! Mmmm that’s not totally true. An instructor at yoga the other day had us try to get into it a different way, and it alllllmost worked for me, but not quite.

Current [indulgence]:

These cookies.

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Current [procrastination]:

Cleaning my room and sorting out all of my belongings to either keep or sell (aka most everything from college).

Current [blessing]:

The fact that I wasn’t this guy.

Current [mood]:

Restless.

Current [link]:

20 Reasons D.W. Was The Real HBIC Of ‘Arthur.‘”

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& it’s Friday! Go have a glass of wine or something.

Questions of the Day:
>> Give me your current: music, book, food, link, and wish.

Meeting the Maven: Toronto, Canada

This past weekend, I traveled to the Great North with Cassie to meet the Maven. Davida, Cassie and myself have been planning this trip for a while, so I was pretty darn excited to meet her! My family might have thought I was a little crazy to go to a different country and stay with someone who I met online, but whatever. It’s the 21st century, people.

So: Canada. It was my first time there, and I couldn’t have asked for a better, more welcoming experience. I have to say that Davida and her boyfriend are absolutely the most wonderful hosts. They made sure Cassie and I had everything we needed and were (not that this is a surprise, I guess) well-fed. One of the things I was anticipating most was trying out Davida’s food in-person. How could you not be pumped to try The Healthy Maven’s recipes cooked by the Maven herself? I’m going to include more about that in my Wednesday post, but for now I will preface it with she is as talented in the kitchen as her delicious pictures would lead you to believe.

Friday night, Cassie and I arrived fairly late in the evening thanks to a later start and some traffic we hadn’t anticipated. Davida cooked us up some dinner and then some of their friends came over for a bit. We hoped to go out on the town for a bit, but our plan got derailed when the place Davida wanted to go was closed. Regardless, we still had a lot of fun and went to bed pretty late!

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The next day was a whirlwind! Almost as soon as we woke up, we grabbed some coffee and headed out to St. Lawrence Market, which was a huge indoor marketplace where you could find everything from Artisan mustards (Cassie loved that – I think she tried almost every flavor. We’re both having a mustard moment) to fresh meats and fish. It reminded me of North Market in Columbus.

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After the market, we took a street car (super cool that they have street cars) to meet up with Sam for lunch! My actual lunch experience wasn’t that great, but it didn’t get in the way of enjoying talking with Sam, Cassie and Davida. Sam is so nice, and I wish she didn’t live so far away! I can’t wait to get together with her again.

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We walked around for a bit after lunch and shopped a bit. We stopped in a beautiful park for a while, and I enjoyed the Toronto people watching. The city seems really active and alive, so the park was packed.

By the time we got back to Davida’s apartment, I was hungry and tired, so we snacked a bit and relaxed before heading out to dinner and a movie. Believe me, I will gush about dinner on Wednesday. We ended up seeing Divergent, which I’d already seen, but I didn’t mind watching a second time. If you aren’t happy watching Theo James on-screen then there’s something wrong with you.

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Sunday morning, Davida made us pancakes to fuel us up for yoga. I’m pretty sure Cassie’s and my main request was to go to a yoga studio, and Davida delivered once again. I want to give YYoga a big thanks for a relaxing and powerful complimentary power class. I was impressed by the facilities – they were unlike anything I’ve seen around Pittsburgh thus far. They offered freshly brewed tea, had stunning washrooms and shower rooms, a sauna and several beautiful and modern classrooms.

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After class, Cassie and I packed up our things and headed back to the states (but not before a 40 minute detour to the Lululemon outlet – typical). Toronto is a vibrant and healthy city, so I’m sending a huge thank you (THANK YOU!) to Davida for being a great host and tour guide. Remember Davs, Pittsburgh is only a five hour drive away 😉

All the photos above are courtesy of Davida and Cassie. Thanks for helping a girl with no fancy camera out.

Question of the Day:
>> Have you ever been to Toronto? What’d ya think?
>> What do you think the healthiest city you’ve visited is?

Friends Are Part Of A Healthy Diet, Too

I think that one aspect of healthy living that people often overlook is mental health outside of the ED realm. I believe that it’s so important to have people around you who you can rely on, talk to, vent to, have fun with – in a word, friends. I’m also a firm believer in quality over quantity. I would always rather have a few really great friends that I can come to both in times of need and just to make me happy than a ton of acquaintances.

I feel like there should be some type of warning on foods like chocolate, wine, pasta, etc. that says “better with friends! – they’re part of a healthy diet, too.” Last night, I met up with Cassie, who is one of my closest friends. Of course I had to see her while I was home for break!

After a little location fiasco that included us driving to the wrong place, walking to the wrong place, then finally driving to the correct place, we ended up at Emporio: A Meatball Joint.

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Both of us ordered the same thing (not surprising); four chicken meatballs (split two ways) topped with spinach almond pesto acted as the main dish, and we rounded out the meal with a really tasty, somewhat spicy arugula, mozzarella, almond and tomato salad.

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Of course, we had some wine on the side. And lots of good friend moments. It all got me thinking about how friends are essential to my well-being. They support me in whatever I do, tell me when I need to chill out, make me laugh endlessly, and appreciate me for what I am (some would argue that I’m a bit nutty).

Today, I’m hanging out with another friend, Emily. I can always count on her for a great time, even if we’re just relaxing. That’s the other thing about really good friends – they’re no-fuss. What really matters is spending time together, especially when you don’t get to see each other for a while. Here’s a throwback of Emily and I just because I can:

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We can’t forget the friends who get you off your butt and out on the town, either. Those friends are really important, too.

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Today, I want you to take a little moment to think of all the reasons you love your friends. Maybe shoot them a text or give them a call, one of them at least, just to say thanks for being a friend. New friends, old friends… all friends are part of a healthy diet.

Happy Mardi Gras! I wish I were in Nola right now.

Question of the Day:
>>Do you agree that friends are part of a healthy diet?