Friday Faves! {The Friday Five}

You know what my most favorite thing in the whole world would be right now? Shorts weather.

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Anywinterbitchfest it’s time for the Friday Five with three of my faves: Mar, Courtney and Cynthia! Today these faves want me to talk about my faves. This was a tough topic for me seeing as I tend to be a non-discriminatory lover of all the things.

After much deep thought I was able to narrow it down for the sake of this post so besides my obvious love of eventual springtime…

5 of Salt’s Very Many Favorites

1) Running Shoes

I know I’m not alone in this one, but I’m kind of obsessed with my shoes. I might have a little bit of a shoe hoarding problem. The photo below does not include shoes that have been retired.

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In case you are wondering…Top Row: Hoka Clifton, Adidas Boost 2, Adidas Adios Adizero Boost, Under Armour Speedform Gemini. Bottom Row: Brooks Pure Connect 2, Saucony Kinvara 4, New Balance 1400, New Balance 890.

 

The other day  I read a very interesting post that had been re-blogged by Mike and originally posted by Harold. Basically if Harold’s shoes don’t fit his needs, he modifies them and the story behind all this is really pretty cool. I never considered shoe modification as a possibility mostly because I LOVE trying out new shoes. Clearly.

Is this normal? I don’t know, but I feel that perhaps having that amount of running shoes in current rotation may not be. Normal or not, I love my shoe collection.

2) Tiramisu lattes

About a month ago Starbucks permanently ran out of vanilla macchiato syrup (WTactualF) and I almost broke up with them forever. I was devastated. No other drink could compare to it. I tried to force myself to love the standard vanilla latte or the cinnamon dolce, which I would repeatedly order and get about halfway through before remembering that I despise cinnamon dolce lattes.

But then came the tiramisu latte and I got SO EXCITED when I heard the news. I don’t know why; it’s not as if I’m a rabid fan of tiramisu. It was more like a glimmer of hope that something new might become my drink. Then I was slightly less excited when I read the reviews. Apparently no one really liked it very much, but I still wanted to give it a fair shot. I ordered one on my lunch break a few weeks ago and the girl at the cash register asked me if I was sure and then told me that if I hated it she would make me a different drink. Not much of a vote of confidence for the tiramisu latte.

Quite the opposite happened though. I LOVED it and now it’s my go-to drink. If my car wasn’t currently buried under a foot of snow and it wasn’t almost bedtime, I’d go out and get one right now.

I prefer mine sans whip.

I prefer mine sans whip.

3) Century Gothic

Please allow me to graphic-design-nerd-out for a second.

For those that might not know, I’m a graphic designer. I’ve been doing this for the last 15 years, which makes me feel very old when I type it out. I geek out over things like negative space, Pantone colors and fonts. I’m  very partial to sans serifs and I always have a favorite, which changes regularly. Currently my favorite font is called CENTURY GOTHIC.

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Isn’t it beautiful? I probably sound like a weirdo to anyone who doesn’t care about typography, but it’s such a clean, versatile, modern font. I’ve been using it a lot lately.

4) Disney Princesses

I can’t believe I just admitted that to the world.

I was never big on princesses, Disney or otherwise. As a child I never recall wanting to be a princess. I was more interested in pretending I was a Thundercat. When I found out I was having a little girl, I swore I would never push the whole princess thing. No onesies with “princess” written on them and no frilly, girly outfits and headbands either. Plenty of people bought these things for us and I appreciated the sentiment, but the tags mostly stayed on. We aren’t really a fancy dress family.

Once she got old enough to start forming her own opinions though, all bets were off. Princess talk made its way into our home and because I’m all about her I had to start familiarizing myself with them . And you know what? They are actually some super cool girls. Especially the newer Disney icons like Merida and Rapunzel.

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5. Nuun

Before I discovered Nuun, my life was one failed “I’m going to drink more water!” challenge after another. Now my Nuun hoarding problem is almost as bad as my shoe hoarding problem. This is happening in my purse as we speak:

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What can I say…I like variety?

 

I’m probably one of the most hydrated people you know. It only takes me a couple days to rip through a tube of this stuff. I even added half a tab of Tri-Berry to a glass of Pinot Grigio once just to see what would happen. This may sound horrifying, but I can report that it was actually quite good.

Bonus: It’s wouldn’t be a proper list of favorites without this favorite

Someone is a VERY happy 3 year old today! Birthday success!

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With impeccable fashion sense!

As much as I am so over all the winter garbage I was actually thankful for the storm yesterday because there was no school and my little family all got snowed in together. It was a birthday cake for breakfast, snowball throwing, moving watching, dress-up playing, lazy day full of snuggles on the couch and lots and lots of “I love yous”. It was as perfect as being trapped in the house could ever be. I wish I didn’t have to go back to the real world! (But at least it’s almost the weekend!)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful one. My very own birthday is on Sunday so I’m looking forward to celebrating with 18 miles (it will be 40 degrees Sunday and hopefully some of this snow will melt and I’ll have a non-treacherous surface to run on) and a family party for Betty. And me too I guess, but I gladly turned any kind of birthday spotlight over to her the second she was born.

How many pairs of running shoes do you have? What do you order when you go to Starbucks? Do you drink Nuun? Favorite flavor? Do you have a favorite font? 

I’m FULL of questions today!

xo,

Salt

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I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

I’m thinking work might be a welcome break from the jam-packed, wine-filled, celebration bonanza that was my weekend. I love birthdays, but it’s a good thing they only come once a year. Here’s a little recap of some of the highlights!

A Birthday Wish Come True

I got some very cool presents for my birthday. New running shoes! New yoga clothes! A new wine aerator! A new Magic Bullet that I’m going to use to smoothie every damn thing in the house! All these things are awesome, but the one thing I really REALLY wanted for my birthday was something that wouldn’t cost a dime, but would be completely priceless to me:

I wanted to run. 

The plan was to wait until after I see Dr. D again on Tuesday, but when I got to the gym on Saturday morning my leg was feeling pretty normal. I decided to try a mile just to see how it went. You guys, I was so scared. Not just because of the possibility of re-hurting myself, but also how it would negatively affect the rest of my day if I did experience a lot of pain. I tried to keep my expectations low as I fired up the treadmill.

Guess what? It felt okay. Definitely not perfect, but not bad either. 1 mile turned into a 5K where I made myself stop so I wouldn’t overdo it. I finished up my last mile at a 7:30 pace, stretched for a good 1o minutes, and hopped on the bike for a little while to get some different movement into my muscles. The endorphin rush was better than birthday cake. And trust me, I ate A LOT of birthday cake this weekend.
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(There I go with the shoddy treadmill phone photography again!)

As I’m writing this my calf is a little sore, but nothing that a couple Advils shouldn’t be able to take care of. This was truly the best birthday present I could have gotten after 2 solid weeks of rest. Oh running, how I have missed you.

A Bouncy Party

This year we had decided to have Betty’s party at that bouncy house place because planning her first birthday had been so stressful. I figured that the less things I had to worry about, the less anxiety I would have. Well as it turns out, not really having to do any planning of a birthday party is also stressful for me. I was a ball of nerves. It was all for nothing though because everyone had a great time! Especially the birthday girl who once again powered through with next to nothing in the nap department.

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We had the venue for 2 hours and it flew by. I probably could have really used a nap afterward, but instead opted for more coffee, shortly followed by wine, a margarita, and later on drinks out with friends. What? Bouncing around made me really thirsty.

Sunday Funday

I don’t think I have to explain why I had a rockin’ headache when I woke up, but I also felt like I might have been fighting something off. (Skimping on the sanitizer at all these kid germ factories I’ve been visiting lately, I guess.) I had almost entirely lost my voice and was feeling pretty vile. I pushed myself through a morning yoga class, both because I knew I needed it for my leg and usually inversions make me feel better, but we still ended up missing another bouncy house birthday party that we were supposed to attend that afternoon. With the time change and everything, B was better off not missing another nap anyway.

At 4pm though I got a real treat…for our anniversary my husband booked me a massage appointment, letting them know that I had a leg injury and to pay special attention to that area. I knew I married him for a reason.

The masseuse was GREAT. I’m pretty sure there was a puddle of drool on the carpet under my face and I caught myself starting to snore several times.

Then from there it was dinner with my family and enjoying the fact that the sun didn’t set until after 7pm. I love springing forward. Which brings us to this morning…

Sucker Punched

Remember when I said I thought I might have been fighting something off? Apparently “something” was a stomach virus which is why I’m posting this blog now and not in the morning. I think I’ve been awake for a total of maybe 2 hours today and I’m feeling at least slightly better now than I was so let’s hope a good night of sleep tonight will have me back to normal tomorrow. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s and I’d really like to go for a run.

Ever Wondered What I Sound Like?

Now you can hear my annoying voice! A couple weeks ago I was interviewed for a podcast called The Lifestyle Accountability Show. It was a lot of fun, even though I felt like I sounded totally stupid. Well my interview went live yesterday! So if you want to listen to me talk about running, my fitness, my blog, stuff I eat, my kid, and why my nickname is Salt, you can check it out here.

Wanna know something else exciting? The Hydrapak SoftFlask giveaway ends tonight at midnight! So if you haven’t entered yet and you want to, CLICK HERE. Winner announced tomorrow!

I still owe Ben a picture of me doing a bite valve demo while standing on my head. I didn’t forget!!

I hope you have all had a much better day than I did!

~ Salt

The Friday Five! {Spring in my step!}

OMG is it Friday already? This week sure went by fast! Not that I’m complaining or anything although I am a little stressed out today. Betty’s party is tomorrow and while I didn’t actually have to do much of anything to prepare for it outside of ordering invitations, snacks, and favors – I did it that way on purpose after driving myself completely insane last year – I’m still kind of anxious about it. I just want everyone to have a good time! Although I guess how could you not while bouncing around in a giant inflatable playground eating cake.

Anyway, seeing as it’s Friday I’m linking up again with the lovely DC Trifecta – that’s my birthday weekend buddy Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney – for the Friday Five.

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The way this winter has gone, I don’t think we needed some dumb groundhog to tell us that springtime weather was going to be late this year. Looking outside my window right now at all the filthy snow piled up everywhere, winter is starting to feel a little never ending. Fortunately the Accuweather forecast is starting to show a nice warming trend that I hope will stick around this time because there’s so much fun stuff to look forward to around here! And this crap weather is just not going to cut it.

1) More daylight!!!

Oh thank god the days are about to get longer! In my humble opinion there are few things more depressing than leaving work in the dark and while it has been getting progressively lighter since December, it’s usually dusky by the time I have done daycare pickup and run whatever errands we have to run before heading home. One of my favorite things about spring and summer is being able to feed my child dinner and then take her on a walk or to the playground before we start bedtime routine. For the past few months none of these things have been in the cards for us, but I think she must know it’s coming because the playground is a hot topic of convo in my house lately. My head might explode if I have to deal with many more days of explaining why? why? why? why? why? why? why? we can’t go there after dinner. Hurry up, spring.

“No” is quickly losing its most-overused-word top spot to “why?” and “mine”. “Mine” is definitely the worst.

2) Nothing but flowers!

I think the first time I see a daffodil around here, I’m going to weep with happiness. Winter is just so dismal in Charm City. The leafless trees. A sky that always seems to be gray and cloudy. Brown grass. I’m ready for a little color and we have no shortage of beautiful blooms around here. There is an amazing tulip garden in the city called Sherwood Gardens that reaches its peak around the end of April and beginning of May. Last year I took Betty a bunch of times and just let her run wild. This year will probably be more fun because she won’t be trying to eat all the plants.

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3) Cute sandals {& more pedicures}!

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about me: I hate wearing shoes. Unfortunately I can’t walk around barefoot all the time because I live in a city and I’d probably step on something terrible. Or even worse, I wouldn’t be allowed into any restaurants. The next best thing is sandals and besides my ever-growing collection of running shoes, they take up the most space in my closet. Sure my feet aren’t nearly as cute in sandals as they used to be, but I don’t care. I can cover up my busted toenails with pretty polish. I am 100x more likely to go get a pedi in the spring/summer because in the winter what’s the point? No one will see it anyway and it just gets ruined as soon as I put my boot back on.

4) Running outside without 10 layers of clothing!

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Okay so at this point I’d love to be running dressed in any number of clothing layers, but I know my day is coming and it will be SO NICE to not have to bundle up. The only thing I will miss about running in the freezing cold is eating half-frozen GU at the end. Especially the salted caramel. Mmmmmm.

5) It’s marathon time!

I think I am equal parts looking forward to this and really, really afraid of the day actually arriving. The fact that I’ve been dealing with this leg thing and also the extreme cold has me feeling so glad that I chose a late May marathon. My training would have been a complete bust if I had signed up for one of the earlier races I was looking at. I currently have about 2.5 months to make sure everything is just right before I attempt my first 26.2 with quite a few fun smaller races in between. I hope I’ll be as ready for Bob Potts as I am ready for spring RIGHT NOW!

Thanks so much to the DC Trifecta for keeping Friday fun! And a very special happy birthday to Mar! I hope your day is as amazing as you are!

Of course there’s another birthday this weekend too.

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Mine.

I’ll be 36 tomorrow. OMG. If you need me I’ll be drinking wine in a bouncy house.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~ Salt