Yes, I can hear you laughing. That’s OK. I know you’re laughing with me in my excitement. I haven’t had a kitchen table I can sit at in a long time. This is semi self inflicted — when I bought a microwave a few years ago, which I had resisted for years for lack of space – I put it on top of this drop leaf table which I had occasionally eaten at before. I really hadn’t used that much since my old apartment though. I would generally eat at my coffee table, which I didn’t mind. Well the coffee table is no more (I really need to take some updated apartment pics!) and eating at my desk or on the floor got old. When I saw a neighbor post a sign that she was moving and selling-among other things-a kitchen table and storage ottoman I immediately jumped on it. I’ve had the storage ottoman for a week (yay blanket space!) and picked up the table Thursday as she was moving out.
Snow day pancakes! I foodfess that I have found I do not like Kodiak pancakes so after this third attempt, I threw them and the box out. I make them so rarely, I’ll take the nutrition hit of the fluffier ones.
All hail Cari, Queen of takeout and forever reading at the table. I really think if we hadn’t had the early closures of damn near everything I’d never have learned the Instant Pot, but I still default to take out. Especially sesame chicken after a long walk in the snow. And don’t worry, there were many leftovers. Splash of color for the table coming soon.
yes, that is indeed a rotary phone and some old film cameras. He’s added a typewriter since, and folks have claimed the cameras. I won’t lie, I wish I had space for the black shelving. I can’t even imagine how long he has lived here to have such old stuff.
- Monday, sleepy Monday: I had some really weird sleep late last week and into the weekend. Wide awake at 4, for example, which is just too in between to be useful. I wasn’t too surprised on Monday morning when I’d accidentally hit stop instead of snooze and woke at 7:57. Rather than rush out the door for a stressed & rushed 3m, I punted the run until after work. Never miss a Monday, but sleep is as necessary to our health. I was able to get out the door after work and like last week, didn’t feel comfortable running in the park or river so I did a different avenue route that pretty much parallels the southern two thirds of the river route, but with a hill. It isn’t what I planned, but it happened. Sometimes that’s all we can ask for. Bonus, Christmas trees!
- Tuesday: it wasn’t below zero, but I took advantage of a non running day to wake naturally (6:45) and have a quiet morning before what I knew would be a busy work day. Bill Hayes’ Sweat came in from the library waiting list and I enjoyed starting it. I mean reading about exercise is kind of like doing it, right? Peloton strength after work and some errands during so I wasn’t totally sedentary.
- Wednesday: rare weekday morning run to CP. The wind was ridiculous and could not face the river/winds. Major The Little Prince vibes at the castle likely spurred by the exhibit announcement at the Morgan and the upcoming anniversary of my aunt’s death. That was our show and the announcement this week? Perfection. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” ―
- Thursday: continuing in the “rare weekday” theme, an even rarer weekday long run. At this point it looked like the weekend’s snow was going to be significant and didn’t relish the idea of missing a long run or having to do it in the ridiculous weather. (Guess I am officially training if I’m worried about missing a long run?) So I paired the Office Run Group with five avenue miles for ten after work. I won’t lie, this was a challenge despite some fun scenery. I’m not an evening long runner and I was tired after work, but it’s done. Made for an interesting Friday though in terms of runger since I wasn’t hungry enough to eat before I fell asleep. Four weeks out from the Half. Not sure what next week is going to look like if the snow is hanging around, but I know I’ll get my runs in. Feb 27 is in Central Park and I can’t get swept, so if I’m undertrained? So be it.
- Friday: calm before the storm. Got in some walks before and after work and had some delayed post run sushi as I was absolutely ravenous come lunch. I have long made homemade hot chocolate (one favorite!) with soy/almond milk and chips since finding non dairy ones is hit or miss, but when I saw the mint one, I had to get it with a snow day on the horizon. I’ll still make it on the stove with the almond milk but maybe fewer chips. Maybe.
- Saturday: snow day! We ended up with way less snow than other areas, about 7 inches in Central Park. But the wind and cold were real with wind chills hovering around zero. After some reading time, I got bored/stir crazy and decided to go for a walk. Cuddl Dudds long underwear, leggings, random race shirt, hoodie, scarf, buff and two pair of gloves meant I was mostly fine over a nice 4+ mile walk to see some favorite spots. I was very grateful for a recent gift of hand warmers though as they’re a real difference maker. It was a blast to see people of all stripes enjoying the Park. My favorite might be the sledding nuns though!
Sunday: 300 strength and 700 Peloton classes overall in just over a year. So glad to have this and my PeloSquad as part of my routine and great to celebrate milestones with Coco and Michelle able to join the live class. Spider planks are mean though. With the still frigid temperatures, I’m not sure whether there’s a dry path to run, but will be going out shortly for a walk/run/penguin.