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No wet dogs here

My dog hates the rain. I know a lot of dogs don’t love it, but Hadley takes it to a new level. Yesterday, I came home from work, and he was excited as usual to go for his walk. I put on my rain jacket (well Chris’s really, but it nice and big on me), and his mood went from let’s go let’s go to if we must. We got downstairs and were ready to exited the building when he started investigating the mat in the entry way. It was full of wet footprints. Well Hadley put two and two together, decided it must indeed be raining, and that he would not have anything to do with it. He turned around and headed right back to the elevators. I was happy there was a man there to see it, because someone got to share in my laugh at my crazy pup. When we got inside, he still rolled around on the couch like he does when he’s wet, just to make sure that none of the horrible rain managed to get on him. Silly puppy.

I may hate rain, but I love snow!

Since Hadley was most definitely not going on a walk, I decided to use the time to hit up the gym early. I was able to get in a crazy good workout. I continued on with my strength training, mixing it up a little from last week, but doing mostly the same workout. Then, I kicked my own tush on the treadmill. I made up the workout as I went along and rather liked it. Here’s what I did:

Minutes: Pace
1-2: 3.3 – warm up
2-5: 6.0
5-6: 8.0
6-7: 7.0
7-8: 7.5 pace
8-11: 6.0 pace – recovery
11-12: 8.0
12-13: 7.0
13-14: 7.5
Take a water break and repeat above from 14-28 minutes.
28-32: 3.3 – cool down

I was a sweaty mess when I was done! While I was foam rolling along, I received a nice compliment. A lady at the gym introduced herself as a trainer and complimented me on how I always work out hard. She then offered to train me, so the compliment may have been part of a the wooing process all along, but I still appreciated it. I would love to take personal training sessions, but that’s not in the budget. Perhaps one day.

My evening from there was lovely. Usually I’m not done with the gym until 8, but since I went early, I was finished before 7. I was able to use my extra time to fix up a filling lunch for today of lots of veggies, potatoes, and Indian simmer sauce stir fried together. Sodarnfilling.

The night ended in a good way: I popped Smartpop Popcorn and enjoyed it in bed watching American Dreams. I think popcorn and TV is my new favorite bedtime activity for those nights were Chris is working dreadfully late. That and of course cuddling with Hadley.

Hug me, kiss me, love me.

NYC Record Heat

What does one wear in weather that feels like 116 degrees? In NYC? I know that some places get that hot regularly, but here in NYC, we don’t do this kind of weather. The city is smelly and hot. The train took 45 minutes instead of its regular 20. The crazy people that roam the streets of the somewhat shady area I work in have gotten crazier. A homeless man threw a bottle top at me and yelled something unrecognizable. For all of this, I blame the heat.

This morning, I couldn’t figure out how to still be office appropriate (aka not show up in a bathing suit which is probably the only thing I actually wanted to wear) and not become an utter mess on my commute. I went with my lightest of sun dresses and hoped that it would the trick. So far, its passing the test.

But 116 degrees? Ohmygosh I hope this breaks soon. Yesterday, I sweated more going to and from Pilates than I did at the class, which I know is a sexy over-share. And now I am over-complaining. It’s just that my brain cannot comprehend this hot hot heat. See, it’s really all the heats fault.

Baby brother is coming in tomorrow to watch HP at night, and we had planned on adventuring around the City during the day. What does one do in NYC in this extreme heat? Preferably something that doesn’t involve a massive amount of sweating and does involve air conditioning?

I have some beat the heat plans going on tonight that I’m excited about though:

– Attending temple services in my AIR CONDITIONED synagogue
– Dinner at 5 Napkins Burger to finally try out their raved about veggie burger in their AIR CONDITIONED dining room
– Drinks at a local bar suggested by a co-worker that has been promised to be AIR CONDITIONED

Stay cool everyone! Remember that your pets get hot, too! Keep the A/C on for them when you’re out, keep walks to a quick-need-be basis, and lots and lots of water. For gosh sakes, don’t even bring your poor dog in a car in this weather.

Of course ignore all this pet advice if you happen to own an iguana. I believe they like the sun?

Strenght Training Firsts

Super exhausted today and not a 100% sure why. Perhaps it’s the heat wave we are experiencing? NYC in 95 degree heat is no fun, especially the subways which smell awful. People stink in this heat. It’s no fun to ride up next to them. This heat wave isn’t scheduled to break until Monday, and I will welcome the drop to a chilly eighty something degrees. I do cold much better than heat these days.

Yesterday I did my first strength training work out, which I modified from a post I read on Tina’s blog.

Sets: 2
Reps: 12
Weight: 10lb hand weights
Workout:
– Push-ups
– Upright Rows
– Shoulder Press
– Hammer Curls
– Dips

When I was done pumping iron, I stuck with Carrots n’ Cake for a cardio workout that I also modified to my needs:
– 00:00 – 05:00: 6.3 mph
– 05:00 – 07:00: 6.5 mph
– 07:00 – 09:00: 6.6 mph
– 09:00 – 11:00: 6.7 mph
– 11:00 – 16:00: 6.8 mph
– 16:00 – 18:00: 6.0 mph
– 18:00 – 21:00: 6.5 mph
– 21:00 – 22:00: 6.7 mph
– 22:00 – 23:00: 7.5 mph
– 23:00 – 24:00: 6.5 mph
– 24:00 – 25:00: 7.5 mph
– 25:00 – 30:00: 3.6 mph (cool down walk)

I was an exhausted, sweaty mess after my work out. I did find the strength to go for falafel, though. Yum.
The night ended as all good weeknights do: a trip to the dog park with my boys, reading a little from a great book, and watching some Parks & Recreation.

Let’s hope I get my energy back up for Pilates tonight!

It’s a hot one

My morning started with a run along the river with Chris. It wasn’t as easy as our first run, because I’m still a little sore from my kickboxing mishap. Also, since we’re in the middle of a heat wave, it was already decently hot at 7AM. Still, we got in our 25 minutes and were able to match each others pace. I love running with Chris, because there’s no way I’d pull myself out of bed earlier than I need to without knowing that he’s doing this with me.

My office is closed today and tomorrow. Today I deemed my relaxing day and spent it catching up with Make It or Break It (a so bad it’s good show) and starting Parenthood (this series seems actually good). I also took Hadley to the dog park. I didn’t grab my camera and missed out on some great photo ops. Not only did Hadley have a great time playing ball with another Welshie, he also tried to fit himself into a bucket to keep cool and when that didn’t work rolled around in a mud puddle. Needless to say, he  was so messy that I had to carry him into the bathtub so he didn’t get paw prints all over my apartment!

I also visited the library to pick up a DVD for Chris and discovered that they have an updated CD collection. I took out five CDs – Bob Dylan, Rascall Flats, Kelly Pickler, Nickel Creek, and Kenny Chesney – and I’m currently loading them onto my Ipod. Sweet!

Tonight, Chris and I are meeting to get a little shopping done. I’m hoping to follow it up with some Mexican food, because I’m craving it something fierce. Anyone know any good Mexican food in NYC? I’m fine with Tex-Mex, but not so much with all this expensive fancy Mexi food I keep running into here.

How did you spend this super hot day?

Oh happy day

April has not only brought lots of showers (let’s hope for lots of May flowers!), but it’s also brought with it a lot of stress-inducing events. I seemed to have stumbled into a run of mishaps and little annoyances that were really starting to take their toll. But yesterday, my April began to turn around. Yesterday was a great day. Why was yesterday so happy? Let me bullet-point it for you (because to me, a good list is happy):

  • Work was very productive. I enjoy a day where I keep busy and achieve my work-day goals.
  • It was supposed to rain all day, but the afternoon was warm and sunny. I got to venture outside for lunch without my winter jacket.
  • Hadley went to the groomer. I dropped him off before work and picked him up afterwards. The groomer said he did so well hanging out with her all day that from now on she’s going to charge us less because he is such a pleasure. Also, Hadley doesn’t smell like wet dog anymore.
  • I weighed myself for the first time in a month, so I could know how much weight I have to lose to reach my cruise-time goal. I lost a pound in March will aiming to maintain my current weight, so this was a happy surprise.
  • My run on the treadmill yesterday was a great one. I had lots of energy and my two miler felt good. I was able to rock out a sub-8 minute mile for my second mile, and I could have gone faster if I knew I would have so much left at the end. It feels good to be getting back into a running groove.
  • Chris got out of work before midnight!!! In fact he got out of work in time for a late dinner. This only happens once in a while, since he is mid trial and is absolutely slammed at work. We went out to dinner at a local pub-style restaurant where we kicked back, enjoyed a beer, and I polished off a delicious ahi tuna salad.
  • We caught up on bad TV together. Nothing is more fun that watching truly bad TV with the man you love.

Let’s hope April is now on the up and up!

Winter, I’m Over You

Every year there comes a time where I am completely over my winter clothes. That time this year is NOW. I am going to try my best to avoid wearing heavy stockings for the rest of the season. I probably will have to still wear my thin pairs, but I’m going to do my best to avoid those, too. Today I wore a skirt with boots and no stockings and was good to go, but if I go out at night I probably need to throw on a pair.

To combat my winter blues, I am wearing a sunny bright yellow sweater today. Its making me feel like warm is on its way.

Here’s a list of things about winter that I am over:

– I’m over having to wear so many layers outside, that I immediately start sweating when I get inside.

– I’m over having to shop or be in a restaurant while juggling a jacket, sweater, gloves, earmuffs, and scarf.

– I’m over having to wear super thick stockings. This is one of my favorite things to do in December, but now I’m over it.

– I’m over my jacket having its top button missing, but I cannot take it to get fixed until I can go outside without it.

– I’m over not wanting to venture out on a weekend afternoon, because it’s so much warmer in my apartment.

– I’m over that dark dreary and somewhat dirty veil that is over the city in the winter.

– I’m really over not being able to commute in flip flops.

So yes, I am ready for spring.

What are you over about winter?

This Week’s Loves #6

This is a weekly post where I take time to be thankful for the small extras that made me happy this past week.

– Teaching Hadley to jump on the bed on the count of three. This is both cute and convenient.

I like to learn new tricks. I'm smart like that.

– Trying out a new falafel place near my apartment where I got to add my own toppings.

Maoz.

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– NYC soaring to 60 degrees on Friday.

– Wearing my awesome Nordstrom’s Rack find for the first time.

My most favorite heels ever.

– Watching Hadley go mud-splashing in the dog park. He needed a bath afterwards, but he had so much fun doing it.

– Rocking a denim mini skirt from AE out on Friday. I haven’t been able to wear a denim mini since 1L year.

My first purchase off my Spring Wish List.

 – Having a family sleepover after dinner on Saturday night.

– Enjoying pizza I made in my own oven.

Out of the oven.

– Running my first sub-8 minute mile in probably as many years.

– Purchasing the Victoria Secret yoga shorties I have been eyeing for over a month. Pilates makes a tush look good!

– Having a three day weekend to celebrate our Presidents.

Thanks Mr. Presidents!

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What are your loves from this past week?