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What I'm Into Wednesday - FREE TIME!

This week's Wednesday blog is smack dab in the middle of a no social media week...so there's a good chance absolutely nobody is reading it, seeing as how I can't link it to anything.

That sounds weird, but it's awesome. This week has been amazing and I've had so much free time. This blog is dedicated to all the things I've done with the time I usually spent scrolling the socials.

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I love reading. Fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction. You name it, I love it. One of the girls on my retreat in August was reading this book, so I picked it up at Powell's. Yes, in August and I'm just reading it now. It was sad, hopeful, emotionally tough, and beautifully written. ROOM. Quick synopsis: girl gets abducted in college, kept in a storage shed for 7 years with unspeakable things done to her by her captor, has a child, raises him in this Room. Prepare yourself for tears, but it was worth it. A stunning book. 

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As some of you know, Angelo ran a 2:59 marathon at Ventura on Sunday. First off, let's just collectively say HOLY SHIT THAT'S FAST! While he was running and I was stressing out and stalking the runner tracking I needed to pre-occupy myself. So I baked. Bakerita is one of my favorite food bloggers and her paleo friendly, vegan friendly, healthy-ish options are always the bomb. I don't think I've ever made anything that didn't turn out good. This week it was snickerdoodles! I happened to have all the ingredients in the house already. These almond flour and coconut flour based cookies turned out amazing (and made the house smell awesome)! We've been eating them all week.

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After his successful marathon attempt, I went to the grocery store to stock up on all of Angelo's favorite things to celebrate with when he came home that night. One of which is kombucha. We both like many flavors from many companies and usually pick based on what is on sale. So this week at Lazy Acres I picked up two Health Ade flavors: Pink Lady Apple and Power Greens. Power Greens is my jam. Spirulina, camu camu, and a few other fancy superfoods turn this already healthy beverage into a super power. And a delicious one at that!

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Spoiler alert for the last category, but we got a new couch. In the process of putting it together (the first time) we needed some serious musical enjoyment. Angelo chose the new Kendrick Lamar album. Damn, it's good. I've heard the two or three songs that the radio (over)plays but I hadn't heard the whole thing yet. It was such a great reminder of how much I like good hip hop. I've been listening to hip hop nonstop since then.

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As alluded to above, we got a new (to us) couch! Angelo's sister upgraded and passed along their Ikea couch. As much shit as we all like to give Ikea, sometimes they nail it. This couch is one of those times. The chaise end lifts and has storage underneath and the couch side has a pull out section that pops up to make a full bed. PERFECT! We needed a replacement for our super heavy, completely Arlo-d, uncomfortable pull out couch. Only problem: when we put it together and put it in our living room, I realized the color was all wrong. For a few moments (ok, the rest of the night) I pouted. But upon waking the next day, I thought "hey, I bet I can re-upholster this." It's all square/rectangular pieces and Ikea simply used a staple gun to attach the fabric in the first place. So one staple gun, lots of staples, a few hours of sweatily being angry at having to take apart and put back together an Ikea item, 12 yards of fabric (thanks Discount Fabrics on Adams), and 4 hours of stapling and VOILA! We have a practically brand new couch. Projects are fun. Do them more.

What I'm Into Wednesday - Eclipse Week

As I write this it's Monday the 21st of August. In fact, we're just an hour or so shy of the solar eclipse. But guess what? I'm totally unprepared and don't have eclipse glasses. So I'll be shielding my fragile retinas while all you smart people stare at the sun.

Despite the solar eclipse being the center of most attention for the past week or so, this week's edition of the blog has nothing to do with sun!

Enjoy! 

LP

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I've been on a reading kick (yay!). I love reading, but fall off the train occasionally and it takes me far too long to pick up a book and start again. Last week I finished The Lost City of the Monkey God (a nonfiction book about an archaeological hunt in Honduras) and started a new novel, The House of the Spirits. It's long, and haunting, and quite frankly tough to read. But I'm enjoying it. I found that I needed something non fiction to intersperse with this novel, something to distract my mind so I picked up The 4 Hour Chef. I haven't read Tim Ferriss in quite some time and never read this book. I'm fascinated - in part because I know nothing about cooking and in part because the examples, stories, short cuts, etc are exactly what I love about his body of work. 

 

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Podcast time!  I've talked about How I Built This from NPR on this blog before, but I want to highlight a specific episode this week. I've been feeling a little stressed/lost/unsure of my path for the past few days (nothing in specific, more of a general unease and uncertainty) and I came across the episode with Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. And while I've never worn Spanx, I'm so blown away by her as a female entrepreneur. This is from a different episode, but did you know that only 2% of female entrepreneurs and their businesses ever make over $1 million?? My mind is blown. This was great motivation to keep working, pushing, and edging towards some big goals.

 

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Sometimes you just crave familiarity. In surroundings, in people, and (for me at least) in food. This weekend I had the weirdest craving for cinnamon toast. My mom used to keep one of those pizza place shakers (that are usually full of parmesan cheese) full of cinnamon and sugar and one of my favorite snacks was toast with butter and cinnamon and sugar. Of course, back then it was white bread, margarine, and white sugar... but I can modify a little today. I used Alvarado Street Bakery bread (yay 6g of protein per slice), coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. It was delish. And nothing beats the smell of toast and cinnamon together. 

 

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I took Arlo on a half day trip up to North County this weekend. He loves car rides, sticking his head out the window, and going to new places - so this was a perfect outing on a hot Saturday afternoon. Our last stop of the day was at a bakery/cafe called 2Good2B in Encinitas. I simply googled "gluten free bakery" in San Diego county and this was at the top of every list. Holy crap, I can see why. Not only did the bakery case look amazing, but all of the food at the cafe was drool inducing. And EVERYTHING they make is GF, free of corn, and free of soy. I was meeting my friends Amanda and Antonette later in the evening so I picked up a few cupcakes for us to enjoy: coconut passionfruit and GF/dairy free carrot cake. I'm a carrot cake fiend, so that won for me. But I'll definitely be visiting them again!

 

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In Vancouver last week, we partook in The Crate Escape. Here's the gist: mobile storytelling event. Run (or walk) around your city to different landmarks with a milk crate. Someone (who volunteered to tell their story around a specific theme) gets picked, stands on top of the milk crate, and tells a story for 5-8 minutes. Then you move on to the next place and start again. It was so fun! A great adventure to see a (new for us) city and to hear stories you didn't know people had. It made me realize how much I love story telling (and truly how bad I am at it). We've become this short attention span, want info now and quick, culture and the art of verbal storytelling is being lost. There are storytelling events in every city. Get out and find one! 

What I'm Into Wednesday - The UGH Edition

Sometimes you just feel....UGH. What do you do? No, seriously, what do you do when you feel that way?

I need alone time. I had a convo with the bf earlier this week about this (he totally gets it) but what came up that was kind of funny was that alone time for me means really, truly, alone. And having a dog makes that tricky. 

What's one to do? Well, I got a sub for my Tuesday yoga class next week and am taking a solo day.

Suggestions on where to go and what to do are being accepted as we speak!

This blog has nothing to do with that. Enjoy.

Hear

The next few weeks will be full of podcasts for the "hear" section of this blog. While I was doing my little corporate gig last week, I spent a lot of time in the car and caught up on the past few months of podcasts (I've been slacking). This week is all about a This American Life podcast titled "Act V". It's a whole show dedicated to a prison performance of Act V of Hamlet. It tackles the similarities between the murderous story line of Hamlet and some of the real life crimes committed by the men in the play, as well the struggle we can feel with getting to know someone and then finding out dark things about their past. It's fascinating.

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While I wish they'd disappear overnight, my foot aches and pains are sticking around. Luckily (as noted in last week's blog) I have lots of tools in my toolbox these days. One of which is Recovery Balm by Saje. Yup, my favorite Canadian essential oil/wellness brand is back. This balm is the perfect consistency for massaging (ouch) the foot and smells wonderful. Spoiler - only available in Canada. Call a friend up north!

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We went to a classic summer picnic last Saturday evening with some friends. I'm talking complete with grilled chicken, corn, veggies, etc. Naturally, the only thing to top it off would be a classic summery dessert! I found a gluten free berry crisp recipe on Food Network, altered it a little (why do they put so much sugar in things?), and it was a hit! Check it out - and my suggestion: ditch all of the sugar and use about half the amount of coconut sugar in the topping only. PS It makes a great breakfast the next day!

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Urban hammock. We all love sitting in a hammock reading a book, but for some reason most of us have decided we can only do that if we are somewhere like a lake or camping. Why? I asked myself this question and set my hammock up on our front porch. I strung it up between the two front porch pillars. It was heavenly. Immediately upped the relaxation level! I highly suggest it. And if you're looking for a good hammock, look no further than ENO (no, I'm not affiliated with them in any way). 

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Last week (I think?) I posted an IG photo about the stuff we don't see on social media. The "other" stuff. The shitty things. The things that go wrong. It felt so good to do. To break that pattern of only showing the highlights. Well a good friend read it and thought so too, and in response sent me a link to a heartwrenching story. Be prepared, this does not have a happy ending. But it was a powerful piece on a collegiate runner who committed suicide. It's beautifully written and, I think, will strike a chord with most of us. Even if it doesn't feel like it relates to you specifically, we have all felt this way about social media at some point. Just know you're not getting into a happy story.

 

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Fuck Yeah Edition

Life ebbs and flows. There's an undeniable ride that it takes you on - from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and all of the mini stops in between. Whether I'm at the top of looking up from the bottom, I'm always searching for and utilizing ways to stay mentally engaged, in the game, and motivated.

This week is dedicated to the tried and true and new and amazing things I've found that keep me moving towards being the best version of myself.

xoxo

LP

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This week is more of a feel, a sensory experience, than an action or activity. There's a clothing brand called good hYOUman. They're stuff is Made in America, is SO SOFT, and has some of the best design. My personal fav? An old tank that says "Hustle: never stop, ever". It's a great boost and reminder. 

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A few months ago I read You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I thought it was hilarious, poignant, motivating, and really, really spot on. So I was excited to see she wrote another book. You Are A Badass At Making Money released recently and I jumped right on it. We all have such unique, complicated, and frankly fucked up viewpoints of money. How much is enough? How much is too much? What does money do to people? Is it okay to want more money? Does that make us bad people? And in reality, money is a necessity. It isn't evil. Or good. We choose how we use it and how we let it influence our lives. But we need it. And wanting it isn't inherently bad. So cheers to abundance - and not feeling weird about it. 

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I try to shy away from being too vocal about my dietary choices because I believe each person should make their own choices based on their own bodies and nobody likes to be made to feel shitty about the decision they make. For the purpose of sharing this info, it is important to note that I've been dairy and gluten free for about a month (and it's going well for me). But I desperately miss donuts. Luckily, my friend Amanda discovered the amazing Coronado's Gluten Free Pantry which sets up shop weekly at the North Park Farmer's Market (on Thursdays). Last week we meandered up and tried out the strawberry vanilla donuts. YES YES YES. Donuts inspire me to happiness. 

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Y'all know all about my obsession with Saje essential oils, but this smell comes from another brand: Pharmaca. I don't personally buy them but the lovely ladies at Buddhi Yoga have the studio stocked. This week I tried Pure Joy. It was the right amount of floral meets earthy to be just perfect for a Monday boost for the week!

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Watching You Breathe by Jacoo. Rhythmic, sexy, soft, and great lyrics. All the wins. 

 

What I'm Into Wednesday - Marathon Training Edition

The Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday...and I won't be there this year. While I'm incredibly bummed to be missing one of my all time favorite races, I am stoked to be healthy this year and moving forward towards re-qualifying (while feeling good)!

I'm running the OC Marathon on May 7th and I am in the middle of my last big, big week of training. That sparked the idea for this week's What I'm Into post: Marathon essentials.

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If you're looking for motivation to start running long distance, keep running long distance, or decide to take on a new running challenge, I have an author for you! Christopher McDougall has a few excellent running books. Most of us have (at least) heard of Born to Run - the book that birthed the barefoot running movement. But did you know he wrote another book? Natural Born Heroes is my favorite of the two - running meets nutrition meets history.

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I don't listen to music while I run. I used to but I broke my trusty iPod while training for a race about 4 years ago and just never replaced it. When I do have solo long runs that I need a boost for I listen to podcasts! This podcast plug goes to perennial favorite Tim Ferriss. He interviewed Ricardo Semler, who is a Brazilian businessman known for his radical re-organization of industrial democracy. Sounds boring, right? Totally not. This guy is full of life lessons. 

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My go to hydration brand, nuun hydration, just dropped a brand new product that I'm pretty excited about. Nuun Performance adds back in the carbohydrates necessary for sustained or intense exercise (yup, marathon training falls in there) while still being one of the cleanest options out there. I am a little bummed that they are discontinuing Plus, which was a carbohydrate tablet that you could add to your nuun, but I'm happy with the replacement. Shhhh.... I still have a stockpile of Plus. If you do too, try chewing them instead of dissolving them. It's a game changer. 

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I'm experimenting with diet as I approach the last month before the marathon. One of my explorations is into the world of gluten and dairy free nutrition. While it's not hard to eat that way on a daily basis, finding pre-run (or during run fuel) that keeps with that is more challenging. Last week I made grain and dairy free banana muffins that were perfect for popping a few before a long run. And they smelled bomb. Like the best banana bread does.

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You need to go to Milestone Running in North Park. Go to say hi to the guys (and Julie). Or to pet China. Or to try on cool clothes. Or buy sweet Stance socks. Or stock up on your fav hydration and nutrition. OR buy new shoes (duh). May I recommend... the Saucony Freedom! What?? Not New Balance. I know. I'm shocked too. But they are amazing and will be my race day shoe.

 

So if you remember, send me some good vibes on Sunday, May 7th. I'll need them!

xoxo

LP