A Day in the Life {10.28.2014}

I have never done a “day in the life” post before, but always enjoy reading them.. so here goes!

6:30 – Alarm goes off, hit snooze

6:40- Alarm goes off again, make grumpy noises, get out of bed.

6:41-6:50 – Brush teeth, wash face (say yes to cucumbers face cloth)

6:51 – Buddy has followed me into the bathroom, I head downstairs with him and let him out into the backyard.

6:53 – Realize the dry dog food container is empty. Crap! Grab it and head downstairs to the basement and fill it up. Buddy follows me down and grabs a few nibbles from the top (apparently fresh dog food is the best kind). Put about a half cup of the dry food (Blue Buffalo) in his bowl and bring it up with me and let him eat on the landing for the stairs.

6:55 – Head back upstairs and change quickly. I got a new ThredUp order in recently so I throw on a new shirt that I really like and a pair of black pants. Put on deodorant and earrings and head back downstairs.

7:00 – Start throwing together a few snacks for the day. Rinse off a bunch of grapes and throw a greek yogurt into my lunch bag. I decide I am going to run out and get a salad for lunch.

7:05-7:15 – I showered the night before and blew out my hair, but it looks a little blah. I blow out a few sections with a round brush to freshen it up and put on a little makeup (mascara, pressed powder  in the t-zone and  a little bronzer for the cheeks). Buddy followed me into the bathroom.

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7:15-7:20 – Let bud out again to chase birds and make my coffee. We have a keurig and I have been loving my reusable kcup with green mountain french vanilla coffee. Mmm.

7:20 – running late. boo. run back upstairs and grab a pair of socks (its a weird fall day where the high is close to 70 but my feet get cold at my desk, so I want emergency socks for cold feet) give bud a few kisses and then drop my keys. loudly! I hope I didn’t wake Chris up.

7:38-8:20 – arrive at work. start my computer and check emails for a little while. I have a video meeting at 9am so I print anything that I may need for that while drinking my coffee. Also, someone brought in munchkins… so I have 3.

8:20-8:50 – keep up with emails and check my library stats (I do this every morning to see how we are doing for the month). For the month of October we have had 1,802 physical items (books, DVDs, etc.) go out. Not bad! A little lower than last year but I am happy with it. I also check streaming video stats and see that teachers are already using it this morning (more good news!). I always check streaming to make sure that it is working properly. We have two outside vendors that supply the videos and sometimes the websites go down.conference1 A Day in the Life {10.28.2014}

9-10:15 – head to the other side of the building for my video conference. I regret not eating my yogurt before the meeting! I thankfully brought my grapes with me. My meeting is with other librarians in NYS. As a group we work together to get group pricing on educational DVDs. We talk about things that are new in our area and discuss any older projects we may want to renew. We assign different vendors to everyone attending the meeting to work with for the school year. Our next meeting is in the a few weeks in Syracuse and I need to decide if I want to drive out for it or attend it via video again… hmm.

10:15 – Greek yogurt and cereal time!

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10:15-11:45 – Look into a professional development streaming company and contact for information. Contact a a company discussed during the meeting about a DVD group buy that we are interested in previewing.  Answer teacher emails and trouble shoot a few catalog issues.

11:50-12:00 – head outside for a quick walk around the building. It’s a nicer than usual day so I wanted to make sure to get outside for a little bit.

12:00-12:45 – head to subway and get a chopped salad. I don’t know what it is about these, but I always really like them. I bring my salad back to work and eat it with a few coworkers. I had jalapenos in my salad and good lord was it spicy! my mouth was burning for a long time! (ate so fast I didn’t remember to take a picture).

12:45-1 – back at my desk I work on updating the budget app that Chris and I share (YNAB). We started using it before we moved last year and have been pretty good about tracking out spending with it. I am thinking of having him write a blog post about it, would you guys be interested?

1-1:45 – spent the majority of the time working on replying to emails, tracking streaming usage (lots of Halloween videos being used today!) and researching new vendors we may work with. I also check on a book order I placed about a week ago.

2- get up, refill water bottle and stretch legs by doing a lap around the building.

2:10 – 3:10 – continue working on a few different projects. call my grandparents and leave them a message thanking them for my AAA membership renewal (the best). grab a slice of lemon blueberry cake that my coworker brought in yesterday for my birthday. so so good! the perfect afternoon pick-me-up before heading home.

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3:10- leave work

3:30 – arrive home, let pooches out. upload picture of cooper to instagram because he’s just so darn cute.

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3:40 – 4:30 – take buddy on a mile walk, and play a few fetch with his favorite new frisbee. The glove was not because it was cold, it is more to avoid dog slobber.

 

4:35 – feed the pups, take everyone out again.

4:45 – throw together a quick snack plate because I am getting pretty hungry. eat it on the couch while playing around on my phone.

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5 – run upstairs and change into comfy clothes, realize laundry needs to be done so I grab the basket and bring it down with me.

5:15 – put in load of laundry, survey fridge and see that Chris didn’t bring the leftover roasted chicken to work. Huzzah!

5:30 – cup up a small butternut squash and roast it with a little olive oil and balsamic to go along with my chicken.

6 – relax on couch with pups and catch up on some TV that I have missed in the past few weeks (new girl, A to Z, bones)

6:15 – take squash out of the oven, move laundry, head back to couch.

6:15- 7 – continue tv binge

7 – eat dinner! it may not be the prettiest meal, but it certainly hit the spot!

 

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8-9 take dogs out, finish watching tv on the couch and then head up to bed so I can put on an episode of Arrow before falling asleep

10:30 – most definitely asleep.

12am – Chris gets home from work and we talk about things that I can’t remember (this happens all the time). I remember getting out of bed because I am REALLY hot because I fell asleep with my hair down. I find a hair-tie and put my hair in bun on top of my head and go back to sleep.

 

Reflections on turning 26

Well hello there! Here it is, my first blog post as a 26 year old. I have been celebrating all weekend with family and friends and feel like I need a weekend from my weekend to recover. Friday was spent with my mister- I had the most delicious eggs benedict ever and then we spent the day relaxing.

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Friday night we went out to dinner with my parents and had a great time. The Olde Bryan Inn is one of my favorites in Saratoga Springs, if you are local to upstate NY and haven’t been there, check it out! I had the turkey dinner sandwich and only ate half (damn homemade potato chips at the bar!).  Saturday we had dinner at Stout and saw comedian Amy Schumer at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Amy was hilarious. Such a funny (and very very dirty) lady.

I had such a great time with my library loves!

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Reflections on 25: 

I am honestly looking forward to being 26. 25 was a rough year for me. Lots of ups and downs and my fair share of anxiety. So far it has been a great few days! I am hoping to string together as many of those days as I can. After avoiding the blog for the majority of last year, I started blogging again because I find a lot of happiness in posting. I have been blogging for over 5 years (wowza!) and really enjoy looking back and seeing how my life has changed. Looking back  at recipes, birthday and holiday recaps and the ever evolving love for my Squashington is a one of the most amazing parts of blogging. This year I am going to really try to focus on the things that make me happy.

 I would love advice on how you stay happy. If you deal with any sort of anxiety, how do you get past it?

 

Fall Bucket List 2014 {Update}

Just over a month ago I put together a fall bucket list. I thought it was time for an update!

Carve a pumpkin

pumpkins Fall Bucket List 2014 {Update}

A few weeks ago my good friend Amanda hosted a pumpkin carving party! I flexed my awful pumpkin carving skills once again and am the artist behind the toothless looking pumpkin 3 pumpkins in from the right. Even though my pumpkin was pretty silly looking, I had an awesome time!

Visit Olana

Done! I visited Olana this past weekend with my brother and his girlfriend and a great time.

Go kayaking

I unfortunately haven’t gone kayaking this year! Maybe there is still time to go before it gets too cold out.

Go apple picking

apples Fall Bucket List 2014 {Update}

I went apple picking about a month ago! I didn’t take many pictures, but I did manage to get a half peck of apples and my share of apple cider donuts. Mmmm.

Make an Autumn wreath

Hasn’t happened! I actually found my fall wreath from last year and I actually like it… so I have a feeling this isn’t going to happen.

Clean out ALL closets (how does it seem that every closet in my house is jammed with crap after one year?)

Kinda done? I cleaned out all of my clothing closets. I went through all of my clothes and sent a jam packed bag to ThredUp. I have had good luck with ThredUp before and wanted to see what I could get for the clothes that I absolutely wasn’t wearing anymore. I am planning on going through the other closets soon!

Host / Attend a Fall beer tasting. (I do not enjoy beer that much. But I wish I did! I am going to try to sway my taste buds this year)

Not done yet… soon!

5 new fall recipes (excited about this one!)

I have cooked quite a bit lately, but haven’t done any original recipe development. Recently I have made broccoli cheddar soup, spanish rice stuffed peppers, stuffed chicken,  and  one of my new favorites- a whole chicken in the crockpot. I have also been eating a lot of turkey sandwiches, eggs and butternut squash.

Olana {The Home of Artist Frederick Church}

One of the big things on my bucket list this year was to visit Olana. Olana is a historic site that is only about an hour away from my home. I have wanted to visit for quite a while, but never made the trip down to actually visit. This past Saturday I convinced my brother Andy and his girlfriend Lauren that it was a good idea to visit. We hit the road at around noon and arrive just before 1:30pm. We didn’t make a home tour reservation before we went (mistake) but were lucky to get onto a tour anyway.

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The home was built in the early 1870’s after the Church family returned from a trip to the Middle East. The home may seem odd from the outside, but stylistically it makes more sense when inside. Generally homes in the Middle East are built around a central atrium- Olana is built in a similar style, but the central hall is inclosed due to the fact that we live in upstate New York.

olanafront Olana  {The Home of Artist Frederick Church}

The Middle Eastern architecture is similar to what they would have seen while visiting Beirut, Jerusalem and Damascus. Because of the wonderful views (the house is situated on the top of a large hill) many large windows were also incorporated into the design. From the inside these arched windows are framed and make the views seem like works of art themselves.

view1 Olana  {The Home of Artist Frederick Church}Unfortunately the house did not allow pictures on the inside, but I can tell you that the home is beautiful (photos of the inside can be found here).  Original artwork by Frederick Church and other artists from the Hudson River School can be found in every room of the house. All of the furniture in the home is original as well. Lockwood de Forest (a student of Frederick Church) contributed many hand carved wooden pieces into the home. These carvings were insanely impressive. Intricate wooden fireplace mantels, the wooden balcony, and many pieces of furniture can be found throughout.

After the tour of the house we decided to explore the grounds a bit.

After leaving this lookout point we were caught in a freezing cold rainstorm. We made our way back to the car as fast as possible and then explored Downtown Hudson for a bit. After hitting up a food-truck for some delicious chicken soft tacos, we headed home. It was a great day! I highly recommend visiting Olana if you live in tri-state area!

Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon

Heather and I woke up excited and ready to get going at 5:30am to get to the half marathon. We wanted to get there early enough to take the bus to the start (we were told the busses would stop at about 6:45am). I knew the weather was going to be about 60 degrees by the time we were really running- so longer shorts, tank top and long sleeve (thin) running shirt were thrown on and a cup of coffee was inhaled.

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I tried to eat a bagel and peanut butter, but my god did that taste like sawdust. It was the last thing in the world I wanted to eat. I had about a bite before I gave up and just drank more water. Heather and I packed up the car and hit the road by about 5:45am. We arrived in downtown albany in the riverfront parking garage by about 6:30. We put on gloves (best idea ever) and our throw away sweatshirts and tucked away our fuel and water bottles and made our way to the bus.

 

After the warm bus trip to the start, we made our way off the bus and met up with Jen. Heather and I were so lucky to run this course with Jen! She has run the race a few times and knew exactly what to expect. She also volunteered to be our pacer, which was amazing. I know for a fact that without Jen I would have started out insanely fast and would have most likely decided to stop in at a bar for a nap somewhere along mile 8-10. After about 100 pee stops it was time to line up! After ditching my sweatshirt it was time to get moving! One thing that caught my off guard was how FAST the race started. Not complaining at all, but in most races that I have done there is usually a national anthem or something signalling the beginning of the race. Here is was more like…3..2..1..! GO!

The first 2-3 miles were a bit congested with a little weaving. We managed to run the first 5 or so miles at a 10:05ish (not official) pace. This seemed fast for us. We were hoping to stay somewhere in between 10:15-10:40 for pace for the entire race, so having this speedier pace was okay but a little nerve wracking. We didn’t want to burn ourselves out! Mile 5 or so I took a few of my Honey Stinger chews and drank a bit of water. At this point during the race we were running on a straight away for quite a long time. It wasn’t very interesting, but it was nice and flat and the miles flew by. By the time we made it back onto the running trail we were just over mile 8. At this point I just kept thinking ONLY 5 MORE MILES! It seemed like nothing compared to what we had already ran, but man I was feeling tired. We kept trucking along at a decent pace until about mile 10. At mile 10 we were pooped. At this point we started to break off a bit from each other. Mostly we just slingshot each other with walk breaks and running for the last three miles.

That last mile was killer. Actually, the last half a mile or so is killer. At that point I was so ready for it to be done! There were more spectators at this point, so it kept me going. The finish just seemed so far away! Eventually I saw the finish in sight so I kept moving (albeit rather slowly…) and then I was done! Huzzah! I hobbled off the course and grabbed a water bottle and saw Jen and Heather cross together.

Results:

Official time: 2:19:12 (10:38/ mile)

Overall place: 597

Division Place: 28 (for females 25-29)

 

It was such an amazing race! I managed to take 5 minutes and 52 seconds off of my previous half marathon time, so I couldn’t be happier. I felt really good after the race and was just so excited.

 

After having such a craptastic training for this I didn’t have high hopes for myself. My knee held up and my back felt great. Even writing this now (the morning after) I am feeling pretty good. Usual tightness that will be foam rolled into oblivion. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone local who is looking for their next half marathon!

Photos 3 & 6 via Heather on Instagram