Chicago Love

    What with the miserable weather lately I decided to write chicago a list of the things i love about it to help make me less miserable and stir crazy. i really do love this city… just not most months out of the year. is that so bad?

    1. The skyline. When you’re driving home from work and it’s a clear night and the sun is setting and the buildings are just beckoning you home you remember why you love it here. Or when you’re driving back from the south- aka anywhere on 55. amazing.

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    2. The beach. YES. chicago has beaches! no. i don’t swim in the lake. no. i don’t go to the beach often. but i love knowing it’s there.

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    3. Speaking of the beach, it makes for a lovely running path! The running path is beautiful in the summer and magical in the winter. Don’t run? Try rollerblading. Walking. Biking. Just watch out for the asshole bikers. most bikers are fine but some are just plain jerks. 

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    4. Fests!! 

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    5. Rooftop bars. From friend’s houses to actual bars drinking outside is kind of the best thing for chicagoans. really we like to drink. and be outside the few months we can. so combining the two is perfect!

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    6. Boistown. Yes. All big cities have ‘em. but of course Chicago’s holds a special place in my heart. And pride and market days are kind of amazing. 

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    7. TBOX! Sure it’s only one day a year but it’s something to look forward to in that weird time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And while it gets a little crazy sometimes who doesn’t like throwing trix at random passers by while wearing a santa hat?

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    8. FOOOOOOOD. So much food. and i’m vegan so that’s saying something. From the diner to Karyn’s to Native Foods to Kitchen 17 to pick me up cafe to… i could go on all day. It’s a little ridiculous.

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    9. Sunday Funday. You can funday anywhere but Chicago really does it right. From Scarlet’s champagne bottles (with closed curtains it might as well be night!) to millions of bottomless mimosa options to make your own bloody bars from the west side to the north side there’s something for everyone!

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    10. Music. It’s no LA or Austin but there’s so much music here. All the big names come through. And the medium names. And the small ones. Huge venues. Small venues. Weeknights. Weekends. There’s always someone good playing. 

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    • 3 months ago

    neti!

    feeling a bit under the weather today. i’ve had this bizarre cough for a couple weeks where my only symptoms were a weird cough and hoarse voice after talking a lot. but no soreness, didn’t feel sick, no congestion, etc. But yesterday i woke up in agony at 4am because swallowing hurt so bad! it was awful. i offered god a million dollars if i would never have to swallow again. that’s how bad it was. i didn’t even think “but terry- you don’t believe in god” or “if god does exist, he surely doesn’t want your money” or “you don’t have a million dollars, silly girl”. when i woke up i used my neti pot and HOLY COW. instant cure. i used my neti again last night before bed and again this morning. i don’t want that awful throat pain to come back EVER. 

    if you’ve never used a neti pot before they’re pretty awesome. i don’t know how that whole nose thing works but somehow you pour water in one side and it comes out the other like magic. it’s pretty cool the first time! the trick is getting the ratio of water to salt just right. if you don’t then you might have some discomfort when you’re using your neti. unfortunately i had that the first couple times i used mine, so after that i just used less water so it would be over quicker. BAD IDEA. once i finally started using the right proportions (a lot more water for the amount of salt i was using) there was zero discomfort. and of course since i do this over my bathroom sink i make faces at myself in the mirror while using it. i’m cool like that, you know.

    so if you haven’t tried a neti pot and have any weird sinus issues or congestion stuff (not where your nose is blocked of course) i definitely recommend getting one. a friend of mine uses hers daily (i’m supposed to but i slack a lot) and since she started using it has gotten sick insanely less frequently. it’s crazy how just a couple minutes a day can save weeks a year of being sick!!

    the one i have is at http://www.amazon.com/Himalayan-Institute-Ceramic-Neti-Pot/dp/B000WJIC3G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388854428&sr=8-2&keywords=neti+pot but they’re everywhere! happy neti-ing!

    • 3 months ago
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    so i was chopping carrots to make glam chowder and while i was chopping i got to thinking about baby carrots. where do they come from? are they regular carrots that are plucked before they’re ripe? or are they a different “breed” of carrot? so i started to do some research and apparently this is a controversial topic! i mean there’s even a snopes article about it. Bottom line? They’re just a different type of carrot that’s peeled and cut differently than full size carrots. I don’t eat a ton of carrots but i always felt like baby carrots were snack food so not as good for you as regular carrots. turns out i was wrong- which practically never happens.
kidding!
in any case, eat your baby carrots and your regular carrots and you’ll get all sorts of nutritional goodness! and might i recommend the glam chowder recipe from the ppk? so. effing. good.

    so i was chopping carrots to make glam chowder and while i was chopping i got to thinking about baby carrots. where do they come from? are they regular carrots that are plucked before they’re ripe? or are they a different “breed” of carrot? so i started to do some research and apparently this is a controversial topic! i mean there’s even a snopes article about it. Bottom line? They’re just a different type of carrot that’s peeled and cut differently than full size carrots. I don’t eat a ton of carrots but i always felt like baby carrots were snack food so not as good for you as regular carrots. turns out i was wrong- which practically never happens.

    kidding!

    in any case, eat your baby carrots and your regular carrots and you’ll get all sorts of nutritional goodness! and might i recommend the glam chowder recipe from the ppk? so. effing. good.

    • 3 months ago
    happy new year!! it’s 2014 and i’m ready to take on this year! I have signed up for Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 day challenge to help keep me go go going! I know I have the tools I need to reach all my goals but extra help won’t hurt! I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my goals will be for this year- i know i’ll have a triathalon in there (sprint), some weight loss goal, i will be able to do an unassisted pull up by july 1, I’ll eat 80/20 unprocessed, and i’ll complete p90x3. and of course visiting my besties and my sister is on my goals list every year. i’ll probably throw a money saving goal on there… a debt reduction goal (peace out student loans!) and some AR goals (leafleting? veggie pride parade involvement?). now let’s do this thing! 

    happy new year!! it’s 2014 and i’m ready to take on this year! I have signed up for Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 day challenge to help keep me go go going! I know I have the tools I need to reach all my goals but extra help won’t hurt! I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my goals will be for this year- i know i’ll have a triathalon in there (sprint), some weight loss goal, i will be able to do an unassisted pull up by july 1, I’ll eat 80/20 unprocessed, and i’ll complete p90x3. and of course visiting my besties and my sister is on my goals list every year. i’ll probably throw a money saving goal on there… a debt reduction goal (peace out student loans!) and some AR goals (leafleting? veggie pride parade involvement?). now let’s do this thing! 

    • 3 months ago
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    Went to #wholefoods for groceries and they had no plain #vegan yogurt (i need it to make cheeze) so tried #marianos for the first time and found not only did they have it- they had an almond milk one! #whatveganseat #vegancheese #imabeliever

    • 3 months ago
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    Book ends to day one of my peeled juice cleanse. I swear I could live on this cashew milk! Peeled juice cleanses are a bit boring- they only give you four kinds of juice to drink six times a day. They’re all pretty darn good though!

    • 4 months ago
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    Having a blast in Memphis!

    • 6 months ago

    remember that time i ran the chicago marathon? oh yeah… that happened. what an experience!

    i woke up bright and early at 5 to get ready- jumped in a cab around 6 and headed to the hilton for the CARA VIP experience. met up with my running group, checked my gear, and walked over to grant park to hit the port-o-johns before the race. something really important for runners? go to the bathroom before the race. even if you think you don’t have to! the lines were massive and we couldn’t find the special reserved CARA lines so we just ran around til we found the shortest lines possible. once in the corral it seemed like ages before we actually started. my foot was already starting to hurt, which was bizarre because during training it only usually hurt if i was in heels, on the elliptical, or after running 3-4 miles. i took this as a terrible sign of the pain to come so i texted with my friend joe to distract me and calm my nerves. and then… we were off!

    the first couple miles were brutal getting my body warmed up. i hadn’t run for over a week so my legs and feet were all like what the and stiff. my knees were all tight but my foot felt fine. at about mile 5 i decided i would just run til i saw my fam and friends and then quit. maybe just run off the course at that point and head out for brunch. but when i saw my mom i got all re-inspired! then i saw my friends and i was in it to win it! that was about mile 8. then at mile 9 i started doubting everything. there was NO way i was going to make it 17 more miles. no way at all. my hip started hurting and i’d never had hip pain before. and my IT band was so tight i thought it was going to snap (is that even possible??). so i made a decision in my head. make it to mile 13 and you can quit. a half marathon is awesome and respectable and with all my injuries nobody would think less of me. 

    and then i hit mile 13 and said to myself “well… maybe just make it to mile 20, go two steps, and then quit. that way you’ll go further than you’ve ever gone”. so i had that finalized. at mile 14 i saw more friends and told them i was ready to quit. so so ready. but something happened then… the hip pain was gone. and i had 14 miles behind me. when i saw the 15 mile marker i thought to myself “holy shit. i only have 11 miles to go. i’ve run 11 miles millions of times. maybe i can actually pull this off!”. then when i saw my friends again at mile 16 i was ready! i knew i COULD do this. it was inevitable. i already felt a million times better than i had during my 20 miler and i hadn’t even walked yet.

    so then it was about finishing quickly. i was running the slowest pace of my life (every time i tried to go faster the pain just shouted “HAHAHA you fool- no way!”) and i had to get my bag out of gear check by 2:30. and at the pace i was going i would finish at about 2:10. so i had to make sure i actually kept at that pace so i’d have time to get to my bag.

    so the last 11 miles i just kept on keeping on. stopped to go to the bathroom, ate all my gummies and gels, made sure i got enough gatorade and water, high fived every kid i saw on the course, chatted with a couple other plant based athletes, and tried to take the advice of everyone i’d talked to and have fun. and while i wouldn’t say the back half of a marathon is “fun”, it’s definitely something you’ll never forget. by that point i was running so slowly people were walking faster than me, but i didn’t care. early on in the race someone had a sign that said “run your own race” and i really kept repeating that to myself throughout the race. don’t look back to make sure you’re not last… don’t worry about people passing you… don’t worry about anyone else’s time. just run the best you can and keep putting one foot in front of the other. so i did. and somehow i was suddenly passing the 20 mile mark. and then the 21. and the 22. and the miles just kept falling behind me. i swear they got shorter at the end. i was in awe of how quickly the next aid station would come up. i felt like i had just passed one and still had the taste of gatorade in my mouth. maybe i was delirious? in any case… i loved it. every painful step. during the last couple miles my leg/knee started really hurting and i was audibly saying “ow” every now and then… but i kept going. at that point there was no choice. and all of a sudden i turned a corner and saw the finish line. THE FINISH LINE YOU GUYS! and i started tearing up. i wanted to sprint that last little bit but remembered the advice of someone i ran with. since it was my first marathon, she said, i shouldn’t rush it at the end. just look around, take it all in, and take a minute to really appreciate what is happening. and i did. and i am so grateful for that advice because you know what? i did it. and i loved it. and i was able to just smile and be happy and see all these people cheering and waving and it was just great. the whole thing was great. the entire city came out to watch, it felt like, and they really just made the race amazing from start to finish.

    now… i’m incredibly sore and can hardly walk and give a dirty look to any steps that get in my way (i’m looking at you, porch), but if i could go back, would i do it again? abso-freaking-lutely. 

    • 6 months ago

    2013 chicago marathon #ownchicago

    i’m running a marathon tomorrow. well… i’m going to start the marathon. we’ll see how far i get! after months of training, injuries, pain, missed runs, travel, graduating with my MBA, etc etc etc it’s finally here! i have written a million blog posts in my head but never put them down on paper but thought i should put one out there on tumblr since that’s where i got my inspiration for running in the first place. the amazing blogs of amazing runners all over the world have inspired me and have helped get me to this point! helped push me harder, keep trying, never give up, and believe anything is possible- even this former running-hater could train for a marathon.

    i found a crazy statistic that says only 0.5% of the US population has run a marathon. not sure if that’s true (that seems low) but tomorrow i will join another exclusive group! (0.5% of Americans are vegan… how many vegan marathon runners are out there i wonder…)

    i’m proud of myself to have made it this far. frustrated with myself for being all injured. sleepy and exhausted and ready to put this behind me. 

    so thank you, world. even if i never met you, thank you for the inspiration. if i have met you, thank you for the support. thank you for the love. and thank you for being out there reading this. 

    x

    • 6 months ago
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    i feel like i’ve been waiting my whole life to see keanu in 3d. 

    keanuquotes:

    lilaangel:

    47 Ronin Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi Movie HD (by MOVIECLIPS Trailers)

    A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

    • 8 months ago
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