I'm a total NY nerd, but doesn't that make you feel like everything in the world is possible?
I don’t even know how to begin this post. I’d like to apologize for being AWOL for so long, but I’m not really sorry that I took a break. Everyone needs a break.
I’d also like to explain why I needed a break, but while I broadcast a lot of things on my blog, this isn’t my diary. Besides, it’s not my place to talk about things that are going on in other people’s lives – even if they impact me in a strong way.
But still, it’s been almost ten whole days (aside from my Super Bowl post). A lot has happened – the beautiful Whitney Houston died, Fashion Week started, Romney’s lead doesn’t seem so certain anymore, Adele won a bunch of Grammy’s and Nikki Minaj pissed off the Pope. But you already knew all of that stuff.
So let’s get down to the boring old stuff that happened to me in the past week.
Yeah, I wear sunglasses indoors sometimes. Don't I look cook?
Food Poisoning. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say 24 hours of no sleep and too much time in the bathroom make for a very unhappy Amanda. Positive note: I decided to snack on some yummy rice cakes once the nasuea passed, and not only did they not make an encore appearance, but they just might become a snack-time staple.
I locked myself out of my apartment. When I run each morning, I remove the keys to my apartment and slip them in a pocket. On Tuesday morning, I forgot to put them back on the key chain, and learned a $282 lesson. (Side note: YES! Someone has spare keys and they were not responding to me, hence why I was forced to call a locksmith.) Positive note: When waiting for the locksmith, I browsed the Sur la Table catalog and picked out my future espresso machine – for when I win the lotto and can afford it, of course.
I skipped my long run. Runner fail. Positive note: I slept in and didn’t have to run in the Saturday snow/rain mess.
Whitney Houston died. When I was in elementary school, my girlfriends and I held competitions singing “I Will Always Love you” on the playground during recess to see who could do it best. As it turns out, no one can do it better than Whitney (although, Jennifer Hudson did a great tribute.) Positive note: Her spirit and voice will live on forever on my iPod.
I realized that my blog has a life span. Ever since I started this little blog I’ve been contemplating my future – I want to be a writer. But I also like my job and need it’s salary to pay off my student loans. This has come to the recent realization that I will need to wrap up my blog at some point and pursue my true writing passion – novels. I can’t write a book, a blog, and also maintain my job. Something needs to give and my blog baby is that thing. I’m not done yet, but I will be one day. Positive note: This only makes the last days of my blog that much sweeter. It also means I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams.
Really bad news. That’s all you are going to get. But let’s just say that the bad news is enough to make me spontaneously tear up at work, have lots of disturbing dreams, and wonder if I should make a major life change. Positive note: This bad news means that I probably won’t have to ever hear even more devastating bad news later on.
Yeah, sharp teeth runs in the family
That’s enough bad news for now, so are you ready for some good news? Yeah, me too.
My oldest and dearest friend came to visit me. There is nothing I love more than a visitor, and especially someone I’ve known for longer than even my little brothers, most of my little cousins, and all of my other friends. It’s great to play tourist in New York, and even better to spend it with someone who I don’t feel ashamed to ask for a second bread basket at dinner. Bonus points: Hosting a visitor is like going on vacation but not having to pay for hotels or planes.
Broadway. Despite living only a mile from Broadway, I rarely see a show, except when visitors are in town. They’re expensive! But with a friend in town, I had the perfect reason to go once again. We saw Memphis, and the music was amazing. This show made me realize that there is no such thing as a bad Broadway show. Bonus points: The 50′s costumes on the ladies are so timeless that I want all their outfits to wear right now. Also, how can I learn to dance like that?
There's no such thing as a sold out show in New York.
Good Chinese food. If you ever come to New York and you want to splurge on one meal, I will suggest, no I will insist, on Buddakan. The food is heavenly. There is no such thing as a bad dish here. The edamame dumplings, lobster spring rolls, and black pepper steak are other worldly. And it doesn’t stop there. We also went to the delightful Bocca in the Upper East Side, and enjoyed an orgasmic salted caramel cupcake at Sprinkles. Bonus points: Buddakan is the location of Big and Carrie’s engagement party in the first SATC movie. If it’s good enough for Carrie…..
Ahh, spa. My friend and I wanted to visit a spa but we didn’t want to break the bank, so instead of splurging on a fancy massage we went to Equinox at 63rd Street and indulged in their sauna, steam room, hot and cold dip, and hot tub. Oh my water therapies. There is nothing like sitting in an eucalyptus scented steam room for ten minutes then jumping in a freezing cold pool to feel alive. Next time you feel like pampering yourself, head to the nearest bathhouse or fully equipped water spa and save yourself a few bucks on the massage. Bonus points: We gossiped the whole time.
Did you know that Manhattan is an island?
Foam rolling. I’ve never been a religious roller. The past three weeks, I’ve rolled after spinning classes and speed workouts and my recovery has felt so much more effortless. It hurts so much, but man, it’s like getting a new pair of legs every day. I’m on the verge of buying one for home so I can do it all the time. Maybe, I will spend my Friday nights foam rolling. Bonus points: I’ve been doing a few planks and ab workouts after rolling. This could be the summer I finally wear a bikini.
Speed workout. After my last race I decided to really commit to my speed workouts. I don’t know how to run uncomfortably anymore. So instead of heading outside for a speed workout based upon my Garmin, I went to a treadmill and did some half mile intervals. I still hate the dreadmill and believe in speed workouts outdoors, but since I can’t afford a coach the treadmill allows me some consistent speed workouts. This week I did 5 @ 1/2 miles at 6.0 with 2 minute rest. The previous week, I had done 8 @ 1/4 miles at 6.0 with 1.5 minute rest. I call this a win. Bonus points: My last interval was actually run at around 6.5 pace.
And there you have it…that’s basically what I’ve been up to….the good and the bad.
So what have you been up to? I’ve missed all my readers! And tell me do you think that I should spend about $150 to fix a 3 year old computer or buy a new one? I can’t decide. It’s otherwise in good shape but what if in two months, something else breaks?
There is always tomorrow. Always.