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I've been in a really good mood lately, but my playlist right now is very solemn. For some reason, I like to hear sad music when I'm happy.
  1. "With or Without You" by U2
    Epic song on its own, and who doesn't love U2! One of my earliest memories of this song is "The One With The List" episode from Friends where Rachel finds a pro/con list Ross made trying to pick between her and Julie. He gets this song played in the radio to try to win her back.
  2. "A Case of You" by James Wolpert
    Had never heard this song until it came up on Spotify Radio, and it's fantastic (originally from Joni Mitchell). He delivers the cover beautifully, and the lyrics about ill-fated love that is addicting get to me.
  3. "When You're Gone" by Avril Lavigne
    In the same vein as the above, this is my guilty please sad-song. Every time I hear it, I can't help but imagine what it would be like if I lost my boyfriend, and gut-wrenching thought if he was just "gone." Makes me tear up, and the song has a good crescendo.
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While I was in town for the IACP conference, I went to @thelistapp office (yes, it was great), and wandered around Albert Kinney before before walking up to Santa Monica. More to come, but first - some favorite street art from Venice.
  1. "So Far, So Good"
  2. Don't know what it is, but it's for sale!
  3. Jewish Community Center on the boardwalk
I'm happiest when I'm entrenched in a "pet project," but it can be difficult to determine which ideas to pursue and how. Here are a few things I know for sure about the creative process.
  1. You are the creator of your idea, but you are also it's vehicle.
    Your idea comes through you. Don't focus on getting credit for it. Focus on making it happen. Credit will find its way.
  2. It's actually better if your idea becomes something other than what you intended.
    Your idea might evolve into something else, and you need to stay out of the way of its growth. The resulting idea is probably better or more impactful than your original one - what's wrong with that?
  3. Divide your creative life into "ideas" and "execution"
    Make note of any idea when it comes to you, but relieve yourself of the pressure to execute on it until another time
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I'm starting to keep a daily gratitude journal of at least three things that I'm grateful for, and today was all about running and eating.
  1. Finished my long run
    I'm five weeks into my training plan for the NYC Half, and wasn't sure how today would turn out after missing a week of workouts thanks to Snowzilla. I was supposed to do seven miles, so I was thrilled to get to EIGHT!
  2. Saw this on my run
    Some nice man was painting the park, just standing in the snow. It was one of those simple, unusual, and pretty moments.
  3. And saw this too
    I realize somebody put the rose into the snow pile, but ... PRETTY!
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I grew up in Rhode Island, and spent the last nine years in DC. After sledding at the Capitol all weekend thanks to Snowzilla, I've discovered that people here lack basic sledding etiquette. Fear not! Here's what you need to know!
  1. 1.
    Tracks - everything goes back to tracks.
    The mark left in the snow after you go down the hill is called a track. Each time you go down the hill, you improve this track.
  2. 2.
    Walk back up the SIDE of the hill!
    Once you reach the bottom, do NOT walk straight back up your track. You're ruining the track you just carved, and you ARE going to get hit by the next person coming down the hill. Walk back up the side of the hill to get back to the top.
  3. 3.
    You're the adult. Teach your kids sledding etiquette.
    Do not walk in front of all the sleds waiting to go down. Telling your kids that "sledders have the right of way" then continuing to walk in front of the sleds is a huge contradiction, and you ARE going to get hit.
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    Flywheel
    The sole location in DuPont is housed in a former single screen movie theater. The barre classes are in the mezzanine level, and the spinning class in stadium style (because it used to be a movie theater). My favorite instructor is Alex Robinson. He's jacked, he's really nice, and he's British. I love his Flybeats class. It's less zen, and more intense than SoulCycle with their burst and intensity. It's all about power. The first class is free, so I love bringing friends to try it out.
  2. 2.
    SoulCycle
    I loved SoulCycle from the first time I went, and you definitely get what you pay for ($30ish). The darkness, the candles, the zen feeling, the community moving as one, the dancing - it is as cult-like as they say. When I want a workout that also fills my brain with positive affirmations, go to SoulCycle. I've only been to the West End location, and Garrett and Wayne are great instructors.
  3. 3.
    Zengo
    I don't care for this place. The classes are cheaper than Flywheel or SoulCycle, and I feel that it shows. The bike is a lower quality, and multiple friend have complained about the bike nicking their ankles. The staff isn't as eager to help you set up the bike, and the instructors I've had acted like it was beneath them. The movement was limited during the classes, and lacked the same intensity.
  4. 4.
    I haven't been to the other studios yet, but their deals for first-timers isn't as generous (or existent) as Flywheel or SoulCycle.
I wanted to how much I ran last year, and understand exactly how far that really is.
  1. 791.7 miles
    Nearly a 49% increase from 2014. Averages to about 66 miles per month.
  2. 59 Big Macs and large fries
    No, I didn't eat that, but I burned enough calories from running in 2015 that I could eat that combination 59 times (assuming a Big Mac and large fries is 1040 calories). Yes, I burned 61,454 calories - whoah.
  3. One trip to North Carolina
    If I started at my parents house in Rhode Island, I ran enough miles in 2015 to run all the way to Wilmington, North Carolina. In 2014, I only got to Richmond.
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    Friends
    Any true friend of mine knows how emphatically I love this show. Own the entire series on DVD, own a plethora of memorabilia, and I can tell you what episode you're watching off of a freeze frame. So much love.
  2. 2.
    Breaking Bad
    I realize I'm years behind on this one, but my boyfriend and I binged this one on Netflix over the Summer. Agree wth everyone - it truly is one of the best TV shows ever.
  3. 3.
    "Making the Band" before Diddy took over
    I was never a hard-core O-Town fan, but I didn't miss an episode when this show first aired. I also re-watched the series when I first arrived in Paris for my study abroad program...I was petrified to leave my apartment.
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Spending the holidays with your boyfriend's family can be interesting. We made about 90% of the meal for 15 people.
  1. Turchetta
    My intense boyfriend NAILED it. Carved the breast out of the turkey, flattened it, covered in herbs/spiced, rolled it into a roulade, seared and roasted it. Golden and flavorful perfection!
  2. Apple Cider Sangria and Pumpkin Daiquiris
    Both of my Fall favorite cocktails
  3. Roasted Veggie Tarts
    God bless @nytimes for this killer recipe. I'll be making this one at the earliest opportunity!
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It's been a month since the Marine Corps Marathon, and I'm almost back to the normal routine. Here are a few favorites from the week.
  1. Monday: Spinning class at Flywheel
    I took Alex R's class with my boyfriend. Awesome music, great instructor, and I love that studio. The building was formerly an old movie theater.
  2. Wednesday: 3 mile run at 9:34 pace
    Only managed to drag my butt out of bed once this week, but it reminded me how much I love having my street to myself.
  3. Saturday: 5 mile run 9:05 pace
    Fastest I've ran since early JULY, and it was a beautiful day in Lincoln Park.