Friday Faves

Wow life, you really know how to pack some punches here!

First off, huge shout out to Trina at Pish and Posh Design for the clean, fun and very Kim blog design!!! Many thanks for all of your patience and working so quickly to get this project done.

In some not so awesome news, some interesting developments at my job have made for a bit of a roller coaster of a week. The beginning of the week I was so stressed I was unable to sleep and literally shaking out of frustration (Just slightly type A), not exactly the huge reduction in stress that I was looking for coming off a bad lower back strain. As the week progressed and I thought through the situation I actually changed my tune. I’ve shifted my thinking to “Oh crap, this is the ABSOLUTE worst thing that could happen” to “This is less than ideal, but look at how much I’ve grown over the past 4 months and”. Now I’m focusing on how I can continue to grow and learn from these challenges. For that, I am thankful. I can’t really give all of the details but it’s safe to say that I will look back at this as a turning point in my career. 

During the week I enjoyed finishing Find Your Happy and starting Burn Your Goals. Full thoughts and ramblings on both of them later, but I found both of them as necessary aids to helping to change my perspective and make the most of my current challenges.

And the most exciting thing of all? This weekend I am escaping the cold (and surprise snow storm of Boston) and spending the long weekend with my mother and brother in Scottsdale, Arizona!

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I have never been to the southwest before and I’m P-S-Y-C-H-E-D to experience a new part of the country with some members of my family. Oh yeah, and having a few days off in warm weather when it’s snowing outside is really pretty awesome.

What else is great? Free in-flight WiFi courtesy of JetBlue. As if I needed another reason to love them!

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Part of our plans include a spa day with my mother at the Well & Being Spa at the Scottsdale Princess.

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It’s an early birthday experience for her and I really can’t put into words how excited I am for this chance to kick back with my mother. I actually think this might be a struggle for my mother at first (she is “can’t rest until it’s done” and work-a-holic. Just taking this vacation was a huge negotiation), but I am excited to see her experience some pampering for once.

In addition to that, I’m looking forward to venturing out for some runs in shorts (big YAY! for that), which would be my first time running since I hurt my back in early January. I’m also hoping to find an outdoor pool so I can get my swim on 🙂 I’m looking forward to getting cleared to bike again and then I can kick off the 2015 season

We left the rest of the weekend open, we might explore other areas of Arizona or stay in Scottsdale.  This uber planner is embracing the art of “no set agenda travel” and I think I might actually like it. Who am I becoming?!

And yes, I am checking out the IMAZ course to file in “research for potential future projects”

Have you been to Arizona before? Do you have any “must see” sites?

Five, errr one thing, Friday

I have finally made it to the end of the week, hooray! I am lucky that my employer gives all of their employees the week off in-between Christmas and New Years Day, which this year is actually a week a two whole days!

Needless to say, I am excited for the time off and also the chance to unplug without worrying about how the status of projects, deadlines, bla bla bla.

So instead of the traditional Five Things Friday or Friday Faves, I’m switching it to one thing: Happiness, and the things that have brought a smile to my face this past week.

1. Foxy

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Yes, I am lame. He is awesome & I am a lucky girl! This photo is of him waiting for me at the alter on our wedding day. Melt.

2. Running (and also, swimming and I am currently trying my best to get myself to psyched up and smiling when the concept on cycling comes up!)

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I think I can give the Ridiculously Photogenic Running Guy a run for his money, what do you think? Holler for endorphins!

3. The World NOT Ending Today

I thought this little diddy was a good little laugh.

4. Hannah

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Huge shout out to technology for enabling me to text/gchat/email/talk to my favorite transatlantic friend nearly everyday. Huge shout out to her for being such a caring, selfless, patient and all around awesome friend 🙂 xoxo

5. 11 Days off.  Straight. 

No words.

I’m currently learning how to dance like this awesome dog.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Friday Faves

After a long and rainy week in Boston, Foxy & I have waved goodbye to the cold and rainy north in favor of the warm and sunny atmosphere of Wilmington, NC for a friend’s wedding! This officially kicks off wedding season for the two of us, which luckily this year includes more local weddings vs travel. Last year Foxy and I had quite the wedding season roster, with weddings in Durham, NC, Villanova, PA, Cape Cod, Wilmington, DE & Denver, CO. This year the majority of our weddings are local, so Foxy and I are treating this as a vacation! It’s been awhile since our last one, so we’re excited.

One of the highlights to my week was watching Step Up on DVR…Foxy makes fun of my love of street dance movies, sorry Foxman, this prepster from New England won’t be changing her bad movie taste anytime soon. I can’t believe I’m admiting it, but I definitely fist pumped and might have shed a tear after this final dance sequence.

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I picked up a new toy this weekend, my very own STICK! So far it’s been a welcome addition to my crazy painful thera-roller. HURT SOOOO GOOD!

I’m not sure about you guys, but I have a bit of a love affair with white wine, specifically Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc. It’s light, fresh and quite honestly tastes like juice. If you don’t mind acquiring a drinking problem, try it. If you like staying dry, I suggest staying far, far away from this delicious wine!

After a long rainy week, I am so thankful to be headed to sunny skies and THE BEACH! I’ve never been to this area of North Carolina, but I’m excited to spend a long weekend on this beach!

I’m looking forward to logging some solid time in the ocean and getting an open water, rough seas swim in! I’m also going to enjoy running in warmer weather and sunny skies. I think some much needed vitamin D, fun times with friends and of course a few workouts sounds absolutely PERFECT for a weekend plan!

What are your Friday Faves?!

Friday Faves

Spring is in full swing, and thank goodness. Today’s Friday Faves will be influenced by all things spring & colorful 🙂

Fresh Tulips, don’t these just scream spring? Love it.

Warmer (though a bit rainy) weather, and a fantastic forecast for the weekend!

After spending Easter at my family’s house at the cape I have to share probably my favorite fav, my mom’s new kitchen! Our house has been in our family for 50 years and the kitchen hasn’t really been updated since the 60’s or 70’s. Well, my mom has taken on the project trying to do it cost effectively and reflective of Cape Cod. Unfortunately the counter top hasn’t been installed yet, but the cabinets look great!

And of course our beach…this is my #1 happy place in the world.

And it wouldn’t be Friday April 29th without The Royal Wedding! Here are some pictures of my office decorated for Wills & Kate’s Nuptials…Did you wake up at 6am to watch coverage like I did??

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And of course it’s time for some royal wedding morning cocktails!

Lastly, I get to run 12 miles in Newton tomorrow morning. Bring it on hills!

What are your Friday Faves?

Friday Faves

Noel, one of my best friends from college & fellow Marathon addict comes to Boston exactly ONE week from today!!

Kim & Noley Summer of 2007 on a Boston Harbor Cruise

Noel at mile 17 of the 2010 Boston Marathon!

My best friend from high school will be in town for a family party & I get to see her Friday night! In order to maximize our time together I did my long run a little early, Thursday night

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Racing!

Doyle’s Five Mile Road race in Jamaica Plain, form what I’ve heard this race is a really fun time, and I am looking forward to fresh legs and possibly a 5 miler PR and enjoy the beautiful “emerald necklace” area of Boston.

I’m officially going to my 5 Year College Reunion. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I graduated, it honestly feels like yesterday! I’m so excited for good friends, good memories, cheap bars & BAGPIPES.

DetermiNation Pub Runs, I forgot my camera this week, but we had a great time with a gorgeous sunset on the Charles River last night.

“All I Do is Win” – Pure Musical Genius & my new fave running tune

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What are your Friday Faves?

Friday Faves

I’ve seen Friday Faves floating around now for awhile, so I figured I would partake in the fun

The most exciting thing about today is that it’s opening day for the Boston Red Sox!!!

The Boston Marathon is just 17 days away! That means that I am just over two weeks away from seeing one of my best friends, Noel!

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Pretzel Crisps. I tried these for the first time at the Ibex “Coaching your Inner Athlete” Event on Tuesday, and WOW, I am obsessed! Skinny pretzels? Sign me up.

A wide open calendar this weekend. I’m looking forward to a great long run, a chance to catch up with friends and possibly checking out a new spot around the corner from my apartment

What are your Friday Faves?