Saturday, June 26, 2010

that's hot

9 before 9
i'm really glad i'm already done with my run today, because it's really getting to be ridiculously hot around here!

i made it 9 miles, average 9:20/mi pace. at first, i felt frustrated being so much slower than i was just a few months ago, but when i really thought about it (while running, of course) in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter.

running slower is still a great workout
who am i racing these days anyway!?
it's still just as fun and relaxing
i have more room for improvement :)
my version of 'fast' is still not going to win me any olympic medals, so it's all rather arbitrary anyway!

weekend activity
rather than post a list of things to do (punctuated by such excitement as get car inspected and laundry . . . yet again!), i thought it would be fun to do an old-school meme from this brand new psych resident-to-be's blog. feel free to give YOUR answers in the comments!

1. If you could trade lives with another blogger for a day, who would it be and why?
it's a toss-up between chloe from the chloe conspiracy (so that i could spend al day just admiring the incredible contents of my own closet and congratulating myself for having kickass style and spunk) and jenna from eat, live, run, so that i could spend the day tasting wine and delicious farm-fresh eats straight out of wine country.

2. Do you prefer receiving handmade or store bought gifts? Be honest!
either, as long as i can tell the giver really thought about ME when they gave :) and for me, almost nothing beats the thrill of a nerdy stationery-type present!

3. Would you rather camp or stay in a hotel?
HA. my idea of roughing it is abstaining from room service. I LOVE HOTELS!

me in a tattered ritz carlton robe that i wore for about . . . 15+ years?

4. What’s your favorite comfort food?
english muffins/peanut butter/banana (or some variation of this). probably why i eat it almost every day!

5. You’re having a really bad day at work. How do you unwind when you come home?
glass of wine + desperate housewives + couch. ahhhhhhhh, magical!

6. What’s your favorite chore? (Or, the chore you hate the least)
the laundry!! sorting it, folding it, putting it away -- i find it so satisfying.

7. What got you interested in blogging?
i believe i started right after vickie began her now-defunct bottoms up and tops down. i also wanted to write about my experience in the medical field like michelle did. i don't know really how it morphed into its current hodgepodge -- it was a gradual process!

8. Are you currently reading a book? What is it?
i am reading michael pollan's in defense of food. i like it, but it makes me feel a little guilty for eating anything that is not 'whole'. (do my beloved english muffins even count as 'real food'?). i am also eager to move onto a novel -- hard to really get lost in non-fiction!

9. Do you have a favorite artist?
visual artist? how about my lovely college roommate azusa? i've loved everything i've ever seen her design/make!

10. Have you ever met someone famous?
i SAW george clooney in a bar once in williamstown, but didn't meet him. um, gretchen rubin wrote a comment on my blog once! does that count?

enchanting evening
i had a wonderful time last night out to dinner + the DPAC! i have been to revolution 3 times now (at least) and thus far have never been disappointed. last night was no exception! both the food and the company were wonderful.

i asked the waiter to select a glass of 'light, summery white' for me to try, and he recommended a nice crisp albariño.

this hit the spot on a balmy evening. while sipping and mulling over the menu, we munched on delicious (and warm) sesame bread. such a good combination.

i ended up choosing two small plates rather than an entrée. this is my favorite way to eat in fancier restaurants these days! i often find the appetizer/tapas menu to be more interesting, and this way i end up with enough but not TOO much food.

my first course was a deconstructed salad: arugula with a lemony vinaigrette, manchego cheese, honeyed almonds, figs and a whole lot of parma ham! it was delicious, though i donated some of the generous meat pile to josh.

for my main course, i had the scallops with peppered peaches and beets! they were beautiful, succulent and perfectly seasoned.

i felt like i really got to enjoy the flavors of summer with this meal.

afterwards, we headed to the DPAC for an american dance festival performance by canadian group RubberBandDance. while the former dancer in our group wasn't a huge fan, i thought it was pretty cool. the first section was more subdued with classical music/jazz while the second was full of ambient beats and more energy.

i of course had to attempt my own dancing upon our return home. let's just say i'd probably better stick to my day job . . .

happy weekend!


  1. I always say my idea of camping is a Holiday Inn! Hotels all the way, I don't think I would do well sleeping outside :)

  2. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Wow, it is HOT there! I love English muffin or bread, PB and banana too...such a great combo. I'm not such a big fan of camping anymore either! I liked it as a kid, but I honestly don't find it very relaxing!

  3. Anonymous1:22 PM

    albarino!!!! oh my goodness i've forgotten about this varietal! thanks for the reminder! :) very cute post - I'd want to trade lives with either chloe or jenna, too! or jane from sea of shoes. but I would have blisters by the end of the day.

  4. Anonymous2:09 PM

    i have a love/hate relationship with camping. i definitely go through phases where it's the most awesome thing ever but also phases where i'm all like, heck no! ahah

  5. I would definitely not worry about running slower. We have similar PRs, but your "slow" easy runs are still way faster than mine... plus it's way hotter where you are.

  6. aw! thank you, sarah - i have never considered myself an artist but am SO flattered!!