Monthly Archives: March 2014

Friday Faves- 3/21/2014

So apparently pressing the ‘B’ button on my alarm clock does not mean the alarm is set. I thought I had 15 minutes to doze after Patrick left, and when I checked the clock what seemed like a few minutes later, it was 9:20. Guess who missed her 9:30 yoga class? Luckily I can make it up by going tomorrow morning. This actually might be a blessing in disguise, we used heavy weights in barre last night and my right bicep is not interested in letting my arm straighten today, so yoga probably would have been rough.

Anyhow, since it’s Friday, here are a few things that have been making me smile this week:

1. My weekly date with Science magazine at my favorite local coffee shop.

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The drink specials are always delicious and change once a month, and I get to satisfy my coffee habit while keeping up with the latest and greatest (or what was the latest and greatest 2 weeks ago) happenings in the science world.

2. My local library’s ebook selection. I’ve had enough time on my hands to get plenty of fun reading done lately too, so I’m glad I can download good e-books and audiobooks from the library without breaking the bank. In the past week I’ve listened to Sabriel, which I hadn’t read since high school, and read Shadow and Bone, and For Darkness Shows the Stars. The audiobooks have been great for driving around and keeping me entertained while doing chores, and I’ve been staying up late reading the ebooks, both of which were fun reads.

3. The official start of spring! The tulips and crocuses I planted in the fall have been peeking up for a week now! I’m super excited for everything else to turn green and bloom soon! Patrick and I got our bikes serviced this week, so we’re ready to ride as soon as the weather allows! Here’s hoping I haven’t forgotten how to clip in and out!

4. My new workout policy.

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Since moving to B-more I’ve had a pretty sedentary lifestyle. Yes, I make it to the gym ~3 times per week, but I spend my days sitting at my computer with the occasional 15 foot stroll to the kitchen. Not having to run back and forth in lab, or to and from the bus on my way to work has not been a good thing for me, so while I’ve built a lot of muscle since joining the gym last August, I’m not as healthy as I could be. Luckily, I have some motivation to get in better shape in the form of a beach trip at the start of summer! I’m hoping that getting up and moving 6 days a week will make enough difference that my new muscles will actually be visible when it’s bikini time! This also gives me an excuse to do a teensy bit of shopping so I’m sure I have enough workout clothes to get me through my week’s workouts. Hello new Glyder Mantra Crop leggings! Now, if only my favorite top would go on sale.

5. Juice!

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We registered for a juicer for our wedding and I’ve been doing my best to make a juice at least once a week. This week’s featured kale, apples, pineapple, and lemon, but I’ve also been making beet juices pretty regularly. I also learned that drinking a huge glass of juice right before an hour and a half of gym classes is not the best way to fuel. I’m pretty sure I’ll never learn to snack well before leaving for class on my cardio circuit days.

6. New yoga moves. In Monday’s yogalates we worked on side crow, which I’m semi-decent at, and I did my first tripod headstand without flipping right over onto my back. I also started classes at a local yoga studio, and while I think I might like yogalates better, it’s definitely something I plan to keep up for my month-long trial.

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Yeah, so it’s been a while…Again…Oops!

I have no excuses this time; well, I have a few, but no good ones. I’ve written my thesis, my first, first-author paper is officially e-published (and will be old-school published in the April 11 edition of JBC), and I’ve been applying to jobs like it’s my job (part time, granted, there are only so many new openings every week). I’m also addicted to the gym, barre specifically, and am slowly developing a thing for yoga. I love the stretching and the challenge of tricky poses, but I’m still not so sure about the whole hot and sweaty thing—at my first real hot vinyasa class yesterday, I looked like I’d jumped in a pool about 20 minutes in. I can’t even imagine what Bikram would be like; pretty sure I’d either pass out or drown by the end of class.

Patrick and I finally had a chance to visit some of the new local restaurants I’ve been dying to try!  Ironically enough, both have been featured on How Chow this week. We had our Friday group happy hour at White Oak Tavern last week. I was counting down the days till they open early this year, and was so happy to finally make it there. I was surprised at how empty the bar was during happy hour, but the food was tasty, and the drinks even better. I tried one of their signature cocktails, a caramel apple mule (pretty sure all their signature drinks run $8.25-ish and, unfortunately, none are included in HH pricing), and it was delicious, as was the stout chess pie I tried in honor of pie day. Everyone enjoyed their food, and I’m definitely looking forward to a trip back, especially as they shift their seasonal menu to feature spring and summer produce.

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We also finally made it to Le Comptoir at the new Petit Louis in Columbia. We visited Petit Louis for Valentine’s Day dinner, but have been meaning to try the pastries and coffee at the attached Comptoir for a while. Luckily nice weather allowed for a run around the lake, a perfect preface to a breakfast of French pastries. While we loved everything we tried (pain au chocolate, a lemon poppy seed tea cake, and a tropical fruit gateaux that tasted like Tahiti), and the café au lait may have been the best coffee Patrick and I have ever tried, it will not become a regular spot for us. Our bill for 4 fairly small pastries and 2 coffees came to nearly $30, and while I can appreciate the impeccable quality behind the pricing, we know we can get a better value (i.e. a larger quantity at only a slightly lower quality, and much better price) elsewhere.

I’m planning to be back tomorrow with a Friday Faves post (assuming I survive my 2nd hot vinyasa class! I should start hydrating now…) and maybe a few more updates before the weekend!