This year, as everyone knows, it was this past weekend. And after the winter we’ve had, I’m definitely not complaining. Sure, losing an hour of sleep is hard. Especially for those who really love their sleep. Not too mention, it completely screws up my internal clock for a solid week.
But spring ahead always provides us with hope. That after such a horrible winter, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is coming.
My favorite part of spring ahead? The longer days. Which I’m guessing is everyone’s favorite part. I love seeing the sun out until 7 at night. I love being able to leave the gym, and still have it bright out. I love knowing that once the snow melts, we can be outside well into the evening.
We made it through one hell of a winter. We made it to Daylight Savings. And now, we just wait as the temperatures begin to climb and we finally reach out beautiful New England spring.
It’s been about 6 weeks since my last coffee date chat. I think we are well over due.
So grab your beverage of choice, settle in and let’s catch up!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you….
All about my blog and photography website re-do.
If you’ve been reading the blog, they you’ve noticed the new look. I finally found a design I loved, and that I felt was very me as well as customizable, so I went with it. I found it on Etsy and couldn’t be more thrilled with it. I have a few more little tweaks to do here and there, but nothing too major. I’m in the process of updating all the categories now.
As for my photography website, I’ve been trying to find something very me as well. What I love about my new design is that it already has my colors built into it, and it’s just fun. Plus it blends fairly well with the blog! I’d love to hear what you think of both in the comments!
We leave for Las Vegas in 27 days.
26 if you don’t count the actual day we leave. We can’t wait. I’m excited to begin the wedding planning adventure, but I’m also excited for vacation, and 80 degree weather. But between now and then, I have a lot of other things to get done (taxes, root canal, etc.) Las Vegas can’t come soon enough.
Spring needs to get here…now.
I think we can all agree here. It’s been cold for like 6 straight weeks. Like under 20 cold. We’ve had more than enough snow. It’s March. It’s time for consistent 40 degree weather. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 40s, which will be a nice break, but then back to the cold.
I really want a treadclimber.
Is that random? Yes. It’s random. But I think they look fun. And if I think a piece of exercise equipment looks fun, then it’s probably worth buying. The only downfall? The price tag. I can’t justify spending $3,000 on a piece of equipment when I barely use my $20 a month gym membership. But a girl can dream.
I’m working towards going gluten-free.
I’ve known for a long time that I have a really hard time with food with gluten in it, some things more than others (beer being the biggest culprit). But with some trial and error, and realizing how awful I feel after eating it, I’ve realized that I need to try to harder to cut it out of my diet. I love bread. And pasta. And beer. And I know they have all of it gluten-free, but it’s just not the same. So I’m working towards cutting it out. I know I should just go cold-turkey, but I’m just cutting out the biggest culprits first, and then working from there. I really love this infographic from MindBodyGreen which I find helpful. Today is officially Day 1.
Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them. Boy is it hard. But I know my body, and my skin, will thank me later.
Daylight savings is this weekend.
And I can’t even wait for extra daylight when I leave work. Even when it’s still cold out, it makes everything seem so much better.
Yesterday was the first day of March. After one hell of a February (can we say over 7 feet of snow and bitter cold?), seeing March 1 on the calendar was a welcome sight.
I waited for Sunday all week. That might sound silly, especially since it marks the end of the weekend. But it was supposed to be in the mid-thirties, and sunny. At least that’s what the weather apps and reporters were saying. They also were talking about more snow, but that was going to be overnight, not during the day.
What was supposed to be a sun-filled March day, turned into a gray, cold, this feels like January day. With snow flurries starting by mid-afternoon.
The last day of February felt more like an early spring day than the first day of March.
But like the quote above, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. I can only hope that this quote reigns true this year.
Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too.
Ah. Spring. It’s right around the corner. Right? I’m done with winter. I’ve talked about far too many times in the last few weeks (you can read those here and here), and I just don’t want to talk about it anymore. Thankfully, today I’m not going too.
Spring fever hit yesterday. No, we didn’t have temps in the 50s. But they reached a high of 38 in my area, the sun was shining and warm, and the mountains of snow had a little melt. For us New Englanders, after being buried under feet and feet of snow and dealing with single digit temps, 38 feels like a heat wave.
As we were out running errands yesterday, we turned the heat down and cracked the windows as the car filled with the warmth from the sun. The fresh air, while still crisp, was rejuvenating. It provided me with just the right amount of Vitamin D (besides the kind I have to take) to get me ready for the week ahead.
It may be cold today, but for the first time in weeks, we don’t have any snow storms in the forecast, just a snow shower here and there, and while we might have record cold tomorrow, temperatures are starting to rise about 20.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is coming.
I’m jumping on the bandwagon of Five Things Friday!
So what am I loving this Friday?
‘Rude’ by Magic – Seriously, this song is so catchy and fun, and it just makes me want to start dancing. I’ve never been a huge fan of reggae-type music, but there is just something about this song that I just love. I can listen to it on repeat and not get sick of it. Seriously – check it out.
Active’s RockMyRun app – I tried this for the first time yesterday during my W3D1 run. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know if it was going to be similar to Pandora and just have a bunch of songs in a row with a couple of commercials, or just a giant techno mix. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through a run so fast (well, I guess in terms of the time flew by!) in my life. I chose the Active 5K Training Mix and it was 31 minutes of pure gloriousness. We had 80s music, today’s hits and even some songs I’ve never heard before, but all in remixed forms. The playlist never once stopped, and each song seamlessly flowed into the next. Honestly, if you need music to run, check it out. They have all sorts of playlists to choose from. And you can choose based on music taste or BPM. Definitely worth the download. Just make sure to download your playlist before you head out on your run. You need to have WiFi to do so.
Spring Weather – FINALLY! After having the occasional 75 degree day, and the dropping back into the low 50’s, we are FINALLY getting some beautiful spring weather. High 60s today, 70s by weekend and 70s next week. THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE. It was like spring kept arriving, and promptly saying ‘Just Kidding!’ and reverting back to winter.
My Current Read – Into the Darkest Corner is seriously so good. I haven’t been able to put it down. Essentially, it bounces between 2004-2005 and 2007-2008, and a woman named Cathy who is in a bad relationship (abusive) and her recovery from OCD and Panic Attacks from said abuse in 2007-2008. I won’t give much away, except it’s just such a great book. Heartbreaking, and sad, but yet so happy and heartwarming at the same time. Sighhhh… just read it so I have someone to talk to about it
Editing lots and lots of horse photos – I’ve seriously been editing horses for two weeks non-stop and it’s amazing. I had the first round of the High Tail Acres Mini Sessions on May 18th along with the candids from my day at the barn, then horse show last weekend, and followed by more mini sessions tomorrow. If you didn’t know, I love horses. I’ve been riding literally almost my entire life, so photographing horses to me is heaven. (I love photographing people too!). Here is just one of the many from my photo Facebook page.
We’re finally getting some spring-like weather up here in New England (complete with what may be some early April showers monsoon type weather). And by early, I mean essentially the entire last few days of March. At least it will be in the 40s… except for Sunday. Which will be in the 30s. Have no fear, spring appears to be on it’s way!
All I can say is…we better have a LONG HOT SUMMER. I won’t even complain this year if we get multiple heat waves. I will bask in it. Seriously.
So with spring and summer finally on it’s way, it got me thinking about my goals for this year – the things I want to accomplish so I can look back and remind myself how the spring/summer/fall of 2014 will be one of the best years yet!
1. Learn to Paddleboard – I live by the ocean. I should at least learn to do something water related (besides swim of course. I’ve been able to do that since I was a kid!). Paddleboarding just looks like so much fun, while being a great workout, while enjoying the summer weather. Thankfully, Sierra works at a Paddleboarding place in the summer and said she will teach me. Hooray!
Run a 5K – I’ve been saying this for probably 5 years now. Maybe even longer. But for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I can stick to training and learning how to run. I am totally getting a runner’s high when I run now. Even when I’m sucking wind after just a couple of minutes. After I’m done, I feel like a new person. And I can’t wait to do it again. This time, I’m sticking with it. Hopefully tonight, I’ll be hitting the road for the first time since it will be close to 50. Got to build up the stamina there since I can’t run a race on a treadmill!
A few spring/summer/fall options for 5K’s in the area are:
Flag Day 5K – Saturday, June 14th (It benefits the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldier Assistance Fund; I grew up with his family. It also falls 2 days before my birthday. Which would be an amazing experience to finally reach a goal before my birthday!)
Who knows! Maybe I’ll be so ready by June I can run all of them. However, I’m just going to go with the flow and know that I have at least 4 ahead of me that I could do! Just need to keep up the training!
Travel – Last summer, we took a week off and basically just hung around and took in the sites close to home. This year, I want to travel. I hate flying, but I love visiting new places. We’ve already planned at July trip to Rota, Spain for 10 days to visit my best friend and her husband. A fall trip is also in the works so we can celebrate the other half’s birthday and start planning our wedding (HOORAY!!!). I’m also hoping we’ll get to do some fun weekend trips, as long as money allows!
Enjoy Every Minute – I feel like every summer goes by in the blink of an eye. Suddenly it’s September and I’m looking back wondering where the hell the summer. Come September this year, I don’t want to look back and wonder where it went.
I want to look back and say ‘That was the best summer ever.’ I want to spend time at the beach, or by the pool, and attempt to get a tan (I burn usually… I’m Irish).
I want to take long walks in the summer evenings, or the early mornings, before the humidity sets it.
I want to have campfires and gatherings, and endless nights that we will talk about for years to come.
I want to be outside as much as humanly possible.
I want to travel around with my camera and create a personal portfolio I will be oh so in love with.
First off, I want to start off this post by saying how proud I am of my good friend, Alex, for telling her story of growing up with, getting treatment for and recovering from anorexia. I’m also honored to be able to tell her story. If you haven’t seen the first two posts, you can visit them at the link below. Part 3 will be posted on Thursday.
So, little update in my world. Tomorrow will be a “What’s On My Mind Wednesday” post, so today will be more of a “This Is What Is Going On Today and this Past Weekend”
If you didn’t know, it’s going to snow tomorrow. IT’S MARCH 25TH and it’s going to snow. There is something wrong with this picture. I know it’s not unheard of, but still. It’s almost April. Not cool mother nature. Not cool.
Sam Summer is out. This made me extremely happy. And also a bit sad, because it’s not quite warm enough to enjoy one in the sun. However, I will happily enjoy one in bed, while reading a book until it gets warm out. Also – “The Bean Trees” was quite good. I can’t believe I never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver before this book.
Butter Pecan Iced Coffee is also back at Dunkin’ Donuts. This also has made me really happy. It has not made my wallet so happy though. Oh well. A minor splurge this week… then back to buying coffee on Fridays only.
It may not be warm yet, but it’s the perfect time of year for a walk on the beach. Which I did on Saturday with my mom. No tourists yet. :::sigh::: I love living by the water. It’s my happy place (besides the barn of course).
And that is all for today. Stay tuned – tomorrow is “What’s On My Mind Wednesday”!
Yep – I am introducing a new ‘weekly’ (I say that loosely) post. Essentially, it’s an update post with a fun title and a little of what’s going on in my head. There are always lots of things going through my head so it will be a way for me to express it. Off we go!
My foot: Yes, this has made a regular appearance on the blog since September. And hopefully soon, the appearance of the issues will disappear and be replaced with happy exercise and possibly even running posts! Keep those fingers (and toes) crossed for being pain-free within a week! Why you ask? I went to my ortho yesterday and he gave me a cortisone shot.
I knew this was probably going to happen since last week, and I was essentially dreading it since the moment I decided to do it. I’ve heard horror stories about the shot itself, but how much they helped in the end. So I prepped myself for the pain about to come my way. And the dreaded needle that was to be inserted into the joint of my foot. I hate needles.
Lucky for me, I didn’t feel a thing. And the so-called ‘giant needle’ was teeny. Like the smallest needle I’ve ever seen. Honestly, my foot pain has been worse than that shot.
So today, it’s turning all kinds of fun colors. It’s sore, but not the same kind of sore it’s been. It’s definitely more of a ‘you had a needle jammed into your foot’ sore. But this morning was the first morning since September, that I didn’t wake up and hobble to the kitchen because of how stiff and sore my foot was. I started to hobble, out of habit, and then realized that I had no pain. It was stiff, but not hurting. My morning immediately got awesome because for the first time in six months, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.
And for the record, I’ve been diagonsed with synovitis.
Missing Malayasian Jet: I’m sure this is on most of your minds. This story fascinates me. And not in a good way. I’m GLUED to the reports. I’m anxiously awaiting news that SOMETHING was found. I just can’t wrap my head around how a jet carrying over 230 people can just disappear without a trace. I know things happen and it can cause a plane to disintegrate or crash, but wouldn’t they have found SOMETHING by now?! Anyways, my thoughts are with all those involved. It’s a horrible situation and I pray that they have answers soon.
Spring: I need spring. I need warm weather. I need the sun. It was 55 here yesterday. And I was practically ready to bust out the flip flops and shorts. (Okay, maybe not the shorts.) I had my sunroof open and let the sun just beat in on me. I felt so rejuvenated and happy yesterday. I caught an amazing sunrise on the way to work, and it was just a good day.
Today it’s back in the thirties and we’re supposedly getting 1-3 inches of snow overnight. It’s raining now. I want the sun back.
Books: No words needed. This book is available 4/1. You should pre-order it. It’s pretty awesome.
Fashion by Mayhem: If you haven’t seen this blog or Instagram, check it out. I’m kind of in love with it. This little girl is amazing, and probably a future fashion designer. I just hope when she makes it big someday she continues to use Mayhem as her name. It’s pretty awesome. They’ve been featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today, among others. Below is one of my favorites… I did a screenshot of their IG page, but make sure you go check them out for yourself. They are amazing.
Instagram: If you didn’t know, I love social media. So much, in fact, that along with my Master’s in Marketing, I have a graduate certificate in social media marketing. Unfortunately, Instagram was still pretty new to the game when I got my degree, and we focused more on Facebook and Twitter.
Needless to say, I’m trying to learn as much as possible as marketing successfully on Instagram, both professionally and personally. My personal one is a lot like this blog, just a glimpse at my life (it’s to the right of this post), but I still try to post things on their that people would enjoy seeing. I want pretty, whimsical and fun things on there, but can never achieve the effect I see on others.
Any ways, my current goal is to build my own personal Instagram up. I love it, and it’s easily become my favorite social media tool. I’m always working to build my professional (work) one. I would love to hear any thoughts/suggestions/ideas you have for both! I’m not a fan of doing the ‘follow4follow’, ‘like4like’ on my work page, so but haven’t tried it on my personal.
Also – I can’t stand the people that follow you, just to have you follow them back, and once you follow them, they promptly unfollow you…..
If you follow me, please don’t unfollow me once I follow you. It’s just rude. And totally spammy. (Rant over.)
If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions/ideas, please comment below. Would love to hear your thoughts.
I am evidently HORRIBLE at keeping up with my blog. I am no longer going to hold promises I can’t keep ie. updating the blog weekly. I’m just going to let it happen when the moment strikes.
Today is going to be an unusual post for me (but don’t worry, I will still have updated pictures as well!)
Let me start off by saying that for the first time in my life I am able to consider myself a runner, definitely still a beginner runner, but a runner nonetheless. I’ve always been able to walk (as in power walking for exercise, but not run). I’ve never been a great runner or anything, but I am now able to run a mile. I have NEVER been able to run a mile. This is a HUGE feat for me. And I can run it in 11 minutes (again, not a great runner). Today was the first day I ran for 20 straight minutes. Another first in my life. I am absolutely on top of the world. I now understand what it means to get that ‘runner’s high’. I can’t wait to get back out there and challenge myself to see how long I can run for next.
This all started by finally gaining the courage (and support from several around me) to train and run for a 5K. I’ve been saying for years now that I was going to do Couch to 5K, and yet I’ve never done it. I’ve started it and never finished. This time, I decided just to run. I don’t recommend this to anyone if you haven’t been working out. We’ve been doing a walking program at work, so my body was already used to walking between 3 and 6 miles per day, so I knew my stamina was much better. Evidently, it was much better than I thought.
I thought it was going to take me three months just to train for the Yankee Homecoming 5K. At this rate, I may be ready for the 1st Annual Flag Day 5K in June!
But, in true Eryn fashion, since it’s not a true blog post without at least one picture, here is what I finished my evening with.
Thankfully I had my camera with me. The sunset was absolutely STUNNING tonight.
It’s February 19th and winter is nearly over. For us New Englanders, we all know this is rare. By now we usually have four feet of snow with three more coming. We’ve had barely an inch this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Even though we’ve lacked snow, we definitely haven’t lacked in cold weather. So on a February day, when the temperatures climb into the mid-40’s, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather.
Most Sundays are spent doing laundry and catching up on things I haven’t had time to do during the week. Today, I enjoyed a fun day at the barn. For those who know me, riding and horses has been my passion since I was 9 years old. It was where I went no matter what was going on in my life and the one place I turned when everything else seemed to going downhill. To do this day, there is still just something about being at the barn and surrounding myself with some of my favorite horses.
With the beautiful weather outside, the horses enjoyed a fun day of playing. Which for me meant a fun day of photography. With camera in tow, I spent most of my morning taking some great pictures, both inside and outside, and testing out my macro lens on our lesson horse, Ruby’s watch eye.
The day was not complete with out an afternoon trail ride (IN FEBRUARY….unheard of). What a day. I just hope spring turns out to be as beautiful as our winter has been.