Ali Lately

Date: May 10, 2016 at 10:49 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 14

Sometimes I like to blog about important things, wordy things, and emotional things. Other times, I just like to be more mindless about it all, vomiting my words all over the internet. Today is one of those latter times. Here’s a look at life lately.

Family photo!

Family photo!

Running: Yeah, I’m doing what I can. No real changes here. I never did any solid tempo workouts or anything leading up to the Brooklyn Half-Marathon (next weekend!), but I did do some short interval work and managed some long runs most weekends. I have no goals for this race. The plan is to run watchless (still!) and see what happens. It worked for my last few races, so we’ll see. No pressure racing is my jam.

Started the day today with six 800-meter repeats. I hate 800s. Give me 12 400s over six 800s any day.

Started the day today with six 800-meter repeats. I hate 800s. Give me 12 400s over six 800s any day.

Watching: My weekly must-see show is Scandal. Can we talk about Scandal? Even though I loathe most of the characters (though Susan Ross FTW, and also Abby’s Hair FTW, and Hot Marcus FTW even though I’m not sold on what I assume is going to be his upcoming plot line), I still watch the show every week. Why is Papa Pope still around? They have had so many chances to off the guy and lock him up for life, and they keep screwing it up. I have never liked Olivia Pope, but she’s become especially insufferable this season. I like Mellie, but think she would be a terrible president. I like David, but he needs to finally man up and own his actions and stop being so whiny. I like Liz North and I absolutely get what Ellen DeGeneres sees in her IRL. Smokin’. I always hated Quinn, but she’s kinda sweet this season, if mostly just in the background.

I’m just tired of the repeated plot lines (enough with Eli Pope) and of Fitz and Jake being OMG obsessed with Olivia. Guys, she is not that remarkable. She is annoying and noncommittal, and she’s also a murderer. Also, I get that Shonda Rimes is all LOL we are mocking real life with all this election stuff, but I don’t want to see that. We have enough nonsense on real TV with the pending election, I don’t need to see it on my fave show, too. Find original material, PLZ. (For all these complaints, I still tune in religiously, so I guess Shonda knows exactly what she’s doing.)

I also still half-watch Grey’s Anatomy. Last week’s episode was sad, but also unnecessary. Callie is an idiot. Everyone is an idiot.

I miss Parenthood.

Bring Cristina back, Grey's!

Bring Cristina back, Grey’s!

Reading: Not as much as I should! But…

  • This funny article, if you’re not yet completely overdosed on all things Hamilton.
  • This piece about how you have to be willing to do difficult things if you want to be successful. (Why are people so afraid of picking up the phone and making a dang call? Make the phone call!)
  • This probably accurate piece about where all the members of The BSC would be today. (I’ve always been a Stacey girl. I used to dot my i’s with hearts and desperately wanted diabetes because she made insulin seem so chic.)
  • This nice list of people who are doing well at marriage. I especially relate to #4 and #10, and #8 earned a LOL from both Brian and me.

Listening [and dancing] to: Justin Timberlake. Obviously.

Writing: All day, every day. A few recent favorites…

SURPRISE! Here is a pick of Sweet Fang in the bath.

SURPRISE! Here is a pic of Sweet Fang in the bath.

Missing: Tyler and Abby. I get to see them this weekend, though! Tyler just turned four, and Abby will be two in August. Time sure does fly.

Needing: To get caught up on all my adulthood tasks. Dishes, cleaning the bathrooms, stuff like that. I actually generally enjoy household chores, just not when I have 38925 other things to do.

Puppy love > chores

Puppy love > chores

Feeing: Lethargic and bloated after a very gluttonous weekend.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit A.

Loving: Ellie. Sleep. New Jersey.

And road trips!

And road trips!

I’m also loving all the baby geese in the world right now! There are lots of goose families with babies around New Jersey, but we also saw some baby geese and baby ducks while we were in DC! They were swimming around in the Reflecting Pool! So special!

New Jersey goslings!

New Jersey goslings!

DC ducklings!

DC ducklings!

Loathing: That I need to go to the DMV to get a new license. Can I send a proxy?

Eating: Too much sugar. As usual. Can someone help me stop? I feel legitimately addicted to sugar and I can’t stop putting chocolate chips in things that shouldn’t have chocolate chips in them. Help.

Lethargy, Exhibit A.

Lethargy, Exhibit A.

My cousin bought Ellie a pupcake so she could celebrate my birthday, too!

My cousin bought Ellie a pupcake so she could celebrate my birthday, too! (This face. OMG.)

Wearing: These pants, which are ridiculously soft. These shorts, which are my new favorites. And a fresh pair of HOKA Clifton 2s. (I just signed on as ambassador again, so hit me up if you have questions about HOKAs! I’m a big fan, clearly.)

Shiny new Clifton 2s!

Shiny new Clifton 2s!

Celebrating: My birthday! Not anymore, but we celebrated a bit this weekend. It was a super rainy day, so Brian, Ellie, and I pretty much spent the entire day in a big hotel bed, eating bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, taking naps, and eventually going to the W Hotel near The White House for cocktails. (None for Ellie, though.) I got a 90-minute massage the next day, which was pretty heavenly, except I think I fell asleep for most of it. Too relaxed!

Bacon egg and cheese in towels!

Bacon egg and cheese in towels!

Traveling: To see family!

Last weekend, Brian and I were in Washington, DC, for my cousin’s wedding. We went down Thursday night so that I could do November Project down there on Friday morning (my birthday!). It was super rainy, and I was soaked by the time I jogged to the workout from our hotel in Arlington, but it was awesome and was my first time going to NP in another city!

November Project DC! Find Ellie!

November Project DC! Find Ellie!

The whole weekend was wonderful. I love DC so much, and always enjoy bopping around the monuments, even though I’ve been to the city a bunch of times. We ate lots of good food, did a good amount of exploring, and got to bring Ellie along! The wedding was small and perfect, and it was so special getting to celebrate with my cousin and a few close family members.

Lincoln and Ellie: two of my favorite things!

Lincoln and Ellie: two of my favorite things!

And this upcoming weekend, we’re road-tripping again — this time to New Hampshire! We’ll get to see Tyler, Abby, and my parents, and I cannot wait. I haven’t seen my family since Christmas, so this is long overdue.

Back to work.

That’s what’s new with me. What’s new with you? 

14 Responses to "Ali Lately"

I just didn’t bother to read the rest of your life recap so I could comment that I 100% agree with your shondaland assessment. Callie is a moron, Penny is only going for a year! just stay in Seattle. Also why can’t the makeup artists over at grey’s give Penny some makeup all of the other women look super glam and Penny looks exactly like a surgical resident would in real life. Also your assessment of Scandal is accurate and I’ve had enough of the “well we have to do that or Eli will kill someone” as a plot device too. Ok going to check out your puppy pics.

I just ordered my first pair of HOKAs (same color you have!) and I can’t wait to try them. I’ve run in almost all the brands out there, but I’m so excited to try these because they are so different which intrigues me.

I also love the Lulu shorts but all the good sizes are gone. Sniff.

I’ve never been to DC, but it is on my bucket list. If only to finally get to try Georgetown Cupcakes! 🙂

Love these life recaps!!!

OMG Georgetown Cupcakes are the best!! Also loving all the Ellie in DC.

You may disagree with me here but the DMV’s in NJ aren’t bad during the week in the middle of the day if you can get to one.

I started a new part time gig at a local yoga studio as receptionist/Social media. Maybe it will get my ass back in gear to get in shape and eat better. Also happy to be interacting with people beside to two local Starbucks baristas I use to see everyday.

Michelle says: May 10, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Did you switch to Hokas for any reason? I’m battling chronic, nagging injuries and wondering if they could help??

I was just curious about the HOKAs and had a few friends who swore by them. I had been running in Brooks forever and they were just starting to feel too narrow, so I gave the HOKAs a shot and fell in love. I haven’t been injured since I started running in them. Obviously every body is different, but they’ve worked wonders for me.

Okay if hot Marcus’s plotline continues where it started last week, I will NOT be happy. I watch on Hulu so I thought that was the season finale…but is it not? I’ll be so happy if we get a couple more episodes.

Also, I am also so over fawning over Olivia. I wish Jake would fawn over me, ya know? Too much to ask?

On another note (actually similar..), I was just down in DC for a bachelorette party! I really don’t spend enough time down there. It’s such a short trip from Philly!

I was in Arlington / DC for work last Thursday/Friday – wish I had thought to check out November Project! It was horribly rainy and I ended up on the hotel treadmill. In Italy this week where it is also raining, at least I am looking forward to the food here! My Clifton 2s are shot but I just got a pair of Vanquish which I am also loving…they seem to be slightly wider. Have a good week and road trip to NH!

Jasmine says: May 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

JT’s new song is currently the new jam in my 5th grade class! We dance to it everyday before lunch and before they leave at the end of the day-we’d love for you to come join our dance party!

Where do you get that dress! Adorable!
Also, I love Lulu and wish I was rich enough to buy it full price. Someday when I marry a prince this will happen.

And having a puppy is seriously the best thing EVER.

Great photos!
There was a fresh idea.
If the puppy to have a girlfriend, they will play together?
Or will climb together on the bed, to the owners?

Thank you for the fun stuff!

I’m so late commenting but better late than never, eh?
First of all, you guys look so flipping happy these days!

Anyway, sugar. I gave it up for lent and it was revolutionary, I felt so much better and actually I felt ‘liberated’ from an addiction. I know that sounds melodramatic and I don’t mean to say cupcakes are like crack cocaine…but that’s how I felt. I still love cake SO much but I’m trying to eat sugar with control and moderation these days. Trying, anyway!

And finally, I gave up on Scandal. Too much drama and Papa Pope, too much adultery and not enough Jake (obviously). Tell me you’re watching Game of Thrones though?

Great job on the sugar stuff. I was able to cut way back before the wedding and was totally fine, didn’t miss it, didn’t have crazy cravings. But once I brought it back into my life, WHOA. I need to follow in your lead for sure! That’s awesome. And NO, I’ve never seen Game of Thrones! So behind in pop culture, I know.