"It’s not fair,” I said. “It’s just so goddamned unfair.”
“The world,” he said, “Is not a wish granting factory."
I am thinking I should go ahead and bite the bullet on a new pair of nicer boots for this fall during the Nordstrom sale. I have many pairs of tan/brown knee high boots from Target that are in good shape, so I should be set with those for brown boots and want to focus on getting a nice pair of black boots to wear with leggings and tights and dresses that are a little nicer. I have some Nordstrom notes to help with the cost but those could just be used on Zella leggings or this faux leather jacket if I decide to stop obsessing over black boots.
I’m leaning towards a pair of over the knee boots (probably because a girl in my old office wore hers all the time last fall/winter/spring and I thought they looked so awesome) and have narrowed it down to the top two pairs. The first is the 'Baldwin' Over the Knee Leather Boot by Vince Camuto (on sale for $164.90 from $248.95) - they are 23” tall (so TALL which I love) and have a 15” calf measurement with some elastic on the back to allow for wide calves. (I measured and my calves are like 16” so I am always worried about boots being too tight.) They have a little higher heel at 2 inches. The other pair I found is the 'Leroux' over the Knee Boot by DV by Dolce Vita (on sale for $154.90 from $219.95.) They are just a smidge shorter at 22” and have a slightly wider calf measurement at 16” but look like there would be very little give in the fit with these. They also only have a 1.25” heel, which could be more comfortable I guess.
OR do I need to realize that girls that are not in possession of thigh gaps and stick thin legs and calves do not find over the knee boots to be the most flattering and just try the 'Holdyn' Boot by Enzo Angiolini (on sale for $154.90 from $228.95) that are more like my usual riding boot? They have a 15” calf measurement, thought, so they may not fit at all. OR do I try something fun like the 'Sheldon' Boot by Fringe (on sale for $99.90 from $149.95) and hope I get enough wear out of them to justify spending $100 on a trendier looking boot?
Tonight’s ensemble: painting attire. Also,this tee could be a 9th grader so that’s insane.
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live."
Stuart Scott at tonight’s ESPY awards (via mabtv3)
If we’re going to insist on using warrior about people whose bodies have, at a basic cellular level, actually turned against them, I think it’s so important to acknowledge that those who are about to ‘lose’ their ‘battle’ exhibit the greatest amounts of courage. The people who have died never (willingly) gave up.
1) See ya grey hairs.
2) Garnier, this is a funny shade of light blonde if you ask me. (I don’t hate it - just thought it’d be lighter.)
3) Is it strange Blake never even noticed last night but my coworker (who I have only seen 4-5 times in the past month) noticed as soon as I walked in the office this morning?
#WaHo date night with the husband. I’m on a roll with “cooking dinner” aka suggesting places like this or froyo to eat.
I got some shiny new bling and a brand new fiancée.
You guys! YOU GUYS! Brooke and Jordan are engaged and I’m 1) so so so SO jazzed for them and 2) relieved not to be keeping this secret from her anymore. Not telling one of your best friends/sister-in-law something so huge the whole time it’s being planned is so tricky.
We are seriously so excited and happy for you two and can’t wait for wedding planning to begin in earnest (and Blake’s pretty psyched to get a brother after being surrounded by ladies!)
Blake is breaking out the Mike Isabella Crazy Good Italian cookbook tonight. I’m jazzed.
Tonight was for a gym workout and run and then wearing these insane(ly fun) crops to Flywheel.
"What’s the kindest thing you almost did? Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you? Are bonsai cruel? Do you love what you love, or just the feeling? Your earliest memories: do you look though your young eyes, or look at your young self? Which feels worse: to know that there are people who do more with less talent, or that there are people with more talent? Do you walk on moving walkways? Should it make any difference that you knew it was wrong as you were doing it? Would you trade actual intelligence for the perception of being smarter? Why does it bother you when someone at the next table is having a conversation on a cell phone? How many years of your life would you trade for the greatest month of your life? What would you tell your father, if it were possible? Which is changing faster, your body, or your mind? Is it cruel to tell an old person his prognosis? Are you in any way angry at your phone? When you pass a storefront, do you look at what’s inside, look at your reflection, or neither? Is there anything you would die for if no one could ever know you died for it? If you could be assured that money wouldn’t make you any small bit happier, would you still want more money? What has been irrevocably spoiled for you? If your deepest secret became public, would you be forgiven? Is your best friend your kindest friend? Is it any way cruel to give a dog a name? Is there anything you feel a need to confess? You know it’s a “murder of crows” and a “wake of buzzards” but it’s a what of ravens, again? What is it about death that you’re afraid of? How does it make you feel to know that it’s an “unkindness of ravens”?"
Peachtree Road Race!
I ran my third Peachtree last Friday on the 4th, and it was definitely amazing. The humidity left town just in town for the race, and the temperatures were remarkably cool. (The first year I ran it was about 83 degrees when I started, and last year it was humid/almost raining the entire time, so this weather was VERY appreciated.) I ran by myself, and definitely missed my friends, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could push myself to work hard as thats what I’ll be doing in Chicago - no cheerleader running alongside me and just my own thoughts in my head to keep me moving.
One of my 2014 resolutions was to get a new 10K PR, as my other PR was from my first Peachtree when I wasn’t super well trained. I ended up KILLING that goal WHILE running at close my goal marathon pace, and finished in 1:17:07 which made for a 4 minute, 31 second PR and was almost 19 minutes faster than I finished last year. (I don’t even care that 12 minute miles are super slow to most people - I loved that I could stay steady with them!) I also had a personal goal to not quit running on any of the hills, as I normally mentally tell myself that’s the best time to walk and then run the downhills. I want to train myself to be mentally AND physically tough before the marathon, and this was a good exercise in that. The race also marked my 100th mile of running for the year, and I’m looking forward to adding quite a few more to over the next few months with a goal of 400 total miles this year ( my training plan from my coach calls for a little over 330 total miles plus whatever I run optionally and/or after October.)
With the race, I ended up running around 14 miles last week so I stuck to my training plan pretty accurately. (I’m adding in an extra optional 3 or 4 mile run each week on top of what my running coach has scheduled as it is a fairly light running schedule from him.) I didn’t hit up Pure Barre for strength training on Thursday as I was afraid it would make me sore for the race. This week I’ve got 14 total miles (including a long run of 8 miles) on my training plan plus hopefully an extra 3 miles for a total of 17 planned miles. I’m also looking to fit in a Pure Barre class for strength training plus a spin class for XT as well as some extra arm + core work at home on running-only days.
The best way to get pepped up for Monday is to plan a bright and colorful outfit.
Blake and I went to Six Flags this morning and started off with the most terrifying roller coaster there. This is my, “I haven’t been on a roller coaster in a decade and am not sure I still like them” face.
We then proceeded to ride a few more, buy a $10 drink with free refills, and then almost immediately leave due to someone’s hangover.
"Stop saying sorry. Say thank you instead. When you say, “sorry for being a jerk” the other person is forced to either call you a jerk or say it wasnt a big deal. Instead, say “thank you for being so patient with me” so the other person has a reason to say they love you."
- I saw this gem on Reddit tonight. It was posted under a topic of “What ‘little’ things you can do to improve your relationship with your significant other.” (via mahovina
(Source: brittanyjoyal, via population-e)