hair · weekend

New Hair Color

I hope you had a great weekend. I had to work all weekend at drill, boooooo. But, Thursday, I treated myself to a haircut and color since I only go a couple times a year (with good reason, holy dye cost, Batman..)

I showed my stylist a bunch of super ombred out pictures, but she knows better and gave me a much more subtle chestnut with lots of variation…so far, I like it, although it took a while to grow on me.

I’m still holding onto my dreams of Rachel McAdams blonde (I’ve pinned it three times without realizing it) and Ariel red.

Friday, I shopped around in Nordstrom with a mission in mind to try on the Hue jeggings. I found them and I’m still thinking about them, but didn’t buy anything, and took an OOTD picture in their dressing room, anyway.

Top: Francesca’s (similar or similar) // Sweater: J. Crew Factory // Jeggings: Uniqlo // Boots: Steve Madden

I wouldn’t buy these boots, now, being vegan and all, but I bought them at least 4 years ago, and they are still going strong *knock on wood.* I always get comments on them and their distressed look. The distress is very, very real. They have been through snow, etc, but some Dr. Martens shoe balsam does wonders.

And, what is going on in your dressing rooms, Nordstrom?

Seriously, what is happening? There’s a bulge…

My phone should get here in a couple days!! I’m so excited! I’ve had my Iphone for two years, now, and I still love it, except that the battery has been depleting like lightning, lately. Not cool if I get stranded with no phone.

How was your weekend?
Do you have a favorite jegging brand/style?

food · travel · weekend

The Magic Apparating Car

I know, bad bad blogger! I took a week off, which turned into a month.. But hi :).

Please let me tell you a story about me being dumb so that you will hopefully forget all about this.

I went to the car dealership today to get my oil changed etc, and the guy looked at my car while we are in the garage, taking down the mileage on his paper. Then, he asked me to come over to his desk (still inside the garage). So, my back was turned to where we left my car.

About 30 seconds later, I see a car just like mine pull up in the lane in front of me, and I say, “OOH, another one!!” I have a unique-looking car, so I get excited when I see another (it looks like this).

The guy looked at me and said nothing, but I could tell what he was thinking.

I realized my terrible mistake about five seconds later.. that is my car. My car is able to move from behind me to in front of me without the use of magic or cloning itself. I was laughing so hard, I can be so dumb sometimes.

Last month, for my birthday, Greg took me to see Wicked, which has been my dream for a long time. Basically, it was one of the most amazing things we’ve ever seen and there were tears. Mine, not Greg’s. He didn’t even shed any over my restaurant choices.

We got asked by a ton of people in costumes to take pictures with them. Just don’t go near those guys dressed as Woody, ’cause that is effing creepy.

The vegan restaurants we tried were delicious!! My favorites are still closer to home, in Philly. Not that I’m going to argue with any burger with two onion rings on it. This is the Skyscraper from Blossom du Jour.

Have you been to see any musicals or shows?
Which ones do you want to see?

fashion · food · weekend

Sunday Thoughts

Three day weekends are the best – it feels weird (actually, fabulous) not to have to work on Monday.

My favorite fashion find this week is this inexpensive dress from Forever 21. I accidentally left the $12.80 tag on it for a good couple hours while I was out, but who cares…share the sale.

I admit most of my day revolves around food. Mostly the eating, not so much the cooking. If you need someone to eat your food, please invite me. I don’t mean to brag, but I can consume plenty of food.

Greg and I pooled our powers together (okay, mostly his) to cook our favorite tofu recipe, General Tso’s Tofu. I could eat endless bowls – SO GOOD. Homemade General Tso’s sauce is crazy delicious. And I like my tofu best fried in yummy oil.

We were planning to visit Washington, D.C. this weekend.

We set the alarm.

We turned the alarm off.

And slept till 10:30 AM.

It was fantastic… I lie in bed thinking, “Put clothes on or sleep?” Ummmmm, we doesn’t need clothes, hobbitses.

We went to see Let’s Be Cops, and I was prepared for it to be a disaster, but it was hilarious. It doesn’t beat The Other Guys or 21 Jump Street for me, but I enjoyed it. You should probably just watch all of those, because they’re all great buddy comedies.

How is/was your weekend?
Have you seen any good movies, lately?

cats · fashion · food · house · weekend

Weekend Recap

How is the weekend over and it is back to reality already? Do we really have to go back? Maybe I feel even more surprised, because I didn’t do anything crazy this weekend and yet I’m totally exhausted.

Tunic top: Nordstrom // Kimono: Nordstrom (similar) // Shorts: Gap (old: similar) // Purse: Francesca’s (similar) // Bracelet: J. Crew Factory (similar)

I can’t show you my shoes, because I grew tentacle legs. Not really, but I have to admit that there were no good full length photos. BUT, I ordered an inexpensive tripod from Amazon to practice with since it will give Greg a break from always taking pictures. Bonus, they gave me another free trial of Amazon Prime!

We did a little house upgrading this weekend. I moved in with Greg over 3 years ago, so a lot of our stuff hasn’t been changed since, like towels, bath mat, etc. We went to Ikea and bought some new kitchen bits, like a dish strainer, because our old wood one was growing mold.

We also bought a few new towels from Target, and they were out of the normal size in the pale pink I wanted, so we got a BATH SHEET.

It’s not a towel. It’s like a freaking towel blanket. I’m just gonna go wrap myself in it and not come out for a while. It’s clearly made for a 6’8″ football player who enjoys pastels, but I can accept that.

Tonight, we made some vegan BBG chickpea burger wraps and fries, with vegan ranch. It may look weird, but I promise it’s all delicious!

Lastly, I bought the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade from Sephora today. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard Anastasia is great for brows.

Does anyone use this brand? I bought it in ‘soft brown.’. I’ve been using the E.L.F. brow set, but the powder crumbled all over into the gel part and is almost gone. I’ll try this and update with how it works.

This girl was snuggling us all night. She looooves to be cuddled underneath a blanket like a cat burrito.

How was your weekend?
How often do you replace your bath towels, bath mats, etc?
Do you ever get excited over buying house stuff??

fitness · obstacle course · weekend

Watch Me Fall Off of Things

You know that show, Wipeout? Now I am fully aware of why they call it that. Greg and I went to the ROC Race aka Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend, and we had so much fun. I also fell on my butt a lot.

Greg took his GoPro with him, so we got lots of good video, and I wanted to share some pics of my wipeout expertise.

Jump Balls

More like Jump Ball, because I didn’t see anyone make it past one. So much harder than it looks!! I will keep making fun of those people on Wipeout, but I feel for them. I did jump on the first ball, but after that I flew diagonally and landed like a demented flying squirrel on the ground.

Wrecking Ball

The balls just kept coming back! I thought I was gonna be smooth and duck the first one, but then the other came, then the other one, and then the guy yelled, “No crawling!!” I couldn’t get away from the balls, so I jumped in.

Cool Runnings

Not gonna lie, I was so scared! I busted my butt cheek on the first water slide we went on, but luckily this one was much deeper. Somehow I ended up backwards?? The tube felt like it was flying a million miles an hour.

World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide

But not as scary as the view from the world’s largest inflatable slide!!! Notice how much Greg is enjoying the ride, with arms up and eyes open, and I am flying down it like a paralyzed cat in a bathtub. We both have our own approaches. His is the more carefree approach, and mine is the, “What have I done? Is that me screaming???” approach.

Would you go on this slide??
Are you into adventurous sports?
What extreme adventure would you try?

fitness · obstacle course · spartan race · weekend

Spartan Race NY

This weekend, Greg and completed our first Spartan Race. Despite the fact that it hurts to put on my pants now, we had a lot of fun.

This was the muddiest race I’ve ever run. I must’ve eaten a full mouthful of New York mud.

This race was incredibly hard!! Luckily, Greg was there to help me out, because if you don’t finish an obstacle, you have to do burpees at each one. First of all, the course was on a freakin’ ski resort! There were no flat areas; it was 4 1/2 miles of steep climbs and downhills.

Here are my thoughts on some of the obstacles:

Barb Wire Crawl

Does this look crazy to you? Because it definitely is. It was about the length of a football field uphill, AND a guy was constantly waving a fire hose around, spraying us down. That turned out to be all right, because it made the ground a little squishier and softer on the knees. This obstacle took the longest, because of the distance and amount of people. Also the part where I got the most beat up on my knees and elbows.

Rock Drag

We had a pet rock for a little bit. This part wasn’t too bad. Greg wanted to take it with him for the rest of the race, but there was no stealing of the rocks allowed.

Lateral Climb

Greg tried to help me on this one, but when he reached for my foot, I screamed, “No, no, don’t touch it!!” and promptly fell off the wall.
Spartan Pancake
Carry more heavy shit uphill. They gave us a heavy bean bag type weight and we carried it in a big uphill-downhill loop. Lots of people were using them as cushions while they sat exhausted on the hill. We saw one woman sitting on a log near the top screaming, “Why did I sign up for this???”
Rope Climb
I tried this one, but my upper body was pooped. I felt like a fish trying to climb out of the water. Maybe next time.
High Walls
Greg had to boost me up on a few of the high walls, but it felt incredible scaling them and leaping over the side.
Fire Leap
This is the part where you feel most like a bad-ass, because it’s at the very end, and you have no idea why you just did all of that shit but it feels freakin’ awesome, and now you’re just gonna jump over some fire, ’cause it’s in your way.
Compared to other races I’ve run or been to, the atmosphere was totally different. We didn’t see any costumes during our run on the Spartan Race, which was surprising to me. The Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder seem to be a lot more playful, and the Spartan Race took itself more seriously.
I enjoy the crazy atmosphere of guys dressed like Catwoman, and the more laid-back attitude of the other races. The obstacles on this course were killer, though, and challenged me like I’ve never had before.

They haven’t updated the page with results and photos yet, I hope they do soon!

I’m gonna try to recover my body before we do the ROC Race this weekend!! I’m so excited.
Would you ever do a Spartan Race?
What’s your favorite obstacle course?
hiking · park · travel · waterfalls · weekend

Weekend Adventures

I am SO pooped!! Just spent all morning at the DMV and spent an ungodly amount of money to renew my title and transfer it to Delaware. No sales tax is awesome, but 400 bucks to drive around here?? They are out of their mind!

On the bright side, our 3-day weekend was fantastic. Greg and I took a trip to Ricketts Glen State Park to see PA’s waterfalls, one of which Greg almost immediately fell into. He refused to wear the proper footwear and the first waterfall we get to, he almost tumbles right into. I’m sure he will disagree with the details of this story, but whatever, it’s my blog. Wear proper WATERFALL SHOES!

His beard also came along. We will miss you, beard. He had to shave it off yesterday, because he can’t have it at work, and he is starting back today.

When I get into a woodland-type scenario, I automatically begin to prance everywhere.

The prancing makes me happy.

Greg has a fascination with throwing things into waterfalls. When we were in Niagara Falls, he threw a piece of hard candy tumbling down. Here he is staring wistfully at a stick he just threw in.

These were some crazy big waterfalls! The trail was not easy; we hiked up and down steep stone steps covered with mud and water. We saw a total of 18 waterfalls, the highest of which is 94 feet tall.

I can’t help myself around large, climb-y things.

Did you go anywhere this weekend?
Are you a fan of hiking?