Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Best Summer EVER!

Today is Tuesday. That means today’s blog is all about how it’s good to be here because it’s better than not being here. I love this theme. Whenever I get down on myself or what’s not going ah-mazing at the moment, I am reminded in little ways how charmed my life really is. For example, I get to write for you fine folks out there. That’s pretty cool.

But our reason for today’s BTAT is Summer.

Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for most people. Not for me. Summer means all day, all night studying for me.

This was my work.

This was my view of Summer happening from Bobst.

But I got through it and had some fun, too! I mean, this was the Summer of the final Harry Potter movie!

It all ended and it was AWESOME! And sad 😦

I spent some fabulous time in the Hamptons with some awesome ladies from lululemon.

Bikes are fun!

I did some outdoor yoga in the middle of Manhattan, which is always a good time.

Yoga! Yoga! Yoga! (Imagine Belushi chanting this)

I have a newfound love of my lovely running hat. I don’t get sunburned on my face when I wear it. Funny how that works, huh?


I was honored by my favorite company to become one of their Ambassadors. I said yes. And maybe I cried a little. Don’t judge.

Presents AND an Ambassadorship? Well, oh-kay. If I must.

And I experienced my first earthquake and hurricane (turned tropical storm) in the same week in the same city. And that city was New York City. Go figure.

Hurricane? What hurricane? I’m siiiiiingin’ in the rain!

But by far the best part of the entire summer was becoming an aunt for the very first time. My little Peanut is the sweetest baby on this planet and I miss seeing her even after only spending a few short days rocking her to sleep. Added bonus of spending some important time with my family in the great state of Colorado. Auntie Abby loves you, Peanut. You were the best part of my Summer.

So, as we bid adieu to Summer and a hearty HELLO to Fall, I think maybe my perspective on what my Summer 2011 has slightly changed since I started writing this post. It was a life-changing 4 months that I will remember quite fondly. Even though I spent a good 50% of it indoors deriving equations and banging my head against the wooden table just to make the pain in my brain go away, I had all of these really great moments that more than made up for it. And really, when you look at where I’m headed next year, this Summer’s classes were just a stepping stone to my dreams so who the hell am I to complain?

I hope you had as memorable of a Summer as I did. What was your favorite part? Tell me all about it and remember, every moment here is better than none at all.

Now go out and run!

Here Comes The Story Of The Hurricane

Well, we survived! It was loud and windy and wet, but we seem to have come through Hurricane Irene, aka Tropical Storm Irene, relatively unscathed. I swear, those raindrops banging against our apartment windows last night sounded like tiny rocks threatening to break into our little apartment, but nope. Nothing broken, nothing even cracked. I might sound disappointed, I am not. I am relieved that we have power, have our home and there’s no flooding to be seen on our streets.

No flooding. No cars. Hardly any people. It's 11am!

JB and I ventured out for a walk and found our streets virtually deserted. With the rain still misting down, it seemed my fellow New Yorkers were content to stay indoors. Not us! Outside, our apartment looked just fine.

The 'ol Turtle Bay/Sutton Place held up pretty well!

Not even more than a few puddles! We trekked up to Central Park to see how the rest of our beloved city made out.


I have NEVER seen Central Park closed before. But, given how crowded the streets were yesterday with runners and bicyclists, I am not surprised that they felt they could shut it down today. They were probably thinking, “What? Everyone worked out yesterday, we can close it today.” Well, ok then. Take a day off everybody!

I will see you tomorrow, my Park. Sans kicky rain boots, I imagine.

Even the animals seem to be relatively relaxed this morning. (We have a zoo in Central Park, for those of you who didn’t know)

Just a regular 'ol day at the zoo

So, what do you do when everything is closed down (I mean everything: Starbucks, grocery store, gym, everything!)…

Aren't rainy days meant for shopping? This is just WRONG.

…I will do yoga. What better way to spend a rainy day at home but on my mat, zen-ing out and finding peace? After all, I’m actually kinda wary of running in the park after a storm. This guy was whacked by a branch last year and died because he thought it was a genius idea to go running during a storm. Not me, I’m a safety girl.


So, day off after running 14 miles and then sitting on my butt for the rest of the day = desperate for some stretching and twisting. I’m sure I’ll feel lots and lots better after an hour with my favorite yoga podcast. See you later! Ommmmm…

Now go out and run!

What do you do on a mandatory day off? Rest, clean, shop? I’d be shopping today except for every single store is closed. Ugh. Come on, MTA, get it going!