30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 19/20

Yesterday, I did day 19 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Energizing Yoga Flow.” It was a little challenging because it moved more quickly than most of the other videos, and I tried really hard to focus on my breath. When I had finished, I definitely felt ready to tackle the rest of my day.

I went to the gym and used the elliptical for 30 minutes. Then, I went out with my mom to run some errands. At the supermarket, I bought a variety of healthy foods: oatmeal, quinoa, veggie burgers, yogurt, Special K bars. I’ve been making a serious effort to eat healthier lately and I’m proud to have stuck with it so far.

In the evening, I actually drove up to Jersey City to see my friend Michcella for her birthday. We went to college together and worked at the radio station there. Our friends Maria and Steve came out to celebrate, too, neither of whom I had seen since they graduated. It was a really nice night. As far as food goes, I had one Miller light, a mozzarella stick, one chicken tender, and a small piece of birthday cake (which was INCREDIBLE).

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Michcella, Steve, Maria, and me!

It was a long drive home, but I made it!

Today, I woke up and did day 20 of the challenge. It was called “Twisting Yoga Flow.” This one was really great for my back. Some of the poses were a little hard to balance in, but overall I found it to be another energizing video.

I have to be at work in a couple of hours, so I’ll be back soon.

How are you spending your day?

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Foodies in New York

I celebrated my birthday on November 6 and my boyfriend, Matt, celebrated his on October 25. Since we both had off yesterday, we decided to spend the day in Manhattan to do a little more birthday celebrating. I was very lucky to have been able to spend a lot of time in NYC growing up. However, Matt hadn’t visited in about ten years, so I was extremely excited to show him around.

We woke up bright and early to head up to Jersey City to take the PATH. We may or may not have gotten into a car accident (everyone is okay) which set us back a few hours, but we were able to take care of everything and get a rental car to continue on our adventure.

We took the PATH to 14th Street and headed to Chelsea Market. The two of us were overwhelmed by mounds of colorful spices, fresh fish, pickles, and other delights. We walked around, sampling anything we could and talking about what else we would eat. After, we headed up to the Highline for a nice walk on a beautiful day. There were so many people enjoying the weather, as well as taking pictures of some protest art posted on one of the large walls.

Next, we made our way to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which was absolutely the highlight of our itinerary. There was no wait and we were seated at a bar with a view of the kitchen. I ordered an apricot soju slushie and Matt ordered a spicy lychee one. For our appetizer, we had shrimp buns and for our entrees, we shared a bowl of Momofuku ramen and a bowl of chicken pho. Everything was superb and I want to go back already.

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Then, we walked around a bit and made our way to the Pour House across from Webster Hall. They had $6 Don Julio margaritas! Delicious. Times Square was next. All the buildings, lights, and masses of people were overwhelming, but the energy was exhilarating. We also made a stop at Rockefeller Center and admired Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

After that, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was next. It is one of my favorite museums in the world, but Matt had never been. I couldn’t wait to experience it with him. We explored Egyptian art, arms and armor, Japanese art, and so much more. My friend Candice from college was also in the City yesterday, and she ended up meeting us at the Museum. So that was a really nice surprise.

The three of us walked from 81st street and found ourselves at Milk Bar on 56th Street and 5th Avenue. Candice and I got cereal milk milkshakes and I split a piece of their signature crack pie with Matt. We continued down to 42nd Street where Candice left us to head back to Grand Central Station. Matt and I stopped at the Bryant Park Holiday Market before walking down to 33rd Street to take the PATH back to Jersey City.

We were exhausted by the time we got home, but it was a truly wonderful day.

What did you do today?

 

Turning 25 Part 1

This past Friday, November 6, was my 25th birthday. It was the first time I’ve ever been away from my friends and family and couldn’t celebrate with them. It was really hard because I LOVE birthdays and I always try to do something really fun. Last year, I did an Italian themed murder mystery dinner.

This year was really great, though! Around lunch time on Friday, Steve came over and we went to Flapjack Pantry. I got a cheeseburger with bacon and a hashbrown (yum!) and Steve got a Cajun chicken salad. The weather was beautiful, so we walked around and got a coffee after.

Then, I worked all day. None of my coworkers knew it was my birthday, and I really didn’t care to tell them. It was a good day, though. My students were great and I had lots of breaks. After work, Steve and I met up with Nick, Hailey, my Korean friend Lily, and Lily’s boyfriend.

The girls!

The girls!

The guys!

The guys!

I really wanted pizza, so we went downtown to find a Western restaurant… but everything was closed! Lily’s boyfriend even tried calling some restaurants to see if they would be open. No such luck. We ended up doing pork barbecue instead, which was delicious. It was super tender and it came with roast garlic and some tasty egg thing.

The dinner!

The dinner!

After dinner, we went to Sticky Fingers, one of the foreigner bars. Some other friends met us there for drinks. Steve had also gotten me a cheesecake. It wasn’t exactly New York style, but it was good. I was also really happy he remembered that cheesecake is my favorite!

Steve, Hong, Mike, and Peter.

Steve, Hong, Mike, and Peter.

Following drinks at Sticky’s, Steve, Nick, Hailey, Dado, Sonya, Ben, Hong, and I made our way to norebang (karaoke). We got a HUGE room and ordered more food and drinks. There was a fruit platter, and noodles, and fried eggs, and french fries. I had no idea where it was all coming from.

We spent hours belting everything from Sinatra, to Journey, The Little Mermaid, Backstreet Boys, Rammstein, and everything in between. I definitely did more screaming than singing, but I had a freakin’ blast. It was after 5 AM when we finally called it a night. On the way out, everyone got free ice cream, and Nick saw one of our coworkers. Who was drunk out of his mind.

Such a good birthday. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it special!