Twosday LXXII

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Apr 082014

New Netflix Additions I’m Stoked Over

  1. House. I plan to watch the entire series from start to finish at some point.
  2. Bob’s Burgers new episodes. This is my favorite adult cartoon at the moment and I’m happy to be able to watch more episode commercial free.

Netflix Viewing of the Weekend I Highly Recommend

  1. Mud.  I heard great things about this movie for months now, so when I saw it pop into the New Releases area on Netflix, I decided to schedule a movie night pronto.  Nick and I both agreed that this movie was really well written.
  2. The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall.  This was such a wonderful special.  If you consider yourself a comedy nerd in the least, I’d say you’d enjoy this.  Some of the stories I had heard on my favorite comedy podcasts over the years, so part of me felt like I was on the inside as I watched this.  So good.


Healthy Decisions Made Twice This Weekend

  1. Go for a run/walk.  I went for a run both Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.  The weather is finally starting to resemble spring, and my body is so thankful for some time outside, stretching the legs, and getting fresh air in the lungs.  I’ve loved taking time away from the computer to get a run in each day this weekend, and took the opportunity to listen to both podcasts and music during my runs.Saturday’s run/walk brought me home at 3.08 miles, so I continued to run a bit down the sidewalk to hit a 5K.  I was purposefully not running hard and walked as often as I wanted, so my time doesn’t mean much truly, but I do feel like I’m going into spring training in a good place after looking at the details in my garmin.  When I was running, I was holding a much faster pace than expected, which is inspiring me to keep it up and reach that 5K in under 30 minutes goal this July! (or earlier!!!)
  2. Take a nap.  I was so exhausted on Friday evening that I swear my brain was in pain.  I collapsed on the bed in my work clothes within moments of walking in the door Friday evening and allowed myself to crash to nap land for an hour.  It was lovely.  I didn’t hold back when the nap bug hit me on Saturday evening after dinner, either.  I snoozed for over two hours, then woke up and got back to work, making lists and planning steps for productivity.  I love naps! More naps in 2014!!

What I’ve Been Wearing While Running

  1. My new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 running shoes.  Though I bought them with an awesome online coupon, I still paid a pretty penny in comparison to my purchase history for my new running shoes. To me this shows that I’m putting my running goals at the forefront of my priorities this year, and I’m cool with that.  I decided on these shoes after reading several reviews, specifically one from Ari, who I then talked to about the Wave Riders, too.  I’ve worn them on two walks and two runs and am very happy with my decision so far.
  2. BAMR bands. Obsessed. They stay on my head no matter the conditions I am running in and keep my messy flyaways under control.  Plus, these headbands come in so many adorable prints. I love wearing these when I have my hair pulled back at the office, too.  The black glitter band I have gets a lot of use.


New Habits I’ve Decided to Start This Past Weekend

  1. Taking myself out on writing dates.  I realized I was feeling stale and needed to implement a change of scenery in order to keep the productivity energy flowing.  I made a plan to treat myself to breakfast Sunday morning with a stack of notebooks and a pre-made list of tasks to complete while away from the computer. This needs to be a regular occurrence for my sanity.
  2. Doing this Quick Core Workout from Talk Less, Say More after my running.  It’s fast enough that I if I start it, I will likely finish it, and I can already FEEL the workout working.

Blogs I Recently Added to My Feedly

  1. Her Happy Balance.  Leslee is a newbie runner, nacho enthusiast, science nerd and beach love who loves to talk healthy living.
  2. The Happiness Recipe Blog. A blog by Molly who believes that there is a recipe for happiness waiting to be cooked in each of our lives.


Most Recent Itunes Purchases

  1. Home – Phillip Phillips
    You probably have known about this song forever, right? I just found it. And now I like it. Yep.
  2. Invisible (RED) Verision – U2
    After seeing them on the first episode of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, I told Nick it would be a great song to run to this year. He reminded me when he saw me on iTunes the other day and I happily purchased it and added it to my running playlists.

Most Recent Articles Saved to My Pocket for Reading [Not Skimming] Later

  1. In Defense of Half Hearted Attempts from How Does She
  2. A Complete Ranking Of (Almost) Every Single Mitch Hedberg Joke from BuzzFeed


Twosday LXXI

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Apr 012014

About this Twosday

  1. I wanted to come up with something hilarious and April Fools-y for this post, but alas – I’m not that clever.
  2. I now know how to write 71 in Roman Numerals.

Podcasts I Downloaded to Try for This Week

  1. Off the Charts Business Podcast with Nathalie Lussier
  2. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes


Songs I’m Guarenteed to Dance to No Matter How Early it May Be as Evidenced on a Recent Monday Morning with the Feelin’ Good in the ‘90’s Songza Playlist

  1. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
  2. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Other Songza Playlists I’ve Been Loving Lately

  1. Soft Pop.  I just started listening to it this past weekend. It’s nice because I don’t know many of the songs, but none of the songs (okay, MOST of the songs) are not hate-able.  I’m enjoying this while writing lately.
  2. A Garden State of Mind.  Probably no need to explain this one, right?  Inspired by the Garden State soundtrack – one of the bests.


Benson’s Favorite Activities as of Late

  1. Watching Spring arrive.  Birds. Squirrels. Wind. SO MANY THINGS to see at the window all day long.
  2. Chasing the laser light.  He has even gotten to the point to somehow “ask” for a game of laser tag, by bringing a different toy over to me that has come to signify the laser game.  The first time I brought the laser out it was because I noticed he was being playful with that specific toy, and I choose to believe he is smart enough to make the connection.

It’s Officially April

  1. It’s physical inventory at work, meaning things are SO hectic and busy.  Send all stress-fighting advice my way, please.
  2. I’ll be turning 31 at the end of the month and plan to celebrate with a Presidential road trip and fresh fruit slushes. Notice the plural.


Places I Plan to Visit for Dinner While I’m in Madison this September

  1. Noodles & Company.  I know it may seem silly to visit a chain while I’m in a city filled with local establishments I love, but this one is my favorite and I make it a priority to go as often as possible when I’m near enough to one.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I picked up to-go noodles a few times while I’m in town, actually.  If my college memory serves me right, Noodles makes amazing late-night get-work-done food.
  2. Wingra Cafe.  If I missed the opportunity to order from the college cafe I find myself craving something silly from once or twice a year, Future Heather would never forgive me.

Places I Plan to Visit for Treats While I’m in Madison this September

  1. Greenbush Bakery. Which I’m sure shocks no one who has ever been there. I’m on a mission to convince our Dream Team Mini Mingle Manager, Katie, that we need to plan a late night mingle trip to Greenbush for my favorite donuts in town.
  2. Babcock Hall Dairy.  I want ice cream. Obviously.


Twosday LXX

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Mar 252014

Super Exciting Pop Culture News

  1. Drop Dead Diva season 5 is now streaming on Netflix. FINALLY! 
  2. Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson is on Hulu.  I’m always worried when I hear about something awesome coming to television that it may not be available through a streaming medium. Thankfully that wasn’t the case with this treasure. 

Purchases Made this Weekend

  1. A super fun wreath for my office door!  Thanks to my Instagram friends for helping me to realize I made the right decision from the get-go.
  2. Greeting cards from Designs by Nicolina.  They are fantastic designs and will definitely be helping my quest to make 2014 the year of snail mail.  I just love this etsy shop!  Highly recommended.


Books I’m Barely Reading, But at Least I Started Them, so That’s Something

  1. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.  The above image is a snap shot from the introduction that made my heart swoon.  I am prescribing myself more pages this week for certain.
  2. I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman I’ve been slowly making my way through this funny read since the start of the year.  Reading this article this weekend helped me reach for it again.

Blogger’s Whose Enthusiasm is Impacting my Day to Day

  1. Amanda from Run to the Finish.  This girl has got the positivity and you-can-do-it, down.  Her blog is full of awesome resources for living a healthier life and training smart!  I know I’ll be relying on her advice and encouragement as I reach for my running goals this year.
  2. Katie from Healthy Diva Life is such a burst of sunshine, but in a genuine, happy way.  I love her #SYWS series on Instagram and the way she keeps it real in all of her updates of her day to day life.  She’s constantly adding a dose of inspiration to my day via my cell phone.


Office Supplies I Could Never Live Without

  1. Lined super-sticky post-it notes.  I also love the graph paper notes, but the lines are HUGE for lists and note taking at the office.  I love a straight line. In all sizes.
  2. Sharpie gel highlighters. I first heard about these from Elizabeth and use them almost daily at the office.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Meals I WILL Make this Week

  1. General Tso’s Tofu!  I have some awesome freebie Nasoya coupons [thanks, friends!] to use and I’m excited to give this recipe I recently came across a try.  I have a bag of stir-fry veggies in the freezer to use, too.
  2. Easy as Tamale Pie. This weekend we slow cooked a pork roast and I used Pinterest as a tool to find something awesome to make with the leftovers after a couple of days of sandwiches and tacos.  Yum!

rimmel lipstick

Got it From influenster

  1. When Kelly was here to visit last month, she told me about influenster.  Influenster partners with brands to send sample products to members of their community, known to be social media-savvy. As an influenster I might get the opportunity to test and review those products online. Since I LOVE to try new things and recommend the products and services I pay for with my own dollars, I loved the idea of signing up and giving it a go.
  2. I made it a goal to spend 10 minutes on the influenster website each weekend, usually in-between two tasks that take much longer.  I take surveys and “unlock badges” and just follow links to learn more about the programs.  I’m kind of digging it.

The Rimmel Moisture Renew VoxBox I Received from influenster

  1. I never wear lipstick. As in, when Nick picked it up from the mail drop, he laughed. Out loud. I think I’ve worn actual lip color, and not just balm, maybe five times in my life.  BUT – I did have fun trying this on and taking photos.  So, if for nothing else – cheers to that! I liked the bright color, 360 As You Want Victoria, which was a bit more pink than the last lipstick I put on my lips. [#31]
  2. This didn’t stay on long. Because it was not smudge proof, or “set” in any way shape or form.  I smudged it off my lips and then got a rag and warm, soapy water to gently rub it off.  Womp womp. Sorry, Rimmel.  I wanted to like it and become a changed lip-stick-loving woman, but it just didn’t happen. [I do like your new $3 Kate Moss nail polish line, though. Thumbs up.]


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