Frames From The Weekend 2/27/2015 – 3/1/2015

It felt so good to write “3/1/2015” because that means March is finally here! Goodbye February, goodbye funk, hello spring! Ok so the February funk isn’t actually gone yet, I didn’t expect it to just disappear the moment I woke up on Sunday. But let me tell you…something is brewing within and I can feel little sparks of happiness come through more and more. I didn’t mention that I’ve also been struggling with the loss of my motivation, which is horrible because I have so much to do in preparation for this upcoming school year.

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I had a 6AM wakeup call on Saturday so of course that meant Friday evening was spent on the couch with trashy TV. Saturday morning started super early with my typical breakfast of avocado toast + eggs + coffee, followed by a trip up to the Bronx for a new volunteering opportunity at a free clinic! It’s going to sound so ignorant and privileged but can I just confess how nervous I was to go there? I used to be so fearless but age and experience (and my mom’s constant pestering) have turned me into a paranoid woman. WOMAN, that stands out to me in particular. Why must I, as a female, constantly worry about my safety? Why must I spend so much extra time and energy thinking through every step I take in a new place? Why must I deal with this stress? At a fundamental level, I fear men and I hate feeling this way. I have so much more to say about this, but I’ll let it be for now. End rant!

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{So I already ranted enough about Saturday morning. The volunteering opportunity itself is amazing and I look forward to continuing it every weekend. I spent the entire train ride back to Manhattan debating on whether I was going to run that day or wait until tomorrow. The great debate raged on as I plowed through a sweet potato skillet & coffee for lunch and continued through two episodes of ‘Friends’ until I finally decided I had no choice – the 11 miler was happening. I was in a race against the sunset (no pun intended) and was super worried that my stomach would rebel against the huge lunch I had two hours prior. Luckily, my stomach was a trooper and my legs powered through the run at a speedy yet comfortable pace of 9:07 min/mile. I felt super strong and conquered each Central Park hill with ease. Peak week = success! Oh and that cheesy egg & avocado sandwich and the tomato chickpea soup with shrimp were two of the best things I ate all weekend.}

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{I happily stayed in on Saturday – the last thing I wanted was to wake up exhausted and hungover on the first day of the new month. I wasn’t able to sleep in yesterday but I slept so well and woke up very happy knowing that I had absolutely nothing on Sunday’s agenda! Let’s ignore the fact that it snowed though, I’m pushing away all thoughts of winter because spring is right around the corner. I did sneak in a grocery trip, changed a high lightbulb all by myself (#independence yo), and made delicious vegan mini chocolate pies. I didn’t love the crust but the filling is soooo good, I think I’m obligated to share the recipe.}

I have another short week because my friends are coming to visit this upcoming weekend! One flies in on Thursday evening and the other on Friday morning. A third might even take the train in from Boston on Friday. I can’t wait for our wild NYC adventures together, sh*t’s about to get crayzay!

P.S. – #blackandblue or #whiteandgold ? I have to know! The first time I ever saw the photo of #TheDress I saw it as white & gold and thought it was all a joke as I read through the comments of people claiming it was black & blue. Like, duh the damn dress is white & gold people, is this a joke?! A few hours later I checked on social media again and saw a black & blue dress. Craziness! I never saw the white & gold version again. I guess the mystery is now solved, the mind is a powerful thing…

P.P.S. – To all my science/physics lovers out there (what, just me?), check out this article on an interesting new theory of the universe’s beginning (or lack of).

Ladies – do you worry excessively about your safety?

Are you able to run on a full stomach?

Team black & blue or white & gold?

♥ Irina

8 Comments

  1. March 2, 2015 / 9:34 am

    I think having to worry about our safety just cause we’re females is a frustrating thing! We shouldn’t have to, yet it’s like have to in order to live in the city…

    Great job on the 11 miler! I ran my “long” run yesterday (can’t believe 12 miles doesn’t feel that long anymore…haha) and I ended up going faster towards the end and felt great about it 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      It’s beyond frustrating! It’s upsetting and a modern day tragedy that will sadly continue well into the future (if not forever). And it happens everywhere 🙁 Ugh ok I’m done, no more venting!

  2. March 2, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    BLACK. AND. BLUE.

    Haha.

    Those little pies look delicious! You and your amazing vegan dessert recipes. Looking forward to finding out how to make it! And what a killer 11 miler you had! Way to go! You know, funnily enough, one of the best long runs I had during training for my first half marathon was after eating a HUGE continental breakfast at a Hampton. I had a 2.5 hour drive to get home after said breakfast, but then I went out and just killed nine miles. Granted, it was also much later in the morning than usual, but I was still so surprised that I had such an amazing run after eating ALL OF THE FOOD. Haha.

    • March 3, 2015 / 10:03 pm

      Maybe the secret to a good run is a sustainable meal beforehand? Although I don’t think I want to risk it again, I was so nervous! The only minor issue was that I couldn’t drink water without feeling some minor cramps, so I ended up having to take tiny sips to avoid those cramps.

  3. March 2, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    that’s awesome that you volunteered — i’ve been meaning to get back into volunteering more as well. i currently do Big Bro/Big Sis program and am picking up some part-time work for another non-profit, and really want to commit to this. great job on the run, girl! i neeeed a long run in my life this coming weekend or else the Queens half is just not happening in 3 weeks. :/ that dress! honestly, i do not see a single bit of white or gold in ANY picture, no matter what the filter is! it’s ALL black & blue to me, just diff shades!

    • March 3, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      I’ve heard great things about the Big Brother/Big Sister program! I never used to volunteer and now I have to for school, but I’m disappointed that it took me this long to actually start! It’s such an eye-opening experience and one that offers so many unique interactions every week!

  4. March 2, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Do share more details about your volunteering gig! I’m so happy to hear that you thought it was amazing! And you should never apologize for being nervous about traveling to a new destination. Safety first, always!

    Ahhhh, your food always looks so amazing! Especially those little pies. I have a thing for dumplings and any type of food that comes in miniature packages. =)

    White and gold. Although, I have seen a few pictures where I can understand why people would say blue and black. Bizarre, eh?

    • March 3, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      I absolutely will! It’s related to my school plans which I’ll share as soon as I can!

      I also have a minor obsession with “mini” foods. They’re just so…cute! I think part of my obsession has to do with the fact that most of my cooking is for one – I’m all about single-serving recipes! #singlelady

      So can you still not see the black and blue dress?! This is fascinating. I saw the white and gold once and then never again! Still so crazy.