May, you my BAE.
Gosh, I crack myself up.
I don’t even know if I used that term correctly, because, umm…little sheltered, suburban girl. Regardless, May has always been one of my favorite months. Something about the (unofficial) start of summer and all the excitement that ensues, it makes me want to pause time. It kind of feels like the build up to Christmas. Not that everything after May is a let-down, but the start of the season is just more fun. Does that make sense?
Lame weather-talk aside, May was a winner. Similar to my recap of April, here are some highlights and favorites from this month.
Starting with the photo above, May was a great month of running. My definition of “great” isn’t a number of miles, but instead the quality of runs. I think the workout balance I mentioned last week has paid off big time. I type this as I’m on the cusp of MCM training…like it starts next week. The good news is 1) I have a fantastic coach who knows I like this balance and 2) not much will change immediately mileage and routine-wise. I’m debating how I want to recap my training…weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. I’m not too sure yet (any preferences or suggestions?). What I do know is that this training cycle will differ from past cycles for many reasons, which I’ll detail soon. I couldn’t be more excited.
A new camera lens
I hinted at this in my recipe last Friday, but cooking and food photography has suddenly become a lot more fun. Who knew that a proper lens would do the trick? Um me, but I didn’t want to part with my money. After reading forums and blogging-tips, I bought this Nikon lens. Luckily my mom already had the camera body so I didn’t have to $ell my life away. I’m teaching myself as I go but I’m already more motivated to create recipes and just improve in my photography overall.BTW, the above picture is obviously taken with my iPhone, considering the camera is in the photo.
I don’t know how often I’ll post recipes (that’s just how I roll) but as long as it’s fun, I’ll keep it up. On that note, there will be one tomorrow!
Memorial Day Weekend
First, nothing I can say will remotely convey my thanks to our servicemen and women for protecting this country. MDW is truly about honoring you, your families and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I often feel silly writing about things like my time at the beach during MDW because it pales in comparison.
MDW was a quintessential summer weekend: beach, sun, family, friends and watermelon. My family and I went to Anna Maria Island (our favorite beach town in FL) and two of my best friends joined! A quick note on that topic…I’m so grateful to have such constant and supportive friendships. Even with distance and time apart, nothing will change. Get yo’self some friends like that.
I was forced to disconnect from social media, for the most part. My phone service was spotty so I decided not to push it and just enjoy the weekend (mostly) phone-less. DO THIS, PEOPLE! Seriously.
Oh, and let’s just say I got my fair share of time in the sun. SPF 30 was not enough. I managed to sneak in one morning run, which I ended on the beach. Funny enough, after spending the day at the beach, my face was as red as it was in this photo post-run.
Also, what a great photo of me: I look half-asleep and my hat, shirt, headphones and face all match. I give you guys the best.
Unfortunately this highlight ended poorly last week (with playoff elimination) but my family and I, along with everyone in Tampa, went crazy for the Lightning this month. Tampa hasn’t won a championship in any sport in 10+ years so when we get close (last year we made it to the Stanley Cup), everyone goes all-out with gear, watch-parties and banners. Even the priest would give us game updates during mass (I don’t know how he did that…). As I’m used to my sports teams losing, the saying “there’s always next year” is all too familiar.
My favorite posts from the month
From my blog:
From other sites:
Life Lessons From Twitter- Susie @ Suzlyfe
SEO Is Boring and I Just Want to Talk About Books– Julia @ Drops of Jules
25 Things I’d Rather Do Than Adult– Nina @ Hugs and Lattes (technically from April, but April 30th)
If Meat Eater Acted Like Vegans– JP Spears (via Good). This guy’s videos are hilarious.
Favorite Tweets/Graphics/Funny Things I Had to Share
I just made this category up, if you couldn’t tell…
And that’s a wrap on a great month. June is actually starting off on a very exciting, energetic, cute and possibly loud note. I’ll be able to fill you in next week :)