Friday Favorites: 9/8/17

As a freelancer, I have a habit of letting the work week trickle into my weekends. I appreciate having flexibility during the week to run errands and go to the gym whenever. But without any clear boundaries, you can end up working in some capacity seven days a week.

So this labor day weekend I forced myself to take some work-free time to do actual activities (not just veg on the couch or end up reorganizing my dresser drawers…which I totally need to do.) It was great! And it inspired my first Friday favorite:

Driving Golf Balls

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I’m not a great golfer. In fact, I’ve only played an actual game once in my life. But I love driving golf balls. There is a nostalgic element to it. I grew up in a town with NOTHING to do as a teenager. The only options were basically fast food, coffee, or the mall, and you had to drive to the next town to get to anything. But there were a few driving ranges in close proximity. So, for $10 or $15, you could get a bucket of balls and hang out at the driving range.

In NYC, the best place to hit golf balls is Chelsea Piers. The multi-level platform is heated year round  (we didn’t need that feature this weekend) and overlooks the Hudson River. I definitely paid more than I did as a teenager in rural Massachusetts, but I only go a couple times a year. There’s also no freshly cut grass smell, but plenty of yachts and sea gulls!

Pixel Computer Glasses

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These things are eyeball savers. I’m on the computer A LOT. After a few hours, my eyeballs feel like they’re going to melt right out of my head. These glasses filter out blue light and make the screen so much easier to look at. I actually feel a different the second I put them on.

Peace Rollerball

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I have to admit that when I first smelled this “Peace” blend I wasn’t a fan. But now I get it. Is it possible for your olfactory bulb to change over time like your taste buds? The blend uses vetiver, lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang, marjoram, and spearmint, and it’s such a calming, stabilizing scent. I’ve been keeping it at the computer and swiping it on before I head out to deal with the stress of the world. Give peace a chance!

What are you into this week?

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Friday Favorites: 9/1/17

The Friday before Labor Day is either barely a Friday or the ULTIMATE Friday. There’s this liberating sense of “nothing’s getting done today, so let’s just accept it.” Unfortunately, I have a full to-do list, but I’m going to do my best to stay focused so my tasks don’t spill over into the weekend. I may not be able to blow off the work day for early happy hour today, but I’m determined to have a real holiday weekend.

In the meantime, here are a few things that made my favorites list this week.

“Listen Up” by Nicole Atkins

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I’ve followed Nicole Atkins for years. When she lived in the North East (and I was younger) I went to her shows all the time. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her live (she moved to Nashville and I don’t see live music nearly as much as I should), but I just scored tickets to her upcoming show at the Mercury Lounge and I am so pumped! I can’t wait to hear her play the tracks from her new album, especially Listen Up, which is this week’s anthem.

Kettlebell Windmills

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Can one’s core ever be strong enough? We’ll probably never know. And, honestly, planks, v-ups, and sit-ups get boring. Enter the kettlebell windmill! A few weeks ago I wrote about this movement for Men’s Journal. It’s one that I sometimes forget about, but it is so challenging and effective. You can use a kettlebell or a dumbbell, and the weight doesn’t have to be very heavy for you to feel it.

Deep Blue

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This week, while still in bed, I yawned and stretched my arm overhead and pulled a shoulder muscle. Yup. Didn’t do it during a barbell complex or a metcon at CrossFit. I did it yawning. So stupid, and it is still nagging me three days later. I’ve been stretching, rolling, and regularly applying this Deep Blue Rub from doTerra. It helps loosen things up and temporarily relieves the pain. Luckily, it smells waaaay better than Ben-Gay or Icy Hot, because it’s basically become my signature scent.

Sugar-Free Jello

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I mentioned last week that I’m counting macros and making an extra effort to eat clean. I wish I could be one of those people who cuts sugar and is like “I don’t even crave it any more!” The truth is that I’m not. And I do. I’ve allowed some indulgences here and there, but Sugar-Free Jello has become almost a daily treat. There’s barely anything in it (that’s why they give it to hospital patients) but its just sweet enough to feel like dessert. Add a small spoonful of Cool Whip and it’s (almost?) like eating a bowl of ice cream. Okay, not quite, but I’ll take what I can get. This strawberry-banana is one of my favorite flavors!

Younger on TVLand

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Are you watching this show? It’s become my favorite smart, yet lighthearted piece of appointment television. The writing is great – funny, touching, edgy, sassy, and the fashion and set design is fantastic. And speaking of eye candy, there’s Josh:

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Note the welling of the tears.

And CHARLES:

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We are all Sutton Foster.

The season finale is approaching, and I just don’t know what I’m going to do with myself on Wednesday nights.

What are you loving this week?