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lemon scented and fresh faced.

I woke up again this morning to work out.

And I met up again with laser-spin-man, for another virtual spinning class led by television screen.

This particular segment was much better, although I still heard the word supple more times than I care to.

I care to hear it zero times, in case you’re wondering.

Upon my return home, I set to the task of getting ready for work.

This is a task that I have trouble focusing on.

While getting ready to tame my hair into some kind of ponytail, I realized my makeup was spilled all over my dresser, so I headed to the kitchen to grab the Pledge and some paper towels.

I wiped up the offending mess, set down the Pledge, and then picked up the dry shampoo to assault my hair with.

Except it wasn’t the dry shampoo I picked up.

Yes, I tried to dust my hair this morning.

Luckily I was able to toss it out of my hands and duck at the same time, thus keeping my hair from being wood-cleaned and lemon-scented.

It must be the fact that I’m about to turn 28- although this is not a comforting fact. I was born with a limited supply of focus- draining it at this pace is really no good.

And with that, I’m going to try and get out of here without doing something else ridiculous.

Yeah, I don’t believe me either.



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spinning out of control.

I love my Y spin instructor.

But because of a series of scheduling conflicts and also that her class is on one of the only days JW’s home from school, I haven’t made it to her 80s beats-rocking session in several months.

But then the gym put a spinning bike out in the cardio room.

Perfect, I thought.

I then discovered it had the option to spin to a biking video, complete with instructor.

Even better.

But now, I’m just not so sure.

This morning I decided to hit up the endurance program, which simply means Do the same thing at the same level over and over.

Because I’m not always quick on the draw, I figured eventually the spandex-clad leader would take me through some alternate movement.

Nope. “Just keep pedaling. Let’s pedal like this for five minutes.”


That was okay, though, to a point. I could pedal along, even if I was bored.

It was then that the man in the video started talking more.

He said things like “Stay supple” and “I want to see you play your bike like an instrument.”

Cut to a wide shot of him on his spin bike with a LASER background.

I wish I was kidding but simply am not.

After several more weird phrases (such as, let me see the rhythm in your body), a really frightening open-mouthed smile, and other trippy, moving backgrounds, I was finally done.

“Thanks for taking a ride with me,” he said.

It might be our last one, dude.

Monday’s previous conflicts are looking like peanuts compared to another early morning program with this dude.


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new shoes and red pandas.

Looks like it’s going to be another warm day in the Second City.

I will take them as they come, thank you very much.

Last night I dragged myself to spin, trying to remember why I wasn’t just going home to eat leftover pesto instead.

But per usual, spin class didn’t disappoint. Nothing like riding up hills in the dark to hot beats.

I think I’m re-addicted, even though I’m feeling a little sore in the quads today.

A small price to pay, I think.

Tonight I have exciting plans to pull myself through a run and then to also order new running shoes, because mine are basically falling apart.

I wish Zappos would just ship me new Sauconys once every six months.

Like a shoe subscription.

I think this might be one of my better ideas.

Post run, my focus of the evening is on pulling together all the pieces of my Halloween costume.

If you know me very well, or have read my blog for awhile, you know I dress up like a panda every year.

So this year, I’m on the prowl for a Communist leaning t-shirt, so I can throw it on over my existing costume and complete my look as a “red panda.”

I’m clever, I know it.

But where to track down this elusive t-shirt without being put on a watch list, I wonder?

Stay tuned, chickens, for this one.




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dancing shoes they were not.

And just like that, it’s Monday again.

But the sun is shining and my sources tell me it’s going to creep into the 60s today, which I think is reason enough to do a little celebrating.

As much celebrating as you can muster on a Monday, anyway.

I finished out last night by cringing through the third quarter of the Colts-Saints game before finally deciding I could take no more, and then choosing Sister Wives as a more upbeat alternative.

Except it turned out the episode was about teaching their dozen or so teenagers not to engage in sexual activity until marriage, and that was almost as uncomfortable as the football game I had been watching.

Apparently, I could not win. So I went to bed instead.

My plans this evening include returning myself to spin class, despite its odd scheduled start time.

It’s best for me not to have any down time between activities, lest I wander away and eat Halloween candy instead.

I’ll just have to take my chances tonight. I saw my favorite spin instructor last week and felt guilty that it had been so long since I hit the 80s music and intense cardio.

Plus, let’s be honest about the good mood that particular combination can bring on. It should be required for Monday nights.

Also, I may or may not have some dance party-related blisters on my feet, which might make running this evening a bit uncomfortable.

I did not put on my dancing shoes, it turns out.

And with that, I’m off to my cubicle, a handful of meetings, and a big blue sky. Chickens, enjoy your days!



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five good things: brand new day edition

So it’s finally back-to-work time.

That went pretty fast.

In an attempt to make this crash landing into reality a little bit softer, I’ll head into the week with five good things.

Because despite the end of two really good weeks, there are still plenty of things to be jazzed up about.

Even though it’s Monday.

I promise.

1. Bears win! Thank God, because one more in the L column and I was headed to MI to buy some Lions gear.

I’m still thinking about it, actually- next week you guys are actually playing the Lions, so it might just be the perfect time to test out a new allegiance.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Anyway, it was also nice to see my #1 Bear Devin Hester break an NFL record.

Looking good, my friend.


2. Yesterday I actually got some use out of my kitchen. I spent the morning making chicken wrapped in bread, mashed potatoes, roasted beets (and their beet tops, for some reason, using beet tops makes me feel like the Queen of Vegetables), and then I threw together a lentil-chicken sausage-brown rice-escarole-tomato-y soup for good measure.

After a couple weeks of delightful restaurants and eating on the run, it felt good to use my only motor skills to make a few delicious items.

3. I’m headed back to the GD gym today. It’s been far too long, and despite the fact that JW and I did a lot of hiking around the nature trails on MV and rented bikes to ride around the island one day, I think what my muscles actually need is spin class.

And so I’m headed there after work. Nothing like shocking your body back into vigorous exercise.

Also, it’s back to running for me this week. I’m way overdue to pound the pavement for a few miles.

4. Last night, JW and I sat down with our DVR and watched all the Modern Family that has happened so far this season.

And we laughed our asses off and nearly cried when we were finished.

There is nothing on earth funnier than the Dunphy family, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. They are liars.

If you don’t watch this show, I must insist you add it to your list immediately, or I might have nothing else to say to you.

5. Although it was lovely to come back to crisp, fall-like weather after a week of unseasonable high temps in MA, Tom Skilling tells me the weather’s supposed to heat up this week in the Windy City.

I cannot say that I am sad about this.

One more week of flip flops before I transition directly into my Uggs?

Yes, please.

With that, I’m off to get settled into my cubicle early- see you chickens on the other side of this day back at it!


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5 good things: abridged week edition

Ok, chickens, we’re cruising into what looks like a short week for me, and I’m feeling pretty positive this morning, so I’m gonna just hop right to five good things that I’m looking forward to this week.

1. Three day week this week, and four day week the next two weeks after that. And then a week. And thennnnn….the wedding, and our honeymoon, and lots of days off. Will not complain about any of that.

2. CJ and I are gearing up for our trip to Big Sky Country. The only far west schlepping around I’ve done included huge cities like LA and Seattle, so I’m excited to get myself east of the coast, but way to the west of the Second City. I have big plans, including white water rafting and bear chasing.

And celebrating my friend JK’s wedding, of course.

This is gonna be fun, I can feel it in my bones.

3. Ky, JW and I spent a lot of yesterday watching the season of Dexter that just came out on Netflix. Like, so much that I’m embarrassed to express it to you, although I will have you know that I also cleaned up my house, did laundry, put away gifts, and wrote thank you cards during this time. I had to mix in a little something with the brutal killings of Dex. Wednesday we’ve got plans to finish up the series, and I can’t wait. Why do I love serial killers on television so much?

The world will never know.

4. I spent the rest of the weekend doing things like being in a giant bar crawl which ended with me stealing a place setting (no, I don’t know why) and JW eating a burrito. Off the ground.

It’s more complicated than it sounds.

In any case, we had a great time, and somehow managed to be in bed by ten-thirty.

It was that kind of day.

I don’t regret it one iota, in case you were wondering.

5. The sun is shining, I’ve got hours left for the month on Pandora, and I’m headed to spin class tonight. Things are looking up, chickadees.

Enjoy the start of your week!


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spinning into it.

Spinning is no joke, chickens.

If anyone asks you, make sure you tell the truth.

Not a joke.

However, it felt good to work out in a cool, dark room with jams blasting.

And then there was all the sweating, of course.

Ahh, I’ve missed a spin class.

Also, I missed how much my glutes hurt after a good spin class.

Just joking. I’d rather be able to sit.

This morning, I woke up for a relaxing swim, which got a little frantic when I realized both the pairs of my goggles were faulty, and basically, water poured into my goggles for the one mile duration of the swim.

Better luck next time, I guess.

Tonight JW and I are heading out to cross off a few things from our list, including finding him a wedding ring and getting him to the theater to see Harry Potter.

Yes, I am just as excited to see it the second time around. There may have been a Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family this weekend and I may be on a Harry Potter watching kick.

Hypothetically, that is.

It can only last so long anyway, since next week starts my favorite holiday of the year:


It’s a good week to have a television with HD.

And now I’m off to hit the cube a little early this morning- have a good one chickadees!





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