SAFARI DAZZLING

While thinking of a blog title, I came across the note that my youngest sister once wrote to me that said: "U stink in bold. Tomorrow you will feel like a bloated giraffe. U r so safari dazzling." I went with it. Plus "safari dazzling" sounds better than "bloated giraffe."

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Last night I dreamt that I was taking a dance class at Hogwarts. We were lined up in two rows facing each other and following an instructor. We were doing Zumba moves, of course (single single double knee lifts, hip-hop style). Hermione was in the opposite row to my left – dancing away and looking great. I think Seamus was more directly across from me. I don’t specifically remember Harry or Ron but I think they were there too. We’re all doing our thing, but then Professor McGonagall got upset and asked us to slow down/stop because Neville was having trouble keeping up and she didn’t want him to be embarrassed. 

Super excited to wear my new Zumba pants that I ordered after winning a $25 gift card!

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red-bird-writes:

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bostonbrunette:

What is Your Craft Beer Name?

Mine is Wicked Lips Pilsner

American Pants IPA… meh. I’m not digging it.

I got Wicked Lips Pilsner too! hahaha.. I don’t hate it. 

Golden Malarky Dopplebock. 

Which I love and is perfect, except you can’t read the yellow on yellow for shit and also malarkey is misspelled. 

Killer Spirit Stout. Love it. But agree, I had to zoom to be able to read the middle bottle.

HoBooken 5k practice run sucked but the view wasn’t too shabby #onceayearrunner #dancingiswaymorefun #hoboken (at Pier A Park)

Vince and I finished Season 6 last week and I’m seriously missing this show something fierce. This sums up how I feel about the upcoming final season.

Last night I had a dream about Leslie and Ben where he was leaving her to go live somewhere else for a while (possibly with another woman that part felt a little hazy) and they were fighting and arguing and Leslie kept screaming that she would file for divorce (which in my dream felt like good thing cause it meant she was fighting for their relationship…?) but she was still sort of funny Leslie cause she would kick Ben’s luggage out into the street so he couldn’t pack it into his car. I had this dream in between my first and second alarm. It was a nightmare.

(via abitofsilliness)

  • Haven’t been blogging much lately because my head’s been all over the place. I feel like I’m at a standstill and should figure out my life and get shit done but oh man snacking and watching tv is just so easy and it’s hard reconciling what I think I should be doing with what my ideal life would look like and I want change but I don’t and so much work ahead and ugh student loans whyyy and I’m losing it and jeez get it together April and seriously does it ever end?!

  • okay end of literal brain dump. onto more positive things.
  • It’s my birthday month weeeeee. Is it weird that literally all I want are workout clothes? Okay that and a new bed haa. Yesterday I accidentally saw something that Vince got for me, major oops. It’s awesome, but now I must pretend I never saw it.
  • Loving that my cubicle neighbor has been gearing up for Halloween by keeping her snack bowls filled with candy and yummy treats. Bonding over a shared love of sweets is so fun.  
  • I’m so excited for my friend’s bachelorette this weekend! We’re taking her on a little weekend getaway and have a surprise planned on Sunday that we think she’ll really enjoy so hopefully all goes off without a hitch. 
  • Really should go on a practice run soon, the 5k is only 2.5 weeks away yikes.  I also need a costume, something that involves still being able to wear comfy clothing. At the moment I’m considering being Wednesday Addams. But I wanted to chop my hair off soon so might need a plan b.
  • Rachel is home for fall break this weekend, woot! 
Riding high from an audition for NYSC :) It was only my second audition at a bigger gym but this one was more fun than the first, mostly because it was a much smaller group so we got to know each other better. The first few people auditioned some form of toning/sculpt and kickboxing. It kind of kicked my ass, in a good way, but I was worried I’d be too tired for my turn. We ended with Zumba and the other three girls who auditioned with me were so awesome that I wasn’t even nervous cause I knew they would just be smiling and dancing their hearts out with me. One of the kickboxing instructors, who had never taken Zumba, loved it and asked us about getting certified. We all reacted like yesss come to the dark side haha. Afterward we chatted for a while and exchanged numbers and plans to get together soon. Even if it doesn’t turn into a teaching opportunity, I’ll just be happy to have met such great people. It’s corny, but my heart is full of Zumba love right now. And tomorrow I’ll definitely be feeling the toning “love” in my arms and legs, eep.

Riding high from an audition for NYSC :) It was only my second audition at a bigger gym but this one was more fun than the first, mostly because it was a much smaller group so we got to know each other better. The first few people auditioned some form of toning/sculpt and kickboxing. It kind of kicked my ass, in a good way, but I was worried I’d be too tired for my turn. We ended with Zumba and the other three girls who auditioned with me were so awesome that I wasn’t even nervous cause I knew they would just be smiling and dancing their hearts out with me. One of the kickboxing instructors, who had never taken Zumba, loved it and asked us about getting certified. We all reacted like yesss come to the dark side haha. Afterward we chatted for a while and exchanged numbers and plans to get together soon. Even if it doesn’t turn into a teaching opportunity, I’ll just be happy to have met such great people. It’s corny, but my heart is full of Zumba love right now. And tomorrow I’ll definitely be feeling the toning “love” in my arms and legs, eep.

Oh my goodness I forgot how much I love risotto.

in Atlanta for a Walking Dead tour…I mean, for a grantee meeting #iwishthough #cdc

The dessert spread at my friend’s shower was magical. Thank goodness her parents took over that part from us bridesmaids, otherwise it wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome. The chocolate covered pretzels and graham crackers were my favorite. There was also a surprise “dessert” when the bride-to-be opened a gift that was edible underwear. Her aunt kept screaming “Oh my gosh EDIBLE UNDERWEAR??!! It was hilarious, especially because we later learned that she was the one who bought it as a gag gift.

Today I went to my childhood bff’s bridal shower, spent time with old friends and my sister who was home from college for the wknd, ate delicious chocolate covered things, went to a beer garden to hang out with new friends, was entertained on our train ride home by a group of people celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday, and enjoyed a night cap of pizza and trader joe’s vanilla bon bons. Today was a good day.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a speech on gender equality to help launch the HeForShe Campaign:

”..I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop…”

”..Men, I would like to take the opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too…”

”..Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals…”

I watched her speech on my commute home and had to fight back tears. It’s refreshing to see someone using their position of privilege and power for good. You should watch the whole thing, and then Take Action.

My friend Amanda and I went to a BYO painting class last night at Painting Lounge’s Manhattan location. I was a little nervous because the original painting looked pretty complicated, but thankfully you start with basic tracing of the picture, and the instructor guides you step by step. It was really fun, though kind of hard to simultaneously paint and keep up conversation. And I found painting to be pretty relaxing. Though I guess that could have been the beer. Either way, I can’t wait to go back!

Garlic knots snack break

*cue happy dance*