Heyyyy March!

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Just something like 20 inches with some killer snow drifts. Springtime in Vermont! The good news is that winter sweaters are now pretty much all on sale.

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MAGIC & MAKING OUT.

I just listened to the new Coldplay single and, like most things Coldplay, it grew on me. I’ll always have a Chris Martin thing! I remember listening to Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head all the time when I was in college. I had that and the Moulin Rouge CD on repeat.

Jordan forwarded me this link and it’s been popping up on Facebook feeds all day. It’s a video for a clothing company that (more importantly) features strangers making out. Awkwardly amazing. I had to watch it three times.

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“SPRING BREAK” in Burlington.

This is a fun "SPRING BREAK"

Last week was “SPRING BREAK” at UVM, which meant that I still had work but things were super quiet on campus. Oh, and it was mostly -2 degrees F all week. That’s a fun stay-cation of sorts. It’s that time of year when I would have LOVED to have been somewhere warmer. I’m sick of winter, and all the layers we have to wear up here. Most days I “pretended” I was somewhere warmer by swimming on my lunch hour, drinking fresh juice from Healthy Living, going to Bikram yoga classes, and/or making terra cotta flower pots in the pottery studio.

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Oh, and I cat-sat for these two cuties all week. They were each half the size of Merlin:)

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And I went out to dinner a few nights. I went to a new place for the first time in ages, Revolution Kitchen. It’s a newish vegetarian restaurant right next to Daily Planet in downtown Burlington.

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*Waiting for a table whilst drinking wine and reading Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half book. I’m so in love with this book – how it captures all the wonderful weirdness of both childhood and adulthood in the funniest stories and drawings. The Dinosaur and God of Cake stories! (Check out the blog posts here and here.) I was crying from laughing so hard.

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I ordered the pad thai for dinner, and most of us split the banana cream pie for dessert. TO DIE FOR. It had this amazing banana bread crust to it.

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It had warmed up by the weekend and I got out for some cross-country skiing in Stowe on Sunday. And no trip to the Stowe/Waterbury area can be without PROHIBITION PIG!

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Water and Heady Topper for après-ski beverages.

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Aaaaaand my favorite brisket sandwich.

Lastly, dating(ish) update! I tried Tinder. Maybe not the app for me, but curiosity won out.

My friend Cullan convinced me to try Tinder after telling me, “All my law school girlfriends in Boston LOVE it!”

“But isn’t it just for hook-ups? I want something more than that.”

“No no no, they go on fun dates ALL THE TIME!”

“Hmmm. Okay, I’m intrigued. I’ll try it!”

Pros: I like, no LOVE, its simplicity. I like that it links through Facebook. I like that we don’t have to mess with cheesy profiles. I like that we have to match to chat. I like that we have to chat to get to know each other.

Cons: WHAT. IS. THIS?

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Friends thought Aaron might have been teasing, but my creep-meter is sky high right now and my hunch said he wasn’t being funny. He was serious. Or maybe I’m being too serious? Ahhhhh, post-stalker dating in a text-driven world! This is hard kiddos. I did not meet up with Aaron.

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PARTY WEEKEND: Pingala Cafe + Oscar soiree.

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But first pizza – Friday night pepperoni & peppers at American Flatbread. Best way to beat the sub-zero, Polar Vortex temperatures which won’t leave Vermont.

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Saturday night I went to Pingala Cafe’s Housewarming Party. It’s a new vegan cafe in town and the party was absolutely adorable: live music and some of the best food I’ve tried at a party. I say this not being a vegan either: wraps with dipping sauces, flatbread pizzas, muffins, doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, and more. It was fantastic. This cafe is right next to Laughing River Yoga Studio, so I foresee weekend yoga + brunch in my future.

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On Sunday morning, I’m out at Penny Cluse Cafe and order the basic breakfast AGAIN!  I can never choose between Penny Cluse or Mirabelle’s for favorite Burlington breakfast? Hence, I alternate weekends at both places:) Freshly-squeezed tangerine juice for the win though!

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After brunch, Jen and I got pedicures at the mall but the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate outside. It was kind of hilarious.

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Later that night, some friends hosted an Oscar party. Everyone dressed up but us! Laney sent me a King cake from Louisiana, so that was my party food contribution. We didn’t finish it that night, so I divided it up. I have yet to hear who found the baby!

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They even had Oscar ballots. I did okay, considering the only movie I saw all year was Frozen. You do see that I marked Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o down for their awards – best speeches and best dressed of the night for me.  They need to date each other. Immediately. RIGHT?

I already found my favorite picture of them from the tumblr Awesome People Hanging Out Together!

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A WEEK OF WHITEBOARD WORKOUTS.

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For the first time in about a year and a half, I’ve fallen back into a workout groove. I think it’s been great for my winter hibernation. Due to my foot injury I’ve had to stop running (forever) and really limit even walking, so I’ve been primarily doing weights and swimming, two totally different activities for me. Luckily, UVM has classes in both of these this semester, which makes me glad that I fell apart post-Japan. Ha!

For years and years, I was into running, long walks, or exercise classes – NONE of which had workouts via whiteboard – but I’m getting super used to whiteboard workouts four days a week. At first, I could barely read them with all the weird abbreviations. Now I kind of like them because they remind me of recipes. Go down the list. Check check check!

Mondays and Wednesdays I lift weights.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I swim. (We’re on Butterfly stroke, which I affectionately call Drowning Dolphin.)

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On a good week, I’ll get in an extra day of swimming or some yoga. Although, Mindi (and all those Olympic athlete training videos) now have me on the Pilates train. I did it once this week and HOLY CORE workout.

Do you have a workout routine? Or is life just too crazy at the moment? I’ve been on both sides before. In Japan, I didn’t have much energy or time or resources for anything except yoga….or a cold beer plopped down on the couch.

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WEEKEND BRUNCH: Do you usually go for the same dish?

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Hey guys. How was your weekend? We had unseasonably warm weather in Vermont, so nice that I wasn’t scared of ice/snow/sleet and drove down to see friends in southern Vermont to drink ginger beer margaritas on Saturday night. HURRAH!

I also got my hair cut because it wasn’t fitting under my swim cap, was becoming a nuisance dealing with chlorine a few times a week, and due to my near-death by hair dryer electrocution, I refuse to use one at home anymore and my long hair took foreeeeeeeeever to dry in the winter. Now I worry it’s too short though.

And I went out for brunch at my favorite little joint in Burlington, Mirabelle’s Cafe. I realized that I pretty much always order the same brunch when I do brunch. The specials always sound absolutely amazing, and I waffle between getting something like griddles corn cakes with chorizo and black beans OR buckwheat waffles with caramelized bananas, but then 9/10 I get the basic breakfast. Two eggs, hash browns, fruit, and bread never gets old….says the creature of habit. Ha.

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SLEDDING + SOUNDTRACKS.

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I went sledding instead of going to the movies yesterday, BUT I did some multi-tasking at night. I made this turkey meatloaf,  watched some Olympics, read this book, and listened to the HER and Endless Love soundtracks. Two thumbs up!

My favorite songs are Pumpin Blood by NONONO, Don’t Find Another Love by Tegan + Sara, and Go Outside by Cults.

Four of my favorite HER songs.

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