Happy Monday, everyone! As you read this, I’ll either be on my way or already going through my first day of work as a lawyer in NYC. I definitely have a sense that this is truly a season of change, as my life shifts from one phase to another. I’m nervous and excited all at once, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes – I’ve really enjoyed all the time I got to spend blogging this summer and early autumn, and will be keeping at it. My goal is to post 3-4 days per week, rather than the 5-6 I’ve been posting, but still enough to share all the recipes, running, life updates and random thoughts you care to read about 🙂
This weekend truly felt like autumn, and I spent it relaxing in Connecticut with my family. I went to the L.L. Bean store in Danbury to pick up some autumn running gear, like a hat with a little illumination headlight built in for the early morning runs before work that I’ll be doing in the dark.
I stopped at the nearby Whole Foods to pick up a few hard-to-find items, and enjoyed a free decaf iced coffee from the Allegro Coffee Bus parked outside. It was quite tasty!
I also went for a lovely run amid the fall foliage, enjoyed a stroll in town during the Pumpktoberfest festivities on Saturday, and baked a batch of my Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf that filled the house with a delicious aroma. I played with Sasha in the piles of colorful leaves (which you may have seen on Instagram – I’m getting the hang of it).
And then yesterday afternoon, I made the trip back into New York City and spent the evening getting ready for today, laying out clothes for a morning run and work afterwards, getting breakfast together to take along – all that fun stuff. I may also have eaten half a pint of So Delicious Cookie Dough ice cream (gluten and dairy free!) along with a slice of Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf with peanut butter and some kettle corn and some fruit, as my sweet tooth gets the better of me when the nerves come a-knockin’!
There are a lot of things I’ll miss that I got to enjoy over the past few months. All the traveling, which meant catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in years and may not see again for a long time. Spending time with my family and enjoying the easy pace of life in my small Connecticut town. Reading some books I’d had on my “list” forever, and re-reading some old favorites. Running when I could, whipping up new recipes and re-photographing some old ones, playing with Sasha. Evening strolls on Main Street with ice cream in summer, pumpkins galore as it turned to autumn. Having the luxury of focusing on this blog.
But it’s time to get back to “real life” in NYC for now. Not just my job, but lots of things I haven’t done or even thought much about for the last five months, or that I haven’t tried and want to. Just a few of the things I’m looking forward to:
- Catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile.
- Running in my last three NYRR races to qualify for the New York City Marathon in 2016.
- Jumping back in to November Project workouts (it’s getting pretty famous now, and I’m a little apprehensive about showing up again since I only went to workouts for a few months before my 5-month NYC hiatus, but the motto is #JustShowUp so that’s what I’ll be doing!)
- Returning to my duties as a Junior League volunteer.
- Meeting new people wherever I go, at work and beyond (you never know who you’ll meet and where when your real life is in a city like New York!)
- Continuing to cook up new creations for the holiday season.
All that’s left now is to take a deep breath and say hello to the first day of the rest of my life. Wish me luck!
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