Looking forward to the warmth

The music festivals are revealing their lineups and I’m super excited to attend both Firefly for the entire weekend and a little of Governor’s Ball!!

The acts I’m most excited to hear-

Drake Governor’s Ball headliner. I’m not necessarily the biggest Drake fan but I’m excited to see what kind of live show he gives.

And the same day Florence and Machine! I just started to listening to her new releases, still think music Ceremonials is the bands best.

Odesza-although not at all a fan of this music video…

Rudimental, I’ve loved them for the last few years and can’t wait to see them in person!! Also didn’t know they had a song with Ed Sheeran

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Rae Sremmurd-I can’t believe they’re at Gov Ball although I don’t know if I know anything but No Flex Zone, but I want to dance to it all the same!!! Man Friday is a good day for Gov Ball, I want to hear like everyone.

People Under the Stars-Another thing I love about Gov Ball is that they really good job of featuring all kinds of music. Also want to check out Bishop Nehru.

Logic-I’m kinda obsessed with him right now.

Echosmith because everytime I hear this song I can’t get it out of my head!

Snoop Dogg because in no other circumstance would I find myself at a Snoop Dogg concert

Betty Who

Bad Suns

The Preatures

Raury-Sound of 2014 #4

Cathedrals

Verite

Elliphant

Phox

Young Rising Sons

Zella Day

Borns

Linus Young

Snakehips, another one I’ve loved loved loved lately!

LE1F-ahh talk about a fun time ;)

The Griswolds

Night Terrors of 1927

Hey Rosetta!

Wild Party

for dancing

Gorgon City

Kaytranada

Chronixx & the Zincfence Redemption

DJ Mustard

Zedd

Tove Lo

The Chainsmokers

Rustie

Sweater Beats

Goshfather and Jinco

So many others I want to check out live!

Priory

Streets of Laredo-great folk sound

Hermitude

Zola Jesus

Generationals

Skylar Spence

Marian Hill

Knox Hamilton

Mother Mother

Panama Wedding

The Hunts

Not included bands I’ve seen before but of course excited to see all the same-The Black Keys, The Kooks, Bastille, Empire of the Sun (hoping to get closer this time around), The Killers, Spoon, RJD2

Disappointed there aren’t more Sound of 2015 that made either festival…maybe next year.

Later,

Nicole

Winter in the City

Hey y’all,

I’m sure if you’re reading this and live anywhere on the east coast you’ve experience an extremely cold winter…and if on the northeast lots of snow. It hit me hard two weeks ago and I just felt blah, but valentine’s dinner and the long weekend helped to brighten my spirits.

By the way in my 10 years in the city I’ve never seen so much ice in the river!

How cute are these little, yes, little snowmen.

Anyhow, I don’t have anything in particular to talk about today, but wanted to share what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

Bridesmaid shopping! This isn’t the dress, but me trying on a bunch to figure out the perfect dress for my girls.

Dinner for my aunt’s 92nd birthday.

Wedding crafts-ribbon flowers for the ceremony and perhaps part of the centerpiece displays.

Last but not least some pictures of Mei, who wants to constantly be cuddled up with either Ryan or me.

Later,

Nicole

Prep work in action

This week in container meals, as in how I am trying to get all meals together on Sunday to make the rest of the week easier.

Monday breakfast-overnight barely, granola, frozen berries, and walnut soaked in almond milk. Picture taken the night before so berries are still frozen.

Lunch for one day this week-salad:

Cut up vegetables to go with egg salad for another day’s lunch:

Dinner for a late night home, which is most night’s this week-barely, roasted broccoli, parsnips, and then added some grilled chicken…plus extra parsnips:

Homemade coleslaw and carrot cake breakfast cookies:

In other news I went shopping hungry and bought the red velvet with cream cheese oreos and entenmann’s valentine’s cake which brought back memories from when my grandmother used to buy the entenmenn’s valentine’s cupcakes. Both delicious in my opinion. I actually forgot how good entenmenn’s baked goods are…

Later,

Nicole

Workouts week of 1/25/15

Hey all,

While Manhattan wasn’t hit as hard as expected I fully appreciated the extra day off especially since I ended up working both Saturday and Sunday. I worked until lunch and then read for pleasure-haven’t done that in forever. I should have written but I needed some mental health time. It was seriously awesome to stay put and not worry about being somewhere at a given time.

Sunday-resistance treadmill routine/30 minute yoga stretch

Monday-legs, 30 minute yoga stretch

Tuesday-rest day/20 min yoga for strength

Wednesday-plyometric routine/yoga stretch

Thursday-strength/yoga stretch

Friday-arms/cardio

Saturday-elliptical 45 min

As you can see I’m really trying to get the yoga in there this week. I’ve been starting with 20-30 minute videos from youtube and search for yoga for back pain or yoga for hip relief or yoga for beginners if I want more strength. 60 min/90 min videos are intimidating and I can easily make an excuse about not having enough time. But 20/30 minutes I’ve got that…eventually will move on to a longer practice just a few times a week.

What I’m Loving Week of 1/18/15

1. Wahoo, 4th post of the week! Counts as something I love :)

2. Tasting for the wedding!! Went back to Pa on Monday and met with a florist and went to our dinner tasting.  The menu and linens are all set :)

3. This story. I need to cut down on the trash in my life. I need to look into the composting options that are near my apartment…

4. Vegan whipped cream-made with coconut cream. I always forget how yummy this is, I could eat it all day.

5. I’m gonna make a batch of these as a quick breakfast option.  Last week I made a frittata which I cut up and was able to grab as a healthy protein filled breakfast.

6. Last but not least, I want to try this cinnamon roll recipe which is yeast free (I’m suppose to limit yeast intake due to mold allergies). I just need to get my hand on some spelt flour. I already have the coconut sugar and oil!

Laterz,

Nicole

Meal planning

I’ve been really good with meal planning so far this year. Many of the dishes from last week and this week are based on Bon Appetit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse.

lunch from last week-leftover turkey from dinner that went into salad with pears, hazelnuts, and arugula, with a mustard/apple vinegar/ and olive oil salad dressing

Prep for roasted acorn squash tossed with korean chili paste, sesame seed oil

This week’s menu

Sunday-umm leftovers?  Wasn’t planning on food but ended up being home because of weather

Monday-Travel day, wawa hoagie

Tuesday lunch-tuna salad  dinner-curried brussesl sprouts, chick peas, and sweet potatoes

Wed lunch-leftovers, dinner sundubu

Saturday-TBD

Workouts

To keep accountable posting workouts from the last couple of weeks and plans for this week! With some music mixed in for fun!

Week of January 4th-Only 2 days of official workouts, thankfully I also walk a good amount to and from work. Sunday-Insanity, Tuesday-Resistance training (though this was a great workout that kept me tight for 3 days!)

Week of January 11-

Sunday-plyometrics, leg work, yoga 20 minutes

Monday-medicine ball work, bachata, yoga 20 minutes

Tuesday-20 min zumba, 20 min barre

Wednesday-off

Thursday-45 min ET, bachata

Friday-off

Saturday-plyometrics/kickboxing for 45 minutes, chest/back weights

Week of January 18-

Sunday-cardio mixture of plyometrics/zumba, legs weight

Monday-insanity

Tuesday-45 min cardio, bachata

Wednesday-resistance, bachata

Thursday-barre

Friday-plyometrics, spin

Saturday-upper body weights and pilates

Reviewing New Year’s Goals

It’s raining, yuck.  Worse it started as freezing rain which led to pile ups all up and down the northeast. As a result I postponed travel to Pa and have a few minutes to sit, and kinda relax…as always work has me stressed which has made keeping to my goals rather difficult.

Let’s revisit now before we get much further into the new year.

Unplug. That is look at facebook a little less and read, especially science papers, a lot more!! I’ve been better about this one.  Even listening to fewer podcast and instead trying to listen to my own thoughts.

Meditate. I’ve also been okay with this one. Fewer podcast also means time to be in my head and reflect on reasons to be thankful each day.

Write. Actually really good on this one…hope I can continue to do so into the year.

Stretch. I did well with stretching/yoga until returning to work on the 5th.  I did like none last week but as a result included many more sessions this week.  I think I did some level of stretching 5 times this week!

Stick to goals. And this is where I failed!!! Probably because it wasn’t specific enough. So I’m going to make it specific and meal related. One cheat day a week, that’s it! This week (as in Sunday) that came in the form of leftover cinnamon babka, which was delightful and I enjoyed every bite. Leftover from babka french toast Ryan made yesterday after a Friday night out full of fried food…all delicious. BUT not what I need for my wedding body.  So, I’m not saying no all together but sticking to once a week until I drop a couple of pounds and get some definition.

Actually I will be cheating tomorrow as well because we will be tasting our wedding menu and then a cake tasting later in the week.  But those are obviously special circumstances…ah this is going to be hard…

What I’m loving lately 2015

1. The British Sound List for 2015

Finally I predicted the #1 Years and Years.  I look forward to seeing what’s to come for this young band.

FYI The British Sound 2014 named Sam Smith #1, and we know what a great year he’s had!

2. I’ve got this song in my head

3. People are overreacting to this video. I think it’s just artistic/emotional. Why does everything have to be sextual or taken as sextual?

4. Moving away from music, I love this onesie. It looks so warm and comfy which is all I want right now with this 9-20* weather.

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 9.49.59 PM  5. Wet Hot American Summer will be coming as a sequel to Netflix. I’m excited because it’ll include Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd…and I loved that movie!

6. Back to music. Love Logic.

Later,

Nicole

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