Well hello strangers! It’s been forever, right? I know, I know. I’m working on it.
I’m currently typing this post up as I’m watching the 2016 Electoral Vote coverage. I’m usually on-call and answering phone calls for the studio at night, but it’s been pretty quiet. I think everyone is watching with me! Did you vote yesterday?
I’m not going into how I feel about the outcome, but I will say that — either way — we will be okay. Press onward, my friends!
Since it’s been quite a while since we’ve really chatted on the blog, I thought it would be nice to check in and create a Thinking Out Loud post today. I’m hoping to dive into more content (and, you know, one of the dozens of drafted posts that I’ve started to share with you) soon, but for today, let’s take a mid-week break and dive into some coffee talk, shall we?
I miss you guys! Let’s catch up!
• Scott has always been my number one fan …
… and I couldn’t do what I do without him. Adjusting to not only working full-time, but working between 60 and 70 hours every week has been quite a transition for me. I knew that taking on the type of role that I did would be demanding, and I truly hope that the hours I currently work now will settle down — eventually.
Just like anyone, I have my good days and bad days. Some days I feel like I’m killing it and on top of the world, while others I miss running this blog on a daily basis, teaching fitness classes, and having the flexible schedule that I’ve been used to for years and years.
I had one of those bad days last week, and it was so nice to come home to a surprise bouquet of flowers and encouraging note from Scott.
He didn’t even know how much I needed the motivation to keep moving that day, either. I guess that’s how you know you picked the right one to marry … they just know when you need things. A little appreciation goes such a long way, and I’m just so thankful to have Scott in my corner all day, every day.
I know I wouldn’t be doing what I do without it!
• welcome, newbies
I’ve noticed a lot of new faces around here over the last couple of weeks. Most have come from the Friday Favorites link up, and I want to personally welcome you to this crazy corner of the Internet where you can normally find healthy living tips, workouts, recipes, travel recaps, and things to do in New York City!
Life In Leggings hasn’t been updated with the usual content in a bit, but I’m hoping that changes sometime soon. I miss sharing my everyday tidbits with you, and I really hope to get back in the kitchen and more creative with new workouts to share in the near future. Until then, thank you for joining the ride!
• we didn’t dress up for Halloween this year
In the past, Scott and I have gone all out. Halloween is always a fun celebration for us where we get to dig into our costume closets and create something new and conversational year after year. Last year, we were at a loss of what to dress up as at the last minute, so we spent a few hours constructing “White Trash” costumes.
Hey, we spent a total of ten dollars. You can’t really beat it!
With Scott working nights and me recovering from long days at night, we didn’t really make an effort to get out this year. Those of you who follow LIL on snapchat (username -> lifenleggings) probably saw how populated my neighborhood was with tiny costumes! There were children everywhere and barely enough room on the sidewalks to get home. It was like a movie set!
Along with dressing up, we usually watch a collection of scary movies leading up to the holiday. I’m a sucker for all of the classic throwback movie series like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. Do any of y’all watch these on a yearly basis, too? Here’s hoping that we can get back to our traditions in 2017.
• speaking of movie sets, this is pretty cool
Last week I walked past the filming of the new Spike Lee movie, and this week I walked by a nighttime filming of Bloodline.
Both were located on main streets in the Park Slope area, and I stumbled upon them as I was casually walking to and from work. I also saw a commercial being filmed in cross streets last month. You just never know what you’ll see in these neck of the woods, and I just love, love, love this part of Brooklyn.
Also speaking of movie sets, did I ever mention that Scott has been keeping busy with extra work during the day time? Extra as in playing an “extra” on sets? He works at a popular restaurant in Midtown at nights, but has really immersed himself in what NYC has to offer by auditioning for random gigs all over town. He’s actually filmed for several television shows you would see on HBO. He usually comes home with interesting stories to tell, and I think it’s great that he’s exploring new avenues in entertainment. When in New York, right?
• we’re falling for Broadway
We don’t get to the City to see Broadway shows often, but we have been spoiled with out-of-town visitors getting us to the box office lately. We asked around to see what show to see when Scott’s mom was in town, and we got great advice to go see The Color Purple.
We walked in to a neat set that didn’t change throughout the entire show.
The writers did a fantastic job telling the story from the book I remember reading, followed by the movie I remember watching at school. There weren’t many costume changes, and the focus was purely on talent. Everyone was incredible!
I definitely teared up a time or two, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area in the near future. I’m already itching to see another show!
• what would y’all like to see next on the blog?
Since I don’t have much free time to create new content these days, I’m having a hard time deciding what to focus on next. Would you like me to get back to sharing new workouts? I’ve had a request or two to share more about Orangetheory and the science behind the workout — would that interest you? Would you like me to try and cover weekend recaps again?
Any special requests? I’m all ears!
• it may be too early, but I’m all about that holiday music
No? I tell ya, it took a lot of will power for me to scroll past the “Holiday Pop” music channel today. I will admit that I’m usually the first one to think that it’s too soon to see anything related to Christmas in November, but I’ve been hit with the holiday bug early this year. Maybe it has something to do with living in New York, but I feel like I’m already surrounded, and I’m not mad about it. This will be our first Christmas in NYC, and we’re pumped!
(throwback to a NYC visit, post-Christmas circa Winter 2012)
Now here’s the real question — when is it too early to set up a Christmas tree? We have a tradition to set it up on Black Friday, but our Christmas stuff is still in a storage unit in Michigan. We won’t really have enough time off to go get it, so we just might get our first real tree this year. Ahhh, so exciting!
• I’ve been really into hot tea and hot chocolate lately
Maybe this piggybacks off of gearing up for the holidays, but I can’t get enough hot tea and hot chocolate lately.
If I’m at work and need a warm pick-me-up, I’ll walk down to Starbucks and grab a hot tea for an afternoon treat. Whenever Scott and I are out at night or know that we will be walking outside for a decent amount of time, we have been treating ourselves to a couple of hot chocolates to help keep us warm and toasty. It’s the little things that make days a little brighter, so if that’s hot chocolate, so be it.
All right, I could keep rambling on, but my tired eyes are ready for bed. I hope you are all having a great week so far, and I’ll be back on Friday for the usual link-up!
Have a great day, and thanks for checking in!
Questions of the Day
• What would you say if you were thinking out loud today?
• Are you ready for holiday cheer or does the thought of hearing a holiday song make you cringe today?
Previous TOL posts: (Thanks for hosting the link-up, Amanda!)
• Tuesday Thoughts & Life Updates
heather @Lunging Through Life
Haha at first I thought it was Thursday and was completely confused. I am glad things are going well but those are crazy hours. Will they calm down once you guys open? I fear burnout from that! I always loved your workouts and just your normal daily posts. I am jealous you’re in NYC for Christmas! That is so fun. I started listening to Christmas music the other day 🙂
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Haha, whoops! I was a day early. Basically, I just had a lot of random thoughts to share! Thanks for checking in! Yes, once the studio opens and we are in the swing of a “normal” schedule, I my hours will cut back dramatically. Hopefully. 😉
Aurora@Fitness is Sweet
Hot chocolate sounds absolutely amazing now as the temperatures start to drop in St. Louis! I still haven’t had my first hot chocolate of the year—and it may be time already for peppermint hot chocolate. I’m all about starting the holiday cheer early!
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I think it’s time to go grab one! Enjoy!
If I was thinking out loud, I’d say I need to go for a run or some yoga- I’ve been sat at my desk all day and i’m going a bit stir crazy!
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Going for a long walk or run definitely helps shake out the stir crazy!
My favorite posts are Friday Favorites, weekend recaps and posts like this one! Best of luck settling in to your new routine!
Aw, thanks Tracy! I appreciate the support!
SOO Happy to see a post today! I miss seeing you on here but I love that I still get to stalk you on insta and instastory 😉 I would love to see WIAW posts. those tend to be my fav. Have a great rest of your week!!! XOX
Hi Jacquelyn! Aw, that’s so sweet, I wish I could log on and post more! I really do miss it. I’ll try to post more on Insta, but I post even more on Snapchat 😉 I’ll have to bring back some WIAW posts!
Patricia @ Sweet and Strong
I am so excited for the holidays this year! But I also love Thanksgiving, so I usually wait to decorate until Black Friday or that weekend. So fun you get to spend the Holidays in NYC this year. And as for blog posts I would love to hear about the Orangetheory workouts. I’m hoping to try a class soon, because it sounds exactly like the kind of workout I would love.
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Thanks Patricia, I’ll work on sharing one about OTF soon. I’m excited for my mom to be up here right before Christmas!
I missed you so much! Love you and your blog!
Hi Gretchen! Thank you so much for reading. <3 <3
Susie @ SuzLyfe
Dang, lady those are a lot of hours! I hope you are fitting in some self care in there. And hugs to Scott for being so thoughtful!
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Tell me about it. Things will calm down once the studio opens and a few months go by. Here’s hoping!! I’m excited for a date night Saturday night 😉
Miss your daily posts so much! But excited for you & your new job.
Hi Kara! You’re so sweet. I’m hoping to log on more soon. I appreciate you!
Hot chocolate is my favorite! I love tea too, and I really love reading your weekend recaps, but I would really love to see any of the Orange theory workouts too. 🙂 Whatever you really want to share! 🙂 And I would totally fall for Broadway too; I love Broadway (most of the shows!) Oh and I can not wait for all the holiday music. I love Christmas music, a little of it sprinkled throughout the year!
Thanks Emily! I appreciate you checking in and commenting. <3 Yay for Christmas music!
I’m crazy for Christmas and the holidays. No problem there! I don’t drink much hot cocoa, but I love tea. English (or Irish) Breakfast are my favorite black teas, and I like mint herbal tea.
In terms of thinking out loud, it’s been fun finding and reading new blogs through Amanda’s linkup. I enjoyed your post, and based on the comments here…you have quite a few people who have missed you!
PS Your Halloween costumes from last year are fabulous!!