Today is my two year anniversary with Bar Method.
I never thought I would enjoy, let alone love, an exercise class. But over 260 classes later, I still look forward to walking into the studio and the feeling I get walking out after class.  I enjoy every tuck, leg lift, stretch and crunch, but most of all, I love the community of strong, inspiring, wonderful women and the way it all makes me feel.

Today is my two year anniversary with Bar Method.

I never thought I would enjoy, let alone love, an exercise class. But over 260 classes later, I still look forward to walking into the studio and the feeling I get walking out after class. I enjoy every tuck, leg lift, stretch and crunch, but most of all, I love the community of strong, inspiring, wonderful women and the way it all makes me feel.

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In times of immense stress, I find comfort in the following:
sitting on a kitchen counter
a glass (or maybe tonight a bottle) of wine
slippers
a good pandora station
a home cooked meal
In other words, this picture is one of my happy places.

In times of immense stress, I find comfort in the following:

In other words, this picture is one of my happy places.

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My window was open a little bit from the beautiful weather of the past few days. Last night I woke up at 1am to the loud sleet and snow falling.

It was kinda crazy and cool to listen to at the time. But now the reality of a morning that feels like 20 degrees is sinking in, and I’m not happy.

And if this weather kills the flowers that have been making me happy, so help me…

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Recipe #5: Steak and Asparagus Stirfry
It has been quite a while since I posted a recipe. Most of that is due to the limited energy and time I have had to cook recently, so I’ve been reverting to old go-to recipes or, in a pinch, Seamless. I wanted to take advantage of my few days off this week and make time to cook and experiment with some new recipes.I don’t eat, and definitely don’t cook, red meat often, but this recipe caught my eye in this month’s Cooking Light. It looked flavorful without using too many ridiculous ingredients (most I already had on hand) and celebrates some spring favorites, like asparagus. I actually found it super easy to make and absolutely delicious. I added a few mushrooms to the mix, cause I had them in the fridge, and liked the addition. Would definitely recommend this!

Recipe #5: Steak and Asparagus Stirfry

It has been quite a while since I posted a recipe. Most of that is due to the limited energy and time I have had to cook recently, so I’ve been reverting to old go-to recipes or, in a pinch, Seamless. I wanted to take advantage of my few days off this week and make time to cook and experiment with some new recipes.

I don’t eat, and definitely don’t cook, red meat often, but this recipe caught my eye in this month’s Cooking Light. It looked flavorful without using too many ridiculous ingredients (most I already had on hand) and celebrates some spring favorites, like asparagus. I actually found it super easy to make and absolutely delicious. I added a few mushrooms to the mix, cause I had them in the fridge, and liked the addition. Would definitely recommend this!

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Deep thoughts in Central Park.

Deep thoughts in Central Park.

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First roof Saturday of the season! So perfect.

First roof Saturday of the season! So perfect.

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Neil Patrick Harris and my favorite seat in the house. A good night, indeed.

Neil Patrick Harris and my favorite seat in the house. A good night, indeed.

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Neil Patrick Harris and my favorite seat in the house. A good night, indeed.

Neil Patrick Harris and my favorite seat in the house. A good night, indeed.

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The past few weeks have been incredibly stressful. It tends to happen this time of year with so much going on at school, but this year has been made worse by some personal things going on and the pressure of applying for a different teaching position within my school. Enter the fact that I haven’t been sleeping and got sick over the weekend, and things have kinda reached a stress breaking point.

So, I’m trying some new things to take care of myself during this tough period. I’m taking walks in the evening to get some fresh air. I’m going to see good theater (Cabaret on Tuesday, NPH in Hedwig tonight!). I’m looking up yoga classes to try. I’m turning screens off and getting into bed earlier. And I’m focusing on small things that make me happy, like spring flowers and swapping boots for ballet flats.

(And I’m counting the 9 weeks and 2 days left until summer break…)

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What does one wear to a formal magic show at the Waldorf Astoria, where one is the guest of the magician who happens to be the parent of a child one teaches?

New fashion challenge accepted.

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