Bring on the tan.

20 Apr

After what seemed like forever – but was really max 6 days of rain over a 2.5 week period – the sun is out and it’s going to be an AMAZING weekend in San Francisco.

I’m talking HOT 80 degree temps – and there is nothing I want more than some sunshine filled runs, some tan lines accumulated from reading in the park and roofies with my ladies. No, not the memory erasing kind, the roofies in which we roll out the lawn chairs, the chilled bottles of champers, the sandwiches and sunscreen and laugh while enjoying amazing SF marina views and hilarious stories.

So bring on the weekend, the laughs, the tans and the vitamin D overdoses. I can’t wait!

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A Pretty Rad Ad

12 Apr

Working in advertising sometimes you get bogged down in all the rounds of development, and client conversations, and edits, and legal compliance and whatever else that tweaks the work as it goes from a brief to a finished product.

Then you see something rad and you’re reminded that cool work is still out there and this is one of those moments.

Nike Fuel Band had a director go rogue with their budget and make something so good you forget for just a few minutes that what you’re watching is trying to pry into your wallet and sell you something.

The full story here: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1680524/how-director-casey-neistat-went-rogue-with-nikes-new-ad

New Gear

26 Mar

I hit a bit of a lull in my swim, run, yoga workout fest late last month. I had two back to back weekends in Tahoe (I won’t complain about that because Tahoe is amazing and the trips were fantastic) but running at altitude after living at sea level is not a pretty feeling for your lungs and anytime you spend a weekend traveling out of town it takes a couple days to recover before you’re bounding out of bed at 6am to workout.

After that minor set back I then jumped back in perhaps a bit too ambitious – aka I didn’t account for any time off and went a bit overboard. So after giving myself some run recovery time and ramping up my swim workouts I’m back – and what says back in action like NEW GEAR!

I realized after 3 years, open water swims and a triathlon or two I shouldn’t of been shocked to see the indentation on my goggles leaking in water. Plus, when you’re spending 4-5 hours in a pool a week it gets annoying having a little mini pool in your right goggle. NEW GOGGLE TIME!

Also, nothing says no excuses like new running shoes. If you’re serious into running and haven’t ever tried Brooks you are missing out. These bad boys are my gold standard for comfort, long mileage and durability. AMAZING – NEW SHOES!

 

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Brooks – Glycerin 9.

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Made. My. Day.

14 Mar

Not only does James Earl Jones admit he LOVES people who haven’t seen Star Wars – sweet, sweet validation.

THEN, he follows up by reading Justin Bieber lyrics for “Baby.”

Outstanding video.

All I want…

9 Mar
  • Is a normal work day
  • The time to take a lunch break
  • To not be getting sick/having some nasty throat hurting cough
  • To go back to my full morning workout routine of running/swimming/yoga
  • To be caught up on laundry
  • To have a uber clean apartment – and yes, I’m thinking of throwing some money at that problem via housekeeper

Work life balance is what it boils down to and while I know I should be thankful for having a job the concept of some funemployment for a couple weeks sounds like pure magic.

My whining has now commenced.

A place where everybody knows your name.

3 Mar

I was never much of a coffee shop loyalist when I lived in Portland. For all the time I spent working in various areas of the city and all the coffee breaks a drizzly town can require – remember that coffee breaks are also the thin veil of disguise most office workers use for venting/gossip sessions – I never had a go to locations or a regular order. Part of it I am sure was my lack of regularity. Another part might of been just the sheer volume of turn over but I was always just another face in the masses.

Then I moved to SF. My commute from bus stop to office had a direct Starbucks stop. Given that I ordered the same drink around the same time each morning it finally happened. The baristas memorized my order, then learned my name and now the introduce me to the new employees that start working there like we’re all old friends meeting for a group dinner.

The best part is that after I moved I no longer walked directly by this Starbucks each morning. My regular routine became sporadic. When I started going again we just all jumped in like no time had passed. They asked me where I had been – as they usually did when I would be missing due to vacations – and they asked if I had been cheating on them at other Starbucks.

While I still find it a little strange that for some reason these baristas memorized my order, my name and my face I have to say getting their compliments when I pull a hot outfit look, or have a great hair day – or for that matter trim up my bangs – really does make me happy.

Plus, I love that I had to move to a massive city to get the sort of friendly treatment one would expect from a small town joint.

Gym Pet Peeve/Rant.

24 Feb

Since when did it become acceptable to not wear flip-flops or shower shoes in the locker room? I’m not talking about wearing these shoes when slipping from running shoes to your regular footwear. I’m talking about wandering around the locker room, the steam room and THE SHOWERS barefoot.

That’s gross people. If not for your own hygiene think about others – gives me the chills just thinking about it.

Oh and speaking of rants – here’s one of my favorites:

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