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Today has literally flew by! I can’t believe it is already 4 o’clock. I woke up late this morning, I didn’t get to bed until after 1 am last night. Got up and did some great Strength Training. It was one of the best sessions I’ve had in a long time. I felt strong and I feel like I really worked my muscles. I’ve decided that after my Half Marathon is over I want to focus a lot on strength training, well more than I have been. I want to aim to do it 3 times a week because I know it will help with my running and I long for awesome muscles!

I did some writing for a few hours, but ended up taking a break in the middle because I was REALLY craving falafel! I was actually writing an article on it and I couldn’t stand it anymore so I left and took a walk down to the street vendor, The King of Falafel. Ohhh it was soo good and satisfying! Sorry, no picture, I had to eat it on the go. The guy from the shop called me and told me my car was ready to be picked up. So I left from the falafel stand and headed over to auto place.

Yeah, um my oil change cost me $105!!! I’m pretty sure it’s because my car has a diesel engine so it’s way more expensive for the oil and it also takes more oil than an average car. Oh well, what’s good about diesel cars is that I don’t need another oil change now for another 10,000 miles.

I came home and wrote for another hour and now I am enjoying a little snack because it’s that time of the day where I definitely need a pick-me-up. A nice hot coffee and a delicious cupcake : )

Headed over to Kelly’s house in a little while for a fun girls night with her and Erin. Can’t stay out too late though, I have a long 9 miler planned for Central Park in the morning.

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Woke up bright and early this morning around 8:45, yes that is bright and early for me. I did the cardio workout on my Shape Body Camp DVD. It felt great and I had a lot of energy so I’m sure I got the most out of it. I had a frozen NY Ray’s bagel for breakfast. It was just what I was craving. I love bagels and cream cheese!

I FINALLY made an appointment to get an oil change for my car. I have to bring it in tomorrow morning. I made sure to do some research on where to go and I found this great place a few minutes from my apartment. It got some great reviews and I feel confident going there.

Got one of my Mapcidy (dot) com articles done today. I wrote about the Blind Tiger and added it to my map.  I am writing another one later, but I’m not sure what about.

It was nice to eat lunch today at normal lunch time. I usually end up eating breakfast so late so my lunch is usually around 3 o’clock. In between breakfast and lunch, I enjoyed a delicious orange.

I ate lunch just a little while ago, while listening to Tina’s interview about her blog. It sounded great. I would be so nervous doing a radio interview, although it’s probably a lot easier than doing it in person.

Lunch was a turkey and muenster cheese sandwich with dijon mustard heated on a griddle. On the side I had a few carrots and peanut butter and a yummy pickle. I am  obsessed with pickles recently, they are so refreshing.

Ohh and I watched the first episode of True Blood last night and I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, but I wasn’t expecting it to be. I’ve heard it’s a great show and it gets better as the seasons progress. I definitely liked it enough to continue watching, especially since I bought it for Derek on Blu Ray.

Okay, time to go knock a few more things off my to do list!

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I’ve been thinking  A LOT lately! My mind is constantly running and focusing on many things at once. Every day is different than the next. I have really stressful days and I have days where I am very happy and carefree. Other days I am constantly struggling with what I want to do with my life. This move to NYC hasn’t only changed my physical location, but it’s changed my outlook on my future and what exactly I want to do with it.

I’ve always had a few things that I wouldn’t mind doing as a career, but never actually thought of pursuing anything but film. I moved to NYC to pursue my career in film production because I love making movies and it’s what I went to school for. I especially love special effects and I always want that to be part of my life in some way or another.

Over the past 5 months I have come to realize how many things I want to do in my life. I have developed so many new interests and I have become even more independent. I’m not going to lie, I feel like I’ve had a lot of alone time over these past few months and I’ve tried to make the best of them as much as I could. I had some pretty depressing days, because really it sucks to be stuck in your apartment alone every single day struggling to find a job! Those days are over though, I feel very strongly that there is something for me out there and it is coming soon!

I have developed a love for writing and my blog has progressed immensely within these past few months. I love my blog and I want it to continue to grow. I’m very excited to announce that I will soon have my very own domain name. It’s currently in the works and I thank my brother in law Scott very much for helping me out with it. I hope to have it officially complete by the end of the month. I also got into an internship program because of my blog and it is helping me advance as a writer. I am currently writing for I Really Like food (dot) com and Health Kicker (dot) com. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far and I look forward to what will come out of it.

I’m at the point where I REALLY NEED A JOB, my savings has come to a close. I’ve been finding opportunities every day and I continue to stay positive. I would absolutely love to get a job on the set of a film, as a makeup artist, or even office work in a production office. But, what I’ve come to realize is that film is not the only job that will make me happy. I just want to like what I do. There are many opportunities out there that I would be happy to do. I’ve got so many plans and goals in my future that I won’t let get away even if I end up working somewhere I hate.

I would love to work in a retail store that catered to my style, like lululemon or EMS. If I had a job like that right now I would still be able to write for my internship and shortly down the line I would open up a prosthetics / makeup effects online business. I have thought about doing this for such a long time. I would absolutely love to create my own masks and sell them online. I would be able to use my creativeness and love for effects towards creating an awesome  little side business.

I have no idea what kind of job I am going to end up getting. I am going to get something soon though, I know it. I have kept my spirits high and I have continued to work hard at my personal goals during all of my free time. I am signed up for my first Half Marathon and it’s very nice to have all this time to run.

I would absolutely love to become a NYC food critic. I am trying to research everything I can about what it takes to become one. There are also a few classes I am interested in taking. I found a few schools in the area that offer food writing courses and I also want to take a cooking class. They are obviously pricey, but I’m going to look into them some more and hopefully I can take them sometime in the near future.

If anyone is looking for a hard working writer/blogger/film maker/food critic/fitness enthusiast, then I’m your girl!

Thanks for listening.

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Blah!

I’m not feeling very good today. I made dinner last night and ever since I ate it I haven’t felt the same. I thought it was a food issue last night, but today I woke up feeling just as crappy. I’m not sure if I am sick with something, but I am taking it easy today.

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Oh and I didn’t get the job at lululemon : (

See ya guys tomorrow!

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I Hope I Get the Job!

I had such a good day yesterday! I wanted to write about it in a separate post. I was hoping to write about my day last night, but I was unfortunately exhausted and was done with writing for the day.

I woke up at 5:45 took a shower and was out the door at 7am. I was lucky enough to get on the ‘R’ train right when I got in the subway station. I got to my interview like 20 minutes early so I wandered the streets a little before going inside.

I was the first one there : )  I walked in the store and it was AMAZING! I haven’t been in a lululemon before and it was like heaven. There were so many awesome colorful clothes and it made me happy. The interview itself went really well in my opinion. It was a group interview and there were 6 other people there. They also mentioned that most of the other stores in Manhattan are hiring so I suppose if I do get hired that I won’t necessarily be working at that specific one. They are a great store and have really good beliefs and there is a sense of community there. I love what they stand for and I REALLY hope I get the job! I now just have to wait for a phone call to go in for a second interview.

After my interview, I hung out at Starbucks, while I waited for Derek to meet up with me. We went from there to the Landmark Sunshine theater to see ‘The Road’. I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it and it was amazing. It was so emotional and I was fighting back tears the whole time. I pretty much just cried through my nose. I fought back my tears for so long and hard that they had no where else to go but out my nose and the back of my throat. I will be writing a review of it later at Mapcidy.com, so be sure to check it out.

We got home around 2:30 and I instantly got all my gear on and headed out into the warm 33° weather and tackled my 6 mile tempo run. Got back just in time to sit down and write for 4 hours. I had scheduled 4-8 as time to write up a few entries for Healthkicker.com.

When I was done with writing we went to the amazing BAREBURGER! Yes, it was just as amazing as it usually is. This is by far my favorite restaurant / burger place in Queens. It is so good. They finally got their liquor license too, so we were able to enjoy some delicious beer on tap! They had about 7 0r 8 beers on tap, quite impressive for such a small place.

And now, some food porn.

I got the original bareburger with Piedmontese Beef and it was perfect. I also got an Acai wheat beer, but unfortunately the picture I took is really blurry so I don’t want to post it.

It was one busy day that I was happy to end with a delicious burger!

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From here on out I must think of every day as a work day. I feel like a new woman today. I am officially an intern at I Really Like Food dot com and I must contribute 15 hours a week towards writing for their site. I am very excited about this and I look forward to the challenges it will bring. I made an official work space today by organizing our unused desk.

My area is complete with a large wall calendar, a desk lamp that I just set up and a Snuggie on the back on my chair. It gets cold in the bedroom and I am right next to the window so a Snuggie is perfect because I can wear a blanket and type at the same time!  : )

I am an organized working woman now, who is still working for free, but hopefully after tomorrow I will be a working woman who gets paid real money. I have an interview tomorrow at lululemon in Soho. It’s a group interview so I’m going to have to try a little harder than normal. I want this job and I will get it so I have to make sure I stand out and talk a lot! I had a dream last night that I was really late to my interview and I ended up missing it completely. I was so upset in my dream and it was unbelievably real. It’s at 8 am tomorrow and I must say that I am glad it’s in the morning because it therefore does not allow me to think about it way too much before I go. Wish me luck!

On the food side of things, I made a delicious appetizer plate as my lunch today. We don’t have many things to eat as meals in the apartment so I decided to eat a little bit of everything.

  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Celery
  • Green and Yellow Peppers
  • Garlic Hummus
  • Feta Stuffed Olives
  • and a Pickle

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2009 – A Year In Review

This year has flown by! It has been quite the year for me and I am excited for what 2010 will bring. Here are some of my favorite and most eventful posts of the year.

A 5K PR!

Completed My First Triathlon!

Family Vacation

Found an Apartment in NYC

10.8 Miles! Distance Record

The Big Move

Celebrated 6 Years with my Boyfriend

Ate the Best Cupcake of my life!

My First Movie Premiere

I saw Giada!

I finally had Falafel

I got Engaged!

And I ate at these delicious restaurants:

Bareburger

The Heartland Brewery

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At the beginning of the year last year I made some New Year’s Resolutions and Goals. Here is what I was hoping to accomplish within this past year.

FITNESS GOALS

1. Complete a 10K race
2. Complete a Sprint Triathlon
3. Complete a Half Marathon
4. Run 750 Miles in 2009

While I may not have completed all four I did come pretty close and I am still very happy with my progress. As you know, I am signed up for my first half marathon this March. It was in September when I felt prepared to run a HM, but unfortunately that coincided with my big move to NYC, so I was therefore busy focusing on that. It sure was a hectic month and there was no way I could’ve fit a big race like that in there.

As for the 750 miles, I don’t have any excuses really, but I did come close to completing them. By the end of the month I will have around 715 Miles completed for the year! Not bad if I do say so myself.

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CAREER GOALS

1. Complete my claymation short film
2. Get a film oriented job

I did not complete a claymation short film and unfortunately that goal is set aside for now. I am however working on getting myself a film oriented job. Moving to NYC was a huge step in the right direction, I think I will need to give myself a little more time on this one.

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Now onto Resolutions for 2010!

FITNESS:

  1. Run 750+ Miles
  2. Run 2 Half Marathons
  3. Do 30 push ups

CAREER/LIFE

  1. Have a job that I love
  2. Start Planning My Wedding : )
  3. Make 12 recipes from ‘Mastering the art of French Cooking’
  4. Be Happy and Stress Free

These are goals that I find extremely manageable with just a little dedication and work. Notice, I don’t have many specific goals in my career/life list and that is because I have no idea what this year will bring. I haven’t had a year like in a long time! I’m currently looking into 2010 with an open mind. Currently I do not have a full time/permanent job and new things are happening to me every day.

PS. I got everything on my Holiday Wish List for Christmas : )   And yes that means I FINALLY have a Garmin Forerunner!!!! I used it for the first time today and it was amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at it while I was running, I probably looked like an idiot, but I didn’t care. I’m so glad to finally have one!

What are your 2010 Resolutions?

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