wild raspberries

July Monthly Recap

July is usually one of my favorite months. With the Fourth of July at the beginning – barbecues, ice cream, fireworks – and my birthday toward the end – cake, more ice cream, birthday candles – there’s always been a lot to celebrate. When I was younger, I was usually away at camp for most of the month. Later on, in high school and college and law school, I was studying or doing an internship. Now, I’ve spent most of the month doing the same thing I did for the first six months of the year, but like the rest of summer, it still feels a little different. If nothing else, there’s definitely more ice cream to be seen in my July monthly recap than there was in February or March or April. And that’s saying something because we all know how much I love ice cream…

 

 

Deborah Ann's Banana Chip 6-25-16

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Kennebunkport Beach

May Monthly Recap

This May didn’t fly by anywhere near as fast as last year, when the month was consumed by law school graduation and the beginning of bar study. It also felt a little longer than the preceding March and April. Maybe it’s because of our Maine vacation, or because I got sick afterwards and took some time off running, or even just because it took the weather awhile to settle into true start-of-summer sunshine. Whatever it was, I’m happy to be heading into June, because there’s lots of excitement on the calendar. Before we get to that, read on for my May monthly recap!

 

 

Kennebunkport

 

 

 

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Central Park daffodils blooming

April Monthly Recap

This time last year, I was finishing up classes at Columbia Law School and getting ready to graduate. I was nervously anticipating the bar exam, while eagerly looking forward to the second half of the summer and my planned travels. I had absolutely no idea how any of it was going to go. And now? A good friend from law school and I had brunch last weekend, and she said she felt like ten years had passed rather than one, that she wouldn’t even recognize her old life. I understand what she’s saying. So much happened just this month that it felt like longer, and as for the past year, I was right about one thing back then. I had no idea that my life would be what it is today.

 

 

Central Park dogwood

 

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March Monthly Recap

They say that March roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb where the weather is concerned. Well, the opposite is true if we’re talking about my life. The first two weeks of the month were relatively quiet, coming off the whirlwind of my Florida trip. Then things sped up, quite literally, with my PR in the New York City Half Marathon, continued on to a weekend escape to Connecticut, and now it’s full steam ahead into April and everything planned for the spring. Read on for my March monthly recap and a peek at what’s ahead!

 

 

Central Park Reservoir at the start of spring

 

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Central Park snow melted

February Recap

The shortest month of this Leap Year has come and gone. Even with the extra day it felt like it flew by faster than January, but also like it went on forever because of everything I fit into 29 days. Maybe also because the wacky weather gave us multiple seasons in mere days. No blizzards, but we went from polar vortex to teasingly springlike and back to somewhere in the middle just in the last week. So what did I do while this was going on? Read on in this February recap to find out!

 

Central Park in snow

 

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Central Park after Winter Storm Jonas

January Highlights

We’ve reached the last day of the first month of 2016. I feel like I was just getting ready for the new year and reflecting on 2015, this month flew by so fast. That’s why I want to focus on making the most of the present instead of worrying about the future this year – it goes by in the blink of an eye, and I don’t want to miss a moment! Since this blog serves as a sort of adventure log for me as well as being a place to collecting running and recipe tips, I’ll be recapping each month like I did for several months of last year (April, May, June, and July) and then lost track of doing with all my traveling. I’m settled into the swing of my new routine now, I’ve learned a lot from blogging having reached the one-year mark, and today is all about my January highlights!

 

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Dog walk in the woods

Reflections on 2015

On the last day of the year, I’m thinking about and sharing my reflections on 2015. It’s been a year of major milestones, as documented in my post on my one year blog anniversary. Yet what’s mattered even more than the big events is how each moment helped to change my life as a whole. Being able to look back on how it happened through this blog is pretty special.

 

Centennial Park

 

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Weekly Workouts and Yoga at House of Jai

Happy Monday! I’m checking in after a Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, food, and fun. And a Turkey Trot, which included both family and fun, and was bookended by food. Today, in addition to sharing my usual weekly workouts and yoga at House of Jai, which I don’t think I’ve shared here before, I’m also going to recap my November running since it’s the last day of the month. Which I can hardly believe.

 

Central Park autumn leaves

 

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California Here I Come

I can’t believe it’s the first day of September already. As I mentioned yesterday, I am determined to hang on to summer as long as I can. The weather here in New England is complying with my wish. It’s going to be in the mid- to high-80s all week, and pretty humid – so warm that when I head to Southern California on Thursday I may be heading into temperatures just slightly cooler than in Connecticut (although not by much!) I just whipped up a batch of my No Bake Peanut Butter Berry Bars because the oven is not coming on around here for a little while.

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Berry Bars with ice cream
A bar with some strawberry ice cream to cool off

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