five for friday – i’ve got some quirks

For a break from the running talk, I bring you a Five for Friday…and it’s brought to you by my (lovable?  annoying?) quirks.  You’re welcome.  Maybe.

no more elephants at the circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that they will phase out elephant acts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

If you know me, you know I love elephants.  Always have, always will.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey announced on Thursday that they will be phasing out their elephant acts at the circus.  The main reason for this is both customers shifting their view of treatment of animals and the company facing legislation regarding fair treatment of animals.  While I personally love seeing elephants any chance that I can, I certainly agree that these animals aren’t meant for show.  If you’ve been around for awhile, you might remember when I went to Namibia to work on an elephant conservation project with Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) and saw real elephants in their natural habitats.  Certainly not circus life.

Gatsby might be a bit sad that he won’t be able to see his family at the circus, but I suppose we’ll have to go back to Africa to see them again sometime sooner rather than later…

david sheldrick wildlife trust – instagram

Because I love touting elephant organizations, I’ll talk about another.  The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Some people look at puppy pictures when they’re sad…I look at baby elephant pictures.  I dare you to try and stay away from their Instagram account with pictures like this:

image How can you resist elephants in blankets??  I bet you can’t.

Goal for March:  Sponsor one of these elephants.  They bring me happiness on a daily basis, I should probably give back!

my favorite part of ice cream

Eric and I opened a new container of ice cream the other day, and he tried to dish it out real quick.  I leaped off the couch to stop him (luckily the kitchen is all of two steps from the couch) and told him that the top part of the ice cream is my favorite part and can I pleeaaaase have it?  I explained that it melts just right when you leave the container open for a minute, and it just seems a little bit creamier to me.  He said of all the quirks I have, this might be the weirdest.  (Or maybe second to the fact that I sometimes microwave the ice cream container – sometimes I don’t want to wait five minutes for it to soften up!  Please note I learned this trick from my mom.)

ice cream The part around the edges is my FAVORITE.  Don’t take this from me.

so many alarms

photo (3) At least they’re all set for AM and not PM…

I’m pretty sure Eric hates my alarms in the morning, although I’m convinced he doesn’t actually hear most of them.  On days that I work, I set three alarms – 5:55am and 6:05am on my phone and then 6:11am (don’t ask me why) on the real alarm clock that I have to get out of bed to turn off.  When I worked night shift, the real alarm clock was for those lucky days when I managed to sleep so long that I needed to get up or be late for work – that rarely ever happened.  I usually didn’t even make it to the alarm set on my phone.  My goodness, I don’t miss those days.  But that doesn’t mean Eric appreciates three alarms in the morning…

You don’t probably don’t care about that either.  Unless you’re my neighbor, in which case this just got super creepy.

the glory days of bozo buckets

My cousin’s wife posted this on Facebook yesterday…and it brought me back.  Waaaaay back.

I know I used to watch Bozo the Clown, although I honestly don’t remember any of it.  However, I do remember setting up Bozo Buckets in our basements and practicing for hours – if I ever got the chance, I wanted to get to that CRISP ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL.  But alas, my Bozo Buckets playing never extended past backyard birthday parties.  For shame.  On the bright side, I contribute any success I have at beer pong to my young, young years spent throwing ping pong balls into empty coffee cans.

That is all!  Share your quirks!  Did you play Bozo Buckets?  Did you want to?  Do you have no idea who Bozo is?  Or, just talk about how cute elephants are.  Or not, that’s fine too – I’ll see it on the ‘gram.

Running talk will resume again shortly, thank you for humoring me.

And if none of this entertained you, head on over to Dietitian on the Run – Heather is getting married tomorrow, so be wowed by California trail races and send her your best wishes!

obsessed.

I never claimed to be a normal person.  Then again, who wants to be normal?  Certainly not me, as normal is boring.  Right?  Right?  I’ll just keep telling myself that.  In the meantime I will share some of my most recent (okay, all time) obsessions with you.  Feel free to judge me based on them, although I’ll admit that I find them to be quite fabulous.  :)

ice cream/froyo

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You may not know this, but I used to eat ice cream on a nightly basis.  When I worked evening shift, the first thing I did (after crying myself all the way home) when I got home was scoop myself a bowl of ice cream.  This was glorious when a half gallon of ice cream cost $2.50 in Pennsylvania, but in NYC the same half gallon is $7!  Holy goodness!  I haven’t bought ice cream since I moved here.  That being said, self serve froyo isn’t exactly cheap.  But it’s fun with so many flavors sooooo I can’t really resist.

Anyway, I bribed myself to run after work on Sunday by promising myself froyo, which worked like a charm.  Soooo I stopped by 16 Handles at the end of my run…delicious.  Well, 1/4 delicious.  I had a few bites of it when I got an invite to a place called…

GATSBY’s

Gatsbys Soho January

In December, I stumbled upon a bar in SoHo called Gatsby’s, which immediately made me geek out and take pictures with my little elephant man, as his name is Gatsby.  I’ve been obsessed with elephants ever since I was little, and Gatsby is my little buddy who I take everywhere.  (I’ll do a post on him one of these days…)  Anyway, when offered to make a visit to this said Gatsby’s establishment, I couldn’t turn it down.  Even if I had to work the next day.  (I know, I know, who am I?)  Anyway, I think the bar itself was a bit disappointing and perhaps I should have left it up to my imagination, but I do think it was fate that they had Delirium beer, which happens to have an elephant on the label.  FATE, I tell you.  I live for Gatsby photo ops.

RUNNING

Shoes (2)

I probably don’t need to tell you that I’m obsessed with running.  I have a bajillion running shoes (Brooks Ravenna, for the win) and get really excited about new running shoes, especially if they’re in a new and exciting color.  I gawk at the idea of spending $40 on a new pair of non-running shoes (sometimes I refuse to believe I’m female), but I have no problems with spending $100 on a new pair of running shoes every 350-400 miles.  Running, especially long runs, has gotten to the point where I don’t blink an eye when I need to run 14 miles.  Or 18 miles.  I’ll probably have to mentally prep to run 20 miles, but I don’t freak out about it nearly as much as I used to. 

This worked out fabulously for my 15 mile run on Saturday.  I didn’t start running until the afternoon, which might have thrown me off before, as long runs need ROUTINE or else I freak out.  Not anymore.  I’m just going to run 15 miles, no problem.  Two hours out on the roads?  Let’s do this.

Saturday, January 15
15.1 miles in 1:55:06, avg pace of 7:37
Splits:  7:53, 7:35, 7:45, 7:46, 7:48, 7:48, 7:44, 7:32, 7:40, 7:33, 7:27, 7:26, 7:14, 7:49, 7:35

Okay, I may have pushed the pace a little bit too much, but I swear I felt good.  I know that’s beside the point and I should run slow(er) anyway, but I tried.  I really did.  I’m happy that this pace feels good (although an extra eleven miles is a long way to go), but 7:14 pace, which is about current goal marathon pace, is still bit of a stretch.  What have I gotten myself into?  Plenty of time!

This run (plus a twelve hour shift) definitely set me up for a recovery run.  I took is easy in Central Park, telling myself to hold back.  Worked out pretty well and my legs felt well enough to work again today.  :)

Sunday, January 16
4.33 miles in 35:44, avg pace of 8:15

Sounds good to me…hopefully these legs will carry me through another twelve hour shift before I get FIVE DAYS OFF.  Take that, everyone who just enjoyed a three day weekend.  :)   That’s all that’s getting me through my shift tomorrow.  Well, that, coffee, and the cute little kids I get to take of…

What are you currently obsessed with??  Fill me in so I don’t feel so strange myself.  :)

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