Favorite Things : August 18 – 24, 2018

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Tomorrow is the day! And it still looks like it is going to storm. I’m still hoping it will turn out ok. I have not received any emails about any possible cancellations or what the plan is if inclement weather arrives. I also know how Michigan can be. It can be projected to storm all week and then it ends up a beautiful, lovely day. I keep checking to see if anything, anything has changed. Nope.

That all said, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

I love that Cup of Jo featured a home near Dayton, Ohio (the closest city to my hometown)!

The only way to live your life.

I hated gym class and was definitely always the last person to be picked for any team. That said, I still like sports. I must be an anomaly.

Loved this article on Michigan breweries on the North Country Trail. I’ve been to three. What I did not know about was the North Country Trail. I will definitely start exploring now. This Ohioan is always so amazed at what there is to do in Michigan. I-er-mean-uh-go-Bucks!

It was a short one this week. Getting ready for the semester means less time on the internet, which honestly is a good thing.

xo, Ali






Favorite Things : August 11 – 17, 2018

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Only two more weekends to go before the fall semester starts back up again. This weekend I have a family reunion, so I’ll be heading down to Ohio tomorrow for that. Other than that, the plans are simple. I am going to do a short run on Sunday and catch up on some work that should have been done during the week.

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite things:

A healthy pasta salad — looks so good!

Ten things learned in ten years of marriage.

I remember walking to the grocery store and going to the pool by myself when I was six or seven. Joanna Goddard on “free range parenting.”

Beautiful ode to camping.

Taking care of your body and burn-out.

Michigan is beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali




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Favorite Things : August 3-10, 2018

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We’ve made it to another weekend. However in the words of the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, what is a weekend? This week did not start out the most productive, so plans for Saturday and Sunday mainly involve dissertating and finishing up my syllabus for class. I’d like to get in a swim and bike ride at some point. My brother and his girlfriend are coming up on Sunday to have lunch with us before they had to the Nascar race. The summer is ending quickly. Much too quickly.

And so, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things.

I thought making a camping reservation was kind of a pain. This looks like it will help.

I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but always a good reminder. In other words, HTFU.

What a woman training for a 100-miler eats in a day.

For those, like myself, who feel like they don’t really have outdoor experience. It’s all relative.

Rejection always leads to something better.

“Back then, I wrote all day, getting up at five. By this time, I rise scratchy at six or twitch in bed until seven. I drink coffee before I pick up a pen. I look through the newspaper. I try to write all morning, but exhaustion shuts me down by ten o’clock. I dictate a letter. I nap. I rise to a lunch of crackers and peanut butter, followed by further exhaustion. At night I watch baseball on television, and between innings run through the New York Times Book Review. I roll over all night. Breakfast. Coffee.”

Seven hundred words on writing and age.

I must make these cookies.

xo, Ali






Favorite Things : July 28 – August 3, 2018

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We are heading to Sleepy Hollow State Park today to go camping. I’ve gone camping before, but with parents. This will be the first time I’ve planned a camping trip myself. Wish us luck! I’m sure that we will forget something important even though I’ve checked and double-checked through searches on google “what to bring on a camping trip” and “meal plans for weekend camping trip.” It is sure to be an adventure.

Tomorrow morning I run the last race in the Serious Series. Crazy, right? It does not seem that long ago back in early January I had only two goals for myself for 2018: finish the Serious Series and finish my dissertation. It is looking like both will happen. I have some goals for this race, but I know how the trails are so I’m holding on loosely.

And so, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

If Sex and the City had a 2018 season.

As always, sometimes the best advice is to show up.

Someday I’ll have an AirStream, but for now I’ll look at these beautiful Airbnb airstreams.

I’ve seen it compared with the scrunchie, but I am pro-hair claw and so glad it is back.

Supposedly healthy things you should stop doing.

I study French a couple times a week and while I can read it fairly decently, I speak like a barbarian (if I can speak it at all). I found this article on learning French so good. It is long, but worth it.

Speaking of French, I’m excited for this new story by Papa which takes place in (of course) Paris.

Alessandra Pichelli’s 90 minutes of hell.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : July 14-20, 2018

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What. A. Week. It was a week full of good things. My paper is accepted to a conference in Montreal this November. Bruno has a paper accepted at the same conference, so guess where we’ll be traveling this fall? I finished chapter four of my dissertation and sent it in. Of course, it is not finished, finished yet and will need edits, but I’m getting closer to defending (hopefully). Then, I found out this morning all my medical expenses from March and April will be taken care of by the health share co-op we do in lieu of ACA insurance or employer insurance (grad student life) which means not only will I no longer have an excessive amount of medical bills hanging over my head, but also I will have money back in my pocket for the amounts I paid for out of pocket. And last, but not least. I had a back squat PR from 95 pounds to 123 pounds (you know you are a beginner when you make leaps like that). I’m ending this week very happy and very grateful.

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite things.

I’ve been almost done with the Odyssey for months now. I think we’ll celebrate by grilling with Homer.

How to succeed at work.

How about not finding your passion.

Great blog post from elite swimmer turned real person, Lizzie Simmonds.

I drink, but I have to ask. Why do we promote this? Reminds of some 1950s “Mother’s Little Helper” b.s. and it makes me sad.

On a lighter note, this adorable, wonderful, best thing every Instagram account Life of Sharks.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : July 7 – 13, 2018

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Growing up, my mom would come upstairs half-yelling, half-singing, “It’s Friiiiiday! It’s Friiidaaaay!” That is about how I feel today. This has been my first week back to Michigan and back to routine in a few weeks. It feels good, but I have been so ready for today.

Sunday is our one year anniversary. We thought about going somewhere, but with camping next weekend and being gone, I just didn’t want to leave. We’ll go out to eat somewhere nice and maybe stop at a brewery. I just wanted something relaxing, especially because I’m still hoping to get that dissertation in by the end of this weekend. We’ll see how it goes!

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite things.

10 Habits to Drop

How to ask someone to put their phone down and listen.

Related. Interesting article on phone use and distracted parenting.

My mom’s new place has a pond. We may need this.

The relationship between perfectionism and injury in athletes. Suddenly so much makes sense.

A history of the greatest campfire dessert.

I admit to having a bit of an obsession with the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Kylie Jenner is worth 900 million dollars.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali


Favorite Things : June 8 – 15, 2018

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A very belated favorite things. This week has been chaotic to say the least. I seriously underestimated how long and how time consuming packing and moving could be. Then as soon as everything was in our new house, we drove down to Ohio to my hometown. My mom and step-dad have been living in Spain for the last two years and they moved back home this weekend, so we rushed to get everything done so we could drive down see them. We’ll be here for the next two weeks.

This was not the most productive dissertation week (I don’t think I looked at it at all), but I did get my third chapter approved with edits and sent an abstract in for a conference. So — some small things were done. This week I will have to hit it hard if I want to get the fourth chapter in by the end of the month. Goals.

Other than that nothing new. We went out with my elementary/middle/junior high/high school friend (over two decades of friendship here!) and her fiancΓ© last night and today we are doing the Father’s Day celebrations. I’ve been relaxing, but I also just mainly feel antsy to get back to work, get back on routine, and enjoy some family time.

So, without further ado, this week’s favorite things.

I keep going back and forth on this. When I read that authors I love, like Zadie Smith, have a flip phone and no social media, articles like this make deleting facebook and Instagram more enticing.


In defense of extreme moderation.

I love this essay on cooking.

Post-work out makeup and skin routine.

On of more serious note, two things:

I did a huge research paper on Title IX for my Modern American Regime class and I still follow it fairly closely. This article on its abuse is an important read.

This Cup of Jo essay on suicide is a must read.

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : May 26 – June 1, 2018

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How is it June 1 already? One more month and we are half-way through 2018. I’ll admit to being, for the most part, pretty on track with my 2018 goals so far, the biggest goal being to finish my dissertation by the end of this year (this counts even if I have to defend in early 2019). I’m waiting to hear back on chapter three 2.0 (I had to split up the original chapter three into chapters three and four) and will hopefully get chapter four, which was part of the original chapter three, in by the end of this month, leaving only chapters five (which I have already started) and six. I think once three and four get approved, it is going to feel very real that I am nearing the end of decades of school. This is terrifying because I have no idea what is going to happen next. Hello, anxiety.

We have no big plans for this weekend other than packing, a run, a swim, a bike, and most definitely some reading. My old mountain bike gave up the ghost this week, so I am currently training for my first triathlon and bikeless. I was hoping she would last until I could buy a road bike at the end of summer, but she could not hang out. I’ve been riding on the indoor bike on campus, but it isn’t the same. I really just want to feel comfortable with the road and hills. Cycling is scary for me and riding indoors is not helping me with that fear.

Anyway — here are this week’s favorite things.

Committing to your first ultra.

I love black beans.

“Without opposing reasonable, routine maintenance, Ehrenreich observes that the care of the self has become a coercive and exploitative obligation: a string of endless medical tests, drugs, wellness practices, and exercise fads that threaten to become the point of life rather than its sustenance.”

Something to think about : a critique of radical wellness culture.

I suspect this is probably true. I definitely judge handshakes.

Related (and for a laugh) : Seven signs that your man’s masculinity is non-toxic.

Stop imitating the habits of successful people.

Horrifying. I’m not sure I will ever eat calamari again.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali





Favorite Things : May 19 – 25, 2018

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I turned in dissertation chapter three yesterday. I had to split the original chapter three in two chapters — so this is the outcome of the division. I took the day off, did some yoga, got a massage, and have been watching lots of The Crown (probably inspired by last week’s royal wedding).

I’m hanging out with some fellow grad school ladies tonight, but other than that the plans for this weekend are to relax. I have a run planned for tomorrow and another bike ride on Sunday, but I’m mainly just hoping to rest up and be ready for Monday when I do (a much scaled down…that is no vest or pull-ups for me) Murph.

And now, without further ado, this week’s favorite things.

If you’re a Midwesterner, this’ll crack you up.

Sabrina Little’s Trail World Championship race report. As a fellow Ph.D. student/nerd I always appreciate her reports.

Alumni from my college doing a beautiful thing: starting a yoga non-profit that helps survivors of domestic abuse heal.

Reminder: The gift of being a failure.

I have to remind myself of this for graduate school too.

One mother’s journey from Olympic trials to the Crossfit games.

Something to think about: what issues is obsessing about work outs and your body distracting you from?

I hope you enjoy your three-day weekend. Monday Miles post will be on Tuesday next week, because I suspect I will be too tired to write!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : May 12 – 18, 2018

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Happy Friday! No exciting plans for this weekend except for a six mile run tomorrow and a bike ride on Sunday. Other than that, the plan is to start packing. We move houses in mid-June and are terrible administrative procrastinators, so we have to start packing as early as possible or else I am certain it is going to be June 14 and we will have so much stuff to purge and pack. Also, we’ve been married for nearly a year. I have no idea how accumulated so much junk already.

I am so sore in places I am sure I have never been sore before from Crossfit. The strangest area of soreness is my hands, like the muscles in my fingers ache. What is that? Still. I am loving it way more than I thought I would. More on that to come.

Without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things.

Advice for life: take your dream seriously.

One basic decision for happiness.

Bookmarked for swimming improvement.

Devon Yanko is a total bad ass.

How to spot bad science and fads.

Thank God for this defense of emotional book buying.

Put the phone down.

READ THIS: Scott Jurek and the idea of endurance.

Lists that do not include Toto’s Africa.

I have friends who run the spectrum of political ideas and while we discuss and disagree, I have never ended a friendship over political differences. This article on Roseanne from the NYT is worth a read.

Everyone lives with, works with and is related to people with dramatically different political opinions. And they mostly get along. But that doesn’t find its way into most of the commentary.”

On a less serious note, is 28 too old for a shark sweater? Asking for a friend.

xo, Ali