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Listening to: I am love love loving Lorde’s new album PURE HEROINE. 400 Lux and Glory and Gore are on repeat all day long. Hard to believe she’s only seventeen; are you a fan?

Anxious about: next week’s race. I set a huge goal for myself and four weeks ago it seemed totally doable. Today, I am still struggling to shave off  thirty seconds off of my pace. Day one my average pace per mile for 6.2 miles was 9:48. Last week/halfway with training it was 9:25. Realistically if I continue to eat my cleanest, run every run with intention and stay hydrated, this is a perfectly attainable goal. But it is easier said than done. This afternoon’s run was just over three miles at an average pace of 9:00; so damn close and so damn hard for me to continue. I’ve got my work cut out for me friends.

Excited about: I was invited to a cookie swap/potluck dinner next month put on by and for local bloggers! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and hopefully trying some good food. I did make a note that I was vegan so hopefully a couple of people will take that into consideration and provide goodies that I can sample and bring home to the beau. If not, that’s okay because let’s be honest, I don’t need all those sweets!

Wondering: if a blood test is really the best bet for finding food allergies? Now that I’ve been vegan for almost a year now, I’m finding that I’m very sensitive to specific foods. I’ve hinted before but gluten has become a major problem for me and it wasn’t until a near-disasterous car ride home from a sushi date that I figured it out; there is gluten in soy sauce. I’m also noting that tofu also causes digestion issues. But not tempeh, which is fermented soy. It could also be that because I am physically pushing myself harder more frequently, my body hasn’t figured out how to adjust or I haven’t properly figured out how to fuel on workout days. Or maybe I’m eating too much fiber at once without any grains? I’m considering a blood test and wondering if anyone out there has ever had one?

Planning: on decorating the mantle in our bedroom this holiday season. Can I just say that holiday decorations are expensive! I’m going to try and save some cash by using items already in the apartment and DIYing some projects.

Loving: all of the love in the air! My little sister is engaged! A close friend of mine is getting married in nine months and asked me to be part of her special day! Another close friend is pregnant and due in the Spring! I don’t feel old enough to announce any of that news but I can happily say that all were planned.

Eating: Despite having belly troubles, I am loving tofu scrambles and burritos. And then stuffing my tofu scrambles inside the burritos. It’s a win win really. I’m also loving my cookie butter and sliced apples snack mid-morning while at work. And vegan gummy bears. And the return of frozen pineapple and raw kale in my breakfy smoothie. Can you tell I made a trip to Trader Joe’s? Speaking of TJ’s, they discontinued our beloved soy chorizo! Insert wailing. The portobello mushroom burger this past Sunday at Carmen’s was probably by far the best portobello mushroom I’ve ever had. Ever. I hope it makes a return to the specials board real soon. I’m craving a good sloppy Joe.

{Wedding magazines found at local CVS. OMG YAY! card found at Troy Cloth & Paper. Dark chocolate found at The Grocery.}

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pumpkin beer!

one: Sometimes when I’m bored at work or need a little pick-me-up after a rough phone call, I eat a spoonful of cookie butter. Or three spoonfuls. I can’t help it! I don’t know what it is about this crisp weather; I go months without touching that glass jar of deliciousness sugar and then bam! Gotta have it!

two: Lunch dates and pumpkin ales with dashes of cinnamon are also at the top of my favorites list this time of the year.

three: I’ve been listening to far too much Tom Hagerman on Spotify these days. It reminds me of this little tiny toy piano my sister had as a kid and also of being in Paris… some place I’ve actually never been but can only imagine; I would want his music playing in my head as I stroll the streets eating yummy (vegan) French food! We all have dreams, right? Its just music that makes me smile and not sit still.

four: I’ve caught the running bug. And am scouring the Internet for a race this autumn. Buuuuuuut it’s tricky with every weekend already booked up with hiking and traveling. An impromptu half marathon may or may not happen within the next thirty days. No more skipping my morning runs!

five: Despite all of the awesome shows on television these days (i.e. Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men), I’ve been loving re-runs of… Antiques Roadshow. I can’t be the only one out there that loves watching other people bring their treasures (and junk) in for appraisal.

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