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I’ve Moved!!!!!

13 May


Broad Street Run Recap

2 May

I registered for this race almost immediately following the Phili Half Marathon mostly because my friend Mary Kate regretting not signing up for the half and why not run 10 miles?

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I finished in 1:51:46 which is an average page of 9:44 per mile. Not too shabby for me.

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I headed to Philadelphia the Saturday before and arrived around 3:30. I LOVE Phili. I feel like it’s a mini Brooklyn. Unfortunately we didn’t really explore due to lack of time, but we said we’d make a weekend over the summer dedicated strictly to eating, drinking and shopping. I’m excited.

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We were staying with her brother who lives there and also running the race.

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It was the perfect weather for a race. Sunny but not too sunny, warm but not too warm, cool but not too cool, you get it.

Saturday night we made this KILLER pasta dish from the Food Network.

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So good and perfect pre race meal. We also drank. Probably too much. None of us really trained so we didn’t see the harm. I, though didn’t properly train, was far more prepared for this race than the Phili half. I’ve been running ~5 miles 2 to 3x per week and going classes at my gym, so it wasn’t as awful as the half.

Needless to say, I finished and am alive. After we headed to a Mary Kate’s brothers friend’s house for brunch. Literally perfect food. Fruit, quiche, cheese grits and a mini blueberry muffin. I didn’t have mimosas because I had to sit on a bus back to NYC and didn’t want to feel delirious.

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I’m no where need as sore as I thought I’d be today. I orginially took the day off because I thought I wouldn’t be leaving Phili till today, but plans changed and now I’m back in Brooklyn at an adorable cafe, drinking coffee and prepping for my announcement on May 15!

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Get excited.




29 Apr

So I’ve been working on a top secrete mission lately. Remember my post about how there was one month left in my Freshman Year of Life? Well mark your calendar kids because May 15, 2011 is a few short weeks away and I got a surprise for ya.

(constant whispers amongst bloggers) Gosh Shannon?! What ever could it be?!

Wait and see my friends. Wait and see.

In other news, my new obsession is Instagram.


If you have an iPhone, download this STAT.


It’s basically Twitter for photos and it comes with 15 different filter settings which will completely transform your pictures.


This one I cut into four frames first with Picture Magic and then added a Instagram filter.


Prospect Park in Brooklyn.


New spring bangles.

So now that you’ve seen a sample, join! It’s free and the app will scan your Twitter or Facebook followers/friends making it easier to connect. So clearly if you’re not following me, get on it.

Ain’t technology a beaut.

Instagram is so fantastic that it causes people to make websites dedicated to working there:

Clean Eatin’

19 Apr

So after my weekend of massive beer and diner food consumption, I owed it to my bod to eat fresh, real food. Because I’m going home to Syracuse on Thursday and have a jam packed couple of days, there’s no time for Trader Joe’s. So rather than buy my lunch for the next three days, the lovely Leanna from OMG I Moved to NYC and I headed to Gristedes (grocery store) during lunch and picked up the ultimate sandwich essentials. It literally pains me to shop at Griestedes because of how insanely expensive it is, but it’s cheaper than buying lunch everyday!

To put it in perspective, Coffee Mate creamer sells for a whopping $5.59, a small avocado was $2.99, and a half gallon of Silk soy milk is $5.99. I’m not sure where you are on the map, but that’s extremely pricy for my budget. I didn’t purchase any of the above because I couldn’t bring myself too when I usually pay less than $6 for all the above at TJ’s.

What I did buy was cheese, fresh deli turkey, sandwich thins, lettuce, tomato, hummus, two Chobani’s, blackberries and two grapefruits totaling $38. WOOF. But sinking my teeth into a homemade turkey sandwich was totally worth it. I used to eat sandwiches all the time, but I haven’t lately because it kinda takes a while. Isn’t that ridiculous? I was almost bitten by the “since I live in New York I need to do everything 10x as fast as the rest of the world” bug but I think I escaped.

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For dinner I had an enormous salad and a chicken breast covered with egg, panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, a little bit of flour and lemon pepper, baked at 350 for ~30 minutes. Delish.

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I think tomorrow I need to stop and get some sort of dessert because I was feening (sp?) for something sweet. So what’s a girl to do to happens to read healthy living/food blogs? Fry a banana and sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon, clearly.

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Now I’m watching William and Kate on Lifetime wishing I was Kate Middleton for a day. I mean come on?


Just Be

12 Apr

I’m in love …

with a man named Mac. Yesterday after I made my purchase and sat in Starbucks for a few hours, I went over to the Highline which is a raised park in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. The entrance is on West 16th. I highly suggest you make a stop asap, the park is unlike any other, very unique. Check out the website, really cool history behind it.

I took a seat on one of the many benches, opened my Mac and wrote. My fingers were moving faster than ever. What was I writing? A journal of sorts.

It’s hard to put into words what has been going on mentally and emotionally without getting too personal. Let’s just say I’m in the process of … healing? Healing may be the best way to describe it. I’m okay, incase you’re concerned, it’s just part of growing up I suppose. I’m heading back up to Newburgh for a mini college reunion this weekend and I think a sense of familiarity is going to be fantastic. Most of my best girls will be there so clearly I’ll be laughing my ass off majority of the weekend.

After my mini therapy sesh with myself, I came to the conclusion that I need to do and be. Just be.


11 Apr


Woop woop chicka chicka yeah yeah.

Quite frankly I was getting sick of not getting online, blue screens of death and all around slowness. So what’s a girl to do? Go buy a MacBook Pro, clearly.

It’s been about three hours since I got it and I’ve been sitting at Starbucks iChatting with Megan and trying to get used to this amazing machine. You know what they say … once you go Mac, you never go back.

A little semi inappropriate humor for your Monday. Any woot and holler, I signed up for Irish Dance Classes at the Irish Arts Center over on the west side. Classes started last week and it was awesome to dance again. I might have mentioned this before, but I used to competitive Irish Step Dance for a about 12 years. Huge part of my life, huge. Perhaps when I’m home in Syracuse for Easter I’ll snag a few pics to share with you all. You’ll love it. Curly hair, funny dresses, the whole nine yards.

I’m going to head out and enjoy what’s left of this FANTASTIC day here in NYC. Just wanted to drop by and let you know I’ll be returning to more regular blogging now that I have a computer that works!!

Day 8: Pictures that make me laugh.

9 Mar


Sums up our relationship.


No words.


Beer pong with millionaires at a Dave Matthews Band concert. No joke.


Friends before our conference championship game.


Receiving a lap dance at karaoke for my birthday by an unknown man.


This post could be 779070 pictures long. 

Its on my mind

19 Jan

So I rarely talk about the details of my job for obvious reasons but tonight you need a little background. I work for an organization that facilitates international exchange programs (professional fellowships and internships abroad) and services the J1 Visa for international students/young professionals to come to the US to work. I’m the communications specialist so I handle our social media and online marketing as well as events, fundraising, and dabbling in a little design.

Because we’re an international exchange organization my colleagues are from various countries. I share an office with an intern from South Korea, almost lived with former co-worker who’s German and out of 25 people in the office, three  aren’t bi lingual. When my organization began, it only offered programs to Germany, hence the very strong German relations and high number of Germans working in the office. German isn’t the only language, we have people who speak Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Korean and French.

It’s fascinating.

Cultural differences is something I’ve rarely dealt with in my life. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY and went to Catholic school from prekindergarten to high school graduation. I didn’t have a single black friend growing up nor did I know a Jewish person. I took Spanish till tenth grade (weak), studied abroad in Ireland (zero language barrier), get the idea?

Today I had lunch at the German Consulate House.




How awesome is the view of 1st avenue and the UN?

It is so cool to be surround by different cultures every day. From having lunch on German soil today to saying “peace out cub scout” to my German co-worker and her giving my the most puzzling look. I’m learning about cultural differences as much as I am about organization, social media, marketing, etc.

The actual German Consulate was in the dining room, how cool is that!?


Anyways, that has been on my mind for a while now so I’m glad I shared it with you. Oh, and the grilled tilapia on a bed a lobster risotto wasn’t too shabby either 😉

Other things that have been on my mind;

1. Tall Pike Roasts


2. Quaker Chocolate Rice Cakes


3. Carrots in my water. Okay it was an accident.


4. Sweet Potato Fries. Possibly my new obsession.


5. Yogi tea. Good for the soul.

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6. Syracuse. Yea I’m crafty.



Oh and I’m doing hot yoga for the first time tomorrow. If I don’t report back, I’m at Yoga Sutra, lying in a pool of sweat.


19 Jan

Good morning fellow bloggers and blog readers alike. So why the “blah” heading you ask? I’ll dive in  so grab a bottle, hunker down, and pray for daylight. (Will and Grace quote … anyone, anyone?)

It’s approaching the 2.5 month mark since I’ve moved to Brooklyn, so first I’ll give myself a pat on the back for actually pulling it off. Phew. I actually did it. I may only have $217 dollars till my next paycheck (errrr Jan 31) but who’s to judge, I’m getting by.

The alumni basketball game this past weekend up in Newburgh was great and all my friends came up to, let’s be real here, drink our faces off and pretend we were still in college.



Hey Shan, are you drinking keg beer out of a coffee cup? Yup. Get some.


Me: Hey Ian, can I get a cup?

Ian: Sure follow me. (walk into kitchen)

Me: Um how about a red cup?

Ian: No, here you go. Now pinky’s up!

Anyways, the weekend was awesome, but here’s my issue … I think. You see, in college when we would go out and party I’d wake up the next day surrounded by friends, go to the dining hall, and get a huge salad (God I miss salad bars) and go to practice to sweat my butt off for 2.5 hours, maybe do a little homework, reminisce about how much fun we had the previous night, etc.

Now, I come back to reality. Now I’ll spare you the whining about paying for everything myself, the current lack of energy to cook anything more than eggs and the freedom that has me skipping the gym more frequently. I get that. I’d like to think that everyone, at some point in their lives goes through that.

I guess mine is more mental. I’m a pretty outwardly happy person. I’m always cracking jokes, smiling, chit-chatting with everyone I meet but days like yesterday, when people ask me if I’m feeling okay, I know I’m in a funk.

This phase of my Freshman Year of Life I’ll dub as “transition.” Well now that I think about it, this whole year is a transition, so for lack of a better word, we’ll stick with that.

I can’t help but think sometimes how insanely different my life would be if I moved home to Syracuse, but I didn’t, I chose to live on my own immediately. Before, I was so determined to move here that I never really thought about the “what now.”

Okay I moved, found a job, the exciting stuff is over – right? WRONG SHANNON.

Bottom line is I need to … (omg don’t laugh at what I’m about to say) grab life by the horns, if you will.

I know I’m doing fine, but more times then not I’m missing that sense “go get em” attitude I’ve always had.

Well it’s now 7:41 a.m. and I need to get ready for work. Thanks for listening and my apologies for ranting, but now I must get ready for work.

I’ll be back after yoga tonight. Maybe some vinyasa flows will help 😉

Body Shock

12 Jan

I’ve always been an active person. Ever since I was a little kid I was involved in various activities i.e. Irish Step Dancing, basketball, soccer, skiing, ice skating and lacrosse. For any new readers, I played basketball in college so one year ago today I was in awesome shape. When my career ended last March my activity slowed down. Naturally because I wasn’t running up and down a court for two hours seven days a week.

I didn’t quit the gym totally, I ran a few races, including the Phili Half Marathon, and went to the gym a few times a week, but nothing compared to the work out I was getting in college.

Beach to Beacon 10K, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Well, I’m on that road to getting in shape again and as of Wednesday, January 12, 2011, my body hurts … in all the right ways. My hamstrings are tight, quads, triceps, stomach, everything hurts, because I’m finally hitting the gym hard again.

This week’s work out schedule:

Sunday:  15 min arc trainer, 20 min treadmill (running intervals between 5.5 and 7.5) 30 minutes of weight lifting.

Monday: 1hr Yoga at the studio where I bought the Groupon!

Tuesday: Basketball Game at Chelsea Piers

Today: Yoga

Tomorrow: Gym again.

Tonight will be my fourth yoga class and it’s taking my shoulders, hip flexors and ham strings and giving them a work out like they’ve never experienced. New found respect for you real yogis. Dear Lord that takes strength.

In any event, that’s my exercise news.

In other, more exciting news …

Argyle stockings, leg warmers and polka boots anyone? Don’t hate. I had to be prepared because Brooklyn got some serious snow, as did the rest of the US.

The front of my building 🙂

It wasn’t as bad as everyone predicted plus I love when scenery is coated in a blanket of white.

Well I’m off to Yoga Sutra for another intense work out … pray for me.