random round-up friday

Hi, Friends!

Happy Friday! I woke up in the best mood ever. Don’t you love when that happens? It’s been such a good week and I can’t wait to share all the news with you. First things first, I got a new job!


I was lucky enough to land one of the coveted paid internships over at Weber Shandwick! Not only will I be working on high-profile clients and working in an office that is nothing short of gorgeous, but I’ll be working with my best friend Megan. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. I start next Monday and couldn’t be happier! Plus, see that bigggg building in the picture below? That’s where I’m going to be working everyday. Is that legit or what?


Okay enough about work, although that is my exciting news for the week! It’s been a few days so let’s do a random round-up of the things that have been swirling around my mind this week.

Is it time for cold drinks at Starbucks yet?

I’m not sure if this is a Chicago thing but Starbucks has realllllly been pushing their iced coffee and macchiatos lately. I probably pass six stores on my walk to work and I’m constantly faced with mouth-watering pictures of cool, creamy creations. However, and this is a big however, when it’s 30-something degrees everyday the last thing I want is an iced drink. All I want when I finally get into the office is a hot piping cup of coffee, plain and simple. So I have to ask, Starbucks, next year wait until the sun comes out for more than two hours in a day before you tempt me with your deliciousness. I just can’t handle it when my brain and my heart want two different things.


Oil pulling


Have any of you heard of this? It’s based on an ancient Ayurvedic practice and many celebrities swear by it. You put a tablespoon or two of oil (I chose coconut oil) in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. People claim that benefits include whiter teeth, better breath, relief from migraines, eczema, arthritis and bronchitis, as well as better vision and mild hangovers. I’m not on board with it being a miracle practice but I swished coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes and it felt pretty darn good. At first it was gag-inducing–it felt like I had just put lard in my mouth. Luckily the mild coconut taste made it tolerable. After 20 excruciatingly long minutes I was done and my mouth felt awesome. If anything it made my post-dinner sweet tooth go away and definitely left my mouth feeling cleaner. Ironically enough, however, my eczema has gotten worse in the past few days so I’m definitely not going to believe that this does anything for your body other than clean out your mouth. Oil pulling is definitely an interesting thing to do and I’d suggest that everyone try it at least once. I love alternative medicine so this was a very cool experiment. Now to try scraping….

Adreian Payne and Princess Lacey

If you haven’t seen this story yet, please do yourself a favor and check it out. I’ve seen it a few times now and constantly am brought to tears by it. I can’t handle how they call each other “brother and sister.” It’s a breathtaking, remarkable kind of love story. Children should not get cancer. Are you kidding me? Is there anything more maddening in this world? It’s absolutely sickening that this little girl’s childhood has been destroyed.

Boutiques on Wheels


Classic Good Morning America letting me in on all the up-and-coming trends/stories. You know food trucks? Well now there are fashion trucks! You pop in, shop around, and can leave the fashion truck with a whole new outfit. The jury’s out on this one for me; on the one hand I can totally see this being less overwhelming than walking into a massive store and trying to find an outfit. But on the other hand I just can’t imagine something on wheels offering enough options and comfort for me to actually want to shop in it. It’s tough to visualize, but we’ll see if this trend has enough traction to stick around.

Making myself stretch – the reality of recovery time

I’ve been running a lot more than normal, usually 3x per week. This is pretty impressive for me considering I’m logging all these miles on the treadmill until the weather gets friendlier. But, as we all know, what comes with more miles? More need to stretch. I haaaate stretching. I hate sitting still and being calm and  all that jazz so stretching is not my favorite. But like getting check-ups and cleaning your bathroom, it’s just painfully necessary. It’s not only necessary to make long-term running safe, but it’s important to make sure I recover as fast as possible. I’m telling you, four years ago when I caught the running bug I could bust out four miles and not be sore at all. Nowadays just sitting after a four mile run is painful. Oh how age gets us, eh? (Kidding). But nonetheless stretching, icing, and foam rolling has to happen, plain and simple. I’ve figured out a way to make it bearable…mainly by stretching while eating and watching TV. Multitasking distracts me from stretch-induced boredom.



So what did I miss the past few days? I can’t wait to catch up on all your blogs! But for now tell me the most random things from your week. Have a great weekend! Eat great food!






  1. Oh that story gets me every time (this time at work- STOP crying, Mon)!!!

    I am sooooo excited for you and your new position!!!! You deserve it, lady! We are all so proud of you and excited about this news!! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all about your first day!

    All I want is to cuddle up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (not a huge coffee drinker). Starbucks can wait until it’s actually nice outside not just Chicago nice; although the 40 degree weather feels a lot better than -20!

    I am a HUGE fan of food trucks (CRACKED!!!!!!) and I would love to shop at a clothes truck but I’m pretty sure timing will never allow it…. how do you find one of these?

    Finally, I agree, stretching is a PAIN IN THE ASS!!!! I am so bad at actually setting aside time to do that & it’s awful for me. Whoops! I went for a run on my lunch earlier this week and I actually did stretch in my cube…. until my director came by and made fun of me lol.

    Anywayyyyyssssss, hope to see you tonight! LOVE YOU!!!

  2. Ok I kinda wanna do the oil swishing thing that everyone is talking about but it kinda does sound totally gag worthy… hmmm.. 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend – CONGRATS on that job girly!!!

  3. I have to admit, it’s still pretty freezing here and I’ve been enjoying one or a couple iced-drinks from starbucks 🙂 Congrats on the new job! It sounds like am amazing opportunity! Have a great weekend!

  4. Starbucks is totally jumping the gun! I hardly even want slightly cold water haha it is far to cold for iced coffee! And I saw a segment on oil pulling on e! News I would love to try it but no way can I see myself swishing coconut oil for 20 minutes lol I don’t have that kind of patience!

    1. Yeah it’s a whole new chapter for me! You know a thing or two about that 🙂 I can’t wait til you’re here! It’d be cool if your friend worked in the Chicago office. You’ll have to email me her name once I start there and I’ll figure out if we work together!

  5. Congrats on your new job that is awesome! Plus working with a best friend will help calm your nervousness a little I’m sure, It’s always nice to know someone on a first day. I have nothing exciting going on this weekend thanks to a chem exam on Monday I’ve been studying for , but i am having lunch out today with a college roommate so I’m looking forward to that!

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