I have no complaints today.
Actually, that’s not true. I have one.
I was woken up this morning not by an alarm, not by the sun, and not even by a rumbling stomach. I woke up because my toe hurt.
Stupid, I know.
There seems to be something growing on my 2nd to littlest toe on my right foot. An ingrown toenail? A blister? A tree? I don’t know, but it hurts.
Let me take you back to yesterday though, because it was a wildly productive and fun-filled day.
Not only did I give my work To Do list a giant KA-POW in the face (Does that even make sense? I don’t think so), I got a whole lot done on the personal front, too.
First up, this:
I kind of love this poster. I did not make it myself. I’m not that creative or clever.
But look! It’s Coach Cane and me! I absolutely did not get his permission to include his photo on the posters I’ll be splashing all over NYC, but I’m sure he’s totally cool with it…because he loves me…I hope.
So yes, my event at JackRabbit Sports is happening next Thursday and I’m so excited to see lots of familiar faces and make some new friends.
For $5 you get to play some trivia. I think that’s a small price to pay to get to scour your brain for the old “Saved By The Bell” knowledge you know you have stored in there somewhere.
Kelly Kapowski was my childhood hero. Also Rainbow Brite. Both stylish, but only one was invited to go to Paris to be a model. And only one was in a band called Zack Attack and only one couldn’t afford to go to prom because her dad lost his job but then her amazing boyfriend made a makeshift prom right outside the gym for her anyway.
Lots of people have asked if you can still buy a T-shirt even if you can’t come to the event, and the answer is of course, hell yes. Details to come, because I know the answer is yes but I don’t actually know how to make it happen. That’s what the nice people at JackRabbit are for.
Also on the bloggy/shameless self promotional front, I was so excited and honored to be featured on Fitness magazine’s FitStop blog yesterday!
When I started blogging, having readers was nowhere on my mind. I sent the link to a few friends and my family. I knew I’d have a loyal reader in my mom (though I had no idea how into it my wonderful brother Ryan would be — thanks for tuning in every day, bro) but beyond that I didn’t think people would necessarily find their way over to Ali On The Run.
But somehow a few of you found me, and I love the little community we’ve got going here. Your comments are always helpful, hilarious, witty and insightful, and I love when you all come out to share your happy thoughts every Thankful Things Thursday.
So thank you for reading and for being nice to me. And Fitness, thanks for the shout-out!
I do have a life beyond blogging, though, and it mostly involves running and food.
There are few things in life I simply cannot say no to: sweatpants, bathrobes, walks in Central Park, Oreo cookies, that chocolate cake that is warm and when you dig your spoon into it the hot melty chocolate from inside comes out like whoosh…to name a few.
I also cannot say no to a good, home-cooked meal.
So when my nice friend emailed me yesterday with, “I want to cook dinner tonight. Want to come over” I obviously said yes.
Then I wondered if this friend knows me at all, because of course I want to come over for food. What a silly question.
We hit up Fairway together to get supplies.
My contributions were picking a lemon from the big pile of lemons and picking a Fuji apple from the big pile of Fuji apples.
I try to be as helpful as possible.
I would love to say that we then embarked on cooking a delicious meal together, but the scene was more like “Man makes magic happen in the kitchen while Ali does this…”
OK so you can’t really tell from that stellar image above, but I sat on the couch drinking wine and watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Glee” and I provided very little help.
Don’t judge me. If I had helped, the food would have turned out disgusting.
Since I didn’t help, the food was awesome.
My nice friend and I are both obsessed with the incredible Brussels sprouts from Alta, and he recreated them last night. Genius.
I can’t share any recipes with you because like I already said, I was far away from the kitchen. I can, however, tell you who got voted off “SYTYCD” (Caitlynn and Ricky) and I can let you know that on the “Glee” re-run that aired, the rendition of “Marry You” is just as lovely as the first time around.
Lastly, let me shed this little gem of wisdom on you: If you want to get weird looks from people while walking to the subway in the morning, wear a shirt that proclaims your love for food.
Any food will do.
(I realize the photo makes me appear backward, but the shirt says “I [Heart] Guacamole,” not”[Heart] I elomacauG”)
Today people awkwardly stared at my chest, then looked up at my face, and I’m pretty sure they were all thinking, “That chick doesn’t look like she loves guacamole, she looks like she needs a shower.”
Also true. I do need a shower. Hopefully I’ll have time for that later.
It’s a Summer Friday which means I can leave work today at 1 pm. I probably won’t though. My plans for later include doing the laundry I neglected last night in favor of binge eating.
TELL ME: What are you most excited for this weekend? I’m pumped for Summer Streets tomorrow.
Have a great Friday!