Becoming a Morning Person

I am NOT a morning person. In fact, when you take a mental image of what a morning person consists of, I am pretty much the exact opposite. I always joke that my internal alarm is set for 10am, but it’s true. When waking up, unprompted, by my own free-will, I will get up at almost exactly 10am every single time. Sometimes getting up at 7:30am for work is a serious struggle…I’m a big-time snoozer-till-8 kind of girl. I’ve been like this my whole life, and I just can’t kick the habit.

Typically, it’s not a huge problem. But lately…it has been. Why do you ask? Because of THIS:

It’s SO effing hot.

This weather has been seriously hindering my running schedule. The only time it’s even remotely bearable to step outside is at 6am, and even then it’s already 80 degrees! Personally, I think it would be unsafe and irresponsible for me to try to run after work in 97 degree heat. It’s just too hot and I’d risk exhaustion! Seriously, who decided to sign me up for a fall marathon? Why didn’t I think about the fact that I’d have to train for it in the dead heat of summer? Marine Corps Marathon, you will be the death of me!

So anyway, here’s my question to all of you morning people:

HOW do you turn yourself into a morning person?

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I get the whole go to bed early, wake up early concept. But in reality, that just doesn’t work for me. I go to bed at 9pm and STILL have trouble waking up at 8am. There was a stint in college where I actually did wake up every morning at 6am and go to the gym. I loved it, but I also hated it at the same time. When I graduated, that plan went totally out the window because I had to leave my house at 7am, which meant I had to get up at 4:45am to exercise, and that just wasn’t happening. I honestly feel like I could (and SHOULD) start getting up early now to exercise before work. But how?

Here’s exactly what happens when I try to wake up early:

  • At 10pm I set my alarm for 6am and get SUPER pumped about waking up early to run.
  • At 6am my alarm goes off and I feel groggy and far too comfortable in my bed.
  • Most of the time my stomach hurts (I’m probably just hungry) and I mentally decide that I’m just not ready to get up and move.
  • Reset my alarm for 7:30am.
  • Alarm goes off at 7:30am, but I could probably get another 30 minutes of sleep if I don’t dry my hair.
  • Decide that’s a great plan and reset my alarm for 8am.
  • Alarm goes off at 8am, snooze until 8:09. Sometimes even 8:18.
  • Reluctantly¬†get out of bed.

I just don’t understand you morning people. Teach me your ways!

Things I’m Digging: June Edition

June is almost over. Can you believe it? It’s officially summer and that makes me happy. Here are some other things that make me happy:

Weddings

How cool is that cake topper? The coolest, right? Anyway, as you know, last weekend was Marcus and Lindsey’s wedding and it was a TOTAL blast! I hope to write a full post about it soon, but I’m still trying to round up some pictures. What I will say is that weddings are awesome. It’s refreshing to see two people love each other so unconditionally and without any reservation. Plus, the open bar, abundance of food, and ridiculous amount of dancing don’t hurt either. ūüėÄ You should have seen us cutting a rug!

Disconnecting

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Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and just enjoy a moment instead of worrying about answering texts/taking a ton of pictures/missing phone calls. There’s been a few weekends recently where I’ve done exactly that. I have essentially forgotten about my cell phone and have tried to live more in the moment. As much as I love sharing my life on here via pictures, sometimes I’d rather see things through both eyes – not through one eye and a¬†lens. I hope that’s okay because I’m totally digging it! (no worries though, I will still be taking PLENTY of photos!)

Bacon-Wrapped…anything…

Let’s be real here, this probably doesn’t surprise anyone. But, I ordered the pork tenderloin this weekend at Lindsey and Marcus’ rehearsal dinner and to my surprise and DELIGHT, it was wrapped in bacon. Om nom nom! Now I have a hankering to try everything wrapped in bacon. Bacon wrapped chicken? Bacon wrapped steak? Bacon wrapped…chocolate sundae? I don’t know. Just give me more!

Water

It’s been like 80¬†bazillion¬†degrees with a 1000% humidity here in DC lately. I don’t handle heat very well, so water has been my new BFF. Drinking it, lounging in it, running through it…you name it, I love it. I’m anxious to see what the rest of the summer brings, it couldn’t possibly get any hotter!! (Famous last words?)

Salad

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I know, WTF!!! Right? I, Cait, will admit that I have been eating 3-4 salads per week and….I’ve been enjoying it. *GASP* This is a huge step, people. Huge! Also, I’m not a big fan of dressing, but I love lettuce. I know, WTF again. Everything about me is so backwards.

What are you digging about summer?

Silverdocs and Other Stuff

Happy Friday! Well, technically, it’s Thursday, but for me it feels more like Friday since I’m off tomorrow. Did this week drag on for anyone else? I swear, I thought it was Thursday on Tuesday, and yesterday I was definitely convinced it was Friday. But now that Thursday is finally here, I feel like I’m crunched for time. So much to do before the weekend!

It’s Roanoke or BUST for me this weekend. The day has finally arrived: Marcus and Lindsey’s wedding, which I’ve mentioned once or twice a billion times on here already. I’m pretty excited and I feel like this has literally been YEARS in the making. I’m going to get to see a lot of people I haven’t seen since college…and a few I thought I’d probably never see again! It’s going to be a fun reunion weekend.

In related news, I gave myself a manicure last night.

You probably can’t even tell from the picture, but those are some damn painted nails. I bought a manicure pen at CVS for $10 (what a rip off), and I’ve been wanting to try it. Of course, I messed the whole thing up the first go around. It was all going really well until I decided to paint my toenails too. As I was using cotton balls to remove the already existing nail polish, I realized that my manicure wasn’t completely dry. Cotton started sticking to every inch of my nails until it looked like I had huge cotton-swab-fingernails. Gross! So, I had to do it all over again. At least it doesn’t look like a 6 year old splattered paint all over my fingers like it usually does if I try to paint my nails. I’m proud of my work, so you should be too.

Enough nail talk. Last night I attended Silverdocs, which is a big documentary film festival put on my Discovery.

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Although I’ve worked for Discovery for a few years now, this was my first time attending Silverdocs. It was pretty cool! My co-worker, Colin, had an extra ticket so I went with him to see The House I Live In. Here’s the synopsis:

“America‚Äôs ‚Äúwar on drugs‚ÄĚ officially began 40 years ago under the leadership of then President Richard Nixon. Over the course of four decades, America‚Äôs drug problem has only become worse. What went wrong? Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (WHY WE FIGHT) offers a sobering comprehensive view of contemporary drug culture and examines the troubling realities of a broken system whose very existence, he argues, is making the problem worse rather than better. ‚Äď AP”

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I pretty much go into everything with an open mind. I’m not very critical of movies, music, writing, new ideas, etc. (unless it’s my own) and I think everybody deserves a fair shot. It’s easy for me to find points that I agree with and also disagree with in any argument. I’m totally NOT argumentative and outwardly opinionated (although, if I’m think I’m right about something…don’t mess!). Keeping that in mind, I thought the film took a unique approach to drug trafficking in the United States. My favorite part was seeing cops, security guards, and judges (public figures in law enforcement) truly disagreeing with the laws they are required to enforce. Fascinating and conflicting stuff that really makes you think! I thought it was a really interesting film and I enjoyed watching it. Although, I would be interested to see how someone who is more critical and politically charged would react to it.

¬†I really don’t watch enough documentaries. They’re so interesting! I’m definitely going to try to attend more at next year’s festival.

This post was all over the place. Kind of like my life. I will check in again soon with post-wedding updates!

Are you into documentaries or do you think they’re boring?

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the man who teaches me physics lessons everyday, is always doing the work, and never takes a bad picture.

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My dad is the coolest dad there out there. There’s no question that my siblings and I take after him in some way, shape, or form. We inherited so many of his good traits, for example I got his patience; my dad is the most patient man on the planet. I swear it. My sister got his big heart and love for family. Oh, and my brother got his goofiness. Thanks, dad!

Thanks for teaching us how to be better people everyday and thanks for just being awesome, dad!

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Today we’re celebrating by doing some of his favorite things: brewing beer and eating ribs.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Lindsey’s Bachelorette Weekend

Whoa, what a weekend!! I know I’ve mentioned a few times that my good friends Marcus and Lindsey are getting married soon and that I have the honor of being a bridesmaid in their wedding. This past weekend all of the girls got together for a bachelorette weekend in Richmond. While I can’t share all the juicy details (what happens at a bachelorette party, stays at a bachelorette party), crazy times were had!

We all met up in Richmond on Friday night where our gracious host, Abby, had wine and movies waiting for us. We spent a few hours chatting before heading to bed. It was decided that we needed to rest up for the next day!

Say hello to Abby’s cute puppy: Coal!

On Saturday, we got a slow start to the day, ate breakfast, and headed to the mall to run a few wedding errands. Once we got back, we got the party started with some classy champagne.

From there it all went downhill. We went a little overboard with all the bachelorette party favors, but my two favorite, by far, were the TEAM BRIDE bands and the glow-in-the-dark…penis straws. Because no party is complete without penis straws, right? It was confirmed that this was this first ever bachelorette party that any of us had attended, so we knew we had to go all out!

The ridiculous spread.

This is why we’re friends.

After some fun at the house, we made our way downtown to Cary Street. We had dinner at Weezie’s Kitchen ¬†(not to be confused with the rapper) and then headed out for the night. This is also where I stopped taking pictures and relied solely on Abby’s camera to document the fun. However, I think some things are better left unseen. ūüėČ Especially some things involving a bride-to-be and a polar bear. Enough said!

I had a fantastic weekend with a wonderful group of girls! I’m so honored that I get to be part of all this and I can’t wait to celebrate in just 2 short weeks at the wedding!

Have you ever been a part of a bachelor/bachelorette party?

Happy National Running Day!

With no¬†hesitation¬†at all, I will admit that I’m a crazy runner.

When I found out that today was National Running Day I actually got a little giddy inside. I’m a weirdo, I know. I decided to celebrate by strapping on my best running shoes,

my favorite running t-shirt (sensing a color scheme here),

my new Garmin (it locates satellites super quick, btw),

and hitting the pavement for a glorious 4 mile stroll. Running = endorphins = happiness.

Today on RunningDay.org, there was a featured section on 10 Way to Celebrate National Running Day. I think they’re fun, so I figured I’d share!

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I’m working on a few of these:

#1- I love running because it’s my “me” time. It’s the 1 (or 5) hours a day that I have to gain clarity and remove myself from everything else going on in life. That being said, I run races¬†solely¬†for the beer at the end. True story!

#2- Race t-shirt. Check!

#5- I decided to run through Rock Creek Park today instead of my usual route down 16th street. Parks > Busy streets! Parks also = sketchy, so I don’t know how often I’ll be doing that.

#8- Today seems like a pretty good day to get my running goals in order for the Marine Corps Marathon coming up in October. Training schedule – Check!

#9- I hate the treadmill. So this is nothing new.

#10- Any ideas on how to treat yourself like a champion? I’m having shrimp pasta for dinner with my family. Yum!

Annnnnd since I work for Discovery and my friend posted this on my facebook wall, here are some do’s and don’ts of running via the Discovery website! Thanks Colin. ūüėČ [edited to add: Upon reading these closer, I’m not sure if I agree with all of them. Especially the ones about landing on your heel and the running shoes. Different discussion for a different day.]

How are you celebrating National Running Day?

USA vs Brazil + Myrtle Beach

Guess who just got back from a 4 day weekend? If you guessed me, then congratulations, you’re a winner! I took a bit of a technology hiatus this weekend while I was kickin’ it at Myrtle Beach and it was SO nice. I might have to do that more often, it was a much needed break!

But first, let’s rewind back to Wednesday for the USA vs Brazil soccer match. A few months ago I found a deal on Livingsocial for 50% off Club Level tickets. The deal was just too good to pass up, so I bought them! The only downfall was that game day was on a Wednesday night. Luckily, we crept our way around rush hour traffic somehow and ended up at FedEx field with enough time to have a solid tailgate.

My only complaint was that it didn’t last longer! 2 hours flew by and before we knew it, it was time to go in.

Livingsocial seriously hooked us up with these seats. The Club Level was a lot nicer/less crowded than other areas of the venue. The bathrooms were cleaner, there were lounge areas where you could sit in the air conditioning and watch the game (if you needed to), and you could see the whole field from our view without being too far into the nosebleeds. The game itself was not anything to write home about. The only shining moment came with the lone USA goal to make it a 2-1 game, but in the end Brazil ended up blowing us out of the water: 4-1. Oh well, the outcome was expected. It was still a fun event for a Wednesday night!

The next morning I woke up bright and early to prepare for a full day of driving down to Myrtle Beach. Luckily, I really only had to drive 2 hours by myself to Richmond where I met up with Jim. He drove the remainder of the way. I like being the passenger on long road trips!

Apparently when boredom strikes, my swag comes out in full force.

We stayed at the Schooner II Beach & Racquet Club in Myrtle Beach, which honestly, I would recommend to anyone looking for a place. The rooms were huuuuuuge. We got a one bedroom condo, but could have easily slept 6 since there were a pull out couch AND some rando bunk beds. Plus there was a full kitchen and a sweet balcony that overlooked the ocean.

Balcony View

Aside from Jim’s epic sunburn (which he forbid me to photograph, LAME), the trip was a relaxation success. One of the best parts about going on vacation is, of course, the free license to essentially eat whatever the hell you want. The first night we had pizza from Mellow Mushroom, which I had never been to (but upon further research, I’ve learned that there is one located in DC! Definitely going to have to hit that up soon) but is apparently pretty popular.

This was so good, but I could only eat half. I saved the rest for lunch leftovers for the rest of the week. YUM!

Unfortunately, due to my inadvertent technological hiatus, this was the only food snap shot I took all weekend. Bad, bad blogger! I know. However, other notable eats of the weekend included:

  • Crab dip from Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Coconut Crusted Shrimp also from Joe’s
  • Peanut Butter Cup ice cream from Kirk’s 1890 Ice Cream Parlor (good ice cream, but the place smelled funky)
  • Really good Caesar Salad from Carolina Roadhouse (it came with a¬†croissant drizzled in honey? on the side, whoever thought of that deserves a high five)
  • Marinated Sirloin also from Carolina Roadhouse (marinated in fruit juices, soy sauce, garlic, and spices. You could really taste the fruit juices!!)
  • The best margarita EVER also from Carolina Roadhouse (can you tell I really liked this meal?)

For the record, besides the ice cream and margarita, I wouldn’t have touched these foods with a 10 foot pole before about 2 years ago. It was a pretty adventurous weekend!

To make up for my lack of foodie pictures. Here are some awesome ones of the beach!

So fun.

Anyway, now it’s Monday and that means it’s back to reality. I went for my first run in about 2 weeks today…yikes! It didn’t go so well, but I got to test out my new Garmin watch. So far, so good. It’s slightly confusing to figure out what all the buttons on the bezel do, but I think that’s because I haven’t read the manual yet. I’ll get to it. It’s time to start marathon training again. Also time to resume my diet. Someone has to fit into a bridesmaid’s dress in a few weeks. EEK!

What’s your favorite part about vacation? Food? Relaxing? Sightseeing? Something else?