Happy Friday, everyone! We’ve made it to the gateway of the weekend! 🙂 Man, it has been a long time since I’ve written one of these! It has been a long, busy and exciting week this week, and I’m looking forward to my hot date tonight: bad reality tv, wine, popcorn and comfy pants! Woohoo! Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:
Naked Grape Pinot Grigio
Once upon a time, I was extremely judgmental of my sister’s choice to regularly drink boxed wine when she lived in central PA. I, of course, was channeling my Bostonian snooty vibes hard, and felt I was above that shiz. Fast forward six years, and I was standing in a liquor store calling my sister and brother-in-law, consulting their professional opinion on the best boxed wine to serve for my happy hour (and newly minted #gradstudentlife – psh, I can’t afford those fancy bottles of wine!). They directed me towards this amazing choice for white wine by Naked Grape, and it was basically perfect. Let’s be real: I was serving this wine to a bunch of educated Food Science grad students, 50% of whom were studying wine and knew a little something about the subject. My choice did not fall flat; it ended up being a crowd-pleaser, and in my minutely-professional opinion, was EXCELLENT. It was very tasty and well-balanced. It was easy to shove the entire box into my fridge and leave it for people to serve themselves – no corkscrews required. I will definitely be a repeat offender purchasing this boxed wine for all future Happy Hour events. Bonus: since it’s in a box, it keeps for three weeks – score!
2. Spartan WOD
My trainer/sister from another mister Sarah told me about these workouts, and best of all – they are FREE! A lot of online workout programs require you to purchase them, but these are zero dollars. You can sign up to get the workout of the day sent to your email inbox, and you can also look at some of their previous workouts on their website. Most of them are super intense, so if you’re looking for a good butt kickin’, you’ve found it. I adapt these workouts to my abilities and what I’m feeling that day. Since I’m just getting back into my intensive workout routine, the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness, for all of you non-bros) is no joke. I am sore most of the time, which makes it nice to be able to use these workouts as a guideline to follow. Which brings me to the next thing…
3. Lululemon Yoga Mat
I got legit rug burns on my elbows from planking on my carpeting last week, so my Lulu yoga mat has been getting some heavy usage. I bought the thinner version (3mm thickness) when it first came out so that it was easier to travel with, but it is still pretty heavy. This mat is no joke – mine has taken a lot of abuse over the past year and a half, and it’s still standing up well. I use a yogitoes towel over it when things get really sweaty so I don’t go flying, but the grippiness and elasticity has held up well. When you’re living the #gradstudentlife, you really need to get bang for your buck, and so far so good – this mat has been a solid purchase.
4. Baskets, baskets everywhere.
My brother-in-law gives us a hard time, since the women in my family have a genetic predisposition to excessive basket buying tendencies, but they are seriously just SO HELPFUL. When I moved into my new place, I spent an inordinate amount of time wandering HomeGoods and studying various basket sizes/shapes; I eventually settled on three rectangular nesting baskets for $9.99. Not only was it a great deal, I found them super useful! I have the small one on my kitchen counter for my extra sets of keys, mail, and important things that need to be paid attention to (since I see it everyday on my way out the door): bills to be paid, mail requiring a response, coupons I’ll actually use, etc. I have the medium-sized one in my living room, on a shelf on my media console table. It holds TV/blu-ray player remotes (why are there so many?!) and coasters. A larger one in my bathroom wrangles a bottle of lotion and my cosmetics bag(s), so they aren’t just hanging out cluttering my counter, and it can be easily picked up and moved for a quick wipe-down before guests arrive.
5. Cards Against Humanity
If you find inappropriate and non-PC humor right in your wheelhouse, I think that you need to own this game, if you don’t already. This game combines a wicked sense of humor with an anonymous fill-in-the-blank situation. It uses an eyebrow-raising answer (chosen by each of the players from their hand of cards) to funny phrase (chosen by the “Judge,” who changes each round) that is guaranteed to get your party rockin’. I find it to be the perfect way to end your week – just add a little social alcoholic lubrication, and you will soon know just how non-PC your friends really are. It’s super fun to play, helps break the ice/get the conversation flowing, and always results in a laughter-filled night. However, if you are easily offended, this game is not for you – but if you find being inappropriate terribly entertaining, this game is up your alley! 😀
I hope that you guys all have had a great week – I know that I’ve definitely enjoyed myself, even thought it was crazy busy! I can’t believe it’s already February – can you believe it?! We had a little peek of warmer temps earlier this week, and I am now looking forward to the fresh air and mud on my trail runners – the first signs that spring is just around the corner. What have you guys got planned this weekend? Any big Superbowl plans? I’ll be the lone vegan at my friend’s house party, I can’t wait to make my friends try whatever crazy vegan thing I make! 🙂 Tell me all about your plans in the comments, you know I love to hear what you’re up to!