Currently… Ready for Spring!

Currently… A post on “things of the moment” for me (#16). [Inspired by Marcia and other bloggers.]

Lots of travel in March (SF, NYC and NJ!)

State of things: Mother Nature is playing tricks on us in Chicago! We had a tiny taste of summer followed by a return to winter. Three days of rain will hopefully bring May flowers or something good! I started my new job (see more here) and enjoyed visiting the San Fran HQ last week. The Husband and I playing the annual “absence makes the heart grow fonder game” as we keep alternating trips and being home. Looking forward to seeing him again soon. I hope that I’ll recognize him! How are things by you?

Books: I crowd sourced a huge list of books from my Facebook friends for book club recommendations. We finished The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. It was really good – we were surprised that it was written by a woman. I landed on The City & The City by China Mieville. I enjoyed it but was a bit bummed by the end. Interesting concept for sure. I read I Found You by Lisa Jewell and The Cutaway by Christina Kovac thanks to early reader copies from Georgette! Liked them both!  I read Bright Line Eating (review and giveaway here). I wish it was not “all or nothing” and am going to try to implement some of the concepts. Will keep you posted.  Otherwise, more mind candy for me (read – police procedurals and suspense stories and Have you read anything good lately? [Please note: this section includes Amazon affiliate links.]

Movies: Pre-Oscars, I saw (and loved) Lion. I really want to see Moonlight after all of the Oscars hooplah. I also watched the screener for the body image movie Embrace. (See my review/comments here.) Have you seen anything good lately?

TV: I’m up to date with This is Us. Ah-mazing. Feeling all of the feelings on that one. Wow! The Husband and I are enjoying Season 4 of The Americans and the current season of Homeland. Both very interesting and topical – especially The Americans with all of the Russia talk lately. Have you been watching? Anything else good for us to put on our list?

Website/Podcast: I’ve been listening to some good audio books from Audible and my usual awesome podcasts. I’ve been loving Reply All. The Russian Passenger episode freaked me out. I want to look at but I’m scared. Have you heard anything good lately?

Scenes from NYC Half!

Run: I ran the NYC Half last week and beat my (lowered) expectations. Most importantly, I had so much fun and raised a good amount for Alexandra’s Playground. (recap) Woot! I’ve done fewer races this year so far than previous years and have been enjoying the cutback. I imagine that it may be a slower year this year (for me), but not terrible. I feel better after taking some rest last December and January but not great. Only time will tell! Check out the blog later this week for my 1Q2017 running recap.

A fun time was had by all at Equinox for Sweatworking!

Non-Run Workouts: I went to a kick butt Sweatworking event at Equinox this weekend. It was a 45 minute Pure Strength class (intervals of lifting exercises) and 30 minute Firestarter (HIIT). I’m so SORE! I’ve been going to the new personal trainer once a week and I’m still doing Pilates once a week. I need to work spin and yoga back into the rotation as well. Have you tried anything new?

Food/Drink: I have reviews/giveaways of Gutsey Travel Bars and Kalahari Biltong queued up this week. Plus I have the mother lode of samples to try and share from Expo West (recap Day 1 and Day 2). I’ll be sharing the goods in two giveaways (Finds Faves and New Finds) soon. I’ll also have reviews and giveaways of new goodies from Karma Nuts, Gorilly Goods and Soul Sprout (Get 25% off web purchases with code ERICA25 through 4/4) among many others. I’m also going to give away an awesome Hydroflask insulated coffee tumbler like the one I got at Expo West, too! Get ready!

Excitement: I got a new job with the digital nutrition company Zipongo! It’s so awesome to mix my personal interests with my professional experience.  What’s exciting by you?

Pet Peeve: That Facetime worked on an airplane and the man next to me was talking on it… for nearly an hour. What is irking you lately?

Wish(es): I hope this rain will stop soon. Too trite? I don’t want to get political, but I have some wishes about 45 in my head, too! What are you wishing for?

What is keeping you busy these days? Please share in the comments!

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  1. Jackie says:

    We watched the movie Fences last night. What a great movie. I liked it much better than Moonlight.
    If you are looking to add another tv show…check out Riverdale. It’s based on the Archie comics and is on Thursday nights. My husband and I enjoy it and look forward to it.

  2. gloria patterson says:

    A really busy lady……….. you mentioned some of the books I have read and also some of the tv shows..

    Weather .. spring .. summer .. winter…. right now we have spring 3 days ago it was winter

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    I’ve been injured and haven’t run any races in awhile but I decided early on that I was cutting back this year. It gets expensive and it’s a lot of wear and tear on the body. I’m glad you had fun in NYC though, I think sometimes it’s good to just do a race for fun without being so goal driven.

    I be you’re really ready for spring with the weather in Chicago. So cold!

  4. Georgette Coan says:

    Tell me all about needing to rest up! I hear thee.
    I am glad you liked those two books. Let me know when you covet more!
    The last really good movie I saw was “Fences” and that was two nights ago.
    I recommend it highly!
    On the TV side, I am anticipating the new John Lithgow TV show…Because it looks odd.

  5. I was pretty excited that on my way home from Florida, the flight wasn’t full and a whole row near the emergency exit was open. I moved there (with permission) and enjoyed the amazing leg room. It felt decadent.

  6. Christopher Sorel says:

    boy scouts and hockey never stops with more as sn gets older

  7. Georgiana says:

    I’ve been reading more books recently and educating myself.

  8. sarah n says:

    Ugh…facetime should be blocked for flights. Nobody wants to listen to someone else’s conversation for that long.

  9. Kristen says:

    I agree the rain must end !

  10. Deb E says:

    Really excited about Spring right now and contemplating a makeover for myself. Our weeks of rain are gone and usually don’t mess with hair and makeup but getting inspiration from blogs to at least color my grey hair, lol. I know, just do it already.

  11. Caroline says:

    I’m currently enjoying some extra swimming and yoga as a break from running

  12. Renata S says:

    I’ve been taking some graduate courses online to obtain my Masters degree in Communication.

  13. Nikki Nikki Fahey says:

    Nothing much waiting for summer. Getting over a fracture and hoping that I can run soon!

  14. Amber Ludwig says:

    I LOVE This is Us!! I am doing strength and conditioning in my pole class and its kicking my butt!! In a great way!!

  15. Kristen says:

    I’m trying to get back in shape!

  16. Maryann D. says:

    It sounds like you have been doing a lot of terrific things. I have been working, taking care of my family and errands. Unfortunately nothing fun lately but hopefully soon! I will be going to a charity event soon though and I am looking forward to that.

  17. Brandon Sparks says:

    I fully agree. You can never learn enough. Right now I am taking some online classes.

  18. Shiduna Townsend says:

    Still recuperating from Achilles surgery and am slowly going stir-crazy!

  19. Madhuri says:

    I loved the Lion myself. And there aren’t enough episodes of ‘This is Us’. All the feelings!!

  20. jennifer says:

    congrats on your new job

  21. Renata says:

    I just got accepted for Graduate school to get my Masters in Communication!

  22. vickie couturier says:

    right now im getting over pheumonia,,,trying to spend more time with my grandkids now that the weather is nice ,im a retired Nurse ,Mom of 6 and grandmom to 16

  23. Caroline says:

    Currently…SO ready for summer! I’m ready for sunshine and an end to mud season, for dry trails and nice weather!

  24. Jeffrey says:

    I’ve been training for 2 upcoming marathons. Amy and I visited NYC last week and we both had epic runs in Central Park very early one morning. It was neat to see all the runners and cyclists out putting in the miles. My diet is on target along with my weight, training is good, I’m healthy…Looking to have some good weather for the upcoming races! My boys are preparing for the upcoming baseball season and already have us pulled in multiple directions at the same time. Practices for now, games in about a week!

    • Erica A says:

      Which races? Cleveland? I love running in Central Park. It’s the best!! Glad you and your family are doing well! Running in Chicago any time soon?

  25. Judy Cox says:

    Getting ready for the nicer weather and planting my flowers!!

  26. Mahdi says:

    It’s about all I can do to maintain my fitness! I would like to start an indoor herb garden again.

  27. Kimberly G says:

    Currently I’m training for the Brooklyn Half – I hope I get to see you there!

  28. Kathy Davis says:

    Everything is great in New Mexico. The weather is warming, my tulips are blooming, and the mornings are still cool right now.

  29. Sarah N says:

    Currently I’m getting ready for my trip to Boston and I’m starting Ryu get really nervous about the race.

  30. Amber Ludwig says:

    We dyed Easter eggs today!! Yay for Easter coming super shortly!! Im super excited for my son!

  31. Susan P. says:

    I’ve been listening to podcasts from This American Life.

  32. Becca says:

    Currently meal prepping for the rest of the week while listening to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Soon to plan out my SPRING outfit for work tomorrow, yay warm weather!

  33. Kenya F says:

    I spend most of my day looking for a new job since I got laid off in November. It’s been hard especially since I’m trying to do a career transition out of the fashion industry. But I’m staying positive! In the meantime, I’ve also been working out alot. I did a 5K at JFK Airport runway today which was sooo much fun! And I’m about to launch my blog very soon. I’m excited for the future!

  34. I just took me and my daughters off a homeopathy protocol and now we are trying to find new solutions to deal with our health struggles! This is a big deal as I’m looking at detox, re-examining our diets (again) and more. And back to the gym…been away too long!

  35. Edye says:

    I need to check out This Is Us! It looks sooo good 😀

  36. gloria patterson says:

    I am retired so I do something or I do nothing each day. It is a great feeling not to have to rush around all the time. And I get lots of naps

  37. Breanna Sackrey says:

    I am finally getting back to regular running that doesn’t feel like torture. I love the shirt lettuce, turnip the beet!

  38. Heather says:

    keeping me busy is my job!! busy time in the land of education … looking forward to summer break!

  39. Maryann D. says:

    We have been working on our yard getting it ready for spring and mowing time! Thinking of other projects for our home too.

  40. ellen beck says:

    We have been busy busy. Working outside a whole lot. I compost, got the garden all turned over (I do it by hand first with a pitcfork whew) , getting the trees done and stacking up for next years firewood. Spreading woodchips, getting things ready for spring and summer. I love being outside though so I love it although I am sore some days!

  41. patricia caradonna says:

    I jog daily. I am struggling to eat healthier. Need to quit eating so much chocolate and sugar.

  42. denise low says:

    We like working in the yard. We mow my husband’s sisters grass so she has 2 acres and we mow our grass and it’s an acre. So we stay busy.

  43. Lesley F says:

    Work and my granddaughter are keeping me pretty busy!

  44. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I use to be an avid reader then I started entering blog giveaways thetefore I have no book suggestions. But based on my last 2-3 months winnings and emails out the ***** it may be time to go back to mostly reading books. We will see.
    I’ve always been active but I’ve never enjoyed running. But I haven’t tried it in years and maybe need to try again since I’m older and wiser-ha ha hopefully anyway.
    I always enjoy these posts.

  45. Farrah says:

    The weather just can’t make up its mind, can it!? ;_; I hope it’s warmed up somewhat now! (I’m chillin’ in my apartment right now and it still feels super cold ._.

    I’m glad you had fun at the NYC Half, and congrats on your new job! :]! So excited for you!

  46. Kimmie B. says:

    I’ve just being waiting for all of the rain to stop. It hasn’t let up. In the meantime I taxi my kids around and watch Netflix. Just finished watching the last season of Glades.

  47. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Nothing really new here. We did go to NY a couple of months ago to see our new grandson. That was a lot of fun.

  48. Lisa Brown says:

    I hope you got a chance to see Moonlight. Great film!

  49. Arlinda says:

    I would like to see more fitness books on your blog.

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