Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OX Coffee | Philadelphia, PA

Ox Coffee is one of my favorite shops to go to when I'm near or south of old city.  Located at 616 S. 3rd street, its' some of the best coffee you'll find in a 10 block radius.  I remember them opening up back in 2013 right before I left that side of the city for a new job.  They have a small seating area in the back and a garden to sit down and relax in when the weather permits.  Last Sunday Floradelphia was there putting together beautiful flower arrangements.  It sure perked up the rainy, cold mess that was falling from the sky that day.  If you like good, quality coffee go here.  ~ South and 3rd street.  You wont be disappointed.  Oh, bring your pup, treats are outside.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From All Around the Web, Part 8

Nike Shoes, classic Jordans with a new spin

Man, a whole heckuva lot has been happening over here.  The snow is finally starting to fall now and then.  The nation is fixated on politics.  Ahhhh. Here's a look around the web:

Outdoorsy - Bike Packing Adventures over at Yeti Rides
Political - President Obama's Farewell Address
Political - Trump Press Conference (Fact Check, NPR)
Surfy - Riding Waves With GoPro
Style - The Golden (Globe) Guys
Style(?) - Are Chokers A Thing Again
Shoes - I Actually Wanna Pair of J's
Motorcycles - Victory Octane Turned Into Flat Tracker

Friday, January 6, 2017

ONNIT x MARVEL: Superhero Kettlebells & More

It's that time of year when everyone vows to get into the best shape of their lives.  I'm a huge fan of kettlebell workouts and the many, many different exercises you can do with one or a pair.  I just happened upon one of the greatest collaborations I have ever seen, Marvel and Onnit pair up to create some 'super' items for resolutioners regular people.  Check out the full line, here.  *Ahem, did I mention there are Captain America Barbell plates?????

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Weekend

Home for the holidays this year and enjoyed the couple of days spent with my family.  As you can make out from some of these pictures, the temperature was relatively warm for this time of year.  The lake was not fully frozen, so no ice skating this time around.

We overdosed on sugar and sweets and introduced my dad to the joys of Netflix.  By the time I left on Monday morning, he was on the final episode of Stranger Things.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!   

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Life To-Do List

Inspired by this blog, I decided to put together my own list of things I want to do and carry on through the new year.  Don't call it a resolution.  It's good to reflect and remind yourself of what you want/should/need to do.  

1. Read more.  It's that simple, but somehow the hardest thing for me to make time for lately.  I have a stack of books piling up at home and so many more on my wish list, yet I find I'm distracted by electronics and excuses.  Needs. To. Stop.  ::insert crosses arms girl emoji::

2. Cook more, save money. I have never been one to eat out a lot. Somehow that took a turn mid-Summer and I find myself at Whole Foods *treating myself* more often than not in the prepared foods section. AND now my local Whole Foods has a bar, Noodle Stand, Dizengoff and much, much more. Phew! I've been buying bulk goods, making a little schedule, and saving some, ahem *dough*. Thanks to Budget Bytes.

3. Build a better commuter bike, increase activity, & acquire *summer bod*.  My current bike commute, when I'm not being weak and driving, is a 10 mile round trip adventure.  It's a very easy ride and relatively flat.  I come from just north of Center City Philadelphia (Fairmount) to deeeeeeep South Philly (Navy Yard).  It's manageable and makes me feel so productive and alert.  For 8 years I've been riding a very dependable fixed-gear bike.  I'm certainly keeping her for quick jaunts, but these legs are achy and they just wanna freewheel! Oh, the frame I have was gifted from a colleague: Schwinn Circuit.

4. Learn more, solve problems.  Some of you may know I've been tackling a second undergrad degree, very slowly, at night, in Civil Engineering.  There have been road blocks and schedule conflicts, but I'm going to keep on chugging.  Take classes when I can and read more when I can't.  This is kinda like #1, but still a goal I have to remind myself of periodically.  About halfway there...

5.  Be relentless.  Just attack everything with all I have and be tenacious.  Nobody is going to do it for you.  Be fierce and achieve your goals.  Aside from Beyonce, these pictures represent the kinda fierceness I'm aiming for.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

A perfect reminder, thanks Swiss-Miss

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide #2

Keeping it classic with this guide.  Retro hats, helmets, socks and shoes.  This Christmas, get something for someone that'll never die with the trend of the day.  And if you're looking for a Christmas-y craft to get you into the spirit of the season, try making your very own Pomander!  I hold these near and dear to my heart ever since my grandmother used to sit us down to make them at the kitchen table every winter.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Animal. Vegetable. Mineral.

I found this book over at Caught By The River and I'm in love!  This is most definitely a book for the ages.  A perfectly, delicious book of illustrations of the natural world covering a variety of topics. Consider it firmly locked onto my #Christmas wishlist.

Check it out here