Things I’m Lovin’ (May 11)

Apparently, as a blogger, I love to dream up “Recurring Features”.  Good Mornings are the best example so far, and usually constitute whatever random photos and blippets of my life don’t fit elsewhere on the blog.

As a blog reader, I always enjoy posts about what my fellow bloggers are loving these days.  So, why not add one more “Sporadically Recurring Feature” to the mix?  Sure!  Why not?!?  So what am I loving right now?  Here are my current 10 (in the random order they happened to spurt out of my head just now; I’ve been writing this post in there for days):

1. The Rain: We’re supposed to be moving into the “hot” season in Singapore (aka the “dry” season, and/or the “non-monsoon” season).  It should be noted that the “hot” season is really only 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer than monsoon season, but those few degrees (and the breeze that comes with heavy rain) matter.  We’ve had several big ‘ole downpours this week, and the temperature has actually been quite…lovely, really.  In fact, I’m wearing pants (pants!!!) as I type this.  While I’m generally acclimated to the warmer weather, I’ll take every (slightly) cooler day I can get!

2. Moving Comfort Endurance Capris: I actually found a pair of these for such a good price here in Singapore that I bought them right before my recent trip – they’ve been my only clothing purchase here thus far.  I wore them constantly in Florida, so while I was in the US, I ordered a second pair.  In both places, they were about $30 in local currency.  They come down just to my knee, and are great for both spinning and yoga.  The fabric is pretty thick, so I never worry about inappropriate exposure when I bend over.  Since I work at home nowadays, I’ve also been pulling on (the clean pair) after my workouts.

3. Lemonade Nuun: One of the new flavors I got while back in the US.  It’s definitely not as strong as real lemonade, but it makes for a refreshing, post-run beverage for me.  I’ve been having a little trouble recovering my electrolytes after my longer runs lately, and a fellow Nuun-lover suggested trying my Nuun at double strength.  I will be experimenting with her advice in the coming weeks.

4. Visitors: My cousin and her sister-in-law were visiting last week.  We had a grand time, and I’ll be sharing some of our adventures in my next few posts.  Having guests is a great impetus for me to get out and explore our home with new eyes.  If you find yourself swinging through Southeast Asia in the near future, let me know!

Gardens by the Bay, with some other Singapore Sites in the background...

Gardens by the Bay with Erica – a few other notable Singapore Sites are making an appearance in the background…

5. Free pens from the Intercontinental Hotel: There’s nothing that remarkable about them, but I LOVE them.  They write so easily and smoothly, and have a great hand-feel.  I first discovered them when we had our wedding dinner at the Intercon in Singapore in 2010, and when we stayed there again in January, I won’t lie…I swiped as many of them as I could find.  The most annoying thing is that I have NO IDEA what brand they are, because (obviously) all branding has been removed and replaced with “Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore”.

6. Super Generic Girl: A recent blogger discovery for me.  It only took a few weeks before I had two of her posts bookmarked to share with you all.  The first is a hilarious Open Letter to Race Spectators, and should be required read for anyone who races, or who’s been part of runner’s support crew (Yum Run and Writing While Running, I’m looking at you! Also, any and all of the Eugene Half/Full Marathon Crew.).  On a more serious and totally unrelated note, she also wrote a very on-point post about body image and the looming bikini season (in the US).  I won’t try to summarize it, so just go read it: Beach Bodies and Other Reasons Society Sucks.

Our selection of bands.  KMN and I wear the same size, so we share.

Our selection of bands. KMN and I wear the same size, so we share.

7. Road ID: If you’re a runner, I hope you run with some kind of ID on you.  KMN and I have always used the shoe IDs, but before we left the US, I also ordered us a wrist version, as well.  I went all-out and bought a band in just about every color.  I didn’t anticipate it at the time, but I actually wear my wrist ID nearly 24/7 nowadays.  Most of the time, if I leave the house alone, I’m going out to be in the company of people who don’t know me, or don’t know me well (gym, supermarket, doctor, restaurant).  Even if I’m not working out, if something were to happen to me, my RoadID would easily help someone get in touch with my husband and family.  I might be crazy, but I feel slightly more comfortable wearing it.  [And yes, my cell phone has emergency numbers programmed in.  Still, the RoadID allows easy and swift access to a lot of information about me.]

RoadID: Don't leave home without one!

RoadID: Don’t leave home without one!

 8. Lime Juice: My favorite cold drink in Singapore, no question about it.  It’s tart and refreshing, delicious just about any time of day. Lime juice is a perfect complement to the hot weather and spicy food here!  Hold the sour plum, though.

9. Thrift Shops: My Mom and I visited a terrific one while in Florida – several times.  It had high marks for a thrift shop: their product turnover was high, the organization was excellent, there was usually enough rack space to browse comfortably, and there was a perfect mix of hilarious and potentiall useful apparel.  As a result, I came back to Singapore with some new (to me) clothes: 1 pair of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 tops, and 3 dresses – all for about $20 USD.  These are not spectacular photos, but you can bet these pieces will be entering my regular wardrobe rotation.  And there is a very special place in my heart for those black and white pants….

10. Energizer Night Trail Run: I am running the 18 km race tonight (Saturday) night.  I. Cannot. Wait.  !!!!!!  My very first trail running was done in a nighttime, winter trail series back in Rochester.  Races were always after dark, almost always in the snow, and ALWAYS on the trails.  I learned a lot, and had a blast with some terrific people.  I know this run will be warmer – but I’m hoping to enjoy some awesome (new-to-me) trails with fun people and lots of mud – and without any twisted ankles!

Is anyone else’s favorite pen *always* a freebie giveaway (so that you can never find the ‘brand’ and buy more)?
[Before the Intercon pens, my favorites were freebies from a biotech product fair.]

What’s one thing that YOU are lovin’ right now?
[This might feel like a boring question. Does it help that I really do want to know??]

21 thoughts on “Things I’m Lovin’ (May 11)

  1. Kim

    At the lab, all of our pens are ones that students left behind. There is one I always reach for. The brand has been scraped off so unfortunately I’d have to do some digging to find out where to get more!
    I am really loving this pair of espadrilles I got just recently. I bought a dress and everything in the store was buy 1- get 1! The espadrilles were my freebie. I wasn’t all that thrilled with them when I got them, but I wore them and fell in love. They’re cute, stylish, and super comfy!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Buy 1 – Get 1 sounds like my kinda sale! 🙂 Never been so big on the espadrilles thing myself, but I’m thinking that the cotton might be nicer than leather in the Singaporean heat. Quite a lot of Toms wearers out here – not sure if Toms are *exactly* espadrilles, but they’re pretty close. 🙂

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      1. Kim

        I have a pair of Tom’s, that I wear at the lab (typically I go straight from the lab to a class, so shoes have to be nice enough to teach in, closed toe, and comfy enough to last 12+ hours). I stopped wearing them because they were giving me arch pain 🙁
        I was never an espadrille-wearer, either, until I got these. They probably won’t go the lab, but they are cute and comfy for those rare out-of-the-lab days. 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Well, I’m not sure it’s “all” that matters (although this is a pretty self-centered blog post) – they’re not even the things that matter MOST to me – just the little extras that are making life easier/sweeter at the moment. 🙂

      [And it doesn’t mean I don’t care about what YOU’RE loving, either. Surprise airport visits, perhaps? 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hi Nadiya! Thanks for stopping by. Finally (took me long enough) realized that we comment on enough of the same blogs that I should just click the heck over to yours, too. 🙂

      Hm…I wouldn’t mind a raccoon – it’s a skunk I’d be most worried about! 😉

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  2. sheila

    That night trail run sounds like so much fun. And the thrift shops – I took my kids recently and they thought it was amazing…we shopped for almost 2 hours (uhhh…with three boys this was beyond a miracle), they got a ton of stuff and since it was half off day, I spent $15.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha. I’m getting an awesome mental picture of you and your boys attacking (respectfully) a thrift shop. I do remember my Mom taking us as kids, since we were “just going to grow out of it” anyway! 🙂

      Nowadays, I’m not a big shopper, but if I ever get the urge, the thrift store is a great way to burn lots of shopping energy for very little money!

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  3. Amanda@Runninghood

    i’m Loving your comment on my blog about this decision fatigue thing. 🙂 And I like free pens but now that someone just sent me a really really nice pen, I’m hooked on good pens. So I’m loving that. And trails!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Somehow, having a label for something (and proof that it’s legitimate) helps x100, right? Now, when I feel it happening to me, I can label it, tell my husband, take a minute…and somehow come out more ready to make more decisions. It’s (almost) magic!

      Hmmm…I fear that I lose too many pens to invest in any really, really nice ones! (Hence the using of freebie pens!)

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  4. Paul

    Waiting for your race report. I’m sure you have a blast. I hope the course was tough enough for you but I wont be surprised if this is not the toughest you tackled. For the average Sporean runners who dun usually run trials (namely me!) this was tough – in fact tougher than the HMs I tackled. Most of the up slopes were OK. Except for one – the infamous Hill 265; most were runable. The down slopes were tricky and I took my time with it cos I dun want to lose my balance. Unfortunately I still twisted my ankle around 15.5K. I managed to finish the race but will be spending some time to heal the busted ankle. *bumper*

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Wahhhh…give me a day or two, Paul! 🙂

      Pre-cap: Not the toughest I’ve done, but pretty solid for Singapore – lots of rolling (and rough terrain) for people who are training in Singapore. The gravel did make the downhills tricky. So did the congestion/addition of 12 and 6K runners onto the course. But overall, I had a great time. Stay tuned for more details tonight or tomorrow. 🙂

      Hope your ankle heals quickly! Lots of RICE (rest ice compression elevation), and take it easy for a few days!!

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  5. Kristen L

    I have not yet figured out a good recurring features for my blog. 🙂 But I do like the “things I’m loving right now” posts when other people do them….so — good one!

    Right now, I’m loving fresh strawberries. They are all so delicious lately!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      It’s OK! Just keep trying stuff out until you find one that sticks! [At least, that’s my current approach!]

      Re: Berries. Yummmm…..Besides cheese, berries are something that I miss terribly (especially after spending a summer in California, with its virtually endless supply of reasonably priced berries!). 12-15 strawberries can be as much as $10-12 USD! So eat a few extra for me. 🙂

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  6. Kate

    OMG I am in love with Super Generic Girl as well. And, also, I know have an image of you looking around, thinking ‘stuff it’and chucking on your capris after a shower (the clean ones, of course!). EVery day I have this debate. Every day my leggings win.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I think I actually found her through your blog (Is that possible? Maybe from a comment somewhere?). Aussies (and adopted Aussies!) sticking together! 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hey, no problem. You write good stuff that I think people should read. Sending them to you is more efficient than re-inventing the wheel. 😉

      Another bonus? If I lose a free pen, it’s a little sad, but…it didn’t cost me anything!!

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  7. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    Ah, I can’t to hear all about your race!!!

    I am so particular about my pens. But I switch through them a lot..I have like three or four favorites and I will use one exclusively until I lose all of them and then “re-discover” another one, ha.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Some people have trouble with a monster in the dryer that eats one sock. Since we don’t have a dryer, I suppose my monster has turned to pens. Mine disappear all.the.time.

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