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Friday Favorites: Edition Three

23rd October 2015

I have a three week streak going on here with today’s Friday favorites. Other posts, not so much. Baby steps you guys. Apparently, this week was for impromptu decision making, but not for pictures. I only have screen shots of calligraphy on my camera roll since Sunday. Oops. Away we go with words.

On cheese dip

My baby sister convinced me to forgo a run pre-pilates at Stellar Bodies in exchange for Taqueria del Sol. I told her no cheese dip. She ignored that request and ordered the cheese dip, which we devoured. I somehow managed to not throw up in class. What else are sisters for if not to help you make healthier life choices? By healthier, I’m referring to how good for your soul a dinner with your sister can be.

On the future

Confession: I actually did not do this this week. The first We Live in the Future event took place this week in Atlanta, opening to a killer crowd. After the sweaty class mentioned above, I opted to head home and recover instead. I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes feels the need to bail on your schedule from time to time. It resulted in some much needed GOT, on the couch, in leggings, with a cute boy instead. Rest assured, the next event is back on my to-do list.

On podcasting

I’ve been on the hunt for podcasts to replace music while running. I stumbled across Invisibilia from NPR this week and while I might be behind on the bandwagon, holy obsessed.  If you’re fascinated whatsoever by how the human brain works, check it out.

On what’s ahead for the weekend

Making the most of fall. Burt’s will not be pushed off of our agenda and we’ll officially kickoff Halloween week with the annual Spirit of Oakland tour alongside my family.

Looking Forward to October

27th September 2015

Atlanta may have done its best Portland impression this weekend, but at least the temperature is giving a hint of what’s to come in the next few days…October.

jake mountain

I’m not alone in this excitement, a 2005 poll by Gallup asked Americans for their favorite month of the year and October was only bested by May (I’ll attribute that to our Northeastern friends). Despite popular belief, there is more to October than pumpkin spiced things (though picking pumpkins is on the list).  I’ve already made a solid list of October activities for P, so sharing the highlights here seems like a good place to start.

What to look forward to in October in Atlanta

1. The Spirit of Oakland

I have a thing for visiting Oakland Cemetery any season of the year, but their annual Halloween tours are a must. The tour is historical, having volunteers dress up as “residents” to share their stories and their contribution to Atlanta history. There’s also beer, wine and live music. Tickets sell out fast (they go on sale in July), but you may still be able to snag a last minute spot if you jump on it.

spirit of oakland

 2. Trail running

There are plenty of great places to get off of the asphalt and into the dirt around the city, but Cochran Shoals along the Chattahoochee is my personal favorite. Take the gravel path around to mile two and head up into the MTB trails. They’re largely single track, so play nice, leaving the headphones at home and running opposite the daily traffic for bikes.

Bonus: while no longer open to the public on weekends, if you’re nearby on a weekday, swing over to the Chattahoochee Coffee Company riverside location, easily the most relaxing spot in the city.

chattahoochee coffee company

 3. Pumpkins (not the latte version)

I’ve been going to Burt’s since I was a kid and we still make the trek every year. Sure, they’re pricer than Kroger, but can you take a hay ride at Kroger? Expect crowds and don’t sit on the pumpkins for your selfie. With endless hiking trails nearby, it’s easy to make a day out of it.

Amicalola falls is right around the corner, and while beautiful, it’s always a little too crowded for our taste. Check out Jake and Bull Mountain as nearby alternatives. Both are more MTB focused, but offer great hiking options too.

burts farm

 4. Hocus Pocus

I confess, I already gave in on this one along with the candy corn that was purchased in August. #sorrynotsorry. Do yourself a favor and order the DVD. Money well spent.

hocus pocus

If you’re looking for more October-ness, we’re also embarking on gourd season. So there’s that.

October, let’s do this.