Five Things Friday #46 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #46

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Happy Friday!

First of all, thank you so much for your responses to my blog survey. I plan to sit down and go over all of them this weekend and start planning some blog/life goals. If you haven’t had a chance to fill it out yet and have around 2 minutes, head on over!

This morning Neil is getting dental surgery so my calendar is pretty clear except for teaching two classes in the evening. I feel so bad for him, but I’m secretly hoping that he will have hilarious anesthesia antics like this girl that I can tape and make him famous. We are trying to plan out his liquid diet, so if anyone has experience with dental surgeries and eating drinking food, please let me know!

This weekend is a little busier than normal, but at least it won’t be cold and rainy like last weekend. Saturday morning there is a paddleboarding event, Sunday morning I am teaching a couple classes at Sweat, and then that afternoon I have been asked to speak on a panel about addiction and writing at the 2015 Printers Row Lit Fest! The panel is moderated by Chicago RedEye and I was asked to participate since my story was featured a couple months ago. The panel is from 3-3:45 pm and entitled “Writing About Vices.” If any of you are in Chicago and are looking for a rousing way to spend 45 minutes this Sunday, stop in and say hi!

Now let’s get on to some of my favorites from the week!

1. Flowers

I’ve mentioned before, but I love buying myself flowers in the warmer months. I stopped into Trader Joe’s the other day and made sure to grab some since they are the cheapest I’ve found.


2. LUNA Event at Brooklyn Boulders

I was invited to attend an event at Brooklyn Boulders on Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of their new salted caramel flavor protein bar. I have only been climbing one time before, so I definitely needed a refresher, but I had a great time! The event was divided into three 40-minute sessions: auto belay, bouldering, and sampling/socializing.

The first session I went to was to get certified to climb using an auto belay. What this means is that I don’t have to rely on another person to hold the rope for me as I climb. When you are done (or if you fall off the wall and bite it), the rope will automatically catch you and prevent you from dying.


The second session was bouldering, which is basically the same thing except that you are climbing shorter distances with no rope/harness. There are some straight climbs, but there are others that have the rock jutting out and you need to try and hang on to things like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 2. I think this is an accurate representation of my performance:



The last 40 minutes were spent chatting about the new LUNA bars and making new friends. It was a great time! Also, the new LUNA protein bars are pretty delicious.


3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I’ve finished all the Brene Brown books I have, so I will spare you another one this week. Since I have been posting about her a lot, I have also been recommended to read books by Anne Lamott. I already had this one because it was recommended to me as a good writing book, but I want to check out some of her other books as well. I’m sure you will see them pop up.

I am always intrigued about the process of other writers, so this book has been really interesting to me. There is a good blend of technical advice and the mentality of writing/life and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Since I was wondering before I started reading it, the title “Bird by Bird” comes from a time that her brother procrastinated an important school project about different birds and as he sat at the table surrounded by bird books, completely overwhelmed, their father simply told him to take it “bird by bird.” When I am feeling overwhelmed about life, it often helps the most to just concentrate on one thing immediately in front of me, move on to the next, and soon enough I’ve accomplished what I have set out to do.


4. Smucker’s Cherry Preserves

This is my favorite jelly of all time. The annoying thing, however, is that not everyone loves cherry preserves (??). That means that I can’t find them in every grocery store like I can strawberry or grape. I have been on an almond butter and jelly sandwich kick for a few weeks now and luckily I found my beloved preserves at a local Mariano’s. If only they made a bigger jar…


5. Running Workshop/Rooftop yoga

I had the chance to attend a running workshop last night at the Fitness Formula Club in Gold Coast with Chicago Running Bloggers. FFC is a local gym chain around the city and I actually hadn’t been in one yet since moving here.  The first part of the night involved instruction by Chris on proper running form, cadence, and everything that we needed to know about optimizing our runs and decreasing our speeds. It was actually really informative and I’m so glad that I got to hear all of it since it’s been something on my to-do list.

We did some work on their indoor track and then headed upstairs for some yoga on the roof.



Now, you all know that I NEVER do yoga. I literally can’t make myself. I also don’t stretch. Basically I am a tight coiled ball ready to snap at any moment.

So I’m glad when there are events like this that incorporate it because that is the only way I will do it. I was in horrible yoga shape, but afterwards my muscles felt SO much looser.



Keom–our yoga instructor for the evening.



Thank you guys for stopping by and I hope you have a GREAT weekend!


  • What is your favorite jelly flavor?
  • What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?
  • Know any good writing books?

Linking up with Heather and Katie!

19 comments on “Five Things Friday #46

  1. You know I love Anne. She’s my favourite author! I follow her on Twitter. She’s sooo funny. I love blackberry jam. I have never ever seen cherry on the shelf but I will look for it now! I’m curious. I don’t do yoga or stretch either! I had no idea that there were other people like me. The rooftop looks like the perfect place to do it. Have a good weekend!
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    1. I do know that and I’m planning on getting some more of her books in the future. I seem to be going through one a week so it won’t be too long haha

  2. I’m bummed I didn’t go to that event last night! It was a beautiful night for rooftop yoga. Good luck to Neil! When I got my wisdom teeth out I was all about the Wendy’s Frostys 🙂 but since it’s National Donut Day maybe get him a glazed one and it will deliciously disintegrate in his mouth? Lol. Let’s go to Brooklyn Boulders together soon! I’ve never been but hear all about it all the time!
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    1. It was huge! We should go sometime for sure. I didn’t even get a donut on national donut day and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

  3. i’m obsessed with fig and date jam, goes well with any cheese as well. double duty, sweet and salty… yummy.
    the artist’s way is a special book, great for writing.
    my little brother just got here from scotland so i look forward to our weekend filled with fun times and good eats.
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    1. What an interesting jam. I am intrigued. I will check out that book and have a great time with your brother!

  4. years ago my dad went on a jelly making binge, we actually had to build an extra self in the pantry. it sounds like a bizarre combo but he made strawberry banana mint and it was amazing. he just picked some strawberries this week so, fingers crossed, a jar is in the mail soon.

  5. I’m obsessed with blueberry and cranberry mix preserve (I like St Dalfour). I always have to order it online because most shops don’t have it, just apricot, fig and black cherry. So I feel you 🙂

  6. As I get older I appreciate the beauty of flowers more. They definitely make the home more beautiful and pleasant. Orchids are always a fave. 🙂 I’m starting to get into yoga every morning before work – I’m a very anxious person, always thinking and moving so it’s more difficult than one might think to relax into every pose and breath. Lol. 🙂 Hopefully it’ll get easier with time. Have a great weekend Erin! -Iva
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