Friday, July 24, 2015

Top Five Friday #21

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!

Before I start with my favorites of the week, I want to remind all Pittsburghers/anyone who will be in the area this weekend that Sunday is the final Open Streets event of the summer!  Open Streets is a huge city-wide event with free fitness classes, sponsored runs and walks, and lots of other fun on streets that are closed off to traffic.  I've always had a great time at the event and hope to see some of you there!  (not sponsored, just really love the event and want to see it be a success!)

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Now that I have that out of the way, let's talk about my favorites from the week!  I was lazy and only chose four favorites, songs and shows.  I guess I'm really ready for the weekend :)

Be sure to share what you're loving this week below!


Beats By Dre Solo HD headphones in matte purple

In my happy place, with my new headphones!
After my Apple ear buds finally quit working, I decided it was time to get a nicer pair of headphones.  I've never bought any headphones besides my Yurbuds for running, so I decided to splurge a bit and try out the Beats when Target was running a sale on them.  Not only do I love the color of them, but I also love how they fold up and come with a case so I can carry them around and they won't get damaged.  Even though I think they're a bit over priced, I do think the sound quality is great and recommend them!

Gorgeous Sunrises

Has anyone else noticed how beautiful it's been in the mornings lately?  Whether I'm out for a run or taking Selma on a walk, I just have to take a minute and stare at the sky when I get outside.  It always blows me away how beautiful the earth is.  That makes me sound really cheesy, but it's true!  I hope you can all enjoy the mornings as well- tap into your hippy side and be thankful for our wonderful planet!

Free Ice Cream

On a more superficial note, this week seemed to be free ice cream week at work.  On Wednesday, my building hosted a tenant appreciation day.  There are lots of events throughout the year where all of the tenants get free presents- from a potted plant to free food- and this week was free ice cream!  There were a few ice cream trucks parked in the plaza with a few differnet types to choose from.  I got a drumstick and it was delicious!


Then, on Thursday, my floor hosted an ice cream social.  A company came with a huge ice cream cart and served us sundaes with tons of toppings.  I got chocolate chip cookie dough with caramel and chocolate syrup, topped with Oreos and Heath bars.  Am I the epitome of healthy living blogger or what?  

Happiness Project Update

Gold Star of the Week : Riding my bike! I mentioned it on dailymile, but taking my first "real" ride on my bike was a huge deal for me.  I've always wanted to do a triathlon (it's even on my 30x30 list!) but have always been intimidated and scared of bikes.  I was literally shaking when I first took out the bike (I dropped my keys about 20 times trying to lock up) but I've been going for a bike ride every day since then.  I'm proud of myself for getting over my fear and actually enjoying the ride!

Songs

Evolution of Michael Jackson : Pentatonix

Pentatonix sang this medley during their concert last week, and it was so beautiful.  I've been a huge fan of MJ's music for years, and they picked all of my favorite songs!  In Blue Band, we did a tribute after he passed away, and this brought back great memories of performing that show.

Will You Be There : Michael Jackson

This was one of the songs from the medley.  Does this song make everyone else a little sad as well?  I don't even remember much about the movie (Free Willy) but this song always makes me feel a mixture of hopeful and depressed.  Those key changes get me every time!  It's a great song no matter what, and is considered one of the all-time greatest movie songs!

There I Said It : Adam Lambert 

To be honest, I've never been a huge Adam Lambert fan, but I've been loving his newest album. This song shows his softer side and it's so perfect and shows how amazing his voice is.  I'm also loving his song Rumors with Tove Lo.

Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Viola

I subscribe to the Classical Performance Podcast (#nerd) and this song was so beautiful that I had to share.  Even though it's only two instruments playing, they fill up so much space with all the intricate and beautiful notes that they play.  Sometimes the two play together, and other times their melodies don't seem to fit together at all.  I absolutely loved every minute!

TV Shows

America's Got Talent

I'm loving the judge's cut episodes!  As entertaining as auditions are, the real show always starts for me when people start to get cut.  I'm not really a fan of singers on this particular show (why don't they audition for The Voice or American Idol!?  I want more gymnasts and flame throwers!) so this week's episode wasn't really my cup of tea. 

Big Brother

Dan and I both agree that Clay is basically running the game so far, and both of us don't like him at all!  It'll be interesting to see how the 6th sense alliance will get on if Julia is able to enter the game.  I'm still cheering for Vanessa, and I think that Austin is also a great, smart player.  Who doesn't love a big wrestler dude who's actually a big softy?

Friends

Dan and I finished the series, and we're both taking it very hard.  I've never enjoyed a show from episode one to the very last minute this much!  Usually shows seem to lose their originality and go over-the-top with the comedy towards the end (cough HIMYM cough) but we were laughing even more as the show progressed!

So You Think You Can Dance

I loved this week's episode!  There are so many dancers that I'm loving so far, but I have to say my favorite routine of the night was Jaja and Jim.  They're both incredible dancers, and the way that they joined forced and did such an amazing lyrical hip hop dance was exactly what I was looking for!  I love how emotional Nigel got after the dance, and I hope that those two dancers will go far.  


Have a great weekend everyone!

Linking up with Mar, Cynthia and Court 
as well as Heather and Clare!

24 comments:

  1. It is difficult to stick with one show from beginning to end. I missed the first couple seasons of NCIS (caught up with repeats!) and now the episodes don't hold my attention :(

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! It's tough to find a show you enjoy that much. I also felt that way about Gilmore Girls- loved it!

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  2. oh I miss friends! TV shows are just not as good as they used to be!

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  3. Biking totally freaks me out too! Also the sore bum thing is a deterrent. I think the hardest part of a triathlon though would be the swim. I'm not a strong swimmer. I think it's so great that you're conquering your fear of the bike and doing it! Awesome!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one! I haven't gone on long enough rides yet to get a sore bum haha! I have to practice swimming for sure, but luckily I've always enjoyed the water. We'll see what happens :)

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  4. I am always mesmorized by sunsets/sunrises. It doesn't matter how many times I see one, I always have to shoot a picture! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Same here!! They're amazing. Hope you have a great one as well :)

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  5. Free ice cream would definitely be my Friday Favorite every week! : ) Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

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    1. It was a great surprise!! Enjoy your weekend as well!

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  6. What an amazing sunset picture! Ours have not been spectacular lately so I feel like I'm missing out! ha ha. Luckily I did not miss out on free ice cream day! Why can't we have more of those? I really like Adam Lambert (really wish he would have won Idol that year!) but I'm not a huge fan of his current single "Ghost Town." I might have to check out the songs you mentioned to see if I click with those any better!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. I hope you'll like those songs! I really do :) have a great weekend!

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  7. I am also watching friends from episode 1 until the end...I don't want it to ever end! I love it so much!

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    1. Ah it's so great!!! Every single episode was amazing :)

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  8. Yay! I'm glad that you are enjoying your bike rides. I really need to get on that! I love your new headphones. I've been working crazy early this week and the past 2 mornings I stopped what I was doing to go outside and take a picture because the sunrise was amazing. There's got to be some perks to getting up that early right? :)

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    1. Exactly! If we sleep in we miss it, so it definitely helps. Biking has been amazing! Such a fun way to get around.

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  9. Jim is my favorite on SYTYCD! I am hoping he wins the entire thing.

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    1. Me too! He seems SO sweet too. Thank goodness his personality matches his talent!

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  10. A big perk of running so early is seeing the sunrises! I am totally grateful for this earth! :) I'm glad you're getting more comfortable on your bike. I meant to tell you that I won't be at yoga during open streets. My husband wants to walk around with me, and I'll get home too late to do that with him if I go to yoga. Maybe I will see you out & about though? Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hope you had fun at open streets! And yay for morning runners :) you were a big inspiration for me waking up early!

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  11. Friends is THE BEST. I watch it almost every time I watch TV. It's my go-to. Have a great weekend!

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  12. This is a great list! I love that you've been riding your bike - I recently got a new bike and have slowly been getting back into the groove with it. Good for you! And Friends, of course, forever. :)

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    1. Thank you Emma! Biking is so much fun..now I just have to get more miles in :)

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