Friday I’m In Love | Taylor Mali

When my cousin got married, she had a few people do readings at her ceremony. My favorite was the one my aunt read, but tweaked a bit since it was a Philadelphia wedding. It’s called How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog. It’s cute and funny, and I thought I’d share it here today.
How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog

by Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,

especially in a city like New York.

So think long and hard before deciding on love.

On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:

when you’re walking down the street late at night

and you have a leash on love

ain’t no one going to mess with you.

Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.

Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.

It lies between you and lives and breathes

and makes funny noises.

Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.

It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.

But come home and love is always happy to see you.

It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,

but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!

Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.

Love leaves you little surprises here and there.

Love needs lots of cleaning up after.

Somethimes you just want to get love fixed.

Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper

and swat love on the nose,

not so much to cause pain,

just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.

Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block

and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions

at once, or wind itself around and around you

until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.

People who have nothing in common but love

stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,

again, and again, and again.

But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.

And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Taylor Mali

What I’m Wearing Wednesday | hiking edition


long sleeve: Nike running | bandana: UO | undershirt: Reebok | shorts: New Balance | hiking boots: Lowa | socks: REI | hydration pack: Camelbak

I’ve been hiking a lot lately since the weather has been amazing. I did over 20 miles in 48 hours, plus over 2,000 feet in elevation gains. So many beautiful views and fun little scrambles.

You don’t need any special gear for hiking, but the rule is no cotton. Cotton never dries so if you get caught in any rain, you will be wet, cold, and miserable until you get changed or die from shock. These socks are Merino wool and the boots are leather and Gore-Tex. Everything else is a polyester blend.

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marathon | marathon | marathon | marathon | date night | date night | hike | hike | hike | hike | hike | dogsit | Steph’s play | spin | hike | hike | hike | Japan fest | Japan fest | hike

My favorite thing about living in Massachusetts is the STATE holiday where everything shuts down and we get drunk and watching and cheering along people running long distances on a random but always sunny Monday in April. It’s actually here because it’s the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first shots fired in the American Revolution. It’s a day off!

I had a good balance between friend and solo time this week. As awesome as it is to reach a summit and share the view and a snack with a friend, it’s also amazing to have it to yourself, silently. I hiked about 25 miles this weekend, 20 of them in under 48 hours. I am very tired today. But I only worked 3 days last week and I took half the week off this week too so I should be fine. I have to move this weekend… NO FUN!

Travel Tuesday 


Find it. 

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Gracie | Gloucester | Teddy | Gloucester | work | work | Jenni | visiting Shaun | homemade wontons | Gertie | run | hike | Gertie & Hattie | Suki | Suki | Lauren | hike 

Weather is getting epic! Perfect for hiking, sailing, running, etc. I spent all week outside. 

Today is marathon Monday! Happy patriots day! I haven’t drank in about 6 weeks, but that might change today…

Friday I’m In Love | jumping rope


I ordered a resistance band online and with it came a Nike speed rope! I’ve been showing it off to my friends and using it in my massive living room on the days it rains or snows. It’s a lot of fun and an awesome cardio alternative. 

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