We have made it to the weekend once again! I don’t know about you, but 3 day weekends always throw me off the following week — I never know which day it is, and it’s even worse now that all the days seem to blend together anyway! I’m glad that it’s Friday, though, and another weekend is upon us.
Speaking of 3 day weekends, this is my last 2 day weekend for awhile, as my job does “Summer Fridays” in June and July, where we have Fridays off but have to work four 10-hour days. I’m honestly not thrilled at the prospect of those longer work days, especially because it means I have to wake up at least an hour earlier (5 am vs. 6 am) to fit in my run before work, but I am pumped for 3 day weekends all summer long. And I’m thankful that at least for now, I’m working from home so no 2-hour commute to add to already long days!
Enough about work, let’s get to the good stuff from this week!
1) Nike Pegasus 36 Trail Shoes
I mentioned in one of my Friday Five posts last month that I got new trail running shoes. Well, I’ve already put about 250 miles on them since then, and it’s recommended that you only keep shoes for 500 miles or so. I decided to order another pair (actually two 🙈) to be able to actually rotate my running shoes and not wear the same ones on every run, so my Terra Kigers (the first new pair) can last longer because I love them.
I decided to try out the Nike Pegasus 36 Trail, one of 3 trail shoes in Nike’s lineup. It’s supposed to be a road/trail hybrid and I think it’ll be best for the runs I do on more groomed dirt paths and easy, sandy trails. I’ll be saving the Terra Kigers for rockier, more technical trails.
I started breaking them in this week and they feel good and fit well, plus they’re a pretty purple/maroon color that won’t show dirt as much as my light pink Terra Kigers.
I’ve never actually had more than one pair of running shoes at once so having 3 pairs (plus a fourth on the way, oops!) seems kinda crazy but I think being able to rotate them will be worth it! I’ve read articles saying it’s good to have more than one pair (and type) of running shoe in your arsenal to prevent injury, so I’m hoping that holds true!
2) Trader Joe’s Watermelon Overnight Face Mask
Trader Joe’s may be better known for their snacks than their beauty products but they seem to be a hidden gem for affordable skincare!
This face mask is actually the first I’ve tried from their skincare line and I love it. It reminds me of the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe that I’ve also used, but at a much lower price point.
It smells delicious, goes on smoothly and doesn’t seem to make me break out. I’ve been using it nightly since I bought it last weekend and I know it’s gonna be a staple in my nighttime skin routine!
3) Trader Joe’s Pickled Fermented Jalapeños
Two TJs products in one post? I mean, I love TJs so why not? I also love all things spicy and fermented (kimchi and sauerkraut, yes please) so these were sure to be a winner!
And they are! They’re actually spicier than typical pickled jalapeños which I appreciate but they’re not overly fermented, just a touch to add some vinegar-y interest.
I plan on adding another jar to my cart the next time I hit up Trader Joe’s because you never know when one of their products will disappear!
4) This Article About the Dark Side of INFJ
On a more serious note, I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about dealing with mental illness during this pandemic and caring for your mental health, etc. This article from Introvert Dear isn’t about mental illness/health per se, but as someone who strongly identifies as an INFJ (Myers-Briggs personality type), this article really spoke to me about how I’ve been handling stress during these unprecedented times.
I’ve noticed that I tend to bottle up my negative emotions, then let them explode out when they become too much to handle. That’s not a healthy way to cope, but I always want to try to put on a brave face, even when I’m crumbling inside. I also tend to be stubborn and not respond well to sudden changes — I like to plan things out and when plans change, it upsets me. It was interesting reading the article and nodding along to every thing, like yup, that’s totally me.
While everyone says we need to worry about how the extroverts are handling this health crisis, us introverts are not immune from the struggles that come with social distancing, and honestly, extroverts basically rule the world anyway so why not show a little extra kindness to the introverts who may be having a hard time coping, too!
I’ve already mentioned my love for Olipop on here I’m sure, but I wanted to share about their amazing customer service!
I pre-ordered their new cherry vanilla flavor (Olipop makes prebiotic soda that’s good for your digestive health and tastes incredible with only 2 grams of sugar) a few weeks back and hadn’t received an update but I wasn’t worried as I figured they were flooded with orders and couldn’t ship them yet.
Then this week, I received an email saying they were backed up and orders wouldn’t ship until mid-June, which is still totally fine, but then they also offered a code for a FREE 12 pack, just for being patient. I wasn’t expecting that but it made me love them even more! And now I have a variety pack on the way, with the cherry vanilla coming next month.
Share with me one company you love that has awesome customer service! Are you a spicy fan or a wimp? I have always loved spicy foods so I jokingly think people who can’t handle them are wimps but I know some can’t tolerate the heat — more for me!