Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.24


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I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, Instagramming photos of your table and food and such. I ran a 10K, stupidly walked a mile uphill to go to yoga, then had a lovely Friendsgiving. Okay, currently I am sitting in bed between yoga and Friendsgiving… you would think I ran a half-marathon and not a 10K with the way I feel right now. I’m having a phantom food hangover in solidarity with all of you. Here are the best links to make the digestion process easier.

Love this list of 10 cities for creative people.

Have you booked your New Year’s travel yet? Consider one of these 18 Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve.

I hate networking. I hate to admit that. I just get anxious trying to impress people and be perfect. I’m afraid of looking too eager… but in a city like SF, I should really learn how to nail the networking lunch.

I don’t do Black Friday. Crowds aren’t my thing, dumb deals that aren’t even that great aren’t my thing… waking up early to shop isn’t my thing. You know what is my thing? Cyber Monday. Now to just remember to actually shop those deals!

I truthfully think I started “I can’t” (I’ve been saying it since at least 2010)… but maybe it’s time for us to all find a new catchphrase.

What happened to one blogger when she stopped thinking she “needed” a boyfriend (love this… and totally resonate with it!).

I guest blogged this week for Deryn of Running on Real Food about Nutrition Tips for Vegan Runners. I’m not vegan but I’ve been toying around with VB6 – Vegan Before 6 PM.

I used to do fasted runs totally unintentionally. I still do on mornings I don’t wake up starved (which is never). I really need to make more of an effort to run on an empty stomach to burn fat more efficiently. (Pro tip: If you’re running a 5K you don’t need to eat a bagel with peanut butter and banana before… or after.)

Things I should focus on again: strength training. I loved this guest post on Run to the Finish about what to do when you hit a weight loss plateau from running.

I’m a self-proclaimed food snob. Sometimes I feel bad talking about places I’ve eaten or things that are the staples of my diet (hemp hearts! kale! fancy cheeses!) because not everyone is so into food. And that’s how you talk about food without sounding like a snob… just understand it’s maybe not everyone’s thing and some people are okay with eating at Olive Garden.

I’m a little late on this, but tips for taking the best Instagram photos of Thanksgiving. You can use these for Christmas. (Are we the only family who has a huge Christmas dinner, too?)

The 10 Foods of the American Diet blew my mind. I guess I just assumed everyone ate kale all the time (but yogurt did top the list).

I’ve never heard of pistachio dukkah in my life but now I need to make it.

The only really Thanksgiving-y food I made was cranberry sauce which I am going to recreate for Christmas this year. I have some left over so I’m excited to incorporate it into every food this weekend.

Serial. Lesley turned me onto it. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Chat with me:
Do you listen to Serial? Did Adnan do it? Are you going shopping today? How are you eating your leftovers? Am I an awful person for judging people for eating at Olive Garden?

28 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.24

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Susie @ Suzlyfe on November 28, 2014 7:30 am

Cranberry sauce is good on everything. It’s science. I too hate networking, but I need to get better at it. Considering both of my jobs (counting the blog as a job) rely on it, you would l think I’d be better. I take that back—I’m good at it, I just don’t like to do it.

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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:38 am

I need to get better at it too because of number two!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on November 28, 2014 8:03 am

Nooo way that you’ll be finding me anywhere near a mall today. Crowds and craziness aren’t my thing either, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen any good enough deals to justify the amount of stress it causes me. Cyber Monday I can do, though. And I’m with you on networking — hate it, but need to start learning to like it :x
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on November 28, 2014 9:30 am

I can’t stop won’t stop with serial too. Mad that they still didn’t release one yesterday because hellllllo some of us need to pass time at our jobs today..
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:37 am

We should have talked about Serial tonight. Text me tomorrow about it.

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on November 28, 2014 11:56 am

Great links girl! And no…I don’t even know what Serial is…hahaha!
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:37 am

You should definitely give it a listen!

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on November 28, 2014 5:09 pm

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! The list of 10 foods taking over the American diet blew my mind. I can’t believe bottled water is second… And no, I didn’t go to any Black Friday sales today. I’m pretty small so I would probably get elbowed and run over by everyone!
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:37 am

That blew my mind too!

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Farrah on November 28, 2014 6:19 pm

I hate networking too. :[ It feels so fake, but at the same time, it’s so necessary. ._.

Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving! I don’t like hoards of people either. I usually get my holiday shopping done online during Cyber Monday or…the day after Christmas (more deals!). heh heh heh. :D
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:36 am

Anything on your list of things to buy?

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Whitney Carney on November 28, 2014 8:05 pm

Definitely took notes on tips for taking the best Instagram photos of food. My food pics are always awful. My family does a huge Christmas dinner as well. I think I’ve slowly become a food snob, so don’t worry you’re not alone. Everyone doesn’t eat chia and kale? I remember the days when I thought Olive Garden was the best restaurant.. in high school. Really enjoyed all the posts on running!

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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:34 am

So glad you loved them!!

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Alanna on November 28, 2014 9:12 pm

Loving this list! I’ve been wanting to travel for sooo long, this made my desire even stronger! I also hate Black Friday. Thanks for sharing :)
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:34 am

Where do you want to go?

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jess meddows on November 28, 2014 10:14 pm

Hey Cassie, I am as scared of holiday sales as you are! The behaviour of people is just mental at those things. It’s like they forget their humans!

I know stacks of vegan runners, if you want any to connect with on social media, let me know! :)
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:34 am

Oh that’s awesome to know, thank you!

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Carly @ Musings of a Wanderer on November 29, 2014 10:27 am

Love this! I am so not a Black Friday kind of girl but when it comes to Cyber Monday I’m all about it. Anytime I can shop from the comfort of my home in my PJs I consider it a win :)

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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:33 am

Ooh what are you going to buy?

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GiGi Eats on November 30, 2014 12:49 am

Ha! Shopping – yeah, I don’t do that, that’s for sure! LOL!

Darn it, Auckland New Zealand isn’t on the list of BEST PLACES to celebrate New Years! I am going to be there this year :D :D :D
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:33 am


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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on November 30, 2014 6:13 pm

That ‘needed’ a boyfriend post was the best thing I’ve read all week. Seriously, it made my day.
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:32 am

I’m so glad you liked it! It resonated with me right now.

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Lindsay on November 30, 2014 9:00 pm

oh goodness.. i’m scared to look at that american diet one. I’m going to guess bagels, coffee, candy, and fast food. ICK!
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Cassie on December 1, 2014 12:31 am

A lot of those were in there… I was so grossed out, I didn’t surprise it to be so bad.

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Jessie on December 1, 2014 2:01 am

I’ve realized that there are all the same deals online even on Friday. Why not just make the sales go from Friday to Monday – in stores or online.
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on December 4, 2014 9:40 pm

Networking is like punishment to me- yet why is it so effective and important!!! I’m jealous of all the sales you guys had- I tried cyber Monday sales and then after adding the shipping- no bueno!
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Cassie on December 8, 2014 12:53 am

$50USD for shipping, right?

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