On a Pink Typewriter

a writer with a hearty appetite & an active lifestyle

Fri-YAY Favs


Could this weekend have taken a little bit longer to arrive?! Lord. Lots to be glad for today though!

e2f51a76601e7c1fe48d1484d45fa978{I totally just mentally pictured the high five emoji……….. I think that might be a sign of an unhealthy texting habit. Alas…}

SO, here’s what I’m all FriYAY-ing my little heart out about today…

1. This guy’s birthday is TOMORROW.nye{That photo is from New Year’s this year (clearly)……. and I promise he doesn’t always make that face.}

Party pants on and ready to help him ring in a whole new decade. ;-)

2. This cinnamon swirl peanut butter, plus the other jars of yumminess that Peanut Butter and Co. generously dropped on my doorstep this week. 


More on that soon…….. ps. I want to live inside this jar and eat my way out. Yeah, I said it.

3. This.full house

(via Instagram)

But really, carb-loading starts now. ;-)

4. Quizlet.

Not to be a complete nerd, but I’m prepping/taking what feels like a million tests and quizzes all at once right now (for just one class, mind you), and the app Quizlet is making my life a lot easier as I find myself trying to memorize types of cells on the go. Though I love  me some old fashioned paper notes, I really don’t have time to be drawing in-depth pictures of, say, connective tissue.

5. Kindness is the best.parking lot

I am always so struck when I come across people that are just incredibly kindhearted and selfless for people they hardly know or are complete strangers (as happened to me a couple times this week). It makes me so happy, and is a good self reminder to try and behave that way myself.

Time to hop on the celebration train. Happy weekend!




What are you looking forward to this weekend? What’s making today AWESOME?

Portrait of a Runner

Hi friends! How ya doing?

I have to tell you, I’m LOVING being back in school. Taking this Anatomy class seriously makes me so happy, even if I do I have two quizzes today, and a two-day long test next week………… multitasking is currently my bff.

Anyways, I was thinking about the characteristics of runners. Portrait of a runner, if you will. Like those innate traits that we all seem to share, either just naturally (which is what prompted us to become die-hard runners), or just born out of a commitment to our mutual fav sport.

If this seems totally random, it’s because I thought of this post while on my 11 mile run last weekend with my San Diego run club, and long run thoughts – for me at least – tend to be……………………… deep(-ish). And random. And also, semi incoherent. ;-)

IMG_5837On a related note, runs are never a good time for me to do math.

But alas! There I was, running along SD’s Seaport Village, when I saw some {speedier than I} members of my run club finishing their lap, and it struck me how despite being so different, we all are alike in some meaningful ways. You know, at our core.

Not to be all “running changed my life,” but I think running does change people. It alters the way you view the world and your life, at least in my experience.

Off soap box, onto a list! Here are some of the shared characteristics I’ve noticed amidst runners, because everything’s better in list form…



Mutual Characteristics of Runners:

-Strong sense of commitment.

You said you’d meet your running buddy at 5am and you will. You said you’d run 6 miles today and you will. You signed up for that race and you’re going to run it, even if you’re tired/hungry/over it (barring injury, of course).

-Desire to be keep improving.

We want to get faster, run longer, dig deeper, and it never seems to stop. We always want to be better than before.

-Type A.

…as in 8.91 miles does not equal 9 miles on my training plan for xx day, so I’m going to find some way to run another .09 before I can officially call that run complete.


I know so many runners (myself included) who push themselves to the max, even through pain or incredibly uncomfortable situations, and who’ll go out of their way to figure out how to get the miles in each day. {Pssst, if you need a reminder, check out this video of the 3rd place finisher of the Austin Marathon earlier this month, who literally crawled her way to the finish line for the last .2 miles.}


Let’s be honest – double digits runs, though they do have their enjoyable moments, are not exactly the omg most fun ever for most of us…. but we do ‘em because we know they’re necessary (if training for a long distance race, anyways). I have a friend who got caught in a downpour during her marathon training run last year, and went around town to different gyms til she found one that would let her in to use the treadmill for just that one day (she didn’t have a gym membership anywhere) and finish up her daily mileage.


Signing up for a race automatically lends to goal setting, but in and of itself, running compels us to focus and prioritize.

-Easily incentivized.

And yes, that means bananas and a beer garden at the finish line, or free pancakes and wine (ahem, my first half marathon).

Can you think of any others?

I’m off to work/study/work/study/class… Happy Thursday!



Runners, add some traits or quirks to the list that I’m missing! 

Italian-Style Sausage and Peppers

Hello, hello!

I have a recipe to share with you guys today! I know, I can’t even remember the last time I posted a recipe here, so this is time for celebration I’d say. IMG_6082

I recently started collaborating with Hillshire Farms, and they asked me to whip up a new recipe with their smoked sausage. Now, since I was raised in a pretty traditional Italian household, when I heard sausage, I immediately thought of the old school Italian meal of sausage and peppers. SO, this is  a little twist on that, only I used Hillshire Farms smoked turkey sausage instead of the more authentic Italian spicy pork sausage.

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to gravitate toward dinner meals that can be made in a snap during the week, because really, recipes that includes a million ingredients and even more steps, on a MONDAY?

Ain’t nobody got time for that.IMG_6083

This has basically four ingredients: smoked sausage, peppers, onions, and olive oil. The end.

I usually rely on eggs during the work week because they’re quicker than chicken, but seriously, this sausage cooked up just as fast, if not faster than eggs. This was a particularly welcome discovery last night because I’d had a busy day and barely eaten lunch,  and didn’t start cooking dinner til I was already starving (bad idea). Hallelujah!

I based this recipe off my mom’s sausage and peppers go-to, since she’s the Italian cooking guru. Truth be told, I don’t really like regular pork sausage, but in this meal my favorite part has always been the peppers and onions. They get gloriously soft and really soak up the rich taste of the olive oil in just the most perfect way.


Mmmmm… seriously, those peppers and onions are my favorite.

This meal is usually served sandwiched in between a lovely, crusty slice of Italian bread. I wanted to make this a teensy bit lighter, though, so I served it alongside some green veggies instead. Delicious (and healthy!) dinner in minutes, that leaves leftovers….. well, if you’re serving one person. My vegetarian boyfriend was not interested in sharing this meal with me. ;-)

Let me know if you give it a try!


Italian-Style {Smoked Turkey} Sausage and Peppers


  • 2-3 tsps extra virgin olive oil (can use more or less depending on preference, and can also use olive oil cooking spray)
  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1/2 one medium-sized yellow onion
  • ~1tbsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package link smoked turkey sausage {I used Hillshire Farms brand}


1. Slice peppers and onion into long strips. Add olive oil to pan over low-medium heat, along with the peppers. Add salt and basil and saute until soft, turning every so often with a wooden spoon.

2. When peppers are looking softer, add onions. Saute until they are almost translucent. In the meantime, slice sausage into thin slices (they’ll look like quarters).

3. Add sausage to the softened peppers and onions as well as black pepper (and more salt, if desired), and cook until heated thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Serve hot, either in a sandwich using Italian bread, or alongside green vegetables.

Serves 3 (approximate)

**Full disclosure: the sausage used in this recipe was provided complimentary to me by Hillshire Farms in return for this blog post/recipe; all opinions are 100% my own. // #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

Monday Things

1. Guess what? I’m moving!


You probably all had an idea this was coming, given my tales of driving up and down SoCal, but I’m in the process of moving up to Orange County! More deets soon.

2. Which brings me to this – an Ikea success story… 


Big thank you to he who shall remain nameless for assembling far more parts and plastic nails than you  would ever think one piece of furniture might require.

3. Last long run = COMPLETE! 11.56 miles. 




That time is for the 11 mile mark. The rest of my running club stopped at this point, and I ended up forging on for about another half mile.

4. Contrary to popular belief, standing on your feet for another few hours after a double digit run is not necessarily terrible…. especially if you’re at an awesome event, adding condiments to people’s hotdogs.



That was the scene (at least from where I was standing) at Hope and Help on Saturday. It. Was. Wonderful.

5. Eating even more food than normal (which is already a lot) is undoubtedly my favorite thing about half marathon training.IMG_6023

Feeling of a accomplishment is a close second. ;-)

6. This comes back on Friday.




7. I made a super easy eggplant part for dinner last night:


It was ready in minutes, thanks to the help of ol’ Trader Joe.

{To make, I quickly heated the cutlets on the stove, then transferred them to a baking sheet with layers of marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella, and cooked for ~10 minutes at 425′ F.}

8. This bread was a random Target find, and it tastes amazing.


I’m such a marketing sucker.

9. Is it weird that I like doing homework?

Don’t answer that.




How was your weekend? What are your Monday things?

Fri-YAY Favs

It’s Fri-YAY favorites time! TGIF, ya’ll.

I am already looking forward to laying on my sofa, wearing yoga pants, and watching a movie, because that is pretty much as wild as I feel like getting this weekend. And snuggling up with an anatomy book, obviously. Par-taaaaay.

Now let’s get straight to it…

1. Last long run of San Diego Half training = TOMORROW.


Hallelujah! Getting oh so close to that finish line.

2. This mug.


(via The Trendy Sparrow Etsy shop, but discovered via this blog)

I want it. Now, please.

3. Volunteering at Hope and Help tomorrow!



My hair stylist and her husband have put this event on for the last five years, serving the homeless ad providing essentials like food, water,  clothing, and toiletries. If you’re in the San Diego area, come stop by downtown starting at 10:30am to the Alpha Project nonprofit’s winter homeless village {1501 Newton Avenue}! I’ve been doing some behind the scenes pro-bono communications work for them this year, and am looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.

4. Clif Bars.clifbars

Not joking. These little suckers have become a go-to snack lately with all the running around I’ve been doing with class and driving between San Diego and Newport Beach and the LA area so much. Real foods are always preferable of course, but I’ve found myself especially crunched for time heading to class the past two weeks which starts smack at dinner time, and this type of bar is at least more nutritiously sound than, say, a fast food hamburger, if you ask me.

5.  All of the sweet folks who have donated and supported my fundraising efforts for the San Diego half marathon! 

$515 raised so far, with two weeks to go! If you would like to contribute, just click here. ANY amount is significant and appreciated, and if we were in the same place and it wasn’t totally weird, I’d make you a stack of pancakes out of gratitude. :-)



What are you doing this weekend?! Tell me something fun. 

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