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September 26th
8:25 PM EST
blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Caribou Coffee
I’m not trying to be mean- really, I’m not a mean person- but I’ve been here for all of five minutes and I hate this place. It’s a total wannabe indie cafe and it’s trying way too hard. I should have known this would be a subpar coffee shop when I asked what was in the White Peach Berry Smoothie and the cashier told me she didn’t know because it was pre-made. I mean, sure, it tastes pretty good but god only knows what’s in it. I’m going to guess a lot of fake sugar because no real fruit is this sweet. “Fruit” smoothie my butt. Don’t call it what it’s not, Caribou Coffee. (Continue Reading)

When an establishment’s employees begin speaking incorrectly and insultingly about Harry Potter, I leave.

blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Caribou Coffee

I’m not trying to be mean- really, I’m not a mean person- but I’ve been here for all of five minutes and I hate this place. It’s a total wannabe indie cafe and it’s trying way too hard. I should have known this would be a subpar coffee shop when I asked what was in the White Peach Berry Smoothie and the cashier told me she didn’t know because it was pre-made. I mean, sure, it tastes pretty good but god only knows what’s in it. I’m going to guess a lot of fake sugar because no real fruit is this sweet. “Fruit” smoothie my butt. Don’t call it what it’s not, Caribou Coffee. (Continue Reading)

When an establishment’s employees begin speaking incorrectly and insultingly about Harry Potter, I leave.

September 12th
11:22 AM EST

blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Hole in the Wall Books

Bookstores with creative names, are always the best kinds of bookstores. What bookstore lover wouldn’t want to step inside of a store called Hole in the Wall Books, right? It’s funny because I think most people might shy away from any other type of establishment named after an idiom that sometimes has a bit of a negative connotation. But a bookstore with this name; it sounds like it will lead you right into a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland! It leaves an impression that makes you feel like once you step though the door, you’ll be transported, through a hole in the wall, to a magical land of books. For the most part this is true. Minus the part about going through a hole in the wall. (Continue reading)

September 11th
7:20 PM EST
September 1st
2:46 PM EST

blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Dolce Coffee

Although renamed Dolce Cofee in the real word, if you type this coffee house’s address into Google, you’ll find that it was previously called “Greenberry’s.” Social Media Management people! Someone tell the owner of this place that they need to up their game when it comes to the their online presence. Just kidding! Does it really matter? Probably, not. Plus, I’m not here to judge their marketing strategies. Although, I guess I just did. Anyway…

When it was good ol’ Greenberry’s, this place was a franchise. During that time another blogger called it a  ”local Starbucks wannabe.” I don’t know what it was like before now, but I’m going to guess that it’s at least made a little bit of an improvement from being a chain coffee shop. It’s not the greatest or cutest or nicest place in the world, but I don’t see it as a Starbuck’s wannabe, which to me, would be worse than being an actual Starbucks. (Read more)

August 29th
4:06 PM EST

blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Reston’s Used Bookstore

It’s the weekend of Hurricane Irene and today I went out and braved the storm in search of Reston’s Used Book Shop. Just kidding, it was only raining a tiny bit when I made the trip, but the store is located along the lovely Lake Anne and it definitely felt like a storm was brewing as I walked along the waterside.

Enough about the weather, though. What we’re here to talk about is the bookstore, and the bookstore we shall talk about! Reston’s Used Book shop is everything that the quintessential, cozy, cute book store should be and then some. Upon walking inside, I was immediately greeted by an antique-like china closet turned bookcase, filled with rare collectible books. The store has a classic, vintage-y vibe that triggered my old soul senses right away.  It’s a cute little maze of tall, towering bookcases, all filled to the brink, with books of course. (Read more)

August 18th
10:42 AM EST

blogfrombookstores:

Blogging From: Winchester Book Gallery

“Today I am at Winchester Book Gallery. Winchester Book Gallery is the kind of bookstore that has a totally swoon-worthy window display and just anoverall really attractive storefront that lets you know, without even having to read a sign, that it is a bookstore you definitely won’t want to pass by.” (Read more)

August 15th
11:25 AM EST

Blogging From: Shoes Cup and Cork Club

The first time I walked by Shoes Cup and Cork Club, it fooled me. It was all, look at me, I’m a shoe repair shop! (And in my head, I was all, What the heck? Who still gets their shoes repaired? Talk about keeping the history in a historic town.) But that was only the first time. The second time I walked by it, I was able to see past the giant “Shoes” sign (mainly by looking through the window) and realized that it is actually one little kick-ass coffee shop. I knew that it was kick-ass before even walking in because it also had a sign pointing to the alleyway next door that said, “This way to our secret garden.” (Read more)

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August 11th
11:50 AM EST

Blogging From: Second Chapter Books

Confession: I found this quaint little bookstore on accident. I came into Middleburg in search of a store called Books & Crannies unaware of the fact that it actually no longer exists. Had I scrolled 1/3 of the way down their abandoned Facebook page, I would have easily learned that their last day in book business was October 26, 2010. (The day after my birthday!) I won’t lie, I walked up and down East Washington Street several times in search of Books & Crannies (that sounds so pun-y) thinking it was hiding from me in some sort of Order of the Phoenix Headquarters sort of way. Too bad that wasn’t true and the only reason I couldn’t find it is because it no longer exists. This was a disappointment because with a name like Books & Crannies I’m sure the store was Adorable with an enormous capital A. However, my disappointment was relieved when I stumbled upon Second Chapter Books.

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August 7th
10:41 AM EST

Blogging from: The Handley Regional Library

This library is perfect.

I browsed and walked around the circular halls of each floor, feeling like I was in some sort of magical play land. There were big wooden doors that I’m assuming led to Hogwarts and Narnia and in the Young Adult section there were even more spiral staircases that served as the most precious bookshelves known to man kind. (Read more)

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May 23rd
9:47 PM EST

Recipes and Food and Things

Since I’ve moved into my new apartment, I’ve been doing a lot more cooking. So far I’ve been doing a pretty good job, especially considering my past as a cook. (Hint: it’s not that great. I’ve had quite a few unsuccessful adventures in the kitchen, to say the least.) Since I like to share my food with everyone, (that is the biggest lie ever, I’ll bite your hand off if you touch my plate) I’ll start to share some of the dishes that I’m cooking with you all!

Plus, a really awesome blogger introduced me to this really awesome blog a few days ago and I’ve been reading it like a book ever since. If you feel so inclined, you can check it out for yourself, but to put it simply one of its main points suggests a completely grain-free diet. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but I’m gonna try it. Not immediately though, because honestly who am I kidding? I’m eating cereal as I write this. It’ll take some time, but really, I’m not even so much worried about that. My main goal is to stray away from unhealthy, over-processed, food crap and start to eat more intelligently and naturally. This will include weekly trips to the farmers market! Yay for organic, locally grown fruits and veggies, and hormone-free, grass-fed meat and dairy products!

I’m also going to attempt to stay in shape while I’m working my first full-time job down here in good old Virginia, so I’ll tell you all about my crazy exercise endeavors too!

Stay tuned and stay classy!

May 5th
9:08 PM EST

So, apparently my New York driving

is a bit too fast paced for these laid back, southern folks. (O.K., I’m practically in Maryland. Who am I even kidding? This isn’t the south!) Either that or I just was not paying any attention at all to the speed limit because I was much more focused on staring at my GPS so I could figure out (for the millionth time now) how to get to work. (Hint, it’s the second reason. And yes, I have done the drive four days in a row now, and I still have no idea how to get there from my apartment without the assistance of a robot-voiced lady telling me exactly when and where to turn. God help me.)

But anyway, back to the real point of the story, which is that I totally got pulled over on my way to work today for going 47 in a 25 MPH zone. Whoops. I mean, I wasn’t doing it intentionally and it didn’t even feel like I had been driving that fast. (OMG, like 47 is even fast!) The cop came right on over to my car and in his southern policeman accent said, “Are you aware of the speed limit here ma’am?” I told him that I really, honestly wasn’t.

“I just moved here. I’ve been trying to pay attention to the speed limit signs but it’s hard when I’m also following my GPS because I don’t know how to get anywhere yet.”

Can’t you just imagine me saying that while batting my eyelashes at him? I should have said it like some kind of damsel in distress, southern belle. “Oh officer, please forgive me.” The funny thing is, he actually was really good looking! I wish I had flirted with him, but I was too busy shitting my pants because that was my first time ever being pulled over. Oh well, next time. No, just kidding. I’d rather not have any more tickets, thank you very much. Even if they are from a handsome man in uniform.

Maybe he thought I was cute though too, because apparently he could have arrested me for how fast I was going, (WHOOPS!! They’re strict down here!) but instead he just let me off with a $30 fine. “I wouldn’t want to do that to you right after you just got down here,” he said. Call me!!!

New York, I miss you. I can’t wait to visit back home so I can drive 70 and feel like I’m going slow while everyone else is flying by at 90.