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Best Decision I Made Last week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to not make out with strangers at Whitlows rooftop. Seriously, this is a big problem of mine. I go out and after a couple of beers, I am all about the bros that hang out in Clarendon. I forget about my standards and just let myself get caught up in the scent of Axe body spray in the air. BUT! This Friday, I was strong and resisted the siren call of a man in glasses and left with my dignity intact.

[Jess]  The best decision I made last week was listening to a few episodes from the You Up? Sex and Dating Advice in a Modern World podcast.  I’m not quite sure where I discovered this gem, I’m sure it was some corner of the blogosphere.

Most of my PGH friends have been in relationships for more than 4+ years and/or are married. Sometimes being the only single friend can be a struggle, especially when it comes to navigating the current dating scene.

The co-hosts are a 20-something guy and girl in LA, both are stand up comedians and it feels like you’re just hanging out with your buds. I’m definitely going to continue to work my way through the archives while I make crafts and drink wine alone.
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Sun-kissed Daze

Maybe it’s because I’m a product of the late 90s and early 00s, but I still love creating mix CDs. Some people might call this a playlist, but those people probably have fancy auxiliary cables in their cars. I am not one of those people. Check out the most recent tunes I’ve been rocking out to!sunkisseddaze

Summer mixes are basically my favorite thing of all time. There is something special about a collection of songs that sound better in the sunshine. Whether I’m driving around town running errands or taking a road trip to visit far away friends, a summer mix is the perfect companion to rolled down windows.

Sun-kissed Daze is spiked pink lemonade for your ears. It’s sweet, tart, refreshing, and you can’t even taste the vodka. I recommend enjoying  it while rocking your favorite sunnies. After a listen you’ll be ready for new adventures and little bit of innocent trouble.

Some of my favorite gems:

Super America” by Bad Bad Hats — this song is ultra girly in all the best ways possible. It’s catchy and fun and makes you want to hold hands and walk around barefoot in the grass.

All the new Miniature Tiger songs that have been released from their upcoming album, Cruel Runnings, are fantastic.  Seriously. So. Good.

I feel very little shame about loving 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks so Perfect“. With lyrics like “I made a mixtape straight out of ’94 | I got your ripped skinny jeans lying on the floor” I don’t know how I could not love this.

Do you have any jams that are currently putting you in the summertime state of mind?


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was taking a staycation. Seriously, it has been amazing and refreshing. I’ve spend my mornings running, afternoons cooking, and the nights with friends. Sure, I could have traveled and visited people far away but I chose to be home and take care of myself. This staycation has been incredibly relaxing and refreshing as I start my new position on June 2nd. If you ever get a chance to take a couple of days off just to take care of yourself, DO IT.

 

 

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was going to the skate park on my day off.  I found this Pop Punk Now playlist on Songza. “Ocean Avenue ” by Yellowcard made me feel 16 and was the perfect companion for skating circles in the sun.  I felt like I could have been on the set of Brink! I’m going to try to incorporate the skate park into my routine on the regular. Maybe I’ll eventually get brave enough to try to do tricks on the ramps.

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Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was to quit my job. No worries, I have secured a new position with more responsibilities, more challenges, and teeming with growth. The feeling of elation that followed my notice of resignation was indescribable. I am going to be riding this cloud of happiness for the next two weeks.

 

 

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was to impulse buy matching bras and underwear.  Up until this week I have never worn a set that matched.  Usually, I  end up rocking  a polka dot print bra with striped underwear, or a variety of other clashing color and pattern combinations.

There’s an exciting confidence boost that comes from wearing a pretty matching underwear set!  It’s always fun having a secret that no one else knows about.  I almost snapchatted Jithu this monumental moment in my life; however, I realized this was borderline sexting and decided my big milestone didn’t need photographic evidence.

 


FOMO: Running a Marathon

You guys, I struggle with FOMO. If you’re not hip to this internet born acronym, FOMO is the Fear of Missing Out. I enjoy picturing FOMO as the quiet, intriguing older brother of Peer Pressure. No one warns you about FOMO because he isn’t as loud or obnoxious as Peer Pressure. Peer Pressure is busy trying to convince you to go skinny dipping at your friend’s cottage because it’s totally freeing to be naked at midnight with 18 of your friends and all the critters that live in the lake.  While FOMO is casually Instagraming a photo of this rad new art gallery-meets-event-space-meets-indoor-waterpark that just opened around the corner from his big, modern loft.  Everything FOMO is doing seems like something that you should be doing too. FOMO can convince you to do pretty much anything because he is cool and he is everywhere. Oh, did you want to stay in bed and watch Netflix and drink wine and eat cookie dough? FOMO has plans that you cannot say no to.

I am slowly trying to minimize the decisions I make based off of FOMO. My most recent triumph was opting out of running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.    If you know anything about my relationship with running, which is essentially like Daria Morgandorffer’s relationship with volleyball. you would be shocked to know that I was seriously considering committing myself to the half marathon. 

I had a brief stint in 8th grade track where I ran hurdles and did the long jump.  Usually, I was at least an entire hurdle behind everyone else in my heat. Once, I didn’t even hit the sand pit during my long jump attempt.  In high school, our pom-pon coach forced us to run a mile every morning during band camp. You could find me grumpily walking my required mile.  I was moody until at least lunch time because of this. The only time I would up my pace to a light jog is if the boys’ soccer team was also on the track.

Recently, I’ve given in to an occasional jog with a pal or two.  This usually consists of a couple miles around our old neighborhoods; nothing too strenuous.  How did I get from a casual jog to considering signing up for the half marathon? Everyone I know is running half marathons or marathons. Or at least, that’s what it feels like.  All my high school friends signed up to run the Pittsburgh half and marathon. Jithu has run a few different half marathons and updates me on her training plan for her upcoming full marathon in Philly.  Marathon running is having its 15 minutes of fame right now. My social media feeds are filled with post-race photos of medals and victory beers.  I convinced myself, momentarily, that this was something that I wanted to do too.  I wanted the feeling of accomplishment that I was seeing on those sweaty, smiling faces.

I was discussing the idea of signing up for the half marathon with my friend who has run several marathons.  She had some great insight that brought me back to my senses. She said, “You like art and fashion and are perfectly happy being able to run 3 miles which is great too!”  Yes, yes, I do like those things!  I don’t need to run the marathon to feel a sense of accomplishment or experience joy.  It’s just not something that I’m into and that is ok. I was able to find my own way to participate in the marathon by being a spectator.  It was awesome to see my friends finish all those miles!  I got super sensitive and teary watching people cross the finish line holding hands or when a child was running the last stretch with her mom.  In no way did I feel like I was missing out by being on the sidelines.

I am proud of myself for not giving into FOMO and his subtle manipulating ways this time. I’m hoping to be able to continue to limit my FOMO based decisions, but there is nothing wrong with giving in occasionally. Buffy the Vampire Slayer will still be there for me to binge-watch after I check out that new art gallery-meets-event-space-meets-indoor-waterpark.

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Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

At the end of April we met up in Nashville and then continued our journey to Austin.  We’ve been spending the past week recovering from the local IPAs and added miles we were walking daily. Check out the best decisions we made in each city.

[Nashville] The best decision we made in Nashville was touring the Grand Ole Opry. It was really great to learn about the history behind the Grand Ole Opry.

During the tour we got to check out areas where they film Nashville, the different dressing rooms performers use, and had our photo taken at center stage which has a six-foot circle that was taken from the Ryman Auditorium, the original home to the Grand Ole Opry.

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You can check out more behind the scenes moments from our Nashville adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #jessnjithuinNASH.

[Austin] The best decision we made in Austin was to ride a mechanical bull.  It just seemed like the right thing to do while in the Lone Star state.

We recommend having a cocktail or two or three before attempting this.  It’s also a good idea to watch the bachelorette wearing a mini dress show you how it’s done first.  If Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” is playing during your ride, the stars have aligned, so soak in those 30 glory-filled seconds of your life.

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Discover more moments from our Austin visit on Instagram with the hashtag #jessnjithuinATX.

Have you made any stellar decisions while on a recent trip?  We’d love to hear about them!


An Ode to Lloyd Dobler

In 1989, Lloyd Dobler played Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes outside Diane’s window. With this gesture, he set a new standard for romantic gestures in movies. This classic scene is from Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything, a sweet and fearless movie about new romance.

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In an era where John Hughes ruled the halls of teen cinema, Cameron Crowe made a movie about a simple guy who just wanted to date a girl. It was atypical of the 80s high school genre to feature a romance between an underachiever and an intelligent but socially inexperienced valedictorian. It wasn’t a story about butting heads with the popular kids or a romance between the rich guy and the poor girl. It was about Lloyd and his first romantic relationship.

John Cusack plays the fearless underachiever Lloyd, who is enthralled by Diane. Undeterred by anything, he convinces her to meet him for a date and slowly they build a relationship. Under her father’s persuasion, Diane ends things with Lloyd and in a gesture to win her back, he lifts a boom box over his head and lets Peter Gabriel do the work.

I was 15 when I first saw this movie and was so impressed with the boom box scene. I would have swooned if a dude lifted a boom box outside my window (heck, I would still swoon at this gesture!). One-upping Lloyd Dobler in romantic gestures is a very hard thing to do. I recently re-watched this film and I realized that I still loved Lloyd but for different reasons. I loved him because he wanted Diane and went after her without any regard to rejection or heartbreak. He was a do-er who was willing to try anything.  Now, the most romantic scene in the movie isn’t the boom-box scene, it is when Lloyd supports Diane as she deals with a difficult situation with her father. He helps her with her letter and stands by her side as a partner. I think Lloyd surpasses the title of a typical movie boyfriend and morphs into a partner. He isn’t a jock or the trust fund baby of 80s teen romances. He is a dude who just wanted a date with Diane Court. 

 

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If you haven’t seen Say Anything yet. You must remedy this situation ASAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was not drunk texting. It just takes a few drinks to prepare me for intense conversations via text. I am adept at writing paragraphs and using the proper emojis to express a myriad of feelings. I relish in texting friends about the joys our friendship gives me or how much I miss them or expressing my very rational anger at the the dude I dated for a bit and broke up with about his new gf.

I’m proud of myself for not giving into the siren call of text messaging after some delicious IPAs.

[Jess] The best decision I made last week was buying hot dogs from The Shady Dog after my hair cut.  photo(2)The gentleman running the cart referred to me as Chicken Little which I found charming.  I enjoyed two delicious hot dogs with BBQ sauce and cheese. This was way better than grabbing Panera like I have been defaulting to recently.

What was the best decision you made last week? Feel free to share your best decision from last week with us too!


A Love Story

I still remember when I first laid my eyes on you.  Every turn I made around campus it seemed like you were there. Crossing the bridge to ISAT, in the halls of Showker, and waiting in line for grilled cheese in d-hall on Thursdays. This was back in ’05 and I wasn’t sure if I liked you.  I get that college is the time you’re supposed to try new things and get outside of your comfort zone. I wasn’t positive that you were one of those situations I should take a chance on.

Over the years in school, you become more popular, especially with the sorority girls.  At this point, I still couldn’t see your appeal.  I didn’t think in the Venn Diagram of Life you could be a common denominator for both sorority girls and me.  I mean, what are the chances of that? I was involved with the WXJM crowd.  What would the radio station kids all think if they saw me with you?  Would I lose my cool-kid cred I earned from my previous week’s set list? I wasn’t convinced you were worth the risk…yet.

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After graduating, something changed. I started to see what all those other girls saw in you.  I still wasn’t ready to commit and take things public quite yet. This was definitely progress and I could see the long term potential.  I needed time to wrap my head around it.  I had been against us for almost 7 years.

I can’t pinpoint the precise moment I was ready to let the world know how I felt about you.  The period of my life where you weren’t a part of it is blurry. It’s like I can’t even remember who I was without you around.

The past couple of years haven’t been the easiest, but you have been there for me. You stuck with me even when I didn’t want to get out of bed for days at a time.  You never once judged me for hitting play on that fourth (and fifth and sixth) episode in a row of Criminal Minds.

I know times change and people change and I still have so much to figure out about life. I know that right now, if you’re by my side, I can do anything.  I can push myself to run an extra mile. I can tackle the most intimidating to-do list on a Saturday afternoon. I can dream big, because I am literally asleep a significant amount of the time you are around.

Leggings, you have changed my life. I day dream about what things would have been like had I embraced you sooner. I just had no idea what I was missing out on. Everything is so effortlessly easy with you. Isn’t that how the best love stories happen though?  Slowly over time until you realize that what you have been missing has been right there all along. Or is that just the plot line to every early ’00 teen movie?

Leggings, I love you and I felt like it was time to let the world know.

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Best Decision I Made Last Week

We at Electric Pursuit are all about embracing the good, the bad, and the mundane! Selecting the best decision we made last week is our own way of celebrating the choices we make.

[Jithu] The best decision I made last week was using my persuasive skills to convince the staff to let me have a look at the old Connemera building.

Many websites and blogs feature the Conemmera library as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Honestly, it is breathtaking. It is located in Chennai and should be a thing of pride.

The old building is closed off and is hidden by the new building. To get to the old building, one must go through the periodical section and enter through a hallway. Little did I know that the old building is closed to the public and allows only staff.

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Blatantly ignoring the signs, I chatted with the man asking him to let me see the library. With gentle persuasion, he let me walk to a certain extent with the promise that I would not photograph it.

Seriously, how could I uphold my promise to not photograph it when it is breathtakingly beautiful? The ceilings are ornately carved and the smell of old books is pungent in the air. I had to sneak some photos. After a bit, I was asked to leave. Which I was happy to do. Here are some shaky nuggets:
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[Jess] The best decision I made last week was having an impromptu dance break.  I was walking back to my room after filling up my water bottle, Fanfarlo’s “Tightrope” was playing and it made me want to dance.

I gave into that urge and it was delightful!  I was giggling to myself and had a cheesy grin on my face the entire time. It was a refreshing and silly moment all rolled up into a flawless 4 minutes of my day.

I would highly recommend adding a regular dance break into your routine.  I know I’m going to. Hit that play button and let your limbs flail however they please! I guess I had a dance like nobody’s watching moment and I feel no shame.

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What was the best decision you made last week? Feel free to share your best decision from last week with us too!