Justine Lorelle LoMonaco

My name is Justine. And I write a blog about the weird things that happen to me. It’s also a blog about cooking. And a blog about decor and crafts. And a blog about the funny things my friends say. Sometimes it’s a blog about money. Almost forgot, it’s also a blog about family. Oh, geez, and sometimes it’s a blog about fitness. Every now and then, it’s a blog about travel. A lot of the time, it’s a blog about really nerdy things. Basically, it’s a blog about things I like. And, yeah, ok, things I hate too.

This is a blog about life. Mostly my life, but occasionally other people’s lives too. (Like my handsome husband; we got married in April 2011.)

I’m a writer-turned-marketer/writer, which has been, well, a weird adjustment. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing stays the same forever.

Which is why I would never promise you a blog about one thing, when I know very well it’s about many.

Basically, this is a blog about stories. I like to tell stories. A lot of stories. Sometimes the same stories over and over. This is hopefully a step to correct that.

How to: Survive a long layover

The vacation posts continue! If you’re already over it, never you worry — this is the last one. The title of this post should technically be “How to: Spend 12 hours in an airport (without losing your mind), but that seemed like kind of a long title for a blog post ....more

Our trip to Paris

Ok, so Monday we covered the marathon. Now it’s time to talk about the more fun (and less sweaty) portions of my trip. Like the wine ....more

I’m a Marathoner.

A big part of my brain is still having trouble processing that the marathon is over. Heck, most of my brain still can’t quite wrap my mind around what my body did. Before I get into what went down, if have to preface the story with one thing: I’m not totally thrilled with my results ....more

Try something new: The Fhitting Room

I’m in my last week of tapering before the marathon, which has been the perfect excuse to try a few new cross training classes with my ClassPass. This week, I was finally able to get into a class I’ve been eyeing for a couple of months, The Fhitting Room. The Gym Space: The space is small, with a compact lobby, two bathrooms, lockers, and a single room for workouts (they classes are capped at 16, but only six people were in my class) ....more

What to wear in Paris

First, thank you for all the kind words so many of you sent me after reading this post. I didn’t write it in a cheap attempt to get compliments (I swear, I really am over it now), but it was still nice to realize how far that support system I mentioned reaches. You’re all wonderful ....more

My worst job interview ever

Obviously I couldn’t blog about this right when it happened, but I thought it would be fun to share an anecdote from my job hunting experience. All in all, I probably went in about 9-10 interviews this time around. Many of those were at the same places — I actually made it to the third round of interviews at two different companies ....more

7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Marathon Training

Now that my marathon training is basically over (have I mentioned how much I love taper weeks?), I wanted to do a round-up of things I’ve learned so far in case any of my readers are considering a marathon of their own. Obviously, this is all said without ever having actually run a marathon (yet), but here are a few tidbits I garnered from my training process. 1. Tell everyone you are training for a marathon — or else you will probably quit ....more

How to: job hunt while you have a job

There are few things in life more awkward than job hunting whilst gainfully employed. For one, job hunting is a veritable job in and of itself. It takes time to scour job boards, craft memorable cover letters, and go on interviews ....more

Marathon Training Update: 20 miles, part deux

My blog has been SO boring lately. I promise there are a lot of things in the works, but trust me when I tell you that I am protecting you from an unnecessary amount of thoughts on running. It’s all I think about, but I know it’s not that interesting to most of you ....more

Bad runs.

It would be unreasonable to expect that every run would go swimmingly, right? Enter the bad run: Your legs feel like lead, your stomach bothers you, you can’t focus (or rather, unfocus and get into that weird, mindless running headspace), and the miles seem to molasses-crawl past. It’s not the same thing as hitting “the wall” because, in this case, the wall smacks you in the face the moment you step outside ....more