Archive for May, 2011

Angelwish Turns 12 Today!

Happy Birthday to Angelwish: 12 years old (June 1st, 2011)!  A note from Shimmy, the CEO:

It was 12 years ago today that Angelwish came into existence as a nonprofit–and I found a solution to my quarter life crisis.

It was a month earlier when I was driving home from work at 4am, frustrated with my hours and clients. Over caffeinated and exhausted, I did what most normal 25 year old kids would do and registered the domain name In the next three weeks, I had a pretty good sketch of a business plan (only the first few versions were on a cocktail napkin, which was an absolute requirement for anyone doing business in 1999), and I had figured out that Angelwish was going to match the “needs” of children with the “haves” of young professionals.

It has been a long and winding road running Angelwish here in the US in the UK and, while I wish that we spent less of the last few years trying to survive and more time helping children living with chronic illnesses, I know that we are poised to make a huge difference at the age of 12.

A big part of our positive outlook is due to our Next Jump Family in New York, UK, Boston, and SF – it has been an amazing year working, learning, drinking, and bonding with you – I hope that we’ve been able to add something to your experiences, as well – if not let me know and we’ll do something about that.

Shimmy, Kayla, & Carolyn


Dinner Menus: May 30-June 2

Here’s dinner for the week!  Please view the menus items by clicking on the pictures below.


MONDAY: Memorial Day (Off)

TUESDAY: Guy & Gallard (French)

WEDNESDAY: International Food Delight (American)

THURSDAY: Blockheads (Mexican)



MONDAY: Memorial Day

TUESDAY: California Pizza Kitchen (American)

WEDNESDAY: The Asgard (Irish)

THURSDAY: JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Dinner Surveys: May 23-26

Dine with us this past week?  What did you think?  Click on the menu to view the menu items.





Burn WOWPoints on New Spring Sneakers

Have you been wearing the same sneakers for over the past year? A shoe is no longer fit for running after 300-500 miles of wear: that’s approximately one whole year of running for most people who run ~10.5 miles per week.  Inappropriate or poor-fitting shoes can cause bone strain, muscle fatigue, and an increased risk of having a stress fracture.

Team Top Perform (Marissa and Trainers) plus Team Merchant have compiled a list of some new 2011 sneakers and deals for running and cross-training, combined with everyday offers that will “run” your sox off!

Running Shoes

Foot Locker: our everyday offer is 6x Points + $15 Off $75

There, you can purchase the new Brooks Ravenna 2, which took top honors in Runner’s World Guide.  Another popular series: the new Nike Free Run, which includes the Free Run 2iDs, Nike Zoom Vomeros, Nike Air Pegasus+ 27s.  Asics came out with their new Gel-Kayano models: the Gel-Kayano 17, which has been known to be one of the top running shoes on the market.

ShopNewBalance: 6x + 15% Off

New Balance (the New Balance 10 men’s) has iterated on their running shoe making it a much lighter pair.


Foot Locker: our everyday offer is 6x Points + $15 Off $75

There, you can purchase the new Nike Free TR2 Men’s or TR Fit Women’s training shoe, which has a harder, less flexible feel to take the impact of squats, deadlifts and jumping.  These are NOT meant for running, so make sure you are not running the JPMCC in these shoes.  I have the Nike Free XT Everyday Fit and noticed that my heels feel more supported when I do box jumps or have tough lands after a jump squat.

Reebok: 6x + 40% Off Clearance Points Offer

There, you can purchase the Reebok Zig Energy, also a strong structured shoe.  Only problem is that you need to be ready for the zig zaggy rubberized sole, which is a funky look!

Just think: people will be uber-scared of you when you show these off!

Running Stride

Each individual has his or her own unique foot structure and gait pattern. For this reason, every brand of running shoe makes various models that are designed to meet the needs of each individual runner (i.e., neutral, over-pronation, under-pronation, as well as high, medium or low arches). It is always recommended that one has his or her gait analysis completed at a local running store prior to purchasing a new running shoe.

Other internal NXJ resources on Sneakers:

1. Wiki Sneaker Guide on Gait.

2. Sneaker wear n’ tear check out question #3.

Stop Slouching!

Poor posture leads to muscular problems and injuries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Lucky for us, we are not among today’s normal population, sitting at our desks all day.  But as a technology-driven group with a tendency toward desk-bound lifestyles, it is a good thing we have reason to get up and move via the Fitness Challenge every week.

How not to slouch: keeping a straight spine, sit upright at your desk with feet flat on the ground.  Why?  It helps to breath more easily and circulate oxygen throughout the body.

76 Ways to Get Moving |

76 Ways to Get Moving |

Looking for more ways to beat your fellow fitness team competition? has some cool ways to do it, which includes the following:

1. Amp up your play-list. It’s amazing what good music will do to help you pull through. Keep your ears happy and your legs will follow suit. Upbeat tunes can help pass the time, and you might not even realize how far you’ve run.

2. Log your training. Keep a journal. Write down what workout you did that day, what you ate and how you felt. Documenting your progress can help you improve and also show you how far you’ve come.

3. Buy a new workout outfit. When you look good, you feel good. Spice up your workout wardrobe. After spending money on the new gear, who wouldn’t want to get out there and show it off?

Dinner Menus: May 23-26

Here’s dinner for the week!  Please view the menus items by clicking on the pictures below.

New York:

MONDAY: Chola (Indian)

TUESDAY: 1st & Fresh (Italian)

WEDNESDAY: Food Trends (French)

THURSDAY: Press NY (American Sandwiches)



MONDAY: Cactus Club (Mexican)

TUESDAY: Fresh City (Asian Fusian)

WEDNESDAY: Chateau (Italian)

THURSDAY: Sensational Foods (American)