Hello, and happy Friday! I once again have the day off from work today (I had a few personal days I needed to use up before the end of the year) so I’m enjoying a leisurely day off! My plans today include a holiday shopping trip with my mom and stepsister, followed by a ladies’ lunch out. Can’t wait! I also need to finish up some gift wrapping, blogging, and packing before our upcoming trip to Jamaica. Should be a busy day! Before we get to all that though, let’s talk about some of my favorite moments from the week!
Anne and I are still totally loving the workouts at Urban Athletic Club in Georgetown, so we decided to buy a package of classes there once the free trial ended last week. If you missed my earlier reviews of UAC you can find them here and here.
This week we tried another total body class, this time with Andrew as our instructor. He was great, and did a fantastic job of pumping us up, even though it was 6:00 am and there were only 3 of us in the class. He had us laughing and grinning throughout the tough workout, which was, once again, a blast.
Sorry about that crappy picture quality BTW…not sure what happened there.
I am loving these classes so much, and am so happy this studio has come to Georgetown. You better believe Anne and I will be taking as many classes as possible before my surgery in a couple of weeks!
As I alluded to yesterday, there have been a TON of treats sent to my office lately from various vendors and organizations that we work with. While they all look delicious, I’ve been trying to avoid them as much as possible. Sure – a small treat here or there is fine – but when I walk into a kitchen loaded with cookies, caramel popcorn, peppermint bark, candies, cheesecake, and other goodies, it’s almost easier for me to just turn around and pretend I didn’t see any of it. It’s just too much temptation!
One treat I can actually get down with enjoying though? Edible arrangements! We got one of these delivered earlier in the week, and I happily enjoyed a few pieces of perfectly ripe fruit, along with this cute chocolate-covered pineapple reindeer.
Isn’t he adorable? Anyway, I’m so appreciative of companies that send treats that I can indulge in without worrying that I am over-doing it. Especially since I work at a health and wellness company, you would think people would think of that! Oh well. Edible arrangements FTW!
One of the companies we work with frequently hosted a holiday party in National Harbor earlier this week, and a couple of the ladies from my office happily attended the event. National Harbor is so pretty at this time of year; they have a huge Christmas tree that changes its color every few minutes, and the giant ferris wheel is lit up with tons of pretty lights as well.
The party itself was in a beautiful glass-enclosed office space that overlooked the water, the ferris wheel, and the giant tree. What a space! It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the view was absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think I could have gotten any work done there, haha!
Oh, I guess the view of the food catered by Wolfgang Puck didn’t hurt either
Such a fun night!
Favorite Holiday Outfit
When I met my friends Claire and Jojo for dinner the other night, I decided to wear one of my favorite holiday outfits. It’s been a while since I’ve shared an outfit of the day with you guys, so I thought this would be a perfect occasion!
Both the bow sweater and the plaid button-up are from J Crew from about two years ago. My jeans are from LOFT and my boots are also from J Crew. I thought this was just such a fun festive outfit I had to share! The sweater is also cashmere, meaning it’s super comfy and warm and I could basically live in it. Love!
One of my coworkers accidentally ordered two cups of coffee from Starbucks the other day. Being the most amazingly wonderful human ever, she stopped by my desk and asked if I wanted it. Heck yes I do!
It’s weird because I don’t typically drink coffee (it’s a habit I’d rather not get into) but for some reason that day I was really craving a cup of joe. Then my coworker came by, and life was good.
Last night for dinner I made one of my favorite things – homemade pizza using a cast iron skillet! (Note: you can read more about how to do that here.) It’s sort of a messy process, but the result is so, so good!
Favorite 5:45 am Ensemble
This morning Anne and I went for a dark 3.5 mile run around some neighborhoods in Ballston, and since it was dark, I wore my headlamp so we could see. I also wore an ear warmer because it was cold, and then I needed my glasses to drive over there. Let me just tell you that I looked like a TOTAL weirdo.
I’m so thankful that not many other people were out and about at this time of day because I looked so crazy!
Our run was really nice and leisurely, and it was so pretty being able to see all the Christmas decorations in the neighborhood! We cooled down with a 10ish minute walk, and then I came home and started working on this post. And now we’re all caught up!
Wherever you are and whatever you do, have a wonderful weekend!
Question of the day: Are you a coffee drinker?