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Jan 302017
 

Hello, hello! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was one of the best I’ve had in a while, and I’m bummed it’s already over. Wahh.

Here’s my recap!

Friday

When I got home from work on Friday, I immediately got to work cleaning the house. I knew we had a busy weekend ahead of us and I just wanted to get the cleaning over with. Plus, after two weekends in a row of traveling, the cleanliness of certain things that I had been ignoring (like the tubs in the bathrooms) were really starting to drive me nuts. I was a woman on a mission, and with Fabio’s help we had the whole place clean pretty quickly. Phew!

After that, we sat down to dinner: broiled salmon with Asian sesame salad and couscous. Yum!

We spent the rest of the evening watching Netflix on the couch. We are in need of a new show right now – we tried watching the Black Mirror but I found it to be really weird and also kind of boring. Hmmm. Any suggestions?

Jack kept us company until we headed up to bed.

Saturday

On Saturday we were up bright and early for wedding planning festivities! Woohoo!

At around 7 a.m. I took Jack for a really quick run (just about a mile) and then Fabio and I were showered, dressed and in the car by 8. We met up with my mom along the way, and then before we knew it we were arriving at our wedding venue! My dad joined us for the festivities as well, and we had a fun morning meeting our amazing wedding planner Kathie (she works for the venue) and our florist, Amy. Kathie had set out coffee, muffins, fruit, and pound cake for us. Amazing!

I had to giggle at Fabio and my dad wearing matching sweaters – my stepmom got them these for Christmas and I thought it was funny that they both decided to wear them on Saturday. Twins! 🙂

After a couple of (very fun) hours talking about flowers and detailed plans for the rehearsal dinner and wedding weekend, we took a spin around the grounds! This just got me so incredibly excited for the wedding (no surprise there) and now I am feeling even more giddy than ever. Eeeek! It will be here before we know it!

After saying goodbye to Kathie, the four of us drove over to our next appointment of the day: dessert tasting! Fabio and I don’t want a traditional cake for the wedding, and instead we’re going to have one small cake for cutting and then a bunch of other treats on the dessert table like cupcakes, brownies, bars, mini pies, mini cheesecakes, and cookies.

Kim of the bakery Peace of Cake did NOT disappoint with our tasting – I couldn’t believe how many treats she set out for us! Everything was phenomenal and I tried my best to just try a small bite of everything so I didn’t get too full on sweets, but it was definitely hard.

These were two of my favorite elements: little pies with hearts on the top and crab cookies! We added a bunch of these to our order. 🙂

If you are planning a wedding on the Eastern Shore of MD (or know someone who is) I can’t recommend Peace of Cake enough!

After our sugar coma, we met up with my grandparents for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Narrows. We love this restaurant because not only is the food great, but the waterfront views can’t be beat.

Woah – don’t mind the crazy hair. It was windy!

None of us were feeling too hungry after all the sweets, so I got a small cup of the cream of crab soup and then shared and order of crab cakes with my mom. Hit the spot!

Lunch was a lot of fun, and I had a great time catching up with my grandparents. We had lots of wedding details to share with them!

All in all, it was such a fun morning, and I’m so thankful that my mom and dad were able to join us for the planning session. Thanks for coming, guys!

When we got home, we relaxed for a bit and then decided to keep the wedding planning going. We popped open a bottle of champagne that we already had in the fridge, and then sat down to answer a premarital counseling questionnaire that our officiant sent us a while back.

We were supposed to work on the questionnaire alone without sharing answers with the other person, so we put some music on and worked on separate computers until each of us had finished. There were some really thought-provoking questions in there, and it definitely made both of us think more about our relationship. I think we were both feeling a little mushy toward each other when we were done. Haha!

For dinner we had some leftover chicken sausage and brussels sprouts from earlier in the week, plus some of Fabio’s homemade mozzarella sticks we had in the freezer. We also finished up the champagne!

After dinner we watched the longest movie ever (the Physician – it was just ok) and then hit the hay. What a fun wedding planning day!

Sunday

Sunday began with a trip to the dog park.

Then we ran a bunch of errands including Home Depot and the grocery store. I’m starting week 2 of Designed to Fit Nutrition and was really excited about some of the scheduled meals this week!

The rest of the afternoon was spent prepping and organizing for the week ahead!

This also included making a batch of fresh juice. This week’s concoction had carrots, beets, kale, other random greens, parsley, ginger, an apple, and a pear. Yum!

Once the meals were prepped for the week, I folded some laundry and watched one too many episodes of Fixer Upper (the house envy was becoming crazy). Fabio also had a fire going for us and I enjoyed some delicious green tea!

For dinner I made us some mac ‘n cheese using a “sauce” of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, sundried tomatoes, and garlic whirled in the food processor, alongside some random chicken sausages we had leftover in the fridge. Plus a salad on the side!

It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend. 🙂

Question of the day: If you’re married, did you have a traditional cake? If you’re not, would you want one at your future wedding?

 Posted by on January 30, 2017
Jan 272017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was a good one, but I’m glad it’s almost over because we have some fun wedding planning activities on the agenda for the weekend! One of which is cake tasting which is obviously something I’m really looking forward to. 🙂

Anyway, before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s talk about this past week! Instead of your usual  Favorite Things Friday post, I wanted to talk to you guys about my current food and fitness routine as I prepare for my bachelorette party which is coming up in just four weeks. Eek!

First, let’s recap my workouts from the week.

  • Saturday, Jan. 21: Rest day! We walked a bit around the park in Queens.
  • Sunday, Jan. 22: Rest day! This day was filled with driving home and lots of grocery shopping/meal prepping.
  • Monday, Jan. 23: Rest day. I was feeling exhausted from the weekend, and my knees were still hurting me from my recent tendinitis. I took some ibuprofen and iced/elevated and then had no more problems for the rest of the week! Woohoo!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24: 7 a.m. FlyWheel class via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!) with Fabio and his coworker Kyle! It was really fun to have a couple of friends with me during this class, and I really enjoyed pedaling alongside them! I wasn’t feeling my best during this class and didn’t get as high of a Power score as I usually do, but what are you gonna’ do. It was still a good workout, and I was dripping in sweat by the end.

When we got home from class, we spent a few extra minutes on Jack cuddles.

Ha!

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25: 7:15 a.m. class at BLAST DC with Anne! Anne and I had both taken classes at BLAST before, and thought it would be nice to switch things up from our normal spots. BLAST incorporates a mix of treadmill climbs/sprints with some strength work on the floor, and both of us agreed that it was really hard!

There was also less of a mental challenge since you were just following what the instructor told you to do vs. trying to remember an interval yourself, so we felt like the class went by kind of slowly compared to our usual bootcamp classes. It was still a great workout, but I’m not sure we’re ready to add this one into our regular rotation. (Plus the 7:15 start time meant I wound up being 15 minutes late to work. Boo.) Overall we still enjoyed it though!

  • Thursday, Jan. 26: 6:30 a.m. class with Anne and Fabio at MADabolic in Arlington! We had Vicki as our instructor on Thursday, and she was awesome!

Our bootcamp took us through 5 stations 6 times around with a mix level of effort from 80% all the way up to 90%+. It was a great workout and flew right by! I actually remember thinking how much more I enjoyed this workout than the class the day before. It was a lot of cardio which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for after two days in a row of it (usually MADabolic has more strength) but I still enjoyed it!

  • Friday, Jan. 27: Rest day!

And there you have it – my week of workouts!

Alright, now let’s chat about food! As you guys know, with my bachelorette party coming up soon and dress fittings and wedding events following shortly after, I’m trying to make sure I’m eating as well as I can so I’m in good shape during this exciting time in my life.

A few months ago I read about Tina’s new meal plan program, Designed to Fit Nutrition, which gives you customized meal plans depending on your body type, goals, and macronutrient targets. I’ve been wanting to learn more about macronutrients for a really long time, and I thought this meal plan could be the perfect way to educate myself about how many grams of carbs, protein, and healthy fats my body does best on. For example, I’ve long thought that my body doesn’t do well with carbs, so I was hoping this plan could help me test that out!

I asked for a gift certificate for Designed to Fit for Christmas, and I signed up at the beginning of January! This week was my first week on the four-week meal plan, which meant there was lots of planning and prepping going on at my house on Sunday.

Overall I’ve been really enjoying the recipes on the meal plan, and at first I was actually surprised by how much food I was “allowed” to eat! When I first saw the plan I thought it would be way too much food for me, but now that I’ve been on it for a few days I’ve realized a couple of things: 1) My portion sizes were way too big before, and when I carefully measure and weigh (!!) my food I can better gauge how much I’m eating and 2) On this plan I can eat a bunch of smaller meals all throughout the day, instead of just doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s been really great so far, and I’m already feeling like it’s made a difference in how I feel about my body!

Here’s a peek at some of what I’ve been eating.

Egg scramble with potatoes, egg whites, eggs, cottage cheese, broccoli, peppers, onions, and hot sauce.

Overnight oats with chocolate protein powder (this is new for me), almond milk, almonds, and shredded coconut.

I’ve also been drinking protein shakes after my workouts (chocolate protein powder + almond milk) with half a banana. These shakes keep me full throughout the early part of the morning, so then the rest of my meals come a little later in the day as well. This helps keep me satisfied with all my lunches and snacks through dinner time!

Lunches have been a combo of salads (weighed!) with hardboiled eggs and half a sweet potato…

Or Southwestern chicken salad made with Greek yogurt and all kinds of veggies. Yum!

Afternoon snacks have included fruit, almonds, Kind bars, and RX bars! I really like these chocolate sea salt RX bars, and especially like the ingredient list. Two thumbs up!

Dinners have mostly included lean meats, veggies, and sometimes carbs! Weighing my food has been really important for me here, as this is where I find I used to overestimate my portions the most. Whoops.

We also had breakfast for dinner one night, which I was super excited about. Greek yogurt protein pancakes and chicken apple sausage for the win!

There’s even room for dessert some nights, including organic graham cookies and a tablespoon (measured!) of peanut butter. You better believe I licked that tablespoon clean. 😉

All in all I’m really enjoying this plan, and I like that each meal is balanced in terms of how many grams of protein, carbs, and healthy fats I’m getting specific to my body and my goals. I’ m never hungry while on the plan, but I don’t feel like it’s too much food either (which I was worried about at first). You know I’ll keep you posted, but for right now I’m thinking this is the perfect tool to help me feel my best next month for my bachelorette party! Woohoo!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried such a prescribed meal plan? Would you be able to follow it?

Obviously I’m going to stray from a bit for cake tasting this weekend, which is a-ok in my book! 🙂

 Posted by on January 27, 2017
Jan 242017
 

Hello there! How’s your week going so far? I took a little hiatus from the blog yesterday because I wasn’t feeling quite like myself – I’ve been really exhausted lately! I figured catching up on some sleep on Sunday evening instead of blogging would do me some good, and now I’m feeling much more rested and am back with a recap of my weekend!

Friday

On Friday evening, Fabio, Jack, and I hopped in the car and drove up to New York for Fabio’s 10-year high school reunion which was on Saturday. Yep, another weekend, another road trip. On our way, we stopped by Taylor Gourmet for dinner and I got the archer salad with kale, garlic farro, chicken, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and oranges. It was SO delicious and I wound up eating the whole thing. Yum!

We made really good time and arrived at Fabio’s dad’s house in Queens by 10:30 pm! I think that’s a new record for us. We stayed up talking to Fabio’s dad for a little bit and then it was time to hit the hay!

Saturday

Saturday morning began with a long walk for Jack around Fabio’s dad’s neighborhood! I think Queens is so interesting – every block looks completely different!

It was a really nice, sunny day on Saturday – if a little windy.

Later in the morning, we met up with Fabio’s sister Karen and her daughter/Fabio’s niece, Sofia for lunch! We went to a Colombian restaurant per Fabio’s request. 🙂

We started off our meal with some salad…

…and then we all ordered the traditional Colombian platter of steak, rice and beans, an egg, chicharonnes, half a plantain, a small arepa, and a slice of avocado. I can never get over how much food this is! I only ate half and then took the rest home for Fabio’s dad (who sadly had to work on Saturday).

After lunch, we decided to take advantage of the sunshine at the park! Sofia and I had fun with Snapchat in the back seat. 🙂

Haha!

Before long, we had arrived at the park! (We stopped to pick up Jack along the way.) We had a really nice afternoon walking around and enjoying the sunshine.

Then we took Sofia to a huge playground where spent some time climbing and running around with the other kids.

After Sofia had enough of the playground, we headed out for some fro-yo! We went to Red Mango and I enjoyed a small cup of the original flavor with strawberries, pineapple, chocolate chips, and Oreos. Yum!

Yay for ice cream!

Fabio’s dad wrapped up his work around this time, so when we were done with our fro-yo we headed back to his house where we watched Zootopia. I may have fallen asleep for a few minutes during the movie. 😉

When the movie was over we said goodbye to Karen and Sofia and got ready for Fabio’s 10-year high school reunion! My mom asked me to take a picture of what I wound up wearing, so I snapped this awkward selfie and sent it to her. I figured you guys might want to see too!

The reunion was held in the cafeteria of Fabio’s high school which, if you ask me, was a little strange. We had a fun time though and I enjoyed meeting some new people and seeing some of Fabio’s friends who we hadn’t seen in a while.

After the party we all headed to a bar in Bayside, New York (near his school) and had a great rest of the evening.

Sunday

As soon as we woke up on Sunday it was time to hit the road! We got home at around 3:00 p.m. (while listening to the Hamilton soundtrack in the car – my new favorite road trip tradition!) and immediately started meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping.

I was absolutely pooped after that, which explains why I took the mini blog break and postponed this post until today.

And now we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: What do you like to do during road trips to pass the time?

 Posted by on January 24, 2017
Jan 202017
 

It’s Thursday night as I write this, and everyone is buzzing about inauguration tomorrow. I had the chance to take a spin by the White House after my workout this morning, and I couldn’t get over the fact that in just a few hours Donald Trump will be residing there (or, more likely, keeping his stuff there while he stays in his tower).

It sure will be sad to see the Obamas go. I can’t help but wonder how all of this is going to affect the city that I love so much (as well as the rest of the world…).

In addition the blockades around what seems like the entire city and millions of police everywhere, the inauguration hullabaloo seriously affected my commute home this evening. What’s usually a 15-minute drive for me took me over an hour. UGH. I guess everyone just wanted to get into (or out of) the city.

It’s an interesting time around here for sure!

Anyway, enough about inauguration – let’s get back to your regularly scheduled blog post with my Favorite Things Friday! Here are some of the things that made me smile this week. Let me know what you were loving this week in the comments below!

Favorite Workouts

As I mentioned last week, I’m going to start recapping my weekly workouts on Fridays to help keep myself accountable. Here’s what this week looked like.

  • Saturday, Jan. 14: Skiing in Otis!
  • Sunday, Jan. 15: Four-mile hike in Otis
  • Monday, Jan. 16: Rest day! My knees have been bothering me lately – I think it’s tendinitis – so I spent a lot of time on Monday icing and elevating them. They’re feeling a lot better now!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17: Bootcamp at MADabolic in Arlington with Anne and Fabio!

Fabio took advantage of some New Year’s discounts and signed up for ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!) for the next few months. He’ll mostly be working out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’m so excited to have him with me for classes! I think our upcoming bachelor/bachelorette parties may have had something to do with his new interest in fitness. 😉

Anyway, Tuesday’s class was a good one and I pushed myself hard with the weights I used. We did a series of kettlebell deadlifts that had my upper back and shoulders SO sore the next day. It was a great class!

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18: Bootcamp with Anne and Kathleen at Urban Athletic Club! It was another really good workout taught by our favorite instructor, Romain, and we did everything from burpees to jump rope to thrusters to bicep curls to suicides to wall balls. Plus a million other things.
  • Thursday, Jan. 19: Flywheel class with Fabio! He’s been to this class before but used a different email address this time, so as soon as we walked in we saw a nice welcome note for him. 🙂

Flywheel is without a doubt one of my favorite classes on ClassPass, and I was really happy to have Fabio there with me. It made everything more fun! My total power at the end of class was 259, which is significantly higher than my last two appearances at FlyWheel. I think maybe having Fabio next to me pushed me harder? Woohoo!

  • Friday, Jan. 20: Rest day!

Favorite Meal Plan

I’m still going strong with the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse! The recipes are all so tasty and if you don’t mind cooking, it’s a great way to jump-start a more nutritious diet. Personally, cooking de-stresses me at the end of the day, so it’s been a great fit. My two-week plan is over tomorrow (wah!) but I have something else in mind for after that. You know I’ll keep you posted! The good thing about this cookbook

The good thing about this cookbook is that I can repeat the recipes as many times as I want, and there is another two-week plan for Spring that I’m looking forward to.

Here are some of the best things I ate on the plan this week.

Unsweetened oatmeal + coconut milk + shredded, toasted coconut + one slivered date + cocoa powder (YUM!!)

Salads with leftovers from dinner.

These might look kind of boring, but I promise they aren’t at all. Clearly.

Rye crackers with avocado crema (leftover from dinner from the night before – see below). Plus some Emergen-C on the side because literally everyone is sick right now and I am trying to stay healthy!

Tacos with avocado crema, roasted red peppers, sauteed kale and onions, and quick pickled onions (these are so great!). Plus spicy black beans on the side. Yum!! This was a terrific meatless meal that even the skeptical Fabio enjoyed.

And I’ve still been enjoying mangoes twice a week for dessert! 🙂

All in all, I’ve really enjoyed this meal plan and recommend it to anyone who’s looking to eat a little healthier while still enjoying bold, delicious flavors.

Favorite Listen

My friends – who we call “gurlays” – started a collaborative playlist on Spotify last week and it is AMAZING! I love listening to the playlist and guessing which one of my friends added the song.

It makes me feel like I’m with them!

Also related to this, my friends and I recently made a group on Snapchat, and it’s been really fun to send snaps to each other all day in the group. 🙂 Sigh. I miss them!

Favorite Binge

This week, Fabio and I started watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix, and it is SO good!

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We are totally hooked and like it better than any show we’ve binge-watched in a while. It reminds me a lot of Game of Thrones, and I’m going to be so bummed when it’s over.

Other shows we’ve binged on recently that I enjoyed include The Crown and The OA. Both of those are great too!

Favorite Fresh

Last week we were on the phone with Fabio’s dad and he called us out on our lack of juicing lately. Bustedddd.

After that, Fabio and I decided to get back in the habit of making a big batch of fresh juice over the weekend and enjoying a small glass every morning. It’s been really nice, and hopefully is helping to keep us healthy during cold and flu season (knocking on wood…).

This week’s batch included kale, carrots, cucumber, apples, and an orange. Look at all that pulp!

We need to stock up on ginger, celery, and lemons which I also enjoy in this mix. Next week!

Favorite Delivery

My amazing friend Jess who lives across the pond in the Netherlands sent me the sweetest engagement present delivery this week: a sun hat with my new initials monogrammed on the brim!

I think it’s so adorable and can’t wait to wear it during upcoming wedding festivities and the honeymoon (and everything else after that, of course). Thank you, Jess!! I LOVE it!!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: What made you smile this week?

 Posted by on January 20, 2017
Jan 172017
 

Hey there! Happy Tuesday to you. Fabio and I both had off from work yesterday for MLK weekend, so we were lucky enough to have an extra long weekend. Woohoo! We wound up spending a fun couple of days up at my Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s house in Otis, Massachusetts, and it was a blast! (Like usual.)

Here’s my recap!

Friday

Fabio and I drove up to CC and Steve’s place on Friday night, and we wound up making really good time. Otis is in the southernmost part of Massachusetts (in the Berkshire mountains), and the drive usually takes us around 6.5 hours. We made a pit stop in NYC to pick up our friend Jason who came with us for the weekend, and then we were on our way!

We arrived in Otis at around 1:40 a.m. and were instantly greeted with a spread of cheese, crackers, and homemade pumpkin hummus, along with a much-needed adult beverage (wine for me, a whiskey drink for Fabio and Jason).

The late-night snack welcome session has become the norm for our visits, and we usually wind up drinking a few cocktails while we catch up. We didn’t go to bed until around 4:30 in the morning! Yikes!

Saturday

After about four hours of sleep (oy) we were up and at ’em and ready to enjoy our first full day in Otis! We started off with breakfast, which was a delicious egg and spinach bake with bacon on the side. Yes!

After breakfast, we suited ourselves up and headed out for a day of skiing!

Uncle Steve is a really great skiier (CC is good too), but Fabio, Jason, and I were all pretty new at the sport. I’ve gone snowboarding a couple of times and skiing one other time, but it was basically like starting from scratch for me since it had been so long. Steve did a great job of teaching us the technique!

Fabio and Jason both got the hang of skiing in no time, but it took me a lot longer to feel comfortable. Poor Steve went down the bunny hill with me a bunch of times before I felt ready to tackle the next level, and I really appreciated his patience. Thanks, Steve!

(Here we are on the bunny hill…poor Steve.)

By the end of the day, I had gone down the green-level hill a few times comfortably (though still with a few falls) and went down the blue-level hill once (though not really on purpose – lol – and with a lot of help from Steve). I decided that when it comes to skiing, I like to go really slow so I can be in control. The really steep areas aren’t fun for me right now, but my hope is that I’ll enjoy those areas more as I get better.

After skiing we popped into the little ski lodge restaurant for some lunch (I had a grilled chicken sandwich) and a much-needed beer. Skiing stressed me out!

After lunch we headed back to the house, showered up, and rested a bit. Ah, so cozy!

Before long it was time for dinner!

CC made use a delicious lasagna, and I put together a side salad with carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and blueberries. CC also made us a homemade viniagrette!

Time to eat!

By the way, CC and Steve have these awesome red light bulbs in their house that make everything look extra cozy at night, but they cast a weird color in the photos. Sorry for all the redness!

Over dinner, we had some really fun debates/conversations about politics, the electoral college, and more. It’s always fun sitting down to chat with this group, and I always feel like I come away from the conversations with a new way of looking at things.

After dinner, we all moved to the couch to watch the Patriot’s game since CC is a big Pats fan. We enjoyed slices of her homemade peanut butter pie while we watched! It was SO delicious.

What a cozy way to wind down the night! The boys wound up falling asleep on the couch within minutes – I guess all that skiing really wore them out – and the rest of us wound up heading to bed around 11. Finally, some sleep!

Sunday

Sunday morning began with breakfast again – this time we had egg scrambles with chicken sausage and veggies, plus a couple bites of various delicious muffins – before setting out for a hike!

Can you see Jack off in the distance in the picture above? He had an absolute BLAST on this hike!

Parts of the trail (which starts in CC and Steve’s backyard, BTW, which is so awesome) were pretty icy, but other parts were ok.

We walked about two miles down to Upper Spectacle Pond, which was frozen over!

It looks a little different from last time we visited, right?

Steve and Jack even walked out onto the ice (after testing how frozen it was to be safe) but the rest of us stayed safely on the shore.

Fabio and I even grabbed our furry little buddy for a family picture!

You can barely see him in this picture but his tongue is out! Haha!

I also had to take a picture of Fabio and CC in their respective Yankee/Red Sox hats. See, world peace is possible! 😉

By the time we walked back to the house, we had covered about four miles. Not too shabby!

After our hike, we enjoyed a delicious lunch (grilled chicken, broccolini and roasted sweet potato wedges) before packing everything up to hit the road. Steve, CC, and Jason all had work on Monday and we had such a long ride ahead of us that we didn’t mind leaving a little early. We said our goodbyes to everyone and hit the road at about 4:45, and we finally made it home by 11:45 due to some traffic in DC. Ugh.

Once we got home, it was lights out.

Monday

Fabio and I both slept in nice and late on Monday – we were tired!

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping and prepping for the week ahead.

We even made some fresh juice, which is something we hadn’t done in ages. Yum!

All in all, I’d say it was a perfect weekend! Thanks so much for having us, CC and Steve!

Question of the day: Do you like skiing? Are you good at it?

 Posted by on January 17, 2017
Jan 132017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Did it go by quickly? Mine was a good one, but I’m especially happy that it’s almost over because I am SO excited about my weekend plans – we are driving up to my Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s place in Otis, Massachusetts for a weekend of skiing! Since it’s MLK weekend and Fabio and I both have off from work on Monday we figured it was the perfect time to make the trip up.

We’ve only seen it snowy up there once, and although I’m not sure how much snow they have right now I think the slopes should have enough for us to ski. (Not that I am a good skiier by any means…)

Plus their house is always so cozy in the winter!

Eek! I can’t wait!

Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s take a step back and talk about what made me smile this week in today’s Favorite Things Friday post. Feel free to play along in the comments below!

Favorite Workouts

Now that you know a little more about my goals for 2017, I thought I’d start sharing a recap of my weekly workouts to help keep myself accountable. Here’s a look at my workouts this week!

Monday’s class was a good one, and we focused on strength over speed. Our intervals included weighted elevated split lunges, kettlebell farmer’s carries, plank holds on the rings, and a kickboxing combo.

Photo from Anne!

We also got to use these new-to-me slide boards! Have you guys ever tried these? You put little booties on over your shoes and then slide back and forth along the board. You have to push off pretty hard to slide all the way across and you have to squat pretty low to keep your balance, so it’s a good workout! They kind of reminded me of skiing (or maybe that’s just because I have skiing on the brain?).

  • Tuesday, Jan. 10: Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga

The sculpt class at CorePower Yoga is not new to me in any way – in fact I used to take it once a week when it was still regularly available on ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!) – but this week I tried a new instructor who totally kicked my butt!! Her name is Monica and she teaches the sculpt class on Tuesday mornings at the Clarendon location (which is actually in Courthouse, but whatever). Fabio and I took a sculpt class on Friday at that studio on Friday last week, and there were maybe 15 or 20 people there. On Tuesday though, there were closer to 40! I knew right then that something was going to be different about this class, and as soon as Monica came into the room I saw why. I knew she was going to be tough, but man! Her class was killer! I will definitely be back.

Fabio and I took a sculpt class at that studio on Friday last week, and there were maybe 15 or 20 people there. On Tuesday though, there were closer to 40! I knew right then that something was going to be different about this class, and as soon as Monica came into the room I saw why. She looked really strong, and had a no-messing-around attitude. I knew she was going to be tough, but man! Her class was killer! Even though she was hard, she was still really positive and gave everyone a high-five after the tough cardio intervals. I will definitely be back to her class!

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11: Spin class at one of my old favs, Biker Barre

I always have a good time at Biker Barre since they plan the sprints and climbs to the beat of the music. It feels like you’re dancing on your bike! I always sweat a ton in spin class too, so it was nice to mix in this cardio with all the strength training I did this week.

  • Thursday, Jan. 12: Bootcamp at Definitions DC with Anne and Kathleen

Thursday’s class was another good one, and our instructor DeShay had us running through a bunch of intervals including of rowing, Russian twists with sandbags, burpee jacks, plyo jumps, kettlebell lifts and more. It’s always fun when I have my two workout buddies by my side!

Picture from Anne!

  • Friday, Jan. 13: Rest day!

I don’t think I’ve been stretching my quads enough after working out because I’ve been experiencing some pain around my knees that I think is due to some tenditinits. Womp womp. I’ve been foam rolling like crazy and trying to stretch more, so we will see if it gets any better. i figured another rest day wouldn’t hurt either!

All in all, I’d say it was a solid week of workouts!

Favorite Splurge

Anne and I have been going to MADabolic a lot lately; we like the classes and especially like that it’s right in Clarendon and only a quick drive from our houses. One thing I don’t like though is that they charge you to rent gloves every time the workout includes some kickboxing, which lately has been every time.

Even though it’s only a few dollars, I figured I should just buy some gloves of my own to save money in the long run. Plus, Anne and I like going to 9Round kickboxing on occasion, and I thought it would be nice to use my own gloves (truthfully, theirs are kind of stinky).

I wound up getting these gloves off Amazon (in pink, obviously) for $25 which I thought was a pretty good deal! I can’t wait to test them out.

Favorite Weather

Wow – the weather was absolutely GORGEOUS yesterday, and I treated myself to a long walk outside during my lunch break.

Amazing!

Favorite Surprise

On Monday, my friends let me know that FedEx had dropped off a little surprise for me. When I got home I practically ran out of the car to get the box, and when I opened it I saw the sweetest bachelorette surprise! (Warning: the photo below includes references to male genitalia…)

My sweet friends had written me a note that was themed like the Bachelor and talked about how season after season we watch people on the Bachelor/Bachelorette accept the final rose to find love, but since I already found love would I please accept a bouquet of penises for my bachelorette party! Ha! How thoughtful and funny. (For anyone who doesn’t know, most bachelorette parties in the U.S. have all sorts of penis-themed stuff, like straws and balloons and cakes and more. Don’t ask me why it’s a thing, it just is!)

Anyway, I thought this was super cute and it’s getting me even more excited for my bachelorette party in early March. My friends are planning the whole thing and keeping the destination a surprise, so I can’t wait to see where we go! Eek!

Favorite New Tradition

My dad bought Fabio and me each one of these weird little glow-in-the-dark figurines for Christmas, and we’ve been hiding them around the house ever since.

They’re really small – just a few inches tall – and they’re so fun to stash in places like the medicine cabinets, Fabio’s shoes, sock drawers, etc. They make me smile every time I see them in a new spot!

 

Favorite Late Christmas Gift

Remember my sweet friend Vic who got me the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse cookbook for Christmas? Well she also got me this awesome monogrammed apron that arrived earlier this week. I love it!

Favorite Snuggle Buddy

This is how I watched the Bachelor this week – with Jack literally laying across my body. Oh well, I didn’t mind. 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Question of the day: What made you smile this week?

 Posted by on January 13, 2017
Jan 112017
 

This year is obviously a very important one for me, as I’ll be getting married in June! I’m definitely one of those women who has always dreamed about her wedding, imagining it to be a magical and special day ever since I was a little girl. While those sparkly dreams have come down to reality a little (holy $$$$), I still want to make the day as special as possible!

That being said, I really want to make sure I look my best and am in my best shape on the big day and for all the fun events leading up to it. That means that as soon as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, I felt the pull to start working on my diet and fitness to make sure I’m happy with myself by June. Of course I probably didn’t need to start working on that in January, but I have my bachelorette party in early March and dress fittings around then too, and with the momentum of the rest of the world and their New Year’s resolutions behind me, I decided it was as good a time as any to crack down.

Luckily, my good friend Vic was my secret Santa this year in my group of girlfriends, and she sent me something to help me get started: the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse cookbook! (Psst – there’s also a shorter, online version of the plan here!)

This book was put together by Sara Dickerman, a Bon Appetit staff member, and a registered dietician to provide two-week meal plans for each season of the year to help you focus on nourishing – but delicious! – food. The introduction to the book explains that the word “cleanse” often makes you think of gross juice cleanses and the like, but this meal plan is about bringing nutritious, balanced meals back into the rotation without sacrificing flavor. After all, this is a cleanse for food lovers! The recipes take advantage of bold spices and herbs in lieu of salt and fat (though there’s plenty of healthy fats included in the book). It sounded perfect for me, and I couldn’t wait to dig through it.

One other thing I love about this plan is that all of the meals have a balance of macros. One of my goals for 2017 – in addition to just generally eating healthier and upping my fitness game – is to pay more attention to macros and try to include a balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fat in every meal. I love that this book makes it easy!

Between Christmas and New Years I poured through the two-week plan for winter, which takes advantage of produce that’s cheap and readily available at this time of year (I love that there are spring, summer, and fall meal plans too!). To be honest the plan looked a bit intimidating at first, as there were a ton of recipes to cook. Luckily the book breaks everything down into lists showing what items you can make in advance, what recipes you’ll use multiple times throughout the week, and even what your grocery list should include.

I went through the plan with a notebook and a pencil and made a few modifications (I didn’t feel like buying all the ingredients on the list since we had some similar items already on hand) and then hit the grocery store! I did a lot of prep work the night before starting the plan, and then felt ready to take on the week ahead!

(BTW, I’m not planning to totally stick to the plan on weekends.)

Last week was my first week following the meal plan, so I thought I’d share a recap of how it’s been going so far.

First of all, you need a LOT of tupperware and have to really plan ahead for your day.

Breakfasts have been really tasty and I like that they are so varied. I’m such a creature of habit that I usually have the same things over and over again for breakfast, so this has been really good for forcing me out of my comfort zone.

Some mornings I’ll have plain Greek yogurt (full fat) with chopped up apples and toasted quinoa…

…and other days I’ll have two hardboiled eggs with a delicious walnut pesto that I made in advance (FYI – the pesto gets used in a bunch of recipes).

There are also a few oatmeal combos: one with pumpkin spice puree and nuts, and one with toasted coconut flakes, coconut milk, and cocoa nibs.

Everything has been delicious and really filling!

Side note: I’ve also been trying to make an effort to eat a couple dates with peanut butter before and after my workouts to make sure I’m fueling and refueling my body properly.

Lunches have mostly consisted of leftovers from the night before but thrown into a salad. I really like this approach because it’s the one meal I don’t really have to think about. I just cook a little extra food when I make dinner (which is already accounted for in the recipe) and then in the morning before work I throw it all together into a salad. Lunch = done!

There’s also plenty of room for snacks on this plan, which I also love. Some days it’s a pear with a little goat cheese, and other days it’s hummus with all-rye crackers or plain Greek yogurt with this delicious cashew/sunflower seed/pumpkin seed savory granola. Yum.

Then there are the dinners! This is by far my favorite part of the meal plan since everything is so darn tasty! I have noticed that some of the recipes take a while to put together – almost like Blue Apron – but some of them are super easy and come together in a flash. If you’re going to follow this plan, I would just recommend making the recipes according to your weeknight plans!

Here are some of my favorite dinners from the plan so far: miso flank steak with kale/mushrooms and the most delicious acorn squash puree (seriously, that acorn squash puree is one of my new favorite recipes ever).

Then there was a delicious tomato chickpea concoction with sauteed kale with leaks and onions. Truthfully Fabio and I both expected to feel kind of meh about this dish, but we actually both loved it! I even went back for seconds on the chickpeas and practically licked my plate clean. It was so good!

The plan also encourages us to eat more fish and less meat, so one night we had tahini-braised flounder with carrots and brussels sprouts and other night we had broiled salmon with cabbage slaw and spicy black beans.

All in all, I would say the dinners are the home run of this plan for me, as everything has been very balanced, fresh, and, most importantly, delicious!

Oh – and you can’t forget about dessert! The plan leaves room for something sweet after dinner, whether it be a mango, orange, a couple of dates, or a piece of dark chocolate.

I don’t have something sweet after dinner every night, but last week Fabio and I shared a couple of mangoes and oranges which was really nice. Plus, chocolate!

As you can probably tell, I’ve been really happy with this meal plan so far! I feel like I’ll probably keep it going for a little while after the two weeks is up, but I’m still trying to figure out what kind of meal plan I want to follow as it gets closer to the bachelorette party, wedding, etc. For now though, this is working and helping me feel a little more comfortable in my clothes post holiday-treat bingeing. Woohoo!

Question of the day: Are you trying to eat healthy post-New Years? How are you doing that?

 

 Posted by on January 11, 2017
Jan 092017
 

Hi friends! Did you have a nice weekend? It was a really cold one in these parts, and we even got our first snow of the season! Here’s my recap.

Friday

On Friday night, Fabio and I drove into Baltimore to celebrate our friend Cole’s birthday!

There wound up being a big group of us there to celebrate, which of course meant we had a lot of fun! I hadn’t seen most of this crew since the summer – basically since wedding season ended – so it was great to catch up with everyone.

Tom is such a goof – he pretends to look surprised in all these pics!

Anytime there’s a selfie stick at the bar it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a good time!

Since most of these guys are Fabio’s fraternity brothers, I offered to be the DD and drive us home after the bar (that, and I didn’t really feel like crashing on someone’s couch and then having to drive back to Arlington in the morning). Since I was driving, Fabio took advantage of the time with his friends, and let’s just say the car ride home was…entertaining. Fabio decided he was only going to speak Spanish, and then when we played songs on the radio he tried to translate the lyrics and sing them in Spanish. Ha!

We arrived back at home at around 12:30 a.m., and although I was tired I was happy to be in my own bed!

Saturday

Saturday wound up being an ultimate PJ day, which was actually a lot of fun! When we woke up in the morning it was freezing outside (temps in the teens/low twenties with wind chills in the single digits) and snowing! When I took Jack out for a walk it had only just started to snow, but it continued through the rest of the morning and early afternoon.

Brrr!

Since Fabio and I didn’t have any plans for the day, we decided to stay inside and get cozy! Fabio built us a nice fire which we enjoyed from the couch while watching Netflix.

The snow continued to fall and wound up sticking to the roads, so I was really happy we didn’t have to go anywhere. Yay! What a fun and relaxing day.

In the late afternoon, we took Jack out for a longer adventure in the snow (he LOVES running around in the snow) before returning to the couch. Yep, it was quite the lazy day!

I wound up making homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner, which really hit the spot. We also happened to have a bunch of fresh herbs on hand including rosemary, sage, and parsley, which added lots of flavor. Yum!

And that was pretty much it for our Saturday!

Sunday

Sunday morning was another cold one with the “feels like” temperature a measly one degree. Ugh.

After taking Jack for a walk, I fueled up with some scrambled eggs and avocado, plus half a piece of Fabio’s bacon. 😉

Then Fabio and I headed out to get some grocery shopping done at both Giant and Costo, and on our way home we stopped by a class at CorePower Yoga!

The class was Yoga 1 which is a little on the easy side for me, but it fit with our schedule so it worked out ok. The warm class was a nice reprieve from the cold outside!

When we got home we prepped a bunch of food for the week and Fabio watched some football.

Dinner was leftover chicken noodle soup, and we had hot chocolate for dessert!

With extra mashmallows on top, obviously.

Overall it was a really nice relaxing weekend, which I definitely appreciated with all the running around we normally do. We’re going to be doing a lot of traveling in the next couple of weeks, so this was a good time to rest up!

Question of the day: What’s the weather like where you are?

 Posted by on January 9, 2017
Jan 062017
 

At the end of every year, I like to take a moment to reflect on the highlights from the last 365 days. It’s a fun way for me to look back at all the high points of the year, and these are always some of my favorite posts to write.

Since I didn’t have a chance to get this post up before the end of the year, I figured I’d share it with you all today! Here’s a look back at my 16 highlights from 2016. Be prepared: it’s a long one!

16. Spent lots of time with family. In looking back over the year, some of my favorite memories were just the casual weekends spent with my family. From playing in fallen leaves with my sister to spending some quality time with my grandparents to family crab feasts at my mom’s house, I have some truly special memories with the people I love most.

15. Kept up my fitness game with tons of spin classes and boot camps. My love affair with ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!) continued throughout 2016, and I took oh-so-many wonderful classes. My three favorite classes from the year probably have to be FlyWheel’s spin class, Urban Athletic Club’s Urban Athlete (bootcamp) class, and CorePower Yoga’s Sculpt class (which hasn’t been on ClassPass lately, but I took my fair share of those classes throughout 2016).

Close runners up include Definitions, MADabolic, Biker Barre (their spin class), and Reformation Fitness! Oddly enough, I took hardly any barre classes in 2016, though I was a big fan of barre in 2015. I also didn’t run much in 2016, but I’m ok with that. As long as I have a fitness routine that makes me happy and it’s something I look forward to, I will keep doing what I’m doing! Plus I have some running plans in store for 2017, so stay tuned for updates on that.

14. Started planning my wedding! I’m elaborating a lot more on this in the items below, but every detail of planning my wedding has been so much fun. Whether it’s planning our honeymoon in Thailand or chatting with our photographer (love her) or sending out our save the dates, I am enjoying every moment of this process. The photos below are from our engagement session in Jamaica last year, but we’re using them for a lot of the wedding pieces.

13. Crawled around DC breweries for Fabio’s birthday. For Fabio’s birthday this year, I organized a brewery crawl around DC with a bunch of our friends. It turned out really well, and we had such a fun time exploring new breweries and hanging out with all our friends! I also loved that I asked everyone to wear plaid as our theme. Haha!

12. Visited Aunt CC and Uncle Steve in Otis—one of my favorite places on Earth—and learned to paddle board. Visiting Aunt CC and Uncle Steve at their house in the Berkshires is always one of the highlights of my year. This summer when we went up, Uncle Steve taught us to paddle board, which was (surprisingly) something Fabio and I hadn’t tried before. The whole weekend was a blast, but paddleboarding was probably my favorite part. I just love visiting them!!

11. Stood on my chair and spun my napkin around in the air in an Italian restaurant in NYC with so many of my best friends by my side. Now that’s an interesting one, right? Every year Fabio and I try to visit NYC during the holidays to visit our friends and this year’s trip was especially fun. The highlight for me was our dinner experience at Puglia, where we drank all the wine we wanted for three hours and stood on our chairs waving our napkins around whenever the band played “the napkin song.” This sounds like such a weird thing to do, but I’m telling you it was an absolute blast!!

10. Attended eight beautiful weddings. This was definitely a wedding-heavy year for us, but each one was special and unique in its own way. I had a blast at all of them, and loved getting to celebrate with so many people who mean so much to me. Congrats to all of you!!

…and also, thank goodness for Rent the Runway.

9. Shopped for (and found!) my wedding dress. Eek! This is a memory that makes me giddy just thinking about it. In June, I invited a couple of my friends and family members to join me in shopping for a wedding dress. I really didn’t expect to find one on this trip and thought we’d mostly just be shopping for the fun of it, but low and behold I found my dress! We went out to lunch afterwords to celebrate, and it was just such a fun day with the women who mean so much to me.

8. Spent a weekend touring wedding venues, and had an amazing night in Cambridge, MD, with my mom and stepdad. Thinking back to this weekend always brings a smile to my face. Soon after Fabio and I got engaged, we scheduled visits with a bunch of wedding venues on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and invited some of our family members to come along. We spent the day on Saturday visiting two beautiful wedding venues (see recaps of those here) and then my mom, stepdad, Fabio and I stayed at an adorable bed and breakfast in Cambridge, MD. We wound up going out to dinner at a fun wine and cheese spot, and then bar hopping a bit throughout the cute little town. The evening ended in a bar with live music, and we had such a blast drinking and dancing with my parents. I remember having a bad headache the next day (oy) but it was worth it to have such a fun night. Then on Sunday we visited three more wedding venues, including the one we wound up going with! It was such a fun and memorable weekend.

7. Shopped for bridesmaids dresses, and had an amazing birthday brunch celebration afterword. During the weekend that I planned to celebrate my birthday, I invited my bridesmaids to come into town to try on dresses, and then coordinated a boozy brunch for us all after. We started off our morning at Bella Bridesmaids (highly recommend!), everyone ordered their dresses, and then we spent the rest of the day eating, drinking, and having fun! What a blast!

I also have to mention that my friends Catrina and Britt stayed with me for a few days leading up to this weekend, which was also so much fun. It brought me back to our college days!

6. Met Fabio’s extended family in Colombia, and had them teach me how to salsa dance (among other things). Visiting Colombia earlier this year was such a blast, and I still can’t get over how welcoming Fabio’s extended family was. While we had a really nice time exploring Medellin (touring a coffee farm was really cool, as was seeing Penol & Guatape), the highlight for me was the weekend that we spent in a huge finca (farm house) with all of Fabio’s relatives. While there, we hosted a big party celebrating our engagement and Fabio’s sister and brother-in-law’s one year anniversary. That party was a BLAST and I loved learning to salsa dance with everyone. I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

5. Continuing on with the Colombia theme, I loved visiting the beautiful city of Cartagena with Fabio’s family and our good friends Jojo and Jadd! Cartagena was a beautiful place, and we had a blast going on a boat tour, exploring an old fort, and going out to the bars with our friends to watch a Colombia soccer game. What an amazing experience! There was lots of salsa dancing in Cartagena too, haha!

4. Started a new job. This year I made a big move for my career and switched to a new job with a higher salary, bigger responsibilities, and a fancy new title. I’m still doing what I love – communications and PR for a health-focused nonprofit – but this was a big switch for me and has been challenging and rewarding so far. I know this move was the right thing to do and I am so grateful the opportunity I’ve been given. Now I just have to keep grinding!

3 and 2. Celebrated two amazing engagement parties. Where do I even begin with these? First Aunt CC and Uncle Steve threw us an incredible engagement party in NYC in April, and then my mom and stepdad threw us a second one in July. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for their generosity. Both of these parties were some of the best memories I have – EVER! – and I am so appreciative of my family.

1. Bought a house. Eeeek!! Yep, the biggest highlight for me in 2016 was becoming a homeowner! Fabio and I are so happy (and lucky) to own a 2.5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, town house in the heart of Ballston, just two blocks from the metro. It’s a big responsibility and needs a bit of work, but we’re up to the challenge! Yay!

Phew! What a year, right? Geez, when did I become such an adult?

If nothing else, these posts always remind me what an incredible life I have, and encourage me to spend a few minutes every day being grateful. Thank you to all of you who have been a part of it!!

Question of the day: What was the highlight of your 2016?

 Posted by on January 6, 2017
Jan 032017
 

Hi friends! Happy 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful New Years. As I’m sure you noticed, I decided to take some time off from the blog last week to enjoy a bit of a holiday break. It was really nice to take a break, but today I’m back at it with the rest of my holiday recaps.

When we last left off, Fabio and I were driving from New York down to my grandparents’ house on the Eastern Shore for Christmas Eve celebrations! We always spend Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house, and it’s definitely one of my favorite holiday traditions. We arrived around 3:15 p.m. to their festive home!

This scene was especially cozy after such a dreary/rainy/traffic-filled car ride. Yuck! I’ll take one cozy fire and a glass of wine, please!

Once we arrived, we spent some time catching up with everyone and chatting about Christmas festivities. Fabio and I decided to play Santa’s elves again and pass out fun Christmas hats, headbands, and ugly sweaters. Having this bag of holiday costumes makes Christmas so much more fun! I think we’re going to make this a new tradition. 🙂

My sister & me!

Even Jack got in on the action with his Christmas tie! There was also a set of doggy reindeer antlers, but he took those off after about 2.5 seconds. Haha!

After having some snacks and wine, it was time to open presents! My sister is 11 this year, which means Christmas is still basically the best thing ever. She was definitely excited to open her presents from Grandma and Grandpa!

She also handed out the presents to the rest of us.

Fabio and I both wound up getting some really nice gifts, and we had a nice time handing them out to my grandparents as well. So fun!

Then it was time for dinner!

We enjoyed a Thanksgiving-esque menu, which is always one of my favorite meals. We had turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, and roasted veggies! Plus warm rolls from the oven. Yum.

For dessert, we had Grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies and slices of a festive cheesecake that Fabio and I had brought from New York. Everything was delicious!

After dinner everyone was pretty tired – Jack included – so we decided it was time to hit the road and head over to my dad’s house where we planned to spend the night.

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house!

Christmas Day

When we woke up at my dad’s house on Christmas day, we saw that Santa had come!

We all got lots of great presents, and Fabio was particularly psyched with the half-zip sweaters he received since he basically lives in them during the winter.

Meanwhile, I got some new clothes and some fun stuff for our wedding and honeymoon! Santa was good to us. 🙂

After opening up presents and eating breakfast, my sister and I sat down to do some coloring while we watched the Disney parade on TV. My dad got us each a coloring book and a set of colored pencils. It was so fun and relaxing!

Eventually it was time to pack up our gear and move on to our next stop: my mom’s house! (Luckily it’s only about 10 minutes away from my dad’s house, but it was still a lot of driving around for just a couple of days).

My mom and stepdad typically host a big open house every year on Christmas, and we got there a bit early to exchange gifts before the rest of the guests arrived.

Later on, one of my best friends, Hana, arrived! She was in town for the holidays and had a spare moment to stop by. 🙂

Throughout the day guests continued to drop by, and it wound up being a really fun day! Fabio and I spent the night at my mom’s, and then drove back to Arlington the next day.

Christmas through New Years

The days after Christmas were pretty quiet on this front; I had a lot of work to do but luckily I was able to do it all from home. On Friday Fabio was allowed to work from home too, so my view looked something like this…

Haha!

I did get some in fitness action in with an Urban Athletic Club class with Anne via ClassPass! (<– affiliate link for $30 off!)

Anne and I wound up being the only two people in class that day (it was rainy and a lot of people were probably still out of town for the holiday) so our instructor was able to get lots of good pictures for us. 🙂

The first class back after the holidays is always a hard one, and Anne and I were feeling it by the end. Phew!

When it came time for New Years, Fabio and I laid low at home. We were originally supposed to go up to Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s house in Massachusetts for the holiday, but poor CC sprained her ankle, had a weird allergic reaction that caused a lot of pain in her eye, AND got some kind of stomach bug/the flu. Can you believe it? What bad luck. Poor thing. We decided to go up for MLK weekend instead, and enjoyed a quiet New Year’s Eve on the couch.

After all the traveling we did for Christmas, it was actually really nice to ring in 2017 from the comfort of our home. 🙂

Of course the next morning I woke up with a fire under my butt to put away every single Christmas decoration. I just can’t stand having them up past New Years! Anyone else like that?

And now I think we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: Would you rather spend New Years at home or out at a party/club?

 Posted by on January 3, 2017