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Mar 302017
 

Hey friends! I’m back today with the final recap of my bachelorette weekend! Here are the first few posts in case you missed them:

And today we are talking about our last full day in sunny Florida, which took place at the beach!

When we woke up, we immediately saw sunny skies and headed outside by the pool. Going straight from PJs to bathing suits is a wonderful thing!

We all still had our Fabio tattoos on from the night before, which was so funny. Everyone was walking around making coffee and getting bagels, and I just saw Fabio’s face everywhere. Haha!

Also, we had another new spachat filter on Saturday. Amazing!! 🙂

After everyone was up for the day, we decided to walk over to the beach! It was about a 10-minute walk from the house, which wasn’t bad at all.

The water was really cold so I only dipped my feet in, but we had a really fun day sitting on the beach and chatting. This actually was one of my favorite parts of the trip, since we told lots of embarrassing stories (mostly Bianca telling everyone about our awkward middle school years) and laughed for hours. It was so much fun!

Eventually we got hungry for a late lunch, so we walked along the boardwalk until we found a delicious-looking beachfront Mexican restaurant. I got fish tacos and a Corona and was a happy girl!

After lunch, we headed back to the house to relax for a bit. When we got to the front door, we noticed there was a package on the doorstep addressed to me! When we opened it up, we saw a dozen Georgetown cupcakes from our friends Jess, Jess, and Courtney who weren’t able to come on the trip with us. So, so, so thoughtful of them. 🙂 Thanks, guys!!

After relaxing around the house for a little while, we had dinner delivered (Megan had ordered a bunch of kabobs, rice, grilled veggies, hummus, and pita in advance) and spent more time sitting around chatting before it was time to go out. Sometimes these quieter moments when we just sit and chat are my favorite!

When it was time to go out, everyone wore black except for me!

This naturally meant we had to take lots of pictures in front of the BRIDE balloons. 🙂

Me & Catrina…

My bachelorette planning princesses, Megan and Bianca…

Sloppytown!

Kappa Delta pledge sisters, Britt and Kristen <3

And one with Hana and the E for my new last name!!

I also got to wear my bride-to-be sash and veil, which was so fun.

I actually got a little emotional when I put the veil on – this is starting to feel real!!

That night we went out to a bar that was a lot of fun, although I honestly couldn’t tell you the name of it. When we arrived and got our first round of drinks, we were told that they were paid for by Jess, Jess, and Courtney! Ahhh! I couldn’t believe it. As if the cupcakes weren’t enough…sheesh! I really do have the best friends.

We stayed out at the bar for a while before eventually calling it a night.

The next day we had to pack everything up and leave the house. Womp womp.

Before we all had to head home though, we went to brunch at the Marriott along the boardwalk. The kind bellhop let us leave our suitcases with him even though we weren’t staying at the hotel, which made navigating the restaurant SO much easier!

The food and atmosphere of the restaurant were great (except for the fact that it was SUPER windy since we were right on the beach, though there’s not much they can do about that!) but I just have to take a minute to comment on the amazing service we received. All of the waitstaff took such good care of us and when they heard it was my bachelorette party, they brought me a celebratory drink and a key lime pie dessert.

This was just the icing on the cake pie! What a perfect way to end such an amazing trip.

After brunch we all headed to the airport and went our separate ways. Luckily Megan was on my flight home, so we spent the whole plane ride talking about how much fun we’d had and doing some more wedding planning. Now I can’t wait for the rest of my wedding events! My bridal shower (which is more of a couples’ BBQ) is up next! Woohoo!

Thank you to every one of my amazing friends (and my mom) who made my bachelorette party so amazing. I am so blessed to have such thoughtful people in my life!!

Question of the day: Cake or pie?

 Posted by on March 30, 2017
Mar 282017
 

Today is a very big day for me – it’s American Diabetes Association Alert Day! Also known as just “Alert Day,” which is what I call it.

As you all know, I work for the American Diabetes Association doing PR/strategic communications, and for the last four or five months, I’ve been working really hard to make sure Alert Day is a success. Not only is it my job to promote Alert Day, but it’s also something I care about personally.

An estimated 86 million American adults are at risk for type 2 diabetes, which comes out to about one in three people. One in three! Think of your two best friends. Chances are that between the three of you, one of you is at risk for type 2 diabetes. Isn’t that crazy? Want to know what’s even crazier? 90% of people most at risk don’t even know it. Ah!

Diabetes is such a miserable disease – the more I read about it, the more I sympathize with anyone who has it – and when it comes to type 2 diabetes, it’s almost always preventable (or able to be delayed) through healthy lifestyle changes.

Through my job I’ve talked to lots of people who are at risk for type 2 diabetes and just don’t do anything about it. They know they’re overweight, they know they don’t eat well, and they know they need to exercise more. Some people even know that because of their ethnicity or family history, they’re even more at risk, but they still do nothing about it.

(FYI – African Americans and Hispanics are nearly twice as likely as their white counterparts to have diabetes, and 30% of diabetes in these groups is undiagnosed. Also, Asian Americans are more likely to have diabetes even at a lower BMI than the rest of the general public. This means an Asian American might look like they’re at a healthy weight, but could still be at an increased risk for diabetes.)

Alert Day is our opportunity to reach out to these people and tell them to WAKE UP! Take control of your health!

If this is something you care about, here’s what you can do. Take and share the online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test at diabetes.org/risktest. It only takes a minute and asks questions like “Are you physically active,” and “Do you have a family history of diabetes.” In just 60 seconds, you can learn if you’re at risk and what steps you can take to lower your risk and get healthy.

Now I’m assuming many of you CET readers are something like me: you’re young(ish), you eat (mostly) healthy foods, and you exercise (somewhat) regularly. But I also bet you know someone who doesn’t do those things.

For me, it’s the men in my life that I worry about. I want my dad, stepdad, future father-in-law, and grandfather to take care of their health. Heck, even Fabio could do a better job at managing his health. Why don’t men like going to the doctor or thinking about their health?! It’s maddening, I tell ‘ya. But, at least with this quick and easy online test, they can learn if they’re at risk for type 2 diabetes and (hopefully) get inspired to visit a doctor if they’re at high risk. That’s all I want, anyway.

So, please take a minute today to take the test yourself, and/or share it with a loved one. It will obviously help me with my work if I can get more people to take the test, but it’s about so much more than that. It’s about educating as many people as possible that they could be at risk for this miserable disease.

Remember, one person in three is at risk!

Question of the day: Did you take the test? Did you share it?

If you did, imagine me giving you a gigantic, virtual hug!

 Posted by on March 28, 2017
Mar 272017
 

After multiple weekends and weekdays apart from Fabio due to our bachelorette/bachelor parties and a bunch of work trips, we finally enjoyed a nice weekend together at home. And it was great. Here’s a recap!

Friday

Fabio had a work happy hour on Friday night, and when he came home it was close to 8:30 p.m. and neither one of us felt like cooking. We decided to get take-out from Moby Dick, and enjoyed some delicious kabobs (espeically the chicken). I always forget how good that place is; I don’t know why we don’t go more often!

While we ate, we watched a new-to-us show on Netflix called Peaky Blinders. Has anyone else seen this show? So far, we like it a lot!

Saturday

Our Saturday began with a walk for the dogs! As I mentioned last week, we were dog sitting for our friends Megan and JR and it was a lot of fun having their Westie, Tully, around for the weekend.

Once the dogs had their walk and their breakfast, Fabio and I set out for our long run of the week!

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 70s, so it was a perfect day to hit the pavement. With the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler coming up this weekend (!!) we wanted to get around 8 miles in. We decided to drive over to Iwo Jima and run into D.C. from there with the hopes that we would get to see the cherry blossoms!

With the snow storm and cold weather that we had last week, we had heard that a lot of the blossoms were damaged. We didn’t think they looked too bad!

The trees were in peak bloom over the weekend, and the crowds were there to prove it. Sheesh. I always forget how crazy it is during cherry blossom time.

It was worth running by them though; they are so pretty!

We wound up having to walk through most of the cherry blossom/tidal basin area since the crowds were so thick, so our 8 mile run was closer to 7ish. That was ok though – we just wanted to get in some miles! Our pace was also pretty speedy with an average of 8:50, so now I’m thinking we might just be able to try PRing this run coming up. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

After our run, we needed to get a safety inspection done on our car, and the car shop was right next to our favorite Arlington coffee shop, Northside Social! While our car got checked out, we treated ourselves to some lunch.

To start off, we shared one of the bacon scones. YUM. These things are amazing.

Then I got their roasted turkey sandwich, which comes on delicious grain bread and includes avocado and bacon. De-lish!

Plus some salad on the side.

Once we were done eating, our car still wasn’t ready and we were enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine, so we went back to order some coffees. I got a latte and it hit the spot.

Eventually our car was ready so we headed back home. Fabio got to work putting some grass seed down (our little “lawn” is very sparse at the moment) while I worked on meal planning.

Then when we were done, we got our wedding invitations ready to mail out! For the occasion, we broke open one of the bottles of wine my friends gave me when we got engaged. Yay! We are making our way through the basket!

It took us a while to stuff all the envelopes, put on all the stamps, and stamp our return address (we have one of these), but eventually we got them all ready to go and dropped them in the mailbox. No turning back now!

Then it was time for a date night! I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast, so Fabio and I bought tickets earlier in the week for a Saturday night 3D showing. We walked over to the Ballston movie theater, and were happy to see that it had recently been redone with reclining leather chairs. Woot!

The movie was really cute and even Fabio agreed that it was good. 🙂 Not only is he not a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, but he admitted that he thought it was the story of Sleeping Beauty until the movie started. Crazy! He’s such a trooper for seeing it with me. 🙂

Sunday

We dropped off Tully on Sunday morning, and then hit up an 11:30 a.m. yoga class at Sculpt DC.

It was really basic/beginner yoga class, which I actually didn’t mind because it forced us to work on our form and take each move slowly. I was a fan!

After yoga, we ran about a million errands – including trips to two grocery stores for the week’s provisions – before finally arriving home. It was a lot colder on Sunday, so Fabio built us a fire. So cozy!

Fabio wanted to watch soccer and golf, so I read my Kindle on the couch (I just started In Farleigh Field and am loving it!) and at one point took a nap. 🙂

And now it’s early evening and I’m working on this post!

We’re having homemade pizza for dinner tonight, and the dough is currently rising on the counter. I can’t wait until it’s ready!

Question of the day: How often do you go to the movies?

We hardly ever go, but are trying to make it a more regular thing.

 Posted by on March 27, 2017
Mar 242017
 

Hi friends! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today for two reasons.

Reason number one: A furry visitor just got here (it’s Thursday night as I type this), and I feel like I should give him some attention! We are dog sitting for our good friends Megan and JR this weekend while they attend a wedding in Florida, and it’s always a lot of fun when we have Tully staying with us.

When I brought Tully home today after work, he and Jack spent a decent amount of time sprinting in circles around the couch. There was also a lot of squeak toy action happening, so things are pretty noisy and chaotic around here at the moment. I feel like a mom whose kid is having a sleepover!

And the other reason I’m keeping things short today: Fabio is finally home from his work trip! Yayyy! He’s been gone since 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, which was entirely too long in my book. Jack and I missed him!

Before I sign off though, let’s chat quickly about my workouts this week.

Sat., March 18: Rest day! Fabio and I were supposed to do a long run this day, but our schedule wound up getting really crowded with other appointments so we decided to postpone it until this weekend instead.

Sun., March 19: Another rest day! I spent this day cleaning the house, running a million errands, and getting a lot of wedding planning done. 🙂

Mon., March 20: Three mile run with Jack! This run actually felt pretty easy and my pace got back into the 8:50 range, which is more in line with how I used to run back in the day. When I started training for this Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I felt like I would never get back to feeling like three miles was an “easy” distance, but it’s looking I’m finally back in that place. Yay!

Tues., March 21: On Tuesday, Anne, Kathleen, and I took a bootcamp class at Definitions. It was a really good class, and took us through three stations with a variety of exercises including curtsy lunges with kettlebells, TRX rows, pushups, one-legged squats, jump squats, ab V-ups, rowing, and more. We definitely worked up a sweat, and had a great time chatting throughout the workout like usual.

Wed., March 22: On Wednesday, Anne and I headed out for another bootcamp, this time at Urban Athletic Club! Our instructor Romain took us through a workout that was half AMRAP (as many reps as possible) and half 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Our exercises included box pushes, hurdle/sprints, burpees, kettlebell swings, TRX rows, up and down planks, wall balls, TRX mountain climbers, pull-ups, jump rope, kettlebell snatches, overhead presses, bicep curls, and treadmill running. Honestly when I saw treadmill running on the board I was disappointed, but then Romain explained we wouldn’t actually be turning the treadmill on – he wanted us to move the tread just with our feet! It was tough and added a fun new element to our usual lineup.

It was a good one!

Thurs., March 23: Rest day! After two days in a row of early wakeup calls and showering in the crappy shower at work, I wanted a day to sleep in and get ready at home.

Fri., March 24: Tomorrow I have a spin class at Revolve DC on the agenda!

Alright friends, I’m calling it a night. Have a good weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever pet sit for friends? If so, do the pets ever do anything weird?

We once watched a dog for Fabio’s coworker who used to steal all of Fabio’s dirty socks out of the hamper and drag them around the house! I also remember he wouldn’t let go of them when you asked for them back, haha!

Then again, Jack brings whatever clothing item we last wore to the front door every time we leave the house (he also grabs clothes out of the hamper) so I guess our own dog is pretty weird. The worst is when he brings our sweaty gym clothes to the door and then we have guests over! Eek!

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 232017
 

Well, I really tried to make this the final recap post of my bachelorette party in Fort Lauderdale, but I couldn’t do it! So, you will have one more post after this one. Sorry! Hopefully you don’t mind too much. 🙂

If you missed the first two recaps, you can read about our first day and night in Fort Lauderdale here, and read about our fun day by the pool here! When we last left off, we had just finished chatting in the hot tub before going inside to get ready for dinner.

We decided to wear our fun bachelorette tanks for this night – mine was white and in gold sparkles said “Drunk in Love” and everyone else’s were black and said “Just Drunk.” Yep! Sounds about right! 🙂

Once we were all just about ready, all my friends secretly got together in the back room. I had no idea what they were doing, but then they all came out with flower crowns and – get this – tattoos with Fabio’s face on them!!

(FYI – they got them from my sorority sister’s Etsy store, Dunkirk Designs!)

How hysterical, right? They had one for me too, obviously. 🙂

How funny! They also had tattoos that said “Make good decisions,” so I decided to wear that one on my lower back. Haha!

I then took the opportunity to take a million pictures with my amazing friends! Here I am with Sam, Hana, and Bianca. I’ve been friends with Hana since first grade, and Sam and Bianca since middle school!

Bianca is also one of my maids of honor, and she did a great job planning some of these fun bachelorette decorations and surprises. 🙂

I also grabbed a picture with Kristen, my pledge sister! We met in the fall of 2008 – the same time that I met Fabio – and have been such good friends ever since. <3

Then there’s Megan, who was basically the bachelorette planning Queen! She’s super organized and helped Bianca with a lot (ok, all) of the planning logistics. We’ve also been friends since college, and she’s now the only one still living in Arlington with me (all of our other gurlays have moved away!). I don’t know what the heck I would do without her.

Then we have Catrinaaaa! My California girl, fitness buddy, fellow foodie, and amazing friend. I don’t get to see her enough!!! Move back to the East Coast, Treen!

A Megan/Catrina sandwich!

And then there’s this. Lol.

That right there is probably one of my favorite pictures from the whole trip. It’s so us!

Once we were done with our photo shoot (this wasn’t even all the girls – just a few of them!) we hopped in a Lyft and headed to a drag show at Lips!

When we got there, we saw that Hana had coordinated another Snapchat filter for us. Seriously, my friends spoiled me rotten during this trip.

Somehow we got SUPER lucky and wound up with a table right up front. Look at my bachelorette crew! Aren’t they beautiful? (People probably hated us, lol. We were definitely “those annoying bachelorette party girls.”)

Yay!

Before the start of the show, we met our waitress for the evening, Chocolata. She had such great energy and right from the get-go I could tell she was going to make the night so much fun.

We ordered our food and a couple of drinks before the show started, and I ate some surprisingly good mushroom raviolis. (I say surprisingly because I’m not sure good food is the main focus of a drag show place, haha!)

Then Chocolata brought over two bottles of champagne and said they were from Claire and Jojo!! I couldn’t believe it – two of my sweet friends who weren’t able to come on the trip had coordinated to have the champagne brought over to us. How many times can I say that my friends are the best?

Once we were done with our food, it was time for the show! Our front and center seats came in handy and we had a great view.

After a couple of entertaining acts, Chocolata came out in a whole new outfit and worked the room with an amazing lip synching and dance performance!

I looove this picture of her putting her boot on the table in front of Megan.

LOL!!

Basically, Chocolata was phenomenal.

Then before I knew it, the main part of the show was over and I was being called up on stage with a bunch of other bachelorettes for a challenge! I screenshotted this picture from Hana’s Snapchat. 🙂

For the challenge, we had to get on our hands and knees and take a “blow job” shot without using our hands. Yep, I had to do that. On stage. In front of a bunch of people.

Ready…

Go!

The challenge was a lot of fun, and at the end I fulfilled my dream of taking a picture with Chocolata (who had changed outfits again).

Right before we left, I talked to Chocolata a bit more (probably too much) and thanked her for empowering women everywhere to be the best version of themselves and to just be confident in their own skins. Yep. I’m not making this up. Luckily my friends pulled me away and we left Lips before I got too annoying. I hope, anyway. Haha!

That’s some love right there.

What a fun night!!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to a drag show? Also, do you get stage fright?

I thought I would be nervous about going on stage for the challenge, but since my friends were all right in front of me I didn’t feel nervous at all. The drinks beforehand probably helped too. 😉

 Posted by on March 23, 2017
Mar 202017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Fabio left for a work trip early Sunday morning, but we made the best of our Friday and Saturday together! Here’s a recap.

Friday

On Friday night, we had a family birthday dinner! My stepdad Fritz, stepsister Maggie, and her boyfriend Nick all have winter(ish) birthdays, so we usually get together around this time of year to celebrate. (Fabio, my mom, and I all have fall birthdays, so it works out well!)

For dinner, we went to a new-to-me restaurant in Monrovia, MD, (about 10 minutes from my mom’s house) called Wilcom’s Inn. I had passed this place a ton of times before, but for whatever reason it never really caught my attention. My mom said it used to be a bar for horse-betting, but it has new ownership now and she raved about the steaks.

When we pulled up, we were surprised to find the place packed! It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere, so I wasn’t expecting such a big crowd. The owner introduced himself to us as soon as we arrived, and everyone was so hospitable! We all got steaks, and even though our expectations were high from my mom’s rave reviews, we were impressed. Everything was delicious!

We will definitely be back to Wilcom’s Inn!

After dinner, we went back to my mom’s house and enjoyed some more wine by the fireplace. We wound up all chatting about our childhood and other random things, and there was a lot of laughing going on. It was a really fun night!

At around 11:00, Maggie and Nick headed back to their apartment and the rest of us headed up to bed.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we woke up to mimosas made with fresh orange juice!

My mom’s friends Lee and Dan came over for brunch, and Fritz made us a delicious breakfast of whole wheat pancakes with strawberry preserves, scrambled eggs, and sausage. Dan also made this delicious baked brie wrapped in crescents. Yum!

After breakfast, Fabio and I sat down with Lee, who is also our wedding officiant, for our premarital counseling. I wasn’t sure what to expect from premarital counseling, but it actually wound up being very helpful! Lee did a great job at talking to both of us about our relationship and some things we can do to make it stronger.

After the counseling was over, we hit the road and ran a bunch of wedding-related errands. We are still trying to finalize the suits for the groomsmen, but after driving around to a bunch of places I think we finally arrived at a solution. Phew!

Taking some advice from Lee, Fabio and I decided we should go on a date once all our errands were over. We’d been wanting to check out Ambar in Clarendon for a while, so we figured Saturday was the perfect time. Ambar is a Balkan tapas restaurant, and it’s always crowded whenever we drive by.

I started off with a Belgrade mule, which was delicious!

Fabio got a beer, and although I don’t know what kind he got, I can attest that it was delicious. Also, this is the face he makes when I say “Let me take a picture of you for the blog!” Haha!

We got a bunch of tapas to share including the balkan salad…

…the balkan kabab…

…the stuffed sour cabbage with pork…

…and the lamb rotisserie.

Everything was delicious and we had such a fun time just chatting with each other. We need date nights more often!

On the way home, we stopped to pick up Ben & Jerry’s (we got “The Tonight Dough”) and then we watched Moonlight. It was a perfect evening!

Sunday

Fabio left for a work trip at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, so Jack and I were left to our own devices.

After sleeping in a bit, I spent the rest of the day meal planning, doing a million loads of laundry, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and meal prepping. Jack kept me company the whole time.

He’s such a good companion, especially when Fabio is away! He always gets really snuggly when it’s just the two of us and will bark if he hears any random (or scary) noises. AND he kills bugs for me, which is just about the best thing ever.

In the early evening I did some work on our wedding invitations (cross-checking that I had everyone’s names correctly on the envelopes and in the online RSVP system), and then I started working on this post!

All in all I’d say it was a great weekend!

Question of the day: For those with significant others, how often do you go on dates?

Fabio and I definitely don’t do this often enough, but that’s because we usually have a lot of other fun stuff going on!

 Posted by on March 20, 2017
Mar 172017
 

Hello there! How was your week? I had a particularly good one–despite some bitter cold weather–and it seemed to fly right by! Here’s a look back at my workouts from the week.

Sat., March 11 – Solo eight-mile run into D.C. and along the Georgetown waterfront.

As I mentioned in my weekend recap, I was super proud of myself for this run since I was cold, alone, and struggling to run up all the hills in Rosslyn. The thought of taking an uber home crossed my mind a million times during the hilly part of the run, but luckily I stuck with it and powered through to the end. Woohoo!

Sun., March 12 – On Sunday I took a Yoga 1 class with Fabio’s sister Diane at Edge Yoga in Courthouse. This is one of my favorite yoga studios and I love that their Yoga 1 class is really what a Yoga 2 class would be anywhere else. We got into some challenging poses (we even attempted flying lizard, which was a no-go for me) and I really enjoyed the stretch after the long run the day before.

Mon., March 13Anne and I decided to start the workweek off on a sweaty note with a Monday morning bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club. We had the new(ish) instructor, Ali, again, and she took us through a couple of rounds of EMOM (every minute on the minute) and AMRAP (as many reps as possible) intervals with moves like toes to bar, TRX rows, TRX mountain climbers, burpees, thrusters, and more. I challenged myself to use heavier weights than I usually do and I was SO sore after this workout. Phew! It was a good one, if a little more CrossFit-y than I usually like.

Tues., March 14On Tuesday I enjoyed a lazy, snowy rest day! We were initially supposed to get between 8 and 12 inches of snow on Monday night/Tuesday morning, but it wound up being only about 2 or 3 inches here in Arlington. It was still enough to allow Fabio and me to work from home though, so I was a happy camper!

We took Jack to the park before we got started on work, and needless to say, he had a blast in the wet, heavy, snow.

We played a couple of rounds of fetch with a stick we found until we all got too cold and decided it was time to head back.

Once we were warm inside, I made us some blueberry muffins for breakfast using this recipe.

The recipe was perfect since we only had a tiny bit of almond milk in the fridge, and I liked that it called for Greek yogurt, honey, and old fashioned oats instead of any butter, oil, or refined sugar. Woohoo!

Fabio and I wound up working from the couch in front of the fire for most of the day, which was lovely! I could get used to that!

Wed., March 15 – Anne and I were ready for another sweaty workout on Wednesday morning, so we hit up BLAST in Foggy Bottom for a treadmill/strength workout. For anyone who hasn’t been to BLAST, it’s very similar to Orange Theory in that half the class is spent on the treadmill completing various different intervals (sprints and steep hill climbs) and the other half is spent on the floor doing various strength work.

Anne and I both agreed we enjoyed the BLAST workout more than we did the last couple of times we’ve gone to the class. I don’t know if it was the instructor (we had Lauren) or just that we are getting more familiar with the format, but I have a feeling we’ll start going back to BLAST more often!

Thurs., March 16  On Thursday, Fabio and I took a spin class at FlyWheel in City Center. It was a great class, and as usual, I sweat up a storm.

My overall score at the end of class was 158, and when I checked back to see how my score compared to last time, I realized that the last class I took was exactly one month ago (Feb. 16) and I got exactly the same score then too. How random is that? I usually fall somewhere between 230 and 270, but to get the exact same number two classes in a row is a pretty big coincidence. What can I say, I guess I’m consistent lately? Anyway, the class was great! Plus I always like when Fabio joins me for a class. 🙂

Fri., March 17 – Rest day!

Ok so really quickly before I sign off for today, I have to share this random story with you from this week.

So on Monday at Urban Athletic Club, Anne and I were chatting with this girl during our cool down stretch about where she likes to go on ClassPass. I remember she had a really cute matching leggings/sports bra set that had black and white palm trees on them, and she had a University of Maryland gym bag. We left class and I didn’t think about her again.

Then on Wednesday as I was leaving BLAST, I noticed the girl walking out in front of me had a University of Maryland gym bag. I looked down and saw the black and white palm tree leggings! My first thought was, OMG – it’s that girl again! My second thought was, I hope she did laundry yesterday! (Lol – hopefully she did.) She was too far away from me by then for me to say anything to her, but I remember thinking it was such a coincidence to see her twice in one week.

THEN on Thursday when I got to FlyWheel, I saw the University of Maryland gym bag again! It was sitting under a bench and when I looked around, sure enough I saw the same girl sitting by me putting on her spin shoes (this time she was also wearing the palm tree sports bra so again, I hope she did laundry lol). This time I said hi to her, and we laughed about how we took three of the same classes this week.

Anyway, I just thought it was such a random coincidence that I had to share here! Now I’m wondering when I’ll see her again, and if she’ll have on something other than the palm tree outfit, lol. Next time I see her I also want to ask if she went to University of Maryland! I’d love to find out if we have any Terp friends in common.

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

Question of the day: Have you ever seen a stranger more than once in a week? It’s so weird when that happens, right?

 Posted by on March 17, 2017
Mar 152017
 

Hi friends! Today I’m back with part 2 of my amazing bachelorette weekend! If you missed part 1, read that first here! I was hoping this would be the last post in the recap, but with so many pictures it’s looking like I’m going to need a third one to finish everything up. *Sigh.* Hope you guys aren’t sick of these yet!

When we last left off, we had finished up our Thursday evening with tacos, good music, and girl talk before bed. The next day, Friday, was a pool party day at the house!

Self-timer FTW!

Despite going to bed really late, I was up bright and early on Friday when I saw the sunshine coming through my bedroom window. I instantly threw on a bathing suit and joined my friends by the pool!

The rest of the girls trickled outside as they woke up, and we all enjoyed bagels and coffee by the pool. At 9:00, Hana and Bianca said they had “something to show me,” and took this picture. I didn’t think much of it, but then I looked at my snapchat a few minutes later and saw that I had my very own filter!

Ahhh! How cute!! I loved this little surprise and continued to use the filter on about a million snapchats for the rest of the day. Thanks, guys!!

We debated walking down to the beach, but the weather was looking like it was going to shower on and off throughout the day, so we decided to wait for the beach until the next day. Instead, we laid out by the pool!

It did drizzle a little, but whenever that happened we would move under the covered portion of the patio.

The house really was perfect for this! Back and forth we went – out under the sun and in under the rain. We probably moved back and forth about 10 times! None of the rain showers were ever very strong and temperatures were in the 80s, so I would still call it a successful pool day! Better than March DC weather, anyway.

What could be better than hanging around poolside all day being silly with your best friends? Here are some photos of our shenanigans. 🙂

In the early afternoon, the doorbell rang. I couldn’t image who it could be, and I was so surprised to see it was delivery with my name on it! Inside the package was a box of chocolate covered strawberries and cherries from Fabio’s sister, Diane! She wasn’t able to join us for the weekend since she’s expecting and her doctor was worried about zika, but I thought it was so sweet of her to send the fruit. Thanks, Diane!

Around this time we also brought out the drinks! Look at this beautiful one that Bianca put together for me. 🙂

Cheers!

Naturally, we decided it was time for some drinking games, so Bianca set up the beer pong table for us. We also involved the flamingo cup holders and made a rule that anyone who shot their ball into one of the flamingo cups had to run around the pool. Haha!

It was so much fun and HILARIOUS!

Then we decided a photo shoot by the pool was necessary. With the bachelorette props, of course!

By this point it was later in the afternoon and we were feeling a little chilly, so we brought our drinks into the hot tub.

With the flamingos, obviously. For some reason they all kept going over to Megan.

Haha!

Once we were done in the hot tub it was time to get ready for the evening! I have about a million pictures from this night as well, so I’ll save those for another post! 🙂

Question of the day: Are you a pool or beach person?

 Posted by on March 15, 2017
Mar 132017
 

Hello there! Did you have a nice weekend? Fabio was out of town for his bachelor party until Sunday afternoon, which meant I had a lovely ladies’ weekend without him. Here’s a look back at the highlights!

Friday

As soon as I got home on Friday evening and walked Jack, I immediately got to work cleaning the house. Since I was away the weekend before, it had been a while since the carpets got vacuumed and the furniture got dusted, and I decided I might as well scrub the tubs and windows while I was at it. Having a messy house drives me nuts, so I figured getting the cleaning out of the way early would leave me feeling more relaxed for the rest of the evening. A little more than two hours later, the whole house was feeling fresh and clean. So worth it! The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

Having a messy house drives me nuts, so I figured getting the cleaning out of the way early would leave me feeling more relaxed for the rest of the evening. A little more than two hours later, the whole house was feeling fresh and clean. So worth it! The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00 p.m. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

Saturday

The alarm went off at 7 a.m. on Saturday so I could get in an 8-mile run before my other plans for the day. It was cold and windy out, but sunny. I wound up running from my house down to the end of the Georgetown waterfront, which was exactly four miles.

From there I snapped a couple of pictures and then made my way back!

I really struggled from mile 6 – 6.5, but then I realized it was just because I was going through all the Rosslyn hills and things would get better if I just kept moving. I would tell myself to just run to the top of the hill and then I could stop to walk if I wanted, and then once the hill leveled out it wasn’t so bad and I kept going. On and on this went, until I was done with Rosslyn and most of the hills. Phew!

I was really proud of myself for finishing this run, especially since I was by myself, cold, and tired from the hills.

Phew!

Once I got home I quickly showered and got myself ready before my mom arrived for some wedding festivities!

First up, we had an appointment with the tailor for my wedding dress fitting. We wound up going to Green & Blue Studio in Dupont since that’s the tailor that the store where I bought my wedding dress recommended, and I was so impressed with the service and knowledge of the women there. It was a bit more expensive than I was expecting (isn’t everything wedding-related?) but definitely worth it to have a dress that fits perfectly on such a big day.

More importantly, my dress – which I hadn’t tried on since July – still fit great and I still love it. Thank goodness!

After the dress fitting, we popped into Boqueria for lunch! I hadn’t been to Boqueria in ages, but their tapas and Spanish drinks were just as delicious as I remembered. My mom and I both started with glasses of white sangria!

Then we got a bunch of tapas to share including the patas bravas (SO delicious), croquettes, shrimp, and mussels. Everything was delicious!

We even decided to get the churros and chocolate for dessert since it was a special day. 🙂

Yum!

After lunch, we had another wedding-related errand to run! The girls’ bridesmaid dresses arrived late last week, and my mom and I went to pick up the ones that arrived at the store (some girls got them sent to their houses, and some got them sent to the store). All the dresses looked gorgeous and I was so happy with how everything turned out! Yay!

After all our errands I headed back home, packed up a bag, grabbed Jack, and then drove over to my mom’s house. A couple of friends had invited me out to Baltimore for the night, but I thought a relaxing evening with my mom and stepdad sounded like a smarter option. We spent the night sipping wine, catching up, and watching cooking shows (our favorite!) before calling it a night somewhat early.

Sunday

I was up bright and early Sunday morning since I had to be back in Arlington for a 10:00 a.m. appointment with my HOA committee, but before I left, my mom made me a glass of juice made with turnip greens, a carrot, and a pear.

Hit the spot!

Then my stepdad brought out whole wheat pancakes topped with homemade strawberry preserves for our breakfast. Wow – these were SO delicious. I hadn’t had pancakes in a long time and these were fantastic!

Everything was incredibly delicious.

Then I said goodbye to my mom and stepdad and headed home for my 10:00 a.m. meeting. As soon as it was over, my friend Kristen stopped by for a hot second to pick up her bridesmaid dress, and after that it was time to head out again, this time for a noon class at Edge Yoga with Fabio’s sister Diane! As soon as she heard the bridesmaid dresses were in, she texted me about meeting up for a yoga/lunch date since the boys were out of town and she needed to pick up her dress anyway. What a perfect time for a ladies’ date! 🙂

The class was really good, and then we headed over to Northside Social for lunch. I had a salad and a bacon scone – hey, it’s all about balance!

I also had a latte afterwords, which totally hit the spot.

Eventually – after spending way too long chatting – it was time to head our separate ways, and after saying goodbye to Diane I stopped by the grocery store and then to the airport to pick up Fabio.

Phew! It was a fun-filled, busy, girls’ weekend indeed!

Question of the day: Tell me three things you did this weekend!

 Posted by on March 13, 2017
Mar 102017
 

Sorry for the late post today – I screwed something up with my auto-scheduler! Better late than never though, right?

Hi friends! How was your week?

Fabio left for his bachelor party trip to Tampa, FL this morning, and he’ll be spending the long weekend with his friends at the Yankees’ spring training baseball game. Or is it games? I’m not really sure how that all works, TBH. Oh well.

While he’s away I have some fun plans the weekend, one of which includes picking up my girls’ bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Some of the girls got their dresses shipped to them directly, but a few got them sent to the store in D.C. so I’m going with my mom on Saturday to pick them up.

Hana sent me this picture when her dress arrived at her office yesterday. 🙂

Cute!

I can’t wait to see how all the dresses look together, especially since we had to guess by holding up a similar skirt when we were in the store.

Woohoo!

Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s talk about this week! Starting with my workouts.

Sat., March 4 & Sun., March 5  Rest days! I spent these days enjoying my bachelorette party in Fort Lauderdale with my best friends. Does staying out dancing until 3 a.m. count as a workout? 😉

Mon., March 6 – Another rest day. My body was EXHAUSTED after all the fun, and I needed some time to sleep in before getting back to reality.

Tues., March 7 – Finally back it! Fabio, Anne, and I took a bootcamp class at one of our favorite spots, Definitions DC!

It was Fabio’s first time going to that class and he seemed to really like it. The instructors are so good at Definitions and really make newbies feel welcome, so I could see why he enjoyed it.

We completed a bunch of different intervals that included exercises like rowing, battle ropes, planks, TRX squats and rows, kettlebell swings, and side shuffles. It was a good one!

Wed., March 8 – Anne and I headed into DC for another class on Wednesday, this time for our favorite Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga! Our favorite instructor Mandy was teaching again, and she just makes these classes so difficult.

For those of you who don’t know much about this class, it’s a mix of yoga and bootcamp-style exercises and includes weights, a cardio segment, and lots of muscle-burning movements. I always think the plank series in particular is super hard, and the sweat was dripping off my face onto my mat the whole time. Lovely.

Thurs., March 9 – It was a beautiful day on Thursday, so Fabio and I headed out for a 3 mile run with Jack! Our pace was pretty speedy for us – around 8:52 – which are numbers we haven’t seen in a while. It’s nice to be building speed back up!

Fri., March 10 – There’s a TRX class in Rosslyn I’m debating going to tomorrow morning (I’m writing this on Friday night) but I haven’t signed up yet because I’m thinking I might want to hang around with Fabio in the morning before he leaves for his trip instead (you know, to make sure he didn’t forget to bring clean underwear and remind him – again – to please be careful and come home in one piece). 😉 So we will see how I feel tomorrow!

As for other highlights from the week, I had a few!

Favorite Lunch

After all the debauchery in Fort Lauderdale, I enjoyed a delicious salad full of #alltheveggies on Monday for lunch. I had the Rad Thai salad from SweetGreen, and it hit the spot!

Favorite Dinner

My dad had a meeting in Arlington on Wednesday, so he stuck around when it was over so we could have dinner together. We went to our favorite Tex-Mex spot, Uncle Julio’s, and I enjoyed two of the three fish tacos pictured below.

I love when there are leftovers!

I also ordered one of the skinny margaritas instead of the big swirl cocktail I usually get (which is half frozen sangria and half frozen margarita), and it was delicious!

Favorite Delivery

Man, the people from Giant are just the BEST! As if the chocolate package I got a couple weeks ago wasn’t enough, this week they sent me a few of their salad dressings to try out.

I’m especially excited to try the organic white balsamic vinaigrette dressing, which looks right up my alley. Thank you, Giant!

Favorite Special Occasion

Remember when my friends sent me this amazing basket full of alcohol that I am supposed to drink during various wedding planning milestones?

Well we are officially less than 100 days out from our wedding, so Fabio and I enjoyed this bottle of delicious beer one night this week!

Lol – see Jack in the background?

We were a couple of days late due to the bachelorette party last week, but we still made it work. We enjoyed the beer while trying to figure out first and last names for everyone we’re inviting to the wedding, which is something we should have done ages ago and actually wound up being pretty tough (we had a lot of “Maria y familia” and “Sarah & her boyfriend” so we had to clean up all of that). Blech. The beer made it easier. 🙂

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

Question of the day: Are you a beer drinker or wine drinker?

 Posted by on March 10, 2017