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Oct 242014
 

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Hey friends! Happy Friday! I’ve had a few fun things going on in the last couple of days, so let’s catch up shall we?

Revolve DC

Yesterday morning I went to a 6:00 am Body Ride class at Revolve DC. Have I mentioned lately how much I am loving trying out new studios as part of my free month of ClassPass? Well, I’m saying it now. It’s awesome! I could get used to this for sure.

Although there are tons of classes available through ClassPass, I constantly find myself drawn to ones with morning classes (you know me) that are about 10-15 minutes from my apartment. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised at the variety of options!

This week there was a morning spot available at Revolve DC, and since I had heard about Revolve from a lot of friends and fellow bloggers, I decided to check it out.

Before heading over to Revolve, I did some quick research on The Fit Crasher to see what I was in for (I learned my lesson after not researching reformer pilates) and I’m so glad I did! Once I read Meaghan’s review I realized there was plenty of street parking available near the studio, so I decided to drive instead of run there. This decision allowed to me to sleep in for an extra 5 minutes which was oh-so necessary. 😉

When I arrived at the studio about 5 minutes before class started, I was greeted to pumping music and a flurry of activity. By the time I arrived, I was one of the last ones to get settled! You definitely want to arrive early for this class; they start right away.

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After signing in and filling out a quick waiver, I paid the $2 rental fee for a pair of spin shoes. Then I dropped off my bag in one of the combination lockers (love!), filled up my water bottle from their filtered water fill station (love!), and headed into the class.

Mara was my instructor for the day, and she was nice enough to come over and help me clip into my bike pedals since I am a newbie to clip-in bikes and had zero clue how to do it. Whoops. I’m so glad she was there to help!

Then as the music was pumping, the lights turned down low and the class began. I really enjoyed the darkness of the spin room – it helped you focus on your form and speed instead of worrying about how much the person next to you is turning up her bike resistance or staring at your reflection in the mirror and thinking about how you look like a sweaty sleepwalker, since it is 6:00 am after all.

For the duration of each song, Mara would guide us through different exercises. From one minute sprints with 30 second rests, to gradually “climbing” a hill for a whole song until you could barely pedal by the end, there was a lot of variety.

About mid-way through the class we brought out the weights that were hanging by the bottom of our bikes, and completed a great upper body circuit. I don’t know if it’s just been a while since I’ve worked out my arms in a new way or what, but my shoulders were burning! In the best way, of course.

After this we did a bit more sprinting in and out of the saddle, and then the class was over. Just like that, 45 minutes later, I was dripping in sweat and feeling like I just had a really great workout.

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Fit Crasher Happy Hour

Then last night after work, I met up with my fellow DC Fit Crashers!

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We’ve been blogging together for a couple of months now, and although I’ve met a couple of the crashers at fitness events here and there, and had met them all via Google hangout, it was nice to get us all together for a happy hour. Unfortunately Maggie got sick and wasn’t able to join us (feel better, Maggie!) and Meaghan was in New York so she obviously couldn’t join us, but it was great to get the rest of the group together.

We wound up meeting at Bar Charley, a nice bar in the middle of the DuPont Circle and U Street neighborhoods, which had some delicious food and hand-crafted drinks.

I wound up ordering a “shoulder to the wheel” for my cocktail, which was made up of  tequila, allspice, lemon, egg white, and whole bunch of other things that I couldn’t name. It was sweet and fruity – but not so much as to give me a headache – and I adored the frothy egg white on top. Yum.

As far as food goes, we decided to go with two of the “poutines and fries,” which were essentially french fries with delicious gourmet toppings. We got the Chesapeake (fries with Old Bay gravy (!), blue crab, and ricotta salata) and the Catalin (fries with avocado and some kind of chorizo, topped with a fried egg). The Catalin was really tasty, but the Cheapeake? Wow. As someone who was born and raised in Maryland, you better believe I was all over that. Yum.

Overall the food and drinks were great, and it was so nice to put faces to names and get to know this crew a little better 🙂

Run with Anne

This morning I met up with Anne for our weekly run! We decided to skip the track today since she’s running the Marine Corps 10K this weekend and wants to save her legs. Works for me!

We met in Courthouse at 6:00 am and decided to run into Georgetown, which is one of my favorite routes. It was a good one for today too since it was so dark and all the sidewalks are pretty well-lit (compared to some of our other favorite running trails which would have been pitch black).

It had been a little while since I’d seen her (we skipped last week due to thunderstorms) and we had so much to catch up on! We had so much fun chatting along the way.
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I always love running through Georgetown, even when it’s this dark out!

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After two miles we turned around and headed back up to Courthouse. Our pace was a little slower than usual (around 9:15 overall), but we stayed steady up through the mile-long hill of death home, which was really great. Once we were back, the sun was finally starting to rise, but we were too far from the water to see the sunrise. Boo. photo (1)

After our run we spent about 15 minutes walking for our cool down, which was so nice. It’s always so fun running and chatting with Anne!

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Good luck to anyone running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend!

Questions of the day: How do you feel about spin classes? Do you have a signature cocktail?

 Posted by on October 24, 2014
Sep 102014
 

Good morning!

It’s Wednesday already, which means it’s What I Ate Wednesday time! I love this opportunity to reflect on my eats and workouts from the week. It’s a great way to take a snapshot of a single day, and see how I’m doing health and fitness-wise.

Today we’re taking a look at Tuesday. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

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As always, my thanks go to Jenn for hosting the linkup!

(Unpictured) Pre-breakfast Snack

Yesterday morning I met up with Anne for another one of our early morning track workouts, and since I knew I wouldn’t be eating for a few more hours, I ate a small handful of raw almonds beforehand for a little fuel. It did the trick! Almonds make great emergency snacks, and I always keep some at home, in the car, and in my snack drawer at work. 🙂

No pictures of this one, because who can remember to take a picture at 5:30 a.m.?

Workout

By 6:00 a.m., Anne and I were at the track and ready to go! It was dark at that hour, which was somewhat depressing. I guess those bright summer mornings are officially over!

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Luckily there was still enough light for us to see the track, and soon the sun started coming up.

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Once again, the track was really busy! I love that everyone is up and at ’em so early in the morning.

Our workout was pretty similar to last week’s, and looked a bit like this:

  • 1 mile warm up – pace: 9:21
  • 2 miles of sprint the straights, jog the curves – first mile overall average pace of 7:47, second mile 7:36 (YES!!!)
  • 1 mile cool down – pace: 8:40

We ended up doing 4.15 miles total (we went a little over by accident) at an average overall pace of 8:22. Thanks to Anne for keeping track on her Garmin!

Overall I was thrilled with this workout. I know everyone runs at different paces, and for some of you running a 7:36 mile might not be a big deal, but for me that is really fast!! I was so proud of us 🙂

Thanks, Anne for the great workout!!

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Next week we are going to try sprinting half the lap (not just the straights) and I’m so excited to see how fast we can get! Woohoo!

Breakfast

Once I got home from the track, I quickly showered and gobbled up a breakfast of whole wheat toast, natural PB, banana, honey, and chia seeds.

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I was running a little late for work because Anne and I got caught up talking while stretching, so I didn’t have time to make much else. This worked though! 😀

Lunch

Around 12:15 p.m. my tummy started rumbling, so I dug into my salad.

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Don’t be fooled by this picture, it was actually gigantic.

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In the mix was:

  • Spinach
  • “Power Geens” from Costco
  • Broccoli/carrot slaw
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Grilled chicken
  • Feta cheese
  • BBQ sauce dressing

I love that this salad was really voluminous – thus keeping me full – but was still low in calories because of all the veggies! These giant salads have been my go-to lunch lately. Yum!

Dinner

Well to be honest, it’s Tuesday night as I type this and I haven’t made dinner yet. Be right back while I go cook something!

Ok I’m back 😉

For dinner I made a pasta dish with chicken sausage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, and cheese.

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It was great!

Now I’m rummaging around trying to find something for my sweet tooth…perhaps a couple of Hershey Kisses will do the trick? 😉

Catch you guys later!

Question of the day: Is it dark when you wake up these days?

 Posted by on September 10, 2014
Sep 182017
 

Hello! How was your weekend? The highlight of ours was a wedding, the first one we’ve been to as husband and wife! 🙂 Here’s a recap!

Friday

I worked from home on Friday because we had someone coming from the Container Store to install our new pantry. We have a really awkward storage room off our kitchen — which is also where our washer/dryer, water heater, etc. are located — and it was pretty much a mess in there without any shelves. We got a bunch of new gifts from the wedding, most of which were previously stacked haphazardly against the wall and you could never really access anything. It’s a million times better now with the pantry shelves!

Before:

After!

I spent some time this weekend moving our appliances, canned goods, and other kitchen items onto the new shelves, but it’s not exactly how I want it yet. I’ll post an update once I get everything all organized!

We were also dog-sitting on Friday, so once Fabio got home we took the two pups for a walk to the park!

These two were BFFs and got along so great. 🙂

Then on Friday evening, we drove over to a brewery in Warrenton, VA for a rehearsal dinner! The wedding was for Fabio’s coworker Kyle and his new wife Ash, and I was so thankful we got to celebrate with them. They’re the best!

The brewery was a perfect location for the event, and I loved that the whole evening was spent outside. It was a beautiful night, and we had a lot of fun catching up with friends! This is Fabio’s coworker’s daughter, who we hadn’t seen in ages. Last time I saw her she was a senior in high school, and now she’s a college sophomore! We had to take a picture

This is Fabio’s coworker’s daughter, who I always love chatting with. Last time we saw her she was a senior in high school, and now she’s a college sophomore! We had to take a picture since we were wearing matching olive-colored dresses. 🙂

It was a really fun night!

Saturday

Saturday morning began with another trip to the park!

We watched Rooney just until around 11:00 a.m., and then she got picked up. It sure was fun having her around!

Eventually it was time for us to drive back to Warrenton for the wedding! We stayed at a Hampton Inn and took the shuttle over to the venue.

The wedding took place at Eastwood Retreat, and it was beautiful! Here comes the bride!

Congrats, Kyle and Ash!

After a quick ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour! Check out my handsome husband. 🙂

BTW – my skirt is from my recent Trunk Club! I loved wearing it and thought it was perfect for a fall wedding. I got a ton of compliments on it too!

Cocktail hour was held on a really pretty outdoor patio, and we enjoyed some delicious passed hors d’ouvres and plenty of good drinks!

One fun detail that I really liked from Kyle and Ash’s wedding was that they created nametag buttons for each guest. When we RSVPed they asked us each to include a fun fact, which they then added to the nametag pins. So fun!

My fun fact was that I have a health and fitness blog. 🙂

Here’s Fabio with the groom!

The rest of the evening was spent cheering on the couple, enjoying a tasty buffet, and of course dancing! There was also an epic cookie and doughnut table when it came time for dessert. It was a lot of fun!

When the reception was over, we all headed to Molly’s Irish pub for an after party. The bride even played the tambourine with the band!

Haha!

Sunday

Fabio and I headed home pretty early on Sunday morning, which was nice because it meant we had the whole day to meal plan, go to the grocery store, do some chores around the house, and then relax and watch football.

And now we’re about to dig into some baked ziti for dinner. Yum!

Question of the day: Pick one, vineyard or brewery?

 Posted by on September 18, 2017
Sep 152017
 

Hellooooooo there! And happy Friday! 🙂 This week was another doozy for me – lots of stress at work – and I’m SO ready for the weekend. Woohoo!

I have a few random things from the week to share with you guys today, but I’m going to attempt to keep things short because I’m a bit distracted by a new doggy friend who’s currently running in circles around our couch with Jack. (It’s Thursday night as I type this.)

Fabio and I are watching my coworker Carly’s sweet chocolate lab, Rooney, for a couple of days, and these two are playing nonstop!

Both dogs are going to sleep well tonight, that’s for sure.

With that, here’s a few other updates from the week!

1. I had some really great workouts this week! On Tuesday, I joined my friends Anne and Kathleen for a class at Urban Athletic Club. UAC has a new program on Tuesdays and Thursdays where the first half of the class is dedicated to skill work, and the second half is the actual workout. To be honest, I don’t usually love this format – I feel like there’s a lot of time wasted standing around/taking breaks from the skill – but it was good to mix it up this time.

Our skill for the day was handstands and L-sits, which we did for about 10 minutes.

Then we got into our workout of the day, which was a really good one! I was sore the next day, which doesn’t always happen since I take these classes so often. Woo!

I also took a class at Orange Theory Fitness this week! You may remember I took a class there back in February and loved it, and then when my friend Courtney expressed interest in taking a class there a couple of weeks ago, I decided to drop in with her. Like last time, I absolutely loved the workout and felt really challenged, so I decided to go ahead and buy a package of classes. Yep, call me a sucker.

My package includes 14 classes that I have a whole year to use up, and because I enjoyed the workout so much, I feel like I’m going to go through them in no time. I know it’s a lot of money to spend on fitness on top of my monthly ClassPass payments, but it’s something that makes me happy and is good for me so I decided it was worth it.

Also, just as a side note, the staff at the Clarendon location of OTF have been absolutely phenomenal. They’re so encouraging and friendly, and their classes are so hard! Eventually I’ll probably give the Ballston location a try since I can walk to it, but I feel a sense of loyalty to the Clarendon one since they’re the ones who first invited me in!  🙂

Aside from OTF, I’m also signed up for a “blast” bootcamp class at BodyMass Gym tomorrow with Anne, and I’m excited for that too! Those workouts are always killer. Lots of good stuff happening on the fitness front this week, that’s for sure!

 2. I have some new(ish) Nikes that I’ve been wearing for workouts, and I love them!

They’re these Nikes and didn’t cost too much and have been really great for all my different bootcamps. I bought them a few months ago and wanted to really break them in before blogging about them, and now I can report that they’re awesome! I think they look sporty and fun, and I like that there’s a velcro strap to help keep my laces from coming untied. I haven’t been running too much in them, but I think they’d probably be just fine for that as well. If you’re in the market for some new sneakers, definitely check these out!

3. We have some destructive bunnies/squirrels in our neighborhood. Remember last week when I said my mom gave us two pumpkins from the garden? Well, I cooked one and made soup, and I put the other one out on the front stoop for some fall festiveness. And then this happened. Womp womp.

My mom said I could cut off the chewed up part and still cook the other half, but I might just toss this one. What do you guys think?

4. We had homemade pizza one night this week, and it felt like such a treat!

When meal planning this week, I found some homemade dough in the freezer from the last time I made pizza, so I took it out to defrost and then we enjoyed the quick and easy pizza on Tuesday night. It was delicious!

5. You guys might kill me for telling you about this – but have any of you tried Trunk ClubIt’s the exact same premise as Stitch Fix — i.e., you fill out a style profile and get a delivery of clothes sent to your house, which you can then choose to keep or send back — only I absolutely LOVED everything in my trunk and wound up wanting to keep the entire thing. FYI – I think Trunk Club has been around a while for men, but only recently started offering the service for women.

I also felt like working with the Trunk Club stylist made my box feel more personalized to the types of clothes I want, and I got to review everything and swap items out before the trunk was sent. This was really helpful since I already had a few similar pieces to what my stylist was planning to include, so I traded those two things out for something different.

It’s hard for me to explain exactly why I liked this service so much more than Stitch Fix, but I will just say I felt like every piece in my box was a perfect fit for me. Like, literal fit and also style fit. Ha! I guess I was just really excited about everything in my box and didn’t feel like anything was a dud, which seems to happen to me a lot with SF. I wound up sending two things back (which was also super easy) but really only because I couldn’t justify paying for everything. It was such a great experience, and I will definitely be ordering more of these!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! I will leave you with this picture of Jack snuggling on the couch. 🙂

Have a good weekend!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried Trunk Club? How about OTF?

 Posted by on September 15, 2017
Sep 112017
 

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was especially nice, and I’m feeling like it went by way too fast. Wahhh! Can I get one more day please? Here’s a look at what we were up to…

Friday

Friday evening was wonderful because we had absolutely zero plans. We came home from work, took Jack to the park, walked to get sushi, and then watched Narcos from the couch. I drank some wine and fell asleep early and it was everything my Friday night dreams are made of. Haha!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio made us breakfast!

On my plate: a Colombian arepa (similar to a tortilla but thicker) with scrambled eggs and salsa. Plus a frothy cappuccino. Yum!! Enjoyed while watching cooking shows, which is one of my favorite things to do on weekend mornings. 🙂

After breakfast, we cleaned ourselves up and headed out to a baby shower for Anne! The shower was held outside in a nearby neighborhood, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day! The temperatures were in the mid-seventies and it was sunny – aka perfect weather for an outdoor party.

Anne’s mom hired this really cool pizza truck for the event – it had a wood-fired oven built right into the truck so they could keep fresh, thin-crust pizzas coming out every few minutes. The truck also had a few different beer options on tap, and they served salad and gelato. Amazing!

Next time you need a caterer for a party, definitely check them out!

The party itself was a lot of fun, and Fabio and I had a nice time getting to know some of Anne’s other friends and family members. Everyone was super nice! 🙂

On our way out, I made sure to grab one of these cute onesie sugar cookies they were giving out as favors. So cute, right? It was tasty too. 😉

After the baby shower, Fabio and I headed home to change and grab Jack, and then we drove over to my mom’s house for dinner. I just love visiting her house in the summer!

Upon arriving, we spent some time exploring the back yard and checking out all the produce that my mom and stepdad have growing in the garden these days.

My mom sent us home with a bunch of canned goodies and some other fresh produce – including a couple of pumpkins!

We also picked out some tomatoes, which are basically like candy to Fabio. He loves them!

My mom and stepdad also had some onions and garlic hanging up to dry – cool!

A trip to my mom and Fritz’s wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the chicken coop! They have so many chickens now and are selling eggs to neighbors, people at church, and pretty much anyone who will buy them. So cool! We went home with a couple of eggs too. 🙂

When it got to be dinner time, we enjoyed some tasty okra and homemade pasta, plus my mom’s caramel cake for dessert. Delicious! It was really nice catching up with my mom and stepdad and we had a really fun evening with them!

Once we got back home, we got a text from some friends saying they were at Dacha beer garden in DC (one of my favorite spots!) so we quickly got changed to meet up with them. We wound up staying at the beer garden until it closed and then went to another bar until around midnight. It was really nice meeting up with our friends – some of whom we hadn’t seen in a while – and I’m glad we were able to make the little outing work with our plans!

Sunday

Sunday included breakfast at Silver Diner! We started with coffee, and then I got the pancakes with eggs and sausage. I almost always get pancakes at places like this – I can’t resist them! Fabio, meanwhile, went with chicken tenders and fries – as you can see, he’s not a big breakfast person. Crazy, I know!

Fabio and I wound up talking about all kinds of stuff during our breakfast together, and it felt like a nice little date! (Even if it was just at Silver Diner – ha!) It was definitely a fun way to start the morning!

After breakfast we stopped by the Container Store to pick up a few things and finalize the order we placed recently for a pantry installation in our storage room off the kitchen. This is something we really need in that room, and I CANNOT WAIT for it to get installed later this week. Woohoo!

We may or may not have popped into Lululemon after this since it was right across the street, and my birthday is coming up. Hint hint, husband! 🙂 Ha!

The rest of the afternoon was spent organizing the cupboard under my bathroom sink with some of the new storage solutions we bought (exciting I know) and meal planning, grocery shopping, etc.

Meanwhile, Fabio watched #allthefootball on Red Zone and didn’t leave the couch once. *insert eye roll emoji*

For dinner, we had pumpkin soup that I made with the pumpkin my mom gave us! My mom sent me the recipe too. 🙂

It came out delicious, and now we have leftovers to have for lunch during the week. Woohoo!

And now the evening is drawing to an end, and I’m wishing we had just a little more time in our weekend. It was such a good one!

Questions of the day: What do you order when you’re out for breakfast at a diner? Any other significant others glued to the TV this Sunday?

**I can’t help but look at today’s date and think about all the lives that were lost to senseless terrorist attacks 16 years ago today. I hope you’ll join me in keeping all those affected by that tragedy in your thoughts and prayers today.**

 Posted by on September 11, 2017
Sep 062017
 

Hello! How was your weekend? For my American friends, I hope you enjoyed a nice Labor Day yesterday!

Our weekend was pretty good – Fabio spent most of it studying for a computer technology certification for his job, and I spent a good chunk of it working on Hurricane Harvey support, but despite all of that we still managed to have some fun!

Friday

On Friday night, we headed out for a date! We popped over to Texas Jack’s BBQ because they have a great happy hour deal: $5 drafts and $6 sandwiches!

Their beer is especially tasty, as is their brisket sandwich. Yum! We were able to snag a seat at the bar and enjoyed a nice evening chatting with each other about anything but work. 🙂

Afterwords, Fabio decided he really wanted to try one of Burger King’s new Lucky Charms milkshakes. Note: There is not even a Burger King close to us, so this was an actual planned outing.

The verdict: Gross! Do NOT get one of these – haha! Oh well, now he knows.

We finished up our Friday night watching the new season of Narcos on the couch. 🙂

Saturday

Unfortunately, my entire day on Saturday was spent working. We are still sending supplies down to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey (and now planning for Hurricane Irma – ugh), and I had to help post about the locations where people could get their supplies.

Luckily the weather was pretty crappy – it rained a ton on Saturday – and Fabio had to spend the day studying anyway, so it wasn’t like I was missing much. Jack kept us company.

When I finally wrapped up work at around 6:30, it was cocktail time!

Fabio made us some mojitos which came out delicious! Also, take note of Fabio’s sweater above – it was chilly on Saturday! Fall is definitely in the air.

Yum!

For dinner, we headed over to Pupatella, a pizza place near us that we’d heard about but had never visited. At Pupatella, all the pizzas are personal-size and are made to order!

Fabio got a Margherita and I got meatball. Yum!!

Date night number two was a success!

Sunday

On Sunday I was finally finished with work (phew!) so I was able to squeeze in a bit more fun. First up: a trip to the dog park in Clarendon!

After that, I headed to a relaxing yoga class at one of my favorite spots, Edge Yoga. I love their classes – they really give you the opportunity to stretch out and relax.

My hips were actually a little sore after taking the class; I guess I need to work on stretching them out more. Note to self: Sit in pigeon pose while watching TV!

After my class I walked over to Current Boutique, a cute consignment shop with designer clothing brands. I wound up getting a pair of jeans, a shirt from Zara, and a Lululemon tank all for $80. Score! The Lululemon tank by itself was only $18, which I couldn’t get over.

Fabio was still studying when I got home, so I tackled some cleaning around the house and folded some laundry while watching Harry Potter. 🙂

After two nights in a row of eating unhealthy crap out at restaurants, we enjoyed a lighter salad at home on Sunday evening which was definitely needed.

Monday

Monday revolved around weekly meal planning and grocery shopping, and then Fabio and I took Jack to The Brig, a fun dog-friendly beer garden in DC, for my friend Jojo’s 30th birthday! Jack wasn’t the only dog in attendance – I would say there was probably one dog to every four people!

It was definitely a fun atmophere, and Fabio and I enjoyed the chance to get out and be social (in the beautiful weather, no less!) after a somewhat quiet weekend at home. Happy birthday, Jojo!

Eventually it was time for us to head home so Fabio could continue studying (his test is this week!). I think Jack had fun at the beer garden, and would totally go back!

The end.

P.S. I got these glasses a few weeks ago – did I mention that? What do you guys think?

Question of the day: Do you prefer really busy weekends or ones that are more slow?

We thought we were going to have some other plans for Labor Day, but when Fabio’s test popped up and my work got crazy, we figured it was probably smarter to stay around town. It actually wound up being really nice to have some time to relax at home, and it made the weekend feel even longer!

 Posted by on September 6, 2017
Aug 302017
 

Eeek – it’s finally time for me to start recapping our amazing wedding weekend! I’ll start with my last day of work, Wednesday, June 7.

Prior to the big day, my wedding dress was being stored at the tailor for a few months, and when they asked me where they should deliver it I chose my office since I didn’t want my wedding dress sitting in a garment bag on my front stoop all day getting wrinkled/rained on/stolen/etc. So, midway through the day at work, I got a call from the front desk saying my dress had arrived!

I quickly deposited it in the back seat of my car down in the garage, and I pretty much couldn’t concentrate on anything else for the rest of the day. I remember being so ready to get outta’ there and start my long vacation!

Eventually it was time for me to head home, and on the way I stopped for two last-minute beauty appointments (planning out when to get my manicure, pedicure, haircut, wax, spray tan etc. was a whole planning debacle itself).

Once I got home, I said hello to some of Fabio’s family members who were staying with us and then headed upstairs to pack up my bags. I had one suitcase packed for Thailand so I could grab it when we returned from the wedding, and one packed for the wedding weekend itself. It’s a good thing I’m super OCD/type A because all this packing took a lot of thinking ahead!

On Thursday morning, I took a class at BodyMass Blast with Anne to get one last sweat session in, and then it was time for wedding festivities! First up, Fabio and I drove over to the courthouse in Queen Anne’s County to pick up our marriage license. 🙂

Then we headed to the venue where staff was busy setting everything up for us, including the tent!

It was big and beautiful. 🙂

Meanwhile, we got to work stuffing welcome bags, unloading car-loads full of stuff we had stored at my grandparents’ house nearby, and meeting with the wedding planning staff to go over a few last details. My mom was also busy putting together these beautiful flower arrangements for the rehearsal dinner, which took place the next day (Friday). Didn’t they come out great? My stepdad made the cute wooden boxes they’re sitting in. 🙂

I know I mentioned this before, but one of my favorite parts about having the wedding at the Wye River Conference Center is that only groups can rent out rooms, and since our group was so big, we blocked every room. That meant we had the place to ourselves during the entire weekend! This was especially nice on Thursday since only our family was there during the day and that night.

Eventually it was time to cleaned up for a pre-rehearsal dinner, dinner with our families! Say that ten times fast. 😉

I had made a reservation for us at Hemingway’s on the Bay, and the view from our table in the upstairs dining room was incredible!

(Don’t mind my dress reflection in the window, lol!)

As soon as we got there, our family got busy snapping tons of photos. Lots of the pictures below came from my dad and Fabio’s dad!

How awesome is that water in the background?

After the first round of pictures was finished (oh, don’t worry, there were plenty more…), we sat down to enjoy dinner. The tables were a nice mix of Fabio’s family and mine, and luckily everyone had met plenty of times before so there was no awkward getting-to-know-you conversation. Just lots of chatting and lots of laughter!

Plus everyone kept raving about the view from our table.

Also, please compare the iPhone photo I took (above) and the photo my dad got with his good camera (below). Ha!

Once the sun started setting in the sky, we all headed out for some pictures by the water!

We got lots of shots with the family too, including this one with all of our parents…

One with Fabio’s parents…

One with Fabio’s family (his other sister Karen and her husband and daughter couldn’t join us until later in the weekend)…

One with my side of the family on my mom’s side…

One with Aunt CC and Uncle Steve…

One with my family on my dad’s side…

Including my Aunt Teri and cousins!

And then we made sure to get one with my grandparents when we got back upstairs! 🙂

Overall dinner was a huge success, and I’m so glad we were able to spend time with our immediate family before all our other guests arrived!

After dinner was over and we had paid the check, Fabio and I went outside with my dad and sister for just a few more photos.

I really like this one that he got with the moon!

Once dinner was over, we headed back to the hotel to relax. Jack, who had been staying in our suite, had brought our clothes onto the bed to snuggle with while we were gone. Silly guy!

At this point we all changed into PJs and then spent the rest of the evening sitting out on the patio of the venue sipping beverages out of solo cups and chatting. It was a little chilly, so I remember a bunch of us were wearing hotel robes and wrapped up in sweatshirts and blankets. We had music playing, and I remember just feeling so happy as I looked around and saw all of our close family members surrounding us and having a good time. Plus, I knew I still had the whole weekend ahead of me! Woohoo!

More to come!

Question of the day: Do you have a big family or a little one?

Mine is relatively small, but Fabio’s is HUGE!

 Posted by on August 30, 2017
Aug 102017
 

Hey friends! I’m dropping by today with six random things that are on my mind. 🙂

1. We are heading out of town again this weekend, this time for another fun weekend getaway up at Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s place in Otis, MA. It’s a long, 6.5 hour drive, but it’s always so fun once we get up there. We have a couple of friends joining us this time, so I wanted to bring a couple of treats up with us so CC and Steve don’t spend the whole weekend slaving away over food. I wound up making this Mediterranean Farro Salad and this Lemon Blueberry Bread. The lemon blueberry bread in particular looks amazing, and I can’t wait to dig into it! Woohooo!! Otis weekends are the best.

2. Our wedding pictures are ready!!!!! Eeek!! I got the email from our photographer in the middle of the work day, and it was all I could do not to tear through them right away. Luckily I waited until I got home so Fabio and I could enjoy going through them together. They came out so beautifully and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with them all! I’m thinking I’ll wait until Shutterfly or one of those sites has a sale, and then I’ll make some albums for family and order a few prints. Any recommendations? Here’s one sneak peek for you guys…

3. And now that our wedding pictures are ready, I can get working on the wedding blog recaps! I still have one last honeymoon post to write, and then I’ll dive into all things wedding. It was such a fun, magical weekend, and I want to make sure I capture it all perfectly! It’s going to take some time, but I can’t wait to share it with you all.

4. Speaking of blog posts, I’m finding it harder and harder to find the time to sit down and write here on CET. Work and life have both been really busy, and I’ve always wanted writing in this space to be something I look forward to doing, or get to do, and I don’t ever want it to feel like an obligation. Some days I think, “Oh man, I have to get a blog post up today,” and then I think, “Wait, I don’t have to do anything.” I’m not planning on changing my posting schedule drastically or anything like that, but I wanted to let you guys know how I was feeling and just give you a heads up that some days there might be a post, and some days there might not. That’s just sort of how life is working out for me right now.

5. We didn’t make it to the grocery store last weekend, so our dinners have sort of been all over the place. We used up a lot of random produce we had in the fridge from last week, and I’ve made a bunch of weird thrown-together meals that actually came out pretty tasty. Last night, for example, I made us a pasta dish with leftover roasted carrots, corn salad, and Peruvian chicken, and somehow it all tasted great together once I mixed up a random dressing to tie it all together. Hey, whatever works!

6. Workouts have been pretty good so far this week, with a short run on Monday, a spin class at FlyWheel on Tuesday, a sculpt class at CorePower yoga on Wednesday, and a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club planned for tomorrow (it’s Wednesday as I write this). Plus I’m sure I’ll probably get in some fun activities this weekend in Otis as well!

Aaaaand there you have it – six random thoughts in my head this morning. I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Question of the day: What’s your dinner go-to when you haven’t been to the grocery store?

 Posted by on August 10, 2017
Aug 072017
 

Hi there! How was your weekend? Hopefully it was the perfect mix of productive, fun, and relaxing, which is how mine unfolded. Let’s take a look!

Friday

After work on Friday, Fabio and I met up with a few of our friends for dinner at Baby Wale in DC. Two of our good friends Andy and Cullen were in town from LA, and we definitely wanted to see them while they were here! Our friends Jon and Liz are close with Andy and Cullen too, so we figured a group dinner in DC would be a good idea.

I had never been to Baby Wale before but it had a great atmosphere and the food was tasty yet affordable! I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a perfectly dressed side salad, and a couple of tasty cocktails. It was a really fun night and so great to catch up with everyone!

Saturday

Saturday did not start off on the best note for me. Fabio headed off to golf with a friend early in the morning, while I stayed behind and cleaned the entire house. We’re talking vacuuming, dusting, window-washing, tub-scrubbing, toilet-cleaning – the whole nine yards. When Fabio called me after golf saying he was on his way home, I got irrationally mad since he’d been outside enjoying the beautiful weather while I cleaned everything by myself. I kept thinking about how I could have been sitting outside at a coffee shop or taking a yoga class, but instead I was stuck inside scrubbing.

Having a clean house just isn’t something that Fabio cares about, but it’s something that’s important to me. Since this wound up upsetting me more than it should have (and this is definitely not the first time this has happened), I think it’s time to invest in some kind of cleaning service so I’m not spending hours on a Saturday morning cleaning by myself. If any of you have any tips for hiring a cleaning service (or dealing with husbands who don’t care about a clean house…), I’d love to hear them!

After Fabio arrived home, we both hopped in the car and sat in two hours of traffic (again, not the best start to the day) before finally arriving at my grandparents’ house in the Chesapeake Bay where we planned to spend the rest of the weekend. As soon as we arrived, my bad mood lifted.

Just walking to the dock and looking out at the water made me feel so much better.

And as soon as we dropped our stuff off, it was time for a boat ride! My dad, sister, cousin, and uncle had arrived at my grandparents’ house earlier in the day, and we were all eager to get out on the water.

Fabio even brought some beers along for our ride. Cheers!

The water was pretty choppy on Saturday, and the waves splashed me multiple times. Apparently I should have put my bathing suit on!

After boating around for a while, we stopped into a restaurant on Kent Island for happy hour drinks, and Fabio and I each got a “Kent Narrows Crush” which was delicious and so refreshing. Then it was time to head back to the house!

Back at the house, my grandpa made us a couple of Old Fashioned cocktails, which are definitely his specialty. The one I had was really strong, especially when added to the beer and the Kent Narrows Crush I had already had. 😉

So it’s safe to say that we enjoyed a fun happy hour at home with my family! 😉

A while later we all started to feel hungry, so we headed over to Adam’s Grille for dinner. I got a chopped chicken salad which was huge! I only wound up finishing about half of it.

My dad, sister, cousin, and uncle all left after dinner, but Fabio and I headed back to my grandparents’ house to spend the night. By the time we returned from dinner it was 10:30 p.m., and I didn’t last long at all before calling it a night.

Sunday

Sunday was another beautiful day at the Bay!

Fabio and I enjoyed a leisurely morning with my grandparents (we even checked out the new IHOP in their town, which was fun and definitely delicious) before it was time for golf! Fabio and my grandparents had an early afternoon tee time, and while I could have gone to the pool by myself, I decided to drive around on the golf carts with them and watch their game.

Fabio has been trying to get me to play golf with him for years, but it just doesn’t seem like it would be something I’d like. My hand-eye coordination is pretty terrible, and I just know I’d get so frustrated. I did have a fun time hanging around with everyone on the course though, so maybe I’ll give it a try one day?

After 9 holes of golf, we headed back to the house and packed up our stuff to head back home. We had such a wonderful weekend at the Bay with my grandparents, and it felt like a mini vacation. I am always so grateful when we get to spend this kind of quality time with them. 🙂

We sat in some beach traffic on the way home and got back to the house at around 6:30. Now we’ve unpacked our bags and are waiting for Game of Thrones to start! (As usual, it’s Sunday night as I type this.) I can’t wait to see what happens on the show this week!

Question(s) of the day: Do you have any cleaning tips for me? If you use a cleaning service, how often do they come? Would you/do you play golf?

 Posted by on August 7, 2017
Aug 042017
 

Hello there! Happy Friday! Did you have a good week? Mine was a busy one and included lots of good workouts and good food! Let’s take a look.

Workouts

On Monday, I took Jack for a very short run (only about a mile). I wound up getting home from Fire Island pretty late and thought sleeping in sounded better than setting an early alarm. I still wanted to get some movement though, so a one-mile run did the trick.

On Tuesday, I joined my favorite workout buddy Anne for a class at Next Phase Studio via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $40 off!). We wound up being the only two people in the class, so we got a custom workout. Sweet! Our class incorporated a ton of moves on the TRX – I always forget how many things you can do on there – and then we went through two interval circuits and a cooldown/stretch.

It was a good one, and my upper body was pretty sore afterward.

On Wednesday, I went for another one-mile run with Jack and then dropped him off at home before running over to the track at Washington Lee High School. I ran a couple of laps on the track – sprinting the straights and running the curves – and then ran the bleachers. I ran up and down the stairs on both sets of bleachers and then ran home.

This was a great workout because it was free, got me outside in the sunshine, and didn’t take too long!

While running up and down the bleachers was certainly tough, I actually felt way more winded after the sprints on the track. I really pushed myself, and I was definitely feeling it after.

On Thursday, I joined Anne and our other friend Kathleen for a workout at Urban Athletic Club! This week we tried out the Glover Park location to switch things up (and we liked the instructor who was teaching there better than the one at the Georgetown location that day).

The focus of the class was on strength, and we completed a bunch of intervals where we didn’t worry about speed and instead tried to push ourselves with heavier weights. It was a good one!

Tomorrow (it’s Thursday as I type this), I’m not sure what exactly my workout plan is. I’ve looked up a couple of classes but haven’t signed up for any yet, which likely means I will set my alarm early, hit snooze, and then wind up going on a run with Jack instead. Ha! Whatever it is, I’m definitely planning on getting some movement into my morning.

Eats

Fabio and I enjoyed lots of tasty dinners this week thanks to a Sun Basket subscription! Since I knew I would be getting home from the beach late on Sunday, I signed up for Sun Basket in advance and was so happy to get a delivery of ingredients on my door step on Monday afternoon.

If you’ve never tried Sun Basket, it’s the same concept as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, but with slightly healthier recipes. You can choose from options like paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, or lean and clean, which is the option we chose.

Here are the tasty meals we had this week!

Asian noodle salad with jammy eggs: This one was delicious and had so many fresh veggies! Fabio doused his in sriracha which made it extra tasty. (I wanted to be able to taste the fresh veggies and the dressing, so I skipped the sriracha but had a bite of his which was definitely yummy.)

Spiced lamb patties with warm carrot salad: This dish! Ah! It was so flavorful and delicious, and I can’t wait to recreate it on my own. It was also really comforting with the warm veggies and toasted almonds in the salad. Yummmm. This one might have been my favorite of the three.

Chicken salad lettuce cups: This was another really tasty dish with chicken, green beans, new potatoes, and scallions. The dressing was a really yummy mustard, lemon, tarragon situation, which I loved. Actually, maybe this one was my favorite? Ha.

So good! Overall I really liked Sun Basket and would definitely order it again.

Oh and one last thing I have to mention: I want to give a big thank you to Giant for sending me a box of their new limited edition salted caramel products! I’m so excited to try the salted caramel pancake mix, and I’ve already put quite a big dent in this bag of salted caramel chocolates. #sorrynotsorry

Keep an eye out for these products at your local Giant!

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

Question of the day: How often do you order meal services like Blue Apron or Sun Basket?

We probably get it just a few times a year!

 Posted by on August 4, 2017