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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
Nov 092016
 

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by today! I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve really had a chance to catch up, so I thought today would be a good day for a virtual coffee date. Plus, as I’m writing this on Tuesday night I’m pretty much glued to the TV watching election coverage (did you vote?!) so it’s going to be difficult for me to put anything too cohesive together anyway. 😉

So, let’s catch up over a cup of coffee! Go grab a cup and then come on back. I’ll wait! 🙂

Got one? Ok, let’s go.

(Yes, I’m totally using a photo from the coffee tour we did in Colombia because it was so awesome. Take me back!)

First, let’s talk about the election. It’s crazy that by the time you read this we will know who our next President will be. Wow! I still remember when President Obama won his first election back in 2008, which was around the time I first started hanging out with Fabio. I can remember there being crazy celebrations at the University of Maryland where we were, and now eight years later that time is coming to an end.

One thing that’s been on my mind lately is how my city will change. Maybe it won’t change at all, but I was listening to a podcast the other day that talked about how the reason DC has so many young residents and trendy pop-ups and amazing restaurants is because of the type of crowd that President Obama drew in. If Hillary wins I doubt the population of DC will change much, but if Trump wins I’m sure our city would take on a whole different feeling. Suddenly different types of people would be coming into our city–and I’m sure a lot of current residents would leave–so it’s an interesting perspective that I hadn’t really considered before.

Of course by the time you read this all of this will be old news anyway, so let’s move on. This flashback reminded me though…

Fabio and I are celebrating our 8 year anniversary on Friday. Wow. Eight years?? We were such babies when we first met! In that time we graduated college, got real jobs, moved in together, rescued Jack, moved to DC, got engaged, and bought a house. So crazy, right? We aren’t big on celebrating our anniversary, but I’m hoping this year we’ll actually do something to acknowledge it (as opposed to most years in the past). Here are some pictures of us from the early days!

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Do you think we look the same or not so much?

I’m pretty sure I’m going to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler again in the spring. When our friend Jason was in town for the Marine Corps Marathon a couple of weeks ago, he said he wanted to run a DC race with us. I suggested the Rock n Roll Half since I still haven’t been able to run it (despite winning a bib a couple of years ago), but he said he really wants to see the cherry blossoms and Fabio said he’d rather run a 10 miler felt than a half, so that’s what we’re going to go for. (Now let’s hope the cherry blossoms will actually be out for the race…)

We are signing up for the lottery in early December, and I hope we get in!

This will be my first race since I had surgery on my foot in January 2015, and I have to admit I’m a bit scared. Running has not been a problem at all post surgery so there’s definitely no reason to be scared, but I know my foot went through a lot and I want to be really careful with my training so I don’t injure myself by overdoing it. I’ll have to come up with a good training plan! I also ran the last one pretty fast, so I’ll have to decide what I want my new time to be. You know I’ll keep you posted!

I’m going to a cool work event today where I get to watch research. We are in the process of developing new consumer-facing PSAs for work, and the company that’s helping us put them together will be testing the PSAs in Baltimore among real consumers in our target audience. They’ll be conducting in-person interviews as well as a couple of focus groups, and I get to sit behind the two-way mirror and see what people say about the concepts. It should be really interesting, and I’m excited to be a part of this kind of research!

My workouts have been very meh lately. I’m chugging along and doing my thing, but I’m not feeling super excited about my classes these days. I don’t want to sound like a brat, but I feel like DC had better classes than Virgina does, and I’m missing my classes at Flywheel and Reformation Fitness. Thank goodness MADabolic is on the scene now, and Georgetown is just a quick drive away. Of course I could always wake up earlier and drive in for those classes but…you know. #Spoiled

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

Question of the day: What do you think about this year’s election results??

 Posted by on November 9, 2016
Nov 042016
 

Hey friends! Happy Friday! Did you have a good week? Mine was really great, but I’m running short on time–and on pictures from the week–so I thought today I would just recap our adventures from Halloween!

Obviously this was our first time being in a house for the holiday as opposed to an apartment, so we were really excited to see if we’d get any trick-or-treaters! (There were never any trick-or-treaters in any of our apartment buildings.)

We had bought some candy a few weeks before to prepare, and as soon as we got home from work on Monday we dressed Jack up in his Halloween costume! He was Testudo, the University of Maryland mascot, which is also what he dresses as every year. Haha!

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Jack actually really doesn’t mind being in his costume (especially when the hood is down), so we went ahead and put him right in it before taking him out for his evening walk. He got lots of compliments! 🙂

A little while later, my friend Lauren came over to enjoy Halloween festivities with us! The three of us were all supposed to carve pumpkins, but Fabio and Lauren decided pumpkin carving isn’t really their thing (they don’t like the texture) so I carved a quick and easy Jack O’Lantern by myself. #Lame

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It wasn’t quite as good as my Jack themed pumpkin from a few years ago, but it still got the job done!

Anyway, before I even finished carving my pumpkin, trick-or-treaters started to arrive! For some reason, this made me unreasonably excited and I started running around to make sure everything was perfect. I remember being like, “but my Jack O’Lantern isn’t out yet!” and “Quick, where’s the candy?” Haha! They really had me flustered and I was so excited.

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[Screenshot from Lauren’s snapchat]

Throughout the rest of the evening we enjoyed a delivery pizza (pepperoni) while we sipped wine and handed out more candy. Jack really liked the trick-or-treaters and would bring his toys over to them when they came to the door. At one point he even tried walking over to the next house with them. Haha! He thinks he’s a kid. (Can’t imagine why…;) haha!)

After our trick-or-treaters were done for the night, Lauren headed back home and I decided to FaceTime my sister. She’d been out trick-or-treating from about 6:30 to 8:30 and apparently hit every single house in my dad’s neighborhood.

Holy candy!!

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All things considered, I’d say it was a really fun Monday night! 🙂

Question of the day: Did you dress up for Halloween? Did you get any trick-or-treaters?

 Posted by on November 4, 2016
Oct 312016
 

Hey friends! Happy Halloween! Is anyone going trick-or-treating tonight? We have a couple of friends coming over to carve pumpkins (nothing like waiting until the last minute…) and help us give out candy, so that should be fun! Other than though we really didn’t celebrate Halloween over the weekend; instead we focused on Fabio’s birthday!

Friday

I got to work from home on Friday (always a nice treat!) and Fabio came home from work a little early, so we enjoyed an extra long evening walk with Jack. It was such a beautiful evening and the leaves are really starting to show their fall colors. 🙂

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When we got back home, I noticed that the bunnies have really done a number on our pumpkins. The small one looks even worse than this now; they ate all the way through it!! Sigh.

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The rest of Friday evening was spent running errands and cleaning the house. Phew – what a wild Friday night. 😉

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio’s sister, Diane, and brother-in-law, Alex, came over. Once they arrived, we headed into DC for a brewery crawl! Our first stop of the day was DC Brau. Fabio and I really like the beer from DC Brau, so we were excited to check it out.

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#AllThePlaid

DC Brau felt very hipster to us, as it was located in a big warehouse and had lots of board games available for patrons. While we waited for our free brewery tour to start at 1 p.m., we played a couple games of Hungry, Hungry Hippos! I think we enjoyed playing this game a little too much, and I’m pretty sure we annoyed everyone else who was hanging out in the brewery with our antics. Oops! It was so fun!

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Soon enough, it was time for the tour! We learned all about DC Brau including how they make their beers, where their beer is served (I think it’s served in five different states?), how they can their beer, etc. It was pretty cool!

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Midway through the tour a bunch of our other friends arrived! They heard the rest of the tour with us, and then we all enjoyed sampling the different beers. So fun!

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After hanging out at DC Brau for a little while longer, we grabbed some ubers and headed over to Right Proper Brewing Company (the actual brewery, not the restaurant in Shaw) for our second brewery tour of the day!

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We all decided we liked the atmosphere of Right Proper better – it was really nicely decorated with cool murals on the walls – but the beer was better at DC Brau. One good thing about Right Proper was that they had a pop-up food stand from Pizzeria Paradiso. Yum! With all that beer, I was happy to have some food in my belly.

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Right Proper’s tour kicked off at 4:00 p.m., so we had a good time hanging out with our friends in the meantime. Can you tell we had a plaid theme going on in lieu of Halloween costumes? Haha!

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Anyway, the tour at Right Proper was another good one, and after that, we hopped in an uber over to our third stop of the day: Atlas Brew Works! Atlas was probably our favorite stop of the day, and we loved the atmosphere of the brewery as well as the fact that dogs were allowed. We had a great time playing with a yellow lab puppy inside! We will definitely be back here with Jack.

Sadly a bunch of Fabio’s friends had to head back to Baltimore around this time, but more of our friends arrived to keep the celebration going. Here I am with my old coworkers, Jojo and Brittany! It was so nice hanging out with them. 🙂

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A little later on my cousin Yasi and her boyfriend Tom joined us for the festivities as well. What a fun group!

We also saw plenty of silly Halloween costumes while we were out, including these two muppets. Haha! So intense.

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Our last brewery stop of the day was at Bardo, but honestly it was not our favorite spot and we didn’t stay for too long. I think maybe since the sun had gone down it lost some of its charm? Oh well, I’m glad we gave it a shot.

Anyway, it was such a fun day and I’m so glad Fabio’s birthday celebration went off without a hitch! I never realized how nerve-wracking it can be to plan such a big event! Phew!

Sunday

On Sunday, our friend Jason came over! He ran the Marine Corps Marathon in the morning (anyone else run it?) and he did amazingly well. He is so fast – he ran it in 3 hours and 30 seconds! Go Jason! He was bummed because apparently this is third time running a marathon at that exact pace; he can’t seem to break his record! But he said since it was a hilly course and the weather was unseasonably warm, he was still happy with his time.

We spent most of the day hanging around the house and dressing Jack up in his University of Maryland Terrapins costume. 🙂

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And, being the good friends that we are, we put Jason to work even though he’d just ran a marathon! Haha! 😉 We needed a hand getting our futon up into the loft, so we called our friend Ciro to come over and help as well. With the four of us, we were able to get the futon up there in no time. Yay!!! (So different from last time Fabio and I attempted this on our own…)

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Then Jason, Fabio and I headed out to World of Beer for dinner. I got a buffalo chicken wrap with grilled chicken and kale coleslaw on the side. Yum!

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Overall I would say it was the perfect end to a really fun weekend. Thank you to all our amazing friends and family who came out to help us celebrate Fabio’s birthday!

Question of the day: Are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you wearing?

 Posted by on October 31, 2016
Oct 032016
 

Hellooo! How was your weekend? Mine was a perfect mix of fun and productive, but of course it went by way too fast. Like usual. Anyway, here’s a look back at it!

Friday

On Friday night, Fabio and I drove over to the Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis to celebrate my birthday with my grandparents, dad, stepmom, and sister. Going to Outback Steakhouse for my birthday is a tradition that started when I was very little when I was obsessed with their bread and cheese fries. Actually, I still am! Haha! Now it’s a tradition that’s set in stone and it would be weird to go anywhere else.

For my entree, I ordered a steak with sides of steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes, and everything was delicious as usual. Of course the bread and cheese fries didn’t disappoint either! 🙂

After we were done eating, my Grandma pulled out this beautiful cake she had brought with her.

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It was red velvet with cream cheese icing (yum!) and was super tall! Look at all those layers.

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She’s the best. 🙂

After dinner, Fabio and I headed back home where we watched the final episode of Narcos on the couch. It sure was fun watching that show after our trip to Colombia! I’m feeling a little sad that it’s over, especially since I don’t really see how they could do another season. Womp womp.

We were in bed by 11:00 pm which was perfect for me. 🙂

Saturday

I woke up to a torrential downpour on Saturday morning, which was quite disappointing since we had plans to head over to College Park for the University of Maryland’s homecoming.

Fabio’s fraternity, Sigma Nu, recently renovated their chapter house, and they hosted a big homecoming tailgate for all the alumni to come check out the improvements. Our good friend Bobby was in charge of the renovation, so a bunch of our other friends came into town for the big reveal. Even though the rain made us think about skipping the tailgate, we knew that seeing our friends who had come down from New York City would make it worth going. Thank goodness for rain boots! 😉

When we arrived in College Park we headed straight for the frat house, which looked great! Bobby and the other alumni in charge of the renovation did a really fantastic job. (It was also way overdue – that house was gross when we went to school there!) After touring the house, we headed outside for the tailgate.

I have to say I was surprised to see that all of the college girls were wearing tiny shorts and cut-up t-shirts openly revealing bralettes – i.e., they were running around half-naked despite the cold weather and rain. Meanwhile, I was wearing a t-shirt, a flannel button-up, and an olive green jacket on top of all of that, and I was still a little chilly. I guess some things never change, right? I remember seeing tons of scantily clad girls when I was still in college, and I always remember feeling like I would much rather be covered up than running around half-naked, thank-you-very-much. #college

I was definitely feeling my age at this tailgate (and the fact that I just celebrated my birthday didn’t help).

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Oh well, despite worrying about wrinkles and suddenly feeling self-conscious about things I never worried about before, I had a blast at homecoming. We saw so many of our good friends, including a bunch of the guys who will be groomsmen at our wedding. 🙂

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Fabio of course had a blast catching up with his buddies and playing lots of games of beer pong.

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Their relationships haven’t changed at all, and there was still plenty of trash-talking and other shenanigans.

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It did wind up raining on us a couple of times, but luckily I brought my Maryland umbrella which got passed around by everyone at the tailgate. We also were able to stand under some tents and head inside when things got too wet.

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Fabio and I hopped on the metro to go home later in the afternoon, and I have to say this year’s homecoming exceeded my expectations and I wound up having a lot of fun. It was great catching up with all of our close friends!

These people 🤗❤️ #terpsforlife

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Sunday

Sunday morning began with a trip to Home Depot and the grocery store, which seems to be a new Sunday tradition for us. Who knew we’d spend so much time at Home Depot these days?

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When we got home I did some meal prep for the week (I made couscous for salads and boiled some eggs). I also made a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies since we had a can of pumpkin in the fridge that needed to be used up. They turned out perfectly! Yum.

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I spent the rest of the day cleaning the house and hanging on the couch reading my kindle while Fabio watched football (I’m reading The Paris Architect and loving it so far!).

When dinner time rolled around I put together a deliciously cheesy lasagna per request from Fabio.

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I served it alongside some garlic bread and arugula that was simply tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Dinner = done!

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We finished up our evening watching Marco Polo on Netflix, which I’m finding much harder to get into this season. Anyone else watching?

Question of the day: Tell me one thing you did this weekend!

 Posted by on October 3, 2016
Mar 072016
 

Hi friends! Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was another fun one with a perfect mix of time with friends, family, and fitness. 🙂 Here’s a peek.

Friday

On Friday evening, I whipped up this fruit salad with honey and lime for a potluck we were planning to go to on Saturday.

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It was really easy to make, and I thought it was the perfect item to bring to a potluck get-together. I will definitely be bookmarking this recipe for future use!

While I made the fruit salad, Fabio cooked us dinner. 🙂 On the menu: stuffed shells with spinach! It turned out delicious, and was really nice to enjoy for a little Friday evening treat.

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We wound up watching the first new episode of House of Cards while we ate, which I thought was pretty good but not amazing. Did anyone else watch?

It was a nice, relaxing Friday evening at home, and I couldn’t have wished for anything else. 🙂

Saturday

Saturday morning began with a pop-up SoulCycle class with my friend Anne at Union Market!

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It was a really fun event and I took a lot of pictures, so I’ll get a separate post typed up for you detailing that soon. It was the perfect way to start the day! After class, Anne and I grabbed a latte and then walked around the market a bit.

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There’s always so much to see at Union Market, and I always discover something new. Anne wound up buying some Italian parmesan kale chips, which looked really tasty. Fun!

After class, Anne and I parted ways and then I headed home to shower. While I got dressed, Fabio made us breakfast: half an arepa with cheese and an egg. He was quite the chef this weekend!

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After eating, Fabio and I headed out to run some errands before driving over to the potluck, which was near my mom’s house in Maryland.

The reason for the potluck? Our good friends Andy and Cullen are moving to Los Angeles. While it will be sad to see them go, we are really happy for them for this amazing opportunity, and are pretty excited about having more friends to visit on the West Coast. When can we go?!

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Andy and I have known each other since middle school, and we both went to the University of Maryland as well, where our friendship grew even stronger. It was really fun to catch up with other friends at the potluck too, even though it was a little strange to see people from my childhood mixed in with people I knew in college. It’s definitely a small world!

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My friend Steph recently had a baby named Giselle, and we had a lot of fun passing her around. What a cutie! She was so well-behaved and didn’t cry once during the whole party. I hope I get that lucky someday!

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There was also a ton of delicious food at the potluck, the highlight of which (for me) was a chocolate cookie with a peanut butter center. So delicious! I wish I knew who brought them so I could ask for the recipe.

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After the potluck, a group of us decided to go out to a bar in Frederick that had a 90s cover band playing.

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They were actually pretty good, and we had a fun time dancing the night away. 🙂

Sunday

We wound up spending the night at my mom’s house on Saturday evening so we didn’t need to worry about driving anywhere, and when we woke up we were treated to a delicious breakfast of potato hash and poached duck eggs courtesy of my stepdad. Yum!

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He is the best cook.

Later in the day, our family friend Dan came over (he just got back from Japan!) and we enjoyed a nice lunch of calamari and steak tostadas.
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Fabio and I were in charge of the tostadas, and I think they turned out great! We also used my mom’s guacamole, which is always legendary.

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So good!

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After lunch and dessert on the patio (my mom’s apple buttermilk pie!) we hit the road and headed back home. The rest of the evening should have been spent cleaning the apartment and going to the grocery store, but we were pooped after all the weekend’s activities so we relaxed on the couch instead. I guess we will have to wing it this week with meals – yikes!

Question of the day: How often do you meal prep/plan, and how often do you wing it?

 Posted by on March 7, 2016
Dec 102015
 

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written a Day in the Life post, so I thought I’d share one today. Here’s a look at yesterday, which was a typical weekday for me!

5:15 am: Alarm goes off. Today’s workout starts at 6:15, not 6:00, so I got to sleep in 15 minutes later than usual. Score! Snooze.

5:20 am: Ok. Time to get up. UGH. Throw on workout clothes, brush my teeth, and put my hair in a pony tail. Put Jack’s leash on and a coat, and head out the door!

5:40 am: Come back inside from walking Jack. I hate walking him when it’s cold and dark out. The fact that it’s so early doesn’t help; there’s no one else outside to say hello to and no other dogs to sniff. At least my podcasts keep me entertained. Feed Jack, fill up a water bottle, check that there’s water in the Christmas tree (that thing is a camel!!), and head out the door. Drive to today’s class, which is in Georgetown. Listen to Christmas music on the way so I can wake up. 🙂

6:10 am: Attempt to parallel park. Succeed…this time.

6:12 am: Arrive at the studio; today I’m taking a Metabolic Resistance Training class at Definitions with my friends Anne and Kathleen. Anne and I love this class, but Kathleen had never taken it before. We were excited for her to try it out! 🙂

We spent the next hour rotating among three stations, and completing a bunch of different exercises at each one. Some of the highlights included rowing, kettlebell swings, box jumps, wall balls, and frog jumps. There were a lot more too! The variety kept the workout interesting, and before you knew it we were all a sweaty mess.

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Love this class!

7:15 am: Rush home. Hop in the shower. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Kashi Go Lean Crisp (the cinnamon flavor), milk, and a banana.

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Fabio eats a bowl with me and we watch the Today show. The Kashi cereal was a new purchase, and it’s been a delicious addition to my bowl. Yum. No fresh juice this morning, because we didn’t get around to making any this week. Womp womp.

8:15 am: Finish getting ready, and wait for Fabio to put on his shoes, coat, etc. etc. etc. Every morning he seems to take longer and longer to get out the door, and it’s now to the point where I will get his cell phone, wallet, keys, and headphones organized while I wait for him. Haha! Kiss Jack goodbye, and head out the door.

8:25 am: Walk to the metro with Fabio. I tend to use this time to remind him about things we have coming up or ask him about what’s going on with his schedule. Yesterday’s conversation involved when we were going to schedule our vet appointment for Jack and whether he plans to volunteer at the University of Maryland this weekend. It’s an exciting life we live, people. 😉

8:35 am: Kiss Fabio goodbye and hop on the metro. (He goes one way and I go another.) Read my kindle (I’m reading After You by Jojo Moyes) and realize I’m at the climax of the plot. I got totally sucked in by what happened, and almost missed my stop. Whoops! Listen to a podcast while I walk to the office.

9:00 am: Arrive at work, and drink a mug of hot green tea. Lately I’ve been using the cute “C” mug that my friend Jess got me for Christmas last year. Having a special mug makes me so happy.
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12:30 pm: Work, work, work all morning. Take a break to eat lunch: leftover cabbage kielbasa soup that I had in the freezer (unpictured), plus a blueberry Chobani.

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It had been forever since I’d eaten a Chobani – I got kind of sick of them a while back – and I forgot how delicious they are. Yum!

1:00 pm: Take a walk over to CVS with a few of my coworkers to pick up stamps for this year’s Christmas cards! They came out so cute and I can’t wait to mail them out. It was cold and foggy out – gross – but it felt good to walk around.

3:30 pm: After working through the afternoon, I took a break for a snack: half of a CLIF bar. Love those things.

5:00 pm: Time to go home! Woohoo! Walk to the metro with one of my coworkers, and talk to him until we get to my stop.

5:30 pm: Stop to pick up a package from our concierge on my way inside; we ordered a lot of stuff online in the last week so I’ve had to stop to pick up a package almost every day! Arrive home (the Christmas tree is still standing. Phew!), leash up Jack, and take him for a walk while talking to my dad on the phone. I let him run around off leash in a small field behind our apartment, but as soon as he started charging toward a raccoon that was near some trash cans (!!) I put him back on the leash. Nope, I am not dealing with that today.

6:15 pm: Take Jack inside and change into comfy PJs. It was cold out, so I grab some extra cozy ones. 🙂 Start working on this blog post.

7:15 pm: Fabio comes home (he went to a work happy hour today). I reheat a slice of quiche for both of us.

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7:30 pm: We settle in to watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy while we eat dinner. We were actually in the process of watching this show back in January, but we called it quits after I started having nightmares. This show is so good, but SO gruesome! I haven’t had any nightmares since we picked it back up, and I’m crossing my fingers that it stays that way!

8:30 pm: Put dishes away (hooray for an easy clean up!) and finish this post.

9:30 pm: Head to bed early to watch Cutthroat Kitchen, Shark Tank, or some other crappy TV. 🙂 Goodnight!

Question of the day: What “crappy” TV shows do you watch?

 Posted by on December 10, 2015
Oct 262015
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Mine was spent celebrating the birthday of my favorite guy. 🙂 Here’s a look at what we were up to!

Friday

On Friday evening, Fabio and I met up with my dad, stepmom, and little sister for a birthday dinner! Fabio wanted Colombian food, and since he was the birthday boy we were happy to oblige. After work, we all met at Colombian Breeze in Gaithersburg, MD. It’s pretty much the only Colombian restaurant around, and since it’s somewhat close to my dad’s house it was the obvious choice.

My family had never had Colombian food before, so we had fun helping them pick what to order. We ordered some empanadas and arepas to share, and then we all got the traditional steak meal with rice and beans for our entrees. The food was delicious, and we had plenty of leftovers to take home which is always a bonus. 🙂

While we were there, Fabio opened an awesome birthday present! My dad got him the Garmin Approach S4, a really cool watch that loads golf courses and shows you the distance to the holes using GPS. He was SO excited about the watch, and it was really cute watching him load the data as soon as we got home. If you have any golf lovers in your life, I absolutely recommend this watch!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio and I hopped on the Marc train to Baltimore!

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Train selfie, because what else do you do on a train?

Once we arrived, we headed over to our friend Dan’s house for a University of Maryland tailgate! Every year, Maryland plays one game at Raven’s Stadium in Baltimore, and this year it was against Penn State on Saturday. A bunch of Fabio’s friends/fraternity brothers live in Baltimore and were planning to go to the game, so we decided to go too! Our friend Dan hosted us for a kegs and eggs-style tailgate, which basically just means beer and breakfast. 🙂

Dan’s roommate Joe made this awesome spread of pulled pork omelets (!!), bacon, home fries, and french toast. Delicious!

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Once we were done eating, it was time to get serious with the beer games on the deck. We played lots of games of You-Got-Served (aka Chandeliers, aka Slap Cup) and it was a total flashback to my college days. How did I used to drink all that beer back then??

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Soon enough it was time to head over to the game!

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Spending time with some of the UMD Sigma Nu boys was a perfect way to celebrate Fabio’s birthday.

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Our friend Bobby (another Sigma Nu) let us use his parents season tickets for the game since they all had to attend a family wedding. While we definitely missed seeing Bobby and his fiance Dani, we were so thankful for the tickets! Check out these seats!

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Although Maryland wound up losing the game (no surprises there – they’re terrible this year) we had a lot of fun! After the game we went to a bar with Fabio’s friends before calling it a night and heading back home. What a fun day!

Sunday

Sunday was Fabio’s actual birthday, and when I asked him a few weeks ago how he wanted to celebrate, he said he just wanted to go to all of the places that give you free stuff on your birthday (you know how he is with his budgets, haha). I had planned a whole scavenger hunt that would take us to all the places with birthday discounts, but on Sunday morning all Fabio wanted to do was hang out and watch football (perhaps all the beers of the day before had caught up with him? 😉 Haha!).

We planned to still take advantage of birthday discounts with a nice dinner out, but we skipped some of the other activities like bowling, which wouldn’t have been much fun with a hungover birthday boy anyway.

For dinner we headed to Bucca Di Beppo, an Italian chain restaurant that offers $20 off on your birthday. Fabio looooves Italian food, so this was the perfect spot!

I ordered a glass of wine to start with, and Fabio got a beer. Luckily we were both feeling much better by dinnertime!

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Then we ordered Fabio’s two favorite dishes: chicken Parmesan and baked ziti. Just look at that face! Haha!

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Ready for his birthday meal. 🙂

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(Despite the napkin he still spilled tomato sauce on his jeans…will he ever stop doing this?)

The food was delicious and definitely made Fabio one happy guy. We took plenty of leftovers home with us, which he took for lunch today. Lucky guy.

After dinner we stopped by Cold Stone for another free birthday treat! We were both pretty full at this point and only ate half of our ice creams (the other half is in the freezer…I can’t wait to have it tonight!). It was such a fun way to finish up Fabio’s birthday weekend!

Question of the day: What’s the best gift you ever got for your significant other?

I actually haven’t bought Fabio a birthday gift yet! He wants a new blazer but asked me to wait to buy one until he sees one he really likes. It may wind up being Christmas before he tells me to pull the trigger!

Quick note: Yesterday was also the birthday of one of my best friends, Catrina! Happy birthday, Treen!! <3

 Posted by on October 26, 2015
Oct 162015
 

Hey there, and happy Friday!! Who’s ready for the weekend? Anyone doing anything especially exciting?

It was a really nice week around these parts, and today I’ll share the highlights with you through a Favorite Things Friday post! Ready? Here we go!

Favorite Burn

This week I took another 6:00 am barre class at FlyWheel.

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Stephen was my instructor again, and he worked us to the core – literally! This class is always such a challenge because it makes my muscles burn SO much. Luckily Stephen’s playlist and encouragement were both enough to distract me from the pain (sort of…). What an excellent way to start the day! Thanks, Stephen! I’ll be back soon. 🙂

The other day I was thinking about how much I love FlyWheel, and I realized that if I didn’t have ClassPass I would probably have a membership at FlyWheel instead. I love the barre and spin classes so much, and I love that the two are totally different. It’s also nice that they have studios in so many locations, and the nice showers + free bananas and apples don’t hurt either. Definitely check them out if you haven’t yet!

Favorite Sweat

Another great workout this week was a 6:00 am spin class at Biker Barre!

Recycled photo – it was definitely darker out both before AND after this week’s class!

Biker Barre is actually pretty similar to FlyWheel, and I love all of their classes too! These two studios are definitely on my most frequently visited list.

Anyway, this week’s class was taught by one of my favorite instructors, Allison, but it was tabata style and I just didn’t think it worked too well on a bike. Part of the reason that I love Allison’s classes so much is because she encourages us to feel the music and match our pace to the beat. With tabata that didn’t really work because we would sprint or climb for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds, which didn’t always go with the music. I still loved the class, but I think I might skip the tabata one when I see it on the schedule next time.

I’ll save tabata workouts for one of my other favorite studios – Urban Athletic Club! So many good studios, so little time.

Favorite Costume

Check out Jack’s new Halloween costume – he’s a Maryland Terrapin!

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For those of you who don’t know, Fabio and I both got our undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland, and their mascot is a terrapin turtle. A few weeks ago my friend and fellow UMD alumn Courtney (hi Court!) saw these dog costumes for sale on Zulily, and shared them with my friend Megan (hey Meg!) and me, since she knows we are crazy dog mommas like she is. Soon enough, all three of them had bought them for our pups for Halloween. Typical.

Jack actually seems to like the costume, but he prefers it without the hood. 😉

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Haha! What a cutie. I can’t wait to show off my little Terp dog!

Favorite Meals

We had some delicious dinners this week! One of my favorites was steak tostadas, which I know I’ve talked about on the blog before, but I wanted to mention again because they are just so darn good!

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To make these, I bake corn tortillas in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they are nice and crispy, and meanwhile Fabio cooks up a steak (he likes skirt steak for this, which is the same cut used for fajitas). Then we top the crispy tortillas with brown rice, black beans, slices of steak, homemade guacamole, cheese, and plain Greek yogurt. These tostadas are so delicious and easy to make! Fabio and I are both huge fans.

Another yummy dinner this week was chili!

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My go-to recipe is this sweet and spicy chili recipe from Iowa Girl Eats, and it never disappoints. The key is to add enough cayenne pepper so it’s spicy, and then rely on the baked beans and brown sugar (I actually use honey) to balance out the spice! It’s delicious. This meal also made a ton of leftovers that I’ve been enjoying all week. Win!

Also see my revamped version with ground turkey here. Old post alert!

Favorite Running Buddy

Last week I mentioned that Fabio and I found a new dog park near our apartment, and I’ve been back two more times already this week! It’s about a mile away so I like running there and back after work to get a little more movement into my day. This is especially nice for rest days where I still want to get moving.

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I always love running with Jack and he loves it too. Yesterday he found a stick in the middle of the trail and decided to run with it, which I thought was pretty hilarious.

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The dog park is huge and since the weather has been nice it’s been absolutely packed with dogs. On Tuesday, I think there were around 30 dogs there!

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I’m so glad I made this discovery and you can expect to hear a lot more about this dog park from now on.

Favorite Crunch

You guys – have you eaten a honey crisp apple lately? They are so crisp and fresh and juicy right now and I highly recommend them.

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I’ve been loving them all week!

Favorite Sight

I got to work from home on Tuesday and Thursday this week to get some writing assignments done before my work’s annual meeting, and I loved being able to play with/watch this little guy throughout the day.

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Look at his little tongue! What a treat. Now if only I could work from home with him every day…

Favorite Purchase

A few weeks ago I told you all how I bought a pair of white Converse sneakers after seeing so many women wearing them in Paris. Well the verdict is in: I love them!

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They are the perfect sneaker and look great with everything! I’ve been wearing them a lot with skinny jeans but they also work well with leggings when I’m just walking Jack around the neighborhood or running to the grocery store. These are the best!

Favorite Listen

Yesterday my friends circulated this amazing video of two kids singing You Raise Me Up. Prepare for goosebumps and #allthefeelings.

I’ve also been loving this song lately and when it comes on my Spotify I can’t help but tap my toes at my desk and try not to sing out loud. It’s my new favorite “get in a good mood” song!

You’re welcome. 🙂

Alright folks, that’s all I have for today. I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Question of the day: Tell me one thing that made you smile this week.

 Posted by on October 16, 2015
Jul 102015
 

Phew – we made it to Friday! I for one am so, so excited for the weekend. Why is that you ask? Oh, maybe because one of my best friends is GETTING MARRIED! I have been so excited for this weekend since last July when my friends Megan and JR got engaged, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. The festivities start tonight with the rehearsal dinner and then tomorrow is the big day. I can’t wait!

Before I get to any of that though I just have to make it through this day. Let’s hope it speeds by! To help things move right along, let’s take a look at some of the highlights from my week, shall we?

Favorite Fail

Remember last week when my friend Anne and I tried and failed to stand-up paddle-board (SUP)? Well, the same thing happened this week. We initially had plans to try SUP on Wednesday evening, however as soon as we saw that the forecast was calling for thunderstorms we decided to move our SUP date to Tuesday. Unfortunately Anne had a late evening client and I had to stop by my apartment to change out of my work clothes because of the last minute change in plans, so we didn’t wind up getting to Key Bridge Boathouse until about 7:05, and apparently they stop letting people take boats out after 7:00. Nooo! It was another huge fail.

Since we were already there we decided to take a stroll around the Georgetown waterfront, which was quite nice at sunset.

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Of course it was pretty hot and muggy, but we had a nice time walking around and catching up. Lately when we’ve seen each other we’ve had to catch up in between burpees, pushups, and other bootcamp-esque exercises, so it was really nice to have some time to just talk and walk.

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Although our initial plans failed miserably, we still had a fun evening!

Favorite Lunch

I am notorious for packing my lunch (as if you guys didn’t notice…) but one day this week my coworkers invited me out to eat and I decided to ditch the salad I had tucked away in the fridge and join them. We wound up going to Ghar-E-Kabob, and Indian restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet. The thought of Indian food in a buffet initially creeped me out a bit, but once we arrived I saw that it was a rather small buffet with lots of fresh food, so I felt better about it. In fact, everything we had was delicious!

I wound up trying a little bit of everything. Clockwise from the top: salad, fried cauliflower, cabbage and squash, spinach, chicken wing, butter chicken, and rice with curry.

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This meal was so good, and I wound up clearing my plate with no problem and going back for more butter chicken. I even mopped up the leftover sauce with some warm pita that our waiter brought over to our table. De-lish!

I also really liked that all the food was organic and local! A sign on our table let us know that all their produce comes from a farm in Maryland. I love any opportunity to eat local!

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This was definitely a great lunch, and I’m so thankful to my coworkers for dragging me out. 🙂

Favorite Sip

On Wednesday night, I came home from work and decided I needed a cocktail. Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up after a hard day, you know? Luckily Fabio has turned into quite the bartender and he made us a pair of screwdrivers with a splash of cranberry. Served in my favorite mason jar glasses, with a straw of course. 😉

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Cheers to hump day!

Favorite Run

Truthfully, I haven’t been running much lately. Ever since I joined ClassPass (affiliate link!) I have been trying to get my money’s worth by attending class after class after class. I do miss running though, so one morning this week I laced up my sneakers, put on Jack’s leash, and hit the pavement.

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We wound up covering 3 miles at an easy pace (about 9:15). I was trying to take Jack over to the McMillian Reservoir by Howard University, but unfortunately I couldn’t figure out how to get past the fences to get close to it. I did a bit of research online after my run and it looks like maybe you can only get onto McMillan Drive from the north and west sides of the reservoir, and naturally I ran along the south and east side. Any locals have tips for me on that?

Even though we didn’t get to run around the reservoir, we had a nice time running through the adorable streets of Bloomingdale.

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I think these row homes are so cute, and I love seeing how each one’s paint colors and architecture are slightly different.

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I also ran past my friend Jojo’s apartment, but sadly I didn’t see her outside. Boo. Hi, Jojo!

Either way it was a nice run, and next time I’ll have to figure out how to get closer to the reservoir. Jack had a great time too, even though he was pretty pooped by the time we arrived back home. 😉 Look at that tongue!

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Favorite Sight

Speaking of Jack’s tongue…it’s just ridiculous.

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When he’s tired his tongue just doesn’t stay in his mouth. What a ham!

Favorite Storm

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog, but I was lucky enough to receive a really good education in Communication/PR at the University of Maryland, and was very involved in the program there. Every once in a while I get invited back to UMD to serve as a mentor to current students or help out with PR assignments, and this week I was invited to serve on a panel to judge final projects for one of the summer classes.

My good friend and former coworker Claire was also really active in UMD’s PR program (even though we didn’t know each other in college – she was a year behind me) so she joined me on this PR panel.

To thank us for joining the panel, my former professor (also Claire’s mom…life is weird) bought us each a University of Maryland umbrella! This was so fitting because the forecast was (once again) calling for storms, and she wanted to give us each a thank you gift that would also be useful. Well, this turned out to be more useful than any of us realized because as soon as we stepped outside we wound up needing our new Maryland umbrellas to protect us from a crazy storm.

Claire and I wound up standing in the rain for a little while as we waited for our ride back to the metro, and it was actually sort of fun standing with her under our new umbrellas.

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Sorry for cutting your face off here, Claire! Haha!

Fun fact: Claire recently started a new job in Silver Spring (the same city where I work), and now that I moved into DC I live just a couple of blocks from her. This means that we were able to commute from Silver Spring to College Park together, and then we commuted back home together too. I love that my office and home are so close to her so I get to see her a lot! 🙂

Favorite Excitement

MEGAN’S GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW! (Come on – you saw this coming, right?)
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I just want to reiterate once again how excited I am for Megan and JR’s wedding tomorrow. A bunch of my friends are flying/busing/training/driving into town for the event (including my friends Jess and Erick from Amsterdam!!), and I can’t wait to see them all!! AHH! Is it tonight yet??

Question of the day: Tell me what made you smile this week! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Favorite meal?
Favorite workout?
Favorite unexpected event?

 Posted by on July 10, 2015