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Mar 232017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Megan/Catrina sandwich!

And then there’s this. Lol.

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

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

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

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

Yay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOL!!

Basically, Chocolata was phenomenal.

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

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

Ready…

Go!

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

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

That’s some love right there.

What a fun night!!

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

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

 Posted by on March 23, 2017
Mar 202017
 

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

Friday

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

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

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

We will definitely be back to Wilcom’s Inn!

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

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

Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…the balkan kabab…

…the stuffed sour cabbage with pork…

…and the lamb rotisserie.

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

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

Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Posted by on March 20, 2017
Mar 152017
 

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

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

Self-timer FTW!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

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

It was so much fun and HILARIOUS!

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

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

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

Haha!

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

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

 Posted by on March 15, 2017
Mar 132017
 

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

Friday

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

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

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

Saturday

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

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

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

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

Phew!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yum!

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

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

Sunday

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

Hit the spot!

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

Everything was incredibly delicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Posted by on March 13, 2017
Mar 082017
 

On Thursday of last week, I headed out for a surprise bachelorette adventure with 11 of my best friends!

I spent the morning finishing up my packing, and then hopped in an uber at around 10:45 am. From there we picked up my friend Megan, and then rerouted to Regan airport. When we arrived, Megan handed me my boarding pass, which said we were going to Fort Lauderdale!!! Woohooo!!!

We got to the gate by 11:30 or so, and decided we needed to celebrate with some margaritas.

As you do!

After a quick and easy flight where Megan and I spent a ton of time wedding planning on the back of one of the airsick bags (I wish I was kidding!) we had arrived in paradise!

Our friend Catrina arrived from California at the same time as us, so after greeting her with lots of hugs we all hopped in an uber and headed over to the house where we’d be staying for the long weekend. I didn’t know anything about our plans at that time, but I was really happy to hear we had a house instead of a hotel since it meant we could spend more time together.

After driving past lots of palm trees, we arrived a huge house just a few blocks from the beach. When we came inside, my friends Hana, Bianca, Sam, and Britt were all waiting for us with a bottle of champagne!

I spent the next half hour or so wandering around the house in awe. First of all, the place was humungous with enough room for all 12 of us to sleep comfortably (no air mattresses needed!). It also had an awesome back yard area with a big pool, hot tub, patio, and bar area. AND my friends had decorated everything so adorably with lots of bachelorette/bride decorations. They are seriously the best!!

After the house tour, I immediately poured myself a cup of champagne and headed outside!

My friends had strung up a bunch of glittery tank tops for us all – mine said “Drunk in love” and the rest said “Just drunk.” Haha!

These were so adorable and were definitely a big hit with the girls.

We spent the next few hours sitting by the pool, enjoying the warm weather, blowing up floats, munching on chips and salsa, and catching up!

The swan float that the girls bought me was particularly difficult to blow up and required some teamwork.

After what felt like forever, we finally got the whole thing blown up. Can you see my thumbs up below? Haha!

The heart was quite a bit easier. 🙂

During the rest of the late afternoon, the girls finally told me what the plans were for the rest of the weekend which included a beach day, a pool day, and a drag queen show, among other festivities. Woohoo!

Does life get any better?

Eventually it was time for us to head inside and get cleaned up for dinner! My friends bought a bunch of photo props, which I thought was really fun.

We had some trial and error with a selfie stick before eventually getting it right. Lol!

Girls!

My high school besties!

Me and my Maid of Honor, Bianca!

She and Megan did most of the planning for the trip and I am so, so, so thankful to have such amazing friends in my life.

For dinner, we decided to walk down the street toward the beach see what we could find. We wound up stumbling upon a place called Taco Bar, which was really more like a taco club.

We sat on white couches and listened to great music from a DJ like we were in a club, but we got to eat tacos while doing it! It was totally my kind of place!

We had a blast sitting with each other and enjoying our delicious tacos (and drinks!) as well as the music.

Whee!!

We didn’t stay out too late since it was our first night, and after dinner all the girls hung out on the bed chatting for a while. It was the perfect way to end day 1 of my amazing bachelorette party!

A few of the other girls arrived in the middle of the night due to a combination of not being able to take off work on Thursday and delayed planes, so when we woke up the next day the rest of our friends had arrived! Yay!

More to come! 🙂

Question of the day: Have you ever been to Fort Lauderdale?

 Posted by on March 8, 2017
Mar 062017
 

Well friends, I’m back from the most amazing bachelorette weekend in Fort Lauderdale with my AMAZING best friends.

Seriously, I cannot even begin to tell you how fantastic they are and I am so, so lucky to have such thoughtful, caring, funny, loving, supportive people in my life.

I have about a billion pictures from the trip and it’s going to take me some time to sort through them all, so it might be a couple of days before I get a recap post (or two) up.

I’ll be back with an update for you soon!

 Posted by on March 6, 2017
Feb 272017
 

Hellooo! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was a pretty good one and was filled with fitness, family time, and relaxation. Not bad at all! Here’s a recap.

Friday

Giant has been sending me their new Savory magazine lately, and each issue has so many delicious looking recipes! I had bookmarked this butternut squash tagine with chickpeas a while back, and I figured Friday night was as good a time as any to throw it together. We are trying to eat more vegetarian (and even vegan…story for another day) meals lately, so I was excited to try this one out!

I wound up making everything in a soup pot instead of in the crock pot (I didn’t have time to get everything ready in the morning) and it turned out great! I also wound up adding a little curry to the dish which I think really rounded everything out. Nice!

I am really liking Savory magazine as a free resource for quick, healthy, and delicious meals, and you can pick it up at the store for free with your bonus card. Just an FYI for any others who shop at Giant! 🙂

While we ate dinner we watched Hacksaw Ridge, which was one of the movies up for a bunch of Oscar nominations. Have you guys seen it? I don’t usually enjoy war movies, but this one was excellent. Highly recommend!

Saturday

On Saturday morning I was up fairly early to get in my long run of the week. Fabio decided to skip this one as he has a nasty blister on his foot so I ran solo. Like last week, I decided to drive over to Iwo Jima so I could spend more time running in D.C.

Can you see the monument in the bottom left there?

It was another gorgeous day for a run, with temperatures in the low 60s and clear skies. Beautiful!!

I initially had 8 miles on the docket, but I decided I would cut my run short because a) I was only able to find a one-hour parking spot and b) I decided I’d rather have some extra time in the morning to hang out with Fabio since I wasn’t going to see him for the rest of the day.

Luckily my route was pretty easy to modify, and after running across Arlington Memorial Bridge, down by the Georgetown waterfront, across Key bridge, and down Mount Vernon trail, I arrived back at Iwo Jima.

Of course I was treated to some pretty stellar views along the way! I just love running over here.

By the time I was done, I had covered 5.59 miles and avoided getting a parking ticket. Sweet! 😉

After my run, I headed home for a quick shower, and then Fabio and I drove over to Northside Social for a breakfast date! It was so beautiful out and we were lucky enough to snag a table in the sunshine. 🙂

For breakfast, I ordered a small latte and a sandwich with smoked salmon, arugula, and a poached egg. Yum! It was fantastic and I had no problem polishing it off.

After eating and lingering for a while in the sunshine, Fabio and I returned home and hung out outside for a bit until 11:00, which is when my mom arrived for our road trip down to visit my Grandma in Hague, VA. My grandma hasn’t been feeling well lately, so my mom and Aunt CC decided a ladies’ weekend might cheer her up. 🙂

Her house is about 2 hours from ours, so we arrived with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon sunshine from my Grandma’s back deck.

What a pretty view!

We spent some time chatting and catching up until the sky got overcast and a few raindrops started to fall. At this point we went inside and started looking through old pictures, which was a lot of fun! I found some really funny ones of me that I hadn’t seen before. For your amusement…

I thought my smile in this one looked just like the emoji. Haha!

Ooh and do you like my tweety/silvester nightgown? 🙂

Then I stumbled across this really nice photo of my with my Grandpa.

I got a little emotional when I saw this one and decided it needed to come home with me. <3

Eventually it was time for dinner, and we headed out to a restaurant my Grandma likes a lot called The Lighthouse. I got the scallops!

There was also some delicious warm bread and butter. Yum!

When we got back to the house we had one last glass of wine and called it a night. Phew! What a busy Saturday.

Sunday

We drove back from my Grandma’s fairly early on Sunday and were home by 11:00. Woohoo!

After my mom left, Fabio and I ran a bunch of errands and did some chores around the house.

Later in the afternoon, I started packing for my bachelorette party, which is later this week. Eeeeek!!

I currently have seven pairs of shoes to pack which seems excessive even to me. Help!

Now I’m sitting at the computer writing this post and waiting for the Oscars to come on. 🙂

Have a good week, my friends!

Question of the day: Any tips for not overpacking?

 Posted by on February 27, 2017
Feb 212017
 

Global warming is real my friends – this past weekend we enjoyed the most beautiful weather. With clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, everybody was out and about the entire weekend, including us! Here’s a peek at what we were up to.

Friday

When I got home from work on Friday, I saw that I had received two packages: the first was a bachelorette-themed Stitch Fix. I’ve been wanting some fun new pieces to wear to my bachelorette party next week, so when a coworker recommended I get a Stitch Fix and ask the stylist to include a bunch of bach-specific pieces I decided to go for it. I hadn’t ordered a Stitch Fix in a couple of years (!!) but I decided to give it a go. The result? Meh. I didn’t wind up loving anything in my fix so I sent it all back. Womp womp.

The second package was a bit better: my friends from Giant sent me some products from their new “twisted chocolate” line!

Since receiving this package on Friday I’ve already tried all of these and can confirm that they’re quite tasty. Now I want to try the “chocolate hummus” which is made with hazelnuts and probably more similar to Nutella than hummus. Yum!!

Thank you, Giant!

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing on the couch with Fabio and Jack. 🙂

Saturday

We slept in a bit on Saturday morning and then laced up our sneakers and headed out for our weekly training run! We decided to drive over to Iwo Jima so we could run through DC instead of through Arlington, which turned out to be a fantastic decision. I think we’ll do this more often!

Our seven-mile run took us across Arlington Memorial Bridge, past the Lincoln memorial, and down the mall to the Capitol building. Then it was time to turn back!

It was SUCH a beautiful day on Saturday which made our run a million times better. Beautiful weather + beautiful scenery = a great run.

With all the hostility/anger/sadness/disappointments happening in DC right now it was nice to just get out there and enjoy the beautiful day.

7 miles = done! This was one of the best runs we’ve had in a while!

We didn’t go too fast, but our focus for now is just getting our endurance back up. We can always focus on speed later!

After our run we headed home, cleaned up, and grabbed some lunch. Then we decided we weren’t ready to head inside yet so we took Jack over to Shirlington dog park where he splashed around in the water with some furry friends!

He was definitely loving life.

What a happy pup!

After all that swimming he really needed a bath, so we headed to Unleashed for their $10 DIY doggy wash. Poor Jack – he hates baths. Haha!

Later in the evening we stopped by a housewarming party with a few friends, and eventually the beer pong table – which was actually a door – got brought out. Fabio and I played a couple of games and proved that even though we’re getting older, our 8+ year history of playing beer pong together had us on a winning streak. 🙂

We went out to El Centro in Georgetown after the party and wound up doing a lot of dancing! It had been a while since we’d gone out together like that and we had a blast. 🙂

Sunday & Monday

Sadly I had to drop Fabio off at the airport on Sunday morning for a work trip, and I spent the rest of the day running errands, meal prepping, grocery shopping, etc. It was another gorgeous day so I made sure to take Jack on some extra long walks to the park once my errands were complete!

I had off from work on Monday due to President’s Day (woohoo!) so I kicked the day off with a haircut and highlights.

I’m a lot blonder now which I’m loving, even though I know the upkeep will be expensive.

Look at all those highlights!

After my haircut, I met up with my mom for an afternoon of shopping and a ladies’ lunch out! We went to Coastal Flats and wound up indulging in all kinds of delicious (not at all healthy) seafood treats. Yum! The weather was also nice enough for us to sit outside in the sunshine, so I was a happy camper, through and through. Thanks for lunch, mom!

And now we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: How is the weather where you live?

February is usually my least favorite month because of the weather, but this one hasn’t been bad at all! *Knocks on wood.*

 Posted by on February 21, 2017
Feb 172017
 

Happy Fridayyyy!! How was your week? Mine went by really fast, which always a good thing. And now I have a three-day weekend in front of me so I couldn’t be more excited! Woohoo!

Let’s jump right into today’s post with a recap of my workouts this week.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – Rest day! We ran about a million errands this day, so at least I got plenty of steps.

Sunday, Feb. 12 – Ran six wet and cold miles with Fabio. This wasn’t our best run ever, but it wasn’t too terrible either. Listening to the Hamilton soundtrack while running helped. 🙂

Monday, Feb. 13 – Rest day! I don’t usually take rest days on Mondays, but I was all out of classes on ClassPass and didn’t feel like going for another run. It was nice to sleep in!

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with Anne. We took Monica’s class and it was just as hard as I remembered. She led us through an intense plank series during the class that had my core BURNING. Phew!

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Bootcamp at Urban Athletic Club with Anne and our friend Kathleen. Our instructor Romain (who we love!) took us through three stations with various exercises like broad jump/burpees, pull ups, mountain climbers, TRX rows, chest presses, thrusters, squats, lunges, and more. It was a great variety and the class flew by!

Thursday, Feb. 16 – FlyWheel class with Fabio. Now that Fabio is signed up for ClassPass (he gets 5 classes a month) I have been LOVING having him come with me to all my favorite spots! He seems to like FlyWheel a lot, which is great for me since now I have a buddy to keep me company during those classes. 🙂

Also, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to the shower at my office that never has a line, because it means I don’t have to deal with situations like this:

I have stood in that line before and it is NOT fun. Thank you, office shower!

Friday, Feb. 17 – Rest day!

Overall, I’d say it was a good week of workouts!

And now let’s chat about Valentine’s Day! Of course I wore my favorite heart sweater from J. Crew. My Grandma bought me this sweater a few years ago, and I feel like you can’t own a sweater like this and not bust it out on Valentine’s Day.

When I got home, I saw that Fabio had surprised me with beautiful roses!

He split them up into two vases so I could enjoy them twice as much (you can see the second vase in the background here). He is the best!!

He also knew that I would be disappointed if I didn’t get any chocolate, but I’d be more disappointed if he bought me a whole box (haha!). Yep, he knows me so well. So he bought me just a few Lindt chocolates, which was exactly what I wanted! 🙂

Since we already celebrated our Valentine’s Day date on Saturday, we kept things low-key on Tuesday night and cooked a delicious dinner at home. We played some music from Spotify’s Valentine’s Day playlist (all the while thinking about songs we could potentially use as our first dance song at our wedding – that playlist had so many contenders!), sipped on wine, and cooked dinner together. It’s always nice when Fabio joins me in the kitchen to help me chop and cook!

Before long we were digging into a delicious meal of salmon with cabbage slaw that was tossed in a Greek yogurt sauce with fresh wedges of grapefruit and grapefruit juice (this is one of the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse recipes).

It turned out SO well, and was maybe one of the best pieces of salmon I’ve ever cooked. Delicious!!

We spent the rest of the evening on the couch watching The People Vs. OJ Simpson (we just finished this show – it was a good one!) and snuggling with our furry friend.

The end.

Question of the day: How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

Admittedly, Fabio and I are pretty terrible when it comes to celebrating these kinds of holidays. I guess neither of us are that romantic? I think Fabio has stepped up his game lately though — this year he did great!

My dad always made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, and I remember being a little girl and getting some really thoughtful gifts from him on this holiday. 🙂 Dads are the best.

 Posted by on February 17, 2017
Feb 132017
 

Well hello there! How was your weekend? Mine was a fun one, but it went by way too quickly. Sigh. Here’s a recap!

Friday

After getting home from work on Friday and taking Jack on a long walk with Fabio, it was dinner time! On the menu: Bubba turkey burgers and Alexia sweet potato fries (bunless for me, though Fabio had his burger on a potato hamburger bun). Plus pickles, ketchup, and mustard on top. Yum!

This meal is a new staple for us when we want something more “fun” than our regular weeknight dinners, but don’t want to get takeout or turn to something super unhealthy. I have a feeling this one is going to stay in the rotation for a while!

While we ate dinner, we watched the movie Girl on the Train. Though I read the book ages ago, I honestly couldn’t remember how it ended so it was still pretty suspenseful for me. I also had a glass of wine during the movie and a certain furry friend on my lap. Can you see Jack in the corner there? Haha!

This guy loves to snuggle.

I think we were in bed by around 11, which was fine by me! 🙂

Saturday

On Saturday morning we were up relatively early because we had an 8:00 a.m. appointment to get our car serviced (there was a recall on one of its gauge systems and it needed a quick software update). While they worked on our car, Fabio and I ventured over to a little cafe to sip on some cappuccinos.

We wound up spending an hour or so in the warm cafe talking about wedding plans, and I felt pretty accomplished by the time we were done! Soon enough our car was ready and we realized they had given us a free car wash and carpet vacuum while we were there. Sweet!

The rest of the morning was spent running a bunch of errands, including a trip to the mall where I bought two new bathing suits for my bachelorette party coming up in just two and a half weeks (!!). This was a big relief because the bathing suit I bought online a couple of weeks ago didn’t wind up working out, so I was sort of stressing out about what I’d wear. Bathing suit shopping is never a fun task for me (is it for anyone?) so I was really relieved when I found two that I liked. Woohoo!

One of our other errands took us into D.C., and since we were already there we decided to stop into Ghibellina for a lunch date! I’ve been wanting to try the pizza at Ghibellina for ages, and we realized we probably weren’t going to be able to squeeze in a Valentine’s Day dinner on Tuesday, so this lunch would take its place. 🙂

Fabio and I ordered two pizzas to share, and we wound up taking a whole pizza home with us as leftovers.

Both of the pizzas were absolutely delicious, and I really liked that they gave you scissors to cut the pizza slices with. So fun! I definitely recommend Ghibellina if you’re in D.C. and looking for some traditional Neapolitan style pizza.

The rest of the afternoon/evening was really relaxing and included a nap on the couch, some meal planning, leftover pizza, and the movie The Accountant, which we both really liked.

Then it was another early night in bed!

Sunday

Sunday’s plans included a six-mile run per our training plan for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. It was raining out when we woke up and we debated putting the run off until later in the afternoon when it was supposed to clear up, but I really wanted to get it over with so off we went in our rain jackets and hats.

The route I planned took us through a couple of new-to-me parks, including the really pretty Lubber Run Park which wound through the woods. I bet it would be beautiful in the fall!

Unsurprisingly, our run felt pretty challenging (and wet) and I was SO happy when it was over and we arrived back home. There’s nothing like the feeling you get after completing a run!

After showering up, we headed into D.C. for lunch at Modern Market. The D.C. location just opened at the end of January, and the kind store managers invited me in for a free lunch with a friend. (Lucky Fabio.)

Right away I knew I was going to like Modern Market – the flavor combinations on every meal item sounded phenomenal and I loved the focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients. Plus, each meal had the calories and macronutrients listed so I was a happy camper! My biggest problem was deciding what to order – everything sounded amazing!

I wound up ordering half a blueberry pesto sandwich (omg) and half an order of the butternut cashew soup, and both were incredible. I liked that this order came with a small salad on the plate as well. Extra greens are never a bad thing!

Fabio got the BLT+A sandwich with broccoli cheddar soup, and he was equally thrilled with his lunch. All of the food tasted so fresh and flavorful!

Later on, I also wound up ordering a peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie because it looked amazing, and I just wanted to show you guys the receipt for a second. See how it lists the nutritional information right on the receipt? Now that I’m using MyFitnessPal to track what I’m eating, I found this to be so incredibly helpful.

I also love Modern Market’s values on the back. 🙂

I have to say Modern Market is probably my new favorite fast-casual spot, and now I’m hoping they’ll open a location in Arlington soon. 🙂 Thanks for having me, Modern Market!

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping and meal prepping.

We’re having these blueberry oatmeal breakfast bars this week, and I’m so excited!

The end.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite fast-casual restaurant?

Before trying Modern Market, I would have said Taylor Gourmet!

 Posted by on February 13, 2017