Jan 152016

Hellooooo! Phew – we made it to Friday! The beginning of this week felt like it was dragging on forever, but then the end of this week just sped right by for me. Anyone else?

There were definitely some times this week when I felt like I had what I like the call the “January blues” – when the cold weather and darkness just makes me feel really tired and so blah – but luckily there was lots of good stuff happening too that made me smile. Let’s take a look with today’s edition of Favorite Things Friday! Feel free to tell me about your favorite things from the week in the comments below. 🙂

Favorite Sight

I am so loving that it’s still light out when I leave work at 5:00! I can already see a difference in the amount of daylight we are getting (thank goodness!) and I’ve been seeing some pretty awesome sunsets this week too.


We may still be a long way off from spring, but I’ll take it!

Favorite Run

Last night I took Jack for a run, and I didn’t need a jacket! When I got home my weather app said 47 degrees, which is basically a heat wave compared to the temps earlier in the week.


We also decided to try a new route (er – I guess I decided that) and we ran right in front of Union Station.


Like usual, it was bustling with people so Jack and I tried to stay toward the outside of the sidewalk. I’ve always loved Union Station – something about the energy of the people and the beautiful sights of the Capitol just make me happy – so it was really fun to run past it! At the end of our run we had covered 3 miles, and I was pretty happy with our new route. 🙂

Favorite Breakfast

The hotel next to my office building held a charity fundraiser this week where they offered fresh chicken and waffles to people who donated $5 toward “Give Kids the World,” a charity that provides tickets and accommodations to theme parks in Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses.

A delicious breakfast and an opportunity to give back to kids? Don’t mind if I do. 🙂


Favorite Accomplishment

Lately I’ve been feeling like I attend the same few classes on ClassPass over and over, and I wanted to challenge myself to try something new. This week I tried not one but two  new-to-me studios in DC, and I felt pretty darn proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.

First, I took a spin class at Reformation Fitness (read about that here) and then I took a bootcamp class at BodySmith. It turns out BodySmith was actually a regular gym that held its bootcamp class in a room off to the side.


While that’s never my favorite set-up (it usually means the music can’t be as loud, for one thing) the class was still good! We completed a ton of different activities including battle ropes, kettlebell swings, box jumps, push-ups, sit-ups, Russian twists, kettlebell rows and more. It was great! Plus, like I said, I am just proud of myself for trying something new.

Favorite Weeknight

On Wednesday night, Fabio and I met up with our good friends Megan and JR to celebrate our engagement!


Obviously we had to recreate the picture we took in the summer of 2014 when Megan got engaged!

(Minus Jess, of course. Miss you!!)

Sadly it’s much colder and darker in our version. We even tried to take the picture with our hoods up, but Fabio said we looked like dorks. (We did.)


Haha! 😀

For dinner we decided to try out Crisp, a new Southern-style restaurant in Bloomingdale, my favorite nearby neighborhood. I had heard so many good things about Crisp, and it did not disappoint! First, Megan and I both agreed that the restaurant itself was absolutely adorable, and it reminded us a lot of a spot you’d find in New York City. The drinks menu looked amazing and we all giggled over names like “5 star Uber driver” and “do you have an iPhone 7 charger.” Haha!

The food was delicious too, and Megan and I both got the patty melt.


It was insanely delicious, and we both had leftovers to enjoy for lunch the next day. Woohoo!

Such a fun night with our friends. 🙂

Favorite Snuggler

This guy.


One day this week Jack was feeling especially cuddly, and he didn’t leave my side on the couch for the whole evening. What a cuddle bug.

Favorite Nails

As soon as Fabio and I got engaged on Christmas, his sister Diane gave me a bottle of Essie nail polish with the name “She Said Yes!” I obviously had to try it right away, and I have to say I’m a big fan. 🙂


Having a new ring on my finger doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I have Monday off from work so I most likely won’t be popping back in until Tuesday. Chat with you then!

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


 Posted by on January 15, 2016

  3 Responses to “Favorite Things Friday!”

  1. What a gorgeous sunset! And that plate of chicken and waffles looks amazing! I’ve never quite understood that combo, but I might have to give it a try one of these days! I think what made me smile the most this week was being able to cook in my kitchen! After a week of travel for work, it was amazing to not only have a kitchen to cook in, but to be able to cook healthy meals again! I’m a dork, I know!

  2. Your running map made me smile!! I took my daughter on our first mommy-daughter vacay to DC (her choice). For some reason or other, we wound up at Union Station almost every day of our trip!

  3. Love this!!! Nice job on trying a new fitness class 🙂 And I feel you on the January blues! I’m ready for spring!

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