Aug 122013
 

Hey there! Happy Monday!

If I’m being honest, waking up this morning Sucked. With a capital S.

Usually I can power through the mornings and put myself in a pretty good mood despite my sleepiness, but for whatever reason I was having a hard time today. The bags under my eyes were ginormous and I slept like a log. You know those times where you wake up stiff and you feel like you didn’t move at all during the night? And you have lines all over your body? Yeah, it was like that. I debated hitting the snooze button a few more times and coming into work late, but I thought of the mountain of work waiting for me and thought that would be a bad idea. Oh joy of joys. Let’s hope today goes by quickly.

On a different note, I have a guest post up today over on Kalee’s blog, Sorey Fitness. The post is all about realistically maintaining a healthy diet, so go check it out: http://soreyfitness.com/nutrition/maintaining-a-healthy-diet Hopefully you can find some helpful tips there. I’m so grateful to Kalee for having me!

Alright well let’s jump into today’s weekend recap, since we have a lot to cover…

Friday

After work on Friday, Fabio and I had plans to hang out with our friend James and his new girlfriend, Caitlin. They wanted to try a bar called Wisdom, which they read about in the Washingtonian. It was featured in the paper for its unique signature cocktails, and it sounded like a really cute little spot. We met up with them around 9:30 and headed over to the bar.

It did not disappoint!

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When we arrived we were surprised to see that the bar was relatively empty. I guess we are used to really packed and crowded bars with a ton of people our age, but this place had a more subdued atmosphere and we were actually able to sit at the bar (how shocking).

The bartender was a really charismatic and smart woman who knew everything there was to know about the variety of drinks they served. She gave us a little bit of background on all the drinks and we had a great time chatting with her. My favorite drink of the night was one called Peanut Butter and Jelly which tasted exactly like its name. It was so cool! I have no idea how they made it.

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After spending a bit more time at Wisdom, we decided to switch gears a bit and go over to another bar called Brixton, where a bunch of our other friends were. It was really nice that we were able to go to both kinds of bars in one night – the quiet one where we could sit and chat, and one that was louder where we could dance with friends. Brixton was really cool and had a gigantic rooftop, so it was a lot of fun to be outside with friends :)

This is my friend Lauren, who was my roommate and sorority sister in college. We are lucky enough to work together at the same company now! She’s one of those great friends who will always be there for me.

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And here I am with Fabio and Keith! Keith used to work with Fabio, and has become a great friend to us over the last couple of years.

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Such a great night out with friends!

Saturday

Saturday morning Fabio and I woke up around 9:30 and got ready for our long run of the week, six miles. It was really humid out, so I won’t pretend the run was a piece of cake. It was hard. Like, really hard. We had to stop two times to rest.

One of the times I spotted a pretty butterfly on the ground, and on a whim decided to try to get it to crawl onto my hand. Much to surprise, it worked! I got to hold the butterfly for about 30 seconds before it flew away (all the while yelling to Fabio, “Take a picture!”). Haha.

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This is so typical of me to try to pick up some sort of little animal or bug haha I’m like a seven year old when it comes to that stuff.  I used to try to hand-feed the squirrels on my college campus and have been known to feed pigeons and random birds from time to time. It’s semi-embarrassing but oh well, what can you do. I’m an animal lover!

After our run Fabio and I went home, showered, and ran some errands. We knew we were going to be away from the house on Sunday so we decided to make Saturday our cleaning/grocery shopping day. It only semi-worked because we ran out of time and now we’re going to have to do a few more chores today after work :( Oh well.

A little later in the afternoon we had plans to meet a large group of our friends for a National’s game! We hung out in the Bullpen beforehand, which is a fun outdoor bar with live music. They had a pitching booth where you could see the speed of your pitches, and Fabio and our friend Mark decided to try it out.

Here’s Mark…

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And then it was Fabio’s turn! Fabio used to play baseball in high school (and obviously is a huge baseball fan) so he actually did pretty well. I think his speed was around 73 mph.

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Look at him go! His speed must have been really good because a bunch of onlookers were “oohing” and “aahing” lol.

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Here are the girls…me, Kristen, Lauren, and Megan. We’ve been great friends since college! Kristen was visiting from New York, so it was really great to see her. I’m feeling very spoiled at the moment though since I just got to see her last weekend too!

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And here we are with the whole group!

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It was so much fun having all of us together :) It was also a gorgeous night for a baseball game. Check out that sky!!

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Once we got into the stadium, Fabio called his dad and asked if he would treat us to Ben’s Chili Bowl (Fabio has his dad’s credit card in case of emergency). Fabio’s dad was kind enough to agree! He loves that place.

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Fabio got a chili half smoke and I got a regular one with mustard. It was delicious!! (I don’t know how Fabio ate the chilli dog- it was so messy!!!)

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Once the game ended we went back to the Bullpen for some more live music and beer. There was a great band and we all had fun dancing….even this little toddler.

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He was quite popular.

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After the Bullpen we went to Sign of the Whale, which is another bar in DC. It was another fun night!

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Sunday

On Sunday morning Fabio and I were supposed to run three miles but we wound up oversleeping and didn’t have time. Woops (blame it on the a-a-a-a-al-cohol).

Then we had plans to go to my grandparents’ house for the day!

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My dad brought his black lab Max, so all three black labs were running around like crazy. They are so funny when they’re all together.

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We bribed them with treats to get them to sit like this, lol.

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The weather was kind of crappy (humid and cloudy) so instead of going out on the boat we decided to do some shopping at the outlets. I wound up getting a few new things and it was a nice way to spend the day :)

Afterwords we came back to the house, rested a bit, and then had a nice family dinner. This sight never gets old to me.

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My grandparents are the luckiest people ever to live in such a pretty place. Then we drove home and passed out in bed from exhaustion. Phew!

Such a fun weekend!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite way to spend a summer weekend?

 Posted by on August 12, 2013

  8 Responses to “Super Fun Summer Weekend!”

  1. Wow, looks like a super busy and fun weekend!! I LOVE going to Nationals games, but I haven’t been to a night game in ages! I love the new stadium – the sky is always so pretty over the water! But I am definitely jealous of your grandparents’ house. Such a beautiful view!

  2. They have Ben’s in the Nationals’ stadium? So cool! I haven’t been to a Nats game since they got that new stadium, but I love Ben’s Chili Bowl!

  3. Omg, peanut butter jelly cocktails?? Sounds crazy! I once had an oatmeal flavoured shot at university. It was DISGUSTING (as you can imagine). It even had oats at the bottom of it. Erlack!
    I wish I lived in such an exciting city like you guys do. I feel like my life is so boring in comparison to you urban guys ;-)

    • Hahah YUCK I’m not sure I would like that ;) And your life is NOT boring!! I love reading about it! I’m jealous that you guys have a yard and garden. I’m stuck with my stupid windowbox planter!!

  4. Hey, Chelsea!

    I feel like such a creeper, I’ve been reading you for a while and LOVING it, and now I have finally worked up the courage to comment. I live right where you do so your weekends always look like mine. :) You seem like a lot of fun and I love when I recognize all of the DC/VA local haunts you write about. You’ve got a great blog going here, so keep it up! Thanks for letting me introduce myself haha.

    • Hi Alex! First of all, you are NOT a creeper! Secondly, thank you SOO much for commenting; I just love hearing from new people! It’s nice to meet someone else who lives in the same area and can appreciate the things I’m up to. If you ever see me around please stop me to say hi! I’m so glad you are liking the blog and please don’t hesitate to comment again!

      • Funny story: I have definitely seen Fabio and Jack walking around Clarendon; I think the last time was right after you guys got back from Italy this last time, and it was like a celebrity sighting hahaha. I didn’t say hi because I didn’t want to be that girl who was like, “You don’t know me but I know you, I read your gf’s blog!” :D

        Oh, and speaking of Italy, thank you so much for posting about your time there. Based on your pictures, some major lip quivering, and a week straight of making his favorite meals, I was able to talk my bf into planning OUR trip there! It’s someplace I’ve always wanted to go, and your review was incredibly persuasive.

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