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Labor Day Weekend: Part 1

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Turns out the key to a successful blog is consistent posting…I gotta step up my game hard. Luckily, I had a really exciting long weekend, and I can’t wait to tell you guys about it 🙂 This labor day weekend was 0 parts labor, 10 parts weekend. I treated it mainly as a last HURRAH for summer 2012, so I wanted to spend the whole time outside soaking up the sun one last time.

Weekend preview!

Friday, everyone got out of work early so I decided to take advantage of the perfect afternoon with a workout on the Harvard stadium steps to give my gluteus maximus a kick in the gluteus maximus. Usually, I do the stairs with Meg and some of her friends, but I’ve never done it without anyone else to motivate me to do one more section (of which there are 37). I found myself getting tired way faster than I wanted to, and it wasn’t just because of the stifling afternoon heat. Having another person doing the workout with you is much more exciting than doing it alone. Let’s face it – workouts get tedious every once in a while, so bringing someone along heightens the fun-factor of exercise. This solo sesh was not ideal, but I still got in half the stadium (18 sections up and down), along with 30 push ups and 30 tricep dips. And since no one was in the stadium other than me, some loud self-motivation was necessary towards the last, oh, 16 sections.

At the halfway point

My real weekend started VERY early Saturday morning. While many of you were still dreaming of weekend possibilities, I woke up at 6:00am to beat the traffic to Cape Cod for a fun-filled day trip. Luckily, it was worth it because I made it to my destination in 2 hours flat without any car troubles or fist fights (Boston drivers are truly in a league of their own). A friend of Meg’s from grad school has a house on the Cape, and Meg and Dave were staying there for the weekend with her wonderful family. We got right to business as soon as I arrived – after a few local, handmade donuts, we could almost hear the beach calling our names.

We spent our morning floating on rafts playing with her three sons aged 11, 9, and 6. There is definitely a special place in heaven for the mother of 3 boys. As I never had a brother, I know nothing about boys growing up and man oh man, do they have a lot of energy! Always eating, chasing each other, and building or destroying things. They were all very well-behaved though, and I had such a good time hanging out with the little ones 🙂

Our afternoon consisted of a short nap, a long bike ride, and a delicious lunch from a local (very popular) food truck called Sunbird.  I ordered a hotdog with ketchup, while others had fish tacos or a market sandwich. YUM! The atmosphere at this place was so pleasing – colorful picnic tables, tons of potted flowers, and an awesome playlist of 60’s music blasting out of invisible speakers. We were jamming along to the Allman Brothers as we waited for our food, and I didn’t mind one bit!

A gourmet truck

For dinner, we went to another local food place called Mac’s on the Pier, known for their clam chowder. I ordered that, of course, and wasn’t disappointed. Others had fish and chips, a pork burrito (a little out of place, Meg), and fried clams. Sitting right on the water with the sail boats was the perfect way to continue my day at the Cape.

But it didn’t stop there! I decided to stay an hour or two later than I had planned in order to make the bonfire on the beach. They had gotten special permission and a permit to be able to fire up the ‘mallows on the beach, so it was a must attend event. We set up shop on the beach right before sunset. There were surfers in the water after sharks were cited in the area this week (Jaws much???) which didn’t seem like such a great idea, but definitely made for a good picture.

The highlight of the night was s’making s’mores s’on s’the s’beach. For some reason, these were a lot better than the ones I’ve had previously this summer. Maybe because it was my last one and I wanted to treasure the marshmallow-y goodness.

It’s hard to capture night landscapes on film, but instagram puts up a good effort.

I left after the sun went down and the moon began rising pink on the horizon – a gorgeous night spent on the beach! It was hard to take myself out of that situation, but duty calls back in Boston. What a great start to the weekend! More to come….

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Weekend Re-CAPE!

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Welcome to the last week of June! Wait….how did this happen? It feels like just yesterday I was packing up my wonderful car Blanche with my entire life to move to Boston. A looot has happened since then – where did the time go, friends? It’s been a really trying year to say the least, and even though we may want to at times, it’s obvious that we can never stop this train. Just keep going. All the more reason to focus on the good spots in life 🙂

She’s all set for an adventure! The night before I drove to Boston…

1. I’m grateful for the whole weekend at the Cape. It was my first time to Cape Cod (did anyone else like my clever play on words in the title???). It seems like a right-of-passage for every Bostonian to go to the Cape at least once and I don’t blame them – it’s beautiful! Em and D were a bit late in getting here, so we didn’t get on the road until almost 9pm. There wasn’t any traffic at that time though, so we made it there easily. After some hugs hello, we hung out at the house drinking Sam Adams’ Summer Ale with the fans at full blast (still roasty toasty up here).  We woke up on Saturday morning not to an alarm clock, but to the kiddos jumping on the bed. After a delicious fruit and yogurt smoothy for breakfast, we all hit the beach for a nice long morning walk. The clouds hadn’t quite cleared, but this beach was gorgeous! The houses around it were unbelievable! I’m sure they have some awesome views!

I wonder what the taxes on that house must be…

So many shells, so little tree!

We came across a tree towards the end of our walk covered in shells. It has become a tradition to string a shell onto one of the branches of this old tree – maybe for good luck? It would be riCONCHulous if I didn’t MUSSEL up the strength to adorn this tree with another one! What SHELL I wish for? 😉

We went back to the house for lunch and changed into our suits for the beach again! It was my first time in the swim suit this summer, so I was pretty stoked to get some good sun time. The girls and D stayed on the beach with the little ones. They are so fun to be around – and very eager to get into the water. “Will you go in yet?”, “Has it been 5 minutes?”, or “How about now?” was reiterated a few times….but we did go in with them! At the end of the afternoon, they’d been in the chilly water so much, their little teeth were chattering!!! Time to rinse off at home…

They built a lot of sand castles, but their favorite part was wrecking it!

I know I know, I’m really tan. It’s a tough job, ya know?

Saturday night, we all went out to dinner as a family 🙂 I love being able to call them “Family” now because my sister is marrying D. We’ve known them forever and now it’s finally becoming official! This may have been my favorite part of the trip – just a simple seafood dinner chatting and cheersing away the night. A few of us decided to grab a drink at a local bar afterwards (in walking distance from the house). It seemed like everyone knew everyone – such a small town! I loved it.

I left Sunday morning because I had to be back in Boston to work. And I was really bitter about it because it was such a GORGEOUS day!! Oh well, I have another vaca coming up in a week so I can’t complain 🙂

2. Nutritious and delicious meals. Today, after work, I had time to go to the grocery store. I worked out in the morning today because I got to bed early enough that I wasn’t still unconscious at 6:30am. It wasn’t too bad…maybe I’ll retract my statement from before about morning workouts?
I bought all the essentials I needed to make this quinoa and black bean salad:

yummmm

  • quinoa and black beans obvi…
  • red pepper
  • corn
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

It’s so simple to make – just throw all the ingredients together! I made enough to last me a few days in lunches at work. I think I should do this every Monday. I like feeling prepared for the week ahead because I hate scrambling for random food to eat during the day when I’m running out the door in the morning. I especially like this meal because it’s so healthy and full of protein. Quinoa is a super grain and it’s packed with all kinds of healthy vitamins and minerals that are so beneficial to your health. I’ve been trying to eat more protein in my diet because I can’t seem to stay full for very long, and quinoa is a really good way to incorporate good protein and fiber. Thanks quinoa!!!

3. I had a fresh mango for dessert. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I was reeeally eager to eat it, and it was really messy (and I was watching the Bachelorette so I couldn’t leave the room to get my camera). Fruit in the summer time is hands down, bar none, most definitely, unerroneously the best thing ever. Pass me the berries, the nanners, and the watermelon, the pineapples and the cherries. I like them all! Such a good dessert too.

It’s going to be a busy week!! Happy trails 🙂

I love endorphins

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Today was one of those days where I just couldn’t wait to get to the gym after work. It was Monday – already off to a bad start – and I wasn’t feeling up to my full potential. I know a lot of people like to work out in the mornings, but that doesn’t work out so well (pun intended) for me. I feel rushed, tired, lazy and all I can think about is getting into the shower and catching the train to work. I end up drinking a lot of coffee to stay awake and then I’m completely dead by the end of the work day. After a long day like today, I really appreciate being able to relieve some stress at the gym. That’s why it’s my number 1 today.

1. The gym. I have learned, especially since graduating college, that the gym can create a drastic change in my attitude. Moving to Boston has proved to be difficult to say the least, but I’m definitely making it work. Going to the gym regularly not only makes me feel better about myself, it gives me a fresh look at issues I’m having, problems I’m facing, etc. The rush of endorphins that is released through physical activity really gets my positive juices flowing. I feel like a different person when I leave the gym, one that can handle most any obstacle!! (Insert Rocky music here)
I love changing up my workouts too, and learning new techniques or exercises, especially for the upper body. Does anyone know any good chest, arm, or shoulder work outs??? Someday, I’ll look like I do in this windbreaker….

I’m on a rock!

2. The other good thing about Mondays is the Bachelorette. I’m such a sucker. I’ve fallen in love with this show. I just have to know what happens!! Thankfully, Emily made the right choice with Ryan – he seemed like such a scum bag. Anyone that you are questioning should not stay in the game, amirite?!?! Also, Travis is just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Move to Boston, Trav!!! What will happen next week, when Emily actually has to make a decision? You can’t have 6 men chasing you forever….

3. I booked my flights to and from Canada in August!! This place is like a home away from home – I have never missed a summer there ever. I’m already excited for it 🙂 More to come on Canada later.

4. The Cape this weekend!!!! Does anyone know any Cape-specific things I need to do? Can’t wait to see it and the family!

Baby, Baby, Baby, NOO

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Although Justin Beiber did not make the cut for my list today as one may think from the title, I do enjoy him. However, I’m talking about literal babies, not his tween girlf. Read on.
  1. Dinner at the in-laws. Kinda. I guess they’re not really my in-laws, as I am very single and have no plans of having in-laws for a while. But my sister Em will! She’s marrying a very dear family friend D who we have known all our lives. She’s a twin, he’s a twin….and no, the other subsets of the twin pairs are not dating too. I get that question a lot. Anywho, my sister’s fiancé’s sister (awkward wording but true) lives around me in Boston and I went to her house for dinner tonight. Nothing like grilled kebabs, corn on the cob, and mac and cheese 🙂 So great to catch up and make some summer plans.
    My soon-to-be “sister in-law” is also a soon-to-be mom! She is preggers for the first time, and we’re all veeeeery excited about it! Some of the dinner talk tonight was about new clothes to fit the baby bump, baby gadgets, the terrible 3’s (apparently it’s worse than the 2’s), and food that makes her sick. I am definitely happy that she is expecting and will help watch the little one once he/she arrives, but my life as a single 22 year old is so far from motherhood. Of course I’ve thought about it, but there are things I’d like to get done before that happens – a little travelling, settling into a good career that makes me happy, finding the right man to have said babies with…all important steps in readying myself for motherhood.  My schedule now is so topsy tuvry and unpredictable that it would be difficult to even have a dog in Boston, unfortunately. I’ll have to start small: Maybe I’ll get a bonsai tree to trigger my mothering gene and see where it goes from there!
  2. A friend parallel parked my car tonight. Living in Boston has proved to be difficult behind the wheel. Roads were literally built from cowpaths. Paths that cows used to walk. Not cars. The city looks like a damn ant farm from above. I have learned to parallel park my car for the second time because I hadn’t done that since my driving test (oh the benefits of living in horse country Maryland). Alas, I’m not very good, so I’m grateful for my car-loving friend who parks my car when I can’t.
  3. My roommate’s shirt. It’s an expertly self tie-dyed shirt that reads “gay? fine by me.” Simple and poignant. Get it girl.
  4. This song. Being jealous of 12 and 8 year olds is normal right?
  5. Solidifying plans for the Cape at the end of this month. I’ve never been!!! Any suggestions as to where I should visit???

Keep yourself happy!