Richmond Weekend!

Hello friends!

My nail polish obsession continues…

Cute I know. It isn’t a great picture but you get the idea.

Erik, Alaina, Richie and I went down to Richmond this weekend to visit Erin (my twinsie), and Brandon (and to watch The Hunger Games…  We had an amazing time.  We waited until traffic died down on Friday night, picked up Richie and Alaina from the metro and headed down. When we got down there, the first place we went to was Sweet Frog (sorry I didn’t get to snap a picture).  I had a birthday cake and cookies and cream mix, so good! Then we went to a deli which had an original Photobooth and took tons of pictures.

Photobooths are too much fun, as you can see, ha.

Then we went to McComack’s Whiskey Bar…

Woke up Saturday morning to an amazing breakfast the boys put together.

Fruit Crepes!

I slathered put Nutella on this after I took the picture.

Afterwards the ladies and I went shopping for sunglasses…and came home with a little more than we had intended.  But lets be honest, what woman just goes out and buys the ONE thing they set out to get? Not us.  We met the boys for lunch, and I had a Tuscan Panini (O.M.G) with tomato bisque.

Then it was time for the main event of the weekend, The Hunger Games Movie.. oh wait, I failed to mention that we went to Sweet Frog AGAIN.  This time I had a strawberry, mango combination, delish.

Right after this picture, Erin yelled “What are you looking at”, to two teenage boys…. then tripped and almost fell.  We about died laughing, but luckily the boys didn’t see it, so HA. Stupid teenagers. We were the first people in line so we got the best seats, the ones right in behind the railing, woot!  I loved the movie, but then again I had about 12 months separation from the time I read the books until the movie came out, and I think that helped.  I was not happy with the lack of character development in the beginning of the movie, but in all honesty if they had the movie would have been five hours long.  I wouldn’t have had a problem with that, but that is why the books are always so much better than movies.

We literally had nothing else planned for the weekend, which was awesome, so we headed back to Brandon and Erin’s house and had burgers and played Dance Party.  It was sweaty, but fun.

Sunday

My favorite part of Sunday… Brunch

Veggie Omelet and hashbrowns (oh my).

Erin took some awesome Polaroid pictures while we were there.

We headed home after brunch, we had to get back to go out to dinner with my family to celebrate the Persian New year :)

I celebrated with a new Dogfish head seasonal beer before we left.

This MIGHT just be better than my beloved Magic Hat #9. I will have to taste test it again, so I will get back to you. The only problem is that this beer is quite expensive, and I think it is only a seasonal beer, sad.

We had an awesomely delicious time at dinner, check out my new outfit I got this weekend :) looove it!

But now its Monday and it sucks, haha.  I think that Mondays are worse after an awesome weekend.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a better Monday morning than I am having!

What did you do this weekend?

Are Monday’s worse for you after a great weekend?

Obsessed

Hello friends!

I’m glad I am not the only one that feels doughy sometimes after training, but I am happy to be back in the gym and on a routine!  We finished week 1 of Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer this morning and I feel good.  I really love how the first two weeks are a bit easier and have shorter workouts so you don’t get burned out when you are first trying to get back in the swing of things. Feeeeelllls good :)

Recently my twinsie, Erin and I have been obsessssed with nail polish. We have been picture messaging each other our nail colors.. lame I know, but we love it.

Via Erin’s text message

my new pink nails

I don’t know why, perhaps it’s the nice weather, but we love it.  She got a few of the Hunger Games nail polish colors, which I cannot wait to see tonight.  I went to the store yesterday on a quest to find them, but my Rite Aid did not, lame.  They did have some awesome spring colors that I had to get.

And i 100% regret not buying this color that I found yesterday,

It said it was a top coat, and I already had nail polish on so I couldn’t test it. Ah its so sparkly, I might have to go back today and get it.

Speaking of amazing weather, I love being able to go home and take Ella out for walks in the nice warm weather. She likes it too!

After our walk, I got back home and made dinner again, whaaat I am on a roll.

Stir-Fry is one of the easiest things to make.  We had a huge bag of frozen veggies from Costco, I marinade the chicken in a sauce I got from Costco (sorry I don’t remember the name), then saute it before adding the veggies and 2 eggs.

Serve it up on some rice or noodles and you are good to go.  Sometimes I like to cook the chicken in a peanut sauce I throw together with soy sauce and peanut butter… mmm so good. The best part…leftovers the next day!

Sorry I know this post was semi-lame, but right now other than the Hunger Games, nail polish is all I can think about.

Anyone else obsessed with painting their nails?- no? just me?

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Cheers!

Lifting Again

Hello friends!

Monday morning my hubby and I woke up before the sun was out and headed to the gym to start Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer again.  This time I will be able to put in the time needed to do all of these workouts.  We managed to do the first 30 days of the trainer back in December when I first started my half marathon training, but as my run got longer, I had less time to lift in the gym.  We decided that after my half marathon we would start it again.

I have never trained for such a big race before, and I didn’t realize that when you run that much you tend to lose a lot of muscle, and get “doughy”.  Ideally, I would like to be able to run and do weight training, but with a full time job I don’t see myself being able to put in that much time at the gym.  But I might be able to start going for short run during the week, outside with Ella.

The first week of the LiveFit trainer, as a three day rest period built in, and it is probably for a good reason, but I just cannot take three days off in a row.  So instead, Erik and I took Wednesday off, and moved Leg for this morning, and shoulder and Abs for tomorrow.  We will take the weekend off, and get right back to it on Monday.

Last night I made dinner for the first time in a week (we have been so busy, we are just making quick meals), and it was aweeesomesauce.

 

Grilled Chicken (with Nando’s sauce), Steamed french beans, and Veggie Qunioa. It was amazing.

And I just realized that tomorrow is Friday, and I get to see the Hunger Games this weekend with my twinzie :)

Cheers!

Has anyone else felt doughy while they are training for a big race, or can you fit in time to lift?

Have a great day!

Sissy’s Soccer Game

Hello friends!

Thank you all again for your heartfelt comments, they really make my day! If you haven’t had a chance to read my Race recap take a look :) And don’t you worry I have been rewarding myself since then..

Horrible I know. They are so cute I can’t get enough of them!

Monday night, Erik and I went to my sister’s high school soccer game! This was her second game, but the first game she played in because she was sick last week. I got there and immediately started taking pictures… she turned around and yelled at me. Too bad, what good is a little sister if you can’t torture them a bit :-p

Here she is waiting to sub in!

Some action shots!

Isn’t she the cutest little sister ever!? I love her. They won!

I am very happy we were able to go watch her play.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

If you have younger siblings, do you go to their sporting events?- my sister sat through a good 10 years of softball for me, the least I can do is go to her high school games :)

Rock & Roll Half Marathon-Race Recap

Hello friends! I know you all have been anxiously awaiting my race recap (jk, but maybe you have), so I won’t make you wait any longer.

Friday night we went over to Sean and Brandy’s house because Sean made us an amazing Spaghetti dinner (Thanks so much Sean!).

It was perfect, homemade meatballs mmm mmm mm! I get hungry just looking at that picture, here is another one, in case that one didn’t tickle your belly.

Saturday morning I got up at around 4:30 and I could not go back to sleep, so I literally laid in bed for a half an hour until my alarm went off, then hopped in the shower and got ready to head out.  Lauren came over so that she could ride with Erik and I to the race.  All was going according to plan until we got to the Smithsonian Metro stop and they made us sit around for fifteen minutes, and then proceeded to tell us we had to get off of the train! WTF, are you serious?! Needless to say there was a LOT of unhappy runners.

One train came by… completely packed…at that point I sprinted to the front of the station and was successful when the next train rolled in.

Arrived at Stadium-Armory metro station at around 8:06am, awesome, I’m late, and I have to pee (double awesome). Luckily Brandy was already there AND was waiting in line to use the nasty porta johns (ew, seriously ew), so yes I cut and used the bathroom after she did.  We dropped off our stuff, and headed to the starting line, 30 min later we were starting the race!

Meanwhile, you want to know what DC looks like at 8am on a Saturday, some amazing pictures Erik took! :)

This is the only time you will see the streets of DC look this empty… when the roads are closed.. ha

Back to racing…

Mile 1- wow I feel awesome, this is gonna be a great race.

Mile 2- Yup still feeling good, might need some water… texting and running to see where Erik and Lauren would be.. Also took this picture…

Mile 3- water…check, still feeling good.. (some race pics Erik took)

Mile 4- hills, not too crazy, but not great (more pics)

 

Miles 5-6, and maybe even mile 7 (I can’t be too sure): unbelievably hilly, and sweaty, need water now. This is where we saw Erik and Lauren! WOOT.

Miles 7-9 were a bit of a blur, but I was chugging along.. until.. oh man I have to pee again.. seriously?

….stopped for who knows how long to pee because some chick in front of me took her sweet time… Oy!

Mile 10-11- “Oh man this is the furthest I have ever run, go me…” 3 seconds later.. oh this is gonna hurt…. This is where I hit my wall….

Mile 12- Okay I can do this.. Anyone can run one more mile.. come on.. go go go .. Hill *insert profanity*

also please look closely at the two women in the nude suits…..

Mile 13- omg I am almost done.. yes yes whoooooo…. Had to stop to catch my breath, got a bit lightheaded and excited.. ran to the finish

Mile 13.1..I cannot even put my hands up.. is this real life?

I was not feeling good.  Biggest mistake I made (don’t yell at me) I was so excited and nervous about my race I did not think to eat breakfast! Yea I know. I had a banana, and a Gu.. stupid… That was my problem. Afterwards I was covered in salt… literally grains of salt….it was nasty. I had to sit down and chug 2 bottles of water and Gatorade until I got back to my normal self.  But overall it was an amazing race.  An amazing feeling to know that I did it!

Afterwards we went over to Philippe and Oriana’s house and had some drinks and pizza…..while we watched all the people attempt to get on the metro… at the same time… what a mess.

Best part about this entire experience…. On our way home, a little boy tapped me on the back and when I turned around said, “I have diabetes, thank you!”- o.m.g. seriously, I have never felt so amazing. I feel like I actually made a difference. He was a very sweet little boy, and I hope that he knows he really made my day! Raising money for a charity is rewarding enough on its own, but to see a little kid who has diabetes and know that the money I raised could help him… simply amazing. I want to run the Shamrock Half marathon next March in Va beach, I hear it’s a very flat course, yes please sign me up!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Six Years

Hello friends!

I promise you a full race recap sometime this week, I am working on it now :)

Yesterday was my dad’s six year anniversary, and I am so proud of myself for raising money for the diabetes in action foundation and running my very first half marathon in honor of my dad.

It made the experience more memorable than I can put into words.  Thank you all for your support!

Have a great Monday!

Cheers!

Happy Hour

Hello friends!

O.m.g. you all are amazing :) Thank you times a million for your sweet words of encouragement. I cannot wait to share my race recap with all of you :)

It was a smoldering 86 degrees here yesterday, AMAZING…

Some might say it is a bit warm, but ti felt good. And because of the glorious weather and beautiful sites

The ladies at work and I decided we were due for a happy hour.  That and we wanted to go out and celebrate Rose’s Birthday month..\

We had a great time, and literally laughed until Rose almost lost it! HA

(Jennifer, Kim and Sarah)

(Rose, Me (sorry I look so sleepy, ha) and Laurel)

An awesome bunch of ladies.  We ate a lot of chips and salsa, guacamole and nachos.. none of which lasted long enough for me to take a picture (just kidding I just forgot).  I cannot wait until we do another happy hour.  Just want I needed to relax before this weekend :)  Tonight we are planning a spaghetti dinner with Sean and Brandy! WOOT.

I hope everyone has a great day and weekend! Good luck to anyone else who is running this weekend!

Cheers!

Plans for the weekend?

 

Done-zo!

Hello friends!

First off I would like to thank all of you for your amazing support with my upcoming race.  I have gotten so many motivating and sweet comments on Facebook and on here, you all are wonderful. I ran three miles yesterday and my legs were absolutely exhausted, so I decided that that would be my last run before my race this weekend.

So that’s it, I am officially done with my half marathon training! We will be picking up our race packets today (YAY), and I will stretch and rest for the next two days.  I can do now is trust my training, and run the best race I can.  I know I will have the best support group cheering me on and waiting for me when I finish :)

This post is short and sweet because I am sure you guys are tired of hearing me rant and rave about my upcoming race :) #sorryimnotsorry

Oh yes one more thing… My blog was hacked yesterday :(sad… I don’t know what happened or why it happened (jerks), but I suggest that everyone check their passwords and if you think they are easy please change them and make them more difficult.  I was very upset about the whole thing yesterday, I don’t want it to happen to anyone else!

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Is anyone else running a race this weekend? If so GOOD LUCK!

Nerves

Hello friends!

I put the finishing ribbon on my wreath and hung it up last night!

I obviously went with pink :) and I LOVE it.  I did get a brown ribbon so that if I wanted to paint the wreath a different color for the fall I could use that (orange maybe?). ahh the possibilities are endless!

Okay back to the topic of my post.. I am terrified for my upcoming race.  I took the bulk of last week off, and I neglected to run my 10 miles this past weekend because we had friends in town and I was lazy, and I totally regret it.  I ran five miles on Monday, and four miles yesterday and I have to admit they were the most painful miles I have run to date.. I don’t know why :( I am at a loss.

I really want to curl up in a ball and cry when I think about my race sometimes because I just don’t believe I will be able to run it.  My plan for the rest of the week is to run three miles today and two miles tomorrow, hopefully these will put my mind at ease.  I also think I am going to end my training with a nice ice bath on Thursday after my two mile run, just to give my muscles a chance to recuperate.

Has anyone else ever felt this way?

My hubby says that my body is trained to run the half marathon and that I shouldn’t be worried, but I can’t help it.  I want to believe in myself, but horrible runs like the last few I have had make me doubt my abilities. I am also very mad at myself for dropping the ball last week and this past weekend, I cannot believe I allowed myself to be lazy, especially after all the hard work I have put in since December!

All I can do now, is go into the rest of my runs this week with a positive attitude and believe that the adrenaline of all the people will be enough to push me through the 13.1 miles I have in front of me!

I hope everyone has a great day!

We get to go pick up our race packets tomorrow! I am stoked! I hope that will get me in the correct mindset!

Cheers!

Lima Bean Wreath-Spring Pinterest Challenge

Hello friends!

Erin and I completed our Spring Pinterest Challenge this past weekend!

We used the idea of the acorn wreath and decided to use a different material (mainly because we could not find acorns this time of year), and we LOVE how it turned out!

Sunday morning after our wine & cheese party, we threw on a pot of coffee and started work on our project.  Please excuse our appearances we had just gotten up and didn’t want to shower and get ready, besides craft projects are better when you do them in your pjs :).

We gathered our materials

and got crankin’… first we took our 16” straw wreath and took the plastic off.

then got right down to it by gluing the Lima beans on.  Erin bought six bags of dried Lima beans.

at first it was all fun and games

but slowly we started getting sore, and tired haha, but we still had a great time :)

I will tell you this much, don’t be cheap like me and get a mini glue gun… get a REAL one…

You must work diligently.

At first we had thought we would only do one side of the wreath but as we got further into it, we thought we have come this far we might as well do both sides… so we did.

All done!

beans, up close and personal

Prepare a tree by breaking off unwanted limbs

Then take it outside and hang it on said tree

while your dog supervises

and you start spray painting the heck out of it.

and I mean really get in there

but made sure you only do thin coats so that the spray paint doesn’t drip.

make sure you don’t vandalize your own backyard, or your husband might document it..oops

and hang it up to dry and do a few more coats until it looks the way you want it to :)

I have yet to find a ribbon I want to hang it up with, but I am sure I will find one soon and show you a picture of the final final product.

Actually I could use some advice.. What color ribbon should I get?- I am thinking either, white, magenta, or brown….

Enjoy!

I hope everyone has a great day!!

 

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