DC

Hi from Colorado!! I’m currently in CO visiting one of my best friends since kindergarten! But more on this next week, for now I’m here to tell you about our trip to DC last weekend! We decided to take the commuter train from Baltimore to DC which was probably the best decision. It cost us $16 round trip and we could leave and come back whenever we felt like it. We got to the train station right around 9am for the 9:15am train, grabs some dunks and headed to the train. We were in DC a little after 10am for our day long adventure. We really had no idea where we were going when we got to DC and just kind of wandered around until we got our bearings. We probably should have picked up a map somewhere, but oh well. We ended up starting at the Capital, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and a couple of other buildings over there. Of course when we saw the statues in the water we needed to recreate them. We are mature I swear.

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After visiting that area we headed to the Botanical Gardens, and then some museums before heading to the National Mall. By the time we made it to the mall we were starving so we stopped for some hot dogs, chicken wings, and a pretzel. It was perfect and just what I needed at the time. After eating we headed to the Air and Space Museum which is probably my favorite museum. It is just kind of amazing what has happened in the air and space. After the Air and Space Museum we headed to the Washington Monument because Jess wanted to save the National History Museum for after lunch (spoiler alert: we never made it back to the National History Museum). We wondered around the Washington Monument and then headed towards the White House. We got to the White House right in time to take a few pictures before the Secret Service/Police shooed everyone away.

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By the time we finished at the White House we were again hungry for a real lunch, unfortunately the police had closed off a ton of streets and our options were very limited. We ended up at a little restaurant near George Washington University. It was good, but not super delicious and our waitress was not the best. As soon as we finished we headed towards the Lincoln Memorial, stopping along the way at the Vietnam Memorial. We spent some time at the Lincoln Memorial taking pictures with Abe before we needed to go on our last adventure of the day.

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By this time we were all complaining about how we were feeling. It was a long day on our feet and we weren’t sure how much more we could do. We thought about taking a petty cab to Arlington Cemetery, but decided against it when they said it would cost $25. Instead we walked and walked and walked until we got there. We went and saw Kennedy’s grave as well as the unknown solider. We actually made it right in time for the changing of the guard so that was really cool to see. By the time all of that finished up we decided to take an Uber to the train station and hop on the soonest train. We arrived back in Baltimore around 6:30 and spent the rest of the night sitting on the couch drinking our beer from Saturday’s adventure. It was a short, but awesome trip with friends and I am so glad they could make it down. There is still so much more i wanted to show them of Baltimore, but it’s hard to do when its raining one day and a trip to DC the next. I guess that means they will have to come again!

Another hiatus

Eeeek sorry for the hiatus! I’ve been busy playing, working, and trying to catch up on sleep. One of the bigger clients I work on have a deadline coming up so it’s been crazy busy at work. The past two weeks have been 7:30am-9:30/10pm days and it’s quite draining. Life of an auditor I suppose! Two weeks ago my friend Meredith and I grabbed dinner after work on Friday and we tried a new to us restaurant, Barcocina. I had been wanting to try the restaurant for a while now so I am glad we ended up there. I enjoyed the meal, but had higher hopes, oh well! Of course we can’t be in Fells and not get Kilwins so that was our dessert stop of the night.

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I have a vacation coming up this week and last week some friends from home were visiting. They arrived late on Friday night, so late that I had to take a nap ;) Lucky for them we found a parking space two blocks away from my house within five minutes. We immediately climbed in bed for our plans Saturday morning. We set our alarms for late morning and it felt so wonderful to sleep in. The only reason for the alarm was Sara and I had an appointment to see a new apartment (which we will be moving into)! I dragged Emma and Jess along and it was quite the adventure. I originally had plans to take them to a bottemless brunch, but by the time we got out of the apartment appointment it seemed too late before our next activity so we just got normal brunch. It was delicious and just what I was craving. After brunch we walked about to our house and filled out an application for our new place. Before we knew it, Jess, Emma, and I had to grab and Uber and head to Heavy Seas Brewery. When I found out they were coming I had NO idea what to do with them, add in the awful rain we got on Saturday and I was really unsure. Emma said she wanted to do while she was here and she suggested a brewery so I enlisted the help of the guys at work and was pointed in the direction of Heavy Seas. We signed up for a 2pm tour and arrived just in time. It was really busy at the brewery when we arrived, but it seemed to thin out while tours were going on. We attended the hourish long tour and learned a lot about how beer is made. With our tour we got five samples. We chose a table on the enclosed porch and started getting our samples. It was nice because I felt like I could try the different types of beer they had and really get a sense of what type of beer I like. I ended up loving the Gold beer and need to find it in a store ASAP. After we finished our samples and ordered a full beer we decided it was time to head home, but before heading home we had to get a Growler. We each got 64oz Growlers of different beer so if we wanted we could drink all the kinds. By the time we got home we were starving and we ordered pizza to drink with our Growlers. A perfect night to just relax at home and catch up. We ended up heading to a bar down the road from my house for a couple of houses to keep the beer drinking alive! We didn’t stay out too late as we had an early morning the next morning. A trip to DC! More on that in another post because this is already a novel!

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Things I’m Loving Friday: Gipis Edition

Back in April I ran the Sole of the City 10k here in Baltimore and it was so much fun. I mean it wasn’t fun when I was running it and it felt like 100 degrees, but it was fun after I accomplished something I had never done before. Probably five minutes after we finished I got the itch to sign up for something else. And I’m not your typical, oh let me sign up for a few more 5ks and another 10k, no I jumped right to a 12 mile race. Why because it’s the Charles Street 12 and I spent 4 years of my life living on Charles Street. My direct supervisor (and very good friend) at work is moving in July and we decided to sign up together. It’s a good excuse for her to come back to Baltimore and it’s something fun to look forward to :) About a month ago Alex printed out a Hal Higdon training plan for a half marathon. I marked it up with the week we would need to start and what we were supposed to do each week. Well fast forward to Monday and I realized our training was supposed to start. UHHH that was not happening. I looked and Tuesday we were supposed to run 3 miles, I got overwhelmed rather quickly and almost stopped before I even started.

So I enlisted the help of a friend who just ran her first half marathon. I figured she would have a good training plan and I could modify it or not use it if I didn’t like it. She told me she used an app called Gipis. I immediately searched it in the app store and downloaded it. Let me tell you it is so cool. It asked me a bunch of questions and at the end had a training plan just for me. The more I look and play around with the app the more I like it! It has different phases for each phase of the training: building up, general, main phase, and final phase.

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So Wednesday started the building up phase. I was still nervous about the fact that I needed to run for 30 minutes, but a lot less intimidating than 3 miles. Hey I am starting out NICE AND SLOW. I am not trying to win the race, just trying to finish and feel good. When I clicked on today’s workout it brought me to a page to explain what it was going to be. I said I wanted to stick around a 12 minute mile to start out with so I could gradually build up my speed.

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I was on the phone with my manager for 45 minutes before I left work and I realllllly contemplating just taking the bus home from work. Then I thought to myself, no I’ll just walk home, that way I still get some exercise. Then I was like NO JUST DO IT. So I put on my workout clothes, locked all my belongings in my desk, and headed out the door. I knew my house was about 2.5-3 miles away from work depending on how you go, so I headed out on a route along the water. Now I knew ahead of time that I suck at pacing myself. That is the biggest reason why I thought this app would be good for me. Throughout my run the app would tell me to slow down when I was going to fast and if I slowed down too much to go faster. It was really awesome, I needed the constant reinforcement to go at the right pace. I can see myself getting a lot of use out this app and it really helping my running. I am very out of shape so I didn’t think I would make it the entire 30 minutes. My feet started to bother me about 20 minutes in and I could feel a blister forming directly on the bottom of my foot, TMI? I don’t care. I had to stop, I mean I didn’t have to, but it’s what felt right. So I walked from there on out. Oh well, may on Friday I will run for a full 30 minutes.

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I am really looking forward to this training schedule and am going to try everything in my power to do it correctly. I need to not get hurt and I need to be able to run the whole thing on September 5th. Lofty ideas, but that’s what I am all about. Oh and I also need a new pair of sneakers, it’s one of the many things on my list. I highly suggest anyone who is looking to train for a race or to just get better at running look into this app, it is seriously amazing!

MuckFest MS

This weekend was amazing. I attended MuckFest MS in New Jersey with my roommate from college, Erin. A couple of months ago Erin sent a text to our group asking us to participate in MuckFest MS. I immediately jumped on the opportunity considering how Erin’s mom has MS and it is something that directly affects their family daily. I drove up to NJ after work on Friday and arrived around 8pm. Erin casually mentioned that our friend Jenn was 10 minutes away and I kind of brushed it off, like “oh cool Jenn lives 10 minutes away” and Erin was like no Jenn is 10 minutes away. I may have jumped with joy! Jenn arrived and we all headed to the carnival for some fried dough. UGH it was so delicious, but probably not something I should have eaten before having to run a 5k the next day. As Erin talked to every single person at the carnival Jenn and I caught up and it was wonderful. I miss living a stones throw away from all my friends :( . When we got back to Erin’s house, Jenn left and Erin’s sister’s friend showed up. The four of us headed to bed and spent about an hour catching up and chatting. Before we knew it, it was midnight and we really went to bed. Fast forward to 6:20am and our alarms were going off for the day. We all get up, got ready, and headed out the door for the MuckFest. We made a pit stop at CVS for headbands and we were off! It took about 30 minutes to get to the event and lucky us we had VIP parking. We checked in, hung out for a bit, and I kept an eye out for my mom who was coming to cheer us on. My mom arrived right before we headed off to the start so I showed her where the other people watching were. Unfortunately most of the course was in the woods in an area where there weren’t people watching, but the first and last couple of obstacles were near the spectators.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 The first couple of obstacles were completely muddy, but as we made our way into the woods they became less and less muddy. We started by climbing up hills and sliding down into mud pits, then we had to dump over ropes, trek through muddy water, jump off a platform into some water, climb some ropes, do a zip line, swing into the water, swing above some water, jump into an airbag, crawl through the mud, pull ourselves backwards through the mud, and so many more. Oh and we actually had to run as well. It was very interesting and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Our team, I love my mudder, ended up raising close to $2,500. Erin’s family hosted a BBQ for everyone and it was nice to hang out with a lot of people from the team. I was lucky enough to even have my mom there for a bit which was so nice! She came down to watch the race and trade cars with me. After everyone left for the night, Erin, her sister, and I headed up to their room to watch a movie. Within half an hour, Faith and I were passed out. Hey I can’t help it, I like to sleep.

Sunday Erin and I woke up early to head to the REI garage sale in hopes of finding something nice. I didn’t find anything I needed or wanted, but Erin made out like a bandit. After the sale we picked up Faith and headed to the diner. Oh man do I love breakfast and diners. I got the breakfast quesadillas and they did not disappoint. After we arrived back to their house I decided to hit the road to avoid as much traffic as possible. It took me a little over four hours to get home, which was a little longer than usual. Unfortunately as soon as I hit Delaware I got stuck in a ton of traffic basically until I got back to Baltimore. It was a long day, but I made it! I had such a great time this past weekend and can’t wait until I see Erin again!!!!

June Stitch Fix Box

I received my June Stitch Fix Box this past week. I’ve had the same stylist for a couple of months now and I feel like she really gets me. I ended up only keeping two items, because the others didn’t fit or I didn’t love them. I had requested a pair of white jeans because I have a bunch of darker colored shirts and summery shirts that would go perfect with white pants. Unfortunately they didn’t have any to send me, but instead my stylist sent me off white/grey pants which I think I like even more than the white pants I originally wanted! So score. I am going to be out of town in the beginning of July so I skipped my next box, but can’t wait to get a box in August. I am kind of addicted, it’s so much easier than going to the mall. I feel since I’ve received so many boxes now they understand my style and really my sizes. I also try to leave extremely detailed comments when I send things back and check out. I am clearly not the best photographer, but here is what I got in my box for June:

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I ended up keeping the pants and the blue tank top. I see myself wearing the tank top to work under a sweater a lot this summer and I feel I will get a TON of use out of the white/grey pants. If you are interested in signing up you can here: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3078111 I will be back in August with a review of my August box!