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Ticks, Tacos and Talking Shop

17 Jun

Good morning!!

Or should I say Congratulations! We have officially survived the weekend!

Haha, I always felt that way in college when Monday morning came around. Not that I was really all that crazy of a college kid, but just in the fact that weekends in college usually revolved around way too many activities and way too little sleep.

Anyway, I’m sad/happy to say that I don’t actually have a TON of stuff to recap for you. This weekend was actually fairly chill, for the most part. Which was desperately needed around here, let me tell you.

But let’s look anyway, just for S & Gs, ok?

Friday

After battling traffic on my way home on Friday afternoon, I quickly threw some snacks together for our Friday night bible study meeting. No pictures because people started arriving while I was finishing up, and I don’t know everyone QUITE well enough to tell them about my little corner of blogland quite yet.

We ended up getting out a little early though and decided to go catch a movie! There are so many good ones out right now! We decided on The Internship because we were looking for something funny. And let me tell you, it definitely lived up to the previews. It was SO funny and dorky and I loved every second of it!

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Saturday

We were up SUPER early on Saturday morning (which is just wrong in my opinion) to hit up the farmers market because I had a work function that I needed to be at by 10am.

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We picked up some green beans, 2 squash, zucchini, mini Sonoma bread & red, white and blue scones (from Great Harvest), whole wheat pita bread, goat milk ricotta, and eggs. Most of these are new to us products (we’re trying out this whole farm fresh egg thing to see if it’s REALLY that much different), so we’re excited to try them out!

After my work event, which went from 10-11, I sat in traffic for 2.5 hours to get home. Yes, 2.5 hours to go the < 30 miles to my house. Insane. I even had to stop by Wawa for some sustenance because it was nearly 2pm and I hadn’t eaten anything since 7:30!

Finally I made it closer to home and decided that since my workout plans were out the window because of time, I might as well swing by a get a quick haircut. Just a trim though, nothing exciting!

I made it home just in time to change and head out on our next adventure: Hiking at Caledon State Park with Chris and his sister (and all our dogs)!

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I intended on taking more pictures, but ended up getting totally distracted by the hike itself and didn’t even think of it until we got into the car! Boo!

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Laney sure enjoyed herself though! She was one pooped puppy dog by the time we got home!

Chris, his sister and I headed home and made some simple turkey tacos for dinner. The weather was so gorgeous that we were even able to eat out on the deck and spend some time relaxing.

Which was good, because then we started to find some ticks on us. And spent the next 2 HOURS pulling ticks off of us and the dogs. Probably more than 75 in total. It was RIDICULOUS. And let me tell you, trying to get a dog to sit still while you pull 25+ ticks off of them is not an easy feat.

Needless-to-say, that basically took up the entire rest of our evening. Stupid bugs.

Sunday

Luckily we got to sleep in a little on Sunday morning to recover before heading to church.

After a quick grocery stop, I headed home to change because Chris and I had big afternoon plans: The start of half marathon training!

I’m probably going to talk about this more later, because I think it deserves a post of it’s own, but we are signed up for the Hokie Half Marathon in September and we have some lofty goals for this one! Last time we were running for experience. This time we’re running to improve our time. Which means a very different kind of training plan than last time around. 

So we headed out on a 5 mile run, and tried to pick up the pace. Guys, this was seriously one of my worst runs EVER. EVERRRRRRRRR. There were tears. and curse words. and lots of stopping to keep from totally melting down. I hit a total mental block. Bad, just BAD.

We ended up cutting it to about 4.5 miles, and made it back in a very pathetic (and MUCH slower) time than planned. Just not my day.

Thankfully I didn’t have time to stew about it, because I had to hop in the shower and head down to Richmond for a VA Bloggers meet up!

(Please pardon the fact that I look like a half-face giant in the picture. I should clearly not try and pretend that I’m tall in group pictures and stand on my tippy toes in the back. Not a good look for me.)

We met up at Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Richmond, and spent a few hours chatting about Blogging, life outside of blogging, significant others, and various other random things.

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I love these kinds of meet ups, because it’s so nice to not only meet other bloggers, but get the chance to “talk shop” (HA!) with others who understand the weird quirks that come with a hobby like this. Like everyone pulling out their smart phone to instagram pictures of their dinner. The norm.

 

Anyway, there you have it – my not-so-exciting-yet-still-very-fun weekend. Complete with ticks. Gross.

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Have you ever had to deal with ticks before??

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Chillin’ at the Barre

10 Dec

Happy Monday everyone!

I know, that feels weird to type. Because normally, Mondays suck. But this one has actually been pretty decent, for a Monday. Productive day at work, lunch with coworkers at a new Mexican restaurant (and you know I love me some salsa), new running shoes from VA Runner, and 50% Outback dinner?

Not too shabby for a Monday, if I do say so myself.

I have to admit though, my good Monday is probably actually more due to my awesome weekend.

There was a little Christmas tree buying and decorating. And some White Christmas watching (ok, reciting, since I basically know ALL of the words). Some  neighborly cookie exchanging…

But best of all?

Some VA Blogger meeting!

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Saturday I made the drive down to Richmond to meet up with some fellow Virginia Bloggers at a studio called the Local Barre.

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Local Barre describes themselves as:

Richmond’s exclusive barre fitness studio! Classes at Local Barre fuse the preeminent elements of Pilates, yoga, ballet and calisthenics into one phenomenal, non-impact workout. The results of our core-intensive classes are flattened abs, lean, non-bulky legs and arms, beautiful backs, and lifted seats.

Basically, barre classes are a mix of pilates, yoga, and ballet moves and techniques that utilize the ballet barre for stability. They look easy enough, but after just a few minutes you are definitely feeling the burn!

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After a few minutes of chatting, Local Barre instructor Alex helped us to gather up our weights and balls (…awkward…) and led us through a short warm up. We then moved on through arms, then legs, then ab workouts. The barre workout was all about repetitive movements, so while it seemed easy enough at first, by the end of the song my arms/legs/butt/abs were literally shaking!

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The class may only have been an hour long, but you better believe I was good and exhausted by the end! But it was such a fun workout, and I can definitely see why people keep coming back. I am definitely going to have to look into something like this around me! Sadly, Richmond is just a BIT too far to drive on a regular basis!

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But it was absolutely worth it to hang out with these lovely ladies! I’m sure they will have recaps as well, so you’ll have to check out Megan, Liz, Katherine, and Stephanie’s blogs as well!

Definitely the highlight of my weekend!

Ok, maybe it was tied with the Christmas decorations… who doesn’t love a good man in beads?

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So tell me: Have you ever tried a barre workout? What other new or different kinds of workouts have you tried recently?