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25 Feb

Happy Monday, lovelies! It’s the last week of February already – this month just really came and went, didn’t it?

I had a very nice, low-key weekend. Got a workout in…

IMG_2085[1]Ate some yummy snacks…


Plain Chobani with diced apples and cinnamon – delish!

Some were healthy:

Cheese platter at an office party

Cheese platter at an office party

Some were not.

Coconut mango ice cream

Coconut mango ice cream

On Saturday, I Stefano decided that he was in need of some new jeans so we made our way over to Pentagon City Mall for a little shopping. My approach to shopping is to make a list of what I need and get in and out as soon as possible. The mall totally exhausts me. Stefano is even worse – his approach is ‘wait until my clothes are in such a state of disarray that Sara has to go shopping for me’. Needless to say we are a great pair at the mall.

Luckily, the moment we got to the men’s side of Macy’s we were greeted with a one-day sale sign for jeans (don’t they have a one day sale every day?) so we stocked up and headed to the dressing room.

IMG_2092[1]Stefano reluctantly modeled his jeans for me.

IMG_2091[1]We left with two pairs of jeans in hand for under $50 – score! It only took us about 20 minutes too – my kind of shopping.

I have put myself on a self-imposed spending ban, but we decided to do a little walk around to get some exercise. We made a stop into Brookstone to test their massage chairs and hand-held massagers. That store makes going to the mall almost worth it. On our way out, we caught site of this:

IMG_2093[1]The purpose of the elastics is to replace shoelaces entirely: they come in different colors and one size fits all. I thought they could have done a better job with the name branding…

Sunday was fairly low-key, with the highlight being the Oscars. I don’t think I have ever watched an awards show from start to finish and I don’t think I can do it again. It just went ON AND ON. Was anybody else confused by the tie in sound editing? I didn’t even realize you could tie at the Oscars – doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the whole thing? I stuck it out until the end though because I needed to know who won the big three (best actor, best actress, best picture).


Can I just say that the fact that Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she was going onstage made her even more endearing to me? I am totally on the J-Law girl crush bandwagon. I am a huge fan of Ben Affleck and was stoked that Argo won best picture, despite Ben Affleck being left out of the Best Director nominations (seriously, what?).

Monday Motivation: Goals

This weekend, I sat down and made a list of goals I wanted to achieve this year. Some were financial (hence the spending ban), some were social (monthly brunch with friends), and some were fitness-related. One of my main goals is to incorporate more yoga into my life. After the run this weekend, I noticed almost immediately how tight my hip flexors became. I so often put yoga on the back burner in favor of a “real workout”, but I also notice how much better it makes me feel. I’ve found a way to compromise, which will mean getting up a little earlier during the week so I can make it to the morning yoga classes my gym offers and still be able to do my normal workouts after work. I haven’t had much luck with waking up early to work out, so wish me luck for tomorrow morning!


Food For Thought: Have you sat down with yourself and thought about goals you want to reach this week/month/year? What are some goals you hope to reach?






Adventure in Old Town

15 Jan

For our anniversary, Stef and I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t visited before. We were originally thinking about going to Mount Vernon and picnicking, but the weather really wasn’t so great for that. Instead, we decided to head over to Old Town Alexandria to do some walking around.

IMG_1845[1]Old Town Alexandria is the eastern/southeastern area of Alexandria on the Potomac river and is one of the last remaining “colonial-style” towns in America and there’s so much history to it! Not only did Robert E. Lee grow up there, there is also a church that used to be attended by him, as well as George Washington (not at the same time, obviously)!


The market square in town is one of the oldest continuously operating markets in the U.S. – it has been in use since 1753. It used to serve as one of the largest slave markets in America, but now it’s home to the Saturday farmer’s market in town.


The town itself is very quaint and has a very colonial feel. Having grown up on the West coast, this was all very new and exciting to me and makes me want to travel to Boston even more than I already did! Near the end of King Street (the main drag), there was a busker who was playing Bach with water glasses! It was incredible – he managed to get such rich tones from the glasses.


Behind him was the stop for the Old Town Trolley – a free bus that goes up towards the King St. metro stop and then back down to the waterfront. We ended up walking all over town, but it was nice that complimentary transportation was available for people who needed it.

IMG_1850[1]We arrived in town around 1:30 and hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Since he knows I turn into a majorly cranky girl when I’m hungry, Stef suggested that we grab some lunch before we started exploring in earnest. The restaurants in Old Town can be on the pricey side so, because we already had fancy dinner plans for the evening, we decided on a pretty simple lunch at a sports tavern called Bugsy’s. The restaurant is owned and operated by former NHL player Bryan Watson and his wife Lindy and the space is definitely set up for prime sports viewing.

I ordered the roasted veggie sandwich on focaccia bread and it came with roasted peppers, onions, mushrooms, Provolone cheese with tarragon mayonnaise. I asked them to hold the mayo because, for whatever reason, I can’t stand the taste/sight/smell of it.

IMG_1849[1]It came with a side of sliced Kalamata olives, which I wasn’t expecting, but I put them inside my sandwich and they added a nice, salty kick to it.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon walking all the way up King Street and then back down to our car. The street is so cute and I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful homes and storefronts.

IMG_1851[1]I was tempted to go into the candy store, but I refrained. I couldn’t stop myself from walking into the used bookstore, however. I ended up picking up Ask Me Why I Hurt, Ciao America, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and a James Patterson novel – all for $20! I don’t think I have ever left a used bookstore empty handed.

We had a great time walking through town, window shopping (mostly), and enjoying the change of scenery. We didn’t do any of the historical tours, though my inner Civil War buff is dying to see Robert E. Lee’s house, so we’ve saved that for another trip. Apparently, the town has a big parade and celebration in honor of George Washington’s birthday next month, so hopefully we can make it out there for the festivities.

Though we drove to Alexandria (it was a probably a 20-minute drive from DC), the town is Metro accessible, which makes it even more convenient for a fun day trip. It’s amazing how different the vibe is from DC, even though it is only a few miles away.

One of the things Stef and I are hoping to do during our time in DC is take advantage of its proximity to other cities and explore. Washington State (and the whole West coast, really) is so spread out that it is difficult to travel to other cities with ease. Because the East coast is so much more compact, I hope that means that some trips to Philadelphia, New York, and other places are on the horizon.

Speaking of Washington State, I woke up to some very Seattle weather this morning – lots of grey and mist. The weather hasn’t become too cold yet, though I’ve got my new jacket to keep me warm!

Stay dry and have a happy Tuesday, everybody.

Gizmos and Gadgets

15 Nov

So, let’s talk about my arms and how I am struggling with moving them this morning. Ouuuuch.

Between the pull-ups on Tuesday and Body Pump yesterday, my upper back and arms are feeling the weight (ha!). I’m glad for this because I had been a little too comfortable in my routine and the soreness is a sign that my body is reacting to the change-up.

In other news, you don’t get to see pictures of my food today because I forgot my camera cord. Whomp whomp.

My roommate totally made fun of me for taking pictures of my dinner the other night. Sigh.

Today, I am looking forward to going to the gym and trying spin class for the first time! My knees are not so good with bicycles and I’m going to be a total n00b, but I need to give it a go at least one time. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get addicted to it and it will cycled into my exercise rotation.

Then again, it’s an image like this that makes me worried. Somebody please tell me that it’s not as bad as I’ve made it out to be in my head!

Gizmos and Gadgets

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen the New York Times article I tweeted last night, which reviewed the new line of fitness tracking bracelets from  Nike and Jawbone.


I’ve never had any kind of fitness gadget, but I know some people use pedometers, heart rate monitors, FitBits, and other gizmos to keep track of their daily activities. Reading the review of the new bracelets, I am definitely intrigued by both but also a little bit skeptical, given the drawbacks of each.


I am really curious about the sleep monitoring feature touted by the Up band, made by Jawbone. One of the perks that comes with that are these “Insights” that the band comes up with after monitoring your activity, eating, and sleeping levels. As the Times said,

“But if you do, the new Up band is supposed to do something useful with the information. It comes up with what Jawbone calls Insights — observations that it determines by correlating your sleep, activity, food and location information. ‘You tend to eat more when you’re on the West Coast,’ it might say, or, ‘You don’t sleep as well when you eat after 9 p.m.,’ or, “‘You fall asleep faster on the days when you’ve worked out.'”

The Nike Fuel band has the added perk of being able to sync your data to your iPhone wirelessly, while the Up band demands a somewhat complicated process.

They’re both pretty pricey, with the the Nike Fuel at $150 and the Jawbone Up at $130, but Christmas is also right around the corner 😉

Food For Thought: Have you ever used a fitness gadget to monitor your activity levels? If you have one that you really like, what do you recommend?

Chaotic Mess

12 Nov

Let’s talk about how my morning was a chaotic mess getting to work. As you know, today is the Monday after Veteran’s Day. Many offices and schools are closed today in observance. As a result, the Metro is running on a weekend schedule, which means the trains are few and far between. Unfortunately, quite a few of us still work today and had a horrible time trying to get to work. I had to wait for three trains before I could squeeze onto one, which was still packed like sardines. My morning commute took twice as long as it normally does. This happens every. single. time. there is a holiday that is observed by the government (read: Columbus Day) and we have to navigate the chaotic mess that is the Washington Metro system. End rant. Insert cute panda ear warmers.

I found this gem at Urban Outfitters over the weekend. On scale of 1-litter of baby puppies, how cute is it?

I hope everybody had (or is having!) and enjoyable weekend! I had a great time because Stef and I got to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie! Last week I expressed my hesitation to sit in a movie theater for 2.5 hours, but it was well worth it. Forget Quantum of Solace ever happened, this Bond movie feels much more “classic” Bond. Plus, the guy who plays Q, Bond’s gadget guy, is adorable.

Though Sean Connery will always be my one and only Bond, I think they did a really great job with this film.

I also managed to fit in some frozen yogurt, which is always a good thing.

Stef and I went to TangySweet, a yogurt place right next to the movie theater. I chose their feature flavor, pomegranate (it’s National Pomegranate Month!), and stuffed it full of fresh fruit. While the flavor of the yogurt was really tasty, the one thing wrong with this place is that they fill the cup and add the toppings for you. I am a self-serve girl for life! Their flavors are really tasty, though.

On an extremely happy note, my roommate is engaged! He proposed to his girlfriend on Saturday and she said yes! He told the rest of us awhile ago and I have been trying so hard not to let the secret slip out. I felt like every time she came over, I was always so careful about what I said around her, just because I didn’t want to blow it by giving something away. So relieved that the suspense is finally over.

Speaking of engagements, I want to send a huge shout-out to Andrea of A Doctor in the House who also became engaged over the weekend! Love is in the air, it makes me so happy!

Food for Thought: What is your favorite Bond film? Who is your favorite Bond?




A Little Overboard

13 Sep

Helloooo! How’s everybody doing this fine evening? I think this may be my earliest evening post ever.  I think it’s because my roommates weren’t hanging out in the living room to talk to, so I came straight to my room after dinner. Speaking of dinner…

Yes, that is me looking anxiously at two burritos on one plate. No, I was not making dinner for two people. When I got home from Zumba tonight, I was so, I mean, SO hungry. What tends to happen when I am overly hungry is that my eyes get way bigger than my stomach. As I was throwing in the vegetables and eggs to scramble for my meal, I was a little ambitious about how much I could actually eat and this was the result:

Yes, that is an enormous amount of food. No, I did not eat both of them. But oh, I tried. I ate the first one and definitely felt satisfied, but decided that I should go for the second one because 1) I’m a member of the Clean Plate club and 2) I still have issues with eating when I’m full. I got about two bites into the second one before I saw reason and realized that I could put it in a Tupperware and have it for breakfast tomorrow morning. A little slow on the uptake over here, guys.

I am happy this burrito was so tasty because my lunch today was totally uninspired.

Carrots, trail mix, an apple, and a salad that should have been good but was just not hitting the spot today. I ate it all fairly quickly at my desk, because my co-worker, Ashley and I wanted to get some shopping in on our lunch break! I have zero pairs of black work pants, which desperately needed to be remedied because the temperature is dropping quite rapidly ’round these parts. So, it was off to Ann Taylor! That’s a lie, I can’t afford that. It was off to Gap! That’s a lie, I can’t afford that, either. How sad is it that I am too poor for GAP? Anyway, we popped on over to TJ Maxx, where I picked up two pairs of black pants for less than $25 each – shabam!

Yes, this blog has turned me into an absurdly vain person who takes pictures of themselves in the changing room. The shirt I was wearing totally didn’t go with any of the pants, but I bought them anyway and hoped that they would look good with some nice blouses. In hindsight, I probably should have just picked out a blouse at the store, just for trying-on purposes but 1) I’m lazy, and 2) I’m lazy.

On our way out the door, I caught a glimpse of some adorable luggage sets that I have been coveting all day.

Beatles luggage!! I’m a bit obsessed with the Beatles, so I was sooo tempted to buy them, but they were wayyy too expensive. Plus, I already have a perfectly good set of luggage.

Anywho, the rest of the afternoon whizzed by and I wiggled and jiggled my way through my Zumba class (I bet those descriptions gave you guys a really good mental image…) and that brings us to here, where I am currently consuming one of these babies:

It’s ants on a log, without the nutritional benefits of the banana! You win some, you lose some.

Now that I’m finishing up this post and it’s not even NINE yet, I have so many fun plans for the night, like shaving my legs, showering, folding my laundry (actually, this time)…the excitement never ends over here!

Bust out the smallest violin, guys.

Anyway, I’m going to sign off for now – hope you all have a wonderful rest of your night – toodles!

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