Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Travel

My Brain Is Fried

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are all having a good week thus far. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been really enjoying waking up early and it rushing in the morning so I decided to wake up at my normal time instead of sleeping in. Don’t worry though, I laid in the comfy hotel bed instead of jumping right up ๐Ÿ™‚ I got ready then headed to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. How cute is the tea setting?? I love the rock candy instead of normal sugar. I got what they called the country breakfast which was two scrambled eggs, potatoes, chicken sausage and toast. So much food and I couldn’t even eat half. 

Work was a lot to say the least. Starting a new job is basically information overload so I knew this would be the case. I’m not even going to pretend that I regained all of it. I don’t think anyone could. My boss, the other packaging specialist and I stopped midday for a lunch break. I had a Monterey Jack chicken salad. It was delicious! There was romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, a little bacon, cucumbers and Monterey Jack cheese. I used a little salsa as the dressing which gave it a good spice to it. 

After work I needed a break so I went back to the hotel for a bit. I had a call with my coach about the 10 mile race I have this weekend. We planned a race strategy and I’m so excited. I waked to a restaurant that was a few blocks away from my hotel to get a little exercise. The downtown area has scarecrows set up along the street that have been decorated by local businesses and groups. The cow one is my favorite!

The restaurant, Penny Black Grill and Tap, had a fire pit outside that I sat at. It was so nice! The pit was pretty relaxing and set a great mood while I read and waited for my food. I gotten a barbecue chicken flatbread with Brussels sprouts on the side. So tasty! 

I walked back to the hotel and decided to read a few chapters in the hotel’s library. I feel like the hotel used to be an old prep school or something like that. How pretty is this room?

Traveling always makes my skin freak out and since I’m dealing with acne right now (just keeping it real) I wanted to try and combat the effect of travel. Sheet mask for the win! While it sat on my face, I watched “Shark Tank” and “Chopped Junior”. 

Question of the day: Tell me anything! My brain is so fried and I’d love a break from work talk ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Running, Travel

My New Running Buddy

Happy Tuesday! I just want to say thank you for the well wishes for my new job. I was a little nervous to share because to leave a job after 5 months (especially your first job after college) is pretty unusual but you guys are the best!! Have a great Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚


My commute to work was a little longer than normal considering I flew my Newark to Detroit. Luckily my flight wasn’t until 9:50 am so I didn’t have to wake up any earlier than normal. Once I was up, I got dressed and finished packing the last few items. I made up a filling breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. I kissed Alex goodbye then headed out the door. 


Driving to the airport meant getting stuck in some rush hour traffic of people going to New York City. I made it to the gate with extra time to spare thanks to TSA Precheck for security. The last time I flew, I brought a reusable water bottle to save some money but forgot to grab it this time. Since I’m constantly drinking, I bought a water bottle before boarding. A sweater (or blanket scarf) and water are some of my travel must haves! 

I landed in Detroit and my lord it was cold! Yes I know, 55ยฐ is not that cold but after having temperatures in the 70s/80s for weeks, that was a drastic change. 

I drove to the office my boss is located at and we went to lunch. I had a turkey wrap with mustard, spinach, lettuce, pickles and cucumbers. So tasty after a morning full of travel! 

The afternoon was a bit of a worldwind with meeting a TON of new people and learning more about what my team does. My boss’s wife is traveling this week so he has double the parental duty so I left shortly after 4. So far so good at the new job!


My boss told me about a running trail right by the hotel I’m at. I wasn’t sure if it would be a good place to run but decided to try it out. I figured worst case, I would turned around and just run on the hotel’s treadmill. The trail was stunning! So many people out on it so I felt safe the whole time. I even made two new friends while on it. The deer were so close, if they were any closer then they would’ve been on the trail. I did get a few weird looks since I was running in shorts and a t-shirt. That’s what happens when you don’t check the weather before packing, oops. 


After my run, I showered and started researching restaurants in the area. I found a Mexican restaurant and it looked good. The food was great! They made the salsa table side which I had never seen before but it was SO good! While eating all of the chops and salsa, I read my book. I never know what to do when I’m at a restaurant by myself so I probably look like a weirdo. For my meal, I had chorizo enchiladas. Unfortunately the chorizo wasn’t as good as I though it would be but oh well. It was still good and filling!

I spent the rest of the night in bed watching tv. Does anyone else get into House Hunters and then get annoyed when the person complains about the paint color in a room? (Just buy a gallon of paint!) No it’s just me? Okay. I watched that and Shark Tank for a while before heading to bed. 

Question of the day: What do you do when you eat out by yourself? I always feel awkward and don’t know what to do with myself!

Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Running, Weekend

1 Year Anniversary Dinner

Happy Sunday! I apologize for the slightly later than normal post you guys. I try my best to get everything up at 8am but I was too busy enjoying myself last night to want to break away to type this up, you understand right? Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Saturday morning started with an 8 mile run cut down run. I hadn’t done 8 miles in years so I was a little nervous. In order to keep my times straight, I wrote them on my hand in Sharpie. I tried out a new energy source,ย Honey Stingerย energy chews during it. The flavor was totally fine and I don’t think it had a bad reaction with my body but chewing and running is hard! If you prefer chews, more power to you. This just shows how different people react to different energy sources.

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I got home to shower and get ready for the day. I probably looked a little ridiculous at the grocery store with my makeup fully done but in comfy clothes. Who cares, am I right?! I got home and made myself a ham sandwich and enjoyed it with chips and salsa on the side. I had to pull a handful of chips onto my plate then put the back away so I didn’t eat the whole thing. Put chips and salsa in front of me and my self control flies out the window.

Since it was Saturday, Alex and I watched a little college football while getting some things done around the apartment. Soon it was time to get dressed up for our dinner. Earlier in the week, we celebrated our one year dating anniversary and we decided to go out to dinner this weekend so we weren’t rushed or tired.

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We found a local Italian restaurant calledย Romeo’sย that is split up into a nice restaurant and then a pizzeria on the other side. It was such a nice night so we asked to sit outside. The restaurant is BYOB so we brought along a bottle ofย Sonoma Cutrerย Chardonnay and it was delicious! We started our meal with some warm rolls and calamari. I don’t really like seafood but Alex made me promise to try it, so I did. If it was a really small piece with mostly breading and only a little squid then I would eat those. Barely any calamari but it counts right??

For our main meal, I got rigatoni vodka and Alex got the fettuccini Alfredo. Both were delicious! We mentioned how we felt like we ate a ton but our bowls barely reflected that. So we wrapped up all of the leftovers and brought them home.As we were leaving the restaurant, a man came to be seated and told us he was going to smoke and would that bother us. We said no since we were going to be leaving soon anyway but both commented on how kind of that man it was to ask! I have never been in a situation like that. Neither Alex nor I smoke so we thought it was awesome for the man to ask us. Yay for considerate people!

We weren’t sure if we would get dessert out but we were both stuffed so we opted for no dessert before heading home to hang out on the couch before heading to bed.

Question of the day: Are you someone who likes to go out to celebrate a milestone or stay home to celebrate?

Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Weekend

A Day Of Children’s TV

Good morning friends! I hope you are all ready to tackle the new week. Have a great Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

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Even though we weren’t in our apartment, we kept our our Sunday morning pancake/waffle tradition. Alex worked on making pancakes while I cooked a little bacon to enjoy as well. I paired it with a big glass of milk. When I was younger, my parents had a rule that all of the kids had to have a glass of milk with dinner to be sure we got enough calcium in our diets. I continued with that even through college and sometimes have it now. Side note – I did not realize I took a beer glass out of the cabinet when I grabbed it although I do like Hoegaarden on occasion.

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After breakfast it was time for another walk! Gracie and Annie got very excited when they heard walk and were going a little crazy when we pulled out the leashes. These two dogs sure are spoiled while their mom and dad are away. Going out in the morning has been so nice and the park is empty except for a few people. I like going on walks but not feeling like everyone is on top of me.

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When we got home, I read a little and planned the week ahead. I love spending just a few minutes on Sunday to plan what I have and check to see any big things that are coming in the week ahead. Annie was being adorable and following me around most of the morning. She had a lot of opinions on how I did my makeup yesterday ๐Ÿ˜‰


I feel like the morning flew by even though I didn’t do that much but I won’t complain. Alex wanted to grill leftover burgers from Friday night for lunch and I threw my plan of leftovers for lunch out the window. A burger just sounded better and a real grill has been a spoil for us so it was hard to resist. We paired it with leftover mashed potatoes and ate outside.

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After lunch, I read for a bit and Alex wanted a little break from work so we turned on Spongebob. Yes we are 22 and 23 years old and watched some Spongebob. The only episodes on demand for free were the recent seasons and they were not as good as the ones from when we were kids we decided. Or we are too old to enjoy Spongebob, maybe a mix of both who knows. I was going to make some tea as a little pick me up but Alex suggested hot chocolate and I hopped on board. Alex said that his mug on the left and mine is on the right and describe us perfectly.


We sat outside a little bit before we headed out for dinner. Alex’s dad belongs to a gold club and part of the membership fee includes a certain amount of food each month. Since Mr. Anderson has been gone majority of the month he told us to go and have dinner. Being told to eat out for a free meal, count us in!! We headed over and opted to sit outside since it was nice. Alex and I enjoyed a glass of whiskey and Chardonnay respectively while talking. Our food came and it was good! I ordered steak fajitas and Alex had the crab cakes. Both of us really enjoyed our meals! The crab cakes were mostly meat which was great for him. I asked Alex Saturday night if we could have dessert at Forsgate (the golf club) and he said yes. We split the chocolate cake and it was so good. The piece was huge and I have no idea how one person would be able to eat it themselves.

When we got home, I did a face mask while we watched a movie. We were in the mood for a mindless movie so Alex put onย “Scooby-Doo”. For some reason, we were all about children’s tv shows and movies yesterday. How cute is it that Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) are married in real life? They are a cute celebrity couple in my opinion. After a bit we were both tired and decided to turn the movie off and head up to bed.

Question of the day: Did you have any rules growing up that you still follow today or have made for your kids?

Daily Happenings, Fitness, Restaurant, Workout

Dinner with Sarah

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a good day right now. I figured I would fill you in on how last night was.

After a slow day at work, I went home and got ready for a run. My coach had my run scheduled for today but with no access to a treadmill and thunderstorms on the radar for the entire day I switched the routine pup. One thing I really like about Melissa’s plan is that there is some flexibility if there is bad weather on a day I’m scheduled to run. I did 2.5 miles in 23:08. I definitely went out too fast but I had some energy to burn off so it was okay.


Once home, I stretched before hopping in the shower. We were meeting Sarah at 7, so luckily I had time to let the redness in my face die down a bit before I got ready to go. We were out the door on our way at about 6:30.

We met halfway between our houses atย The Landing. We sat at the bar since we thought it was going to rain and the outdoor bar had a roof over it. Luckily the rain held off and it ended up being a beautiful night! I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious! I know this may sound odd but I really enjoyed how they gave you a portion of fries. I feel like a lot of restaurants just dump french fries onto your plate but The Landing had little cups of them on the side. It helped prevent me from overeating fries for sure! Although there was a slightly odd older gentleman at the bar, the three of us all enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the restaurant.

After we got home, we watched a little tv on the couch before going to bed. Today I have cleaning and errands on the agenda. Have a great Saturday!