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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂


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, 55° 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!

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Travel, Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

Hi friends!

I’m sorry to go MIA on you this weekend. I meant to have a Saturday post up like normal but a late dinner at Alex’s parents house derailed that plan. This weekend, I made a quick 48 hour trip to Indiana for my grandpa’s 80th birthday. Let’s start from the beginning though, shall we?

P.S this post maybe a little photo-less since I was trying to enjoy the time with my family. All 23 (grandparents, parents and grandkids) of us were together, which never happens and the next time it does could honestly be someone’s wedding.

Saturday


Luckily, Saturday didn’t start out too early for me. I woke up at about 5/5:15 to shower before my flight. We live about an hour away from the airport so I needed to leave by 6 to get breakfast (priorities!), take the above picture of the sunrise, drive and park. TSA precheck is the best $80 my parents have ever spent for me. It makes security an absolute breeze to get through. I walked to the gate and found a seat. United is redoing the gates at Newark’s airport so the gate was under construction. I found a seat close by and dug into my breakfast sandwich. Instead of buying a water bottle, I packed an empty one so I could have unlimited water before and during the flight.


I flew to Chicago and my sister picked me up. We drove to my parents to pack the car then headed to my grandparents house in Indiana. Saturday was very travel friendly between flying to Chicago then driving two hours to Indiana. Naturally I called shotgun so I could be in charge of music. In the car I drove in (my immediate family took 3!) it was me, my mom and sister. “Yeah!” by Usher came on when we were close to their house so one of them decided we should blast it with the windows down as we pulled into my grandparents driveway. I feel like that right there sums up how the weekend went ha.

The rest of Saturday was spent catching up with family, unloading a ton of food, and doing a little party decorating. My mom and her three sisters didn’t want my grandma to deal with cooking or food so every brought a ton of food. There were boxes and bags all over the house. For dinner we had Italian beef from my favorite place in Chicago. I was a happy camper when I found out that was on the menu. I stayed up way too late but had a ton of laughs.

Sunday


I woke up bright and early Sunday morning at 6:35 and scrolled through my phone a bit before getting up. Since everyone else was sleeping and it was so early, I didn’t want to get ready for my run immediately. A little before 7, I got up and changed before heading out. Traveling can dehydrate you so I wasn’t sure how I would feel during the 4-6 miles my coach scheduled for me. Aside from the hills large inclines, I felt great! I told myself I had to get at least 4 done but about 2.5 miles in decided to go for the full 6 and I’m SO glad I did.

The one “complaint”, if you want to call it that, with going away this weekend was basically being powerless to the food I ate since I had no hand in planning or prepping it. Running made me feel much better the whole day, even if I snacked on a little too much Chex Mix. When I got home, I was stretching my calves on the front step right by the sidewalk and my grandma opened the front door because she thought I was a stranger staring into the house. I got home just in time to help set up the food table for breakfast. Yes we had a food table, there were 23 people in a 3 bedroom house! We were packed like sardines (kidding…kinda) but it was very crowded.

After cleaning up, party prep really began. We had to remake Bingo cards since my aunt made 30 copies of the exact same card on accident. My mom, two aunts, uncle, two cousins and I cut and glued/taped 25 cards to make sure they were all different. Instead of using numbers, my aunt took a picture of each person to make the spaces. We filled a pinata with candy, hung up some balloons then got ready for lunch. My family always jokes that when we’re in Indiana, all we do is eat. Which is kind of true. If one person gets a snack then most people pick at it or get their own.


Finally the party began. I have no idea who thought of this but the daughters had all of the grandkids dress up as my grandpa through the years. We did a fashion show and my grandparents were laughing at all of them. It was so funny to hear them laugh and see how everyone turned out. Above is boat grandpa and camping (mustard) grandpa ready for the party! Then everyone got changed into a white shirt and khaki shorts. My grandpa wears a white polo and khakis pretty much every day so we thought it would be funny to all show up in that. I’m sure whoever walked by thought we were crazy but oh well!

The rest of the night was spent eating way to many treats, taking pictures in the diy photobooth and playing games. We played pin granpda on the boat, bingo and did the piñata. We forgot to do the pinata while the sun was out so we did it on the porch at about 11pm and the plastic bat hitting it sounded so loud compared to the quiet night. Luckily no one complained and the younger cousins had fun.

Monday

Labor Day started so early, 4:20 am to be exact. I found a direct flight out of South Bend, Indiana’s airport to Newark which was so convenient except that the flight was at 6:20am. My mom was nice enough to drive me to the airport and it was a breeze to get through security. Small airports are great since they are never that crowded and this one only had 8 gates with 2 that had planes at them. I read the entire flight which is nice except I was hoping I would sleep longer than 10 minutes.

To say I was happy to be home is an understatement. As much fun as I had with my family, I love getting home from trips and bathing in my own shower. Since our washing machine is still broken, Alex and I had to go to his parents house to wash our clothes. Instead of sitting there and waiting, we went grocery shopping and got some sandwiches for lunch. We grabbed all of our wet clothes and brought them back to use in our dryer. Yes we did wash our clothes in one place and dry them in another ha.

After doing some things around the apartment, we sat down to watch a comedy special on Netflix. I think I fell asleep about 30 seconds into it. I’m not a napper so I knew I was tired to fall asleep. After about 40 minutes on and off, I was up even if I was slow moving. I folded all of the laundry to help me wake up. Once that was done, I was set for the rest of the day.

Alex finished his school work and we watched some “Burn Notice”. For some reason, we were not hungry for dinner last night. Naturally when we were ready to finish “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” I got hungry so mac and cheese was our gourmet dinner. It really hit the spot! We finished the movie then hopped into bed.

It was a long and fun weekend but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to staying home this weekend.

Question of the day: What did you do this weekend?

Daily Happenings, Travel

I’m With The Drummer

Happy Tuesday! Last night was another late one so I hope I’m not a zombie this morning. Have a great day 🙂


After staying up late to watch Game of Thrones, I fully expected to be dragging yesterday morning. Granted, getting out of bed was a lot harder than normal but once I was up I was ready to tackle the day. I made overnight oats and accidentally put in 1/4 cup extra of milk but luckily it was the perfect consistency. Normally my oats are really thick so I add in another splash or two of milk to make it easier to eat. I watched the news while eating. If you or any loved ones are in southeastern Texas, I hope you are safe!

Work was one of those days where it flew by which I loved. After work, I booked it home to get going on my run. I planned on getting my run done yesterday but after talking to Alex, I figured it would be better to push it off until Tuesday so I wasn’t rushed. Sometimes it’s necessary to push things back. My personal beliefs are that workouts should not take over your life and while important, they aren’t the most important thing I have going on.


During high school, Alex participated in the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) as the drummer. This is the 15th year anniversary of them starting so one of their shows invited alumni to come and perform. Back in June, I was supposed to go see Alex perform at a high school reunion but I couldn’t which was super upsetting to me. When I heard about the show I demanded politely asked that we went and he agreed.


We figured if we were going to make the hour drive to Philly it would make sense to eat there so we did. The club were the concert was at is pretty expensive (recent college grad problems!) so we went to a much more low key place. When you think of Philadelphia what food do you think of? If you said Philly cheesesteaks you win!! Obviously there’s a ton of places to get these at but we went to Tony Luke’s.

The show was at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, where PJO has a show ever Monday during the summer. The first half was the current group playing then after a short break the alumni group performed. Alex did fantastic!! I’ve heard him play drums but never with a band at a performance. I took some pictures of him playing but since it was a little dark and my phone was zoomed in all the way, they didn’t turn out the best :(After he played a few songs, we left to make the hour drive back to our apartment.

When we got home, we quickly changed and got into bed. It was probably 11:45 or so by that time and I think we both fell asleep within 5 minutes of turning off the lights.

**I’m finishing this post off at 7:37 am before it goes live at 8 and we both woke up saying we will be having a very low key and early night tonight. While we may be 22 and 23, we are too old to be staying up late all the time before work haha.

 

Question of the day: Can you play an instrument? I used to play the clarinet back in grade school but I was awful. Once things calm down for us, maybe I’ll get Alex to teach me guitar.

Daily Happenings, Travel, Weekend

Deep Sea Fishing

Happy Monday! As I mentioned yesterday, today’s post is all about the deep sea fishing trip Alex and I went out on Saturday night. Enjoy 🙂

 

A few weeks ago I was on LivingSocial and found a voucher for a sunset deep sea fishing outing. Since it was my turn to plan out date, I thought this would  be fun and different for July. I bought the voucher and made the reservation for July 15th! I planned on telling Alex a few days beforehand but he ended up guessing it before then :/

The trip was run through Ocean Explorer. The boat left from Belmar, New Jersey which is about an hour from us so we relaxed in the morning before heading out. We had to arrive 45 minutes before hand to check in. Checking in the crew was super nice and made sure we filled out the necessary info for them and there were no issues with the voucher or reservation which I liked. I would recommend this boat if you are interested in fishing! You were allowed to bring food and drinks, including alcohol, on the boat.


When it was 4 we set out to our first stop! The crew left us alone on the boat rides but were there if we had any questions. As someone who would spend their summers out on a lake boating, I was so excited to be on a boat again! The ride to our first spot was about an hour from the marina but it flew by. A crew member came around and gave each group some bait as we got closer to stopping and Alex grabbed us fishing rods.

Finally it was time to stop. One of the crew members, Billy, came and asked if I needed help baiting my hook (Alex was in the bathroom) so he put the squid on the hook and showed me how to cast with their rods. It was so simple to cast! All you had to do was release the line, put your thumb over it to prevent tangles, and wait until the sinker hit the bottom. Once that happened you moved the pole a little to entice fish and they would bite!


The first time I cast, I caught the fish above. Unfortunately it was too small to keep but I was glad I got something. All passengers were allowed 2 sea bass at least 12 inches in length and 3 fluke 18 inches in length. The next time I cast I caught another fish but it wasn’t one of the kinds we could keep.


Alex also caught some fish but didn’t get a picture since the R.H., another crew member, threw it back in the water before I grabbed the camera. Billy and R.H. were awesome at walking around so if we needed help it was always close but they were not intrusive at all. After about 30 minutes or so, we moved to another spot for a total of 4 fishing spots total.


Sadly, we did not catch any fish big enough to bring home. In total we caught 7 fish, and that doesn’t include the ones that would eat the bait and swim away. When the horn beeped three times, it was time to go back to the marina which was a little sad. I had such a good time, I want to go back again. The ride back to the marina was beautiful since the sun was setting.

Alex and I both agreed it was a great time and the crew members were so helpful.