Daily Happenings, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 10

Happy Monday! Can you guys believe that Christmas is 2 weeks away from today?! That’s crazy. Have a great day 🙂

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Sundays breakfast was waffles that were in the freezer from last week and bacon.

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My next group of library books.

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Lunch was leftover pesto tortellini, carrots and hummus.

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Once laundry was done and the bathroom was cleaned, I enjoyed a mug of tea by the tree.

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Still working on Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”.

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Dinner was at a holiday party and included tortellini, some sort of creamy pasta, salad and some bread.

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Look at this dessert table, there was another small area too!

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I went for strawberry shortcake. Homemade whipped cream is my weakness on desserts.

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We ended the night in front of a fire while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” and sipping on hot chocolate with a little bit of Bailey’s in it.

Question of the day: What’s the high from your weekend?

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

First Snow Of The Season!

Happy Sunday! Did it snow by you yesterday? It feels like a bunch of different areas in the US woke up with snow on the ground the past few days. Have a great day 🙂

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Yesterday was supposed to start a 6:30 am but when my alarm went off, I didn’t get up. I was still pretty tired so I opted for extra sleep instead of heading out bright and early for my run. I eventually got out the door a little before 9 and did 5 miles. I was a lot faster than what I intended my pace to be (oops!) and blame it on this being my second run in 6 days. During the beginning of my run, there were random flurries or snow but it picked up during the last 2 miles.

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When I got home, Alex was helping his dad hang Christmas lights at his parents house so I stopped by to “help” (aka stand there while they worked) before heading to Target. I was on a mission to find ugly Christmas sweaters for my family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Luckily I found some good ones for both Alex and I while there. On my way home, I grabbed takeout for us for lunch. Cheesesteaks were a warm and filling meal on the snowy day. Plus some cheese fries because a certain boy called the order in…

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The snow continued for most of the day and we got a decent amount for the first snow of the season. I took the above picture around 2:30 pm and it was still snowing! Driving made everything so pretty and white. I actually love driving in the snow when it’s falling since 1) most people don’t want to drive and 2) everything is undisturbed so it still looks nice.

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I spent the afternoon reading on the couch and enjoying some tea. While reading, I lit my latest candle that I got from Home Goods. It’s White Cedar by Village Candle and it smells like a Christmas tree. If you have a Home Goods/TJ Maxx/ Marshalls near you go and check to see if this candle is in stock. It’s a huge jar and I spent about $10 on it which is an awesome price for such a large candle.

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For dinner, I grabbed a pizza crust out of the freezer. We topped it with pizza sauce from Trader Joe’s (seriously the best sauce ever!), mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. 10 minutes in the oven and it was done. So much better and cheaper than take out pizza.

After dinner, we hung out by the fire and chatted for a while. Alex had a group meeting for a final project for his semester so we didn’t want to start a movie or anything. While he worked on his project, I watched the snow fall, typed this post (as I type this at 9:20pm, we have about 6 inches on the ground) and read “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”.

Question of the day: Did you get snow where you live yet?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Is It 4 PM Yet?

Happy Saturday! I don’t know about you but I am so happy it’s the weekend! New Jersey is supposed to get some snow today which is exciting and perfectly aligns with my desire for a lazy day. Have a great one 🙂

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Since I got home at 1:30 am, I opted to sleep in instead of going into work at my normal time. Don’t worry, my boss said it would be okay since I had some crazy hours this week. I woke up at 6:45 and figured why not take advantage of going in late to get my run in. After not running all week, it felt so nice to get outside and move! I did 3 miles that were supposed to be easy but my legs had some energy so they were a little too fast to be considered recovery miles.

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When I got home, I stretched and foam rolled. I was hungry so I grabbed a handful of dried baby sweet pineapple from Trader Joe’s. This stuff is delicious! You should pick it up because it’s almost like a healthy fruit snack. The only ingredient is pineapple so while some may say it’s high in sugar, that’s all naturally occurring so I don’t mind at all. I snacked on it while I got ready.

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Yes I used my notebook as a plate…please don’t judge me! 

As I have previous said, my coworker brings in donuts every Friday. I don’t usually have one but yesterday I did. I figured why not give yourself a pat on the back for showing up to work right 😉 Since I got there a little over 2 hours late, there weren’t a ton of options but I picked one that was gingerbread and it was pretty tasty.  Even with showing up late, I felt like I spent the whole day counting down until 4 pm when I could finally head out the door. Luckily my boss let me leave early, woohoo!

I recommend not going to the grocery store the night before it’s supposed to snow. My normal Friday grocery routine takes about 30 minutes total but it took over an hour yesterday. It was as if the forecast called for 3-6 feet instead of the 3-6 inches that was forecasted. Although I did meet an old man who started talking to me about Rutgers and Alex which was interesting. When I got home, I was so happy to close the door to our apartment for the night.

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Alex and I caught up on the week since getting home at 1:30 am wasn’t exactly optimal chatting time. We hung out on the couch and I started my next book. During work at lunch, I finished “Death at the Door” and would honestly say just skip it. The outcome was really predictable and I wasn’t as grabbed as I thought I would be in the book. I was more than happy to pick the last book from my library pile: “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg. This book was actually recommended to me by Alex’s grandma! I’ll give a review when I read a little more.

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I was in no desire to cook last night so I grabbed a pot and boiled some water. Tortellini and ravioli are two prepared foods that Alex and I try to always have in our freezer. Sometimes we have both while others just one. I grabbed a bag of tortellini and threw it in the boiling water. Once it was done, I drained it then put the pasta back to cover in pesto sauce. Viola! Dinner was complete and delicious! I opted to top it with a little parmesan cheese for a little something extra.

To end the night, we (and by we I mean Alex) got a fire going and we curled up on the couch. We watched “The Polar Express” which is such a cute movie. Plus Tom Hanks is a voice in it and he’s my favorite actor. When the movie ended, we enjoyed the fire a bit longer before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What did you have for dinner last night?

Books, Daily Happenings, Travel

The Never Ending Work Trip

Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you guys but I am beyond ready for the weekend. I was on a work trip this week that involved following trucks through the night (Monday – Tuesday I was up for 34 hours…). I hope you had a great week filled with normal sleep and have a wonderful day 🙂

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Like the past few days, my alarm woke me up at 3 am Thursday morning. The only good thing was that it was the last 3 am wake up call I see in my future for a longggg time. I got up, showered and finished packing before meeting my coworker in the hotel lobby. The truck driver texted him to say that the roads were icy and he was going to be late. This gave us some time to grab a quick hotel breakfast (thank you desk manager for setting it up earlier unintentionally!) before we headed out. It was FREEZING y’all. I was drastically under prepared for the cold Colorado mornings.

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The purpose of my trip was to follow the truck from Fort Worth, Texas to Colorado Springs, Colorado (a lovely 13 hour drive overnight) and then the smaller routes to drop repair parts off at dealerships. Once the truck we were following was ready, we followed it to 4 dealers. One good thing about being in Colorado and up very early is the sunrise through the mountains! Even thought I was exhausted, I was really appreciative to see such a beautiful view 3 days in a row.

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My colleague and I realized we would miss our flights if we followed the truck to the final two dealers so we said goodbye and headed to the airport. In the rental car shuttle to the terminal, I snacked on half of a Quest bar. Thank goodness I travel as though I have a young child so I always have multiple snacks on me. It hit the spot after a small breakfast of a muffin and some sausage.

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I got on the airports wifi and checked my email for about the second time this week. I caught up on some things and flagged a bunch of stuff for when I gt back in the office. I started to get hungry and got Chick-fil-A for lunch. Is that the healthiest option? No but I figured I was up since 3 am and I never eat it so go ahead and grab it. Plus I knew that my layover didn’t have one so it was just an incentive to go for it.

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For whatever reason, going from Denver to New Jersey means a layover. My first flight of the day got delayed, so I caught up on work from the week while waiting. Shout out to the Denver airport for free wifi, otherwise I would’ve needed to find a bookstore or two. Once we got on the flight, I pulled out a new book to read. Last time I was at the library, I picked up “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart. It’s not the best book ever but I read so much that I’m just going to finish.

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Since my first flight was delayed, I missed my connection in Chicago 😦 The only plus to that was my mom came up and met me for dinner near the airport! We kinda had to rush but it was really nice to see her. I had a burger and fries for dinner. When we paid, I headed back to the airport and onto my final flight of the day. By the time I got home it was 1:30 am and I collapsed into bed.

Question of the day: What book are you currently reading?

Dating

Significant Other Survey – Alex Edition

Happy Thursday! I get home from my work trip tonight and I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed. Have a great day 🙂

A few days ago, when I asked Alex questions about myself we had a bunch of fun. So I decided to answer them about him as well. I hope you enjoy!

What is something I say a lot?  What’s for dinner?

Let’s be honest, I would burn cereal if I tried cooking and I get home too late to cook anyways. Better to leave it to the professionals.

How tall am I? 5’9″

I had such good prospects for an NBA career. Alas, the height requirements have relegated me to the world of finance.

Where is my favorite place? On the couch, drink in hand sitting in front of the fire

Okay can’t deny this one, my entire decision on where we got an apartment was based purely on whether or not it had a fireplace.

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What is my favorite thing to do? Finance stuff for work

While I do love hanging out and talking to Maureen, I happen to live with this girl that would like a larger space to decorate and live in, thus….my free time is spent as work time.

What do I do when you’re not around? Work

This post is being written at 10:00 PM as I vet three projects in NJ. I just love working, okay?!

If I became famous, what would it be for? Talking / Politician

Much to Maureen’s chagrin, I would love a job in politics. And in all honesty, I could sell paint to a wall if you asked me too.

What is my favorite food? A cheeseteak with ketchup and hot sauce

It’s actually a Phat Lady with ketchup and hot sauce, which is essentially a cheese steak with french fries and mozzarella sticks inside of it (READ: The source of my pot belly in the first photo)

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What is my favorite restaurant? Hoagie Haven

The ancillary source of my pot belly. I love this place so much I almost opened a franchise for it in Syracuse, NY. That, folks, is brand loyalty.

If I could live anywhere, where would I live? Greenwich, CT

Allow me to sing you the song of my people.

What do I do to annoy you? Pace around the apartment

Seriously though, I walk marathons while on the phone, and I take A LOT of phone calls. Maureen should get on my pace program, it could really help her with training for her runs.

What is my favorite movie? Caddyshack

I grew up on Caddyshack (I know, my parents introduced me to a healthy entertainment experience when I was younger). Plop me on the couch with Caddyshack or Animal House playing and I’m happy as a clam.

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Who is my celebrity crush? You don’t have one

Maureen is my celebrity crush with all the people reading her posts everyday (thanks guys!)

You get a phone call when I’m in trouble, who am I with? Boomer

Can’t deny this one. We had some raunchy times back at Syracuse. I still don’t think we’ve grown up when we’re together.

Question of the day: How has your week been? I feel so out of touch from reality at this moment because of some crazy hours on this rtrip.