Daily Happenings, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures + A Change

Hello and happy Monday! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog today. It means the world to me. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

Today starts a new chapter in my life. I am starting a new job! I realize it’s a little unconventional to start your second job after graduation only a few months later. The first job was one that I was at part time starting in February while I finished school and went full time after graduation. For various reasons, I left the company. A recruiter contacted me about the new position back in July and after a few months of interviewing and working out details, I accepted the position. I can’t wait to see where this change takes me and am very excited!

Here’s my Sunday in pictures:


Bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast with cranberry green tea. I hadn’t had this breakfast in forever.


A t-shirt dress and grey boots. If I break out the boots, it’s officially fall!


A trip to Target to pick up necessary travel size toiletries.


Alex got to pick what we had for lunch. Good old Kraft mac n’ cheese on a grey day.


Our newest addition to the apartment, a fireplace tool set and log holder from Home Depot. Hopefully this means cool weather will come and stay!


I sipped on an Arnold Palmer from Wawa while cleaning around the apartment. . They have the best diet peach iced tea. It smells like you cut into a peach.


Packing for my business trip to Detroit. Only I would start a job and have to travel on the first day πŸ˜‰


An apple and peanut butter is the perfect afternoon snack. The sweet and salty combo will never get old.


I made Alex lunch for the week to be nice since he works long hours. Also he buttered me up and says I make the best sandwiches and he can’t make them as good.


Playing with my bff Annie at Alex’s parents house after a delicious steak dinner.

Question of the day: Tell me a high from your Sunday!

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Back To The Apartment We Go

Woohoo it’s Friday! Are you guys excited for the weekend? I know I am very excited for some rest and relaxation. Have a great day πŸ™‚


I woke up extra early yesterday morning because I thought I had to stop at the apartment before work. And by woke up, I mean an alarm went off at 5:15 am and then I cuddled up next to Alex until it was 5:40. It’s the thought that counts right? I got ready then headed downstairs for breakfast. Cooking breakfast sounded like a lot of work so I poured a bowl of Special K with strawberries to enjoy instead.


Want to hear a funny story? I’m so glad you do πŸ˜‰ Since we went to our apartment Wednesday night to get our new washer and dryer installed, Alex and I thought it would be smart to pack up the stuff we wouldn’t need and bring it home so we didn’t have to scramble in the morning. I went through the clothes, dirty and clean laundry and toiletries to see what could be brought back and what had to stay. I was so glad when we brought majority of our belongings home. When I got dressed for bed on Wednesday night I realized I didn’t leave a shirt for work on Thursday. Don’t worry though, I made sure Alex had everything for work and that I had clean underwear but apparently I didn’t need a shirt. Luckily I had a blue workout shirt that could pass as a tshirt in my drawer so I went to work with an Under Armour shirt to work. Thankfully I work in a casual environment and had a cardigan I could wear over it when I left my office. If you want a good athleisure shirt that is great for workouts or lounging or work I recommend this one. I see them on sale a lot if you’re interested and own multiple.

During my lunch break I saw an article from a website I get daily emails from called Greatist. It brought upΒ face yoga, have you ever heard of that? I was so curious and the article makes it seem like a way to decrease wrinkles and basically tone your face muscles. Am I the only person who didn’t know this was a thing or is this a new fitness trend that is coming up.


After work, I headed back to the apartment which oddly felt strange. I wasn’t going to complain about having a shorter commute even though not having some dogs to greet me was a little sad. I changed and headed out for my run. I know it’s still technically summer but I’m over 85 plus degrees in the afternoon on my runs. Where is the cooler September temperatures New Jersey has been having the last week or so. 5.5 miles with 4 of them being tempo runs. My legs were so dead that the half a mile jog back to the apartment took me almost 7 minutes thus why my average pace is over 10 minutes. I loved the feeling though *insert muscle emoji here*Β WordPress if you could add emojis in that would be fantastic.Β 


When I got home, Alex mentioned that his parents invited us over for pizza as a thank you for watching the dogs so back to their house we went. Annie, my new bff, was a little confused about seeing us even though mom and dad were back. Take that cute picture of Annie in place of the two pieces of pizza and salad that I had for dinner. In hindsight, I probably didn’t need that second piece but in the moment I was pretty hungry and it felt like the right decision.


We ate and left his parents house quickly since they were pretty jet lagged. When we got home, Alex did a little work and I typed this post up. I started “Secrets of a Charmed Life”Β by Susan Meissner. It’s a World War II historical fiction that follows two sisters in the 1940s who were sent away from London to the British countryside to avoid German bombings. In present day Britain, an American exchange student studying at Oxford is interviewing an elderly woman that brings up secrets from the war. I’m a quarter of the way through and enjoying it so far. I was pretty tired and ready to chill on the couch and do a whole lot of nothing so that’s what we did. Originally I was going to suggest watching “Burn Notice” but that seemed like it would involve to much attention and focus so we watched an episode of “Arrested Development” before going to bed.

Question of the day: Have you heard of face yoga before? Would you try it?

Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes

3.5 Weeks Later

Happy Thursday! Our mini vacation at Alex’s parents house is coming to an end today since his parents and sister arrive back in America this afternoon. It’s going to be sad not seeing the dogs everyday but luckily they’re close by. Have a great one πŸ™‚


For some reason, I had a lot of time yesterday morning but I’m not complaining! When I walked downstairs, Alex was in the middle of making breakfast for us which was a nice bonus. He made bacon and scrambled eggs that I had while watching the news.


Work was a little slow but it happens. During lunch, I had my typical peanut butter sandwich, hummus, carrots and pretzels. You would think that after eating this lunch for years I would be sick of it but I’m not. I finishedΒ “Ghostwalk”Β by Rebecca Stott. The book is about a woman named Lydia Brooke who becomes a ghost writer to a book after the author is found dead. The author is an ex-lover’s mother that she befriended. The book Lydia is supposed to write is about Issac Newton and his ties to alchemy. The writing style was interesting since it’s telling the story but Lydia is also writing as a way to talk about what’s happening. Rebecca’s writing style was interesting but I felt like there was a lot of things that were implied and not explicitly stated which bothered me a bit.


After work, Alex and I went back to our apartment to wait for the new washer and dryer to be delivered. If you’ve been keeping track, it was 3.5 weeks that we were without it and having to go to his parents house to do laundry. The capacity of the machines are so much bigger and they’re silent. I’m also hoping it means that the dryer won’t make our apartment a sauna when it runs so we will have to wait to see.


I think the dogs were a little panicked that Alex and I weren’t coming home since they went nuts when we got back to the house. Annie grabbed her “bunny” and was running around with it. Bunny is actually just the mat near the kitchen sink but when she was a puppy she actually had a stuffed bunny. Alex says that bunny is now anything she will carry in her mouth. Since we were gone for a while, I whipped up a box of Kraft mac n cheese. Sometimes quick and easy trumps a super healthy meal.


A few days ago,Β JanaeΒ posted a picture of her baking sugar cookies with her kids. Well those cookies have been in my mind and I needed a distraction last night so I decided to bake them. The recipe claimed to make about 4 dozen cookies so I cut the recipe in half. It made over 30 cookies!! 30! This is probably the only cookie recipe that makes how many it claims to. Oddly enough, cutting the frosting recipe in half didn’t cover all of the cookies so I was only able to frost half of them. The cookie itself is delicious but I think frosting is a must for them.

By the time I finished baking, frosting and cleaning it was a little before 10. Alex and I put on “Arrested Development” and I fell asleep for part of it. Oops! I really need to get better about that so I don’t always need to catch up. After the episode finished, we went up to bed.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite thing to bake?

Daily Happenings, Running

Back To The Basics

It’s hump day! I think Wednesdays are my favorite day of the work week since it’s halfway to the weekend. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day πŸ™‚

** Edited at 8:30 am – I am personally having issues commenting on other blogs so I apologize if you have issues commenting here! I honestly don’t know what is going on or what is causing the problem. **

I was in a slump for breakfast yesterday morning. Nothing sounded that appealing when I walked downstairs for breakfast. Alex suggested cereal and since we don’t really buy cereal I figured it would be a nice change. Special K with strawberries was poured and was tasty. Typing this now makes me think that cereal is probably a good staple to have and I can’t remember the last time I even bought a box of it. Weird.


Lunch was back to the same old basic – but delicious – peanut butter sandwich. It felt good to be back to my usual lunch routine. There’s yogurt in the fridge that’s going to go bad soonish so I grabbed it to enjoy as my afternoon snack. I prefer my Oikos triple zero over this but the flavor was good!


New Jersey got some rain from Hurricane Jose yesterday. The storm is pretty farm off the coast so the rain wasn’t too bad but it was between a drizzle and light rain during my run. I really need to start wearing a hat when it rains so I’m not squinting to see. When I got home, I sat down to stretch and Annie came right up to lay down by me. Y’all it’s going to be so hard to leave them! I joke that Annie is now my bff since she seems to enjoy following me around the second I give her attention. Alex and I really have puppy fever now too so it’s only a matter of time.Β Also if anyone has recommendations for a supportive sports bra let me know in the comments please! I need some new ones.Β 


After my shower, Alex and I hung out a bit before it was time for dinner. Dinner was back to the basics and we have leftovers. We’ve been using the grill so much that we had a ton of tupperware containers of leftovers in the fridge. We hate wasting food (who doesn’t) so we heated them up. I had some roasted potatoes, broccoli, and chicken. I originally heated up some pork but when I tasted it, something was off so I threw it out and that is why I have dinner on two plates.


Since the weather was pretty blah, Alex and I cuddled up on the couch to finish both “Scooby-Doo” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. During the last 45 minutes or so of Fantastic Beasts, I grabbed a small bowl of popcorn to munch on. When we finished Fantastic Beasts, Alex and I agreed that we liked it more after watching it in entirety than we did after the first part we watched the other night. We also said that maybe it was because we lowered our expectations knowing it wasn’t going to be Harry Potter good. If you have been questioning watching it, I just caution to not think it will be HP good. After our little movie marathon, we headed up to bed.

Question of the day: When you go back to the basics for meals, what does that look like for you?

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 πŸ™‚


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.


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.


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 πŸ˜‰

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.


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 onΒ “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?