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 πŸ™‚

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, 55Β° 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, Weekend

Reading + Pizza

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. Have a great day πŸ™‚


Saturday morning, Alex and I got up at 6:30 or so. He was meeting with someone for coffee for work and I wanted to head out on my run while he was gone since we were still at his grandparents. The area they live in is SO hilly! You guys, there was a hill that I honestly felt like I was walking up because it was so steep. I really had to push myself on those miles but I have a feeling I’ll feel stronger soon.


His grandpa made us blueberry pancakes that were delicious! Alex’s aunt and uncle came over for breakfast as well, so the 6 of us chatted for close to two hours. After they left, Alex and I packed up and talked to his grandma so more before leaving. It was really nice to see them since they are leaving next weekend for Florida. We drove by this house and had to stop for a picture. It is gorgeous and now I want to live there ha!


We grabbed some sandwiches near our apartment for lunch since it was after 1. I had a cheesesteak with ketchup and hot sauce. I really need to find a recipe and good bread to make cheesesteaks at home. It seems like they would be simple to make but who knows.


After we ate, Alex had some work to do for both school and his job so I read on the couch. I finished “Play Dirty” by Sandra Brown and enjoyed it. If you are looking for a good thriller, I would check out her novels. Once that was done I started my next book, “All Things Cease to Appear” by Elizabeth Brundage. A husband comes home to find his wife murdered and their three year old daughter alone. He is immediately a suspect (as is typical in that type of situation). Somehow three orphaned boys story is wrapped up into this and I want to know how.


For dinner, I made us a pizza. At the grocery store last week, the premade pizza crusts were on sale so I picked a few up and placed the extras in the freezer.Homemade pizza is seriously so easy and quick to assemble, unless you buy actual dough and don’t have a rolling pin. We topped it with cheese and pepperoni and it was delicious!

Both of us were kind of fried from the day so we had a low key night and just hung out.

Question of the day: What do you put on pizza when you make it at home? 

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

A Taste Of Fall

Happy Fri-yay everyone! I hope the workday goes by quickly. Have a great day πŸ™‚


Unfortunately I woke up 2 or 3 times on Wednesday night for some reason. This made getting out of bed a little difficult but I got up and showered. When I got ready for work, I went and scrambled an egg for breakfast. We’re still eating the pumpkin bread from Alex’s mom so I had a piece of that as well.


My office had an environmental inspection so my boss brought in sandwiches for lunch. Just to be safe, I packed my lunch and I was glad I did. There was nothing wrong with the lunch that was brought in but I knew it wouldn’t keep me full since I would have to pull certain items off of it. I opted to stick with my lunch and was happy so that I knew I would be full for the afternoon.


When I left the office, dare I say I felt cold. Is that allowed for fall lol. After a few days of 80 degree weather, a day with temperatures near 65 degrees was quite a difference. I’m not complaining though! It made my 4 mile run so much nicer. It actually felt like fall when I was running which I loved. Felt like fall yes, but there’s still too many green leaves on the trees in my opinion.


After my shower, I made lunches for work the next day and picked up around the apartment. Alex had a work event in the city so it was just me for most of the night.Β I put a potato in the oven to bake and turned on the sixth episode of “Big Little Lies”. When the potato was done, I topped it with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, a tiny bit of butter, cheese and leftover barbecue chicken from earlier in the week. So good! I love taken leftover shredded meat and adding it to a baked potato. It’s a nice way to use up leftovers without repeating the exact same meal.


Once I had cleaned up from dinner, I pulled out myΒ clay maskΒ to use.Β I clearly live an exciting life and had a wild Thirsty Thursday πŸ˜‰Β Please don’t judge me for that reference, I still have the college lingo down. I bought the tub back in June and have been neglecting it for some reason. I’m glad I pulled it out because it makes my skin feel so good. As it dries, I feel it tighten on my face. While it dried I pulled out my book to read on the couch.

Question of the day: Tell me something about your Thursday!

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

True Life: I Love Carbs

It’s hump day! Half way through the week, woohoo! Have a great day friends πŸ™‚


Tuesday started off like most and I got ready for work. I heated up another piece of my baked oatmeal. Pairing it with a glass of milk is the perfect breakfast for me. So good and filling!


During lunch, I finishedΒ “Sanctum”. I can’t wait to see if my library has the third on in the series! It’s the perfectly slightly creepy book for this time of year. Also, did you know that if you fold the closure part of a plastic bag over then it stands up and stays open?! I forget where I saw this but I’ve been doing it ever since and it’s such a simple hack and I love it. Since I’m not sure if I’m late to the game on this or if no one else knows about it and wanted to share πŸ™‚


After work, I went for a 3 mile run. The felt like temperature was 81 degrees when I finished around 5:15. How?! It’s October and supposed to be in the mid-60s. What is going on with the weather right now. Luckily the humidity wasn’t too high but it made this easy one feel hard.


I showered once I got home and foam rolled then grabbed a post run snack. I sliced a small piece of bread and put some olive oil, parmesan cheese, and pepper into a dish. It was the perfect meal with some carbs and healthy fats to hold me over until dinner when Alex got home.


Alex texted me that his train was about to get in and I started cooking the tacos for dinner. I cooked ground beef, heated up rice, black beans and corn, cut up some lettuce and pulled out all of our toppings. I had two tacos with some rice and they filled me up.


We cleaned up from dinner and cuddled on the couch to hang out for a bit. I lit this apple strudel candle fromΒ Milkbottle Candle Co. to try and pretend that it’s fall. The scent is amazing! I will say it’s now extremely hard to light due to the shape of the bottle. I absolutely love it though and will spend the extra time lighting it. The candle has lasted forever too! I bought this last year and used it a ton and still have so a lot left.

While we were hanging out, I cut a piece of pumpkin bread and ate half of it. Apparently I was all about the carbs yesterday and hopefully won’t eat as many today! But carbs and bread is just so good!! I blame it on the fact that there’s homemade bread and pumpkin bread on the counter so I see it a lot.

Question of the day: What was a high from your Tuesday?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

132% Humidity

Happy Tuesday? I hope you had a good Monday and are ready for today. Have a great one πŸ™‚


Monday morning was surprising easy to wake up and get out of bed. I feel like Mondays are hit or miss with ease of getting out of bed, anyone else? Once I was ready for work, I cut myself a square of baked oatmeal and put it in the oven to heat up for a few minutes. Since I’m so picky, I was pretty nervous to eat it. My nerves were unnecessary because it was delicious! I had it with a glass of milk while I watched the news.


For lunch I got back to reading my newest book, “Sanctum”Β by Madeline Roux which is the second book in the Asylum series. I didn’t know it was a series until I read the first book a few months ago. It’s got a slightly creepy feel to it since it uses real pictures from old carnivals. Work was going well until people came to test our fire alarms 😐 I totally understand that these need to be tested for safety but do they have to do it while we’re there? My boss made an announcement to everyone that it was happening but I still jumped a little every time it went off!

Yes it is October and I’m still running without sleeves…I want fall weather!

The entire day was raining on and off so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my run in. I’m used to running in rain but if it’s really pouring or thundering/lightening I won’t go. Safety first, right?! It was misting on my drive home but by the time I changed and was heading out the door the sun was out and shining. So weird! The humidity was terrible you guys. I don’t know the exact amount but based on my braid’s frizziness and how it felt, I think the humidity was about 132% πŸ˜‰ I got my tempo run done though. 5.5 miles including a warm up and cool down.

After my workout, I quickly showered and got into pajamas. I got comfy on the couch and continued to do research. For Alex’s birthday and our anniversary, I booked us tickets to fly to Knoxville, Tennessee to see his best friend. We are both so excited! I know his friend will have ideas for things to do but I like doing research too. That’s my Type A personality coming out. If you have ever been there (or know someone who has) please tell me any recommendations you have! I would love to hear them πŸ™‚


When Alex texted me saying he was on the train, I chopped up some potatoes and broccoli and put them in the oven to roast. Before I left for work, I put some frozen chicken breasts and barbecue sauce into the crock pot for an easy dinner. I shredded the chicken once the veggies were in the oven so that the sauce could coat all of the pieces. Instead of a bun, I cut myself a few pieces of the bread I made to enjoy with everything. Dinner was delicious and filling!

We cleaned up and then finished the first part of the Frank Sinatra documentary before heading to bed. It wasn’t even 9:30 so it was clear Alex and I were both exhausted from the day.

Question of the day: Have you ever had baked oatmeal? Now I want to look into more recipes!