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My second most favorite activity

This morning started with an early wakeup call, so Chris and I could run before work. Boyfriend rocked it and put in his best run yet. I cannot say the same. My knees weren’t bothering me (yay!), but my breathing was totally off and I had the worst stomach ache. Usually my breathing is spot on, so I don’t know what was going on there. I trucked along at a slow pace and was just happy to finish the run. Hopefully, Friday will be a happier run for me.

For breakfast, my stomach didn’t like the idea of eating the greek yogurt I eat most mornings. Instead, I switched it up and bought a D&D egg white veggie flat bread. When my body is off, I do my best to listen to it (when it asks for mainly healthy things), so this was a good call. The sandwich steadied my stomach, and I got over my belly ache.

Lunch was another flat bread, because apparently they are all I eat. I seem to have one for at least one meal or snack every day. My favorites are Arnold’s Multigrain Sandwich thins. I use them for sandwiches, but I also use them to cover in PB and add chocolate chips. This is one of my favorite snacks. For lunch I put a chick patty and a ridiculous amount of homemade hummus on my sandwich thin. I made a batch on Sunday and took the container to work. It needs to be all eaten up by Friday at latest, so I’m doing my best to munch through it. I may have been the weird girl who offered people hummus out of my Tupperware today at work.

So now that I’ve shared the mundane, let me share the exciting part of today! Chris and I bought plane tickets to go out West in the end of September!!! I have time off between my current job and my new job that I start in the Fall, so we have been keeping our eye out for vacation options. Yesterday, we found out that Southwest is having a great fare sale. We are going to go out for 13 days (!!!!) and spend half the time visiting Chris’s family that lives in the Sacramento area, visiting San Francisco, and camping in Yosemite and the other half road tripping up the Pacific Northwest. We are currently thinking of going to Crater Lake, Portland, and Seattle. If you are from any of those areas or have suggestions for places to go on route, let me know! I can’t wait to start my second favorite activity – creating a vacation itinerary. It’s second only to the trip itself!!!

Crater Lake, I'm coming to you!

Where have you traveled lately? Have you visited San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle? I have such a travel bug now!

Caribbean Cruise for the Win

I’m back! My Caribbean vacation has come to an end (tear) but I took away from it amazing memories, a nice tan, and a few extra pounds (I can’t confirm this as I refuse to get on the scale until a week of normal dieting, but I have a good feeling). Oh, but it was worth it.

Confession: I didn’t want to go on a cruise when we first booked our vacation. I’m more of the type to vote for an “active” vacation and was rooting for Europe or traipsing around the rain forest somewhere in Latin America. Chris really wanted a vacation where we could do some real relaxing, so I figured I’d be a good girlfriend and give cruising a go. I’m so happy I did!

The best part about the cruise for us was not having to think or plan anything except what beach we were going to swim at on the islands and if we should use SPF 15 or 30 (Chris choose 15 and paid for it). We spent our days lying out and tanning, our nights eating multicourse dinners, and many post dinners sipping wine poolside. Perfection!

So I know you all want to know: how was the food? Well, there was a lot of it. But in all honestly, it was fine. Maybe we are spoiled from all the wonderful NYC restaurants, but we found most of the food to be okay and not out of this world. There was a huge abundance of it and a large selection, so we really appreciated having options, but for the most part it wasn’t stand out. We did take the time to eat at one specialty restaurant on the ship, and that was a strong exception to the just fine food. I will be as bold to say that I ate the best lobster of my life there. No joke. I even lived in Boston one summer where I consumed a lot of lobster, but this lobster was amazing. My advice to you is if you go on a cruise, check out the specialty restaurant. It’s worth the extra price tag.

I wish I had more pictures to show you all, but our camera went the way of my computer (which would be the dead way – I’m sharing Chris’s computer as of now) by Day 3. This would be the second big vacation in a row where our camera died. This time Chris didn’t drown it in a waterfall in Iceland, though. In fact, we really don’t know what happened to it. Either way, I now need to figure out both my computer and camera situation. Good thing I have a birthday coming up. Here are some snapshots I did manage to get:

Our faithful stead.


Peacock towel art!


Lovely Bermuda


Volcanic rock in Bermuda


Official tree of paradise.


Anchors away!

Vacation was awesome but it’s great to be back in the blog world!

Where I’ve been, Where I’m going

If you’re a loyal reader (then I love you!) then you know I’ve been missing from the blogosphere for a few days now. Fear not, I’m fine, but my beloved Mac is not. My Mac book is currently down and can be fixed for a fee, but I haven’t decided yet if its best to just replace the computer. It’s hard to let go of it – we made it through law school and the Bar exam together – but it may be time. So that’s where I’ve been – a gal with no computer.

But where am I go? On vacation! Tomorrow, Chris and I leave for our 9-night Caribbean cruise. I couldn’t be happier! My nails are mani-ed and my toes are pedi-ed, my body has been pilated, my sandals and bikinis have been bought, and my bags are thinking about being packed, so I’m all ready to go!

When we return, I will figure out the computer situation and return to the blogging world. Until then, I miss you all!

One Week Later

I promised to post pictures of Chris, Hadley, and my adventure to  Audrey’s  Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY. The B&B was adorable and made you feel sorry you had to leave from the moment you entered. Chris and I spent our first evening eating homemade pastries left out for the guests, drinking wine, and watching a fire roar in the fire place. We spent the weekend enjoying the B&B and their wonderful breakfasts, looking through old photo albums from the 30’s in the B&B’s library, hiking, dining, wine and whiskey tasting, and exploring the town.


First thing we saw when we walked in.

Homemade cookies? Yes, please.

We stayed in the LL Bean Room.

Poached Pear for breakfast

Lovely breakfast.

I wish I had one of these in my apartment.

Hadley hiking.

Frozen branches on our snowy hike.

Wine tree at dinner.

Hadley exploring the wine cellar on our wine tasting.

Whiskey tasting.

Thanks Audrey's!

Do Pilates and You Can Hike Too

Like my infomercial title? 

This past weekend, Chris, Hadley, and I went to a B&B in Upstate NY. I’ll post about the entirety of our trip later when I upload all the pretty pictures.  Right now I want to talk about one of the best parts of our mini-vacation, a long hike through the Mohonk Preserve.

I’ve always loved nature and hiking is one of the best ways to experience it. However, since my knees are always bummy, I’ve had trouble doing long strenuous hikes in the past. This always upsets me, because I hate calling a hike short or having to stick to a flat path when everyone knows the most fun path is the one going straight up and giving you the best views.

Our Sunday hike was probably the best hike I have ever taken based not on sights, but rather on my level of ability. I hiked up hills in the snow in sneakers for around 2 hours and had little to no knee pain!

 I am pretty sure I started to sound like a Pilates infomercial while we were hiking. Every time I went to do something that in the past may have hurt my knees, I focused on drawing strength from my core like we learned in Pilates. It worked! I was able to make it to the top of the hill no problem and get the good views I craved without suffering. I was able to bound through the snow on slightly treacherous paths and not cry out from pain. It was fabulous.

So thank you Pilates. Building up my core strength and learning to focus on drawing from my core muscles, such as my abs and thighs, has been such a beneficial lesson. I am officially hooked to Pilates and aspire to become a true Pilates-nut. I had no clue that it was going to help my knees so much, but quickly after starting I realized that going up stairs wasn’t hurting my IT-bands and knees like it has for years. I started to read up more on Pilates and learned that its wonderful for people like me with joint issues. I plan on rearranging my budget and figuring out how to continue to pay for classes after my Groupon runs out.

So if you have knee problems like I do, I really recommend giving Pilates a shot. It is really helping me so far and it’s only been 3 weeks. It also helps tone muscles – my friend just told me the other day I looked so much smaller and I haven’t dropped any pounds recently. I’m just toning up from my workouts. Pilates won’t help you lose weight, but it will give you lots of other benefits. So yes, that’s my infomercial for the day.

What are your experiences with Pilates?

Who doesn't love a good infomercial?



Surprises and Sniffles

Chris just came home from work with a rented car! He is taking Hadley and I on a surprise mini vacation for our 3rd anniversary! I have packed my dayquil, tissues, and OJ, so I think I’m all good to go. 🙂 Post when we return.

Parisian Pizza

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of Chris and my favorite things to do when we travel is to try out the local cuisine. Paris is by far my favorite city to take on this task. Every street is full of delicious restaurants, patisseries, and cafes. I started every morning of our trip off with a croissant and a café au lait. Lunches were usually light – a sandwich from a street vendor served on long crisp baguettes and filled with all sorts of goodies. Dinners were long and wonderful. One night, we even managed to get a outside table at a restaurant with heat lamps (it was October) that looked directly onto the Eiffel Tower. It being Europe, they didn’t mind that we took way too long with our dinner in order to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle over and over again. I think eating a banana split at that restaurant in front of the Eiffel Tower is one of my best memories ever.

That is not the meal I tried to recreate last night. I could make a banana split and stare at the Empire State building, and I may do that outside from my apartment building’s patio when it’s warm out, but it would never be the same.

The story that goes along with the meal I recreated last night goes like this: Chris and I traveled to Paris to meet our friends Evan and Yara, who were both studying abroad. We decided it would be fun to get a late dinner.  After much deliberation, we decided on a restaurant that looked onto a busy street for prime people viewing.  It was a pizza place. A pizza place with many pizzas unknown to my American eyes, one being tuna pizza.

 I love tuna. I love tuna fish salad like any good Jewish girl, and I love seared tuna, and tuna sushi, and really I just love tuna. When I was little, I was the annoying little kid that would bring the stinky tuna sandwich to lunch every day. So when we saw tuna pizza on the menu, Yara immediately dared me to try it. Challenge accepted. The pizzas took a long time to be ready, but when they did come out, mine was amazing. I would have polished off the entire pie if I had the room. It was the best midnight dinner I have ever eaten.

I completely forgot about my tasty tuna pizza until Yara reminded me of it during our recent trip to Pastita. Last night, since I had a pizza crust left over from the weekend, and because Chris (who hates tuna fish, silly boy) was working late, I decided to recreate my Parisian meal. Don’t knock this combination until you try it. Just trust me on this, it’s good.

 Parisian Pizza

–          1 pre-made pizza crust

–          Fresh mozzarella (I didn’t measure how much I used)

–          Shredded mozzarella (I didn’t measure how much I used)

–          1 packet of tuna fish (or can)

–          ¼ of a white onion

–          1 egg (optional)

–          Salt, pepper, oregano, garlic to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice up the mozzarella and place on pizza crust. I left space between the slices. Cover the entire pizza with shredded mozzarella. Slice the onion and add it to the pizza. Open the tuna packet and drain. Add the tuna to the pizza. Sprinkle seasonings to taste. I suggest going heavy on the garlic. Bake for five minutes. This next part is optional, and I know it sounds weird, but be adventurous and try it. Crack the egg into a cup. This gives you more control than just cracking it right on the pizza. Pour the egg onto the pizza. I did it in just one corner, in case I didn’t like it, but you can place it anywhere you choose. Bake for ten more minutes or until the crust is golden. Serve it like the French, with white wine!

Oh yum. The egg was good on the pizza!

This Week’s Loves #6

This is a weekly post where I take time to be thankful for the small extras that made me happy this past week.

– Teaching Hadley to jump on the bed on the count of three. This is both cute and convenient.

I like to learn new tricks. I'm smart like that.

– Trying out a new falafel place near my apartment where I got to add my own toppings.



– NYC soaring to 60 degrees on Friday.

– Wearing my awesome Nordstrom’s Rack find for the first time.

My most favorite heels ever.

– Watching Hadley go mud-splashing in the dog park. He needed a bath afterwards, but he had so much fun doing it.

– Rocking a denim mini skirt from AE out on Friday. I haven’t been able to wear a denim mini since 1L year.

My first purchase off my Spring Wish List.

 – Having a family sleepover after dinner on Saturday night.

– Enjoying pizza I made in my own oven.

Out of the oven.

– Running my first sub-8 minute mile in probably as many years.

– Purchasing the Victoria Secret yoga shorties I have been eyeing for over a month. Pilates makes a tush look good!

– Having a three day weekend to celebrate our Presidents.

Thanks Mr. Presidents!


What are your loves from this past week?

Warm Soup and Warmer Destinations

Yesterday was a pretty great day. I started it out by trying a new Luna Bar flavor, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. It was light and had a relaxing nutty taste to it. I think it is my new second favorite flavor, second only to my all time favorite flavor Chocolate Peppermint Stick.


Work went by at a fast past. I did take time to pause and enjoy a new lunch for me: PB & banana open-face sandwich. Chris was amazed that I never had this combination before. Apparently, it was Elvis’s favorite. I told him I don’t normally base my cuisine on the likes of past rockstars. Still, I think Elvis was on to something here.

I  came home from work and visited the dog park with Hadley. We were the only two in the whole park, and I discovered that Hadley likes to play with snow balls. When we came home, Chris had already returned from work. In honor of him being home at an earlier hour, we decided to book our vacation. It’s official! 9-nights in the warm Caribbean! I think we all can use some warm weather at this point. Freezing rain tonight? I’ll just have to start bathing suit shopping and dreaming of warm weather.

Chris and I also decided to try out a new recipe together. We had a butternut squash, which is something both of us have never cooked with before. I decided it would be nice to make a warm soup. Thus, our own twist on butternut squash and apple soup was invented.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

We modified a recipe I found here.

2 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes

4 1/2 cups vegetable broth

2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, diced 

1/2 cup apple cider

1/2 Jasmine rice per serving of soup

Salt, pepper, curry, cinnamon, and turmeric to taste

First melt the butter in a pot. When the butter melts, brown the onions. To do this, add the chopped onions and nutmeg and sauté for approximately 5 minutes. Make sure to stir the onions around constantly or they will stick to the pot and burn. Add the vegetable broth, apple cider, squash, and apples. Add in spices to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and leave uncovered until squash and apple are tender, about 30 minutes. Next, take soup off the burner and allow to cool.

Pour soup into a food processor or blender and puree. Make sure the soup isn’t very hot at this point, or it could crack the glass. Puree until smooth.  

Chris called this the Baby Food stage.

Return to pot to warm. Serve with 1/2 cup of jasmine rice mixed into each bowl to add texture. Enjoy!


Last night’s dinner was a great experience (even if Chris was half asleep from staying up all night working the night before), but you’ll have to wait until next week’s Foodie Friday for my review. Let’s just say we didn’t order the bone marrow app.

I am one of those people who works my hardest when I’m working towards a goal. This applies two-fold with working out. I was an athlete through college and was always motivated to stay in shape so that I could play well for myself and team. I find it a lot harder to motivate myself to stay in shape just because. I know that there are a lot of fill in the blanks to follow that because. Because I want to be healthy. Because I want to feel good about my appearance. Because working out feels great. Because I don’t have the money to buy a new wardrobe. But sometimes those always incentives aren’t enough. That’s when special incentives help out.

Chris and I had the perfect relaxing day of lounging around and catching up. We also decided on our vacation! So now I have a special incentive to work towards. We threw around a lot of ideas, but it came down to the fact that this year we wanted a no-stress vacation where we can spend a lot of time relaxing and spending time with each other. Last year we did France and Iceland, which was amazing, but it’s one of those vacations you need a vacation from. This year, we are opting for lying around, tanning, and some adventure thrown in whenever possible. In other words, we are going on a 9-day cruise to Bermuda, St Marteen, St Thomas, and Puerto Rico! We sail out of Jersey so there is no need for flying, which is great because I have a small huge fear of flying (see #55 on my 99 Before 30). Since we are booking off of Orbitz,  we get one free excursion with our trip, so I can get my adventure travel in, too. We won’t book it until Monday, so it may change, but I am pretty sure this is where we are going this year.


So my new special incentive? Get my body bikini worthy! I went on one cruise before when I was a senior in college and still in great shape. I want to look as good on my second cruise as I did on my first. That means that in addition to continuing to eat healthy, I need to continue to work hard on my new gym routine. I hope to have a flat tummy in three months and hopefully my 300 crunches a day will get me there! My old scale broke 2 weeks ago, but I have a new one in the mail now, so that I can track my weight in hopes of dropping 5lbs before the sail date in late April. The scale also supposedly tracks my percentage of body fat, so I am excited to see if this is accurate. Can a scale really track your percentage of body fat and hydration level?

So tell me, do you have any special incentives motivating you lately?