Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Five - Something New

Here's a very random "Friday Five" for you...including a life changing beverage. You're welcome.

1. I wrote this list of upcoming races on a post in April. I laughed out loud yesterday when I was looking back at this list and realized that so far I've only actually done 1 of the 5 - the Double Creek 5k, which I actually just walked and did in about 48 minutes. HA! I just did not feel like racing, or even running much, the past month or so. In fact, I just took a solid month long break from running almost completely.
 
2. Last night, for the first time in years, I donned a swim cap and goggles for some lap swimming! More on this later - but my goal for this next round of half marathon training is a focus on cross training. Admittedly, I was SO NERVOUS about hitting the pool because it was new. My sweet friend Steph said "put on your big girl panties and GO!" - haha!!! Thanks for the encouragement - and apparently my big girl panties look an awful lot like a hot pink one piece swimsuit.

 
3. Anyone who is an introvert - you totally get this. My boyfriend, Dan, is a total extrovert. But for me, there are times when I just can't be around people. I get a "people hangover" sometimes - haha! There's a bit of a learning curve when dealing with this in a relationship. I want to be around Dan a lot, and sometimes that comes at the expense of my own self-care. It's important for me, and for our relationship, that I speak up and say "I just need some down time" - and Dan is always okay with that and totally understanding. And we're both happier when I'm not being a grump - ha!

 
4. I felt like I needed to share this with you. This grapefruit vodka is life changing. My friend Brett introduced me to it and I can now thank him for less money in my bank account and more calories in my belly. But it's worth it. 

 
5. I had to stop at Starbucks (or "5bucks" as Dan calls it) on my way home from the gym today because the only coffee I had at home was from Aldi. I love dark roast, black coffee. I like the bitter taste of it. But Aldi's dark roast...well...it's awful. It tastes like I'm drinking a glass of burned tree bark. So I HAD to get this coffee. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Selfies

Oh hey look - it's the middle of July and I've been doing a million things this summer and blogging has NOT been one of them. Oops. So, allow me to sum up my summer thus far with a series of selfies...because the internet needs more selfies.

 
This summer began the same way every summer for the past 6 years has - with a few days at the beach with some girlfriends! I taught with this fabulous group of ladies for less than one whole year about 6 years ago, but we really clicked. Every year since, we've kicked off summer with 2-3 days staying in Ocean Pines, MD at Michele's (3rd from the right) beach house. It's a great way to start the summer and something I look forward to every year!

 
The day after my beach trip - I flew to Colorado. I actually drove from the beach to the airport without even going home. My parents asked where I'd like to visit them during the summer, and Colorado was my first choice. I think it's my favorite place in the world.
 
We did a few hikes (no mountain lion sightings) and enjoyed my all-time favorite beer (Vanilla Porter) straight from the brewery at Breckenridge Brewing Company!

Family hiking selfie!

 
Summer has included regular date nights with my favorite guy, and often our friends, too!
 
 
We've spent some time on the Susquehanna River enjoying the beautiful weather!
 
 
Dan and I took a quick 24-hour trip to Wisp Ski Resort in Deep Creek Lake, MD for one of those things where you listen to the sales pitch and they pay for your hotel. We're returning to Deep Creek in August for a few days with his daughter and a few of his friends and their kids!
 
 
The day after Deep Creek, we hopped back in the car and headed to the northern part of PA, where we toured the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. We spent a few days at a cabin up there in the woods and enjoyed hiking, playing games, splashing in the stream nearby, and just hanging out. Dan's parents then took the granddaughters (all 3 of them) further north to visit Niagra Falls for a few days.

 
The best thing about this summer is that it has included Dan. We've enjoyed lots of nights hanging out with friends, tons of laughter, and so many smiles! Life is always an adventure with this guy by my side - and I'm loving every minute of it!!