Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hello! Writing from Philadelphia today. I'm here for a work event and have a little down time. Some scenes from Philly last night:

This weekend was another fun one! I felt like I had a mini stay-cation. On Friday night I went out to Central Square for "dinner and a show". I got free tickets to ImprovBoston's Movie! The Musical and used the opportunity to try out a new restaurant on my list. We went to Garden at the Cellar -- a small gastropub right on Mass Ave. I wanted everything on the menu, and ended up ordering a mini burger, a fried oyster bun, and splitting truffle fries and tator tots. Pretty healthy huh?

After dinner we walked over to the show. It was so fun and sooo funny! I would love to go back again. Improv artists (?)...comedians (?) are crazy smart. How can they come up with this stuff on the fly?!

On Saturday I was up bright and early for BosFIT -- a day dedicated to health and fitness! The $20 ticket got you access to the expo and four 30 minute trial classes. This event was AWESOME and totally worth the ticket price, especially with the sweet SWAG bag. There was also a debate-style panel discussion featuring Bryan Doo, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for The Boston Celtics, Rich Downing, Founder of Turnstyle Cycle, and Caitlin Milbury, Mind Body Manager at Exhale.

The four classes I tried were:

1. BollyX: BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography and intensive workouts with the hottest music from around the world

2. Bags + Beats: Bags + Beats focuses on your body’s natural motion to music. Similar to a drum-line, you learn to throw combinations with precise timing and effortless motion to the beat of the music.

3. Barry's Bootcamp: Famously known as the "Kim Kardashian workout", Barry's Bootcamp combines intense cardio routines on treadmills with strength training in every class.

The only picture of me from the event in the background of Barry's Bootcamp.
4. Core Fusion Barre: This ballet inspired, core-centric class focuses on isolated exercises, alignment, flexibility and posture as you work through targeted mindful muscle movements.

The BollyX class was by far the most fun class I tried -- it really reminded me of Zumba...which I NEED to get back into. I also loved Bags + Beats and would definitely head back to the gym to take that class again. 

Barry's Bootcamp, as expected, was insanely hard. I wasn't a huge fan of the instructors (they basically used fat/body shaming in order to encourage people...NOT my style) but I can see why the class is so famous for getting results. It was freakin' tough! 

I continue not to be a huge fan of barre, but am happy I tried it considering classes at Exhale are super expensive!

I spent the rest of the day resting and recovering from the intense morning. I did something weird to my ankle and had to ice and elevate it for a while...I felt like I was back in soccer season. Luckily it's feeling pretty normal now so I'm just hoping it was just a fluke!

Relaxing on the roof
Sunday was another relaxing day. I did some cleaning and some beach reading since it was in the 80s!! I already finished "Orphan Train" and need a new book to read.

That's it...busy week ahead. I'm seeing Billy Joel on Thursday in NYC, I can't believe it's already here!

Friday, September 26, 2014

This was a good week.

1. I attended another Yelp event on Monday! I am on a roll and forgot how awesome Yelp events are. This one was at Highball Lounge and was great!!

Delicious cocktails.
Little ducky in my wine glass.
Operation was much more difficult as a child...
Mini Miller High Lifes and kicking ass in Sorry!
The awesome bar.
Writing on the windows!
2. Had our first real kickball game on Tuesday! We lost by one point which was a bummer but it was still fun! I played first base and did well I think!

3. This NY Times op ed. I love the "Modern Love" series.

4. Finally finished "The Hour I First Believed" -- that one was a doozy! Wally Lamb is amazing. Now I'm onto "Orphan Train". Really liking it so far and already almost halfway done.

5. Had my first event tasting of the year. Sometimes it's good to be a fundraiser/event planner!

6. Once Upon a Time. I started watching this week on Netflix and I love it. So magical! Acting needs some work though ;) I can't believe it was made by the creators of Lost!

7. I had a really great catch up phone call with one of my best friends from college this week. She knew all the right things to say to me and really made me feel excited about the future. The world is my oyster!

8. Song of the week.

9. I stopped by the garden this morning and discovered this GINORMOUS squash growing on the fence. It belongs to the neighbor so I picked it and put it on his side, but sometimes I just can't believe what can grow from a tiny seed. You can't exactly tell in the picture but this thing was easily two feet long.

10. I forced myself to go to the gym and just do some cardio for the first time in a looooong time. It was really hard to get myself there but I did it. I did about 20 minutes on the elliptical then ran on the treadmill. Once again, I'm not very happy with where my running is at but it's to be expected considering I've taken a lot of time off. That being said, it felt f*cking amazing to be running again with the music blasting in my head phones. No other feeling like it.

I have a few fun things planned for this weekend and the forecast says 80 degrees and sunny...summer is coming back! At least for the weekend :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Getting Ready for Autumn

We all know I don't like fall. But, now that we've officially switched seasons it's time to force myself to be excited! So here are 10 reasons why this autumn is going to be great:

1. Wearing comfy sweaters. My bank account is suffering a bit because I've been buying myself whatever I want, whenever I want it (I sound like a teenager). I bought these 3 extremely comfy sweaters recently and can't wait to wear them:

2. Related to #1, I am going into this season nearly 40 pounds less than where I was last year. That is INSANE. I also cannot explain how good it feels to go into a store, pick out the size I think I am, and have everything fit. One of the thing I hate most about the change of seasons is the change of wardrobe, so having a lot of clothes that already fit is pretty awesome. I just need to get myself some boots! I also need to either get my jacket taken in or just buy a new one. Can you even get jackets taken in?

3. Billy Joel on October 2! This will be my third time seeing Billy and I just can't wait. I'll also be spending the long weekend in NY with family which is just as exciting as seeing the Piano Man. I've really been missing them the past few weeks...

4. The absolute best part about the fall? CLEMENTINES. 1 box/week please.

5. I'm going to the Wellfleet Oyster Fest in late October with a bunch of friends. I went last year and it was pretty awesome so I'm excited to go back!

6. Halloween! I haven't dressed up for Halloween the last two years so I'm going big this year. I already have an idea for a homemade costume. Hopefully I can pull it off! I also might be making a trip to NY for a fun Halloween weekend, nothing set in stone yet.

7. TV! I have a lot of time on my hands lately so I am sooo excited all of my fall TV shows will be returning. I have them all in my calendar. I think I need some new dramas to watch now that Breaking Bad and Dexter are over. Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones and House of Cards don't come back for a while. Any suggestions?

8. Hiking. New England is obviously well known for the beautiful foliage. I'm hoping I can recruit some friends to go on some hikes with me around the area. Being outdoors has done TONS for me these last few months and I really don't want it to end just because the temperature is going down.

9. Thanksgiving. No description necessary.

10. More time indoors = more time in the kitchen. My cooking game has really been lacking lately and I think fall will give me the push I need to get back in the kitchen and start experimenting. I at least know my crockpot will be back on the counter!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Necessary dirty martini to start off the weekend.

Baby fever? Yep, that's one of the giant zucchinis from the garden.

A visit to Nashoba Valley Winery for wine, picnicking, and apple picking. So fun!! I know I probably sound like a crazy person, but I just can't believe fruit grows on trees!!! If/when I own my own property I am going to have so many fruit trees and bushes in my yard. There were just so many delicious apples I was overwhelmed with excitement!! Maybe I should be a farmer? This was my first time apple picking and I brought home like 10 pounds of apples...

The birthday boy with lots of wine!

My hair is so short!

Dinner at Union Bar & Grille (full recap coming). Didn't mind the complimentary cornbread!

A productive Sunday, including a pedicure and a trip to Target to get a new rug for the living room. I love it! We rearranged a bit and I like how the room is coming out :) Just need to add some color in.

Friday, September 19, 2014

This was a good week.

Here's what made me happy this week:

1. A kick ass Tabata class on Tuesday, and hearing this song during it:

2. The discovery of a food truck that sells these sandwiches. This would be the ultimate drunk food.

3. Taking an extended lunch break for some solo brews and oysters:

4. Trying to be just a tiny bit healthier this week. I made lunch every day and even had a few healthy dinners, like this one:

5. Soaking up the last few days of summer with work lunches on the grass.

6. I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet, but I joined a kickball team (and knocked another thing off of my fitness bucket list)! It started on Wednesday. The game had to get cut short though because of a scheduling error. I really like everyone on my team :)

7. After 1.5 years (sheesh) I finally got a haircut! And I got some highlights too! I ended up going to a place in Dorchester and it was only $110 for the cut, highlights and a blow dry!! This might still sound like a lot but if I got this done in Boston proper it would have been $300. I love the color (it's more caramel-ish than what I used to have). I tried to take a selfie of it but I'm super awkward...

I cut about 5 (!!) inches off but it's still long. I like it!

8. Some of my favorite shows premiered this week -- the Mindy Project and New Girl. Can't wait for all my shows to be back.

Two faves in one.