Five for Friday

Some highlights from the week and what I’m looking forward to for the weekend!

1) Great time for 4th of July! We went to a BBQ that a friend of a friend was having.  They live on a small lake so we all rode on the pontoon boat out to the middle of the lake to watch the fireworks.

Boats on the lake

Fireworks July 4 2013

2) I’m heading to another BBQ on Saturday with my friend Neha.  Since she enjoyed it so much from the wine and cheese night, I’m making my pasta salad again.

3) I made it through my first two training runs without walking.  I’m hoping I can make it through my “long” run of 1.5 miles Saturday morning without walking too.

4) Despicable Me 2 was so cute!  The theater was full, but on opening day for a movie there wasn’t as big of a craze as I thought there would be.  Obviously my favorite parts were the minions.

5) Yoga on Sunday.  It’s been a while since I’ve gone.




What I Ate Wednesday

Today was a busy day, so you get some poor quality iPhone photos.  We are heading out of town this weekend to attend the wedding of a friend from high school so there was lots to finish up and get ready before leaving tomorrow morning.

Breakfast : Coffee and yogurt

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Lunch: Leftovers from last night’s dinner.  A random concoction of penne pasta, spinach and feta chicken sausage, onion, peppers, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar.

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Snack: Watermelon that I’d grab a couple of pieces when I walked by it throughout the afternoon.

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Dinner: We picked up platters from the local BBQ place, Rockland. I got a beef brisket sandwich with mac and cheese and potato salad as the sides.  Or as my sister would say “carbs and carbs and carbs!”  So delicious though.

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Weekend Review


It was raining and gross out so we stayed in and rented Les Miserables.  I really enjoyed the movie and I can see why it won all the awards that it did.  I didn’t really know the story line before seeing it, so it was interesting to see that.  I loved the little guy, Gavroche.

from Wikipedia

from Wikipedia


The sun decided to come out and we headed over to Zac’s old building for a daytime BBQ with some friends.

Some of the people went to the Nationals game and the rest of us left for other things.  We headed off to run some errands.  After dinner we went for a walk and then settled in to watch the first episode of The Americans.  We have the whole season sitting on the DVR.  I’m glad we have it all taped to watch, it seems like it will be a really good show!

from FX

from FX


We went to church and then out to breakfast in the morning.  I spent the afternoon at Neha’s house trying on some traditional indian clothes to wear to a wedding we’re going to at the end of the month.  Everything is so colorful and fun! I love all the embroidery and beading on what she lent to me.

Zac and I stepped up our game on our evening walk and jogged the first half and then walked back.  We went just under a mile, but we didn’t stop and had a hill to run up!  Not bad for having not really gone on a run since April.

Surprise Visit Weekend

Way back in March my mom and I planned a surprise for my sister and dad. I would come home to Connecticut for Memorial Day weekend to surprise them.  My sister goes to school in Minnesota and was only home for a week in between the end of the semester and her internship. Since we weren’t telling her we figured why not keep it a secret from dad too.

Although it went a bit differently than planned, the surprise still worked! My flight was supposed to leave Reagan at 10:05 pm, but with all the crazy thunderstorms going on, the departure board looked like this:

Airport DelaysMy 10:05 flight was delayed to 10:50, then 11:05, back to 10:50 then 11:20. Once we actually got on the plane, air traffic control put a hold on all flights going the direction we were due to some isolated storms. We finally took off around 12:30 am, flew faster than normal and landed in Hartford at 1:15 am.  Surprisingly it wasn’t as bumpy of a ride as I was expecting but I still felt much better being on the ground! By the time I got to my parent’s house it was 2 in the morning so everyone was asleep. The surprise waited until morning when they woke up. Both of them had no idea I was coming and my sister even had a few tears, especially when I told her I’d made a few appointments for us to go shopping for wedding dresses.

Other than the rainy weather on Saturday and Sunday, it was a nice to spend the weekend at home and see my family and dog. I even got some exercise in. Mom, Molly and I went to yoga on Saturday morning and Monday morning at The Yoga Shop.

Tired Gertie

Such a tough life of napping for Gertie

Friday Lunch at Higashi

Sushi Lunch


Dress Shopping (didn’t buy this one)

Dress Shopping

At Stars of Avon

Bowling at Foxwoods Casino

Bowling at Foxwoods

Classy, right?

On Monday the sun came out just long enough for me to get sunburned and enjoy one of these:

Beer on the PatioAfter that it was time for my flight back to DC sitting in front of the screaming baby.  At least the flight was on time?

Who else is excited for a 4 day work week?

Kansas City BBQ

We are attending a wedding in Kansas City this weekend of a friend of ours from high school.  The whole trip worked out extremely well as I was already coming out to Topeka for work, so I could just stay through the weekend.  Zac was able to come in earlier which saved on the flight and also got to spend some time with the groom yesterday.

I worked a half day at the office and then we made the trip from Topeka to Kansas City.  We arrived at the hotel around one in the afternoon and headed out for a late lunch and to explore the area.

KC Skyline

We are staying at a Courtyard Marriott and the room has a great view of downtown.  We’re sharing it with another friend so with 3 people in the room it’s a bit of a mess already!

After lunch, we headed into downtown Kansas City.  We wandered around a bit and visited to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

College Basketball Hall of Fame

ShootingAfter the Hall of Fame we rushed over to make the last tour of the day at Boulevard Brewery.  The tour was about 45 minutes and afterwards we got to try four beers of our choice.  I tried the Test Nelson, 80 Acre Wheat, Dry Stout and Tank 7.

Brewery Tour

For dinner, we went to get some authentic Kansas City BBQ at Jack Stack.  We split the Roundup combo.  It had ribs, sliced pork, sliced beef, sliced ham and three sides.  So much food! We left stuffed with deliciousness.

BBQ Dinner

Off to bed, we’ve got a wedding to go to tomorrow!