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Kicking off the Long Weekend!

Good morning and happy Friday/July 4th weekend!!!!!!!! YESSS. I am so excited for the weekend even though I don’t have any grand plans, I am NOT traveling so that is getting me very excited. I literally traveled for every single weekend in June, starting with a work conference, then a bachelorette party, then father’s day, then visiting my boyfriend’s mom. It was all pretty fun (minus the work portion) but I am so ready to relax and just stay put! PLUS, Tuesday is my birthday so lots of celebrating coming up… 🙂

Last night was so fun. My former boss took me and my old coworkers out for drinks at the Sofitel for my birthday. Here’s a picture of Noelie, Traci, and I.

We had such a nice time catching up, and the weather outside was incredible. I had two martinis that were probably the best cocktails I’ve ever had in my life.

It was called a Westside Smash, “Hand pressed cucumber and mint, Ketel One Vodka”. It was so delicious that I ordered a second one of the same thing even though their whole drink menu looked inviting. We got two appetizers to share, the mini crabcakes:

And the 5 cheese plate:

We ate every last bite of cheese and crabcake, and both were really delicious.

I left still a little hungry though since we had shared those two between the four of us, and when I called my boyfriend to see where he was, he was at Harry’s Tap Room with the girls about to eat dinner. It was on my way home, so I joined them. I ended up ordering the veggie burger, which was kidney beans and corn with some other veggies mixed in, and it came with fries and an aioli sauce.

I ended up eating just half the bun, most of the burger, and none of the aioli. I had a few of the fries but not much… I was kind of surprised with myself because I can’t normally control myself with french fries, but I was just not that hungry so I kept giving them away so that they wouldn’t be in front of me, and I only ended up eating 1/4 – 1/3 of them.

This morning I made myself a cereal yogurt mess which was delicious and really point friendly considering how much food it was!

In the mix:

It was SO good! The Cinnamon Crunch cereal tastes a lot like Cinnamon Toast Crunch but its only 2 points for a cup and organic, so healthier. The peach was from my CSA yesterday and was juicy and soooo delicious. That bowl was really filling since the greek yogurt is packed with protein, but also completely delicious. I ate it out on my balcony while watching some planes take off since I can see the airport from there. Very nice way to start the day. 🙂

Today I’m actually leaving work early to use the last of my comp time from Oklahoma City, and the girls are in a fashion show since today is the last day of Fashion Camp! I’m going to go see them and then hopefully hit afternoon Bikram and go see a movie outside later tonight. I can’t wait for 1pm!! 🙂

What are you looking forward to most about the long weekend? Me? Not traveling and the gorgeous weather coupled with pool time!

Two Showers

And I thought yesterday was hot… Nothing compared to today so far. I woke up early to go for a run since I have a happy hour after work, and I thought I’d be OK since it was 7am… not so.

Last night after work I went over my friend Rachel’s new apartment who I haven’t seen in months! We hung out by the pool for a little bit but I was getting eaten alive by bugs, so we went inside instead to make dinner. I just watched but this dinner was DELICIOUS and seemed pretty easy!

In a food processor, she put:

– sun dried tomatoes

– olive oil

– breadcrumbs

And then added some parsley to the mix, and coated two tilapia filets. She just pan fried it and made some green beans to go on the side.

I don’t know what the proportions of ingredients were for this, but it tasted DELICIOUS. I didn’t think there was any way I could finish the piece of fish since it was pretty huge, but I inhaled it with no problem at all. I’ll definitely be trying to recreate something similar and will share ratios and WW points once I make it myself. Yum.

So this morning as I mentioned above, I woke up before 7 to go out for a run. I didn’t even check the weather but did drink a huge glass of water before I went. I decided to do 4 miles today since I woke up a little earlier, and from the second I stepped outside I could not believe how hot it already was! I made it through the first 2 miles no problem and then turned around to head back, and I was just having the hardest time. I kept saying “You can do this” over and over in my head, and then I made it to the 3.1 mile mark, but I knew if I started walking it would just take me longer to get home. I saw 3.2 on my Garmin and kept going, then 3.5, then 3.65 and I just could not run anymore. I stopped to walk, for the first time ever on a run! I literally had no choice – – I was parched, hot, sweaty, and just miserable. You gotta listen to your body sometimes when it says no, so I did and walked the last .5 miles home.

Here were the stats:

Distance: 4.14 miles

Duration: 47:10

Avg. Pace: 5.3mph

Avg. Speed 11:23mph

Calories: 497

It’s crazy how that last .5 miles brought down my pace and speed SO much. The first 3 miles were 6.1 mph 6.1mph and 5.9 mph, and then the 4th mile was 5.0 mph. I was so happy I ran since I didn’t work out yesterday and have plans after work, but man that was rough.

One of the things I do whenever I’m working out is think about what I want to eat afterwards to help me get through. This morning I was trying to think of what to have for breakfast, and for some reason my mind was saying Blueberries with Milk, eaten like cereal. I’m not sure why but it is just what I was craving. For good measure, I added 1/2 cup fiber one cereal, and then 1 cup each of light soy milk and blueberries to the mix.

The picture makes it look like there’s more cereal than blueberries, but the blueberries cover the whole bottom of the bowl. This bowl was only 2 points total and while a little strange, totally hit the spot.

After I ate and showered, I decided to run and pick up my farm share for this week. It was more substantial than the last few weeks and is a good mix of veggies and fruit.

I got:

  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Green Onions
  • Basil Plant
  • Apricots
  • Yellow Plums (babies!)

I am pretty excited to try the plums because I’ve never had them before – – and I haven’t had a fresh apricot in AGES so I can’t wait to dive into those either. I now have 3 herbs that I’ve been watering but NEED to plant from the last few weeks at the CSA – cilantro, chives, and now basil.

Walking home from the CSA, I started profusely sweating. Like sweat dripping down my face and back so I had to stop to wipe myself off a few times. No joke. I ended up making it back to my apartment in much worse shape than I had left, so I had to take a second shower! It is that hot out… crazy.

After I got to my desk I was still a bit hungry, so I had some watermelon (fresh from a NJ farm stand) with a few more blueberries. (2 more points)

So good and refreshing.

My plan is to go back to Weight Watchers today over lunch….. EEK. I haven’t been since April 1st, but I need to suck it up and cross of this June goal while it’s still June! Plus, I’m still paying for it, so it’s time.

After I get back from weighing in and eating lunch, I’ll post my game plan for getting to my goal weight/fitting in my bridesmaid dress by August 7th.. stay tuned!

College Again?

Today has been a little bit of a slow start after last night’s festivities. It was a fun night and celebrating was in order because one of my best friends graduated from law school yesterday!! Let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

After work, I came home and made a quick snack to tide me over.

Almond Butter + Crofters Europe on Whole Wheat Potato Bread with a glass of Almond Milk. Then I went and got a pedicure since the pool opens this weekend, plus my eyebrows done. It was fun and while getting my toes done, I finished reading Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult. This book was pretty slow to start and took me a while to get into, but then it got really good and I couldn’t put it down about half way through. She’s one of my favorite authors and I’d never even heard of this book, but I found it in my Community Book Room.

After that, the boyfriend and I went and got a bite to eat at Hamlet, a bar/restaurant close to our apartment. I had a few glasses of wine, and got a fire roasted artichoke to start.

I shared, but probably ate about 2/3 of this. It was pretty good but I would have liked it to be cooked a bit more so the edible parts were a little softer. I also ordered a half salad:

Which was pretty big for a half size! It had greens, candied pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, and goat cheese. I ordered the dressing on the side but didn’t use it because there was a lot going on in the salad as it was. It was delish! The only problem was it had chicken in it and I didn’t realize it until it came out the first time, so I had to send it back.

After that, I went and met the new JD in DC for some drinks at Madhatter. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I was in college again – not getting home until after 2am! I can’t even tell you the last time I was out that late. It felt like being back in college! Here’s a pic of us girls at the bar:

Jess (the law school grad!!), Lianne, Me, and Katie (Jess’s little sis).

And that’s one of Lianne, me, and my vodka soda. 😉

Since I got home so late, I slept later than I have in years – until almost 12!! I woke up earlier than that but wasn’t feeling so hot so made myself go back to sleep and when I woke up for the final time I was feeling pretty good. I decided to have a stabilizing breakfast (slash lunch) which was actually delicious.

I pan fried an egg and melted some cheese on top, and then placed it on a bed of microgreens for an egg sandwich.

It was on Whole Wheat Potato Bread and reallly hit the spot.

I also had a sliced up apple to go with the egg sandwich.

Yum. I have been slacking a lot on cooking lately but I’m hoping to get back into it this weekend. I am so excited to have 3 days off and my boyfriend actually has the whole weekend off too! Not sure exactly what today will bring, but we might go thriftin’, shop for a few more plants, and get geared up for a little Memorial Day Party that we’re having on Monday with some friends by the pool. Today is kind of gloomy and overcast, but tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be really hot and sunny, so hopefully I’ll log some hours by the pool. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

Splurge

Hiya! Sorry I disappeared yesterday, but the night got away from me and then when I finally came around to post my internet wasn’t working. I went to sleep hoping the problem would be fixed in the morning, and luckily, it’s working.

Before leaving work yesterday, I had a snack because I knew I was going to go on a bike ride as soon as I got home. My favorite flavor of Chobani – the honey kind, was waiting for me, along with a crushed Weetabix biscuit and a kiwi.

I’ve seen a lot of people eat their kiwis with the skin on, and to be honest, it kind of grosses me out, but yesterday I decided to give it a try mostly out of laziness. I didn’t really feel like peeling the kiwi because the knives at work are really hard to work with, so I just sliced it up. And you know, it wasn’t that bad. I still can’t imagine eating a kiwi apple-style with the skin on like a lot of people do, but when its sliced up you barely notice the skin. Apparently there’s a lot of extra nutrients in the skin, plus its super easy to eat it this way as opposed to peeling it.

This yogurt was delicious. The honey kind is definitely my favorite – I love how there’s a pool of honey at the bottom of the cup that sweetens the whole thing. The snack was perfect, too, because it filled me up but was easy on my stomach so I could get moving as soon as I got home. I ended up doing 8.25 miles in 39 minutes. That’s a bit faster than I’ve been going, so I feel like I’m starting to get better and get into the swing of things. When I was on the trail the night before I was struggling a bit with the gears on hills, but I did some poking around online and figured out how to handle them better (ie put it into the gear you want to climb the hill in before you are going up the hill) and things went a lot smoother last night. My friend Amber and I found a point on the trail that’s half way between our apartments, about 4 miles from each, so we met there and then biked back to my place. I took a quick shower because they were supposedly turning our water off last night, but I don’t think they ever did.

We rushed downstairs to the Mexican place to catch the end of the 8pm happy hour. Luckily we made it because the liquor, beer, and margaritas are so cheap for happy hour, and all their apps are half priced. I knew it was going to be a splurge night going into it because there aren’t too many healthy options on the menu. I started off with a rum and diet:

and had one more while we were there. They were only $2 for happy hour! All the appetizers on the menu were your typical Mexican fare, nachos, quesadillas, queso, etc etc, but I also noticed they had black bean soup, so I started off with a cup of that to get something substantial in my stomach.

The soup was actually delicious. It had tons of beans and tomatoes and onions it in and was super chunky. I love it when soup has a lot going on, and the flavor of this was just really good. Then, we ordered the nachos.

Not the healthiest of choices, but they were DELICIOUS. I haven’t had nachos in ages and these were so, so good. I’ve made healthier version of nachos at home which is pretty easy, but they just don’t compare with the melty, cheesy, heavenly ones you get at a Mexican restaurant. 🙂

After our Mexican food fiesta, I ended up heading into DC to meet up with some other girlfriends and had one more drink – an orange vodka with seltzer and a slice of orange. What a difference adding fresh fruit garnish makes! The drink was delish, but after it my stomach started feeling really weird. I think it was the combination of vodka, rum, and nachos… Eek. I ended up coming home instead of going out and laying down.

I woke up today feeling a bit better but my stomach still feels a little off. I was craving something simple for breakfast, so I threw together a yogurt bowl. I used Chobani plain 2% which I haven’t tried before, and it tastes really similar to the 0% to me. I’ve heard it can keep you fuller for longer, so we’ll see how that goes. Into the Chobani, I mixed 1/2 a scoop of protein powder, and then added Crofter’s Asia, almond butter, and pumpkin flax plus granola from the bulk bins at Whole Foods for toppings.

Yum. This granola is really delicious and has pretty good nutritionals for granola. 1/2 a cup has 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber, and I used more like 1/4 a cup. It’s really crunchy and the pumpkin flavor is mild, but it added a really nice touch to my yogurt.

I’m now sipping some coffee out of Daisy

I’m not sure what today will bring, but that is making me SO happy. Today is my first day off in 13 days so just relaxing and having nothing on my schedule is exactly what I need.

Happy Weekend!!

Potluck Recap and Perfect Oatmeal

Morning! It’s so weird to me that it’s Friday because it does not feel like it! That probably has something to do with the fact that I have to work both Saturday and Sunday because of the conference… Tomorrow 1:45 – 9ish, then Sunday 10-1 or 2, so not so bad.

Last night’s Potluck Dinner was really fun! We all agreed next time we’ll have to do a better job planning because the meal wasn’t too balanced, but everything was delicious. The Sweet Potato Balls turned out well!

They were hot and crispy after I baked them for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I think I might tweak the recipe a bit next time and add some more seasoning, but they had a really good texture. I had rolled them in flax, and to make them a bit crunchier, I might do half flax, half panko next time I try them. I served them with yellow mustard as a dipping sauce and they went pretty quick!

The main course was linguini with homemade sauce. I haven’t had homemade sauce in so long and it was delicious! I watched Steph make it, and it was so simple, so I’m not sure why I don’t do it more.

The bowl was a lot bigger than it appears, and we devoured it all. Steph sauteed some mushrooms and onions to put on top of the pasta, along with torn basil and fresh grated parmesan. So, so good. I had a hefty serving.

Kat made a Couscous Salad that had onions, feta, peas, dried blueberries, raisins, and cranberries.

It was really tasty on its own, and some people added soy sauce as a condiment but I just ate it as is. I never think to put dried fruit in my couscous salad and it worked so well so I would definitely make something similar to this again. Also, you can never go wrong with cheese, so the feta in there was great.

There was also Lianne’s spinach dip which sadly, I forgot to snap a picture of. It was soooo good and we ate it straight out of the oven. I was so excited to try it because she made it for a party last weekend that I missed because my parents were in town, and there were rave reviews. I ate it way too quickly after it came out of the oven though and burnt my mouth! It’s still burnt, which is making drinking coffee this morning a little challenging. 🙂 She brought some Amy’s pita chips over that went perfect with the dip.

For dessert, Jess made a pie with fresh fruit and vanilla pudding mixed with cool whip.

Mmm. She also brought some ice cream to eat with it and I ate some of that, too. We also had plenty of wine and I had two glasses of red.

So as you can see, everything in itself was awesome, but we were lacking a little bit in the veggie/salad department and not at all in the carb department. (Unless you count the artichokes and spinach in the dip?!) The biggest problem was that everything was too good so I ate too much and left feeling overly stuffed and a little sick to my stomach. I had a 10-15 minute walk to the metro though, which helped me feel a little bit better. The potluck was so fun though and I can’t wait to do one again.

This morning was another very early morning, so I decided to stop at Starbucks to try their “Perfect Oatmeal” because though the oatmeal yesterday from the hotel was good, it was $15 with delivery, service charge, etc. Crazy! It was good, but not $15 good. 🙂 I was pretty impressed by Starbucks oatmeal. It was instant, which I rarely if ever have, but in a pinch, I would definitely get it again.

They give you brown sugar, dried fruit, and almonds and walnuts for toppings. There are calorie counts on everything, 50 for the brown sugar and 100 for the dried fruit and nuts. I used it all.

It was actually really good, especially for instant! I think the toppings really made it, and I’m still feeling pretty full. I loved that there were a lot of different things going on in the oatmeal, so each bite was a little different.

I also got a banana at Starbucks, but haven’t eaten it yet.

The oatmeal and banana together were only $3.65 with tax! I’m excited about this because there’s a Starbucks close to my office and while homemade is definitely cheaper, its good to know there’s a quick, cheap and healthy breakfast option if I’m running late.

On a side note, though yesterdays intervals were killer, I am feeling really good today! I’m not sore at all, even though death felt pretty imminent towards the end of those 2 minute sprint intervals. 😉

Happy Friday!

Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Race Recap

Hi! I did it!!! 🙂

I’m so happy and the race went so well. The biggest issue is that I only ended up getting 2 hours of sleep last night because my body decided last night would be the best night to have a coughing attack ALL NIGHT. Ugh. It was a nightmare, but I woke up after those 2 hours feeling pretty excited about the race, despite the fact that I only got a few hours. I set out all my race gear last night so this morning would be a breeze:

My sneakers with my D-Tag, my bib number, running capris, shirt, and sports bra, my garmin, socks, my knee strap, sports beans for the run, and the body glide. I set my alarm for 6am and woke up fairly easily despite the circumstances. I put together my go-to pre-run fuel:

A toasted bagel thin with almond butter, a few sliced strawberries, and a sliced kiwi. The fruit varies, but I love to have a bagel thin or arnold thin with some kind of nut butter. Yum. After that, my parents met me and we took the metro to the race site. The metro got more and more crowded as we got closer, and then once we got to the Smithsonian stop the whole platform was full of people. I tried to snap a picture but it was too dark. Luckily the race was only a short walk from the stop, so we headed over to the staging area. I’ve never run in such a big race before, so this was my first time with running corals. All the other races I’ve run just had everyone line up as they wished, but I really liked the corals. Here I am in mine:

I was in the Green Wave, which was the 10 minute mile pace. Though I had my Garmin so I could tell how fast I was going, it was nice to be around runners in the same pace range because in all the other races I had no idea how fast people around me were going. I found it was easier to pace myself this way. The race itself was along a gorgeous 10 mile route all around the city. We went over several bridges and it was a really scenic and nice view. If you’re interested, you can see the exact course here. And the day was seriously the best weather you could ask for. It was around 55-60 degrees, sunny, and just perfect running weather. I stopped twice during the race – once to tie my shoe, and once to use the porta potty around Mile 8. I also stopped at 4 of the water stations and had water at the first two, and gatorade at the second two. I ate 2/3 of this bag of sports beans during the run:

Overall, I felt really good during the run, though I was pretty happy when I was getting close to the end. The only thing that was a little negative was just that there were SO many people running (15,000 in total!) that there were many times when I wanted to be going faster and I couldn’t because there were just so many people. In other races I’ve run, it has been that way for the first 1-2 miles but then it spreads out, but I felt like it was really crowded all the way to the finish line. I don’t have my official chip time yet, but with the two stops my Garmin said around 1hour41 minutes. I’m pretty happy with that, which is just around a 10 minute pace.

Once I crossed the finish line, I ran into my mom and she gave me a banana which I inhaled quickly. There was muffins and bananas at the end but it was really hard to get to them, but I did grab a few of the bottles of water, which were commemorative for the race:

I love stuff like that. I guess that kind of makes up for the lack of any swag in our “Goodie Bags” (what the official race email called them!).

And then, my best friends surprised me at the finish line!! I was so excited and couldn’t believe they came out so early to support me. It meant the world to me. 🙂

That’s Jess, Me, Lianne, and Leah. Leah is visiting from NYC but went to college with us, too. She’s been here this weekend but I haven’t gotten to see that much of her since my parents were visiting, so it was so nice to get to see her today.  I was so surprised and so happy they came out.

And of course, my parents have been there with me since 6:30am this morning taking the metro in. It was so nice that they came and I had someone to ride to the race with since I wasn’t running it with anyone. It was also pretty great that I could give them my bag to hold with my keys and phone and camera… and having someone to take some pics of me wasn’t so bad either. (Thanks Dad!)

After we visited with my friends for a bit, we took the metro home and I made a huge Green Monster.

This one had:

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 frozen banana (that’s all there was!)
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 packet Amazing Grass
  • 2 handfuls of spinach

I’m now icing my knee and about to jump in the shower and go to a farewell brunch with my parents before they get on the road home.

I’m so excited that I did it!!! Ahh!!

Juice Joint (Again)

Hi! It’s funny how it can go from so hot you are sweating just thinking about being outside, to so chilly you need a coat from one day to the next. DC will do that to you. If you couldn’t guess, its quite cool here today and my body is having a hard time adjusting! After my morning bowl of oats, I had a pink lady apple for a snack.

I wasn’t even that hungry for it, but I had it on my desk and it kept looking at me, so I couldn’t resist. 😉 It was really good, sweeter than a fuji but still crunchy. Mmm.

I got to meet my friend Leah who is visiting from out of town for lunch, along with our friend Rachel (who’s also local). We were trying to decide where to go, so I suggested the Juice Joint Cafe.

It’s close to work, delicious and healthy. I’m always baffled by how long the line is every time I go, yet how quick the people at the registers tackle the line. I never wait for more than a few minutes to order or to get my meal. I was toying with the idea of going with my usual Mozzarella and Roasted Veggie Sandwich, but today I went out on a limb and tried something new. I got the Roasted Portabello and Red Pepper Wrap.

This has roasted portabello mushrooms, red peppers, and goat cheese and is tossed with mixed greens in balsamic vinaigrette. It comes on a wrap of your choice, and I went with the wheat.

It was as good as it looks and sounds! It was pretty big, but lots of veggies so I felt full but not uncomfortably so. I love goat cheese and red peppers and portabello mushrooms, so this wrap was pretty much made for me. 😉 And catching up with my friends involved a lot of talking so I ate pretty slow which is always a good thing. I also had a bottle of the bubbly poland spring that I love:

Mmm love this place!

Change of plans for tonight.. we’re going to cook dinner for my parents instead of eating at the restaurant because Wil actually has to help out there tomorrow night, so we’ll probably go tomorrow night instead. We’re going to do whole fish tonight so I have to run home after work, pick up some last minute things for dinner, and then run around and do some last minute cleaning around the apartment before they arrive. Wish me luck!

Smells like Shamu!

Today is a gorgeous day outside, so Emily and I decided to go for a walk before lunch to soak it in. I work right near the White House so we have this loop we like to do and there are always so many tourists. For some reason, it always cracks me up when I see people on Segways:

Though I guess its a good way to explore a new city (but walking would be better!). And it’s really spring time in DC.. flowers are starting to bloom! So exciting.

And here Emily and I are enjoying our quick walk outside:

Do you notice how my collar bone wounds look even worse!? It seriously looks like I got attacked by a vampire or something of that nature. Last night when my boyfriend got home, he goes “Wow! Those look so bad!” before “Hi” or anything… thanks chef! 😉

Now onto my eats, but a little story first. Several months ago, I brought leftover shrimp in for lunch and heated it up in the office kitchen. I was really self-conscious about it smelling like fish, so I asked a few people if it smelled while still in the kitchen. They said no (probably just to be nice), so I came back to my cube and before I could even sit down, not one, but TWO people said, “OMG! What is that smell!?” And someone else, “EW! It smells like Shamu!” (I, too, laughed a little at the second comment). So, embarrassed, I darted back to the conference room and ate my lunch in there with my head hung low (not really). That was the first and last time I’ve ever brought fish in for lunch.

So, sad part here is, when I make fish for dinner, I can’t bring leftovers in for lunch the next day so it messes me up (aka the mussels from last night). I pulled out some of the leeks before adding the mussels last night and set them aside for lunch today, but then had to figure something else out for the main event. I went with another one of those Turk’y California Grillers by Morningstar Farms.

I toasted an arnold thin, spread on a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (1/2 on each side), and put it on top of a huge bed of sprouts. I also cut up an orange on the side.

And had some leftover leeks from last night:

‘Twas a very satisfying lunch, and much more balanced colors than yesterday, no?

The laughing cow cheese worked really well on this sandwich, definitely better than the soy cheese earlier in the week. The flavor just made the griller pop. And these oranges I got at Whole Foods and so juicy and delicious. Yum!

Do you have things you will eat at home but not at the office? For me, its fish that needs to be heated, but I’ve had canned salmon or tuna before no problem. I also won’t make butter popcorn in the office because I think it smells so much (in an amazing way) and every time someone else makes it, I want it, so I figure it’s not really fair for me to do it. But I looove fish and popcorn at home (though not usually together)!

Check ya later!

Front Page

Turns out my idea to want to sit out outside for drinks was not a unique one last night 😉

We decided to go to the Front Page in Dupont Circle and the whole patio was packed.

Since I was the first one there, I put our name in and they said it would be an hour wait for a table outside. Since none of my other friends were there yet, I decided to just wait outside and read the Women’s Health magazine I had in my purse while I waited for them. I realized I was getting super hungry and was happy to find this in my purse

So good! I hadn’t tried this flavor before and I really liked it.

Our table was ready but none of my friends had arrived yet and I think the hostess was doubting I actually had any friends coming. ha. I ordered a glass of house red to start

and ended up having 2 more and a vodka soda while we were there. My friend Rachel was the first to arrive, so when she got there we decided to order some food and went with the Mediterranean platter.

Delicious! It had falafel, olives, hummus, babaganoush, tazatziki, and pita. We ordered some extra pita because by the time we were done with the bread there was still a ton of dip left. And, we got a side of fries

Lianne and Jess ended up making it after we were almost done with the food and we stayed for a few hours. Here were are right as we were finishing up at Front Page

Thats me, Jess, Rachel and Lianne. We had such a good time and it had been a while since we were all together. We ended up heading to Lianne’s new apartment afterwards and hung out there for a bit before heading home.

Today I got to sleep in late (~10am) and that felt SO good! On the agenda for today is getting a workout in and then going to get a haircut! I always get so nervous when getting my hair done for some reason, but I reallly need it. It’s also supposed to be 76 and sunny today so I’d like to get some time in outside. Come back later for pictures (new hair and food!) and a step by step Green Monster photo montage. Hope you enjoy your Saturday!

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