Disney (4-6)

Wrapping up the rest of the trip in one post! Our next day took us back to Epcot.

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We did some rides and a lot of walking around World Showcase. Dinner was at Chefs de la France, which was phenomenal. Such good food throughout the trip!

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Turned into a viking for a moment.

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Then we headed back to Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks. I don’t care how old or young you are, the fireworks at Disney World are MAGICAL.

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The next day was another double header at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The day took us to Pandora where we got to explore a bit in the light of day and try out the other ride- not as fun. Thanks to FASTPASS, we got to ride Flight of Passage again and we were just as amazed!

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I also had my first dole whip, which was too sweet!

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Since we were sitting in the front row, we had to take this obligatory photo.

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For our last day, we went back to Magic Kingdom.

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It was HOT, so we took a leisurely stroll. Thankfully, we were able to fit in a lot already, so we just hit up the big rides we wanted to ride again. On our way out, I snapped this photo.

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It was another amazing vacation with my favorite people in the world!

Disney Day 3

Our first Magic Kingdom day was a mad-rush to rope drop a few of the major rides before breakfast. But first, we had to take in this sight.

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We were successful as we walked onto Splash Mountain and then Thunder Railroad. Breakfast was at Be Our Guest, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The food was delectable, the theming beautiful.

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Ran into some pictures of my favorite characters while waiting in (long) lines.

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Including this guy.

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Mom made us take the obligatory siblings by the castle pic. Though the sun was too bright to snap a decent one!

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At Animal Kingdom, we waited in line to go on the Pandora ride Flight of Passage. I’m not a huge Avatar fan, but you don’t have to be in order to enjoy this ride. It was INCREDIBLE. The best ride I’ve ever been on and it makes me SO excited to see the future of rides.

Cheers!

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Disney Day 2

Sorry for the delay in posting, it’s been a bit busy starting a new job and adopting this little guy.

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His name is Simba Charles Weasley and he’s the sweetest thing. He’s already settled in and is quite rambunctious. I’m sure there will be many Simba and Caitlin adventures to report.

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Back to Disney 2017! Day 2 found us park hopping, splitting our day between Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

First up, a nice family photo. I’m still soaked from the river rapids ride, as you can tell.

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We went on the safari early enough in the morning that all the animals were out and social. The giraffes and lions were the best to see!

Tips on a great quick service meal in Animal Kingdom: Flame Tree BBQ. Delicious, enough to share for two, and a thrifty use of the meal plan!

Someone was really afraid on the Dinosaur ride…the other was faking it.

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We didn’t get to go on the Pandora ride that day, but I’ll get to that when we get to tomorrow’s recap! Once we had our fill of the animals, we hopped on over to Hollywood Studios.

Things looked a bit familiar…

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Ran into this guy.

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We went on all the big rides- Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Star Tours- before going to Mama Melrose’s for a nice Italian dinner. There were hopes to go back to Animal Kingdom for a late night in line for Pandora, but we were tired and wanted to wake up to rope drop Magic Kingdom the next day!

weekend warrior

Welcome back from the weekend…was it all you hoped it would be?

Friday kicked things off with a movie night among friends. A group of us went to see Girls Trip, which was hilarious! I seriously haven’t laughed that hard in forever.

On Saturday morning, I livened things up with a delicious batch of pancakes- which I really thought I had snapped a pic of to show you….

After, I cleaned up my apartment with Friends playing in the background. In the late afternoon, I headed over to my friend’s place to drink wine, eat Chipotle, and watch Forensic Files.

Sunday involved a lazy morning of laying in bed reading before I made scrambled eggs and toast. I fit in a solid workout of strength training and running.

That afternoon, I drove up to Griffith Observatory with my friend to check out some views.


The rest of the evening was all about relaxation and movies.

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday!

When I looked back at my phone to write up this post, I really thought there would be more pictures to share, but I was wrong.

I hope you get really jazzed for this single photo of pancakes.

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Now that I think about it, I did take a lot of pictures, but on Snapchat or Instagram Stories, so they’re lost in the Internet abyss now.

On Friday, I headed over to my friend’s house for some wine and My Favorite Murder talk. That sounds terrifying, but it’s actually a podcast that I am currently obsessed with. I’m new to the phenomenon to the show and it seems like a great idea to binge-listen to a bunch of episodes until I crawl into bed and turn my light off at night.

Friday into Saturday, I woke up to use the restroom in the middle of the night and twisted my ankle. I’m still not sure what happened, and I had just been congratulating myself on six years of some heavy workouts without injury, but I think my leg must have been asleep or I was still half asleep and I crumpled. Thankfully, I got a wrap for it and was able to exercise without any pain.

Saturday, I woke up to enjoy some waffles and a workout that left me a sweaty mess in the best of ways. After some leisure time, I headed over to a friend’s house to hop in their pool (no underwater dunking for this blonde who does not want to be green-headed), wine, food, and laughter.

When I checked my phone Sunday morning, I could have sworn it said 6:00am, but then I glanced at it again, seemingly mere minutes later, it was 8:00am! Not sure if I fell asleep and didn’t realize or it took my phone a minute to wake up, but wow, mind meld. It was a quiet morning in which I made pancakes and listened to My Favorite Morning, sweated it out, grocery shopped, and did a mixture of things like writing and reading the rest of Sunday because it was hot.

Now we’re back to Monday. Have a great week!

beachin’ weekend

Time is flying and here we are at Monday again! First, I want to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad who is the very best!

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On Friday night, I got out of work and had dinner and a movie with my cousin Meghan. We saw Rough Night, which was funny but not the best. I will say I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in awhile though, so it’s worth seeing.

Saturday morning was all about relaxation, starting with a wonderful night’s rest and followed up with a breakfast. That afternoon, I headed downtown to Tacolandia, which meant endless tacos. We  learned that tacos are not something you can or should binge eat and we got full quickly.

That night, I headed over to a friend’s house where we had great conversation, yummy wine, and a fun movie with Scream 2.

The next day was beach day! My friend Brad and I headed to Manhattan Beach where the sun was shining and the waves were perfect.

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I haven’t been in water that warm in maybe forever, but it was fabulous! After, we headed to Palos Verdes to check out the cliff views.

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And to climb on some rocks.

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On the way back, I was checking out any damage to my hair when I caught this picture. My eyes are terrifying! (so of course I had to share).

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Sunday night consisted of dinner, Sex and the City, meal prep, and relaxation.

Cheers to the new week!

weekend, workout, and waffles

And here we are again at Monday…no complaints because I had a fine weekend for myself.

On Friday, I’d been battling a headache, so I went to the gym after work to try and work it off. When in doubt, I usually can fight things off with a solid workout, and I was right! There’s nothing quite like a hard-hitting strength workout followed up by a sweaty run to get you into the Friday vibes. The rest of Friday included a casual evening of good food, tv watching, and SLEEP. I cannot emphasize my love for going to sleep on a Friday night knowing there is nothing pressing on Saturday. GLORIOUS.

The difference between my Friday night dinner:

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Is in the side dish:

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Both were delicious and celebratory as Saturday was National Waffle Day.

On Saturday, I nailed a shoulder, ab/adductor, glute, and core workout before hitting the spin bike for a HIIT ride. I walked to and from the gym to fit in some extra rays (I’m hoping my east-coasters will find me TAN when I go home for a wedding next month – if you comment on it then, you get a cookie because then I know you’re reading my blog). Next, I headed to an LA staple, the Getty Museum in the Hollywood Hills (I think). My friend and I took the architecture tour which was interesting. Art is not my thing exactly, but I have more maturity than I did in the third grade (sort-of) and was able to appreciate it more. Would still rather be seeing a Broadway show to fill my culture quota, but I’m afraid that the closest this girl gets to “cultured” is pop.

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That view though!

My friend and I ate dinner at a cheesy Italian restaurant before driving back. We passed a man dressed in full Jester costume, with make-up, hanging out under the freeway, and it was spooky. Yay for expressing yourself? So long as there’s no nefarious deeds being done.

This is what I enjoyed while watching my show, curled up on the couch.

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Yup, that is fact. It has a slightly different texture than regular ice cream, but it’s still delicious. For the record, I did not eat it all in one sitting, although, I totally could have.

I enjoyed sleeping in again on Sunday before I woke up for some pancakes. I’m obsessed with my small pan because it makes the perfect omelette, as evidenced in the two above pictures. After I digested, it was time for a run.

I wish I snapped a picture because I ran along the bike path (it’s allowed, I checked), which is by a river. It eventually leads to the ocean, but I wasn’t up for that yet. It’s quick-ish on a bike, but a bit far for a run (for me) to and fro. I also got in some at-home yoga, which felt like a nice stretch and extended my sweat time for a bit.

For fuel, I gobbled down a pb&j, showered, then headed out to treat myself to a massage. It was just what I needed. At work, I am constantly on my feet and running around, and I add some grueling, yet satisfying workouts six days a week, so my body needed some love. For whatever reason, I carry my stress (which to be fair, isn’t a lot, but it exists) in my top left shoulder. When I was at a job I was stressing over a few years ago, I had to ask the masseuse to stop as he prodded my knots, but these ones were easy-peasy.

The stress-relief lasted until I tried to find a parking spot at Trader Joes, but fortunately, it didn’t take too long and I quickly grabbed my things and got home.

It was time for whatever I was making in this bad-boy (lunches for the week and Sunday night’s dinner).

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Chicken chili, served this evening with a handful of tortilla chips.

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Chock full of veggies – collard greens, red bell peppers, zucchini, and corn – beans – black and red – and chicken! SO good and SO easy. I had shopped the night before for a few items I needed so that I could toss everything together in the morning. Meal prep = simple and healthy with a crockpot.

The rest of the evening was productive with laundry and writing. I’ve given myself a homework assignment that I’ll fill you in on later in the week. Don’t fret, it’s the good kind.

Happy Monday!