Happy New Year!

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2017 was filled with lots of ups and downs, as all years are. I’m thankful for everything that’s happened and I’m looking forward to 2018.

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I hope your new year is filled with love, happiness, and health.

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Happy Birthday!

Happiest of birthdays to this kid:

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Who now looks like this:

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You keep on making your big sisters feel old, but also proud. I can’t believe you’re 21!

In non-related news, I am currently nursing a painful lower body injury that I’m hoping doesn’t last long. I’m not sure what the source of the pain is as it started in my foot and some how traveled up to my left hip and mid-lower back. Ouch! It really flared up when I started to lift this morning, so I stopped and stretched, then stuck to a half hour of cardio to try to warm up the muscles. Listen to your body!

My lunch was this stir fry made with teriyaki ginger chicken meatballs, zoodles, pepper, carrots, and spinach.

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Before I leave you on this Thursday, I saw this post on my Facebook newsfeed and I can’t deny how much I identify with this child.

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Have a drink for Jimmy tonight!

Happy Birthday, Maura

Today marks the birthday of one of my very favorite people in this world. Thanks for the many trips to New York, Connecticut, into Boston, and at the Stage Door; for being a voice of reason and support; a vote of constant confidence and wisdom; for being the best cousin and Godmother; and for your overall kindness and brilliance.

May your day be as wonderful as you are, Maura (although I don’t see how that’s possible)!

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Happy birthday!!!

Happy Birthday, Mikey!

So I’ll be honest. November is not only my birthday month. Thanksgiving is *thankfully* far enough away that the anticipation doesn’t overshadow my day of birth, but there is another day in early November that holds a special occasion that has nothing to do with me.

Nothing, except for how much I adore the person it celebrates.

Even though he has moved far away from me for college, I want to honor him on this day. My cousin Mikey is funny, silly, brave, smart, and sassy. We are so similar in some ways, it can be scary and detrimental to anyone who isn’t us.

Mikey has the best Bob’s Burgers impressions and Snapchat game.

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To honor him on this day, I have collected a few pictures of the two of us together that captures our friendship. We can be serious (seriously, there is something mischievous brewing behind these smiles).

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Posers (in a cool sort of way).

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When we team up playing family games (with his sister Erin) we always win, mostly because we come up with more clever ways to cheat.

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Sometimes we do fun (scary) things like ride giant beasts.

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Sometimes we go to movies, like The Hunger Games or Inside Out.

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Mostly, we just have the best time together laughing like crazy.

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Happy birthday, Mikey! Miss ya! (But see you SO soon for the holiday/cousin silliness time!)

*Side note, while scouring through my pictures, I can’t believe how many pictures I have of food and my cat and dog. Sometimes, together.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy birthday to my dad!

He’s a man of few words, so I will try to do the same.

Over the years, he’s held my hand through everything.

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Shown up to every cheerleading competition, played with Barbies, and sat in princess duck boats.

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Supported and pushed me when I needed it.

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Makes me laugh the hardest and has been the most solid, stable person in my life.

Love you, dad! I hope you have a great day!

Bump-y Weekend of Fun

Well, hey. It’s been awhile, which isn’t intentional and I’m not quite sure what happened to delay my posting. All I can say is that I’m back now to our regularly scheduled blogging. October is busy and somehow basically mid-way thru?

Let’s continue with a little weekend recap. Saturday morning started off at work, but after, I rushed home to finish up putting a few things together before hightailing it my friend Katie’s apartment. Our college friend Erin is getting married at the end of this month and we’ve already kicked off some of the celebrations with her bridal shower in August, but this time it was all about the Bachelorette.

My friends from school refer to ourselves as “the core four” as there are four of us who are really close and we’re all bridesmaids (except for the bride of course).

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We started off with a delicious potluck meal that included a buffalo chicken dip, chicken parmesan, pasta, garlic bread, salad, and cupcakes for dessert. Yum!

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I would zero in on the cupcakes, but hey! I made them and I have a hell of a sweet tooth.

Second event on the agenda was an improv show in the city. So freakin’ funny. There’s something about improv that is so raw and re-actional. As a writer, I’m all about the planning and the wording, but it’s so important to have instincts and gut reactions. Color me so so impressed! Definitely something to do again soon! Though I will say they should work on their margarita.

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The rest of the night was focused on celebrating Erin with some drinking and dancing. You have to dance when you drink because you burn off all those calories and it’s just so darn fun. It’s a rule. Look it up!

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The next day, started off with some brunch and lots of water and coffee. I went simple with eggs over easy, toast, sausage, and some home fries. My eggs were half raw, which would never happen in my kitchen. Brunch is about the experience and the people you’re eating with (sometimes) and not always about the food (we’re going with that for now). The woes of being a cook in a restaurant!

Once I got home, I focused some more on rehydrating before I headed out for a run. I am so sick of my feet falling asleep- I know I need new sneakers but I was in denial- but I still made it through a wonderful 6.25 mile run on a gorgeous day. Seriously, the weather this weekend was phenomenal. I walked another two miles home and just enjoyed being outside and listening to my music. Good music is everything when it comes to running and getting in that groove.

I made a hunk of a salad for dinner to pair with the pizza my parents brought home from their lunch. I didn’t have the biggest appetite after running, but the meal hit the spot. For the rest of the night, I watched some episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer  studied (okay, so I did a little studying and a lot of watching). I also wrote quite a bit and ended up falling asleep later than I should have.

Regardless of my late start to sleep, I woke up early on Monday morning for our weekly grocery shopping trip. There was nothing but angst and pain when I realized the store didn’t have blueberries OR raspberries. That is a true nightmare. Thankfully, there were strawberries so I could keep it together. Also, I can eat apples again so we’re all good on the fruit front.

A strength training workout was also on the agenda. Despite feeling tired and somewhat affected still from Saturday night, I killed it at the gym with my lifting session and felt even stronger than last week when I hit a few milestones. To top things off, I worked through a body strength/plyometrics circuit that left me feeling nice, sweaty, and accomplished.

I should mention that I whacked my head yesterday too and am rocking the bruise and bump combination. It really was completely a moment of stupidity because all I did was bend over and knock it off something I knew was there. Whoops. I seemed to sleep fine last night and woke up so I doubt there’s a concussion…

Before work, I had a nap before a productive study session that cleared up a few points I wasn’t grasping before. I just used “before” a lot in that sentence. I was going to change it, but then I decided to mention it, so you can’t judge it. It’s a thing.

So here we are on Tuesday, which feels like a Monday, but we’re already that much closer to another Friday!

I started my day off with an egg and two egg white omelet with chicken sausage and cheese and a fresh homemade whole wheat waffle. Notice the grapes for fruit as there were no berries and the strawberries required a lot of moving other things around to get to them and I was hungry.

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Still delicious and spot-hitting!

Now for even more productivity, less head hitting, and a lovely (albeit rainy) day! Promise I won’t go as long between posts.