Thinking Out Loud: Special Surprise

Thursday comes at a perfect time! Here I go rambling about watermelon, summer and awesome friends. Thanks, Amanda!



1. Surprise packages from friends >>>>>


I came home from a long day of work to a surprise package from one of my best friends. We grew up together and I moved away 6 years ago but we’ve remained really close. Anyway, she sent me gluten free macaroons from a well-known store in New York City. It’s not every day that someone goes out of their way like that, so it made me feel really special. She’s definitely a keeper :)

Also, for someone with a mild sweet tooth I thought they were pretty darn good. The peanut butter was my favorite, obviously.

2. Does anyone watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Well this grandma does not watch it at 11:30 when it airs, but my family records it and we watch it the next night after dinner. Jimmy Fallon is effortlessly cool and you can tell how much he loves his job. Wish I had taken time off from work to go see him while he’s in Orlando!

3. We ate regular burgers for dinner over the weekend but Tuesday night my mom made salmon burgers. YUMMMMM. If you don’t like salmon you probably wouldn’t like them, but if you’re salmon-obsessed (like me) they were heaven. I watched my mom cook and it didn’t look too hard. Which means it’s my turn to make them next.



4. Summer thunderstorms are usually my favorite time of the day, especially when I’m home. But being stuck in traffic on a highway during a storm? Not my cup of tea. I just had to laugh because the rain was pounding down so hard that I could not see a thing. Better to laugh than cry, right? I made it out alive ;)

5. Another watermelon picture because it’s clearly the most important thing in my life (somewhat kidding). On a side note, my family and I have eaten at this dining room table for over 10 years so recently we decided to sand it down and carve our names into it. We also put all of the addresses where the table has lived (4 different places).


6. Confession: I’m a bandwagon soccer fan during the World Cup. While I am a huge sports fan, I’m not typically a soccer fan. However, when the World Cup comes around I go all out for the USA. It is such an exciting event and when the USA played Ghana and I heard all of the chants I got the chills. USA! USA!

Team U.S.A celebrate during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at the Dunas arena

P.S. Anyone else miss Landon Donovan as much as I do?


7. How is summer almost halfway over?! I have to submit my mid-term project for my online class next week. Summer, please slow down.



Any soccer fans out there? 

What do you have planned for the rest of summer?

Green Grass

No I didn’t suddenly decide to start writing about gardening and lawn maintenance. The green grass I’m referring to is from the very popular, commonly cited saying “the grass is always greener on the other side.”


I have very mixed thoughts on this quote for a few reasons, and I often feel childish for voicing them because of the many profound articles about “living in the moment” and “appreciating where you are in life.” Here’s my dilemma: I’m so happy with where I am in life and I have no (realistic) complaints about anything. However, I’ve recently become very curious about what else is out there. There are just so many cities I want to visit and things I want to do that I almost feel guilty for having those desires.

I don’t know if this makes any sense but I’m just going to roll with it….

Growing up, pretty much every adult in my life (parents, teachers, friends, family) preached to me about exploring the world and trying new things in life. I’m a very predictable person and having the desire to do “different” things is not something I’m used to. Typically I have a yearning to do something for a day or two and then I’m over that phase. But these more recent thoughts have been lingering in my brain for a while now.

I want to explore other places to live. I want to experience California, North Carolina, NYC, and Austin, to name a few. I’m not saying the grass is greener in these places, but I honestly just don’t know what the grass even looks like. With the exception of NYC, which I’m very familiar with, I’ve only visited these places on family vacations years ago. All I know about them is from what I read online and hear word-of-mouth. I’m not imagining that my life would be perfect in one of these places, but I’m curious to see what it would be like.

I’m not sure if I’m being naive, but even if I am, isn’t that part of growing up and “discovering yourself?” Who knows if I’ll even like these places, but how will I know if I don’t see for myself. After moving 5 times in my life trust me, I know that moving doesn’t solve any problems. But I’m not looking for solutions to problems. I honestly love where I am in life, literally and figuratively. I know “the grass is greener where you water it,” so I don’t really know what I’m looking for. Maybe I’m just looking for a vacation? But I don’t think that’s it…I have an itch to explore the country.


What are your thoughts on “the grass being greener?”

Where would you like to explore?

Simple and Wonderful Weekend

Come Friday afternoons I’m exhausted. Like sit-on-the-couch-all-night exhausted.

Some people use weekends to “let loose” or party, but that’s not normally my thing. Me? I like simple, low-key weekends. After being busy all week nothing sounds more appealing than a good dinner and Friday night movie marathon. During the weekend I just want to spend time with family/friends, rest and (maybe) do something productive. So that’s exactly what I’ve been doing and it’s been pretty marvelous to me :)


Friday- Family night. My mom made a delicious dinner of salmon, salad (with tons of fruit) and watermelon. After dinner we played Jeopardy (does anyone else do that? We’ve played for years!) and watched the movie Draft Day. Not award-winning but, as a football loving family, we thought it was cute. The movie ended past my grandma bedtime but we all stayed downstairs to watch overtime of the Stanley Cup. I’m not a huge hockey fan, but because my dad is a Rangers fan we were on the edge of our seats. Overtime hockey is no joke…so intense! Unfortunately the Rangers lost, but they made it a very entertaining game.

Saturday- I started my Saturday morning with breakfast and Body Pump. Many new-to-me songs including a challenging chest track. Always awesome.

After Body Pump I went to support my dad and his coworkers at a community service event called the Gelatin Plunge. The event raised money for The Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa. Participants plummeted down a slide and landed in a pool of gelatin. Random, funny concept, huh?! There were so many people there supporting the cause and the rain held off until after.



My dad and his co-workers after the Plunge


I ate leftovers for lunch, took a short nap and then started work for my online class. The rest of the night was spent eating my weight in watermelon, reading and watching the first episode of Orange is the New Black. Anyone else watch it? I’ve heard nothing but good things so I was intrigued.



Friday night’s dinner for lunch

Sunday- Dad’s day. Literally his perfect day :) We hung around the house until almost noon (I made him his favorite breakfast) and then went to the driving range to hit golf balls. Let’s just say I’m not turning pro anytime soon. Too many “swings and misses!” But my sister on the other hand might have discovered a new talent. She was the best out of the four of us!


Scrambled eggs and toast with butter and jelly for my dad

The ball is still on the tee...

The ball is still on the tee…

Future Tiger Woods?

Future Tiger Woods?


After lunch we contemplated going to see 22 Jump Street, but none of us had seen the first movie…so we watched 21 Jump Street instead. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without seeing that movie! So hilarious.

Then I made a sad attempt at working out (not what I had planned to do). I walked to the gym (we live pretty close), decided I didn’t want to workout and walked back home. Thought that counts??

Steak for dinner and Apples to Apples to close out the night.


So like I said, it was a low-key weekend. But these are really my favorite. I just need some good food, rest and my family and friends to make it awesome. Now I’m ready to take on the week ahead (kind of).


Tell me something about your weekend?

Has anyone seen 21 or 22 Jump Street?


Workout Recap & Weekly Reads #3

First off, I want to wish my dad (and all of yours) a Happy Father’s Day! Dad, thank you for being an incredible role model, football pal and running partner (**and for helping fund my watermelon addiction). Only for you would I stay up past my bedtime to watch hockey :) Love you!

Just popping in to recap my workouts and share some good links I came across this week. Workouts were pretty similar to last week but no complaints because I’m feeling great.

Workout Recap 6/9-6/15

Monday- 4 mile run with my dad before work. Nothing special but it was a good way to start off the week.

Tuesday- Rest

Wednesday- Orange Theory before work. I ran about 3.25 miles during the treadmill portion of the class, which included killer sprints on a hill. The weight room included a 500 m row, bodyweight moves and abs.

Thursday- Weights. I focused on chest and shoulders today doing lots of push-ups, kettle bell swings and chest presses.

Friday- Orange Theory before work. The star of today’s workout was a timed 1-mile run. We warmed up for 5 minutes and then ran our fastest mile. I came in at about 7 minutes, which is fast for me (someone who doesn’t love speed work). After the run we went to the weight room for a few rounds of work and then hopped back on the treadmill for another 12ish minutes of running. 3.2 miles overall.

Saturday- Body Pump. Saturday morning is the only time I can make it to Body Pump. Taking advantage of it because when training starts Saturday Body Pump will be replaced with long runs.

Sunday- Hopefully a run with my dad. I’d prefer to run outside, but if he picks the treadmill I will oblige :)


Lastly, here are some of my favorite reads from this week. Take a peak when you can!

Life Is Not A To-Do List

50 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Your Childhood

I Want to See Real

8 Ways to Give Back to Yourself

50% More: Body Confidence


Enjoy your Sunday! xo