Thursday, July 24, 2014


Feeling... Tired. I didn't really sleep last night.

Reading... I'm still reading Reading Lolita in Tehran. There are parts where I love it, and other parts where I don't. Either way, I'm struggling with it.

Listening to... Norah Jones on Pandora.

Working on... Wedding things. What seemed like my ever growing to-do list, is finally starting to seem like a shrinking to-do list, which is great.

Anticipating... getting in all of our RSVPs. We sent them out three weeks ago and still don't even have half of them. It's a little bit difficult to get some of the stuff we need to get done without a better idea of our numbers.

Loving... that our tasting went so well! It was absolutely perfect. We had our tasting, did a walk through of our space, and everything is coming together so nicely!

There isn't too much going on today, which is a good thing! 
I've got a fun weekend lined up (with a lot of cleaning to do). 
How's your Thursday shaping up?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm calling it a come back.

The last two weekends, I've run 6 and 7 miles respectively.

My 6 miler was run on a Sunday afternoon when it was 94 degrees with 80% humidity. Other than taking it slow (on purpose), I felt great. It was the first time in over a year that I've gone out for a run and felt confident that my knee would hold up. It was the first time that I've felt strong through a run.

I went to PT two days later, and we decided that I would take two weeks off from PT in order to build up some mileage before coming back for one (hopefully!) last appointment.

This weekend, I ran 7 miles. I was unmotivated and nervous about it, but I think that was more an issue of the distance than anything having to do with my knee. After all, the last time I've run that far was during the Alexandria Half...which I dropped out of at Mile 8 after my knee gave out at Mile 7.

I felt awesome this weekend. I felt strong. I had such a great run. I started out a little too quickly, slowed it down, and then each mile was the same pace or just a little bit quicker than the last. It was amazing. I don't remember the last time I had a run like that. Half way into the run, my quads were aching from that morning's 5 mile hike, but I loved it. It felt the way my legs usually feel in the later miles of a marathon. Do you know how long I've been craving that feeling? The feeling that you're working hard, and it's starting to hurt just a little bit, but you know you have so much more in you.

That feeling. It's back.

This weekend, I'll run 8 miles. I'm transitioning from running three times per week to four. So I'll have two weeks of 4x/week running and long runs up to 8 miles the next time I'm at PT, and barring any issues, I'll be cleared.

I'm holding off on setting any goals, but know this: I have every intention of slowly, steadily ramping up the miles. As my PT said, "Now, you're looking like an athlete when you run." My form is dramatically different than it was just two months ago, and it's made a world of difference in my running. PT has full confidence that I can run a fall marathon. Whether I have that confidence is a different story, but I'm going to add one mile to every long run moving forward (adding in some necessary step backs) and just take it from there.

I'm back. I'm finally back. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another longish weekend

This weekend was another of those that felt gloriously long despite not being any longer than normal.

Friday, I left work and met up with The Pilot for Jazz in the Garden. I had been wanting to go since last summer. It wasn't that great. The musicians took a really long break after about 30 minutes, so we just left and headed to El Rey for tacos. Yum.

Jazz in the Garden!
Later that night, we picked up my friend Danielle from Union Station and brought her back to our apartment to hang out and catch up before going to bed.

Saturday, I got up and headed out for a run. It was hard. It was so humid and I just wasn't feeling it, so after a mile, I turned around and went home and called it quits. Sometimes, that's just the best thing for you.

We all got ready and made our way to Lavagna for brunch. All I can say is this. Honey Mascarpone Nutella Pancakes.

Post-brunch, we wandered around Eastern Market together before making our way to Union Market for DC ice cream festival, which was basically a disorganized, nightmarish mess. It was terrible. People were waiting in line for upwards of 45 minutes for SAMPLES of ice cream. No thanks.

After that fiasco, Danielle and I separated from The Pilot and headed to the mall for some shopping. I was in search of a bridal shower dress, but ended up with a great dress for our honeymoon instead!

After our shopping trip, we took Danielle out for some gluten-free pizza and then rested up for our morning hike.

Sunday morning, we were up bright and early to hit the trails at Great Falls for a 5ish mile hike. When we got back to my apartment, I threw together a kitchen sink salad before we had to get Danielle back to the train station and then I headed out for a 7 mile run. I was weirdly nervous and unmotivated and my wonderful fiance offered to bike alongside me for the run.

I felt awesome. Between the 6 miles I ran last week and the 7 I did yesterday, I'm finally starting to feel like my old runner self again and damn, it feels good. My quads started to get really sore about 4 miles in (mostly due to that morning's hike) but I ran a negative split and felt strong through the whole run.

We headed home for a quick dinner before making our way to Old Town for ice cream (and free cupcakes along the way, hey, I earned it!) before calling it a night.

Tonight, my mom is coming to town and we have our tasting at our reception venue tomorrow! We're taking care of a few wedding things in the next two days and I'm hoping to squeeze in a yoga trip in between! I've got a busy week ahead, but it's going to be awesome!

Hope everyone had a great week!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Feeling... Frustrated. I got an email this morning that my library books are overdue...despite that I returned all of them before the due date. Until I checked out these books, I hadn't checked out books from a library in almost five years. Why? Because I still want to have an enormous library of my own, so I might as well just buy all the books and start my collection.

Reading... Reading Lolita in Tehran. I'm less than a hundred pages in and so far I've been disappointed. The book is just starting to pick up so we'll see. It reads in parts like a story, and in parts like a lecture. Hmm.

Drinking... Apple juice. 

Listening to... Anthem Lights Best of 2012 Mash Up. I also can't get Imagine Dragon's On Top of the World out of my head. I love that song.

Watching... nothing! I've haven't turned the TV on all week. It's debatable whether or not that's a good thing.

Working on... wedding things <3.

Anticipating... the weekend! My best friend is coming to town this weekend! She hasn't been here since it was veryyyyyyy cold outside, so I'm excited to show her DC in warmer weather and catch up before the wedding!

Loving... District Taco. The Pilot and I went there for lunch yesterday and I seriously don't understand how people in DC can KNOW that District Taco exists and still eat at Chipotle. I had the freshest, most delicious tacos I've ever had and I will be back...a lot. 

So, there you have it. That's what's going on on my end! Hope you're having an awesome week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wedding Things X: Two Months to Go

This Sunday marked two months until our wedding. While we both still feel like it's forever away and our engagement seems years ago, there's a lot of excitement starting to float around as the day gets closer and everyone starts making their travel plans.

There is so much that I want to post on here, but won't since I want to leave a lot of what we're planning to be a surprise for our friends and family. Since The Pilot and I are in DC on our own, we're doing most of the planning by ourselves, which means most of the details will be a surprise for almost everyone!

Last night, we decided on our table numbers, and save just a few printing tasks, our centerpieces are all set. I have some design tasks ahead for our escort display that I'm hoping to finish up in the next week or two and then everything for our reception will be all set!

Our reception space
The big thing I'm worrying about right now is our programs. I've been working on them since March and I just can't get them right. I'm trying to do something a little off the beaten path and creative, and unfortunately, my limited capabilities with Word and Publisher just aren't doing the trick. I've spent so much time and effort on them, that I don't want to scrap the project completely, but I'm really at a loss for how to move forward, so I just might have to.

I was hoping to have them completely done by this point, so I'm feeling a little bit of pressure in that regard.

My mom is coming down next week for our tasting which I am so excited for! It'll be so fun to finalize our menu. We're having our reception at one of the best restaurants in DC (which happens to also have an amazing event space) and I'm so excited for all of the delicious food...and to taste it next week!

Lastly, we booked our honeymoon flights but haven't booked...anything else. So that's what's on task for this week, but that's the fun part...and then maybe I'll finally get around to letting you all know where we're going!

So, that's that!
Two months to go!!!