September 30, 2015

3 Perfect Days on Oahu, Day 1: Hanauma Bay and Kailua

When I posted that The Pilot and I weren't going to be able to take a trip for our anniversary, I didn't think things would change...especially when The Pilot didn't get home until a day later than he was supposed to. Flying on his day off though, meant that he got another day off. Schedule change approved, two bags packed and four hours later, we were boarding a flight to LA, Hawaii bound!

We landed in Honolulu at around 9:30 pm and...didn't get lei-ed. Apparently, that only happens in the movies. How rude!

Carolann and her Mister picked us up from the airport and we were off to start our Hawaiian adventure sleep. Carolann had recently written a blog post about what she would do with One Week on Oahu and I was determined to do almost everything on her half the time.

Day 1 - Hanauma Bay, Kona Brewing Company, Kailua Beach and Farmers' Market

Our first day started bright and early with a trip to Hanauma Bay. It was gorgeous and easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I couldn't get over how beautiful it was and I was so happy we had made it!

Hanauma Bay is great for snorkeling. Carolann had some gear, but I rented enough so that all three of us could snorkel and we spent hours swimming around with some of the biggest, most colorful fish I had ever seen!

We worked up quite the appetite on our snorkeling adventure so we headed to Kona Brewing Company for some "liquid aloha" and poke. 

The beer was cold, the poke was delightful and I was loving Hawaii. After lunch, we made our way back to Kailua where Carolann and I treated ourselves to massages at Nori Kohana. The Pilot meandered around downtown Kailua while we got pampered and 60 minutes later, I felt like I was really on vacation. 

We stopped at one of Carolann's favorite places, Chad Lou's, for homemade ice cream sandwiches before heading to the Kailua Public Library's book store. Carolann and I have been sending each other books for almost as long as we've known each other and most of the books she's sent me this year have been from her local library's book store, so I had to stop in! Way too many books later, we headed to Kailua Beach for a sunset swim before making our way to the Kailua Farmers' Market for dinner.

The Farmers' Market was amazing! Live music, tons of people milling around and dozens of vendors selling delicious food! It was almost impossible to decide what to get! I stopped by a table that had the biggest avocados I've ever seen...they were the size of watermelons! and had one of the best meals I've ever eaten - tempura kale chips with poke, spicy mayo, ponzu and scallions. 

After dinner, we headed back to Carolann's to get some rest. It's a six hour time difference between Hawaii and DC and we were absolutely exhausted! We also had plans for an early morning the next day and The Pilot and I were out the minute our heads hit the pillow. It had been a perfect first day in Hawaii and I couldn't wait to explore more of Oahu!

Stay tuned! My next post will be all about Oahu's North Shore!

Have you been to Hawaii? Which islands did you travel to?

September 29, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training: Taper Time

So I'm running a marathon next weekend.

You may have forgotten this since I haven't talked about it in 4 weeks. Oops. 

The last time I posted a training recap, I had just finished my first 20 miler of the cycle. My knee started twinging at Mile 19 which I wasn't too worried about. When my mom came to visit for Labor Day though, I woke up to do my long run on Sunday and my knee wasn't feeling all. First thing Tuesday morning, I booked myself an emergency PT appointment, and that's where I've been for the last month. 

When The Pilot and I went to Hawaii, I skipped running in favor of hiking and swimming. I didn't feel great about that but my PT did. I had 20 planned for last weekend but only did 12. I hadn't run more than 7 in over 2 weeks and I didn't think spiking up to 20 would be the best idea. My PT agreed. So, while I should have already been tapering, I headed out this Sunday for my second run of the week (4 on Saturday) and ran 20 miles. The Pilot ran alongside me for the first 6 and then biked with me for the rest. Yea, he's pretty great. 

The funny thing is that when I woke up Sunday morning, I was convinced I wasn't going to run...and if I didn't do run, I wasn't going to race...but I did. I dragged my feet. I woke up late, I did some cleaning, folded some clothes...I put this off for as long as I could, and when we finally headed out, it was almost noon. Thankfully, it wasn't hot out. (This is the only thing I like about fall!) It was slow but it wasn't painful. Did I feel like I could run 6.2 more miles after that? No, but racing 26.2 is totally different from running 20. 

I'm nervous about this race. It will be my first marathon in 3 years and I feel like I've been tapering for a month. I'm trained, but not the way I wanted to be. What I'm trying to figure out though is how much that matters. 

All I want to do is go out, have fun and finish the race. I would be devastated if I hit the wall or fell apart and I need to do everything I can in the next two weeks to mentally prepare so that that doesn't happen, so that when I do cross that finish line, I can do it with a smile on my face and finally say that I'm back.

How do you mentally prep for a marathon?
What are your tips for getting through the hardest parts of the race?
Have you run Chicago before? Are you running it this year?

September 28, 2015

8 Books to Read for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Launched by the American Library Association in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of books being challenged, Banned Books Week continues to celebrate literary freedom and fight censorship.

In honor of Banned Books Week, I've pulled together a list of my some of my favorite banned books (in no particular order).

1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - The first graphic novel I've read, Persepolis tells Marjane Satrapi's story of growing up in Iran during the Iranian Revolution. Banned for featuring gambling, offensive language, a political viewpoint, as well as being "politically, racially, and socially offensive" with "graphic depictions," Persepolis is one of the 10 most challenged titles of 2014.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - I first read The Kite Runner in 2007 while living in London and soon after, read A Thousand Splendid Suns. Khaled Hosseini is a genius and cannot write books fast enough. The Kite Runner definitely deals with heavy subject matter, but it's beautifully written. Banned for featuring offensive language and violence and being "unsuited to age group,"  The Kite Runner is also one of the 10 most challenged books of 2014. (I'm not sure what age group is in question, but I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone  younger than high school age).

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I just read this book this summer after seeing the movie when it first came out and I adored it. I'm upset I had never read it be
fore. I would definitely read this over and over. It's been banned for featuring drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language and being "unsuited to age group". Anyone who pretends that the issues dealt with in Perks doesn't happen in high school is out of their mind...especially in a day when heroine use among teenagers is on the rise.

4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - I  read Gone with the Wind before a trip to Atlanta in 2010 and it easily became one of my top 5 favorite books. A Pulitzer Prize winner that later won an Oscar for Best Picture (if you haven't seen the movie, I don't think we can be friends.) Gone With the Wind was simultaneously praised and banned for its realistic depiction of life in the south during the Civil War. Banned for offensive language and for depicting slavery too truthfully, Gone with the Wind broke social norms and caused a lot of controversy, while giving us Vivian Leigh in stunning gowns and Clark Gable, who is still making us swoon more than 75 years later.

5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - When I read Bridge to Terabithia, it was a summer reading assignment and at the end of it, I sobbed uncontrollably for three days. If it had been banned for causing uncontrollable sobbing among pre-teen girls, I would wholeheartedly support the banning, but since it was banned for "occult/Satanism" (umm what?) and offensive language, I can't support the banning. I watched the movie on a flight to London two days after a bad breakup and the flight attendant had to make sure I was ok...multiple times. Good book. Good movie. Check them both out.

6. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison - The first time I read this book/series, I was in the 7th grade and I uncontrollably giggled. The last time I read this book/series , I was a fully fledged adult and I uncontrollably giggled like a crazy person on the New York City subway. Easy to read and a Top 100 Banned Book, Angus is the diary style saga of Georgia Nicholson. Another great book series, with a fantastic film version (with an awesome soundtrack, which I watch an embarrassing number of times) Angus has been banned for age inappropriateness and language. Believe me though, the titles of the books are way more age inappropriate than the books themselves.

7. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this book in high school and loved it. It's been on my "To Re-Read" list ever since but, I don't remember too much of it. A school board member in favor of banning it likened it to Penthouse, but its also been banned for being offensive to Christians.

8. Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling - The Harry Potter series has been banned for a multitude of reasons. I remember going to see the films and coming back to my windshield to find fliers talking about how Harry Potter was evil. Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire are easily my two favorites, but these booked shaped my childhood and early adulthood and I don't think any list of Banned Books would be complete without Harry Potter.

Have you read any of these books? Will you be reading any Banned Books this week?
What are your favorites? Do you agree with the censorship of any of these?
What's your favorite banned book?

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September 24, 2015


Feeling... exhausted. This week has been a mess. Between early PT appointments, major metro delays and the pope in town, this week has just been exhausting. It has taken me close to or more than 90 minutes to get home from work on the metro every day this week.

Reading... Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. It's the third and final installment in the Miss Peregrine series. I'm only about 100 pages in and not finding it as easy to get into as the others, but we'll see.

Watching... "Once Upon a Time" and "The League." I haven't caught any of the fall premieres yet.

Thinking about... our next adventure.

Working on... catching up on sleep and blogging. I've had late nights and early mornings every day since coming back from Hawaii and I'm desperately in need of a couple of days to reset.

Loving... that The Pilot actually got a schedule for next month. His schedule for the last 4 months has been all over the place...with 4am calls pulling him to the airport, 2 day trips turning into 6 day trips, his schedule has been entirely unpredictable. I'm glad that he's going to have some stability next month and hope it stays that way!

I'm off to count down the minutes until the weekend.
How's your week going?

September 21, 2015

Last Weekend of Summer

This morning, I answered my 5am wake up call by putting on running tights and a hoodie, lacing up my sneakers, and heading to PT. Even with the hoodie, I was still colder than I wanted to be. That's right kids, summer is officially coming to a close.

DC was gorgeous this weekend. The Navy Half Marathon and CureFest for Childhood Cancer were going on and DC is getting ready for the pope's visit, and by getting ready, I mean the city is practically shutting down.

I spent my weekend with some pretty amazing people. The Pilot got home Friday night and we took Peyton to the park and then enjoyed a glass of wine to toast having made it through a thoroughly jet lagged week.

Saturday morning, I met up with a new Junior League friend and we headed to a meeting together. It was the League's official new member kickoff and it was a lot of fun!

I had booked a blow out appointment at Blo Dry Bar in Dupont after the meeting to treat myself and get dolled up for the wedding I was going to that night but my appointment was a disaster. After running 45 minutes long, I had to rush home and fix my hair before rushing out the door.

The wedding was in Old Town Alexandria. The Pilot and I met up with Jenn and her husband for dinner between the ceremony and cocktail reception and then danced the night away.

I was a little worse for the wear Sunday morning but it was gorgeous out and I headed out for a run, stopping at 2 open houses along the way and at a bar where some friends were having brunch...all within the first 5 miles...then I headed out for another 7 around DC. It was in the high 70s and the city was buzzing with just enough tourists. It was perfect. We ended the night with some friends in town for the wedding at Virtue for Sunday Night Football.

I'm not at all excited about summer coming to a close but I think I spent my last weekend of summer the right way!

3 weeks until Chicago! How did you spend your last weekend of summer?

September 15, 2015

Love/Don't Love

It's been ages since I wrote one of these posts but since I slept until 12:30 yesterday  (hi jetlag!) and then rushed to a 2 hour PT app an hour away, I haven't exactly had time to pull anything together!

1. The Pilot and I spent 3 perfect days celebrating our anniversary in Hawaii with Carolann and her husband, Nick. We crammed almost everything from her One Week on Oahu blog post into three days and it was amazing! Love.

2. I woke up at 12:30 yesterday (hi jetlag!) and then rushed to a two hour PT/massage appointment that was an hour away. The good thing is that my PT was thrilled I took the weekend off from running (in favor of hiking) and thinks I should be in good shape to peak this week as originally planned, and then taper off. Love.
3. I came back from Hawaii to full blown fall in DC. It feels like this weekend should be Halloween. I hate it. Yes I know, perfect running weather and let that but when I have to put on a hoodie to walk the dog, I'm not happy. I'm not ready! Don't Love. 
4. I'm rereading the Miss Peregrine's series in preparation for the third and final installment, Library of Souls, that comes out next week. I read the first one from start to 30 pages shy of finishing on our connecting flight from LA to DC and am almost than half way into the 2nd already. Love these books! Love.
5. Peyton has terrible skin allergies and she's covered in hives right now (has been since before we left) and it breaks my heart. Sometimes she scratches so much, she cuts herself. Don't Love.

6. The Pilot and I landed Sunday, headed home to make ourselves pretty and say hi to Peyton and then headed right back out to dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, where we had our wedding reception. It was so fun to celebrate and reminisce! Love.

That's all I've got for you. Until I pull together a Hawaii post (I promise it won't be two months from now!), you can check out my Instagram where I posted a few photos from our trip!

Happy Tuesday! What are you loving...or not loving...this morning?

September 10, 2015


Feeling... like it's Groundhog's Day. This week, I found myself back in PT after a few days of my knee feeling not quite right. I went in preemptively to work our any kinks but my PT was surprised that my knee hasn't completely flared up. I'll be in PT twice a week from now until Race Day to keep myself healthy and get to the start and finish likes at Chicago.

Looking at... this view. Peyton, I don't think we're in DC anymore.

Reading... "What I Talk about when I Talk about Running" by Haruki Murakami.

Watching... I'm still hung up on "Once Upon a Time" where Elsa and Anna just  appeared so that might get weird. I'm excited for fall TV to start back up and of course, college football.

Listening to... gets me through the work day. I still haven't jumped on the Spotify bandwagon.

Thinking about... I've had a lot on my mind lately but I'm hoping some time off and away changes that 

Working on... PT. Clam shells are hard. Clam shells while in side plank make me feel like my glutes are fighting to declare war against me.

Loving... that The Pilot got our anniversary off. He left on Friday for a day trip, meaning he would be back Friday night but didn't actually get home until yesterday mornkmg, so he got some  extra time off and now, we'really jet- and place- lagged getting ready for a whirlwind anniversary vacation!

Seeing in DC... the Vietnam exhibit at the Newseum. My mom was in town this past weekend for Labor Day and I finally tool her to my favorite museum in DC. The Vietnam exhibit is really well done and does a fantastic job of demonstrating how drastically public perception changed once the media found out what was really going on in Vietnam. If you're in DC, definitely add this to your list. The seven original copies of the New York Herald published in the 18 hours between Abraham Lincoln being shot and when he died are pretty incredible to see too!

Loving... my mama. We had a great weekend together.

There you have it! What's on your list?
Can you guess where we are right now?

September 9, 2015

Lisbon, Day 4

We definitely got a late start to the morning on our last day in Lisbon and by the time we headed out, it was already pretty hot out. The weather in Lisbon had been perfect the whole time we had been there...sunny and breezy with clear, blue, cloudless skies, but on our last day there, it was hot.

We decided to take the water taxi to Cacilhas to see what was on the other side of the river.

Well, once we were there, we decided to go up to see the Cristo del Rey. When I say up, I mean UP. We tried to tak, we the light rail, but it didn't really look like there was much around, so we went back to the dock and followed the signs and walked hiked only to later realize that the light rail brought us half way there.

It was a long, long, long walk up to the top and we all got a little cranky but when we got to the top, it was 100% worth it. The views are breathtaking and the Cristo del Rey is magnificent. All week, I had seen it in the distance, but you don't realize until you're standing at the foot of it, just how magnificent it truly is.

Portugal's Cristo Rey was built to praise God for sparing Portugal from World War II. After a Portuguese cardinal had visited the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, he went back to the Portguese bishops with the idea that, if they were spared from WWII, they would build this statue.

We took the light rail back down to Cacilhas and the water taxi back to Lisbon (about a 5 minute ride) and made our way to dinner. I had read about a tiny little restaurant called Taberna on Rua da las Flores so we went to check it out. Oh my goodness, it was the best meal we had while we were there...and considering I thought every meal was the best meal I had had, this took the cake. This place is a literal whole in the wall, but the food was heaven!

We got there just in time because just as we were leaving, a line started to form outside the door. Taberna serves small plates, so we ate enough to fill us up without feeling too stuffed before heading to the Santini Ice Cream shop. We had been to the Santini in the Ribeira Mercado, but the original was close by and we wanted The Pilot to taste the world's best chocolate cake!

Chocolate cake with Santini ice cream: Passion Fruit and Nata flavors
It was our last night in Lisbon and we definitely wanted to do it right so we did some major shopping, and then stumbled on a fabulous wine bar for some of Portugal's best wines.

Yes, those are wine bottles across the ceiling. Coolest wine bar ever. 
As we were leaving, I realized that despite eating pasteles de nata like I was getting paid to, drinking basically an acre's worth of grapes, and eating a small river's worth of seafood, there was one thing I hadn't tried...ginjinha! Ginjinha is a sour cherry liqueur. I'm not a big fan of cherries, but I had to try it. The wine bar didn't carry it so we stumbled through Lisbon trying to find a place that had some and finally did.

It kind of tasted like cough syrup mixed with a spoonful of sugar. Oh well. At least we tried it. 
After our ginjinha, we made our way back to our hotel, packed up the last of our things and got ready to say good bye to my new favorite city.

Lisbon was incredible. I loved it so much that The Pilot and I very seriously contemplated going there for our anniversary. I have every expectation that I'll be back in Lisbon within a year. Yes, was that amazing. 

September 4, 2015

5 Fall Races

This week, I'm linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia for their Friday Five Link Up to tell you about my favorite fall races.

I wish I had more DC races on this list but you'll be shocked to know that the only races I've run in DC are the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon. I've lived in DC for just shy of 3 years and have been injured pretty much since I got here, so I haven't had the opportunity to run any of the local races but I hope to change all of that next year!

For now though, here's a list of my five favorite fall races.

Marine Corps Marathon - I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011 as my 2nd marathon. I loved this race. I was training for the 2013 race when I got hurt. I didn't want to run it this year because I really wanted to try my luck with Chicago, but I'm already planning to try to get in for 2016. This is a race with excellent crowd support and when you're running alongside the military, especially those with combat injuries, it's impossible to feel like you can't finish.

Richmond Marathon - They call Richmond America's Friendliest Marathon. I had no idea what that meant until I made my way to Richmond after the 2012 NYC Marathon got cancelled. Leaving New York where New Yorkers were threatening to throw garbage at runners if the race didn't get cancelled, it was refreshing to see signs welcoming 'displaced' NYC runners to Richmond. This was a great race. I had a lot of fun running it and had a smile on my face for the entire 26.2 miles (well, except for Mile 21). It's where I set my current PR and if all goes well at Chicago next month (!), I'll be there in November to take on the Half.

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon -  I know that there are a lot of Rock 'n' Roll haters out there, but I think every race is different. Rock 'n' Roll Philly is one of the best races I have ever run. Philadelphia is an amazing city to run in. Seriously...everyone should run at least one race there. It's a flat, fast city and as bad a rap as Philly sports fans get, they're pretty awesome when they're cheering you on.

NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k - Even though I've boycotted the New York City Marathon, the Dash to the Finish Line 5k is a great race that finishes on the Finish Line of the NYC Marathon. I ran this as part of the 9+1 guaranteed entry program. The race starts at the UN and takes you through Midtown right down 6th Avenue and into Central Park and I have to admit, there's something pretty amazing about running the empty streets of New York before the city has really gotten busy.

Grete's Great Gallop - I love this half-marathon. It's only 2 loops around Central Park, which as a former resident of New York, wasn't worth the entry fee, but it's in mid-October, after the leaves have turned and the weather has turned to that perfect running weather, where it's cool in the morning and warms up for the afternoon. The race takes place in honor of the late great Grete Waitz and corresponds with NY's Norwegian Festival...which means an awesome after party. This race is perfect for a beautiful run in the fall and then parking on the Great Lawn for the rest of the afternoon. I haven't run in NY since I moved, but I definitely want to go back for this race.

Have you run any of these?
DC Runners, what local fall races should I be adding to my list?
What are your favorite fall races?

September 3, 2015


Feeling... Crushed. The Pilot and I have been planning to take an anniversary trip almost since got married. We've been anxiously waiting for his schedule to be finalized and not only does it look like we won't be taking a trip, but he'll be working on our anniversary too.

Reading... Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. Meh.

Watching... Once Upon a Time. What started with mild interest has become total obsession. I can't get though of this show. I also have a serious crush on Colin O'Donaghue who plays Hook.

My goodness he's dreamy.
Listening to... audio books. I started listening to audio books on my 18 mile run last weekend. Unfortunately, I'm having some phone issues so I couldn't do the same for my 20 but it's a great way to pass the time.

Thinking about... the last year. It's been full of changes (and challenges) and our upcoming anniversary is giving me a lot of food for thought and reflection.
  Working on... marathon training. Chicago is less than 6 weeks away!

Loving... Peyton. She makes me giggle.

Seeing in DC... the National Book Festival. It's this weekend and I can't wait! I've missed it every year since moving to DC and I'm excited to check it out this year!

Excited about... joining the Junior League. I have my first meeting tonight and my first volunteer opportunity this weekend!

It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts! I've missed them!
What's on your 'Currently' list?

September 2, 2015

Lisbon, Day 3

Remember that time I went to Lisbon? I can't believe that was two months ago! It feels like it was a lifetime ago! I loved Lisbon so much and couldn't wait to blog about it...and then I didn't, but here I am, determined to finish these posts and tell you all about how Lisbon should be the next city you visit in Europe.

If you haven't read my previous posts, or have forgotten since it's been so long, you can recap to our first day, the food tour we took on our second day, and the rest of that day.

When my mom and I planned this trip, we planned it for the two of us with the idea that, if The Pilot had the time off from work, he wold join us. Well, he got the time off, so on our third day, that''s just what he did!

He landed just as we were finishing breakfast and we headed out on a sightseeing bus tour around the city.

L>R The Camp Pequeno, Lisbon's bullring (In Portuguese bull fighting, the bull is not killed), the Portuguese flag, the Aguas Livres Aqueduct.
We got off in Belem, which is the first place in Belem where we found hoards of tourists. Belem is where the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is. The Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which I would someday like to go back and actually tour. It wasn't really on our agenda and the lines to get in were ridiculous, so we opted to skip it and continue on our way.

Of course, as we were making our way back, I stumbled on this...

...they were taking down the podium from a race that morning! If I had known that there was a race going on, I definitely would have run while I was in Lisbon...and I actually looked for one!

At this point, we were hungry for lunch so we made our way to the Timeout Mercado da Ribeira, a food market that plays host to some of the best chefs in Lisbon.

We ate suckling pig sandwiches and ice cream. It was basically heaven. Yup. Fun fact: I've been a pescatarian for over 9 years, but when it comes to roast pork...all bets are off...good thing that only comes around once in a blue moon!

After lunch, we took Ryan to Chiado to peruse around and then showed him around all of the spots in central Lisbon. 

These are easily some of my favorite photos from the trip. 
After even more walking around (seriously, I averaged 20,000 steps a day while we were there!), we made our way to the Cervejaria Trinidade for dinner, a former monastery turned brewery with phenomenal seafood and excellent beer. 

We took another walk to the Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcantra to show The Pilot the view and it was ul just as beautiful at night as it was at sunset!

Recapping this trip is making me want to go back right now! 
I loved Lisbon so much. It was so stunningly beautiful and will definitely be a place I return to...
sooner, rather than later!

September 1, 2015

Goal Setting for September

When I look back to last September, I'm amazed at how much has happened since then.

The Pilot and I got married. I got laid off from my job and started a new one. We moved to a new apartment. I started another new job...The Pilot did too.

There have been a lot of changes. I do well with change...I don't do well with the unexpected and  there has definitely been a lot of that this year. I feel like I'm just now bouncing back after a lot of setbacks this year and I hope I'm right.

I've been at my job 9 months now and I love it. It's busy, hectic, challenging and fun, all at the same time. I'm training for my first marathon in 3 years and finally feeling good about it, but over the course of this last month...I've felt so unbelievably lazy. I know it sounds crazy to say that given how much I've been running, but lately I'm either at work, running, or sitting on my couch. I did a lot of cleaning this weekend but my apartment was in such bad shape, I feel like I needed 3 days to clean! Things have just been piling up everywhere because I've gotten so lazy, so I'm setting some goals for the month. With everyone thinking about back to school and new planners popping up all over Instagram (I'm a calendar year kind of girl, myself), September seems just a good a time as any to set some goals!

- Go to yoga at least 5 times.
- Lift weights twice/week.
- Run strong. Run happy.

-Do some sort of 30 day household cleaning/organization challenge.
-Style my bookshelves.

-Blog more. Planes, Trains and Running Shoes has gotten an unfair dose of this laziness.
-Scrapbook - I have an unfinished scrapbook, one I haven't started and our wedding album that all n need to be worked on. I'd like to make progress on one of these.
-Keep pushing through my book challenge.

So those are some of my goals for this month. What are yours?

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