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Big, scary, life-changing news.

I’ve been in Ohio for the past six years–for college, for grad school, and for my very first job. This state has been the backdrop for so many of my biggest accomplishments. But I’m not originally from Ohio. I was actually born in Colorado, but my family moved when I was three years old. We spent six years in California, and then moved again across the country to Maryland, where my family still lives today. And after six years away from my family….I’m headed back.

I’m moving back to Maryland….in three weeks.

welcome to Maryland

This is big for me because Ohio has become my home. I have so many friends here. I have a job here! And I’m headed back to Maryland with out any of those things. Everyone I went to high school with has moved away and I’ve been busy sending out job applications, but everyone knows how hard that process is.

I admit it, I’m scared. Like really scared.

But I have to keep reminding myself that I have a ton of great reasons to move home:

  • Ben is going to grad school at Georgetown.
  • I’ll be close to my family instead of a 7-hour drive away.
  • I’ll be able to save money by living at home for a while.
  • I’ll be able to help out around the house and build a real relationship with my little brother.
  • I have the time to pick the perfect job rather than accept the first one offered to me.
  • I can sort of start over.

And what I am really excited about it being able to really become a part of a running community. I’ll be really close to Annapolis and their running community is amazing. The Annapolis Running Store is where I bought my first pair of real running shoes — the Mizuno Wave Inspires that sparked this new passion and reminded me what it was like to run without pain.

I want to participate in group runs and take yoga classes and join a gym to lift weights. And I want to get back into Tae Kwon Do, which I haven’t done in years because I left my amazing school back in Maryland and no school in Ohio could ever compare. I can really use this time to better myself, make new friends, become a part of something. And I am so excited about it.

leaving Ohio

But I’m sad too. Columbus has been an amazing place to live. I’m a five-minute run from the most beautiful park. I’m a 15 minute walk from all of the Short North bars and restaurants. My commute for my awesome job is exactly 5 minutes. I can watch the biggest fireworks display in the Midwest from my doorstep. And so many of my friends are here.

It’s a lot to leave behind.

But at the same time, I have so much to look forward to.

So that’s it. That’s my big news, my big announcement. In August, I will no longer be a resident of Columbus. I’ll once again be a Marylander, eating steamed crabs and celebrating flag day.

And rather than think of it as a right or wrong choice to leave, I am thinking of it as my next step in life. I was never meant to stay in one place forever and I’m excited to see where I might end up next. Who knows where it will be? All I know is that to get there, I have to make a stop off back in Maryland and then see where my life takes me from there.

How many times have you moved?
Are you from the MD/DC area?
Any tips for me?


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Fancy Drinks & Cosmic Subs.

Even though I spent the 4th of July running in the rain and hanging out with my cat, I was a little more social over the weekend when I went up to visit Ben in Cleveland. He used to live down in Columbus with me, but after being accepted Georgetown University in DC for grad school, he let his lease run out and decided to live at home for the last month or so before he heads east.

We try to get together every few weekends or so, really whenever our busy schedules allow. This weekend was my turn so I left the dreary, rainy weather of Columbus and drove up to see him. We ended up finally seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness, which as a part of the “Cumber Collective” (previously known as “Cumberbitches”), I was very eager to see. I would critique it the same as I did the first: really fun, great action, but a very strange story structure. Overall, I enjoyed it! And I’m glad I got to see it on the big screen. Movies like that never as fun at home on a tiny screen in your living room.

After the movie we stopped for drinks and appetizers at the Latin restaurant, Paladar.

I had “The Chairman’s Cocktail” ~ Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, nutmeg, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, served on the rocks.

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And Ben had “The 1944 Mai Tai” ~ Chairman’s Reserve 5 Yr Aged Rum, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, curacao, orgeat syrup, served on the rocks.

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We got an order of the Spicy Guacamole and Charred Tomato & Sweet Corn with the restaurant’s special blend of chips.

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And then split an order of the Mango Chimichurri Crusted Calamari – it was SO GOOD. As you can see, we had already started eating before I remembered to get a picture.

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I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the Cleveland area. It’s a bit on the pricy side, but a good drink on a patio with tasty finger food is worth a few extra dollars to me – especially when I almost never eat out during the week so moments like these are like special occasions.

Later that night, we went to hang out at Chagrin Falls, the beautiful home of the creator of Calvin & Hobbs. It has a quaint little main street with cute restaurants and shops – perfect for an afternoon of strolling by the water.

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Eventually it started to rain and the restaurants were all packed so we decided on grabbing some food to go from Dave’s Cosmic Subs.

dave's cosmic subs

The inside of the shop was awesome, and I am in love with their door! Neither Ben nor I had ever been there before so they guys that served us were great about explaining the subs and making suggestions.

cosmic subs door

I ended up taking their suggestion and getting The Grateful Dave ~ Turkey, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Mayo, Dave’s Cosmic Sauce, Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts, and Marinated Hot Pepper Juice.

And it was AMAZING. Seriously, this is going to be my must-go sandwich shop every time I am in Cleveland from now on.

cosmic sub

Like my wine glass? It’s Chip from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

We spent the rest of the weekend visiting friends and hanging out with Ben’s parents. Unfortunately, it seems I brought the Columbus rain with me so by the end of the trip, it was a pretty steady downpour and there wasn’t much we could do outside, which resulted in lots of napping – not that I’m complaining! I was a little let down that I couldn’t get out to go for a run since there are so many nice parks nearby, but oh well – maybe next time.

How was your weekend?
What do you put on your favorite sandwich?

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A quick check-in.

I just got back from a weekend up in Cleveland visiting Ben. Even though he is only two hours away, a short weekend feels so rushed and exhausting. I’d hoped to get some running done up there in some new-to-me metro parks, but we ended up being too busy for that. Between the rain and the hot weather, it just seemed like a better idea to go to the movies or nap. More on that tomorrow.

Workout Check-in

Sun – 6 miles (treadmill – 1m walk, 4 m run, 1 m walk)
Mon – Off
Tues – 4 miles (morning run)
Wed – Off
Thurs – 6 miles (afternoon)
Fri – Off
Sat – Off

Total: 16 miles

I’m really pleased that I ran more miles this week than last! But still, only running 3 out of 7 days just doesn’t cut it for me. Next week’s goal is to, once again, run more miles than this week and to run at least four days out of the seven. I was too tired to run today after the drive back, so I have to fit four runs into six days. Shouldn’t be too hard, really, but life always seems to get in the way. I really need to pick out my half marathon training plan and start on that. Structured plans seems to keep me more accountable, plus, October isn’t all that far away…

Oh, and this totally cracked me up last week. I love when brands let their social media managers have some fun.

Lululemon being funny on twitter

How was your weekend?
What’s your favorite corporate twitter account?

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4th of July & What I Ate Wednesday.

happy 4th of july

When I was a kid, I was playing a quiz games with my friend and she asked me what the date of the “Fourth of July” was, and I just could not answer it. She looked at me like I was crazy! But I guess I had never really considered the fact that the 4th of July was literally on the 4th day of July. I still feel like a doofus for that one.

I’m spending the 4th of July alone this year since my roommate went out of town and Ben is still up in Cleveland. He couldn’t make it down in the middle of the week and I have to work on Friday so that means it’s just me and Professor for the nation’s birthday. I’m a little sad since I think I spent last year on my own too, but I have the whole day to relax and I’ll be seeing Ben this weekend so that’s something.

Plus, our fireworks were on the 3rd, so I just celebrated early!

I figured this would be a great time to finally participate in a What I ate Wednesday, put together by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons.

So here we go!

This is what I ate yesterday!

fruit granola breakfast

I started off the day with apple cinnamon granola with blueberries, strawberries, banana, and the last of my soy milk, which I ate at my desk when I got to work. I usually catch up on my emails while I eat breakfast. It helps me get in the mindset for work and saves me a few minutes in the morning. Oh, and coffee. Definitely coffee. Starbucks french roast in my Doctor Who travel mug & almond milk

corn vegetables lentil lunch

Lunch was leftovers from the previous night, including brussels sprouts, corn on the cop, peas, and lentils. Pretty good for being thrown together last minute this morning before work.

Pico de gallo snack

For a snack when I got home, I had a handful of almonds and some more pico de gallo and tortilla chips. It’s the second day in a row I’ve had it for a snack. I just can’t get enough! It’s refreshing and not too heavy so it doesn’t spoil dinner.

lentil taco

I kept the mexican trend going and made some lentil tacos (with more pico de gallo!) for dinner. I had three of these. SO GOOD! I seriously love lentils. All it was missing was a few slices of avocado.

Lentil Tacos

1// Add  1 cup of lentils in a pot with 2 cups of water.
2// Add salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, chopped onions, chopped jalapeños and minced garlic to taste.
3// Bring to a boil then lower to medium heat and simmer for ~15 minutes or until tender.
4// Scoop a few spoonfuls into a soft tortilla, top with pico de gallo & a slice of avocado.

Recipe modified from Budget Bytes’ Lentil Tacos.

fireworks

And after dinner, I finished off the day with a fantastic display of fireworks! :)


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Festive shorts & morning workouts.

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It’s looking like a pretty slow week, what with the holiday coming up and all. What is this day off work on a Thursday nonsense?  At least it breaks up the week a little, and I’ll probably just work from home on Friday since I would otherwise be the only person in the office. Most people will probably take a vacation day, but me? I don’t have any real plans so for the 4th so I don’t mind getting some work done from the couch.

american flag running shorts

I’m actually a little bummed that I didn’t sign up for any races on the 4th. I think I saw one nearby where if you signed up early enough you got a pair of very patriotic running shorts. But I’m so out of shape that it wouldn’t be worth it to sign up now. Maybe next year. Besides, I’m kind of excited to get to sleep in a bit.

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My run this morning was tough, but manageable. And it’s one of the farther runs I’ve done in a while, but I still had to take 3-4 breaks. Sad, I know, but my legs were killing me! It’s really the lack of fuel when I head out in the morning that keeps me from working any harder. I had half a banana this morning, but it just didn’t cut it. I think I’m going to have to start getting up earlier to make sure I get some food in me a little bit before I head out.

running time splits

My average pace is usually around 8:30/mi so this run wasn’t to far off (except for that first mile – yikes!). I was out for probably 45 minutes, but only actually running for 35 of that. Now I’ll go hide in shame.

selfie

I actually wore my hair down at work today! Usually I just throw it up in a ponytail or a bun, but it was so warm out that I didn’t mind just letting my hair air dry after showering. I really need a haircut to get some of my layers back. More layers = more curls!

neil gaiman poets and writers

My amazing boss, Jen, gave me her recent copy of Poets & Writer’s because she knows of my love for Neil Gaiman. This issue included a great interview – seven questions about his writing and his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I suggest picking up a copy if you’re a fan. And even if you’re not, he has some great advice about using social media as a writer.

How are you planning on celebrating the 4th?

Looks like it is going to rain here on Thursday. Guess I’ll just have to stay inside and light sparklers!

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Too few workouts & weekends.

Workout Check-in

Sun – Rest
Mon – 3.12 miles (morning)
Tues – 2.21 miles (morning)
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 2.27 miles (morning)
Fri – Rest
Sat – Rest

Total: 7.6 miles

Wow. I knew it was a rough week for workouts, but I didn’t realize it was that rough. In truth, I had every intention of running both Friday and Saturday, but sometimes life just gets in the way. I participated in some impromptu plans on Friday night and Saturday was spent filling out applications, but more on that later.

fishboat

Other than my lack of exercise, I actually had a pretty fantastic week! It was a busy one at work, so by the end of the week it was time for some fun. Friday night we headed out to ComFest, which is a big community festival focused on sustainability, live music, local art vendors, and fried foods.

That right there is a Fish Boat, and it was pretty tasty. Any time I go to a festival  I try to get food I can’t get any other time. And I did quite a bit of walking that night, so that can count for my Friday exercise, right?

sillykitty

I spent a few days out by the pool this week, enjoying the sunshine. Of course, if I leave any drawers open in my room, Professor immediately jumps inside to settle down in them. He especially likes my swim suit drawer because it is perfectly cat sized and everything is very soft.  He is my little goofball.

I spent this morning catching up on blogs and watching some Netflix movies. I have a soft spot for children’s movies, specifically animated features. This morning I watched The Tale of Despereaux which was actually pretty darn good. I really liked the narration and the unique animation style. And I had no idea there were so many great voice actors in the movie!

Next, because I didn’t finish my work during the first movie (I was too distracted!), I watched Disney’s The Rescuers, which I didn’t realize is from 1977! Animation has come a long way in 40 years. But good storytelling will never go out of style.

When I was younger, I actually saw The Rescuers Down Under first, which was the sequel that came out in 1990, so going back and watching the original, even back then, was jarring. And to be honest, how the original is listed under “Feel-Good Family Movies” is beyond me because the original is pretty scary and depressing, for both children and adults! But boy do I love a little bit of nostalgia in the morning.

What did you do this weekend?

What’s your favorite festival food?

What was your favorite movie as a kid?

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