Hey there and happy Saturday!
I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I have another LONG recap post for you. I’m currently in Washington D.C. My brother and Karlee didn’t make it down south for Christmas, so I decided to come up this way and spend time with them during the holidays. Everyone is still asleep and I’m sitting in the living room watching the Food Network before they wake up. I know once they’re up, it’ll be go go go! We have a lot of things planned today. I also want to sneak in a run soon. Speaking of the Food Network…have any of you noticed how cheesy the shows have been lately? I get embarrassed for the chefs as they read the scripts…Cheesy or not, the food still looks good.
Monday night was a blast. I went to the Hornets vs. Lakers game. It was pretty cool seeing Kobe Bryant play for the last time in Charlotte. Michael Jordan did a tribute for him and the Kobe fans really showed up. I was happy that the Hornets won, but I still have a lot of respect for Kobe. I love when the house is full and the energy is up in the arena.
That night, the pups kept me surrounded. I have way too many photos of these guys on my phone. I’m sure you pup owners do the same.
Early Tuesday morning, I took the boys to the field to run around and get all their energy out. They LOVE chasing each other around.
I also went grocery shopping Tuesday and made a delicious crockpot vegetable soup! I’ll post that recipe when I get home.
I had to take Tino over to the vet Tuesday for his bordetella shot so he can go to Dogtopia and socialize. He has to go to the shelter’s vet for a year after adoption and I’ve never seen him so scared. As soon as he saw the shelter he got really nervous. I felt so bad for him and I tried to reassure him that I was not dropping him off (as if he knew what I was saying.)
He’s gained half his body weight since his last vet visit! He’s up to 61.2 pounds now. He won’t be getting much bigger…thank goodness.
Tino also got the chance to meet his mom Molly. It’s so sad becuase she’s been in the shelter for almost a year now. She acts just like Tino and is so fun and cuddly. They actually use her for training.
After the visit, I had a quick snack and headed to work on the refurbished dresser. I had a honey crisp apple and a Quest Bar. I haven’t had a quest bar in a while and I forgot how good they were 🙂
We were exhausted and hungry as can be after working on the house, so we headed to Azteca for some Mexican food. I really wanted Chopt, but there was no convincing Nick. He had his mind set on Mexican food and I had already talked I’m out of Waffle House Sunday morning. I ordered the steak quesadilla and it was pretty good. I could only get a 1/4 of it down because it was so heavy.
Wednesday morning I took Grumples to Petsmart and picked up tons of new toys and chew bones. Him and Tino go through toys so fast! I don’t mind buying them becuase they actually play with them and rip them apart. If they’re happy, I’m happy.
It was thunder storming all day, so I decided to clean out my closet and get rid of all the clothes I haven’t worn in a year. I try to get rid of clothes once a year to get rid of clutter. I used to drop them all off at Goodwill, but now I drop them off at the Women’s shelter.
Before I began, I made some coffee and cranberry oatmeal! I like to add a little cinnamon and honey to my oatmeal.
When I clean my closet, I go all out. I empty EVERYTHING onto my floor and reorganize it. I usually do a better job, but there was just too much to go through. I’ll do it again once it gets warm.
Cleaning the closet is exhausting (It takes me about five hours to finish it), so snacks are necessary. I had yogurt and pineapple and then apples with peanut butter!
I’ve also been catching up on Hart of Dixie! That is one of my favorite shows and I haven’t seen the last season. It’s so cheesy, but I can’t stop watching.
This side has my shirts, skirts, and folded shorts. The other side has my dresses. It’s not organized very well, but I can do that later. As long as they’re not on my floor…I’m good. I’ve been looking up some cool DIY ideas for organizing shoes and other items on Pinterest.
I met up with my friend Rachel on Wednesday night for dinner. We went to Nolen’s Kitchen and I highly recommend it. Our service was great and the food was fantastic. We started out with zucchini chips and holy moly yum! It came with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce. I ordered the steak caesar salad and it was so good that I forgot to take a photo. Whoooops.
After dinner, we grabbed cappuccinos.
I wanted to get in a run before heading to D.C. on Thursday. I didn’t run much in December. I had poison Ivy for three weeks, the holidays kept me busy, and I was discouraged. My only New Year’s resolution as of right now is to run more. I’d like to run 30-35 miles a month. I also want to force myself to do more strength training. I also want to eat more green foods and healthier foods. I’ve been horrible at cooking at home and doing fun healthy recipes, so I’d like to do more of that.
My time has slowed since taking a running break, but I’m still happy that I finished it.
At four, I picked up a salad at Chopt before I headed out for D.C. I feel bad about ordering the same salad every time I go, but I wanted to play it safe. I will FOR SURE order a different combo next time.
The Kebab Cobb is just one of my favorites. The salad has local feta, charred red onion, mama lips spicy peppers, pita chips, romaine lettuce, avocado, falafel and tossed in red wine vinaigrette and Greek yogurt tzatziki.
One of my favorite parts about road trips are the skies, especially early in the morning or late in the evening.
Loving the Kevita drinks! I always have to have something to sip on during road trips.
I made healthy peanut butter cookies before we headed out too! The recipe can be found here 🙂
I ended up making it to D.C. in 5 1/2 hours. I was so excited because we wanted to be there before midnight!
I was so excited to see Shaughna’s cat! They are in Hawaii for a month, so they let me stay at their place.
My parents sent me to D.C. with all of T.C. and Karlee’s Christmas gifts. They also sent up some party favors!
We grabbed our party hats and headed to the waterfront to watch the fireworks.
King Street was absolutely breathtaking. Each tree was lit up in Christmas lights and everything was so festive.
We are going to come up to Christmas shop next year!
We stopped at Laporta’s for a drink on our way back to T.C’s place.
We didn’t get to bed until 3 am and I woke up at 7am on Friday to get ready for the bowl games. I was so tired, but was ready for a fun day. I wore the sweatshirt my mom got me for Christmas.
We all met up and headed to the Metro!
*silly fact. Karlee and I HATE taking photos together. Why?…we both have a good side and a bad side and it happens to be the same side. We start cracking up when we have to take a photo because we end up taking two photos. My right side is my better side and my left side is my bad side. I actually think it’s the way I part my hair. I’m going to try something different today. Can any of you relate on “sides”…or maybe we are just crazy.
We got off the metro at the Archives.
We went to Penn Social to watch Notre Dame play. It was one of the COOLEST bars I have ever been in. It had a rustic upstairs that was more quiet for food, board games, and drinks. The downstairs and arcade games, giant projector screens to watch the game, and tons of football fans! It was GIANT and I wish Charlotte had this place.
We decided to order the Irish Breakfast in honor of the Notre Dame game. I wanted eggs anyways! It had scrambled eggs, irish bangers, brioche toast, and potato hash.
Karlee ordered the red velvet waffle.
It was really disgusting and soggy. Everyone agreed. BUT, HEY! IT’S BAR FOOD!
We headed back so we could watch the Hawkeye game at T.C.’s place. Being here with these two is so much fun and I’m always cracking up.
I love taking the metro when the sun goes down. It’s a very beautiful ride.
I stopped at Whole Foods to grab some snacks for the game. I grabbed a blueberry vanilla & cashew Kind bar (favorite) , fresh fruit, and a Whole Foods green juice. Those juices are only $3.00 and really good compared to all the other brands.
T.C.’s cats are fun to play with. That’s fat frank. T.C. and Karlee adopted him a couple years ago. Some lady had over 50 pets in her house and they were all covered in bugs, missing hair, and underweight. They nursed him back to health and now he’s the happiest kitty ever.
This is Jax. He’s a character…
T.C. and Karlee steamed some crab legs and made guacamole for the Iowa game. The Iowa game was a blow!
THAT FACE 😉
I went to bed at ten last night and finally caught up on some sleep!
I know this recap was kind of all over the place but it’s better than nothing 🙂 I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m off to the treadmill!
THREE QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
- What did you do for New Years?
- What is your favorite road trip snack?