Couches, Tables and Beds – Oh, My!

This afternoon I had to say farewell (for now) to my BFF, Jamie ๐Ÿ˜ฆย Her brother is getting married this weekend and then she’s headed back to live in Richmond for the summer.

Of course we had to have frozen yogurt as our goodbye snack ๐Ÿ˜‰ My favorite fro-yo place in Richmond just opened a shop in my neck of the woods! It’s a good day, my friends.

Surprising Afternoon Workout

Some of you may know that I’m usually an AM workout gal, but it wasn’t in the cards this morning. So after my fro-yo extravaganza, I made a pit-stop at the gym and was able to get in a 4-mile run.

Can you believe that?ย I sure can’t. I was just trotting along, and when I got to about 2.5 miles I realized I wasn’t really tired. I even ran one mile at 7.0 mph, which is a little bit faster than my comfortable 6.3 mph. I was proud of myself!

Couches, Tables and Beds, Oh My!

Cory and I spent the evening furniture shopping. Woah. Doin’ big things, I know. But as lame as furniture shopping may sound, it was actually exciting! I’ve never owned my own furniture and I’ve never owned anything with Cory – so this is all very fun ๐Ÿ˜€

All that sitting on couches and Ooohh-ing and Ahhh-ing over memory foam beds worked up our appetites. Once we got in the car my hanger level was at a solid 7, so I told Cory “just make a decision. I don’t care what or where we eat.”

He made a good decision! El Fresco it was! ๐Ÿ™‚ I ordered two soft grilled chicken tacos with black beans and rice. Delish.

I know it is Mexican food, and I understand that many would dispute the healthiness of it all, but the ingredients are always so fresh here!

Look at that fresh salsa, fresh guac and grilled chicken. I’m also a huge fan of black beans – so all in all, I left stuffed, but I didn’t feel totally bad about it ๐Ÿ™‚

Now my night includes doing a whole lotta nothin’! I hope you’ve enjoyed your day, friends!

Let’s chat – Do you live near your best friend? Mexican vs Indian food?ย 


Directionally Challenged.

Hey there! Thanks so much for all of your good luck vibes you sent me this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Overall, I think they worked!

When I Googled the place of my interview this morning, I thought no sweat.

I know you may be thinking But, Colleen, you get lost in your own home.

Yes, yes. While that is a slightly fabricated statement, it rarely occurs that I venture to a new place alone and feel confident in my directional abilities.

But Google maps told me my destination was only 3 minutes and two turns away. How could anyone mess that up?

Oh, that’s right. I could.

Good thing I left myself 45 minutes to find my way to a building that was 2.1 miles away from my home.

On my first attempt, I missed the turn. I said to my GPS, No Gertrude. You can’t possibly be right about this one.

Who am I to tell Gerty that she’s wrong?!

After she said route recalculationย for the 5th time in her annoyed British accent, (yes, I know she was annoyed) I decided to pay attention. I ended up doing a huge loop only to come back to the left turn that Gertrude had suggested in the first place.

And I took it. And she was right. Go figure.ย 

At this point I still had 20-ish minutes to find the actual building. And yes, I did stop a man in a suit to ask if he could “point me in the right direction” after I had turned off Gertrude in a fit of rage.

To make a short story long, I ended up on time.

Just a little sweaty.

The interview went swimmingly and I’ve been asked back for a second interview ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s the deal: I don’t really want to celebrate this call back yet. And I contemplated not saying anything because if I don’t get the job, I’ll feel stupid.

But, such is life. Everyone has interviews. Some go well and some don’t. I’m thrilled I was asked back, but I’m also finding a sense of calmness in the cliche: If it’s meant to be, it will be.ย 

Now I’m going to enjoy my fine dinner and get on my way to volunteer!

PS – Sorry for the lack of photos. I’m in a Panera and my computer is running so slowly!ย 

Let’s chat – Are you good with directions? Do you ever eat out at a restaurant alone? I’m eating out alone tonight, and I kind of enjoyed it! Not something I do on the reg., but it wasn’t too shabby ๐Ÿ™‚


Totally Truthful Thursday (Sort of)

Good evening, my friends!! I loved reading about all your love letters!

To tell the truth…I had margaritas at a 4:30 happy hour – and I asked the waitress if she was in charge of how much tequila went into my drinks. She thought I was weird.

To tell the truth…I made a meal out of sides at said happy hour: A sweet potato and veggies.ย 

To tell the truth…I like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.

Okay, I don’t dress like Buddy the Elf and eat sugar for breakfast, lunch and dinner – but I am a huge fan of the smile.

I used to be the person who looked down, at my phone, or at the wind when I passed strangers on the street. For some crazy reason, I avoided eye-contact. Then one day a friend told me “When I first met you, I took you for a total bitch.” I was floored! Me?ย A total bitch?

She said it’s because I looked mean.

I’m not a naturally bubbly, giggly girl. I’m happy, but I don’t sit around giggling or walking around with a gaping smile plastered on my face.

I’m relaxed.

After I realized I looked mean, I stopped avoiding eye-contact with strangers. I actually now play a game to see how many people I can smile at and get one in return.

99% of the time, it works every time ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Let’s chat – ย Has anyone ever told you something about yourself that shocked you? What’s your favorite happy hour drink?ย 


Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up

Birthdays are a big deal in my world. I am a huge birthday diva and insist on celebrating a birthday week. Yeah, it happens.

Cory is no such diva.

But because it’s hard to celebrate a birthday on a Monday – darn that work thing – we did most of the celebrating this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturday morning, we ventured into DC and visited the Spy Museum!

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. Let me tell you, though – is a very huge, very cool museum.

We learned so much about spies!ย I’m considering dropping out of my counseling program and starting a career of espionage. How does Special Agent Lunchbox sound? ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the spy museum, we stopped by our favorite DC fro-yo shop!

Cheesecake fro-yo for lunch makes for two very happy campers ๐Ÿ˜€

We spent the afternoon lounging around before getting dressed up for birthday surprise #2 – dinner at Texas de Brazil! I don’t know about you, but I love getting a little dolled up and going out to dinner.

We tried our best to play around with the self-timer just for this little blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re looking in to hiring a personal photographer ๐Ÿ˜‰ We just don’t have the self-timer skills.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Texas de Brazil, it’s literally a meat fest. Men walk around with huge skewers of meat like this

(Taken with my phone, sorry for the poor quality!)

And just keep slicing you pieces until you say stop. I did not partake in the meat fest, as their “salad” bar is top notch. Salmon pieces, cheeses, breads, olives, pastas, veggies…

I mean, how many salad bars have you seen that look like this?

I made two trips during Cory’s meat extravaganza. While I didn’t take the meat-route, I did eat an alarming amount of cheese and bread. I really think the restaurant should invest in stretchers to roll people out of there. We were stuffed!

Now it’s back to reality for the next 8 hours before I head over to Cory’s for more birthday celebrations – his parents are coming to town!

Happy, happy birthday, Cory! I hope 25 is the best year yet!ย 

Let’s chat – When’s YOUR birthday? Mine is October 5th!ย 


Busy Bee

Hello, beautiful people! Happy Saturday to you ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got a very busy day planned with my birthday boy (man? guy?) so I’ve got to make this post a quick one ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fridayย (Did anyone else start singing Rebecca Black when you read that word? Gag me.)

Last night, Cory and I made our way over to the little farmer’s market that sets up shop across the street from his place. My favorite vendor, Great Harvest, was there handing out thick slices of cinnamon swirl bread.

The crust was heavenly.

The flower vendors also made me happy.

Dinnerย 

Cory and I had plans to make dinner, but time got away from us. Deciding Oh yeah, I’m starving. Let’s start dinner doesn’t really fly in these parts. Hanger gets real serious. So when Chinese was suggested, it was a no brainer.

I had the chicken and broccoli and Cory had the General Tso’s. To-go boxes were requested almost immediately. That’s a lotta food!

Today Cory and I are venturing into DC to go to a pretty awesome museum (they do exist) and then we have dinner reservations at his favorite place. Updates to come! ๐Ÿ˜€

Enjoy your Saturday, friends! I’ll catch ya later!

Let’s chat – Chinese food: Yay or nay?ย 


FarmVegas

Hello, friends!! How is everyone’s Thursday going? Mine is going fabulously, especially since I was able to get my Longwood fix ๐Ÿ™‚

I arrived into town around 10:45 AM and I was literally squealing out of excitement alone in my car. It’s just a happy place. Any other Longwood student/alum would tell you that, too ๐Ÿ™‚

My first stop was to the psychology department to say hello to my two favorite professors and Miss Joyce, the heart and brains behind the department ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my professors & Miss Joyce said they read the blog (hi!) – and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I mean really, that’s neat.

Lunch was a BLT at a personal favorite hole-in-the-wall, Merk’s. Oh, so good.

We ended up spending the afternoon laying out in the sun, sipping adult lemonades. I don’t know about you, but I think hard lemonade is a gift from God.

After we came inside, it was clearly time to start getting ready to go eat and drink in another location.

La Parota it was! Shocking, I know. But really, how can you go wrong with chips & salsa, soft tacos and margs? The answer is, you can’t.

As an aside – Jamie and I weren’t on a romantic date all day yesterday. I swear there were other people with us.ย 

After dinner we bee-lined it to the bar. The Bar, because it is truly the only bar in Farmville. We met up with some more sorority sisters and had a grand ol’ time. I’m sorry I didn’t think to get pictures of the ladies on the other side of the table. I’m a silly bitch.

I was lovin’ myself by 7:30. That’s a success in my book.

Ah yes, it was wonderful to back.


Exhausted!

Hi, friends! Long time no see! Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I was up early to catch my flight to Ohio and didn’t stop until I went to bed ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning we were up and out by 4:30 AM, landed at 7:30, got home and tried to go back to bed and then went out for Mother’s Day brunch – so now is the first time I’ve checked my email, blog, etc. since Friday! (I think I was going through withdrawals ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Needless to say, I’m a little exhausted!

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My cousin’s bridal shower was lovely! Her MOH did a fantastic job putting everything together.

There was tons of great food – and believe it or not, I only got two pictures of the whole day! I tried to take pictures of Lauren opening presents, but they all came out dark and/or blurry. What a bummer.

This cream-sickle cheese cake was deeelicious!

And the food table was stocked! Oh my Lord – there was so much to eat! And look at that little watermelon basket. Too cute, right?

We played a few cute games like, How Well Do You Know the Bride?, Bridal MadLib, and a bridal word scramble. Then it was time to open presents! It was so funny to learn that Lauren and I both hate opening presents in front of people. It makes us so nervous! I was glad to see her do it a month before me. If she survived, I know I will too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Like I said earlier, this morning my dad took us out to breakfast. As you may remember from Friday – I love going out to breakfast ๐Ÿ˜€

I ordered a delicious veggies omelete with rye toast. My favorite!

Now I’m back over on my side of town about to go run some errands with Cory. I can’t believe that it was one year ago today that I graduated and got engaged to my best friend. Talk about the best day ever!ย 

This picture makes me smile every time ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll friends, I’m out for now! If you’re a mother, happy Mother’s Day! I hope each of you are surrounded with ones you love today (and always)

Let’s chat – Did you get your mom anything for Mother’s Day? My brother and I got my mom a new camera!ย Does opening presents in front of people make you nervous? Uh. Heck yes!ย 


Breakfast Date

Hi there, friends!! Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ˜€ Today I can officially say that I have one year of graduate school under my belt! What a relief!

Because I had class last night, I was unable to partake in Cinco de Mayo festivities, which was a slight bummer. I considered taking a margarita in a water bottle to class, but that’s so undergrad ๐Ÿ˜‰

Workout

This morning I slept in a little bit (wahoo!!) before hitting the gym. My cardio ADD was in full force today. I ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill, elliptical-ed for 20 minutes and finished (my TV show) with 5 minutes on the stair master. Kind of spastic, but I was sweaty by the end!

Breakfast

I met Jamie for breakfast this morning at Panera. Going out for breakfast is one of my favorite things to do, but I don’t get to do it very often – so this was a treat!

You betta believe I got myself some hazelnut coffee.

Actually, Jamie and I both got the exact same thing. Same coffee with the same breakfast sandwich –ย egg and cheese on ciabatta bread.ย We’re perfect heterosexual life partners ๐Ÿ˜‰

This didn’t disappoint! My only complaint is that I wish it was bigger. I was hungry!

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Now I’m home and about to run some errands with my mom. We’re going away again this weekend, but this time it’s to Ohio! My cousin Lauren is having a bridal shower and I’m looking forward to it! (PS – Lauren, the wedding is only 29 days away!! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday! I’ll catch ya later! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite meal to eat out? Breakfast, duh. Any exciting plans this weekend?ย 


Where the Heck did Tuesday Go?!

Good morning, beauties! Thanks to all of you who giggled at my Break Up post. Clearly, Running and I have a hot-and-cold relationship, but I know it’s impossible to leave forever. I’ll be trotting along and wheezing again in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday

Yesterday was busy for me – it was 8:30 when I got home, I kept getting sidetracked and blogging didn’t happen! I woke up bright and early for some Legs & Back action with the P90X gang. My work day was rather dull, but my lunch totally made up for it.

Pepper turkey, red pepper, tomato, apple slices, mustard and 1/4 avocado on light rye bread. Grad School Gourmet, ladies and gents ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also made a little pit-stop at Target and picked up a new purse (and tried on a million cute dresses)ย Seriously, it’s impossible to walk into that store and leave empty handed.

Obviously I will not be wearing this purse across my chest and holding it’s little handles at the same time – I simply wanted to showcase it’s stunning versatility. Just wanted to clear the air on that one ๐Ÿ˜‰

The rest of my day was splendid because I spent it with my parents ๐Ÿ™‚ My dad was amazing and came and switched cars with me while I was at work and he went to get my inspection done. That saved me a lot of time! He da best. My mom also found her mother-of-the-bride dress. She looked beautiful!

My parents took me out to dinner at this fabulous restaurant in Old Town called Overwood. My mom and I have concluded that it is impossible to order a bad meal from that place.

I ordered 1/2 a roasted chicken with red skinned mashed potatoes (hiding under the chicken!) and brussel sprouts.

Would you believe that this was the first time in my life that I’d ever eaten brussel sprouts?! I see them all over my favorite blogs and I’ve been itching to try them. I wasn’t disappointed!

I was stuffed by this meal, but I wasn’t feeling too guilty about anything. I was ready to get the check and go.ย Then the waitress uttered the d-word: dessert. We rarely get dessert when we eat out. My mom does not eat sweets of any kind. Ever. It’s insane. My dad on the other hand said, “Sure! Let’s look at the options.” Damn it, Dad. How am I supposed to say no to this?

Goodness gracious. Every bite was pure bliss. What is it about a hot brownie and cold vanilla ice cream? (I don’t touch chocolate ice cream)

Today

I slept in today because I’m planning on getting a workout in before class tonight.

I made myself a big bowl of cereal and it absolutely hit the spot.

1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares, 1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios and 1/2 a banana + pinches of Kashi Crisp!, oats, and almond slivers. Perfection.

I hope you have ย a great day, you beautiful people! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s chat – Do you love Target? I’m obsessed!


Weekend Wrap Up

Hiya! Did you guys have a fun weekend? I sure did! ๐Ÿ™‚ Saturday was spent cashing in on a Groupon that Cory and I bought a few weeks ago, and today was spent on a adventure in DC.

Let’s start with Saturday’s events, shall we?

Saturday

Cory and I spent a few hours over at National Harbor at theย Metropolitan Food, Libations & Luxury Home Show. Clearly, we don’t own a home – but we’ve got the food and libations part covered ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is the inside of the Gaylord. It’s seriously such a neat, beautiful hotel!

Tickets to get our draannk on ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is the first vendor that greeted us. Yes please!

The caramel pretzel bark was ahhhmazing.

Barbecue sause (served with non-pictured chicken sausage)

Oh my dear sweet Lord, I want a Vitamix SO badly. This guy said that he “saw my eyes light up” as we approached this station ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now if only I had several hundred dollars lying around..

I’m not a beer girl – but I tasted two that I actually really liked! Agave Wheat – has anyone tried this!?

We tried brownies, chips and salsas, chocolate-covered nuts, wines, and coffees. It was a blasty blast.

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Sunday

Today, we experienced the most epic let down of all time.

Jamie, Cory and I hopped on the metro this morning with BIG plans. We rode into the District to fulfill one mission that I’ve been wanting to do for so long – have The Cereal Bowl for lunch.

We were stumped when we got to the address but couldn’t find the place. 3820 is what we were looking for. We were standing in front of 3816. We scanned to 3818. I let out a huge “Are you KIDDING ME?!” When we got to 3820.

We attempted to reenact our tantrum.

Defeated, we went to Clyde’s for lunch. I ordered soup because it came in a bowl, like cereal.

It didn’t make me as happy as a cereal combo would have. But of course, this did make things a little bit better.

Frozen-Yo is a pretty tasty fro-yo place in DC. I was so upset about The Cereal Bowl that I ate way too much fro-y0 to in order to compensate (the hole in my heart, clearly). This was the first time ever that I left a fro-yo place feeling gross. It was delicious while it was happening, though.

Well friends, that’s the weekend in a nutshell! I’ve got to go grocery shopping before I can retire in my comfy pants for the evening. I’ll give you one guess as to what I’m planning on having for dinner…

Let me know – On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being FANTASTIC), how would you rate your weekend? Mine? A solid 6.ย Saturday was great, and I loved seeing Jamie today – but all that excitement about The Cereal Bowl just to be let down was blah.