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Crepes at Cafe Mezcla, bike rides, and hammocking

It’s been a beautiful week around here as all the flowering trees are fully in bloom and the landscape is greening up. Last week was Brady’s birthday and we were able to do a lot of outdoor adventuring to celebrate. I had been planning a weekend backpacking trip to Shenandoah National Park for the weekend but we didn’t end up going because the weather forecasts were looking potentially stormy and I was also dealing with a strained muscle in the hip flexor area. Sad. We’re still hoping to go this summer and we may try doing a shorter and close to home backpacking trip this weekend.

Since Brady worked late on his actual birthday, we went out on Wednesday evening to Brookeside Gardens to see the tulips before meeting up with his family at Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

Brookeside Gardens tulips in spring Continue Reading

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DC Cherry Blossoms 2017

Hello there, it’s been a while. The cold that was pretty minor that I was basically complimenting turned into a full blown cold that has lasted 3 weeks now… my sister also came home during that time and I haven’t had my computer for a week since it was getting upgraded. But I’m back and I have lots to share! To keep from making this the longest post in blog history, I’m going to share the most recent event since because last night the hubs and I went on a date to DC to see the cherry blossoms. The freak winter storm we had 2 weeks ago killed off about 50% of the blooms according to the NPS but when I was there a week ago, I realized that meant that specific trees were damaged rather than half the blooms on each tree. The show wasn’t as perfect as usual but it was still a fluffy tree wonderland. 

Traffic sucked getting there and took twice as long as it should have, but we were there for the best part of the day and it was surprisingly rather un-crowded for only being one day after official peak bloom. 

We parked in the lots on Hains Point and walked through the FDR Memorial and out to the MLK Memorial before turning around and walking along the Tidal Basin back to the car.

I wish we could have lingered a tad longer because the weather was gorgeous and the sunset had a lovely glow but we couldn’t stay out too late since somebody had work to do before going to bed… However it was a beautiful evening out and I’m already dreaming about the blossoms for next year. 

 

Have you ever been to DC to see the blossoms?

What’s your favorite spring blossoming flower or tree?

 

 

Linking up with Amanda for this post!

Life, Week in Pictures

Winter Walks and Birthday Celebrations

This week has been flying by faster than the last though I am still dealing with a cold. I had a few days where it was pretty light and I wasn’t feeling very much, but today has been a bit rougher with more congestion and it feels like I’m growing a tree in my throat. Some salt gargles, hot tea, and eucalyptus steam sessions are helping me through and unless this gets drastically worse, this has been a very light cold and I’m very thankful for that. 

Maryland and much of the northeast was hit by winter storm Stella on Monday-Tuesday this week and prematurely killed all of spring *heartbreak*. Over the weekend they had been predicting up to 14 inches of snow for our area but that was lowered since we got a blend of snow and freezing rain, the accumulation is really only about 4 inches. I went out for 2 different winter walks to enjoy what we had since this is the only real snowfall we’ve had all winter long.

Winter Snowstorm Stella

Winter Snowstorm Stella Continue Reading

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Motivation Monday #4

I can’t believe it’s Monday again… especially since last week was a week where all the days blended together and it was hard to keep track of which day was which. I spent the whole week subbing in a first grade classroom where all the kids were sick. I had kids cough right in my face while I was working with them and it wasn’t long before I felt myself fighting against the bug. It finally caught up to me on Friday and by the evening I really wasn’t feeling well. Kind of rough because we were spending the weekend up in Lancaster, PA. It started with my throat and I was extremely fatigued and dizzy whenever I was sitting or standing on Saturday. Sunday had some residual throat discomfort and minor nose stuffiness but it’s been a pretty light cold so far in comparison to what I’m usually hit with. I’m really hoping that this is the extent of it all.

If you need some ideas on how to fight symptoms of a cold, here’s an article with some suggestions – many of which I use whenever I’m feeling yuck.

Because last week was a rough week for my health, I struggled to have any energy to put into working out, but I pushed through a couple anyways including really focusing on getting steps in.

  • Monday – 15 minute bodyweight exercises, 10K steps
  • Tuesday – 5.4 mi bike, 35 minutes of Zumba, 12.5K steps
  • Wednesday – 10K steps
  • Thursday – 3 mi bike, 2.4 mi run/walk, 11.7K steps
  • Friday: 7.5K steps (sick)
  • Saturday: 3.3K steps (sick)
  • Sunday: 35 minutes Zumba, 10K steps

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Mail troubles, current reading, and an anniversary dinner

Hello there all ye lovelies. I have some distressing news to share but don’t worry, there’s a happy ending to this tale.

The USPS Story

We ordered our Disney tickets just about a month ago and they were shipped a few days later. I was expecting to get them about 2 weeks ago but they spent an extended period of time “In Transit to Destination” with no location listed. It sat like that for over a week. I began to get worried because that’s $800 just sitting in limbo. Well today they finally arrived, no thanks to the USPS because this is how it came:

Post office USPS mess up, ripped package

Do you see the rip towards the top? It was ripped over 2/3 of the way across the top of the package which makes me feel like someone opened my mail; I mean, these bubble envelopes aren’t easy to rip. Maybe it wasn’t tampered with but I can’t be trusting. I linked them straight up to our account to make sure that no one was already trying to use them and thank goodness I didn’t have to go through the hassle of harassing the post office about stolen tickets. 

The happy ending here is that we are less than 2 months away from our Disney vacay! Continue Reading

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The Perfect Spring Weekend Recap

I don’t know what it was like where you were, but the weather around here at the end of last week was oh my goodness so gorgeous. I talk a lot about the weather because my mood has always been pretty linked with how the sky is feeling; Winter makes me depressed and sunshiny days make me happy. This weekend was a mood booster for sure so get ready for lots of snaps!

Thursday was the first mid-seventies day and I celebrated by hanging out on the deck with my cat after work.

black cat on the deck

sun bathing

Friday was day 2 of beautiful warm weather and I got to take off my sweater and soak in the warmth while the kids played for an hour at recess.

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