Thanksgiving & Weekend Wrap-Up!

Hello & happy Monday to you!  I had the best and most fun Thanksgiving celebrating with my mom and my Little Bear and I can’t wait to share my pics with you!  Let’s backtrack a bit.

After I came home from work Monday, I was greeted by my Little Bear and her husband!  I couldn’t park the car and throw down my bags fast enough!

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Obviously you can tell from our smiles we were beyond excited to be reunited again!  My Little Bear and I actually had a dinner date with a former grad school professor of ours, so we walked four blocks to Matchbox to catch up.

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It was so much fun!  He was the best professor, and it’s actually really funny because he now works at the same school system I do!

On Tuesday, my Little Bear headed back to Southern Maryland to spend the day with her dad, so I had some alone time with my mom which was nice.  The boys were off hunting (but they didn’t get anything booo), so my mom and I enjoyed dinner together and vegging out.

She came back to DC Wednesday, and the three of us ladies spent a majority of the day chopping up veggies and prepping for my favorite holiday!  We made the mashed potatoes in advance, chopped up the brussel sprouts and butternut squash, and made the cranberry sauce.

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It made for a much easier Thanksgiving morning!  We didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn, and the three of us had lots of fun sipping mimosas and getting all of our dishes ready.

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Here’s our bird before it went in the oven!

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We rubbed truffle butter under the skin and olive oil and herbs on top.  OMG it turned out SO GOOD!  I channeled my inner Martha Stewart and wrote out our menu on a chalkboard stand (this is honestly probably the most creative thing I’ve ever done, I actually hate arts and crafts).

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Everything was a huge hit and I got lots of compliments on hosting our first holiday 🙂

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My favorites were the apple and sausage stuffing, carrot souffle, and brussel sprouts!  But everything was delicious.

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Friday afternoon I dropped Deb off at the airport (sad face), but I quickly cheered up because my Little Bear and I had a fancy girls dinner date at my favorite French restaurant, Montmartre, and the boys went to the Caps game.

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We shared a bottle of wine (that we didn’t finish and actually took home, shocker!) and I had an amazing scallops dish.

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The boys sent us a really cute picture of them at the game.  They had amazing seats and free food/drinks (which they definitely took advantage of, ha!).  It’s so nice that our husbands are so close and have their own friendship and same interests.

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Needless to say, the boys were feelin a bit rough the next day at brunch, so the ladies decided to do a Little Bear bar crawl before heading back home!

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First up, mango mimosas!

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We also had some delicious and refreshing grapefruit crushes at Senart’s!

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The rest of our Saturday was spent stuffing our bellies with Mexican food and watching stand up comedy!

Sunday morning I woke up and already felt sad that my Little Bear and her husband were leaving–BUT I keep reminding myself we will see them in a few weeks for New Years!  After they left for the airport, Brandon and I stopped by to visit our friends Brigid and Keith in D.C.  They’re having their first baby (a girl!) Tuesday, so we thought it’d be fun to order some pizza and watch football to spend time with them before the baby comes.  We decided what better way to end a week of fat pants eating than to order a Triple Treat Box from Pizza Hut!

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Pizza, breadsticks, and a cookie pizza–WIN!  I spent the rest of my Sunday catching up on my trashy shows and prepping for the week.  As much as I enjoyed indulging, I’m really looking forward to getting back into my workout/healthy eating routine.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and wonderful weekend!

Favorite Thanksgiving dish you ate?

How do you bounce back from holiday indulging?

Share your weekend highlights!

Weekend Wrap-Up!

Hi guys!  I had such an amazing weekend and I’ve actually never been this excited for a Monday before–it’s my last day of work before Thanksgiving break AND I get to see my Little Bear tonight!!!!!  Watch out D.C.!

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That pic is such a TBT from our grad school days!

Let’s back up to Saturday:  I woke up feeling pretty good around 7:00 am, and decided to bundle up and head out for a run.  It was chilly out so I wore my favorite tights and long sleeve top and set out with no particular distance or pace in mind, especially since it had been a week since my last run before my teeth were yanked out.

I logged 4 miles in just over 37:00, and I felt great!  The air was crisp and cool, and while the right bottom side of my mouth felt annoying, I wasn’t in actual pain.  I was so excited to get back out there, and I can’t wait to get back into my groove!

After my run, my mom and I stocked up on some Thanksgiving items at the grocery store, and she roasted some salmon and asparagus for dinner.  I hadn’t had either of those things in over a week and I was so excited to chow down!  Bonus: I was able to take some leftovers to work today for lunch.

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My mom had mentioned how long it’s been since she’s watched a Christmas movie (my stepdad, as much as I love him, is a bit of a Scrooge!) so I decided to pop open a nice bottle of red wine and put on a holiday classic.

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If you don’t know what movie that is I’m not sure we can be friends.  Also, don’t mind Rusty exposing himself.  He’s always looking for belly rubs!  My mom and I had a great time sipping wine and laughing at (IMHO) one of the greatest Christmas movies.

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My mom kept saying how drunk she looks in that pic, but her eyes kept getting more squinty each picture I took after.  Deb is a trip!

Sunday:  I was up early again Sunday so my mom and I could drive to St. Michael’s to pick up my Grammy and bring her to D.C. for some quality girl time!  My Grammy lives by herself and isn’t able to get out much so my mom thought it would be fun to bring her into the city.  And, my aunt (my mom’s fraternal twin) ended up surprising us and coming down for the night too!

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My mom made chicken marbella for dinner, and it was so freaking good.  She used just chicken thighs instead of getting whole chickens.  Since I have a habit of shoveling food down my throat before snapping a pic, I made sure to take a food pic before the chicken went in the oven.

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The brown sugar on top provides a bit of sweetness to balance out the green olives and capers.  It was SO good and super easy to make!

The feast didn’t stop after dinner.  My mom’s friend gave her an ice cream maker, and we decided to try and make salted caramel ice cream.

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Oh.  My.  God.  That home made ice cream was freaking amazing.  And because caramel, half and half, and heavy cream aren’t enough, we added in some bittersweet chocolate chips to balance it all out.

Because my mom had so much fun watching my favorite Christmas movie last night, we all decided to watch the sequel Sunday night while we stuffed our bellies with ice cream.

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We all had so much fun laughing and carrying on, and it was so nice to see my Grammy laughing too.  I went to bed Sunday night with a full belly and full heart!

I hope you guys have a great Monday!  Just think, Thanksgiving is almost here!!!

Share your weekend highlights!

Favorite Christmas movie?

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Friday Faves: Cold Weather Running

Hello & happy Fri-YAY!  It’s definitely Fri-Yay for me because not only is my mom flying back to DC tomorrow for Thanksgiving, my Little Bear will be here Monday!!!!

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I. Can’t. Wait!  My mom AND my BFF both in D.C. for Thanksgiving, ahhh!

Anywho!  With the weather getting chillier each day, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite cold weather running gear.

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I hear ya Sweet Brown.  But it’s on the way, so if you’re like me and hate long runs on the treadmill and want to brave the elements, check out some of my favorite gear essentials:

1. Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Vest.  This vest is the bomb.com.  Yes I just used some throwback 90’s slang, but this vest is probably my favorite piece of cold weather running gear.  It keeps me so warm and toasty but dry, and has lots of pockets for my Gu’s as well as places to stash my gloves if my hands get too warm.

2. Oiselle Go Jogging Tights.  I used to wear Under Armour cold gear tights, but they never fit me quite right (they always slipped down on long runs), and the back pocket wasn’t big enough.  Enter these tights!  They are cozy, the pocket in the back fits my iPhone, and the wide waistband is flattering (and forgiving!).  I love these so much I sometimes just wear them as leggings!

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3. LuLulemon Neck Warmer.  This scarf was my savior last winter when we were blessed with the Polar Vortex.  Again, I refuse to do my long runs on the treadmill unless it’s icy out.  Yes, meaning I’m totally nuts and will run in 10 degree weather.  However, I don’t particularly enjoy breathing in cold air, which is where this scarf came in handy!  I used it to cover my nose/mouth during the beginning of my cold runs and then once I warmed up I just used it to cover my neck.  It seriously helped keeping me warm!  And it’s cute!

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4. Nike Element Half-Zip Top.  I’ve had this top for a few years now and it’s such a staple.  The material is incredibly soft, and I love the thumb holes for when it’s too warm for gloves but my hands need a little coverage before they warm up.  Because the material is so soft you can wear it with just a sports bra underneath.  I love wearing this top paired with my running vest!

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5. Feetures Elite Merino Quarter Sock.  I’ve mentioned before my love of Feetures socks, and they have a great merino wool pair I love to wear when the temperature dips.  I hate having cold tootsies when running (and in general!), and these socks keep my feet nice and warm but not sweaty.  The quarter length is perfect for winter, since my tights don’t fully cover my abnormally long legs and leave my ankles exposed.      

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In addition to the items above, I also highly suggest investing in a pair of running gloves/mittens and a headband or beanie.  I got a cheap pair of Head running gloves from Costco that I love, and a headband (I prefer a headband over a beanie, but that’s just me) from a local running store.  You always want to make sure your extremities are warm!

Oh, and I think I’m going to test out a short run Saturday–first run since wisdom tooth removal!  I think the biggest thing is going to not let negative thoughts get in the way–I’m stressing about how slow my pace will be since I’ve missed a week of running.  Wish me luck!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

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Favorite piece of cold weather running gear?

Coldest temps you’ve ever run in?

Share your favorite Thanksgiving dish!!

The Great Kid Debate

Hi guys!  I’m finally feeling well enough to blog, YAY!  I missed everyone!  Let’s back up a bit–I went in last Thursday to get my three wisdom teeth removed, and it’s been a bit of a slow (but getting better!) recovery.  Funny story: the surgeon told me I could bring my iPod to listen to music, and I guess I was so doped up on the anesthesia/laughing gas that I was singing, dancing, and apparently posing while they were yanking teeth out of my mouth.  I definitely don’t remember doing that, but I do remember hearing Randy Houser’s ‘Going Out With my Boots On’ song and moving my tootsies to the beat.  Too funny!  If you follow me on the IG (bubblyrunner), you saw my hella sexy post-op pic:

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Feel free to print that pic out and frame it if you want.  I won’t be mad.  I haven’t been able to run/do any serious exercising since my surgery, but I can start on Thursday and I can’t wait!  I’m sure my runs will be slow, but I’m hoping I’ll get back into the groove quickly.

Anyways!  I wanted to write about a topic that (I think) a lot of people can identify with: the great kid debate.  To have or not have kids.  Brandon and I are going on 32 (30’s are the new 20’s people!) and we are 99.99% certain we are not having children.

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And I feel like that should be okay.  But I can tell from some people’s reactions that they think this is the worst thing in the world.  Like, how on earth will Brandon and I ever live fulfilling lives without kids?

So, these are mine/our main reasons we have elected not to have children:

1. Jobs.  Brandon has the opportunity to travel to some amazing places for his job, and I am lucky enough to be able to accompany him (when I can).  I’ve been able to go to Costa Rica, London, and Hawaii with him!  Neither of us want him to give that up, and I know myself well enough to know that if we did have a child, I would become resentful of him being away for a week/weeks at a time.

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2. Family History.  Brandon’s parents are still married, but mine are divorced.  They divorced when I was 7, but the effects of it lasted for a few years after, especially when my mom remarried and my dad began dating again.  It was a really difficult adjustment for me, and while I understand it more as I’ve gotten older and am happy my parents are happy, I don’t ever want to potentially put a child through something like that (this does not mean I fear Brandon and I would ever get divorced because I don’t).

3.  Selfishness.  I have no problem admitting that Brandon and I would rather spend money on traveling/ourselves.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.  We like going where we want when we want. What I think would be wrong is for us to pretend we don’t feel that way, have children, and then become resentful.

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4.  Financial Preferences.  Brandon and I are in a much better place financially than we were in our 20’s; however, we do have some financially related reasons for not having children.  One being we live in the city and love it so much, and we do not want to move to the suburbs because the schools are better and give up our city life.  A second is college finances–I was lucky enough to not have to worry about student loans, and while I didn’t realize how truly great that was at the time, I do now.  I wouldn’t want our child to worry about student loans after school, and at this point I don’t think we would be able to provide that.

5.  Nothing is Missing.  At the end of the day, Brandon and I don’t feel like there is a void in our lives.  We’re perfectly happy with the two of us and our fur-child.  We made a plan to not discuss the potential for having kids until we hit 30, and we have revisited the topic each year to be sure we are both on the same page.

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However, I do want to note that I have several close friends who have kids and I love them.  They’re adorable, fun to play with, and have great personalities.  My friends are amazing parents and I love seeing them happy.  But at the end of the day, we’re content with our decision to not have children.  This may change (you never know), but for now we’ll just borrow our friends kids 🙂

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Do you have children?  If so, how did you know you wanted/were ready for them?

Did your parents relationship affect your decision to have/not have children?

Friday Faves

Hi guys!  I’m actually typing up this post on Thursday morning, since my wisdom teeth are coming out at 3:00 today (eeeek!) and I really can’t picture myself being alert enough after my procedure to think of things I’m currently loving.  To say I’m nervous for today is an understatement, but the surgeon said the procedure will only take about 1.5 hours and I can bring my iPod and whatever else to make myself comfortable.  Ummmm can they pour me a glass of champagne???

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I went out to a Mexican restaurant last night so I could eat ALL THE CHIPS!

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Anyways!  Let’s dive into a couple things I’m digging!

1. Thanksgiving Decor.  Confession: I am a horrible decorator/interior designer.  But since we’re hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, I feel like I need to step it up and get some cute fall/Thanksgiving decorations.  I’m loving this pillow and this one too.  Bed Bath and Beyond also has festive kitchen towels.  I may hit up some of these stores today before I get my teeth yanked out!

2. Conan O’Brien & Dave Franco Joining Tinder.  I never watch Conan on TV (past my bedtime!), but I’ve discovered some of these hilarious videos of him and other celebrities doing silly antics, and one of my faves is him and Dave Franco joining Tinder.  Dave Franco is too adorable!

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3. Pumpkin the Raccoon.  I can’t get enough of this little guy on Instagram.  I’m always looking up animal pics and stumbled across Pumpkin’s page and am now convinced Rusty needs a pet raccoon.  Look how cute Pumpkin and his siblings are cuddled up!

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4.  Gangsta Napper Throw Pillows.  Speaking of decor, I want to get some fun throw pillows for our bed and these are calling my name.  Who doesn’t love to nap gangsta style?!  Actually I’m not 100% sure how that would look, but it sounds right up my alley.  Maybe napping with champagne?  Napping while being on fleek?

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5. National Zoo Giant Panda Cam.  Another confession: Erin and I like to spend part (ok, like 3/4) of our work day watching the Giant Panda Cam.  I love watching that little furball rolling around!  Erin and I are trying to figure out how we can become professional baby panda cuddlers.  Also in addition to a pet raccoon, I need a pet baby panda.

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I hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!  If you’re running, log some miles for me since I can’t exercise for the next few days (I may go crazy!).

Favorite store to shop for holiday decor?

If you could have any non-traditional pet, what would you have?

Share what’s on your weekend agenda so I can live vicariously through you!