Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Weekend – Pumpkin Cookies, A Selfie Stick, Puppy Play Dates, & The Seating Chart

This weekend was the first in what felt like forever that we were able to spend the whole weekend at home together.  We have had SO many exciting things going on this year – from friends getting married to family events – but the only downside to being on the road all the time is that we don’t have too many weekends to relax at home.

So we took full advantage of the down time.  On Saturday I caught the cooking fever and whipped up a batch of these delicious and simple pumpkin cookies along with the cream cheese icing.  I was too lazy to ice them as beautifully as I did last year, but they were just as good.

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

While I was busy in the kitchen, I also made some hummus.  For some reason, mid-week I was craving hummus and olives in the worst way (random, I know).  So I made a point to visit the antipasta bar at Wegmans on Saturday and get the necessary supplies.

For dinner on Saturday we had Salmon Ceasar salads.  There’s nothing better than a healthy home cooked meal after being on the go.

In other news, I have been thoroughly enjoying the running trail this summer and fall.  It’s so peaceful to be out on the trail with the B doggie. I love that I can feel like I’m submersed in nature and still be close enough to road traffic not to feel secluded.

I never thought I would say this but I bought a selfie stick, and it’s awesomeee.  (B dog was excited too).  Can’t wait to use this bad boy on our honeymoon.

On Sunday we watched more football and had a few friends over that also have a GSP.  I absolutely love watching these two together.  It just makes my little puppy-loving heart melt.

After the fun was over and everyone went home, Kris and I decided we should probably get a move on our seating chart.  So we implemented a super high tech plan to map out our seating arrangements.

1 sheet of paper = 1 table

1 post-it = 1 guest’s name

It’s a work in process.

Anyone have any super fancy (or not so fancy) ways they charted out their seating arrangements?


The Pittsburgh Half Marathon

Happy Monday!! Hopefully it’s a smooth day for everyone that’s back to the grind. Before we know it we’ll be back at home in our yoga pants recovering.

I wanted to recap the Pittsburgh Half Marathon from May, because even though it’s 4 months late, I was sharing some of my training in the early weeks and I happened to (unexpectedly) hit a new PR!

But seriously, I’m pretty convinced that it was like 20% training, 30% having a margarita and a huge dinner the night before, and 50% sheer luck.

This was the 4th year that I ran the Pittsburgh Half, and although I couldn’t break the 2 hour hurdle, I came across the finish line at a cool 2:07.

This is the second year that I ran as a charity runner for the Animal Rescue League. It always makes me feel good to help the animals, especially if I’m going to be running anyway.  Also – check out that cat bag.

I also totally forgot about my choice of bib wording until I picked up my packet. Is it possible to prank your future self?

I tried my best to stick with the pacers but I was totally burnt out by the last hill. I ended up walking and although I know deep down I had nothing in the tank, I still always wonder if I could have made up for those pesky 7 minutes past the 2 hour mark. Gets me every time.

Kris was there to support me (after a minor wreck on his bicycle… Who knew spectating was so dangerous?? Luckily he’s making a full recovery.) along with my parents. And my mom cut those gorgeous tulips out of her garden.

All in all it was a good year. Although I have to be honest… I still haven’t signed up for another one. I have been doing some shorter distances and it’s kept me feeling pretty content, so I’m not sure if I want to change that. I still like to think I’ll chase down that sub 2 hour time someday, but for now it feels nice to just enjoy the leisure running.

I’m baaaack! 

Wow, where to start. So much has happened in the past 6-7 months and so many exciting things are on the horizon! I will be sure to publish the highlight reel.

I stopped posting back in February when I was feeling frustrated about coming up with new content and overwhelmed with wedding planning and the start of a new job.  Things have been insanely busy. But I can confidently say, although it’s been an absolute whirlwind, I will look back on this time with so much happiness/fondness and wish for it back. 

Over the past 6 months I have thought about blogging over and over again but just couldn’t bring myself to get past the overwhelming feeling of my daily to-do list. It’s such a cruel irony that these moments in life are the most noteworthy yet, with all the excitement, they are the most difficult to find the time to document. 

The one thing that is for sure though is that I can’t shake the feeling that I want to make this blog work. I go back and forth about sharing my life on social media. It feels scary and revealing putting personal information on a public platform. I feel like I am always walking a fine line, and to be entirely honest I am terrified of the inevitable judgment. I am scared of missing out on precious moments because I’m too busy worrying about snapping the perfect picture, and I hope I can create authentic and interesting content. I love writing, but blogging definitely puts me on the edge of my comfort zone. 

So if you want the  less-sappy summarized version – life is short and blogging makes me terrified and happy, so I’m back! And I would love for you to come on this journey with me (again)! 

Side note – tonight is the Buffalo Bills season home opener. The city may burn (I wish I was kidding).