Things to Do Before We Leave DC

Dan and I are coming up with a list of all the things we want to do before we leave DC, here is what we have so far.  Would love suggestions as I know there is still a myriad of places we haven’t gone to even in the 7+ years we have lived here.

Restaurants to visit one more time:

  • Pasta Mia
  • Open City
  • Rustico
  • Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
  • Matchbox

Tourist Attractions:

  • Major DC monuments esp. the Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Roosevelt Island
  • National Harbor
  • Smithsonian museums
  • Spy Museum
  • National Zoo
  • Nationals Game

Other “local” attractions:

  • A day in Philadelphia
  • Monticello
  • One last hike in Shenandoah

And we also plan to spend as much time with friends and my brother and nieces as possible before we head out west.

 

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We’re Moving!!!

So my exciting news, after three years of talking about it, Dan and I are pulling the trigger…… we are moving to Colorado!!! Denver to be exact!

We have been seriously talking about moving since we got back from our honeymoon and were trying to put the pieces in place for it to actually happen.  We knew at least one of us had to have a job in order to make it work and recently that happened for Dan.

I love my job, but unfortunately my organization does not have an office in Denver and working from home is not an option, so today I told my boss and we will be shipping out at the end of May!

This is a very scary and exciting time. Next up we have to find a place to live, I need to find a job and we have to make a plan to move out there…. all are in the works.

I can’t believe this is finally real and we are actually following our dreams and moving out west!

We are looking for suggestions on places to live in Denver that are very walkable.  Do you have a favorite neighborhood? 

Courtesy of Frenkieb and Flickr

Courtesy of Frenkieb and Flickr

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A Great Day for a Bike Ride

Yesterday was one of the first really nice days we have had so far this spring in DC.  It was a little windy, but the sun was shining and the temperature was in the 60’s.

Dan and I planned to meet friends for a bike ride in Georgetown.  We woke up and got ready, got our bikes out of storage and loaded up the car.  We wanted to get there relatively early, parking is free on Sundays and we knew a lot of people would be heading downtown.

Dan getting the bikes ready

Dan getting the bikes ready

When we got to Georgetown was walked around a bit, waiting to hear from our friends, once we did, we had a quick change of plans…. they wanted to do brunch first…great!

We headed to Rosemary’s Thyme where I enjoyed a mimosa and a fruit and cheese plate.  We then went and got our bikes and headed to see the Cherry Blossoms.  Riding through the crowds was very difficult at times, but the bikes were a perfect idea, since I still shouldn’t be walking all over town, while I wait for my leg to heal.

Hanging out by the Tidal Bason

Hanging out by the Tidal Basin

Washington Monument covered in scaffolding for earthquake repairs

Washington Monument covered in scaffolding for earthquake repairs

We hung out at the Jefferson memorial for a little while before riding by the Potomac to southwest DC and grabbing a drink at Station 4.  By that time it was getting kind of late and Dan and I had to get back to our car before dark.  The bike ride back to the car was a little less congested and was really nice as the sun was starting to set.  We got home and relaxed on the couch.

It was a great way to spend the day and I look forward to doing it again soon!

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A New Perspective on Life

Recently, I have learned that two people I know in their early 30’s have been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  One, the husband of a childhood friend, the other a good friend and sorority sister from college.  Both have small children at home and are hoping for the best from their treatment plans.

My college friend has beat this dreaded disease once before however, the prognosis this time around is not so promising.  A group of amazing girls from school and I have joined together to do all we can for our friend and her family, coming up with monthly gifts and daily notes of encouragement and love.

The news of these two people being diagnosed, with such young families and so much life left ahead of them, has left me numb.  It has made me think about my own life, am I following my dreams, what are my goals, am I in a happy place?

I’ve taken a new perspective on life. I want to be happy, to not sweat the small stuff, and to not take for granted all the good things that I have.  I don’t need to get stressed out if the metro is late, traffic is backed up, I’m not on time to things or work is a little hectic. I have an amazing husband, a great family and awesome friends.  There are a few things that I am ready to change and Dan and I are making some plans, which is exciting.

It’s crazy and sad the things that make you look at your life.

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Updates

Changing the appearance of the blog, hope you like it!  Also working on updating the recipe page.

This is the kind of thing you work on when you can’t run 🙂

I will have some exciting news to share next week as well, I just have to get my ducks in a row first!

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Injuries Suck!

Yesterday my fear of having a stress fracture was confirmed.  Last week I had a bone scan done because x-rays didn’t show anything.  I was convinced I didn’t have one and that my issues were muscle related, however I had followed my doctor’s orders and hadn’t run since my race 2.5 weeks ago.  I stayed active on the spin bike and have been doing a lot of core work.

During my lunch hour yesterday my doctor called with the results of the test, I did in fact have a stress fracture in my tibia. With the most arrogant tone and worst “bedside manner”* he told me i had to stay off of it for 3 months, 3 months?  Everyone else I know, including my sister and my husband, who have had this injury were told 6-8 weeks.  Anyways I proceeded to ask questions about how bad it was, activities I could do etc, and he just wasn’t listening to me.  Basically I can do anything that doesn’t pound on my leg, good news as I can return to bodypump, spinning classes and start doing yoga, but I”m not so sure I’m satisfied with the information he gave me about healing time.

Anyways, after a long text conversation with my sister, I think I am going to seek a second opinion, I know I have a stress fracture I just don’t think I received adequate information and am currently looking for a new doctor.  On a more positive note I am going to use the slow come back to running to really work on my form, since I have been plagued with injuries for the last two years I think I have my work cut out for me.

Have you ever gone to get a second opinion for a new doctor?  How did it go?

*I have actually read reviews and know someone who has seen this same doctor and all agreed he was an arrogant jerk, so it’s not just me.

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Happy Easter with Quick Cinnamon Rolls

Hoppy Easter every bunny (one day late)! We celebrated yesterday morning with cinnamon rolls (and a mimosa for me). And then continued the celebration with jelly beans….lots of jelly beans! (If you care, Sweettarts brand jelly beans are the best)

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Quick Cinnamon Rolls

recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Ingredients:

For the Cinnamon Rolls:

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar +2 tablespoons

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting work surface

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups low fat buttermilk

For the Glaze:

Milk

Powdered Sugar

Instructions:

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square cake pan with one tablespoon butter.

Combine the brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add one tablespoon melted butter and stir with a fork or fingers until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 5 tablespoons of the melted butter and buttermilk to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is absorbed (the dough will be sticky), about 30 seconds. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead, lightly dusting more flour as necessary, until just smooth.

Lightly dust the surface again. Pat the dough into a 12-inch x 9-inch rectangle, dusting with more flour  if necessary so the dough doesn’t stick to the surface. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the brown sugar filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Using your hand, press the filling firmly into the dough. Starting at the long side, roll the dough, pressing lightly, to form a tight log. (If the dough sticks to the surface, use a dough scraper to release it.) Pinch the seam to seal. Roll the log seam-side down and, using a serrated knife, cut it evenly into 8 pieces. Turn the pieces over on their flat sides and place the rolls in prepared pan, brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 23-25 minutes.

Place a wire rack over a piece of aluminum foil that extends past the edges of the rack.  When the buns are done remove from baking pan and place onto a wire rack. Let cool for 5 minutes.

While cooling, make the glaze. I just made simple milk/powdered sugar glaze, whisking the two ingredients together until they were the thickness of Elmer’s glue.

Drizzle the glaze evenly over the buns. Serve warm out of the oven, or store in airtight container and reheat.

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6 Months

Today is our sixth month anniversary, I have been married for six months!  What is that anniversary, chocolate? wine? cookies? I know its made up, but I feel like it is significant.

Regardless, I will give my hubby extra love today!  Happy Anniversary Dan!

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Running on the Road: Las Vegas

I was in Las Vegas for less than 48 hours, but squeezed in a workout on Monday morning.

I left for Vegas on Sunday afternoon and really lucked out with upgrades to first class on both legs of my flight (thank you silver medallion status!). It really made my six hour flight enjoyable! And Silver Linings Playbook was on, which I LOVE.

I got in and checked into the Monte Carlo and went to bed. I was tired and the three hour time change meant it was past my bed time.

I knew I couldn’t actually run on this trip, but I planned to hit up the hotel gym. I was expecting to ride on a crappy gym bike, but was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the really nice fitness center and found this:

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I had a great hour long ride, did some abs and was ready for my meeting!

Where’s the best hotel gym that you have found?

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Birthday Celebration Cont.

On Friday after work I met Dan in Clarendon and we went to Screwtop wine bar for dinner. We had a great bottle of wine and some cheese and meat. I had a salad and Dan got a Cuban sandwich for our main course. We left with a bottle of champagne and stopped at Crumbs (best cupcakes in DC in my opinion) for some cupcakes to take home.

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When we got home I opened presents and got a gorgeous watch from Dan along with some great earrings from his mom and a gift card from his dad. Everyone was very generous!

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On Saturday instead of going on a hike because I am still trying to heal whatever is wrong with my leg, we went to the gym and I got on the bike for an hour. We ran some errands and stopped by my brother’s house before heading to Biergarten Haus for liters of beer and currywurst.

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We called it an early night and I left for a work trip to Las Vegas on Sunday. An awesome start to 31 so far.

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