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Go Away Hurricane Sandy

While I love visiting Ryan & Chelsey in Harrisburg, it’s always nice to be back home, falling asleep in my big, fluffy bed with my little Jake-a-bean snuggled by my feet. If they didn’t live 7-8 hours away I would try and get down there once a month, but it’s really only doable with a long weekend. While they’ve hinted at me taking their spare room, Harrisburg is very much so on my list of potential relocation areas that I’m consider in a handful of months.

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They live one block from the river front, which means daily runs by the river. Yes please! The downtown is cute and not overwhelming, and they have awesome friends who I’ve been able to meet every time I visit. It’d also make it a lot easier helping the bride-to-be plan her wedding!

The downside is that they still get snow and cold weather. Talk about a total con!

I was SO happy to be reunited with my bowl of overnight oats this morning. I went TWO days without the oatty goodness. TWO days. Cold turkey. I was going crazy without my precious oats, and demolished the bowl in seconds flat.

Such a good way to start my Monday off. Oh speaking of having a good Monday, we are officially in a State of Emergency as Hurricane Sandy makes her way up state. That’s cool, really cool. New Jersey and New York are currently getting hit extremely hard. Check out the pictures courtesy of the Today Show.

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I hope everyone is staying safe! You never know if a storm like this will actually play out to its full potential. I certainly hope it’s a fluke and we don’t flood or lose power!

I’ve run in a Tsunami warning before, so this little Sandy girl can’t stop me.

Morning Workout

• 4 mile run
• 1:21 plank hold
• 50 mountain climbers
• 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 crunches & 50 side-to-side crunches
• 50 scissors
• Stretching

Today was the time trial day of Tina’s 4-Week Plank Challenge, and if you recall, Friday’s time was 1:17, which means I held it for an additional 4 seconds. 4 seconds is 4 seconds.

The Governor has urged all companies to send workers home early and to be off of the roads by 3pm at the latest. I’m hoping that my boss lets us out early, so I’m about to take my lunch around 12:30 instead of 1:30. After a weekend of unhealthy eating and minimal cardio, I’m craving a sweaty cardio session.

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Causing Trouble in Amish Country

Today was different. Extremely different. I’m talking Amish different.

While debating on what we wanted to do today, Chelsey recommended that we head to Lancaster to take a buggy tour of Amish Country.

We went to Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, where we took the “Amish Town Tour,” which was a 4 mile tour passing an Amish village, businesses, and an All Amish Farm area.

The tour was extremely fun, and it was such a culture shock to see how the Amish live. If you ever find yourself in an Amish country, or close to one, I highly suggest you visit the area. We stopped at one house and the husband brought out chocolate chip cookies, honey mustard pretzels and root beer, all of which were homemade. Each were $2, and we settled on the honey mustard pretzels and root beer.

I’m a die-hard honey mustard pretzel fan, but these were thick and chock-full of an excessive amount of honey mustard seasoning.

I found the golden ticket honey mustard pretzel! 🙂 I wish they were all that well seasoned, but regardless, a normal bag of these pretzels at the grocery store just won’t compete with these.

I might move to Amish Country just to have a life-time supply of these bad boys!

The Amish also make their own….. PEANUT BUTTER!

And then I found more….

I also came across an entire counter full of free samples of various types of homemade jams.

You can bet this girl immediately located the jar of Peanut Butter Schmier.

I ate roughly half of this jar before I found free samples of pretzels, caramel popcorn, nuts and raisin bread with globs of butter. And that there was my Saturday lunch.

Upon leaving with full bellies, we made it back to Ryan & Chelsey’s house and popped the champagne to celebrate their engagement. While I was in the other room, Ryan found my glasses and is now Harrisburg’s newest hipster.

Before we knew it 6:30 rolled around so we changed into nicer clothes and drove into Hershey for an engagement dinner at the Hershey Tavern.

We ordered a crab dip that was demolished within a matter of minutes.

My salad also came with lemon poppy-seed sweet bread, which came out BEFORE my salad did. Dessert before dinner? Yes please! Since I ate too many sweets and junk food today, I took 2 miniscule bites and gave the rest to Ryan.

When my salad came, I was in heaven. I chose the Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad, which was full of craisins, blue cheese crumbles, pecans and a sliced pear. This was so good, I just wish I had more of an appetite for it.

We’re enjoying a lazy night in after a full day of eating unhealthy foods. We have a DVD of stand-up comedian Jeff Heffron playing while I’m going through the weekends’ pictures. This guy is funny, check him out!

I feel disgusting from this weekend of eating so I’m looking forward to getting home and eating clean again. My parents and I will be heading out around 10 tomorrow morning so I plan on waking around 7 for an intense run and workout by the river.

Hope everyone’s having a great Saturday night!

 

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When the Sexiest Man Dresses up as Christian Grey

Friday

Once we arrived in Harrisburg yesterday afternoon, I threw on my running clothes and went for a run along the Sasquanna River, while Ry and Chels gave my parents a tour of their house.

Since I went for a 2 mile morning run before the drive, I only completed 2.15 miles. After a quick run, I met up with Ry and my parents who went for a walk along the river front while Chelsey finished up work.

After we relaxed and showered for the evening, we all made our own burgers, where we chose between turkey and ground beef as the base of the burger and add-ins, including different types of pepper and seasonings.

Undocumented were the best rendition on carrots. CARROT CHIPS! These were my favorite part of the meal, and you’ll be sure to see carrot chips in the next few days on here.

After dinner, we got dressed and headed a block over to Chelsey’s old house to attend her former roommate’s Halloween party.

I donned black skinny jeans, a black belt, red and black stripped suspenders, a beanie, hipster glasses and a too small white t-shirt. I give you the hipster nerd, as Chelsey deemed me.

Adam, who was one of Chelsey’s former roommates, dressed up as Christian Grey, with an eye mask, whip, and cuffs linked to his belt.

I’ve always been extremely attracted to him, but once he told me who he was, I nearly dropped my pants and bent over. I would have taken an ass whipping from him any day. Ow ow!!

The skeleton bride and groom!

Serial killer and the detective!

What a fun night out!

Saturday Morning

Today I woke up around 9:30 and laced up my running shoes to tackle a quick 3.7 mile run along the water front while the rest of the house woke up and ate breakfast.

I then came back and snacked on a bowl of Ryan’s homemade granola, which he used Naked Protein Granola, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds and Almonds in it. Talk about addicting!

I’m not a fan of drinking milk but the Silk milk my brother drinks was so sweet and yummy that I started drinking bowlfuls of it!

Once we were all showered up we headed to Lancaster, PA to explore Amish country. Check back later for a post on our Amish day. For now, it’s time for an engagement dinner!

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Last Minute Packing & Long Drives

In between my P90X, shopping & overheating in the mall (yes I said overheating and not overeating – I get extremely hot when I’m starving!), and doing laundry, I was more than ready for bed by 9. Unfortunately I had laundry in the dryer and a bag that still had to be packed. Every trip I wait until the night of to pack, and then stress over having clothes in the dryer at 10. I clearly stopped learning completely when I graduated from college years ago.

Are you guys last-minute packers or do you have everything packed up with plenty of time to spare to relax?

Last night I purchased 2 winning items. I got new glasses. They’re hipster and I’m obsessed. I also picked up Further Seems Forever new album, Penny Black.

I’m not the biggest fan of this genre of music but Chris is my boy and I need to support my babe, plus their first single, So Cold is SO flippin’ good!!!!!!! Yes, all those exclamation points were extremely necessary.

Fun Fact Friday

Here’s a fun fact for you. My tattoo relates to Chris.

When it was time for bed I was wide-awake, go figure, so I only grabbed a few hours of sleep. Regardless, I woke at 5 am to get a quick workout in so that I when I arrived in Harrisburg I wouldn’t have to take TOO much time from the afternoon to run and do P90X.

Morning Workout

  • 2 mile run
  • 2 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 13 standing side dumbbell crunches
  • 1:17 minute plank hold

In accordance with Tina’s 4-Week Plank Challenge, today is a time trial in which I would attempt to hold my regular plank longer than Tuesday’s plank hold.

For those of you who were uninterested in clicking the above link, I DID IT! I held it for an additional 10 seconds. High fives anyone?

Right now I’m blogging from the car. For once I’m not the driver. Shout out to ol’ man Lewis for stepping up. My bro and his fiancé (sounds so weird saying that, but I love it!) were supposed to host both of our families this weekend, but unfortunately Chelsey’s Mom was officially diagnosed with the flu so her parents won’t be able to make it. Such a bummer, they’re so much fun! Hope you feel better soon Mrs. Rink!

Within the first 25 minutes of the trip I was already car sick and ready to blow chunks. Since the drive typically takes anywhere from 7 to 8 hours, I was extremely nervous that it was going to be a miserable ride, but luckily after about an hour the feeling passed. I normally don’t get car sick, so I’m blaming it on the fact that I stupidly took supplements on an empty stomach. Dohhhhh!

We still have about 4 ½ hours left in the drive so I’m going to have to start entertaining myself. I have several fitness magazines to get through and also have Gone Girl to read.

As part of Peanut Butter Finger’s book club, Gone Girl was actually the September book, but my library was a little slow in getting it to me. I placed myself on the wait list in August and I just received it last week! I might be nearly 2 months late but better late than never right? Plus, I finished October’s book 13 Reasons Why in 3 sittings so at least I’ll be able to participate in the Book Club discussion this month!

Alright, off to read, I’ll catch up soon!

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