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A Tree Through My Brother’s Window

While Sandy raged throughout the East Coast, I had Gone Girl and my furball son to keep me safe. A boyfriend would have been better, but sadly there are no prospects on the horizon. Well there is one hunk, who I’d like a chance with.

If he doesn’t work, do you think I can lure handsome hunks in with some Halloween candy?

My friends from near and far all sent texts making sure I was okay.


I love B. He was my roomie in Los Angeles, and also the man who made me walk 4 miles on my birthday for my sushi dinner. Ass Sweetheart.


B.Mays is my girl from Iowa. How’d a New Hampshire chick find a solid friend in Iowa? It’s all thanks to being team members for Dashboard Confessional’s street team 3 years ago. Yes, we were cool.

Some of my other street team favs include Anthony, Lindsay and Shauna. Love you my little munchkins!

While we didn’t get hit too badly, aside from flooding and downed trees, last night I received word that a tree went through my brother and sister-in-laws bedroom window! And to think I was there this past weekend.



The former Mayor lives across the street from them so luckily he offered his help to Ryan and Chelsey. The police came and told them to move everything out of their living room, which is right below their bedroom on the first floor. This is because when the tree is cut into pieces and removed, remnants and limbs might go through the living room windows as well.

I’m thankful Ry, Chels and little bitty Henrique are safe. Remember the other night how I said I’d consider moving to Harrisburg when I relocate? HA!

All things aside, I woke up to a house with power, which meant I was able to get my run in.

Morning Workout

• 3.5 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• :30 second plank holds, regular and both sides
• 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
• 50 crunches & 50 side-to-side crunches
• 2 sets of 100s Abs
• Stretching

I had a quick make-out sesh with my bowl of Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. This is the most committed I’ve ever been in a relationship. I kid. Speaking of relationships, today marks my 6-month anniversary with my current firm. THAT’S IT?!

Back to this work relationship thing my career.

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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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Gnawing My Arm Off. SOS

I’m writing this post to keep from eating my arm off due to hunger. This stomach is a bottomless pit. I think the demon from Paranormal Activity 4 got me because even little children look tasty right now. Okay, that’s stretching it just a little, but given the fact that I just devoured half of a Larabar, an egg & veggie scramble, AND a banana, you’d think I’d be full.

Lucky for me, Ryan, my Army buddy and college classmate (not to be confused with my brother Ryan), said he’d still like me if I were a paraplegic, just not AS much. Thanks Ry!

Brother Ryan & Army Ryan

Thing 1 & Thing 2. Confusing everyone.

Usually Ryan and I get to talk every couple of days when he’s not on assignment in Afghanistan, and I’ve been blessed to have him safe both yesterday and today. He’s usually gone for 3 days at a time so it’s never fun knowing he’s in the danger zone. At least when I’m talking to him I know he’s safe. It’s crazy how times have changed. Years ago, you’d have to mail a letter and wait weeks for a response, and now, I get to instant message him via Facebook. Counting down the days until December 10th when he returns!

Back to those eats.

Jen picked up rowing this past summer and since she’s become such an addict, her and her husband Marc went down to Boston on Saturday for the Head of the Charles, which is the world’s largest 2-day rowing event which brings the best rowers in the world to compete. While Jen and Marc enjoyed the HOTC, they stopped at many booths and grabbed free samples. Marc kept turning down the samples but Jen, who knows my love for samples forced him to collect the freebies for me.

Check out the swag I got… Talk about a happy Monday!

Swag Bag:

  • Aero Shot Energy
  • Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Oats and Honey Granola
  • 2 mini Larabars: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (which is in my stomach)
  • A box of sweeteners


Jackpot baby!

Lunch also consisted of an egg & veggie scramble which included 2 eggs and 1 egg white, broccoli and spinach.

I wish I had pb toast to go with this, or a bottle of ketchup to dose that meal in.

It’s gorgeous out with a slight breeze, which is perfect outdoor running weather since I have to prepare for several river runs in Harrisburg this weekend! Catch you guys after my evening workout!

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Night 2: Tacos and a Locked Bathroom

After getting back from our day of exploration at the Indian Echo Caverns, we relaxed on the couch for about half an hour watching Man VS. Food. We had planned to grill chicken and veggies, but Ryan got craving after craving while watching that show, which we are all obsessed with. First it was burgers, then they both agreed they were craving tacos.

We got to action and drove to the nearest grocery store to buy supplies. Upon arriving home, we realized the bathroom (the ONLY bathroom) was locked. With no way in, Ryan attempted to be a man and get the door knob off. After an hour, the stubborn boy finally called the landlord and handyman and within 30 minutes, Ralph, the handyman arrived. After several hours without a toilet, Ralph granted us access to the bathroom, which now sports a knobless door. You have some pretty good peeping access now!

I haven’t enjoyed a taco in years, and it sure was a delicious treat! I had one taco and then a taco salad.

Taco Salad: Turkey, tomatoes, Peppers, Cheese, Salsa and Guac!

With full bellies, we headed down the block to the riverfront to enjoy the Labor Day fireworks. Okay, what really happened was we heard a loud bang, thought it was thunder, then gunshots, then remembered there were fireworks.

Happy Labor Day!

After the fireworks, we settled onto the couches and attempted to play Friends Scene It, but had troubles with the DVD player, so we settled on Kill Me Again, starring the then babe, Val Kilmer. I made it halfway through before falling asleep, which disappoints me because it was actually really good! It was free On Demand so I believe I have something to add to my list of things to watch for this week!




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Day 1: BBQ at the Big Wig’s

This weekend was crazy, so I’ll break the posts down by each day since I’d produce a novel if I combined the entire weekend into one blog post.


Friday night I decided to hit the sheets early to get rest and feel better for my weekend visiting my brother, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Chelsey in Harrisburg, PA.

Saturday I woke up at 5 am, ran a quick 2.1 miles, busted out a few push-ups and planks, hit the shower, packed my car up and hit the road by 6:15. 8 hours driving through the city and country was NOT fun. I arrived around 1:30, had a few slices of turkey while catching up with Ry and Chels, and went for a quick 1.6 mile run at the river a block from their apartment.

Buggy Route in downtown Harrisburg, PA

After my run, we all showered and piled into Ry’s car and headed to a work BBQ he was invited to. Let me break it down for you. Ry works at Hershey, and Tom, the V.P of Sales at Hershey, invited him to his “Crab Fest,” that was attended by Tom’s close co-workers and their families. Tom is 4 levels above Ry, or as he told me, “He’s my boss’ boss’ boss.” Uhhh, basically Tom is BIG, and his home was even bigger.

The Hershey House

Beautiful Pool.. and Ry Stuffing Face


Chels and I had to be on our best behavior and schmooze with the Hershey guys, and Chels actually had to bite her tongue when the guy who my brother will be interviewing with for a promotion, made inappropriate comments during the corn hole. The things you do for the one you love.

A Lil’ Corn Hole

The “Crab Fest” was more fun than I was expecting. Ry said we really only had to stay for 2 hours and then we could bounce but we all had such a great afternoon and evening talking, eating, and playing corn hole that we stayed for over 4 hours.

Got Crabs?

I failed at cracking the crabs and getting sufficient meat, so I opted for Adam’s (see man in above picture behind Ryan) pulled pork, an amazing strawberry salad, and watermelon and grapes. Perfect dinner!

Perfect Summer Dinner

When we arrived home, we were all pretty wiped so we retreated to the living room and watched an extremely creepy episode of CSI and cuddling with their new cat, Henry… aka Henry Houdini Simba Rink Lewis.

Nice to Meet You Guys! I’m a Punk 🙂


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Hitting Balls Solves Everything

The afternoon was about 10 times better than the first half of my day. There’s no surprise that a quick workout and spending time at the driving range with my best friend instantly flipped my mood.

A grasshopper protein shake (pistachio and mint chocolate), courtesy of Herbalife, put a pretty ginormous smile on my face.

Grasshopper Shake = Big Smiles

I followed it up with my veggies. Mom would be proud.

After a quick afternoon at work, I hit the gym quickly for a brief workout before meeting up with my best friend, Allie, at the driving range.

Evening Workout

  • 1 mile run
  • 6 minutes rowing, level 4.5 – I was going to only do 5 minutes, but this lady wouldn’t STOP staring me down every 30 seconds so I kept going just to annoy her.. mature I know
  • 2 sets of 25 medicine ball sit-ups
  • 20 side-to-side medicine ball sit-ups
  • Stretching

I quickly made it to the driving range where we saw our former high school teammate, Ashley, and scored 2 for 1 buckets! Pays having connections. 😉

Going Deep

Gotta love the pink club Ashley lent me!

Tiger Who?!

Golfing was extremely fun and I would love to get to the ranges a lot more before they close for the season. After hitting balls, I whipped up chocolate peanut butter yogurt in my favorite glass.

Fage 2% plain greek yogurt + chocolate peanut butter protein= Yum!

Favorite Yogurt in my Favorite Glass

Tim, an ex of mine from when I lived in Los Angeles, gave me a set of 4 of these glasses when he was packing up his house. The story behind the glass is unique. Tony’s On the Pier is a bar in Manhattan Beach and when you order a fire shot, it’s served in this glass, which you get to keep. Tim did a lot of shots in his days!

Alright, off to pack. This girl decided to follow through with her PA plans!

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SOS Stressed to the Max

Help! I’m beyond stressed and don’t know what to do with myself. I think the constant busyness is taking its toll on me and wearing me thin. I’m supposed to go to Harrisburg tomorrow night after work but the thought of driving 8 hours when I leave work at 5pm makes me want to cry. Not to mention driving all day Monday.

I want to go, but I also just want to relax and recharge this weekend. I’m torn… and have until tonight to figure my shit out. That doesn’t add any stress at all right?

Don’t even get me started on last night’s concert. Awful. Just AWFUL! Country concerts overwhelm me, especially when they’re at Toby Keith’s Bar. SOS. Seriously, SOS. I did befriend a couple from England who are crazy country fans and they kept offering to buy my drinks but being tired and having to drive made me say no. So sweet though!

I eventually wandered throughout the bar to kill time before Kip came on. He was supposed to be on at 8pm but didn’t go on until only God knows when. I think I started getting anxiety, and once I knew I could leave the bar/restaurant and still come back in, I opted for that option. I couldn’t see the stage anyways so what’d I have to lose?

I wandered around the outdoor plaza and window shopped and found an adorable boutique I loved. Each area of the store was color coordinated, so all scarves, jewelry, clothing, purses, and cute shoes were all grouped together based on the color. It was the neatest thing I’ve seen. Yes, I just said “neatest.”

Pretty Blues

After browsing the selection and putting dresses back that I had grabbed (money stress, good job Allie), I wandered back to the bar and Kip still wasn’t on. I waited a bit, and after just being so overwhelmed, tired, and hungry (and ANNOYED that I was watching a concert on the TV at the bar), I headed out early, especially since I knew there was night work on the highways. Hey, at least I saw the hottie outside the bar before the show. It wasn’t a complete dud.

Today I was smart and used several vacation hours to sleep in until 8 and go to work at 11am. Those extra 2 1/2 hours were AMAZING, although of course I’m still tired… hint hint, stay home this weekend Allie.

I feel like humpty dumpty today. Lethargic and chunky. Stress causes me to gain weight, lord I wish I was one of the lucky ones who lost weight when stressed. Ohhhh, thank you Mom and Dad for those kick-ass genes.

Anyone have any stress killers?

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Single and Swiping

In the online dating world, Tinder is considered especially heinous. In Boston, the hopeful females who swipe through these profiles are members of an elite squad known as "Single and Swiping". These are their stories.


A bit about Fun, Life, and a dude name Kip.....



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