10 Things To Get Us All Caught Up

TGIF! These past few weeks have been eventful and there is so much I could write about, it’s hard to know where to start! Here is a little overview of what I have been up to lately. Apologies in advance… I have a feeling this is bound to jump around a bit.

ONE: The biggest thing in my life recently is… my sister got married! Meg and Ben tied the knot on Friday, August 14 at Jay Peak Resort in VT and I was honored to be co-Maid of Honor, along with our sister Erin. This was seriously one of the most fun weddings I have ever been to. First of all, ski resort in the summer = awesome. We took the tram up to the top of the mountain for photos which was fun and really beautiful. There was a major downpour during the ceremony (luckily we were in a wedding barn) which resulted in a perfect double rainbow. Meg looked radiant (I am in love with her dress!) and it was a perfect day. Congrats Meg and Ben! I can’t wait to see the official pics.

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TWO: I went on vacation. We broke up the drive down from Jay (which is all the way up near the border of Canada) with a stop at The Schoolhouse for a few days, where we were met with… ANOTHER double rainbow! We hiked down a gorge and the newlyweds met us at Long Trail Brewery to drink pumpkin beer IN the river. It was a great way to relax and decompress after all of the wedding madness.

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THREE: And then I went on more vacation. From VT we drove out to the Cape for the week. D & I spent the first few days in Falmouth in a cottage that we rented through Airbnb. The second half of the week we spent on my parent’s futon in Yarmouth. We did everything: beach, Martha’s Vineyard, P-town, and I think I ate lobster & ice cream every single day :) It was a relaxing and much-needed vacation week.

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FOUR: I’ve been running (!!!) A few months ago, D had a few health things come up and we decided it was a good time for us both to get active and clean up our diets. We started couch to 5K and it made me remember just how much I love running, along with waking up early and having a life before the work day. We are now in the FINAL WEEK of couch to 5K and it feels great. Time to sign up for a race!

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FIVE: In addition to our morning runs, I wanted focus on some core work. I did a quick search around YouTube for “flat tummy workout” and discovered this video. I love it because it is pretty short (usually I am racing to get in the shower and get to work on time) and definitely makes me feel the burn.

SIX: While on vacation I was looking for something light, easy, and beachy to read and came across The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand. It is about two families living in Nantucket and what happens  over the course of a summer. If you are looking for a vacation read for these last weeks of summer, this is a great one!

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SEVEN: D started his last year of law school this past Monday. I don’t know how he does it: working full time, taking class in the evening, and then studying on the weekends… it is super intense. I am sort of in denial that he is back to school because this means 1. I don’t get to see him as much and 2. fall is just around the corner.

EIGHT: Wedding planning is in the works. We have a date (May 21) and a venue (in Bucks County!) and our save the dates go out next week. It feels good that things are starting to come together.

NINE: This week was sort of a merp week as we transitioned from vacation life back to our busy NYC work lives. On Thursday D & I met for a treat at one of our favorite spots in the hood: Streetbird, a new restaurant by Marcus Samuelsson, and ate ALL the chicken. So good.

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TEN: I ended up taking today off since I had one last summer Friday to burn and the office was so quiet with so many people out on vacation. I used the morning to drive out to Newark and sign up for TSA Pre-check. Every time we fly I am super jealous of the TSA Pre-check folks in their special line and I am excited to finally be one of them. NYC peeps: this was super easy! The location in Newark was pretty quiet and the process took me about 10 minutes, including the wait. Excited to use my new status on a trip we have planned for Labor Day weekend.

Happy Weekend! Tell me about what you have coming up this weekend. Any last minute travel plans? What’s your favorite beach read? Favorite vacation treat?

What I Ate Wednesday: Post Vaca Back On Track

Oh hello. Welcome to The Greener Bean… the blog where I post maybe three times a year, completely at random, about unrelated topics! Thanks for joining ;)

All kidding aside, life has been crazy and awesome and there is so much to blog about! Right now, for today though, after two weeks of wedding-ing (my sister’s) and vacationing… I am finally ready to say goodbye to the lobster rolls, french fries (so many fries!) and nightly ice cream cones and get back to enjoying the foods that make me feel good.

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What better way to get back to on track than with a WIAW? I thought I’d pop in here and share my eats from yesterday (Tuesday)…

Started the day with a early morning run. Ahem, what’s that? RUN? Yes, I’ve gotten back into running in a major way and I’m hooked and it’s awesome. More on that soon! As you can see below, I somehow strategically plan manage to make all of my runs end at a place where I can find iced coffee. This morning, black iced coffee from my friends at the local Dunkin.

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Breakfast on the go. In the past, I have not been much of a breakfast person, but as I started to get back into running, I began to feel hungry all the time and knew I needed to make a change. Egg muffins (prepped Monday night for the week), blueberries and half an avocado.
WIAW2Pre-work green iced tea, unsweetened, from Starbucks. Maybe the first time they have ever gotten my name right, along with a cute smiley :)
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I spent the afternoon running some errands around the city and it was super sunny and humid and hot. When I stopped into Just Salad to pick up lunch I was sweaty and dehydrated and the smoothie bar looked amazing.
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WIAW6After work I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up some fish for dinner. Grabbed a coconut water for the train ride/walk home.
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Annnnd… dinner. TJ’s salmon, roasted carrots & zucchini, some leftover sweet potato medallions from last night. La Croix on the side. Housewives on the TV.

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Pretty solid day. Happy Wednesday! Hopefully back to regular blogging soon. I’m missing it!

A Durham Weekend

Time for a weekend round up!

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This weekend we traveled to Durham, North Carolina to visit our friend Randy for his birthday. We landed at RDU around 8:20, and by 9:00 we were at a fun BBQ spot called The Pit. It was hot out but we couldn’t say no to this pretty outdoor seating and opportunity for people-watching. Erin joined from Boston! We ordered some beers & plates for sharing.
Durham1On Saturday morning I ventured out for a run. I love exploring new places on foot and got way too excited when I ran past a raspberry bush. You’re aren’t in NYC anymore, Dorothy!
Durham3 Saturday we spent the day out on the boat cruising around Falls Lake.Durham4 Durham5 We found a little cove and spent some time floating around, bird watching, relaxing, and catching up. The weather was gorgeous. The view from our cove:Durham6That night we birthday partied. Erin made homemade mojitos.
Durham7 We threw together a few salads and D was in charge of the grill. Durham8 Durham9 These shrimp! The marinade was something like: siracha, lime juice, and honey? Amaze. Durham10We made a funfetti cake and downloaded a candle app on our phones because we forgot to buy real ones (whoops!) Happy Birthday Rand!Durham11 Next morning we all hung out and watched my fav: CBS Sunday Morning. I loved this story about a real life treasure hunt. I also loved this cold brew coffee that we discovered at Sheetz:Durham12 We were having trouble finding plain old black iced coffee and then I spotted this in the refrigerated section. Chameleon Cold-Brew for the win! The plain black coffee hit the spot, and this vanilla flavor pictured here was surprisingly good — just the right amount of very light sweetness. Satisfying substitute for the fresh stuff.

Day 2 we were back out on the lake for skiing (for some) and tubing (for me). It was actually my first time on a tube. Growing up you would have found me below deck reading a book. No water sports for little G! Maybe next time I’ll go crazy and try the skis.Durham13 Durham14 Durham15Ended the weekend with a Hell or High Watermelon toast and flew back in just in time to see the sun start to set over NYC.Durham16Thank you Randy for being born and for having a boat :) If you are playing along, we crossed 3 of our Summer To Do List goals off our list. Pretty productive weekend. And now, it’s back to the grind. Tell me, how was your weekend? x