Nikki Gets Hitched & Vacation!

Greetings from vacation! I’m officially off from work for the rest of July with my family, and I couldn’t be happier.

Vacation started early Friday afternoon, where we watched my beautiful cousin Nikki, marry the man of her dreams. I bought a selfie stick for the wedding/vacation, and thankfully it was well-received. In fact, people loved it!

imageThe venue was beautiful, as was the bride. Nikki was so determined that she was never going to get married or meet a great guy, and it even got to the point where she made a bet with Lindsay and I that if she ever got married, she owed us dinner. Not only did Nikki get married, but she found such an incredible husband.

imageAntoine fits into our crazy family perfectly, and he not only treats Nikki like his queen, but he’s so caring and welcoming to all of us. Lucas and his uncle Tony. <3

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imageFun fact: This guy right here stole my name. We are one month apart, almost exactly, and since I didn’t turn out to be a boy, my godmother decided to use the name. Hi Jay!

image Chels and I lit up the dance floor, completely sober, completely crazy and reckless. I think it was one of my favorite moments that I’ve ever had with her.

imageSaturday morning started good. No drinking = no hangover, so off to the gym it was! After lifting back and a 30 minute HIIT run, it was back home to pack. Or attempt to pack. Sweet little Nesssie knew something was up and didn’t want us to go. At one point, she even sprawled out in my suitcase, and I felt so awful having to take her out of it.

imageAll of those bikinis mean one thing… my parents, Ryan, Chelsey, and I are at our family’s beach house in York, ME for the week! The house is on Long Sands, and sits right in front of the beach, so my brother has a prime creeping location on the front porch.  imageSaturday afternoon consisted of unpacking and grocery shopping, before heading into Kittery, ME for dinner at When Pigs Fly.

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During dinner, we got hit with an incredible storm. Downpour, thunder, lighting, intense wind, and on our drive back to the house, we spotted a double rainbow.

imageWhich meant a photo-shoot occurred back at the house. Ryan and Chelsey nailed their picture!imageStill figuring out this selfie stick thing, hence the lack of sky and rainbows, but it’s still a cute shot!

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Again, rainbow fail, but just look at how intense the sky is behind us. The rays of light shooting out from the ocean was a sight to see.

imageVacation find #1, this sweet mug that Ryan and I gave our Pepere one year. Those outfits, just wow. I look like I was rescued from being lost in the woods!

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What did you do this weekend?

Did your parents ever dress you in crazy outfits?

 

Bahamas Days 2 & 3

I’m back with another recap of my vacation in the Bahamas! Since Monday and Tuesday consisted of pretty much the same thing during the day, with different activities in the evening, I’ll recap both of those days in this post!

Both mornings started off with a workout upon rising at 6. Since the entire resort was literally still sleeping off their previous day of drinking, I had the gym to myself every day that I was there. The resort apparently didn’t like turning the AC on that early in the morning since I found it to be a sauna in the gym every day. I went through 3 towels during every workout, ha! My workouts included 15 minutes of HIIT running, followed by a strength workout, and ending with about a 15 minute cool-down walk.

Breakfast was the same for me. We would meet at 8 am, reserve our chairs on the beach and go inside to eat. I packed protein pancakes, so I ate those with 1 tbsp of peanut butter, fresh fruit, & a little bit of maple syrup to dip each bite in.

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After breakfast, we headed to the beach to start our days.

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Reading.

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Playing in the water.

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Taking pictures.

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Feeling fabulous!

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You name it, we did it.

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To cool off, we would hang out in the pool for a good chunk of time. The girls liked it because there was a swim up bar, so we spent a lot of time around the bar. I didn’t have a single drink the entire vacation. Some might call me weird, but seeing the mixtures in jugs just looked so unappealing. I don’t like mixed drinks either, so it was just more enjoyable for me to stick to bottled water.

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On Monday evening we went to dinner at the steakhouse, and then headed over to the outdoor stage to watch that nights entertainment. It was a mix of dancing. It was cool but we were so exhausted that after the show we went to bed.

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Tuesday night we enjoyed dinner at Bella Restaurant. We had dinner here on Sunday night as well. This restaurant had the best seating views!
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This was my favorite spot simply because they had a really great buffet. From fish, chicken and pork, to endless salads, veggies and desserts. I piled my plate high with veggies. So good!
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Tuesday night after dinner we headed over to watch another show, which really bored the heck out of me!

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I was so hungry that I just wanted it to end so that we could go get ice cream. The dining hall had THE best strawberry ice cream, and I had no problem whatsoever eating 3 scoops with the works, 3 nights in a row. No shame. I figured if I ate healthy for all of my meals, got my workouts in and didn’t drink, then ALL THE ICE CREAM was my way of treating myself on vacation. 🙂

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And that’s Monday & Tuesday’s recap. I’ll be back tomorrow with Wednesday & Thursday for ya!

Bahamas Day 1

Day 1 of the Bahamas (Sunday) started at 4:45 am, where we got ready and hit the road to the Newark Airport. On Saturday, Lindsay, Nicole and I headed to CT to spend the evening at Michelle’s so that we only had an hour drive in the morning.

We were on the road at 6 am, and to the airport at 7. Selfies in the parking lot while we waited for the shuttle to bring us to the airport.

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First time traveling outside of the country! I felt like a virgin when I got my book stamped!

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Ahhhhhh!!!

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We were off on our 3 hour flight, and before we knew it, we were in the Bahamas!

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An hour after getting off the plane we were already in our hotel rooms and throwing our bikinis on at 1 pm.

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We immediately found 4 chairs on the beach and sat our butts down!

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Just a few Bahama mamas!

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We spent from 1-5 laying in our chairs, swimming in the ocean, and frolicking in the pool! We headed back to our rooms to get ready and headed out to dinner for 7 pm. I actually started writing this from bed while waiting for the girl’s to get ready. Multi-tasking!!!

And that was our first full day last week in the Bahamas!

Day 5: Sharky’s Beach & Pier

Well guys, vacation is over and I’m wallowing in my own pity at home… in the cold tundra. I’m really not okay with this either. I never thought I’d visit an area and fall head over heels with it, but I managed to do so, and will be honest when I say that I’m not opposed to getting back there permanently.

With that being said, here’s how I spent my last day in Florida. For days 1 & 2, day 3, and day 4.

My last day started at 7 am, where I set out for a 2 mile run and 1.5 mile walk around the neighborhood. It was actually a nice, cool morning, so the run felt good!

After working out, we showered and headed to Sharky’s Beach, where we spent most of the 3-4 hours bundled up in our towels and clothes. It was chilly and super buggy! Not a cool last beach day if you ask me!

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Around 3:15 I called it a beach day, and we went home to shower before we returned back to Sharky’s, but this time for dinner. We had 40 minutes to kill, so we walked on the pier that Sharky’s is attached to, and goofed off.

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Let me just say that I absolutely love having a cousin who loves taking as many pictures as I do!

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I absolutely love having a cousin just as crazy as I am, even if we are 91% different.

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We were hoping to catch another sunset like we did on Sunday, but the clouds thwarted our plans. It was still a gorgeous view!

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The wind got to be too much for us on the pier, so we headed to the outside seating area and grabbed a seat in the waiting area on the deck overlooking the beach. That’s the pier lit up in the background. Pretty beautiful set-up eh? Know do you understand why I want to live here?
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For dinner I ordered the caprese salad, and nixed the mozzarella cheese, and added grilled chicken to it. It was so good that I cleared my plate within minutes. I don’t know how to eat slow.IMG_4314

When we left, I requested one last picture with the palm trees.

IMG_4309After dinner, we headed into Walmart to grab a few things, and since it had been raining, as we walked in, my flip-flop caught a wet spot on the entry aisle and I ate shit. I’m talking, went down in a split with one hand on the ground and the other on the air. That’s the view my cousin told me she had of me. It was hilarious, until I got an egg on my knee. How does that even happen?!

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And that’s a wrap on my 5-day Florida vacation. I will say that I’m excited to get back into my routine of CrossFit and 96% clean eating. I missed my CrossFit family. I guess being home isn’t that bad, because tonight I get to see Keith Urban & Little Big Town in concert! Cannot wait!

Ever been to Florida? Is there one place that you would love to move to?

Sarasota for me! The downtown area is sooo gorgeous and offers so much to do!

WIAW: Florida Vacation Style

One of my favorite days of the week is here, and it’s all thanks to Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday with several of the meals that have been eaten while vacationing in Florida.

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Well, here are 2 things that my cousin ate on our first day. Donut for breakfast. And this dessert. Cookie dough ice cream with an oreo crust, coated with hard chocolate. Whipped cream and a cherry. I died.

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I on the other hand, enjoyed a lazy dinner of dippy eggs and veggies on our first night at the house.

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Lunch and breakfast included grilled chicken + veggies + avocado.

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Along with ground turkey, sweet potato chunks and veggies.

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Along with beach snacks of apples, carrots, bananas and sweet potaters.

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My favorite meal of the trip was this ginormous cobb salad that was the size of my head.

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Second best meal was the salmon and sautéed mushrooms and onions I had with Chris, and the 3rd best meal was this grilled chicken caprese salad I ordered from Sharky’s Pier.

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Another typical snack included a banana with almonds. I hate plain almonds, but I’ve had this bag since 1905, and figured vacation was a good time to finish it off.IMG_4250

All I wanted was a Florida orange and I completely failed on that. All the eating out really hurt my stomach, and a majority of the vacation I was in a lot of pain, which wasn’t fun at all. Needless to say, I’m excited to get back into my normal eating routine of knowing everything that is going into my mouth.

What was the one thing you wanted to eat this week/lately that you didn’t get the chance to have?

An orange and alligator for me!

Florida: Day 1 & 2

Greetings from Florida my friends!

Friday

How’s that for a view? Minus the dirty window. When my cousin Nikki went to the bathroom, I looked out her window and saw this. THE most beautiful view I’ve ever seen.

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Once we landed, we grabbed lunch in The Meadows, which was about 30 minutes from where we are staying in Venice. My view from lunch. Now that’s the perfect way to start our vacation!

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Once we made it to our house, we dropped our bags off and headed off to go grocery shopping. My cousin’s boss has a house out here, so we have a full kitchen to take advantage of. We got back to the house around 6:30, and went for a bike ride around the neighborhood.

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Mind you we decided to go riding 10 minutes before sunset, so we managed to ride home in the dark.

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After our bike ride, I meal prepped and Nikki took a bath, before watching Lifetime movies and falling asleep at 10.

Saturday

We started our morning off with a run in the neighborhood. We learned a lesson. Never run at 8:30 or later. Half a mile in and I was drenched in sweat. We also learned just how out of shape we are since we were huffing and puffing for 2.75 miles before calling it a day.

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After our run, we showered up, packed food, and headed to the beach for 5 hours. We were total beach bums and loved every second of it.

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The beach was so beautiful, and the views, oh my gosh! I honestly did not feel like I was in Florida, and instead, on a tropical island. Why I don’t live here is beyond me.

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We were on Caspersen Beach, which Nikki told me is the beach with the most shark teeth on it. She was right, because almost everyone was out in the water looking for teeth.

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We then headed home to shower, before heading into downtown Venice, where we walked the cute boulevard, and popped into the cute boutiques before grabbing an outdoor table at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. This is my new favorite spot! There was a live musician playing oldies and new hits.

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This reminded me of back when I was in Los Angeles, and I would go to Hermosa/Manhattan Beach to spend time with a guy I was casually seeing. This was the exact same vibe that was in southern Cali, and I really loved it, and it made me truly miss living in an area like this.

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Nikki started her night off with a martini, while I sipped my lemon water. It got crazy. 😉

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I ordered the tallest Cobb Salad known to man kind, and demolished it.

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Don’t worry, I made room for a slice of pizza with a street art turtle.

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We made it home around 8, and since we were so exhausted, we watched 13 Going on 30 before going to bed again at 10. We are wild vacation woman.

And now we’re off to Siesta Key for the day and evening! Woo 🙂

Last Day of Vacation: York Beach

Saturday was our last full day of vacation, and we took full advantage of it.

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My morning started with a 3.7 mile run around Long Sands, up to Short Sands, and back down to Long Sands. It was a tough, tough, tough run, but I was happy to have several reasons to take breaks.

These views are from the part of Long Sands that no one ever goes to. When it’s high tide, there is absolutely no place to sit and lay.

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I also ran into my Uncle Bri, who was sitting on the rocks with his puppy Bailey while my Aunt Mare was grabbing an ice coffee. We talked for a bit, before him and Aunt Mare headed back to their house on Short Sands, and I continued on my run.

2 hours later, they came back down to the beach with my cousin Nikki, and her cousin Symme, and we all spent the day on the beach together.

(That’s the view from our front porch)

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It was my Uncle’s birthday… Happy (blog belated) birthday!

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Around 4, Uncle Bri, Aunt Mare, Nikki and Symme headed out, and the rest of us went back to our house and relaxed for a bit before grabbing burgers at Wild Willy’s.

Our front porch overlooks the ocean, and we preferred to eat with the views of the water, so my Dad and I headed 5 minutes into town to grab the burgers.

Remember those cramps that sidelined me the day before at the beach? They were back again, so I stayed in the car while Daddio went in.

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Everyone ordered burgers, but I wasn’t feeling too well, so I had ordered a grilled chicken salad, the only issue being they were out of salad (what the?!), so I got a grilled chicken sandwich.

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After dinner, we hung out outside, went for a walk, and then started playing several card games, and got really into the game “golf.”

I’m really not okay with the name of the wine that was bought. It should be called Jimmie, not Sprinkle. Jimmies > Sprinkles. 😉

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This picture really cracks me up. The story behind my brother’s face? He was actually unimpressed with how badly my Dad was struggling with cutting the cheese.

IMG_1909After several rounds of “golf,” we headed onto the beach around 9pm for one last evening beach walk. I miss those night walks already!

Overall, it was an amazing vacation, and I miss it already. I’m hoping I can get back to York Beach one last time this summer, especially since it’s only an hour away.

Such a fun time with my family!

Do you ever take family vacations, or generally just significant other vacations?

Greetings From York Beach!

Blogging from the beautiful York Beach, Maine!

These were the views that I enjoyed on my 7 am run Thursday morning.

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A few obstacles to tackle with my midget legs. I cleared all the jumps, yet was oblivious to the smaller streams, and finished with soaking wet shoes.

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2 miles on Long Sands, and then I booked it up to Short Sands for another mile and a mile back to Long Sands. Such a great run!IMG_1800 IMG_1795

We spent the rest of the day at the beach, before heading into downtown Portsmouth for a late dinner… In my Dad’s brand new, hard-earned Infiniti Q50! He is a pimp! Yes, he is parked in front of our house. My Mem and Pep were the smartest people alive and bought this property about 40ish years ago and never let it go. Prime spot babyyyyy!

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We settled on an outdoor deck meal at The River House, where we also went last year on our vacation.

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We grabbed drinks inside, and noshed on an appetizer of lobster artichoke dip. I was about to turn into a cannibal from hunger, so I had 2 1/2 slices with the dip, but it was just ok. I looked and felt like I was expecting twins after this meal. It was attractive. All I can say is thank goodness for summer dresses!

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Having this view during dinner… it just doesn’t get any better.
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We walked around downtown for a little bit afterwards, buzzing into several of the boutiques, before heading back to the beach house.

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Today

Well, today is off to a rough start. I went out for a morning run, but suffered through a tweaked shoulder of some sort, and only lasted 2.5 miles. I think it was from climbing rocks yesterday. Ugh!

Follow it up with being in cramp and bloat city, and lacking an appetite, my morning is a total woof right now.

It also came to my attention Wednesday night that some people don’t know what “woof” means. I was talking to Ryan and Chelsey about my blog and showing them around it, talking about the PRO Compression giveaway, and after a few minutes Chelsey left me with this:

“I don’t know what PRO Compression socks are, I don’t go to concerts, I dont know how to blog, and I don’t know what woof means.”

She’s behind on times! 😉

I’m hoping that the beach and a good read can make me feel better! Just rereading her statement makes me happy.

5 Hours Separate Me From Vacation & I Tried a Crossfit Workout

5 simple hours separate me from work and vacation. Luckily I have so much to do at work that before I know it, 2 o’clock will be calling and I’ll soon be reunited with my family at our beach house in York, ME.

This is what our vacation to our beach house looked like last year:

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We were wondering if Ryan was going to propose to Chelsey on this vacation, but he left us hanging and waited 5 more months.

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Playing the animal game. If you don’t know it, whoever is taking the picture calls out an animal, and you jump around to the camera and act it out. I think this was ostrich. Apparently Ryan was a little off on this one.

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We debated making this our family Christmas card. In case you couldn’t tell, we are cougars. My hair…

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Balancing divas on a washed up log. Yes, my running shoes were obscenely fluorescent. photo-1photo-8

I’m hoping this year is just as fun! We’ll be down 1 person as opposed to last year as I’m a single girl, but luckily my aunt, uncle and cousins will be up there at their beach house so I’m hoping for a fun Lewis’ weekend!

Before vacation starts though, I want you all to know that I can barely move. Yesterday on my lunch, my cousin Jenn came down to Manchester to put me through a Crossfit workout.

Oh my goodness, I wanted to die during and after the workout, and for 15 minutes I was happy but not happy with Jenn.

We started off with some stretching on the foam roller. I never would have thought stretching would happen on a foam roller, but I loved it and it felt good! It was then time for a 500 m warm-up on the rowing machine. It’s nice to finally know the proper way to row.

Jenn was the best coach, even when she wouldn’t let me stop during her rendition of Fight Gone Bad.

It looked like this:

Each exercise for 1 minute, no stopping:

  1. Kettlebell Swings
  2. Goblet Squats
  3. Burpees
  4. Box Jumps
  5. Dumbbell push-press

1 minute rest. Repeat 2 more times.

Woof. This killed me. My first box jump my legs were already jello and I ate shit. Hold your applause please, it was my only shit eating moment… surprisingly.

I wanted to stop so many times, and there were a handful of moments I didn’t think I could do another rep, but Jenn was amazing and pushed me through it. She wouldn’t even let me lower my weight.

The workout sucked, but it was awesome. I debated log-rolling down the street back to work.

I really loved how great of a workout I got in such little time.

I definitely am considering trying Crossfit, and there is a box in the building next to mine. They offer a 10 class pass card for $100, which I think would be great to see if I really like it!

Also, I do not know how to pack. I have about 500 pounds of clothes and electronics (running watch, ipod, ipad, laptop, and chargers for all 4 gadgets).

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It doesn’t sound it, but this will be a pretty gadget free weekend. I will post Thursday and Friday, otherwise I’ll be back Monday on here. iPad is coming with me so that the world doesn’t fall apart at work without me. Besides that, I plan on early morning beach runs, beach days, and nights out in beautiful Maine. Yayy!

Are you scared of Crossfit, or are you a die-hard?

If you are a die-hard, please send me advice on how you got into it!

Cape Cod 4th of July: Part 3

Saturday

Saturday was my last day on the Cape with the crew, and I made it last as long as possible. We went to bed at 5 am, and was up at 8 am, in order to get in a quick run before hitting the beach.

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While the boys spent the morning golfing, Kate, Jaritza, Chels and I headed to the beach to have a girls day. Oh, and we had Ben too, since he felt the need to crash girls’ day.

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We spent several hours having girl talk and playing in the water.

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This was the part where I wanted to stop being Chelsey’s sister. She pulled me in for a nice picture, then continued to dunk me. She’s a little turd!

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Kate and Viss were high school sweethearts and grew up together on the Cape, and since they now live in San Diego, we decided to join her family on the beach. Her nephew is THE cutest!

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At this point, the entire week full of sun, drinking and late nights had caught up to us, so we spent a lot of the party either lying on the ground and watching/playing yard games.

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Jay was out cold. 4 pm. His pose says it all.

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Viss’ family is full-on Portuguese, and the entire party was full of their Portuguese friends, so you can guess that the food that everyone brought was unhealthy. There was one dish that called to me, and it was amazing.

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The party was really just picking up around 8, which was around the time I left. I really didn’t want to leave that night, but I had a lot of catch-up work to do on Sunday, and I honestly didn’t want to waste my day sitting in traffic.

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I love my friends and had the time of my life with them! I didn’t want the week to end and  I’m looking forward to next 4th of July, which will bring the 2nd married couple to the group, my bro and Chels. Cannot wait!

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