Books, Daily Happenings, Dating, Running

Couples Who Run Together

Hi friends! How was your Monday? I hope it wasn’t too bad for you. I have to say my Monday was pretty good as you’ll see below. Have a great day 🙂

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Bailey acted as our alarm clock yesterday morning by letting us know she needed to go out asap at 5 am. Alex took her out while I laid in bed before getting some puppy kisses and getting up. One I was all ready for work, I quickly scrambled up some eggs for breakfast and paired it with an oatmeal muffin.

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The work day felt like it flew by and before I knew it, I was eating lunch. I finished up The Flight Attendant. It’s the story of Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up next to a passenger in Dubai that has been murdered. Cassie was drinking the night before and partially blacks out. She has never been violent and thinks she didn’t kill the man but with her memory not all there she can’t fully remember. It was a good and quick thriller which I haven’t read in a while.

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In the afternoon, I texted Alex to see if he was running later. He said he wasn’t sure so I asked if he would want to run with me on my recovery run. He said yes!! I was pumped! When I got home, we both changed and headed out the door for 4 miles. It was nice to be able to chat with someone on a run instead of just be stuck in my own head with my thoughts. I vote Alex should run with me on recovery days from now on, even if it’s just for a few miles instead of the whole thing.

Pasta with Italian Sausage

Dinner was really fancy last night. The name of the game for meals this week is “Use up anything that will go bad while we are out of town” so I had leftover spaghetti and sausage. I topped it with some fresh basil, marinara sauce and cheese. It was delicious and hit the spot. It ended up not being a ton of food so I had a banana with peanut butter as well.

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Alex and I watched and episode of Billions and then I read for the rest of the night. I started Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I’m not too far into it but it’s told from the present day perspective through Avery as well as in the 1930s through Rill. Once I read more I’ll have a better understanding of it. I think Avery and Rill’s story are somehow connected but I can’t be sure. Once I fell asleep on the couch, I figured I should head to bed.

Question of the day: Do you ever workout with your significant other?

Books, Daily Happenings, Dating, Weekend

A Surprise Baseball Game

Happy Saturday friends! Sorry for the slightly late post. Alex and I had our second date night in the past three days last night so I was tired when we got home and wanted to head to bed. Have a wonderful day 🙂

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Friday started off pretty good. After getting ready for the day, Alex and I realized we had time for bacon so we made some to have with our eggs for breakfast. Bacon starts any day on a good note.

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At work, I started reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It’s the story of the Richardsons who have four kids and live in a suburb of Cleveland. The story starts out with the tenant in their rental house leaving in the middle of the night and the youngest child sets the house on fire the next day. Rewind a year when the tenants moved in and somehow that leads to little fires everywhere in the house. So far so good through the first 5 chapters.

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When I got home from work, I had some packages waiting for me so I tried all the dresses on while Alex had a work call. Once that was done, I made some homemade ice cream for a dinner we have tonight (hopefully it freezes well and tastes like ice cream!) before we headed into the car. Alex called me Thursday afternoon while both of us were at work, which is unusual, and he simply asked “Do we have plans Friday night?” I responded no and he said great we’re going on a date and hung up. The first stop was dinner at Hoagie Haven in Princeton. It’s one of Alex’s favorites and it hit the spot.

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We got in the car and started driving to Trenton which is somewhere we never go. The entire way, I was guessing potential places and he said no to all of them. I actually guessed right though with a baseball game! The weirdest part was I had a dream that we were going to a baseball game and I never remember my dreams, it’s like we had ESP about it or something lol. Apparently a girl he went to high school with posted on Instagram that she had tickets but couldn’t go. Naturally Alex slid into her DM’s to snatch them for us haha. The Trenton Pork Rolls, formerly Trenton Thunder, is the minor league team for the Yankees. For all we know, we watched the next Derek Jeter play last night!

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It ended up being absolutely beautiful for a game. The seats were basically behind home plate and we chatted while sipping on a beer as big as our head during it. Seriously, the beer was huge. The atmosphere was very kid friendly and the family behind us had two little boys that were providing us with some funny entertainment during it. Overall the game was really well until the 9th inning. It was tied 2-2 when the Erie Seawolves scored 3 points on one hit. We decided the Pork Rolls probably weren’t going to win it and headed home to bed instead.

Question of the day: Are you a baseball fan?

Books, Daily Happenings, Dating

Impromptu Date Night + Costco Members

Happy Friday Eve! A part of me is shocked that it’s already Thursday but then I realize I’ve had a semi busy week so far so it totally makes sense. June is basically a marathon month over here so it makes sense this week is flying by for us.

Yesterday had a few fun items take place. I hope you had something fun happen yesterday as well! Have a great day 🙂

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Wednesday started out pretty normal. Wake up, lay in bed a bit, take Bailey out and feed her before getting ready for work. Breakfast should come as no surprise that it was eggs and a muffin. I’ve been eating this combination since January or February so it’s probably a miracle I’m not sick of them yet.

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Alex was working from home because a technician was coming to look at our refrigerator. Last week, water that was supposed to be going to the ice maker decided to flood our fridge and freezer instead… It was just as much fun to clean up as it sounds. As I was getting ready to head home to eat lunch with him, he called to say abort mission since the technician was almost there. So I grabbed my Nook and read during work instead. I finished The Lucky Ones and really liked it. Check back tomorrow for a bit more in depth review on it.

Costco Membership Card

After work was when the fun really got started. Last week I saw that Groupon had a Costco membership deal going on, (and still is available here if you are interested!). For the price of the lower membership ($60), you got a $20 Costco gift card. I finally bit the bullet and bought it so headed there to redeem it. While redeeming it, I ended up paying the difference and upgrading to the higher membership to get some rebate bonuses on it. Plus if we don’t use it then I can return for the lower and get my money back. Gotta love Costco’s return policy! The timing couldn’t have been better either since we needed some toilet paper and paper towels so I could grab those, plus a few other random things, while there. Y’all…having this membership will be dangerous for me!! I was walking around the store going “Oh this looks good” and “We will definitely need to try that”.

Fried Pickles From Harvest Moon

When I was walking out of the store, Alex called and asked if I wanted to meet him for dinner in New Brunswick since he was meeting a client there for drinks. We went back and forth on going out or just having burgers at home but decided an impromptu date night was the better option. We actually went back to Harvest Moon. Any longtime readers may recognize this restaurant since it’s where we had our first date. If you want a good laugh I highly recommend reading about our first date. It’s almost a miracle Alex and I are still dating after that disaster lol. Obviously we had to start with some fried pickles.

Hanger Steak From Harvest Moon

There was actually a 3 course meal that was the same price as the entree I was thinking about getting so I ended up getting that. It started with a ceasar salad that had toasted sunflower seeds on it. I wasn’t sure about that when I saw it on the menu but it ended up being really good. For dinner, I ordered the hanger steak which came with pepperjack whipped potatoes, broccoli, and some sort of spicy sauce on the bottom of the plate. So good!! The spices were perfect on everything. Alex and I both commented that Harvest Moon always nails presentation for the entrees. Alex ordered a pork chop and he ate the entire thing. I think just some sauce remained on his plate.

Creme Brulee From Harvest Moon

We were both a tad tired and kind of wanted to just bring dessert back home with us but they can’t make creme brulee to go. Not a big deal so we split the dish. Personally, I think creme brulee can be hit or miss depending on the crust on top but this was the perfect layer of it. After we all but licked the plate clean, we headed home. We played with Bailey a bit before heading to bed after a wonderful date.

Question of the day: If you have a Costco membership, what’s one thing we have to try?

Bonus question: Do you have a chocolate ice cream recipe that does not require an ice cream maker? We’re going to Alex’s coworkers house for dinner and his young daughter asked for chocolate ice cream as dessert. Help!

Daily Happenings, Dating, Running, Weekend

Running, Napping, Derbying, And Date Night, Oh My!

Happy Sunday! I’m coming at you a little late today since yesterday was packed pretty full. Have a great day 🙂

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I ran yesterday! For the first time in a week, I laced up my shoes and headed out. I didn’t have a plan at all and ended up getting 4 miles in. They felt hard though! I don’t know  if it was because I hadn’t run in a while or since it was hotter than it has been but man it was hard to get those 4 miles in. Even with that, I was glad to just get out and move.

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When I got home, Bailey and Alex were still in bed so they got up and moving. We headed for a little family walk. Since it was nice, we ended up driving to some soccer fields to let Bailey run around for a while. By the time we made it home, we were hungry so breakfast was a must. I scrambled some eggs and Alex made bacon for us.

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Once everything was cleaned up, we said goodbye to Bailey and went to do some shopping. We both needed a few clothing items and managed to pick up Mother’s Day gifts for both our moms so that was a pretty successful trip. When we got home, it was time for lunch. I used leftover BBQ chicken from earlier in the week and threw it in a quesadilla then paired it with some salsa verde. The salsa was necessary to tie the flavors together. I also had some carrots and hummus to munch on as well.

We watched an episode of The Office and somehow I fell asleep. I thought that was going to be the end of my napping but nope. I spent the entire afternoon napping on and off for some reason. I was a fairly productive though and went through all of my shorts to see what did and didn’t fit me. Then it was time to change and head out for a Kentucky Derby party.

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Alex’s brother Tucker and his fiance Allison have a Kentucky Derby party every year. We headed over for a bit to watch the race. They had some mint julep for the Debry and margaritas for Cinco De Mayo which was cute. I snacked on some chips and salsa before the race. Alex and I had Firenze Fire and Enticed but neither horse even made it in the top 3 unfortunately so we lost in the little pool that happened. We said our goodbyes and headed to date night.

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Alex made a reservation for us at this cute little Italian restaurant called Lola Restaurant. It was a tiny little place but super cute inside. When I looked at the menu nothing really jumped out to me unfortunately. But I knew whatever I ordered was going to be good and I was right. I ordered fettuccini pesto which had grilled chicken and sundried tomatoes in a pesto cream sauce. So good and I felt like I didn’t even make a dent in the bowl even though I ate a ton. Alex got the seafood combination with linguini in a white sauce and he really enjoyed his meal as well.

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When they cleared our dinner plates, Alex asked for the dessert menu. We split the lava cake which was interesting. Normally I feel like the lava part is on the inside but they just put some fudge on top of the cake. It was still good just different to us though and the dessert plate was empty between the two of us haha. When we got home, we hung out with Bailey on the couch before going to bed.

Question of the day: Did you watch the Kentucky Derby yesterday?

Books, Daily Happenings, Dating, Running

Suprise Flowers

Hello friends! How are you doing today? Saturdays might be my favorite day of the week to be honest. No idea why but I think they are. After a weird week I’m ready to relax this weekend. I’m grabbing brunch today but otherwise my agenda is wide open. I’m totally okay with it to. Whatever you have on your agenda, I hope it’s great. Have a great day 🙂

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I woke up very groggy on Friday morning. I ended up sleeping pretty poorly but luckily it was a Friday so a sweatshirt was completely acceptable to wear in the office. After I ate my usual breakfast, I headed out the door. When I was stopped at a light, I glanced over and saw the sun just starting to rise through the trees. It helped perk me up a bit on the drive.

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During lunch, I started The Girl Before by JP Delaney. Its the story of two women, Emma and Jane, who at different periods rent the same apartment. The landlord has a peculiar set of rules too. I’m starting to gather a few things about the story line that are getting really interesting. Since I don’t want to ruin the plot (I’m only about 80 pages in) I’ll report back on the storyline once I get a little farther in!

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After work, I headed out on a 5 mile recovery run. I kept the pace nice and easy which was perfect after a 6 mile tempo run on Thursday night. When I got home, I had a surprise waiting for me. Alex stopped at a florist on his way back from the train station and got me some flowers! It was super sweet and definitely kicked the weekend off on a high note.

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Once I was all showered and in pjs, I started dinner. Cutting up some broccoli to roast and got rice ready on the stove. I used a buffalo style marinade on chicken and Alex grilled it. Y’all the marinade was so good that I was tempted to buy more online immediately. It was spicy without being over the top.

We watched another episode of Billions while we ate. We are quickly making our way through the show but it’s so good! When the episode ended, I grabbed my book to read more.

Question of the day: What’s the last little surprise you had?