New Beginnings

[taps the mic] Hello? Hello? is this thing on?

A little over a month ago, I started a new job. It was scary, exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and exciting all at once. You see, my employer didn’t know I was pregnant before extended the offer. (Which will be another post on another day, but certainly something that added to my stress level and anxiety about the change.)

It’s everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m working with three different entities in a university setting. My co-workers have been extremely welcoming and incredibly kind. My supervisors have all been open and receptive to both my news and ideas. In addition to all that, the work is exactly what I liked most about my previous position and seems like it could provide more flexibility to me in the future.

Yet, new beginnings are hard. I miss my old co-workers. I miss my 10-minute commute. I miss having my husband on the same campus. However, I also know that this was the right decision. Not just for me and my sanity, but for our family as a whole.

we dont look back.disney

I’m not the only one starting anew this fall. My absolute favorite barre teacher, Rachel, has returned to the classroom. I attended her last class and to say it was bittersweet would be an understatement. Once we bought our house, I began traveling 20 minutes to the gym twice a week so I could continue to take her class. She gave me the push and confidence I needed to substitute teach for her on occasion. She reawakened my love for barre and ballet in general. She also became a friend.

We gathered together a few weeks ago to toast to our new beginnings. While we both know it’s not a goodbye – more of an ‘I’ll see you later’ – it doesn’t make the transition any easier. We spoke of how we know each of our decisions is right for us at this time, the anxiety that comes with starting something new, the change this has and will bring to our families. We also spoke of our excitement, our passion, and how our new journeys will fill a void that we didn’t realize we had until now.

It was wonderful.

Since then, things have only gotten better. I’ve enjoyed the lingering days of summer and, as usual am anxiously awaiting the start of fall. The JA and I feel like we’re in a really good place (and I’m probably jinxing myself by saying that), Baby A+ is doing well, and Watson’s still up to his normal shenanigans.

But Ma, you left that whole roll of hot dog buns just sitting on the counter...they were begging to be eaten!

But Ma, you left that whole roll of hot dog buns just sitting on the counter…they were begging to be eaten!

I’ve missed this space, but working on websites/social media all day does isn’t exactly inspiring me to come home and get back on my computer right now. I thank you for being patient, and promise to be back soon.



Summer Snapshots

So good to see you again! There’s been a lot going on over here, but maybe not in the way that you would think. Yes, we’re prepping for Baby A+. Yes, I’m still exercising. Yes, meals are still being had. And yes, Watson is still being one of the best dogs around town (biased parent, party of one!).

However, I’ve found that this summer I’d rather hang pictures on walls than post them to one.

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I’m savoring my ice cream instead of watching it drip as I check on social media.

froyo cone

I’m trading getting up early to blog for sleeping in and spending time with my family of three.

first baby card

I’m bumping to the beat, but with a bump of my own.

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And I’m okay with that.

Additionally, some changes have happened on the professional front. I’ve accepted a new position at a local university and start at the end of the month. It’s been a crazy few months getting everything in place, but I feel that this is the best move for myself and our family.

If you’d rather have a more consistent look at life from my perspective, follow me on Instagram. It’s much more in line with my slower summer pace.

Talk again soon!

Fantastic Father’s Day

How is it Monday already? Seems to me like weeks are moving to slowly and weekends, as always, are flying by. I’ve been bogged down with a nasty head cold since late last week and have done my best to enjoy the gorgeous Baltimore weather without sneezing my brains out. Not such an easy task, my friends.

I finally got things under control (with a little help from Sudafed) and we had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Friday night was spent separately – he went to a kickoff to summer party and I went out to dinner with a co-worker and an ex-coworker. It’s so nice to get outside of the office, relax, and catch up. After diner, I swung by the party for a bit but left almost right away due to the threat of thunderstorms. (Girlfriend does not drive well while it’s both dark AND pouring down rain.)

Saturday was spent running errands and with the JA’s maternal side of the family. His grandmother was in town and his cousin was having a birthday party, so we got to see almost everyone on that side for a little bit. We quickly came home to host game night with our neighbors out on our back porch. It’s easily one of my favorite spaces in the summer months and with a few new additions from Target, is absolutely gorgeous as day turns to night.

back porch w lights

Sunday we hosted Father’s Day dinner at our home for about 20 people (my immediate family and JA’s paternal side). Not wanting to be overwhelmed with preparations, we did a potluck and there was more than enough food to go around. The highlight? This cake from his Aunt Susan. Absolutely delicious, and I may or may not be contemplating having the last leftover piece for breakfast this morning. You only live once, right?

strawberry cake

It was a perfect weekend, and timed perfectly, because we could share some exciting news with everyone in person. Stay tuned to find out what it was!

What’s your favorite part of family get togethers? Mine is the company, but food is a close second 🙂

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Finally Free

The weather here in Baltimore was GORGEOUS this weekend. Warm, sunny, breezy, and low humidity – why can’t the entire summer feel like this?

Luckily for us, Watson was cleared for exercise on Friday! If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that with his heart worm treatment, he’s been restricted for multiple months. We’re supposed to ease him back into an exercise routine, but he was having none of it – running laps around the back yard the first chance he got.

puppy selfie

We explored a ‘new to us’ trail on Saturday and Sunday we tested out my knee with 2 miles of run/walk intervals. There wasn’t any pain, so hopefully I’ll be back to running soon!

trolley trail

trolley trail 2

The nice weather is scheduled to continue this week so if you’ll excuse me, I’m unplugging and heading outside!

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Kickoff to Summer

Remember how I was hoping to get my blogging mojo back? Well, I was all set to wake up yesterday and pump out a post for y’all but I woke up at 4a with a stomach bug. Writing a post while laying in bed with a mild fever was not a task I was able to complete.

But have no fear… today I’m back in action. I had a good day at work, rocked barre class this evening, and got to sneak a peek back at my pictures from the weekend. Oh, how glorious it was.

Friday evening, we hung out with our neighbors for our bi-monthly game night. Nothing impressive.

Saturday we ran some errands and held an impromptu cookout. About 15 people showed up throughout the course of the evening and we all had a blast sitting on the deck, eating way too much food, and telling embarrassing stories. (Not about each other, of course.)

Sunday was family day. We packed a picnic lunch (made mainly of leftovers from the night prior) and headed to our favorite park. We allowed Watson to frolic in his favorite stream and we got to walk through the woods and enjoy the sunshine. Double win!

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Another double win? Ice cream. There’s a small ice cream shop within walking distance of our house so the only logical thing to do on a nice evening is to take the dog there and get him a puppy kid’s cone. Good thing he knew better than to mess with my food after he finished his cone. It would not have ended well.

We spent the remainder of Sunday evening relaxing outside with another group of friends. All in all, a perfect kickoff to summer!

What signifies the beginning of summer to you? For me, it’s the onset of Baltimore humidity…and when I feel comfortable wearing shorts outside.

Productivity, Porch Sittin’, and Another PR

This weekend was gorgeous. Finally, it’s feeling like spring! My hope is that it remains spring-like for another month or so before the humidity kicks in and Baltimore goes from breezy & cool to hot & sticky.

We took full advantage of the weather by racing, relaxing on the porch and sprucing up our yard. Friday started with some “just because” flowers, and ended with seafood pasta and we had a candlelit dinner on the deck. Both the food and the dining conditions were divine. I forgot how nice it is to eat outdoors!

just because flowers

candelit dinner

Saturday morning, we were up fairly early for the Sole of the City 10K. Put on by Charm City Run, the race winds through the streets of Baltimore. This year, the race benefitted the Erika Brannock Fund, a local woman injured at the Boston Marathon last year. Again, the day was perfect – starting a little chilly and warming up throughout the morning. As the JA and I entered the race area, we saw our friend Renee, whose mission was to take some photos along the race course. She succeeded, capturing these gems.

sole city 2014 1

sole city 2014 2

I felt really good during the race. At packet pickup, I purchased a plantar fasciitis sleeve for my foot and liked how it gave my arch the support it needed. The course itself was nice, but challenging. I taught barre on Thursday night and my quads were tight as a result. I did a ton of stretching prior to the race, but was still a little uneasy. The last thing I wanted was to come out of this race in worse shape than I went in. I ran the race without headphones and me legs were not happy that last portion seemed on a constant incline.

However, they could have been unhappy that I was testing them so. I know I said I wanted to take things easy, but I knew I could beat my previous time (58.52). I’m happy to report that I blew it out of the water – 58.11.9! My foot did start to twinge a bit post-race, but once I got out of my shoes and into flip flops, it was much happier. I haven’t had any additional problems since, so fingers crossed it holds up for 13.1 in a few weeks!

We spent the rest of the afternoon doing some spring cleaning and doing more porch sitting. We invited our neighbors over for cocktails and spent another day outdoors. Sunday I had to work an event and left the JA to tackle our backyard. The winter was brutal on our grass and we’re currently looking to remedy that situation. We’ve now got a patchwork puppy and a patchwork backyard! Let’s hope it fills in soon!

so.much. seed.

so.much. seed.

How was your weekend? Spend any time outdoors?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Can’t Hold Me Down

As I mentioned on Friday, the weekend forecast looked like this:

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From the way the forecasters were speaking, the rain would be coming down steady and hard for the majority of the weekend. I had 9 miles scheduled and was getting increasingly anxious as we went through the day on Friday. Once 4p rolled around, there was no rain and temps were hovering around 60F. The JA was leaving later in the evening, but encouraged me to go out while things were dry. I waffled back and forth (of course I wanted to spend time with him before he departed), but eventually made the decision to go for it. What’s the worst that could happen?

long run 3-28

I was surprised at how ‘easy’ it was. (I put easy in quotes because nine miles is not what I think of as an easy distance.) The weather held, a lot of people were outside, and I kept my pace in check. I felt tired after finishing, but with a bit more motivation, it certainly was another confidence boost on the way to my first half marathon!

With my long run out of the way and the rain falling down, Watson and I had a lazy morning on Saturday. Reading, cuddliness, and drinking coffee were just what the doctor ordered to counter the dreariness of the weather outside.

lazy morning

I then met up with my mom. We went to lunch and ran some errands. I was determined to usher spring in with style whether Mother Nature wanted to cooperate or not!

apple salad

Sunday was a busy day. I had a work event in the morning and since I was already on campus, I took advantage of the fitness center and busted through my cross training. 50 minutes on the elliptical went quickly thanks to the iHeartRadio spin cycle station and helped me exceed my goal of 100 miles for March. 105 for the win!

Later that afternoon, it began to snow. Yes, snow. The JA returned safely but we were both exhausted by the end of the night. It would have been nice to have a bit of time to sleep in, but we’re just happy the weather has taken a turn for the better!

How do you make the best of a less than ideal situation?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!