Getting Into A Groove

All the warnings in the world couldn’t have prepared me for how much my world would change after both finding out I was pregnant and then starting a new job.

Both have their challenges and their triumphs, and I think I’m finally finding a good rhythm. With a little over two months to go until Baby A+ is due, I know it will be short-lived. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this ‘quiet time.’

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So, since we haven’t really spoken in a few weeks, where do I begin after such a long absence? I guess this past weekend is as good any another point.

We took our babymoon to New York, kicking off a month filled with baby activities. Without gushing too much, it was glorious. Even with a bit of rain, we balanced hanging out with friends, trying new eateries, a museum visit, a Broadway show and even managed to squeeze in a walk through Central Park.

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In somewhat related news, I can’t believe I’m in my third trimester. Hitting 31 weeks tomorrow is making the impending arrival of our little girl more of a reality than some abstract idea. Delivery is still a big, scary unknown for me, but I’m doing my best to manage my thoughts and ideas by educating myself just enough to kind of know what to expect without being overwhelmed. Truth: some days are better than others.

I’m still exercising, although not to the extent that I was in the beginning of my pregnancy. With the mornings being darker, I’m taking the time to alternate sleeping in with some light strength training. Watson and I are making our morning rounds, as it’s good for me to start my morning outside. Getting my endorphins up and enjoying the sunrise make even the groggiest morning better.

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Work is good, but we’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us. Adding this to what’s going on in my personal life has resulted in a few instances of stress/anxiety-induced tears, but in our two years of marriage (and especially the past few months) he’s become an expert in managing my emotional surges.

I think that hits all the major points of what’s been happening over here. I’m hoping to have posts with a bit more detail regarding the pregnancy, books I’ve been reading, and other fun things, but for now, let’s consider ourselves all caught up.

What’s been happening with you? Any exciting news I should know? Spill! I’ve missed all of you.

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!

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Time to Get Away

As I mentioned in my post last week, one of the ways that the JA and I keep the romance alive in busy times is to have individual ‘us’ times. While this weekend wasn’t exactly ‘me’ time, it was the perfect treat to celebrate the end of the school year.

My three college girlfriends and I have tried to get a girls-only weekend on the books since, well, graduation. Between full-time jobs, weddings, and kids, it got pushed off again and again. Sure, we saw each other, but this weekend, we finally got our getaway.

Terrible Trio

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Friday afternoon, we packed into our respective cars and made our way to Canaan Valley, WV. Food was shared, talking was done, and we hit the hay around 10p. (Don’t be too jealous.)

Saturday morning, we had breakfast at Amelia’s and then headed back to the condo to chill and relax. After a few hours (and some leftover pizza), we gussied ourselves up and went to dinner. The drive through Canaan Valley State Park was gorgeous and filled with wildlife. The view from the resort dining room wasn’t so bad, either.

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Sunday, we returned to Amelia’s for breakfast before cleaning up and heading home. I have to admit, it was good to be back with my boys – even if it meant I spent most of the night doing laundry and prepping for this week.

What’s your ideal getaway? What do you dread most upon returning home?

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!

An Uber Happy New Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. It’s also a night that could end terribly if you or someone you know drinks & drives.

Therefore, today’s Try it Tuesday is Uber car service. Swanky enough that it feels like a treat, but safe enough to get you to your destination without a problem, Uber is available is 34 cities in North America (see the full list here), including Baltimore, Washington DC & New York.

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We used Uber as means to get to the airport prior to our Mexican getaway earlier this year. I had heard good things about the service and was eager to try it myself. Traveling on one of the busiest days of the year can be stressful, but I was thoroughly impressed by the whole experience.

It was just a few minutes to sign up and the iPhone app was extremely easy to use. We requested our car and I received a text confirming the order and then one once the car arrived at our home. Our driver was professional and very nice, the car was clean, and we arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.

I was a bit wary of using my credit card through the app, but not having to fumble around with cash at the end of the ride was worth it. It is Uber’s policy that the driver’s tip is included in the cost so don’t worry, your driver should be taken care of!

Uber’s pricing does fluctuate depending on the popularity of the service, so the company’s provided some tips on how to keep you (and your budget) happy this New Year’s Eve. If you’re in Baltimore, we also have uberX – an even less expensive option than regular Uber.

Interested? Sign up here. (Affiliate link.) Still on the fence? Check out Uber’s blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for more info and user feedback.

Wishing you and yours a safe and joyous New Year’s Eve!

This is part of my Try It Tuesday series. Usually, it’s about items/services that I’ve tried and reviewed. For more, check out the Try It Tuesday page!

Friends & Family

This weekend has been a whirlwind (but in a completely satisfying way).

Saturday morning, I went for a quick run. It was my first since the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler & my legs were still majorly tight from teaching Barre on Thursday, but who could turn down a December run in shorts?

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Saturday afternoon, my sister, her dog & her boyfriend arrived in Baltimore. We spent some time catching up before braving one of the local malls to see this beaut:

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Movie was good, but one that I need to see a few more times to try appreciate. Like the first, there’s so much going on that you don’t see it all the first time around.

Sunday morning, we hopped a bus to New York. We like to come up during the holidays, and this year was extra special because one of the JA’s Best Men and his wife live in Manhattan. We spent the day hanging out with them & were so glad that the rain held off!

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Thanks to Celia for being the designated photo taker for the day!

All in all, it was a wonderfully full and happy weekend. We can’t wait for more family, friends & festivities as the week progresses 🙂

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!

The Getaway

We left on Wednesday morning – bundling up for the cold, but not too much because of our ultimate destination. Bags packed, instructions for the dog sitter printed, and puppy kisses relished, we arrived at the airport to find little to no lines at check-in or security.

After time for a quick breakfast (and a celebratory mimosa), we boarded the plane and began our direct flight from the U.S. to Mexico.

Four glorious days later, we’re back. While it was weird having Thanksgiving dinner without being surrounded by family, we still made the most of it. (The Ravens win certainly helped!)

Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, we’re both ready to tackle the stretch between now and the holiday break.

Ever spend a holiday away from home? How did you make it memorable?

MiMM

Back and Forth (and Back Again)

This morning, the JA and I traveled into D.C. to turn in my passport. Hoping for the best (but expecting the worst), we finished earlier than we thought and returned to Baltimore with time to spare.

Too bad I have to return on Monday to pick up a new passport.

It was bittersweet turning my old document in – that passport took me all over Europe during a semester abroad in college, then to Scotland to visit a friend a few years later, and finally to St. Lucia for our honeymoon last December.

This passport will have my new name and this gem of a photo:

I've titled it, 'Passport Photo or Mugshot?'

I’ve titled it, ‘Passport Photo or Mugshot?’

Oof.

Any good (or awesomely bad) travel stories? Most exotic place you’ve traveled? Dream destination? I’ve got an ‘American’ travel bucket list, but would love to go to Australia or Bali. Warmth, sunshine, and beaches, please!

Join Me for Tea

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(Today’s tea: Candy Cane Green Tea from Trader Joe’s. Delish!)

If we were chatting over tea right now, I’d tell you the following:

1. My throat is scratchy. Not good. I’m hoping it stays contained and that I don’t get sick. Only a few weeks until Thanksgiving and a bit of a break!

2. I finally made How Sweet Eats White Chicken Quinoa Chili last night. Verdict? Needed a bit more kick, but with a small addition of cayenne pepper, it became a must keep recipe.

(Note: her picture of this dish is much prettier. I was hungry.)

(Note: her picture of this dish is much prettier. I was hungry.)

3. I’m nervous. We’re taking a trip soon and my passport expired. Fingers crossed that all goes well and we can both still go!

4. The 40ish degree temperatures have really been helping my runs. While this throat THING isn’t so hot, I’m still posting some pretty good paces on my past few runs.(Yesterday, I even did two runs!) 5.5 miles on the docket for this weekend, and I’m optimistic I can post a faster time than last week.

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What’s new with you? Any good cold-weather recipes to share? Do you prefer warm or cool weather for outdoor exercise? Anyone who can expedite my passport renewal process? EEK!