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Two Different Pumpkins

Last night I had what I thought was a brilliant idea.  This:

 

scone mix

 

plus this:

 

pumpkinnnn

 

could only equal pure deliciousness right?  That scone mix was part of an Easter basket from way back in April, and I thought I had finally found the perfect way to make use of it.  Just add water and bake!  How much easier could it get?  Well apparently my addition of 3/4 cup of pumpkin threw off some things because instead of a slightly sticky ball of dough, I had this mess.

 

uuuuh?

this is not right...

omg what a disaster

 

Literally every ounce of dough stuck to my hands, but I persevered and somehow made the sticky dough into scone like shapes.  I still had no idea how they would taste, but I wasn’t willing to waste my pumpkin.  11 minutes later I had a tray of “scones” that looked something else entirely.

 

rolls?

meh

Obviously I had to try one right away.  I broke it open, watched the steam escape and tentatively took my first bite.  Well hey, at least they don’t taste like crap!  They were however, somewhat bland, and my beloved pumpkin flavor was noticeably absent.

 

are you there pumpkin?

 

They weren’t a total fail, but they weren’t exactly right either.  Now I want to try again from scratch and see if I can really get it right.  Or I might just rely on my tried and true pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe to get me through my pumpkin cravings.  Only time will tell.  After my pumpkin scone somewhat fail, I had to turn around and yell at the other Pumpkin.

 

bad cat!

Look at her, going in for the kill.  Every single leaf in that vase has little kitty bite marks in it.  The best part is she’ll jump up there, wait for me to look at her, and then start gnawing on the plant.  The second I yell at her she’ll jump down, but it’s like she’s waiting to get yelled at.  Why is she such a monster?

 

Grey’s was last night, I really only have one thing to say about that because really I have no idea what happened in the entire episode.  I was too busy swooning over this guy.

omg so hot

Hello Jesse Williams, I see you went to Temple, will you be returning to Philadelphia for a visit any time soon?  Can I take you out for a drink?  Seriously though, the eyes, the abs!  I’m not sure it gets any better. Ok, time to move on before boyfriend gets offended.

I’m wearing my new jeggings today, and I don’t think I want to wear real pants ever again.  Seriously, most comfortable things ever, and they fit inside my boots amazingly and without a struggle.

 

streeeeeeeeetch

 

So yes, if you have been on the lookout for jeggings I highly recommend these from The Limited.  Comfy, dark wash, with real back pockets.  Also, if you buy two pairs of any pant one is $25 off!

As I said yesterday, I’m off to NYC for the weekend after work.  I’m really hoping to meet up with Jacquie while I’m there, maybe on Sunday afternoon? Would any other NYC bloggers/readers be interested?  Let me know!

What is everyone else up to this weekend, anything good?  Have a happy Friday!

 

 

Catching Up

So it’s been awhile since there was a normal blog post around here.  I really enjoyed taking a break from my regular posting and sharing that story with you all, so I’m happy you guys liked it too!  I think every once in a while I’m going to take breaks like that and really just write.  It is what I’m passionate about after all.  Let’s briefly catch you up on what you missed.

Tuesday night I did my 5 mile run per my training plan, and Wednesday was a 2×1 mile workout at 8:34 pace.  My car was at the dealership last week for its maitenence appointment and to get the sunroof fixed, and per usual they hooked me up with a sweet rental car.  It’s all part of their plan, give you a brand new car to drive around to convince you to buy a new one.  I almost ran away with it, but in the end I returned it and got mine back.  I did enjoy it while I had it though.

2011 328i hard top convertible

Sigh, I miss you already pretty car.  I also had some super stressful things going on last week, if you follow me on twitter you know what I’m talking about.  If you don’t, sorry but I can’t exactly divulge everything here on the blog yet.  Soon though, I promise!  Friday after work, I hopped on the train and went up to NYC for the weekend.  Alex’s birthday is this Wednesday so we celebrated it a little bit early.

happy almost birthday!

The two of us enjoyed a nice sushi dinner, two for one drink specials, and a free appetizer of edaname since our rolls were taking so long.  It was a very nice dinner date.  After dinner, we went back to the apartment to have a few drinks and just relax with a movie.  We’d both had long days at work, were tired, and not in the mood to go out.  We started to watch Where the Wildthings Are, but about 45 minutes into it turned it off.  It was not entertaining at all, and we were bored out of our minds.  Luckily it was a free HBO On Demand movie, and we didn’t have to pay for it.

Saturday morning I had an 8 mile long run to accomplish, so I drug myself out of bed to get ready for it.  I ate a chocolate chip Cliff Bar for pre-run fuel and stuck a few dollars into my pocket so I could buy a Gatorade half way through my run.  Alex came with me for the first 1.5 miles, and then turned around to run back home.  I was on my own for the other 6.5 miles I had to accomplish that day.  The first 1.5 with Alex were actually the worst feeling miles of the whole run, after that I found my groove and cruised to mile 4.  I stopped at the South Street Seaport and picked up a Gatorade, drank some of it, and carried it with me until about mile 6 when I tossed it because I got annoyed with holding it.

I was running under bridges and the FDR highway for a majority of the run, and my Garmin kept losing the satellite signal so all my mile splits and distance were messed up.  I remember running under the highway at one point and my Garmin was telling me I was running at a 5:25 pace, and that was how I knew it was messed up haha.  Miles 6-8 were pretty rough, my legs started to get heavy and my bootay started to hurt but I pushed through and finished in 1:16:47.  I’m not sure of the exact distance, but I think it was something like 7.5-7.6 miles.  Not too shabby for a Saturday morning, and I was able to see parts of the city I’d never been to before.

It was really nice running a long the East River, and the breeze blowing off the water helped me ignore the 84 degree temperature.  After dragging myself back to the apartment, I showered as quickly as possible and met Alex at the bar for some wings and beer.  That’s what I run for ;).  We spent the whole day Saturday drinking beers and watching college football, and it was perfect.  Mine and Alex’s friend Megan came into the city Saturday night, and the three of us enjoyed a delicious dinner before heading out for a night on the town.  We went to a few different bars, and then I think were home by 1 am.

Sunday was pretty similar to Saturday, beers, football, and food.  Only Sunday involved burritos from Chipotle instead of BBQ wings.  That was actually my first trip to Chipotle, and honestly I was kind of disappointed.  I much prefer Moe’s, but the didn’t open until noon and Alex and I were dying for food at 11 am.

skeptical

diving in anyway

Meh, it served its purpose, but I will not be returning to Chipotle anytime soon.  Thanks for humoring me babe, I know that walk to Union Square was brutal!  After lunch it was off to the bar for the 49ers game, and the first half of the Eagles game before I caught the train to come home.  Weekends in NYC are always fun, but exhausting, and by the time I got home at 9 Sunday night I was ready to crash.
Yesterday was a little rough at work, and it took all of my willpower to drag myself to the gym to get my run in.  It was a dreary Monday, and coming home to lounge in sweats sounded like a lot more fun.  I made it there though, and attempted to do my 5 mile easy run.  My legs were still a little sore from Saturday’s long run, so I cut it short at 4 miles.  Hey, better than not doing anything at all.
Tonight is the Britney Spears episode of Glee, and I can’t wait.  I love her, I hope it’s as good as I’m expecting.

A Fantastic Anniversary Weekend

Hello and happy Monday morning.  I’m glad you all enjoyed the video I made for mine and Alex’s one year anniversary, it was a surprise to him also and he really liked it.  It’s time for a huge weekend recap post, so try to stick with me.  If you don’t, I’ll understand but we did some fun stuff and had some great food!

Friday night I arrived around 6:00 and hoofed it through the subway system in 4 inch wedges with a giant duffle bag.  That totally counts as a workout right?  I actually ended up at Alex’s apartment before he got home from work, so I hung out with his one roommate Brandon while I waited for him.  He had seen my chicken teryaki noodle stir-fry pics on the blog, and had really been wanting to try it so we made that for dinner on Friday night.  I hate cooking in other peoples kitchens, especially boys because they never have the random things that you need.  It still turned out great, and Alex loved it.  After dinner we went out to the boys favorite local dive bar, The Edge for a little birthday celebration for Brando.  We played some darts, and drank lots of beers.

boys

meee

The theme of the party was “white” obviously.  I ended up drinking a tad bit more than I meant too and woke up Saturday morning with a headache the size of New York, so uh no run happened.  Thankfully, Alex loves me a lot and went out and got some bagels for us, and I was able to pull myself together enough to venture outside to do some shopping.  First stop was lululemon in Union Square where I tried on a bunch of pants, I think I’ve decided on a pair of cropped ones but still making a final decision.  Then it was off to H&M where I absolutely cleaned up on some new fall essentials.  Haha, for what the one pair of pants in lululemon would have cost me I got a pair of underwear, two button down shirts, two tank tops, and a sweater.  I’m really loving all my purchases, H&M just might be my new favorite store.  I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend that likes shopping with me 🙂 and who is also great at picking out stuff for me.

After shopping, we walked back to Stuyvesant Town to rest up a little before our big Anniversary dinner, oh and to exchange presents :).  Alex did reallllly good and got me three new workout shirts, a new sports bra, and the Tiffany I love you ring that I had been hinting about wanting for oooh at least 6 months.

I plan on wearing it on my right hand, looks a little too much like a wedding band for me, but my fingers are a little swollen right now and my left ring finger is smaller.  From me, a few weeks ago Alex got the iPod Touch that came free with my MacBook and I supplemented it with a gift card for him to put towards a new computer which is all he said he wanted.  We had some pre-dinner cocktails at the apartment and then headed over to Chelsea for our 8 pm dinner reservations at The Park.  Dinner was amazing, delicious, and the restaurant was a romantic place to celebrate our anniversary.

my fancy new BCBG dress

1 year later

I started off our celebratory dinner with a glass of champagne and Alex had a sparkling Mint Julep which sounds like a girly drink, but it was not.

bubbly

bourbon

They brought us some bread and olive oil to enjoy while we perused the menu.

For an appetizer, we decided on the crab cakes, which were sooo good.

crab cakes

Check out the view from our table, it was gorgeous.

And then for my main course, I was not adventurous at all and went with the turkey burger with American cheese, haha.  It was seriously one of the best turkey burgers ever, and Alex ordered a steak.  Can I just say that I love that both of our dinners came with french fries, haha.

turkey burger

steak

After our meals (we both cleaned our plates) we were pretty full, but the cheesecake on the desert menu just sounded way to delicious to pass up so we decided to share it.

cheesecake with raspberry sauce

It was a wonderful anniversary meal, and I would love to go back to The Park again and sit in one of the many other rooms of the restaurant.  The Skyline Park literally started right across the street from the restaurant so we ventured up to it to walk around after dinner.  I had never seen it before, and it’s really cool.  After walking around the Meatpacking district for a while, we ended up at the Ganesvoort Hotel rooftop bar where we both had one drink, because they were a million dollars, and did some serious people watching.

stud

After our drinks, we returned to the East Village and Alex’s apartment where we drank some more for free, watched some TV, and just spent some qt together.  It was a great night.

Yesterday was a gray and rainy day in NYC, and what better way to spend a rainy Sunday than just being lazy, which is exactly what we did.  We left the apartment to find food, and that’s it.  We agreed on an early dinner of the most delicious pizza ever.  Artichoke is located on 14th st between 1st and 2nd Ave and the line out the door is typically at least 10 people long.  They accept cash only and offer four different types of pizza, crab, Sicilian, margarita, and of course artichoke.  I’ve had the margarita and the artichoke before, and both are incredible.  Yesterday I decided to go with the pizza the place is named for.

artichoke pizza

so cheezey and creamy

Alex loves it too

Now, in no way is there anything remotely healthy about this slice of pizza, but it’s all about balance right?  So good and rich, I ate almost all of it before handing the last bit off to Alex to finish.

I was sad to leave and come home, but I’m headed back up to NYC on Thursday night because Alex and I fly out bright and early Friday morning for his brothers wedding in Iowa.  These next few weeks are absolutely crazy for me!  I hope everyone else had a fantastic weekend, I feel like I’m going to recover from this one just in time for the next one to start!