The Road Ahead

Today marks the first day of a new school year.  I’m ready to dive headfirst back into the routine of working.  I have the same students I have had for the past two years, and I love each and every one of them.  I cannot wait to continue pushing them forward on the path they are taking.  Junior year is a big one for many students, and I hope that I can influence them in a positive way. 

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The road ahead for Travis and I is going to be much smoother now that the wedding is over.  Not that it was a bad planning experience, but wedding planning took up a lot of our spare time.  Coaching swimming also took up a lot of time, but I will be cutting down on hours this year.

Our road ahead will also be smooth because we bought our first brand new car!

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The thing I’m not sure about is where blogging fits into my journey ahead. 

I haven’t blogged in almost a week, and not once did I feel as though I was missing out.  I am friends with majority of my blogging buddies on social media, and I feel as though that might be enough for me to still connect with everyone without feeling pressured to blog.   I still am about to follow the lives of my favorite bloggers even though I am not reading their posts daily.

I’m not saying straight out that I’m calling it quits, but for now, I’m just going to see where the road takes me.  If we aren’t friends on Facebook, let me know.   And continue following my journey on Instagram and Twitter.  I am so thankful for all of the friends that blogging has brought me in this 3+ year experience , and I want to stay connected. 

So, whether I decide to blog again next week, next month, next year, or never, please know that I am thankful for all of the experiences I’ve had through blogging so far, and I hope you’ll continue to follow my life as I push forward in my marriage, my career, and my life after swimming.

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Delicious Travel Eats

This summer, I let my guard down and ate what I wanted pretty much all of the time.  While it’s making it hard to get back to a healthier mindset, it was mighty delicious and carefree.

Here’s a glimpse into some of my meals over the past week.

Last week, while in DC, I met up with Laura for an afternoon.  I first was introduced to Laura through blogging in 2012, and it was amazing to finally meet in person.  She’s as awesome in person as I would have expected.

We went to Union Market for lunch.  It’s an adorable indoor market in DC with a bunch of little shops and restaurants. I got Korean BBQ from TaKorean.

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And of course ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery.  I got salted caramel and it was amazing!

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Girls weekend lunch on the roof of my sister’s building:

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Mexican French toast from Agua 301:

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Outstanding raspberry truffle milkshake from Good Stuff Eatery:

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The most amazing meal we had on girls weekend was from Co Co. Sala

Chocolate strawberry martini called the Fetish””:

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Kale and asparagus tart with goat cheese and a champagne drizzle on the left; bacon mac and cheese with chocolate covered bacon on the right.  Notice a chocolate theme?!

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Dessert was amazing!!! Cinnamon toffee truffle, chocolate sorbet, and a chocolate mousse with caramel, vanilla crème brulee, and a brownie at the bottom.

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Amazing Blizzard…hadn’t had on in forever!

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Lunch with the husband at 45th Street Taphouse in OCMD. We got Pub Pierogies and they were awesome!

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Alright, that’s all I have for WIAW today! Off to day 2 of meetings and getting my classroom together! Thanks to Jenn for hosting the food frenzy meet-up!

What’s the best thing you’ve had to eat so far? I’d say that ice cream is up there for me!

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Summer’s Ending

This is a post all about my last week of summer vacation.  Darn it, that is so sad to say.  Tomorrow morning I have to actually set an alarm and head to my school.  I will admit, I LOVE my job.  I am excited to see my students and coworkers, but I am not looking forward to having to catch up with my husband over meals. 

This past week has been amazing.  I got home last night after almost two weeks in DC.  You already saw our NYC excursion and our concert trip, but there were a few pictures that didn’t make it onto the blog this past week.  Another picture recap for you today.  Sick of my adventures yet? I’m not sick of them at all!

My mom, our family friend Kim, my sister, and I had girl’s weekend in DC this past weekend.  No matter how many times I see some of the sights of the city, I never get sick of them!

We started by walking around Georgetown.

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We then headed back to my sister’s neighborhood to catch dinner and walk around.  We saw some trapeze artists practicing at the trapeze school.

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As well as some children in the fountain.

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We woke up early on Saturday for a Capitol tour.  I just love the Capitol!

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The details of these buildings are just incredible.  I could just stare at the 23-carat ceilings all day!

After the tour, we walked the underground tunnel to the Library of Congress.  Did you know that I used to work at the Library in the Madison Building? I have to say that the Jefferson Building (the main building) is probably my favorite building in DC.

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We walked around a bit and walked though the Botanical Gardens on our way back to my sister’s.

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We then adventured to the National Harbor, which just added a new ferris wheel.

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On Sunday, we headed to Mt. Vernon to see our first president’s estate.

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It was an overcast day with a few sprinkles of rain, but we got to go through Washington’s gorgeous mansion, see his farmland, visit his grave, and see where the slaves of the estate were put to rest.

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Great weekend of exploration. 

Now, I’m off to have a productive last day!

How was your weekend?

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