Hodge Podge Monday

Today’s post is rather hodge podge as there is so much I want to share.  First off, who has seen this commercial?  I cried the first time I saw it and it still gets to me every time…

It’s really a beautiful take on life but it makes me happy and sad all in a one minute commercial.  Darn you Lowes!

This weekend was a lot of fun but also consisted of a lot of hard work.  Friday night Neal and I went to the National baseball game at Nats Park.

This weekend was their last home series of the season, so we had to make it out there (and buy their nachos…. sooo bad for you good).  We had a wonderful time and the park was just beautiful that night.

Pretty nice considering it rained all day!  Although the Nats lost, Neal and I had a fantastic time… right Neal?

Saturday morning I went to the Annapolis, MD Amish Market with my Aunt Danielle and had a wonderful time!  Remember you still have a chance to enter the Amish Market Giveaway!  A winner will be selected Wednesday morning.

Sunday Neal and I both woke up late so we didn’t go out for our scheduled 4 mile run.  Instead we stopped at Grounded Coffee, went grocery shopping and then made our way back home.  I had a lot of graduate work to do, so I spent the after working on a project.

Around 5PM Neal and I went for a 1 hour walk, which was a really nice change of pace.  I’m really proud of our 15K training so far, but it was really nice to just go for a walk.  Confession: I really have a hard time running!  I always feel great afterwards, but it really is challenging for me.  What I’ve learned though is with time, your body will adapt and running will become easier!

We made up our 4 mile run this morning, running at just over a 10 minute pace.  We finished 4 miles in 43:51 (running on a 2 minute run, 1 minute walk interval).  Neal had a great run and I’m really glad he pushed me this morning.

Tonight the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys in Monday Night Football, so I’m making Chunky Beef Chili and Jalapeno Cornbread for the occasion!  I’m really looking forward to sitting back and watching some football.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Any fun plans this week?  Last week of September…

The Downside to an Oversized Bag

It’s FRIDAY!! but first… a Wednesday Night Recap 

Wednesday night Neal and I met up to see the Washington Nationals play the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park.  I love going to baseball games.  3 years ago I bought season tickets to the Nationals and was a ticket holder for two years.  I decided not to renew this past year, as graduate school tends to take up most of my free evenings.  Next year is a different story though!  To me, watching baseball is the perfect way to spend a summer night.

Neal and I also love date nights at the ballpark because it’s where we had our first date!

The best part only downside to the ballpark is the fattening food.  Instead of being tempted by the hotdogs, fries, and ice cream I decided to pack my dinner and bring it to the ballgame.  Wednesday morning I made a sandwich, packed some grapes, and a diet cream soda… I was set!

gym bag

As I workout before work most days, I pack my Vera Bradley tote each morning with my work clothes, toiletries, lunch bag, and purse (pretty much it’s my bag to carry my bags)…so when I went to the game Wednesday night my tote came with me.  For the first time ever, I was told my bag was too large to bring into the park so I ended up checking my bag at guest services.  I totally could have taken my lunch bag out of my tote but I was too embarrassed to carry my lunch bag around the park.  Instead, I had a hotdog and shared some fries with Neal.  Probably not the best decision.

Evil fries!

Neal was pretty happy though!

Although the Nationals lost, we had a wonderful time at the ballpark!

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This weekend, Neal and I are traveling up to Philadelphia so that I can attend the Healthy Living Summit!  I didn’t think I was going to be able to attend, but then someone who was unable to attend offered to sell me her ticket.   Although I’m sad she couldn’t attend, I am so excited to be attending this summit.

Philly July 2010

I am looking forward to meeting some fellow bloggers, to learning from some of the best, and to listening to some amazing quest speakers!  I will strive to blog as much as possible this weekend and can’t wait to share what I have learned with everyone!

Healthy Living Summit Itinerary

  • Friday night cocktail party
  • Classes, speakers, and panels throughout the day on Saturday
  • 5K run/walk Sunday morning
  • Farewell breakfast sponsored by Quaker Sunday morning

Neal and I are also looking forward to having another ” cheesesteak challenge” while we’re in Philly.  Last year, in the Pat’s vs. Geno’s battle Pat’s  won, so this year we’re having a Pat’s vs. Tony Luke’s battle.  It’s going to be epic!

Have you been to a conference of this nature?  Do you have any advice for me?  What questions would you like me to ask while I am there?