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Bit by the Run Bug…Again

Bit by the Run Bug...Again

Well, it’s happened again. I don’t know if it’s something in the universe, the Big Dipper has re-aligned itself, or I don’t have a third reason, but I’ve gotten re-hooked on running!

Jogging is probably a better term to use at this point, as I am starting out very slow – – two miles at a 9:50-10 min. pace.

I can’t give all the credit to the stars though, as I think my twice-weekly Body Pump classes have made my muscles stronger and my pumped up kicks, a.k.a. my Brooks running shoes, that I bought here, has helped me get to the point I’m at now.

This time around, I have started running again without music. Yes, without music. I find that for me, while running, music only distracts me. Earlier this year, when I would go out for a run, I would focus so much on running to the beat of the song, and would forget my breath, ultimately, leading to a crash and burn.

Additionally, if say, “Some Nights” by Fun. was playing, I felt like my pace needed to keep up with the speed of the song, resulting in another crash and burn.

I may turn the tunes back on once my mileage increases, but we’ll see how it goes. I already feel like I constantly have songs streaming in my mind, and besides, what’s better than running to the beat of your own breath??

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Tucker Top

Happy Sunday friends!

I’ve been particularly smitten with this top that I purchased earlier this summer at Pink, located in one of Richmond’s most prized shopping districts, Carytown.

This sleeveless blouse is by Tucker, which surprisingly, I bought on sale! Tucker by Gaby Basora, is best known for her bold prints, with most frocks made of a silk/polyester blend. Gaby Basora created the original Tucker blouse in 2005, and has been thriving ever since. (Credit background information from http://www.tuckerbygabybasora.com/about)

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My favorite way to wear it this summer has been with shorts. I scored a great pair of neon peach chinos at Old Navy for $15! Can’t beat that price! Although it is of a silk/polyester blend, the armholes are a little exaggerated, which helps on Virginia’s particularly balmy, sticky nights 😊.

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I’ve also donned this blouse with straight legged jeans and platform wedges.

With its jewel-tones, I imagine it will pair well with a cardigan and jeans as well once Fall rolls in…

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The Rivah

I spent the first part of this past weekend at the “Rivah”. It was a nice getaway, even though it was hot, hot, hot!! Despite the scorching temps, I was determined to get my summer tan on, and that I did! At times, I was praying for even the slightest breeze to bring some relief.

I arrived on Wednesday evening, just in time for happy hour on the pier with my mom and godmother, who had come up for a couple of nights. My godmother looks forward to her annual visit to the “Rivah”, and it’s a great way for her and my mom to catch up, and for me to get some QT time with her too!

Wednesday night for dinner, we drove to Horn Harbor, a destination spot in Burgess, VA. Boats can dock there and campers can seek solace on their small campground. The food is mediocre, but they certainly have some delicious crab!! We started with the crab bite appetizer, and for my entree, I got the Caesar salad with broiled shrimp. Delicious!

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After my godmother left Thursday morning, my mom and I trekked off to the grocery store to stock up for the weekend, including ingredients for the delicious rosemary, artichoke, and black olive pizza for dinner! Sadly, I forgot to photograph it, but it turned out to be very good, gluten free crust and all!

The rest of the day was spent R & Ring and publishing my first post remotely from my phone!!

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Mom enjoying her nightly glass of Malbec on the pier

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Friday morning my brother, sister-in-law, and baby nephew arrived!!

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We read, clapped, and played all afternoon. Dad came shortly thereafter.

Happy hour on the screened in porch:

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Dinner was crab cakes, broccoli slaw, and leftover pizza. Dessert was my mom’s signature blonde brownies! Every year she bakes these for the crowd at the river, and they don’t stick around long! Again, no food photos! I promise I’ll be better about that at the beach! I did manage to take this one of my breakfast Friday morning

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Gluten free oats, banana, half of a pink lady apple, topped with my mom’s homemade walnut butter!! Recipe for that to follow!

I left early Saturday morning to attend a friend’s wedding, but I had a wonderful and relaxing stay this year at the “Rivah”. Until next time!

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Fridays are for…

Friday nights are a Catch 22. Sometimes all I feel like doing is settling in to a simple homemade meal, indulging in a favorite beverage and watch my favorite movie or catch up on blogs and new arrivals at my favorite online shops :).

Other times, if it’s been a stressful week, I like to celebrate and go out for dinner and drinks with friends. Adopting a balance of each is ideal, however. How do you like to spend your Friday nights?

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All about the Water

Hi Friends! I am writing this post and looking out onto the glorious Potomac River. It’s my family’s annual week long visit to the Northern Neck, and it’s HOT. So hot, that the jellyfish have come out to play, some of them with tentacles reaching up to two feet!!

I was fortunate to be able to take three days off from work to spend time here. It’s really just all about the sun, water, and quality time with family is all I’m concerned about. I’ll take the heat over rain any day ☀.

I’ll have more to share from the upcoming weekend later, but here’s a peak into what I’ve been day dreaming in front of so far…

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The Coffee’s On

The Coffee's On

Good morning friends!

I was up bright and early and headed out for an hour long power-walk with my childhood friend, who has recently moved back to Richmond with her new husband from Memphis! We enjoyed an hour-long power walk followed by my special home-brewed iced coffees.

I have a busy Saturday planned; car shopping (!), Target run, pedicure, and ending the day with a party hosted by new friends.

Happy weekend ya’ll!