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Giving Thanks

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am thankful for my family and friends both near and far. I’m thankful my friend is starting a new journey, even though it takes her clear across the country.

This morning I was especially thankful my brother got up and did an 8k with me!


I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving with whoever you spend it with!


Jackson recap!

12 Aug

Welcome back!  And mind you I am saying this to me…not really you.

I crash landed in bed around 12:30 last night.  Pretty good considering:

my plane landed at 10:57

I had to drive in the tunnel which was down to one lane to fix…wait for it….a lightbulb!

Once arriving home I had to lug my 59 lb, yes 59, who knew wine could be sooo heavy 😉 up the stairs without waking everybody up.

Then my friends, I crashed and slept…so good.

Anyway,recap!  This past week I was in the great state of Michigan.  More specifically I was at Browns Lake in Jackson Michigan.  My family has a house on a lake there and it is…wonderful!


The house was built in 1937 and has been in the family since then.  During the week I did a whole lot of relaxing, as I think you saw from previous posts.

There was also kayaking, pretty sunset watching

Wine drinking

I had a Groupon to Chateau Aeronautique and it was worth every penny!  We had a private wine tasting for four, which included a tour of the grounds.   It was really cool.  Lorenzo, the vintner was very informative and you could tell he loved what he was doing.  Next time I’m in town and have a way to get the wine home, I’ll be stopping by!

and eating

We ate…a lot. What can I say, my family likes to eat and enjoy food.   If I included pictures of everything we ate, you’d think we were a bunch of gluttons.  On Wednesday, we went out to eat for my birthday at the Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor.  The Grange is a farm to table restaurant, which is amazing.  The thing that really sealed the deal for me was that they got some of their dairy products from my favorite dairy ever (seriously) Calder Brothers.  Everything on the menu at the Grange was fresh and seasonal, I love that!  All of our food was delicious.  I got the pan roasted chicken (holy crispy skin), my aunt got the risotto with squash, she literally licked the bowl clean (okay not literally, but she sure got some bread to get every last drop), dad got the white fish (which was gone in seconds) and mom got the duck (so rich and yummy!).  If you are ever in Ann Arbor and want some fresh delicious food, go here!  Oh!  My favorite part of the meal, and this is sad, were the spicy green beans.  They were so crisp and flavorful, I didn’t know green beans could taste so good.

I love visiting Browns Lake!  I’m so glad I could spend a week there!

One last parting shot…

Radio Silence

9 Aug

So, its  been a little quiet ’round these parts…,but rest assured that I’m getting plenty of lake time, reading, and relaxation.  Update to come at the end of the week!

8K Sunday

6 Feb

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having as great of a weekend as I have had so far.  We’ll see what happens in the Super Bowl…  I thought I’d tell ya a little bit more about myself.  Without further ado…

Four TV Shows I Watch

  • The Office
  • Modern Family
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • 30 Rock

Four Phrases I Use Way Too Much

  • “Probably” as in, “I probably don’t know.’
  • “Really?”
  • “For the love of Pete!”
  • “Listen!”

Four Things I’m Passionate About

  • Music
  • Half Marathoning

  • Teaching
  • My family

I know everyone will be especially happy about this one...


Four of my favorite foods

  • Chick Fil A
  • Pierogie
  • City Chicken
  • Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese

I have so many other favorite foods, this was tricky.

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To

  • Trips to NYC
  • Finally getting my Masters!
  • More tattoos (don’t know when this is actually going to happen).  I know mom and dad will be super psyched to see this one. 
  • The Flying Pig Marathon

Four Places I’ve Lived

  • Clinton, MI
  • Middletown, OH
  • Bexley, OH
  • Virgina Beach, VA

Four Things I Did Today

  • As the title of the post suggest, I walked an 8K.  Yay for me!  I was only planning on doing 2.5 to 3, but I just felt really good, had my workout playlist on and kept going.  I did most of it on the trails and saw a Search and Rescue team out.  It was kind of odd and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get lost, so hopefully they were just practicing. 
  • Got some new jeans at Ann Taylor Loft, plus some other pretty good deals.
  • Made French Toast out of some dry cinnamon raisin bread
  • Changed a fuse in my car so I can listen to Sirius Radio again.

Four Things I Did Yesterday

  • Did Yoga.  You’ll never believe it guys…I did a tree pose on both sides and didn’t fall over!  I am way proud of myself. 

  • Ate a delicious chicken sandwich from the Gourmet Gang
  • Went out for dinner and drinks with friends
  • Watched Dana Carvey be hilarious on SNL.  Really they should have actual funny people on more often. 

Four Movies I Would Watch Over and Over

  • The Princess Bride.  I mean, c’mon.
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Across the Universe
  • Amelie

Wordless Thursday

3 Feb

I know, I know, it’s supposed to be Wordless Wednesday in order to be all alliterative.  Is that a word?  I think I just made it up.  Oh well.  I can never seem to post Wordless Wednesday on Wednesday.  Thusly, I give you Wordless Wednesday Thursday.

It’s a mixed bag today, but I think that’s okay to, since I’m breakin’ rules left and right.

Someone forgot to take the blanket off of Virginia Beach on Tuesday.


Red sky in the morning…



It's not like I'm addicted or anything...really!


Ooo, la, la

Total mixed bag, right?  I chose these pictures because they either make me happy, or bring back a good memory, or are just plan silliness.  I mean why not!?

Daily Post 2011

When teleportation is finally possible, where will you beam yourself first?

Quite the question…  As boring and lame as this will sound, I will beam myself back to Ohio and then quickly to Michigan.  I miss my family when I am not with them and would beam myself back to visit my family.  Enough sap factor for you?

School musings

I had my first tutoring session today with a new student.  I had her read a book, well half of it; she then summarized the rest of it for me.  After she did that, I asked her what her favorite part of the book was and she told me after much thinking and looking through the book again, “That it has pictures in it?”  And yes there was a question mark at the end of her statement.  Oh, children how I love your honesty.

And we’re back!

27 Dec

Actually we got back (we meaning my family and I) from Michigan last night.  I’m glad I got to see my Michigan family.

We ate, drank, opened Christmas presents, “skated” on the lake, and all sorts of other fun family things.  I would show you all the awesome pictures I took, but guess what?!  I can’t find my battery charger and the battery is dead!  I swear I packed it; yet it is nowhere to be found.  Don’t ya hate that!?

I’m going to look around today at Best Buy and all that to see if I can find a charger that doesn’t cost a bazillion dollars.  But until then, I’ll leave you with this…

What is the true meaning of Christmas?

That would be my brother Andrew, just pondering life.

Merry Christmas!

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