Fun Facts Friday- Hike, Run, Tan and Repeat.

It’s been a really long time since I did a “Fun Facts Friday” post. I cannot believe that I’ve slacked off for over a month.

Anywho, after two days of gloomy cloudy rainy days, the SUN is BACK! Yippee! This will lead into my first fun fact…

1. The weather is looking beautiful and WARM for the next week plus.

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2. Tonight, I’m going to a old friends wedding. I’m so happy for her. It should be a great time. I’ll make sure not to be a “bad” blogger and not take pics!

3. I made protein fluff cakes the other night. I’ve been seeing them on Instagram quite often and thought that I should give it a try. Let me know if you want the recipe! I really enjoyed it.

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Lather it with some cookie butter and eat it up!

4. COOKIE BUTTER!!!!

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You can find it at your local Trader Joes. YUMMMMMM!

5. My goal for the weekend is to be outside as much as possible. Hike, run, tan and repeat. 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Any hikes, runs or races on the agenda?

Do you like cookie butter?

 Have a great Friday!

XO, Tara

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Hello from the Big Apple!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Did you miss me?! Hope so! :D

I won’t say the same for the rain that decided to make a comeback yesterday. Rain, rain, go away!

This week has been busy busy at work, especially due to the upcoming trial next week. Luckily, I’ll be shadowing my coworker, to gain trial experience. Two thumbs up!

With both of us gone all next week (except for Friday) that means we need to get as much done for our other cases as possible. Heck, no pressure there….

Let’s stop talking about work and get back to my latest trip back east.

You can catch my other recaps hereherehere, and here.

Last time I checked in about my vacation, I was praising about my running in the heat and humidity in New Jersey. While visiting my wonderful family (Hello Kate, Dana, Owen and Mira!) in New Jersey, my mom and I ventured into the Big Apple twice by ourselves.

Day 1: Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

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Artwork on the way into Central Park.

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Rockefeller Center

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Much needed selfie

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Times Square.

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Balto!

Day 2: World Trade Memorial Fountains, Canal Street, Little Italy and Soho.

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It was an emotional time. 

After making a wrong turn and heading downtown instead of uptown, we finally made it to Canal Street and Little Italy (no photos…boo).

Did I mention we went downtown 10+ blocks before we realized what we did? Oh ya my feet were telling me. Other thank my feet cussing me out, I loved visiting NYC. I cannot wait to go back to visit NYC and New Jersey in years to come.

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Especially to see these beautiful people!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my recaps of my much needed vacation!

Have you been to NYC or the east coast?

Do you like to travel? If so, where?

When on vacation, is there something you HAVE to do? Eat something? See something?

Have a marvelous Thursday!

XO, Tara

Cold showers

Humidity isn’t my friend.
While on vacation on the eastcoast, I had to try and get used to the humidity. It wasn’t too bad, but when it rained it got quite uncomfortable. That moment when you shower and can’t stop sweating afterwards is a problem. Especially after you go on a run. I’ll admit that I took a few cold showers just to cool down….only to start sweating again. Layer on the deodorant. Ekkk!
Anywho, I knew that I had to exercise on my vacation…I mean I cannot turn into a slob. I chose to run in the afternoon while in Gloucester and the temperature was around 85 and the humidity was a normal 80 percent. Boy was that a shocker.

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However I was able to run on the boardwalk which had a beautiful view of the harbor.
Throughout my vacation, I ran as much as possible. I ran 26 miles in two weeks. I wish I ran more, but like I said the humidity and heat index was high which made it difficult to run longer distances. Plus, I don’t want to push myself to hard since my old injury seems to be healed.
Knock on wood!!

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While visiting my aunt, uncle and cousins in New Jersey, I was able to get in a few longer runs. The course was pretty flat which was a bonus; however the 85% humidity at 8am was a struggle. I came back pretty gross….
Ehh, first world runner problems. Haha! :)
Overall, I’m happy that I was able to run while on vacation. I maintained my sanity….sort of. Although, it is important to find a balance while on vacation. Exercise isn’t everything all the time.
Do you exercise on vacation?
If so, what do you do?
Have a great weekend!! :D
Tara

Back to Reality

I thought going back to work after being gone for two weeks would be easy. Boy, what was I thinking?! I must have been smoking. Just kidding! ;) I knew it would be a shocker, but holy moly the emails.
Wednesday was my first day back and with minimal sleep, I was doomed from the get go. My flight the night before was delayed and delayed due to weather. Also, did I mention the crying children? Ugh!!!
Anywho, I had way to many emails and almost didn’t know where to start. But I sucked it up, drank a monster energy drink and got to it. I’m still not sure if I actually did anything all day except for read emails and determine what has or hasn’t been completed.
However, I won’t complain too much since my vacation was amazing. I managed to see so many people in my family whom I haven’t seen in years. And I don’t want to forget mentioning that I went to the Bronx Zoo again! My mom and aunt asked me what I wanted to do while visiting New Jersey. Take a guess at what I said? Check out the Bronx Zoo.
Last time I visited, we went to the Bronx Zoo and I absolutely loved it. It was a must for this trip.

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I was in awe the entire time as well as sticky from the humidity. Lol!
After the zoo, we had a BBQ outside.

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Just me and my cousin cheesin’. What a cutie!

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Check out that beautiful shot of the super moon!
Stay tuned to hear all about the NYC visits.
Have you been to the Bronx zoo?
Have you traveled this summer? If so, where and what were the highlights?
How’s the weather where you are?
Xo, Tara

Representing the Home Team

Hello! Hello!
I’m patiently waiting for my flight back home to Seattle. I’m not a very patient person especially when your flight is delayed; however an adult beverage does help.

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According to my uncle, adult beverages are known as “daddy soda.” I like it. And according to my cousin it’s called, ” coocooo juice.” I’m having myself a daddy soda/coocooo juice before a find hour flight.
Any who, enough with that. In my lady post, I mentioned that my mom and I visited an NFL stadium on our way to New Jersey to stay with my aunt, uncle and their two children.

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Yes, of course we had to make a quick detour to see Gillette Stadium. Home of the Patriots! :)
Needless to say, we had to represent the Seahawks! Durr. What kind of fan do you think I am? The best kind!
However, we didn’t stop with just one stadium..nope! We ventured to MetLife Stadium a few days later.

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I take my football seriously. It would be awesome to visit all of the NFL stadiums so I’ll add that to my bucketlist!!
Ok, it’s time to make my way to the terminal.
What NFL stadium are you dying to see?
Take care!
Tara

Life In The Sand

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Over the past few days, I’ve been living the beach life. I could get used to the beach life.
Sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand doesnt sound too bad…no complaints!
My mom and I spent a few days at the cape. If you haven’t been there…you need to visit.
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Guess what I found…

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We went to another local restaurant which had some great beer from all over the world plus we played trivia.

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We loved our time at the Cape! I ran
every morning along the waterfront.
I cannot wait to visit the Cape again. You must visit Provincetown too. So many stores and sight seeing.
Where did we go next? It has to do with football….any guesses?!
Where do you think we went?
If you follow me on Instagram then you should have a guess…
Do you have any vacations planned?
Have a great day! I’ll check in soon! :)
Tara

Visiting Lexington

Hello!
Being on vacation is rough. I mean, I’ve had no time to check in to fill you in on our latest adventures. The last time I had a moment to breathe, I shared our plans for the 4th of July.
It was wet…sopping wet.
We cried throughout The Fault In Our Stars and decided that a good ol’ brewski would help bring our moods up. Hey, I’m always down to try a new beer or brewery.
We headed to the only brewery in town. Cape Ann Brewery!

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Of course, I had to try them all….

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My fav- Fishermans IPA. Shocking!
We spent a few more days in Gloucester playing tourist then it was off to western Mass, where we played tourist in Lexington. I definitely had a refresher on my US history.

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Following out visit to Lexington, we headed to visit some more family for an hour then we were off to the Cape!
I’ll leave you with that. We just arrived in NYC. It’s time to visit Central Park, walk around the city and take in it’s beauty!
Have a lovely day!
Tara