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Rib Burn Off

4 Sep

Today’s lunch workout was cut short due to lack of time.  I was a little distracted with talking at the gym and before I knew it, my lunch was coming to an end and I still needed to shower!  Even with the delay in start, I packed in a good sweat to get me through the afternoon.

(Source: Peanut Butter Fingers)

I cut the third sprint and used the third incline walk as a cool down.  Time was just not on my side in a lot of ways today.

Labor Day Weekend

We spent another fabulous weekend in Ohio celebrating Labor Day and 4 days off work.  While we usually have “somewhere to be” each time we spend our long weekends in Ohio, this weekend was different.  We enjoyed hanging out with friends we haven’t seen during past visits, spontaneous dinners out and eating lots of great food.  While working out was not as easy as other trips, I did manage to get a 5 mile run in on Sunday morning before the biggest Labor Day event of the weekend.

The Annual Sares Labor Day Rib Burn Off is put on by my best friend’s family every year.

Ribs, what ribs?  I was all about these margaritas!

Ed has been talking about making his rib debut all year.  There were 17-18 entries this year competing for best sauce and best bones.  While some years there has been an even amount of sweet vs. spicy ribs, I think many chose the sweet side this year. (It’s a popular winner!)

Helping out Ed and melting from the heat of the grills!

Ed and I entered this year for our first time as a couple and chose the sweeter route with a hit of liquid smoke for additional flavor.  While Ed was pretty excited for his first attempt, there was quite a bit of competition.

May the odds be ever in the flavor.

Sadly, we did not make top three in either category, but Mr. Sares was kind enough to show us the results and we were right around fourth place for sauce.

Needless to say…we will be back next year!

Overall, the party was a ton of fun and everyone always enjoys themselves.  Well, almost everyone…

No family can throw a party like the Sares family.

“Chris, we love you and miss you.  Come home safe, LT.”

After a whirlwind of a weekend, it’s back to the normal routine and more healthier and balanced dinners then plates full of meat 😉

Polish kielbasa, quinoa, sauteed red pepper, chopped celery and a few “dashes” of Mrs. Dash seasoning.

Question of the Evening:

How do you like your ribs, sweet or spicy?

Road Trips

31 Aug

Today’s lunch was quick and cold.  I stumbled through my parents fridge (where we are staying this weekend) and created an ‘end of summer’ fruit smoothie.  While summer still has some days left, it’s hard to believe we are in the final day of August.  September is practically here and after arriving in Ohio last night…it’s already colder here.  Yep, it’s true.

In the smoothie you will find Chobani Mango Greek Yogurt (enough protein for some staying power), lots of frozen peaches, 2 ice cubes and organic milk.

I drank that with a side of almonds and a quick sandwich and off for more Ohio excitement.

Road Trips

Since Ed and I moved to Maryland from Ohio, road trips have been a part of our lives often.  Long weekend trips usually start on an evening after work and arriving somewhere around midnight.  In order to stay on budget, we usually pack enough food to keep us from eating on the road.

I LOVE this bag! I found it at Target on Clearance for $8 this year and its perfect for traveling.

In the bag this time we packed grapes, watermelon, salad, granola bars, yogurt, almonds and water.  We try to keep things on the healthier side since we I have a bad snacking problem when I’m stuck in one space for 6 hours.  Popping grapes in my mouth instead of chips or cookies seems like the better choice.

As tasty as these things were, we needed some substance and still made a quick stop by Wendy’s for a burger each for dinner.

Niagara Falls – September 2008

Before Ed and I ‘officially’ dated, what seemed like every weekend was filled with a day trip to somewhere within a reasonable distance.  Our first day trip was probably one of the biggest and most memorable to Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side.  It took just over 3 hours to get there and it was my very first trip outside the country.  For a few hours we visited the falls, mini golfed, ate a very tasty Italian dinner and checked out the casinos before heading back that evening.

Columbus Zoo – September 2008

After Niagara Falls, other trips included while we were dating:

  • Columbus Zoo
  • Toledo Zoo
  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Kentucky
  • Cinncinnatti, OH
  • Presque Isle, PA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Hocking Hills
  • Renaissance Faire (Southern Ohio)
  • New York City (We took a bus trip that drove us overnight.  We spent 12 hours in NYC before hopping back on the bus home)
  • Among many others…

Top of the Rockefeller Center – New York City, NY – December 2008

All these trips included a lot of getting to know each other conversations and car games that we still bring back on our long car trips today.  Who knew that all these road trips would prepare us for our car rides when we moved out of the state together.

While the trip from Maryland to Ohio is much longer then most of these trips, we thought we would be smart and leave the seat in the back open for the non-driver to take a nap if they wanted.  We figured that would be much more comfortable then the passengers seat.  While it worked for a while, I was really missing a bed.  After waking up at 5 AM, working 9.5 hours not to include rush hour traffic, I tend to turn into a pumpkin around 9:30 PM.  It was a tight squeeze back there.

We eventually made it and are settled in at my parents for another crazy busy weekend with friends and family.

How do you pack for a longer road trip?  How do you pass the time?

Kicking the Caffeine

27 Jul


As you may have guessed, this new season of blog life is starting off slowly by surely.  My days are often spent thinking of new posts and new things to share about my everyday living.  To be honest, this has been a crazy week.  I’m currently typing from my hometown in NE Ohio about 6 hours from my home in Central Maryland.  While I should be used to this hike of a trip and my wonderful husband insists on doing much if not all of the driving, the full day of work, overnight driving and then running around visiting can take a toll on this graduate student.  Oi.

So last night, with all the running around and proposed running around to come I broke my caffeine cleanse and bought an extra large Chai Tea Latte from the turnpike Starbucks…

“Oh, how I have missed you…”

I started this caffeine cleanse a couple of weeks ago to prove to myself (and my husband) that I am not addicted to caffeine and I do not need the sweet taste the warm cup of coffee gives me when I sit at my office chair at 6:45 AM every weekday morning.  After a couple weeks of clearing out (and a few lack of caffeine headaches), I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Starbucks.  It was my Free birthday drink for being a member on their website.  They must have known and I of course had no problem giving in to my favorite treat.  Yum!  It’s official, I can live without caffeine, but I can’t live without my favorite drinks.  Time to start looking into decaf.

Today’s Quick Morning Workout Circuit

60 Jumping Jacks
40 Crunches
10 sit ups
10 Tricep Dips
20 side lunges (each side)
15 incline push ups
10 oblique sit ups (each side)
30 butt kickers
5 jump squats
15 jacks knife sit ups


Quick but manageable being at my parents this weekend.

Question of the Day:

Do you need caffeine to get through your day, or do you simply just love the taste of your favorite drinks?

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