Out and About

Happy August!

Last weekend was a fun one! Even though Thursday isn’t technically the weekend…let’s start there.

Stroll the Street

On Thursday night I went with Cindy to Stroll the Street again. I like that a lot of the bars have $5 cocktail specials. We went to Lucky’s first, but it was pretty dull so we headed to Pitchers after. Pitchers reminds me of a college bar, but it was fun.

On Friday I went over Kier and Eric’s to help them clean and then we watched the first episode of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. I just watched the movie for the first time last week and then show is just as ridiculous and funny. I love the actors playing 26 year olds when majority of them are in their 40s.

Saturday morning I went for a run with Cindy on the Towpath.

Running Towpath

I love all the different places to run around here!

After that I went to the pool. Cindy and Anthony came over later in the day. I still don’t understand how barely anyone in my complex goes to the pool, but less stress for me!

Later that night we got dinner and then went down to Morgan’s Pier.

Ben Franklin Bridge

It’s a beer garden right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. It was a really nice place. It got “clubby” as the night went on, but nothing too crazy. They didn’t overpack it which was nice. We headed home around midnight anyway because we are old.

The next day I did some errands and then headed to the Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne (by Harrisburg).

We were there a few weeks ago and I have been wanting to go back.

Antique Marketplace

It wasn’t as great this time I think because I knew how large the place was so the initial shock wore off. I did get two more Pyrex pieces though.

Antique Marketplace Pyrex

I am still on the hunt for the pink Pyrex. I know I can get it online, but it tends to be more expensive and also I am nervous about having it shipped. It’s so pretty though!

Pink Pyrex

After we got dinner at Appalachian Brewing Co. again. Their food is phenomenal. I am actually glad it isn’t closer because I would be there all the time and my wallet and waistline would not be happy.

Any other Pyrex patterns I need to hunt for?

Instagram Updates – July 2015

I am going to say it yet again…this summer is going too fast! How is it already August?!?!

Instagramming July


I went to Spruce Street Harbor park, celebrated 4th of July at work, went hiking to the Pinnacle, did a lot of outside running (at Valley Forge and the Towpath), drank A LOT, went camping on the beach, went on locl adventures (running and biking), and tried all the new Lay’s chips! Biscuits and gravy is THE BEST!

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Project Life 2015 – Week 29

This week was pretty eventful…and not always in the good way :(

Project Life Page 64-65

Project Life Page 64

Project Life Page 65

I have been exercising as much as possible! I joined Planet Fitness, but outside activities are my preferred method. I went food shopping this week, went to trivia, had a night out in Manayunk with old friends, went running outside, lost my wallet (and my sanity) and went bike riding outside.

Let’s hope the last week of July is a little less crazy.

Biking the Schuylkill River Trail

So after the loosing my wallet debacle on Sunday, Cheryl and I decided to go bike riding.

I have been a runner for years, but somethings (especially when it’s hot out) it’s nice to try other things.

We have had these mountain bikes since high school, but they still are in good shape. We bought new helmets (safety first) and got air in our tires.

Bike Riding the Schuylkill

The best part about the Schuylkill on the weekends is they close down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive so that you don’t have to worry about cars.

Bike Riding the Schuylkill

My new skyline!

Bike Riding the Schuylkill

You can see Boathouse Row and the Art Museum.

It was a beautiful day for a bike ride. There were a lot of people out. I love being in such an active city!

Running the Wissahickon Trail

One of my favorite things to do is run outside. I try to go as much as possible in the warmer months, because running in the cold sucks.

Now that I have moved to Philadelphia I have a lot more places to try running. On Saturday I went with Cheryl on the Wissahickon Trail.

It took us a little while to find the path to the trail. I have run along it before, but we usually drove to Bells Mills Road and parked to run. I saw there was a trail entrance by my apartment though.

Running the Wissahickon

We found a horse farm right by the trail entrance! Manayunk is so weird. It is a city/suburb/farmlands.

Running the Wissahickon

We had to walk down a path to get to the main trail. I would probably not go by myself because it might not be the safest alone, but I am also always paranoid.

Running the Wissahickon

It was about a half mile until we got to the main trail along the Wissahickon.

Running the Wissahickon

It was actually pretty quite down by where we were. Our original plan was to run to Bells Mills Road (about 3.5 miles way) and turn around. It was about 80 degrees when we started running, but it wasn’t too hot because of all the trees and shade.

Running the Wissahickon

After about 2 miles we found a waterfall! I didn’t even know it was there! We hiked down to take some pictures and take a breather.

Running the Wissahickon

We went back to the trail and started running and a bike rider came by and yelled something at me. I had my headphones in so I didn’t know what he said, but right behind him was a race! He was the lead bike and the front runners were behind him. I cannot believe I didn’t know there was a race going on.

Running the Wissahickon

There are a lot of other trails along the main trail that branch off. There is even a cool covered bridge!

We decided to only go 3 miles and then turn around and go back. The whole trail is very well maintained and there were a lot of people out running, walking and biking.

Running the Wissahickon

I definitely want to run here more often. It beats having to run on the treadmill or deal with cars and traffic on the streets.

August Stitch Fix

I got my August Stitch Fix early because my cruise is coming up.

Molly struck again! I loved everything :)

Filbert Arrow Print Henley Blouse

This Filbert Arrow Print Henley Blouse has a cute chevron pattern on it and it’s also light. I can definitely dress it up or wear it casually. At $58 it was a little pricey, but I decided to keep it.

Ivy Petal Print Blouse

I love the pattern on this Ivy Petal Print Blouse. It’s fun, but not over the top. It’s also very light so I can wear it any time of the year! It was also $58, but I couldn’t send it back.

Ortega Open Knit Perforated Cardigan

I told Molly that my work kind of requires cardigans (because of the dress code and the cold) so she sent me this adorable Ortega Open Knit Perforated Cardigan. How awesome is the color!?! It makes me look so tan! It was also a little pricey at $48, but it looked too good.

Rown Hammered Infinity Cuff

This Rown Hammered Infinity Cuff in gold fits in with all my other jewelry. It was a little difficult to get on, but it fits really nicely. It was only $28!

Millie Textured Dress

My last item was this Millie Textured Dress. It fit perfectly and has a great pattern. I can wear it to work our out to dinner. It was $68, but at this point I knew I was keeping the whole box.

Last month my mom got her first fix so I got a $25 credit. My final total (with 25% for keeping all 5 items) was $170. I changed my fixes to be every other month so I really think this is a great price for all the stuff I got!

If you want to try your own fix, get more information here.

Fitness and Freak Outs

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was a doozy!

Last week was pretty jam packed. On Tuesday I went food shopping at Wegmans. I tried using coupons and it resulted in 2 hours of shopping and a $167 bill. I have problems.

On Wednesday I went to Northeast Philly for trivia at the Grey Lodge. The trivia was themed Christmas in July. The questions weren’t the easiest, but our team still came in 2nd!

Thursday night I went to Main Street Manayunk for Stroll the Street with Cindy and Anthony. I have not seen Anthony in about 3 years. It was nice to catch up! We got drinks at the Goat’s Beard. They had happy hour prices all night which was nice since I always miss happy hour. Cindy lives near Main Street so I parked by her and walked down. The only problem was going home we had to walk back and she lives at the top of a massive hill.

Hills of Manayunk

Friday is dress down day at work so I rocked my dino dress and everyone loved it. I mean who wouldn’t love it?

Dino Dress Friday

Cheryl came down for the weekend and Friday we went to dinner at Bourbon Blue.

Bourbon Blue

The food was delicious! I had the red snapper. We sat outside and it was a little buggy, but very pretty.

Saturday morning Cheryl and I went for a 6 mile run along the Wissahickon.

Running Wissahickon

Even though it was hot out it wasn’t unbearable since the whole path is shaded.

After we spent the day at the pool with Karen and Cindy. I love having a pool!

Pool Day

After the pool we went on an excursion with Karen to get our nails done. She goes to a place that does fun nail designs so I got a much needed pedicure and a fancy design.

Epitome Nail Art

After we did some shopping and then Cheryl and I watched Wet Hot American Summer. I had never seen it, but was told I had to before the new Netflix series comes out. It was….interesting. I cannot believe all the young stars in it!

Sunday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

It started off great. Cheryl and I had decided we wanted to go bike riding around the Schuylkill. We usually run it, but we had run the day before. We wanted to get set cushions for our bikes though because my butt was killing me after our Assateague ride. We decided to go to Brewerytown Bicycle since it opened the earliest. The store was great and the guy inside filled and adjusted our tires for free.

After was when everything went downhill.

We were loading the bikes back onto the car and I had hooks in my backpack. When I got them out my wallet must have fallen out onto the ground. We got into the car and I started to drive and I don’t know why but I told Cheryl to make sure my wallet was in my bag. I had a weird feeling. She couldn’t find it so she ran back to the spot and saw a guy running back into a car from the spot where we were just parked. She went over and looked around and went back into the store, but my wallet was gone :(

I had a major freak out, called my bank and credit card companies to cancel my cards and then had to go to the police station to file a police report.

After I went to the bank to get a new debit card and looked online to figure out getting a new license. The whole ordeal made me look into getting a PA license since I live here now. I looked into it when I first moved and it said I had 60 days to change my license. What I didn’t know was I only had 20 days to change my title and registration! That means I have to get everything done this week :( What a mess.

After my freak out we decided we still wanted to go bike riding so we did!

Biking the Schuylkill

It was a nice ride and helped me de-stress a little.

Lesson learned! Always look before you leave :(

Hopefully I will get everything done without issues, but then it wouldn’t be my ridiculous life now would it?

Project Life 2015 – Week 28

Look I finally got my Project Life post done on a Friday!

Project Life Page 62-63

Project Life Page 62

Project Life Page 63

On Monday I went to see Jaws at the Trocadero. It was fun seeing it on the big screen and helped me prepare for NOT going in the water over the weekend. On Thursday I went to NJ to load the camping stuff into the car. I stayed overnight then headed to work Friday morning. Then Friday after work I headed to Maryland for our Assateague camping trip! We had a bonfire, drank on the beach, went for a bike ride, tanned, ate seafood and then had a bonfire on the beach and celebrated National Ice Cream Day in Ocean City. It was a great weekend with great friends! We are hopefully making this a yearly tradition.

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

It took me a few months, but I finally finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

It didn’t take me a long time because it was a boring book. It was actually really interesting and sucked you in. I just never had time to read!

The Girl on the Train

The book kind of reminded me of “Gone Girl”, but a lot better.

The story is narrated by three women.

Rachel is the main character. She is also a drunk, unemployed and divorced when we meet her. Since she is usually drunk her memories are always fuzzy. She lives with a friend and even though she has no job (she was fired) she still takes her daily commute into London because she doesn’t know what else to do.

Another narrator is Anna. She is the new wife to Tom, Rachel’s ex-husband. She is also the mother of their child. Tom cheated on Rachel with Anna and the two now live in the house he used to share with her. Rachel is obsessed with Tom and his new family and drunkenly harasses them all the time.

Because Rachel has such a miserable life so has a dream life when she rides the train. She has made up a fantasy life of a couple she sees regularly (who lives a few doors down from Tom and Anna) and Megan is the last narrator of the story.

The story really begins the night Megan disappears. Rachel had been in the neighborhood that night, drunk as usual, and harassing Tom and Anna. She wakes up the next day and sees that Megan is missing and she cannot remember how she got home, but that wasn’t unusual.

The rest of the story revolves around Rachel trying to figure out what happened to Megan. She befriends her husband Scott and starts to fill in the blanks about Megan’s life. She does all this with lies, though, so no one trusts her.

The whole story is a web of lies and back-stabbing (not literal). The book shifts from narrator points of view to keep you on edge. Some happen before Megan’s disappearance, some after and each character has their own version of the truth.

Rachel slowly figures out what happened that night and realizes a lot of other things she never noticed because of all her drinking.

When you finally get to the ending you realize you never saw that plot twist coming!

It is definitely a book I would recommend.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

So last year we ran the path at Assateague National Seashore. This year we decided to go for a bike ride instead.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

Cheryl bought a bike rack and we brought our bikes with us. Mark and Jill brought theirs too.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

We saw horses all along the path.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

Even though we went at 10am it was still brutally hot out.

Bike Riding at Assateague National SeashoreI also decided to ride in a dress. Not sure what my thinking was, but I got through it. I had a bathing suit on underneath anyway.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

It is about 4 miles to the bridge. The bridge is nice because there is a separate walking/running/biking bridge so you don’t have to worry about traffic.

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

We found Cindy and Ralph there. They had driven over!

Bike Riding at Assateague National Seashore

It was a fun bike ride. I am definitely glad we did it. It was a nice way to exercise and start the day!