Project Life 2015 – Week 14

It was finally above 70 degrees this week! Summer is on it’s way!

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I ran in a t-shirt outside for the first time this year! Let’s keep it up Mother Nature. I went into NYC for a luncheon for Behr paint. Oddly enough we are using their paint to redo our house. Sadly I couldn’t get a discount. I had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory with Matt. I have never been to Bridgewater before, but the mall is huge! My tire light came on. I filled it with air, but it came on again so I had to get it fixed on Sunday. We had a blackout at work which meant I got to leave early. Cheryl, Jenn and I went to Atlantic City for a bachelorette party. We had dinner at P.F. Chang’s (loved it) and partied at Boogie Nights in the Tropicana. The next day we walked on the boardwalk, but on the way home Danny called saying he was going to the ER because he had chest pains. He is good, but it was scary. Sunday we had trampoline aerobics in the morning, lunch at Rutgers and I spent the rest of the day at Costco getting my tire fixed.

NOLA Nights

This weekend I am headed back to New Orleans!

My first trip to NOLA was in 2011 with my friends. We only stayed for the weekend, but that was more than enough time.

We went in June so it was HOT out. I had my first hand grenade, held a baby alligator, drank in the streets and partied all night long. It was an awesome (and expensive) trip.

New Orleans 2011

This weekend I am going for a bachelorette party. I am excited, but the weather reports aren’t looking great. There is supposed to be storms, rain and flash floods. I am nervous about the flight (I am not the best on planes), but I have no doubt once we get down there we will have an amazing time!

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

Breweries Across the U.S.

Great news! I do not have Celiac Disease!

Recently I have been having stomach issues. A lot of the times it was happening when I was drinking beer. My doctor had me take a celiac panel and it came back negative! I was very happy about that because I love beer (and bread). Just the thought of having to remove it from my life made me sad. I still don’t know what my stomach problem is, but I am just glad I can keep on drinking beer.

The other day I saw this great post on Buzzfeed. It is the 29 places in the U.S. every beer lover must visit. I LOVE visiting breweries and also drinking craft beers. It’s just something about drinking a beer in a brewery atmosphere! I also love beer flights. I like to try a bunch of different beers to see which one I like and flights are the best way to do that.

29 Places Every beer loves must visit

Going through the list I realized I need to step up my brewery game! There are SO MANY places that look amazing. I need to keep this list handy next time I am traveling.

I have been to giant corporate breweries and also small local places. Some are on this list, some aren’t, some I am visiting soon and there are a lot of places that are VERY small that I don’t even remember their name.

Here is the list of breweries in the U.S. I have been to!

MillerCoors – Milwaukee, WI

Miller

Miller was the first brewery I ever visited in 2006. My uncle (now retired) worked there so we always got personal tours. I have taken the Miller Brewery tour 5 or 6 times. It never ceased to amaze me how much beer they produce!

SweetWater Brewing Company – Atlanta, GA

SweetWater

SweetWater is by far one of my favorite craft beers. We went to the brewery on a warm weekend afternoon. They had tastings and a live band! The fact that the beer is impossible to get up by me helps with my love for it. When I do get a chance to drink some it’s a treat!

Long Trail Brewing Company – Bridgewater Corners, VT

Long Trail

I wish I had more time to sit and enjoy Long Trail. We went at the end of the night when we were in Vermont. The beer was great and I loved the flight in a muffin tin! The sampler checklist was great too. I could remember what beers I had and also rate them!

Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn

We went to Brooklyn Brewery last year for Ray’s birthday. We got there early and spent the whole day drinking, eating and playing games. It is a great place to go with friends on the weekend, but go early! Tables get snatched up fast!

Samuel Adams – Boston, MA

Sam Adams

You would think that Sam Adams would be a corporate tour, but it’s not. The brewery in Boston is actually quite small. They use it to develop new beer flavors so there are only a few small vats. You get to drink a decent amount of beer though!

Anheuser-Busch – St. Louis, MO

Anheuser Busch

Another corporate brewery I have visited is Anheuser-Busch. I really dislike Bud products, but we still had to check the place out. The tour was ok, but obviously a lot different than the tours we took at Miller. Watching beer pass by on a conveyor belt gets old after 2 minutes.

Guinness – Dublin, Ireland

Guinness

Guinness is not in the U.S., but I had to mention it!

Even though it was raining when we were in Ireland we made sure to stop at Guinness. The brewery tour was really not so much a tour as a museum. You didn’t really get to see the beer being made, but you learned about it. At the top was the bar where you got your free Guinness! Sadly they were packed when we went so we did not get shamrocks in ours :(

So according to this list I have only been to 2 worth-while breweries! What!?!

I am going on a brewery crawl in a few weeks and I know we will be going to Ommegang. That’s one more on the list!

I can predict a lot more road trips in my future.

What is your favorite brewery?

Boogie Fever!

So this weekend was a crazy one!

Friday afternoon the power in my office went out! I had just gotten back from getting blood work done on my lunch break. All I wanted was to eat food and BAM no power. Sadly my lunch was a frozen meal.

Power Outage

After a while I asked if we could leave. I hate just sitting there. The VP said ok so I left! Supposedly right after I left the power came back on!

After work Cheryl, my cousin Jenn and I headed down to Atlantic City. Jenn is in a wedding and the bachelorette party was Friday night. She didn’t know a lot of the girls and had to stay in a room by herself so we told her we would come with her! I don’t know why, but I love bachelorette parties. They are usually always a good time!

We got dinner at P.F. Chang’s and it was delicious! For some reason I always thought of it more like a fast food place, but it definitely is not.

PF Chang

After dinner we headed to Boogie Nights at the Tropicana. I used to go to AC a lot a few years ago. I had never been to Boogie Nights, but I loved it! I was a huge fan of the music (no techno) and the atmosphere was fun. I will definitely go back there!

Dresses

We left the club around 2am and headed back to our room at Bally’s. The rooms there were pretty nice. A lot of Atlantic City is going bankrupt, but I hope they can keep it open. Some places down there are really nice.

The next morning was gorgeous! We decided to take a walk on the boardwalk and I regretted not bringing my running stuff.

Beach

Unfortunately after that my weekend got a lot crazier!

On the way back my cousin called complaining of chest and arm pain. His wife Jenn was with us so we went straight to the ER when we got back. Luckily it was nothing serious, but finding out something like that when you are 2 hours from home is really difficult!

We were in the ER the rest of the day and then drove my cousins home. I passed out after that. It was an exhausting day!

The next morning I woke up feeling like crap :( I think at the age of 30 I have somehow developed allergies! Is that normal?

Anyway I sucked it up because we had trampoline aerobics!

Trampoline

This class was A LOT more intense than the last one we did. I was really out of it by the end.

After that Kristen, Cheryl and I rushed down to Rutgers. Our friends Spenser and Mike were running a half marathon and we told them we would get lunch after. We got there as they finished so it was perfect timing! It was weird being around runners and not having a medal on! I did drink though…for support.

Beers

After lunch we drove back home.

A few days ago my tire pressure light came on. I filled the tire and it went away, but on the way back from AC it came on again. I checked the tire that had been low and found a screw stuck in it. So when we got back I headed to Costco to see if I could get it patched instead of buying a new tire.

Tire Repair

They said it would be a wait, but I need to finish GOT so I hunkered down and read while they fixed it. Two hours later and no charge, it was done!

I went home and relaxed for a little and then went to bed.

Weekends are exhausting! Now I need to figure out how to stop sneezing…

Sneezy

Project Life 2015 – Week 13

Well it is officially April and the weather is drunk! One day it’s snowing and the next I am running outside in a t-shirt!

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On Monday I scratched my cornea and had to go to the eye doc. No worries now I just have to put salt water in my eyes every night. I am falling apart! Then it snowed again, but then it was warm. April needs to get it together! I saw the new Furious 7 movie (the night it came out) and pre-gamed the only way possible, with Coronas. Friday I had off, but ran around shopping for my cousin Steve’s surprise party. We celebrated Friday night with family and Saturday night at the bar with his friends. I had a great Easter morning run in my new shoes and then more family time!

April is going to be a good month!

Photo Finds

Last weekend at my cousin’s birthday party my Aunt gave me some pictures. She had been cleaning her house and everyone knows I love pictures. I am like the family archivist.

It’s crazy to me that I still haven’t seen every picture of me. My family (all over the country) has all these old gems I have yet to add to my collection!

80s Baby

Classic 80’s baby! Who knows why I only had one lens in these awesome Batman glasses. We will probably never know. I am also a fan of the sideways hat!

April Stitch Fix

I got my April Stitch Fix shipment last week, but I was trying to get a size exchanged so I waited to post. Sadly they didn’t have the smaller size :(

Cheryl got her first fix a few weeks ago and loved it!

Ashlee Floral Print Swiss Dot Blouse

The first item in my box was this Ashlee Floral Print Swiss Dot Blouse. It was a fun pattern, but I was really confused as to why there was a tank top sewn into the shirt! It was awkward to put on. Personally I think tank tops attached to shirts is a kid thing. I also didn’t like that it was long sleeve. Even though it was light I wanted warm weather clothes. For $78 it was also a little pricey so I sent it back.

Esten Button Up Sleeveless Blouse

Next I tried on the Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse. It was big on me, but that seems to be the style lately (either cropped or overly large). I was on the fence about it. Even though it was $54 I decided to keep it because it was the only thing in my fix that I semi-liked and I didn’t want to be out $20 again. It will be nice on a hot day I think.

Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf

Next I threw on this Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf. I like scarves and I also love chevron patterns, but I have a few scarves already like this. Even though it was only $28 I still send it back. I know you can wear scarves in Spring, but I am over the cold this year!

Kasia Tie Waist Dress

I was so excited when I found out that they started sending petite sizes that I didn’t even check the size of this Kasia Tie Waist Dress before I tried it on. I think it fit ok, but the fabric was very clingy. It was also a medium and I felt like the fabric was bunching weird in the waist. For $64 I didn’t love it so I sent it back.

Rena Ikat Print Shirt Dress

The last item was a Rena Ikat Print Shirt Dress. I fell in love with the pattern as soon as I saw it! Unfortunately it was also a medium and HUGE on me. I tried to get a smaller size, but they didn’t have any in stock. After emailing I found out that even though I said I wanted a small dress size, I put a size 6, which they consider medium. Oh well they know for future fixes. Even at $88 I would have bought this dress if it fit better.

This month was also disappointing, but not horrible. I have a weird body shape so I understand sending the right sizes is always tricky. I am hoping my future dresses will be the right size! Even though the blouse was $54 I only had to pay $29 because I got a $25 credit for Cheryl signing up!

Here is my referral code for anyone that wants to join!

Next month I told them tops for summer and dresses. Yay warm weather!

What is your favorite new summer style?

Furious 7

The Fast and Furious movie franchise is one of my favorites. I am not really a car person, but I love action movies. These movies have action and also (I personally think) great character development. They really make you care about the characters.

Last week I went to opening night of Furious 7 with my friends. First we pre-gamed and watched Fast & Furious 6. We had to drink Coronas!

Fast and Furious

The movie itself started playing at 7:00pm. We opted for the 10:15pm IMAX showing and it was PACKED! I assumed it would be crowded, but the place was crazy.

In case you don’t know, the Fast and Furious franchise is made up of 7 movies, with Furious 7 being the most recent and possibly last.

The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001. It introduced Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) as a street racer, ex-convict, mechanic/deli owner. He had a girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover FBI agent who falls for Mia. The plot of the movie is Dom and his crew keep hijacking trucks of electronic equipment. Brian worms his way into their “family” and is eventually outed as being a cop. In the end though he turns his back on the FBI and lets Dom escape. The original movie was the start of it all. I still don’t even know if this world of street racing is as crazy as they depict it!

The second movie (2 Fast 2 Furious) came out in 2003 and introduced Roman (Tyrese Gibson). The only original character from the first movie was Brian O’Connor. To be honest I never saw this one!

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift came out in 2006 and supposedly occurs AFTER Furious 7? I never saw this movie either. It does introduce Han (Sung Kang) to the series though.

In 2009 Fast & Furious brought back all of the original cast (plus a few new faces). It revolves around Dom and his crew in the Dominican Republic. In this movie Dom’s girlfriend Letty is killed. Dom and Brian try to track down the drug dealer that was involved in her death. In the end Dom is finally arrested and sent to prison.

Fast Five came out in 2011 and picks up at the end of the last movie. Dom is broken out of prison and is hunted down by agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). This movie has the most epic fight scene between Dom and Hobbs. They take down walls! Brian finds out Mia is pregnant and in the end it is Hobbs that lets everyone go free, but he says he is giving them a head start until he catches them.

Fast and Furious 6 came out in 2013. This movie also picks up right after Fast Five. Hobbs approaches Dom and his crew to help take down Shaw (Luke Evans). He also lets them know that Letty is alive! They travel to London where they discover Letty was in a car accident and lost her memory. She still knows how to drive though and is working with Shaw. They take down a plane! The action in this movie was over the top, but amazing at the same time. At the end Gisele dies, but Letty returns with Dom and his crew to the US. They knew they were going to make another movie so they left it at a cliff-hanger with Han getting into a car accident in the end and Shaw’s brother (Jason Statham) letting Dom know he is after them.

Which brings me to my review of Furious 7!

One very sad aspect of this new movie is that the lead actor, Paul Walker, was killed in a car accident before the movie was done filming. I didn’t even know if they were going to continue with it for a while. It was very tragic and the cast (who was like family) were devastated. In the end they did finish making the movie. Paul’s brothers helped by stepping in and acting out his role. They used computer animation to put Paul’s face on them. The stuff they can do with computers is crazy!

Furious 7 picked up right at the end of Fast and Furious 6. Han is killed by Shaw’s brother and he is now after everyone else. He breaks into Hobbs’ office and seriously injures him. He sends a bomb to Dom’s house and almost kills him, Brian, Mia, and their son Jack. A new agent Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) recruits Dom and (what’s left of) his crew to rescue a hacker named Ramsey. He says once they rescue her they can use her software called God’s Eye to track down Shaw. Not only are they being hunted by Shaw, but now they have to deal with the mercenaries that have Ramsey.

This movie has A TON of action. Cars “jumping” from skyscrapers, being dropped out of helicopters, people being “passed” between high speed moving cars. It’s all a little too much, but any fan of the franchise knows to check reality at the door. There was not enough Dwayne Johnson for me though. He is in the beginning and makes an amazing ending battle scene, but his character is too funny to keep out of most of the movie. The special effects and stunts are top-notch as always. The tribute to Paul Walker at the end was also very sad, but a great way to pay tribute to him. All in all I think it was a good movie. Definitely go see it if you have liked the previous movies or really like action!

What is your favorite Fast and Furious franchise movie?

Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Holidays are wonderful and horrible all at the same time. I love spending time with family, but I hate the rushed feeling I have. It’s never relaxing.

This weekend was no different. I had an amazing time, but I am exhausted today.

On Friday my cousin’s from Florida came to visit for my cousin Steve’s 45th birthday. His wife Patty wanted to surprise him with a family party. My entire day off of work on Friday was spent running around getting stuff for the party. Patty had sent a bunch of decorations to my cousin Chrissy’s house. I had to go get food, balloons and other odds and ends. It didn’t help that a lot of other people were also off on Friday so the stores were packed!

We did a casino themed party. They did an awesome job decorating. The balloons were also a hit with the kids. I always forget how loud little kids can be when you get them all together.

Family Party

Steve was really surprised and the party turned out great.

Family Party

There was even a cake fight towards the end of the night! Steve started it…

Family Party

Around 11:30pm I was beat. I was baffled that all the kids were still going strong, but I had to go to bed. It was a great night with my family. I wish all my family lived closer so I could see them more often.

On Saturday, Cheryl and I took our mom shopping. She needed a dress for an upcoming wedding so we went to Lord & Taylor. We helped her get a dress, but then I wanted to go to TJ Maxx so I could actually shop for clothes that were not so expensive! My mom even went out and got a new patio set for the gazebo in the backyard. Once we get the house painted we have to put it back up again.

On Saturday night we headed to the bar in Lyndhurst for night two of Steve’s surprise parties. Saturday night was with his friends. Cheryl and I went and Steve was surprised again! Miller Lite’s were also $4 so a good time was had by all!

Bar Party

Sunday morning I slept until 9:50! That is quite an accomplishment for me since I can never sleep in anymore. Getting home at 2am and drinking heavily probably helped a little.

Cheryl had promised Spenser that she would run a 12 mile training run with him. He is doing a half marathon next weekend. I was going to go, then backed out last minute. I decided instead to break in the new Brooks shoes Cheryl got me from work. 12 miles in new shoes would have been a horrible idea. Instead I did 5.5 around the neighborhood. The shoes felt great and the weather was beautiful!

Running

I love that the trees are getting buds on them!

After my run I helped my mom get ready for Easter dinner. Because our family is so large we usually break off into smaller groups on holidays. For Easter my Aunt Gloria and Uncle Fred came over for dinner and then Danny, Jenn and AJ came over later for dessert. They got us a chocolate bunny and I could not resist!

Easter

I hope everyone had a great weekend (whatever holidays you celebrate). This week is supposed to be very rainy. Bring on the April showers as long as it’s also warm out!

What is your favorite kind of chocolate?

Project Life 2015 – Week 12

Happy Friday!

I am off today, but I am running around like a nut because I have family in town! Holidays are awesome, but so hectic.

Making my pages this week I realized I have really been slacking in the picture department! I have barely been taking photos!

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Last week I worked a lot, did some video in NYC for work, saw a play in Philly, ate great food, ran at the Schuylkill River, and did some spring cleaning.

Have a great weekend!