A House Divided

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great thanksgiving! We spent the day before thanksgiving and most of thanksgiving with Andrew’s family in Hershey, PA. But the Steelers were playing the Ravens that evening so we made our way to my parents house to watch the game.

Our family dynamic is very interesting because my mom (born and raised in Baltimore, MD) is a Ravens fan, while my Dad (who lived in Pittsburgh, PA most of his childhood) is a Steelers fan. I have always been a Steelers fan…and I mean always…like in the 1990s when they were horrible. My sister tends to go to the team that most recently won a Superbowl, so she’s currently a Ravens fan. Dad and I just told her to stay there (hehe…love you Sara!). Andrew is currently a Ravens fan too because he cheers for the team in the city he’s currently in (and plus mom made him asked him to be a Ravens fan after we got married).  So the Ravens fans watched the game in the basement and Dad and I didn’t watch the game, fearing that us watching it will cause the Steelers to lose.

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Well the Steelers came up short at the end, with the final score of 20-22, Ravens.  It was a great game, and my throat still hurts from screaming.  I don’t know if the Steelers will make it into the playoffs this year (I’m thinking no), but the fact that we beat the Ravens earlier this season makes me a feel a little better (it’s so hard being a Steeles fan in Raven Nation!). 

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Did you watch football on Thanksgiving? What games were you excited to watch?

 

A mini vacation that started a month of adventures: First stop DISNEY WORLD!

Happy hump day everyone (woot wooooooot)! Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile. I forgot to mention that every weekend in November has been booked with some sort of travel for various reasons. The first place my travels took me to was Tampa, Florida to visit my sister for her birthday.

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We were able eat tons of good food and go to DISNEY WORLD!!! One of my favorite places ever. I actually ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon there a few years ago and it was pretty sweet :)

When we got to the hotel (we decided to stay overnight instead of driving there and back on the same day), we got these room keys:

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Adorbs, right?!

We also are lunch in the West Wing of the Beast’s castle (if you’ve seen Beauty and the Beast you should know what I’m talking about).

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And we were probably the oldest ‘kids’ there that waited in list to meet the characters. ::prepare for picture overload::

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Have a great day everyone!

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Favorite Disney character/movie?
Belle is my favorite Disney princess and Tigger is my favorite Disney character.

Have you run any Disney races?
Just the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon but I hope to run more!

Multitasking…the only way to workout

Hey heeeyyy everybody :) Hope you’re having a good day!

This week has been kind of stressful since I have two quizzes, a lab report, two chapters worth of homework, and a test…all in Chemistry (boo!). I do like Chemistry (nerd alert!) but that is a little insane.

In order to get a decent workout in, while not feeling that I’m wasting time that I should be studying, I usually bring my notes to the gym to look over while I’m on the bike or elliptical (yes that is being incorporated back into my workout routine…Yay!)

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Now If I’m totally honest with you, I still listen to my iPod, and if the right song comes on the studying goes out the window and the rocking out starts. The songs that cause this to happen vary from day to day. From Red to Bon Jovi to ‘N SYNC (oh please don’t give me that look…) the study break may last a few songs.

It’s not ideal, but I know that I’ll feel better (and probably not as stressed) if I workout.

That’s all for now….possibly more later (after I take this crazy test!)

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Fellow students: Do you also multitask when you workout?

Favorite song you work out to that you are too embarrassed to admit? In addition to ‘N SYNC….MMMBOP may come up…not that I was obsessed with Hanson in middle school or anything…

Blood tests, breakfasts and a date night

This weekend was crazy busy but tons of fun. I had the day off of work on Friday, but Andrew needed to get blood work done so I went to the hospital with him and then broke the fast with a huge breakfast at Bob Evans (we had a coupon for buy one, get one free) (yes we’re both senior citizens at heart).

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Then…from the amount of caffeine I drank I had almost a two hour workout that invoked the bike, the ‘I love arms’ workout, and around 300 sit ups.

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I will not say how many pictures I took to get a decent one…I need to practice gym selfies more often lol.

After some homework and maybe an episode or five of 19 Kids and Counting, Andrew and I went on a date night to see the play at the high school he teaches at called ‘Almost, Maine’. He teaches a lot of really talented kids who were involved so he wanted to support them.

The rest of the weekend involved studying chemistry, a girls evening complete with cheesecake and shopping, church, and more chemistry studying.

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Hope you’re all having a good week!

Five ‘Facts’ Friday

I know that other bloggers have things like ‘Triple Tanget Tuesday’, or ‘Tuesday Things’, or ‘Thursday Things’, but I haven’t really seen anyone do ‘Five Facts Friday’…so I’m saying I started this trend (because I’m cool like that).

1. I’m a coffee/caffeine addict. Add chocolate or caramel and you will keep me happy for ever and ever.

Caramel Mocha...with refills (yes, please!)

Caramel Mocha…with refills (yes, please!)

2. I enjoy grocery shopping and doing laundry.  My husband does not, but doesn’t mind vacuuming and cleaning toilets.  Between the two of us our apartment and clothes are always clean, and we never go hungry. 

Today's groceries

Today’s groceries

3. I just updated my iPhone with the new iOS this morning…like the one that completely changed the look of the iPhone stuff…yeah that one.  What…you don’t wait a few weeks to update your phone?

4. I really like getting mail…and also love the fact that my sister has the same sense of humor as me.

The sister's halloween card (front)

The sister’s Halloween card (front)

The sister's Halloween card (inside)

The sister’s Halloween card (inside)

 5. Andrew and I spent over $10 on five apples at the grocery store today.  But they were Sweet Tango apples, which are (dare I say) better than Honey Crisp.  And they were huge (that’s what she said). 

Sweet Tango apple of yumminess

Sweet Tango apple of yumminess

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What are some of your facts for this Friday?

What is a household chore you don’t mind doing?

 

How I find time to workout and stay healthy with a crazy schedule

For the past two years I’ve been taking at least two classes every semester in the evenings (including the winter and summer semesters) so I can complete my pre-requisites for physical therapy school. This hectic schedule means that pretty much every minute of my day is planned…including workouts! I’m really fortunate to have access to a fitness center at work so I can get a workout in at lunch time…but I know some people aren’t as fortunate.

I started writing all of the things I need to do in a planner, and that includes all school and social related stuff. Since I know I’ll more than likely have time to workout at lunch I’ve stopped putting that in my planner, but if your workout times are not consistent I would recommend ‘scheduling’ workouts.

2013 Planner of Fun

2013 Planner of Fun

Wow this weekend is busy :)

Wow this weekend is busy :)

I would also pick a workout time that you know you can stick to. I used to workout after work, but on most days I really had to push myself to go to the gym. I would literally pass it on the way home so I really had no excuse. This worked for me before I started school…but it definitely wouldn’t work for me now (especially since we moved and I no longer belong to that gym).

In terms of eating healthy, I try to plan my lunches and dinners for the week on Sunday. Sometimes that happens (lunches usually do) but sometimes it doesn’t. I try to take a salad for lunch every day, and change up the protein so I don’t get bored. I also make sure to bring healthy snacks like fruit and veges so I can avoid going to the vending machine for candy.

Meal planning...because eating ice cream for dinner really isnt healthy.

Meal planning…because eating ice cream for dinner really isnt healthy.

I am definitely not perfect with this! I will be the first to admit that I will eat my weight in Reese’s and candy corn during this halloween season..but I try not to do that every day. I usually have dessert everyday…but I try to make it something small. I feel that anything in moderation is healthy and as long you don’t overdo it too often, having a cookie or a piece of chocolate (or two) is fine!

I'm sorry...this cracked me up!

I’m sorry…this cracked me up!

Just remember to do what works for you. Sometimes the hardest part of working out is the act of getting out the door to the gym or to start your run…but always remember the feeling you get after you finish your workout (I know there are more endorphin junkies out there!)

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When do you usually workout?
Do you usually plan your meals for the week?
What are your favorite salad toppings?

One busy weekend…

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Me and the nugget!

The weekend started with a 1st birthday party for one of the kids of a couple at my church.  Although the baby I’m holding in the picture above was not the one whose birthday it was.  Her name is Ellie…and she is one of my favorite little nuggets ever!

This picture was after everyone was taking pictures of Ellie and her Mom, Megan.  Megan and I went to college together, and she was actually the one who set Andrew and I up (thanks, Megan…lol).

 

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Ellie is saying ‘No pictures, please!’

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On Sunday, Andrew and I went to church, but before church we went to Dunkin’ Donuts.  I’m a pumpkin freak, so I got the two donut combo with a double chocolate and pumpkin donuts (and yes I ate them both).   The person working at DD accidentally gave me an extra donut, so I shared it with Luke (Megan’s husband).  Yes…I do share. 

Pumpkin donut + DD Coffee = Happiness

Pumpkin donut + DD Coffee = Happiness

And after church we went to Panera and then did grocery shopping.

Lots of veges!

Lots of veges!

 

The rest of my weekend should have looked like this:

 

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Chemistry = Boring!

But instead I’m one episode away from finishing Parenthood on Netflix. 

Netflix humor

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!

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Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Can you really just watch one episode of something on Netflix?! I can’t…they even start the next episode for you…it’s so easy to get sucked in!

Mini arm workout…and some mom and me time

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That picture shows my view for most of my workouts so far this week.  It’s kind nice biking since I can read Runner’s World, but I still miss running! I also did this arm workout I found on Pinterest.  I wish I would have had time to complete the cycle more than once, but alas that is all I had time for after the 45 minutes of cardio.  I think I will use heavier weights for the bicep curls next time too (I only used 5 lbs…but if you saw my arms you would understand…it’s like I don’t have biceps!).Arms workout

 

After work I’ll usually just head home, but since Andrew has class right after work on Wednesdays I’m on my own for dinner.  I needed to get a birthday present for one of our friend’s daughter’s first birthday, so I called my  Mom and asked if she wanted to meet for dinner and then do a little shopping.  My Mom is one of my favorite shopping buddies, so I’m really glad that she agreed.  We went to a local place to get a crab cake (Mom) and cream of crab soup in a bread bowl (me). 

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Cream of crab soup in a bread bowl…one of my favorite meals!!!

 

Mom's crab cake..also yummy!

Mom’s crab cake..also yummy!

Can you see a theme here?! We do live in Baltimore, Hon!

 

The crabcakes are awesome...the football is poop (GO STEELERS!)

The crabcakes are awesome…the football is poop (GO STEELERS!)

Our shopping trip was a success, so now all I need is a card and we will be good to go for this weekend!

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Did you do anything fun today?

Do you have any good arm (or leg) workouts? I’m trying to incorporate more strength training into my workout schedule.

Random question of the day: Favorite soup? Cream of Crab!!! (but Panera’s broccoli cheddar comes in second)

 

Sunday Funday

Saturday Workout: 45 min. bike, 200ish situps

Sunday: rest day

Saturday was spent getting more shopping done, but this time at Costco (one of my favoritest places in the whole wide world!). We went around 3:00pm for what Andrew calls ‘lupper’ (a combo of lunch and supper) since we woke up later and really counted breakfast as lunch.

I got the turkey sandwich, and Andrew got a piece of pizza and a hot dog (which was a bit much in my opinion…). I was also super excited that they switched from Coke to Pepsi products since Diet Pepsi is a million times better than Diet Coke!

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After stuffing our faces, we did some shopping. Some things were essentials…like granola and cereal…but there were other random purchases…like Christmas cards (yes folks…the Nagels try to get the cards out right after thanksgiving). Overall I would consider it a good trip!

On Sunday it was go go go. We went to church in the morning, then went straight to my cousin’s 3rd birthday party. Then we went home for a few hours before heading to Bible study.

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Happy 3rd Birthday, little man!

Oh yeah…and I got to watch the Steelers win against the Ravens. GOOOOO STEELERS!!!! Black and Yellow :)

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How was your weekend?

Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi? Diet Pepsi rulezzzzz (with a z)

Any other Steelers fans out there?!

The start to a three day weekday = Long run!

Hey Y’all! I hope you’re all having a great start to the weekend! I work for the government, and despite it being shut down for a few weeks, I got Friday off since it was my Alternate Work Schedule (or AWS) day off.  I took the opportunity to get my ‘long run’ in on Friday morning, which was nice.  ‘Long run’ is in quotes because it was only 7 miles…but I’m hoping those same 7 miles won’t hurt as bad next weekend.  For whatever reason, they were crazy hard today!  I was still able to finish in under a hour…but barely!

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At least that’s how I felt at mile 6 of 7 today…

After the run I tried to be productive and get some laundry done (i.e. fold the laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for the past 4 days), and also watched some ‘Baby Daddy’ on Netflix.  Has anyone seen that show? It’s on ABC Family and it’s really cute, mindless TV. 

Then Andrew and I were more productive by getting grocery shopping done so we didn’t have to do it later this weekend.  We even made up a list of meals we’re making for the week…which never really happens…lol. 

But in order to be productive, Chick-fil-a had to be involved!

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When Andrew eats Chick-fil-a, he has to have a variety of sauces, while I’m a simple BBQ kind of girl.  So the Chick-fil-a was enough fuel for us to get our grocery shopping done, except for a Costco trip tomorrow (which I am super excited about…I love love love Costco!).  We then went out to dinner with my parents (which was after our usual dinner time so no pictures were taken since I was so hungry I was about to eat my hand!), but I always love hanging out with my parents, so that was really fun :)

Hope you’re Fridays were nice and relaxing!