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{Lychee Margarita} Memorial Day Weekend Recap!

After I left you Saturday, the day was was full of some of my usual Saturday activities.

Later that afternoon, I headed to the island. This weekend marks my parent’s 27th wedding anniversary and they had dinner reservations here on Bainbridge – and wanted me to join them. I happily tagged along. I had been to Four Swallows before, but never in my drinking age, so it was a more fun experience.

The outfit du jour:

White crop jeans - Khols, black tank - Express, jean jacket and black belt- Forever 21, gold flats - Nordstrom - with a side of WA state ferries in the background :P.

Dinner was great, featuring pouring red wine and grilled prawns — some of my favorites 🙂

 

Sunday we attended a housewarming party on the island. My parent’s collegue has lived here for a few months now but just had everyone she works with over to see her place. She lives in an adorable little house pretty close to the water, with some really unique middle and far-Eastern decorations, lots of light and very “Crate and Barrel”-esque furniture. Seeing decorated houses like that makes me excited to have my own!

The party included “work” for the guests. We were instructed to use these watercolors she had put out to make a “favorite thing about Bainbridge” painting, which she is going to put together with the rest, into a big piece.

I left early in the afternoon to head back to the city. My friend and I had plans to hit up Happy Hour and then go to Folklife, a Seattle music festival going on every Memorial Day weekend.  We walked through the festival for a while but decided it was too cold/too many people……so instead  headed to a thai restaurant for that ‘happiest of‘ hour.

I ordered a Lychee margarita while she went with a chambord lemon drop. I figured when in Rome Thailand, order something lychee… but honestly, it wasn’t really my favorite. Oh well, I will know next time! We had an interesting bar conversation with a (much older) couple sitting next to us… and overall a fun time out last night!

Lychee Margarita.

Sweet lemon drop with chambord.

…And because sometimes all you really need with drinks like this is to share a big tower of fried thai food….. 

Calamari, spring rolls and crab rangoon, coconut prawns.

We got back to her house later, continued the party hanging out and crashed out. This morning I got home, and have to get ready to go babysit in a few minutes for a little girl I have been watching for over a year now. Not really a “day off”, but it should be fun, and make me some extra ca$h money!

 

What are your memorial day plans??

Have you ever tried / do you like lychee? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had in your drink?  

 

Ps: Have you entered my giveaway yet?! Have you entered Katie’s giveaway?! Another Ps – I did get to see this face yesterday 😉 

Gaston!

Friday Fave Fives, Hello Memorial Day Weekend!

Ahhhhhh, it’s been a crazybusy week (aren’t they all these days?) but it is Friday which means one thing….

Yayyyyyyyyy Weekend!! 😛

 

 

Crazy to think just one week ago (well, last Thursday night), I was chillin’ in my (upgraded to Hospitality suite) hotel room, waiting for Fitbloggin to kickoff…

Well this Friday had a bit of a different feel…

I may not have been in Baltimore, and I may have only gotten a few hours of sleep after staying out too late and waking up too early; read: why I don’t go out during the week, but I did have some Friday faves’ today!

1. I’m bringing sexy cereal back….. I am a cereal monster, nothing helps a hangover better I think! ;P2. Mixing and matching wardrobe staples. And, my new jean jacket!

Black tights: DKNY for Nordstrom, skirt: Express, jean jacket: Forever 21, (unpictured) black flats: Jessica Simpson for Nordstrom.

3. Eating this {Monster} cookie at work today. It is cookie Friday after all. Okay, maybe a giant cookie helps that hangover better 😛

Chocolate chip walnut cookie. Done and done.

4. Whole Foods having a Friday night “happy hour bites“. Each Friday, the Whole Foods *which ohso conveniently happens to be on my drive home from work* hosts a tasting party of sorts, giving out a ton of gourmet food (and drink) samples in their store. It was like a free dinner tonight! Spicy shrimp, soup samples, grilled pineapple, watermelon, chocolate samples, hotdogs, maccaroni salad, sushi wraps…

Mango avacado wrap and an ahi tuna wrap sample.

There were so many samples tonight and I tried almost everything – I was full after!!

5. Today kicking off Memorial Day weekend –> No school or work Monday! Holler to that! Here’s to (my, and) your weekend being full of friends, family, good weather, horses and *insert your dog/cat here*, bbqs, good food, the farmer’s market, yoga, sushi, a drink or two and general shenanigans :)….

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!

Have you entered my Fitbloggin giveaway?! You only have until Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Remember that song?

Sunday morning started very early, and was just that for me: back to life and reality. Goodbye blog friends, goodbye Baltimore and goodbye Fitbloggin 2011.

I was kind of dreading not too stoked to going home, since I have SO much to do
(read – finals, final projects, job interviews, have to find summer housing, etc)  in the coming weeks.

A few things made the end of the weekend and adjustment back into the school and work week just a little bit sweeter though..

1. Driving home from the airport, I was reminded (and pleasantly surprised) to see the Seattle International Street Fair going on  this weekend.

Tons of vendors, samples, jewelry, people and things to see and buy!

2. Finding an unexpected package waiting for me from my little sister!

Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter!!!!

Flying Squirrel was started by a group of college students that go to my sister’s college. Kath has blogged about it, and it really is amazing stuff. The Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed has an incredible ingredient list including peanuts, coffee, agave nectar, cocoa, salt. As I tweeted, I don’t think it’s going to last me long!!

3. A hot and sweaty yoga session, which felt sooo good after a few days off!

…and talking with a girl I’ve become friends with in yoga; she is a blog reader that goes to my school and said she recognized me in a bunch of posts from this weekend (and finally found my blog) – hi, yogi friend!! 😀

4. Reading recaps of this weekend by some of my old and new blog friends. 🙂

…and of course catching up on your lives that I’ve been missing! I was behind after this weekend!


5. Promise of a three day weekend next weekend! Hello, Memorial Day weekend!!

Might get a chance to see this guy!


How do you get back into the work / school week ‘grove’ after a weekend (or vacation) off??! 

Do you have big Memorial Day plans?

I would love to go to Sasquatch or go see my sister, but I think my weekend will be spent dedicated to a final paper, babysitting and maybe an overnight home…. oh, and hopefully a little fun too ;)!

Check back tomorrow for a FitBloggin giveaway!!

A Charming City: FitBloggin Finale.

Yesterday morning I attended a session Katy Widrick held, “From Hobbyist to Professional: Take Blogging to the Next Level” on building your blog / brand. She is so knowledgable and I learned a lot in this talk. From everything to domain names to how to build readership and put new twists on your blog, there was a ton of information in the talk and it was definitely a favorite of the weekend.

A group of bloggers decided later to take advantage of the gorgeous Baltimore weather with a walk around the harbor, in lieu of the last session before lunch.

(Photo courtesy of Courtney)

For this Seattleite, I could definitely appreciate the sun and 70+ degree weather. Hello, summer!

Of course Julie and I had to stop for an impromptu yoga session on the water.
Lunch was followed by some more interesting afternoon sessions. First up was No Meat Athlete‘s “SEO For Fitness Bloggers” and Tina’s panel, “Blogger Responsibility: Where Do you Draw the LIne?” The blogger responsibility in paticular touched on a lot of (recent and very relevant) events in the healthy living blog world.. and got a little heated toward the end! Definitely left me thinking, and in a good way.
Insert operation “get some sun in Baltimore”, round 2:
Later, a group of us headed to Talara for drinks and appetizers.
 Sangria was required for this group of food and fitness bloggers, clearly 😉
Me and Tina

While Cynthia, Julie stayed to finish the food they ordered, and Tina headed to the airport, the rest of us snapped a picture outside, before we heading to our next stop – dinner on the harbor.
Dinner at Pizzazz was…interesting. Our waitress seemed out of it and according to the owner, whom we talked with later, they were short staffed. The service was really slow but I didn’t mind too much. We got free bread and pizza bites and cupcakes (which were gluten free and really good) and had a chance to see some friends passing our outdoor table on their way back to the hotel.
Me, Luke and Paolo
Hi, Tina!!
Drinking and dancing were on the itinerary after dinner. The group, (we were also joined by Meg, Megan and Katy!) headed to PowerPlant, where we did just that.
Fun times. Enough said. 😉
I was happy to find my roomies still up and packing when I got home. [I think it’s all our swag – no one knew how to fit it !] We finally got our roomie picture!

Needless to say, it was a very late night which made for a very early morning. My shuttle to the airport was at the hotel bright and early before 5:30 am, which has made today slow going for me – but so worth it. Hard to say goodbye to Baltimore. It was a charming city indeed, especially when shared with great blog friends.
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Did you attend FitBloggin? If so – highlights?! If not, have you attended a blogging conference and / or do you plan to go to any upcoming? 
Highlights of your weekend?

FitBloggin Highlights.

FitBloggin‘ continues!!!

[Just a few] highlights:

What has been your favorite part of Fitbloggin?!

Have I met you this weekend?? Shout out to the new readers / bloggers!! 😀

Cupcakes, Cocktails, Crab Cakes.

Those were {some of} the themes of the day!

I’m exhausted but today was amazing. FitBloggin this morning started with breakfast sponsored by Attune (berries, cereal, coffee and eggs), where I got to catch up with Wearing Mascara  fitness classes: a kettlebell training class taught by one of my roommates, Jenn from Girl Heroes, and Zumba – my second try!), panels and an expo. Lunch was an amazing spread of roasted veggies and paninis, which Courtney, Gabriela, Sana and I may have followed up with a (second of the day) trip to Whole Foods for a cupcake run 😉

Later, we stopped by the Expo – think  freebies of fitness dvds, foodie items (popchips, veggie burger samples, dried cherries) lots of coupons, earbuds, and took a few pictures in the photobooth set up.

After the final keynote panel this afternoon (“Blogging: From Hobby to Career”), we had just a few minutes to run to the room and change before the cocktail party.

The cocktail was great, but it was getting late and a bunch of us were getting hungry! We went to Moe’s, a local seafood place for dinner.

I was excited to try a crab cake – when in Rome Baltimoreget the crab cake?!! I got the “Seafood Trio” which came with said crab cake as well as Cajun shrimp and scallops, with a side of steamed veg. It was a ton of food, but tasted good. Unfortunately the service wasn’t the best.. but the company made up for the subpar restaurant!

Cajun Shrimp and Scallops, Crabcake, steamed Veg

It was great talking with Tina and Tina and Gracie and Theodora and Anne P more over dinner! Actually, everyone today was so friendly and nice – it’s been really cool to get to meet and know new people here!

It’s officially way past my bedtime (even if it is three hours earlier in Seattle!) The alarm is set early and we have another full day planned ahead, so I’m off to get some sleep!

Hope your Friday night was great 🙂

❤ Jac.

Plans for the weekend?

Have you been to Baltimore? What should I not miss?!

FitBloggin Kickoff!

Wednesday night, after an early wakeup, bus, train, (~5 hour) flight and shuttle….

I made it to Baltimore! 

View of downtown from the hotel's pool balcony

Thursday was spent checking in (and meeting my new roomies!), exploring, shopping, hitting up Whole Foods and Yoga (!!) and exploring the city.

Registration and check in last night was a great chance to meet other the other bloggers and readers here this weekend. After a few hours of meet and greets, a few of us headed off to a late dinner at a local Irish Pub.

Not wanting the night to end, we followed dinner with drinks in the bar, naturally. 🙂

It was great meeting Matt, Jennifer, Amanda and seeing Sana again (we met at HLS in August) !

Three cheers for being young, unemployed Bloggers!!!! 😛

Today has been great — exercise classes (Kettlebell training and Zumba), more meeting and catching up with blog friends, lunch, cupcakes with blendz, an expo, giveaways, and…..

Much more to come!! Back to FitBloggin! 😀