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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!

FitBloggin Giveaway!!

You may have heard that we got some serious swag at FitBloggin this weekend.

Seriously, the sponsors – and Roni, who organized the conference – were SO generous this year, with their time, energy and freebies.

iBeaniAttune FoodsChoose Cherries WPRawl

ZUMBA Fitness New Balanceegglands best

larabar Dr. Praeger's

The Laughing Cow Jump Sport

Our swag included:

  • Click espresso protein powderscan’t wait to try these as a shake or in my cereal!!
  • Dried cherries  – learned they have a lot of  benefits for workout recovery! I have been eating these already and love ’em!
  • New balance – we each got our own pair of walking or running shoes!
  • COUPONS GALORRRRRE for freebies!!
  • Zumba and other workout dvds!
  • Foodie samples of Eggland’s Best, potatoes, oats,  dr. Praegers, Popchips, etc, during the conference
  • Larabars
  • Bags and bags (and coupons) of Popchips!
  • Headphones,
  • etc!!!
Photo courtesy of Courtney!  

Saturday night, I sat with a literal wall of giveaway items. Even after giving a few things away, and having to leave a few behind in Baltimore, my suitcase was packed full – first time in a while I had to check on! I ended up using my suitcase for my stuff and used one of the free duffel totes we got for my clothes – tightly rolled up, which I carried on!

So what does that mean??!

It means GIVEAWAY TIME!! 😀 

I will be putting together a package full of coupons, headphones, a dvd, popchips, bars, some fitness/sports equipment and other stuff from the conference! I want to spread the Fitbloggin’ love and share my wealth freebies with a reader!

There are two ways to enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the thing you would most like to get free from the picture and the best giveaway you’ve received
  2. Link this post to your blog
*Separate comment for each, please!! 🙂
In other news... we got these PokeIns’ at the conference, which you would use to get other bloggers info, by taping the magnetic ‘hands’ together… they are pretty much incredible and it has been going back through online and ‘finding’ my friends from last weekend. PokeIns may be the next business cards of America. Just sayin’.
Photo courtesy of Tina!
I will announce the winner Monday night!! Happy Friday night, loves!
❤ J

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!!

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! 😀

You Only Turn 21 {Twice}…

Whewww, where have I been!?! 

I meant to post last Sunday night, and never hit publish.. and now it’s Sunday again! Anyway….. I have had a good week!

Cinco de Mayo Thursday night…

Purple dress Express, Leather fringe boots Steve Madden, necklace BP for Nordstrom

Peach Liz. My night changed course when I ran into an ex…and we ended up back at the bar.

(My second Paris orientation meeting) and A spring formal dance Friday night…

Yesterday morning started off with a hot yoga session, followed by the usuals:

Saturday University Farmer's Market.

Walking beat driving my car. Especially on the weekends.Walking beats driving my car. Especially on the weekends.

Mandatory weekend Whole Foods stop for coffee and some groceries.

And last night, my twin friends who turned 21 Monday had a birthday party at a cool lounge/bar downtown. Their Dad threw it for them and while it was a lot of his/their siblings friends, some of their friends came out too, it ended up being really fun! (and an open bar, holler Daddy S! : P ) You only turn 21 oncetwice. We went out dancing afterso needless to say it was a late night by the time my head finally hit the pillow at 3 am.

Me and one of the twins!


Today I went back to the Fremont Farmer’s Market that I first visited last weekend. It is an amazingly large flea-type market with more jewlery/clothing vendors than anything else.

Fremont Farmer's Market.

Yoga again tonight and then catching up with laundry/school/my sisters, etc and all of a sudden the weekend is over again, what happened? :/….

Oh well, on to the next!

What was the best thing you did / saw / ate this weekend ? For me it would have to be last night (all of last night), a ginger/raspberry drink I had, dancing/hanging out with friends!! So fun. And doesn’t seem to happen enough. My Mom is actually out of town, in Cancun this weekend, so I couldn’t spend Mother’s Day with her. I’m glad she and my Dad are having fun for their anniversary trip though, and I did get to see her Thursday morning, I took w a break from work to get coffee with them on their way to the airport!

On another note……

Okay, okay I know pretty much all bloggers are obsessed with peanut flour and have been using it like woahh for everything from peanut buttery uses to oats to ‘frosting’, to cookie dough, to mixing with frozen blueberries, to making peanut candy, etc. But, I have to say….I’ve tried it and just don’t really like it that much. I know; gasp! I actually think TJ’s Better n’ Peanut Butter is waaaaay better, and can’t seem to keep my hand outta the cookie jar finger out of the better ‘N jar. Anyone else out there with me on this?

So I ask you: Better 'N Peanut Butter > Peanut Flour?!

Night!! ❤

Would you Believe me…

Would you believe me…………….

If I told you I hopped on a plane and spent last weekend in New York City??!!!

Last time I was there was last fall – with the Fitnessista and Gabriela!Would you believe that I flew 3,000 + miles to spend only two days in the city?

But, I got to see my sister, who i saw last month in Vegas! I took her & my friend and his friend to lunch at The Coffee Shop, a cute hipster esque eatery in Union Square.

Bathroom, mirror shot!

Seeing Morgan and being able to take her out to lunch Saturday was definitely a highlight of the trip. I love my sister!

Would you believe that even though it was supposed to be rainy all weekend, New York City saw some of the best weather they have seen in months (because I was there, obv 😉 )

So, I spent some time walking and shopping in union square, my favorite

And came across a street fair, sampling delicious eats,

While in Union Square, would you believe that I ran into Marina?! I had never actually met her in person – only through blogging – so it was a crazysmallworld moment when I recognized her!

Would you believe that Saturday night, we went to a 12+ person birthday party at this place called the Hurricane Club, where they roasted an entire pig (didn’t partake) and served fancy tiki mixed drinks out of goblets and watermelon, a straw for each person and just let you fire away?!

You better believe that probably wasn’t the best idea for a vegetarian at a pig roast 😉

"To share" Brazilian Rum, Passion Fruit and Ginger

 

Blurriness intended 😉

Would you believe that I, Jaclyn, who never, ever loses her cell phone, left it in the back of a NYC cab Saturday night and spent the next morning filing a “missing item” report for $24.95 thankyouverymuch online to retrieve it??! Yeah, I can’t either……..

No thanks to you, Tiki drink!!,

It was still a fun night though. After the dinner, I stuck to water for the rest of the night, but the party continued as an after party for the birthday boy, then a few more bars before culminating on the roof of my friend’s apartment. It was a late night early morning!

Other than my lost phone and lost hours of sleep this weekend, it was such an amazingly fun and random trip, and I definitely don’t regret it a bit 🙂 I love, love travel, it is actually something I want to make time, effort and money toward pursuing, so I was happy to oblige that goal with this lil trip. 😀

I only wish I had a few more days there. I love. New. York. City.

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What did you do last weekend?

What’s the furthest you’ve flown for the shortest amount of time?

Ever recognized a blogger or reader  on the street/ in a store / somewhere random?!