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Archive for October, 2012

runner’s world half marathon

On Sunday I participated in the Runners World Half Marathon, in Bethlehem, PA.  I rode down with my friend James, who ran his very first half (yay!) and we arrived before the sun was even up!  I haven’t seen this hour of the day in a long, long time!  Luckily, I had a cup of coffee and the pre-race jitters to wake me up.image (18)

The race started at the Sands Casino at 8:30 AM.  It was a cold start, but we got warmed up pretty quick. 

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I LOVED this course.  There were rolling hills, but every challenging uphill came with a recovery downhill.  The scenery was beautiful!  I was also happy to have a friend (James) to be running with.  Even though we barely talked the whole race, he pushed me to do my very best.

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We finished in 1:45, my best time yet!  Whoo hoo!  I didn’t know what to expect because I had been a slacker with my runs throughout the month of October, so I was pleasantly surprised!

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Afterwards, I rewarded myself with a ShockTop Pumpkin Spice beer.

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I don’t think I want to do another half marathon any time soon, but a 5K or 10K sounds good!!

mad men shoot

The Local Flair, a community magazine, recently did a Mad Men inspired photo shoot and asked me to be in it!  I was excited to participate.  Without further ado, here are the pictures!  I just took photos of the magazine, so they’re not great quality, but at least you can see the pics and my crazy hair for yourself!

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If you’re local, pick up a copy!  It’s free!

doctor, doctor

Paging Dr. Martin!

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spider handprints

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In preparation for Halloween, I painted two 8×8 canvases orange, drew spider webs on them, and then used the girls hands (minus the thumbs) to create these spider paintings.  I love how they came out!  I think these spiders are a great addition to our holiday décor Smile

flower girl

This past weekend Macy was a flower girl in our friend’s wedding and she exceeded all of my expectations (although I do admit my expectations were low) in her role.

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She made it all the way up the aisle, carefully placing four flowers on the ground as she went.  She walked right over to me, where she sat for the ceremony, with tears in her eyes, but a smile on her face.

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I think it’s safe to say that she was a shining star of the wedding party.  It’s fitting that she stole the show though because she called it “her wedding” for two weeks prior to the big day Smile

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woodfield manor

Blake and I were lucky enough to be invited to the soft opening of The Frogtown Inn at Woodfield Manor.  One of our favorite restaurants, The Frogtown Inn, is now going to be running Woodfield Manor as a traditional chophouse restaurant.

We started off with some warm, crusty bread with olive oil and some seasonings.image (9)

As an appetizer, we split the chicken skewers with a peanut dipping sauce.  This was like a chicken satay, if you’re familiar with that.  It was delicious and probably my favorite dish of the evening.image (11)

My entrée was grilled shrimp with a teriyaki sauce and a side of sweet potato fries.  Everything on the menu is ordered a la carte, so you choose your sides separately from your entrée.  I enjoyed my sweet potato fries very much so!  The quality and presentation of the food was consistent with what we experience every time we dine at The Frogtown- perfection.

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It was another fun evening out and it’s safe to say that we’ll be back.  Since it was the first night that the “new” restaurant was open, we did have a few small suggestions to add at the end of the night (the owners asked everyone for some constructive criticisms), but I am confident that this new sister restaurant will be just as good as the first!

columbus day festival

Yesterday we took the girls to a Columbus Day Festival at Basso, a local Italian restaurant. They had food and music set up outside, but most people (inlcuding us) moved inside because it was pretty chilly outside.  Dancing was the highlight of this festival for our little girls Smile

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I had a delicious plate of eggplant parmesan, Blake enjoyed a sausage and peppers sandwich, while the girls split a bowl of pasta and meatballs.  Everything was great, including this cannoli for dessert!

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