Baby Fever

Wow, what a weekend. Still recovering! I had a great time visiting my family upstate and I felt relaxed while I was there and that’s all that matters! Backtracking to Thursday, my bus got cancelled for that night so I left at 8:00 AM on Friday. We were still late getting to Binghamton by about 40 minutes so by the time I got to the bus terminal and Enterprise picked me up to get my rental car (so great that they offer that service for free) it was already after 1:00. Starbucks was needed desperately, then I went to my mom’s. This is the longest I’ve gone in my life without seeing her, over 3 months, so it was really good to see her of course. I quickly showered then headed to Friends & Co to get my hair did. Seriously, I looked like shit. LOL! I just went way too long without a haircut or color and it was time. Here is the before and after.

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TARGET SELFIE!

TARGET SELFIE!

Ahhhh, it feels so much better. This length is freaking perfect. Words can’t express how much I love my stylist Sherette! I spent a couple hours in Target shopping for my friend’s baby shower and of course myself. I am a Target-aholic and it’s a good thing that it’s way out of my way to get to it in the city. I got a great pair of jeans (considering I HATE jeans, this is saying a lot), a new bra (do you know how hard it is to find 38B’s with NO added padding?! I like my flat chest, thanks), and an amazing new gym bag that is so adorable. I tried to find a pic online but doesn’t look like it’s on their site. I’ll try to remember to get a picture of it! When I got back to my mom’s, she made me her amazing turkey meatballs and we threw them on some salad with vodka sauce.

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This was my first real meal all day so it’s a good thing that just a couple hours later John and I were going to our very late Valentine’s dinner! He got into town around 10:15 so we hurried across the highway to go to one of our old favorites, Grande’s Bella Cucina. How gorgeous is their interior?!

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I’m gonna come right out and say it: we are complete and total pizza snobs after 3 years of living in New York City. This used to be my favorite pizza ever, and even though I had to peel off all this cheese, it just wasn’t close to as good as what we eat here. It’s true what they say, NYC pizza IS THE BEST.

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My valentine’s presents from John were obviously amazing. A huge loaf of heart-shaped raisin fennel bread and coconut cake from Amy’s Bread. I love this man.

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Saturday morning I was up super early to fit in a 2.5 mile run and a spin class before my friend’s baby shower breakfast. The spin class- not good. I barely made it 45 minutes before leaving and it was an 80 minute class. I won’t go into why it wasn’t good but it definitely will make me a stronger instructor. Either way, felt great to sweat!

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My friend Rachel’s baby shower was everything I knew it would be! First off, having it as a breakfast was genius. Everyone loves breakfast food and if you don’t… I mean, what’s wrong wit chu?! The spread of food was freaking incredible. Bagels, salmon, avocado, baked french toast casserole, fruit, eggs, potatoes, muffins, and a hot chocolate bar. I ate SO much of the baked french toast knowing it was so bad for you, but I am definitely going to healthify that up and try my own version of it.

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The beautiful momma-to-be!

The beautiful momma-to-be!

Rachel, me and Jessica! Love these girls!

Rachel, me and Jessica! Love these girls!

banana cake. mmmm

banana cake. mmmm

I am so excited for this boy to be born! A few hours with her and her family and friends was definitely not enough and I miss them so much. Love seeing my friends lives go in amazing directions, but it would be even better if we all lived closer! Seeing all the baby stuff gave me a little baby fever but not to have my own. I just want all my friends to have them so I can be the best Aunt!

I spent the rest of the afternoon with my dad and we met up for dinner with my brother at my favorite restaurant from my hometown, Harry Tuft’s. I wonder how many times I’ve wrote about them if I went back and looked through my entries! I ordered my favorite food OF ALL TIME that I haven’t eaten in at least a year if not two… chicken wings. Honey. Mustard. Chicken. WANGS.

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Besides the fact that chicken wings are terrible for you, they murder my stomach. I felt it was worth it… and somehow, someway they didn’t bother me too badly. I ate all but 1 and it was worth every bite. When I was about 5 years old, my dad videotaped me singing a song that I just kept yelling “I LOVE CHICKEN WINGS!” while dancing around. I am special. My brother and I went to hang out with some of his friends for awhile followed by watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in bed eating guac and chips.

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I ended up with major knee pain from my treadmill run on Saturday, so bad that I really couldn’t walk on it without almost limping. Have I mentioned how much I HATE THIS WINTER and how it’s destroyed my running fitness?! I had to skip out on my 7 mile run and I really have no idea how I’m going to be ready to run a half marathon in less than a month. BLAH. I went down to visit John’s mom for a bit and played with her new Soda Stream! These things are so cool and of course I want one though I have no need for one. We made diet cola (a little flat tasting) and Country Time lemonade! The lemonade was awesome and way lower calorie and sugar than the real stuff.

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John drove back with me (his mom lives about 40 miles from my parents) and we went to Harry Tuft’s, again, with my brother. This time I had chicken spiedies, which in my opinion are the best in town. Have you ever heard of chicken spiedies? My hometown is where they originated from! It’s basically marinated chunks of chicken on a sub roll, but many places around the town compete for the best marinade. Tuft’s is my personal favorite, but Lupo’s is the most popular. Fun upstate New York facts πŸ˜‰

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That little orange-ish cup is the honey mustard they use on their chicken wings and it’s to die for. The waitress loves me so she gave me a huge to-go cup of it for me to bring back to the city with me! You can’t really buy it in stores other than bulk restaurant stores but the brand is called Cattleman’s. It’s slightly spicy and more of a barbecue honey mustard. It’s just freaking amazing on everything.

We got back to the city really late Sunday night so yesterday was a miserably exhausting day. I was up bright and early this morning to teach my Tuesday morning spin class. I woke up feeling like complete crap because I’m getting a little sick, but I ended up having an amazing class! Always love when that happens. I’ll share my playlist with you guys tomorrow since this post is a little long! πŸ™‚

Have you ever had a drastic hair cut?Β This is pretty drastic for me but it doesn’t feel like it! It just feels like I made the right decision!

What’s your favorite absolutely-terrible-for-you food? I’m talking the one that you only eat once a year, if that!

And let’s redeem ourselves… what’s your favorite super healthy food? I’d say broccoli. I LOVE steamed broccoli and can eat it completely and totally plain!

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15 thoughts on “Baby Fever

  1. Pingback: Baby Fever | artificiallybalanced

  2. I went wing crazy after NYCM. I am now back to banning them as they kill my poor stomach. And I feel oh so much better with that decision.
    Last year my hair was pretty much down to my butt…and now it is above my shoulders! so quite the change I made. but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it short. I have a microscopic ponytail.
    I love every vegetable. But lately definitely on a kale kick. massaged kale salads, sautteed kale with ground turkey…all the kale basically!

    • Wings were basically the sole reason i was 260 pounds years ago! haha they are just too good for words. My ponytail is sooo tiny now, i like it cause i wear my pony tails low on dirty hair days but trying to put it in a bun does not work at all now, only thing im sad about! Still cant join the kale club… ive given it 3 chances now, and it actually really bothers my stomach!

  3. 1. I might just have to go to NYC for the pizza…because I’m sure I haven’t tasted pizza here on the west coast that’s remotely close to the pizza in NY. Need. Pizza. Now.
    2. Your hair looks FAB. I love that length on you, you look so refreshed πŸ™‚
    3. I hate jeans too. I literally only wear them to my job that requires us to wear jeans….I haven’t bought any for at least two years…
    4. Now all I can think about is how perfect of a salad dressing vodka sauce is.
    5. People who don’t like breakfast food are DEF not people at all. When I hear that someone doesn’t eat breakfast, I’m just thinkin’, “DUDE. First of all, eating breakfast is beneficial to your health…and second of all, breakfast food is the GREATEST THING EVER.” Seriously, I couldn’t even imagine. Give me all the bagels, pancakes, French toast, muffins, casseroles, waffles, and I’m a happy camper.
    6. Chicken wings. Hell yeah. That is all.

  4. Love the new hair! I know exactly how you felt before and after the hair cut. I was in the same boat yesterday.

    I love Target so it’s probably a good thing I don’t go there very often!

    That raisin fennel bread has me drooling.

  5. our once a year meal is the 4 course dinner at The Melting Pot, I know they have them in the US too, but not sure about NYC, fondue everything, we love it but you pass out once home from there haha

  6. Your valentines present reminded me of the one I gave hubby. I was going to get him a huge sponge cream cake, but on second thoughts I got him a rock-melon (or cantaloupe) Hope the name is good, I am from Australia, hope its not lost in translation lol

  7. I’m loving reading your blog and going back to old posts!! No baby for you? I’m the same. Love being their for all my friends too πŸ™‚

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