Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quote of the day

Hey there lovers, happy Thursday! I have a busy day ahead of me which consists of running and running around. I leave for Greece tomorrow and I always put packing off until the last minute, which will probably be tonight around 11, some habits I just can't break. It's rainy here in NYC and they are predicting some snow tonight but I say look past the crappy weather and have a productive day.

Today's quote is from an unknown author, it's short and to the point. I love quotes such as this one because sometimes it just takes seeing a tiny sentence to motivate you to be a better you.

Enjoy!

Draw a line. Live above it.
-Unknown 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Better World.


You know I am a junkie for inspiring, motivating commercials, so when my manfriend showed me the new Nike commercial I was elated. The commercial is called Nike Better World and it's made of 100% recycled commericals. Ah, I love it so much I had to share it with you. I actually think my feet are in the commercial after they show Lance Armstrong but I am not quite sure, still waiting for my commercial to drop.

Enjoy!
I have to go workout after watching this.
Live Better, Be Better, and Be Better Together.


Quote of the day.

Hey lovers hope this Wednesday brings you nothing but good vibes. I have a busy and productive day ahead of me, and I hope you have the same. 

Today's quote comes from the hit television show Grey's Anatomy, such a good show and I love how the show always leaves us with a little wisdom. This quote is awesome, it's basically telling us you can't keep putting things on hold because one day time will run out. You don't want to wake up 40 years from now and say I could of, should of, would of about anything. Live with as little regrets as possible. I love it, I hope you dig it as well.

Enjoy!


A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying. 
-Grey's Anatomy




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quote of the day + A Tune.

Happy Tuesday Loves, I am a little sad because it is my last day of work for awhile, so I will enjoy it to the fullest. Last night I had my first coaches meeting for Team in Training, it went really well and I am so excited to get started.

Yesterday I also reached out to Matt Long and the iWill Foundation , I asked to be a part of the Foundation when I compete in my first Ironman Triathlon this August in New Hampshire. Matt got back to me and welcomed me aboard, so this August when I compete in the Timberman, I'll be doing it with iWill, check out the foundation here iwillfoundation. I've found that the best way to find fufillment and happieness in life is by being proactive.
 
Today's quote comes from the band She and Him, which includes one of my favorite ladies Zooey Deschanel. I love this band, their songs are great, lyrics awesome and Zooey's voice is so distinct. The quote I chose is from the song, Me and You, I absolutely love this song and when it came on my iPod this morning one line really stuck out. Sometimes we tend to be hard on ourselves, expecting only the best. We must learn to enjoy the process that is life and know that sometimes things aren't going to go just as planned.

Enjoy!

You've got to be kind to yourself.
-She and Him, Me and You

I also included the song in case you wanted to take a listen.



Monday, March 28, 2011

When in Rome.

So with the end of my manfriend's season approaching we wanted to do something special to celebrate surviving our first year overseas as a couple. I have to say it wasn't that hard, we got through it together and our biggest obstacle was dealing with being homesick, and since we were both dealing with it it was much easier to cope.

We had many discussions on where we should go and we decided that we are going to travel to Italy. We will be visiting Rome and Venice, I am ecstatic about visiting Italy, which has been on the top of my bucket list for quite some time.

To see the history in Rome such as the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica will be awesome. To eat the amazing food, drink their amazing wine, and walk through the streets. We are going during Easter so I am sure the mood will be amazing being so close to the Vatican.

I need to brush up on my Italian, I did take four years worth of Italian in high school but not much has stuck. I've already began preparing for our trip, shopping for an Italian inspired wardrobe, I don't want to come off to touristy, yea I may be a little crazy but when in Rome dress as the Romans do.

 Rome

The Coliseum

Trevi Fountain

Amazingly Devoted.

Last night I caught an episode of 60 Minutes and I am so happy I did. They were doing a story on Bob Hurley who is a high school boy's basketball coach at St. Anthony's in Jersey City, New Jersey. His story was so inspiring and motivating, I felt I had to share it with you.  His commitment to coaching and St. Anthony's is something of a rareity.


Bob Hurley

Here's just a little preview of how amazing Hurley is, over his 39 years coaching he's had all but two kids go onto college, that is an amazing stat. And there is plenty more amazingness (not sure if it's a word but it's the only word that comes to mind after watching his story) that Bob Hurley has accomplished as a coach. So check out the interview and I am sure after you watch you'll be inspired to do something great.

So check out the link below, you'll enjoy it!

Quote of the day.

Oh Monday, you've come to soon! I hope the weekend was productive and fun filled, now it's back to business. I'm sad that I only have two days left of work before I head back to Greece on Friday, I am excited to get back to the manfriend though and enjoy our last month in Athens together. 

Today's quote comes from the famous Coco Chanel,icon and pioneer for women's fashion. This quote is about being different and like I always say don't be affraid to be different, you'll be more memorable.

Enjoy!

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
-Coco Chanel



 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quote of the day + A Clip

Sunday morning rain is falling, steal some covers, share some skin. Ah, I love that Maroon 5 song perfect Sunday song. It is actually a beautiful day in New York and I am getting ready for the busy week ahead. Last few days of work for awhile, packing for Greece, coaches meetings and tons of other stuff. I am excited to get back to Greece because I am the biggest objector of long distance relationships, I am sure my manfriend will be equally happy because I will stop bitching about how much I miss him.

Today being my favorite day of the week, I plan on making it the most productive. Running even though I hate how cold it's been outside. Doing some reading, and running a few errands. Sounds like a good day to me. 

Finding a quote of the day isn't always an easy task, I don't want people to feel like they are reading the same stuff day in and day out. I really try and do my research to find some great quotes to share, I hope I haven't left you bored. The quote I am using today comes from famous UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, he is also known for his quotes and motivational speeches. This quote is one of my favorites from him, I have a book of his which includes tons of quotes and life stories that is definitely worth checking out. 

Enjoy!

"The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out."
— John Wooden
 
I included this clip of John Wooden talking about true success, check it out he has some great things to say.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Inked.

On Thursday night my sister and I headed to Bound for Glory Tattoo Parlor to finally get our matching tats. Let me just say the people that work in the shop are hilarious and the stories we shared were very amusing, especially regarding my first tattoo they did for me a year and a half ago. (Long story, maybe I'll share in a later post.)

We showed them exactly what we wanted, which was the seagull from the cover of our favorite book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. So to correct my brother, NO it is not the Hollister seagull and NO we didn't get a seagull tattoo because Justin Bieber has one. We went with the seagull because of the book JLS and this book has played a very significant role in my sister and my life, so we thought it would be cool to get matching seagulls on our wrists.

I was very surprised with how little it hurt and how quickly it was completed. When it was done, I couldn't believe how great it looked, it looked just like the seagull on the cover of the book. My sister's turn to get inked went just as smooth and the result was also amazing. I think it's really cool that my sister and I have the same tattoo, we will forever be linked.

If you haven't read the book Jonathon Livingston Seagull, you should definitely check it out, it might take you all of an hour or two to read. This book is about testing your limits and not being affraid of being different. Now that I have my own JLS on my wrist it's a reminder to always try and be the best me I can be, to not be affraid of taking the less traveled path, and that being a little different is ok.



“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
-Jonathon Livingston Seagull




Quote of the day.

Saturday I love you, but I don't like this cold weather!!! What's the deal, it's late March and it's 27 degrees in NYC, not what I am looking for. I love the weekends because without having to go into work, I can really focus on improving me, whether that's a run or organizing a closet, everyone needs a little "me" time. I am going to find some time today to run to Barnes and Noble aka heaven, and pick up Bethenny Frankel's new book, A Place of Yes, I am really looking forward to reading it and finding my place of YES.

The quote I am sharing with you today comes from an ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who's main philosophy was the value of cheerfulness. I am a big believer in what Democritus states, I pride myself on being a simple person who's not after material things but rather things like solid relationships and happiness that comes from knowing that I am being the best me that I can be. So when I saw this quote I had to pass it along to you.

Enjoy!

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
-Democritus

Friday, March 25, 2011

Quote of the day.

Loving that it is Friday, I am off from work today because I have some furniture being delivered. They gave me a five hour window for delivery and I am hoping that it comes sooner then later because I am planning on having a really productive day.

Last night my sister and I finally got our tattoos, it was a memorable experience for sure, I'll share it with you guys in a later post. I hope everyone has a wonderful day and I know you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. 

Today's quote comes from Apple founder Steve Jobs. Quotes like this always light a spark within me. The concept of "never settling", is something I greatly believe in. Once you settle life becomes ordinary, and I say why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary. 

Enjoy!

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And to the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
-Steve Jobs
Be the fool on the hill.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

You Can Now Call Me Coach Meg.

It has always been a dream of mine to be a running coach and this dream is actually becoming a reality. I was approached and asked to  coach a team for Team and Training, which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Of course I said yes, this was my chance to fufill a long time dream.

I will be coaching a group of women who are entered in the New York Road Runner's Mini 10k this June, and I couldn't be more excited. So far we have about 40 ladies signed up to run and raise money for LLS. It's a six week program where we will meet once a week for a group run and once a week for optional cross training, I will be giving everyone a training program as well.


 
I am so thrilled to start coaching, and help people achieve their goals. My personal goal is for these women to have as much fun as you can running and make sure they realize how amazing they are for running for a cause.

I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship with coaching, I have a feeling I am going to fall in love with it instantly.

Quote of the day.

Wahoo for Thursday, yes it may be a snowy mess in New York but I am excited for the day ahead! My sister and my nephews are coming up from Cape May, New Jersey for a little visit, and I always get so excited when they come and hang with me. Along with that visit my sister and I are finally getting our seagull tattoos, we've been planning this for quite some time now. I love tattoos and this will be my sixth but I only plan on getting one more after this one, after completing a full Ironman Triathlon, I will get branded with the Ironman logo.

Today's quote is another quote from Dean Karnazes, I am beginning to think me and this guy are on the same wave length. Everyone on the train and Staten Island ferry must think I am crazy as I keep highlighting Dean's book, RUN! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

This quote holds so much truth and if you take anything from it, I hope it's that if you really want something don't be affraid to take a risk and try it. Sure you may fail but through failure there also comes success. Be a beast, take risks, love life and be an adventurer.

Enjoy!

We ofthen think people who achieve great things never fail, that success comes naturally to them. This, of course is a mistake. Truth is that risk-taking breeds failure and failure breeds success.
-Dean Karnazes

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Death of an Icon...Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning due to heart failure, she was 79. Taylor was an Academy Award winning actress and icon that represented the glamour of old Hollywood. She was all about the glitz and became a famous style icon.

She led a very interesting life being a constant topic in the tabloids because of her lifestyle. She had seven husbands and was married eight times (she actually married one of her husbands twice, Richard Burton).

 I will forever remember her iconic commerical for her perfume White Diamonds, where she hands the man a pair of diamond earings and says, "These have always brought me luck." She was badass and knew it.

She will be remembered and it's definitely a sad day when a legend moves on. Her legacy will most certainly live on.



Quote of the day.

Happy Hump Day Lovers, it is a snowy, rainy mess in New York City and I am happy to know that I'll be in sunny Greece in a little over a week. Despite the weather in New York I still plan on having a productive day and I hope you all have a successful day as well.

I know I've already used a quote from the book I currently reading earlier this week, but this book is chock full of great quotes. The book is RUN! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes and even if you aren't a runner like myself you will love this book simply for the words of wisdom Dean instills. With the quote I found today  I actually pulled out my highlighter and had to underline it. This is a subject my manfriend and I always talk about when it comes to achievements and what is most important at the end of the day, it's cool to see that Dean feels the same way. Bottom line is be true to who you are and what you want in life.

Enjoy!

You might be able to fool some people, but you can never fool yourself. Your toughest critic is the one you face every morning in the mirror.
-Dean Karnazes

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Love Remains the Same

Gavin Rossdale's Love Remains the Same has taken over my playlist. I know this song is two years old but I absolutely love it and this acoustic version is so great.

I've been listening to this song a lot lately as I am missing someone very much these days, and there is something about Gavin's voice that is so comforting.

I hope you take a listen and enjoy!


A Few of My Favorite Things (Apartment Edition)

Back in November I blogged about some of my favorite things as seen in this post, A Few of My Favorite Things. Now that the manfriend and I have our own place I have a couple of new favorite things involving our apartment.


So here is a few of my favorite things (apartment edition), I am sure this list will grow as we accumulate more things, but these are a few of my favorite things so far.


Our  Pfaltzgraff Place Settings.
This was quite the steal.  I found this beautiful place setting on Overstock.com, what a great site. I love the variety of colors in the different dishes. The style is very French country, which I adore.
Our Coffee Station.
If you know me, you know that I have a slight addiction to coffee. Having our own coffee maker was a must and it will help me spend less at Starbucks. For Christmas Kyle's mom gave me this huge Starbucks cup that is actually a jar to store coffee, I wish they actually made cups of coffee that big, I'd be in heaven. There is nothing better then waking up in the morning to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee.
Our Kitchen
I am so in LOVE with our kitchen! I can't wait to have people over so Kyle and I can whip up some yummy food for everyone to enjoy. I love to entertain so I feel like this will be happening frequently. With the edition of my grandparents table, this kitchen is so cozy.

Our Bathroom.
I am so in love with our bathroom, it really has such character. I love the color scheme and all the bathroom accessories that make this bathroom spectacular, yes bathrooms can be spectacular.

So these are just a few of things in our new place that make me fall in love with our home more and more each day. I can't wait to see this list grow!

Quote of the day.

Happy Tuesday Loves, hope it's a great one! I had such a productive Monday and I am hoping Tuesday will be equally productive.

Today's quote is by Margaret Mead an anthropologist. I am a big believer in giving back to your community and this quote talks about just that.

Enjoy!

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
-Margaret Mead

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Little Piece of History.

This week I recieved something from my parents that I consider a prized possession, a kitchen table. Now this isn't just any kitchen table, it's a table with quite a bit of history.

My parents told me they had a table in storage that might look good in the manfriend's and my new apartment, when I first saw it all I could see was a dusty piece of wood. Then my mom told me the history and this dusty piece of wood became rather charming.

 This table was my grandparent's first kitchen table, they purchased it when they were newlyweds. They then passed it down to my mom and dad who used it as their dining room table, after their family began to expand my parents gave the table to my uncle who actually used it as a work bench. Years later my uncle returned the table to my parents and it sat in storage until my sister and brother-in-law moved into their  first apartment. They used the table until they purchased a bigger table, then they gave the table to my brother and sister-in-law, I think you see the pattern here. When my brother purchased a bigger table he gave the table back to my parents and there it sat in storage until this very weekend.

We brought the table over to the apartment and cleaned it up with lemon oil and it looks good as new but better. It's better because there is a history with this table, the fact the my sister, brother and I all had it in our possession is something special and to think that my grandparents sat at this table when they were just starting out as well as my parents is something very magical and romantic.

The table actually goes perfectly with the rest of our place and I promise to take good care of it. I'm interested to see where this piece of McCarrick history ends up next, until then I will enjoy it.

A little piece of history.


Quote of the day.

Happy Monday and happy first full day of Spring, I am excited for what the season will bring, as I find it the most beautiful time of year in New York. I hope everyone's weekend was awesome, I had a great weekend, got in some quality running, our apartment is really coming together and I got to enjoy some intense March Madness basketball games. This week starts some serious training for my Half Ironman and Half Marathon, two big goals that I can't wait to conquer.

Today's quote is from Tennessee Williams, a famous playwright. I found this quote of his in a book I just started reading by Dean Karnazes called, RUN! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss. At the beginning of each chapter he starts off with a quote, that's my kind of book.  The quote by Tennessee is short but very profound, I couldn't agree more with his philosophy on life and how it definitely a daring adventure.

Enjoy.

Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.
-Tennessee Williams



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quote of the day.

It's Sunday Lovers and man do I loves Sundays. It is another gorgeous day in NYC, it may not be 70 degrees but Spring is definitely in the air. I can't wait to enjoy  a nice run in the park, it's a perfect way to start my day. I hope your day is filled with great things. A big congrats to the guys of Ikaros basketball who took home the win last night against Peristeri in Greece. My manfriend had a solid game and I am really proud of him, I wish I was there to see him in action.

 March Madness Basketball is killing me, like I told you in an  earlier post called,March Madness, I live for this time of year but the teams that I thought would be going far into the tournament are getting their butts kicked by teams that weren't expected to do much. I guess that's the beauty of March Madness, anything can happen. But because anything can happen my brackets aren't looking to good this morning, let's hope today's round of games will be a little kinder on me. With that said go Notre Dame, kill it out there.

Also a big Good Luck to everyone competing in the New York City Half Marathon this morning, the weather is great and you are prepared. I have a bunch of friends running in this race and I am so proud of them.

Today's quote is by authors Richard Leider and Steve Buchoz from their book titled, The Rustout Syndrome. I came across this quote and it really stuck with me. There isn't much to explain about this quote, all I will tell you is that I hope you remain passionate about the things you love, life is to short to be routine. 

Enjoy!


There's a silent killer that stalks America (and the rest of the world). It's called "rustout" and it's far more deadly and scary than burnout. Sure, burnout can wear down your body, but rustout can wipe out your soul and your spirit. Rustout is the slow death that follows when we stop making the choices that keep life alive. It's the feeling of numbness that comes from always taking the safe way, never accepting new challenges, continually surrendering to the day-to-day routine. Rustout means we are no longer growing, but at best, are simply maintaining. It implies that we have traded the sensation of life for the security of a paycheck...Rustout is the opposite of burnout. Burnout is overdoing. Rustout is underbeing.
-Richard Leider and Steve Buchhoz, The Rustout Syndrome

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quote of the day.

It's a beautiful day in New York, I am loving this weather. I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend, be productive, have some fun and relax, you deserve it. Today I've been doing some apartment work and I must say it really is coming along, I can't wait for the manfriend to see it.

Today's quote is from the television show, The Wonder Years. It was such a great show and when I found this quote I had to use it. This quote holds so much truth, and if you get anything out of it I hope it's that you follow your heart and have passion in your life.

Enjoy!

When you're a little kid, you're a little bit of everything. Artist, scientist, athlete, scholar... Sometimes it seems like growing up is the process of giving those things up. One by one. I guess we all have one thing we regret giving up. One thing we really miss. That we gave up because we were too lazy or, we couldn't stick it out or, because we were afraid. 
-The Wonder Years

Friday, March 18, 2011

100% For Japan

I had to share this with you, today on Forever21.com 100% of what you spend online goes towards Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Relief. I thought this was so amazing for them to be doing this for the people of Japan who need our help more then ever.


So go onto Forever21.com and purchase something today and 100% of the proceeds go towards relief in Japan. They have tons of cute stuff for the spring and summer seasons and the prices are fantastic. Knowing that you are spending for a great cause might push you to buy a little more.

Happy Shopping!


Quote of the day.

Happy Beautiful Friday here in New York City, I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this amazing weather. I'm so happy it's Friday, it has been a long busy week and I am looking forward to a nice weekend filled with running, relaxing, March Madness Basketball, tracking my manfriend's game in Greece and maybe a Skinny Girl Margarita or two.

Tonight I am going to enjoy a few drinks with my cousin Lyndsay because we do not spend enough time together, and I really enjoy her company.

Today's quote comes from the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I love this quote and the passion it possesses. I know it's hard to always live by this concept, because sometimes life can get a little messy  but to take the chance and try living this way would make life a little more exciting.


Enjoy!

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that. Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.
- Fahrenheit 451

Thursday, March 17, 2011

500 Days of Summer.

I wish summer was 500 days long as it is my favorite season but since it's only a few short months my manfriend and I like to get the most out of the warm weather. With that being said we like to plan out our summer adventures in advance, giving us a lot to look forward to during the busy winter and spring months.

So here is a look at what we have in store for summer 2011. I'm excited to go on more adventures with my guy and become my favorite travel companion.

Back to Greece.
I am only back in New York for a few weeks before I head back to Greece for the last time. We decided at the end of the season as treat to surviving our first year overseas we will visit one of the Greek Islands. Our top choices are Mykonos or Santorini. I have heard nothing but good things about both places and both islands are gorgeous.

 Santorini.

Mykonos.

Tampa.
I am really looking forward to this trip and visiting Kyle's grandma. Last year we were unable to make it down there and I was bummed. Tampa is so nice and relaxing, Kyle's grandma is unbelievable and so is her cooking. So to get down there for a long weekend is a must.

Beach in Tampa.


Long Beach Island
This is a McCarrick family tradition and it is definitely the highlight of my summer, Long Beach Island. Every year my family rents a house down the Jersey Shore, and no it's not the MTV "Jersey Shore", LBI is a great beach town which is very family oriented. I love LBI and being able to relax with my family, drinking tiki tea's and bbq. This year is going to be great with the new addition of baby (****), I'm so excited.

Long Beach Island.

Making Our Apartment a Home.
Now that the manfriend will be back in the States with me, we will really be able to enjoy our new place and set it up. A lot is already done, but I can't wait to take trips into Manhattan shopping for pieces that will our apartment more homey. I also can't wait to entertain, which everyone knows I love to do. This is adventure I've been waiting for for a long time.


Our First Place.

Brooklyn Promenade
This is one of New York City's gems, the Brooklyn Promenade in Brooklyn Heights is one of my favorite places to visit. My dream is to one day live in Brooklyn Heights, so I could have the Promenade and all is it has to offer at my finger tips. Now with the completion of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, I can't wait to spend a lazy Sunday there with my manfriend.

Brooklyn Promenade.

New Hampshire for the Timberman Ironman
This will be quite the adventure in New Hampshire. I will be fufilling one of my childhood dreams this August by completing a Half Ironman Triathlon. I am so nervous, excited and pumped for experience and my manfriend will be there to cheer me one.



The Bungalow
Since I am really bad at keeping surprises, I already cracked ant told the manfriend part of his birthday present. His birthday isn't until July, that's how bad at keeping surprises, now he knows and I think he's excited. I booked us a little getaway to Long Branch New Jersey. Long Branch is a really nice beach town only 40 minutes away from New York. We will be staying at the hip Bungalow Hotel, I've wanted to stay at this beach side resort since I saw them designing it on the Bravo show Nine By Design. It should be a relaxing day at the beach followed by a yummy dinner and drinks.

The Bungalow.

Hartshorne Woods Trail Run
Last year I signed Kyle and I up to run the Hartshorne Woods Trail Run, which is a brutal seven mile trail run in the trails of Hartshorne Woods in New Jersey. This was Kyle's first trail run and even though he seemed a little nervous at the beginning of the race, he shocked everyone when he came in 2nd place overall in the race. I was sure to let everyone know that he wasn't even a runner. This year we will hit the trail again and who knows maybe he'll come in first, with Kyle that isn't a long shot.

Hartshorne Woods.

Sunday's in the City
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is walk around the city streets of Manhattan. Getting a great lunch and window shopping with my manfriend. Last year we explored so much of the city, but there is so much left to explore. Once we get back from Greece we are going to treat ourselves to dinner at either The Standard or Peter Luger's Steak House. And there will definitely be walks up Bleecker Street, my favorite Street in NYC.

Bleecker Street, NYC.

Cape May
This is my sister's last summer living down in Cape May, New Jersey before her and her family move up to New Hampshire. Because of this the manfriend and I are going to try and get down frequently to enjoy this beautiful beach town, and the added bonus of getting to spend time with my sister and my awesome nephews.

Cape May, New Jersey.

Possible Trips.

These are trips that may or might not happen, it all depends on our busy schedules.

Myrtle Beach

D.C

Notre Dame

Chicago

The Biggest Adventure
Our biggest adventure will be at the end of the summer when we find out where we will be living next year. This is always nerve racking and exciting at the same time. The thought that it really could be living anywhere is so crazy. This year being in Greece has taught us both so much and definitely made me a stronger person. I'm  excited for our next journey because I know we are in this together and that makes it that much sweeter.

Oh the possiblities.

Quote of the day.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Lovers, it's a beautiful day in New York City, perfect weather for a parade. I am at work but will be celebrating tonight with my family, having a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, along with enjoying a Guinness beer. I hope you all enjoy the day, even if you aren't of Irish descent you can still be Irish for the day.

Today's quote is obviously an Irish one, I am a huge fan of Irish Blessings and I've used them a couple of times on the site as quotes of the day. This Blessing is probably one of the most recognized out of all Irish Blessings, I hope you love it like I do.

Enjoy and Happy St. Patty's Day!



May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
_Irish Blessing
 
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