Thursday, September 27, 2012
Commandeered from another sparker- feel free to fill it out too!
1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?
Smell of fires, leaves and cold air. And leaves changing colors. And camping. I love fall!
2. What do you hope to do again before Summer is officially over?
Go camping (although summer is officially over now)
3. When did you last go on a hay ride?
When I was like 10
4. What is your favorite pumpkin dish?
Pumpkin seeds... I'm not really a pumpkin person...
5. Do you decorate your home for fall?
No. I don't like undecorating afterwards... We do have a Christmas tree, so we're not entirely un-festive
6. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they?
Not really, I try to get in a camping trip or 2 and do as many outdoor activities before I hibernate
7. Apple cider or hot chocolate?
Apple cider with spiced rum. Yum! But chocolate everything else
8. Are you a fan of football? If so, who is your team?
I'm a Redskins fan, so it's hard to stay excited...
9. Share a fond Fall memory.
We had our engagement pictures taken during a camping trip with my SIL, BIL and niece (SIL is a professional photographer). We did some hiking and got some awesome pictures. And great food and a huge fire. The guys ended up having an ax throwing contest, which was pretty funny. Too much testosterone...
10. It’s not Fall until…
I start wearing socks with my birkenstocks (yes, I know it's a fashion faux pas, but I do it anyways)
and I start making soup weekly
Monday, September 24, 2012
1 week ago, we got home from our vacation. 1 week and 1 day ago is that last day that I got some actual exercise in (no counting walking after lunch...). What is wrong with me?? While on vacation, I over-drank and over-ate, but got in plenty of exercise and came back feeling pretty good about it. And now it's been a week. I've been eating more to fill the time spent lounging around and I have no energy. A double-edged sword- no energy to exercise, but it's because I haven't been exercising! I already feel a difference in my energy levels, the extra fluff around my body, and the extra pounds I've added (4 pounds!!). I know a lot it is water weight, but I feel like a slug right now!
Okay, mini-rant over.
Today, I have plans to meet my husband at the gym after work to do some strength training and a short run. We plan to run tomorrow at the park near our house. I need the extra motivation of having someone exercise with me to get me back into the game. I will no undo all of the hard work I've put in this year! I need to stick with my goals and get through the holidays while sticking to my plan.
Anyone else ever have a random off-week??
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Seriously awesome vacation! We had always gone camping on our dating anniversary and this year decided to go to the Grand Canyon for our first wedding anniversary. Vegas is more exciting than Phoenix, so we decided to fly there and spend part of our time in Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon. We didn't gamble much and did a ton of walking around, saw the Bellagio fountain, lots of sightseeing (and people watching!), saw the Hoover Dam and went to a comedy show.
When we got to the Grand Canyon, we stayed at Mather Campground on the South Rim. We woke up at 5am to hit the trail bright and early. (btw- it is cold at the canyon rim and hot inside the canyon. This isn't explicitly stated enough, so pack accordingly!).
We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground ~7 miles. We also walked around a lot when we got there. Phantom Ranch is also down by the river and they had a little kitchen and store (= victory Tecate!). To beat the heat, we woke up at 4am to start the hike back up. We hiked up Bright Angel Trail for a change of scenery. Not gonna lie- kinda freaky hiking with a headlamp with a cliff next to the trail! The last 3.5 miles of the trail was brutal. Tons of switchbacks, not very much shade and total leg leg murder.
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