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Weekend Wrapup

How is it August already??

Thursday night I had a b-school alumni event – a fellow alumnus owns a minor league baseball team, the Akron RubberDucks, which was playing in the area and he was able to set us up with two suites at the stadium! It was a really great event with great turnout – and was my first visit to Harrisburg. The alumni office staff was even awesome enough to arrange to have a birthday message for my mom put up on the jumbo-tron before I could get to it! They must have been reading my mind becuase they emailed me about it the morning after I googled how to get the message up there. 

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After b-school my friends scattered all around the world. There’s a group of six of us who have been pretty good about keeping in touch with each other via Skype but we haven’t been able to get together in person often. Although we weren’t able to get the whole group together, we had a small girls’ weekend this past weekend.

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I have a thing for watching planes land. The closer the better.

D just moved back to the States from Indonesia, I took the train up, and we spent the weekend up at C’s place in Connecticut for some much needed girl time. We had a nice bonfire in C’s backyard Friday night and were able to FaceTime with A (who is living in Africa!) on Saturday morning. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get in with the other two girls, but it was still great to get “together” and feel like old times. And I can’t express just how great it was to sleep past 5:00am on a Saturday. I skipped my long run this weekend and am absolutely unapologetic about it. 

Photo Aug 01, 6 44 42 PMWe explored Connecticut all weekend and were pleasantly surprised by the Yale Art Gallery – we weren’t sure how extensive it would be, but it was really quite amazing. I’m not a huge fan of museums (overdosed on them when I was in Russia), but it was still really impressive. 

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And Saturday night we had some super yummy Pakistani food. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it (you can start with this bit of deliciosity) 

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I was super happy to come home yesterday to see my pepper plants doing amazingly well. I harvested a few early-season peppers (yes, I live that far north that I’m still harvesting early season peppers) last week but all of the plants really took off this past week. My big berthas (below) are easily 9″ long and are just about ready to come off. They’re insanely huge and I can’t wait to stuff them. 

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Fall’s a comin!

I just booked my room for the Army Ten Miler!! So excited to actually run it this year! 🙂

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We’re staying outside of the district and just taking the metro in to save on costs. However, that means we were able to get a room with a kitchen! Yay for no sketchy, gastrointestinally-questionable pre-race meals (and not having to jerry-rig a coffee maker in a bathroom – ew – as a toaster).


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Busy Long Weekend!

So although I talk about running on here a lot, I promise I do have a life. It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here, and the move made it even more harried, but here’s what I’ve been up lately to when not running!

Two weekends ago I organized an alumni night for my b-school at the Bowie Baysox, an AA-affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. It’s the first time we’ve ever tried a non-networking social event and had no idea whether or not alumni would embrace the idea. Turns out they did! Here’s some of us down by the field.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore opened its new Blacktip Reef exhibit and we got an after-hours peek!

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upside down jellies

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all of that coral was hand-made!

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this little longhorn cowfish is kind of a camera whore. every time she sees a flash she comes running and poses 🙂 sometimes she’ll even blow kisses 🙂

I found out that our local greeting card store is selling Christmas ornaments and Halloween decorations… in July… *groan*

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And Husband and I spent the day yesterday at Six Flags Great Adventure! There’s nothing better than riding roller coasters all day, and that’s exactly what we did! It was a gorgeous day to be outside and screaming. My throat’s a little sore from all the screaming and my arms are a little bruised from Kingda Ka, but it was a great day. If you love coasters and haven’t been on Kingda Ka, you have to go ride it. It’s really more of a thrill ride than a true coaster, but it’s great.  It’s the world’s tallest (456 ft) and the second fastest, launching you from 0-128mph in 3.5 seconds! The entire ride only lasts 25 seconds, but if you can manage to keep your eyes open it’s a great view from the top! In fact, if you love coasters, this park has got some of the best (El Toro was voted the best wooden coaster in 2012, Nitro was voted third best for the past 7 years). We’re planning another trip later in the summer and I can’t wait :):)

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Kingda Ka

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Looking straight down 456 ft!