This weekend was a short run on the schedule, so I had a lot of free time and it turned out to be the perfect Rhode Island summer weekend. My perfect weekend kicked off Friday afternoon, when an Uber car dropped off free ice cream sandwiches right to my house. These weren’t just Drumsticks, they were giant cookie-wiches from our local ice cream shop.

Uber Ice Cream

After work, I met some friends for dinner at Mei Mei in Boston. I’ve been hearing the buzz about this place for a long time so I’m glad I finally went because they have a really fun menu. This is their signature item, the Double Awesome – a scallion pancake with a fried egg, pesto, and cheddar inside.


Then we capped off the night at Publick House. By the way, we drove into the city and found street parking, but didn’t have any change. We were running late for dinner so we just risked it. It’s only fitting that the city of Boston left me a parting gift:


It was only $25, so I consider that generous.

On Saturday, my friends hosted an Olympics games competition. I was a referee in the kayaking event but I also tried out hula hooping:


I would not have scored highly. It was also a gorgeous day to be at the beach, as you can see.

After the Olympics, a quick nap at home and then we met up with friends for a minor league baseball game. This guy was there, but he decided not to dance that day.


Then on Sunday, I had zero plans. Zero! And I loved it. I just lazed around the house and I didn’t even do any chores. It was glorious. This perfect weekend turned out to be one of many upcoming goodbyes to my New England, because earlier that week I got some huge news: I accepted a job in Washington, DC. I will be out of this apartment on August 31.

In January, I set a goal for myself that I’d move to DC by December. I’ve been traveling to DC a lot this summer for work, and worked in a lot of networking meetings while I was there. I didn’t expect to get the first job I applied for, so I beat my deadline by a longshot.

I’m feeling all of the feels right now. Other than 2 years in college in New Orleans and my  summer internship, I’ve lived in New England (CT/MA/RI) with seven years in Providence. I love this little city, and could live here here forever but there was no more room for career growth. I’m taking the plunge now while there’s no house or kid to worry about. Bear with me, cuz the next 5 weeks of my #FarewellTour will be full of sentimental-ness, goodbyes, and “This is the last time I’ll ever _____”.

Goodbye Rhode Island, hello new adventures.

Senator selfies and marathon updates

I’m nearly at the halfway point of Marine Corps Marathon training. I’ve already done a 14.5 mile long run, and have a 17 coming up next week. It’s so close!
The weather the past couple of weeks has not been very hospitable for running – the air has been so thick and humid, it’s like running through mud. When I did my 14 miler, it was 85 degrees by the time I finished. I got a little heat-break during a mid-week running group run, where we ran through a thunderstorm. Fun times.
I was recently in DC and stayed at the Fairmont hotel, where they offer a service where you can rent workout clothes. I try to bring only a carry-on for a week long trip, so every bit of space helps and I was excited to try it out. Plus it was only $10 per stay, and you get to keep the socks. The package included a top, capri pants, socks and sneakers all by Reebok.
Nothing crazy and fashion-forward, since they have to appeal to everyone. I thought the pants were very mom-ish and wouldn’t have picked these out in the store, but I guess they looked okay.
Fairmont Fit outfit
I thought the purple/yellow combo on the shirt was cute; another thing I wouldn’t have picked for myself. The shirt was flattering, so I’d buy it from the sale rack, but not for the $40 full price they were asking. In the morning, I just left the worn clothes in the basket they came in, and housekeeping replaced them with new clothes when I came back after work. Pretty cool. Definitely worth the money. I wasn’t sure what to do with the socks – would they wash them? Would they charge me $10 again? So I just washed them myself in the sink.
I didn’t mean for this to turn into a review, so here’s a selfie from last week I met beloved Senator & former Newark Mayor Cory Booker. He’s the nicest guy and selfies are his thing:
cory booker selfie

Vegan Green Tea Cupcakes with Midori Spring Matcha

Hey guys! It’s good to be home. I was on travel and even though it feels like forever since I’ve had a home cooked meal (ok, a little over a week) I really wanted to bake something.

The folks at Midori Spring sent me their Organic Matcha Powder to review, and I knew I had to bake something with it.

midori spring matcha powder

** I received this product for review, though all opinions are my own. **

I don’t know about you, but I love anything Green Tea flavored. I’ve just never tried making it myself until now. The day after I got home, I put together this recipe for Vegan Green Tea Cupcakes with Coconut Glaze.

I made it vegan simply because I came home from a trip and didn’t need to buy any eggs or milk. On its own, the tea has a soft matcha flavor with a hint of almond/nutty flavor which is why I paired it with almond and coconut. If you don’t have almond extract, you can just use vanilla but I think almond is the best complement. The powder is very finely milled but you should definitely sift it when you are baking, just to make sure it distributes evenly.


Vegan Green Tea Cupcakes with Coconut Glaze

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Marathon Training – 12 miles

Can you believe it’s July and about to be July 4th?
I was out of town last week and stayed at a Kimpton hotel for the first time. The room came with a yoga mat, how cute is that? They also had on-demand yoga and fitness videos and the room was actually large enough that there was room for me to use it, haha. I’ve been in many hotel rooms where there was not a yoga mat’s worth of open space. I was able to put on a video and get a stretch session on.
complimentary yoga mat at kimpton hotel
The hotel also had these adorable bikes to rent for free but it the bike was too big for me so I didn’t get to try it out.
bike rental at Kimpton hotel
On my way out of town I stopped by Astro Doughnuts and brought home a 6-pack home for the fam. We loooove doughnuts. Even though my flight was delayed 2 hours, I didn’t eat a single one. Super hero status.
Astro Doughnuts
Astro Doughnuts
I came home Friday night and woke up at 6 am Saturday for my 12 miler. Yep, I’m already getting into the “crazy” distances. I made it to mile 9 before I started feeling a tiny twinge of knee pain and by mile 10 I had to stop running altogether. I walked the last two miles. Now remember, Coach Jeff’s plan has me doing the long runs at 15:00 minutes per mile by doing 15 seconds run/45 seconds run intervals. If I can’t even walk 12 miles without pain, how am I going to run/walk 26?? This gives me so much anxiety about being able to finish the marathon.
Before I started physical therapy, I couldn’t go 1 mile without intense knee pain so at least now I can go 9 miles. That is my only tiny shred of optimism – that by October that 9 miles will stretch to 26. But seriously. I have anxiety about it. I’m not going to physical therapy anymore but I am trying to keep up with my leg exercises. I wonder if I should try orthotics or a knee strap.
On Friday I’m running a 5k – Finish at the 50 at Gillette Stadium and it will be my third 5k of the year. My first two 5ks were sucky, and this one I know is going to suck too. It’s in the evening, and part of the course involves going up all of the stadium ramps. You know how if people who have OCD and they touch something but it doesn’t feel “right” it drives them nuts? I’m starting to feel that way about my last three (almost 4) races. I’m annoyed that I haven’t had a good race since last year. Please please please let me knee get better!