A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, October 28, 2016

I'm back!

I'm back!

You didn't even know I was gone, did you? Well, I don't like to broadcast that we are away from home. I would prefer to let you know I was gone rather than I am gone.

On Wednesday, Paul and I traveled to NYC to see a live taping of our favorite Survivor Podcast- Survivor Know It Alls!

I'll have a recap of that coming soon... and a recap of my Central Park Run! Woot!

But the short story is... I GOT TO MEET ROB CESTERNINO!!!!

And I had an awesome 8 mile run in Central Park on Thursday morning!

There's so much more to say, so stay tuned! I just need some time to get my thoughts down on paper and my pictures edited!

Even though we were only gone 26 hours, we missed our kitties! There is really no place like home.

You'll never guess what happened two days before we left. I discovered my wallet was missing! I finally tracked it down at the grocery store. I left it at the register and didn't even discover it was missing until the next day. It was so scary because obviously I need my drivers license and credit card to travel! But I found it and it's safe. Whew.

I was considering running a 5 miler tomorrow but I'm just not feeling it. I may wake up raring to go, but I'll more than likely just sleep in!

Oh, one last thing! Last night Paul and I were minding out own business... I was blogging, he was playing Guitar Hero. At precisely 6:01pm the doorbell rang. It was this big kid in like a burlap sack with a pointy hood kind of like the KKK. It was freaky! I didn't answer the door. Then I looked across the street and saw a bunch of girls walking toward our house dressed like cats. It was Trick or Treat night! I thought it was Monday but it was last night!

So we grabbed our bowl of candy (luckily it has been ready for weeks and no I hadn't eaten any of it) and got to work. We sat in our carport with our bowls of candy and played spooky music.

I was surprised because kids were taking HANDFULS of candy. One kid took like 5 pencils! I DON'T HAVE AN UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF PENCILS! After we started running out of goodies, I told kids to only take one. "Just one!?" they asked. I was surprised. I feel like the polite thing to do is just follow the directions of the person handing out the candy! Although maybe that's the teacher in me...

Around 7:30 things really died down so we set the bowl out on our front stoop and went inside. There was probably like 20 pieces of candy left in the bowl. 5 minutes later, it was all gone. Someone must have taken all of it! What the heck!?

I guess we are too trusting. Is that what it is? One thing's for sure, Paul and I need to learn the Trick or Treat etiquette for next year!

That's it for today! I hope you have a great weekend planned!
What did I miss while I was gone?
Tell me what you do for Trick or Treat and what we did wrong!
Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

Thursday, October 27, 2016


This is one of those random surveys I found on Facebook! I hope your week started off well!

Tattoos- ZERO. I’m not really a “never say never” person, but I really think in this case it is safe to say I will never  get a tattoo. I simply don’t trust myself to choose a tattoo that I would like for the rest of my life. I have a pretty epic scar from the second time Chrissy bit me, and I brag that now I don’t need a tattoo because my undying love for my cats is already permanently encapsulated on m body!

Piercings- 4. I got my ears pierced around second grade. I got my cartilage pierced in eighth grade but eventually my ear started growing OVER the earring! My dad had to rip my earring out with pliers- not kidding! That’s what happens when you get your ears pierced at the mall. About 5 years ago, I got my cartilage pierced again at an actual piercing establishment and I have never had any problems with it. When I was 22 I got my navel pierced and I am going to rock that as long as possible!

Marriages- 1. 8 years and counting!

Divorces- 0

Surgeries- 1. I had a plica removed from my knee a couple years ago. I wish I hadn’t done it. I don’t think the plica was actually what was causing me trouble, and I don’t want to talk about this in more detail because it makes me so angry!

Been to jail- No, but I have visited people in jail.

Shot a gun- No, and I hope I never have to!

Quit a job- I quit a job as a waitress when I was 16. I could not handle it!

Flown on a plane- Yes, and I hate it so much!

Hit a deer- No, thank goodness!

Gone zip lining- No, and at this point, I have no desire to!

Skipped school- I skipped some classes in college but I never skipped school in high school or anything like that.

Watched someone give birth- No.

Watched someone die- No.

Been in Canada- Yes, about 10 years ago. Paul and I were in Buffalo for the weekend to see a game. We drove across the border (this was back before you needed a passport) and saw Niagara Falls. We also went up a tall building to look over the falls. I forget what the building was called. We were only in Canada for a couple hours... and that is the only time I ever left the country!

Rode in an ambulance- Yes, when I was 14 I fell off my bike and got knocked unconscious! There was a 70th birthday party for my Grandpa going on at our house. The party was wrapping up and I had to return some videos to the video store. It was only a couple blocks away so I rode my bike there. As I was slowing down in front of the store, I remember losing my balance and tipping over. It was sooooo dumb! The last thing I thought before I blacked out was, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to look so stupid..." When I woke up, there were people crowded all around me. I heard someone say, "Who is her mother?" I tried to say my mom's name but it was hard to talk. They asked me to lift my legs and I lifted them straight up in the air. I wanted to prove I wasn't paralyzed! They took my to the hospital and besides a cut on the back of my head I was fine. **Note: This was back before people wore helmets!!!**

Been downhill skiing- Yes, I skied a lot in high school! I was pretty good at it. I have not skied since college, and now that I'm a runner, I probably won't ever ski again. I could totally see myself getting hurt!

Rode on a motorcycle- Yes, I rode on the back of my uncle's Harley once. I liked it when we were going slow but not when we were going fast. Never again!

Rode a horse- I know I rode a horse on our 5th grade field trip to Camp Hebron and I swear my parents took me riding once as a child. A really wanted to ride horse when I was a kid.

Stayed in a hospital- Yes, lots of times with Paul!

Donated blood- Yes, I donated in high school and college. I actually haven't donated since college and I am ashamed of that. I really hate needles and the last time I gave blood I almost passed out. It was not a fun experience. Still, it is something I should do.

Rode in the back of a police car- No.

Done charity work- I can't think of anything, but I am sure I have!? We donate money to charities.

Picked up a hitchhiker- NO!!!!!

Rode on a train- Yes, it's a great way to travel! Oh, and my dad works for Amtrak! We are taking it to NYC soon. I'm excited to sit back, relax, and not worry about driving!

Camped in a tent- I'm sure you have already guessed that I'm not much of a camper! We camped as a family growing up, which I think I liked. I went the summer before college with friends. And that is the last time I camped!

Danced in the rain- Yes, so romantic, right!?

Went streaking- No, but I want to do this race!
Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Do you donate blood?
Please tell me you never picked up a hitchhiker...
Answer some of these questions for me!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Fun Day At Knoebels!

On Saturday, my family and I went to Knoebels for Hallo-Fun! Along for the fun were my Mom and Dad, older brother Julian, younger brother Tyler, his wife Debby, and their three kids: Ellie, Clementine, and Clark.

This is basically going to be a glorified photo dump of our trip, with some little anecdotes sprinkled in!

I got to ride up with Tyler's family. It was nice not to have to drive! I chatted with Debby the whole way.

When we arrived, it was chilly! The parking lot was windy!

You will notice a theme with Clem's pictures... She never looked particularly happy!

The first thing we did was get some pizza. Priorities!

 I promised Debby I would take a lot of photos of her. Normally she is taking the photos and is never in them!

 While Knoebels has some great rides for kids and adults, I wasn't there to ride rides. I wanted to see my nieces squeal and have fun!

Knoebels is always beautiful, but it's especially beautiful in the fall.

I feel like Ellie may be too big for this one next year! 


 My fam! I love them so much!

Tyler was super excited because he thought maybe Ellie would be 42 inches this year and would be able to ride the best coaster in the park- The Phoenix! At 42 inches, you can ride it with an adult. Ellie just turned 4 a couple weeks ago.

At first she wasn't sure she wanted to ride it, so she pretended she wasn't tall enough. THAT FACE!

But she rode it and she LOVED IT!!!! Then she rode it again and sat in the back seat- which was A LOT more wicked. She was a little frantic during that ride but was laughing by the time it was over.

 Doesn't Clementine look EVIL?????
This makes me laugh so hard!!!!

I took Ellie and Clementine on the carousel. This picture was taken before the ride started. 

As soon as I strapped them both in, Ellie looked at me seriously and said, "Hold on to Clem." 

"Should I hold on to you?" I asked Ellie. 

"No!" she laughed, as if that was the silliest question in the world.

Debby! SHE WAS THERE!!!!

It was so fun to see my older brother! I haven't been to Knoebels with him in a long time!

He doesn't ride rides anymore but he did eat pretty much everything in the park!

Clementine rode around in the wagon like a princess...

Grandpa and Clark

We had to have some fun with Snapchat. Ellie LOVED this filter!

And my brother never really knew what Snapchat was, so I showed him!

Tyler convinced Ellie to go in the Haunted House. The Haunted House at Knoebel's is NO JOKE!! I thought she'd be crying by the end but she took it like a champ! Take a look...

Speaking of food, my new favorite is KETTLE CORN. Oh my gosh, why is it so good?

 Ellie rode the Kiddie Whip all by herself. Look how proud and stoic she is!

Debby and her little bear, Clark!

He was a good boy all day.

He even got to nap in the wagon.

These pictures of Ellie crack me up...

The last thing we always do before we leave Knoebels is ride the train. During Hallo-Fun, they have lots of spooky decorations throughout the ride through the woods!

This was one of the best days I had with my family in a long time!
Do you like kettle corn?
What are your favorite rides at Knoebels or at the park you like to go to?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Beautiful Fall Run!

Sunday was an absolutely perfect Pennsylvania fall day. The sun was shining, it was a little windy, and the trees were extremely colorful!

I decided I'd be doing a disservice to myself if I didn't run somewhere other than my neighborhood! I parked at Lower Allen Park (less than 10 minutes away) and went for a beautiful run along the Yellow Breeches Creek.

For local folks, here was my run:

McCormick, right on Arcona, left on Lisburn, right on Klinedinst, left on Hertzler, left on Mt. Allen, right on McCormick, left on McCormick.

If you live in the area, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ROUTE!

Can you imagine anything more perfect!?
I saw two deer! (Not pictured.)

Check out one of the coolest yards on McCormick road!

The bridge across the Yellow Breeches at Wharf Road:





Yellow Breeches:

I broke my running glasses, that is why I have my "fashionable" ones on.

What is fall like in your neck of the woods?
Tell me about one of your most gorgeous running routes!