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The Showerette: Part II

by agirlandhermutt on October 9, 2014

The last time we chatted I left off with me eating cupcakes, sipping champagne and slipping into a wonderful sugar coma in Newport, RI.

You can read more about Day 1 of my excellent showerette weekend here.

Day 2 came bright and early. We had to get 10 girls up and ready to go for a 9am workout. But it wasn’t any workout. It was SURFSET! I have probably read about a million things about this type of workout after seeing them on SharkTank, but had yet to give it a try. Karen arranged for us to have a private SurfSet class at Floor Time Studios in Middletown, RI, which was about a 10 minute drive from our B&B.

Our group said our good-byes to my friend, Jess (kid obligations!), but gained Tina (another Mom friend). Tina is currently training for NYC Marathon that she will be running ON her 40th birthday. We saw her running as we were lazily driving to the studio. Tina is the one who famously ran to the start line of The Color Run and then proceeded to turn back to our car after the run. I constantly remind her that this is really annoying to me. ;)

I was going to do a fun little recap of the class in this post, but I quickly realized that I have a TON more to say about not only SurfSet workout, but FloorTime Studios, in general. I’ll do a review of the workout and studio soon!

But let me say this…I LOVED IT! I wish I could go back all of the time!

The folks at FloorTime were super nice and everyone really enjoyed the hour class. And we all shared in our soreness later too. ;)

After class we rushed back to the B&B to get ready for brunch and the rest of our day. We had about 1 hour for 10 women to get showered, get ready and pack. This seemed like some weird math equation you would get in school that you could never figure out how to solve. Just not possible! I was sure that we would be rolling out to brunch an hour late. Imagine my surprise when we were done with time to spare! These ladies were ON TOP OF IT!

Brunch was at a funky little place called Caleb & Broad.

Karen had given me a list of places to pick from for brunch and I picked C&B simply because I saw the phrase “Pork Benny” on the menu. Just say it a few times. Isn’t it just fun to say?!

We ended up splitting a few of the Pear Salads and Brussel Sprouts & Bacon. Both were excellent! Although, I was expecting the salad to be so…deconstructed.

The table went back on forth on what they were going to eat, but then ended up mostly ordering Pork Bennies and Chicken & Waffles. I stuck with my original choice and I was pleased as punch.

We ate, we drank and we cheersed!

After we had sufficiently stuffed ourselves, we rolled back to the B&B to pick up our cars and headed down the street to tour some mansions.

*Start history lesson…now.*

In the mid-nineteenth century, wealthy southerners started to look for places to get away from the heat during the summer. They started to build these “summer homes”. One of the most famous families to build in Newport was the Vanderbilts. Several of the mansions were donated to the Preservation Society of Newport County and are available to take tours of throughout the year.

I have toured a few of these homes several times, but I love going back to listen to something new or discover a new home.

In between the workout and the mansion tours, we welcomed my friend, Annemarie to the group for the afternoon and said good-bye to Tina and my wonderful friend, Jen.

Jen splits her time between LA and Albuquerque these days so I was super thankful that she made the trip all the way across the country to come spend the weekend with us. *I miss you being here! See you sooooon!*

We lucked out and had gorgeous weather on Sunday. Unlike Saturday, there wasn’t a raindrop to be found.

First mansion on the agenda was The Breakers, a Vanderbilt family home. The house alone covers an acre of land.

A lot of the mansions have gorgeous grounds that you can tour too so the good weather was definitely a bonus.

I should note that I am super fortunate that my friends are all super nerdy like I am and appreciated touring the mansions as much as I did. Not one of them seemed bored! Or they are good actors. Either way, I appreciate them indulging my love of the mansions for the afternoon.

We really wanted to get a group photo of us but had a whole bunch of fail photos. My normal plan of finding a stranger that looks like they couldn’t run away faster than me with my camera (phone!) and can stand upright did NOT work this time. This is what we got back.

Yep. One is with Lina walking towards the group. There were 3 or 4 of these with both Lina and my back as the star of the photo. This last one was taken in square mode from about 800 feet away while we were still shuffling around to get situated. Nice. ;)

After calling it a day on getting a group photo, we hoofed it over to our last stop of the day, Rosecliff. I had never been to this mansion but I knew it was where people still can throw parties, weddings held there and several movies had been filmed.

Rosecliff isn’t nearly as large as the Breakers, but it was quite the party house back in the day. Every summer they would spend about $500k to throw various parties throughout the summer. That translates into about $7 million now. It is like Khardashians were all up in Newport!

Rosecliff also had gorgeous grounds that provided some great views of the Cliffwalk and other homes along the shore in Newport.

After finagling this gem of a group selfie, I spotted a man with a giant camera. I figured if anyone could operate my super high-tech iphone camera then it was him.

SUCCESS!

This was the final picture of not only the day, but of the weekend. Perfect, perfect, perfect!

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This next part is going to feel like I’m writing a big ol’ thank you speech (poorly, at that!) , but it isn’t very often that you get a chance to thank your friends publically for being so awesome.

As someone who does not originate from Boston, I am continuously amazed that I have managed to find friends AND keep them over the 9 years that I have lived here.

I have friends from several chunks of my life that I have kept in contact with despite the distance and it was so nice to have them all in one spot.

I mentioned several of my friends who came in from out of state (Yay Lina, Megan and Jen!) and those that joined us for some fun parts of the weekend (Yay Jess, Niki, Claudia, Tina and Annemarie!). But I can’t forget to mention my wonderful friends Megan, Tiffany, Jeanne and Karen. They are part of my core group here in Boston and without them this weekend wouldn’t have been the same.

And to Karen…there are no words to express my thanks to you for planning this super special weekend. You got tears at dinner from me so that will have to do. ;)

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So that was a little glimpse into my bachelorette weekend. Now it is back to real life until wedding time! So close, yet so far!

See ya soon!

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Catching Up

by agirlandhermutt on April 8, 2014

Hello there! These past few weeks have been NUTS. For the first time in what seems like forever I can take a deep breath and just relax. Over the past month I have been traveling (Joplin and Atlanta!), moving and of course, trying to keep up my workouts while surviving work. With a few weeks of nothing major on the calendar, it is time to get to business getting my life in order.

First…Boston locals, be sure to check out my giveaway for a JustAddCooking 3-meal box!

Next…Let’s have a quick chat about all those shenanigans I mentioned above.

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A few weeks ago I flew out to Joplin, Missouri to meet up with my Dad to visit my Grandma.

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Flights are good for reading all the magazines that I buy and NEVER read when I’m at home. I also got new sneakers. LOVE THEM.

We like to fly into Springfield and drive from there. The airport there is just a bit busier. *sarcasm*

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The main purpose of the trip was to spend time with my Grandma, which we did a lot! But I also got to spend some quality time with my Dad. There is no one that can make my Dad laugh like me and vice versa. My Mom and BF do a lot of eye rolling when we are together.IMG_2860

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While in Joplin we also got a chance to check out how much they have rebuilt since the devastating tornado in 2011. The tornado killed 158 people and caused about $2.8 billion in damages. I’m so impressed by how many new buildings, parks, businesses and such have been repaired and/or opened since then. This picture was the sight of the church that my parents and I attended when in town. The cross and the priest who had taken shelter in a bathtub were literally the only thing standing after the storm. The church has since rebuilt on a new site, but this incredible reminder is still there.
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Obviously I did a little indulinge (see drink photo above) while I was away, I also got sweaty in the hotel gym. I did a few HIIT workouts and lifted some weights. I love a good hotel gym!
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I came home from that trip to the final push for my move out of my apartment. This just wasn’t moving though. I was purging. The amount of garbage that came out of my house was unreal.

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I lived in my apartment for 5 years. Everything about that apartment was perfect for me. However, when we decided that it was time for me to leave it also felt like it was the right time to go. Just like people serve a purpose in your life, this apartment served a purpose in mine. I lived on my own. I grew up (a little).

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I’m all moved into my new place with my permanent roommate (the fiancé!) and trying to resist the urge to just throw every box I brought with me away. I hate unpacking almost as much as I hate packing.

So what do you do when you are stressed from moving?! You work out more. I tried all kinds of workouts the week of the move thanks to my ClassPass (more on that later this week!), but the actual day after my move I was booking it over to Chestnut Hill for my VERY FIRST SOULCYCLE class with the Boston Bloggers!

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I’m going to try out another class before I give it a full review. Stay tuned!

I had one week at the new place before hopping on another plane. During that week I did the Tone It Up 5 Day Slim Down. Nothing crazy, just getting my food back in order.

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Random purchases over the week to make me feel better and less stressed included:

Athleta Purple Pants that I have no business wearing but I am absolutely in love with.
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A manicure that included a little bling for my bling finger.
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And a phone case that is in no way indicative of my age or maturity level. SHINY!
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After a week of living in boxes and attempting to get my life back in order, it was time to fly down to Atlanta for my buddy, Allison’s, wedding.

There was food!

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Grilled Chicken Salad at Tap

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Chickpea Cake with eggs & grits at The Porter. GRITS!!!!

There was drink!
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Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt and Fu Manbrew

There was laying around in the sun.
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There was working out.
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There was thrift shop looking. Not buying. I’m not good at thrift shop buying. IMG_3314

And there was lots of love…wedding style!
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Congrats Allison & Kevin!
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Seriously. Wasn’t she just the best lookin’ bride?!

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And that is that! Back to the real world, unpacking and the gym. See ya soon!

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34th Birthday Celebration!

February 21, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! The last time we chatted was my birthday (last Thursday!) so let’s pick up there and get all caught up. I have so much I want to tell you and document for my future forgetful self! The majority of my birthday was spent at work. I had to get there early and […]

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