A Birthday Party and Pennsylvania (Twice!)

I’m so lucky because my friends threw me a surprise birthday party the first weekend back at UMass and it was so much fun! When I got back to my house at night, all my pals were already there and ready to party- The house was decorated by Emily, and Julia and Molly got me a birthday cake! We took to the bars after hanging out at home for a while πŸ™‚


My ladies πŸ™‚


And we got a snow day, so even though I had to work in the morning, I got to go on a snow run afterwards (I had the whole path to myself!) Lately I’ve only been running 3 miles a day, and that just feels like enough. I’m trying to run when I feel like it instead of forcing it, which turns out to be everyday, but only 2-3 miles, for now! It’s been fun trying to do more strength work and taking the gym classes at UMass.

Then I caught up on homework and took a 2 hour nap πŸ™‚


I needed to catch up because I would be spending the next two weekends in Pennsylvania! I never thought I would spend this much time there, but Ian and Kylie both chose to be there, so you can find me in Bethlehem and Philadelphia more weekends than you might think πŸ˜‰

Before I left for the drive on Friday I got to the gym at 6am to run 3 miles and do some strength work so I could leave early! The best part about being up before the rest of the school is that I can shamelessly take pictures of UMass in the snow.


I was extra excited to visit Lehigh because Ian has found a few different coffee shops that he wanted to try out together.

The first coffee shop was called “Lit,” and I got tea instead of coffee! That was different for me, but I didn’t want to be caffeinated so I could take a nap. I got ginger tea and Ian got hot chocolate (served in a flower pot), it was super hipster…


That first weekend I was in Pennsylvania was super bowl weekend, and as I started writing this post I realized that I took NO PICTURES (oops), besides this tea I got at the quirky coffee shop. That is very unlike me, but I guess that means I was having a really good time! We went to eat at a restaurant that changes their menu for every meal. They have really fresh ingredients and made meals with what they have until they run out and get different ingredients. It was really cool, and very tasty.

I was sad that the Patriots lost (especially being around Patriots-haters), but I moved on much faster than Ian did. I only just started to enjoy watching football so I guess wasn’t super attached yet! The positive side was that Ian and all his friends made food for the game and we got to hang out in their warm house all day while it was freezing temperatures outside πŸ™‚

This last Friday I did the same routine, getting to the gym early, and I got to Lehigh in the early afternoon πŸ™‚ This time I was making the trip because Sunday was our 5 year anniversary!! Last year I was in Spain for it, so we were really glad to be together this year. Ian had another coffee shop to try, and this time I definitely wanted coffee, not tea. I liked Deja Brew a lot better! The coffee was amazing, our order was really cheap, and there were tons of Lehigh decorations. I want to go back!

Ian cooked on Friday night and then we went out with his friends πŸ™‚

We had planned a hike for Saturday morning and needed to go on the early side because after the morning it was going to rain for the rest of the weekend. We hiked 3.1 miles and it was cool to see the trails that Ian likes to mountain bike on.


After that we went to grab some coffee at The Wise Bean! I thought we would be able to sit but it was so much smaller than in the pictures, so we took our coffee to go. I love going out for coffee instead of meals because it’s a lot of fun for me and inexpensive too. Both weekends we went mostly went out for coffee and then make food at Ian’s house. Except for the tacos, details to come!

We walked around main street and went in the cutest book shop that was enormous. In addition to books they had a candy section and a bar in the back! If it was later in the afternoon maybe we would have gone πŸ™‚


But that wasn’t an option because the library was next on the agenda! Ian had an exam on Monday and I needed to do homework so that when I got back to school I wouldn’t be so behind. I also signed up to do some mock interviews on Monday night, so I needed to practice making a specific resume and cover letter for those.


We did our anniversary dinner on Saturday instead of Sunday (our actual anniversary), because Ian wanted to show me the 3rd best taco spot in the country! I haven’t tasted the others, but I don’t understand how these tacos aren’t #1. The restaurant was called “Aqui Es A Taste of Mexico.” We got three different kinds (steak, chicken and pork) and I could only finish 3 and a half before I was too full. It was really fun and the people that worked there were so kind! I usually don’t order tacos when I go out for Mexican, but these were so so good.


We spent the rest of the night watching “Snatched,” it was pretty entertaining but not our favorite, maybe I was too tired to really focus!

Sunday was really rainy too, so we went to the library after we woke up to study and do more homework. I really didn’t mind though, because the Lehigh library is absolutely beautiful! There is a stained glass ceiling, and since we got there early, Ian and I got a really good spot.


Eventually we needed fuel though, so we left the library around 1 and I learned that Ian has perfected cooking “eggs in a nest,” that we saw on the Binging With Babish youtube channel!


Even though it was gray all weekend, I was in really good company with Ian and his friends, and I’d have to say it was one of the best weekends yet πŸ™‚ Tomorrow I hope to spend some time with my friends for Valentine’s Day, which is excellent motivation for finishing a research paper before that happens. And the next couple of weekends I plan on exploring Amherst more!

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