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Friends, Runs, Beer, Food, and Delayed Flights

I’m currently waiting at the airport to fly to New York and then to Boston, we sat on the plane for 45 minutes until they decided that the wait would be too long in the small airplane so they loaded us all back out into the airport until the skies in New York have cleared up. But that gives me time to write about my week so I guess it isn’t so bad! I’ll probably finish my current book by the time I arrive in Massachusetts today.

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Rachel and Molly visited from Wednesday until Friday this week and we packed so much in. I felt bad because on the first day I thought it would be fun to walk the mile on the beach to the Pier for lunch. We were all dripping in sweat by the time we sat down at the restaurant.. We had Ian pick us up when he got out of work so we didn’t have to endure that on the way back.

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Later on we went to 80/20 burger bar for dinner and then O’Connors Brewing Company for trivia after. The trivia was way too hard! Who has ever heard of bird’s nest soup and its ingredients??

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After sleeping in on Thursday we went to into the Freemason neighborhood to get coffee and walk around- I love that whole area. While I had friends visit I took the two days off from running, sometimes I forget its okay to not run sometimes! As much as I love it, the small breaks do help.

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Afterwards we stopped back at our apartment, grabbed beach stuff, and headed to the Virginia Beach waterfront with some sandwiches from Taste.

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It was hot and WINDY, so sitting on the beach wasn’t the most relaxing thing in the world since sand was whipping at us the whole time. We stuck it out for a while before deciding to go get a drink before heading back instead.

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We got back just in time before the thunderstorms hit and then we headed to show Molly and Rachel downtown and Grain. Ian and I shared a flight before our meals came.

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We stayed there for a good while, and when the weather got sunny and clear again we decided to go on the ferry to Portsmouth to meet Ian’s coworkers at Legends Brewing. They had the best Purple Pale Ale that tasted like vanilla! And obviously Molly and Rachel had to pretend they were in the Titanic.

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Friday was the last day they were visiting so we did Fort Monroe first thing.

I always have to get a coffee from Firehouse Coffee!

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We went to Colley Avenue for lunch (we were so hungry by 1pm!) and I finally got to try out the Green Onion. I still dream about this meal.

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Finally we went to the Chrysler Museum before we needed to take them to the airport. I was sad they had to leave!!

I was so tired on Saturday so we didn’t really do too much. I went to Fort Monroe to run 6 miles when I got up and then sat on the couch for most of the day. We caught up on a lot of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Later in the day we went for a tea and a coffee before swimming!

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Ian made plans on Sunday to do a driving tour of Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. I got up early to run a quick three miles before we left – It was so much fun, I can’t believe we hadn’t done it before! Walking around Yorktown was my favorite part.

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Going random places and exploring with Ian is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. I’m happy he is always down to go find a new coffee shop and count that as an adventure!

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We got back home around 1 and I was able to finish The Hate U Give at the beach. Ian came at the end to go swimming again! It’s so nice not having to drive anywhere to swim.

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Yesterday I ran another 6 miles early so that I could beat the heat. Then I started Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’m only half way through so far but I can already tell that this will one of my all time favorite books. Some of the book is written in a normal fashion, but most of it is told through emails, newspaper clippings, headlines, brochures, and letters. It’s one of those books I’m trying not to too read too fast because I want to make it last!

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I started packing before Ian got back from work because he had got us tickets to a Norfolk Tides game! It was 50 cents night (hot dogs, drinks, and popcorn were all $0.50). For $4 we got so. much. food.

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We stayed late enough that waking up this morning was harder than it should have been, but it was definitely worth it! I can’t wait to get in some Cape Cod runs this week 🙂

If I ever get there that is..

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The Past Three Months

I’m so excited that I finally will have time to write on the blog! The last couple of weeks of school have felt crazy with SOLs, giving high school exams, and trying to get my classroom in order for summer. I cannot believe that the last day of school has come and gone! We celebrated by going to Grain with out friends, we haven’t been there since Ian’s parents visited in April.

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We’ve done a lot in the past three months so I think its safe to say that I won’t remember everything we did, but I am going to try my best by looking through the pictures on my phone.

One of my favorite things recently is how early the sun has been coming up. Right now the sunrise is at 5:45 which is ideal for running before school. By the time I’m running at 6:15 its nice and bright outside and I don’t need to be running in the dark for the beginning of my run. I also have been able to see the sunrise almost every day if I don’t wake up too late!

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We went to the zoo on a cloudy Sunday (in May? I can’t remember). It was great because the place was empty! It felt like there were only two or three other groups there and a lot of the animals were out. I think the giraffes were my favorite!

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In May I realized that I hadn’t read many books in 2018 and had read one in 2019 so far, and I wanted to change that. It has taken a conscious effort to get myself reading again but since then I have already read six. I have read:

Two Little Girls in Blue

Marley and Me – I had only seen the movie but never read the book, so many tears!

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A Spark of Light – Julia recommended this book to me and it was the craziest timing because almost right when I started reading it the news about Alabama and Georgia abortion laws was coming out. This book is about a shooting at a women’s reproductive health services clinic. One of the reasons I liked it so much is because it does the timeline backwards rather than forward.

The Favorite Sister – I liked this book but it the characters were very, very corny! It is about a murder that takes place on the set of a reality TV show.

All the Light We Cannot See 

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Usually by the time Friday comes I am so tired and we watch a show all night but since the weather has been so nice we have been trying to actually do something after work on Fridays. It’s been fun trying a different brewery those days because it feels like there are millions around us!

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For Memorial Day weekend Ian and I drove to D.C. on Saturday early in the morning, stayed the night, and left around noon on Sunday. Ian’s friend from Lehigh just moved there so we got to hang out with him! We didn’t really go with any plans so we just walked around and explored for the day. We did get a tour of the capital building which I had never done before and we walked around to see the monuments.

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Our upstairs neighbor visits his sister in D.C. pretty often so he recommended that we get dinner at Bar Deco. I didn’t take a picture of my meal, but look at Ian’s burger! I can’t remember what the bun was, but I remember it tasted like french toast or something, it was amazing.

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Before leaving D.C. we stopped to get an iced coffee and then went to the Udvar Hazy museum.

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Skittles from Antonio Brown’s house for the drive home!

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The next weekend Ian was gone but I ended up running a 5k on Saturday morning. I ended up coming in 3rd over all for women, which is a first for me! Even though it was a pretty small race, it still felt cool.

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Last weekend was Harborfest in the downtown. On Saturday we went with our friends to check it out before I chaperoned the 8th grade dance – there were so many food trucks and tall ships. We also saw the hot dog eating competition on Sunday. It was a 10 minute contest and the winner ate 47 hot dogs, I felt queasy after watching that..

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Basically after Memorial Day Weekend I was focused on making it to the end of the school year. I can’t wait for more slow mornings like these this summer. At the end of the month I’ll head to Cape Cod for the first of two times this vacation! 🙂

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