Posts Tagged ‘Orlando’
June 30, 2014
Good Morning! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was pretty great considering it started in Florida and ended in Michigan!
As most of you probably read on Friday, Scott and I spent a little over a week down in the sunshine state and spent the majority of our trip at camp with students in Lakeland. It was a blast!
When we got back to Orlando, we joined Scott’s sister and her family for a day at Disney and then the following day with my family. Since we had to head over to the airport Saturday afternoon, our summer trip came to an end within what felt like a blink of an eye.
Like most trips home come to be, this one absolutely flew by and we tried to fit in as much as we could while we were there. After a week of summer camp and a looong night at Disney, Scott and I were pooped and decided to keep our plans for Friday low-key.
Both sleep deprived, we took advantage of being on vacation and slept in until 11 a.m. We both felt like teenagers again and it was glorious!
I threw together a quick and small “breakfast” of yogurt and granola which held us over for a while, but the real star of the show happened a few hours later on a trip to Publix for lunch.
Yup… Publix subs! I’m still obsessed and miss them on a weekly basis.
I thoroughly enjoyed my five minutes of turkey sub heaven and spent the rest of the day with my mom. We had plans to get pedicures at my favorite nail salon that our neighbor just so happens to own.
She opened a new location just a few months ago, so we made appointments to check it out together. Hello paradise!
On the way back to our house, we stopped by a friend of mine’s and it was so great to catch up even for an hour or so.
We both ended up falling asleep before even hitting the half way mark, but that was just because we were still tired from the camp activities. The movie was actually very entertaining, and had jokes built in for both children and adults. Maybe we’ll stumble upon watching it again down the road.
Saturday started with a breakfast date with a handful of friends we used to work with! I didn’t snap a photo since it was early and we were all downing coffee to wake up, but we had a wonderful time catching up with life and enjoyed a lot of laughs in the process.
From there, Scott and I drove around town and eventually ended up at Yellow Dog Eats for lunch.
Ahh! Yellow Dog is the BEST! I’ve written about it several times on the blog and can’t recommend the quirky restaurant enough to anyone who doesn’t mind the little bit of a drive to get to it in Gotha.
Since we were still considerably full from breakfast, we decided to split an entree, which – if you have ever dined here you know – wasn’t an easy thing to do. We went out of the norm and ordered the Hokey Poké Tacos.
Three 6” flour tortillas layered with guava cream cheese spread, scallions, red onions, cucumber, sprouts and Poke Tuna piled into the tortilla then drizzled with Fish’s Poke Sauce.
I must have skimmed the description super quick because the tuna came as a complete surprise to me. Whoops! I’m not usually a fan, but have to say that in this combo it was tolerable, if not delightful.
We also had some great company!
(Don’t mind my awkward belly grab on Scott and less than freshly styled hair. Summer vacation at it’s finest, folks.)
While in town, I was able to sneak away from camp for a day and attend Missy’s Baby Shower. I have known her since I was three years old, and always hop at the chance to meet up with her and her husband, Billy, when we’re in town.
As soon as we wrapped up lunch, we dropped our rental car off and shuttled over to the airport. It all went by way too fast!
We didn’t arrive home until about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, but were instantly greeted with lots of snuggles by all three fur babies. I certainly missed them while we were gone!
Scott and I were unusually early for church yesterday, so we drove through McDonald’s for two Fruit & Maple oatmeals. Both being early for church and McDonald’s almost never happens.
We ran some errands on the way home, and stopped in to change and grab a quick bite for lunch. Another Amy’s bowl for the win!
It was just enough to hold me over through grocery shopping at our new favorite marketplace.
More exotic fruits! (Only some of these gave me the heebie jeebies.)
We did pick one new-to-us piece up to try this week, so I’ll be sure to report back on how that goes.
We returned home with just enough time for me to take Roadie out on a run on the trails before it started raining again.
I think both of us loved being back out there after a few week’s hiatus.
Instead of our normal four mile loop, we shortened it to three so I could change my shorts into capris, grab Scott, and head to Hot Vinyasa Yoga at our gym. For not technically being a “yoga studio” I am thoroughly impressed by the heated room dedicated to yoga practice!
It had been a good while since I attended a hot yoga class, and it was just what I needed after a long week of sleeping on a cot, flying, and running without stretching at night.
I particularly love power yoga classes, because my arms always end up shaking by the end and I feel like I am getting a killer workout. Throw heated into the mix and you get a girl with a shirt and pants completely saturated with sweat on your hands.
Straight to the showers I went.
By the time we got home, I was more than ready for dinner and wanted twenty glasses of water.While throwing together a monster salad, I kept a portion of the cucumber slices to infuse in water and also added most of a sliced lemon. Yum!
You have to try this. It’s so unbelievably refreshing!
Spinach, cucumbers, orange and red peppers, black olives, feta cheese, ground pepper, and rotisserie turkey drizzled in balsamic vinegar.
It definitely hit the spot, but didn’t satisfy my hunger as much as I anticipated. While sneaking in a few episodes of Scandal, we popped some popcorn, ate fruit and even some gelato.
I also snuck in some extra snuggles with a dog who could apparently double as a canine pretzel.
Seriously… who sits like that? This guy.
Thank you to all who entered in the Pure Via Stevia Giveaway last week! It looks like we all seem to love Stevia for similar purposes. I know I’ve been enjoying mine to help sweeten my current iced tea infatuation!
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By the way, I’m linking all of this marvelousness up with Katie for MIMM!
All right, friends. Time to get the day goin’. There’s plenty to catch up on since we left for out of town!
Questions of the Morning
• What was your favorite part about the weekend?
• Are you a hot yoga fan? Or do you prefer to practice at normal temps?
June 21, 2014
Hi friends, hope you’re enjoying the weekend! We sure are making the most out of ours in Florida.
Friday afternoon, Scott and I set out to help out with a six day youth summer camp with our church. Before we left, I was able to sneak in “the final workout” as I like to call it before leaving for somewhere with unforeseen workout/running capabilities… a.k.a. vacation.
Except, we aren’t really on “vacation” either. We are right in the middle of our free time during our first full day of camp, and I’ll be sure to check back in Monday afternoon with some fun pics and stories.
It’s been a great experience so far!
For now, I just wanted to pop in and share some of the reasons I miss running in Florida. Because as much as I am obsessed with running the trails near our home in Michigan, I really, really do miss the days of hitting the pavement and beating the heat down south.
All within a five mile radius from my parents house, here’s what I could always expect to find on my running loop:
Bridges and views like this in my neighborhood.
Being able to run in shorts, at least ten months out of the year.
(Twelve if you’re not a wimp.)
Seeing memories of my childhood pop up where I least expected it.
While I never actually did pop warner, I attended Lake Brantley for high school and had a lot of friends who did.
(I’m really not sure why I never cheered, actually. It probably would have been really fun to do! I guess I was too busy living at the dance studio.)
Anyways, oh yeah… endless palm tress.
Mini-beaches, lakes, and parks everywhere.
(Flashing back to the days I wasn’t afraid of lake water and what could possibly be swimming around in it.)
And last, but not least, proof I just challenged myself: instant red face.
This photo really doesn’t do it justice, ya’ll. Without fail, every time I run while visiting home I turn as red as a tomato.
Two miles, five miles, ten miles, it doesn’t matter. Put me out in the sun and have me move faster than a power walk, and I’ll be needing a shower in just about two minutes time.
I must say, getting through five miles in the hot summer heat of Florida is no easy task. In fact, I had to incorporate about three walking breaks to be able to catch my breath under some shade and push through it this time. I came in at around 50 minutes, which is a pretty slow pace for me at 10:00 min./mile.
I kicked myself for not bringing a water bottle with me at the three mile mark, and my days of training in the summer for my first half marathon started coming back to me. No wonder I always set out with water and waited until sunset.
Regardless, there’s still a huge part of me that misses running down here. Mostly when we are deep into winter where there’s inches of snow on the ground and frostbite waiting for me if I even attempt a run outside longer than thirty minutes.
I think it’s funny when my mom and I exchange messages to each other on Saturdays, both complaining about the weather. She’s always saying how blazing hot it is, while I usually counter by telling her I had to wear gloves and sweats that very same weekend. It just doesn’t make sense!
Welp. I just used my free time to blog instead of attempting another outside run before needing to shower and get ready for dinner. It’s probably a good thing, considering it took me a good fifteen minutes of laying on my bedroom floor under the fan to cool down last time I pulled a run in the mid-afternoon down here.
Gotta go! Have a great rest of the weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday morning with a special (gluten-free) recipe guest post!
Question of the Day
• As a runner, would you rather be living in a hot or cold climate?
I go back and forth with this answer every time I run in an extreme weather condition. When I’m running outside in Florida, I miss the cool fall breeze of Michigan. When I’m running outside in Michigan (most likely with twelve layers on), I can’t wait for the day where I can run in shorts and come back inside with a red face.
I’m hoping that one day we find a happy middle ground and city that incorporates more mild versions of the seasons. Until then, I guess I’ll roll with the best of ‘em and enjoy both while I can through traveling!