End of Summer ’17

Is it just me or did this summer literally fly by in the blink of an eye? July was spent basically doing nothing but working and moving into our new apartment and then August was a lot more relaxing and fun. I made it to the beach 3 times in August which was great and I have a new fav beach to go to around this area. We went out to Spring Lake, NJ which is an adorable town about an hour and a half drive from NYC. First, let me back track to the beginning of August so I can wrap up my summer.

One of my good friends from my Chanel days, Sharde, opened up a nail salon in the Bronx and I could not be more proud of her! It’s called Saint Glam and if you are in the NYC area, please take the 6 train 1 stop into the Bronx and check it out! The salon is fabulous and so are the nail artists!

Beach trips with these lovely ladies (+John) that were unfortunately a little chilly but still fun, and obviously ice cream trips at the beach are mandatory.

We only had 1 wedding this summer (#blessed) which was my cousin Lisa’s and it was beautiful and on such a beautiful Friday evening up in Binghamton! It was our first wedding together being married and we kept saying how happy we were that our wedding and planning for it is over LOL My cousin was so happy it was finally the day of and almost over too- weddings are lovely but so much work.


The Friday of labor day weekend I headed to Atlantic City with Andrea, her sister Ally and our friend Patty. We stayed at The Borgata and it was my first time in AC (romantically known here as Atlantic Shitty) and it was exactly how I envisioned it. So fun but so trashy. We had an AMAZING dinner though at Angeline followed by a fun 90’s cover band (which made me feel 102 years old) and a bedtime of midnight. Nothing better than a girl’s weekend away!

sausage stuffed clams
my rigatoni with vodka sauce, brussels sprouts and Patty’s chicken parm
Andrea’s ravioli and Ally had rigi’s too
orange flavored cannolli’s

I had a gnarly hangover all of Saturday and most of Sunday haha Finally had some life back in me on Labor Day so I took John to our favorite brunch spot (specifically favorite french toast brunch spot) Le Grainne Cafe to thank him for all his hard work painting our living room the last few weeks!

Then we headed out to NJ for the day for one last pool day with the Golden’s (our 2nd fam!). No one was happy that summer is ending.

We went back to their house for a delicious BBQ and drinks and had such a great time as always. So happy they are in our life! ❤

This past weekend I taught my Saturday morning classes at Push Pedal and then subbed my favorite class to sub at Harlem Cycle, Striver’s Row, right after. It’s a 30 min cycle/ 30 min strength class that we offer and it’s SO fun to teach! I grabbed coffee with my co-worker after class, ate a bagel sandwich at home with John and then headed back to Push Pedal to hang out for our charity ride. We had a ride for Hurricane Harvey and it was sold out! Such a great turn out with some of Washington Height’s businesses supporting us with food and drinks!

The rest of Saturday we unpacked and cleaned which feels NEVER ENDING. John finished painting our living room but we still need to organize and decorate. Here is a glimpse!

Sunday I subbed a 10 AM class at Harlem Cycle (45 min cycle/15 min core- so fun) and then John and I headed out for a day of eating and walking around. It’s our favorite thing to do here and we haven’t had a day to do it in MONTHS which is insane.

#CouchGoals at ABC Home


Only $12,000. NBD.
Dinosaur BBQ

And now back to the grind today! I had to work super early this morning so no class today and it is a very welcomed rest day. I don’t plan rest days since I teach and often sub last minute so it always feels SO good to me these days to not have to move my body intensely for at least 24 hours 🙂

How was the end of your summer?

Labor-less Weekend

Happy Labor Day! Hard to believe this is really the end of summer, but this is the first time I’m not so sad to see it go. I love fall and I just can’t take much more humidity. Definitely getting old. This is also my first holiday weekend/holiday off in a LONG time. After working every holiday since I started my current job almost 2 years ago, I decided it was time for me to have one off and enjoy some family time. John and I headed to his moms house in PA Friday night and had a stress-free weekend which I desperately needed.

I started Friday by sleeping in, getting homework done for the weekend and running a great 5 miler. Upon arrival late Friday night, we devoured a pizza after not eating since early afternoon. I had planned to do an 8 miler Saturday morning so I carbed up, but I slept in and decided I would try it Sunday instead. Breakfast tasted much better up in the ‘country’ thanks to homemade strawberry jam.

cinnamon banana oats topped with homemade strawberry jam & melty vanilla almond butter
cinnamon banana oats topped with homemade strawberry jam & melty vanilla almond butter

We drove to Syracuse, NY to spend the day shopping at Destiny USA. This is the mall that I grew up going to because it was much larger than Binghamton’s dinky mall. They have expanded majorly and I was pretty impressed with their new store selection. The 90+ minute drive meant a Tim Horton’s iced cappuccino was in order to fuel me.

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I ended up getting a dress to wear to one of my best friend’s wedding in a few weeks and a pair of Mizuno’s that have been sold out in my size everywhere! Once I try them out tomorrow I will post them and tell you what I think of them.

We ended up eating dinner at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill which is something John and I probably would have avoided at all costs seeing as how much we hate country music and everything that comes along with it. But I had heard they had good food and we all love some bbq, and I am now really glad we ate there! The food was super good, though the service was not. Be prepared to have a long wait (even though there were TONS of open tables) and another wait to be served. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had!

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The day ended with eating way too many Lindt chocolate truffles (coconut, sea salt, citrus- OH MY!) and a mean case of an allergy attack. My head was full of so much pressure and pain that I laid in bed until 7:00 AM until I finally fell asleep for a few hours. I’m really allergic to cats and John’s mom has a few of them, so I always take some allergy medicine and it still doesn’t help. But I LOVE being up there so it’s completely worth it! I have the BEST future mother-in-law ever 🙂

Before we left to catch our bus back to NYC, we had a cook out. This was truly the highlight of my summer since cook outs aren’t exactly prevalent in NYC. Cook-outs DEFINE summer for me, and of course makes me miss my grandma so so much. John’s mom did not disappoint and cooked up delicious chicken spiedies (what Binghamton is famous for) and fresh vegetables from her garden.

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Team Salamida all the way.

And fresh fruit. The raspberries were JUST picked from her garden. Amazing.

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My other favorite part of being up there? Her pug Lola.

Pugs & Pumpkins. LOVE!
Pugs & Pumpkins. LOVE!

I didn’t get my long run in but I’m heading out to get it done now. Another perk of having a holiday off!

How was your Labor Day weekend? Did you work or were you off?

What defines summer for you?