• eat and drink,  explore,  florida,  other US travel,  road trip

    How I Spent My Spring Break (or the Great Florida Road Trip): Winter Homes and Alligators

    After our amazing manatee snorkel trip, we drove south. We planned to end our day at a hotel in Naples. On the way, we decided to make a stop at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. We arrived with just enough time to see the property, but unfortunately, were not able to spend much time in the museum. Thomas Edison purchased this winter retreat in the late 1890s and his friend, Henry Ford, eventually bought the property next door in the 1910s. Edison’s property had beautiful furnishings and was dotted with many of his inventions. The properties sit on the Caloosahatchee River and the grounds host acres and acres…

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    Week in Review (April 22 to 28, 2013)

    I’m entering my last week of business school and I can’t wait to be done! What will I do now that I will “only” be working? I was able to do a couple of things to relax last week. On Monday, I took advantage of SpaWeek and got a massage and foot scrub. The week also wound up having a few firsts for me. On Wednesday, I saw an acupuncturist for the first time and it was an interesting experience. Not sure how I feel about it yet, but I have more appointments scheduled so I should be able to form an opinion rather quickly. On Saturday, I signed up…

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    How I Spent My Spring Break (or the Great Florida Road Trip): Manatees

    Who knew that one of the best experiences of my life would take place during our impromptu trip to Florida?  Our morning called for a pre-dawn wake up that included packing up our belongings and driving an hour and a half to the city of Crystal River for a 6:15 am snorkeling trip with the most amazing and beloved creatures this side of Giant Pandas. Yes, folks, we swam with manatees!  I am still excited as I’m typing this. We chose River Ventures as our guides because of their terrific reviews on TripAdvisor. My travel planning relies heavily on TripAdvisor in general, but it became an even greater source of…

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    Week in Review (April 15-21, 2013)

    What a long, crazy week this has been. At this point, anything that I would like to say has already been said. So I’ll just say my thoughts are with the people of Boston, West, TX and Sichuan province. I’m at the tail end of my MBA program and I have had a hard time being motivated to run or do schoolwork. I’ve pretty much felt like this the whole week:  Source Monday: restTuesday: 2.46 milesWednesday: restThursday: restFriday: restSaturday: restSunday: 30 minutes at-home yoga Total mileage this week: 2.46 milesTotal mileage this year: 117.05 miles————————————————–It’s been a while since I checked in on my annual goals. Goals Progress1. Finish my MBA…

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    {Product Review} CORE Foods Defender Meals

    A few weeks ago, I received a box with word “PERISHABLE” printed on it in huge letters. Well, then. What was inside? CORE Foods‘ line of three Defender meals.  I don’t know about you, but when I see a food item, wrapped in packaging like this, I typically don’t immediately think “perishable.” So I was surprised to find that these bars are actually fresh and, because of that, only last up to one week on the go, one month refrigerated or six months frozen.  Other important and interesting facts about CORE Defender Meals: They are raw, organic and gluten free Defender Meals are high fiber and vegan They are meant…

  • art,  eat and drink,  explore,  florida,  other US travel,  road trip

    How I Spent My Spring Break (or the Great Florida Road Trip): Art Interlude

    Our second full day called for rain, which made it perfect for seeing some art. After breakfast at the hotel, we drove to St Petersburg to visit the Chihuly Collection.  A number of years ago, we saw Chihuly’s exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Seeing his work in a museum space was incredibly different from seeing the pieces mixed in with plant life. I found this experience to be less interesting but still just as beautiful.  Following lunch, we visited the nearby Dali Museum, who knew that the largest collection of Dali works outside of Europe was in St Petersburg. I sure didn’t. The museum is housed in a unique…

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    For Boston

    Tonight I ran.  Tonight I ran 26.2 minutes. Tonight I ran 26.2 minutes in support of the runners, spectators, volunteers, organizers, first responders and everyone with loved ones at the Boston Marathon.  I haven’t been a runner for very long but have come to love the running community.  I wore my race shirt from the Princess Half, my first big running goal and my first half marathon. Love to Boston.

  • active life,  dc metro,  eat and drink,  restaurant reviews,  week in review

    Week in Review (April 8 to 14, 2013)

    Wasn’t it winter two weeks ago? This week we had consecutive days over 90 degrees. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. On a positive note, the flowers are blooming! Here are a few tulips in front of the Netherlands Carillon.    And a cherry blossom tree I came upon during my Thursday run. I’ve been having some knee and shin issues since the 10 miler last week, so I took it easy during the beginning of the week. I’m trying to decide if I should sign up for another half this year. There is one that I am looking at that takes places over Memorial Day…

  • active life,  cherry blossom 10 miler,  dc metro,  race recap

    Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run 2013 – Race Recap

    On Sunday, I ran my first race in DC. I was really looking forward to this race for several reasons. The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler is such a classic DC run. Also, getting a spot in the race can be difficult. They operate on a lottery system, and I am fortunate to have gotten in on my first attempt.  As I mentioned before, I went to the Race Expo after work on Friday to pick up my race bib and t-shirt.  I was assigned the Green Wave, which would be the second to last wave to start. I went to bed fairly early on Saturday night but that didn’t mean…

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    How I Spent My Spring Break (or the Great Florida Road Trip): Universal’s Islands of Adventure

    I’ve been itching to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ever since I heard that it was being created. I knew that it would be unlikely for me to make a trip to Orlando just to go there, so I figured now was a good time to go. Raisin Bread thought it was a good idea as well even though he isn’t a Harry Potter fan. It’s too bad that the only real reason anyone seems to go to Islands of Adventure is to visit Harry Potter. It makes for an insanely crowded experience. I felt like I was back at home trying to get on the Metro. Not…