Monday monday! I actually don’t really mind Monday’s anymore because they’re not one of my busiest days at this point. I used to hate Monday because my least favorite shift of the week (closing at the gym) coincidentally happened on Monday. Not fair, I know. Now that’s not an issue so Monday’s are totally reasonable. I do miss training a very loyal Monday night client though!
Another fun weekend in the books! On Friday we headed down to Manchester to celebrate Matt and Chris’ wedding. It was so beautiful and great to see some old friends from UNH that we have not seen in a very long time!
On Saturday we stopped by Newmarket on the way home to eat breakfast at our favorite breakfast place: The Big Bean. It was seriously delicious and I was extra excited because it was a warm (65 degrees) iced coffee day! Doesn’t happen too often in New England in November. From there we headed to Kittery to do a little shopping. I got these great capris from lululemon for only 44 dollars! I know I’m a little late on the printed activewear thing but I think I dig them. It’s totally weird not wearing black!
I guess I wasn’t too interested in taking pictures on Sunday. It was a pretty lazy day with a mid day workout at the Y with my friend Sarah and then dinner out for pizza at Ottos with Angus’ Dad. Have you had an Otto’s cannoli? Put that one on your to do list. Sarah helped me with some rowing technique that will come in real handy for this fitness competition that I am doing. More on that later, and more on that on instagram. (triciaerose)
Okay so if you were really just interested in an 8 minute ab workout you have reached that point in this blog post. Anyone remember “8 minute abs” from the early 2000’s? I don’t really either, and this is not that. Here you go!
This past weekend was pack full of fun. We had visitors and spent lots of time bopping around Portland- going to restaurants, enjoying the farmers market, the beach…my favorite summertime activities!
We also had a great wedding to attend up in the Orono area on Saturday. Congratulations Travis and Mary! I had never been to a backyard wedding before and I loved it! There was so much thought and love that Mary put into making all of the decorations for the wedding. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening!
We made a quick trip to the Orono Brewing Company before the wedding and I was totally impressed. Tasty beers and only 7 bucks for these little 5 oz tasters! Highly recommend this place if you’re in the area.
Enjoying the lakeside wedding and a beautiful sunset!
The “bar”. A canoe full of home brew beers! Pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Thai food at a wedding. A first and totally awesome.
The happy couple!
Monday is especially hard after the fabulous weekend we had! The first half of the weekend we spent up at Sunday River to celebrate the marriage of our friends Jeff and Amanda. The rehearsal dinner was a great BBQ and pool party. On the day of the wedding Angus spent most of the day taking pictures with the rest of the wedding party so I took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful day and went swimming at a nearby pond with my aunt and cousins.
The ceremony was right on the slope of Lollapolooza and it was so cool feeling like you were right in the mountains! The reception was so beautifully decorated and I loved all of the little details. We had a lot of fun dancing. So much so that I woke up the next day sore!
This is the point where I started to regret signing up for the Old Port Half Marathon two days earlier. If you’re wondering how you missed all my training posts, don’t worry- you didn’t. I run once a week (about 4 miles) on Mondays and then I go and get iced coffee. That is how much I run. Every once in a while maybe I’ll do that twice in one week. The rest of my training includes teaching spin classes, cycling outdoors, circuit training, and swimming. So naturally I thought it was a good idea to try and run 13.1 miles.
I loved that the race course weaved along the familiar streets of the Portland penninsula. There were two major hills on the course, one going from Commercial street up to the West End, and the other going from Commercial street up to the East End. The hills were not the hardest part in my opinion. The first 8.5 miles were a breeze and then the course hits the back cove trail. It was SO sunny, and SO hot and you can see all the way around the 3 mile loop and it feels like it goes on forever. I’ve also run that trail about 10 billion times so it can get boring for me. The good part was that once you were off the trail there were only 2 miles left until the finish! As soon as I finished I took advantage of the free food that the race provided because I was STARVING for the last 3 miles. I was really happy with my time 2:06 (averaging 9:38 min/ mile). I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I’ve never run that far before and I was hoping for anything under 10 min/mile.
Over all I really enjoyed the race and will probably do it again next year. I know this race got a lot of bad reviews in the past because of the course and I know they previously ran out of water at the water stops. Everything seemed under control this year. The course was changed a bit, the water stops were not at the bottom of long down hills, and they didn’t run out of water or gatorade. 😀
I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants their wedding to be unique and to reflect their own personal style. There are so many ways to do this! The dancing, decorating the tables, color schemes… really the list can go on forever. Some brides like to plan out everything months in advance. I, on the other hand, was focused on passing my CPT exam for the majority of the summer and had no room left in my brain for deciding how to make place cards and what color ribbon should be tied around the vases. Everything worked out GREAT! My best advice is stay flexible. On the day of the wedding there were some left over flowers at the venue from the wedding the night before and we used them for outdoor decorations. This is where being flexible really paid off! Did they match everything perfectly? No. Did I care? Nope. Free flowers=awesome. Here are a few things (aside from our family and friends) that I thought made our wedding special.
Dance Lessons! We took dance lessons for a few months before the wedding and it was awesome! We took them at American Ballroom Dance Academy in Portland. Even Angus thought they were fun!
Both Angus and I found our wedding shoes at consignment stores. I found these beautiful Vera Wang shoes at a store on Newbury St. in Boston for a fraction of the price they’d be new!
“Gurgle Pot” vases from the Christmas tree shop were a steal at 4.99 each! My friends and I made the starfish candles.
Escort cards made by me and (easy) wooden table numbers from the craft store
Decorated table inside the McKernan Center
My almost pink dress from Andrea’s Bridal. Flowers from Blooms flower shoppe in Wells, ME.
Best wedding kiss ever! Headpiece from David’s Bridal and earrings from Sworovski.
Closer picture of our homemade cake. A rustic cake decorated with white chocolate shells from Haven’s Candy
Wedding favors. Hand stamped thank you bags with coffee and chocolate!
Chocolate beach rocks for wedding favors
So there’s a few shots of the special details from my wedding. Sorry the quality isn’t excellent, they’re all from my iphone and guest’s facebook pages. If you’re planning a wedding just keep it simple and don’t stress out about every last detail. You’re going to have such a great time on your wedding day you won’t even notice how many starfish are on each table. 🙂