Oh hey, friends! Remember me? After staying put for the first half of the year, the second half of the year has really picked up for me travel wise and you’ve probably noticed.
It started with my trip to L.A. in mid-July for IDEA BlogFest and World Fitness Convention, then a week in Las Vegas in mid-August with friends, bookended by a visit from my Mom, followed by a long-weekend trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea and then this past weekend in Tahoe. I’ve got two more trips coming up in the next couple of weeks, then I’ll stay put until the holidays.
My next trip actually starts tomorrow when I head to L.A. for two days for a video shoot. Because of the quick turnaround, when I got home last night from Tahoe, I emptied out my big suitcase, put it away, and pulled out my smaller one just to repack it with new items.
Nonetheless, with all this travel, my updates on the ol’ blog have been few and far between, and I must apologize for that. But stick with me, because I’ll get back to posting more workouts, food and tips soon, I promise. Let’s catch up a little today, shall we?
Press trip in Lake Tahoe
Like I said, this past weekend I went on a whirlwind press trip to North Lake Tahoe for some outdoor adventures with a few other bloggers hosted by a hotel, and I had a great time. While I’ve done several media stays at hotels and travel activities as a blogger, I hadn’t ever been able to go on a full weekend “fam” trip until now, and I loved almost everything about it. There’s a ton to share from what I learned, saw and did, so I’m going to put together a full recap very soon. But I’ll leave you with these views from the gorgeous natural area …
Needless to say, I became a big fan of Tahoe in the late summer. Wouldn’t you agree?
And here’s a shot of a pretty tasty salad I had at Panera yesterday on the way home from Tahoe full of ancient grains and arugula. The Panera bread is not as good as the bread at Boudin’s, but it’s still fluffy white carby-ness, just when you need it on a Sunday road-trip.
40 Under 40
Something pretty cool that I haven’t mentioned on the blog (but did mention on Instagram and Facebook), is that Dave and I received an awesome honor this month by being named to Diablo Magazine’s list of “40 Under 40.” Each year the magazine chooses 40 folks from around the East Bay of San Francisco to put on the list — all of us in different fields, doing some cool things professionally — and we were in good company with entrepreneurs, a physicist, a radio host and more. My favorite part is that in the magazine article, they called us a “power couple.” Love that!
We found out we were nominated a couple of months ago and then were notified we won while away in Las Vegas. This past Thursday night was the reception, so we were able to go and hang out with some of the awesome and lovely Diablo Mag editors (hi, ladies!!), and some of our friends who were in attendance.
Funny story, that’s not so funny: I had a particular dress in mind that I wanted to wear to the event and had it all set out. Well, on Thursday morning, when I went to put the dress on to get ready for the day, I was totally struggling with the zipper in the back. The only other times I’ve worn the dress, I had Dave to zip it (it won’t go over my head unless unzipped). He was already out the door for the day, so I just gave it my all to try and get the fitted thing zipped up behind my body. And don’t you know I heard a rip, and boy did it split right down the back. At that moment, I was super disappointed, because (A) I broke the dress and that’s embarrassing (B) I didn’t have any other dresses in mind that would work. Therefore, I ended up putting on some old junk dress to wear to work that day and then popped out over the lunch-hour to Nordstrom Rack to pick up something new. Twenty minutes and 35 dollars later, I had a new black cotton wrap dress, which I actually really love, and I threw it on after work right before the reception without another thought about it. It all worked out!
I don’t think someone can ever have enough black dresses. You know?
Other than work, eating, packing/unpacking and fitting in some sweat sessions and group fitness classes, it’s been business as usual over here. I hope it’s been going well in your neck of the woods too!
What do you say we switch gears and talk about fitness?
My weekly workout recap
Sharing a look at all of the ways I got moving recently …
- Monday: Rest day
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Wednesday: Took a one-hour POP Pilates class
- Thursday: Did 30 minutes of upper-body weights
- Friday: Did 30 minutes of lower-body weights
- Saturday: Kayaking and hiking
- Sunday: Rest day
Overview of the week
With all of my travel lately, I’ve had lighter weeks in the workout department. Yet, during the weekdays, I’ve been able to fit in some good exercise. This past week included three sessions of weight training and an easy low-impact Pilates session. I really enjoyed all of the leisure activity I got on the weekend doing “non-workout” movement outdoors too. Overall, it was a fine week, with two lovely rest days.
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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What’s been your best workout lately?