Monday, January 29, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 3

I'm not going to sugar coat it- this was a bad week for me.  It started off really well, then I got hit with a crazy virus that has been going all around the office and kept me in bed for a few days.  On the bright side, I didn't miss any work (since it started on Friday), but I missed two runs this week.  I'd rather have a week like this early on instead of during peak week, so hopefully the worst is behind me.

Here's a look at how my training went this week:


Rest Day


3 miles / 9:58 pace
I was feeling kind of stiff and sore from my long run on Sunday, so I took this run nice and easy.


5 miles / 9:04 pace
Tempo run!  I did an easy mile warmup, then two miles at tempo and two miles to cool down.  It was snowing pretty heavily during this run, but temperature wise it felt great.  For some reason when it's snowing, I don't feel cold.  No clue why that is, but I would always prefer running in snowy weather over no precipitation, cold, windy day.  My tempo miles ended up averaging 7:58 pace, which was a little faster than my goal of 8:00.  Still better than I usually do with pacing myself though!


Rest Day!


6 miles / 9:18 pace
I headed to the park for an easy run.  I did 1 mile with Selma and then 5 alone.  I was starting to feel a little sick so I made sure to keep it easy and rested the rest of the night.

Saturday and Sunday

Sick Days :(
Friday night I ended up getting a fever, and all day Saturday and Sunday I was stuck in bed.  I was feeling a little better on Sunday but decided it was a better idea just to stay in and rest instead of making things worse.  I was so mad to not get in my runs when the weather was so nice, but what can you do!  I did manage to get a little fresh air when I took Selma for a quick walk, but even that tired me out!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 2

What a great week!  It seemed like everything clicked into place for week two of training (I'm sure having a Monday holiday helped a lot) and it's making me so excited to continue on.  I managed to swim twice this week, try out a new class, and do my daily TRUE yoga challenge, while getting in my regular mileage.  I'm getting into a routine that feels good!

Here's a look at how my week went, complete with lots of snowy pics:


7 miles / 9:55 pace
I typically take a rest day on Monday, but I had to get this run in!  It was the last day of the Strava/Lululemon challenge, and I was only 11km away from my goal.  Since my long run on Sunday didn't register, I had to go out (plus, I had off work which helped!).  I just went around my neighborhood and going up and down every street for 7 miles.  I even got to run in a blizzard (the roads were all bare when I went out and had about an inch by the time I was done-)

900 yard swim / 18:00
Earlier in the day I went to the gym to get in my swim.  I started week two of my "couch to mile" swim program, and today's plan was:
200 for 12 breaths
4 x 100 for 10 breaths between sets
4 x 50 for 6 breaths between sets
4 x 25 for 4 breaths between sets

The workout went pretty well!  I need to work on not swallowing as much water and not getting it up my nose..anyone have advice?


Rest Day!


5 miles / 9:29 pace
I did this workout on the treadmill, and plugged in the "rolling hills" workout.  I warmed up for a mile, then did 3 miles of hills and did a mile cool down.  I got a visit from Annette while I was running which helped distract me in my last mile of hills!


Rest Day!


6 miles / 8:51 pace
Today's workout was 1 mile warm up, 4 miles at marathon pace (9:00) and 1 mile cool down.  It was a beautiful day outside, and from the beginning I felt so great!  I was trying to keep my pace right at 9:00, but I ended up going faster than that (first mile was 8:45 and fourth was 8:20..ended up being a nice progression each mile).  The good news is that the paces felt really comfortable and I felt like I could have kept going forever!  Bad news is I can't pace myself, so I have to work on that.


TBC / 1 hour
I visited a nearby barre studio for a morning workout- TBC or Total Body Conditioning.  Instead of a traditional barre class, this was HIIT style that rotated between cardio and strength segments.  The hour absolutely flew by and it was a ton of fun.  The studio itself was really awesome and everyone was so friendly.

 Hiking / 1 hour
It was such a nice day out, so as soon as I got home from class, I grabbed Selma and went to the park for some hiking.  Everything was snowy but the sun was shining and it was a great temperature!  I was worried about Selma's paws getting cold in all the snow but every time I tried to stop she kept pulling me towards more trails.  We ended up walking about 3 miles!


12 miles / 9:14 pace
I love those runs where everything feels like it clicks, and that's exactly what this one was.  I turned my display so I only saw overall pace and turned off notifications for each mile, so I really just wanted to run this by feel and not have a pace dictate how I ran.  The weather was perfect (minus a little freezing rain at the beginning) and my body felt amazing!  For the first half of the run, I listened to podcasts, then decided to follow a guided run on the Nike+ Run Club app (which featured Shalane!).  I wanted to keep going!

1000 yard swim / 20:00
I can definitely tell that I'm getting better at swimming and getting more comfortable in the pool (plus my 100 yard pace is improving on each swim!) but this is still really hard!  For some reason, 100 yards of swimming feels harder for me to do than 12 miles.  But, I pushed through and set a new personal distance record in the pool!

What's your favorite way to cross train?
Anyone have swimming tips?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Top Five Friday : All About Sports

Happy Friday, friends!  It's been quite the week, so I am counting down the minutes until it's the weekend.  I have some fun plans with friends and am also looking forward to slightly warmer temperatures as well!  Here's hoping that it'll heat up and STAY warm this time ;)

As usual, I'll be sharing my favorites from the week.  Let me know what you've been loving, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 


Camila Cabello - Camila
I was never really a fan of Fifth Harmony, but always listened to their music because I loved the voice of Camila Cabello.  Luckily for me, she decided to leave the group about a year or so ago and start making her own music!  Even though I've probably heard Havana about a million times by now, I'm still loving it and get excited every time it goes on.  She recently released a full album and it's fantastic!


The Tennis Podcast

It's pretty obvious what this podcast is about (quilting...duh), and I have been devouring every episode since it's officially Australian Open season!  The duo of David Law and Catherine Whitaker release great episodes year round and interview the top players in the sport, but have been releasing daily episodes to wrap up each day of the Open.  Since the tournament is on the other side of the world and I'm not able to watch every single match, it's been great to hear what I missed while I was asleep!  Plus, both hosts are British, so it's pretty nice to listen to as well :)


2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview
The next Olympic Games are right around the corner, and I'm getting SO excited about it.  Since I don't have cable, I haven't been able to see a lot of the Olympic programming so far (including trials for all of the sports).  So, I was really pleased to see that Neflix released a "preview" of some of the athletes, which originally aired on NBC.  I just started it, but I'm already loving hearing more about some of the people who will be representing the United States in February.  Not that it's enough that they're incredible athletes, but it turns out they're all funny, attractive, and amazing people as well.  Make sure to give this a watch if you're counting down the days until the Olympics!  #WinterIsComing


TRUE 30 Day Yoga Challenge

I've been briefly mentioning this in my weekly training report, but this month I've been following along with Adriene's TRUE 30 Days of yoga Challenge!  Pretty much every year, Yoga with Adriene comes out with some kind of themed 30 day series, and I've been doing it for the past three years.  I'm already more than halfway through this years' and have loved it.  I've been sharing each day's practice on my Instagram (mostly to keep myself accountable to do it every day) and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the day.  If you're new to yoga or want to find a way to integrate it into your life, this series is a great way to get started!

Traveling anywhere for the holidays?
Have you tried diffusing oil yet?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hawaii Part Three : Maui

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I'm going to be sharing my third and final post on Hawaii (check out the others here!).  It's been so fun to write these recaps and relive the trip all over again.  Now that it's freezing out and snowing like crazy, I can really appreciate how incredible that trip is.  I would love to go back, PLEASE?!?

We were actually in Hawaii for Dan's work, so the entire time in O'ahu he was working.  I was working on east coast time, so I luckily had afternoons free to explore (which is how I got to see so much, but mostly alone).  When his work was done, we decided to extend our stay a bit and take a mini vacation.  Instead of staying on the same island, we decided to make the quick 45 minute flight over to Maui!  It was a very different experience from O'ahu, and we had a great time.  Here's how we spent our three days on the island:

Day One : Kihei

After landing and picking up our rental car (we decided on a Jeep which was the BEST decision!) and drove over to our Airbnb.  We found one in South Maui in the town of Kihei.  (ps- if you haven't used Airbnb yet, you can save $20 by using my link!)

We settled in for a bit, then walked along the beach (we were right on Waimahaihai Beach, which was never crowded and really beautiful).  We could actually see two other Hawaiian islands from the beach- Kahoolawe and Lanai.

To eat, we walked into town a bit and stopped in Nalu's South Shore Grill.  It was absolutely packed, and the food was great!  I had a poke bowl and a beer, and we got to slowly enjoy our food and listen to live music.  I also love the fact that the restaurant offers three flavors of infused water, rather than plain tap water!  Nice touch.

Day Two : Road to Hana

Since we had a limited time in Maui, I knew that I wanted to get a start early and do what everyone suggested- the Road To Hana!  This is a famous drive along the Hana Highway that starts in Kahului and ends in East Maui (which is where the town of Hana is).  There is also the south drive, which most rental cars don't cover since the road is unpaved and more dangerous to drive on.  Since we had a Jeep, we were able to drive on it and that ended up being my favorite part of the drive.

The drive is famous because it's absolutely beautiful- you drive through lush rainforest and along the coast for a total of 52 miles, and encounter 59 bridges and 620 curves!  Along the way are popular stops, including waterfalls, arboretums, fruit stands, beaches, a national park, and more.

I had a rough outline of stops that I wanted to make, but if something caught our eye we would just pull over and check it out.  Sometimes this was hard, because most places didn't really have a "parking lot" or place to pull over (and most of the roads were basically one-way).  It was all part of the adventure though!  Here are some highlights, going from west to east:

Started the drive at the Kuau Store.  There are lots of options for food and drinks, including a coffee bar.  I loved the fact that they had lots of vegan and vegetarian options, and I ended up picking up a tempeh pesto wrap and a fig bar.

Twin Falls (mile marker 2)
There are bathrooms and a fruit stand at the entrance.  Take a path down to the falls or wander around the park.

Waikamoi Ridge Overlook (mile marker 9.5)
Nice little trail that leads to picnic tables.  We stopped here for a while and ate our lunch that we picked up at the store.

Keanae Arboretum (mile marker 16)
One of my favorite stops.  Free park with beautiful trees and plants and a small creek.

Keane Peninsula (mile marker 17)
This is actually a little off of the "Road to Hana", but well worth the detour.  I would probably pick this as one of the most beautiful stops we made!  The crashing waves and gorgeous views made it a great stop.

Halfway to Hana (mile marker 17.3)
We stopped here for some coffee, and it was great to chat with the owner.  She had lots of suggestions on her favorite stops on the road, and showed us some local products that were sold at her store.  There was also a pizza truck here and lots of snacks if you're hungry.

Wailua Overlook (mile marker 18)
Short hike up to the overlook.  There is a great view of the ocean as well as the mountains.

Wainapanapa State Wayside Park (mile marker 32)
This was the only stop that we missed (which I think is pretty good!)  Apparently this park has black sand beaches, sea caves, and is known for their famous volcanic tubes.  We saw a sign for "camping" and figured the beach entrance was ahead, but unfortunately we were wrong.  Since it's kind of hard to turn around on the Highway, we just kept going.

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Hamoa Beach
We have now officially made it to Hana!  This beach is really beautiful!  I read somewhere that some consider this to be the most beautiful beach in the Pacific Ocean.  I'm not sure if I agree with that, but I loved how it looked so natural and was so peaceful.

Haleakala National Park
Probably my favorite stop on the trip (even though it wasn't technically on the "Road".)  Just a note that in order to enter the park you must buy a pass ($25 per car, but it is good for three days).  Most people go to the crater entrance to the park to see sunrise or sunset, so buying the pass will let you in both areas!  This park has a trail that leads through a bamboo forest to see two different waterfalls, and another trail that goes down to the Seven Sacred Pools. 

First waterfall (about halfway up the path)

Bamboo forest

Second waterfall at the end of the trail

Seven Sacred Pools (aka 'Ohe'o Gulch)

That was our last stop on the Road to Hana!  The rest of the drive around the south side of the island was gorgeous, but there were no more stops.  Instead, we were treated with amazing views like these:

and this!

Haleakala Crater
It was starting to get late, so we had to make it up to the crater to see sunset.

Most people go during sunrise, since the summit sits above the clouds, but reservations have to be made months in advance to enter the park that early.  To get up to the park, you drive up a huge hill with lots of twists and turns.  It takes a long time to drive up, so make sure you leave yourself lots of time, and pack warm clothes or blankets since the temperature drops dramatically.  

Once parked, we hiked around a bit and tried to pick the best spot to watch the sunset, then watched the stars come out for about an hour.

It was so beautiful and unlike anything I've ever seen before.  Pictures don't even do it justice!

Day Three : West Maui

It was our final day in Hawaii (boo!) so we decided to do a bit more exploring.  We decided to head over to West Maui and check out some of the parks and towns. 

Iao Valley State Monument was our first stop.  There is a short hiking trail that gives you beautiful views of the mountains and the Iao Needle (that pointy little guy in the middle of the picture).  There is a parking fee of $5, but I think it was worth it for the beautiful views.

Right outside of the park was a small botanical garden.  There were trails all over with buildings and structures that were clearly influenced by Asian design.  It was so beautiful, especially considering that the park was free to visit!

After exploring the parks, we headed to the Maui Tropical Plantation.  This place is so awesome!  It felt like a little town, with shops, a restaurant, farmer's market, coffee shop, and even zip lining on their grounds.  We actually stopped for lunch, and the restaurant was really beautiful.  Luckily, the food matched up to the surroundings and I had a delicious vegetarian feast!

After lunch, we made the quick drive over to Lahaina!  I heard a lot about this town, and it definitely lived up to the hype.  There were so many art galleries, restaurants, souvenir stores, and historic building to explore.

We wandered around for a while, then stopped at Kohola Brewery for some beer, and Lahaina Pizza Co for an AMAZING pizza and beautiful sunset!

We had to stay until it got dark to see the incredible Banyan tree that lives in front of the Old Lahaina Courthouse.  It's really an amazing sight to see, especially when it's all strung up with lights!

linking up with Amanda

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hall of Fame Marathon Training : 1

Happy Monday everyone!  This was a very weird week, because the temperature was yo-yo-ing all over the place.  It seems like Pittsburgh isn't the only city that experienced this, at least according to the #MotherNatureIsDrunk I've seen all over social media.  It was nice to have a few nice, warm days!

This was technically week one of my marathon training since I switched over to my new race!  I have 15 more weeks to go until race day, and I'm feeling so strong.  I didn't miss any runs this week, and I have been continuing the TRUE 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Yoga with Adriene!  It's been great to stretch out every day and get in some core exercises as well!

Here's a look at how my week of training went:


Rest Day!


7 miles / 9:20 pace
This run happened in two parts.  I was planning on running before work, but unfortunately everything was iced over and I ended up doing more ice skating than running!  So, I finished the run after work at North Park which was completely clear.  It was the perfect temperature outside and this run felt so great.


6.5 miles / 8:55 pace
I headed out to the park again for my speed workout for the week!  My plan was a mile warmup, 2x2 miles at tempo pace (8:00) with a mile jog in between, and a mile cool down.  This workout went great and I hit my paces perfectly.


Rest Day!


5 miles / 9:14 pace
Pittsburgh got hot all of a sudden, so this run was perfect!  I was overdressed and got super sweaty immediately, but I was just happy to not be freezing for once.

700 yard swim
I found a plan online to help me swim further (it's like a couch to 5k for swimming) and this was day one!  The plan had me doing 4x100 yards, 4x50, 4x25 for a total of 700 yards.  I felt great during this and can feel myself getting better already! I'm still super slow, but I took off nearly 3 minutes on my time from last week when I swam 700 yards.  I'm happy with that!


3.1 miles / 10:19 pace
Good bye warm temperatures, hello cold and snow!  We got dumped on with about 6 inches of snow, and it was back to single degree temperatures.  I went on a quick run outside, and it was tough to run on the unplowed roads!  My Yak Trax helped somewhat, but I kept the pace nice and easy and slow (not that I could have run any faster if I tried!)


10 miles / 9:40(ish) pace
Today was such a frustrating day!  It started out with a dead car battery, then our second car wasn't able to make it out of our driveway thanks to all the snow. Then, I decided to run around my neighborhood after the Steelers lost (urgh) and mapped out a nice 10 miler.  I felt amazing, the weather felt cold but not too cold, and the roads were nice and clear!  I'm out there enjoying my run and a nice podcast, when all of a sudden my phone dies (weird because I charged before I went).  I finish up my run in silence and not tracking it, and charge my phone back at home and it's still fully charged.  I was happy to have a good run in, but annoyed that it didn't count on Strava towards my Lululemon 40/80 challenge.  Oh well!

How was the weather where you are?
Do you ever have a day where everything seems to go wrong?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Marathon Training : A Change of Plans

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to stay warm.  Last week, we got hit with a huge cold spell, and every day had negative wind chill.  Not a good way to start the year off, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get your training in!

I also have a bit of an update!  As you all know, I have been training for the Newport News One City Marathon.  As it turns out, plans changed and I can no longer do that one.  It works out well because I hadn't signed up for it yet (because I knew the day might not work out), and now I have more time to train!  I have been feeling a little under-prepared with all the traveling I did during the holidays, so this makes me feel a lot better.  

So- I decided to do the Hall of Fame Marathon in Canton.  I was actually already signed up for the half (during their $26.20 promo), and just switched my registration over to the full.  I feel really good about this decision, and feel like I'm really going to crush the training.  Here's to another 16 weeks!


Barre / 1 hour
Happy New Year!  I had to start 2018 with a bang, so I signed up for a class at The Dailey Method with my favorite instructor. The class was so great, and ended up with a 10 minute stretch/intention setting for the year.  When we left, we got mason jars with a tag telling us to add in favorite memories from the year.  I can't wait to read what's in the jar next New Years!


Rest Day


4.5 miles
I did a hybrid sort of workout on the treadmill- 1 mile warmup, 2.5 miles going between hill repeats and marathon pace, 1 mile cool down.  I'm not really a treadmill fan, but don't mind it if I can mix things up and watch something to distract me.


Rest Day!


4 miles / 8:58 pace
Even though it was 0 degrees (with -18 windchill), I wanted to get my run done outside.  So, I bundled myself up in about 20 layers, made sure no skin was exposed, and headed out.  It turned out to feel great with all the layers on and I really enjoyed this run!  It was sunny out (which is rare in Pittsburgh), and I had a good run, and managed to hit my goal of 4 miles at marathon pace.

Swimming / 400 yards
I told myself that I would make 2018 the year that I finally did a triathlon.  Since I want to do one this summer, I figured there's no time like now to start swimming!  I went to a YMCA close to my house for the first time, and it was so much fun. The gym is amazing (can't believe I never went before), and the swimming went great!  It was definitely hard since it's been a long time since I've done lap swimming, but I got it done.


4.5 miles / 9:31 pace
Another cold day, another bundled up run.  I headed to the park and did a few miles on road and a few miles on the trail.  It was really relaxing because the park wasn't busy, and it was actually a pretty beautiful day out.


10 miles / 9:16 pace
I headed out for my long run, and started to feel so stiff around the 3 mile mark.  I just felt like I was completely frozen, and it almost hurt to move my arms and legs!  I was hoping to get 15 miles on this run, but after 10 I just had to stop.  It was disappointing because my pace was great and it felt good, but I had no desire to keep going in the cold.

Swimming / 700 yards
I went straight from my run to the gym to get in some more swimming.  I tried to pace myself more and go further than I did on Friday.  I actually felt really good and was happy that 700 yards didn't feel that hard.  The first triathlon that I'm eyeing has a 900 yard swim, so I feel like I might be able to manage that!  

One more side note- I started the TRUE 30 day yoga challenge on the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel.  I usually do her challenges every January, and this one is going really well.  I've been posting my daily practice on my instagram if you're interested in checking it out!  It's been helping a lot with recovery, and I love adding it in to my daily schedule!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Top Five Friday : 2017 Favorites

Hi everyone!  And congratulations for making it to the first Friday of the year.  That's definitely something to celebrate!

Today I'm switching things up, and sharing all of my favorites from the past year in my five categories (plus a bonus category).  Here they all are- in no particular order!


Thanks to Spotify, I was able to see what my top songs were in 2017!  A lot of these were songs that I used while I was training for races, so they don't really come as a shock to me.  Here are my top five:
Greatest - Sia
Love On The Brain - Rihanna
My Shot - Hamilton Mixtape
Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
El Taxi - Pitbull


I listened to so many great podcasts this year that it's hard to pick just one!  I decided to pick one that launched in 2017, that I immediately listen to as soon as a new episode is released, and am never disappointed in any episodes.  For me, that would be the Ali on the Run Podcast.  I've mentioned this one a number of times on here but it needs to be said again- Ali is such an amazing podcast host, and has the best interviews.  She always has interesting people on the show, and I look forward to each and every episode that comes out.

My other top five podcasts would be:
The Girl Next Door
The Popcast
Ear Hustle
This American Life


When I was working on this blog post, this is definitely the category that made me think the hardest!  I was thinking back on what I watched this year and nothing really stood out that much (which is probably a good thing because I tried to cut back on what I watched in 2017).  

Then, I thought a bit, and realized that this year I watched the entire Game of Thrones series while I got my wisdom teeth out, so I would pick that as my show of the year.  It's something that I didn't want to enjoy, but got sucked right in and am now dying for the last season to come out.

A few other shows that I enjoyed this year include:
Top Chef
Big Little Lies
Dark (actually currently watching this and LOVING it!!!!)


This was the year that I stopped making small, frequent purchases and instead saved up to make larger purchases.  Dan and I also tried to focus on saving money for traveling and paying off our mortgage quickly, so the way we spent money definitely changed!  In the past I would have picked a clothing item or new pair of shoes as my best purchases, but I honestly can't remember buying any (non-running) shoes or clothes this year!  Instead, these are my favorite purchases from 2017:

Kayaks and Paddleboards - I absolutely love being on or near water, and we specifically bought our house because it's by a lake where people can kayak.  This year I took the plunge and got a kayak and a paddleboard, both during huge sales and stacked with coupons (so it ended up being a lot less than I originally anticipated).  It's been super cold lately, but I'm already wishing for warm days so I can get back out there!

Pittsburgh Winery Membership - This is the gift that keeps giving, because with my membership, I get 3 bottles of wine every 6 months, free tastings, winery events, and discounted bottles of wine.  This was the first year I tried out the winery, and absolutely love it.  Not only is the wine great, but it has a cool atmosphere and the people that work there are absolutely amazing!

Knife Block - As someone who loves to cook and cooks a lot, I decided to finally invest in a good knife set this year.  I've been using the same two knives that I bought from Marshalls ever since getting my first apartment, and decided this year to go for the real deal.  It's really incredible what a difference a good knife can make, and now I'm never going to be able to go back to my old knives.  I'm able to prep food so much faster, with such better quality in my cuts, and do it a lot safer.  

Subaru Forester - For the past 5 years, Dan and I have shared the same car (a Ford Focus) and it's worked out fine.  There were some times where we both needed the car or had to miss out on something, but in general it wasn't a huge inconvenience to share.  Then, Dan got a new job that required him to travel, and we finally decided to add a second car to the mix!  We ended up finding a used car on Craigslist that was in excellent condition, with four-wheel drive for an amazing deal and have loved it ever since.  It's definitely helped us out lately with the weather we've been having, and I would consider it our best purchase this year!


There were so many cool things that happened in my life in 2017.  I got to cross of a ton of items on my 30x30 list, and visit new places.  Here are a few of my favorite memories from the year:

Going to my first tennis tournament (and spending the week in Cincinnati)

Setting a new half marathon PR and training/racing with friends

Going to Expo East and Baltimore with Alexa

Going to Hawaii!


Today I also wanted to share five things that I'm looking forward to happening in 2018! 

Finishing a marathon!  In the past few years I've been really good about signing up for marathons and even starting them, but haven't quite finished one in a while.  Since this is my golden year I'm going to make it happen!

Visiting Ireland and Scotland.  So far, this is the only trip I have planned for the year and I. Can't. WAIT.  This is one of the first trips in a while that I actually planned out an itinerary (since we'll have a car), and it's getting me really excited.  If you've ever been and have suggestions on things to see/do/eat/etc let me know!

Winter Olympics.  I absolutely love watching the Olympics (I slightly prefer summer, but winter is cool too).  For the past few years, Dan and I have randomly been in Canada during the Olympics, so I'm kind of thinking about planning a quick weekend trip up to Toronto just to keep the unintentional tradition alive.

Weekend Trips.  To go along with that, I would love to take more weekend trip this year.  I tend to plan big, annual trips rather than smaller, more frequent ones, and this year I want to make it happen!  There are so many cool towns and campsites within driving distance of Pittsburgh and I want to see more.  I would also love to make it up to Penn State sometime this year!  It's been way too long!

House Projects.  There are a few things around the house that I want to work on this year, and I think it would be fun to share it on the blog!  We have some big things to do (like adding a second bathroom and replacing all the windows) as well as smaller things (repainting our final room and adding lighting to the kitchen).  Here's to actually accomplishing something in 2018!

What are some of your favorites from 2017?
What are your goals for 2018?