April 14, 2014

6 Miles With Friends (Sort Of)

Title is misleading, but whatevs. Time to update you on my most recent runs, both happening to be with friends!

On Wednesday, April 9, my dear friend Chelsey texted me asking if I wanted to run with her that afternoon in Bellevue. I've never run with another friend before (except for my first half marathon), but I jumped at the opportunity to catch up and work out at the same time!

We set off at a moderate pace, and fell into about a 10 min/mile. I'm not used to talking and running, so I was really winded and worn out the whole time! It was a great workout!

The only negative thing was that though I had my Nike Plus going, I didn't have my headphones in since we would be chatting the whole way. So, there was no easy pause button available to me when we had to wait for stoplights. (Edit: Nike+ just updated their app to automatically pause when you do, so I missed the update by a few days! Oh well.)

Afterwards, we got home, met up with JW, and went to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen with Chelsey's husband Aaron. We took a few pictures beforehand.

Yay for new running friends!
We saw this duck just chilling out in front of CPK and thought it was hilarious.
On Saturday, April 12, JW had planned on running 1 mile on the treadmill, but I convinced him to run outside because it looked like this:

So he somewhat begrudgingly joined me :)

I'm very surprised by our pace! Usually JW runs 11 minute miles on the treadmill but I was kind of pushing him to go a little faster. I think everybody goes a little faster off the treadmill, anyways. We ran two laps around the track and pointed out all the cute dogs along the way :)

After! We look a little tired.
We didn't bring our wallets, but I was craving something cold and sweet, so I settled for an iced coffee at Starbucks that I paid for with my phone. Ahhh, technology!

It wasn't mixed very well, so after we came home, I made my own little latte by just adding some milk. It made it much better!
It was a nice ending to a good run! I'm glad that JW and I can run together :)

All in all, I think I like running with friends! It makes the time pass by quickly and the added conversation makes the workout that much harder, haha. Plus I get to catch up and exercise at the same time - time saver, boom!

Back to wedding planning! Just under 20 days to go.. ahhh!!!

April 13, 2014

Amanda's Ceremony and Reception

Saturday evening, April 5, began with Amanda's wedding ceremony, at 5pm in the LBJ Pavilion of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. It was a little chilly, but I wore JW's coat and was comfortable!

The beautiful bride entering the pavilion
A sweet moment during the ceremony
The wedding ceremony was immediately followed by a cocktail hour, where guests could mingle with various champagne drinks (one was a mimosa, one was a basil & pineapple champagne drink, and one was a pomegranate mimosa - all delicious!) or they could choose to go back to their room and freshen up. JW and I partook in about 15 minutes of the cocktail hour and headed back to our room to warm up - though I had JW's coat, it was still a little chilly!

An hour after the ceremony ended, the reception started in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt. We loved that it was inside :)
Party favors (chocolate) and menus
Gorgeous ceiling decorations
Centerpiece and table decorations
Posing with the married couple!
Sarah, Philippa, and myself at the reception
We're getting married in less than month, y'all!

The Bride and Groom Cakes
Cutting the cake
Then, the most awesome part of the reception happened - the bride and groom's first official dance together. It was choreographed! I thought this was SO cool. They were so coordinated and happy and I could just feel the love everywhere :)

Bride & Groom's first dance
The male wedding party members dancing for the bride and groom
All the wedding party and family dancing for the bride and groom
Exit with sparklers!
We had a GREAT time, stayed until well past midnight, and danced the night away! It was a wonderful way to end our trip in Austin, and I wish Amanda and Anand all the best in the next chapter of their happy life together :)

April 12, 2014

Amanda's Rehearsal Dinner

Friday evening began with Amanda's rehearsal dinner, held in the Pavilion of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort.

JW and I
I got suckered into getting some henna :)
Sarah and I waiting to bless the bride to be
Old Roommates!
The bride's beautiful henna on her feet
Friday evening then ended at Barbarella, a bar in Downtown Austin!

Out at Barbarella!
JW's old roommate Kevin and Trang, who are getting married in October!
Fun times :)
Next up: Amanda's Wedding Ceremony & Reception!

April 11, 2014

Good Eats, A Bad Run, and A Longhorn (Hook 'Em!)

Helloooo, world! I'm back from Austin after a whirlwind trip and have finally found the time midst all the wedding planning, unpacking, and laundry folding to blog a bit!

I wanted to round off my Austin trip with a few pictures I took of the last couple of days that we were there.

We left on Wednesday- JW and I made it to Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, and I had a delicious waldorf salad with some roasted garlic bulbs for appetizers. It was SO GOOD.

We met up with our friends John and Ashley, who we were staying with that night, and met their cute dog Ronnie:

She and JW bonded immediately.

(She's curled between my legs!)
And that night, we went to Salt Lick, where I had never been! It was AWESOME.

BYOC (Bring your own... cider :P)
JW, John, and Ashley
Me and my old roomie Sarah :)
Food, glorious food!!! This was plate 1 of 2. 
I was SO FULL after that meal - oohhh man. I usually am never that full but I'm telling you, Austin just has the best food. Ever. That night, JW and I shared a twin bed and had the worst sleep ever, haha!

The next morning (Friday) we got out on the road to head towards the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, where my old roomie Amanda's wedding would be held. It's about 40 minutes away from Austin, and the rehearsal dinner wasn't until 7:30 Friday night, so we stopped by the mall to walk around. Of course, we ended up at CPK because it's delicious.

Yummy Quinoa & Arugula  Salad, with added chicken (not pictured)
After that, we headed out towards the resort. It was tucked behind these winding roads and we even saw some deer!!!
I've literally never seen this sign before!
Getting ready to jump!
After we checked in (and saying hi to Amanda and meeting her fiancĂ© Anand!), I attempted to run around the resort. Unfortunately, fueling and sleep are everything when attempting to run- and neither of those things were very healthy on Thursday and Friday. I wanted to run for an hour because JW had an important phone interview, but I could only make it for 2 miles.

I felt so exhausted after this- I felt like I was going to throw up during the last mile. Also I couldn't really find a good place to run - I was just kind of running on the sidewalks, dodging the golf carts and people checking into the resort. So I just decided that 2 miles was enough, after running 12 miles in the last three days.

Feeling verrrrry tired
I sat on this bench for a while before I felt well enough to get up and walk around, and then remembered that there were some longhorns on the resort, so I walked over to say hi.

The guy in the above picture kept badgering the longhorn and trying to pet him - and the longhorn hit him a couple of times with his horns! It was so crazy - I kept telling the guy to step away from the fence, but he wouldn't listen to me. I wonder if he was day drunk. You can see him in this picture gathering grass to give to the longhorn to try and "build trust" (his words), but then the longhorn would just turn its head to try and hit him. It was so bizarre!

Next up: Amanda's Rehearsal Dinner!