“A Day In The Life Of” A Traveling Gnome

This traveling gnome has been out of the game for a couple of month.

To be honest, I have been wrapped up with work and Patrick and I are trying to save up for our little Vermont getaway as well as our trip to NYC in May. Today I share with you “a day in the life of” me traveling from Boston to NYC bright and early.

Difference is, I am taking the bus when normally I drive. I am just being safer since I am pregnant and get tired faster. Let’s get started shall we?

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Monday 2/23, 4:25am: Alarm clock goes off!

4:45am: I packed everything the night before, so all I had to do was brush my teeth, get dressed, gather my stuff, wake up Patrick and head out the door. I took a few sips of this Vitamin-C deliciousness as I got ready and saved the rest for later.5:00am: Begin the journey to Boston. I seriously need to thank Patrick for waking up before the roosters to take me to the train station. Love you.

5:45am: Arrive at the station, wait for my bus and munch on my breakfast: Questie bar and a banana.6:00am: Bus takes off! This bus was express and it went pretty quick until we got to Manhattan (we even passed by Yankee Stadium). There was tons of traffic in the city but we got there safe and sound at 10:45am.

11:00am: I was hungry but it was so cold, so I decided to get on the train to get home to the boogie down Bronx.

11:45am: Get home, make some lunch, relax and chat with my brother. 

1:00pm: I waited ’til my mom came home so we could head to BuyBuy Baby for the baby registry and other errands. I know, the baby shower is in May but I like to plan and have things taking care of. And now it’s done! In April we’ll announce the registry and send the invites. 

7:00pm: Arrive home, eat dinner and relax ’til bed.

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2/24, 9:00am: Tuesday was mostly a relaxing day. I slept in and when I woke up I made some oats, digested and did a little yoga. I made some cupcakes for my dad and waited for my mom to come home.

Baby Gendron even turned 17 Weeks! <3

1:00pm: Went to grab lunch with my brother. I really wanted some New York pizza and that’s what we ate!3:00pm: We went to the 92 Street Y to see a music appreciation performance that was for my mom’s school. It was about music mixed with silent films. I definitely felt baby move during the mini orchestra performance.6:00pm: Came home, ate dinner and relaxed again. Cutthroat Kitchen time!

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2/25, 8:00am: Woke up a little earlier, cleaned up, made some oats, did a little yoga and relaxed.

1:00pm: Wednesday was another low key day. My dad and I went to lunch at Olive Garden and enjoyed some conversation about baby and the future. I got a flatbread and a side of chicken and gnocchi soup.For the rest of my time in New York, my mom and I did a little shopping and I did some more relaxing. It’s always get to get some R&R every once in a while.

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2/26, 7:00am: On Thursday, I woke up a bit earlier to say bye to my mom and pop since they went to work early. I got ready for my bus trip back to Boston and ate some delicious oats for breakfast.10:00am: I took a quick stroll to the bakery up the block to get this delicious coconut and cinnamon sticky bun type thing. I haven’t had one of these since high school. 10:45am: I walked to the train station with my brother, got some goodies at the store and bid him goodbye.

12:10pm: I literally made it right on the dot to MegaBus. It was not in the place I though it was but thank goodness I made it, I was so frozen!

1:00pm: Definitely needed a sugar rush ;)5:10pm: I finally made it to Beantown (with a 15minute stop along the way).

I grabbed my things, then headed to the train to teach Spin. Only I would teach spin class after being on train/ bus from 11:00am to 5:30pm. That’s just me :) All in all, it was a nice/ productive trip to NYC.

Baby registry and baby shower decorations are done. Cake is mostly figured out too!

And, I got a new phone too! Early birthday gift from my dad. Now pictures should be clearer.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! :)

Life In Pictures #1: Coffee Much?

Happy Friday y’all!

Or in my case, it’s my Saturday. All my days tend to get mixed together. Any who, hope everyone is doing well. Today we will be doing a blog link up with Lina via Fit, Fed and Happy.

What is “Life in Pictures?”

Well you take random photos throughout the week, put as little text in the post as possible and make your own guesses as to what happened that week. Sometimes I have pictures left over or just don’t know what to say for them. It’s a win, win I think. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do!August 25th, 10:00am: Last outfit in the NYC.12:30pm: Last view of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.August 26th, 5:00am: First day at a new job.August 27th, 1:00pm: Workout done; alittle legs, bi’s and tri’s!4:00pm: Alittle protein snackage.August 28th, 9:00pm: New Target coffee find. Pumpkin spice anyone? 11:45pm: Overnight workflow + more coffee.August 29th: 6:30am: Breakfast or dinner post overnight?11:30am: Brunch with the broski.6:00pm: Time for errands!

And that’s a wrap! Hope everyone enjoyed my random pictures from this week. Don’t forget to check out Linda’s linkup!

I hope everyone has an awesome labor day weekend :)

#TravelingGnome: Part III

I must admit; I love to travel.

Whether it’s one hour or six hours away. I love it all. My brother and I went to New Hampshire Saturday night to pick up the manfriend to go to New York. I had an Uno’s coupon and had the herb rubbed chicken with broccoli and roasted veggies. Also lots of coffee in hand.  Sunday we relaxed in the a.m, had breakfast then my brother, dad and the manfriend went to a Yankee game courtesy of his sister.Pretty nice view.It was a great time with him and the men of the family.The next day we engaged in some “catch and release fishing.”  We went to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx…And enjoyed a lovely afternoon.A trip is never complete without some froyo!I had a wonderful time in New York with the manfriend and the family.

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Later this week I will post a day of eats for you to see what I am currently eating to fit my macrosGet ready for the third update in my “Journey in Between” series. 

Also if you haven’t, check out my YouTube vlog of randomness, a healthy “margherita pizza,” post–surgery stuff and the cycling certification!

I hope everyone is having a great week :)

New York City Tour

This past weekend I went back home to New York. My mom wanted to make sure I was resting and had I stayed in MA, I would have been trying to fix everything post surgery. Mother knows best… 

I enjoyed another few days with the family and delicious burgers from my dad!We also headed to the casino with the manfriend.The manfriend came up Sunday afternoon to take me back to Massachusetts.We enjoyed an afternoon in the city at the American Museum of Natural History.Isn’t he the sweetest?My dad also took us both to visit Yankee Stadium to redeem a ticket voucher and have brunch together. I am back here in New England and resting up til I take over a couple of overnight shifts at my old job again. Good thing about it is I don’t have too much to do for the overnight shifts so I can take it easy.

Happy hump day!

 

WIAW #103: Happy 26th; Let’s Have Some Cake or Two!

Happy WIAW my friends! 

It’s a special one because this passed Sunday on the 22nd, I celebrated my 26th birthday home in New York. As always, thanks Jenn for hosting.wiawphotobutton I have to say I think this was my best birthday yet. The weather was prefect, my whole family was there and everything just went right. Not to mention grabbing some delicious iced island coconut coffee from a rest stop on my way to New York. I just love Green Mountain coffee. The night before we went to a Michael Jackson tribute show at Lehman College for my cousin since he graduated high school! My mom picked up this delicious chocolate mousse cake and you know I ate it! Can’t pass up a good mousse-cake. Two and six are two of my favorite numbers; duh for June and 22 so I think this year is going to be a kick ass one. I woke up early and got a workout in at the very first gym I went to in NY. It’s where I started my weight loss journey almost five years ago. Then my mom and I went to Zumba with one of the best instructors ever; Sharon from Excel Yoga in the Bronx. Thanks for the awesome class as always Sharon! Post workout, we had smoothies from a place across the street called Juice Me. I created my own and had a spinach, kale, raspberry, grapefruit and almond milk smoothie (plus I added my own protein and flax).My dad and I went to a Yankee versus Baltimore game which was half a present to myself and half a late father’s day gift.We definitely had a blast and it was nice to spend some time with him. Plus my team won, so that’s a plus. Sorry dad!I had a chocolate pear ganache cake from my mommy; happy birthday to me! Presents? Spin shoes, a camera, Starbucks gift card, coffee and also a tattoo from my brother; a tree of life (with my frog in it!). Of course a little alcohol was involved. Instead of getting raspberry lambic, I got the peach one since I felt that was a smidge more summer-y. So delicious.

It hit me this morning that I am 26 and four years away from 30 which is crazy. 25 was not such a great year, but things can only go up from here.
I am excited for the AAAI/ISMA Cape Cod Conference coming up in August. Stay tuned for all that jazz :)

#UnpluggedTravels

This weekend I decided to unplug myself from social media; that means being on Facebook, checking Instagram, Snapchatting, blog reading and YouTube watching.

Why?

Well during yoga last week, the yoga instructor mentioned about disconnecting ourselves from social media and technology. While I couldn’t turn off my phone (for work/ personal purposes) I was logged off of all things and kept myself away.

I honestly can say I felt more relaxed as there are so many things going on, I feel like social media distracts me from my “problems.” I needed to just sit and be with myself and organize my thoughts.I went to New York to visit my family, get some health (which by the way, I feel 99.9% recovered!) things taken care of and switch cars with my dad. My car is basically “dying” so he’s going to try to fix it. My dad is pretty awesome for doing so and eventually when all things are right, I will work on getting a new car by the end of the year/ early next year. Thanks dad! Any who, I enjoyed the little things this weekend liked iced coffee.And lunch with the family.And Froyo with the moms; Peanut butter and praline frozen yogurt w/ blackberries, kiwi, almonds, granola and a peanut butter drizzle. Say what?!Making a smoothie for my mom and I post Zumba…Or maybe mommy taking taking care of me and baking some paleo cookies. So good!Now, it’s time to relax and prepare for next week’s new classes to begin!

Have a good week y’all :)

Holidays at the NYBG

Happy Holidays once more my friends!

I am actually heading back to MA today. It’s bittersweet to go back but my parents are going to be visiting me for New Year’s Eve, which should be fun. I do have to work when the clock strikes twelve, but that is okay with me.I had a mini vacation and got Christmas off (which I was suppose to work). Oh by the way, check out my snazzy coat from my mom. I am in love with it! Thanks mom Xo! I am grateful for all things right now in my life and for my family. As you can see from the nature and train, my mom and I went to the New York Botanical Garden (again) and enjoyed the #trainshow!Above in JFK airport, Belvedere Castle in Central Park!Some buildings of New York City.One of my favorite places in New York; Pelham Bay Manor!And most people know Macy’s downtown in New York City.Time to go to some yoga and then head on the road. I am sure I will be exhausted later tonight. Hope everyone enjoys their last weekend before the New Year!