Get Low Furlough

Sorry for the absence, but I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Thanks to the government’s inability to make decisions, I, like a ton of other federal employees, have been furloughed. At first I was shocked, but now it’s feeling surprisingly normal to live each day without an agenda. Luckily, I have had a few fun trips since I’ve been “shut out.”

A week ago, my parents invited me to go to Cass Scenic Railroad with them for one of their monthly day trips. Since Dad left the prosecutor’s office, he’s really slowed down his work load, so he and Mom and enjoying life as much as possible. Anyway, we left around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday afternoon and hit our first spot just outside of Randolph County, Gaudineer Picnic Area.

Cass Trip

It was the coolest spot I’ve ever picnicked. The entire forest floor felt like walking on pillows! It also really gave me an understanding of how dangerous it can be to wander away from your group or hiking partner…or maybe it’s just my general concern for every situation.

A few days after that trip, I loaded up the car and headed to D.C. to visit my friend and old roommate, Chelsey, with my other friend and old roommate, Micah. We arrived at Chelsey’s Friday evening and spent the entire time drinking wine and catching up. The next day, Chelsey and I got up and headed to a barre class at this cool little studio called Biker Barre.

We let Micah sleep in since she works a billion hours a week. I had never been to a barre-style class, so I was pretty surprised that I actually managed to finish the workout without collapsing on the floor. It was a challenge! I definitely wish we had something like this in Morgantown.

After the workout, we spent the whole day walking around D.C., eating and shopping. That night, we headed out for dinner and drinks with Chelsey’s boyfriend Jay and several new friends. Such a fun night!

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Now it’s time to get into the holiday spirit by settling in for the premiere of American Horror Story: The Coven! So excited for this!

Pasta Party

Yesterday was supposed to be my third day doing Ripped in 30, HOWEVER, I skipped it in favor of a much needed hang session with my friend Abigail. First, we had a very filling dinner at Puglioni’s. I got linguine with veggies and pesto sauce, ate at least half the loaf of bread and still managed to walk out of the place without the help of a crane. After we left there, we headed back to Abigail’s to start planning our little getaway in July. We are going to see She & Him (!!!!!!!!) in Washington D.C. and plan to stay in the city for two nights. Abigail used to live in D.C. for a summer while she worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, so she knows the area much better than I do. We’re hoping to do some sightseeing and definitely hit the museum to catch up with some of her former colleagues. Pretty fun trip planned! I stayed out much later than anticipated, but got to see another great friend as well! Worth it.

After I got home, I started thinking about how important it is to savor time with people you care about. Abigail is moving in August and will be living out of the state for nearly 3-5 years, so every little bit of time with her counts. I’m definitely used to her being far away, sometimes even halfway across the world, but it still always bums me out when I realize she won’t be a few minutes away from me. Regardless, I’m very happy and very proud of her. Plus, now I have an excuse to finally visit Massachusetts.

Tonight I plan to hit the Ripped in 30 DVD hard. I may even sneak in 20 minutes on the elliptical at the gym as well. Every little bit counts!

What activity can guarantee you’ll skip your workout?

Return From a 3-Day Weekend

This weekend was a three-day pig out fest for me. On Friday, I went to a birthday dinner of my friend Micah, hit another celebration for Alex’s dad on Saturday and met up with another friend, Danica, last night. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a pudge-bellied Bailee. Of course I had fun at each of these dinners (got to meet Micah’s pharmacy school friends and enjoyed visiting with her boyfriend/my family’s long-time friend), but it definitely made my decision to observe Lent an easy one.

We literally have a million photos like this.

I’ll first preface by saying that I’m not the name brand Catholic, but rather the off brand Episcopalian. I say this because the Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and I am much WASP-ier than Catholics. However, the Episcopalian church’s stance on certain social issues is far closer to mine than Catholicism. With this being said, in years past I’ve observed Lent and tried to remain in self-denial.  One year I gave up meat (which obviously stuck) and another year I stopped biting my nails. In all actuality, I’m very good at abstaining when necessary. (Hello, no soda for three years!) This year I’ve decided to give up two things I love dearly: chocolate and candy.

The guidelines I will be following are similar to those that Julie at PBFingers developed when she gave up sweets for Lent. Here is my list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

Not Allowed

  • Foods with little to no nutritional value that have a high sugar content (i.e. Sour Patch Kids)
  • Snickers or other chocolate candies
  • Foods contain chocolate or candy

Allowed (as long as it’s chocolate/candy free)

  • Luna and other brand snack bars
  • Frozen and Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Gum
  • My gummy vitamins 

I don’t actually anticipate this being harder than it sounds, but I do think I will have to be careful about what snacks I buy over the next few weeks.

Have you ever given anything up for Lent?

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