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Month: April 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Best Foot Forward

Um, Rich and I are running a half-marathon in 18 days.

Where did the time go?!

We’ll be heading up to PA after work on Thursday, May 15th, and getting to my friend’s house SUPER late. (Thank you so much for putting us up, Tammie!) I’m really excited to have a day to explore the Philadelphia area, as I’ve never been. Oh, and you KNOW we’ll be on the hunt for some good breweries, but obviously we can’t get too crazy, since Sunday is race day! The race itself is in Wildwood, NJ — about 2 hours southeast of Tammie’s place.

I ran 4 miles today and Rich ran 6! We were not too thrilled about it.

Eek

But we sucked it up and we did it.

This PA trip is going to be very special, as Tammie and I have been “internet friends” for going on 6 years now, but have never met in person. The story goes a little something like this…

In 2008, I really got serious about my health and wanted to lose some weight that I’d put on in high school (and keep away the impending “freshman 15” while at college). I wasn’t the least bit athletic, couldn’t run a mile without feeling like I needed an inhaler, and surely wasn’t eating the greatest foods for my body. I joined SparkPeople, an online health/fitness/weightloss community (100% free!), and began entering my daily exercises and calories.

Tammie and I “met” on the forums and realized that we had similar weight-loss goals and timelines. We kept each other in-check and held each other accountable for workouts and sneaky binges. Tammie is older, and she knew I was in college, so she often joked “Don’t drink your calories, Cassie!” Ahem, college parties, anyone?

In 6 months, I lost 27 pounds and learned so much about my physical potential.

The rest is history. We are both still very interested in health, fitness, and now, running! So, meeting Tammie AND running a half-marathon with her, all in one weekend — it’s just so fitting.

xo Cassie

Brewgaloo Weekend

So, my shoulders are a little sunburned, and my feet a little sore — but I had a great time yesterday at Brewgaloo with Richard, my parents, and my brother Patrick! I continue to be amazed at the number of local breweries that our state is churning out.

The event was also dotted with dozens of local food trucks, each with its own unique cuisine. Richard and I tried veggie and tofu dumplings from DumpPhoKingTruck — a brand new food truck (Brewgaloo was only their second event!) that began as a Kickstarter project. The food was great, and the ladies running the business were just so sweet!

Food truck

Now that it’s Sunday, it’s time to get caught up on a few things around the house. I’m happy that we are able to have the windows open, though — it’s going to be over 80 degrees and sunny today! May need to take a stroll around the lake later…

The cats are enjoying their lazy Sunday.

Merlin

Gretchen

I get the feeling that every day is a lazy day for them.

Oh, check out this cute little piece of wall art that a vendor was selling at Brewgaloo — I think I want to try to make one!

Freckles

Richard pointed it out and I fell in love with it!

I even threatened to fight another freckle-faced girl for it.

I was kidding.

Happy Sunday!

xo Cassie

Yep, It’s a British Invasion

Wow, where to even begin?! So many fun things have been going on that it’s hard to know where to start. All the beer and wine I’ve been drinking for the last week probably doesn’t help my memory either.

Literally, I have drank every single day for 9 days straight.

Is this college again? (Kidding, Mom!)

(Not really kidding.)

Last night, my sister, my Mom, Richard, his Mum, and I (wow, that’s a mouthful!) met at my Mom’s parents’ house in North Raleigh for tea-time turned champagne/beer/wine/snacks/cake time. A little background: my Grandma Mary and Richard’s Mum are both from England. We just knew they’d hit it off!

We had a blast.

I love listening to their travel stories; and it was certainly a lot of fun to hear Susan and Mary talking British things! Bubble and squeak, Marmite, dripping, all of these odd-sounding food names had my Mom, sister, and I cracking up! My Grandma made an amazing Treacle and Spice Victoria Sponge Cake that was topped with a sweet frosting made with fresh orange juice. Divine.

Cake

Wow, check out the feet photo-bomb in that picture.

Kara? Those your toes?

Anyways, I’m going to have to make that cake sometime soon. It would be perfect for gently (it crumbles easily!) dipping into a frothy espresso drink. Mmmm…

I am in love with their garden. And very jealous of it.

Pink rose

Lemon verbena

Front porch

I would have taken more photos, but I was fiddling around the garden with an iPhone in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other!

You can find my Grandmother’s blog here – she has been blogging for 8 years! Her travel photos and stories as well as her love for all things cottage quaint and shabby chic keep me coming back to read daily. My goal is to post as often as she does. Right now, she’s surely winning.

Susan leaves for the UK tomorrow afternoon. I will certainly miss having her around. It’s been such a treat showing her around the Triangle and introducing her to my family. So happy that she will be returning in December for our wedding!

xo Cassie

Easter Weekend

We’ve certainly been having “a bit of fun” during this long Easter weekend. With Richard’s Mum in town, we’ve made sure to spend lots of time with family — and we captured some fantastic family photos today.

I am just so excited to share these pics on the blog!

And then, between Kara and I, things got a little “cray”…

Seriously love these people.

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, too! More family times to come — Patrick is driving down from DC this very moment!

xo Cassie

Spring Cleaning, Easter Baking

Richard and I have been having a lot of fun with his Mum in town — we’ve eaten awesome pizza at Mellow Mushroom, went to a Durham Bulls game (and left early, because we started to freeze!), drank lots of tasty beer, and done plenty of relaxing at our house! We did a ton of spring cleaning before she arrived, and I’m really happy with the way the house is looking. Walls have been painted, closets cleaned out, floors mopped, bookcases overhauled (still a work-in-progress), dining room rearranged, and more!

Here’s a quick visual tour of some of the house progress…

Still being painted -- we've had to put this project on-hold for the moment!

Still being painted — we’ve had to put this project on-hold for the moment!

The cleaned and reorganized laundry room shelves.  I love knowing exactly where everything is.

The cleaned and reorganized laundry room shelves. I love knowing exactly where everything is.

The guest room and our fantastic Etsy headboard.  SUCH a great purchase.  Now if only the cats didn't see it as a giant scratching post.  Obviously, this bedroom is off-limits for the kitties.

The guest room and our fantastic Etsy headboard. SUCH a great purchase. Now if only the cats didn’t see it as a giant scratching post. Obviously, this bedroom is off-limits for the kitties.

The buffet table has been moved into the dining room -- I love it underneath these 3 narrow windows.  A great Pier 1 find.

The buffet table has been moved into the dining room — I love it underneath these 3 narrow windows. A great Pier 1 find.

Behold, the new yellow front door!  Absolutely love how welcoming this door is.

Behold, the new yellow front door! Absolutely love how welcoming this door is.

Easter M&M cookies -- can't wait to put these cuties in the oven.

Easter M&M cookies — can’t wait to put these cuties in the oven.

As you can see, we’ve been very busy! Looking forward to a low-key evening at the house tonight. We may pour some wine and just kick back with a movie on… Rich and I are thinking Sideways, one of our favorites.

Just for funsies, a cute Gretchen picture.

Gretchen

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, if you’ve got Friday off work, too!

xo Cassie

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