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I have 438 unread blog posts in my Google reader. I have 117 work emails waiting for me. I have over 250 Gmail emails.

But I’m in a really good place. That trip was unlike anything I expected. And it gave me everything I needed. And most of all it reminded me of ME. 2011 is going to be one amazing year.

Here are a few pics of my trip. Many stories to follow ūüėČ

Bariloche, Argentina










Bike ride day 1 - On the right


Pompa Linda (Mt. Tronador), Argentina




On top Mt. Tronador



Bike ride through the canyon

Bike ride through the canyon


San de martin de los andes


Heading into Chile


No man's land - between Argentina and Chile


Pucon, Chile

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NORTHERN PATAGONIA! I’m going I’m going I’m going!

I will be heading with my coworker to Argentina where we’ll hike, bike and white water raft our way¬†on to Chile. Once in Chile we are planning to climb Villarrica Volcano. An ACTIVE Volcano. We’ll be outfitted with helmets and ice picks to do so.

This is definitely one of the biggest trips I have ever taken. It’s happening at the right time in my life and while money is now stressing me a little it’s worth it.

When else will I be able to take a trip like this?

Northern Patagonia region

First stop - Mt. Campanario, Argentina

The center of Villerica

Climbing Villarica

The center of villerica

The center of Villerica

The center of Villarica

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My weekend in¬† a few pictures taken on my new camera ūüôā

Working out of my firm’s NYC office. I got a visitor office on the 37th floor with a bit of a view.


A craft fair and tour of Lyndhurst Mansion with my Mom for her birthday.









And of course some time with my little monster…


This morning I went on a short hike up part of the Appalachian trail with my two childhood best friends.









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Friday night: scrumptious dinner with 4 of the girls at Sol Azteca. The coco fish was to die for. Ending the dinner with a real margarita (no mix) and a Mexican coffee = full tummy.  

Then out to a bar in Boston for a bit before calling it a night. Ever have a night out where it’s fun but you’re just not feeling being in a bar? By midnight I was ready to be back in my place.¬†¬†

Saturday morning: brunch at Paramount. Oh my God. While it was strange to wait on a cafeteria style line the pancakes made on the spot, the giant bowl of fresh fruit and the turkey sausage = so.friggan.good.  

Saturday evening: Drove up to Lake Winnipesaukee with a friend and an old hilarious college friend. Reminisced. Stopped for dinner and ice cream.  

Sunday morning: Hiked Mt. Major. Spectacular views. Made me want hiking buddies in Boston so badly.  

Steeper than it looks!


View from atop Mt. Major


Sunday afternoon: Ate, relaxed, read. Another friend joined in for the fun.  

The view from my friend's lake house


Sunday night: We saw Eat, Pray, Love. Of course books are always better than the movies but I still enjoyed the movie. A few quotes really stuck with me.  

Liz: “I remember an old catholic joke about a man who spent his whole life going to a church every day and prayed to the statue of a great saint begging “please, please, please, let me win the lottery.” Finally the exasperated statue comes to life and looks down at the begging man and says “my son, please, please, please, buy a ticket.”¬†¬†

I love this quote/joke. While I do think “everything happens for a reason” and “things work out as they should” I do think people have to take action. If you want to change your life, if you want to meet new people, if you want anything – you can’t just keep asking for it. You have to go after it.¬†¬†

But my favorite quote…¬†¬†

Richard from Texas: “You’re going to have to learn to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes every day. Now that’s a power that you can cultivate. You want to come here and you want to control your life so bad work on the mind, and I don’t think you should be trying to control a thing because if you can’t master your thoughts you are in trouble forever.”¬†¬†

Monday: Laying on the dock, going on a boat ride, and relaxing before making the drive back to Boston.  

And now back into the grind. I woke up in a crappy mood between¬†sad dreams about Benny and feeling a little unsure about life¬†right now. I’m trying to practice what Richard from Texas says above though. And it helps that my new DSLR just arrived at my desk ūüôā

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This morning my alarm went off at 5:35am. It’s just painful to get up that early. For some reason when¬†I know I need to get up early the night before I try so hard to go to bed but then it gets later and later and in my head I start saying “ok if I fall asleep now I’ll get 7 hours of sleep…if I fall asleep now I’ll get 6 hours of sleep” and so on.

Plus, I finally have a book that kept me awake and wanting to just read read read!  The Scent of Rain and Lightning is a bit of a mystery meets messed up love story. When I first started it I honestly thought it might be a bit slow but after getting a chapter or two in I just need to know what really happened! So 200 hundred pages later I was still awake reading.

Ok major digression back to the point.

So I woke up, got my bike rack on my car, attached my bike (this gave me anxiety the entire drive as I picturing it flying off my car into the car behind me) and drove again to Mystic Lake.

Once there we set up our transition areas and got into¬†Mystic “murky, dark and dirty” Lake. We swam about¬† ¬Ĺ mile (more than my .3¬†for during my real tri) then ran out and changed over at our bike setup. I’m not going to lie, after getting my wet suit off , brushing sand off my feet, and trying to get clothing on over a wet sports bra, I felt winded.

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We got onto¬†our bikes¬†and¬†I couldn’t get my feet into the cages fast enough so I just tried to ride the first 2 miles without having my feet in. Big mistake. I could feel the difference and my legs got tired much faster than I expected. We did 3.5 swift miles on bike before transitioning again.

We immediately started running (well, jogging) and completed 2 miles. The run itself wasn’t bad, my legs felt strong and not tired, but my lungs still felt winded from that swim and my stomach started cramping up a bit. I don’t know if it was hunger, thirst, or my body asking me what on earth I was thinking swimming half a mile at dawn.

To recap, this morning: .5 mile swim, 3.5 mile bike, 2 mile run
My real upcoming Tri: .3 swim, 16.6 mile bike, 5k

I still can’t shake the panic that sets in mid-swim but I hope¬†that because I’m expecting it, I’ll know how to deal with it, and maybe because I’ll be in the midst of it being my first tri I won’t even focus on that. Right? Right.

Once¬†I get to the run, even though that will be the biggest mental challenge to finish,¬†at that point I think I will feel relief.¬†Because at that point I’m safe. No drowning, no crashing, no technical glitches – it’s just up to my own¬†body to perform.

Now I feel a bit¬†drained and I’m very much looking forward to a low-key night of reading my book, packing for vacation and sleeping. ūüôā

I also have another topic on mind that I want to write about later. It’s about friends and growing apart or changing. It’s a confusing and sad feeling. I’m still trying to sort through it but maybe a post will help.

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Last night I tried to run to the girl’s house. The run in total is only about 2.5 miles. While yes it was 92 degrees out, I couldn’t do it. I took multiple walking breaks and just felt tired, dehydrated and run-down, literally.

I’m reminded why I’m not a huge drinker after this past weekend. Saturday night was full of laughing, eating amazing foods, holding hands and a little cuddling with a certain boy (my friend’s brother, we’ve always had a little thing but I have no desire to date him as he’s younger, lives in Vegas and works in the restaurant industry and has the opposite lifestyle I want) but all in all it was great. But it could have been just as great with less alcohol.

Many glasses of wine, many cups of beer and then hard alcohol to end the night (why was that vodka soda necessary at 3am?) I was fuzzy on and off all night. I went to bed spinning, but not before scarfing down a sausage egg and cheese on a roll from a dirty Brooklyn bodega. Bed time was about 5am. Wake up time was first 8am, when I thought I was going to die, and then back up officially at 11am to start the 5 hour drive home. Brutal.

I was asleep by 7:30pm on Sunday night and slept until 7am Monday morning. Needless to say I had little nutrition on Sunday and Monday (umm unless you¬†count when we stopped¬†McDonald’s on our drive home and I ate a 10 piece chicken nugget meal.) Again, was that really necessary?

So when it was time to head to the girl’s to have a dinner together because my friend G is officially leaving for DC this week, I knew I needed to get some physical activity in. Not just because of the copious amount of alcohol, or McDonald’s, or ice cream, but because umm hello I’m supposed to do a triathlon in 3 weeks.

I was frustrated during my run. I was mad at myself more though. I don’t enjoy overdrinking. I don’t enjoy losing control, or losing an entire day and a half to recovery, or¬†honestly, I can’t handle¬†the empty depression that has always followed me the day after drinking too much. Sunday night and yesterday I felt really low.

So I’m learning. I’m understanding more and more what makes me happy, what makes me feel fulfilled, and when balance and moderation need to come into play.

It’s time to get myself together this week. I need a bike, a bike rack, a helmet, and all the other accessories. I need to get in a few really good workouts. I need to get my life organized before going away for a week with the girls (girl’s week vacation next week!!!)

Ahh, vacation…

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My past weekend in a few words and a few pics…


Pawtuckaway State Park - Trail start

Pawtuckaway State Park - Trail start

Drove up past Portsmouth, NH with my friend J to Pawtuckaway State Park. After driving down some pretty bumpy and unfinished roads, we parked at a trail head and made our way!






From the start of the hike the nature was beautiful and just what I needed on a Saturday.

We came across a little toad that J picked up. It then peed on her, which is apparently what toads do when you terrify them. Understandable.

A little toad friend

We also ran into a garden snake but I actually was so thrown off by seeing a snake that I was clutching J’s arm instead of taking a picture. I’m not even scared of snakes! We kept walking and while this doesn’t look steep, it was!

Fire tower trail

Fire tower trail

About a mile or so up the trail was the fire tower. We climbed the rickety few floors and had some spectacular views. I loooove New Hampshire!

The view from the top of the fire tower


¬†Then we drove too…

Downtown Portsmouth for lunch & ice cream

Portsmouth, New Hampshire! We had a mexican lunch (where I overdosed on fajitas) then some really yummy ice cream. Portsmouth is actually one of my favorite cities ūüôā

We then¬†drove back to Boston, showered quickly and headed to my friends for a surprise going away party for our friend Gretchan. While we are so sad to see her go, we are excited for her to start a new chapter in graduate school and in D.C. So our friend A made her a cake shaped like the monument and was pink with skittles like her Mom used to make her as a kid (which everyone had to joke looked just a bit phallic.) It didn’t help that “watch out D.C. here she comes” was written next to it.

the cake - it's the Washington Monument!

After playing drinking games, where I beat out everyone at survivor flip-cup (who knew I was a drinking games champ!) I got home around 2am and crashed.


7:30 am rolled out much to soon. My friend S picked me up and we hit up Dunkin for some much needed iced coffee and veggie flat breads. We got to the Tri just as it was starting and cheered on the swimmers!

The swim - Marlborough Triathlon

I’m really glad I got to watch this Tri. We were able to see each different portion and it gave me a great idea of what it’s like. I’m not nearly as scared for the swimming part. BUT, I’m now a bit scared for the bike portion. I watched a few riders going so fast, a few almost crash, one minor crash, and crazy downhills. I’m feeling a little uneasy about that.

So what better way to feel more comfortable than to rent road bikes in Nashua, NH! Road bikes are completely different feeling than both spin and mountain bikes. I was quite uneasy getting on and off the bike, and had a really hard time stopping and restarting.

But after riding some back roads we happened across the following trail…

Nashua River Rail Trail

We rode onto it and powered through about 5 miles down and 5 miles back. Amazing! The bike ride was so much easier than I expected in comparison to spinnning. I felt the need for speed on this trail. ūüėČ


It gave me insight into passing (really frustrating and scary at times), changing gears, and going really really fast. I love it! I wish I had brought my garmin to see how far we really went. Oh well, next time.

I didn’t get home until after 8pm. I was exhausted but so overtired I couldn’t fall asleep until almost midnight. I’ve got quite a few to do’s this week, one of which is buying a bike and helmet!

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Another weekend comes to an end. How is it possible that the summer if flying by so quickly? Make it slow down!
A fantastic highlight from this weekend:

(Yeeeah, I need some Yoga practice)

A walk around this¬†lake at the base of Bear Mountain with my two childhood best friends. As I get older more and more I’m realizing that I want to spend as much time outside as possible. Every time I do, I just feel more alive after.¬†There’s something about getting up before 8am on a Saturday and walking along trails that just makes me feel like I living to my limit. I’m so grateful I got to spend the entire day with them enjoying the outdoors!
I’m also just so happy that I got to enjoy a nice breakfast with my older sister and Mom this morning before heading back to Boston. It reminded me again of how lucky I am to have the family I have.
Oh and something strange happened on Saturday night. I fell asleep by 11pm and woke up to my younger sister’s texts just after midnight. The topic of those texts for another post. Anyway, I started noticing flashing outside my window, as if someone was turning a flashlight on and then off on and the off. I looked outside and realized, or guessed in my half-sleeping state that¬†it was heat lightning. Only, I have never seen heat lightening like this. Portions of the sky would light up so much that the light was flashing into my room. It was just so strange looking¬†because I didn’t see any lightning bolts, just flashes on and off across the sky that lasted well over half and hour and it was so silent outside the entire time. It was eerie and gave me this feeling, like change is coming. I wish I had gone outside to take pictures or¬†a video because google images just don’t do what I saw justice. I couldn’t fall back asleep for a while after so I actually slept until 9am this morning.
In other big news, I got my Tri Wet Suit! As exciting as it is…
FEAR¬†is settling in. Big time. I’m freaking out that I’m just not ready. I haven’t trained hard enough and I only have 3.5 weeks left to train. I didn’t have a very good run today. I know part of its mental. I mean I basically set myself up for failure when I left my place saying I really need a good run so that I’d feel like I was better prepared and knowing in the back of my mind if the run didn’t go well I’d feel 10 times worse. And I do. It was one of my more pathetic runs at a slow 10 minute mile pace, with walking breaks. I’m just frustrated at myself.
I just need to get into bed, read my book, get a good night’s sleep and think about how I felt here…

Hessian Lake, Bear Mountain

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