9/11 Memorial and University of Maryland Pt. 1 {MIMM #7}

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

This four-day weekend has been filled with fun activities! A little trip to the city, a little trip to Maryland, workouts, and sleep. “Delicious sleep” as my mom calls it, which I think is quite an appropriate term. I definitely needed a refreshing weekend without a jam-packed list of plans and overwhelming homework, and I hope you all have had a lovely weekend as well (whether you are celebrating Columbus Day or Thanksgiving)!

Alrighty, I think it’s fine time to jump into the marvelous events of this weekend. This might be my most extensive MIMM to date! Stop by Katie’s blog to see more marvelousness from other bloggers!


Marvelous is…

Winning Courtney’s giveaway for Love Grown Foods products! I’ve never won a giveaway before, so I am pretty stoked. Plus I’ve been wanting to try Love Grown Hot Oats ever since they came out. Thanks again, Courtney!

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Marvelous is…

Lunch in the city with my dad and visiting the 9/11 Memorial. We went to a Japanese/Asian Fusion restaurant right next to the memorial called Koko that my dad’s colleague recommended. Unfortunately though, the sushi wasn’t that great. I guess it’s hard to please this sushi connoisseur πŸ˜‰




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Eel avocado and tuna cucumber rolls

It was a chilly, slightly drizzly, windy day, but that sort of elevated the beauty of the 9/11 Memorial in my opinion. The security to get in was sort of like an airport with all the scanners and walk-throughs, but it went by pretty quickly. We pre-ordered tickets for $2 just in case there were a lot of people, but otherwise, entrance is free (donations are suggested).




The memorial is breathtaking. There are two pools– North in remembrance of legal personnel and officials, and South in remembrance of civilians–where the towers used to be.






Marvelous is…

Dinner (with Groupon–what else?) with the whole family at a restaurant called Harth. It was kind of upscale and the food was quite tasty.

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Smoked prosciutto pizza and crab cake as appetizers for the table to share

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Mahi Mahi with corn and roasted pepper risotto for my entree. Not bad! The crust of the fish was way too salty, but it was cooked nicely and I liked the risotto.

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Dessert for the table (mostly Ben and me)–creme brulee that was a lot more liquidy than most creme brulees. But Ben and I thought it was good.

Marvelous is…

Road trippin’ to Maryland with mom! We’re going to the University of Maryland Open House, and I’m pretty excited because Maryland is one of my top choices. It might actually BE my top choice, but we’ll see after the event today! I’ll share more of my thoughts tomorrow probably.

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Marvelous are…

Some kick-butt workouts! Friday was actually a pretty lethargic workout day for me, but on Saturday I completed two workouts from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. I tried this CrossFit workout that she posted on Instagram that involved lots of rowing. I’ve totally underestimated rowing in the past, but after doing that workout, I respect the rowing machine. Talk about burnin’ glutes.

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I followed that workout with her Legs on Fire tabata…and my legs….were on fire. Go figure. It’s such a good one.

When my mom and I arrived at our hotel next to the University of Maryland, we took advantage of the awesome fitness center. They had fresh towels, apples, bananas, quality equipment, amazing water, and lots of space! My mom and I were kinda having a ball in there. We appreciate nice hotel gyms.

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I did 10 minutes on the elliptical before doing one round of this workout from Michelle at Peachy Palate. She must me a woman of steel, because I always only get through one round of her workouts that say “Repeat 2-3 times.” Humorous. I was dripping with sweat and wiped after one round of that doozy. I finished my time at the fitness center with some more burpees and leg presses.

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That’s a wrap! Actually, there’s an amazing dinner that my mom and I had last night that I want to share with you all, but we’ll save that for WIAW. I’ll leave ya hangin’ for now though πŸ˜‰ Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do you like the rowing machine? Any good restaurants you’ve gone to recently?


8 thoughts on “9/11 Memorial and University of Maryland Pt. 1 {MIMM #7}

  1. Have a great time in Maryland! Visting prospective colleges is always exciting!
    This weekend I just hung out but on sunday I had a date with my dad in Rhinebeck, NY which is a really cute and quaint town. To eat we got lunch at this place called “bread alone” which was delicious and then we toured town. we saw Ina Gartners house!!!!!

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