WIAW: Florida to New York

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind, thoughtful, and inspiring responses to yesterday’s post. You’re all the best!

Home sweet home!

I kid you not, I could not stop smiling when we were driving closer to my house here in New York. It’s so good to be back!

I was also probably smiling because I could finally get off my butt after 20+ hours. I thought I was going to explode like TNT at one point. Oh, and there were some train passengers that we’re pretty sure kept passing gas, and since mom and I were in one of the smaller, enclosed cabins, it was a little {VERY}  hard to breathe. Not cool. Nevertheless, I am very thankful for safe and swift travels overall!

My moves before we left for the autotrain station: Jess’ quick bodyweight countdown workout! Push-ups have gotten harder… 😉

There are some food items I want to share with you from this past week— from both Florida and New York— that never made it on the blog until now!


Sharing the noms on Jenn‘s blog!


Florida breakfast: overnight oats in a sunflower seed butter jar (plus a little more peanut butter because there wasn’t enough sunflower seed butter left at the bottom 😀 )


NY breakfast: more of Kath’s peach dough boy smoothie (plus peanut butter blended in!)


Florida lunch: “Asian tacos” aka Daliza’s leftover corn tortillas and carrots + Chinese takeout leftovers 


Florida lunch: Mom’s udon noodles with tofu and eggs + side salad


Last Florida lunch: Sushi at Amura!…


…with doodles on the side


Delaware lunch (from Virginia autotrain station to NY): split a turkey-brie-apple-mustard sandwich and bistro salad with momma


Delaware treat: Cinnabon sans frosting split with mom


Florida + NY snacks: All Dried Up Snacks from Orlando Farmers’ Market! The naked onion rings are the best!


Florida dinner: toast with avocado, spring mix, scrambled eggs, and ketchup


NY dinner: big salad + toast with almond butter + scrambled eggs with ketchup


Florida dessert: Lucky Charms!!! This made me so happy.

When we were in Florida, I made Daliza and my family members the same breakfast as me almost every day, so that basically doubled the rate of nut butter consumption (not to mention the random spoonfuls, smoothies, and peanut butter sandwiches). We went through a large, Costco-sized peanut butter jar, a whole sunflower seed butter jar, and then another regular Publix peanut butter jar in just three weeks. Champs!

I have some errands and appointments today, and I’m actually pretty pumped to be on some sort of schedule again. I already visited Daliza, went on a short run/walk with Mike, and went grocery shopping last night!

{Story time: Daliza was coincidentally at the grocery store with her cousin when I went, but apparently I walked by without seeing her. So she snuck up behind me and squeezed my sides, which caused me to let out a wild, loud scream in the middle of the produce section. THANK YOU SO MUCH, DALIZA.}

That’s all for now, folks! Hope you have a beautiful day!

So tell me:

What was your favorite snack this past week?

Do you like Cinnabons?

Do your friends like to scare you to death?

Tamales, Kittens, and Lizards, Oh My!

That’s not how it goes, I know.

This is the absolute last day you will read about my adventures in Florida— promise. Dad and the rest of my family left for home yesterday, and mom and I are headed home via auto train today! I must admit that I’m quite excited to be going back to New York, even though Florida has been awesome. T-minus 20 days until it’s time for Boston!!!


Sharing the marvelous Florida finale on Katie‘s blog!

My awesome 10-year-old cousin, Amy, asked me every day this weekend: “Did you do your moves and grooves today?” She’s now my youngest blog-reader (to my knowledge), and this is a little shout-out to her and our countless games of 2048 on my phone.

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Watching the favorites vlog


When do most people like to go to the beach? When it’s hot and sunny, right? Well, my family likes to hit the waves when the sky looks like this:


So ominous

The last thing we wanted after a grueling, hot day at Universal Studios was more sun. These clouds were pretty intense, but once the lightning cleared, we swam in the ocean while it was raining. At one point, we were the only ones in the water, which was both concerning and awesome. Moves: fighting the waves and running back and forth from the car to the ocean. 😀

Afterwards, the beach hunger monster hit us hard, so we went to dinner at a waterfront restaurant called Milliken’s Reef. Mom and I shared the crab cakes and broiled scallops. So delicious!


We went home to celebrate Uncle G’s birthday with some ice cream cake!


I don’t like Chips Ahoy, but this ice cream cake was pretty darn good to someone who’s not a huge fan of chocolate. Happy birthday, Uncle G!


The healthy family and I started the day off with some outdoor (HOT) stretching, a little bit of kung fu, and indoor core work. I’m serious about the kung fu. They taught me some basic kicks and jumps, and I basically felt like Mulan. Later in the afternoon, we went to the Mall at Millennia, where my mom and aunt shopped. Meanwhile, in the Microsoft store…

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Attempt at advertising + #operationbeautiful note

Who thinks someone will actually visit my blog after seeing that? Because I don’t think I would visit a website someone wrote about on a Microsoft tablet. Too sketchy. I do hope someone believes that #operationbeautiful note!

After eating fantastic Thai food for dinner with our other family friends, we went to Downtown Disney for a lovely nighttime stroll.


Mom, Dad, and I went to a wonderful (and wonderfully early) morning Mass before dropping off Dad at the airport. Then we took our guests to the final attraction of their Florida vacation— the Orlando Farmers’ Market! I had just eaten breakfast before we went, but when there are free samples and your family wants you to share tamales with them, you gotta eat.


Tamales + fresh pineapple mango juice (so good)

I’ll consider it one huge brunch.

Oh, we also found free kittens.


Uncle G should be called the cat whisperer.

These were the only cats I’ve ever met that made my heart melt. And no, we did not take one home, because although they were free and absolutely adorable, the cost of raising them is through the roof. College tuition says no.

Mom would also not be a fan. She resents cats for reasons of the past.

I did the most intense moves I’ve done in a while yesterday, and it was so fun! I did Lori and Michelle’s latest workout. Eventually, the sad time came to drop off my cousin and her parents at the airport…and then there were two. Mom and I have been wrapping up household cleaning and maintenance, which is like the depressing part of movies when all the fun is over and everyone has to go home.

In other news, a lizard made its way into our house. Eeeeeeek! Mom and I had our back door wide open to take in the patio furniture. I guess a lizard was inside the screen covering the patio (that is meant for blocking out wildlife……), and it decided it wanted some AC. We didn’t want to kill it, but Mom ended up smacking it too hard with a broom in an attempt to hold it down for a second. Poor fella.


I took this picture of a lizard inside the screen covering on Saturday. This very well might have been the one that came in. Eerie, eh?

So that’s our odd weekend for ya! Swimming in the ocean while it’s down-pouring, holding kittens, and chasing lizards.

New York, here we come!

So tell me:

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a cat person?

What is the craziest creature that has been inside your house? 

Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling to Florida

On traveling to Florida and spending our first day here:

Do make overnight oats when you have to leave the house at 5 AM.

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Don’t go to sleep at 12:30 the night before.

I was still somehow awake enough to drive 3+ hours to the AutoTrain station in Virginia.

Do grab lunch at the Eden Vietnamese Center before boarding the train.

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We went to a restaurant called Rice Paper!

Do endure the on-and-off service of the train to watch the World Cup final.

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So sad Argentina lost.

Don’t be picky with your food on the AutoTrain.

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It’s still a thousand times better than airplane food.

Do take mirror selfies in the bathroom “lounge.”

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Because it’s called a bathroom “lounge”….

Do (or maybe don’t) have one of the overly oily and sweet corn muffins for breakfast.

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So bad, but so very good.

Don’t wear a heavy duty cotton t-shirt when going to Florida in the summer.

I felt like I was in a thermos when I arrived.

Do go to Tijuana Flats if you’re in the South.

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If that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will.

Don’t forget to pack enough underwear. Three pairs for three weeks isn’t enough.

Yep, that would be me.

Do make a trip to Publix.

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You know how I feel about supermarkets.

Don’t waste a tissue to pick up dead bugs when you can use a receipt.

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EW. Thanks, Daliza for taking care of that little bugger.

Do practice yoga outside with your best friend.

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Don’t practice yoga outside while there’s a thunderstorm and there are birds checkin’ you out.

We did that anyway.

Do take pictures of the sky when it’s YELLOW.


God’s painting.

Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes on our travels! We’ve had a blast so far as you might be able to tell 🙂 Can’t wait to share the rest of our adventures with you!

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

So tell me:

What do you eat for breakfast on the go?

Do you like supermarkets as much as I do?

When was the last time you saw a beautiful sunset?