Wedding Updates: I have a Planner

As promised I will do a few more wedding posts.  In all honesty, although Tim and I have been engaged for nearly 2 months, we barely have anything set in stone.

We have a lot of ideas and appointments but nothing is exact at this point.  Both of us are laid back and we don’t want to feel rushed planning a wedding.  Plus I (personally) think part of the fun of being engaged is actually being engaged and planning the wedding.  Not rushing, stressing and trying to get it all done in one night.  If you finished planning a wedding in a month, then you have a few more to do nothing.

We plan to get married sometime April 2015.

While I haven’t found a venue I love yet, we have found a wedding planner (person) that we do.  Hopefully between her and an actual book we will be good to go.

When I worked in Oswego, I used an Erin Condren Design planner to keep track of appointments, work and running.  It was perfect for doing that.  When we got engaged, the one thing I did want to do was order a planner to keep on track.

I was ecstatic to work with Erin Condren and they provided me a $50 coupon code to buy a wedding planner.  (my planner ended up costing 65 with shipping so I payed 15).erincondrenweddingplanner4

After receiving the planner, I immediately noticed a 10 off coupon (good because I’ll need a life planner when they come out in June), as well as sample stickers and some great quote stickers.  All of which I like a lot.

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There are a few things I look for in any planner:

  1. A monthly calendar (more important then weekly for me, I like to see long term and things as a whole)
  2. Space for a lot of notes and writing
  3. A spiral binding
  4. Thick paper because I write in pen

Again these are things I like…maybe you don’t.

Here is the question I received when I had the life planner from coworkers:

Is it worth the price?

So much space for note taking.
So much space for note taking.

For an Erin Condren planner with shipping, it will be about 50-65 dollars.  Honestly, it is worth the price.  The planner has everything you need and it built for function.  I got so much use out of my life planner that I won’t go back to a target planner.   I have a feeling the Wedding planner will be the same way but I’ll let you know after I’m married (that is a scary thought).

A to do list.  I need that.
A to do list. I need that.

I don’t review a lot of products on my blog and I don’t review any products that I don’t feel strongly about.  I feel strongly that Erin Condren planners are worth their price tag.

That being said they have also offered me a 50 dollar coupon code for you. 

Because my blog is not self hosted I’ll have to do the commenting version of entering the contest. 

Here are all the ways to enter (please leave a comment saying you did so.  If you already follow me or Erin Condren just leave a comment for each entry):

  1. Leave a comment saying how you keep organized.
  2. Like LOLZ page on facebook.
  3. Follow Erin Condren on twitter and like on facebook
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  5. Share on any social media platform (you can tweet, share on facebook, or whatever just please comment you did so.  You can do this however may times you want).  You could get 10000 entries if you are that into sharing contests.

A random winner will be chosen and announced on June 6th.

 

I bought my original life planner for 65.  I received a coupon code for 50 dollars for a wedding planner.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Medford Lakes 5k (19:24)

My 5k last weekend left a sour taste in my mouth.  The day after, I decided I wanted redemption and decided to sign up for another local 5k on Memorial Day.  (cliff notes from last weekend: I left my racing flats at home and ran in Glycerins.  I struggled to break 20 minutes).

The race this weekend was a local 5k with about 200 people.  I was working at 10 am so it worked out perfectly that I could run the race at 7:30am and then head to work.  I only got about 6 hours of sleep the night before and after a heavy training week, I knew a reasonable goal would be to beat last weeks time (19:52).  I am feeling the mileage bump up and going from running 5 days to 6 days.  I know in a few weeks I’ll readjust and feel better.  Right now I’m feeling the increase.

Tim decided to run the race as well.  After not running for 6-7 weeks, he wasn’t sure how he would do. We ended up warming up by running the course beforehand.

The race went off without a hitch.  The first mile was actually terrifying because there were so many people running a 6 minute mile.  There were at least 30 people around me.  I thought it was going to be a much tougher field.  Many high schoolers began fading though around mile 1.

Tim passed me around .5 and never looked back.  I kept him in my sights the majority of the race but couldn’t catch him again.

I hit mile 1 around 6:09 and felt pleased.

The second mile headed towards the lake.  We went over a small wooden bridge and I nearly tripped and fell but caught myself before I took anyone down.  The race began to thin out and I found myself running alone for the rest of the race (6:10).

The last mile looped around neighborhoods and I could hear people cheering while I was running.  I was fading quickly but I focused on finishing strong.  The leaders were out of my sights and we headed around a few more turns.  The race course itself was in a neighborhood, around a school and also around a lake.  The final mile went through the neighborhood and it was pretty cool to see the residents cheering us along.  (for a small race I found it cool).

I finished in 19:24 and I was completely happy with that.  I knew it was not a day for PRing.  The course itself is pretty fast and the weather was nice. Training wise I am not in PRing shape.  I was extremely happy to be 30 seconds faster then last week.  Tim ended up finishing 3rd overall.

The race awards were extremely cool.  It is a nice handmade carved piece of wood.  It is probably one of my favorite race awards to date.

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I’m glad I woke up early and got back out there.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite race award or medal?

What is your favorite race start time?

I think mine is between 8-9.  Although it’s nice to be done with a race before it gets too hot.

 

Distance Stinks

The previous month presented me with a lot of challenges.  As I said earlier, Tim was gone so I found myself trying to make plans and stay relatively busy.  I did just that.  While I can’t say it was easy, I can’t say that I allowed myself to be miserable either.

What I didn’t mention in my first post was it was very difficult for us to talk as well.  So not only was he away but he couldn’t chat either.

One thing people have said to me several times is “you chose this life”.  Not only do I find that a little bit rude but it also doesn’t make it any easier.  Distance relationships for anyone are not fun.  I don’t think anyone ever says “a perfect relationship for me is someone who lives far away or is gone frequently”.  I also tried my best not to whine on the internet but honestly I didn’t find myself completely miserable that I felt the need to do that.  Yes some days were extremely hard, but some days I was so busy or gone all day with work by the time I got home I fell asleep.

Something both Tim and I have strived on is having a life outside of each other.  We love each other but we both strongly believe it’s important to have other hobbies that aren’t the same.  Tim fixes cars, I like to hang out with my friends…etc.   Honestly I think everyone needs their own hobbies too.

While he was away, I…

I’ve made plans that have kept me busy.

Some of my coworkers and I at Broad Street
Some of my coworkers and I at Broad Street

I’ve seen friends I haven’t gotten to see in a while.

I am awkward.
I am awkward.

I took time for me.

The important thing for me personally was to stay busy.  Whether staying busy meant going out to eat with friends, talking with relatives, or just hanging out…I needed to stay busy.  If I allowed myself to be bored, then I began to be miserable.

I can’t say that I wasn’t overzealous and excited to finally go pick him up though.  It was a long month.   

Since this is somewhat relevant, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how wedding planning is going.  Neither of us don’t have any ties to NJ, so we aren’t planning a wedding here.  This week when we go down to VA Beach, we have a couple of wedding venue appointments.  I am hoping to find the “perfect” venue and have that set in stone.  Then I can begin to start wedding talk and go look for a dress…and all the other things you do.

Past that, I haven’t done a lot.  We aren’t getting married anytime soon (sometime in the late Spring 2015) and are taking time to relax and enjoy the moment.  I ordered a wedding planner notebook that I’ll be sharing in a couple of days.  I’ve enjoyed their normal planners for college so I thought I would probably enjoy their wedding planners too.  Plus they offered to do a giveaway.  It’s a product I used throughout college and loved so hopefully you will too. 

I read a lot of wedding blogs and hear from friends that planned their wedding in a month.  I had respect for you before but I now have a new found respect.  I cannot even imagine planning a wedding in 4 months.

Questions for you:

What is one of your hobbies?

If you are married, how long were engaged for?

WG Marathon Week 2: Change of Pace (77 miles)

Training this week has been a bit different then what I anticipated.  I had thought I was going to run a 5k on Saturday but then decided to wait and run a 5k on Memorial Day (so that’s what I plan  to do tomorrow). 

Therefore training became a little bit off.  I was still able to get a speed workout, long run and rest.  All three of which I think will make up the basics of my marathon training.  I almost had to change my marathon choice but you can read about that here.

Monday: 12.5 easy Nike Training Club Core Crunch
Tuesday: 11.3 (8:40) with Jamal  
Wednesday: 12.5 7:16 tempo P90X Abs
Thursday: OFF  
Friday: 16.25 mile long run
Saturday: 12.5 easy  
Sunday: 12.5 easy with Tim  

 

All of my easy runs were done easy.  I can’t say there was a whole lot of excitement…I just ran.  They are just fluff miles I’ve added into my training.  Tuesday, I was happy to run with my friend and neighbor Jamal. I haven’t run with anyone in a while so it was really nice to run with my neighbor Jamal.  It’s funny because we have talked about running together for a solid 7 months now and we both live within a mile of each other…but then we finally did.

Post running with Jamal
Post running with Jamal

My tempo run went better then expected.  My goal is to do a longer tempo run each week (hopefully at some points, it will be my long run).  I started out around 7:40 pace and worked down to a couple of miles under 7 minute pace.

My long run went well (I can say that now that I’m finished I guess).  I felt decent, I don’t really know what else to say about it.  I ran by myself, listened to my newly downloaded Iggy Azealous CD and it was fun.  Right now, a 16 mile run feels so difficult to me.  I remember during my previous training cycle waking up and running a 15 mile run before breakfast and feeling good!  I could not do that at all right now.  I can’t wait to progress into this training cycle so I can do that.

So that’s all I have for marathon training week 2.  I don’t have any complaints except I wish I had done core once more but laziness got the best of me.  I changed my schedule a bit to accommodate my race on Monday. 

Week 3 Goals:

I have my race tomorrow.  I would really like to be faster than last week.  (I mainly signed up for the race in hopes I would be).  I’ve already packed my shoes in my car.  I’m heading down to VA for wedding things as well as the Run for the Dream Half Marathon.  (My last half until the Summer is over).  I would like to be around this mileage again.

Questions for you:

Favorite core workout?

How was your week of workouts?

The Metro Diner (Brooklawn)

Sadly the Metro Diner (Brooklawn, NJ) has now closed for good. South Jersey Observer sited the lot would be made into either a “Super Wawa” or Royal Farms.


Driving to the Metro Diner, I had no idea what to expect.  The Metro Diner is located on route 130 in Camden County. Across the street is an adult store.  I wondered if I should have checked out the Metro Diner myself before inviting others to have lunch with me.  Once we got inside, we realized how nice it was.

My date Erin and I
My date Erin and I

Metro Diner Atmosphere: A

The Metro diner is two huge rooms.  The actual building of the Metro Diner is nice outside, and inside it’s separated so you can either walk left or right.  They took us left to a beautiful big spacy booth.   Both sides seem similar.

Metro Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the Metro Diner was excellent and kept it refilled the entire time.  I asked for whipped cream, and the lady was able to bring me coffee and whipped cream.  What was most impressive was that she also brought me whipped cream on my refill too.  She even brought the can over. It was brewed fresh, hot and I had whipped cream.

Metro Diner coffee

Metro Diner Food: A

The menu at the Metro Diner is one of the largest of any diner.  Every food imaginable they have.   I ordered my standard Greek salad but this time with chicken (since they didn’t have salmon).  Erin and I were chatting about often diner salads are filled with white lettuce and a few random vegetables.  (This happened to me at the Cherry Hill diner).  So the salad looks like more than it actually is.

This salad was a reasonable amount of lettuce with lots of toppings.  My favorite part about the Metro Diner salad was that they gave me two full pieces of pita bread.  (Double then most diners). My only question was what kind of salad dressing it was.  It stated on the menu it was a house Greek.  To me, it tasted like oil and vinegar (which is fine) but not house.

Metro Diner salad

It was one of my favorite diner salads to date.

Metro Diner Price: $

For my salad with chicken and coffee at the Metro Diner, the total was 13 dollars (not including tip), which was an excellent value.  I left feeling full and having a great time.

Would I come back to the Metro Diner?

Yes, I’m surprised the Metro Diner (Brooklawn) closed. They had a lot of different options I want to try. (Plus their desserts look amazing).  The Metro Diner food was filling, it was inexpensive, and it had good coffee.  Though it’s about 45 minutes from my house, it is worth the trip.  (Especially since it’s close to Philly.  So if anyone from that area wants to go, you know where to find me!).

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite salad dressing?

Mine is either balsamic vinaigrette or Greek.

Have you judged a book (or restaurant) by its cover only to be pleasantly surprised?

 

 

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