Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And the Winner is...

Drum roll please...

Too Cute!

After much deliberation (plugging in comments to random.org and double checking the entries) The winner of the LUNA gear and bars giveaway is...


Stephanie @ Run For Fun!!  

Go check out her blog, not only is she local to Boston :), but she is a speed-demon, race-aficionado, and overall pretty cool chick :)
Stephanie in her customized race shirt
Congrats Stephanie, please shoot me an email to marquis.danielle - at - gmail.com with you address and info so I can hook you up with the fabulous Susan and your goodies :)  And a HUGE THANK YOU for all of you that participated and all of you who follow along with my life on the blog-o-sphere! I saw a lot of inspirational comments on what motivates you to stay active, and a lot of great responses to the Team LUNA Chix site - definitely a fun place to search around :)
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More on St. Bart's and my regular scheduled programming later :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

St. Barth's - The Trip to Paradise Part 1

So as most (if not all) of you might know, I just recently returned from an absolutely breathtaking and unbelievable trip to St. Barthelemy, in the French West Indies.  This trip was surprisingly last minute (booked about a month before we left!) and an incredible blessing.  Tripp was asked to sail in a local regatta with one of his friends, and we both had some vaca time to use, so we went for it! We spent 7 surreal days in paradise, and I couldn't have been happier!

We left for the island early, early Monday morning, traveling through Charlotte, North Carolina - which had a great strip of classic white rocking chairs alongside real life trees on our trek to the next plane.

From Charlotte, we headed to St. Maarten and then jumped on a little 10-seater puddle jumper, that proved to be the most exciting and scary plane ride I have ever taken.  Apparently St. Bart's has the "3rd most dangerous airport in the world", at least according to Wikipedia.  It is a single, short airstrip placed in between the foot of a massive hill, and the ocean.


After a long day of traveling, we arrived safely and checked into our luxurious accommodations (paid for by the regatta fee - which was only 550 euros - yes, euros on this French island - and also included some meals and a rental car for the week!).  We stayed in the "Garden House" of the Guanahani Resort & Spa, which was indescribable - Tripp and I had an entire villa to ourselves, and shared a private pool with another villa (which we never saw them, so it was all ours for the week).

The next day was spent putting together the boat, meeting up with some of the other sailors and a dinner in the area called St. Jean, which is the area that the regatta was sailing out of, the regatta village.  It seemed to be one of the more lively spots, housing the famous Eden Rock Hotel, the airport, and a few good bars/restaurants/shops.

They spent the morning building, and the afternoon sailing from Gustavia (where the harbor is), to St. Jean.


Loved this sunset!
Breakfast was a lot of fresh fruit, toast (w/ nutella, obviously), yogurt, mueseli, eggs (I could go on) eaten outdoors at the pool, beachside every morning, then we would drive down to St. Jean for the guys to get sailing, and for me to get tanning...
this was my scene most mornings, as I read "The Help" on my ipad and watched the guys sail out to the course 
Day 1, windy conditions = happy Tripp


Purple kite! Easy to spot them going down wind
One thing that was pretty incredible here - besides the clear blue water, white sand beaches, and perfect weather - was the driving.  The streets were small, most of the islanders got around on mo-peds or 4-wheel drive mini-SUVs...I took a video for your viewing pleasure :)
Some more photos to give you a better idea of the scenery, and some self-photo work (I was by myself a lot of the days, while the guys were sailing - but I still had fun, and saw a lot).




Up next...my trip on a 40 ft. catamaran, night life, paddle boarding (fell in love with this!) and the trip home!

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Where is the most exotic place you have been? (this could be the tanning bed, I don't judge).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Motivations: Mushroom and Sage Stuffing

I know, I know, this isn't the usual quote to get your butt moving or picture of a very fit, yet scantily clad girl taunting you to get to the gym, but hey, it is a recipe worth moving for, and therefore = motivation.

I mentioned cooking my first ever Thanksgiving stuffing (or I guess any time you crave it), and that it was a huge success among my family (trips for thirds = success in my book), but then I teased you with a picture and no more details about how you can enjoy in this stuffing creation yourself!

Ok, ok, so stuffing isn't the most appealing looking food, but I promise it tastes good! 
 My inspiration for a mushroom and sage stuffing came from Thanksgiving at Tripp's family's house last year, where his Dad made a mushroom and sage and an apple rosemary variation.  After polling my own Father and little sister, it was decided that I would try to re-create a mushroom and sage stuffing for the family's meal.  So here you go!

Mushroom and Sage Stuffing
Total Bake Time: 1 hour 15 min
Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf day-old Italian, French or Rustic bread (we used a day old rustic loaf)
  • 1-10 oz. package baby portobello mushrooms 
  • 1/2 a large Spanish onion (or 1 medium white/yellow onion) (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2-14.5 oz. cans of low sodium/fat chicken broth 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 2 T + fresh Sage (chopped)
  • 1 T + fresh (or dried) Thyme
  • 2 tsp. fresh (or dried) parsley
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat large non-stick skillet on medium/high heat with 1 T olive oil.  Add in onions, celery and garlic and cook for 5 - 8 minutes, until tender. 

While those are heating up, clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel (or clothe) and chop.  

Add in mushrooms, last T oil and all spices (including a couple of hefty dashes of salt and fresh ground black pepper each).  Chop up the bread into 1/2 - 1 in. pieces, and set aside in a large mixing bowl.  

In a separate bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and eggs.


When the veggies on the skillet are done (about 10 minutes total), add the chicken broth mixture and cooked veggies to the bread pieces.  Mix well.  Spray a 9 x 13 in. cooking dish with canola (or the like) oil spray, and pour in the bread/broth/veggie mixture.  Place in oven, and bake for 1 hour covered with foil.  After an hour, take the foil off and continue baking for an additional 15 - 20 minutes (to brown and crisp the top).

Enjoy!

** I got a little liberal with the spices, as in added a few more dashes of each while mixing in with the bread, but it isn't necessary - oh, and you might want a snack handy while this bakes, as the smell is heavenly and will make you start drooling in no time :)

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Do you like stuffing?

I used to hate it until last year when I tried Tripp's Dad's.

What would be your ideal stuffing flavors/concoction?

I am not going to lie, I like the apple and rosemary one the best, but that is because I love both flavors so much that I was biased towards it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Thanksgiving that Was

I want to start this post by noting how unbelievably grateful I am for all of the well wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts that were sent this way - my Grandmother is making strides each day, and although she isn't in the clear just yet, she is fighting and she is doing really well!  She was my biggest blessing this holiday, and everyday, so thank you, thank you, thank you...
Grammy looking so proud at my Grad school graduation
Last I wrote, we were still waiting to hear that she had pulled through, and therefore any thoughts of a normal thanksgiving feast, were far, far from mind.  However, a couple of hours after posting my thoughts, we received a call that she was breathing on her own and wanted to see us all.  With a trip to the hospital already on the schedule, my Dad suggested we pick up some food to enjoy, even if it might be just my mom, dad, sis and I, and even though we were a little late to the turkey roasting party. 

Randall's was open until 1 PM on Thanksgiving, so around 12 noon, we decided to pick up a turkey and some veggies for our mini-feast, and then go visit my Grandmother for a couple of hours, or however long she could take with us all there.  We found a nice 9-10 lber still on the shelf, some root veggies, and green beans and headed to the hospital.  She had had a draining day of recovery, so we only got 30-40 minutes with her to visit, but even 5 minutes would have been a blessing.  She is so strong, and I was just so happy to see her strength shine through, despite what she had gone through.

We headed straight home, and since it was a small bird, my little sister and I had time for a run before having to put the bird in the oven.  We had a cold, but well-needed 4 miler and then the cooking began! 

The turkey went in while we worked on cutting up all of the veggies to roast, the squash to mash, and I made my very first stuffing! 
Baby turkey was still pretty big for the four of us, we barely put a dent in this!
I cooked the stuffing separate from the bird, but it still came out so flavorful! I made a mushroom and sage stuffing with rustic bread and fresh herbs.  I am not a stuffing eater, but I had a heaping portion of this and my parents went back for thirds!
My Dad holding up the finished goods, I may just have to post a recipe for this soon!
Despite starting the holiday on an atypical note, this will be my most memorable Thanksgiving yet.  I will always remember that each day is a blessing, and each moment with those you love is a blessing, and you have to recognize and  be thankful for those blessings each and every day, not just on a November Thursday. There are people worse off than us, losing loved ones every day, going without a crumb, let alone a feast each day.  I am taking this past week as a wake up call to realize that each day is something to be thankful for.
we were truly blessed with our family, good food and good wine...I couldn't have asked for more (except maybe to have my Grammy home)

My mom, sister and I also got in another run on Saturday, one that I felt like I could have kept going forever, even through the achilles aching, but I had a date with my Grammy before I headed back to Boston, so I didn't want to miss that chance to see her again before returning to my apartment.  5 speedy miles later and I was all packed up and leaving my family :(

It has been a tiring and eventful week, and I am a little nervous, yet excited to return to some normalcy tomorrow.  After vacation, then family emergency, and the holiday, it will have been over two weeks since I had a full day of work at the office, and a workout at my gym - I will get back to work as usual and I will try to get a workout in, but the scar tissue in my achilles just keeps building and I am trying some graston type therapy to calm it down, but it is still pretty crunchy (TMI?), so hopefully I can get a good spin class in and some weights.

 What are you thankful for? 



Thursday, November 24, 2011

An Atypical Thanksgiving, but Still Very Thankful

So I didn't drop off the planet while on vacation, I was able to read a couple blogs, some amazing comments about your reasons to stay active and live healthfully, but when I got home late Monday night, something didn't feel right. No, I wasn't just talking about going from 85 degree and sunny to 35 and frigid, or from a bikini and bare feet to knee high boots and jackets, just something felt off.

I received a text from my mom around 3 am to call her when I got up (and no my mom is not a Monday night raged, so I was nervous - what happened while I was gone?!. It turns out my Grammy, my only grandparent I was able to get to know and grow up with, the woman who has been the rock holding up our family, was in ICU at the regional hospital. She had had fluid in lungs and now had blood clots in her lungs as well.

I went to work Tuesday morning (I even started writing an "I'm back" post with lots of pics to make you all jealous remember my trip by - it was titled "382" for the 382 emails in my inbox unread)but I received another call from my dad saying she Took a turn for the worse. I immediately shut down my laptop grabbed my things, and while holding back the tears that were welling in my eyes and the lump in my throat, I told a co-worker I had to go, it was my grandmother and I Need to get home. They were very understanding on I was on my way, I had to get back into Boston to pack a bag (I work outside the city, and live in the city - no, there is no reverse commute on the roads I take) and then I was off to battle the holiday rush hour traffic leaving the city, western mass bound. After what felt like forever, I made it to my aunts house (it was a 3 hour drive that is normally 1.5 hours). My grandma didn't want the children to see her in the hospital like that, so I stayed with my aunts children so she and my uncle could stay with my grammy, my mom and my other aunt at the hospital.

Now, thanksgiving is always a busy time for our family's store, Randall's Farm (farm stand w / bakery deli), we sell around 3000+ different pies and 200 turkeys, plus some of the fixings - so the stand is pretty rocking for the days leading up to the holiday (today). I stayed at my grandmas house Tuesday night and spent all of Wednesday (9 am - 9:30 pm) helping at the store, and stayed at my grandmas again with my mom, sister and dad (my sis and dad came down yesterday) and we are all just waiting to hear some good news.

There is no turkey in the oven, no pies baking away, no potatoes being mashed, no wine being poured...we are all just waiting to hear some good news.

I have spent the past two years with Tripp and his family on this day, helping to share in their family traditions and spending much needed rest and relaxation with his parents, grandparents, brothers and aunt and uncle - but today, I am sitting on the couch with my little sister, my dad and my cousin - waiting to hear some good news.  My mom is working and then going to the hospital, my aunts are already at the hospital, but until we hear some better news, the children are still not allowed. 

I am thankful for so many things in life, and today is no exception...I want to be positive and loving and festive, I don't want to be a downer or depressed, but I also don't want to put on a front.  I am scared, I feel sick, but I also feel so much love and an overwhelming sense of thankfulness - my Grammy is fighting, she is doing better this morning than the last, they are even talking about letting her try to breathe on her own today, she is fighting for her family, for her friends, for her life, and for that I am thankful...

I am thankful I have an amazing family, my rock - Tripp, a loving circle of friends, a good job, a comfortable life, good food when I want/need it, strong legs (even if they give me some problems), and you guys, my online community - seriously - I would not have accomplished so many things in the past couple of months without the supporting and thoughtful words I have read and heard regarding what I share on here, and for all of these things I am beyond grateful...cherish every day, every person, every breath - because no one can tell you what tomorrow will bring...

Happy Thanksgiving, even if it isn't the one you expected or are used to....
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I may or may not be blogging over the next couple of days, not sure what the days will bring me and my family, but thank you to every one who has stuck around through my absence - I really appreciate the support :)  I promise there will be some quality content coming up when life gets a little less hectic.

You can still enter the LUNA Chix giveaway, and I will extend the deadline to next Monday, Nov. 28th, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Motivations - Team LUNA Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone! If the delayed posting actually worked, you should be reading this, as I am in the air on my way to the islands...

As you all know, I am a member of the Team Luna Chix Boston Run Team.  This season was my first with the team, and as an end of season celebration, I would love to host a giveaway of some of my favorite Luna swag, to share my love of the company and what they do, with all of you!  But first, a little bit about the Luna Chix, and why I believe this is such an incredible group to be a part of. (sorry guys, but this giveaway is just for the chicks :) - maybe next time!)
Some of the Luna Chix Boston Run, Luna Chix Pro - Jane Kibii, and a Boston Mountain Bike member.
The Team Luna Chix are groups of women who share a common interest in enjoying life to the fullest, making healthy choices, and embodying an active and balanced lifestyle.  The program was founded in 2002, by the Clifbar & Co. co-owner,  Gary Erickson,  and his wife, in order to inspire and empower their own daughter in the world of female athletics.


From their site:
The Team LUNA Chix Program brings together women interested in learning new sports, staying active and inspiring others to do the same.
The program includes 26 LUNA Chix Local Teamsand the LUNA Chix Pro Team. The local teams include women at all levels, from beginners to casual competitors. The pro team includes 11 of the country's most amazing (and winning) professional athletes. Several times a year the Pro Team gets together with the Local Teams to share their considerable experience and encouragement.
Together the teams train, compete and support each other, while also fundraising for LUNA's non-profit partner, the Breast Cancer Fund.
Having the opportunity to join such an incredible team, has seriously improved not only running confidence, but it has opened the door for so many new friends and activities I wouldn't have normally met or tried, and I am all the more grateful and better person for that.
Luna Chix Summit, April 2011
I know that not all of you have a Team Luna Chix in your area, but I encourage you to seek out local running groups - if not, for that once a week motivation to get out and have a conversation with and inspire someone else, who knows, maybe they will inspire you to achieve greater things than you had previously imagined.

Also, as there are only 26 local teams nationwide (including Run, cycling, Mountain Bike, and Tri teams), Luna is making an effort to add in more local teams for the upcoming season (Spring 2012).  All you have to do is check out the recruiting site HERE, and apply for your area to become one of the new Team Luna Chix locations.



Now for the fun stuff, giveaway time :)  As I said, I want you all to be able to celebrate the end of a very successful and rewarding season, with some of my favorites Luna Bar has to offer.  The winner of this giveaway will receive a Luna gift basket, including a T-shirt, headband, water bottle, luna bars (of course!), a tote bag, and maybe some extra treats thrown in (yoga mat? more bars?).

Giveaway Guidelines:

In order to enter, you must complete the following:

  1. Be a follower of this blog (leave a comment letting me know)
  2. Leave me a comment telling me why you are inspired to get out and live an active, healthy lifestyle, and in turn, inspiring others to do the same?
  3. Go over to the Team Luna Chix Site, and leave a comment on this post, telling me one thing that you learned, that impressed you, or that you were inspired by (there are a lot of blog posts from local athletes and pros alike, definitely worth the time to click around on there!) 
Additional entries:
  1. You can "like" me on FB HERE and leave a comment telling me what makes you a strong female athlete (leave a comment letting me know that you did)
  2. You can tweet, blog or FB share this with your peers (leave a comment for each that you do)

This giveaway will run until Friday, November 24 (lots o'time to enter :) ). On that day, I will pull the name via random.org and notify the winner (you do not need a blog to enter, but an email address would be helpful :) ).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fitness Friday - Spinathon



Happy Friday everyone! We made it!! 

And I am particularly happy for Friday, because it means that tonight I get to partake in a great event aimed at supporting my friend Julia , a member of my Team LUNA Chix team, on her road to the World Triathlon Championships 2012, as a member of Team USA.  Julia qualified this year at Junior Nationals, after only her first competitive Tri season, which I think is a testament of how dedicated and hard working this girl is.  She is also a grad student working on her PHD in the field of environmental sustainability, works at the university and does several other things, including Luna, clubs, and training for world class sporting events :)
Julia at USAT Nationals - she is super speedy, go check her out!

After making it onto such a prestigious team, Julia had her coveted, brand new race bike stolen from her! If you all know the Tri world, and the equipment it takes to compete with the big boys, you know that a solid racing bike can run you a pretty penny...which is where the Spinathon comes in.  Julia is also a spin teacher, and in an effort to raise funds to get her a new racing bike and get her to Worlds next year, she has put together a fundraiser in the form of a Spinathon, at her local gym.
Julia holding up her 2011 Trek Madone 4.7 racing bicycle
For $20, you can help her on her road to a new bike, spend a night kicking butt and taking names on the spin bike with friends, as well as get entered to win a butt load of pretty awesome giveaways she has put together. For me, this was a no brainer, as I would be spending that much on a couple of drinks anyways, and what better way to spend a Friday night with friends, than sweating it out, instead of packing it on?!

So tonight, while some of the world is having their Happy Hours of the liquid variation, I will be enjoying my Happy Hour on the bike, over at Evolve Fitness.  If you are in the Boston area and want to join, just go check out her fundraiser page!!
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Any big weekend plans?!


Does anyone else get really sore hip-flexors after spin class? Am I doing something wrong?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Things Thursday...

Hi all! It is Thursday already (yay!), which means I am going to entertain you with three randomish things on my mind!  It is a little short today, because I have been in full-day work meetings the past two days, and only have a quick break to post :)

1. ponchos: old news yet? I hope not!
Pretty, pretty poncho
Thank you all so much for your support on my quest to win the fabulous Titika Activewear poncho from Katy @ Fit In Heels! The contest will run through Monday, so if you want to help me out and haven't had the chance to yet, please go over to Fit in Heels' FB page, and like my comment on there (and her page as well!) and for extra love, you can go over and "like" my comment on Titika's page (and show them some "like" love too!) - happy birthday in 2 1/2 days!!

2. Rafflecopter:

Thank you to Jenn, I have won an account with Rafflecopter, which is a cool way to help you run a giveaway on your blog with out too much hassle, from keeping track of what you have done (so you don't have to leave fifty million comments) to picking the winner! Can't wait to use this on my very first giveaway! Yes, you heard correct - there will be a giveaway coming up before I leave for vacation on Monday, so keep those eyes peeled! It should be a pretty cool one :)

3. Vacation:
St. Barth's, here I come!
Did I mention yet that I have vacation coming up?! Sorry, I just get so excited about leaving this rainy, cold, state of MA for some warm, relaxing downtime.  Let's just keep fingers crossed, the weather holds out a little bit, as the 10-Day forecast is set to showers.  Now I know when there are "showers" in the islands, it is supposed to be like an afternoon shower in Florida, but Novemebr is a rainy season month for the islands, so I just hope there the equation is sun > rain/clouds
I will take the sun and the 80 degree weather....just rain, rain, stay away!
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What is your current athletic clothes obsession?

I am in love with my new sports bra, because it actually fits me - and my new zebra active band from Rachelle :)

Can you guess what I am giving away? 

I could give you a hint, but it might be too obvious

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I Love Wednesday, Poncho Love

Hi everyone...so today is another un-canny What I Love Wednesday post, but you will see why I am so in love in a second...

Katy, @ Fit in Heels, is having an amazing birthday giveaway on her blog today, for this kick-ass Titika Active poncho...not only does it look fantastic on her (which she is ridiculously pretty anyways, so she didn't need the help), but it is also reversible...which means less laundry for me, and more free time to blog, workout, and live life (hopefully in the poncho!!)
This is the awesome poncho!
If you have never heard of Titika Activewear before, it is a line of really fashionable, flattering and functional activewear created by a pair of equally fashionable and awesome women out in Toronto, Canada.  It is a sad story to tell, that they do not have stores in the US, as they are only available in Toronto right now, but as soon as they come to the US (pretty please :) ) I would definitely be excited.  Everything Katy and other CA bloggers have posted have caught my eye!

So, why should I declare my love so loudly on here today, besides the fact that I think it is kick-ass (did I mention that already?), is that in order to win the giveaway I need to play in the big leagues and show her how many people like to sweat and want to support my reason for sweating, and therefore need for the poncho (to cover the sweat?) - make sense? It even provides magical powers to the person wearing it...I swear...look below!
See how the magic of Titika products runs through her veins?
If you could please go over and "like" my comment on her page about my reason to sweat (you might have to "like" her page in order to "like" the comment, but if you don't already follow her, than you are missing out and should "like" her whether or not you want to "like" my comment :) ). Too many likes?

While you are over in FB land, you could also "like" Tikita Active, and my comment over there too, if you feel so inclined :)
Happy Early Birthday you crazy strong, beautiful lady! 
Thank you guys in advance for supporting me! And please make sure to go wish Katy a happy early birthday, it is a special one (and the actual day is Saturday, so you could spoil her with happy birthdays for the next 4 days!) :)

P.S. for my reason to sweat, I put down: I love to Run, but my favorite way to sweat comes from heated journey to the core yoga, when you are inverted and you can feel the sweat drip down your arm and you think for a moment that one drop could set you off balance,but you focus and stabilize and you feel so powerful! That is my favorite way to sweat :) 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Whirlwind Weekend

So, as I mentioned on Friday, I wasn't really at liberty to tell you my weekend plans...just yet.  I am not sure if my sister reads this as religiously as she should at all - but I couldn't take any chances.  My little sister (not so little anymore!) turned 16 last week, yes, the Big 1-6.  My mom was going to have a family dinner Saturday night to celebrate, but I had another conflict, that kind of made me feel even more like a bad sister for not going (you will see what the plans were below - feel free to judge).

My mom knew I felt bad, so she let me in on the surprise birthday dinner her friends were planning for her, and thought it would be a nice touch if I could at least make it home for that (home is a little over 2 hours away from Boston), and make it a surprise! So I told my sister I was sorry, but there was no way I could make it home this weekend and that I would definitely go home the next weekend to see her.  She was more than unimpressed with my loyal sister bit, and has a CCD retreat this weekend (so it would have been all for not).

With a surprise party to get to, I headed out of work, a little later than I had intended, and raced drove very respectfully to the restaurant....only to drive in directly behind my parents and my sister....woops!

I parked in a back corner of the lot and threw on my $5 CVS pantyhose and LBD, and waited for them to go inside...texting my Dad (who does not text) the whole time.  After waiting in the cold for like 5 minutes, I got the go ahead to join them inside.  Needless to say, she was a little shocked I was there, but when there are 6, 16 yr. olds at the table, the excitement shifts focus pretty quickly...

my lovely parents, Dad with a full mouthful of salad, Mom looking not amused :) your welcome
We were at a Japanese Hibachi restaurant, Go-ten, so we had our dinner cooked up in front of us - if only I had this carb fest before the marathon, and not the weekend before St. Barths, but hey...it was darn good! I especially love when they do the flaming onion volcano

Or maybe when they fling the shrimp at you and you are supposed to catch it in your mouth....
which was an epic fail for me, but not the Birthday Girl :)
It was a grand old time for the whole group
 Especially this little 16, going on 36 yr. old gal (sis is on the left)
After a great night with the family, I woke up bright and early at the crack of 10 AM :)  and headed down to meet up with my friends for my prior engagement in Providence...
The Great International Beer Festival, an annual group tradition.... Although we didn't have the normal full crew there, we still had a rocking time....with our pretzel necklaces....

Diverse beer and decoration selections...

these were pretty cool "beer-de-liers" get it?!
 Pumpkin beer of course....
FAVORITE pic of the night - his face is priceless

 And just plain, keeping it classy...
 Cheers to Beer fest 2011!
The semi-crew, Katie, Chris, Tripp's buddy Kev (who we stayed with), Tripp, me and Mike
How was your weekend?!