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Happy Monday!


I think I am back in the game! I am finally feeling better and am fully recovered—phew! On a whole, there has not been too many interesting things happening; however, we did have a pretty eventful weekend.  After hearing predictions that gas is going to be reaching $5/gallon by Memorial day last week, Chase and I had a “family meeting” and decided that our time as SUV owners needed to come to a close.

We bid farewell to my dear Oscar (yes, we name our cars):


And welcomed Gilbert, the Nissan Altima.



This is the very first car I have ever bought. As the youngest, I was the hand-me-down girl.  I drove a beat-up 1991 Volvo throughout high school and college, so it felt VERY “adult” to walk into a dealership and actually buy a car.


Besides buying a car and babysitting, was having an official date night yesterday.  Chase and I have not had an exclusively designated “date night” in quite some time.  While our plan was unoriginal—dinner and a movie. It was wonderful.


We grabbed dinner at a tapas restaurant in downtown Bethlehem.  Does anyone else love tapas as much as I do?!  I feel like they make eating dinner so much more exciting because you get to taste so many different things!



Chase relaxed with a non-alcoholic beer. He is such a nerd (said in the most LOVING way!)


And I was a complete class act with my BYOK (Bring Your Own Ketchup).  I remembered ahead of time that this restaurant does not carry ketchup (the horrors!) so I did what any girl would do–packed my own! (I knew Emmy would support my decision, as she carries hot sauce in her purse).



After dinner, we went to see Act of Valor.



While this movie did not get high critical reviews (the acting was not great as the “actors” were REAL Navy seals), it had high viewer ratings.  We both really liked the movie.  I think the fact that Chase is going to actually be doctoring military kids made the movie even more personal.  It is SO crazy to see what happens behind the scenes.  The movie made me realize how much I take for granted.  It requires so much sacrifice to keep this country safe.  The movie also made me really want to meet a Navy Seal.  It has officially been added to my bucket list.


What is on your bucket list?



About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

15 responses »

  1. Youre so cute and Im glad youre better and back in the game. Not to mention carrying ketchup – I wonder if they make those little things for Frenchies mustard as well? I am OBSESSED with Frenchies and chicken!

  2. Yay glad that you are back! I would totally bring ketchup to a restaurant, what’s a meal without it?! Glad to hear you enjoyed “Act of Valor” — that is definitely on our to watch list.

  3. I feel your pain–I cringed this morning when I had to get gas! It adds up so quickly and I would much rather spend the money on some new clothing!

  4. Glad you’re feeling better!

    To be honest, I always “coerce” Chris into taking my car to get gas, so I don’t even really know how high the prices are! He has a giant truck though, & we’ve been talking about trading that in for something a little more economical. Congrats on your new purchase!

  5. I love that you name your cars; Paul and I both do that 🙂 Paul’s is named The Hulk (a green SUV) and mine is named Jasmine the Jetta.

  6. Hahah! I love your little ketchup packets. Hey, good thinking 😀

  7. Congrats on the new ride!! You are all grown up!!

    And … I totally 100% support bringing your own ketchup! It’s the way to go!

  8. I am glad you are feeling better… and you will only continue to feel so 🙂 I am with you on the ketchup, plus it’s my most favorite condiment evaaa

  9. SO glad that you are feeling better! It can be tough to bounce back sometimes. You got a car!!! What an adult move! 🙂 Buying gas is so hard! It always makes me want to cry!
    That movie sounds great- I would love to see it! …..So many of my friends are in the military- I’m so thankful for their sacrifice!

  10. Those ketchup packets are soooo cute! 🙂

  11. So glad that you’re back! I’ve been checking your blog every day because I miss it so much! I named my car too (Eloise). I’m so glad that you got to see Act of Valor and if I ever get to be friends with a Navy SEAL I will be sure to introduce you! Glad you’re all better!

  12. Are you crazy!? I really hate ketchup. Lol. But WELCOME BACK! And that movie looks good!

  13. Yay!! You’re back! 🙂 Congrats on the new whip! I’m already jealous of how much it costs to fill Gilbert up – Trixie the tahoe was $78 the other day 😦 Sadness!

  14. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    I’m sorry about what happened about the house, but I’m glad that you’re back! Congrats on getting a new car! I haven’t bought a car myself, but I know I would be so excited to go buy it on my own one day!

    It seems like you had a great date night! I’ve never been to a tapas restaurant either so I can’t wait to try it out!

  15. I saw “Act of Valor” last night. I didn’t realize the actors weren’t actors until I googled it today. They were pretty awful, though. The movie broke my heart. I have such admoration for the armed forces.


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