Freedom 5K

July 11, 2010 § 17 Comments

Hey everyone!
I hope you all are bronzing and not boiling in this ridiculous heat everyone seems to be having. While running recently, I think back to a few months ago. I begged and pleaded for warm weather during the winter. Would you believe I’m craving a cold night spent wrapped in blankets, watching movies, and drinking hot coco. You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no! 

Enter smooth transition. Here are some recents.

My first text. Baby girl growing up!

5th from left


My first 5K was on July 3rd and was absolutely wonderful. With my new phone blasting some sweet jams (thanks to Pandora) I was good to go! My mind was on the finish line the entire time. But shall we backtrack a bit? Because this post isn’t random enough.

 That Friday was a pretty average day on the job.

My girl K hiding from the camera

Afterwards I picked up my race packet literally down the street. The Market Common is my home away from home. There was a sweet little festival going on and the runner’s tent was amongst the chaos.

I went to the beach for a while to clear my head.

The next portion of this post is titled: Things not to do the night before a run.
 I went to dinner and had ginormous bean burger and chips, spent time on the back of a motorcycle (in flip flops),  and nearly died laughing on the boardwalk. You probably think I’m kidding. I’m totally not. I went out with my longtime friend Davy and didn’t get in until after 2…..

Imagine pictures to remember da good times. Glorious.

I fell asleep around three and woke at 6 to get ready for the race! I popped a few bites of a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar in my mouth, downed some water and a cup of coffe and was out the door.

The thrills of waking up a 17 year old

Now on to the goods. I LOVED this race! I made it to the starting line just in time (try waking up a 14 and 17 year old to cheer you on 😉 ). I started at 7:15 and time just flew by. During mile two I experienced some knee pressure that lasted for the remainder of my time. 

I crossed the finish line at 31:35 to volunteers and families cheering everyone on! But my brothers weren’t there! After a few minutes and a frantic phone call, they showed up…McDonald’s cups in hand.

“Oh, you finished running quicker than we thought”…can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. So, a fake finish photo was in order.

I got in 124th place out of 167 runners.  The fastest runner completed the course in under 16 minutes!
What I’ve learned: don’t stay out late the night before, eat a more balanced breakfast, and train more frequently to feel comfortable with the milage. Running 2-3 times a week simply didn’t cut it.  All in all I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!

xoxo, Annie

PS Check this bad boy out!


my life be like…

June 29, 2010 § 9 Comments

Oooo ahhh, oooo ahh! Anyone know who sings that?
Hey pretty ladies! If there are any guys reading don’t be shy to comment too. 🙂

This post is going to be short and sweet. I’m working a lot but looking forward to updating over the holiday weekend for you all. As you know, I’ve been in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina since late May visiting familly. Life at the beach is the sweetest thing on the planet. Stresses come and go but one thing remains the same. The beach! It is such a calming atmosphere, I love tra laa laaing in the sun, and tourist watching with friends is to die for. My life be like:

I started working at a local movie theatre and have met some of THE nicest people. My shifts are during the day, fast paced, and I always get to work the free kid shows! Three days out of the week free movies are played at 10am for the public. Over the course of one hour, a crowd of up to three or four day camps, church groups, and close to 700 other people flock to the movies for some free entertainment. There are so many little sweet peas that come in! Consessions are open (we serve $1 popcorn and soft drinks at 10am, yikes). One day last week a pair of sisters told me I was the prettiest girl they had ever seen. They went to each female employee and told them the same thing. How cute are they! After talking to their mom, she explained they got on this kick a few months ago. She has no idea where it originated. A bunch of children also come by with stuffed animals in tow. It can be a great money saver for moms and dads (yep, pleanty of them come by too!). Toddlers rarely want to sit still for a 90 minute movie.

Some days I chill in box office.

With the best view ever.

Unfortunately, I only have a few more weeks left here! It feels like there is so much left to do. I haven’t been able to visit all of my old friends, go to shows, and spend every waking minute at the beach. You can’t imagine the pressure I’m under. 😉 Mid July I’ll be headed up north to visit my dad in Pennsylvania. August is somewhat of a mystery. There is a program I applied for. It really is too early to say. How about we just keep that a surprise for now?

My life be like: family time

Some photographed meals

My absolute favorite being a hummus packed salad from Gordon Biersch yesterday. I had never been but heard really great things. Let me just say, I was so impressed. The menu was huge and the restaurant had an awesome atmosphere. Plus, GB is right down the street from where I work. Perfect. How much is that doggie in the window?
My mom and I also took a moment for a bathroom photoshoot. Class and convienance. Love ya mom.

So what can you expect from me soon?
-A review on a tasty product I recently recieved
-My thoughts after my very first 5K next Saturday!
-A July 4th holiday weekend update
-Answers about what the heck I’ll be doing in the fall * keeping my fingers crossed*
-Countless movie reviews (seriously ask questions…I’ve seen ’em all)
-The best of the beach (reasons why you should visit the Dirty Myrtle!)
-The rest of my 2010 and 2011 fitness goals
-The one Youtube video that positively affected my body image
-Why I might wind up visiting a hippie commune in Oregon

xoxo, Annie

virginia is for berries & coasters

June 11, 2010 § 19 Comments

Hello! Your favorite freak out blogger is back! 😉

I wanted to take the time to recap my trip to Virginia Beach last month. My mom, youngest brother, and a family friend visited my cousin, her fiance, and two kids. We arrived early Saturday morning after a long night of driving in the rain. I made sure to pack a few movies and books to keep me occupied.

By the time we got there it was almost four in the morning. My little cousins are light sleepers and woke up to greet us…kind of. They tend to play the shy card for the first few minutes (I did the same thing when I was younger!). It wasn’t long before they warmed up. 🙂

Around seven that morning everyone finally fell asleep. By ten my mom, cousin Cyndy, and I went to watch her daughter’s ice skating lesson. She did a great job showing off her newest spins and tricks. I never realized how much time and money goes into this sport! Growing up I thought dance was expensive (needing new shoes each year, costumes, etc.). I was blown away listening to the moms talk about spending x hundred dollars on new shoes and blades, competitions, travel fees. Also, certain mothers (there were about fifteen girls there for private lessons) kept talking about body types and weight gain. It just made me cringe listening to it! I cannot stand diet and weight talk around young girls. I feel like it is too risky to be brought up. They are vulnerable and I would hate for them to have negative body image. I get so crazy and they are virtually strangers to me.

After her lesson and some eavesdropping, we went back to round up the crew for the Strawberry Festival. AKA the best day ever. I enjoyed some roasted corn, lemonade, fries, and funnel cake (with only a teeny bit of guilt).

After a long day of laughing feasting, and walking we went home. Don’t worry, we got our strawberry fix! There were several local venders selling my favorite fruit. Later that night we all enjoyed pretzels, vegan marshmallows, vegan chocolate, and strawberries. Le sigh. And all was right with the world.
On Sunday morning we left for Busch Gardens. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, go for it! The park is beautiful and broken up into different “countries”.  I’ve been to Dorney Park (Pennsylvania), Disney World, Universal Studios, and even Cedar Point. But I think I’ve found my new favorite in Williamsburg, VA!

It was Memorial Day weekend and it was crowded. I thought parking and walking in would take forever. The neat thing is, Busch Gardens has shuttle buses that arrive every few minutes.

                                   We saw a bunny running through the flowers and hiding in the bushes in Italy!                   
After a packed picnic lunch (where my pictures at?!? 😉 ), the big kids headed for the coasters. For lunch my cousin packed homemade pasta salad, strawberries, watermelon, sandwiches, chips and salsa, and lots of other snackies. Yum! We made a stop at the car to get changed. Check out Youtube videos of Escape from Pompeii if you want to see why. This ride takes you from fiyah burnin’ to water splashing in a matter of seconds.

Theme parks never fail to bring my brothers and I (or in the case just Eric and I) closer. We all love thrill rides, comparing them, sizing them up, and screaming bloody murder on the first drop. Here we are sitting over The Griffon. Something unique about this coaster is the first drop. Before the big fall, the ride holds you for several seconds at the top. :0

I was having way too much fun that I forgot to take photos later on in the day. This just means you’ll have to go check out the park for yourselves. Call me when ya do! 😉

a bit of confusion.

June 7, 2010 § 8 Comments

Hello friends! If you knew me in real life you would swear I’m a basket case. I’ve been a moody mess and incredibly passive and indecisive recently. Case in point: A bunch of my friends graduated high school this week so I went to support them….

My girls circa ’07! Most of us met in PE class and went on to celebrate a sassy Quince together. Three years later, the last few ladies in the group have finally finished up school and are moving on the bigger and better things!

This is one of the only pictures I have from the other night. I said a few quick hey’s and gave hugs. But it wasn’t long before I ran for the door. Most my closest friends were throwing parties but I passed for fear of high calorie drinks and dinner. Seriously. What the hell is wrong with me?
As you all know I’m back in good old SC for the summer. After a mini melt down last week on vacation, (post on VA trip soon!) I’ve come to a conclusion. Going back to school in NM is not in my best interest. While I enjoyed my time there, I think my purpose is to find a university that will better fit my needs.

The bf is still out west (in upstate NM) for now. He seems to like it well enough but didn’t attend the university I did. For now he is working and doing some traveling this summer with no plans to come out east. Naturally,
I’m pretty bummed out about it! I think a combination of school searching, body woes, and beau missing has got me down.

You might be thinking- where is the fun in any of this?!? I’m young and should be having the time of my life! I want that. 😀

If you lllllllurrrrrve giving advice, this post is for you! Hit me up and tell me your experiences. I’m young and winningly naive. How did you find the school of your dreams?

Here is what I’m looking for in a school and the community.

Annie’s Hot Pink Wish List
Medium to large city (or access to larger cities)
Good public transportation
Massage therapy/future opportunities
Active community (yoga, running, bike friendly)
NO MORE desert living
Near ocean if possible
Progressive psychology program
On campus living
Maybe off campus living with SEVERAL roommates
School spirit/campus activities/games
Rock wall/large activity center
Photography classes (even for non majors)
Inexpensive tuition
Smaller class sizes
Artsy community
Healthy/trendy 🙂 restaurants/grocery stores
Travel opportunities in school

I feel like I’m in 10th grade all over again searching for scholarships and open house days. More than likely I’ll stick around in Myrtle working and going to community college for a semester (which is ok by me). I’d really just like to form a plan and get moving!

Beachy keen

May 26, 2010 § 24 Comments

In about 48 hours I’ll be leaving Myrtle Beach for Virginia Beach for

For three days I’ll be spending time with my favorite vegan cousin Cyn and her two adorable kiddos. And probably enjoying more than enough: strawberry cake, strawberry pie, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry drank, salad with strawberries, strawberry smoothies, and corn on the cob. Mmmhmm, the strawberry festival has the most delicious grilled corn on the cob a girl could ever dream for.

As a fam we’ll all probably wind up going to Busch Gardens to ride some coasters. Gulls best be stayin out of my way!  BTW- totally not me or else I would have died.

What else have I been up to these days? First of all, I’m amazed May is almost over. Thank goodness I finally found a job! I’ll be working days (8 AM- ???) at a movie theater in town working the prep and free kid movie shift. Monday-Thursday mornings campers, locals, and tourists flock to see films like Alvin and the Chippers, Cloudy with a Chance of Soy Meaty Balls, Where the Strange Things Are…etc. While scheduling the interview last week I assumed this would be a 4pm- 12am or later job. I’ve been working those hours for the past few years now. I think starting the day early and having nights open will be a well accepted change for me.

I’ve also been beaching

On the occasional run

and eating! 

Sorry about the less than spectacular cell pictures. When I’m around others I casually take a phone picture. I kinda feel strange snapping away around other people. Ya win some, ya lose some, right? 😉

Whole wheat toast with almond butter and the golden fruit

Snacky apple and Annie’s brand choco bunnies

Spinach, Goddess dressing, tomatoes, celery, trampoline

Banana, apple, almonds, step dad’s tractor collection…no lie

Mellow Mushroom salad. Spring mix, avocado, bbq tofu, banana peppers, honey mustard dressing. I’ve died and gone to heaven folks. Mellow Mushroom is the place to be. I love the build your own salad option, obviously! My friend’s pizza looked good too.

Now for the Alba giveaway results!
Congrats go to Genesis!! Please e-mail me (information on right side of page) so I can send you the goods! 😀
Thanks to everyone for entering and leaving comments.

I have two questions today
Can anyone teach me how to turn a link into text? I’d like to link blogs with a single word rather than writing out the entire web address.

Do you have any festivals in your area? What kind of outdoor activities does your city provide?

xoxo, Annie

1st giveaway & a love affair

May 22, 2010 § 36 Comments

Today was the day to pack up the once loved, old, and even unused things in the family garage for a community yard sale tomorrow morning. First step was to clean the area to even see what we had to sell! Please promise you won’t call Hoarders and demand an intervention.

Mamasita had been at it since early this morning, poor thing. I finally pitched in around 1 pm and we didn’t finish up until 9 tonight. Oy! You’ll never guess what I found in the process.

Some funky monkeys and a dusty Batman

James Earl Jones: the Bible edition

Jenny’s (soy) hot diggity dog costume

My head-gear circa ’99 (oh the things my mom saves!)

I consider myself lucky I never had to wear that out in public. I wore my head-gear at night for several months when I was about ten. At one point I recall the neck cushion was hot pink. 🙂

After a hot shower I was ready for some snackage. Tonight I had my first Green Monster and loved it! I’m talking: ‘never turning back, drinking every single day, where have you been all my life buddy’ kinda loved it. Enjoy a blurry picture:

I blended:
1 banana
2 cups spinach
1 tbsp flax seed
1 cup plain almond milk
1 spoonful of almond butter
Crushed ice

I would have never known the spinach was in the smoothie if I hadn’t mixed it myself.
It was cool, delicious, and foamy. What took me so long to work up the courage to try one?!

Before I forget, I found one goodie in the garage you might want. So, what will it be? The monkey babies or head-gear? 😉 My mom is notorious for buying in bulk and purchasing gifts. Some time ago she stumbled across several of these bad boys and still has a few on hand!

It’s an Alba five piece Tropical Body Care. Alba is a California-based company that is

Not tested on animals
Paraben free

I’ve personally tried out a lip balm and body cream of my own and love them. Each scent was wonderful and the products are hydrate without feeling gooey or too heavy.

To enter:
Please leave a comment on this post by *Edited: Thank you Shelly for noticing the wrong date. Whoops!
 Wednesday May 26th at 12 am.
I will randomly pick a winner on Thursday the 27th.

Yep, simple as that!

Who will it be???

Do you have any embarrassing childhood memories?
In third grade I fell down a hill chasing a kick ball. I landed at the bottom covered in mud…right in front of my crush. Oh, the horror!

xoxo, Annie

body peace, where are you?

May 13, 2010 § 27 Comments

Hi beautiful bloggies. You each brighten up my day with the comments I get! Thank you for sharing your opinions! 

Yesterday was such an interesting ride.  After jumping on the scale on Tuesday (strike one) and sneaking a peek at my new number (about 3 pounds up from March) I’ve been extremely aware of one thing…my body. I long to be comfortable in my own skin. I’m still learning to accept what I’ve been given.

Yesterday morning my mom took me to a nearby studio to get a massage.  I felt relaxed and had a wonderful experience (how could I not?!?) but was hyper aware of every inch of my body. There is something vulnerable about chilling in a waiting room in just a robe and sandals. 😉

I brought a book to read and drank a few cups of Mighty Leaf’s Green Tropical tea

and maybe even sampled two of these babies

After my massage I enjoyed a very fresh lunch

Last night I went out with friends for dinner and a baseball game. We stopped by a local steak house for a quick bite to eat. Imagine a picture of a big plate of tortilla chips and cheesy spinach dip.

Oooh, aaaah, yum!

I ate about 1/3 of the plate of chips and finished all of the side dip. My friends also got snacky meals (mostly chicken wings) before we went to the stadium.

Each time our waiter came by to check on the table he directed less than flattering comments towards me.
“Wow, you really went to town on those!”

“You licked that plate clean, didn’t you?” (Yes, I used all of the dip. Sue me. But 2/3 of the chips were leftover!)

One of my girl friends told the waiter she was done while a few chicken tenders were still on her plate.
He responded with, “You don’t want the rest of those? Oh, it’s ok! She (meaning me) has eaten enough for the whole table!”

I smiled and held my tongue like a “good girl”. But his comments really hurt me. I doubt he understands the discomfort I felt being put on the spot like that. Remarks about how much or how little I’ve consumed embarrass me and make me feel self-conscious. Needless to say, I was ready to book it.

By seven p.m. we headed over the Pelican’s stadium for the game. I had such a nice time kicking back with people who love me! Note the Flyers tent sweatshirt I was appropriately repping for the evening 😉 It got cold after a few hours!

Yesterday was a great reminder of how sensitive I am to outsider opinions. In reality, all that should matter is my OWN. 😀

How do you handle less than flattering remarks?
Do you ever have unhappy body days? How do you cope?