Hi there-it’s been a few days (maybe even weeks) since last time and I’m truly ashamed. But, it’s that time of (the month) the year when everyone and their mother is busy rushing around or doing all things holiday. So I apologize but also not. You probs didn’t even notice I’ve been gone…

Just like me, Thanksgiving is also gone. That flew by per usual. It’s probably my first favorite holiday too and it comes so fast, then says “Cya next year…same time.” Ugh, sad. But, this year’s Thanksgiving was extra fun and cool because I had the pleasure of spending it on East coast at my brother’s new home! Hey New York, wassup?

TBH I’ve never been to the East Coast…never even touched foot in New York City…so this was exciting. My parents and I (sadly Sam stayed home with the pup and worked his butt off on our bathroom reno) left Minneapolis last Wednesday (OMG already a week ago!) and arrived at La Guardia around 7:30 pm Eastern time. PS La Guardia is a shit show, I would not recommend it.

My brother picked us up, and zipped us upstate to his lovely home in the cutest little town on the Hudson River. Let me tell you something, New York (upstate) is a crap ton hillier than I expected. It was beautiful. And I loved it. (the actual city…not so much but more on that later).

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The Hudson River

The weather was everything and more.  It was probably one of the more relaxing vacations I’ve been on in a while. Never once did I set an alarm (which for me never happens). I went for a few runs, did some push-ups, and that was it. A lot of chatting, game playing, and wine drinking was done and I’m not even mad about it.

On Friday we visited Lyndhurst Mansion and it was gorgeous. It was all done up for Christmas (my second favorite holiday) and just so festive.  The tour took about an hour and we learned a lot but I’m not going to spoil the fun for you. If you’re in the area, check it out…very worth it.

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The Dining Room-I’d like one please

Saturday night we went to a Hibachi grill and that was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. The food was insane (I had chicken and shrimp), the Hibachi master was hilarious, and the company made me so happy. Can’t wait to go back and do it again.

Sunday morning came and we packed up and got ready to head into the actual city. Our flight was leaving early Monday morning so my daddio snagged us a hotel room in Times Square. Have you been? I was excited but by the time we got to the hotel I was overwhelmed and annoyed…maybe I was Hangry?

The city is huge, loud, bright, and full of people that don’t know how to walk down the sidewalks (I got smacked by on-coming traffic people about 20 times before I put on my football face and stood my ground).

Anyway, we tossed our bags in the room and headed off for the 9/11 memorial. Highly recommend doing this. It took us a good 4 hours to get through but it was amazing. I didn’t know if I should cry, be pissed off, feel proud to live in the U.S. or many other things. I would say it was a very emotional but incredible thing to see/experience.

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After the museum it was time for dinner (hello hamburger and fries) and a walk around NYC. My dad found this article that had a walking tour of all the fancy Department Stores and their “holiday” store windows. The article said it was about a 4 mile walk and would take 2 hours. First off…it felt like a 10 mile walk.

Second off, it took us around 3.5 hours and we’re fast walkers. I also don’t think the walk was worth it…out of the 5 store windows we saw, I only really enjoyed 1…the last one of course…Macy’s. It was the only one that was really Christmas-y. The other’s were too high fashion and artsy and made me feel inadequate in my leggings and homemade hat.

By the end we were tired, sore, and I was getting a ‘tude so we turned in and went to bed. The morning came, and it was time to head back to MSP…a city I have a much greater respect for after seeing NYC.

One nice thing about returning from vacay…getting back in routine. I worked out Monday for the first time in like 5 days and felt like a freaking slug but w/e, my body enjoyed the rest/wine. I’ve also been into the rower (as you might already know) and have been doing a fun row interval workout at the end of my workout a 1-2 times a week. It goes a little something like this…Row for 1 minute then rest as long as needed to catch your breath. I’ve done it for 10 working minutes and 11 working minutes and LOVE IT. It’s a good way to get in rowing/build up endurance/have a fun time. Play around with the time intervals, the options are endless.

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Okay, enough rambling from me….you see that’s what happens when one disappears for a little bit…there’s just so much to catch up on. I appreciate your readership and wish you a fantastic last day of November.

Toodles!

-Hales

 

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