Weekending… and some big news!

IMG_9865Let’s get the big exciting news off the table first, mmk? Last week J and I had a picnic in a local park for our fourth anniversary, at the end of which he got down on one knee and popped the question! I knew this was coming at some point but he did an amazing job and I was still super surprised and excited. I’m pretty sure I was doing so much crying and saying yes that I forgot to even look at the ring until a couple of minutes later 😉 If you’re into that sort of thing, the ring is the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever owned–vintage, totally unique, and very “me.” IMG_9874And before you ask–we don’t have a date yet, but we’re planning to get married next summer in Maine. I’m semi-dreading some of the wedding planning stuff but I am SO excited to marry such an incredible guy! We’re having a ton of fun introducing each other as “my fiance” (so weird) and just reveling in the joy of making it official.

After we called and texted and Facebooked on Thursday night, I was basically too jazzed to fall asleep so I woke up bright and early for a quick 3 miler around our neighborhood with J. Friday was a haze of congratulations (you all are incredible, thank you x10000 for the calls, texts, comments, hugs, cards, etc.) and Friday night it was time for the Olympics Opening Ceremonies aka the start of my favorite athletic event of the year! IMG_9872This is my third time in a row hosting an Opening Ceremonies party and this one was extra celebratory given our news. All of my thoughts about the actual ceremonies are pretty much summed up here–but holy heck were they just as ridiculous as always. I effing love the Olympics so if you need me over the next few weeks, I’ll be geeking out about women’s gymnastics and obviously all of the running events.

Saturday morning I battled my way through a tough long run with friends (more to come in the weekly update) and then we were off to NH for a gathering with J’s family. We had been planning to camp that night before a Sunday hike, but we decided to treat ourselves to a night at a B&B to celebrate. Thanks to AirBnB, we stumbled onto the cutest/quirkiest little spot, and I couldn’t have been happier to get a great night’s sleep and a delish breakfast before our hike. EDBD1C7A-FDB0-4C45-8803-71BA2D60DE66

The weather was perfect and we summitted both North and South Twin Mountains–two more 4000 footers down! It was a perfect day hike–definitely challenging with some technical spots, but we were able to wrap up 11 miles and approximately 3000 feet of elevation gain in 6-ish hours. It was really nice to get to spend some time doing something we love together.

All-in-all, it was a whirlwind weekend and my head is still spinning, but I am beyond thrilled. Love is the best!


My first Treat Yourself Tuesday: NYC edition!

I’m super excited to be linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Becky from Olives n’ Wine, for my very first Treat Yourself Tuesday!


I’m cheating just a little bit because these treats are from a couple of weeks back, but I had such a wonderful treat-filled girls weekend of gluten free fun in NYC that I can’t resist sharing it.

Skyline view from the train
Skyline view from the train

We kicked things off with an out-of-this-world incredible meal from Del Posto. Since it was a couple of days after my GFF E’s birthday, we wanted to go all out and celebrate with a super fancy shmancy lunch. From the live pianist to the extremely attentive (and maybe just a touch over the top) service, Del Posto didn’t disappoint. While my lamb was a teensy bit too salty, the gluten free focaccia and pumpkin tortellini were mind blowing. They brought us some fabulous little extras in between courses and the cocktails were delish. It’s definitely a splurge, even for lunch, but absolutely worth it.

Beautiful food and company
Beautiful food and company

After lunch we walked it off with a much-needed stroll on the High Line and then met up with friends in Central Park for a free NYC Philharmonic concert. The lighting was gorgeous and I think about half of Manhattan came out to join us–it was packed!

Dusk at Central Park
Dusk at Central Park

Saturday we kicked things off with an obligatory brunch at The Grey Dog, where I had to snag a gluten free blackberry muffin and a giant iced coffee with almond milk. Not gonna lie, it wasn’t my first or last iced coffee of the weekend… #treatyoself.

Grey Dog

The rest of the weekend continued with lots of strolling, a stop to refuel with cupcakes at Tu-Lu’s, manicures, and a phenomenal performance of Matilda!

Sneaky pre-show pic!
Sneaky pre-show pic!

I’m a huge musical theater nerd, and I was blown away by the cast, score, set design, and music–it was a spellbinding couple of hours. I also appreciated how closely they stuck to the plot of the original Roald Dahl novel, which was one of my favorites growing up.

Before our bus on Sunday, we grabbed a green smoothie at Westerly Natural Market which had one of the most extensive selections of gluten free goods I’ve ever seen. They were pretty pricey, but I got some microwaveable Annie’s and granola bars on mega sale.

I love how easy it is to zip down to NYC for the weekend, and it was so wonderful to catch up with friends old and new. New York is such a mecca for gluten free deliciousness–can’t wait to be back soon!

Did you get a chance to treat yourself this week? Any favorite gluten free spots in NYC?