An accomplished Sunday

I am fortunate enough to live on the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap. If you don’t know what that is, it is a split between two huge mountains that separates NJ and PA. If you are a frequenter to the Poconos or to NYC then you’ve probably traveled through this iconic landmark along the way. A large portion of Mount Tammany (the mountain on the Jersey side) is actually part of my family’s tree farm.

Today one of my old friends and I went for a hike through the gap. We started at the bottom by the river and climbed about a mile and half to the top, and then about a mile and a half back around to the bottom.

It was intense. Brisk burn-your-chest air actually felt really good in my lungs, and my legs burned like no other. The best part about this trail was that it was super steep all the way to the top but then levels out and eases you down the back-side of the mountain. A great way to heat up and sweat and then cool down on the way to the car! Im going to be sore tomorrow for sure, and Im totally looking forward to it.

I was thoughtful today and grabbed my fancy camera for fun pictures. Too bad I haven’t charged it in a month…Nobody’s perfect.

My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
Our view of the PA side from the top.
Our view of the PA side from the top.

It was chilly today, and even flurried on us while we climbed to the top. I definitely broke a sweat, but got kind of chilly on the way back down the trail.

We planned on having lunch after our hike and decided Panera was a good choice for a hot drink and a soup.

I had a chai tea latte. Sometimes they are too sweet for me, but this was perfect for today, and seemed extra spicy.


For lunch, a spicy tomato soup with focaccia croutons (oh baby did I break my wheat rule), and a thai chicken salad with peanuty dressing and pickled vegetables.  soupsalad

I did indulge in the croutons in the soup, but avoided the fried noodles in the salad. I guess I just was picky. This lunch completely hit the spot after such an awesome workout.

I’m just tying up some loose ends tonight. A few freelance flyers to finish up and some laundry.
Full week of work ahead of me!

How did you guys spend your weekend?

Catching up – Hurricane Sandy


Let me start by saying I was SO proud of myself this week for making myself a posting schedule.. and then Sandy came. Tuesday morning I went to work knowing I probably wouldn’t be there the entire day. I walked in the door surprised to see that the majority of my other coworkers had shown up as well. We spent the morning prepping for the storm, hiding tender plants, tying things down and unloading a last minute truck that raced up the coast from Florida to beat the hurricane. Around lunchtime when the rain and wind started we all headed home to safety. Tuesday and Wednesday were a mess. We lost hundreds of trees, power, phones, and so on.
I live in northwest New Jersey, so the destruction that we see here isn’t nearly what others did, but it was still bad.

So since I missed my Wednesday photo post due to no internet and no power I’ll share my aftermath photos today…

This would be my road.. the day after the storm. Cut by angry neighbors who don’t need tree chippers to clear their roads:

The day after the worst of the storm, my parents and I went on a drive to the next town over. We wanted to look in on my grandparents and check out the damage. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store to buy some quick ingredients to cook for our tired, cold neighbors (we have a generator).

Its extremely weird to shop in a dark grocery store! They have a generator but its only enough to run emergency lights and registers. We were there the first day that they had no power, but Im sure they had to throw most of their produce away.

My mom made a huge pot of her own chicken soup, and a huge pot of a new potato leek soup recipe that she wanted to try. We invited over some neighbors, let them all take hot showers, and fed them hot food.

Our giant family dinner

How did you weather the storm?