Eating Granola, Running and Selfies with my Grandma (What I Did on my Vacation)

I hate to break it to you kids, but the holidays are over. As it always does, the holiday season came – and went – even quicker than I remember it doing in years past.

Before it gets too far into January, I thought I’d share with you a quick holiday recap – because I all know you’ve been dying to know what I was up to the past few weeks.

I spent a week back home with my family in New York. It was glorious. I did pretty much nothing for a few days in a row. Here is a sample Day in the Life of Melissa on Vacation:

6:45 a.m. wake up.

7:15 a.m. go to the gym with my parents, run on the treadmill and then do some weights or other machines with them.

9 a.m. get back home, stretch, do abs, shower, relax while my parents go to work. Eat copious amounts of my mom’s homemade granola.

Said Granola

Said Granola

10 a.m. do some chores/errands, relating to holiday baking. For example: make lemon bars, jam cookies, Buckeyes or rolo stuffed peanut butter brownies. Or go to the store and buy ingredients for the cookies.

baked goods

around 12 p.m. eat some more granola, take our dog for a walk (sometimes with my mom!), eat some cheese and challah bread.

How can you say no to walking this cute face?

How can you say no to walking this cute face?

around 1 p.m.  do some more errands like send out holiday cards, write thank you cards, get ahead on work, read, etc.

the rest of the afternoon post 1 p.m. help with dinner, relax, eat more granola, etc. and then enjoy a pretty amazing homemade dinner with my parents and brother.

just one of the amazing meals my mom made when I was home - cornish hens with a wild rice stuffing

just one of the amazing meals my mom made when I was home – cornish hens with a wild rice stuffing

Sounds great, huh?

Don’t worry, I strayed from this schedule a few times.

One day, my dad and I visited my grandmother and spent the day with her downstate.

Teaching my grandmother the art of the selfie

Teaching my grandmother the art of the selfie

Another day (okay twice), we went to the movies. We saw Frozen and American Hustle. Both amazing movies – but in very different ways. I highly recommend both.

one of the best songs in the movie:

and one of my favorite scenes. yes, i’m an adult.

A few times, I ran outside instead of going to the gym.

it was like single digits this morning.

it was like single digits this morning.

Another day, my brother and I did some work together at a bookstore in the mall. Followed by dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in the mall … because why not?

obligatory sibling photo at CCF

obligatory sibling photo at CCF

And another day I got to hang out with two of my high school best friends Jane and Alisa. We had planned on watching a holiday movie but instead ended up just talking until about 1:30 a.m. Because that’s what high school friends do, right?

[jane and i took a photo but she told me i’d have to photoshop it before putting on the blog and since i don’t have photoshop you’ll just have to imagine what it looked like]

And of course there were a few days of Christmas celebrations – gift giving, more great meals and desserts, and just relaxing with B and my extended family.

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opening up gifts!

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Greg, mom, me and our puppy by the tree

Pretty much a perfect vacation if you ask me – filled with friends, food, family, and a few runs. Oh and a trip to Nashville – but I’ll get to that later.

How were your holidays?

So long lucky 2013 …

Cheers and happy 2014!!

I remember last New Years Eve, hanging out with B and a few friends and family, and talking about 2013. I remember thinking that it was going to be a lucky year – my dad AND B are both born on the 13th and both of their birthdays were on Friday the 13th this year, so how could 2013 be a bad year?

Was it eventful or life-changing? Not quite. But was it great? Yes. Here are just a few memories from the year – in no order (seriously, there is really no order here):

Traveling to the West Coast with B, and seeing some old friends as well as the Pacific Ocean.


Melgar’s bachelorette party…can’t believe she’s getting married!

Me and the gorgeous bride-to-be

Me and the gorgeous bride-to-be

My brother visiting me from NY!

Greg in me in Tremont

Greg &  me in Tremont

Some running highlights (full post is here), including placing first female in a small fun run.

first female!

first female!

First sleepover with our niece and nephew in our apartment.



Surprise trip to Miami for my winter birthday!


Palm trees and sun in January? I was pretty happy!

First time in Milwaukee. Pretty cool city!

milwaukee collage

And something I never wrote about … but in December I was awarded one of PRNews’s 30-under-30 People to Watch

Melissa PR News Awards

And what I’m looking forward to in 2014 –

  • Another year in our NEW apartment!
  • My best friend getting married!
  • A few amazing vacations- including one to Costa Rica this spring!
  • Some more great runs. I ended 2013 with two more half marathons and more than 1,530 miles completed – and can’t wait to see what 2014 holds.

After rocking in the New Year at a 1950s-themed party, I think we’re off to a great start.

happy new year!

What are you look forward to this year? Happy New Year!