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Boston to Baltimore

This week is seriously nuts. Even this post is a traveler–I started it in Boston, but it’s posting now that I’m on the ground in Baltimore.


Getting up to Boston didn’t go so well–first, we sat on the runway for 45 minutes, and then once we were in the air, we circled for quite some time. It should be about a 30-40 minute flight, and once they said we were beginning our initial descent when we’d been in the air for 35 minutes, I knew something was up. (Me? Most paranoid flyer in the world. I was totally convinced that we’d been hijacked and were going to land somewhere completely different than Boston.)

Once we finally got on the ground, I went to go meet up with Tina and Mal at the Coolidge Corner Club. After such a long day, I desperately wanted a drink, so when I walked in and Mal said Tina had already walked over to the bookstore and he was about to do the same, I was a little bummed.


But I was there to see Tina, not to drink beer. (I guess.) She was really nervous, but she did a great job.


I mean, I would be really nervous if there were that many people in a room to hear just me talk about myself, too!


Mal, her sister and I sat in the front row as her paparazzi.



“I really like cookies!”


“And Murphy!”


After the reading/talk/Q&A, everyone lined up to have Tina sign their books!


And her mom brought cookies!



While Tina was doing her thing, I chilled in the back with some other bloggers: Lizzy, Beckie and Corrie.


Once the signing was over, it was beer time! We went to Publick House, one of Tina’s favorites. (I totally feel like I got the CNC tour last night. Tina pointed out lots of places she’s mentioned on her blog before.)


I got the moule frites (mussels and fries.)


By the time I got back to Casa CNC, it was midnight and way past our bedtimes for our early-morning flights. (The car picked us up at 5:30.)


I got to the airport, walked through the shortest security line ever, and made a beeline for breakfast. I wanted something a little more nutritious than a bagel, but there was only a Dunkin’ Donuts (WITH NO SANDWICHES. THE HORROR.) and a Cosi in my terminal. I noticed the oatmeal at Cosi about 2.5 seconds after I paid.

Now I’m at Fitbloggin’!

Review: Carrots ‘n’ Cake: The Book


I’m at Newark Airport right now, I think?

Yesterday, my mom and I drove up to Rhode Island. We had to leave this morning, unexpectedly, and drive back to NYC. We got in around 12, and I took a quick shower and gobbled down a sandwich before I hopped in a cab to Newark.


I’m flying up to Boston now, and I’ll be flying to Baltimore tomorrow for Fitbloggin’. I’m finally back on schedule right now. NYC > Boston > Baltimore was always on the schedule; NYC > RI > NYC was not. C’est la vie.

Carrots ‘n’ Cake Review:

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A few months ago, Tina‘s publisher sent a few copies of her book to Woman’s Day, and I managed to nab a copy.

I read about half of it, but decided to wait until everyone else had received theirs to finish it. (I also don’t usually look at menus before I go out to eat because I don’t want to be sitting around tapping my thumbs while everyone else is looking. Maybe I’m just weird.)

But a few weeks ago, when everyone else got their copies of Carrots ‘n’ Cake, I finished my copy, too.

What makes Tina so likable as a person and a blogger–her straightforward, relatable way of talking–also made her book a really easy read. I felt like I was talking to her in a bar about her healthy ways.

She walks you through myriad situations where it’s easy to fall off the healthy bandwagon–happy hour, going on vacation–and tells you her strategies for enjoying yourself without going overboard. But she’s struggled with the occasional binges herself, so she also talks about how to recognize what’s causing a binge and move on from it. She weaves lots of personal anecdotes in with her tips.

If you’ve read her blog for more than a second, you know she definitely has a sweet tooth, and so the book is worth it alone for the easy baking recipes. Her pomegranate apple crisp and pumpkin muffins look pretty amazing. She also throws plenty of workouts in–both strength and cardio.

Over the past few months, Tina has turned from one of my favorite bloggers to one of my favorite bloggers and one of my favorite people. I’ve had the chance to spend a good amount of time with her in NYC and at various events with other bloggers, and she is even more fun in person than she comes across on her blog. I’m so proud of her for her book, and I’m really excited to go support her at her book signing!