There Are No Hush Puppies In New Jersey (and Other Things I Learned This Weekend).

I'm not that good at recapping trips or weekends, but when I had a 2-in-1 that also involved my first blogger meet up?! Yeah, that's getting blogged (good photos and recap writing skills or not).

I know I'm way late to the weekend recap game but this one was a little unconventional. It started early Friday and after a long day of travel, I got off a train in New Jersey where Alyssa (!!!!!) picked me up and took me out for dinner and drinks at one of her favorite local spots.

On Saturday we headed to Princeton, since one of my goals for my trip up north was to check out the course for the 70.3 I'm planning to do in September. I really wanted to check out some of the course and get a feel for what the area was like before committing to the race. The course was everything I could have hoped it would be (from what I could tell, anyway…the heated seats in Alyssa's Jeep seemed like they offered a good enough vantage point without us having to brave the 20* weather that day).

After we checked out the course we headed over to Princeton University because hello, wouldn't you? It was gorgeous but freezing so after a walk around campus we headed into a brewpub before heading back to North Jersey (everything I know about New Jersey I learned this weekend). That night we got a pie (more NJ terminology I learned) and went to a bar and awkwardly dodged the "How do you guys know each other?" question from a 23-year-old creeper, so that was fun.

Sunday after we were awake and adequately caffeinated, we headed out for our first run together...during which we didn't talk to each other at all, haha. Thankfully we are exactly the same in that we both like the social aspect of having another person there to run with, we have no interest in carrying on a mid-run conversation with that person. I feel like that may be one of those things only runners understand?

 After our run we got ready to head into the city. We had some train issues and we almost got stuck in a parking garage all night, but it was also during this time that I got to witness (and ask Alyssa dumb questions about) the fact that New Jerseyans really don't pump their own gas, and that was weirdly exciting to me, so….it worked out, I think. We made it to the city just after dark. We got in at Penn Station and walked down to the Village so we could check out some of her favorite spots in the city. We picked a bar to have a few drinks (which we soon figured out was decorated almost exclusively with taxidermied animals) before grabbing a slice of artichoke pizza. Artichoke pizza is essentially spinach artichoke dip on a pizza - brilliant! - and was every bit as amazing as Alyssa made it out to be.



This selfie was shamelessly lifted from Alyssa's insta


My last day, Monday, was rainy and nasty all day, so we waited for it to clear up by catching up on some work and binge-watching Friends basically all day. I've definitely had worse days, haha! It finally stopped raining just long enough for us to get in another, longer run together! Her town is so cute and being able to catch glimpses of the NYC skyline through the trees was a very welcomed change from my usual run scenery.

I wasn't sure to expect from this weekend, but it turned out to be exactly what I was expecting: a good, fun weekend eating and drinking just the right amount (I don't believe in "too much food"), seeing sites all over New Jersey and New York, and hanging out a friend I feel like I've known much longer than I actually have. Alyssa, thank you SO much for welcoming me into your city, your apartment, and your life for the weekend and giving me the best time!

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  1. I smiled so big reading this whole thing. It was so wonderful having you here and I can't wait to do it again! I'm glad you had a good trip and just know that a highlight for me may always be this: "So, it's this guy's job to pump gas?" Thanks for a great few days! xo

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  2. So cool! Glad you had a great time! I wish someone would pump my gas!

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    1. Right! It should be mandatory everywhere, not just in New Jersey and Oregon!

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  3. It looked like such a fun time via Insta!! Glad you ladies had a blast!

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  4. Yay for fun weekends! Glad you were able to get one away (albeit cold).

    And I never talk with anyone if I run with them :)

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    1. Ha yeah, not quite as warm of a destination as your getaway ;)

      That's so funny! I mostly run alone but I do like the rare opportunities when I get to run with people…but I just like them to be there, I don't really need to talk to them!

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  5. Oh you guys sound like you had the best time. I had a run with a guy friend yesterday and he was chatting and I ws barely answering. I don't like to talk and run ... music/podcasts yes talking not so much! haha also where I am in some gas stations we don't pump our gas either hehe so I guess we're weird too. Im so glad you ladies had a blast!!!

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  6. ahhhhhhhhh i love this SO much. So glad you guys had a great time and ate some good food :) I am also fascinated by the fact that they don't pump their own gas, and I had to google what a hush puppy was, how do I get me one of them? Lol. Also, I kinda hate talking while running. I used to run with my bestie that I lived with and whenever we talked, we ran slower. Eventually we got in this great habit of talking for like a mile and then running the rest in silence. It's the best.

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  7. This sounds like you guys had such a good trip- doing all of the things you love. I so wish I lived close enough to NYC to just go for a quick visit, or even better see the skyline while out and about.

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  8. I'm glad you had a great weekend and got to check out the course...and were companionable runners!

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun!! I'm jealous!

    Anyhoo, I stumbled upon your page through a fellow blogger, and thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same.. or better yet, keep in touch! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. Blogger meet ups are the best! Your trip sounds like such fun. I'm totally jealous. I'm hoping to go to NYC soon!

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  11. This is so awesome that you got to see the city and meet Alyssa!!! I have heard from several people that NJ folks dont pump their own gas and if it is 20 degrees, I dont want to pump mine either!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time!!!

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  12. Awhhh I'm so glad you two had such a great time!! I laughed about the pumping your own gas thing. Back on the Prairies I never pumped my own gas...ever! There are some self-serve stations, but most gas stations are full-serve and might designate like one or two pumps to those who want to do it on their own. Then we moved out to Halifax and it's the exact opposite and now I pump my own gas haha Princess problems!

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  13. My friend Kelly is from New Jersey and when Julie and I went to visit her for the first time, our minds were blown when we went to the gas station! I mean they really don't pump their own gas! Haha. It sounds like the perfect weekend of hanging out, exploring and relaxing!!!

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  14. I am so glad you had such a great time!!! Especially with all the travel anxiety leading up to it, I'm sure you will remember that trip for a while :)

    Also...they seriously don't pump their own gas?! I mean, I remember that option when I was a kid and my mom would use it...Full service it was called....but that's seriously still a thing?! Wow...wouldn't have known!

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