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Happy Halloween!

Well, our costumes were a bust. Chris and I went as Katie and Micah from Paranormal Activity, but nobody really saw the movies so I just ended up looking like a jogger who stabbed herself.

Even so, I still had fun creeping people out . . .

Appearing in strange graveyards . . .

And stalking innocent victims . . .

Today, my legs are feeling ok except a little stiffness in my ankles. I took the day off from exercising because I could swear I feel the beginnings of a cold coming on. It may just be in my head, but I am taking tea precautions.

Unfortunately, Chris got called into work but Im spending the rest of Halloween at my parents. Handing out some candy, eating homemade chicken soup, making pumpkin bread and getting photography lessons from dad šŸ™‚

What did you do this Halloween?

After Thursday’s gratitude breakthrough, I have been on a high of some sort. I just feel happy. Yes I have a massive to do list and things I could be stressing about, but in the big picture . . . Life is good šŸ™‚

So I did something crazy . . .

I signed up for a 5k!

Yes, it’s in two weeks and I know I am not trained whatsoever for it, but it sounds like a good time and Why the heck not?

It’s held at the boardwalk where my usual runs are, and it is also a costume race. I’m debating if I am going to wear a costume only because I may not have time to put it all together. I had a great idea of chris being Mario and me being an ‘invincible star’ with something attached to me that sings the tune. I know you all know it šŸ˜‰


Oh and another awesome thing besides Chris doing it too is that so is my mom and my two sisters! They don’t plan to run either which is why it’s good that its a walk too.

Luckily, I was able to get to road runner to get fitted for some serious sneaks. They do this awesome free testing to see check balance, where you pronate and I even got custom orthotics! I ended up taking home these babies. I’m a fan of Saucony, very comfortable.



I was lucky enough to score some free stuff like socks, gu chomps, a hat and some pens since it was Ladies Night

I’m excited! Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t doing it for weight loss šŸ™‚

What do you think of me signing up for a 5k with zero training? Yay or Nay?

Our main purpose for our weekend in Philadelphia was to visit the famous Eastern State Penitentiary for a daytime AND haunted night time tour.


The Eastern State Penitentiary is easily one of the most famous buildings in the world. The concept was dreamed up in the house of Ben Franklin and took 30 years to convince the public to make it happen. This particular prison was built to instill penitence in its prisoners to basically scare the shit out of them with torture and labor until they felt remorse for their wrong doings before they finished out their sentences.
We took an audio tour during the day and really got to explore the property which is still very much in tact.


The long corridors.


The horrid living conditions inside the cells.


Along with the ‘nicer’ cells reserved for the special criminals such as Al “scarface” Capone.


The outside structure was equally amusing.


And we were able to get a glimpse of life if we decide to commit a crime 1800’s style.


The night tour was SCARY. They had a special roped off area ready for when it got dark where they did an amazing job scaring the shit out of you as you walked through for 30min. Chris and I led our group of 6 and endured the brunt of the ‘attacks’. Believe me, it’s so scary you have to sign a waiver!


There was even a point in the tour of complete darkness where WE were in charge of providing light with a tiny flashlight. I HIGHLY recommend this tour if you are into that sort of thing.

I’m lucky I got out alive šŸ˜‰


Have you taken a haunted tour before?

Feeling very uninspired today. The weather is cold, dark and rainy and I just feel like napping. Pair that with a 12 hour day and you will find a gloomy Val that has nothing distinctive to say. I’m kinda glad this Friday is almost passed.

However, I am very excited for this weekend. We are headed out with our good friends for a . . .

SCAAARY HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE


I will be bringing my iPad, but for navigation and information mostly. Other than that, I plan to unplug and enjoy this weekend fully. I will be back with a re-cap as soon as I want to šŸ˜‰

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What are you up to?



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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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