After Maine… New Jersey

After spending 4 days in Maine with my parents, I flew to NJ on Sunday for work. The week was a lot less eventful and very cold !  The highlights of the week :

Fitness : I worked out The hotel had a small but decent gym.

  • Monday : 30 minutes of sprints on the bike followed by 30 minutes low impact cardio
  • Tuesday : 30 minutes of sprints on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes low impact cardio
  • Wednesday : killer full body workout with weights and some HIIT. Squat jumps, burpees, pushups… It took me over an hour to do the entire workout but I pushed through.20161214_074018-01
  • Thursday : Ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill20161214_072614-01
  • Friday : 45 minute lower body workout & two mile walk through the airport.20161216_155026-01
  • Saturday : arrived in France after flying back. Jetlagged, no workout.
  • Sunday : As I write this I am planning on running or swimming.

Otherwise, here is some randomness :

  • BFF. My college roommate lives in central NJ so we try to get together every time I am there. We went out to dinner Monday to catch up on life.
  • B-WICO. Baby was it cold outside ! Mid teens / low twenties. While I grew up in Maine, we do not get that kind of cold weather in France. Ever. And I am glad.
  • Frozen dessert. Despite the cold, some of this may have happened. I stay in a hotel with a kitchen so I can prepare some of my own food. This didn’t last the 5 days I was there. Just saying.20161214_185638-01
  • Christmas shopping. I did a little bit but wasn’t very successful. I wanted a pair of these, but went to several stores and called around. No luck. I am usually done my shopping by mid November, so the fact that I still have a couple things to buy is extremely stressful for me. 20161214_145821-01
  • Proud parents. I have been posting about the school my daughter wants to go to in the US, Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida, for computer animation. She spent all of October on her application for early decision. Verdict ? She got in ! It is the second best school in the US for what she wants to study, so needless to say, we are all pretty happy and very excited (but scared). Now we just need to figure out how to afford it. No small task. Some of her recent work :fb_img_1482050892375

And that’s a wrap !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Is it cold where you live ? 

Finished your shopping yet ?


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Comments: 29

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy December 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

    A big congrats to your daughter! That’s really awesome. And now you have an excuse to go to FL. 🙂

    You have a lot going on in your life, so I’m not surprised that you’re not done with your shopping. Don’t sweat the small stuff, remember.

    Unfortunately cold like this is not at all unusual here. We were so spoiled last year, but that’s the exception. It was even colder when we lived in VT. Someday we’ll escape from here again, but I will miss my friends.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

      I don’t like waiting until shopping at the last minute because I refuse to buy something just for the sake of buying, so I end up running around trying to find exactly what I want but there are no longer the sizes, colors, etc….. grrrrr.

      Stay warm !

  2. Darlene December 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Is that school in Sarasota?

    I went to an exhibit there last year when I ran the Music half.

    I hope she does go. There are so many awesome races there.

    Fingers crossed. So then I can see you more often.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

      Yes, it is in Sarasota.
      We could meet in FL or NY, but you are always welcome to come to France too !

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 19, 2016 at 12:04 am Reply

    Congrats to your daughter! What an honor! And what a gift. My best friend from HS is an artist and I am always in awe of her work.

    Crazy question but I’m on steroids and that’s my excuse…anyways, does it feel weird to be speaking English all the time when you’re back in the US? Do you miss living here?
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply

      Thanks for my daughter.
      It always feels a bit weird being back in the States, but I can not say that I miss it. There are definitely things I miss which is why I consider myself so lucky to be able to travel there.
      I speak English a lot at work here, so it doesn’t feel weird in the US. Sometimes, I don’t even know what I am speaking…
      Great idea for a post !

  4. Sonia December 19, 2016 at 12:36 am Reply

    Congrats! She’s very talented!! What an exciting chapter for her. Fun that you have someone in NJ to connect with while you travel. I didn’t see that cashew milk ice cream…
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply

      I see my college roommate every time I go. Lucky me !

  5. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 19, 2016 at 12:39 am Reply

    Congrats to your daughter- how exciting!! I’m jealous of your weather… I’m in NJ so yes, as you know, it was super cold this week!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      Hoping it warms up for you

  6. HoHo Runs December 19, 2016 at 1:25 am Reply

    Congrats! I know your daughter is thrilled and beyond excited to be accepted at this US school. I didn’t know they still made those style of Adidas. I sported a pair with red stripes as a teen. Great job on the hotel workouts! Perhaps the ice cream was good for motivation? Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      My daughter is over the top happy, this was her dream school. Its the financing now we need to figure out…

  7. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner December 19, 2016 at 1:55 am Reply

    Wow big congrats to your daughter that’s amazing! I think I see lots of Disney races in your future maybe with your daughter
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

      First I want to do the one here, which is in September but registration doesn’t open until spring.

  8. Coco December 19, 2016 at 3:21 am Reply

    Huge congrats to your daughter! So happy for her – and you too! That doesn’t look like the same hotel gym I was at in NJ last week … but I will compare your photo to the one I’ll be at tomorrow. 😉 I did the last of my Christmas shopping this weekend …. I think!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Yeah for finishing the shopping. I stay usually at the Hyatt House while in NJ.

  9. Elizabeth December 19, 2016 at 3:48 am Reply

    Congratulations to your daughter! Her artwork is great – she’s going to do so well. It’s super cold here. It was in the single digits, so today’s 25 degree run felt warm. I’d love a random heat wave! 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:34 am Reply

      I could do 25 if there was sun. It is the overcast, grey skies with wind that kill me. Luckily I am not training for something and don’t have to run outside.

  10. Kimberly Hatting December 19, 2016 at 3:56 am Reply

    My shopping is almost done (yay!!). Congrats to your daughter! I wish I would have pursued something with my art background, but it didn’t work out that way. Thankfully, art is something one can enjoy their entire lifetime, whether it’s a career choice or not ;-)n (oh, and BTW, yes it’s cold where I am LOL)
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 19, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply

      Thank you. My daughter is thrilled…. this is a school she discovered 2 years ago and has been talking about ever since. Stay warm.

  11. Marcia December 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Congrats to your daughter! That is HUGE! I wonder if that school is in FL because maybe lots of the students go on to animate for Disney?? My oldest is a high school sophomore and is already eyeing colleges. Yes, $$$$$
    Yeah it’s cold -9 this morning before we add the wind chill. Looks like it’ll be a year where the snow doesn’t melt until April.

    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply

      Yes, the school is in Sarasota. The money thing is crazy though…. it is 5 times as expensive as school in France. Ugh.

  12. Tricia Vaughn December 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Great job on your workouts, I do that too when I’m on my own with the sets and marking them off! You very much deserved the ice cream!
    Oh wow how very impressive your daughter got into the school she wanted. It will all work out for yall on how to make this happen! Scholarships??
    Saturday Hot, Sunday Freezing rain? Gotta love Mississippi weather!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply

      I have no short term memory so I need to keep track of my sets.
      Hope your weather is nice for the holidays and hope you can enjoy some time off. Going anywhere ?

  13. Stacey December 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply

    It’s not consistently cold in Virginia yet….we had an ice storm on Saturday and then 60 and humid on Sunday–wishing it was winter already!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

      Wow, crazy weather !

  14. lacey@fairytalesandfitness December 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Congratulations to your daughter for getting in. That is so exciting! I am all done Christmas shopping. It is such a sense of relief.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 20, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

      Thank you.
      Doesn’t it feel great to be done ?

  15. Kent December 27, 2016 at 9:16 am Reply

    Congrats to your daughter! That;s awesome.

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