Monthly Archives: January 2011

San Diego December 2010


I promised I would be back with a recap of my trip to San Diego and here I am!

Back in October my parents proposed the idea of me heading to Southern California with them as a present for my birthday. I spent a day in San Diego three years ago and knew I wanted to go back to explore some more so I instantly said yes!


I arrived on a Saturday afternoon and my parents and I immediately made our way an hour north of San Diego to Temecula-aka southern wine country!

DSC_0452 Since it was later in the day we only made it to a couple wineries but it was so much fun! I had never been to a winery before so it was a good time. Nothing beats trying new wines while overlooking endless rows of grapes!


After our visit to southern wine country we  headed to Old Town Temecula for what would be one of many Mexican meals! I had fish tacos and lots of chips and salsa-yum! We then headed back to our hotel and I promptly passed out at 8pm-hellooo jetlag!

I woke up feeling pretty rested  and ready to get out and explore. My parents and I went for an early morning walk along the beach. We stayed at the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island.


We had breakfast at the hotel and then made our way to La Jolla for some sightseeing! Our first stop was to check out the cliffs and beaches. We went to Seal Beach which is the only beach in the country where seals and humans share the beach. We also did some “rock climbing” which in hindsight, probably wasn’t terribly smart considering how slippery the rocks were!








We made our way up to the main part of town to grab a warm drink. As we were walking towards town we noticed many of the roads were closed and came to find out that La Jolla’s annual Christmas parade just happened to be starting in 30 minutes! We grabbed a seat on the street and watched some of the floats go by. It was so funny to see everyone wearing Santa hats and flip flops! Although I love a good snow I certainly wouldn’t mind a life near the beach wearing flip flops in December…



The next few days were spent walking around downtown San Diego (Gaslamp District, Old Town), eating awesome Mexican food, drinking wine by the fire and taking walks along the beach, trying to spot the Navy SEALS.




Before leaving the beautiful Hotel Del I made sure to get pictures in front of their amazing Christmas tree as well as a photo in front of the haunted room at the hotel!



I really love exploring new cities and felt that I got a good overview of San Diego and what it has to offer. I had already been to the San Diego zoo last time I was there so I didn’t miss out on that – don’t worry!

**Have any of you been to San Diego before?? What was your favorite part? I definitely want to go back sometime soon!

Time to hit the sack – hope you all had a great weekend!




It would be much quicker if I could just say that phrase and I would be caught up on my life here on the blog, wouldn’t it?

I don’t know about you all, but I can’t read minds so I am back with a recap of The Bright Side Holidays 2010! This will probably be a long one so bear with me…

I suppose I should start with the Philadelphia Half Marathon!


On November 21, 2010 I ran 13.1 miles; it was the farthest and longest I  had ever run. It was hard, it was fun and I am SO GLAD I did it! I ran it with my running buddy Chrissey. We finished in just over 2hrs23min. It was an interesting race because for the first 5 miles I felt awesome! It was when the small and then big hills appeared that things got tough. We walked a bit when we needed and I crossed that finish line with a big smile on my face! If asked whether I will do another 1/2 marathon—yes I would like to! I am going to focus on training for Broad Street in May as well as the MS Bike ride this summer. I will most likely run a few 5ks here and there but overall my hope is to become  more well-rounded in terms of exercise and health. I plan to incorporate strength training and yoga into my life in 2011 in addition to running! Here are a few photos my family snapped of the big race! I can’t thank them enough for being so supportive; standing in the cold, yelling at the top of their lungs-it means more than they know.


After the half marathon I felt pretty good! I was sore for about a day but was able to run a 5k Turkey Trot with my sister Karleigh Thanksgiving Day. She hasn’t run since high school and this was her first 5k. Her goal was to finish in under 36 min and she beat that by more than 3 minutes! We finished in under 33 minutes. It was the perfect way to kick off a day full of family, fun and food!


My Birthday was the day after Thanksgiving and it was pretty low key! B and I went to dinner at Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties the next night. It’s  a tapas style restaurant which means we shared a bunch of small plates. It was a “cool” atmosphere and the food was great. Amada is next up on my list! I have a crush on Jose Garces and Amada is one of his tapas places.

Are ya’ still with me?? Well if you are, I am going to keep sailing right along. Next up-San Diego! I took a lot of pictures so I will be doing a separate post that I will get up soon. Just know I spent five days wine tasting, sightseeing, relaxing and hanging out with my parents.

After I got back from San Diego the days cruised by and before I knew it, Christmas was here! I love spending time with family and this year was no exception. Santa came too and he brought me some fun stuff!

Phew! I know this might seem like a rambling rushed post but although I love sharing with you guys (see I did learn something in kindergarten!) this blog is also a way for me to look back years from now and see what I did!

Before I run I’ll leave you with a picture of the girls from NYE 2010/2011. B and I spent it with a group of friends and had a blast. I love that Dick Clark is on in the background-love him!


I am very excited and hopeful for what the new year holds for me. I hope you will all check back often and see what’s going on at The Bright Side.