Late last week, I asked my dad what he wanted to do on Sunday for Father’s Day, and he replied: “Go paddle boarding again!” Sweeeeet. Clearly I was on board! Matt was out of town for the weekend on an epic guy’s weekend camping/canoeing trip, so it was just me and my dad this time. We had a blast and after about an hour of paddle boarding, we were ready for lunch. He said he was in the mood for a salad so I decided it was the perfect time to introduce him to Sweetgreen.
Still loving Instagram — my username is fANNEtasticfood
He LOVED it! He created his own special salad and I ordered the Spicy Sabzi, which is a vegan salad with tofu, quinoa, beets, mint, carrots, etc. My fave! I added avocado as well, and got an Honest Tea on the side. We enjoyed our salads (plus an unpictured side of bread) in the sunshine and then he headed on home and I biked back home.
Shortly after I got home, I headed back out again to meet up with my high school friend Hilary! We had big plans for Sunday: visit Splashdown Water Park in Manassas, VA!
Yessss!! You guys know that I’m a big fan of all things adventure and water related, and water parks are no exception. You’re never too old to act like a kid again, as I’ve said before.
Hilary and I have been coming to this water park together since we were like 19… it’s awesome and only about 30 minutes away, too! And since it’s a small, local water park, it’s only $15 to get in.
I <3 water slides!
We had gorgeous weather for our adventure and spent about 4 hours at the park enjoying the slides, sunshine, and, of course, the lazy river. It was actually a pretty non-lazy river — it was FAST!
It was such a fun day — made even better because I got to spend some quality time with an old friend. We were reminiscing about summer back when we were kids — man, wasn’t that the best? We remember summer feeling so endless! There were a ton of teenagers working as life guards at the park — I never worked as a lifeguard, but I did work at my local pool for a summer in high school as the front desk attendant. It was insanely boring and hot (no a/c in the front desk area) — I remember drinking gallons of lemonade with mass amounts of ice in it.
What was your summer job when you were in high school? In early college, I also spent a summer working for Aeropostale — using the register was pretty fun, and a lot of my friends worked in the mall, too, so we’d all visit each other on our breaks!
After the waterpark, I raced home to shower and then headed right back out again, this time to meet up with my blog buddy Lauren!
Isn’t she adorable? Lauren is seriously one of the sweetest people ever — she was in town from PA for a conference so we made plans to meet up for dinner while she was here. It was a pleasure to see her, as always, and we had a blast catching up and talking a mile a minute.
We met at Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon, which is one of my local favorites — great seafood in particular. After spending all day outside running around in the sun, all I was craving was something salty and meaty. A burger sounded delicious and that’s exactly what I got!
It was so good — just what I wanted and I ate pretty much every last bite. As I’ve said before, being healthy = not ALWAYS being healthy, in my opinion. Sometimes, you just need a burger and fries in your life!
I also enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay. Yum!
Thanks for the fun night, Lauren!
Whew — just reading this and it’s no wonder I was exhausted on Monday morning (worth it!). Happy Tuesday, friends!