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Cranky Pants to Peaceful Mind

17 Aug

Hey everyone!

So I’ve been absent in the blog world for the past couple of days because I have been keeping busy in Nashville with my family. Although we have been here for almost a week, our stay hasn’t fit the “vacation” standard. We have been busy moving Kiran, my sister, into her new apartment and basically furnishing the whole place. To put it simply..we are exhausted. I don’t know about you, but when I’m exhausted, I tend to become a cranky pants. Today was a major cranky pants day for me. The endless hours of shopping combined with little water and food put me at a low. The whole day I knew that I had to squeeze in my 3 mile run for 1/2 training..but to be honest I was dreading it.

When we got back to our hotel after a long day at the apartment, my sister gave me the motivation to go on the run. All of my frustrations came out in this run and I really felt like I was able to clear my thoughts. One of my favorite “bad a**” songs is Won’t Back Down by Eminem featuring Pink. Every time this song comes on during a workout, I kick it up a notch. Anyways, I’m glad I went through with the run because in the end I was a much calmer and peaceful being.

My clearer mind after the run helped me to see that despite feeling frustrated & stressed from being with my family in a hotel room for a week, I should feel so blessed that I have been able to spend a full week with them. This might be our last time together until the Holidays. I told myself to take this last night in & relish these moments with my family. We spent our last night in Nashville at a casual BBQ dinner. I’m am incredibly blessed to have a loving and supportive family.

Momma & I

Daddy & KK

This short is sweet and to the point, but my family has been on my mind the last couple days. Once I settle into my place in Cinci, blogging will return full swing!

Love you all,



Good “Grub” and Good Times

15 Aug

Hey ya’ll! (yep..I’m using the term ya’ll since I’m in Nashville.)

I just got back from an amazing dinner at Urban Grub in Nashville, full of good food and great conversations. We dined with my cousin Erin, her husband Frank and their new baby girl. They reside in Nashville, so for the past couple of days they have been sharing with us their favorite spots in the city. I’ll give you all of the details of our dinner but first let’s recap the beginning of the day!


Once again, we woke up early to get our workouts in before a long day of prepping Kiran’s apartment. This morning, Kiran and I ran 3 miles for my 1/2 marathon training. I did wear my knee brace as a precaution, and it worked very well! I did not feel any pain while running and made sure to stretch properly after the run. I’m going to continue wearing the brace for the next week to make sure me knee is stable.

When we came back from our run, I was ravenous. I relied on a go-to breakfast of oats with strawberries and peanut butter to hold me over.

mmm Oats!

The rest of the day was spent running all over the city to buy Kiran essentials for her apartment. If there is anything I’ve learned in the past few days..it’s that you should always be prepared with lots of water and snacks while taking long shopping trips. Unfortunately, today I unprepared and subsequently I quickly became a hungry & dehydrated Anj. Next time, I need to pack snacks like trail mix or protein bars to hold me over!


Now…on to the good stuff! Dinner was amazing! Urban Grub is a relatively new restaurant in Nashville, and offers ethnic, healthy, and fresh items on their menu. I loved the casual atmosphere and the service was spectacular. My sister and I split the Lobster BLT Flatbread and we each got the Berries and Butternut Salad. I loved the salad! The orange jalapeno agave dressing was a perfect match for the salad. I am a sucker for salads with berries. YUM

I also ordered a cocktail tonight which is unusual for me! I usually choose wine with dinner, but tonight I was feeling daring 🙂

Alchemy Gin Cocktail

I ordered the Alchemy Gin cocktail which has gin, thyme and grapefruit juice. The drink looked pretty..but It was not the best cocktail I’ve ever had. If you’re a gin fan you will probably like this cocktail, but I am a gin newbie and still adjusting to the Christmas tree taste..

Overall, dining at Urban Grub was a wonderful experience! My family and I had a great evening together. Here are some pictures to sum up the night:

Dinner with Erin +Frank +the baby. Cutest family ever!

Kiran, Dad, and I!

Chocolate + Peanut Butter =Heaven

I hope you all are having  a great week so far! Although I’m having fun in Nashville, I can’t wait to get settled in Cincinnati and adjust to my new life there. I’m anxiously waiting to settle into my groove and enjoy life in a new city. 

Question 1: What do you pack when heading out for long outings to hold you over?

Question 2: When was the last time you had a great outing with family and friends at a great restaurant?