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World Cup & a Party in Long Island

Posted Jun 16 2014 2:57pm

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was such a blast, but boy was I exhausted this morning. I even skipped my morning workout, which hasn’t happened in a few months. Today my body just needed to rest! Anyway, here’s a look at what I was up to. Warning: it’s long!


I’m starting with Thursday night because that was technically the start of my weekend ;) After work I went over to Jess & Erick’s apartment in Capitol Hill for a BBQ! When I arrived, Fabio was already there along with the other couple of the evening- Megan and JR!


The six of us had SUCH a good time hanging out together, and I really hope we can squeeze in another triple date dinner before Jess and Erick move to Amsterdam at the beginning of August. Fingers crossed that our schedules will all match up again!



Despite having off from work on Friday, I was up bright and early to get the day started. I began my day with my usual Friday morning workout, and then tackled some laundry and chores around the house. Before I knew it, it was noon and Fabio had come home! (He had taken a half day so we could get an early start on our long trip up to New York.)

Before we left, we picked up our friend Mark who also was headed up to New York for the weekend. For the first part of our journey the boys sat up front, and I sat in the back with this guy.


At 3:00 we traded places so that the boys could watch the World Cup game on Mark’s iPad while I drove. The three of them (Fabio, Mark, and Jack) all sat in the back seat with the iPad, while I drove through torrential downpours by myself in the front. It wasn’t the best ride up to New York I’ve ever had, but considering it took us about 7 hours to get there with all that rain, having to drive for only two of them actually wasn’t too horrible. Plus the boys were really happy, and now Fabio owes me a favor of some sort, so it was worth it. ;) I’m thinking a massage might be in order?

We finally, FINALLY arrived in New York around 8:30 pm, and after dropping Mark off at the Long Island Railroad we met up with Fabio’s dad for a Colombian dinner.

They sported their Colombia jerseys, naturally!


We went to Las Margaritas and, as the name suggests, ordered some delicious margaritas!!


I opted for a regular margarita but Fabio ordered passion fruit, which was extra tasty. Yum!

I didn’t snap any pictures of our food because a) the lighting was terrible and b) I was STARVING, but we ordered a ton of traditional Colombian dishes like steak, rice & beans, plantains, etc. Everything was delicious!!

After dinner we went back to Fabio’s dad’s house where I immediately went up to bed. Fabio and his dad stayed up for a while chatting, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open!


On Saturday morning Fabio and I slept in a little bit (which means like 8:30am haha) and then took Jack to the dog park!


The park near Fabio’s dad’s house is called Little Bay Dog Run , and it’s located right by the Throgs Neck Bridge. It was right by the water and very pretty! Plus the rain had cleared up and we were left with beautiful weather for the rest of the weekend.

While we were at the park, we met a giant dog named Otim who liked to drink from the water fountain. Everyone took turns holding the button for him, haha! I thought it was too funny.


After the dog park we picked up some bagels (OMG New York bagels…) and took them to another park with picnic benches where we could enjoy our breakfast. After eating we walked around the pond, where we saw a ton of turtles!


Jack was very curious to see what they were all about.


They weren’t afraid of him at all, which either means they are very brave or very stupid. Maybe both?

Hey Mr. Turtle!


After the park we dropped Jack off at the house, cleaned ourselves up, and then headed to a bar in Astoria to watch the Colombia soccer game. The bar was called Basurero (the garbage can!) and we couldn’t believe how many people were there to watch the game.


It was crazy!


We also saw the talking dog Triumph , who apparently is pretty popular on TV (I don’t think I’ve ever seen him myself, but other people recognized him). They were interviewing some people standing next to us for the show, and were actually quite rude! I guess that’s why he’s known as Triumph, “the insult dog”?


Anyway, being at Basurero was a really cool experience and I’m so glad we were able to watch the game with such a fun crowd!


Here’s the crowd after Colombia won!

Phew! It was crazy.

After the game, we drove out to Long Island for my friend Kristen’s graduation/birthday party, which was really the whole reason we were in New York for the weekend!


Kristen just graduated with her masters in dance therapy (so cool!) and had her 25th birthday, so it was an important occasion!

A ton of my best girlfriends were there and it was so much fun to see them all!


Sloppytown !


There were some fun activities like KanJam ,


and of course karaoke.




It was such a fun party and I had an absolute blast with all my friends.IMG_3390


Mark and Fabio! SAM_1890

Me and Catrina !


Perfect day.


On Sunday morning we said goodbye to Kristen, her family, and my friends, and made the 20ish minute drive to Fabio’s aunt’s and uncle’s house in Stoneybrook, NY. There we celebrated Father’s Day with all the dads and had fun playing with Fabio’s niece and cousin’s daughter (second cousin?)


These two are so cute, my goodness.

We also celebrated Fabio’s sister’s birthday, which is later this week. Happy birthday, Karen!


We finally headed home at around 4:30 pm, and made the long trip back to Arlington. It only took us about 5 hours to get back, which was much better than the 7 hours it took to get there. Unfortunately we missed the Game of Thrones season finale (wahh!) and will have to watch it tonight On Demand instead. Now I’m just hoping I don’t accidentally read any spoilers today!! Ah!

I hope all the dads out there had a very special Father’s Day!

Question of the day: How did you watch the World Cup this weekend?

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