a few months ago, heather hinted to me that i'd be excited for this year's HLS location. i figured it had to be in NC -- what could be more convenient? but when i found out it was philadelphia, i was even more excited! a trip home and girls' weekend [that's what i consider this to be, pretty much!] all in one? perfect.
instead of having to navigate an unfamiliar subway system, my dad picked me up at the airport! i will be staying [with roommate allie!] at the official hotel site for friday and saturday nights just for convenience, but got to spend last night hanging out at my old home.
nothing like kicking my [not-yet-swollen] feet up and letting my mom + dad make dinner for me :) for details on our feast [and prettier food pictures than i have ever taken], see her recap.
plus, being a local, it was fun to show her the sights. she requested a viewing of the liberty bell, so we went first thing. i don't think i've been there since elementary school, so it was fun to play tourist! did you know it cracked the very first time it was rung?
the second national treasure we hit was, of course, anthro. ha! also: lululemon, american apparel, and a fro-yo joint [urgent craving].
i may or not have picked up this shirt, even if my days to wear it are numbered. i did size up for a [future] bump!
sometimes i feel silly discussing the HLS. it definitely sounds sort of cheesy, and there are certainly many that agree [have to admit, the idea of an "unhealthy living summit" is hilarious, plus this was shelby's doing and she's awesome!].
but in the end, this gathering really isn't about a bunch of recreational runners and yogis gathering around heaping bowls of oatmeal, even if that does tend to happen. it's about connecting with other bloggers -- some of which i've known on-line and off for years now. this year, i'm excited to meet a lot of new faces, too.
it's often a struggle to write recaps since EVERYYYYYYYYONE seems to be posting exactly the same thing -- so i'll do what i can to keep things interesting for the next 2-3 days . . . suggestions [shelby??] are welcome!
i wanted to take a moment to mention jen, who might as well be my in/fertility twin. she wrote a post today on what finally may have helped her to get pregnant [she's now 23 weeks, and looking fantastic!].
i am in NO way saying that the slow way down on running, gain a few lbs, and take letrozole/anastrozole is a magic formula for everyone struggling with infertility -- of course that isn't the case! but . . . i think it may be for some. it took me at least a year and a half to begrudgingly accept that this could be the case with me, and another year to truly believe it.