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by Meghann on December 18, 2012

Ahhhh!!! Alright, who watched last night’s series finale of Gossip Girl? What did you think?

*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT*

Here are my thoughts:

I liked the Chuck and Blair ending, but was hoping for a little more dramatics with the reveal of Gossip Girl. I’m almost tempted to go back and re-watch the series just to see if they really left “clues behind” on who Gossip Girl was or they just decided this season to name that person as Gossip Girl and made a story up to make it believable. I’m still not sure I really believe the story behind it. Also, the 5 years in the future bit? You can tell the same creators behind Gossip GIrl were the same as The OC because that was the exact same ending that show used too. Sigh.

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I’m a little sad the show is over, but it was definitely time to go. RIP Gossip Girl, may you forever live on in syndication on the Soap Network. XOXO

My Tuesday started with a run.

As I was leaving CrossFit yesterday morning, I told my coach I’d see her Wednesday. She looked at me and said, “you know we’re open on Tuesdays too.” I know, I know, but Tuesdays and Thursday are my run days and I won’t be giving those up anytime soon.

It felt good to run. I left my watch at home and just ran. I covered my usual 4 mile loop and had a nice stretch afterwards. One of my goals for the coming year is to be a better stretcher, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to start on that one early.

Breakfast was two scrambled eggs with spinach and goat cheese, a ripe pear, and two pieces of turkey fried up in the pan.

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The morning flew by. I’m working on pre-writing some posts to go up while I’m on my honeymoon in January (hope you’re ready for some fun giveaways!), which took up the majority of my day.

Lunch was another snack plate (can’t go wrong with a snack plate!).

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Bacon, carrots, and almond butter.

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I was really close to making a bacon, carrot, and almond butter sandwich, but we didn’t have any bread. Instead I just paired the bacon with the carrot and dipped them in the almond butter as a unit. Sooooo good.

The other half of the plate had cheese, cucumber, and a pickle.

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Two Peanut Apple Pretzel Drops were enjoyed as a mid-afternoon snack.

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We have Mr. Crock Pot to thank for dinner.

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I followed this super easy recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili. I threw everything in the crock pot after lunch (a process that took 5 minutes tops) and served it for dinner around seven. The crock pot made the whole house smell absolutely delicious.

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I added some plain Chobani and grated cheese to my bowl.The chili tasted like the inside of a burrito, not a bad thing, I just wish I had a tortilla to go with it. 😉

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The good news is we have leftovers to last a while, a fact I’m not complaining about! 😉

In other news, my rehearsal dress arrived today!

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They didn’t have my size in store, so I had to order it and have it shipped to my house (the dress is from Nordstrom). I tried it on as soon as it arrived and fell in love with it! Can’t wait to wear it in 2.5 weeks!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie December 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I watched GG through the third season when it was on TV, then sort of gave up on it. But, I have been rewatching it on Netflix over the past few weeks. I am up to the end of Season 3. I (accidentally) read on twitter about Dan being Gossip Girl. Up until this point there are honestly no clues!! Nothing gives me reason to suspect him. I totally agree that it might be some made up, last minute storyline for the purpose of revealing a character. It is going to be interesting to keep watching and pay closer attention to that storyline, though!

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2 Katie December 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

PS. LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!!

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3 Liz December 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Your dress is stunning. 🙂 I love crock posts. They are such a time saver. And I am so jealous of your healthy meals. I wish I had access to fresh veggies.
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4 Melanie December 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I love the dress! I am so glad you’ve gained a little bit of weight for the wedding and not tried to starve yourself like all of the other bride2bes!!!

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5 Sarah December 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Is that dress a DVF dress? I bought the SAME one in gray for MY rehearsal and dinner for my wedding October!!! It’s such an amazing dress! I hope you love it as much as I do! I’ve worn it a few more times already (including our honeymoon)!

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6 Meghann December 19, 2012 at 8:53 am
7 Reenie December 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Beautiful dress .

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

That dress is SUPER cute – you look great!

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9 Angela December 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

Beautiful dress! The link for the soup isn’t working for me 🙁

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10 Meghann December 19, 2012 at 8:52 am
11 TorontoRunner December 19, 2012 at 1:04 am

Looooove the lace dress!! I love that style but I’m not bold enough to pull it off I don’t think. You look fab!

I’ve never watched a single episode of GG..now that it’s over, I might have to get into it since everyone’s talking about it!
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12 Angela December 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

The dress looks great!!!!
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13 Debbie B. December 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

I love your dress. It is perfect.

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14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

I wrote the same thing yesterday about Gossip Girl about the ending! It was just like The OC. I liked it but I wish they would have done something less unexpected.

Love the dress! So pretty!
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15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 19, 2012 at 7:23 am

I cannot believe it’s only 2.5 weeks away! And I liked the Gossip Girl ending, especially Chuck and Blair. I was literally grinning and clapping. I did, however, think the Bart Bass stuff ended too perfectly, but oh well. And I feel like I suspected Dan all along – it makes perfect sense. Either him or the Asian girl who went to Yale (I can’t remember her name… I know that sounds bad).
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16 Amy December 19, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hey Meghann – just to let you know, the link for the taco chili brings us to your cookie exchange post. Could you provide the link to the recipe? It looks delicious!
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17 Meghann December 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

I’m sorry about that, here’s the correct link: http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html I fixed it in the post too. Enjoy!

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18 sara @ fitcupcaker December 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

Love the dress!! I absolutely love my crockpot!!
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19 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife December 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

1. I love your rehearsal dress. very cute!
2. I only watched half of gossip girl {to when blair and chuck got married} I need to catch up on the rest!
3. I am extremely sad it is over. I don’t know what I’m going to do anymore!

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20 Lauren December 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

I am still catching up on season 5 of GG but I can’t wait to see how it all ends. And the dress looks fantastic!!
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21 Christine, Random Hangers blog December 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

Was the chili recipe link supposed to take me back to the Cookie Exchange page? I don’t see the recipe there…am I missing it?? It looks delish, and I’d love to try it!
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22 Meghann December 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

Here’s the recipe: http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html Sorry, there was an error with the link. Thanks for the heads up, I fixed it.

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23 Emily N December 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

The dress is GORGEOUS! Derek is going to LOVE you in that!
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24 Natalie @ Free Range Human December 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

Love that dress! I was hoping that was the one you would pick!
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25 beka @ rebecca roams December 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

I have never watched Gossip Girl regularly. But it’s definitely entertaining the few times I’ve caught it. I know when I start CrossFit, there is no way I will give up running days too. And I dunno if I will have enough energy in me to do two a days 2-3x a week. I love love love that dress and time sure did fly by!!
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26 Katie December 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

Awesome dress! You look so great—definitely wedding-ready!! You have worked hard for that amazing body and it shows!
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27 kirsten December 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

The dress looks amazing!!

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28 The Many Thoughts of a Reader December 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

You look great in that dress!
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29 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats December 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

I love the rehersal dress! and hated the GG finale. It was two perfectly wrapped up with Bart and the reveal and Ivy. But it was kinda what I susupected since this whole season has been pretty crappy.
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30 Jory December 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I totally called Dan being GG. I had an epiphany one day after I re-watched most of the previous season. Ironically, the episode was the one Nate referred to in the finale (when he said he suspected that GG was Dan because of the video). It’s nice to be right sometimes! 🙂
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31 amyt December 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

dress looks great on you!

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32 erica December 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

i loved the gg ending! (of course i never saw the oc finale, so i have nothing to compare) but i loved it. and am i the only one that likes the georgina/uncle jack paring? lol

love the dress!
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33 Christine S. December 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I totally made the same exact crockpot taco chicken chili for dinner tonight! It’s a winter staple of mine and it never gets old!

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34 Gretchen December 20, 2012 at 12:36 am

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one disappointed by the Gossip Girl reveal. I know a few friends I work with at DISH actually predicted that it was Dan though, so I’m going to do exactly what you said and re-watch a few episodes to see if they actually included any clues. It will be easy for me to re-watch this season’s episodes since they’re all saved on my DISH Hopper. It can store 2000 hours of movies and shows, so I was able to save Gossip Girl’s entire season along with all my other shows. Hopefully I find something, otherwise the reveal will seem a little thrown together to me. P.S. Your meals look delicious, they’re making me hungry.

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35 Maryz December 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

That dress is so adorable!

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36 Irina @ Chocolatea Time December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I wondered the same thing – was it Dan all along or did the writers just make that decision once they found out the show was being cancelled? I’m tempted to re-watch old episodes and see if there were hints too… Other than that, I’m happy with the ending. I love the “happily ever after” type endings and this one was just that.

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