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Our New Backyard

by Meghann on August 14, 2013

Have I showed your our new backyard yet?


Derek, his brother, and his dad have slowly been redoing the backyard over the last couple of months. They started with a new fence, then painted the back wall, added a deck, planted sod, and added some plants.


Maddie LOVES it. I wish I had better before photos, but the fence was falling down and it was just a mess of weeds and dirt. Maddie would put her nose up to the dirt – apparently she’s too good for it.


Now she has no problem doing her business in the backyard, which is great when it’s late and taking her out would mean putting pants on. Now I can let her out back and no pants are required!


Our hot tub is also gone (finally!) and has been replaced with a new deck.


(wet from the rain)

We’re waiting for the after-summer sales to hit and invest in some nice patio furniture for our new space back here.

Our next big house project is moving the washer and dryer from the kitchen to the garage. This is something I’ve been looking forward to since we moved in. I’m not sure who thought it would be a good idea to put a washer and dryer in the kitchen, but I am OVER it.

Let’s see… what else is new?

I finally finished the second season of Dance Academy on Netflix (and the first 5 episodes of season 3 via YouTube) AWESOME show! If you have access to NetFlix, watch it!

Now I’m looking for a new show to watch while I’m on the bike trainer. I heard “Orange is the New Black” is good. has anyone seen it?


Oh, and I had a WaWa Hoagie for the first time for lunch today.

Not bad. It was oddly fun to order it through a computer screen and I enjoyed the variety of toppings/sauces available. I also liked that it came toasted (I <3 toasted subs).


I think I would get it again. Still doesn’t triumph Publix, but definitely better than Subway.

Where’s your favorite place to get a sub/ hoagie?

I fly out to Seattle early tomorrow morning. I’m really excited about this trip. I love Seattle and plan to explore as much as I can (ha! I say that now, but I’m usually a zombie when I travel for work). Does anyone have any recommendations for running paths or places to eat near Pike’s Market?

1 RunEatRepeat August 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I’m still digging Subway. But when I visit FL I like a good Publix sub too ๐Ÿ™‚
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2 Presh August 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I still like me subway too. But I suck at exploring new places lol
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3 Mrs. Swan August 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Yeahhhh Publix hands down for the best subs! In Miami/Kendall there is (was?) a place called Hungry Bear that kicked ass. Nothing like that around here in my little part of central FL though so Publix wins. :/ Cute little set up now! My backyard is up to my hips because my husband would rather be running than mowing. Darn us for living so close to trails! LMAO
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4 Mrs. Swan August 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

No one is from the Miami area and knows of Hungry Bear? EEKKK!
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5 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I have to say I am a Subway fan as well. We also have a local grocery store called Wegmans that we go to all the time for subs – it is pretty delicious as well!
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6 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Wegmans is the best grocery store!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE.
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7 Becky @ Olives n Wine August 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I love your patio! I can’t wait for the day when I don’t live in a condo and have a backyard so I don’t have to put pants on to take out the dog, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for subs, Jimmy Johns is by far my favorite. I love it!
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8 Sarah August 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

orange is the new black is AMMMAAZEEEEE! I watched the whole season in 2 days! IT IS GOOD!
also your backyard is ADORABLE! I am a big advocate of letting my dogs do their business without pants on by letting them out into my backyard!

9 Kathy@26point2soutg August 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I liked orange is the new black, also liked a show called Hit or Miss if you are looking for Netflix suggestions. Both a have slightly weird overall concepts i guess but both easy to watch.

10 Cara August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I was just in Seattle two weeks ago and we stayed on top of the hill in Queen Anne– it is a neighborhood about 1.5 miles from pike place with amazing houses and gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline and mountains. There is a loop that is specifically called “queen Anne loop” that you can find on that is 3.7 miles and incredibly scenic and not too hilly. (The hills in Queen Anne are crazy!) I highly recommend this route– it would be worth it to take a cab to Kerry park and start from there.. The walk from pile place wokld be a little long and then you would have to go up a very steep hill to reach the start. Kerry park is a famous scenic overlook at the top of Queen Anne. Otherwise the downtown has some pretty dicey areas but there is a path along the waterfront– just be careful running alone. Enjoy Seattle we had such gorgeous weather!!

11 Christine @ Bookishly August 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

That’s awesome you can have grass with a female dog! My female golden totally destroyed our grass within the first few months of living in our house and we ended up spending a fortune on fake stuff. Good luck on the patio furniture- I never realized how expensive it is!

12 Cindy August 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Run along Alaskan Way. It is the street along the water, it’s a beautiful fun run!! The market is on that street. You can run by all the piers, including ( I forgot which number) but the hotel that has a famous picture of the Beatles fishing out their hotel window. Edgewater Hotel. (Google the image). There are also a ton of steps leading down to the street level, right around pike’s maker if you are looking for some stair challenges!! Or ask at your hotel, it’s such a running friendly city that they usually have route maps. You will love the lack of humidity!!! Such a nice change from FL.

13 Danielle @ Long May You Run August 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm
14 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Mmmmm Publix subs are the glad we are back in FL!

I do also like Jersey Mike’s and Which Wich ๐Ÿ™‚
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15 Heather August 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

One word PASEO it’s the best Caribbean sandwiches!!! It’s cash only closed sunday and Monday and 100% worth waiting in line!!!!

16 Heather August 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Ps there is one in Ballard and one in Fremont

17 Katie August 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm

“Orange is the new Black” is really good. Raunchy, yet entertaining. If you liked “Weeds” you’ll like it too!

I’ve recently figured out that Firehouse Subs thrumps Subway and other sub shops I’ve been too. It’s really good!

18 Michelle August 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Yes to Orange is the New Black… and Scandal…and Parks and Recreation. And have you watched Supernatural? If not, you must for Jensen Ackles alone.
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19 Jodi August 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Which wich is my all time favorite sub place but I’ve never tried Publix. I love Netflix. I recently finished watching Raising Hope. Great show but you can only watch a few episodes at a time. It is not one that you could sit and watch all day.
Have you seen House of Cards? I haven’t but that looks good too.

20 Ashley August 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

The backyard looks great! Who knew your hubby was so handy!

Favorite sub has GOT to be Potbelly’s. I had it when I lived in Chicago, but I’m not sure how many other locations they may have. They need to come out here to Denver!
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21 Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Mmmm, I LOVE Publix subs… I used to get them whenever i went to Florida. My other favs are Potbelly’s (east coast only, boo) and Firehouse.
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22 Bri August 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

Go to Le Panier, it’s a French bakery right by Pike’s Place. So good! I grabbed a pastry there this summer while visiting!

23 Alison (AlisonCanRead) August 15, 2013 at 1:42 am

TV shows…
I’ve become obsessed (like rewatching episodes 3 times, buying themed items on Etsy obsessed) with Doctor Who over the past few months. I suggest giving it a try…it can take a few episodes to get past the silliness and understand the story. It especially gets good when David Tennant comes on in the 2nd season (and he’s so pretty!).

Speaking of pretty…you should definitely watch Sherlock. Two words: Benedict Cumberbatch. And incredibly well-written, well-acted, suspenseful, dark humor.

I’d like to watch Scandal. My parents love it.

I also started watching Merlin and that looks like a good series. Being Human and Torchwood as well (shows featuring handsome Russell Tovey and John Barrowman, respectively). I’m on a British TV kick.

Hope you find some great shows!
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24 Casey August 15, 2013 at 2:06 am

If you can get to Fremont I recommend Paseo’s – AHH-FREAKING-MAZING sandwiches. It’s a Fremont staple. The lines tend to get long but it is SO SO SO worth it. Also, you should absolutely check out Poquito’s for Mexican on Capitol Hill. My fiance’s family owns/manages it but I promise I’m not biased! Amazing food and the margaritas will be among the best you’ve ever had!! Get the Ahogada Torta – you won’t be disappointed.

25 Mary August 15, 2013 at 3:50 am

When you have your own home there is ALWAYS something DIY-y to be doing! We’ve had our house for two years now and my list still seems endless!
If you’re after a fresh series to be watching, I got addicted to How I Met Your Mother and also Homeland. Definitely both worth checking out if you don’t already watch them!
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26 katie August 15, 2013 at 5:18 am

you guys must really hate having to mow the lawn!

27 Amanda August 15, 2013 at 5:29 am

It’s gorgeous! Hooray for no pants!

Can we have a “before” picture?

28 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner August 15, 2013 at 5:31 am

My only sub choices in Green Bay are Subway (of which there are about six) and Quizno’s, so I usually go with Subway.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about ‘Orange is the New Black,’ but haven’t seen it yet. I’m still catching up on Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Bones, and The Big Bang Theory. So many good shows!
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29 Jamie @ fitfortherun August 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

I haven’t seen Orange is the New Black but I’ve heard from multiple people that it’s good! My favorite place to get a sub is definitely Firehouse, they are the best!
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30 Julie Wunder August 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

I got totally sucked into Dance Academy in the Spring when I was sick and watched it ALL in just a few days. It’s totally addictive and i LOVE the dancing.
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31 Cherie August 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

Try Lowell’s at Pike Place, the food and views are amazing!

32 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats August 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

The backyard looks great! I keep hearing about Orange is the New Black. I need to see what all the hype is about!
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33 Laura August 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

Orange is the new Black is awesome!

34 Sarah D. August 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

You must watch Orange is the New Black. I watched the entire season in a couple days and can’t wait for the new season. The new updates to the back yard look so great!

35 Megan August 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

Orange is the New Black is AMAZING!!! I couldn’t stop watching it!!
Back yard looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

36 Maureen August 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

As a native Philadelphian, my love of WaWa, especially Super WaWa (24hr with gas) knows no bounds. My other favorite sub (or hoagie depending on where you are from) place is Primos. So good.
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37 sybil August 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

Definitely come over to West Seattle and run on the Alki Trail. It is absolutely beautiful! It is a paved trail that runs for several miles along the waterfront. Stunning views of downtown and the mountains and the islands. I run there a couple of times a week.
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38 Johanna August 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I second this comment! You can take a water taxi from Downtown Pier 50 (about 5 blocks from Pike Market) that goes to West Seattle; it drops you off right on the Alki Trail. Then after your run, you can eat at Marination Ma Kai and have some good food, good views, and beer while you’re waiting for your water taxi back downtown. Alki Trail is great for runners.

39 Katie D. August 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

I was going to suggest Marination Mai Kai too!! Delicious! And beautiful running areas in West Seattle!

40 Natalie @ Free Range Human August 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

The deck looks great! We’re just about to undertake doing a massive porch on our house. It’s definitely going to be a project.
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41 Emily @ The Good Era August 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

Your new back yard looks great!! I’m sure Maddie loooves it. Nothing better than letting your dog out without pants on ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for subs, being from Pittsburgh, I have to go with Sheetz. MTO’s all the way! There is a long time battle between Sheetz vs Wawa in Pittsburgh vs Philly and I remember some very heated debates in college with friends from eastern Pa. haha
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42 Alison August 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

I lived in Orlando for a while and never tried a Publix sub…I’m not much of a sub person, but apparently I missed something pretty special:

Orange is the New Black is fantastic — funny, heartbreaking, sweet. It does deal with some very heavy stuff in a brutally honest way, but it is really excellent. It is hard not to binge watch the whole thing.

43 Sarah @ Yogi in Action August 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

I highly recommend “Orange is the new Black”. I don’t watch a lot of TV but I greatly am enjoying this show.
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44 Laura August 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Oragne Is The New Black is great — I’m hooked!

45 Kristen August 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Agreed – Orange is the New Black is such a good show! I totally held my own marathon and watched the entire season in a weekend.
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46 Farah @ Fabulously Farah August 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Publix definitely has the best subs. I also LOVE Quizno’s!

Your backyard looks great!
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47 Presh August 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Wawa seems like the place to be. They’re popping up all over Orlando! I am still on Subway tip. I had publix once. It’s good. The bread. It’s in the bread lol. I love subs but suck at trying new places. Never been to Quiznos, Jimmy Johns, Firehouse… none of them. Smh. I keep saying Ima try them lol.

Backyard looks sweet!! Yeah I don’t like the laundry room in kitchen idea either.

I want to go to seattle so bad (because I’m a grey’s anatomy fan lol). Have fun safe travels!

I’ve been hearing so many ppl talk abt that Netflix show Orange is the new black and the other netflix based on Deck of cards or something like that!
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48 Presh August 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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49 Annette @FitnessPerks August 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I like subway or which which! ๐Ÿ™‚
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50 Sarah August 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

OITNB is AMAZING! it’s also very real. It’s almost an autobiography – the writer was recently interviewed on NPR. Watch it!

Also great from Netflix: House of Cards. OMG.

51 Melissa August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Your backyard looks great! I’m looking to clean up my own backyard soon, I think it would be ideal to be able to sit outside and enjoy the rest of the summer in my own cleaned-up backyard!
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52 Maria August 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Ahh I love SEATTLE!!! You must go to Pike Place Chowder (get the 3 samples option so you can try various kinds of amazing chowder)! I also recommend Piroshky Piroshky Russian bakery (right across from where they sell all those fresh flowers, near the 1st Starbucks).. they have savory and sweet treats but are famous for their beef and cheese.. it is to die for!
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53 Kelly Anne August 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Orange is the New Black is AMAZING and really well-written. It’s raunchy for sure, but the characters and their stories really drive the show.

Crazy Eyes and Red are favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

54 Meghan August 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Hahahahahah Wawa is great. When i was away at college from New Jersey i really missed my Wawa!
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55 BroccoliHut August 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

The new deck looks great! I’m glad it got Maddie’s seal of approval ๐Ÿ™‚
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56 Tricia August 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

Psssht wawa hoagies are okay. I love wawa and I live in philly so I consider myself an expert on this topic. They’re just basic but when I want a good hoagie I go somewhere else. kudos to you for calling it by its rightful name though ๐Ÿ˜‰

57 Kasandra @ UrbanInSuburbia August 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

OITNB is awesome. I watched the whole season in one weekend. It’s based on Piper Kernan’s experience in a prison for 15 mos. I read the autobiography too in less than a week. There are differences and some liberties are taken in the show, but overall it is really good and can’t wait for s2. Only sad thing is 1 of the major characters (Laura Prepon) won’t be in s2.
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58 Reenie August 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

Your back yard looks great!!

59 Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Gorgeous! I love the wood.
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60 Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat August 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

My sister lives in Miami and I have a serious love affair with Publix subs. Every time I touch down it is my first request ๐Ÿ™‚
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