Traffic, Chocolate, and Chipotle, OH MY!

Friday morning began with a later start (6:50 AM), as my right hip has been hurting a lot lately so I unfortunately had to skip my morning workout. I headed downstairs and whipped up a breakfast sandwich, my go-to.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 slice Swiss cheese
  • Spinach leaves (as much as I could fit)

Before I headed out to bear the crazy Northern VA morning rush hour, I grabbed some coffee and my trusty filled and chilled camelbak.


Friday’s coffee included:

  • Maxwell house original blend
  • Truvia packet
  • Almond milk (1/4 cup)

Friday is always an awesome day to be at work. Everyone’s spirits are lifted as they anticipate the weekend. Friday is especially happy around the office I work at because on Friday’s, or rather every other Friday, we get off at 2pm. It’s a nice little treat the employees get in the summer time.

On my way home, the traffic was insane, even more so than the usual NoVA traffic. I’m certain it was people leaving for vacation for Memorial Day weekend. So as I sat and waited and waited and waited, I opened up my lunch and snacked on the cucumbers and hummus I hadn’t eaten for lunch. It made the parking lot called route 50 a little less miserable.


When I got home, the weather was beautiful, a bit chillier than I was expecting, but nonetheless, beautiful. I swapped my work gear for some workout gear and headed out for a run. It ended up being my usual 2 miler, but way more gusty than expected. I was surprised I wasn’t blown over.


Upon my return back to my house, I noticed some of the patriotic decor my dad had put outside the house. My house is always decorated full-out for most holidays, especially patriotic ones.


Friday evening was a rather relaxing one. I hung out and watched a movie with my friend. She’s the one that has been across the Atlantic, in the Maldives and Russia, for a while and is now back, but leaving for a Dallas, Texas internship Tuesday! I’ve been trying to spend as much time with her as I can, as she will be gone the duration of the summer.

Saturday morning was the start of the street fair, Viva Vienna, in downtown Vienna. I’ve always loved Vienna, as it is old, but cutesy and well-kept. My family and I stopped by to see what all the hull-a-balooh was about. It was pretty cool, with a bunch of street vendors, rides, and newly opened shops.

We discovered one shop in particular that truly excited me, as it would for any chocolate lover out there: Vienna Cocoa. My mom has talked about passing it for quite some time now, but it never seemed to be open. Well it finally was, so we headed in to check it out.


The smell (mmm chocolately goodness) and look of the place was so inviting as soon as we stepped in. You can tell it had just been redone, as it looked so polished and clean. There were so many different types of chocolates in there: milk, white, dark, nuts, peanut butter, toffee, carmel, whatever your heart desires! I was naturally a little overwhelmed.

We spoke with one of the owners, Sam, and he began telling us a bit more about Vienna Cocoa. They’re still working on getting everything together, waiting on the arrival of a seating area and a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate selection, but It’s right on Church Street, the main drag of Vienna, and I can tell this place will do really well. I strongly encourage you guys to go check this chocolate lover’s paradise out!

I loved this sign.


As we walked further, there were some rides for the kiddies. Secretly I wanted to get on them with my fellow tots, but I knew society would not be too accepting of that. Perhaps next year.


Afterward, us Howell’s were pretty hungry, so following my brother and I’s insistence of having Chipotle for dinner, we went. Our whole fam went to Chipotle together and ate! How cute are we?!


Of course Kyle was still hungry after his 30 second devouring of his burrito. What else is new?

Here’s a snap chat from Saturday of brother Kyle and I. I thought it was worth sharing.


Later that night, my mom was baking desserts for a cookout the next day and so to save myself from some regretful snacking, I whipped up a little treat to satisfy my sweet tooth. I had seen a recipe for a popcorn topping, but I thought it might also be tasty with almonds


  • Raw almonds

Topped with this combo melted in the microwave for 25 sec

  • 1 tb almond butter
  • 1 tb honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

It was quite delicious!

I’ll have to save the rest for another post. This one’s getting a bit lengthy.


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