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Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Dear Diary | 92 comments

Bloggers of DC… Unite! (Giveaway!)

Sorry this post comes a little late this morning. I’m a little off. Let’s just say that my day has already included taking an hour to drive 4.5 miles (stupid downed power lines!) and spilling coffee down the front of my white t-shirt. Womp womp. ANYWAY!

When I first started blogging, solely for the means of keeping myself accountable for my weight loss, I had no idea how vast and expansive the healthy living blog community was. Sure, I read a few here and there, but I really had no idea how many amazing people I would meet through the blogosphere (haha, I really hate using that word — so nerdy! — but unfortunately it’s true.) And more than that, I had no idea how many of those awesome people would be so close by! I’ve officially decided that turning virtual buddies into real-life friends is awesome. And thanks to incredible organizer Amanda, last night I was able to continue the trend:

At the Nats vs. Cardinals game last night! Thanks to Stephanie for the above pic. I’m pimpin’ it from the middle of the back row!


Running late as always, I met Amanda at The Bullpen, the beer garden just outside of the main gates at the stadium before heading in. My brother Ben’s band plays the 4th of July gig here every year, so it was fun to get to see what he was talking about, ahaha.


I’d be lying if I said I paid a lick of attention to the actual baseball game (did we even win? Ahahahaha) but it was so much fun! My only regret is that I wish I didn’t have to work so stinkin’ early so I could have stayed later.



Megan and Sana even trekked down from Columbia to share in the festivities! I heart these girls so hard. πŸ™‚

It did start to rain pretty hard at one point, but thankfully our seats were covered! I guess that’s the bone they throw to people who have to sit up at the tippity top of the stadium, hahaha.

Rainy Games.

Sure that ain't snow?

And okay, okay, this is the last time. Just one more shout out to Amanda for taking the initiative to plan the whole thing. Lovelovelove:


I so desperately wish I could remember everyone’s name (and blog!) from last night but unfortunately I am super terrible with remembering, um, anything. So! If you were at the game last night, please make sure you leave a comment letting me know!


Also, and this may come as no surprise to you if you saw last night’s daily eats post (or if you just know me at all, haha), I had french fries for dinner. It was glorious.

All in all, a wonderful evening, which is why the debacle that has been this entire morning hasn’t gotten me down. I’m still in such a good mood! I hope there will be many more meet-ups like this to come.

Sunset Over Nationals Stadium

I know what you’re thinking: how does my good mood impact YOU on this Friday morning? Well my friends, the answer is: in a very chipper way.

Day 163 - Death by Pop Chips

Popchipper, that is! Bahahahahaha. GET IT?!

Remember how I was bragging about getting a post-Fitbloggin’ case of Popchips and then how you were like, “Aw man! I wish I had an entire case of Popchips to nom on, too!” Well, your wish = my command. One of you lucky readers is going to get a MONTH’s supply of Popchips!

What to do:

1. Like Popchips on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter.

2. Leave a comment back here saying you’ve done so!

Easy as pie. You can also submit additional entries can be done by doing one (or all!) of the following:

1. Retweet this giveaway, including a link back to this post and the usernames @shrinkinggretch and @popchipsdc.

2. Link back to this giveaway post on your blog.

3. Just leave a comment talking about what you would do with a month’s supply of Popchips delivered to your door (hopefully you won’t follow my lead as depicted above and be killed by them, hahaha.)

Make sure you leave separate comments for each thing you do!

I’ll be randomly selecting a winner and announcing it in Tuesday’s post (the 21st.) Happy Friday!


  1. I “liked” popchips on facebook!! I WANT POPCHIPS *nomnomnom*

  2. Looks SO fun! How wonderful to meet fellow bloggers πŸ™‚

    I went to a Yankees’ game in April in their new Stadium and it was gorgeous πŸ™‚ (+ we won). I’m not a huge sports fan but my boyfriend is so I’m a huge supporter of him (if he’s happy, I’m happy) so I’ve actually learned sports terms, names of players and actual rules because of him lol!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I can’t get over how frickin’ cute your puppy is!

    • I hear a lot of amaaazing things about the new Yankee stadium! My boyf is a HUGE Yankees fan, so for our anniversary or his birthday or something like that (hahahahaaaa I can’t rememberrrrr) I got him a pen that was made out of wood from the seats of the old stadium. Luckily (and much to his chagrin) I’ve still avoided actually learning anything about any sports. You score touchdowns in baseball, right? πŸ˜‰

  3. Oh and I tweeted about popchips and your giveaway (and made a cute tinyurl with the word popchipsdc in it, yay)

  4. AND… lastly (but not leastly) I would eat popchips every day for a month if I won a month’s supply. and i wouldn’t share. jk. i would totally share… maybe.

  5. i liked popchips on facebook!

  6. i follow popchips on twitter now!

  7. i tweeted about the giveaway (this iphone is aMAZING!)…and i think i can only have three entries so since i can’t delete one of the others, i’ll make this a 2fer…if i had a month supply of popchips, realistically i’d probably eat nothing but popchips and go through the supply in about a week…;)

  8. Following popchips on Twitter and liked on Facebook!

  9. I retweeted this blog entry!

  10. Oh gosh… I don’t know what id do with a months supply! Pretty much be in heaven!!! I actually would also want to share them with others who never have heard of them or my co workers who look at my funny when I explain my love for them. I’m sure once they try them they would be sold!

  11. I liked them on FB! πŸ™‚

  12. My family loves chips…and so we would eat them. Probably in less than a month, simply because there are 5 of us. πŸ˜€

  13. Hi Gretchen! It was nice to meet you last night – even though it was just for a second! πŸ™‚ Hopefully we’ll be able to do another meet up again soon because it was such a good time!

    PS. I follow PopChips on Twitter πŸ™‚

    • I agree! I’m already itching to start putting another meetup on my calendar — it was so fun!!

  14. And if I won I’d probably have to share with my boyfriend.. I mean, I totally want to share with my boyfriend πŸ˜‰

  15. i liked popchips on facebook πŸ™‚

  16. what i would do with popchips for a month: try them first… i’ve NEVER tried them (gasp). then i would probably inhale a bag a day πŸ™‚

  17. Oh my gosh – that close up?! You’re kidding me right. Thanks for all of the <3. I'm happy to plan and get everyone together! I think it's so fun. And because I'm not from here and didn't go to college here, you guys are a big source of my social activity. πŸ™‚ Lovely pictures, as always. Teach meeee.

    • Hahahaha, the downside of using a fixed lens is that sometimes things do get really close-up… but it works since you’re so gorgeoussss! πŸ˜€ Next meetup! Next meetup!

  18. It was so nice to meet you! Yay for fries for dinner!
    (I am now following popchips on Twitter!)
    Thanks for the heads up on traffic this morning!

    • Did you get through the traffic unscathed? Apparently there were downed power lines — it took me an HOUR to drive four and a half miles!

      • I think I was actually lucky and missed it. I left early!

  19. Following them on twitter – @kaitycal5

  20. And a month’s supply of popchips would save me mucho dinero at lunchtime, cuz I always want a little crunch!

  21. I follow popchips on twitter!

  22. a year’s supply of popchips?!! following them on twitter!!

    • It’s “only” a month’s supply, actually — but still totally awesommme!

  23. So nice meeting you last night! Great pictures!

    • You too! Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see each other again!

  24. Liked and followed!

  25. What would I do with a month’s supply of PopChips? Eat them! I’d share the BBQ with my other half, as that is his favorite flavor. The rest? All mine! πŸ™‚


  26. Liked them on Facebook!

  27. I also tweeted the giveaway!

  28. aaaand if I had a month’s supply of popchips I might pull a Scrooge McDuck. Or I might share some, but not the sour cream and onion!

  29. It was nice to meet you last night! You have some great photos, especially the sunset one! I guess this is why I should consider investing in a nicer camera. πŸ™‚

    • It was wonderful meeting you too, and thanks so much for the compliment!

  30. I am now following both pop chips and you on twitter!

  31. I followed PopChips on Twitter. Had to get at least one entry in this or Jen would kill me.

    • HAHAHAHAHA. What a good husband. Good luck this weekend! I can’t wait to meet my little fur-niece!

  32. I have never had pop chips before (I know. I know) I would love to try them, especialy since everyone in the blogging world loves them so!

    And I think the cardinals probably lost πŸ™
    (yep Im from st louis (where the louie comes from ) and I have a thing for the cardinals haha)

  33. Ohh I want da chips! I likey! I would take a bath in them. It would be crunchy and exfoliating! Then I would eat the bath. It’d be so supar sexy!

    I liked, followed and tweeted!

    AND I had those Box Frites when I went to the Nats-Cards on Tuesday! Weren’t they tasty? What sauce didja get?! I got some tacos from the taco place too, they were pretty good as well. I just wish the line for Shake Shack had been shorter. I really wanted a burger! I hardly follow the game either, but I do like yelling, so I just join in when everyone else does it. πŸ™‚

    • BAHAHAHA. You are muy hilarioso. And of course I got the bacon aioli dipping sauce. So bad… so good… And I know! The line for Shake Shack was ridic — but I just ate at one of the original ones in NYC last weekend so I figured I could give it a by. I wonder if they’re going to be opening a “real” one in DC anytime soon…

        • ZOMG! We must partake! When did that open? Awwwww man, this is bad news bears for my weigh-ins! Ahahahaha

  34. Aw dangit, Panda already said she’d bathe in them, and even referenced an awesome cartoon…. now I feel like a foolio.

    I would…..

    Buy a christmas tree in the middle of summer and decorate it with popchip ornaments! Then eat them off the tree no-hands style! Also very supar sexy!

  35. I liked Popchips on Facebook!

  36. I tweeted the giveaway!

  37. If a months worth of Popchips arrived at my door, I would obviously eat a bag of BBQ immediately. Then I’d share a few bags with my friends, and find a secret hiding place for the rest, so that they’d alllll be MINE!! haha πŸ™‚

  38. Fries for dinner…Christmas cookies for dinner…Doritos for dinner, etc. Sometimes, it’s just necessary! πŸ™‚

  39. Best pic of you is the one that I took. Heheheeh.

    • Gahhhh! YES PLEASE! Then our meetups can be EXPONENTIALLY MORE AWESOME!! πŸ˜€

      • Hahah heart you!! I’ll be around July 7-10th is yall are planning a meet up I’d be down for crashing it!

  40. I liked Popchips on Facebook.

  41. share!!! But keep a few bags for myself. (hee…) πŸ˜‰

  42. I would lOOOOOOOOOve to have a month’s supply of Popchips. They are super delicious and I have a chip fetish that is the downfall to dieting. πŸ™ I love your blog and read it everyday. Good luck on your journey!

    • Thanks Shayla! And you just stated my exact reason for loving these things – I figure, if I’m going to be eating chips anyway (because let’s be honest, I can’t NOT eat them!) they might as well be better for you!

  43. Liked popchips on facebook!

  44. I “liked” Popchips on FB! πŸ™‚

  45. A month’s supply of Popchips will prevent me from buying those kettle cooked kind. A lot less dangerous if you ask me! πŸ˜‰

  46. I just tweeted too! Yay!

  47. PC twitter follower @kolpin4680
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  48. I’d throw a bbq!
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  49. I liked Popchips on facebook!

  50. It was great meeting you! I follow them on FB and twitter.

  51. I <3 popchips. I really heart anything covered in salt and vinegar and it makes me happy when they aren't a zillion calories. If I had a month's supply of popchips, I would probably tell myself how they were going to last all month but in fact eat the whole thing in a few days. Oops

    • Salt & vinegar is my faaaaaaaaaaaaaaav flavorrrrr!

  52. I follow them on Twitter!

  53. Popchips have very recently been introduced in Toronto. I bought my first bag today and man are they good. My favourite part: being able to read and understand all of the ingredients listed. Amazing!… and so rare!

  54. I would definitely share : )

    And they would be good to stash in the purse for an emergency snack!

  55. with a month’s supply of popchips i would first try every flavor!! then i would have all my friends over and share the wealth =)

  56. I follow popchips on Twitter! I love the salt and vinegar ones.

  57. I liked Pop Chips on FB!


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