Archive | November, 2009

Lots to be thankful for!

26 Nov

Woke up this morning at 6:30 to run in the VA Beach Turkey Trot 10k…it’s a good race and everyone is really nice–the runners, the volunteers, the spectators. It’s not too long of a distance, but its long enough to feel like you burned off part of the Thanksgiving dinner you’re about to partake in! :) My lovely Mama and Daddy went with me to the race, then I got my Starbucks coffee fix (it’s a bad expensive┬áhabit!) and did a little shopping for Christmas decorations. Speaking of decorations, we decorated almost the whole house yesterday…only things left are wreaths on the windows, a live tree with old-fashioned decorations for the dining room, and of course lots and lots of holiday baking! One of my favorite pastimes :)

Right now, I’m about to go have a wonderful dinner with my favorite family members…I love spending time with alllll my family (and I have a LOT of family!). I was thinking about things I am thankful for, and I have quite a lot. Here’s a few that are most important:

1) All of my favorite people–my parents, especially! All of my family, my beyond amazing boyfriend, and my best friends and everyone else who makes my life so special :)

2) A warm, safe house to come home to every day…so many people are without, and I just wish I could do more to help them avoid homelessness.

3) The jobs that my parents currently have…they have stable careers which is a blessing considering how many people have lost their jobs. I have numerous relatives and family friends who have lost their jobs in the past few months, so I know its a terrible feeling.

4) Being able to attend college, and earn my degree in 6 more months. Let’s face it, college is expensive, and its not easy for my family to afford it either but they know an education is priceless and definitely worth the $$$…and worth the time for me!

5) Being healthy and having the ability to run, which is my favorite thing to do. I seriously don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t run. It really helps create a balance in my life, like yoga does for some people. Running the 10k this morning made me realize how thankful I am!

6)Finally, I couldn’t skip one thing I’m always thankful for…Starbucks! Yes it’s sounds bad, diva-ish maybe? But I appreciate a nice strong cup of coffee every single day, and it helps me get through my day and stay caffeinated throughout the day. Caffeine addict?!

These shoes inspire me to run everyday :)



So close to the holidays :)

21 Nov

It’s finally the week of Thanksgiving…which means decorating for Christmas! For some reason, when I woke up this morning I really wanted to start decorating, but it’ll have to wait ’til at least Tuesday! I feel fairly accomplished, as I made myself stay home last night and work on my first term paper (out of four!!!) due very soon. The past few days I’ve noticed I get more done when I’m watching Christmas movies or listening to holiday music…I think it really does remind me that the semester is soooo very close to being over!

Now I’m getting ready to go to Norfolk for the Grand Illumination parade. Interestingly, I have never been to this parade a single time, even though I have lived in Hampton Roads all my life! I have watched it on TV plenty of times, but I think being there will actually get me pumped for Christmas! It is supposed to be a gorgeous evening, and my boyfriend and I are going to see a few high school friends that I rarely see a little later on tonight. Should be fun!


Busy busy!

19 Nov

This week has flown by…I have been sooo busy though! I am convinced that professors LOVE to make students work their butts off right before a holiday!!! I have gotten a lot done, and there are two more days of classes before Thanksgiving break! I can’t wait…I am looking forward to relaxing with family, running the 10k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, and going to Charlotte, NC for TSO! Lots of good things ahead to look forward to :) Not to mention Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving! I don’t do the “Black Friday” shopping…it would make me go CRAZY dealing with the crowds! I am sooo excited for Christmas and shopping for presents, though! I have been totally surprised at how early stores decorated for Christmas and how early Christmas music and TV commercials are being played! I guess I just never noticed it before? I think it’s a bit early…I do like to enjoy Thanksgiving, too! But I must say I’m a total hypocrite, as I have started Christmas shopping and have even listened to some Christmas music while writing papers! ha ha :) Oh well…the music makes me get my work done, as it reminds me how soon the holidays will be here and how soon classes will be DONE!


Surprise, surprise :)

15 Nov

The party was perfect. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better! :) My mom and I left home around 11:30am to go to Williamsburg. We went to the outlets and shopped at Underarmour, Adidas, Nike, AE, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Ann Taylor, Coach, and BCBG…my fave! It was sooooo crowded, almost like Black Friday. Rediculous! But there were great sales, and I got lots of cute clothes :) We left Williamsburg around 5:45pm and started going home, and I drove sllllowly in order to not get home before 7! She didn’t suspect a thing, and I even think she bought my response when she asked “what all the cars were doing in my neighbor’s yard?” I just said they were having a party, and proceeded to talk about our shopping trip. We walked into the house and everyone was surrounding the doorway and yelled “surprise!” at exactly the right time. It was so so so perfect! Thank you to everyone who helped make this party a success-my dad, my amazing boyfriend, my aunt, and every single person who was at the party! Ya’ll are great :)

I’m going to post pictures when they are uploaded (hopefully!) but here is one Michael sent when they were decorating…this was before the mean “Over the Hill” decorations!!!



All systems go ;)

14 Nov

Sooooo the night before the big party…and everything has worked out so far! My mom agreed to go shopping…didn’t take any convincing either! I knew my mom and I were alike ;) However, after all this Nor’easter stuff started to go away, our electricity decided to go out! I was convinced we were doomed, but our electricity is back on and my mom and I are going to Williamsburg in the AM. I made a huge list for my dad, boyfriend, and aunt to follow to get things ready. Yes, I’m a control freak. Even when I’m not physically there with them. haha. After all this, I want it to be PERFECT. Sooo here goes nothing…


To my grandmother, a wonderful woman

12 Nov

I hadn’t shared this before, but this week my family has been through a lot. My grandmother, at 80, passed away on Sunday. She had Alzheimers and Dementia for the past 5 years, and it increasingly worsened. I hated watching her struggle so often, and it really bothered me when she couldn’t remember things. In the last few months, she didn’t really know many of us. I am confident that she knew my mom, though. My mother has gone above and beyond for her since she became ill, and even before then. I am certain that she knew my mom was sitting with her right up until she passed away, and she’ll be eternally grateful for that. We had so many family and friends at the house this week, and so many people had wonderful things to say about my grandmother. I never really put it into perspective just how much of an impact she had on everyone she met over the years, but she was certainly a wonderful woman. I will never forget her. She did anything and everything for me, and for that I will always be grateful. I love you, Grandma. I hope heaven treats you well. Ruby Leuvenia Pierce ~ April 15, 1929-November 8, 2009


Anticipation :)

10 Nov

I feel like I have soooooo much to do before this month is over…I sense a trend in my blog posts…they’re all about how many things I have to do! ha ha maybe I’m procrastinating a little. Good news is, the house is mainly clean for the party this weekend, so the only thing to do is cook, decorate, and convince my mom to leave the house with me on Saturday so my dad, aunt, and boyfriend can get to work decorating the house!

I’m looking forward to the Charlotte, NC trip with Michael…only 17 more days! We’re going to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra…if you have never been to their Holiday concert, you are definitely missing out!!! It is amazing and it gets you in a Christmas mood :) Unfortunately, I have a term paper, a group project, and two exams between today and when we leave. Soooo I’m going to stay busy it looks like!


ChloeChloe loves to pose for pictures :)