Archive | April, 2010

Question Time

30 Apr
I saw this survey on Jess’s blog…and I didn’t have many interesting things to say today, so I figured I’d fill it out :)
  • Where would you be able to spend hours and be happy? The beach, hands down. There’s no place I’d rather be :)
  • What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? Ummm…I don’t eat them. So I don’t have a favorite!
  • Do you have any tattoos or piercings? My ears are pierced…thats all.
  • What is your favorite movie? This is tough! I love equally: Sweet Home Alabama (which I’m totally watching right now…haha), A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook…
  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My lova
  • Are you still friends with the people you knew in middle school or high school? Yep, in fact I’m much closer to them than anyone I’ve met in college.
  • What is the last thing you ate? A Wheat Thin.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an attorney, and I’m still headed down that path…funny how you know what you want to do with your life at a young age ;)
  • Name three things that are close to you: Cell phone, water bottle, TV remote
  • What was your best subject in school? Well, I’m a Political Science major, but my best subjects have been nutrition/fitness-related…hmmm…
  • What is your favorite restaurant? A small family restaurant near my home that’s been there for years…and also pretty much any fresh seafood restaurant.
  • Any hidden talents? Flexibility…from years of gymnastics & cheerleading.
  • What is your middle name? Danielle
  • What is your favorite website?…yeah I stooped that low. hahaha.
  • How old were you when you had your first kiss? I was a youngin’…. 9 or 10. haha.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Usually chocolate.
  • What is your favorite girl’s name? Sophia is sophisticated…I know there’s more I can’t remember now.
  • Favorite store? Trader Joes, obviously…haha. And Ann Taylor LOFT, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Coach…
  • Would you rather be a rock star or a famous athlete? That’s tough…rock star because it’s badass…but famous athlete because I love fitness. And I guess that would be pretty badass too ;)
  • Favorite food? Peanut Butter, Salads of any kind, and tofu
  • What are you wearing right now? PINK by VS sweats, tank, and hoodie…I’m a walking advertisement for PINK.
  • What is your favorite animal? My chihuahua, Chloe.
  • Did you graduate from college? 14 DAYS!!!!
  • What does your last text message say? Hopefully you won’t miss it too much…ha ha
  • Do you have any nicknames? Britt
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    Three Things Thursday

    29 Apr

    1. FOUR DAYS. That’s how many days of class I have left of undergrad…forever. Can’t believe how quickly this semester went by and how soon graduation is! I feel like high school graduation was not long ago, but here I am about to graduate from college…well, an entire year early…so that might be why it feels so soon!

    2. In five short days, the boy will be here with me….for 1.5 weeks until after Graduation Day when I get to go HOME! So excited for summer…looks like its going to be a great one :)

    3. I just applied to a law school close to home…as in, I could commute to class every day. (Yeah, I’ve already been accepted and sent in my first deposit to another school.) My mom wanted me to at least apply, because apparently the school has a good reputation (which I’m still iffy about) and because in the long run, it would be cheaper. It actually would be nice to not be in as much debt, and after spending too many semesters 5 hours away from home, I’m actually not sure I want to move away from home again in the Fall. I always thought I’d be adventurous…and I still want to be sometimes, but the reality of it is, I’m from a small town and will probably never leave. I’ll travel a lot, and likely commute 45 minutes to my future job, but I just feel like home is where the heart is. Cliche, I know. But so true :)


    Falling Into Place

    27 Apr

    Yep, things are falling into place! I got back three different grades today on assignments from the past few weeks, and all were good :) I did a group presentation this morning in Personal Training, and I just finished working on a project/presentation for a class I have tomorrow. Now I just have an online quiz and a few discussion board posts to catch up on and then I need to start preparing for my exams…not too bad, considering the workload I’ve had this semester! SIX more days of classes…I think I can make it :)

    Did I mention I’m totally jealous that today was the boy’s last day of classes for the semester?! He only has a few exams to take and then he’s driving up here a week from today to stay with me for 1.5 weeks until I finish exams & graduate! So excited :) Hopefully we won’t be too bored…minus the studying I have to do for my two exams. I’ve already got my eye on some hiking and driving through the mountains…maybe a winery tour or two…gotta live up the last few weeks here! ;)


    Back in action

    26 Apr

    After the craziness of last week, I finally feel (mostly) better. I think a lot of feeling better is being reassured that there’s nothing seriously wrong! I went to the doctor on Friday morning after another long sleepless night…I just couldn’t breathe Thursday night, especially when lying down. So I sat up on the couch all night, and actually wasn’t even tired. I finally got tired around 7am, and dozed off for a few minutes…unfortunately, I was going to the doctor at 8am so I didn’t get much sleep. I sat in the doctor’s office forever, and finally got called back. After they reviewed my symptoms and got the medical report from my Wednesday morning trip to the ER, my family doctor said he did not see how the ER doctor could have made such a diagnosis without doing a particular test (having to do with the lungs). Long story short, someone was wrong, and let’s just say it probably was not my family doctor….so my doctor suggested doing an Echocardiogram just to make sure it was nothing serious…he was almost certain it was just an inflamed chest wall. Which I still don’t know how that happened, but anyways….at least its not serious! So the Echocardiogram showed nothing wrong, which was a relief. I think I instantly felt a little better. So basically I was given extra-strength Aleve and that’s about it. But I really am feeling better, so I’m glad :)

    I took it easy over the weekend. Friday, after my long day of doctor’s appointments, I was exhausted from not getting sleep the night before. I fell asleep on the couch for about 4 hours, then after dinner fell asleep again. And slept really good that night. So I felt pretty awesome Saturday morning….haha. Then, Saturday was verrrry busy, so I didn’t have time to miss running….because yes, I’ve missed my workouts A LOT. I ended up buying my graduation dress Saturday night plus some gorgeous shoes ;)

    Sunday, after running errands with my mom and working on projects for classes, I begged my mom to let me run…ha ha ha. She didn’t care as long as I felt like it…I should’ve known that. The only person who didn’t want me to run was the boy…I think he was terrified I was going to feel bad again. But running actually felt good, and I totally ran at my normal pace. It was nice to break a sweat for the first time in a few days!

    I drove back to the ‘Burg today for my last FULL week of classes…we have 3 days next week, too, but those are filled with last-minute exams that my professors crammed in the schedule, so it seems like next week will be my “finals” week. Ha. Its nice to know that college is almost over…I didn’t even dread the 5-hour drive back to school today…because I know its almost over and I’ll be out of here soon ;)

    So I’m about to go attempt a Spinning class at my gym near campus…I tried it once before and felt like it was not a good workout at all, but I’m giving it another shot. Plus I don’t need to overexert myself anyways…trying to ease back into my workouts without making myself worse!



    23 Apr

    Welp, I thought I was better. But I’m beginning to think that was a premature assumption…yeah. Last night the boy and I went to see Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D…which by the way was pretty awesome :) I felt fine minus a little tightness in my chest, which the doc said was going to stick around a few days. I ended up staying awake until close to 1am, then finally went to lay in bed. Apparently laying down caused shortness of breath again, and I started freaking out. I just couldn’t take a deep breath and well, that’s scary feeling. I woke up my mom and told her…we talked for a while…I was shaking…contemplated going to the ER again, but we waited to see if I felt any better. I gradually was able to breathe better, although I’m sitting here typing this having not slept a wink and my chest is still pretty tight. I don’t think this would be constituted as an “emergency” though since I am able to breathe…even though I can only take a deep breath every couple of breaths. But I’m better…and waiting until 8am to go to the doctor. No ER for me today…once was plenty. Hope we can get this straightened out…don’t need things like this at the very end of the semester!!!


    Three Things Thursday

    22 Apr

    1. I just went out for a 5-mile run…I was concerned about running after the ER fiasco in the middle of Tuesday night. But I also know that exercise makes me feel better, so I went for it. And I was aiming to drop my pace and take it easy but I started out at a 8:00 pace and maintained it throughout the run pretty effortlessly. Guess taking a day off from exercise makes you feel excellent the next day? :)

    2. I’m going to see Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D tonight with the boy. So excited. I’m totally in love with Kenny…and surprisingly the boy isn’t offended by that fact…even though I openly talk about my infatuation with KC. Or at least he doesn’t show that he’s offended. Reason #4844348 why he’s so great ;)

    3. Since I’ve been home, it feels like its summer break already…even though there’s still 3 weeks to go until I’ll be living at home again. I think it has a lot to do with the gorgeous weather, my parents awesome garden, and all the grass and trees being so green. Speaking of green, Happy Earth Day! :)


    Epic (fail) night.

    21 Apr

    Who ends up in the emergency room at 2:30am this morning? That would be me. Let me back up…

    I had been feeling kind of “off” yesterday, but nothing kept me from continuing with my day…classes all day + six mile run. I got home and cooked dinner…a pretty darn good dinner, too…I mean its not every single night that I cook dinner. So around 8pm I was laying on my bed doing schoolwork, and it felt like my chest was tight…and I was slightly short of breath. And I still just felt off. I was worrying myself at this point because I started Googling symptoms…yeah, that usually ends badly. So now my heart rate feels elevated and I hate that I’m in the townhouse alone right then, because what if I like pass out or something? Yeah I told you I was freaking out/thinking worst-case scenario possibilities. So I kept myself occupied doing work and continued to freak out. I was wondering if I should…go to the hospital. I mean, if it were a cardiac problem…better safe than sorry.

    So as I was shaking and probably having something similar to an anxiety attack, I called my mom…I told her I didn’t feel well but it was probably just anxiety…from what, I have no clue. I didn’t even mention the hospital part…because there was no need to worry her as well…although I would have LOVED to have been at home being taken care of by my family instead of being 5 hours away at this point. But we talked for a while and I started to feel better…we talked it over and I decided to take an “early” weekend and drive home for a few days. Thought maybe I was stressed and a break would make me feel better. Uhhuh. SO I was feeling better somewhat after I got off the phone with my mama and decided to write a paper early since I wouldn’t be in class on Thursday to turn it in. I was awake until about 1:45am writing, and then finally I got in bed. I felt the chest pains/tightness again, shortness of breath, and it just felt like my heart was racing…needless to say, I couldn’t sleep. Then I convinced myself that my arm was a little numb, which honestly terrified me. I’m totally healthy…or so I had thought. But yet I still convinced myself that I could be having heart problems.

    I absolutely couldn’t sleep, so I did what any rational (ha ha) person would do…went to the emergency room. I drove myself there at 2:30 in the morning in the rain…probably not the best idea, but I like to think I’m tough. ha. I didn’t tell my parents or boyfriend because I knew they were asleep…I definitely didn’t want to scare anyone, especially if it turned out to be nothing. So I got to the ER and was taken back very quickly (if you need to go the ER, I recommend 3am…ha). They checked my BP and asked a bunch of questions, then listened to my heartbeat, etc. It sounded “normal” but they decided to do an EKG and chest xrays, too. The EKG showed that indeed, I had a “textbook perfect” heart rate pattern. Sigh of relief. Then the chest xrays…the doc comes in and says exactly this: “Well, you certainly aren’t crazy.” Turns out, I had a bleb(?) that ruptured in an air cell of my left lung….apparently a very common thing that happens…especially in people that had asthma at some point (I did as a young child). It causes chest pains/tightness and shortness of breath. And the “racing heartbeat” that I felt was just my imagination, because multiple tests showed my perfectly normal HR. Sooo, that was an experience. I was actually proud of myself for sucking it up and going to the ER on my own even though I was terrified. The moral to this story is…if you feel like something isn’t right, well it probably isn’t. And even if it turns out to be nothing, its better to be safe than sorry. In retrospect, I should have gone to the ER after I felt chest pains the first time. If it *were* a heart problem, then its extremely important to seek medical attention immediately. You shouldn’t waste any time! The doctors and nurses were so so so nice and friendly, and I felt so comfortable and at ease with them. In fact, once I entered the hospital, I felt a little bit better right away. I think it was the fact that I knew I was in a place where I could get medical attention if something were to actually be seriously wrong.

    The exciting part came this morning (after 5 hours of sleep) when I got to explain the story to the boy….who was (rightfully) terrified. I had to reassure him that it was nothing serious and I was fine, minus a little chest pain. Then I got ready and drove home on 5 hours of sleep…I’m such a trooper. I didn’t mention the ER visit to the folks ’til I got home. I wanted them to see that I was fine in person before I told them so they wouldn’t worry the entire 5 hours that I was driving home! I was actually kind of nervous to tell them, because its almost like keeping a big secret you know? Going to the ER, alone, in the middle of the night? No one knew that I was there? Probably another bad judgment call on my part. I’ll know better for next time…hopefully there won’t BE a next time at the ER though! I’ve only been to the ER twice in my life (this morning’s visit was the 2nd…the first time I went I was only 6!). How many times, if any, have you been to the ER?