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Weekend Recap

15 Mar

Spring Break sure did make me slack on blog posting! Here’s a “Weekend Recap” for the second weekend in a row…so unlike me!

Saturday was my 21st, which if you read my blog, was fairly obvious. Ha ha…I’ve only mentioned it 2843243 times! The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, so I went out for a 5-mile run in the sunshine. I ran a LOT more at home than I do at school…its just better for running where I live. I love having access to all of the back country roads where there is hardly any traffic! After my run, I did some ab work and then started getting ready to go out for my birthday dinner. We left the house in plenty of time to get there, and even had time to stop by The Fresh Market so I could pick up some Spring Blend coffee…almost out of Starbucks House Blend and I wanted to try something new! We drove over to The Melting Pot for our 7pm reservation…and it didn’t disappoint, of course ;) I have been there about 4 times, my parents have been twice, and this was the boy’s first experience there. I love love love it…this is the second birthday I’ve celebrated there! We did a 4-course meal: two kinds of cheese fondue, salads, meat entrees, and a white/dark chocolate swirled dessert fondue. I was stuffed after the salad!!! I didn’t eat all of the meat….gave it to my dad and boyfriend. They’ll eat anything…haha. It was wayyy too much food…I would recommend splitting the meat entree…or just getting cheese + chocolate fondue and skipping the meat altogether! After dinner, the manager stopped by and offered to make me a free drink for my 21st…so I ordered the Strawberry Basil Lemonade which had Smirnoff Strawberry Twist vodka, lemonade, strawberries, and basil leaves. It was so good…and you could barely taste the alcohol, so that could be dangerous. ha ha. We attempted to go bar-hopping afterwards, but to be honest, the city we were in doesn’t have a lot of selection. We went to an English pub, but it had literally just opened for business and was way too crowded. So we went to a really awesome Irish pub that’s been around forever…but they weren’t allowing unders at all, so the boy couldn’t get in. He’s a youngin’ compared to me I guess. haha.  Sooo we ended up at Cheddars, which is like a chain restaurant/bar…not exactly where I had planned to go, but it turned out fine. The waiter was excellent and hilarious, and he talked everyone (except my boyfriend) into ordering drinks. I got my mojito! It was actually really good, but this particular one was verrrry strong. I thought better of having another of those, so I ended up being talked into a 24 oz. Coors Light. For some reason, it tasted soooo much better now that I’m “legal”…haha I’m not sure that even makes sense! But now, the possibilities are endless…I’m not even much of a drinker…seriously…but I had the urge to buy a bottle of wine when I stopped at the grocery store tonight, just because I can. I didn’t buy it though…guess I’m not that exciting!

After having drinks, I literally fell asleep in the car on the way home. I just can’t hang anymore. haha. Freshman year of college I could stay out and drink until 3am…okay, that isn’t something I should be proud of…but you get my point ;) Once I got home, all I wanted to do was sleep (did I mention it was almost 1am at this point?!)…I even passed up Funfetti Birthday cake (my fave!) that my mom made healthy just for me with egg whites + applesauce! Don’t worry, I had cake for lunch yesterday to make up for it.

I had planned to drive back to school yesterday, but eh, that didn’t happen after Saturday night. I was sooo tired so I decided to drive back on Monday. So I ended up going to my gym for Spin class + strength training. It was a much-needed detoxifier….I always feel better once I sweat out the alcohol. haha. It was nice to spend another night at home with the fam & the boy. I really dread going back to school, but only 2 more months to go! Oh and I’ll be driving home again in 4 days for the Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday…soooo I have that to look forward to this week :) Minus all the work I have to do, I mean…

-xoxo

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TWENTY ONE!

13 Mar

Today is the day…I’m finally legal ;) I can’t believe I’m 21…I feel like I’m getting old sooo quickly. Now that I’m 21, time can sllllllowwww down…haha!

The trip to Charlotte was great! Thursday afternoon, we went to Southpark Mall…which was fabulous. I wish I lived near there…well, that’s probably NOT a good thing ;) After spending $$$ in Sephora and buying some cute Steve Madden high-heeled sandals on sale @70% off(!), we called it a day. I went back to the hotel and worked out in their really nice gym, then got in the hot tub to relax my muscles. So nice. The next morning, I woke up and went downstairs to get in a short, fast run and then we got ready and left the hotel. After making a trip to World Market (my dad works for the corporate side, so he feels the need to visit every store we come across! haha), we went to Panera (my FAVE)! This is a record: Panera twice in one week! :) After that, we made our way to the law school for an Admitted Students tour. It was gorgeous and had great views of downtown Charlotte. Its practically new and so its really technologically modern. I am still not sure exactly where I’m going to end up choosing to go to law school, but Charlotte is definitely a viable option :)

The weather was pretty gross on the drive home…misty rain + bright lights + darkness = difficulty seeing the road! We finally made it home around 10pm and all of us promptly passed out for the night! A part of me wanted to go out for a midnight “legal” drink, just for the sake of being carded….haha. But sleep is much more important, especially since I’ve been lacking it over Spring Break! Tonight, my fam, the boy, and I are all going to the Melting Pot and I’ll be doing a little bar-hopping to find my long sought-after perfect mojito ;) And there’s a bottle of Champagne in the refrigerator to break open when we get home…looks like I might be a little tipsy before this night is over. I’m trying to NOT drink much, because I have to drive back to school tomorrow and don’t want to feel bad! Oh well, I’m not going to focus on…for now, I’m going to celebrate! ;)

-xoxo

Early Birthday Present :)

6 Mar

Ahhh today was SO nice…the weather was in the upper 50s and it was sooo sunny. I have been waiting for this weather for a long time! This morning, I slept in ’til 9am…which is pretty late for me. And then, I did nothing. It was so nice…I sat around in the kitchen drinking coffee and chatting with my parents. I love doing that…we always have things to talk about and catch up on since I’m away at school most of the time! After being “lazy” all morning, I decided to go to the gym to get some serious strength training in. I ended up doing a full body workout of 2-3 sets of 10-12 reps, and then did 4 miles of running intervals on the treadmill…lovely workout! I’m feeling a little muscle soreness creeping up tonight ;)

Tonight, my parents took me shopping for my birthday. See, I NEVER know what I want, and I’m really picky…so they just take me shopping instead of picking things out for me! I got my long-lusted-after Longchamp bag that I mentioned not once, but twice on the blog! haha :) I ended up buying the Le Pliage Medium tote in Graphite from Nordstrom…I love it. Finally broke my habit of buying a Coach purse EVERY birthday! And then I made the obligatory stop at Victoria’s Secret…yes, its true–I never leave the mall without buying something at VS! ha ha :) Then I used my birthday coupon for a free drink at Starbucks…ah, so nice to get my Starbucks fix for free. As much $$$ as I spend there, I should get coupons daily…haha.

Tomorrow, my fam & the boy and I are driving down to the beach for the day. Its supposed to be warm(ish) weather, so we’re taking the 4WD and off-roading it. I’m wearing workout clothes and def taking advantage of the weather and the beach…going for a run on the sand! Love it. I really love being home…although I feel like I have something planned for every day of the week, literally! Monday or Wednesday, my boyfriend is taking me shopping (another present-buying day…haha, see NO one can shop for me!), Tuesday is appt day: hair, chiropractor, whatever else I can find (massage…jk!), and then Thursday & Friday…we’re going back to Charlotte, NC! I’m looking into Law School there…well, I’ve been accepted, so I’m going to just take a tour of the school and see what its like :) I am definitely making a trip to Southpark Mall…you can never do enough shopping ;) And then Saturday, which is my last full day at home…sadly…we have dinner reservations for my 21st birthday! Busy, busy week to look forward to….I think it’ll be great! ;)

-xoxo

Three Things Thursday

4 Mar

1. TOMORROW…Spring Break begins :) I’m leaving bright and early in the morning to make the 5-hour drive home. I am sooooo excited…in fact I’ve been pretty high on life today ;) I just love home, family, the boy, my dog, my friends….for a whole week. Ahh :)

2. I am officially 9 days away from being the big 2-1. Wow time flies…I feel like I should still be in high school, and yet I’ll be graduating from college in 2.5 months! I’m going to The Melting Pot for my 21st birthday dinner…and I’m still in search of the best mojito in Hampton Roads. Because I will definitely be finding it March 13th. haha :)

3. My university has a really big Relay for Life every year (we had the #1 collegiate event last year!), and I’ve participated every year since I’ve been in school here. I had so much fun the first year that I signed up to be on the Executive Planning Committee last year and I’m on the Relay Staff this year. I just love love love it, and its for such a good cause. I relay in honor of my Aunt Nancy, who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2008. She is still fighting it, but is doing better. I’m so glad that she’s participating this year…and I’m so grateful for family & friends that have been donating and helping my fundraising efforts. Its such a good feeling to know we’re all helping out the American Cancer Society. Do you Relay???

-xoxo

Let the countdown begin…

26 Feb

Ah, a week from today, I’ll be at home with my fam & the boy…and my friends from home. For a whole week. I actually have a hard time believing this semester is almost halfway over! Crazy…I’ll be graduating in about 76 days. I don’t think its really “hit” me yet…haha. It will be hitting me like a ton of bricks when I pack my bags to head to law school…I’ll definitely be in for it then!!! And I complain about the workload I have now…I’m most certainly in for a rude awakening!

As it always turns out, my birthday week always falls during Spring Break, so I get to enjoy my bday with family, which is perfectly fine with me. But this year is my 21st(!), and sadly I won’t be back at school yet to do a bar crawl…aka, birthday tradition in the ‘Burg. Maybe I’ll have to have a “belated” bar crawl…hey, I’ve gotta live it up while I can…did I mention I’m graduating in 76 days?!?! ;)

So the other night I came across my MySpace page…yes, I forgot I even had a Myspace account! I haven’t checked it in forever…and I had the long list of messages and comments to prove it! Anyways, just for fun, I decided to go back and read some old messages (emphasis on the OLD….circa 2005-2006!) from past boyfriends. Hahaha let’s just say it made for a hilarious evening of reminiscing, and I clearly had all the boys wrapped around my finger. Oh wait…I still do ;) Ha…but really, looking back on things that were said years ago, I don’t think I fully embraced the thoughtfulness by many of the guys that I dated while in high school. In fact, for lack of better words, I tended to be quite a bee-yotch! ha ha…sometimes I wish I could go back and change things, but I really do have it good now…I’m in a great relationship with a great guy, so I guess things do work out in the end :)

Well this was a really, really random post…haha…it goes to show how my mind works most of the time. Constantly confused and always random. I’m kidding ;)

-xoxo

Monday Materialism

8 Feb

I was reading Life In Pink‘s blog and she is bringing back the “Monday Materialism” posts. I figured I’d join in…since my 21st birthday is coming up on March 13th, its a perfect opportunity to lust over potential gifts ;) I really wanted this Longchamp Le Pliage bag for Christmas, but sadly, I didn’t get it. Oh well, I got lots of other nice things still :) But I guess I’ll try again for a “round two” haha…maybe I’ll get it for my birthday. We’ll see ;)

In other news, I just found out the weathermen are expecting another 2-5″ of snow between tonight & tomorrow. I am soooo over this snow! Its so uncommon in VA to get this much snow, even though this is the mountains! I was planning on digging out my car this afternoon for the second time in a week, but once I heard the weather, I didn’t bother. Instead of driving out to the “real” gym, I just went to the clubhouse gym and did an hour of intervals on the elliptical…on the highest level. It actually is a really good workout…I usually underestimate the elliptical, but I guess it can be a good alternative to running sometimes. After the 15 miles I did between Saturday & Sunday, I wanted to have a little break from running. I tend to get into a routine of running long distances every day and then I find myself injured…so I don’t want to do that, especially right before the 14k on Saturday!

Well, I’m sitting here doing schoolwork watching One Tree Hill (its my fave!)…keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t have classes if it snows! Happy Monday, ya’ll :)

-xoxo

Three Things Thursday!

14 Jan

This is my first “Three Things Thursday” post…trying something new :)

1. I’m thinking that taking Spin class & Abs class and strength training is not such a great thing to do the day after running 12 miles. Oh well, I actually feel less sore now.

2. I really did just inquire about the price of a Cartier engagement ring…I’m just curious about it. Ha ha…I’m still holding out for the Tiffany’s engagement ring my boyfriend promised. I hear he’s already been saving up for it ;)

3. I was just thinking how much fun it would be to run in the Disney Princess Half-Marathon in March. I’m kind of signed up for the Shamrock Marathon in VB on March 22…but this half-marathon would make a really sweet 21st birthday present…it’s my last college Spring Break, I turn 21, I would get to run (which is my favorite thing to do of course!), and be in warm, sunny Florida…sounds pretty awesome. Hint Hint :)

-xoxo