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Things I Love About Fall…

29 Sep
  • The leaves as they change from green to all shades of orange, yellow, and red…
  • Nonfat Pumpkin Spice Lattes…I get the sense that PSLs are everyone’s favorite thing about Fall ;)
  • FOOTBALL…need I say more?!
  • Cool weather…which I’m currently still waiting for!
  • Pumpkins and other Fall decor
  • Going to the mountains to pick apples at my favorite orchard: Check it out!
  • Fall fashion…in LOVE with sweaters and boots and cute jackets and scarves. Ah.
  • The smell of peanuts being picked
  • Peanut Fest…if you don’t know what this is, you’re missing out ;)
  • Fall is also the unofficial start of race season for all of us runners out there! I am so excited…kicking it off with a Halloween 10k at the Oceanfront. Maybe I’ll actually dress up this time?!
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving…pretty much my favorite holiday…minus Christmas, of course :)
  • …And what’s Thanksgiving without: The MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Truly, the best part about Fall is that I get to spend lots of quality time with family & friends and stay busy busy busy…until after Christmas, pretty much. If there’s one thing I thrive on, its being BUSY. haha. And as I just learned a few days ago when I was writing on my calendar, I have absolutely NO free weekends between now and after New Years! Crazy…but I like it! I hope everyone is finding their Fall to be very eventful…even though I’m sure we’re ALL busy, try to stop and take it all in…enjoy the moment ;)



6 Sep

Soooooooo excited that its finally time to kickoff Hokie football! Counting down until tonight…I’m so excited. I literally woke up and put on my VT football jersey….going to be a fun day! Hope everyone else is as excited for Tech football as I am…and if you’re not, you should be! ;)


Super (Bowl) Sunday ;)

7 Feb

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, ya’ll ;) I am such a huge sports fan, even if I don’t follow it religiously! I must say, I HAVE been following the Saints this season though. They have done well (obviously…ha ha). Although, I am actually more of a college football fan…completely partial to my HOKIES, by the way :)

So as I am still snowed in (I think I’ll attempt to dig out my car tomorrow…hopefully for the last time this winter!), I just went to the clubhouse gym to run on the t(D)readmill…again. I did 5 miles yesterday…and since I’ve been back on a running kick lately, I decided I would run 9 miles to “prepare” for the Va Is For Lovers 14k on Saturday. It was lovelyyyy…I miss long-distance running. I haven’t really had the opportunity since I’ve been back at school because its been snow on the ground almost as long as I’ve been back here. Ha. I can’t wait until it melts and I can get back in my outdoor running routine. Anyways, so I did 9 miles on the treadmill…let me just say, it takes A LOT to overcome the mental challenge of treadmill boredom! I wanted to quit a few times, even though I wasn’t physically tired…its just that staring-at-the-wall and glancing to see how many more miles I have to go that really gets me! But I did it…and I feel GREAT right now. I have really missed my runner’s “highs” ha ha :)

I think I’m going to cook something for dinner…I have a perfectly ripe avocado to incorporate into whatever I decide to cook, so hopefully it’ll be good! I should probably be doing schoolwork, but I think sitting in front of the TV watching the Super Bowl (and commercials!) sounds much better ;) Enjoy the game, ya’ll!

Update: I made chili…an interesting variation on chili actually! I used lean ground turkey, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, a can of kidney beans, a pack of mushrooms, a cup of fresh spinach, a cup of chopped carrot slices, and spices. Then I cut up my avocado and put some on top with cheese. It’s delish!


Out with the old, in with the new :)

1 Jan

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe an entire year has gone by so quickly. And a whole decade at that! I still remember when we were nearing the “Millenium” and now here we are in 2010!!! Crazy…

I have so much to be thankful for, especially this past year. It surely has had its ups and downs, but every minute has been valuable and special because of the people in my life :) Looking back a year ago, I thought graduating from college was so far away. But here I am, less than five months away from getting my undergraduate degree from VT. Speaking of VT, go HOKIES! The Chick-Fil-A Bowl was amazing, of course, and my Hokies won!

I have made some great friends, and learned so much just in the past year. I’ve been with my boyfriend now for almost 1.5 years & I have never been happier :) I can hardly wait to take that next step…although wedding bells are a few years off ;) I have seen countless friends from home and from college become engaged this past year and it makes me excited for the future :)

I have struggled with the LSAT three times this past year, in hopes of getting into law school. I hope I never have to see an LSAT again!!! I’m almost done with my applications and my fingers are crossed that law school is in my future! :)

2009 was also a year of loss for many people…not only did the world lose some of its favorite icons, but so many individuals lost people that were close to them. My grandmother passed away in November 2009, and it was a very difficult time for my family. However, knowing that she is in a better place helps me deal with it better!

I ran my first half-marathon in March 2009, which was really such an accomplishment for me. The training for it did not go so well since I had a running injury, but I managed to pull it off and even did well :) I began to increase my mileage and work out more intensely to prep for my next goal…a full marathon. I’m currently training for a March 2010 marathon, which will hopefully continue to be fun! :)

I have some great memories from 2009 with my family, friends, and of course my boyfriend that I will always remember and I’m grateful for everyone that is a part of my life :) I hope 2010 will be great for everyone, and I am praying that it will be a good & prosperous year!


Holidays, here and gone…

28 Dec

Christmas always seems to get here so quickly and end so quickly…but regardless, it was really nice :) I stayed super busy all last week…last minute shopping, wrapping presents, painting my wine glasses, baking cookies, and going to holiday parties. Saw some old HS friends last Monday, which was nice. Reallllly pushed it with last minute shopping on Tuesday, but I got my mom a really pretty Dooney & Bourke bag! Wednesday, I finished the wine glasses that I had been painting in UVA & VT colors. They turned out really good! On Christmas Eve, we went to church for the annual candlelight service and then my dad bought us coffee and we drove around and saw pretty Christmas lights…and baked up a storm when I got home that night, too!

Christmas morning, I went to my boyfriend’s family for breakfast and opening presents with them. It was really nice and everyone got nice gifts :) Afterwards, my boyfriend went back to my house with me to open presents with my family…it was still only 10am at this point. Soooo early! Saw my neighbors for a few minutes and then we watched the Christmas parade on TV and opened our gifts. I got lots of running things, which is basically all I asked for. I got the iFitness belt which “Chic Runner” Danica reviews here. It’s really great and I highly recommend it for runners! I think everyone in my family knew all I wanted was running things, because I got a lot of nice running gear from all my family members. Can’t wait until its cold(er) here so I can use some of the things!

Even though Christmas is over, the parties are obviously not. Last night, I went with my boyfriend to another of his family’s parties, and we have my dad’s family party here on Sunday…so its like Christmas/New Years party in one! Speaking of New Years, I can hardly wait to watch the Chic-Fil-A Bowl game…really want to see my Hokies beat Tennessee! So no matter what the NYE plans are, I will be somewhere there is a TV with the big game on it!!!


Wonderful weekend in the city

1 Dec

The trip to Charlotte, NC was amazing…a long drive though!!! 5 hours plus dealing with traffic…but we made it fun :) We got to the city around 2pm on Saturday, and after checking into the Hilton, went walking around. Strangely enough, the city was pretty much deserted! I’m not used to that…every big city I’ve been to ALWAYS has people walking around and lots of stores and restaurants open. So after wandering around and finding pretty much every store closed, we decided to watch the VT/UVA game in a nearby sports bar. That turned out to be really fun…every wall was covered with TVs so we kept up with multiple games at once and I got to see my Hokies win :) After the game, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. The arena was only a few blocks from our hotel, so the walk wasn’t bad and it wasn’t too cold outside either. The concert was really nice, but suprisingly, not as good as I expected. Last year it was actually better…don’t quote me on this, but it seemed as though they used the EXACT same playlist for the first half of the show as they did last year. A little disappointing, but overall still a good show!

Sunday, after checking out of the hotel (by the way, this is the first hotel where I’ve seen a NOON checkout time!), we stopped at Starbucks, which always makes me happy to know that I found a guy who loves Starbucks as much as I do :) On the way home, we stopped in Concord Mills, NC…which if you don’t know, is a WONDERFUL shopping area. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area! We spent wayyy too much time and money there, but had lots of fun. I think Sunday was actually a better day than Saturday overall :) We got home super late for a Sunday night, and I did not want to go to class the next day. So I slept late, and went to 4 out of 5 classes. Can’t believe there are only 5 more days of classes to go…where did the semester go?! On that note, I should get back to my three 10-12 page papers due within a week…yikes!


Pretty lights in Charlotte

Hotel room at the Hilton

Super huge Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor World :)


29 Oct


Gameday…can’t believe I’m missing out. Thursday night games are the best!