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Its been a while…

27 May

I’m such a slacker about posting now that its summertime! I’ve been living the past two weeks up, because I start lifeguarding this weekend for the rest of the summer. Even so, I’ll still have free time…haha…its really not a bad job! I was actually just offered a better paying lifeguarding job at another pool…so as bad as it is, I think I’m going to have to bail on my current employer. The $$$ is just a lot better and I need to save all that I can for law school. Plus, I am getting ready to start training and taking workshops at my gym to become a fitness instructor. I’m really excited about that…I’ve been wanting to be a group exercise instructor for several years now :) So once I start teaching a few classes, that will give me even more summer income. Hey, its not much, but its more than what I have now! haha. I’m probably going to freak out when I have a “real” job in an office…I love being outdoors or at the gym, so these jobs are totally chill to me. Oh well, I’m going to live it up while I still can!

Let’s see—I haven’t posted anything since before the Brad Paisley concert last Friday. Well, the concert was awesome, as usual. He always puts on a great show, so its always a good time. I may have drank a little too much…especially since alcohol is crazy expensive at the amphitheater! But what can I say, I fit in perfectly with all the other concert-goers…I’d say about 3/4 of the crowd drinks at every concert I’ve ever gone to there. So, um, that’s where the amphitheater makes their $$$…not ticket sales and fees!

Saturday, I went with my mom to a local farmer’s market, where we bought some great fresh veggies. I made my grilled asparagus for dinner, which neither of my parents have tried, and they loved it. Found a new side to have with dinner a LOT this summer….love fresh asparagus! Sunday, my parents and I drove out to the “strawberry capital” of Tidewater VA to pick some great berries. We still have soooo many…might have to make a dessert of them soon!

I’ve been running a ton lately…plus its very convenient having a treadmill upstairs at home if you don’t have time to make it to the gym! Oh yeah, and watching the new big screen TV makes the miles go by super quickly ;)

Memorial weekend is almost here…and for most people, that means the BEACH! However, I haven’t had the opportunity to experience that in forever, since I’ve been lifeguarding since I was 16. Memorial weekend is always the first weekend of the pool season, at least around here. So I will be sitting by the pool getting paid and getting a decent tan…wishing I was laying on the beach with my best friends and boyfriend. Sigh…it’s a tough life…haha ;)

-xoxo

(All photo credits: Google Images)

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Three Things Thursday

20 May

1. I got a new treadmill at HOME! I’ve wanted one for such a long time…just for those days when the weather is gross or I don’t have time to drive to the gym. I tested it out today with a 7-mile run…its awesome ;)

2. I went to my first Spin class in forEVER at my hometown gym last night. Saw some of my favorite people too…I’m so glad to be home and working out at my favorite gym!

3. I’ve been really, really relaxed (i.e. lazy) this week…minus hitting the gym, appointments, doing fun things and stopping at Starbucks for iced coffee. Ha. I guess my excuse is I’m living it up before I start working???

-xoxo

Adventures of the Week ;)

10 May

Wow the past week or so has been pretty busy. Wednesday was the last day of classes, so Thursday I decided to have some fun :) After I went to the gym for a nice run, the boy and I drove out on the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit an awesome winery. I’ve been there before, but unfortunately wasn’t 21, so I couldn’t do a wine tasting. So I was pumped this time around…I love this winery…their wine is amazing. The lady who did our wine tasting was ahem, very generous with the sampling…needless to say I was sufficiently tipsy at the end of that. Ha ha. Then we took a short tour of the winery, which is really cool. I think Thursday was by far the prettiest day I’ve seen this year, so we drove on the Parkway for a while and stopped at different overlooks to see the gorgeous mountains. I will say this part of the state is so pretty in the summer :)

Friday, I spent the day studying for my 7:45am Saturday exam and took a gym break in the afternoon. I studied until way too late Friday night and got maybe 5 hours of sleep before I had to take my exam. So glad that’s over with! I had plans to go to Hot Yoga on Saturday morning after my exam, so I stopped at Starbucks for coffee to kill some time before I went to the studio. It was a perfect day for yoga…I’ve had a pretty intense workout week, so it was nice to stretch and sweat out toxins. Saturday afternoon, we decided to hike to a local waterfall…its so pretty. I went once my freshman year of college during the Fall, so it was nice to go back in late Spring and see how pretty it is :) It was an awesome 4-mile hike, and we took our time and just enjoyed the day. Its almost like I’m on vacation…even though I still have one more exam to go!

Sunday we stayed in and I cleaned up and did laundry…the necessities. I guess not every day can be a vacation day ;) I got in a nice 7-miler, especially since the weather was SO great yesterday. Then, we spent the evening watching movies. And I was avoiding studying, of course.

Today, well, I had plans to “study” for my essay exam tomorrow morning at 7:45m…what is up with my exams being so early?! I haven’t gotten around to studying…yet. But I was being domestic and made a healthy (cake mix + egg whites + applesauce) cake for the boy…and cleaned the kitchen…and now I am about to go to the gym. Nothing like procrastinating. Oh and did I mention One Tree Hill comes on tonight??? Studying looks like a no-go. Kidding. I do need to at least review the material…just severely lacking motivation nowadays…especially since I graduate in FOUR days ;)

-xoxo

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!

-xoxo

A Day Full of Potential

2 Apr

So I had my day allllll planned out yesterday…I woke up earlier than usual, packed my car, went to the gym, then went to classes. I was on my way home by 2pm…and then I went up the first big hill on the way out of the ‘Burg. And my car like…stuttered? coughed? hesitated? Ha I don’t even know the words to describe it. I kept driving, thinking it was a one-time occurrence. Oh but I was clearly wrong, and I had just gotten on I-81, which is the scariest highway of all time. Traffic rarely goes under 80mph and the majority of the road is overtaken by 18-wheelers. Always a stressful ride…even though I’m only on 81 for about 40 minutes. Thank goodness! Well, yesterday, my car kept doing the hesitating thing, so I was clearly freaking out. I pulled over at a rest area and called my dad because he’s the best mechanic I know…although its really hard to explain car problems over the phone. He was convinced it was bad fuel and told me to keep driving. At this point, I’m in tears. I was TERRIFIED to keep driving…but I did. I even went to an auto parts store at my dad’s suggestion and bought something to put into the gas tank to fix the water-in-the-gasoline problem. Well, I thought it had worked for about 30 miles…then it started messing up again. I was a MESS at this point and called my mom in tears. My parents ended up driving out and meeting me halfway so my dad could drive my car home. Let’s just say my parents are the greatest.

After THAT experience, I was crazy enough to get back in my car today and drive to the gym. Because my dad said it was driveable. And because I was not skipping 9:15 Spin class and lifting afterwards. I’m pretty stubborn. Haha. I had my fingers crossed the entire drive to and from the gym! Luckily, I made it back home safely. I spent the rest of today laying outside in the 85-degree weather! Does that really happen in April?! Wow, it has been a gorgeous day :) I also got a littleeeee bit sunburned…or a lot. Oops. I honestly think its because I haven’t been out in a bikini since last summer so my skin was bound to burn. Since I don’t go tanning anymore, I don’t keep that year-round fakebake glow. And I’m totally okay with that. Except that getting sunburned today probably wasn’t much better than laying in a tanning bed. Oh well, hopefully that won’t happen again!

Tomorrow morning is the 5k with the boy and one of our friends…I’m a little pumped. I want to get a PR…well beat my time from last year…for the 5k this time around. haha. I’ve sure been running enough sprints to pick up my speed! I’m a little nervous about the heat actually…I much prefer to run in cool weather, but its going to feel like summer here, even in the morning! Oh well better get used to it…warm weather is definitely among us ;)

-xoxo

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

Weekend Recap!

8 Mar

Well it was definitely an eventful and busy weekend! Friday, I was driving home from the ‘Burg for 5 hours, then I went for an 8-mile run that was nothing short of exciting…ha ha. Saturday, I got to go birthday shopping and I finally got my Longchamp bag that I’ve been drooling over ;) And Sunday, the fam, the boy, and I took a drive to the beach (OBX) for the day. We took my SUV because it has 4WD and we had planned to drive on the beach. So we woke up early and headed towards the beach. I had already decided on getting in a run on the beach, and the boy actually said he would run, too! I can get him to run with me occasionally, but he just isn’t loving it…he prefers strength training and playing basketball for hours rather than running. But I haven’t given up…still trying to convert him to running with me! Anyways, we both started off running together, and he stopped at about mile 1.5 and I kept going until I made it to 2.5 miles. And that is when I got a text message from one of my best friends (we’ve been great friends since high school)…she got engaged over the weekend! I am so so so thrilled for her…so exciting! Wow, so many of my friends have gotten married/engaged recently…makes me feel old! Looks like the boy & I are going to be among the LAST of our friends to get married…he has a year of school left and then one year to get his Master’s degree, and I have three years of law school ahead! So anyways, after all of that excitement, I turned around and started on my way back to catch up with the boy and continue running back to the starting point. I told him the exciting news and he was possibly in shock(?!) that another of our friends is engaged! He said he’s jealous of all of our friends…I know he’s so ready to propose, but he really wants to finish school and secure a job before we do anything drastic! ;) So we made our way back…I ended up doing about 5 miles total…I LOVE running on the beach! I plan to live near a beach and be able to do that whenever I want to! :)

After a late lunch with the fam, we all headed home. About 30 minutes in, my dad noticed my car was running rough…so we pulled off at the only place nearby, a Rest Area. Welp, long story short, the brake pads were sticking, which caused exceedingly hot temperatures from the friction and can essentially cause the tire to melt and the car to catch on fire…LOVELY. So we were basically stranded. Luckily, my uncle, a mechanic(!) made the 1.5 hour drive and he and my dad fixed the problem right there! We made it home much later than planned, but hey, its Spring Break so no worries! ;)

I was sooo exhausted after the craziness of the weekend, so I went to bed fairly early and got about 9 hours of sleep! It feels weird to be at home, doing nothing…but I guess I should enjoy it while I have the opportunity!

Pretty beach & perfect running weather ;)

-xoxo