Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taking Summer Back.

Things that are hard: long distance relationships.

Things that are really hard: having to leave this guy after an amazing 24 hours together.

There are times when it's easy. There are times when it's really, REALLY hard. The hard days are the worst, obviously. I've found myself relishing any chance I get to stay busy. Meeting? Sure. Workout? Why not? Movie? You better believe it. 

There are days I freak out.. a lot. There are days I'm in a funk. There are days when I go from one emotion to another in a matter of seconds. He is a saint for putting up with it.We've had our moments this summer but that's what happens. You learn to deal with it together. I wish I could say that it's all been rainbows and butterflies but let's be honest--it hasn't. But that's okay. At the end of the day, it makes us stronger and that's what counts. 

There are many things I'm unsure about in my life--where I'll be in the next 5 years, my career, my needs/wants/goals--but what I am sure of is that I love this guy more than I can put into words and right now, that's all I need to know. 

So for now, I'll sit back, relax, enjoy my summer, and count down the days until I see him again. I have 45 days left until he gets back and it's about time I stop being mopey and sad and take back my summer. He doesn't want that and neither do I. :) And besides, I've got a half marathon to train for. ;)


Monday, July 2, 2012

best week ever?

I'm off today to see this guy! 


Oh and then I may or may not be heading to the beach from Wednesday-Sunday.

Bring it on Summer. :)

See ya'll in a week!


Thursday, June 28, 2012


Life around here is crazy ya'll.

In the past week I've spent time in San Antonio, moved into a new apartment, painted (okay, okay--I'm in the process of painting) my old one, took a quick trip to Greensboro, NC to play around on some top of the line fitness equipment for work (DREAM JOB!), and will be celebrating my best friend's BIRRRFDAY tonight with a round of karaoke.

Oh and it only gets better from there. But we'll start with a quick round up of this week's events first. ;)

Remembering the Alamo... of course.
Last Wednesday I traveled to San Antonio with my sister for her work conference. Boring for her, fun for me. :)

San Antonio isn't exactly my top choice for a mini vacation but it was fun to go to Texas. I can officially mark that state off of my list. :) We arrived Wednesday night LATE and never quit moving from there. I can say without a doubt that I've never done so much walking in my ENTIRE LIFE. Throw in some hardcore 4.30 mile treadmill interval workouts everyday and by the time Sunday rolled around... uhh, this kid was exhausted. But let's be honest--I had an awesome time. Besides walking a LOT (I can't reiterate this enough!), I lounged by the rooftop pool, shopped til I dropped, went hunting for ghosts, had the BEST Mexican food EVERRRRR, and got to spend time with my sister. :) Can't beat that, right?! 

We had a late flight on Sunday so my head didn't hit the pillow until around 1AM... I was exhausted! I'm not one to sleep on the flight.. period. BLAHHHH. Anyway, as soon as I woke up on Monday it was GO GO GO! Let's be honest here--I'm the world's biggest procrastinator. FOR REAL! I hadn't packed a THING yet! Luckily my mom came to the rescue and was AMAAAAAZING! By 3PM I was packed and ready to start moving! My dad and brother came over and moved the larger things and about 6 trips back and forth later, by 7:30PM I was completely moved in my new place! It was awesome! I have the absolute best family EVER. (And have come to the conclusion I'm never moving again! I HATE IT.)

Although I'm sad to leave our old house--my best friends and I spent our first year of post grad there!--I'm excited about the new place too! I will forever miss my turquoise room (and WILL have another turquoise room one day!) however I'm so ready to start decorating and crafting for the new one! (Thank God for Pinterest!)

My new duvet cover! Courtesy of Urban Outfitters! Seriously, I'm obsessed with this color!

NEW TV! :) And my signature colorful socks ;)

Slowly but surely getting unpacked :)
So yeah, I'm officially moved in but I still have TONS of work to do! Including LOADS of unpacking. Working + Moving = hard stuff. BLAH.

Oh and like I said, throw in a mid week trip to Greensboro, NC with my awesome coworkers and... yeah, that certainly doesn't help either. But the trip was oh so worth it. Whether I've mentioned it before or not, I work at a college as Assistant Director of Student Activities & Recreation (basically I have the coolest job ever) and my coworkers and I work in the college's student center. WELL, we recently received a LARGE donation to build on to our current fitness center so we're in the market for some amaaaazing exercise equipment and yesterday we got to go test it out and pick the pieces we want in our new gym. As a major gym rat, I was in HEAVEN. It was so much fun! I can't even begin to tell you all of the super cool things I got to test out. ;)

And that pretty much brings us to today. Today consists of work, a round of Insanity (still LOVE it), LOTS of painting (BLAHHHH), and hopefully getting done in time to go celebrate my best friend's birffffday with some karaoke. :) 

I'll be honest though.. as much as I'm looking forward to tonight and the weekend... what I'm really looking forward to is Monday. Why? I'll be seeing this guy. :)

Keeping it classy.
AHHHHHHHH. SO EXCITED! :) :) :) :) :) :) I'm so in love with that guy. ;)

Oh and if that wasn't good enough, check out this text I received from my mom earlier today....

Oh yeah. That just happened. BEACH NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm one tired but HAPPY camper. ;)

Until next time!


PS-- Goal update sooooon! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summertime and the Livin's Easy... Sort of.

I love summer. It's always been my favorite season... ALWAYS. I love the heat, sunshine, afternoon thunderstorms, pool sittin'.. basically, if it were a man, I'd probably marry him. True story.

But... something's off this year. Or.. more like.. someone is missing.

Peter. :(


I won't lie, I've always been very, VERY independent. I like my alone time. I like venturing off to places on my own and figuring things out as I go. I've never been one to get tied down to something or get particularly attached to someone. But... he's different.

All of the sudden I find myself doing things while he's gone and thinking, "Man.. if Peter were here this would be so much better!" or going to Subway (our FAVORITE!) and thinking how much more enjoyable the food would be if he were sitting there with me.

Our "marriage" toast ;)

It kind of blows.

BUT that being said, I think yesterday I finally hit the point where the missing part is slowly but surely getting easier. I'm finding ways to fill up my time (I hate sitting around doing nothing anyway!), I have a move on the horizon, I'll be in San Antonio spending time with my sister starting tomorrow, I have my best friend's birffffday to look forward to next Thursday, and best of all... I'm going to visit him two weeks from today. :)

And you know what? All of this "alone" time really isn't that bad at all anymore. And I'll be honest, it's not really "alone"--that kind of makes me sound like I'm stuck in a cave with no communication to the outside world whatsoever. I promise I haven't QUITE gotten to that point yet! I'm working out (a LOT!), hanging out with coworkers/friends, planning fun trips, trying my hand at crafting, focusing on decorating my new room, finding new ways to get involved in the community, and just overall bettering myself. Because that's what ballers do.. ya know?

Won my age group!
When you lose your built-in best friend for a few months, you have to find ways to fill in the time you spent with him. :)

And you know what's really fun? Writing him letters. Letter writing is seriously a lost art form. We MAYBE get to talk 15-20 minutes via text at night when he's doing lights out rounds for campers and there's no cell service (we throw a call in when we can!) so letters are a good way to tell him all of the small, mundane things that are going on in my life that otherwise I'd rather not waste time talking to him about at night.

So.. maybe I'll survive summer 2012 after all. ;)


Monday, June 18, 2012

Going for the Goals, Week 2

Peanut Butter and Jenny

Wow, first of all, I did an absolutely terrible job of updating my blog last week. Yikes. Maybe I need to add that to this week's list?

Anyway, I have to admit, I did pretty well during Week 1! There were a few slip-ups but otherwise, I'd like to give myself a solid B for this week--not too shabby, eh? 

Last Week's Goals:

Workout 5 out of 7 days this week. Knocked this one out of the park! I did something active every. single. day! My co-workers and I did Insanity Monday-Thursday (I LOVED IT! We are continuing this week!), Friday I went on a 3 mile morning walk before work, Saturday I ran in a 5K (and won my age group!), and then last night after a nice (and way too indulgent) Father's Day dinner, I went on another 3 mile walk. I'm definitely proud of my progress! 

EAT HEALTHY! Alright. I did really, REALLY well on this during the actual work week. I made healthy decisions and no chocolate/cookies/cakes period! However.... the weekend. Yeah, it wasn't so kind. I didn't do TERRIBLE but I definitely could have eaten better. No worries. Everyone needs to indulge a little, right?! :) And umm, hello. Who can pass up chocolate pie? Not this kid. ;)
Cook a meal for myself. Do sandwiches count? This one didn't happen.. period. ha. Oh well. 
Do something creative. At first, I thought I epically failed on this one too. But then I realized I spent my ENTIRE weekend being creative! One of my hidden (very hidden) talents is cake decorating! My mom and dad own a couple of Dairy Queen's (cool, right?!) and Father's Day is a HUGE weekend for ice cream cake so my mom asked if I could help out and of course I obliged.

Now onto this week's goals--

1. Eat Healthy! I think this is a good one to repeat. I'm going to try, try, try again. It will be made slightly more difficult thanks to a short vacation to San Antonio with my sister Wednesday-Sunday but I'll see what I can do.
2. Exercise 5 of 7 days. Again no need to stop the momentum. And plus, I get a sick joy out of exercising on vacation. It makes me feel even more accomplished, ya know? I plan on doing Insanity today and tomorrow and then will be resorting to running/Nike Training Club the rest of the week. 
3. PACK!!! I'm moving out of my apartment and into a new one next MONDAY and umm, yeah.I've not packed a single thing. Whoops. 
4. Try something new. Can be anything--food, activity, color... I just want to be adventurous. Bring it on San Antonio.
5. Write Peter a letter. My goal over the course of the summer is to get something in the mail to him each week. Last week I sent him a sappy card. :)

There you have it. Not overly ambitious for the most part right now but definitely goals I will have to make a conscious effort to reach. 

Anyone else have similar goals to mine? 

Have a wonderful week everyone! :)


Monday, June 11, 2012

Going for the Goal

So, I've been an avid reader of PB & Jenny for a year or so now and when I saw that she was posting a challenge about goals, I, of course, had to join in on the fun. What's not to love about setting goals and (hopefully) achieving them?

To be honest, I had honest intentions of joining in last week but with Peter leaving for the summer and saying our goodbyes in C-Ville, I knew that I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible and didn't want to worry with any goals. (Hey, it happens, right?)

So, why not start today? My thoughts exactly (and plus, they're mostly in line with my major Summer 2012 goals--win-win situation for all!).

Without further ado...

Peanut Butter and Jenny

  • Workout 5 out of 7 days this week. My coworkers and I are beginning Insanity today after work so I don't think this should be a problem. Plus, I'm a workout junkie anyway. 
  • EAT HEALTHY! (Okay, one exception being today because we totally had a pot luck at work--I can't say no to that :)). No cookies, chocolate, more fruits & veggies... you get the idea. 
  • Cook a meal for myself. Let's be honest, when Peter's not around, I NEVER cook. I'm lazy and would rather just hash out a salad or pop something in the oven and call it a day. This week I'd like to actually make something from scratch! 
  • Do something creative. No guarantees here but I'd like to start a project.. big or small, it doesn't matter. 
There you have it. Not huge goals but who said goals have to be major life changing things? Not this kid.The second goal will by far be the hardest (I.LOVE.CHOCOLATE!) but I think I can do it. :) 

What are your goals for the week?!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Five Things Friday

Hmmm.. been a while since I've done one but here we go. 

My 5 favorite things of the moment... :)

1. My boyfriend. I don't want to be "cheesy" or "cute" but man. I love him. And he loves me. :)

He's gone until August 25th and I'm going to miss him like crazy but thinking about our reunion makes it worth it (and getting to visit him in July!).

2. Weddings. I'll be honest, I've never been one of those girls who has had their wedding planned since they were five years old. To be honest, I never even THOUGHT about my own wedding (not anytime soon, I assure you!) until Pinterest came along (you know you do it too!) but my cousin's wedding last weekend was pretty awesome. Okay... well, maybe not the wedding so much (although it was good) but the reception was so, so, SO much fun! Open bar, family, boyfriend, good music--it doesn't get much better than that. 

3. Chocolate Tortilla Chips. I've been OBSESSED with Food That Tastes Good chocolate tortilla chips since I first found them at Whole Foods in Louisville a couple of years ago! They're so good! Sweet & Salty = the perfect combo! You better believe when I was in Charlottesville seeing Peter off that I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up a bag..... or four. 

4. WORKING OUT! I've seriously slacked in the last week since I've been out of town and busy pretty much the entire time (although I did find creative ways to get some exercise in!) so it's time to get back on track! I've already got a workout scheduled for tonight and two for tomorrow morning. Plus, next week starts Insanity + my summer workout plan from KJ! If Peter is going to come back ripped from camp then by gosh I'm going to be ripped too. ;)

5. Weekend by the pool. What's the best remedy for your boyfriend leaving for the summer? Spending a weekend by the pool with your best friends. Do I wish he was here? You better believe it. But you know what? I can do this. :)