Sunday, September 25, 2011


This weekend was the best one I've had in a long time. Last weekend was a blast; the roommates and I went to the Oley Fair in Oley, PA. Basically a bunch of tractors, excellent food, petting zoo-action, and a great auction at the end of the night. We had so much fun.

This weekend the boy came and visited me. I hadn't seen him in three weeks and I was getting kind of antsy. Long distance sucks. I don't care what anyone else says - it sucks. It's hard and awful and frustrating and by the end of that two, three, four week period of not seeing each other, you're pretty much ready to scream. But you know what? It's totally worth it if you both are willing to work at it and really want to be with one another. All of the time between just makes the two of you stronger and more stable in your relationship. Once you can handle the distance, you can handle just about anything. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

He arrived Thursday night and stayed through this afternoon. On Friday we went to the Brad Paisley Blake Shelton concert that he purchased me for my birthday! It was absolutely AMAZING. Our seats were great and the experience was even better.

You like our matching outfits? I know. 

Jerrod Niemann on the left, Blake on the right. Honestly PERFECT.

Brad on the left, Brad and Blake on the right.

We honestly could not have had a more perfect time. The atmosphere was great, crowd was great, performers were phenomenal, and just the overall experience was definitely an A+! Good job, boy! :)

Saturday was spent lounging, then a trip to the King of Prussia mall to do a little shopping (a successful trip, too!). Then it was off to one of our all time faves: Hooters! Classy, I know. What can we say? Last but not least, we visited another one of our all time faves, Hannah. What a great Saturday night.

I was definitely sad to see him leave, but we had the most perfect weekend. It was exactly what we needed. Here's my favorite Brad Paisley song. Actually, at the concert, someone was proposed to during this song. I loved every second of it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Unfortunate (hopefully helpful) Change

Alright, so it's been a rough couple of days. The week started off with a trip to the ER for one of my roommates (she's fine, thankfully), then a test the following day, some major studying and homework on my birthday (yesterday), and some realizations.

One realization in particular: I stress wayyyy too much about wayyyy too much (shocker, right?). I have this headache that I've had since Labor Day. That's over a week ago! I'm going to say it's due to stress, being that it basically started up right around the time that classes started to get difficult and overwhelming. I am a stresser. I'm a worry wart and I think over way too many things. I get an idea in my head of something that's stressing me out and it just festers there until whatever it is I'm stressing about it over. I'm perfectly fine during the day - it's at night when the stressing takes over.

We all have things that stress us out; that's just life. But for some of us, stressing is a big part of every day and that's just not okay. Therefore, we need to work to maybe not get rid of, but alleviate that stress a bit. Some things that I  try to de-stress:

1. Work out. This always makes me feel so much better. Working out is sort of my "me" time; I literally don't think about anything when I'm at the gym.
2. Listen to music. This is a big one for me. I could be in the worst mood and then put on a feel-good song and I'm instantly brought back to normalcy.
3. Talk to someone you love. I think this one is really important. It's really important to have a good, stable support group. One or two people who you can call at any hour of the day or night and they'll listen to you and be more than willing to help you. The people who seem to put you before themselves and really care about you and what you're going through, even if it's the smallest thing in the world.
4. Take a cat nap. It's always good to remove youself from the situation for 15-20 minutes or so and completely shut yourself out from any others stresses. Cat naps are great. Even if you have a ton of things to do, 15 minutes won't do all that much in the long run. Sometimes you need to just chill out.

Here it is. The new unfortunate change that I'm about to implement in my life. Remember how I am not supposed to have coffee anymore but I still do anyway? Well...

I am going to try to eliminate coffee from my diet. Yup. I said it. My love affair with coffee must come to an end. I was reading about things that may heighten peoples' stress, and it said in order to decrease anxiety and stress, it may be a good idea to stay away from your daily dose of heaven in a cup.

So, being that I'm already supposed to steer clear of it, I've decided to really kick it up a notch and see how that helps me. Today is Day 2. I'll make a daily counter in the top right corner of the post!

I'm not sure if I posted this song before, but it's really relevant today, so here it is:

Is stress a problem for you? What do you do to de-stress?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday Things.

This post is going to be short, sweet, and to the point. Just some things that I want to touch upon.

1. This week has been a whirlwind of hellishness and then excellence. Mental breakdowns by day, happy and content again by night. Bipolar? Perhaps. I just call it college life.

2. I finally am feeling better about my life path. For some reason I was have (yet another) meltdown because I didn't know what I was doing. In any aspect of my life. However, after starting my clinical (ish) and talking with a few beyond amazing people, I'm suddenly feeling like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders.

3. Life if tough and it sucks a lot. But guess what? It's the best time in the world. All of it. The ups and downs and ins and outs. The ups are great and the downs suck, but it'll all work the way it should. Okay I'm now stepping off my Life-Inspiration-Soapbox.

Goals of the Weekend:
1. Understand goniometry. (almost there!)
2. Study for my elbow, wrist, and hand practical.
3. Come up with some static exercises for an athlete doing hip pre-hab.
4. GYM! and then gym again tomorrow.
5. (try to) Relax.
6. Organize and destress.
...among other things. But those are the important ones!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

What are your goals for the weekend??

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Happy Post-Labor day! I hope everyone's long weekend was especially excellent. I know mine definitely was! I went home for the weekend and enjoyed an excellent weekend hanging out with the family and the boy. Friday was spent with my sister for the first half of the day then the boy for the second half. Saturday was spent with the fam at a nice dinner and then the boy again. Quick side bar: Has anyone seen The Hurricane? With Denzel Washington? It was absolutely excellent! This is the movie we watched over the weekend and it could not have been any better! I definitely recommend it. Anyway, Sunday was my Goddaughter's 1st birthday party!! I cannot even believe it's been a year already. Time really does fly.

And now, after a perfect weekend, it's back to the craziness of classes. The beginning of the semester is always hardest. Getting back into the swing of things and kicking the lazy summer habits definitely can be tough, especially when you're basically punted right into the heart of it by having a quiz the second day of class. Not fun.

Right now I'm feeling very overwhelmed and stressed. I feel like everything is really unorganized and all of my classes are meshing into one big class. I can't get it straight; what is due for which class on which day with which teacher - none if it is sticking in my head! I need to just lay everything out and get things sorted out before my head spontaneously combusts.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Friday, September 2, 2011

And we're back!

Oh wow! It's been about two weeks (at least) since my last post! Don't worry, don't worry, I'm not ignoring you. The reason for my absence and lack of posts? My devil apartment. Before I get to that, I feel like it's very much needed to do a small summer re-cap.

My summer was pure excellence. I worked, made some money, spent a lot of time with my sister, got even closer with the fam, hung out with friends, and got to really connect with the boy and realize just how great being together all the time feels. We basically started our relationship on long distance, so being together for those four months was exactly what we needed. I wouldn't say I did anything super significant, like skydiving or taking a road trip across the country, but I wouldn't trade this summer for anything in the world; it was understatedly perfect. That's the thing about summer: it comes in quickly and in the blink of an eye it's gone. One second you think you have all the time in the world to bask in the summer sun and the ones you love, and the next second it's time to pack the summer away and leave it behind as you move forward into the routine of classes, homework and tests. That's why you have to make it worth while! Spend as much time with the people who are the most important you - that time will be gone in seconds. I hope everyone had a beyond excellent summer and did everything you wanted to!

Being that it is back-to-school time, I have moved back to PA and into an apartment with three other amazing girls. We are loving the freedom and ease of living on our own, but there has been qute a few obstacles so far! (All very minor, but inconvenient all the same).

1. Devil toaster. This toaster literally goes from braed to burnt in the matter of four seconds. You have a four second window to grab your toast before it turns into this:

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I almost burnt the apartment down on the second day. Not my finest moment.

2. Devil cable. This isn't a huge problem for the house, but more for me. The living room and the other girls' room cable is working fine, but of course mine is completely out. For a while my TV wouldn't even show a picture! Now, we got it to turn on, but I can't turn the channel and I can't get the closed captioning off. Wonderful.

3. Devil internet. We. Have. NO. Internet. Hence the lack of posts and what not. I've been living off of the internet on my phone which is not an easy thing to do! Apparently, the internet was never even streamed to our apartment! Luckily, they aren't charging us for internet for the first month because we simply haven't had it. The Comcast people will be there to fix it up (and hopefully my TV as well) tomorrow.

I know there's a few more "devil" things in the place, but for some reason they are slipping my mind. Those are the major ones for now.

So, after five hours of travel and two trains, I'm home for labor day weekend. I have another doctor's appointment later today and my Goddaughter's 1st birthday is on Monday so my aunt is having a little party for her on Sunday. I can't even believe how much time flies. It's unreal!

After I arrived home yesterday, the boy had planned on taking me to dinner. When he came to pick me up he brought these beautiful flowers!

Then we went to get some sushi and came back to hang with my fam and what not. It was definitely a great first night back!

Alright! Well, I wanted to leave you with Beyonce's amazing performance at the VMA's when she sports her baby bump. So presh! However, I can't seem to find a good YouTube clip of it! Bummer. So, I'll leave you with another song that is right up there on my list lately. Once again, it's Lady Gaga! I'm not a huge fan but for some reason her new album is totally on my good side!