Happy Holidays from the Short One!

I know I haven’t posted in awhile BUT I do have a few posts saved in my drafts… I just need to finish them all up!

I wanted to hop on here and wish all of my wonderful readers a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! No matter what holiday you celebrate, may it be filled with joy and happiness and the love of your family and friends.

I was blessed enough to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family. Even Chris was present for X-mas Eve! It was a Christmas miracle :)

I will be posting in the next few days (aka probably spamming you all before I head to the Outer Banks again for New Years). Be on the lookout for my New Year’s Resolutions and my opinion on a pretty hot topic that all of you fitness lovers will like and chime in on!

Pictures to come later too!!

How were your holidays? Are there any Christmas traditions that you must do each year?

HOME for the Holidays

The day I’ve been waiting for has FINALLY come! The day that the fall semester ends and I get to go home! While my finals technically finished last Thursday, I hung around Loyola going to my internship and doing my take-home finals since Chris didn’t take his last final till this afternoon. Once 4:30pm hit today, we were on the road back to Jersey. Two and a half hours later, we pulled into my driveway and I seriously thought I was going to kiss the pavement (if it wasn’t 20 degrees out, I probably would have). I couldn’t be happier to have a break from all of the work and stress that I’ve been dealing with this semester.

There are so many great things about being home. Spending time with my family, constant snuggles with my puppy, the ability to actually have time to workout and focus on getting my butt back into gear. There’s just no time constraints at home. So care-free!

Right now, I’m too elated to even write a full length post. There will be a Tuesday Morning Reading tomorrow at some point, once I get myself all settled in. But at this moment, there’s a puppy waiting for a belly rub that I am ohh so happy to give!

Sydney!

Syd’s happy to see me!

Craziness

This week has been absolutely the most hectic week of the year so far (at least it feels that way). Finals week is in full swing and I was an idiot and decided to not take off of my internship or work this week, so I’m handling a thousand things at once now. Like right now, I’m at my internships. Yet, I have a 10 page paper due Sunday night and a take home final due by Tuesday morning. But nope, I’m sitting in my cubicle writing this and being bored as I finished all my current work that I actually wanted to do and am procrastinating the work I don’t want to do.

How I manage to do everything I do still amazes me. 15 hours of class a week, 20+ hours of crew, 15 hours of interning, 7 hours of swim lessons and somehow (I really don’t know how) maintaining a super solid relationship with Chris. Yes, I lack a social life somewhat, but I’m content with it. People say I’m crazy…I definitely am.

One of the things that everyone always asks is how I manage to fit everything into my day. There’s a few ways I get all this shizz done.

  1. Plan. Plan everything. Live life down to the minute. As sad as this is, it’s the only way to get everything done. My planner is always with me and it has everything written in it – from when I work, to what work I need to do, to everything else. If I lost my planner, I’d probably have a mental breakdown and never get back up
  2. Make use out of the time that you think isn’t long enough to get anything done. For instance, I finish work a half hour before Chris does somedays. Usually, I’m lazy and spend that time sitting in the hot tub and scrolling through instagram. Bad idea. Recently, I’ve been making myself throw some clothes over my swim suit and heading up to the gym to get on the treadmill. Even if its 25 minutes, its still something. I clocked a solid 2 miles of walking on an incline and running last night. Almost burned off the cake I made before work… womp…
  3. Lastly, know what you can  manage. Don’t take on too much. This semester was way too much for me. I’m cutting back next semester to get my grades back up after a slight drop this semester (kill me now). The sad part is that my cutting back involves cutting crew out. Based on the time requirements of my internship, taking 6 classes instead of 5, still wanting to teach swim lessons alittle, and training for my half in the spring and then tri-training for the summer, something had to go. Crew was the biggest time suck and my love for it has fallen. I’ll still coach this summer for my high school team and I might pick it back up next fall. But for right now, I won’t be getting back into my cubby in the boat :(

Guess I should go back to doing work now? Ugh. Sunday can’t come fast enough.

The FINAL Stretch!

Ha! I made a funny up there! See it? Do you?? Finals week has officially begun here at LUMD and I’m already going a tad delusional… (Now you see the terrible pun in the title don’t you?)

The most dreaded time of the year for all college students had started. Procrastinating that leads to cramming, unhealthy amount of coffee, and absolutely no working out or getting dressed in the morning at all. It’s terrible. 

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BUT on the bright side, it snowed here in Baltimore! So there’s some white hope outside the windows of the Study right now, reminding me that this week will be over soon. One week from this afternoon, I will be heading back to Jersey for a MONTH at home. I cannot be happier :) 

A few realizations:

  1. Baltimore is terrible at plowing and salting. So is Loyola. I wasn’t able to get to my internship today because my car was basically snowed in in the lot and I knew the roads were just as bad. Ice everywhereeeee.
  2. I procrastinated way too much all semester. Either that, or I had a significantly easier semester and just now the teachers are piling everything on to get finished. Whichever it is, all of a sudden, I have a pile of work that is taller than I am (literally…) Because of this, I have to spend my day in the Study trying to get done as much as possible with my time that I now have free because of my inability to go into the office. 
  3. I really want to redo the theme of my blog. Like, have one done for me. I’m also thinking about moving my blog to a self-hosted platform. 
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite movie EVER and is a great procrastination tool.
  5. Only eating a bagel, pizza, and sour gummy worms during the course of a day will lead to a terrible tummy ache.
  6. I haven’t done laundry since before Turkey Day… eek…
  7. I need to make more money to support my online shopping addiction. Either that or I need some serious mental health…

Okay I’ll leave everyone alone now and go back to drowning in term papers and study guides. Procrastination over. Adios! 

Holiday Motivational Mail 2014!

Hey everyone! Hopefully you survived hump day and are now clear into your second half of the week. Right now, it’s absolutely dreary here in Baltimore. The fog is absurd BUT it is also 60 degrees — THANK GOD. I’ve had enough of the cold weather sans snow. Mother nature, if you’re going to make it freezing out, at least let there be snow. But since it’s warm today and classes are winding down, I might actually be able to go out and get a run in today! I’m super duper excited here.

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So the main point of this post: I’ve started a holiday motivational mail for this holiday season! Below are some of the ah-maz-inggg deets.

What’s motivational mail? Motivational mail is something that’s being going around Instagram and twitter and other social media platforms for alittle while now. Basically, you sign up and you’ll be paired with a similar person, based on age, interests, etc. Once you get your partner, you comply a small gift package of holiday working out and motivating things! Little food bites, magazines, etc. Just something to keep your buddy motivated and slim during the holidays! The package should be around $15, plus the cost of shipping. (If you use USPS flat rate boxes, you can usually fit everything into a $5 box!)

What are the dates? All pairings will be sent out on the 10th of this month. You’ll have until the 15th to send your gift out, so most people will get them by the holiday!

I’m IN! How do I sign up?Click HERE to fill out the form! You’ll get an email from me by the 10th!

Spread the word to your friends who might be interested! The more, the merrier!!!

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be participating!

Thanksgiving break! (FINALLY)

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I hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving! Hopefully, everyone enjoyed a nice time with their families and friends and ate more food then your stomaches can handle! I know I did…

Right now, I’m currently back home in Jersey because it’s Thanksgiving Break. AKA the best 5 days of the year. When I head back to school on Sunday, it will be a week of classes, then a week of finals. Basically, life is going to suck once I hit Baltimore Sunday evening.

After a 5 hour drive home on Tuesday evening, I was greeted by a super-happy puppy and the love and warmth of my home. I could not be more in bliss. As much as I love Loyola and my friends (aka my family) there, there is something special about coming home for the holidays. I don’t want to leave.

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Syd basically blends into my bed…

One of the best things about being home is the fact that I actually have time to get a workout in every once in awhile, in my home gym! It’s heavenly. I spent a good chunk of time there on Wednesday. I went to the pilates mat class, which ended up being core-based yoga because their was a substitute instructor. Still, it was pretty great. Followed by some core and the Frisky Fall workout routine from Tone It Up, I was set to eat my heart out on Thanksgiving.

Nothing like a good, sweaty workout to make Thanksgiving guilt-free!

Nothing like a good, sweaty workout to make Thanksgiving guilt-free!

This year, Turkey Day was a little different for my family. Usually, our holidays are bustling with babies and all members of our family are there. This year, because of the recent influx of babies being born, it was just my intermediate family and my aunt and uncle. All of the other members stayed at their respective homes with their newborns. It was a different feeling all night. No screaming children, no toys to trip over. While it was definitely a relaxing evening, I didn’t liked it. Our family is defined by the crazy Italian-ness. Thankfully, we’ll all be together again for the Christmas holidays.

All the goodness of a thanksgiving feast! (I ate EVERYTHING)

All the goodness of a thanksgiving feast! (I ate EVERYTHING)

Now that the holiday is over, it’s back to the reality. The remainder of my weekend will be spent doing homework while drinking copious amounts of homework, spending time with my family and puppy, and missing Chris terribly (how sad is it that we can’t go 5 days without seeing each other?? Ohh the crazy thing called love). As I’m writing this, I am sitting in Barnes and Noble trying to do multiple assignments at once. Kill me now. 

Who doesn't enjoy learning about technology's role in European imperialism? This girl.

Who doesn’t enjoy learning about technology’s role in European imperialism? This girl.

I will never understand why teachers leave all the big assignments for the last week of class. Plan these things out please! I have over 40 pages to write and two powerpoint presentations to make, all due before December 9th. It’s going to be a fun week…

Later today or tomorrow, I will be posting about the Holiday Motivational Mail swap I’m running! If you know was motivational mail is and you know you want to participate, fill out this form!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eM51MfhLICSAYZ9J1JNk8ohqqqt1t_NrpBNRKgJ8-hg/viewform

If you don’t know what it is, make sure you’re on the lookout for all the deets that I will be posting shortly! There’s already a ton of people signed up so it’s sure to be a good one :)

Stay warm in this cold weather!

The Dreaded Fall Illness

So  everyone knows that when the weather starts to get really freakin’ cold and windy and all hell breaks loose on our immune systems, it’s not gonna be fun. Well, little ole’ me, who gets 9 hours of sleep a night, always drinks OJ and a ton of other Vitamin C full things, rarely gets this dreaded fall cold/chills/flu sort of mess that everyone else gets….Until now.

Chris has been pretty sick the past few days, with sinusitis (basically a cold) and a bunch of other things. Essentially, he had the worst cold on the planet accompanied with a fever and just feeling crappy. I thought I would be fine. I was wrong.

Last night, I started feeling alittle odd and decided to skimp out on my evening workout and stay up late studying get some sleep. I chugged some Emergen-c and some water and hit the hay. When I woke up at 5:30 this morning for practice, my throat was on fire and I felt like hell. Literal hell. My body was burning up like the Jonas Brothers. Practice obviously didn’t happen and I went back to bed for another few hours before heading to the magazine for the day.

The best part? I have two exams coming up this evening. Great. I’m going to be that sniffly, coughing girl in class that you want to murder. Yup, that’s me. No matter how much green tea with honey and water I drink, I’ve stayed the same amount of grossness all day. My miracles are no longer working.

Anyone have any good remedies for punching the world’s worst cold right in the nose?

Tuesday Morning Reading!

Woohoo! After a long (read: very) hiatus, Tuesday Morning Reading is back!

I actually found this article around two weeks ago and knew immediately that I wanted to bring it to the series. However, it took me alittle longer than wanted to get around to it. The tabs been open in my browser since then! It’s called “19 Things To Stop Doing in Your 20s” from Thought Catalog.

This past October, I finished my teenage years (!!!) and turned 20 (…what? real life?). So this article fit pretty well time-wise. I think it hits a few really good points about growing up and how to handle the world. Being an adult has as much to do with the responsibilities and work you have as the outlook you have on life, and most importantly, yourself. This article I feel sums it up pretty well.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/brandon-gorrell/2013/10/19-things-you-should-stop-doing-in-your-20s/

Go through and read it. Learn from it. Live it.

I think my favorite of the 19 is number 10:

10. Stop blaming yourself for being human.

I always blame myself when I take on too much and can’t complete it or I fail to do a simple task. It irritates me so much. I have to get used to the fact that I can’t conquer the world (at least not yet) and that mistakes do happen. I also need to realize that everyone else is human as well. I can’t blame people when they fail to meet my super high standards or if they slip in an area of their life. They’re human. We all are.

If you have time, look through some more of the Thought Catalog articles. There are some really good, inspiring ones on there. They also make for great procrastinating!

Which one is your favorite?

Third Times the Charm?

Remember that post where I swore up and down that I wouldn’t disappear again, like I did this spring? Yeah…about that…

So that brings us to today; hopefully that good ‘ole saying “third time’s the charm” is true. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s a specific reason that I stopped blogging. School started and things just went from there. BUT the good side is that I’ve gotten so much done this semester, I’m not sure how I’m still alive (if I can even still be considered living in my current state of mess).

Junior year: the hell year. It was that way in high school and I’d heard mixed thoughts on junior year in college. I thought I was going to be fine and could handle whatever life threw at me. I’m usually pretty good at it. I spoke too soon this year. Turns out, it’s really difficult to manage 15 hours of schoolwork, 15 hours at an internship, 10 hours of swim lessons, 20 hours of rowing a week, PLUS homework and studying and having somewhat of a collegiate social life. Healthy eating and working out didn’t even make the cut. Sleep and showers hardly make it half the days. Oh-my-lanta. 

Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t be happier and more blessed. I got accepted to be the Marketing and Event Intern at Baltimore Magazine and I absolutely love it. I spend my days helping plan events for both the primary magazine and the Baltimore Bride magazine. I get to pick community events for the magazine to partner with. My bosses are super cool and I get to attend the events we plan. I’m actually going to a happy hour-like event tonight. Who doesn’t love dressing up and looking cute on a school night??

I also was able to find a pool down here in Charm City to teach swim lessons at. Job –> Check! I have to fund my shopping addiction somehow. It’s also super close to school and Chris works there as well so all is good. Yes, it does take away from work out and homework time, but money is money. It’s an essential part of this world (and even more so of the college world) so I put up with it. 

Speaking of the beau, we have officially surpassed our one year anniversary together! It seemed like such a short amount of time, but yet on Oct. 18, we hit a year (much to the surprise of everyone). Apparently, when you look at average college relationships, a year is basically a lifetime. I’ve been ask so many times how I manage to stay faithful to him when we go out on the weekends and everything. Like, what? What have people come to? Is it really that difficult for people to stay monogamous? It’s shocking/depressing to me. Maybe I’ve just been lucky. Either way, we’re doing really good :)

As for an update on the BMore life, there’s not much to say. Mother Nature, start paying attention here. It’s cold. Like really cold. Yet, we got no snow, while the rest of the clan in Jersey got some. What the frick?? I want snow. If I’m going to have to wear 5 layers of clothing to practice, it better snow. Otherwise, bring back the sunshine and 80 degree weather. 

This time I PROMISE that I will keep this updated. I already have a post ready to go for Tuesday Morning Reading this week :) I think all of you younginns will enjoy it. It’s pretty darn entertaining. 

Now go back to doing the work you should be doing instead of reading my ramblings! xx

Back to Reality (VACATION PHOTO DUMP!)

So as I mentioned in my last post, I was away in the Outer Banks for all of last week. Let me tell you – the vacation was much needed. I didn’t realize how busy I had been this summer and it was heavenly just to sit back and relax all week. Corolla, NC is absolutely gorgeous and it didn’t hurt that I was with Chris and his family for the week :)

If you’ve never been to OBX, it basically your typical beach vacation town. It mostly all huge beach houses, with a few resorts scattered through. There’s the beach on one side of the island and the sound on the other. Absolutely stunning. Besides the water, there’s also a ton of other things to do on the island as well. Everything from amazing restaurants to mini-golf to movie theaters are throughout the island. We were situated in Corolla, which is where Chris’s family home is. Corolla is nicely stuck in the middle of everything, so we really didn’t have to drive more than 5 minutes to anything. 

Some of the highlights of the week were:

  • Eating dinner at the Sunset Grille for our 10 month anniversary. The restaurant is right on the sound and Chris planned it so we went right as sunset was happening and we had a window seat so we got to see most of the sunset, which was beautiful (until a giant cloud got in the way).
  • Taking a nature walk through one of the maritime forests at the top of the island, where there was some beautiful views looking out at the sound when you got to the end of the path.
  • Kayaking! I absolutely love to kayak and we went on a kayaking tour held by the Outer Banks Nature Conservatory. It was a nice hour and a half long tour of some of the sound where we got to hear about the wildlife that call the sound their home. 
  • We also hauled our butts out of bed one morning at 6 and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. It was gorgeous when the sun crested right over the water. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it. 
  • Sadly, we went jet-skiing as well. Totally not my thing. I was convinced I was going to be thrown off the entire time. But nevertheless, Chris loved it so I suffered through. 

Overall, the vacation was amazing. Great location, great people, and great fun. The only bad part was that I gained back almost all the weight I lost this summer! It was totally worth it though. 

Below are a ton of the pictures that I took over the course of the week. You can find some of the things mentioned above in them!

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