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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Long weekend fun!

Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July! I’m sorry I haven’t really posted a ton within the past few days, but I’m about to get back on track! With the long weekend, I’ve had some time off to be with my boyfriend and my family and its been paired with lazy days by the pool and evenings reading in my hammock. I completely forgot how much I enough just lounging around and relaxing. And given the fact that it’s been gorgeous here in Jersey for the past 3 days, I cannot have asked for more. 

My 4th went well. I spent the day at Chris’s (my boyfriend) house for his big family and friends barbecue. Besides eating way more than my stomach can handle (and completely loving every bite) we spent the day running around in bathing suits, in and out of the pool and just hanging out outside. It was amazing. 

ImageYesterday was spent sitting by the pool, trying to get rid of my ghostly white skin. Since I’ve been interning all summer, I haven’t had much time to spend outside and boy, has my skin suffered. Usually during the summer, I am brown before June hits. Now its the beginning of July and tan lines have yet to be formed. This weekend is devoted to some hard core sun time! (with sunscreen, of course) I also took a trip to the library yesterday to pick up some good summertime books to read when I’m near the pool or at the beach. I grabbed Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, which is the last in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Sadly, I had completely forgotten that I’ve already read it so about 3 pages in, I realized and had to switch. If you haven’t read the series yet, I highly recommend it. The books are great summer reads, easy to get through and kind of addicting. If you saw the movie and thought it was terrible, thats totally okay. The books are nothing like the movie. I also picked up Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews, which I am about halfway done with so far. Love it! I’ll write a full review of it when I finish it, which will probably be tomorrow. Lastly, I got The Next Thing on My List, by Jill Smolinski. I’ll let you guys know how that one goes. Usually I can read close to 30 books a summer, as I’m definitely a book worm. But since I’ve gotten off to to a slow start, it won’t be nearly as many. I’m gonna try though! I enough easy reads for the beach and pool, as they don’t really require much concentration. For the train and commute, I prefer something more intellectually stimulating. Maybe I’ll post my summer reading wish list soon! 

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As I mentioned, this weekend is a family weekend. Tonight we went to Bahama Breeze to celebrate for my brother, David’s, 18th birthday, which was this past Wednesday. Dinner was followed by some lovely Dairy Queen ice cream cake, both his and my favorite. Tomorrow night, my family and my aunts and cousins will all be journeying into Hoboken to Little Town, NJ, a new restaurant that opened up right on the water. Hopefully it’ll be good! Monday is a family beach day with the girls of the family, so we’re praying the nice weather stays around! 

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

2 words: food baby.

So far, this weekend has been one of those hectic, crazy, out of control weekends that I absolutely love. And I’m sure that it’s just going to get better with a little outlet shopping this afternoon 🙂

As the end of June rolls around, it’s graduation time for all of those little high school seniors, including my younger brother. Even though he doesn’t technically graduate till this Tuesday, my family threw his big family dinner party last night, as it worked well with my mom’s work schedule. We held the dinner at Lunello’s Montville Inn in Montville, NJ. My family had actually never been there before, but we frequently hold parties at another Lunello’s in Cedar Grove and had heard rave reviews about this one as it just opened. Hoping the reviews wouldn’t fail us, we decided to book it there.

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We showed up and it turns out that the restaurant, as the title suggests, is actually the restaurant for a small bed and breakfast-looking in. After the valet took our car, we walked inside and were immediately stunned. The place was gorgeous! Painted in warm colors and inviting looking seats, it was classy and elegant. The night started with some drinks at the bar, manned by two wonderfully kind bartenders who really took care of us.

Then we went down to the private room in the wine cellar, where our party was set to take place. It was perfect. Secluded from the rest of the restaurant, it was quiet and the perfect size for our party of 20. The best part? Since it was it’s own room, all of the toddlers in my family could run around and laugh and cry without disrupting the rest of the restaurant. Absolutely amazing. And it get’s even better. The food? To die for. Given that I’ve been on a hard-core diet, I was ready to give in and just eat. And trust me, I did. There were plenty of appetizers, all perfectly italian and there was such an array of entrees to pick from. The chicken I had was seasoned to perfection and I ate the whole in a scarfing down manner in probably like 5 minutes. My boyfriend looked at me like I was crazy, but it was just too good to take my time. The dessert was great as well (considering I made the cake) but they provided us with plenty of fruit salad and cappuccinos. We ended the night back at the bar for one last glass of wine and we couldn’t be happier.

The only bad thing about the night? I woke up the morning with a HUGE food baby. Honestly, I look like I’m pregnant. I couldn’t even bring myself to step on the scale this morning. I immediately drove myself to the gym and swam for almost an hour. It was the only way to get out of the slump that I was sure was going to hit in about 30 minutes after I woke up. Definitely going to follow it up with a run later today.

If any of you are looking for a classy, italian restaurant in the Northern Jersey area, I highly recommend Lunello’s. It was perfect and for the price of around $25 an entree, it was great.