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! 

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!

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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?

Lazy Tuesday

Today was supposed to be one of those days where I am really active, up and about cleaning and packing all day, intermixed with working out and teaching swim lessons. Is that how the day is turning out? Not at all.

Maybe its because it was truly monsooning here this morning, or the fact that my insomnia has been back with a vengence, but I was just not feeling it today. I did manage to get up and haul my butt to the gym and get in 1.5 miles on the treadmill (with some walking; don’t judge) and I did teach a swim lesson, but other than that, my lazy butt has been seated on the couch catching up with RHONJ and painting my nails.

It’s sad to think about how close I am to going back to school and that I have to start getting myself in gear. It may be 2 and a half weeks away, but considering ill be in OBX for alittle over a week, time to start moving. My room is still a disaster from when I came home for the summer back in May. Probably should start shoving it all back into boxes now…

And I can’t even begin to think about packing for vacation. I’ll be going with Chris’s family and I have no idea what they do down there, besides hit the beach. Packing is going to be a disaster. I can feel it.

The only other productive thing that I got done with today is some instagramming for my internship. If you haven’t yet, go check out @hiddenbaby on instagram and twitter and give them some love. Even if you don’t love their style now, just give it a week or so and you’ll see why I’m pointing you in their direction!

Hope you all are being more productive than me! Sorry for this worthless post that you just spent your time reading…Maybe you’re being lazier than I am!

Starting this off right!

I never thought making a blog would be so difficult! Honestly, since I decided to get one as a way to essentially get myself out there and spread my thoughts and opinions, I’ve been having a difficult time figuring out what to say. And as a homegrown girl from Jersey, being at a loss of words is a rarity. Usually my lips are flapping a mile a minute. But now, I honestly don’t know where to begin. 

Let me explain the title of my blog first. Short legs, big leaps. Kind of an odd title, but I think it describes my personality, my lifestyle, and overall, me in a simple yet funny way. I am currently 5’0″. Pretty darn close to being a legal midget (I’m sorry if that’s not the politically correct word nowadays). I like being short though. It fits me. However, due to my short (and rather stubby) legs, I tend to take really short steps. My boyfriend actually calls my legs “tic-tacs” because they’re so tiny. It gets a good laugh any time anyone hears him telling me to move my tic-tacs quicker, as he’s usually already a good length ahead of me. 

Even though I do take short strides (I really can’t help it), I do take big leaps in life. I consider myself to be a very adventurous person, as I’m not afraid to dive head first into something. Whether it be academically, as I went from a biology major to now being a double major in marketing and finance, or athletically, as I move from running the general 5k to running the Baltimore 10 miler this June, I’m not afraid to try new things. I want to take that idea of taking big leaps and apply it in all areas of my life, as I continue my academic career and eventually enter the big business world.

I invite you guys to join me on this journey, figuring out the rights and wrongs of being a college student trying to prepare myself for the big world. I want to share my thoughts with you and let you in on what’s going on in this short person’s brain. Fashion. Books. Food (I absolutely LOVE food). Fitness. Anything and everything for you to get to know me better. Hopefully I won’t bore you, because boring is the absolute last thing my life is.