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!

Intern Lessons + Pilates!

As this dreary Monday comes to a close, I’ve learned a few things while sitting in my cubicle at my internship today. I thought I’d share these wonderful intern-life lessons with you all! (…lol)

  1. Clothing: Make sure you check the weather before you leave the house. Wearing a brand new pair of ALDO flats on a day that it’s supposed to pour and storm so badly that there is a tornado warning, is really not a great idea. It results in some very wet shoes
  2. Lunch: Bring your own. If you work in an office that is all guys, as I do, lunch is always an issue. Unhealthy food is a frequent occurrence and you best be prepared for it. Usually, on Mondays, the company orders in either pizza or sandwiches, which I am completely fine with. However, today was Chipotle Day. Not a great decision when I feel bloated and disgusting for the remainder of the day. Some cardio and pilates were definitely needed!
  3. Attitude: Roll with the punches. Another lesson learned from working in an office with all guys: if they ask about your relationship with your boyfriend, be prepared to be embarrassed. I had an awkward moment today where they were asking about our relationship and it got mad awkward…real fast. Thankfully, it was all laughed off in the end. I only blushed alittle.
  4. Boredom: Some days are boring. It’s just the normal business cycle. Like today. Where I was at the office from 8 am to 5 pm and I didn’t do a SINGLE thing. I caught up on the news though. But in the intern life, be prepared for slow days at the office. You just have to make the best out of it. It’s not because they don’t like the work you do. It’s just one of those days.

Onto my pilates experience… I’ve decided that, since I have stopped lifting weights as much as I used too and have focused more on cardio, I need to incorporate some sort of strength training/toning routine into my mix. I tried the Pilates Mat class at RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center in Scotch Plains, NJ. It’s the health club that I teach my swim lessons and masters swimming classes at. I truly love the gym and all of the group fitness classes there, but this was the first time that I tried the pilates class. I thought it was going to be somewhat easy. Man, was I wrong. Before the warm-up even ended, my inner thighs were fatigued and shaking and I thought I was going to die. As I started paying more attention to my breathing and really listening to the instructor, it got easier. I have to do the easy version of a lot of the exercises, but for some that were more ab-focused, I was able to go up a level or so. My instructor, Cathy, was great with giving us different modifications to do, depending on our comfort and experience level. At the end, I did feel like I got a good workout in. Plus, it was a good way to wind down my Monday. I’ll definitely be back!

As the summer progresses on, I really want to get into a solid intern-gym-social life routine that I can stick to. Lately, I’ve been so off-track and have not gotten nearly enough done in any category of my life! Time to change that!