Exciting Newsssssssss!!

Sorry for the obnoxious number of S’s but today has been all kinds of exciting. Very fitting for Thankful Thursday!

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Exciting news list time!

  1. My little brothers are 19 today! When did they get so old? Last time I checked they were still 8 years old and now they’re in college, where the heck does the time go?high school graduates
    They may be 19, but that’s okay, they still act like 8 year olds.twin egg yolksSide note, is ironic that I get a egg with twin yolks on my identical twin brothers birthday? I think so. So glad I got them too because they totally made up for the yolk I broke, whoopsies.
  2. My design got picked for a postcard my department is sending out to different Graphic Arts companies inviting them to a job/internship we’re having on campus in March. Whattttt!!! So excited when I found out. People in the industry are going to see my design! Eep! I had a “You like me! You really like me!” moment when I found out and I might have gone to the bathroom to do a little dance. Okay I definitely did!(Shameless self-promotion moment: if you’d like to see some of my design work, my portfolio is here: be.net/lgeddie)
  3. I’m now a Sweat Pink AmbassadorI got the e-mail this afternoon and I’m so excited to join the Sweat Pink Community! I let out an embarrassingly girly high-pitched squeal, luckily my other roommates weren’t there to witness it 🙂Photobucket
  4. Here is a re-enactment of my expression after finding out all this exciting news:excited faces
    I almost graced you guys with a video of my happy dance but I decided against that internet embarrassment and just stuck with pictures.

Additional exciting things:

  1. An incredibly sweaty spin class! There’s a spin class right before my Pilates class so I decided to check it out and support my fellow group fitness teachers, it was a tough but super fun class. The guy teaching is on the school cycle team so his workout was intense but I loved every second of it!
  2. My Pilates class went really well! Nothing special happened, the class just flowed really well, which always feels good.
  3. I just made some kale chips, they got a little burnt because I was busy watching Glee, but they were still pretty tasty.
  4. I survived my public speaking speech! There were a few rough moments but I made it through and I think I did pretty well!
  5. My apartment is restocked with coffee! FINALLY!

Brag time, what the most exciting news you’ve gotten lately?

Do you have an siblings? I’m the oldest of 3 and my brothers are identical twins.

Floods, Cats and PRs {Thankful Thursday}

I have lots to be thankful for this Thursday

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(First I’m thankful for Jessie‘s weekly dose of gratitude!)

I’m thankful that I live on a hill, so my apartment and car are safe and dry.

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There were quite a few cars stranded underwater in yesterday’s flash flooding and I feel so bad for the people who have to deal with flood damage. Luckily no one was hurt (that I’ve heard).

I’m thankful that Sam made it out of surgery okay.

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He had his large intestine removed (how crazy does that sound? I know they do that to humans too, but that sounds pretty intense!) because it wasn’t working and he was constipated and miserable all the time, poor guy.

I know you came to my blog to listen to me talk about cat poop. I aim to please.

Anyway, it sounds like it wasn’t too risky of the surgery, but all surgery freaks me out so I was a big ball of stress all day. But according to my dad everything went well, he just has to have fluids through an IV and limited activity for 2 weeks. Hopefully then he’ll be back to his usual ham of a self.

I’m thankful for PRs!!! I ran a 5k in 28:30 today! Bam. Yes it was on a treadmill which is cheating a little, but it was a full 2 minutes faster than my last 5k PR thankyouverymuch. Assuming that the treadmill was not broken, because that’s immediately what I though when I looked down and saw that I was doing 8:30 minute miles, were the heck did that come from? I’m going to blame it on the mass amounts of sunflower seed butter I’ve been eating, which justifies me buying a new jar this week right? I think so.

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PRs warrant duck faces and thumbs up right?  Let’s go with yes. Also excuse the snow jacket, it’s cold here, nevermind that I’m sitting inside my heated apartment. When is spring?

I’m thankful for George Gershwin’s wonderful music. I’ve been jamming to some Gershwin lately. First off I think using jamming in the same sentence as a classical composer is something to proud of, second I can’t get enough of Rhapsody in Blue and all things jazzy and classical. It makes doing homework 100% better.

What are you thankful for today?

What music have you been listening to lately?

Please brag about your PRs here because they are awesome and I want to hear them! Everyone needs a good brag.

 

National Peanut Butter Day & A Peanutty Recipe!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! Best food holiday ever?

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That’s 5 pounds of peanut butter in case you didn’t know. It was gifted to me by my roommate last year and I will admit to eating all 5 pounds in 2 weeks.

Not joking.

I love you peanut butter.

In celebration of this fabulous day, I’ve got a peanut butter cookie recipe for you, which actually shouldn’t be considered a recipe because it only has 5 ingredients but we’re calling it one anyway. But first, let’s get our Thankful Thursday on:

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(Don’t forget to hop on over to Jessie‘s page and check out some other Thankful Thursday posts!)

This weekend I’m thankful for my cellphone. That sounds a little materialistic and ridiculous but hear me out. I love that my cellphone allows me to easily stay connected with my boyfriend, family and friends while I’m away at college.

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Hello cellular, you’re not very smart, but that’s okay, I like you anyway. Fact: I’m one of about ten college students that doesn’t own a smart phone. I’m 100% okay with this.

I’m especially thankful that it keeps me and my boyfriend connected. Long distance relationships are tough, but it makes me so happy to know that I can just pick up the phone, call him and he can pick up no matter where he is. While it doesn’t make it any easier to be apart it’s nice to hear his voice every night before I go to bed, and that he can always be there for me when I’m having a bad day and I can be there for him.

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So thank you modern technology for helping me stay connected with the most important people in my life, even if I can’t be there for them in person.

And back to the peanut butter. Something else I’m very thankful for.

Recipe time!

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (you can use natural, regular, creamy or chunky, all should work – I used Trader Joe’s Natural Salted Chunky Peanut Butter)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I’ve also made a version of these using 1/3 cup honey which worked well too)
  • 1 egg (I’m pretty sure a flax egg would work here if you wanted to keep things vegan, though I can’t personally vouch for that)
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mixing until all ingredients are well combined
  3. Scoop onto a cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown (careful not to burn the bottoms!)

See, easy peasy. Maybe too easy. They are a hit for gluten-eaters too, I love making them for parties so I know I have a dessert to munch on too 🙂

What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter? Let’s be honest, straight out of the jar.

Do you have a favorite food holiday?

Are dependent on your cellphone? Aren’t we all?

I Feel Like Dancing.

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I head back to Boone TOMORROW and it feels way too soon! I’m excited to start this semester but it feels like Christmas just happened and I’m kinda a fan of hanging out in workout clothes all day. Can I just stick with that? Denim is overrated.

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Thanks for hosting Jessie!

This week I’m thankful for dance. Why? Because it’s awesome.

But really, I’ve been dancing for a majority of my life (seriously like 18 years! Whoa) and unfortunately I’ve let it fall by the wayside the past year or so. I’m actually minoring in dance but I took all my technique classes (the classes that involve actual dancing) my freshman and sophomore year so for the first time in years I’m not taking any dance classes and it’s felt a little weird.

However, this weekend I had a practice for a Alumni dance concert that’s being put together for my high school dance teacher. It felt amazing to dance again (and made me realize how NOT in dance shape I’m in, that’s a whole set of muscles I haven’t used in a while!). And I realized how much I missed dancing.

(I’m the white girl in the back corner 🙂 )

I honestly don’t know what I would have dance if I didn’t have dance in my life. I’m a pretty quiet person and dance is such an amazing way for me to express myself, without having to talk.  I love the rush of connecting with each step and getting lost in the movement. Funnily enough I hate public speaking but put me up on a stage and I feel at home. It’s also the best stress reliever, I’ve met so many close friends through dance and it’s pretty much the only form of exercise I participated in until I went to college.

Backstage circa 2008 – purple hair!

Not to mention all the wonderful opportunities I’ve experience because of it, in high school I got to perform at Disney World!

African dancing in Animal Kingdom! Not the actual performance, but we can’t resist an opportunity.

I’m lucky that my parents put me into dance classes at such a young age and that I was able to find something I really thrive in.

Dance is harder to stay involved with after graduating high school, but this weekend reminded me that I need to make a better effort to find more dance opportunities. I miss it too much!

Have you ever taken dance classes?

What extra curricular activities did you do as a kid?

 

Goals, A Challenge & Thankful Thursday

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New Year’s Day I mentioned that instead of setting typical yearlong resolutions I wanted to set of series of monthly challenges kinda like a 30 Day Challenge sorta deal. Well, I finally decided what January’s challenge will be (this is a big deal because I’m super indecisive):

Meditation!

I want to work on meditating a little everyday. I started on Tuesday and I’ve been working my way up from 1 minute, I’m hoping to add on a minute everyday until I hit about 10-15 minutes everyday, depending on my day is going. I’m starting slowly because I know if I start with the full 10-15 minutes I would get completely anxious over it and not do it. Baby steps rock.

I wanted my first challenge to be a meditation challenge because I’ll be starting my last semester of college and it’s bound to be pretty stressful. Some people get ahead in their coursework and have a slack senior year, I take too long to decide what to do with my life and end up with a jam-packed senior year. And for some reason I thought to put off my most dreaded class, Public Speaking, until my last semester. Genius Lea, pure genius. Anyway, I’m hoping that starting a meditation habit will help calm me down and not freak out over things like Public Speaking speeches and the realization that in 6 months I have to start acting like a real adult. Gulp.

I haven’t decided what I want my other monthly goals to be, but I’m trying to leave myself some wiggle room because I want my goals to match where I am in life and that’s pretty hard to predict ahead of time. But I’m thinking February might be some sort of organizational challenge because I’m a pretty unorganized and scatter-brained person and it’s starting to get a little ridiculous. And be glad you didn’t see the state of my room before I left for break, too little time + exam stress + disorganized personality does not equal a clean room.

So speaking of challenges…

The people over at Tribesports informed me about this awesome challenge they have going on right now. It’s called the Run to the Moon Challenge.

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Following Neil Armstrong’s death in August a Tribesports member created this challenge in memory of him. The challenge is basically to get to the moon! Challenge participants log all their man-powered kilometers (running, walking, cycling, rowing, etc.) until we reach 384,400 km, so far participants have logged about 46,300 km (including 5 km I did today!). The goal is to reach the moon before Neil’s birthday on August 5th.

I love this idea, it’s pretty cool to say you helped reach the moon! And if you’re interested in participating you can check out the challenge here.

And this leads me to what I’m thankful for this Thursday.

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(Thanks Jessie for hosting!)

I’m thankful for challenges. That might sound a little weird but challenges, both good and bad push me to work hard and be a better person. I love participating in blogger challenges because they push me to do things and make positive changes to my life that I wouldn’t normally make.

Conversely, negative challenges push me too. Let’s be honest, the challenges in our life can really suck, but they make us stronger and they’re part of who we are.

This is a pretty meager example but, today I found out I didn’t get an internship I applied for (I need a final internship this summer to officially graduate and get my diploma), it’s really frustrating because I didn’t get the internship because I didn’t have the skills, it was because I didn’t qualify because I wouldn’t be continuing school in the Fall (it’s a state government sponsored internship program, hence the stipulations), which I apparently missed when reading through the huge program brochure. It sucks because it was an awesome (and paid!) internship and I put all the work into writing multiple cover letters and applications. But, instead of letting this get me down I’m going to use it as momentum to apply for more internships.

It sucks that I didn’t get the internship but in a way I’m a little thankful because it’s lighting a fire under my butt to get on top of applying for other internships.

And because that was a lot of words…

Here’s a picture of a cute puppy to make up for it. Because I’m thankful for adorable puppies too. Thanks Pinterest for fueling my obsession with adorable puppy photos.

An Elf for Health Thankful Thursday

Today’s Elf for Health challenge is to make a list of 20 things I’m thankful for, so I thought I’d tie it into my usual Thankful Thursday post! The more gratitude the better!

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  1. My Family

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    We can be a little crazy and sometimes we get on each other’s nerves but they always make me laugh and are 100% supportive of everything I do. I couldn’t ask for a better family!

  2. My Friends

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    I’m lucky to have found such a great group of girls, they’re seriously amazing and never fail to make me laugh!

  3. My Boyfriend

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    He’s everything I could ever ask for in a boyfriend, and makes me feel like a better version of myself when I’m with him. Plus we’ve been together for six years and he hasn’t gotten sick of me yet, quite the amazing feat 🙂

    Basically, I have some really amazing people in my life. Maybe it’s a little repetitive but family, friends and boyfriend will always top any thankful list I make. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many positive and supportive people.

  4. My Kitties (and all other animals too)

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    Crazy cat lady for lifeeee! Even though they’re not humans they still make me smile. It’s amazing the impact pets can have on your life. I miss them like crazy when I’m at school! Though I don’t miss my clothes being covered in cat hair.

  5. My Home/Apartment I’m thankful to have a roof over my head and not one but two places (my parent’s house and my college apartment to call home). It’s an easy thing to take for granted, but there are so many people who don’t have that luxury.
  6. Coffee

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    Of course 🙂 It’s carried me through many long nights of studying. And meeting for coffee is a great way to connect with people. The fact that it’s delicious is a bonus too.

  7. Creativity

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    I love all things artsy and even though it’s been wayyy too long since I’ve picked up a paint brush or a pencil. The rush I get when I finish a drawing or think up an idea for a design can’t be beat.

  8. My Health I’ve had relatively few health problems in my life (knock on wood) and rarely get sick (knock on wood again!). I’m so grateful to have I body healthy enough to push through a tough workout, and one that’s pretty forgiving when I stuff it full of sugary Christmas goodies 🙂
  9. Exercise sometimes my roommates think I’m a little crazy when I wake up at 6:00am to hit up a yoga class or go for a run but a daily workout helps keep me sane. It helps me blow off steam after a crazy week at school and helps with the fact that I can never seem to sit still!
  10. My Vegetarian Diet going vegetarian is one of the best decisions I’ve ever I made. Not eating meat makes me not only feel better ethically but physically as well. My diet has cleaned up so much in the past 7 years (I actually eat vegetables now!) thanks mostly to cutting out meat. Yay plants!

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  11. My Job I absolutely love my job! Teaching Pilates has been a serious challenge for me, I’m pretty shy and terrible at public speaking, but it’s been so rewarding. I’m still amazed I get paid for it because it never feels like work.
  12. Yoga I love having that time to myself to (attempt) to meditate and just stretch everything out. Time on the mat, even a bad practice makes me feel so much better after a long day.
  13. Running running is a constant challenge for me but I think that’s why I love it. It’s constantly pushing me, not only physically but mentally as well. I’ve reached so many goals I though were unattainable and helps me believe in myself.

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  14. This Blog! I love having an outlet for all my health freak/fitness and general life rambles. Not to mention I’ve met some pretty amazing people through blogging!
  15. The Mountains

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    Nature’s beauty at it’s finest. I’m lucky to be so close to them while I’m at school. They may make the weather a little crazy, but they sure are beautiful. I’m trying to soak in the views as much as possible before I graduate and move back to sea level!

  16. Chocolate it keeps me sane 🙂

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  17. Adobe Creative Suite that sounds weird but it’s an essential graphic design tool and I use it pretty much daily. It makes design a million times easier and I’m thankful for that! I’m especially thankful for the undo function!
  18. Dance I wish I danced more often but dance has been such an amazing asset in m life. I’ve met some amazing friends through dance class, given some amount of coordination and is the most amazing emotional release. I haven’t performed in a while but nothing matches the adrenaline rush of getting up on stage.
  19. School it stresses me out sometimes but I’m so thankful for everything I’m learning while I’m there, not to mention all the amazing people I’ve met and experiences it’s given me.


    Go Mountaineers!

  20. You Guys! Starting this blog I thought no one would ever read it, and even though I’d write it anyway it feels good to know people are reading. I love all your comments and having the opportunity to connect with people around the world, people I would never meet otherwise. Thanks for reading all my rambles!

What are you thankful for?

 

Thankful Thursday Story Time

Happy Thursday/Last day ever because the world is ending tomorrow. You guys better live it up. I’m spending my last night on Earth wrapping Christmas presents and watching Food Network. Hopefully the world won’t end tomorrow because that is a pretty lame last day.

Well besides the world hopefully not ending tomorrow, I have a couple other things I’m thankful for.

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I’m thankful for a roof over my head and financial support.

Story time: today I was on my way to Target (oh, Target I have missed you so much, it’s a lonely existence in Boone without you), to finish my shopping for Christmas parents. Before leaving home I was jokingly giving my dad a hard time for drinking the rest of the coffee in the coffee because I was just about to pour myself some. My dad was nice enough to give me a couple dollars so I could buy myself some Starbucks while I was at Target.

While driving to Target I was stopped at red light and to the left of me was a one-legged homeless man holding up a sign asking for change. In that moment a overwhelming sense of guilt washed over me. Here I was sitting in a car my parents paid for on my way to buy Christmas gifts for my family when this man had next to nothing. You can call me a sucker, but I’m okay with that. So I did what I could in that moment and gave him my coffee money. It seemed wrong to use the money for a cup of coffee I could make at home when I could give it to someone who really needed it.

The second I rolled my window down to hand him the money I saw his face light up and it warmed my heart more than any cup of coffee could. That moment made me realize just how grateful I am to have a place to come home to every night, because so many people don’t. It can be so easy to take something like a roof over your head for granted, but it’s something that can easily be taken away from us for a number of reasons. So today I’m thankful for my house and my apartment at school, the fact that I have a place to call home and parents who help support financially while I’m in school. And it wasn’t much, but I’m thankful I was able to help that guy out a little bit.

That was a lot deeper than I planned on going, but it really brightened my day to see that man smile.

On a lighter note…

I’m also thankful for Trader Joe’s. Maybe that’s silly but where else can you buy wine, coffee, gluten-free pizza, peanut butter and brussels sprouts (AKA the only things you need in life) for super cheap? Nowhere. Thank you Joe the Trader for being one magical bargain hunting genius.

What are you thankful for?

Are you a Trader Joe’s Fan?

Thankful Thursday

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First and foremost, I’m thankful that exams are OVER. I’m also thankful I got a 100 on the exam I took yesterday afternoon, now I’m just hoping the rest of them went that well! I seriously feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m not really sure what to do with all the free time I have for the next couple weeks. I’m definitely not complaining though!

Secondly I’m thankful for being home with my family.

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They’re a little crazy.

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But I love them all the same. After a stressful couple of weeks it feels so good to be home.

Today I’ve been enjoying

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Fro yo trips with my dad. The bowl looks really pitiful because it was 50 degrees out and I’m a wimp and didn’t want to get cold. I had espresso (delicious) and chocolate covered raisins. Hit the spot, and I wasn’t cold after.

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Dinner at Moe’s, I had an Art Vandalay, no tortilla, with black beans, mushrooms, cucumbers, onions, olives, guacamole and salsa. Boone is lame is doesn’t have a Moe’s, or Qdoba, or Tijuana Flats, or Chipotle. Basically we’re lacking any fast food burrito places so I have to get my fill when I’m at home. Oh burritos in a bowl, I have missed you.

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Homemade hot chocolate. I heated up some soy milk and mixed in cocoa powder, cinnamon, a little vanilla extract and honey. So good. It’s been too long since I’ve had hot chocolate!

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And the Christmas tree! My parents only put lights on it so I get to help decorate! I’m trying to get back into the Christmas spirit because exams squashed it a little bit. Bring on the lights, carols, eggnog and cookies!

I’m also thankful that Jessie hosts Thankful Thursday every week!

What are you thankful for this week?

Does your family have any Christmas traditions?

Thankful Thursday & An Award

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So this Thursday I have one thing in particular that I’m thankful for.

My education at this lovely university.

I’ve complained a lot this week about how stressed I am and how I’m so sick of school. That’s true at the moment, but in reality I’m so thankful for the opportunity to attend Appalachian, or any college in general. College is not an opportunity everyone gets to experience, so I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned here. It can be overwhelming, stressful, and well, does anyone really enjoy freshman biology? (Sorry to the bio majors out there) But it’s a gift I try not to take for granted. Blessed to be stressed right?

Now I just have to keep remembering this as professors continue to pile on the projects. Seriously guys, there’s only one day left in the semester, stop it already.

(Thanks Jessie for putting this together, taking a little time every week to be grateful does the soul good)

I have no clever segue for this, but earlier this week Megan from Running On Java nominated me for the Liebster Award! This is the first blogging award so I’m a little giddy about it. That’s a little nerdy but I’m not ashamed of it! Thanks Megan!

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Here’s how it goes:

  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
  3. Create 11 new questions
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post
  5. Thank the person that nominated you and tell the people you’ve nominated
  1. I had purple hair for 2 years in high school, and my dance class gave me the nickname Purple Rain
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    Don’t pretend like your not jealous of my AWESOME high school fashion sense. You should know that that’s a Power Rangers watch I’m wearing. I was one cool 15-year old. Senior year my dance teacher made me dye it a normal color for a dance competition (lame), and then I had to do lame adult stuff like get a job, so it’s been brown since.
  2. When I was younger one year for Halloween I was a Princess Ballerina Pony. My mom made all my Halloween and I think she got more than she bargained for when I told her what I wanted to be. I’ll have to dig up the pictures sometime, I wore this sweet rhinestone encrusted sweat suit ensemble with faux fur on the hood for the main and a pink tutu. Kids just don’t have the same imagination anymore.
  3. I have this weird thing about even numbers, I hate odd numbers and they bug me. I get extra excited when I get a race bib with an even number.
  4. I hate the smell of raw potatoes, everyone I tell this to thinks I’m crazy but they have this really weird rusty/salty smell I can’t stand.

    Gross.
  5. I drive like a granny, seriously don’t ever get behind me in traffic. I’m overly paranoid about getting pulled over and super stingy when it comes to gas. So I drive real slow. At least I’ve never gotten a ticket!
  6. I’m ALWAY cold. Like right now I have on running capris, sweat pants, thick socks, a workout tank, a regular tank, a cardigan and a hoodie, and the heat in our apartment is set on 70. I actually bought a space heater for my room so me and my hot-natured roommates wouldn’t fight over the heat. It’s basically my favorite thing ever.
  7. I’m a huge sucker for homeless animals. They break my heart and I want them to all come live with me. My family had 5 cats, all rescued, don’t come to my house if you’re allergic to cats.
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    How could you say no to those faces? The two striped cats were actually found dumped in a cardboard box in a park near my house. It makes me sad that someone could treat them like that, but I’m glad they found their way into my house, they make my day a little brighter.
  8. I don’t think I could ever eat meat again. Going vegetarian is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it’s good for my mental health. True story, I was watching the documentary Food, Inc. and it made me cry. Especially the part with the chickens, yes I’m a sap.
  9. I have an unnatural hatred for pickles. Hate is an understatement, I can’t not think of one redeeming quality a pickle has, everything about them are gross. Bleck.
  10. I’ve taken African dance classes before, yep this little white girl.
  11. I could eat the exact same foods everyday and not get sick of them. I’m such a creature of habit when it comes to food it’s a little ridiculous, case and point, my peanut butter oatmeal breakfast:
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    And I ate a bagel with cream cheese for lunch everyday in middle school, I did get a little crazy and switch up the flavors everyone once in a while though. What a rebel.

Now for Megans’s questions:

  1. If you weren’t where you are right now, where would you be?
    Oh gosh, I don’t know if I should be deep or literal. Let’s go with both. If I wasn’t sitting in my apartment right now, I would probably be at home snuggling with my kitties. If I weren’t where I am in life right now I’d probably be lost, I’m really indecisive and college has really helped me define a path in life I hope to pursue.
  2. What is your favorite scent?
    Pumpkin! I stock up on all the Bath & Body Works fall scents when they go on clearance because they are my favorite scents, I’ll even whip out a pumpkin candle in the middle of July! I hate that it’s a seasonal scent!
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks?
    STARBUCKS. Always always always. I’m not a Dunkin’ fan. As an NC native I might be a little biased, but Krispy Kreme doughnuts are like 1000 times better anyway. And when it comes to coffee I’m a fan of super dark stomach churning stuff, which is exactly Starbuck’s specialty.
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  4. What’s one thing you can’t go a day without?
    Coffee! That’s not true, I’ve gone days without it before, they were rough but I did it. Actually talking to my boyfriend. Our phone conversations always make me smile and I can’t sleep if I don’t get a chance to talk to him before bed.
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    He’s ridiculous, but he does make me smile.
  5. What time do you typically wake up/go to bed?
    Too early/too late, I typically wake up anywhere between 6:00 and 7:30 depending on when my first class is and I usually got to bed some where around midnight. It’s a good day if I’m in bed by 11:30 but that’s a rarity, it’s usually closer to 12:30. I’m pretty terrible at getting a decent amount of sleep. I thought it was an accomplishment getting 7 hours a couple nights ago. Sad.
  6. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
    People with serious first world problems. I’ll be the first to admit that I can complain about some seriously petty things, but you know those people that complain about the most ridiculous things. Like the other day on the bus I overheard someone complaining about the fact that they’re parents only gave them $200 a week, um what?! That’s a lot of money, especially when your unemployed but is wasting it away by going out drinking every other night. There are just so many people out there with so little that complaining about things like your TV not working perfectly, or other petty things just seems so ridiculous to me.
  7. Favorite season/why?
    Spring, I love seeing everything come back to life after a long cold winter. Plus my birthday is in the spring 🙂
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  8. Who are you dying to meet?
    I would love to meet Kathy Griffin, her stand up is hilarious and even though her humor is a little offensive she’s done a lot of work for charities.
  9. If money was no object, where would you travel?
    Europe, I would love to go but I’m terrified of flying. But if money were no object then I could afford some serious happy drugs to sedate me for that plane ride.
  10. Why did you start blogging?
    I read other blogs for overt a year before starting my own. The community seem really amazing and I wanted a place where I could gush about the amazing workout I had that day or how many veggies I ate. Most of my friends and family aren’t real into healthy living/fitness like I am (not that they’re not healthy) and get a little bored when I spend half and hour telling them about my latest run.
  11. What’s next on your “to-do” list for today?
    Well since it’s almost 11:00pm I’m close to calling it quits for the day, but I’ll probably work on my final web page for my Dreamweaver class a little more before bed. I made a huge dent in school work today though, three applications and cover letters for internships, two Dreamweaver projects and some decent projects on some of my other assignments. It feels good!

Now for my questions:

  1. What was your first pet?
  2. If you could be paid to do something, anything, for a living what would it be?
  3. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
  4. What is your favorite part of your body?
  5. What is your proudest moment?
  6. If you were an animal what kind would you be and why?
  7. What did you major in in college/what would you have majored in?
  8. Would you rather dye your hair pink, or wear overalls everyday for a month?
  9. If you could donate one million dollars to any charity which would it be and and why?
  10. What’s your favorite ride at Disney World/what’s your favorite kind of theme park ride?
  11. If you had to pick a vegetable to describe your personality what would it be?

And I nominate…. EVERYONE! Maybe that’s a cop out, but I hate to think I might leave someone out so I pick everyone. Everyone deserves a fun award every once and a while.

Pick a couple questions from above to answer, I tried to be creative with them 🙂

Thankful Thursday & Exciting News!

First and foremost, this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Thankful Thursday. Seriously. I’ve been feeling really scattered today, okay let’s be real this whole week, so I’m loving that I can just take a second to sit back and be grateful. Plus lists are a scattered-blogger’s best friend, I like that I can just brain dump instead trying to make logical sense right no, because let’s be real, that’s not going to happen. (Thanks Jessie for hosting every week!)

Secondly, I’m veryyyyy thankful for some really exciting news I received yesterday. Remember this?

 

Well this design is going to be PUBLISHED in a book. A real live book. I’m so excited!

 

Here’s a better looksies at it. It’s going to be featured in an Appalachian State version of the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project. I’m going to be in a book! Whatttt. I’m especially thankful for this opportunity because I’ve faced a lot of rejection when it comes to my art work, so I get a little overwhelmed when I my work gets accepted for things like this! I hope to make a living off design when I graduate college and achievements like this make me feel like a legit artist.

I’m also thankful for Elf For Health! I’ve been really enjoying the challenges and the opportunity to connect to so many other health and fitness minded people. Tuesday’s challenge was to send a handwritten letter to some one, so my partner and I exchanged letters. I’m not much of a writer so I tried to disguise that by making her a card.

The only problem with homemade cards is that it’s pretty much impossible to find envelopes for them.

And finally I’m thankful for baristas that give you a cup of black coffee that looks like this:

 

That’s what I’m talking about. Getting my money’s worth. So worth almost spilling it as I sat down.

And this is not related to Thankful Thursday but I’m currently eating a pile of brussels sprouts and it makes me really happy.

 

Well I am thankful for brussel sprouts because they are very delicious, so I guess that works.

What are you thankful for today?

What’s the last exciting news you got? Share! Let’s be excited together!

Do you like brussel sprouts?