Monthly Archives: June 2012

Somebody’s Gonna Miss You

This week is pretty insane, to say the least. Things are very busy at work, I’m moving to a new apartment throughout the week, I have various engagements every night and I’m going out of town for a wedding this weekend.

But the craziest thing is that this girl is leaving.

Karla is one of my favorite co-workers and after sitting with our desks right next to each other for the past year, we’ve gotten quite close. So much, in fact, that we’re often finishing each other’s sentences or jinxing because we’re just saying the same thing simultaneously. Cute stuff, I know.

But alas, New York is not quite her scene, and she’s heading back to the Midwest to be closer to her family and in an environment she’s more comfortable with. Although it sucks to see her go (she seriously is the nicest person in the world), I totally understand and respect her decision. But I expect plenty of visits!

Nonetheless, I’ve been devoting as much of my evening time to her as possible this week. As my Spinning buddy, we usually hit up one of Danny’s SoulCycle classes together. When I found out she was leaving, plans began to form and Danny and I secretly started planning a goodbye ride. My job? Get her there and bring the balloons. Done and done.

Although there was a brief scare because she was wait listed during sign ups on Monday.

Luckily, the Soul fairy sprinkled its dust and got us on bikes right next to each other before class began. Karla walked in, saw a bike pimped out with ribbons and blue balloons, and realized what we were up to. Especially when “Bye, Bye, Bye” started blasting overhead. Although I’m a BSB girl through and through, N*Sync has a special hold on K, so including the boys was crucial.

Danny took us through a fantastic class where we sweat a lot, smiled ear-to-ear, had water sprayed on us and then cried when  Rihanna’s “Farewell” came on near the end. Damn that song is emotional. It was such a great way to send our girl back to the Midwest.

Then we met up with our co-worker, John, to chat about life and enjoy some adult beverages.

What a bunch of cutie patooties those two are.

Then we spun again today. But this time, Ali came along for the ride. We’d been trying to make a date for a while now, so it was perfect timing that this finally came to fruition. It was now or never not until next time she’s in town!

We took Parker’s class, which was a first for all of us, and while it wasn’t “OMG holy sweatiness that was unbelievably fantastic,” we left with a good layer of sweat and smiles. And then we ate 16 Handles. Obviously.

I forgot to take a picture. Bad blogger.

Tomorrow we’ll have a final sendoff for this girl after work and I’m pretty excited. It still hasn’t quite hit me that she’s really leaving. We’re gonna miss you, K, but I’m just telling myself that September will be here before you know it!

 

The Day I Walked A Marathon: Relay for Life 2012

Last weekend was Relay for Life – I’ve participated in six Relays now, but this one just felt like it was going to be special. It was the first time I was spending the entire Relay with my mom, and it was the first time I’ve done a Relay that’s lasted 24 hours (college Relays are 12 hours).

I signed up while visiting home for Easter weekend, then worked my booty off fundraising online. My goal was to raise $500, but I honestly didn’t think I would raise that much in the shortened time span. With my work schedule, I knew I wouldn’t have time to plan an event.

But in the end, all of my friends, family members and co-workers really stepped it up and contributed to such an amazing cause that I hold near and dear to my heart. In the last day before Relay, I raised over $200! Not only did I reach my goal, but I went $75 over it 🙂

So I headed upstate Friday night and crashed at my parent’s house. Before I knew it, the high-pitched screeching noise of my alarm sounded and it was time to Relay!

But wait!

I had to get a hair cut first 😉

OK, so I got it cut after I helped set up the tent, but still. I hadn’t had one since January, so I think it was time to treat my tresses to some love. And I only paid $20 for it, versus the $80 I dropped when it was chopped in NYC. Quality haircut for an unbeatable price, if you ask me!

But back to Relay.

There were a ton of activities throughout the day and the music was pumping, but my legs felt the urge to walk. So I did lap after lap, and before I knew it, I was at 10 miles. Time flies when your family is walking with you, that’s for sure. We had so much to catch up on! My step-brother, Stephen, popped up for a few hours and walked five miles with me and I learned more about him during those laps than I ever would have if we were just sitting at home on the couch. Walkin’ leads to talkin’, I swear.

My high school buddy, Tim, stopped by for some late-night laps, too. I’m so grateful he did because otherwise there’s no way I would’ve stayed up so late. By the time he showed up at 11pm, I made it a personal goal of mine to walk the marathon distance. I didn’t care how long it took, I just wanted to cover the miles. Timmy definitely helped with that as we walked under the stars and chatted the night away. He stayed for six miles, so by the time he left I was at 16!

I walked a bit more by myself, reflecting on everywhere my life has taken me in the last year. It was nice to just look up at the stars and hear nothing but people walking and quietly chatting. Living in New York City is amazing, but escaping to the countryside is equally fantastic.

Soon it was 3:00am and in need of a cat nap. So I climbed into the tent I was sharing with my mom and step-dad, snuggled into my sleeping bag and slept for 2.5 hours. ‘Twas fabulous.

Waking up at 5:30am was easy, which always seems to happen when I’m camping – it’s just easier to wake up with the sun. So I crawled out of the tent, walked a few laps to wake up, and decided to run some miles to put me closer to my goal.

My step-dad clearly knows how to catch me with beautiful form.

I covered five miles, chatting with another Relayer who was putting in some early morning time on her feet. This was her first Relay and we chatted about everything surrounding the event, running and life here versus life in NYC. Great way to pass the time! But soon my tummy was rumbling, so I dropped her off at her campsite, finished another lap and stopped for an egg sandwich another team was cooking. Yum.

The rest of the event wrapped itself up rather quickly. I finished my miles with about an hour to spare! By then, my legs were pretty dang tired and i just wanted to sleep. But we stayed through the awards to find out how much money was raised.

One thing I never knew that I found rather interesting: Herkimer County, which is where this Relay was, is the fifth poorest county in New York State. Fifth. I had no idea. Yet everyone came together, worked hard and raised an impressive amount of money because it’s what matters to them. Blows me away.

Oh, you wanna know how much we raised? Last year, $75,000 was raised. In 2012, we went over…

$78,671!!!

We far exceeded our goals and did a great job fundraising. My mom’s team, the LFH Leap Frogs, made the Gold Level and raised over $6,000! We beat every goal we had set for ourselves and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We’re already chatting about room for improvement though and have our sights set on the platinum level next year!

I had such a fantastic weekend, and this was a great bonding experience between my family and I. I loved spending Father’s Day with Ed, working together for a cause that means so much to us. And I loved chatting with my mom about everything going on in our lives now, while we fight something that tried to take her away from us. I’m so grateful for every single day I have with my family and this was another Relay that I’ll always remember ❤

I also want to shout a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated during my fundraising period. Your generosity means so, so much to me and I could not be more blessed. Family, friends, fellow bloggers and co-workers all contributed and I’m so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life. Sending thousands of hugs and kisses your way! xxoo

What about you? Have you participated in a Relay this year? Some of you have reached out saying you were doing one after reading my past Relay posts, so if you’re a blogger, please send me links!

I’m A Bridesmaid!

Almost one year ago, I helped my best friend, Liz, walk down the aisle and marry the man of her dreams.

Today, I found out that another one of my dearest friends is going to take that special walk! Meghan, my next-door neighbor from freshman year, who ended up being my roommate for the last three years of college, is engaged!

Words cannot express how happy and excited I am for her. Meg is one of the greatest women I know. She has a kind, honest, loving heart and she deserves all the happiness in the world. I’m so excited she found it with Dwight, who we have both known since freshman year, and who she started dating sophomore year (shortly after Dustin and I got together!).

Meg called me while I was on the train riding home Friday night and it took everything in me not to start screaming like one of those girls in the movies. We’ve been talking about planning our weddings for the last four years, dreaming about what it would be like and all the different things we want to do someday. It’s so surreal to think that that time is actually here and we’ll be planning like crazy women before we know it. It’s crazy, but I really am at that age now where all of my friends are getting big-girl jobs, becoming engaged or even having children (that’s right – that best friend I mentioned earlier, Liz, is pregnant!). We’ve talked about it for so long, as if it was just this distant dream, and now it’s finally here. Insanity.

I have so many emotions right now; I can’t put them all into words. I’m just so happy for these two. Again, congratulations Meghan and Dwight! I’m so excited for both of you and love you to pieces ❤

My Life Lately

Sometimes I go quite a few days without posting. By now, we’re all aware of this (if you’re new, I hope it’s not a deal breaker). But I promise you that I’m not just lounging around. In fact, I’m always thinking of you, snapping pictures during all of the fun stuff I’m doing because it’s “for the blog.” So to fill y’all in on what my life has been full of lately, here are many of those pictures that somehow just didn’t make it into a blog post as of late.

Oh, wait. First, you need to know as far as that workout stuff goes, I backed a bit off running since my last race. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of Spinning. No pictures of that.

Phew. Now we can continue. When I’m not at the office, I’m…

Hitting up the beach.

Volunteering.

(I promise I removed the tag. Pinky.)

Shopping.

Celebrating birthdays. Apparently a ton of my friends decided to be born in the May-July time frame. Way to go, guys. My bank account thanks you.

(Rum tasting. I only had a little from each glass. Again, pinky swear.)

Enjoying adult beverages.

And eating fro-yo. Obviously.

And one more thing that simply cannot be forgotten about…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! 

I hope you have a fantastically amazing day and enjoy lots of sunshine and warm fuzzies. I was thinking of you the entire time I was listening to Brad Paisley live this morning (another post on that to come!) – and you saw the tweet on TV to prove it! Love you oodles ❤

Now it’s your turn: What have you been up to lately? Tell me all about your fun adventures.