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Never Have I Ever

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s had a fantastic day and is cruising through the week. Mine has been super-busy, but it makes the days fly by!

I thought we’d have a little fun over here today, mostly because I’m feeling nostalgic. I flipped through a bunch of my college photos from throughout the years and realized how much I miss my friends from Oswego. I’m hoping to reunite with a lot of them next month, fingers crossed!

Before we get to the super-fun stuff, let’s take a trip down memory lane…

(Best. College. Job. Ever)

(One of many late-night DD runs)

(Ugly sweater parties!)

Fun, right? I’m quickly realizing that what they all said was true: life is never the same after college. I’m already shocked at how my body survived so many 13-hour days, homework marathons and all-night study sessions with such ease. These days I’m pooped and ready for bed by 10:30. Does that make me lame? My friends still in school would give me a definitive yes, I’m sure.

So to bring us back to the college days, I thought we’d play a little game! Who remembers Never Have I Ever? Come on, I know you do! Here’s how we’ll work it: I’ll list some things I’ve never done, then you respond in the comments about how many fingers you had to put down. For every finger down, take a swig of something — doesn’t even have to be alcoholic — smoothie, Gatorade, milkshake, whatever. Or booze. Whichever you prefer.

Here we go!

Never Have I Ever…

Cooked salmon by myself. Although I really want to.


Never Have I Ever…

Gone white-water rafting. Again, I really want to.


Never Have I Ever…

Traveled outside of the United States and Canada. I was supposed to go to London during my junior year, but the class I signed up for got cancelled. Boo.


Never Have I Ever…

Worked out with my boyfriend/girlfriend. Dustin and I have gone to workout at the same time before, but never even in the same facility. I’m trying to convince him to sign up for a 5K with me!

Never Have I Ever…

Owned my own pet. Although I really want a dog. Or a cat. I miss our family dog, Cinnie Minnie (her real name is Cinnamon) and our cat, Maximillion (Max).

Post questions you want answered in the comments, too!

How did you fare in round one of Never Have I Ever? What was your favorite college-famous game? 

I Graduated College!

I know that it’s been forever since I’ve blogged and when I have blogged, it’s been quite a sporadic experience. Please let me apologize! For all of the readers that I haven’t lost, thank you for sticking by me and having faith that I will return. You were right, I am back!

So what was I doing this whole time?


I did it!

And everything else that accompanies graduation, including finishing projects and attending banquets…

Senior lunch and champagne toast.

Journalism banquet with my sports boys.

Honoring the Oswego State celebration of Bridge Street Run…

Signing of the white T-shirt.

Clearly, it's not an actual race.

And the "whaddup" face comes out.

Bonding with my gym ladies…

We can rough you up.

But we have a lot of love to give too.

Sometimes we try to act normal.

And my gym guys…

Gotta love Tony.

Plus getting to know some new-ish friends (Newish? I’ve known them awhile, but didn’t really know them. You get it, right?)

Rachel and Christine.

Eli and Sam. Same name as me, I know!


Basically, I’ve been busy soaking it all in and creating memories that I won’t ever forget. The last four years have flown by so fast and well, I don’t know when I’ll see these people again, so I devoted every waking moment to them the last week or so. Yes, blogging fell by the wayside and exercise even took a backseat. Do I regret it? Not one bit.

Don’t think I completely fell off the wagon though. I knew that when I graduated I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the amazing scenery in Oswego, so I made sure to hit the pavement by the lake.

Sunset runs are the best. I trekked down to the lake after to get this shot.

I'm going to miss this view.


It all came to a close on Saturday when I walked the stage to celebrate receiving two bachelor’s degrees — one in journalism and one in creative writing.

I'm a big girl now.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. The last few weeks have been unbelievable, so it’ll be a challenge transitioning into a new life chapter.  But what about you? What have you been up to? What was it like when you graduated from college?

For your entertainment purposes, here’s a video that should be about love, but somehow it turned into a rockin’ graduation song for many of my friends and I throughout the week. Apparently we don’t go for Vitamin C or other artists who’ve put out traditional graduation songs. Throw it back and enjoy!

Run through Central Park

In honor of sticking to both of my online and fitness resolutions, I thought I’d share my first experience of running in the cold with y’all!

I’ve blogged about tips for running in the cold based on interviews and research that I did with various people and resources. However, I’ve never done it myself because simply put, I dislike basically everything about winter. It doesn’t make any sense because I grew up at the base of the Adirondacks and I go to school in upstate New York where my campus resides literally right next to Lake Ontario. But me and snow, well, we just don’t mix. I’ll take cuddling in my blankets with a good book and steaming cup of tea over a day of snowball fights any day.

Yummy chai tea latte.

But since I need to train for my half-marathon (and I don’t have a gym membership here), I decided to run through Central Park today, especially because that’s where the race will take place. So I bundled up and hit the pavement. On a side note, kudos to all the exercisers in the park today! It was downright cold, but there were a ton of people out!

Ready to hit the pavement!

The views alone were worth braving the winter cold. I couldn’t help but smile as I moved along, taking in all the beautiful sights that New York has to offer and being so happy that I finally checked something off of my crazy-long bucket list.

Running in the cold is really different and my lungs were not ready for the impact of cold air. I didn’t run as fast as I would have liked because my chest needs to get used to this temperature change, but I’m proud of myself for completing my run. I kept pushing and finished five miles in 53:37!

I did receive quite a few crazy looks from fellow joggers, though. I don’t own a pair of full-length jogging pants because I can’t find a pair that doesn’t make me too hot. So I was running with cropped pants.


Needless to say, my legs were freezing by the end and I couldn’t wait for a long, hot shower!

Do you like running in the cold? What tips do you have for pushing through the freezing temps?