Sniff, Sniff

Do you ever have those days where you’re not quite sick enough to stay home but the idea of a full day of work just seems impossible?

That’s me today. I think my immune system is either:

a.) reacting to the flu shot I got last week,

b.) getting on par with the wonky weather we’ve had here in Baltimore lately (yesterday – warm and rainy, today – chilly and chilly),

c.) picking up all those horrible germs that were present in the waiting room during my doctor check-up the other day,


d.) giving me something for which to blame the JA. He’s around kiddos all day and often serves as a carrier for all sorts of stuff.

Here’s hoping that it’s just a passing cold and not the flu!

Pep It Up!

I know today is generally Try It Tuesday, but I honestly haven’t tried anything new recently. So, we’re going with a regular post. Sorry, I’m not sorry; as referred to yesterday, it’s going to be a very long and exhausting week up in this joint.

However, even with a terrible, horrible, no-good week ahead there is one bright spot. Christmas. With an extra day off yesterday, I started walking around some stores to get ideas for gifts.

Other things that I love about the holidays:

  • Starbucks in a little red cup. There is something about the cup that just makes the drink taste better.
  • Peppermint. From creamer to cupcakes, I love anything peppermint. The holiday season allows me to indulge without looking too crazy.

click photo for source (and a craft that I might just have to attempt!)

  • Pine. We never have a real tree in the house, but we do get wreaths that make the house smell with that pine-y good smell.
  • Fires. With the weather in the upper 60s these past few days, it might be a bit before fires make an appearance, but there’s nothing like cuddling up in front of a crackling fire with a cup of (you guessed it) peppermint hot chocolate.
  • Holiday movies. the JA and I started by watching The Holiday this weekend, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on tv tonight and I have set my yearly Love, Actually ‘date’ with my old roomie.
  • Lights on 34th Street in Hampden. Um, does it get any more Christmas-y?
  • Snow days. While the JA gets off school more often than I do (since he’s faculty and I’m staff), it’s still nice to have that anticipatory, bleary-eyed moment when I turn my phone on in the morning and wait for the voicemail alert sound.

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?


Saturday night was my ten-year high school reunion. It was great to catch up with some lovely ladies I haven’t seen in way too long!

yay blogging buddies! from left: Jenny from LoveEatRun, me, Lindsey from Morningstar Project

It is hard to believe that ten years has passed since I was in high school. That six have passed since I graduated from Penn State. That my friends have babies that will be turning one. That in less than a year, I will be married and thinking about a family of my own.

the JA and I received an email this weekend informing us that our school president’s health has taken a turn for the worst. He has been battling cancer for five years now and his journey is quickly coming to an end. He has been an inspiration to so many people and his life has touched numerous others in ways he can’t even fathom. While it is extremely difficult to accept, his has little time left here with us.

Being in the presence of death generally makes one think about their own life. With the Thanksgiving holiday over, I made a decision to attempt to continue the sentiment throughout the rest of the year – taking time out of each day to give thanks for the life that I lead, the opportunities and advantages I have, and the people who surround and support me.

Today I am thankful for an extended holiday weekend and for all of you readers. Thanks for reading/listening to me vent. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and hope you’re having a good day 🙂


Today is Saturday. Penn State plays at 3p. My ten-year high school reunion is this evening.

It’s hard for me to maintain a routine during the holidays. I’ve been sleeping in, eating a ton, drinking waaay more than I should and not exercising enough. Last week, I vowed to recommit, but so far I’ve been falling flat. Granted, it’s hard to focus when surprise visitors stop by!

Last night, the JA and I were determined to get out of the house. We decided to see a movie, but I totally forgot that it was Friday night. I don’t know about where you are, but Friday night is teen date night at the movies around where we are. The movie we wanted to see was (of course) sold out, so we came back to my place and watched The Holiday. And then we evened it out with some Captain America.

It was the perfect evening to my extended weekend!

Do you have problems sticking to a routine during the holiday season?


Sorry I was a bit M.I.A. yesterday. When I pulled into the driveway yesterday morning, there was a surprise waiting for me…

her kamikaze was a little syrupy...

NETTIFRED CAME HOME! She’s staying in town for a few days and I’m trying to squeeze in as much sister time as she’ll let me.

Just another thing for me to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hope your day was filled with food, fun, and family!

The Boys Are Back In Town

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it means one thing for us in who work in conjunction with the alumni relations department – visitors. The young alumni flock home from their first semester at college for Thanksgiving and many stop by to visit while they are in town. I can’t wait to see these boys and hear about their college antics (of which I am sure there are many!)

The school where I work also holds an annual event on Thanksgiving eve for alumni ‘of age.’ Being that the JA and my ‘work husband’ are both alumni of the school, working the event isn’t so bad because I get to hang out with them while also meeting and connecting with older alumni. The only downside is that my feet end up KILLING me from standing/walking around all night!

If you are heading out on the town tonight, be careful; with the influx of out-of-towners, there are a lot of people celebrating and on the roads.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve 🙂

Try It Tuesday: Recommit

This time of year is normally the worst for me. It’s dark all the time and the temperatures drop. Add in the fact that the JA and I are planning our wedding and we have work drama and things get even more complicated.

Therefore, I am taking this Try It Tuesday to recommit.

To recommit to wellness (gym it/work out at least three times a week),

recommit to you, my readers (I feel like my recent posts have been less than stellar and I’m sorry for that),

recommit to seeing my friends on a more regular basis (the JA and I tend to hibernate when it gets cold out),

recommit to work (motivation has been seriously lacking),

and recommit to my relationship with the JA (actually enjoy the holidays instead of stressing over the wedding).

It’s important as the holidays approach to take a deep breath, realize what (or who) is important and re-prioritize if necessary.

I’m excited to share these goals with you and can’t wait to keep you updated as things progress throughout the winter. Let’s do this!