And Away We Go!

On Wednesday, the JA and I hightailed it out of Baltimore for the day. It’s nice to take some ‘us’ time and go on adventures every once in a while. Since the JA has already been up to Penn State (with Mommy and Daddy Janks no less), it was high time that I made the trip up to his alma mater, Dickinson College.

We arrived on campus around 11:30a and walked around campus. It was a bit windy for my taste but then again, I’m always cold. He gave me a quick tour (the college was technically closed and we couldn’t get into many of the buildings) and had lunch with two of his professors. Afterward, things got really nerdy as we were shown the new science complex. It’s HUGE and still slated for a bit more expansion!

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On the way back, we made a quick stop in York to see my favorite (okay, only) godson. Little Loosh is getting so big! We had a wonderful time catching up with Momma and Poppa Loosh and watching the little one roll around on the floor/play with all the new toys he received for Christmas.

It was a great day despite the windy weather and I’m so glad we had the chance to visit with everyone!

What are the ‘to-dos’ that MUST happen when you visit your alma mater? Most of mine revolve around food…

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No Matter What I Say I’m…Not Over You

Tuesday night, after Christmas #3 with the JA’s immediate family, we caught up with some of the young alums who are home for the holidays. We met at Mission BBQ, and let me tell you, the food there is phenomenal. (Disclaimer: the restaurant is owned by a current school parent, but that in no way influences my tastebuds.) They have multiple choices for BBQ sauce and the mac n’ cheese – holy moley. Ridiculousness.

Anyway, back to the boys. It was great seeing all of them, hearing what’s going on in their lives and making sure that they’re all behaving as they should 😛

These boys are the first who came down to my office and made me feel welcome at school. For that, they hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see how they mature and change throughout the coming years.

I wish them the best of luck in the remainder of their freshman year of college. Have fun, but, in the immortal words of BJK, “Remember boys, don’t do anything that would break your mothers’ hearts!”

P.S. – thank you, Gavin DeGraw for the song which this post is named (which has been playing nonstop on my iPod for the past few months), “Not Over You.”

Busy As A Bee

Hi All!

The past few days have been filled with friends, family and fun.

Friday night, since the JA was feeling a bit under the weather, I flew solo to my friend’s parents house for their annual Christmas party. It’s always good to kick off the holiday weekend visiting with Dith and her parents!

Saturday the JA was feeling much better (especially after a Ravens win), and we did dinner, Mass and presents with my family. While I had a good idea of what I was getting, he was quite surprised with his gifts.

Sunday, we did both sides of his family. The day began around 7 a.m. and lasted until about 8:30 p.m. with only a small nap in the middle. While it was much different than my normal Christmas, it was great to see everyone and continue to bond with my future family-in-law. (Fun headbands don’t hurt, either.)

Yesterday, before Nettifred left, she, Mommy Janks and the JA’s mom went wedding dress shopping with me. We found a contender, but still have another appointment later in the week. It was really exciting trying on dresses and just a tad bit of “holy crap, this is really legit” once a veil got placed on my head. Hopefully, I’ll come to a decision later this week!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend 🙂

M.I.A.

Remember me?

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. Sunday was spent recovering from the night prior and then dying over the Ravens game. (Seriously? They are KILLING the JA and me right now.) Monday was spent in New York seeing the sights. It was quite the day – beginning at 6 a.m. and ending past midnight. Needless to say, there was no energy left for a blog post yesterday.

With the holidays ahead, I’m not guaranteeing a post everyday. It’s been a crazy year and I want to step back and enjoy my time off (I had to work yesterday and today but that’s it until January!)

However, I also have some really fun things planned and hope to keep you updated as my schedule allows 🙂

Until then, here are some fun photos:

Believe!

Rockefeller Center

Indiana Jones made out of Legos at FAO Schwarz

ornament given to us by a school parent

Have a wonderful week and happy holidays!

Rawr.

Thursday night, the JA and I had a grown-up date night. We went into downtown Baltimore to see The Lion King at the Hippodrome. As avid Disney fans, the JA and In were blown away by the costumes and set design but a bit disappointed in the flow of the play. Why stray from the Disney version? It was perfect!

(as always, click photos for their source)

This is the second show we’ve seen at the Hippodrome Theatre. The space is a bit tight for a theatre, but the cast of the shows there make it work and it’s a wonderfully historic setting. Highly recommend!

Tonight the JA and I are headed out to a Christmas part at one of his groomsmen’s house so it’s time to buckle down and get things done before we leave. Have a great Saturday!

Heart.

This week I heart…

lace tights that (knock on wood) haven’t snagged yet,

Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea,

homemade snickerdoodles,

‘feel better’ flowers,

and my newly found iPod (yay!!)

What things do you heart this week?

Dear iPod

Dear iPod,

I know you’ve been around a few years and are feeling a bit neglected now that I have my iPhone. However, that doesn’t mean that you should have suddenly disappeared on me yesterday.

You know I forsake all others when we go to the gym. It’s just you and me time. I know I forgot you on Monday and didn’t have the time to search for you at the gym yesterday. But I know I put you in my pink bag before I left for work and now you’re not there. You’re not in my car. You’re not in the bathroom or my purse or under my bed. Where are you?!?!

You’re the first thing I wake up to in the morning, the music I play as I desperately try to prepare for my day in the shower, my favorite accessory at work and my motivation during my workouts.

Please come back. I miss you terribly.

Jess