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Monday, July 14, 2014

Just read through my LAST blog and realized I haven't updated on much of ANYTHING!!!

Here's a quick recap of June (with some added photos)
The first week I got to go back to PA to visit the family and be in one of my best friend's weddings!! Ate semi-ridiculously, but also semi-health conscious that week and also beasted out a massive run in the humidity and HILLS so that was... fun lol.

If you haven't heard... this place is called Primanti Bro's and OH MAN. Heaven/Heart Attack/AMAZING.

But it was a lunch date with my momma

Wedding day with my fellow bridesmaids emoticon

Also, while I was there that week, I continued hearing from schools who were interested in setting up interviews. I had 3 back-to-back-to-back days of phone interviews with one being a school where one of my friends works at as a Speech/Language Pathologist. I was the MOST confident about that one, but still very very unsure.

Got back to Tampa the following day after the wedding and Monday afternoon got a call from my most promising school for a SECOND interview as well as another call for a first interview for the next day (Tuesday).

2nd-round interview was awesome, but ended up with a little bit of tension and a headache regarding paperwork and my previous snags with the school I worked at when I moved here (don't remind me of THAT!!)

However... that THURSDAY I got it all sorted and I was officially offered a position as a 5th grade teacher for this coming fall school year, MEANING!!!! I didn't have to move away!!!!

After I got the news I immediately screamed and started crying that all of the hard work and frustration had paid off and I called my family a sobbing mess (oops lol). Then began the next process of still wanting to move closer and just out of my old apartment in general.

Which had me find THIS beauty....

I moved in at the tail-end of June, and needless to say, things with Brian and I couldn't be better since I'm now officially staying in the area. And he is also signing a lease to move just 20 minutes away compared to the current 40.

Much needed pool day after we got all of my stuff moved in the great Florida heat

4th of July happy happy happies

So, I am very VERY excited about all of these amazing and wonderful changes that are happening, and I think I'm also the only person excited about summer ending so school can start!

Quote of the Day:
You can do it. No Exceptions.

You can turn your whole world upside down and inside out.

Yes you can.

You can heal and grow and create and manifest miracles.

You can be the change you seek, inspire others, and astonish yourself.

Yes you can.

In the very next breath you take, you can begin stepping towards the truth of who you really are with a sense of awesome adventure.

Oh yes you can.

You can make this your year and watch as dreams come true before your eyes.

Oh yes, yes, YES you can.

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MIRAGE727 7/18/2014 6:10PM

    You Do know there are 2 Primanti Bros in Ft Lauderdale!
I have very close friends from Pittsburgh who live there! The last time the Steelers were in the Super Bowl, we all got together and made Primanti Bros sandwiches with BRAUTS! OMG! Heaven with a slice of tomato and fries!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/15/2014 11:23AM

    YUM! What is that sandwich?! :D I'll have to remember that place one day if I'm ever in that area. Also, you looked phenomenal in that bridesmaid dress!! This post is just so freaking wonderful. You've been through the ringer the past eight months, and you deserve all of this wonderful awesomeness!!! Truly. Congrats on the job, and congrats on the apartment, it looks dreamy! :D Hope your summer is the best one ever as a result of all this. Love this post so much! :D

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CLRWILLIAMS25 7/15/2014 9:35AM

    So much awesome news packed into one blog- and I bet a huge weight off of your shoulders! Congratulations on the new job!

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Ups Downs, ALL Arounds.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hey all!!

Since my last update, I am now at a 100% clean bill of health which is great! Also on the job front; I have had 2 interviews for schools--One of which I interviewed at LAST August, but that was a month and a half ago and I still haven't heard back from him and even after a call nothing. FRUSTRATING.

I had another interview last week with a closer school to where I live now, but once again; haven't heard anything yet this week. HOWEVER. TODAY I have an interview at 10am with a school an hour north; far drive from where I live now, but I'm planning on moving anyways, so that won't be a big deal.

I just want to find something so I can maintain my life here vs. moving. Things are finally starting to turn around, and I don't want them to be gone. My ex moved back home to Illinois last week and after the promise of going out to grab smoothies before he left (as in promise made IN person), he left without so much as a TEXT goodbye and no answer to my angry texts sent afterwards. PEACE. Goodbye and good riddance.

But I recently also got to meet Brian's parents and a few more of his friends and family friends and got the official introduction as "girlfriend" which was SO great to hear it said out loud to other people rather than just between the two of us emoticon

Anywho... gotta finish getting ready for this interview and hopefully it works out!!!

Here's a lovely photo to brighten this blog up too....

Quote of the Day:
You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.
~Johnny Depp

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BRADMILL2922 6/5/2014 2:33AM

    Glad to hear that you are back to 100%! Taking the time to get over an injury is so frustrating at times. Also glad to hear things are going well for you overall. I hope one of these interviews pays off for you and you get a job where you don't have to move too far. I will keep my fingers crossed for you! You look happy :)

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AEROGIRL1594 5/29/2014 9:57PM

    Good luck in your job persuit! It's definitely a tough world out there, but I know that you will find a great fit for you! :) Such a cute couple!

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JADED_CHICK19 5/29/2014 1:39PM

    YAY on a clean bill of health! Good luck on your interview today! You will be amazing! Cute picture of the two of you!


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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/29/2014 10:37AM

    Woohoo on your clean bill of health!

Good luck with you interview today. I'll be thinking about you today! You're a confident lady and that really shows through. Definitely something you need as a teacher :)

Also, you still have a chance for the other positions. I interview for my current job and then didn't hear back for almost 2 months that I got it. Sometimes, there's some red tape involved.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hey all!! Sorry in advance for this being quite the lengthy (and chock full of info!) blog!! Guess that's what we all get for me not updating since last month emoticon

First thing's first:
I had 2 interviews for a teaching position (YAYAYAYAY!!!!) which is what I went to school for and have been busting my butt to get back into for this upcoming school year. After the 2nd interview, I got an email with an official offer! (YAYAYAYAY!!!!)

However: the school is 2 hours away from where I currently live (booo) which... is harder to swallow than I first anticipated. Cue fight with the bf... a lot of drama, a lot of crying (on my end) and still no resolution.

In the end my decision is this: I have accepted the offer, but am going to continue to look even harder for a job here so I don't have to move away if I find something here. But by accepting the offer, I have something lined up for the fall in case I don't get a teaching job here. The whole wrench in this thing is that my current lease is up next month, so I am planning on signing a one-month extension (hello way more expensive) to buy myself time to almost the end of June to find something here.

Which brings me to my next life-altering moment of craziness (you like that phrase? lol)

This past week I was washing my car with one of my work girls and then headed out to dinner. When we got back and I was going to come home (around midnight), my car needed jump-started. Awesome. So 2 days later I figured I should PROBABLY get a new battery put in just in case (since they had been telling me at the garage that I had a bad cell in my current one). Got it fixed, nbd.

Thursday night I'm sleeping and get woken up at... 2am in EXTREME pain in my right side. I'm talking audible moaning and groaning type of pain that nothing helped fix. Exhaustion finally took over and I kind of slept until 7:30. Got up and got ready for work with a still-nagging pain but figured it was just... I don't even know what, but nothing serious.

On my way to work, my car was in the middle of shifting gears and it shuddered and lost power. WHAAAAT. Was able to pull over and pull off. Shut it off and thankfully got it started again and just turned around and drove straight to the dealership and called out of work rather than driving TO work and potentially getting stuck there. BRIGHT SPOT!!! The part that needed fixed was under warranty (hallelujah!) so it got fixed for free! Came home and laid out for a little bit (still in nagging sore pain) and decided maybe I needed a nap.

At that point when I laid down and the pain got a little worse, I Googled it (lol we all know THAT'S a bad idea!) and pretty much self-diagnosed that I maybe had appendicitis. Either way I figured that since I wasn't going to work that day I might as well go to the Dr and get it checked out. Saw my dr. who referred me to the radiologist to get a CT scan. Had just gotten home from the radiologist (about 5:30-6pm at this point) and my dr called and told me to get to the ER ASAP to get my appendix out.


I was in a zombie-like-pain-filled-state changing clothes and getting the basics together to go to the hospital. Made a few phone calls and texts and drove to the ER. Who is the first person to show up that night... but my ex-boyfriend (yeah, right..?) Current bf was at the Lightning game and had already had like 4 beers when I called him to tell him I was going to the hospital (yep I was STILL pissed that he didn't come up)

Went up for surgery finally around... maybe 11:30pm (I have no idea) I was on so many meds I couldn't tell you what time the surgery actually was. But I asked Nate (the ex) to stay with me and wait until I got out and settled into my room. Which, he did, and then left around 2am.

Spent all of Friday in the hospital and slept off-and-on all day; little bit less pain, but LOTS of soreness. Thankfully it was an easy thing and I didn't get to the point where it ruptured (little bit of a bright spot there!). Apparently now in the hospital, they put these sweet leg massagers on so you don't get blood clots from laying in bed

Like HEY if I could have those for after my runs?! That would be AMAZING!!

Brian (bf) got there around 6pm after he got off work and I was discharged around 7:30-8 that night. Guilt tripped him a little bit (even though he already felt guilty for not coming) but I think he made up for it emoticon

I just mostly lazed around on Saturday and couldn't really eat anything other than soup and applesauce. Ended up going out for our friend's birthday dinner just so I could get out of the apartment and it wasn't too taxing and, hey, restaurants have some pretty tasty tomato soups!

Yesterday I was finally able to rid myself of these:

And able to shower and eat REAL food. Now... real food sounds super appealing, but I was eating breakfast today and I think I need to take it a little bit slower... digestion isn't quite up to par yet. But Brian came over yesterday and we watched hockey (Lightning game and Pens game), got a visit from one of my church friends, and just took it easy (once again).

Planning on being out of work commission until Thursday (I already had tomorrow and Weds scheduled off) so hopefully by then I'll be mostly okay to be back. Got to take it even easier with working out and I'm out of commission with that for like... 2 weeks emoticon But... gotta do what you gotta do!

So there you have it! My topsy-turvy-crazy-adventure of a life right now!

Hope you all are continuing well in your journeys and celebrating the ups and even downs of your ride!

Quote of the Day:
Great people do things before they're ready.
They do things before they know they can do it.
Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that---that is what life is.
You might be really good.
You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if youre not good, who cares?
You tried something.
Now you know something about yourself.
~Amy Poehler

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GREGGWEISBROD 5/16/2014 10:45AM

    That's... absolutely... CRAZY! Such an adventure though, and those leg massager thingys are totally awesome! :O Glad you're okay, and glad that your ex was nice enough to comfort you at what must have been a tough moment. Glad the current boyfriend was smart enough to get you flowers, I'm sure he felt awful.

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BRADMILL2922 4/30/2014 1:59AM

    That was some crazy stuff! Congrats on the job offer. Hopefully you can find something closer but at least you have something going for the fall. Glad to hear that they figured out what was wrong pretty quick and everything is good now :)

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MIRAGE727 4/18/2014 8:37AM

    Great to see you've come out of the storm! You've endured and realized what you can overcome. Outstanding! Now embrace recovery and take your time! All the best!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/17/2014 3:20PM

    Ohmigosh! So glad you're okay! That is a ton of crazy in the past few weeks.
Congratulations on the job offer! I think your plan to accept the far away job while looking for one that is closer is a good idea. You don't want to risk losing a position in your field.

Hope you feel better soon!

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STEVEN_D 4/14/2014 11:16AM

    You're a busy girl, and still find time for appendicitis? I wonder what this week has to offer?

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JADED_CHICK19 4/14/2014 11:10AM

    Congrats on the job offer!! It's never a bad thing to have a back up plan and still look for something better. The main thing is you got a teaching position! I'm also super happy to hear that you didn't wait any longer to get to the hospital!! It could have been very bad! Take it easy and get better soon!

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 4/14/2014 11:07AM

    Glad you're OK! The ex bf must care about you A LOT. Take it easy! If you don't then the healing process will take longer.

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Run or Dye!

Monday, March 03, 2014

It has been WAY too long since I have done a race so when my girl Ash told me to sign up for Run or Dye I was ALL for that!!

For those of you who have never done a color run before, you have no idea what you're missing out on! I want to do WAY more of these!!! And I'm pretty sure my scalp is still slightly purple spotted...

The "before" when we were still clean!

The last color station... not pictured is us rolling on the ground in the dye lol

at some point during the race with Ash!


Team! Dubbed the "Golden Goddesses"

After we threw dye in the air!

My after :)

Can't wait to do another one! If you're close to me, let's race sometime!

Quote of the Day:
That's right. I'm out of here.
Do not chase me down or text me or try to talk me into going out to lunch.
I don't have time to figure out if I have time for a run.
I'm just going.
The world will not fall apart in my absence.
I might miss somebody's birthday cake or a discussion of last night's season finale.
Even if I do, who cares? I'm coming back with a state of mind three coffees, two flirtatious emails, and a week of vacation can't buy.

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GREGGWEISBROD 3/12/2014 1:29PM

    lmao! That after pic? PRICELESS!!! :-D Looks like you had a blast, and that's just so exactly what it's all about.

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STODD251 3/7/2014 2:21PM

    Wow! That looks like a lot of fun! I've got to find some people to do something like that with. Last time I ran a 5K, I had to do it all by myself... not so much fun.

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BRADMILL2922 3/6/2014 4:47AM

    I need to do one of these! Great pics and it looks like you had a blast!

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CLPURNELL 3/5/2014 9:09PM

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Color runs are a blast!!!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/4/2014 9:01AM

    I did one almost 2 years ago with DH and a friend (right before I started running lol). It was so fun! Love you photos- especially the last one!

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DJ4HEALTH 3/3/2014 11:22PM

    Looks like you had lots of fun!!

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Do-Re-Mi, A-B-C, 1-2-3.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A is for Age: 24. Cue quarter-century crisis this year!
B is for Booze: Beer (Magic Hat #9, Shock Top) or wine (Moscato)
C is for Car: 2010 Blue Ford Fusion
D is for Dad's name: Paul (step-dad)
E is for Ego: Needs checked sometimes!
F is for Favorite song or music: I'm a HUGE country girl
G is for Goof off thing to do: Just sitting around with friends and telling ridiculous stories
H is for Hometown: Ligonier
I is for IQ: I have no idea anymore. I would like to know though!
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: I don't really eat any, but I always liked blackberry
K is for Kids: Like 'em, don't really want 'em
L is for Living arrangement: One-bedroom apartment
M is for Mom's name: Brenda
N is for Name of best friend: Rachel and Ricki
O is for Observations: Of... what? Life is unpredictable. That's what I observe.
P is for Phobias: Birds. yuck.
Q is for Quote you like: There is no passion to be found in playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living---Nelson Mandela
R is for Relationship: Casually dating at this point... please reference past blogs if you want to know THAT story.........
S is for Siblings: None for me!
T is for Talents: I love to sing and 90% of car rides I am THAT person you see at the red lights. Unless it's post-work and I'm tired... I also love playing piano. I'm pretty good at making others laugh and just feel good in general. I thrive off of the happiness of others.
U is for Unique trait: I call it a quirky habit--I HAVE to drink my coffee out of a certain mug on Penguins game days. Call it superstition if you will, but fellow hockey fans will understand.
V is for vegetable you love: Baby carrots, spinach, bell peppers... this would be easier to list what I DON'T love.
W is for Worst traits: I can be really standoffish when I first meet someone.
X- is for X-rays you've had: Mouth, Shoulder, Head
Y is for Yummy food you make: I made cowboy caviar for the first time last night and WOW. This stuff is going to be dangerous (recipe I used HERE: http://braisedanatomy.com/2013/06/10/cowbo
Z is for Zodiac sign: Leo. I WOULD be the lion :)

Quote of the Day:
The ones who find happiness are the ones who don't make excuses. If it's broken, they fix it. If it's wrong, they make it right.

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CLPURNELL 1/23/2014 11:57PM

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Love the quote

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STODD251 1/23/2014 12:24PM

    Singing in the car is the best! Also I am totally with you on the vegetables.

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GODSCHILDAMYB 1/23/2014 11:52AM

    Interesting life!

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