The First Week of School

I guess my absence from here gives you come idea as to how the first week went, huh?  If not, we’ll, it’s been a looooonnnnngggggggg week. Mucho mucho.  I’m taking the following classes: Physics, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Art and Science of Healthcare, and labs for the three science courses. It’s the same number as classes as college, but feels like high school because we have classes back to back to back, so I’m in such basically from 8:30-3:00.

So far, physics is the hardest, followed by organic chemistry and then biology.  I have a feeling that this order is here to stay.  I’ve got to say, for the people in my class (most) that have never seen biology or organic chemistry or physics, I give major props for being able to juggle all of this.  This is going to be enough of an uphill climb and I’ve taken organic chemistry and tutored biology.

This week alone, I have probably spent 20 hours on just homework and we are just getting started! I need to devote some time to reading the chapters this weekend, because we are already on at least chapter 3 in every class and, whatdoyaknow, but homework is so much harder when you have no idea what you’re doing! Incredible.

on the bright side, everyone is really nice, the city is a fun place to be, I enjoy taking the train, and this is all leading me somewhere.

Best Birthday Weekend.

My-oh-my, I don’t even know where to begin.  This weekend was great!  Completely jam-packed with fun things to do and see, and I really loved every minute of it.  It truly was the best way to end the summer and get ready for school on Tuesday. (eeeeeek…)

Thursday was my real birthDAY, so we celebrated with sushi (made by Russ and me) and then flour-less chocolate cake from Whole Foods.  Stuffed to the brim, I was.DSC_0002DSC_0011

Friday was supposed to be a beach day, but since the weather looked cloudy, the executive decision was made not to go.  Instead, I headed to the gym and then spent the day at the local co-op with a coffee and my computer and tried to get some work done.  It was moderately productive.  Then I went home and napped because I was exhausted from all that brain power I used!  Friday night we did what we do best-Shark Tank and ice cream.


Saturday was a long and REALLY fun day!  After 4 grueling hours of work, I quickly showered and then my family and I headed to the Odessa Brewfest. (This is a HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to Jen, (our…cousin?) for hooking us up with tickets.  We had so much fun!)DSC_0057 DSC_0037

It was a hot and steamy day, but there were so many new brews, which allowed us to try new beers and see what we like (and don’t like).DSC_0040photo-35

I apparently like beer that tastes…not like beer.  So not hoppy, watered down and sweet is ideal.DSC_0061

After driving the crew home (I sipped each of my beers then handed them off to Russ), we had about 10 minutes to change for a night out!  Dinner reservations at Max Brenner-Chocolate by the Bald Man were at 8 pm.  We were a teeny tiny bit late (more like 30 mins…), but I don’t think anyone was tooooo mad?  And I was so happy that my closest friends were able to come with us!DSC_0079 DSC_0074

Russ and I shared mac and cheese, which was really creamy and delicious, and then we shared a Smores dessert, which was HUGE and perfect.DSC_0068DSC_0093

It had marshmallow, chocolate ice cream, melted white chocolate, graham crackers, and whipped cream.  I was beyond stuffed, but in a good way.

After saying goodbye to Maeghan, Kevin, and Brandyn (they all had to either catch a train back, or be up early), Russ and I went to Ancy’s apartment where there were drinks, friends, and cupcakes.  A huge thank you to Ancy and Chris and Russ for organizing all of that!  I think this picture just about shows it all…DSC_0123

The only picture we got together, just the two of us:DSC_0114

And with Ancy Pantsy: (I ended up changing into shorts after dinner.)DSC_0137

Shortly after arriving, we were back out the door to walk to Cuba Libre, but not before we attempted the signature group shot…DSC_0126

Almost there….And much better!DSC_0128

Cuba Libre was jam-packed with people, but fun nonetheless!  By 1:40 am, we were all more than ready to head home.


Sunday morning, we were up bright and early-ish for brunch at the South Street Diner.  It just happened to also be the day of the Green Fest on South Street, which was really fun!DSC_0143 DSC_0147 DSC_0152 DSC_0162 DSC_0165DSC_0168 DSC_0163 And we were all loving the giveaways!  Free food, iced coffee, reusuable bags!  It was great.

Eventually, we made it to brunch where neither Russ nor I knew what to order, so we shared something that my dad would order-Cream Chipped Beef.  It was just okay and neither of us were starving, so we left most of it on the plate.

While Russ went to his grandmom’s, I had grand plans to go to the supermarket for snacks for lunches, but my bed was calling my name loud and clear.  There is nothing like a Sunday afternoon nap, with the fall breeze coming through the open windows.  Okay, so there is nothing like a nap on just about any day of the week.

It truly was an incredible weekend.  I am very, very, very lucky to have Russ, my family, and good friends by my side, helping me celebrate.

Thank you, to all of you, and I love you long time.DSC_0048

It’s going to be a great year, I can already tell.

Labor Day Weekend. {Pictures}

How was everyone’s long weekend?  It was sticky, hot, and humid here, but we managed to get out and about (despite having work for 8+ hours every day of the weekend).  I don’t have much to say about this weekend, but I have a few photos to share.


I worked, worked, worked all day from 9 am-8 pm.  It was a long day, but flew by quickly and wasn’t so bad.  Holla at those 1/2 hour and 45 minute breaks throughout the day.

Saturday night, we went to a friends house for a BBQ, fire, and beers.


Sunday started with brunch with Russ’ family at Sabrina’s Cafe.DSC_0017 DSC_0022  I only wanted eggs and potatoes because I’m boring, according to Russ.DSC_0018  My food was good, but the french toast was the most impressive thing on the table.DSC_0020

Sunday was also notable for being MY LAST DAY AT THE POOL!!!!!!


I woke up late Monday morning, headed to the gym with Russ and my pops, showered and ate protein shakes (really delicious ones- made with Vega protein powder, banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and milk- tasted like ice cream!)

We had plans to spend the day with my parents at a nearby lake, but the swamp a$$ humidity made us change our minds.DSC_0029

Instead, Russ and I took advantage of Labor Day sales and went shopping with Mae.  I’m super happy with my purchases and excited for some fall weather up in hurrrrrr.

Monday night was the best part of the weekend.  Russ and I went back to the pool for an end of the summa/ Labor Day BBQ.  There was food, drinks, Boxball, and water polo.  I got 5 points for our team and if you know me at all, you know this is a HUUUUGEEEEEEE deal!  I always get picked last for sports, so this was big.  My plan of attack was to hang out in back, near the goal, while everyone else chased the ball around and tried to drown each other.  No one stayed near me because I’m usually the one that can’t play sports.  People would pass me the ball and then I just plopped it in the goal.  Mwahahaha :)

I was feeling very thankful on Monday, for being able to do what I was doing, for having Russ with me.

Ok…guess I didn’t have as many pictures as I thought…. :)


Plans for the Fall: Jefferson, Here I Come!

Good Morning!

How’s your day treating ya?  Mine started with a bowl of oatmeal before heading to the gym for a quick bicep/ chest workout.  I had to skip the running today because I’ve been dealing with some pretty sharp heel pain that won’t budge.  Usually I can ignore it and it actually feels better after a few minutes of activity, but today it hurts with even the slightest bit of pressure.  No bueno.

Plans for the Year

Indulge me for a second and pretend that you care what I’m doing this year, now that I’ve graduated.  If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I’m the most indecisive person EVER and have been feeling completely lost/ confused about my plans for next year (click the hyperlink for a post about that).  While those feelings haven’t completely subsided, I do know what I’ll be doing for the next year and have a general life direction plan, although not a definite path. (But does anyone?)

So in the fall, I will be attending Thomas Jefferson University for a one year post- bac program.  Sometime during January (or December?) I applied to Jefferson’s program, got called in for an interview, got accepted soon after the interview, and then stopped filling out my other applications because I knew that Jefferson is the place for me.

If you’re like 99.9% of everyone, you have no clue what the is. The program that I’m doing is a one year program in which I will take all of the classes (plus a few extra) needed in order to gain entry in medical school.  Calm down, I’m not even completely sure that that’s the plan right now.  The thing I love about Jefferson’s program is that it prepares for a number of healthcare professions, so my options are more open than, say, Temple’s program.  I am planning to use this year as a time to really, really explore what I do and do not like and hopefully find a path that is right for me, whatever that may be.

It’s super scary starting something new, especially with no concrete direction, but it’s also exciting to think about being in a new environment, taking whole new classes, meeting a lot of new friends, and getting to be a city girl.

Well, kind of.  I’ll be a city girl while I’m AT school, but I’ll be living at home this year with the good ol’ parents!  It’s like high school again (haha— send help.)  Actually, on that note- I’m in the market for FRIENDS at home.  No need to apply…I’ll take anyone :)

Anyway, I have orientation late next week and then I start classes the following week (eek!).  I’ve been previewing the material for each of the courses for the last few weeks to prepare for what’s to come.  Let’s just say physics might be the death of me.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

Here’s to a new chapter!

Thanks for your support :)

What I Ate Wednesday! It’s Been so Long.

Happy Hump Day!

How’s your week treatin ya?  It’s one of those weeks that seems to be both flying by, and draaaaaging along.  This is my week of work, so that could have something to do with it.  I haven’t done a WIAW post in….forever, so I thought it would be fun to bust one out!

BreakfastDSC_0009Steel cut oats, yogurt, blues, banana, cherry jam, pb


…when I’m home from work:DSC_0005Eggplant parm, cucumber, fresh beets, a wedge of brie

When I’m at work (and includes all day snackage):DSC_0005Cuculbers, pasta with ratatouille, carrots (ended up in the trash!), nectarine, apple, fruit & nut bar


I forgot to take a picture last night (because I’m a ravenous dog when I get home from work at 8 pm), but dinner was grilled salmon with pesto, roasted potatoes, salad and fresh beets.


Ice cream is an equal opportunity player in my diet these days, so when we realized there was NO ICE CREAM (!!!) last night, we did the right thing.  We went right to the supermarket and bought 3 containers of it.  We actually had 5 containers, but for fear that my mom would breathe scary dragon breath because we dared to bring home inferior NOT Halo Farms ice cream, but limited to 3.  And one is a frozen yogurt, so all is good and well in the hood.DSC_0009-001

The Cafe latte frozen yogurt tastes very similar to the Edy’s Espresso Chip.  They have the same # of cals/ serving, but the froyo has more protein (and more sugar too), and less fat.  It’s a definitely a tasty sub for ice cream, but when Edy’s is 2/ $5…..who can resist?


See above lunch photo.  That is pretty standard…fruits, hummus, pretzels, snack bars, etc…oh, and whatever delicious treats might be hanging out on the table at work all. the. time.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: Pop up Park

Hi, friends!

I hope you had a fun weekend- I sure did.   Friday was pretty basic- dinner, Shark tank, fall asleep on the couch #oldlady. But Saturday, SATURDAY was fun!

Like any good weekend, brunch was involved, and like any good meal, it was a Groupon!  Woohoo!  We love Groupon.  I found the Groupon on Friday, and when we were driving there Saturday, all we saw at the “location” were apartments and then we saw that the Groupon said “#A2″ so we were all “….this is in someone’s apartment?”, but when we called, they said we had the wrong address.  All was well and we found the place and the food was decent and I love brunch with Russ.  The end.  And here is the link for Bernie’s Pub Groupon if you want a relatively inexpensive brunch.  Who doesn’t?DSC_0040DSC_0046 DSC_0051 Russ and I went to the Spruce Street Harbor Park with the Brunch Bunch, aka Ancy and Chris aka our favorite double date couple (hey, guys).  Luckily, the rain let up and made for a really nice & cool night- perfect for the beach?!DSC_0082 DSC_0053

Before Saturday, we hadn’t heard of this pop up park, but basically it’s a pop up beach/ park down at penny’s Landing off of South Street.  There are pretty lights, hammocks in the trees, food trucks, relatively cheap IPAs, beach chairs, picnic tables, and boardwalk games during the day.DSC_0060

I think my face just looks like that naturally.

(IDSC_0063 DSC_0068 DSC_0073 We got there around 10, got ourselves some brews (a PBC Walt Whit for me, and a Yard’s Brawler for Russ) found a table and sipped/ chatted/ had strangers take pictures of us.DSC_0093 DSC_0104 DSC_0107 DSC_0110 The walk home led us to the #BigChair…DSC_0149 DSC_0159 DSC_0161 And to WaWa for requisite WaWa Fest sandwiches for some pre-sleep fuel. Necessary.

In the morning, we walked past the Philadelphia Magic Garden and Russ told me to “Be a lion!”DSC_0180 DSC_0181…and then we had brunch (omelets made by Russ, toast made my yours truly.  Dad joined in on the fun, too)DSC_0186

Definitely a lot of fun and I really hope we have one more opportunity to get down there!   What did you do this weekend?

Friday Favorites 8/22/2014

Good morning and Happy Friday!

This week absolutely flew by for me.  I have no idea why, but I’ll take it!  No big plans for the weekend around here, but I’m hoping to get together with Ancy and Chris this weekend (and Russ, too).  We shall see.

Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  In the meantime, here are five of my favorite things this week!  Enjoy :)

1. My hair- One of the lifeguards (Steph) did this for me at the pool!  Talented, right?!photo 3

And the curls that resulted (but my head looks HUGE)…DSC_0009And Russ’ comment:  “It looks like Steph is more than qualified to do the hair of all of the characters on Orange is the New Black.”

2. Speaking Spanish with my mom- It’s a struggle, but I have been making a real effort to speak Spanish with her every day, even if just for a few minutes.  It helps, but it’s tough!  It’s even exhausting because it’s difficult to express what I am trying to say, but that’s how to learn, right?

3.  Salsa- Not the food, the dancing!  I went to lessons again this week with a couple of other girls and I had a blast!  For once in my life, I have something that resembles rhythm (but not to be confused with rhythm)salsa

4.  This blog.  Obviously, I don’t have kids, but I still think this blog is hilarious and enjoy reading the posts!

5. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Barspecan pie bars


That’s all I have for you this week!  Have a fantastic weekend…and maybe make some Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Bars!


Summer Fun Check-List

As summer quickly comes to a close, there are a few things that I would LOVE to do before all light from the outside world comes crashing around me and my freedom.  I want to do the quintessential summer fun things, but time is a ticking and running out quickly!photo 3 (20)

Summer Fun List

  • Go to the beach- believe it or not, I haven’t been yet this summer (except for in Punta Cana!)
  • Go to the Independence Mall beer garden on a cool summer night.
  • Go away for the weekend- New York or Washington, D.C, or anywhere, really!
  • Go hiking or to a park for a picnic.
  • Have a game night with friends—> seriously so much fun!
  • Go out to dinner (at an outdoor restaurant)
  • Go to a gun range with Russ. (We’ve been talking about this since March…)

There is no doubt that I have more things I want to do, but these are the ones that come to mind as I type this.  Realistically, I won’t be able to do all of these things since I work every single day through Labor Day, but I sure can try to do as many as possible.  What’s on your list?10274049_10202329898837032_4480473756001552882_n

Is there anything that should be added?

Pretzels and The Leftovers.

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!  I hope your day is going swimmingly.

Breakfast + Workout

Today started with a big breakfast-the usual oats, followed by a solid workout with Maeghan.  After meeting at our normal spot, we jogged two miles to the gym, where we each did our respective workouts.  I completed a shoulder and back workout that is going to leave me sore tomorrow, I can already feel it.Cecily Tynan Shoulder and BackI am calling this workout “The Cecily Tynan Shoulder and Back Smoker” because who doesn’t want shoulders like Cecily Tynan?!  If you’re not from the Philadelphia area, disregard that completely…or Google.

Pretzels & The Leftovers

Last night, Russ and I had plans to veg out on the couch and catch up with our TV shows (more like show), which is HBO’s show, The Leftovers.  Before TV time, though, we made pretzels with my dad.  The pretzels actually came from a can, which we bought at Aldi while shopping there a few weeks ago, and required a lot less work than the last time we made pretzels (which came from a box, so really not much work at all).  All we need to do was open the can…


Unroll the dough…DSC_0275

Attempt to make pretzel shapes…DSC_0230 DSC_0235

School my dad on how to actually make it look like a pretzel, while laughing at his attempt…DSC_0262DSC_0255 DSC_0263

Pretend to enjoy ourselves…DSC_0243

And actually enjoy ourselves…DSC_0270 DSC_0267

Bake for 11 minutes…DSC_0274

And voila!  Pretzels that tasted like biscuits, but were light a fluffy.

We ate the pretzels while watching The Leftovers.  Has anyone else ever seen this show?  It is honestly one of the weirdest shows that I have ever seen.  There are so many important characters and SO MANY story lines that it’s truly hard to keep up, but Russ and I have been sucked in.  We’ve heard rumors that the show will not be continuing after this season, and since we are on episode 8 of a 10 show season, I have a feeling we are going to be left disappointed with a lot of unanswered questions.  We will just have to make more pretzels to soak up our tears…

Off to shower, pack lunch for work, head to the bank, and go to work!

Catch ya later!

Philadelphia Folk Festival 2014.

Happy-hippity Monday!

As I mentioned on Friday, I spent the weekend at the 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which is put on every year by the Philadelphia Folk Society.DSC_0021-002DSC_0014-002

Russ has been going every year since he was born (as have many of the attendees), but this was only my second year going.  I can honestly say that this past weekend was one of the best weekends of the summer!  The key to really enjoying Fest is to just go with the flow.  Seriously, the people that attend fest are the kindest, hippy-est, partying, sharing, and folk-loving bunch, and the only thing to do is to blend into the crowd for the weekend.DSC_0163

The best part about Fest, in my opinion, is walking around to check out all of the CRAZY campsites.  I really think people wait/plan all year for Fest and really go out to make their sites as decked out as possible:DSC_0032-002 DSC_0034-002 DSC_0013-002DSC_0120

I almost wanted to go up on stand with them…I was having Pool Withdrawal!DSC_0121

There are the strange signs and postings that you see plastered all over the campgrounds…DSC_0015-002 DSC_0031-002 DSC_0018-002

And speaking of the topless foot race (which no, I did not participate)..DSC_0138

Lots of walking around to check out the campsites, the shows, the crafts, and the food…DSC_0036-002 DSC_0060 DSC_0062 DSC_0065 DSC_0067 DSC_0079 DSC_0011-002 DSC_0099 DSC_0098 DSC_0160

I had to get a BEEF tattoo after I spun the wheel…DSC_0123

There is a lot of sitting at the campsite with a beer and friends…DSC_0043-002 DSC_0039-002 DSC_0046-001 DSC_0128

Or watching one of the many (MANY!) concerts that are going on at various stages and dancing in the fields…DSC_0117 DSC_0104 DSC_0085  DSC_0077

Hanging out in a hammock in Dulcimer Grove (which we did not actually do), but how incredibly nice does that look?!…DSC_0029-002 DSC_0026-002  DSC_0106

Take a ukulele lesson (didn’t do this either.)…DSC_0022-002

Do our volunteer work (a.k.a make 1000 PB&J), which gets us our low ticket price for the weekend…DSC_0193

And the best part of the entire weekend- Friends!…DSC_0156 DSC_0153 DSC_0149 DSC_0115DSC_0157

Until next year, fest.DSC_0142DSC_0170