First of all, I've been working (still a nanny to these two gorgeous kiddos!) 45+ hours per week.
I've been attending Grad School twice a week in the evenings...and I've been dominating! Can you say 98% on my first paper AND my first exam?!
I've been doing lots of fun social stuff. Hanging with friends, going to new bars and restaurants, going to Orioles baseball games (remember how I love my Baltimore Orioles?) We weren't able to make Opening Day at Camden Yards this year (work work work), but we went the next day...close enough.
Things with the man are going wonderfully. His mom met my parents for the first time last weekend, and they all got along great! Huge sigh of relief...I may or may not have taken a shot of vodka before that dinner...haha.
A few not-so-pleasant things have been going on as well. A girl I knew since middle school died in a plane crash in Afghanistan on March 11 while on deployment. She was an Army Helicopter Pilot, and she just got married in November. The viewing/wake was pretty rough. She was 27 and was excited to start her family. I was pretty torn up about it for awhile, and it still makes me cry when I think about it. Especially because I have a brother the same age who is also a military pilot...I just can't imagine losing him, and I can't imagine the pain her husband must be going through.
A few other personal things have been going on that have been difficult emotionally, but I don't want to bring negativity onto my blog by discussing it here (and I'd rather protect my own privacy and the privacy of all those involved).
However, I will say that things with my boyfriend are INCREDIBLE, so it's not that. And everyone in my immediate family is happy and healthy. In fact, my sister-in-law is expecting a second little girl--now I will have TWO NIECES to spoil!
Gah...I am so excited. I already have visions of two little flower girls at my future wedding!
Ok, time to go...I'm nannying and the baby is about to wake up...
Honestly, I've never been a huge Valentine's Day fan, whether I was single or in a relationship. Even when I had a serious boyfriend all through college, we never really did anything too crazy for Valentine's Day...it always just seemed like an excuse for stores to rake in more money.
However, I'm certainly no Valentine's Day Scrooge, either. I always wear red or pink, love giving out (and receiving) candy hearts and heart-shaped chocolates, and love to send cards and e-cards to my family and friends each year.
So, imagine my surprise when I woke up to quite a festive sight this morning:
Inside the card was a simple, heartfelt note, and a Livingsocial deal for a Pub Crawl! Yesss. What made this whole setup extra special was that Sean and I go to bed at the same time, and I wake up before him...which means he snuck out in the middle of the night to set this up. I love that man.
So, the rest of my day has been spent with my mini-Valentine:
Being a nanny is still going really well. Other things going on lately?
Grad school. I am loving it so far, but it is (of course) very hard work. I am still trying to get into the groove and find my rhythm with paper-writing, textbook-reading, and studying--all while working 40+ hours per week (I work a lot of weekend hours, too). So...sorry for the lack of blogging.
Other things I've enjoyed include crock pot meals:
(with a side of wine, of course)
(This was taken before the Super Bowl, when my RAVENS won!!! That hasn't happened since I was a kid, so needless to say I was PUMPED)
And random trips to visit friends in interesting, fairly-nearby places:
I just wanted to post a quick little update to let you know what I've been up to lately. Off to do some reading for school and have some chocolates!