Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Giveaway...because the best things in life are free.

So, remember a few posts ago when I mentioned that I would be hosting a giveaway?

Well, silly me got busy with job interviewing and preparing for my brother's wedding that I totally forgot!

So, let's get to it. I am partnering once again with the fantastic people at CSN online stores. They are awesome and have agreed to give one of my readers a $35 gift card (!!!) to use at any one of their 200+ online stores. From swing sets to furniture to cookware to fitness equipment, they seriously have everything you could ever want or need.

So, how do you enter???

It's simple--just comment on this post and you will automatically be entered to win! I'll choose a winner (via a random number generator) on Sunday night at 8pm EST. So, comment away! And spread the word to your fellow bloggies by linking this post!

(P.S. Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


First things first:

This weekend was so much fun. I got to see my roomies again after more than a month apart. I caught up with old friends, drank some alcohol, and danced my little patootie off.

I also realized that I felt "normal" for the first time in awhile. As in, pizza for dinner, and shots of vodka, and not even worrying about the calories. It was great. My hangover on Sunday wasn't so great, but it was worth it.

So, tomorrow morning, I have a really big JOB INTERVIEW!

I don't want to disclose too much (you never know who might find you on the internet, know what I mean?), but basically, this job is in my field (Psychology), and it is a great opportunity. If I get hired, I will have a "real person" full-time job, and I'll be working in an area I have always been interested in. This really could be a dream come true for me.

I admit, I am super nervous. Like, insanely nervous. I know that's normal for big interviews, but I sometimes let my anxiety take hold more than I should. I am trying to keep up with my eating and I've been doing yoga to relax, but I am still freaking out!

Anyway, I'm off to try on my business suit for the umpteenth time, practice interviewing in front of the mirror, and doing a few cat-cow poses to help me relax.

(...And maybe eating some chocolate.)

Do you have any tips or advice for a professional interview?

Friday, January 21, 2011

alma mater

This weekend, I will be making a trip to my alma mater to visit these lovely ladies:

There will surely be some of this....

...and probably a little of this....

...and perhaps a bit of this?!

I'm really excited to see my (ex)roomies. They make me so happy, and they are the kindest, truest friends I made in college. Kelly, the red head, will most likely be a bridesmaid in my wedding. (If I ever find a man and get married, that is!)

Speaking of weddings...

In two weeks, these two lovebirds will be married!:

...and I'll have a new SISTER-in-law!

Do you have sister- or brother-in-laws? Are you close with them?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Drowning my sorrows....(with a giveaway?!) cookies and a glass of wine.

The Ravens lost to the Steelers tonight :-(

Ok, ok, so I'm not even a HUGE football fan. But still, Baltimore is my city and the Ravens are my team. We had a shot as AFC champs and could've gone to the superbowl!

But now my Dad's team will advance (He's from Pittsburgh so he loves the Steelers. ew)

Who do you think will win tomorrow's game--the Patriots or the Jets?

I'm thinking Patriots will win even though I'm rooting for the Jets...


That's all for now...stay tuned for a giveaway post in the near future. What better way to drown my sorrows in my team's loss than to make one of my readers a winner?!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

There's *SNOW* Way

There's *SNOW* way I am going outside right now!

Last night, we got a few inches of snow here, and it is chilly and windy and BRUTAL out there. Maybe this makes me lazy, but I just might have to skip Pilates tonight (my mom & I were going to try out a class at the YMCA), and cozy up on my couch with this little rascal:

...and some hot tea, and this book. I have been flying through it. I didn't expect it to be so good, but it really is! I highly recommend it!

Happy Snow Day!

What do you like to do when you're snowed in?

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's a Goal(d) Mine

...Sorry for the cheesy post title. I guess my Dad's sense of humor is rubbing off on me since I moved back home:

In any case, let's get to it. As promised, I am going to show you my goals I had for 2010, and how I fared. Then, I will share my goals for 2011!

Ok, drumroll please........

Goals for Recovery and Life in 2010

1. Graduate from Susquehanna University in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (check!)

2. Get to a healthy weight for my body and maintain it (check!)

3. Add moderate exercise & activity to my schedule without abusing it (working on it…half check!)

4. Make peace with food and learn to eat intuitively (almost there…half check!)

5. Stand up for my beliefs and know how to say “no” when appropriate (still a battle)

6. Love and appreciate myself from the inside out, and to make my physical & mental health my main priority (still need to remind myself of this daily)

7. Enjoy friendships with others & participate in more spontaneous social activities (TRIPLE CHECK!)

8. Tell my family I love them each and every day (check check check!)

9. Take a trip to a place I’ve never been but have always wanted to go (visited Ryan in San Diego AND went to the Outer Banks, so I’d say this is a check!)

10. Continue to read and write for pleasure as often as possible (reading has been successful lately. Writing, not so much…)

11. Take at least 15 minutes every single day to do something to calm myself (light a candle & meditate, take a walk, paint my nails, yoga, etc)… (this needs to carry into 2011 for sure)

12. Develop a stronger sense of spirituality & a connection with a higher power (sadly, not a check.)


2011 Goals


· Remember: I am my #1 priority.

· Practice saying “No” when appropriate

· Accept myself as I am without trying to change

· Be confident in my intelligence, beauty, and ability as a human being whether I am in a relationship or not

· Set aside 15 minutes per day to do something completely calming for myself, like journaling, taking a bubble bath, or reading for pleasure

· Read at least 1 book per month (12 per year)

· Do something social at least once a week (drinks, lunch, coffee, etc.)


· Maintain a healthy weight for my body & a positive relationship with food (food is fuel, & it is meant to be savored & enjoyed in moderation)

· Run a 5k or 10k for a good cause (TNT?)

· Breast Cancer Walk (Washington, D.C. in May?)

· NEDA walk (look into this)

· Yoga at least twice per week (Saturday 9am class w/ Mom, video podcasts/DVDs on my own)

· Wear sunscreen/moisturizer EVERY DAY!


· Get a steady job, preferably in my field

· Put at least 20% of my paycheck each month towards an apartment fund

· Save $20 per month to put towards retirement/savings

· Give $10 per month to a charity (NEDA?)

· Learn to manage my money & budget (and time!)

· Move into my own apartment by January 2012


So, there you have it. We'll see how many of those I can achieve. As you can see, some of them (like taking 15 minutes a day for myself or to be social once a week) are carried over from last year, but that's ok.

I know this is like beating a dead horse by now in the blog world, but:

What are some of your goals for 2011?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 is Upon Us

Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas...

before Christmas Eve mass

new camera: Nikon Coolpix L110

me with "Santa" (aka my father) on Christmas Eve

cousins <3

more cousins <3


...and a Rockin' New Year's Eve!

Marilyn Monroe shooters filled with tequila...let's just say it got a little crazy ;-)

parents <3

the best friend and her fiancee

my new boy came to visit :-)


As you can see, I had a lovely time with my family and friends this holiday season.
I hope you all did the same! I still can't believe it's already 2011...where has the time gone?!

I'll post later on my goals for 2011, as well as how I did on my goals from 2010...
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