I’m Going to Pee My Pants!

Okay, so that title is slightly inappropriate? BUT SERIOUSLY I AM SO EXCITED!!! Why? Many many manyyy reasons!

Yesterday I figured out some big life plans, and let’s just say I am SUPER pumped for the second half of 2011 – IT.WILL.BE.AMAZING! But I’ll save that for another post. Gotta keep the mystery alive, ya know?

So why am I super excited for TODAY in particular?!

First of all, my roommate from last year, Claire, is coming into town today! I haven’t seen her since October-ish, so I cannot wait. She’s my roommate Meghan’s older sister, and I love her to pieces, and miss living with her a lot. When all of us reunite things get crazy, and I know tonight will be no different because….

IT’S GATOR STOMPIN’!!!!!

What the heck is Gator Stompin’?

“It has been a right of passage in Gainesville for over 29 years and was rated by the Independent Florida Alligator as one of the Top 10 Things to do before leaving UF. The event t-shirt gets you into 50 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants from midtown to downtown. Celebrate being part of the Gator Nation with delicious food, amazing drinks, live music and over $5,000 in sponsored prizes.”

GALS 356

So basically, you wear the shirt, and get into TONS of places for free, and then you use those little tokens to get a drink/food/enter contests etc.

A HUGE group of us went last year, and it was honestly one of the BEST nights of my college life, hands down. I’m hoping this year can live up to that!

Last year:

Open-mouthed smile

So that, my friends, is why I am SO excited that I’m going to pee my pants. I hope you understand!

Dinner last night consisted of roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, with a generous dollop of sour cream on the side. I have been eating quite crappy lately (I blame the end of the semester) so it was nice to get some veggies in my system!

GALS 354

Currently I am sippin’ on this baby – Stash chai tea – and catching up on blog reading.

GALS 358

To end this post, I’ll give you a clue as to what some of my SUPER exciting news for the 2nd half of 2011 is:

Any guesses?Winking smile 

Busy Bee

Hi guys,

I have been busy busy busy lately, packing up my room, hanging with friends, and getting ready to graduate!!!

Here’s the progress picture of my room:

GALS 340

Yes, believe it or not, that IS progress. Organized chaos, my friends!

And here is my DELICIOUS Easter breakfast, from this awesome restaurant called The Flying Biscuit:

GALS 346

I had a veggie scramble omelet, which had white cheddar cheese, spinach, red and green peppers, onions in it. I also got some home fries on the side – all of it was great!

Today I had graduation pictures taken!!! Here is a little preview:

grad pics 044

grad pics 183

grad pics 236

grad pics 317

Yayyy for graduating! Sorry I’ve been so M.I.A. – I probably won’t be posting much again until after graduation! I’m trying to soak in my last few days of the semester!!!

Here’s my favorite youtube video of the moment – Shiv showed it to me, and we died laughing:

Baby Monkey!

Much Love! ❤

Packing is the Pits!

Happy Earth Day!!! Did you know that you can get FREE coffee or tea at Starbucks today if you bring in a reusable tumbler? SO SWEET! I haven’t made it there yet, but I fully intend to!

Yesterday was my official last day of class! My last “obligation” of the year is an online exam on Tuesday! Woohoo.

That means I finally have a free day today. How am I spending it? Cleaning and packing! Rawr. My room is an absolute disaster right now…why does it always seem that when I’m cleaning, things get a WHOLE lot messier before they get clean?

My mess:

GALS 335

Packing has to be one of my least favorite activities. This time it’s particularly challenging because I have to figure out what I need to send home with my parents for good, what I will need here at school next semester but NOT this summer, and what I need to bring with me to Steph’s/Orlando this summer! Talk about overwhelming.

Around one I broke for lunch, which ended up being a green smoothie in a bowl. Into the bullet went:

  • a handful of spinach
  • a handful of frozen blueberries
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 2/3 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of dry oats
  • a dash of strawberry extract

I let the bullet do it’s thing, and ended up with this lovely number:

GALS 336GALS 337

It looked like gray sludge, but tasted like heaven!

I’m pretty sure I’m taking today off workout-wise, because I did total body yesterday and am still pretty darn sore. I upped my weights some, and I can definitely feel it today!

Back to the chaotic mess that is my bedroom – bye for now!!!

Do you hate packing? Any tips to make it go faster/be less horrible?!

PR: Now That IS Fun!

AH! I am on such a high right now…It is 1:50 am, and I just returned from my midnight fun run. The distance was only 5k, but I have never actually run a race before! The only “race” I have done is a triathlon in May 2008.

At first, I was just taking it at a very relaxed pace with my friends, but after a couple of minutes I was feeling great, and wanted to kick it up. Then I decided that I might as well actually try, so that I could get a baseline time for how fast I can run a 5k while “competing.”

According to my iPod, the time was 12:05 when I started the race, and I finished at 12:28. That, my friends, would mean I finished in 23 minutes! As I said on twitter…”Holy shit!”

I am so, so, soooo happy with that time! It kind of blows my mind. My timing was not very exact, but I know I finished between 23 and 24 minutes! Since this was my first race, this is a personal record (PR) for me!!! Open-mouthed smileI’ll be honest – the thought of bragging to you guys really motivated me at the end! Smile with tongue out

Post-race, we got free breakfast from the dining hall on campus. I had some chunks of honey dew and half of a delicious, airy, amazing waffle.

It was a good night. Fun run indeed!!! Off to bed for me, see ya in the a.m.!

Midnight Fun Run!

Hello all!

I’m making dinner right now, and my book is at (another) really good part, so I’ll make this snappy! Today I had to wake up early to go help with graduation videos for my master’s program. By the time I got home I was EXHAUSTED, so I wound up taking a nice two hour nap. Whew!

After my nap I was huuuuungry, so I threw together a quick snack plate:

GALS 325Pretzels, apple, and peanut butter GALS 324+ Special K bar

It hit the spot! Apple and peanut butter is one of my favorite foods – you can never go wrong with that winning combo!

Right now, this is what’s going on in the kitchen:

GALS 326GALS 327

I’m keeping it light and easy tonight with a big plateful of veggies for dinner. I’m not even that hungry, because I have devoured 47529082 million of these dangerous things:

GALS 328

Strawberry cookies! I seriously have eaten WAY too many, and feel pretty gross because of it. ICK!

Midnight Fun Run

Every year, my school hosts a Midnight Fun Run, which takes place at midnight on the last day of classes! (That would be today!)

My roommate Ang and I decided to sign up a while ago. For the bargain price of $12, you get a dri fit tee AND free breakfast at the dining hall after the race! I was sold. Plus, I’m pretty excited to run in a race atmosphere, even though it is not competitive in the least.

The race is a 5K, which I think (and hope) is short enough for me to handle. I haven’t run in a whileeee, so anything more than 3 miles would probably be a bit of a struggle at this point.

The timer just went off, so I must go eat my veggies and finish my book! Wish me luck on my race tonight! Smile with tongue out

DONE-ZO

Guess who is DONE with her undergraduate career??

ashleybday 020

THIS GIRL!!!!!!

I could not be more excited! Today was my big presentation for the capstone course for my major – advertising campaigns. I was not personally presenting, but the members of my group that did were fantastic. I am so proud of my team, and loved seeing all of our hard work and late nights pay off!

I had to wake up at 7:30 this morning in order to get to our presentation in time, so a light and quick breakfast was needed!

GALS 317GALS 321GALS 320

An apple and peanut butter plus some of my cupcake coffee to wake me up was the perfect combo!

I had class this afternoon, and turned in my final case brief! Now I’m catching my breath for a second before heading out to BallyHoo, which is the restaurant that our advertising client is taking our entire class to to celebrate the end of campaigns! We also find out who “won” so you better believe I’m excited for that! Until later…

xoxo! Smile

Excitement’s in the Air!

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. this weekend! I’ve been busy lazy, and haven’t gotten around to posting! Let’s do a little recap, shall we?

Friday

I went to total body, and the class ended up being taught by my favorite instructor! She really kicked my butt, and I loved every second of it! After my workout, me, Meghan, and Ang hit up the mall so I could look for a graduation dress. I looked in a few stores, but nothing stuck out to me, so I’m still dress-less at the moment!

After the mall we ran to Wal-Mart to pick up some necessities. My “necessities” included cucumber melon body wash, apples, cake batter ice cream, and my new favorite purchase – BANANA EXTRACT! I am in L-O-V-E!

As I mentioned before in this post, I am allergic to bananas. Crying face So.Sad. However, I can still eat fake, banana flavored things. Enter banana extract – fake banana flavor in a bottle, and I LOVE it! I’ve been putting in in stuff all weekend, including milkshakes, smoothies, and just plain glasses of milk. YUM.

For dinner we went to one of our favorite local restaurants – Bahn Thai. Meghan and I split an order of the chicken less pad Thai, because their portions are HUGE.

GALS 307

I scarfed down two portions of this + a home made milkshake + a few Oreos. I was kicking myself by the end of the night, because I ended up with a major food baby and a sugar coma. ICK.

Saturday

Saturday was pretty uneventful. I spent most of the day reading my book, Game of Thrones. It’s getting REALLY good, so I easily lost myself in it for a few hours.

When Ang asked if I wanted to go to the gym, I almost declined in favor of reading. Then I realized I should stop being a bum, and that I would feel much better if I got a workout in, so I went. It ended up being a great workout, and I finally did some cardio! It’s been far too long. I spent 25 minutes working up a sweat on a spin bike, followed by 12 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. I ended with some arm exercises. It definitely felt good to do some cardio!

For dinner, I had leftover pad Thai, roasted broccoli, and grilled red peppers and onions. Three of my absolute favorite foods on one plate? WINNER!

GALS 309GALS 313

Today

Today was a very exciting day for me!

It started out with some quality reading time, followed by some more errand running with Meghan. While we were out, I made another fantastic purchase….

My new TUMBLER!

I was beyond pumped for this thing, and immediately made some iced Chai tea to put in it when we got home. My tumbler and I are already bff’s – it’s loveeeee.

At 7:30, I had an event that I’ve been waiting for for nearly a year now…

The David Sedaris book reading/signing!!!

If you don’t know who David Sedaris is, I highly recommend that you ch-ch-check him out!

My sister got me his book Me Talk Pretty One Day when I was 14, and I have been obsessed with him ever since. He is absolutely hilarious, and I constantly laugh out loud while reading his books.

Anyway. I found out almost a year ago that he was coming to UF on April 17, and was SO EXCITED. I bought my ticket months ago, and have been looking forward to this day. He did not disappoint. He read a few stories from his books, a new story he has been working on, some entries from his personal journal, and then took questions. He was just as hilarious in person as he is in writing, and I loved every second of it! Unfortunately, I did not get him to sign my book after because the line was SO LONG. It’s okay though, because I’m sure I’ll be seeing him read again as soon as I get the chance! Smile 

After the book reading, the excitement continued….You see, HBO made a series out of my book! (Game of Thrones) The series started tonight, so as soon as I got home from the reading, I hopped on the couch to watch 60 minutes of non stop drama. There was love, betrayal, beheading, puppies, incest, hot men, and castles. You’re intrigued now, aren’t you?! Winking smile I made my roommates watch with me, and I think they’re hooked!

Oh, one last bit of excitement – my cousin Claire, who recently got engaged, asked me to be a bridesmaid! I was totally not expecting that, but I am so excited and honored that she wants me to be a part of her big day! Of course I said yes! The wedding is not for quiteeee a while (like, 2 years) but I’m still really pumped!

That was officially the longest post EVER, so you get a gold star if you made it all the way through! Hope everyone else had a grand weekend!

lovelovelove<3

%d bloggers like this: