Pomp and Circumstance

I can now officially say that I am a college graduate! It’s hard to believe – my time here at UF has absolutely flown by! Being finished is bittersweet, but I am coming back next Fall to finish up my Master’s, so it’s not too bitter just yet! Winking smile 

My weekend has been fabulous! Meghan’s sisters were both in town for Gator stompin’, along with a few of our other friends. The weather ended up being pretty terrible, and it poured most of the night, but we still had a blast!

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Friday we spent most of the day lounging on the couch watching Royal Wedding footage! Kate looked so pretty, but I think it would sort of stink to get married that way – everything was so formal and official, it seemed like they couldn’t really enjoy the ceremony.

I also did a little cap decorating….

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My parents came into town around 5:00pm, and took me, my roommates, and some friends out to dinner at a place called The Gelato Company. They have a vegetarian panini that is to die for, so I was more than game to go there!

Oh, and did I mention you get free gelato with your meal if you order a drink?

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Yeah, The Gelato Company is definitely a winner. I got half New York cheesecake and half mint chocolate chip. They even put a complimentary cookie in there for me!

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After dinner we came back to my house and played games, ate cookies, enjoyed a few “beverages” and laughed – a LOT! It was such a wonderful night with great people, and I feel so lucky that I got to celebrate my graduation with all of them!

Today was the actual big day, but my ceremony didn’t start until 2:00pm, so I had plenty of time to sleep in, get ready, and take pictures!

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Whew! The actual ceremony was not too bad – it got a little boring about half way through the calling of names, but thankfully I had my phone and my iPod touch to entertain me!

I actually spotted Julie in the crowd during the ceremony, and tweeted her telling her to look for me! We waved at each other, and I actually ran into her after the ceremony as well! It was so awesome to meet her, and she was just as beautiful and sweet in person as she is on the blog. Smile 

Tomorrow I have to finish packing, and then I’m off to Savannah with my parents for a week or so before I return to Orlando for the summer! Woohoo!

I’m off to bed – it has been a loooooong (but extremely fun-filled) past couple of days! Goodnight!

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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.”

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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:

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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!

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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! ❤

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:

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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:

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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:

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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??

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Toga Toga Toga!

This week has been SO busy! Between celebrating birthdays, doing homework, going out, and trying to sleep I feel like I haven’t had a second to update the good ol’ blog!

Saturday

Yesterday was a veryyy fun day from beginning to end! It was Jacki’s 22nd birthday, so we grilled out and laid out in our yard with some friends. After we ate, everyone was extremely hot, so we decided to sneak over to one of the nearby apartment pools! Our ninja sneakiness skills paid off, and we spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by/in the pool. Good friends, a pool, nice weather…what more can you ask for?!

After returning home and showering, we plopped on the couch to watch the movie Due Date. I thought it had some really funny parts, but was a little over-hyped. After the movie I snuck in a 20 minute power nap, and then it was off to Jacki’s birthday dinner!

We ended up going to a Japanese steakhouse nearby called Sawamura. The décor was nice, and the atmosphere was cozy. It is the kind of place where your chef cooks in front of you on a huge grill. I ended up ordering the vegetables, since that was the only vegetarian option. I got a HUGE portion though, along with a starter salad, and fried rice. It was all really good, and I had about half of my meal boxed up for leftovers.

Now for the most exciting part of yesterday…TOGA!!! Every spring, the rugby team has a huge toga party. Last year Jacki and I were supposed to go but stuff came up and we wound up not making it. This year we were making it there no matter what!

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We bought fabric and made our own togas, which turned out pretty darn well if I do say so myself!

The night was a blast!!! And I can now cross “Toga Party” off of my non-existent “Things To Do In College” list! Winking smile 

A toga collage for your viewing pleasure:

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Whew! So that sums up my yesterday…back to regularly scheduled programing tomorrow! Oh and since this is a food-ish blog…here’s a picture of a delish dinner I made Friday night:

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It’s brown rice, black beans, roasted broccoli, orange bell pepper, onions, and asparagus. So.Yummy!!!

Today I have been being a major bum, aka sitting on the couch and watching movies! In fact, I think Shiv and I are going to go see a movie in a bit! Hey, at least I’ll be off the couch! Winking smile Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

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