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It’s BACK!

Yesterday was a good day.  No, a GREAT day.  A great day for what? A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY! 


Ok, ok.  Sorry.  I am not a big fan of football or baseball or basketball.  But hockey, that’s a different story.


And my team WON against their biggest rival in the first game back after a longggggg lockout.


Add on top a great swim practice, a great ride, a great dinner at Olive Garden, and an amazing movie (Silver Linings Playbook), and it was a super great day.


Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do.  Especially if you have any background in special education or counseling or mental health.  If it wasn’t a good movie to begin with, seeing that perspective of things really made me fall in love with it.  And looking at Bradley Cooper can’t ever be a bad thing…

Hoping to carry yesterday’s greatness into today, starting with a run.  And hopefully ending with another win today! Winking smile Let’s go Pens!

Are you a hockey fan?? If so, who is your team? I can’t promise I’ll still be your friend once you tell, but I’ll consider!



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Decorating the Place

Happy Monday to you! How were your weekends? Mine was pretty great: spent a lot of time decorating the apartment, eating, and exercising.  Travis and I went on a 20 mile ride to Delaware and back yesterday (disclaimer: I live about 2 miles from Delaware…). It was nice and felt like I was back in my old stomping grounds.  Not only where there cornfields, but there were cows, too! It was practically totally flat, though, which I could get used to.


We also spent some time this weekend making bread and spinach artichoke dip.  I just so happened to have this bread kit in my pantry, and the dip mix thanks to the Tastefully Simple party I went to.  Honestly, the bread was from a Foodie Pen Pal a while back and was the simplest thing I’ve ever made.  I didn’t use beer (as was advertised) and used Diet Dr. Pepper instead.  No beer here.  Mix in the soda, and bake! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.


The dip was super easy as well in my Little Dipper Crock Pot! So perfect together.


After we fueled up, we got down to business finally hanging our pictures and decorations.  The place feels much more like home!


We hung some pictures in one of the hallways as shown above.



Remember that one from the fundraising Travis and I did for the CF Cycle for Life event? Still one of my proudest moments.

We also found this cute little thing for hallway in the entry way.  If you didn’t know, Travis kind of loves birds so that really made him happy to find!


Lastly, we found another thing perfect for us.


In. Love.

Speaking of love….anyone else as obsessed with  Girls as I am and watch the Season 2 premiere last night???

Okey dokey, time to be productive some more.  I better not get used to not having work.  Time to get as much accomplished as humanly possible!

Have a great day!

Do you have a favorite decoration where you live??


Filed under Cycling, Food, Life

Cycle for Life 2012

Another fantastic weekend is in the books! And thanks to all of my supporters and donators, it was a huge success as well!

Let’s flash back to Friday.  It started with swim practice, and shortly after I got home, Travis showed up.  Then, we packed the car and hit the road to Erie. 

Quickly after checking in to the hotel, we headed to Olive Garden for some carbo loading!

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I stuck to soup, salad, and breadsticks.  I am totally in love with their chicken and gnocchi soup!!

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We also split their pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.  It was TO. DIE. FOR.  You must try it!

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Then, it was back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep! Early morning wake up call, quick breakfast, and off to the CF Aptalis Cycle for Life we went!

For the event, there was a 30 mile and a 65 mile option.  We were doing the longer one, and our group ride started at 8 a.m.  It was a little chilly, but we made do!  About 7 miles in, we had our first rest stop.

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The rest stops had great options: water, Gatorade, apples, bananas, PB&J, and pretzels!  After the first stop, there were 3 more about every 15 miles.  The course was gorgeous, and we went along a road that had Lake Erie in the distance.  We then went into New York and around Lake Findley which was also amazing.  I only managed a few shots during breaks, though, including this random:

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And another random shot during a rest stop:

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That may have happened before my chain popped off as I was going uphill on a slightly busy road…not cool.  I fell off and it felt like it was slow motion as it was happening.  I could not manage to unclip quickly enough.  Luckily some of the guys were there to help me out! I had visions of myself getting run over by a truck!  That was about the time this quote was spoken by a fellow rider: “There are two types of cyclers: those who have fallen, and those who have yet to.”

Around mile 50, one of the guys in the group popped a tube, so below is the guys helping him out.  Did I mention that, out of the 5 riders who chose the longer route, I was the only girl?  Travis is the one in the safety yellow jersey.

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After we finished the 60ish miles (cut it a little short due to some construction), there was refueling and an award ceremony.  Here’s me accepting one of my awards! I was the second highest fundraiser (thanks to you amazing people)!

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Not the most flattering picture (can you say helmet hair?!), but what can I really expect after 4 hours of riding and another hour during the rest stops + bike mishaps!

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Travis and I also won the second highest fundraising team! 

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The awards were made from these two adorable kiddos who have cystic fibrosis! Watch this adorable video!

I also got an awesome jersey for reaching a certain fundraising level!

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After the ride, we headed to Pittsburgh for the night to spend some time with my parents.  We went to Max and Erma’s for dinner (which I love), but then I went home to homemade chocolate chip cookies and these amazing things:

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To continue the fall awesomeness, Travis and I hit up Panera on the way back to Shippensburg yesterday, and I got a pumpkin pie bagel.  Delicious!

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I just love life some times Smile

How were your weekends? Do anything fun?!


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Chicken with the Head Cut Off

Ok, honestly, I felt like I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off yesterday. Anyone else familiar with the very grotesque phrase? Haha  I woke up at the dark hour of 5:25, threw on my swim suits (yes, I still am in the habit of wearing 2…flashback to my college career), and drove to the pool. 

Practice was then from 6-7 (and was about 2600), and then I headed home for a second or two to pack my second breakfast and lunch.  And two snacks, definitely can’t forget those! From 8-12, I worked on campus, and then headed to my placement for my final semester!

I have to do a practicum for my special education degree, but it’s not every day because I’ve already done a full student teaching.  I will be going into the school two times a week, and I am very excited! The classroom is the only special education room in the building, so there are going to be a mix of different types of disabilities and students.  And I am so ready to tackle all of their awesomeness Smile

Well from there, I headed back home, picked up a package that was wrongly delivered across town, and visited with a college friend who was in town before he moves! It was great to see him, but it didn’t last long before I went home for dinner and hit the roads for a ride.

By the way, my package was a Canari tour jacket, which is for riding once the weather gets colder! And it can be a vest, too Smile I got it from the Clymb, which I am telling you is my favorite thing ever! For ordering from the site, I got 15 dollars credit, and used it to get a RoadID!

But back to my day, I rode 23.7 miles, and it was a fantastic ride! My legs are feeling it in the good way that makes me feel happy about the workout.  Too bad I couldn’t just go home and relax after! I had a meeting on campus which lasted until 10:30, came home and watched some Friends to relax, and then I hit the sack.  Another long day for me! But you know what, I rather enjoy the busy days.  I like having things to do!

Do you prefer busy or empty days?


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