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Happy Sunday readers.  I hope you all have had an enjoyable weekend.  Can you believe we’re already half way through December?!

My weekend was a good, no great, one!  Yesterday I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with my bachelors degree in business administration with a concentration in management.

Cody & I

My friend Cody and I were lucky enough to graduate on the same day so we had someone to hang out with the hour before the ceremony started.  There were a total of four of us graduating yesterday from the collaborative degree program (people I have had classes with).  A lot of our fellow classmates graduated in May, including Chelsea.

Holy crow, she did it!

I was lucky enough to be able to attend Chelsea’s graduation ceremony so I had an idea of how the ceremony would go yesterday.  It lasted about two hours.  The most boring part was listening to them call names of fellow classmates that you don’t know so you just sat there watching them walk across the stage and shake hands.

Unfortunately, it rained all day.  Yeah, it’s December in Wisconsin and it’s raining something is wrong if you ask me.  Raining means there were no nice outdoor pictures with family.  We did head outdoors under the overhang at the entrance so we didn’t get wet but the background looks really dreary, nothing like in Chelsea’s pictures.

After pictures were taken my family headed to Chili’s for lunch.  As we were waiting for a table I opened gifts from my family.  My parents gave me a Pandora bracelet and three charms.  The top charm in the picture below is a zen charm to remind me to always do what makes me happy.  Next is the ice love, white heart charm which is to remind me of the love my parents have for me.  And the final charm from my parents is the graduation hat to remember the day by.  The next charm, red stepping stones, is from my aunt and uncle.  And the final charm, faith hope and love, is from my grandparents.  This charm has an anchor (hope), a cross (faith), and a heart (love) on it.

We enjoyed an awesome lunch together.  I had the Cajun pasta with grilled shrimp, my favorite item at Chili’s.  We followed up with two chocolate lava cakes.  Sooooo good!

My parents and I stopped at the jewelry store on the way home to make sure the size of the bracelet was okay and to learn how to open the bracelet and add charms.  (We couldn’t figure it out at Chili’s!)

Once home after FaceTiming with Chelsea (sad she couldn’t be at my graduation, or even in town for it) I slept all afternoon since I did not get a whole lot of sleep thanks to going out the night before unexpectedly.

Perfect graduation day in my opinion other than the poor weather.

Unfortunately, I am not completely finished with school yet.  I still have three finals to take, which I should have been studying for today but that didn’t happen.  I spent my Sunday watching football (Packers beat the Bears!), decorating Christmas cookies (made some green and gold ones even!), and trying to enroll in benefits at my new job.  I ended up needing to email a human resource person because I had questions so that’s still not complete.  (Frustrating…)  Being an adult sucks sometimes.

Stars, boots, Christmas trees, snowmen made with cows, and cow bells

Tomorrow marks the beginning of my last part-time work week at my new job.  I’m looking forward to going full-time and next year having PTO time and holiday time.  And hopefully once I really get into my job (I’m doing the very tip of the iceberg of what I’ll be doing right now) I will enjoy it so working all day every day won’t be a bad thing.  With that said, I’m off to bed to get back into my good sleeping routine!

Have a great night readers.  I’ll leave you with some questions.  🙂

Do you decorate Christmas cookies?  What kind of decorating tools do you use, colored sugar, or icing with decorating tools?

What was your favorite weekend event?


Happy Friday readers!!  This week seemed to fly by for me which this summer has been an unusual thing to happen.  It’s been over a week since my last blog post but Wednesday through Sunday I was in the land of minimal cell phone reception, no WiFi, and honestly hanging out with friends, enjoying some beverages, and seeing country music artists perform took more importance over updating my blog.  I had a blast with Chelsea and some other friends that I met up with there.  I took hardly any pictures so doing a recap would be kind of boring so I’ll skip that and just let you know I had a blast.

Thanks to the craziness that was last week this week has been catch up for me.  I’m still not on a great sleep schedule.  Sunday through Tuesday every night I was waking up between 2 and 3 am which is not a normal thing for me.  I guess my body adjusted to the late night bed times and was trying to tell me I was trying to sleep too early?  I’ve been able to make it to work on time this week though so I’d say I’m handling it pretty well.

Oh!  I just remembered that I took my business law final (online summer course that started July 16th) on Wednesday last week and found out Friday night (I think?) that I got an A- in the class!!!  Now the only thing left to do to finish up my summer semester is prepare and present my internship presentation on either the 20th or 21st of September.  It has to be 10 minutes long which is a bit daunting to me because I’m not a great public speaker.  I haven’t begun working on it yet so I need to really get the ball rolling on that one if I want to prepare it ahead of time and be able to practice it and get the timing right on it.

The only thing I’m bummed about because of not blogging since last Tuesday is that I missed two Weight Loss Wednesday posts that I was supposed to do.  It’s a double edged sword with that one.  I haven’t been focusing on weight loss at all, like haven’t even stepped on a scale in I don’t know how long, so what would I really be able to post about anyways?  But at the same time I committed to posting about it once a week (that’s not that hard) and now I haven’t followed through.  There’s always next week though!

So that’s a quick recap of what’s been going on with me in the last week and a half.

Tonight I’m going out to dinner with my parents, another couple, our neighbor, and another woman so I won’t be home much.  I WILL be getting laundry started though as I haven’t done that since the weekend before last so I’m running out of clean clothes to wear which is not a good thing.  Tomorrow I need to set up for Chelsea’s bridal shower, attend the shower, and then the bachelorette party later that evening which we are doing a wine tasting, dinner, and then drinks.  I bought a dress yesterday for the day so I will be sure to post pictures once I’m all done up and ready for the day.  Sunday my mom is hosting a Miche bag party so I will have that to go to in the early afternoon but other than that Sunday is my relaxed day.  It will feel good to finally sit still and get caught up on everything (laundry, blogging, etc…)

I hope everyone has been having a great week!  Hope to see you leave some comments now that I’m getting back into the swing of things.

Happy Monday morning readers!  Is there such a thing as a happy Monday morning??  Guess it depends on what you have going on for the day and how you look at things.  Today I’m going to finish off my weekend recap with what I did yesterday.  This post has pictures so hopefully it won’t be as boring to read!

I woke up at 8am but stayed in bed watching NCIS season 4 until 9am, enjoying a lazy Sunday morning.  Muffins were on the table by that time so I ate (alone because everyone else ate earlier) then spent some time with Bo before jumping in the shower.  My parents and I went to Green Bay to eat at Red Lobster (soooo good!!), and do a little shopping.

Our first stop after lunch was Lambeau Field to look around in the Packers Pro Shop.  I finally for the first time in years have a piece of Packers clothing that is my own!  Thanks mom 🙂  It’s a long sleeved, but light, t shirt with a hood.  I can’t wait to wear it so hopefully it cools off soon!

I was in the market for some shoes I could wear on an every day basis so I can keep the shoes I use to work out in nice so DSW was our next stop.  My old fitness/everyday shoes are pretty beat up so I was happy to find some shoes in a women’s size that fit and I liked.  Having big feet is a challenge when it comes to finding shoes that look good on them.

I also had a $10 off coupon for American Eagle but was disappointed when I didn’t find anything I liked, especially because the jeans were on sale.  I have until the end of September to use the coupon so I might look online to see what I can find.

We hit up Yankee Candle even though the store in our own mall is bigger than this one.  I bought myself a candle in my favorite scent, Pumpkin Buttercream.  We had fun smelling the “man scents” and making my dad smell them.  He’s not into candles like I am but he was a good sport and went along with it.  It was actually amazing how much some of the stuff smelled like what it was named after; 2×4, mowed grass, etc.

Once we walked around the mall and didn’t find any other stores to go into we jumped in the car to do a little driving around.  We ended up finding a Dairy Queen and stopped for ice cream.  I had the blizzard of the month, M&Ms Brownie.  It was good but I couldn’t finish it all.  Those brownie pieces filled me up more than my usual cookie dough does.

Our last stop was Wal-Mart.  Great place to go while you’re out of town when you have one where you live, right?  We needed new shower liners and as I was getting ready in the morning I had found a $40 gift card from my boss at work from Christmas that I hadn’t used yet.  I went in hoping to find Gossip Girl season 4 on DVD but sadly they didn’t have any of the Gossip Girl seasons.  I walked out with just some Post-it stickies.  Thanks again mom!

After getting home I fired up the laptop to look online for Gossip Girl season 4.  I found it for only $14.95!  I ordered it along with books #8 and #9 in the Pretty Little Liars series, all for less than $40 so my gift card covered everything.  Successful online shopping makes me happy.

Because I ordered books #8 and #9 in the series I started reading Pretty Little Liars (#1) after dinner.  I’ve read books #1 through #6 once already but it’s been a while so I wanted to get them all fresh in my mind again and try to read them back to back.  I own book #7 but have not read it yet.  Chelsea has been borrowing the books and powering through them and is almost to book #7 so finding the gift card for Wal-Mart came at the right time for me to order the next two books.  There are 12 books total in the series.

Reading before bed has always been something I enjoy doing but NCIS was calling to me so I ended the night with Gibbs, Tony, Zeva, McGee, and Abby instead of more reading.  Maybe not the smartest move considering NCIS can be action packed and make you think but oh well you only live once, right? 🙂

Questions for you…
Ever read books that a TV series is based on, like Pretty Little Liars?

Do you ever buy TV series on DVD?

Weekends always seem to fly by, especially during the summer when there is so much going on.  I hope everyone had a great weekend like I did.

Friday after work I hung out with my BFF Chelsea.  We went to the Wisconsin Valley Fair to see Rodney Atkins perform (sorry no pictures).  It was a good show, but not the best I have ever seen.  After the show we walked to the other end of the midway so I could get the best cheese curds at the fair.  They lived up to the expectations I held for them from last year so all is good in the world.  By the time Chelsea and I walked back to the other end of the midway she and I decided we needed monkey tails as well.  I go for simple and just have mine dipped in chocolate.  Chelsea gets a little crazy and gets crunch put on as well.  We called it a night at the fair pretty early since we had an early morning coming up.

In order to sleep longer I spent the night at Chelsea’s.  5am came around really quick and it was tough to get moving as it was but had I stayed at my own house I would have needed to be up even earlier to factor in the drive time (30 minutes) to Chelsea’s from my place.  

Chelsea works at the YMCA here in town so she of course volunteered to help out at the triathlon that the YMCA puts on every year.  Being Chelsea’s BFF I get roped into volunteering as well.  We had to be at the site by 5:30am to be ready to body mark.  It’s not such a bad job to write on people with huge Sharpie markers (especially the good looking men hehe…).  I have done body marking once before with Chelsea for a duathlon (spelling? spell check and the internet don’t have suggestions for this) but this was a whole new ball game.  So many more participants means so many more ups and downs.  Both arms and both legs of the participants need to be marked.  Needless to say my quads (I think…) are S.O.R.E!

Once our body marking duties were completed we got to relax in our lawn chairs under the announcer’s tent.  Our next job was to help find the participants’ numbers on the sheets for the announcer.  At first we would call out the participants as they went out on the run course (after completing the swim and bike parts) but eventually we had to focus on just those coming in to finish in front of us.  I don’t know the times of any of the finishes but it was still amazing to me to see these people complete the triathlon.

The volunteers and participants got a free lunch of subs, chips, fruit, and a soda or water.  After mowing that down eating lunch Chelsea and I headed back to her house where we slept pretty much all afternoon.  I could not imagine being a participant when getting up early and simply body marking and standing by a table under a tent wore me out so much.  After a few hours of napping I headed home to chill with the family.

I’ll finish up my weekend recap with what went on today (Sunday) tomorrow because this post is already getting pretty long.

Question for you…
Have you ever volunteered to help with an event like a triathlon or road race?



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