Oh, my Monday started off badly!
You know that feeling when you’re lying in bed in between sleep and being awake where you contemplate the absolute necessity of getting out of the big warm bed? Uh huh. I was so close to just putting geology on the back burner and rolling over into sweet, sweet sleep.

But I didn’t. I was a good girl and got out of bed, drove the half an hour to school, and sat down in class ready to take furious notes.

Then class got canceled.

Two years ago I would have been very happy about this, but I had another 3 hours until my next class and my big warm bed was half an hour away and not as warm anymore. That really put me in a mood.

But the day got better. I don’t have to do observation tomorrow, which I was really starting to sweat about because the chores are piling up. I need to do some grocery shopping badly tomorrow because I haven’t mastered shopping bi-weekly, so we usually run out of food at this point. It doesn’t help that Justin thought it would be a great idea to empty our fridge and take all the food I painstakingly planned out for these two weeks up to the camp last weekend. It threw my whole system out of whack! I also need to hit the financial aid office for the first time in my four years of schooling and see how the heck I’m paying for these next couple semesters. I’m so close to the finish line of school I can almost taste it. I need to do some major cleaning and revamping of the kitchen. I’m not a neat person and even I’m starting to twitch, Justin must be dying.
speak of the camp, we did have our first nice-weather trip of the year up this past weekend for Justin’s 26th birthday. Or 24th, it depends who you ask 😉 the weather really did cooperate, and hung at about 50 degrees the whole weekend. For us who have been living under 10 feet of snow these past few months, 50 degrees is practically a heatwave.

Anyway. I take this same picture every. single. time. I go up there. Honestly, I think it’s one of the most breathtaking views anywhere. I’m especially happy with how well my camera caught it, as it is not quite the fancy camera I would like (that one happens to be on our Target wedding registry, hinthint 😉 But yeah, gorgeous view of the Allegheny river about a minute from Justin’s camp. You really can’t beat a view like that. We went tubing down that river about three or four years ago (wow, has it been that long??) and it was a great expierience that I’d really love do do again. I’m not sure why I make it a point to take the same picture every time we’re up there, but it really isn’t. the river and the scene changes dramatically with the seasons, and this one might actually be my favorite, mostly due to the blue and purple color my trusty little camera caught. Love!
My love, and me cheesing biiig time 🙂 We were out by the fire on Saturday night (Justin’s birthday!) Which besides Justin haveing a little close contact with a little bit of pavement, was an awesome day. Slept in, lazed around, and then went out to the best BBQ place in the entire world…or at least western Pennsylvania. Seriously, pulled pork to freaking die for, and I’m not a huge BBQ fan. They also have amazing smoked meats and cheeses, so everyone stocked up for the rest of the weekend. That’s how I like my men, low key and laid back. He can be made happy with a case of Sam Adams and a BBQ birthday lunch. Well, Justin got a shiny new helmet for his shiny new (new last year anyway) dirt bike. But that’s the way we like it, just…simple. We like to throw some curves every once in awhile to keep things interesting (he doesn’t know it yet, but we’re going to go see Rent, methinks) heh. But you get the idea. There’s a lot of give and take and a lot of relaxed moments in our relationship. We are not high maintenance people…unless it comes to cooking for me and cleaning for him. ha.
Last picture I took on the trip, and fittingly I took it as we were descending down the mountain. I don’t know if it’s because we only get to visit maybe once a month once it starts getting nice out, or that we just don’t live there 24/7, but the mountains just look so much more beautiful than anything around here does. I really can’t explain it, but I always think it. There is a lot of country side to the area we live, but absolutely nothing compares. I might be biased. The camp and the mountains is where Justin and I just clicked. It’s where he proposed to me, and although it holds some random bad memories that do not involve one another, there’s a history that just has to be respected, and the future that we’re building now. Not to mention our own children one day building memories. I hope one day they’re able to take pictures like this and be able to float down the Allegheny. I also want to see the day where Justin and I can totally bust them for underage drinking up there, I’m really looking forward to that. I’m a simple girl 🙂

Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend sleeping? Have you ever stepped back and thought about how much you could be getting done if sleep was not a requirement to live? I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Seriously. So much time is dedicated to being unconscious.

Speaking of which, I’m dead tired. So tired to the point of just being in zombie mode. I can type around 80 wpm…yeah, I’m reduced to around 30 now. I’m just so strung out. School is what gets to me the most. I made a huge mistake with one of my online classes, basically I thought it was only a month long…like the other 6 online classes I’ve taken. Yeah, not so much. So I don’t log into that particular class for a couple weeks, then I start to wonder why it hasn’t turned off on my online class page. I look at it again and it’s not over until the end of July. After that discovery I frantically emailed my professor and asked to withdraw from the class. I’m still waiting on his reply.

My other two classes are alright. I’m keeping up with them, but I am going to need to find some time, when I don’t know, to just haul ass on a couple papers that they require.

Knowing that I have the rest of my life to look forward to after this next bleak year-and-a-half is very uplifting. Justin’s being such a good sport about my zealous wedding obsession. He’s even helping with the gust list right now! I have a really amazing man, be jealous 😉

I’m dying.

Not really, but my throat feels like sandpaper and it won’t let up! Seriously. It’s June. The weather has evened out and I should not be feeling like crap. Justin blames it on the humidity outside compared to our air conditioner being cranked up full blast during the night. Well damn. I just cannot win.

Oh a much brighter note…TADA!:

That’s right!  That’s my new baby!  We picked her up earlier this week.  I haven’t even had a chance to ride it yet though, I had to go to work =(   This is actually 1 of a pair of quads we bought.  Lori got one that matches this one exactly, so we’re twins! haha.  Justin and I will be heading over to John and Lori’s house Saturday to work on them and ride them, I seriously cannot wait.

This week has gone on forever,  and I think my to-do list is about a mile long and not getting any shorter.  I’m tankful for Justin, who lights a fire under my ass and gets me moving on the major things, like paying bills. haha.

Tomorrow I’m actually off from my morning job, I just have night job from 5-11, but I’ll probably stick it out until 12.  I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend.

I’m running in hyper speed.

I’ve admitted to myself before that I’m completely addicted to being busy. Some people would call it a workaholic, but I’m not sure that’s the case. A full calender is a happy calender for me, and I’m really not sure why.

I’ve read here and there that there is evidence to support that most women overdo it without meaning to. We’re predestined to feel the need to accomplish it all and take on more than we should. I’m not sure if that’s bologna or not, but I definitely feel it. I took on another 25 hour a week job this summer on top of my 35 hour a week job. On top of that I also decided to take another four school classes online for an extra 12 credits. That’s actually a full semester’s load of credits. Those are my major projects for this summer, two jobs and school. I don’t stop there though, I have to have plans for every single moment. Get my nails done, red a book, get laundry done, cook dinner, try to squeeze in seeing my family and friends that mostly live an hour or more away.

Work at a job I love, work at a job I hate.

It’s exhausting but sometimes I just get the biggest high from it because I’m accomplishing it. I feel like I’m not a worthwhile human being unless I’m pushing myself to the breaking point, then right before I’m about to shatter into a million pieces…I drink a glass of wine and call it a day.

This wine has the coolest name, but both Lori and I hated it. I have to admit, however, if a royal bitch were to in fact be turned into a bottle of wine, that is surely what she would taste like. 😉

Oh my, the heat!

I have to say, I love hot weather. I would so do well in the tropics where all you do is lay around and sweat. Hell freaking yeah. To bad I live in Pennsylvania, and we only get maybe a month and a half or two of gorgeous, scorching, summer heat.

I did get some sun today at the playground job.  I may buckle down and get some sunscreen…but I really want a tan! haha.  I love being out in the sunshine.

Another nice thing about the heat is after the rain, it makes scenes like this:

right out of a travel brochure.  That was taken this weekend up at the camp.  Beautiful river, and very fun to tube down!

Speaking of camp, we’re going up for a week straight at the end of June into July.  WITH MY NEW QUAD! sorry, just had to throw that in there.

bye now!

GUESS WHAT!

Last night I got the most exciting news of my young life. Journey came out with a new CD and they’re touring again! I thought all hope was lost. I thought I’d have to settle for second and third rate cover bands, but NO! This is the band! There is a new lead singer, but honestly it would take a very keen ear to hear a huge difference, it’s absolutely freaking amazing.

And I have the most amazing boyfriend in the world taking me to see them in August. How incredible is that?!

Whew. I’m spent.

-Bern Williams

Oh summer, why do you leave me every year? So cold for 9 months, and then you come back into my life as though you never left!

I’m such a country girl at heart.

Isn’t that the most kickass picture of a JB bottle ever? I thought so. We live in such an incredible apartment complex. We have minimal neighbors, we can have bbq’s until whenever in the morning, and we even have a fire pit, and people just leave us stuff to burn. Score one for us!

Anyway. It’s the first day of June! That, to me, signifies summer is official. It’s too bad that this is going to be such a crazy busy summer. I’m taking for of my upper level classes online between June and July, and I picked up an extra job/internship in the morning. My morning job is pretty amazing. I get to help out with city kids doing playground activities like crafts and sports and whatnot. I’m learning more organizing this program than I have in three years of college! Just goes to show that real-life experience is the key to everything.