Weekend getaway – SASparilla

January 28, 2011 § 3 Comments

So last night I was too tired to post because I was busy wrangling this apparatus for a few hours. The stress of organic chemistry lab is upon us in full force people. The only good thing about it is that I have a small class (10 people!) and most people are pretty friendly so it makes the 3 hour block go a little faster.

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I just realized that this looks like I could be making drugs. I promise I’m not 😉


I’m writing from the airport right now! I’m currently waiting to get on a flight back home to sunny and warm TAMPA! I’m spending the weekend with my 3 best girl friends from semester at sea. They are all flying in today too, and I’m seriously so excited!!!

This weekend is gasparilla, which is a HUGE festival in Tampa. If you’ve never heard about it, you are seriously missing out. It’s easily one of the best weekends of the year! There is a big parade right by the water, everyone drinks and collects beads like at Mardi Gras (minus the boobies!) and it’s PIRATE themed!!! To raise my spirits and excitement level even more (not like I need it!) I’ll leave you with some pictures of Gasparilla’s past.

Jan 2 gasp 9 gasp 3 gasp 4 gasp 5 gasp 6 gasp 7 gasp 8

These pictures are from the past 4 years of Gasparilla… I wear a lot of black!


If there’s smoke…

January 25, 2011 § 5 Comments

there’s not always fire.

My roommates and I have had a bumpy past with our smoke alarm. It goes off quite often, even when nothing is burning. Tonight, Joelynn burned the crap out of her pizza  because the alarm would.not.stop.

She’s such a happy girl!

Anyway, after all of us nagging each other about the stupid alarm sound, we started to hear another alarm. We figured it was coming from the one upstairs by our bedrooms, but no…Rob was playing a youtube video of smoke alarm sounds! He had us going nuts!! It was impossible to tell where it was coming from. The girls were running up and down the stairs fanning the air like crazy, removing batteries, and trying to figure out where in the heck the noise was coming from! It was priceless. Pranks like this make me really appreciate having a boyfriend who isn’t afraid to play around with me and my roomies.

If anyone’s interested, this is the youtube video … it sounds SO real!


January 24, 2011 § 1 Comment


blocking the road for a good  2 minutes … severe craving ensued

Sunday Inspiration

January 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

OPI Black Shatter

January 21, 2011 § 5 Comments

One of the simplest, girliest pleasures I indulge in frequently is painting my nails. I am obsessed with the blog All Lacquered Up. I find out about new colors, collections, and all things manicure related from her great posts!

Before Halloween, I had read about OPI’s new black shatter top coat, and have been keeping my eye out for it ever since. After months of waiting, I finally got it! (Actually, my wonderful boyfriend actually got it for me!)

Basically, you just paint it over any color and as it dries, it “shatters.” I experimented with different colors and coats with my roommate Joelynn. I went pink, she went rainbow.

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We’re both obsessed!


January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

For 4 wheel drive on super snowy days.


5+ inches…. thank goodness this is my last winter in Ohio!

Mickey D’s visit to the cardiologist

January 19, 2011 § 5 Comments

Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday! Your good vibes mixed with all the oranges, vitamins, hot tea & lots of sleep seemed to do the trick! I’ve felt great all day.

My Wednesday started off like it always does – with work. I do research through the medical center, and my main job is to ask patients to take surveys when they finish their visit with the doctor. Most people usually either decline to do the survey, or they fill it out and leave without more than a few words.

Today though, I had a 20 minute long conversation with a patient in the waiting room. I didn’t mind talking with her, in fact, I found her conversation to be a nice break from the monotony of the morning. She was telling me about her myriad of health problems, how she felt she was getting sub par care, etc. I actually appreciated her honesty and the perspective she gave. I can take her feedback, apply it to my research and help make patient care better for her and future patients.

However, it was kind of hard for me to take her 100% seriously because over the course of 20 minutes, she ate two burgers and a large fry from McDonald’s. In the waiting room of her cardiologist’s office.

Let me just say that I don’t care what you eat.Unless you are complaining about heart disease, diabetes, and the last 40 lbs that “just won’t come off.”

Since I do have plans to someday work in the health care field, seeing people carelessly eating junk food (especially right before an appointment!) breaks my heart. Maybe she doesn’t know better, or maybe she doesn’t care.

Either way, I know. I care. 

And one day, I will be working towards making our world a happier & healthier place!

Let me just back up and say that I’m by NO means a perfect eater. I too, could lose a few pounds. I love sweets & French fries. However, I fully believe in moderation and getting ample veggies, vitamins and an overall well rounded diet. I just don’t want anyone to call me a hypocrite when I post about cupcakes tomorrow 🙂

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