Hi guys! Wow it has been over a week since my last post…to say the very least, the past week has been INSANE!!! I swear that all professors collaborate their test and project schedules and just attack us with all the major assignments at the same time. I have had 2 tests, a ten page paper, and an Spanish oral presentation that have kept me absolutely crazy busy for the past several days. Thank God this weekend was very relaxing to make up for it!
First off, I need to fill you guys in on LAST weekend though, because it was a very special and fun weekend.
IT WAS MY 20TH BIRTHDAY!!!
What I had originally thought was going to be a very fun but chill weekend turned into an amazingly fun and surprise filled weekend. For starters, my amazing mom came into town to surprise me!!
Ryan and I arrived at his parent’s house in Wheaton on Friday night to find that his mom had decorated the whole house with streamers and balloons in light of my birthday…she’s so sweet! When I took my bag up to the guest bedroom, I turned around to see my mom emerge from the closet. I immediately burst into tears. Ha, ha! I’m ridiculous. Being far from home has made me SO homesick and SO in need of my family. My mom and I have always been close, but spending a couple of years apart while I’ve been in school has only brought us closer.
The weekend was filled with amazing food, lots of shopping, and WAY to many birthday presents for me! I got far too spoiled!
Here are some glimpses of the weekend!
Overall, the weekend could not have been more amazing. I got plenty of rest, lots of good food, and some much needed mom time!!
In other news…guess who ran their very first half marathon yesterday?! Not officially, but on a treadmill! Ha, ha. I was scheduled to run 9 miles as per my training, but I felt so good I decided to just go for it! 7 miles in, I had to reset my treadmill and I had a Hammer Gel to give me a little boost. It made me feel awesome and I completed the 13.1 miles in less than 2 hours…I think my official time was 1:53. I was SO stoked! I feel so much more confident about the race (which is in 2 weeks…what?!?) now that I have done the whole 13 miles. I can’t wait to run it!!
After my awesome run, Ryan and I went to Chipotle to celebrate (and no, I didn’t shower beforehand) where I proceeded to demolish a huge chicken salad with fajita veggies and a side of chips and guac. It was epic, to say the very least. Afterwards, I treated myself to my last piece of ice cream birthday cake and about 3 cups of coffee so that I could get through writing my 10 page international accounting paper. Holy hellish afternoon! My body and mind were SO exhausted.
Today’s workout was a little more chill. I complete 30 minutes of intervals on a bike and 20 minutes of cooldown on an eliptical while reading for one of my classes. Anyone else with me that training makes you absolutely STARVING?! Seriously I think I’ve had about 20 meals between yesterday and today. Nothing seems to fill me up. But that’s okay, because I’m justifying eating copious amounts of chocolate, pretzels and cereal with the fact that I burned over 1,000 calories yesterday.
This week shows the potential of being nearly as insane as the last, so I can’t promise a regular occurrence of posts :-/ Hopefully life will settle down a little so I have time to photograph the delicious foods I’ve been fueling my body with before inhaling them faster than a starving dog. Seriously. My eating habits are disgusting.
On that happy note…I am off to collapse in bed and watch a movie. Can’t even remember the last time I did that! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!!