Friday, August 29, 2014

Chi-Town Here I Come!

Happy Friday!

This is the face of a girl who hasn't seen her boyfriend in 4 weeks but will finally see him in a few short hours!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Current Life Happenings

- I leave for Chicago TOMORROW!  Please time speed up! But then slow down Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon…like really slow. Peter has planned our whole weekend - it's like an extra long date! While it's no fun not having him here, I must say I haven't been this excited to see him in a while :) 

- My sister-in-law's due date is now 4 little weeks away. I've kept the 2 weekends before and 2 weekends after it completely free just in case missy comes at a different time! I can't wait to hold her eek!

- With my next half coming up, I want to raise money for a charity again but I'm not sure which one yet. There's so many good ones!

- I told you guys about this delicious pasta dish and forgot to share the recipe. If I can make it, you guys can too. Just look at that melted cheese….

- I can't wait for fall. Bring on the jeans, boots and all the comfy sweaters!

- I had my second to last Invisalign appointment on Monday. Now I officially have an end date - November 1st. 14 months later and I'm so happy with my new smile!

- At work, I get to help organize our division's community outreach projects. Yesterday we delivered over 900 school supplies to a local elementary school and they were SO thankful! Even though we're a big company it's nice knowing the senior leaderships cares enough to support these initiatives! 

Please think some happy thoughts for me tomorrow as I fly to Chicago. I'm really not a fan of flying but it's more convenient so I just try to tough it out. Luckily the flight isn't too long. And it's totally worth it to finally spend time with this handsome guy :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Kelly!!

Today is one of my best friend's in the whole wide world's birthday! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll recognize Kelly :)

This is the second year I won't get to tell her happy birthday in person and it stinks. I wish there was a law that all friends had to live within 10 minutes of each other. But she's in Philadelphia making her dream career come true so I'm okay with our long distance…for now :). Luckily we're going to be best friends forever so I know many more birthdays will be celebrated together!

Over the weekend when Julie and I were hanging out, we made a pit stop to Target after our hiking adventure. I couldn't write about it in my Weekend Recap because it was for Kelly's birthday present she hadn't gotten yet. However it arrived yesterday and she opened it because it was her birthday in Australia so now I can share. We walked around Target and picked out all the things we knew Kelly would love!

The box included: the best brownie mix, goldfish, twizzlers, mac and cheese, dish towels, hand sanitizer, hair ties, nail polish and a 13.1 for her new car!! We also included a 2 and 3 birthday candles and toy skateboarders so her boyfriend Brian didn't feel too left out :)

So Kelly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I miss you like crazy but I'm so excited as you start this new chapter. I'm coming visit ASAP and we will have the best weekend because I always have a great time with you, no matter what we do! Thanks for being the best boomie and always being there for me. Thank goodness you roomed with Julie freshmen year and we finally became best friends the next year! I hope your day is spectacular! I love you Kseid!!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Recap

Not gunna lie…I'm already excited for next week's weekend recap because I'll be talking about all the things Peter and I did in Chicago!! Countdown: 4 DAYS :D

This weekend was quite productive in getting me off the couch and out of the house.

On Friday night, Sarah and I met up after work. While she got her hair cut, I did some errands and then read on a bench. We went to Chipotle for dinner and had some girl talk. Not having an older sister growing up, it's fun enjoying stuff like this with her. We can talk about anything and that makes it even more fun. We came home and watched Austenland with Zoey on the couch. If you like Keri Russell and cute, pointless movies, I recommend it!

On Saturday I went hiking at this national park with Julie. It was a rainy day but we were both okay with a little water and mud! It was really nice to get outside and enjoy the pretty scenery as well as more girl talk! The only thing missing was the other point on our triangle, Kelly :)

Saturday night I went out with Sarah and Ryan to get drinks and appetizers with a few of their friends. I've gotten to know their friends since living with them so it's fun going out with them. They're in their late 20s or early 30s so they like to quiz about stuff that happened in the 80's :P I was home by 10 and quickly fast asleep.

Sunday morning Sarah and I went over to her parents house for breakfast. This was the first time I had been to Peter's house since he left for Chicago and it was slightly strange thinking he wasn't there. Though I've hung out with his family without him plenty times before so not too strange! His dad made pancakes and bacon and it was delicious. Then Peter's mom, sisters and I went walking around a park with Zoey. It was good to burn off some of the calories from breakfast. Sarah and I then went to Trader Joe's and I tried to refrain from buying too much since I'll be away this weekend. I could really buy the whole store!

Look at me being healthy and getting kale!
The rest of the night I cleaned up my room, did laundry, made lunch for the week and then read in bed. I may be re-reading the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants series :) 
Lunch for the week - look at that cheese :)
P.S. Have I mentioned how excited I am to see Peter for 4 days?!?! I'm trying not to think about how we still have 10 more months of this long distance thing and taking it day by day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Having a Nickname

Yesterday morning I was at the doctor's office... as was three other Rebecca's. I was the last one they called but stood up the two times before…

It got me thinking about how I don't actually go by my "real" name and how it's been growing up like that. So I thought I'd sure some amusing stories because of it:

+ I didn't fully understand that I went by a different name until 2nd grade. I can remember riding my bike around spelling out R-e-b-e-c-c-a because I was worried I'd forget how.

+ On every first day of school, I never responded the first time the teacher called my name for role. Then I always had to say "Actually I go by Becky, b-e-c-k-y". I said that at least 50 during my school years. I never once tried to go by Rebecca.

+ Though once I did change my name on Facebook to Rebecca and no one liked it. I got comments saying it was too weird and to change it back haha.

+ My mom would only call me Rebecca if she was serious about something aka if I got in trouble. 

+ I have a short hand signature for Becky but I have to write out each letter of Rebecca. I usually only write Rebecca for important official documents so I guess I'm just too lazy to learn a short hand for it too.

+ Once I was at airport security and they were checking my ID and ticket. I put Becky on my ticket but the guy almost didn't believe me that Becky was the nickname for Rebecca. Ever since then I've made sure to put Rebecca. 

+ At work when my email shows up in their inbox, it says Rebecca but my signature block says Becky. It makes me laugh when people respond saying "Hi Rebecca".

I'm not sure if I'll ever end up going by Rebecca. I really like it but I'm just used to and feel like a Becky! 

Happy Friday!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap

I had 48 hours of reading, naps and playing with cute dogs. It was just missing Peter or else it would have been the perfect weekend. 

I watched my dogs while the rest of the family went camping. If I have a choice between sleeping on the ground or in my bed…well you already know my answer :)
cuties :)
We played in the backyard, went on walks and lounged on the screened-in porch. I've decided that I need one in my future home. It's nice to enjoy being outside without dealing with bugs. 
kept me company at the dinner table
Sunday morning walk
we assumed our napping positions
I even made myself a delicious pasta dinner on Saturday - recipe to come!

I wish I could see my dogs every day but I'll take a weekend with them any day!

oh to be a dog…!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Letters

It's been awhile since I've did this kind of post so here we go!

Dear Peter, only 14 more days until I see you! It's only been 17 days since you left and sometimes it doesn't feel like you're actually 700 miles away…July 2015, you can be here now!
old picture from Tech!
Dear Work, you've been crazy these past few weeks. Maybe you'll let me catch up and not feel overwhelmed next week?

Dear Julie & Kelly, you both started big things this week! Julie - you're going to have a great first year teaching and Kelly - you're going to have a great first year at Optometry school! I'm so proud of you both!
Can we make a trip to Blacksburg ASAP?
Dear Erin, a year ago today we were hanging out and having dinner. I brought Ellie just in case and your dad wanted to make sure I didn't put anything in your drink…I'm glad everything worked out so well :) Can't wait for you to visit once your 6 months is up!
Our first but not last picture!
Dear Kayla, I'm still cracking up about your Loki's video bomb on your snap chat!

Dear Erika, though we've never met, hopefully you don't find it weird how ridiculously excited I still am for you, Matt and Camille! I loved your posts before but these current ones with pictures of her are just awesome to read :)

Dear Rent The Runway, I think I'm going to try you out…I need a dress for the Great Gatsby themed Twilight Polo! (Anyone tried it before? How was your experience?)

Dear Weekend, it'll just be you, me and my dogs. Hellllo sweet relaxation for 48 hours.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aunt Becky!

I shared a few months ago that my brother Ben and sister-in-law Chelsae are expecting! A little baby girl! She's due at the end of September and I know the next six weeks will fly by. This past weekend my mom, our family friend Michelle who is like a second mom to Ben, and I drove down to their house in Chesapeake for their baby shower.
the adorable parents!
The thing that stinks about family living far away is that you tend to spend more time getting there and getting home than time with them but it's still worth it. We left my mom's house at 7:30am on Sunday, got there around 11:00am, left at 3:00pm and I finally got home at 9:30pm. We hit traffic on the way home because everyone was on 95 coming home from the beach. 

Ben is currently stationed in Chicago so he flew home Friday night and flew back on Monday. He'll get some time off when the baby is born but I know it'll be hard to go back to Chicago :( Dear Navy, please let Ben transfer to Norfolk. Thanks!
her first nautical outfit!
When we got there, Ben was putting together some of the baby's furniture. I got them a high chair and my mom and step-dad got them a bassinet and a pack n play. I helped Ben put those together which was trickier than expected but we finally figured it out. It was weird to think that in a few weeks a little person will constantly be using in them!

They had a low key shower at their neighborhood clubhouse. We ate yummy food and Chelsae opened a lot of cute presents. Unfortunately after that we had to leave but it was so good to see them and help celebrate the baby. She's going to be incredibly loved! I already can't wait to hold her and be her Aunt Becky :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Being Outside

On Friday night, Sarah and Ryan went into DC to see a show and I happily made no plans that night so I could watch Zoey for them. After a busy work week with a few late nights, I was looking forward to the couch, Netflix and puppy snuggles. 

Before all that though I took Zoey out on her evening walk. I really like my neighborhood because there are a lot of sidewalks/paths and pretty greenery. It makes for lovely runs and walks. I walked Zoey down to this big pond that has 2 fountains and a path around it. We were gone for about an hour as I let her stop to smell things. Peter's mom always says that when you walk your dog outside is like you're letting them read the newspaper - hehe. 

I started thinking about how much life you see when you get outside. Whether it's to a new town, city or country. Or a simple walk around your own neighborhood. There was a dad carrying his little boy on his shoulders. Another dad helping his son ride his bike. Five little girls were chasing each other on bikes seeing who could go faster. A dad took a picture of his son in the stroller when his hat fell sideways. A family was outside on their deck eating dinner together. Two guys came up to me to ask where a street was. I told them it was the next one down. One of the guys came back to say that the other one was lost and he was helping him get home.

As fun as it is to lounge on the couch and get sucked into the fake realities that is Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, or Hart of Dixie, it's not better than getting outside and seeing real life happen around you. One of my favorite things Peter and I regularly did was take walks, either for 20 minutes or 45. We would talk about anything and just enjoy the time together , uninterrupted by others, phones or TVs. I miss walking around Tech with him too. And going hiking. I'm so glad he likes being as active as I do. I'm already looking forward to a few walks when I go to visit him in 3 weeks!

So tonight or this week, I encourage you to take a walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the life around you!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Goals

On Tuesday Erin’s post reminded me that it’s been a while since I've written down monthly goals…like 8 months since. Now that Peter is away and I've got some more free time on my hands, I decided productivity is a good way to distract myself from missing him so much. Here are 5 things I hope to accomplish in August:

1. Blog 3x a week. The blogs I love to read are always constantly blogging and that’s one of the things I enjoy about them. Not sure why I haven’t been able to get on the same train…there are a lot of times during the day when I think “that would be fun to blog about” and then I never write it down. I’m already at 3 this week and I know I can keep this up.

2. Run 5 times before work. I love starting my day with a run but oh boy it is hard. As soon as my alarm goes off at 5:15, I just say no no no and roll back over. I lay my clothes and shoes out the night before so I really just need to get myself out of bed. Maybe I should try making my alarm one of my favorite songs to get me going.

3. Read a book from the library. My kindle library has grown this summer as I've gotten into reading again but those books aren't free. Though I usually buy ones that are between $1-$3 and I did have an Amazon gift card to use up. The library is right down the road from me and full of free things so it’s time to take advantage.

4. Go on an hiking adventure. I love getting outside and being active. Virginia may not have as big of mountains as Colorado but we still have some pretty ones! I’m watching my dogs in a few weeks, maybe Hunter and I can go on a fun adventure. Henry is now an old man and prefers to sleep so I’ll save some couch cuddling time with him that night.

5. Send two pieces of snail mail. At least a card saying I’m thinking of you!

I know August is going to fly by, like the rest of the year has, so I’ll excited to have these goals to look forward to and cross off the list!