Graduation Day

I can’t believe it is finally here, Graduation Day!! Today started as most days do with my alarm waking me from blissful sleep at 5:15 am. It was a little easier to get out of bed today because I am so excited! I opted for a run/walk outside this morning because its finally warm enough!

Post run/walk I was starving and immediately made a smoothie, similar to my Pearberrycado smoothie, but with pineapple instead of pear.

smoothie breakfast

Now I am off to work for a few hours to try get a few things done before getting my hair done at noon. Blo opened a new salon in the building right next to mine and I finally have a good reason to check them out.

blo bar

I love getting pampered! After my hair gets an upgrade I’ll be heading home to eat a little something something and get my regalia ready for its big moment (and mine).

graduation 2014

I’ve conned my whole family into coming to this shindig (not that they would miss it) then taking me out for a nice dinner. On my mom’s side of the family I was the first one to go to college, not to mention graduate from college. Now I will be the first and only to get my Master’s! On my dad’s side of the family I will be joining my uncle, aunt and my cousin’s wife (who is just as much a cousin to me as the rest of the bunch) in having MBA added to my title.

I can honestly say I have never worked harder for anything in my life. I am really proud of myself! I still don’t feel like this is real. It has been a long road.


And I’m Spent…

I have been working my academic butt off for the past 3 years. I am completely spent! Good thing I am currently blogging from the plane to Florida! This is a much need vacation for both SL and I.

I was in class until 10 last night presenting the project my group has been working on all semester. It was well received by both the business we presented to and our professor. I was beyond relieved when it was done and enjoy a nice HUGE glass of wine when I got home and finished some last minute packing.

SL and I left the house at 4:50 this morning so I did not get a workout in but I am hoping to get a short run or a short gym session in once we get to Lady Lake, but no promises. We are visiting SL’s aunt, uncle and grandmother for the first couple days before heading south to Cape Coral.

I have an 8 mile run planned for tomorrow which I am nervous about but the weather is starting to look more in my favor. I do not mind running in the rain but if it starts to thunder, I might run to the treadmill and finish there. Playing it by ear on this one.

Lady Lake Weather

Although this isn’t a true Friday Favorites post, here are some things I am loving this week.

Downeast Cider Apple Scented Candle

Downeast Cider Candle

I thought winter was over but the weather this week proved otherwise. It was cold and rainy all week and a little comforting candle was a must.



I have been dying for oysters lately and luckily SL has too. We splurged on Monday night and ordered a dozen on our date night out. Oysters are really expensive in these parts but if there weren’t, I would eat them everyday! These particular ones were absolutely huge but I still could have eaten 50 of them.

Orange Leaf

Orange Leaf

How was this the first time I’ve been to Orange Leaf? They have been popping up all over the place and last year one popped up right in my neighborhood. I always meant to try it out but never got around to it until this week. I had no idea what I was missing! O made myself a large and tried three different kinds, pink lemonade (no toppings), cookies and cream with mini PB cups and marshmallow sauce and wedding cake with raspberries and crushed Oroes. All were delicious and I only ended up having to share a little with SL.

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups

Island coconut

Hello vacation in a cup! This limited edition blend is filled with coconut flavor and instantly puts me in vacay mode! How appropriate for this week.


Past Friday Favorites:

Friday Favorites – 4.25

Friday Favorites – 4.18

Friday Favorites – 4.4

Friday Favorites – 3.28

Friday Favorites – 3.21

Friday Favorites – 3.14

Friday Favorites – 2.21

Lack of Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites – 1.31