Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day 1 of P2

I started my second year of pharmacy school last Monday and this past year has be a world wind of activity! I feel like today was the first day my feet have stopped moving since the week started so I thought I'd show a peak into what my day was like.

I woke up at about 6:15 and went on my normal run. As soon as I got back I headed to the shower, then straight for my my coffee :)

 Who doesn't need a bit of liquid courage on a Monday
Here I am all ready to go :) 
I had class non-stop from about 8 am until 3:30 pm and I was beat! So I whipped up a smoothie to give me a little boost...
Then started on some homework. 

It was a loooong day. I didn't get in bed until about midnight which is way later than I usually stay up. The first few days, and even weeks in some cases, are always super hectic. I love getting see my sweet friends, some of which I haven't seen all summer, and getting back into a set schedule. But I'm so thankful for the weekends and little down moments when I can just catch my breath. I love it that the weather is started to cool down just a tad and football season is back in action! Praying for a decent season for my Clemson tigers and a speedy, stress free semester. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This summer I have been working super long hours at the pharmacy--between 10-12 hour days--and this smoothie is the perfect snack and it is so simple. These are all of the ingredients I used although I have seen different renditions of this recipe (some with vanilla, some with avocado)
About a cup of almond milk, a handful of spinach and a banana frozen or not. I blend these ingredients together, throw them in my shaker bottle and I'm done. I love to make it the night before and freeze it, that way its pretty much perfect by the time lunch time rolls around. Sometimes I may add an extra scoop of whey protien in just when I feel like I need an extra boost. My favorite part of this little snack is that you can't taste the spinach...AT ALL! And who doesn't love chocolate :) Enjoy
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5 years....

Five short years ago this boy stole my heart and he's had a firm grip ever since. 
 I have never been one to believe in the whole 'soul mate' thing but I do believe God had a bigger plan for both Keith and me from the very beginning...after all we were born just 13 days apart. It only took us 18 and 1/2 years later to finally meet at Clemson's freshman orientation that hot day in July and another year or so to finally make it 'official'. I promised Keith I wouldn't get all sappy but I thank God every. single. day for this sweet man. He has supported me through every thought, every action, every dream and he makes me want to be better. These past five years have definitely not been perfect, no relationship is perfect and no one person is perfect...but they've come pretty darn close. I would not want to go through this crazy journey called life with anyone else. I love you Keith, cheers to many many more years to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer-in Review!

Is it just me or does it seem like summer is the shortest season of them all? This summer has been so much fun but alas it is coming to an end. In just 2 short weeks, I will be back at school for my P2 year. Although fall is one of my favorite seasons, I am still sad to see summer go. When I think of summer I think of relaxation: sleeping in late, going to movies with Keith, hanging out with friends, and lazy afternoons drinking sweet tea for me...lemonade for Keith. The majority of my summer, I was able to intern at my old job back home. The upside is being able to do what I love day in and day out. The downside is...
...working on the holidays. Here I am celebrating Independence Day as a hostage in the pharmacy ;) 

This summer we also....
  • Picked strawberries 
  • I tried peach pancakes at the Original Pancake house and boy were they delicious! This was only a 'half stack' but I really wish I'd gotten a whole. So so yummy!
  • Shared a Coke. I love this campaign! Thank you Coca Cola :)
  • Went on vacation
  • Went to see a few movies
  • Did lots of reading
  • Celebrated one sweet girl 
  • Fell in love with my favorite cereal all over again 
  • Volunteered for a Tri!  
  • Spent some Q.T with this sweet guy


  • And this one  

  •  Watched Big brother! Its no secret how much I lovveee me some BB!

  •  This summer my mom and some of her co-workers found a bald eagle! His wing had been clipped and they were taking him as a rescue. Apparently he was super mean but so beautiful. She sent me these pics. She has the coolest job! 

Each year I love to reflect on what I was doing the year before and how I've grown or not grown etc. This time last year I was just about to go into my first year of Pharmacy school. I was eager and nervous at the same time....I didnt really know what to expect! I tried to block out all of the negative aspects--people telling me it would be super hard, the cost, the distance from my family and Keith etc, and focus on the positive aspects--that I was going to get another degree...a doctorate, the fact that I was going to  better myself. I have been able to meet so many new friends and reconnect with old ones. I have been able to build a stronger relationship with Jesus which I am most proud of..this is a continued work in progress. As much as I love the lazy summer days, I am definitely looking forward to being on a schedule again. and getting through another school year!
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tom Hoskins Memorial Triatholon

A few Saturdays ago, I was asked to volunteer at the Tom Hoskins Memorial Tri. and it was a blast! I used to work at the YMCA before I went to college as a camp counselor so I was eager to get back. Tom Hoskins was an avid triathlete who was tragically killed in 2005 so each year, our local YMCA puts on a triathlon in his honor. I had to wake up super early in order to be at the gym to set up. The worst part about the whole day: every single coffee place didnt open up until 6! #thestruggle
This is me at about 5:30 am. Bright eyed and bushy tailed :)
There is a little water park in the back of the Y. I've never seen it this calm before.

The Tri consisted of a 25 yard swim...
...a 13.1 bike run....(it was such as good turn out. This was only half the bikes out there)

....and a 5k.

 The overall finisher finished in only 57 minutes! He's supposedly something of a mini champion and trains super hard for these things.
The first 20 finishers were the super competitive athletes and it was apparent. They wouldnt talk or smile or even wave. As the race went on, the athletes got nicer, slowly but surely. 

This project was so much fun. I was able to meet so many wonderful families and athletes ranging from ages 14 to 72. There were over 200 people who raced on this day however not everyone decided to do the triathlon. There were relay teams and those who decided on the duathlon segment (where the swim was replaced with another run instead). There were also several triathlon clubs such as Still Hopes. Everyone on this team was super nice and up beat. They said they start training in February and train all the way through until the end of July. Talk about motivation. It was amazing to see people come from all over the state just to fellowship and race. Im so thankful to have been a part of it :)