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Anatomy of a summer weekend

13 Jul

Friday night: Indians game

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Saturday: Family picnic and fireworks

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Sunday: Cedar Point with your best friend

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This has probably been one of the fullest summers I’ve had in a while, with every weekend busting at the seams. I love having plans and spending time with family and friends, but it’s making the days fly by at an alarming rate. Before we know it the season will be over. I’m doing my best to squeeze in as much as possible before it ends.

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I’m a bad blogger

13 May

Well, hello there. It’s been awhile. Looking back at my blogging history, April is always a rough month for me, and this year was no different. I’ve been a bad blogger again.

I leave for Germany in less than two weeks… say what?! And I still want to finish all my vacation recaps from Italy (which was MONTHS ago) and Boston before I go. More travel posts to come in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, why don’t we cover some highlights from April since I didn’t blog THE ENTIRE MONTH…

Best Part

Spending a weekend in Boston with my parents and catching up with my cousin Alli. This was our first time visiting the city, and we absolutely loved it. There is so much history in the streets, and since we were there right before the marathon, you could really feel the unity and spirit. If you’ve never been, book your trip ASAP. I’ll post a recap soon!

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Favorite Thing I Did

Touring the USS Constitution in Boston. I really love boats, and this one is especially cool. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. And in case you didn’t guess, the ship was named after the Constitution of the USA, by none other than George Washington himself. It was one of my favorite stops on the Freedom Trail.

USS Constitution #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

Favorite Thing I Ate

I cheated big time on my nutrition plan Easter Sunday – with good reason. We went to Limoncello in Boston’s Little Italy, and I ordered a very delicious veal parm. The meal was topped off with a stop at Mike’s Pastry and an enormous cannoli. Don’t tell my CrossFit coach.

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Places I Visited

Just one: Boston. Seeing a theme here?

Favorite Instagram Photo

Captain in #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

 Just call me Captain MJ

Looking Forward to Most in May

A week in Berlin with Sebastian with essentially no plans. We’re going to try out new restaurants, meet up with friends and have the most relaxing time. CAN’T WAIT.

Wallowing

8 Apr

I can’t deny it; I’ve been having an extra tough time since Sebastian went back to Germany. So much so that I let it take over my life this past weekend. I’m embarrassed to say I spent 80 percent of the time in bed and may or may not have finished an entire season of Mad Men. So many questions were running through my head and overwhelming me. How long are we going to do this? Are we ever going to end up in the same place? Why does long-distance have to be so hard? And then on Sunday I broke down.

But luckily, I broke down in front of Sebastian on Skype. He is such an incredibly understanding guy. I was a blubbering, snotty mess, and he stayed there with me, letting me cry it out. And then something really good happened. I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I remembered, despite the ups and downs, long-distance is worth it. I remembered he’s worth it. So after we hung up the call, I picked myself up out of bed, pulled it together and stopped wallowing in self-pity. I know it won’t always be like this, and if I’m patient, everything will work out some day.

So here’s to feeling better. Here’s to feeling normal. And here’s to all the long-distance lovers out there. This one’s for you.

dance in the rain

images via 1, 2

A little faith and some random thoughts

15 Oct

Two weeks have gone by since I arrived home from my vacation in Germany, and I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. I’m always in this weird funk when I return – my physical body is here, but my heart is somewhere else.

Last week felt especially difficult. It was a rough week at work, and I was seriously starting to doubt myself. Just when I was feeling really down, I came across this quote:

It’s so true that we often put ourselves down, or at least I do. It’s something I will try to change because I know I am worth a lot, and I should try to have more faith in my abilities.

Speaking of quotes that helped me get through the week, I am obsessed with the character Phil Dunphy from “Modern Family” and his Phil’sosophy on life. This one is my favorite:

And finally, this Saturday I attended a wedding for two of my close friends Kyle and Danielle. It was a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful couple. The reception was a blast, and I feel in a much better place this Monday.

{the lovely couple}

{Nick photobombing us – Lauren, Erika, me}

{in John’s words: we would absolutely survive the zombie apocalypse}

Cheers to the week ahead!

images via: 1, 2, 5 and my friends’ FB photos

Cleaning out the loft

1 Apr

I spent the past week and a good part of this weekend spring cleaning. My spring cleaning usually consists of reorganizing my closet, some serious dusting and washing down the walls and woodwork. This year, however, I decided to tackle my loft as well.

When my parents remodeled our home, they wanted to make use of all available space. This is how the lofts came to be. I had one and so did my brother. In each of our rooms there is a wooden ladder that leads up to a space above the ceiling. The height is only about 4 feet tall, but it was the perfect space for a kid. I used to spend hours in my loft reading or playing with my dolls.

Over time, I slowly but surely outgrew the loft, and it turned into my personal storage area. Everything I saved, or didn’t have room for, found a space in my mini attic. Fast forward to now, the loft was jam-packed with high school soccer trophies, fifth grade awards, old toys and college text books. It was time to do some serious spring cleaning.

I took everything out of the loft, wiped down the walls and vacuumed the carpet. And then began the task of going through all the items I’d saved since I was 12 years old. I found a lot of interesting things, and some I still couldn’t throw out or give away (like my Ewok pez dispenser – hello, it’s an Ewok pez dispenser). But a lot of stuff I was able to clean out. It’s OK to let go of things, because they’re just things. It’s the little moments and memories spent in the loft that I’ll have forever.

Here’s to a fresh start this spring!

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Love is in the air

12 Feb

It’s Valentine’s weekend, and although my Valentine is across the ocean, I still enjoy participating in the holiday. Yes – I know it’s silly to show your feelings just because it’s February 14. Even so, it’s nice to remind people how much you care and celebrate the spirit of love.

I came across these cookies on Pinterest and decided to try making them. News flash: I am no chef, but these cookies were pretty easy to make (and delicious too!). Plus, they are a cute way to say Happy Valentine’s Day.

cookies

Strawberry Valentine Oreo Cookies

Ingredients
Cookies:
1 package of strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup of shortening

Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 stick of butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups of powdered sugar

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together strawberry cake mix, eggs and shortening until well combined. The dough will be pretty stiff. Roll dough into balls, making sure they are similar in size. Place dough onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

While the cookies are cooling, mix together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. When cookies are cool, frost them and sandwich like and Oreo.  And voilá – you have strawberry-flavored cookies perfect for Valentine’s Day!

cookies

*Makes 12-15 cookies after they are sandwiched together

Cheers to the weekend

10 Feb

This weekend I have ZERO plans, and I’m absolutely ecstatic about it. As a 23-year-old this probably makes me sound lame, but I’m perfectly content with lame.

And looking at the weather forecast, it seems like the perfect weekend to put on some sweats, bake cookies and watch romantic comedies (it is Valentine’s weekend after all).

ForecastMy plan is awesome. The only thing that would make it better is having Sebastian next to me. But since that’s not a possibility, I’ll settle for this guy:

Dante{Dante – cutest dog ever}

Cheers to the weekend! :-)