Miranda Bakes...For Real?

Happy Easter everyone!

Have you all had a good day? I sure hope so! Mine has been full of church, friends, and food. I will do a post with some pictures tomorrow, but today I wanted to do something that I have never done before, and that's share a recipe!

John's mom made these when I was at their house for dinner a couple of months ago, and I thought they were delicious. She wrote the recipe down for me and I just haven't had a chance to make them, but I decided that Easter dinner would be the perfect opportunity. They are really easy. Thanks for the recipe, Mrs. Turner!

Sour Cream Biscuits

You will need:

*2 cups of self-rising flour (sifted)
*2 sticks of butter (room temperature)
*8 ounces of sour cream


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
2. Mix ingredients together.
3. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray. (The recipe calls for mini muffin pans, but I used regular.)
4. Spoon dough into muffin tins. 
5. Bake for 15 minutes, if using mini muffin tins. I baked mine for around 20 minutes. 
6. Let cool and enjoy!


I am not much of a chef, but I am working on it. I'm all about easy things, and these were definitely easy, not to mention yummy! Let me know if you decide to try them out!

High 5 for Friday!

I feel like I always begin Friday posts with a "Happy Friday!" type greeting. So, to avoid being monotonous, today I'm just going to say...
It's Friday. And you better be excited about it.

But that doesn't make sense, because really, who isn't excited about it?

Moving on, today I am linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for my very first High Five for Friday post. A lot of blogs that I follow participate in this so I figured I would give it a go! It basically gives you a chance to review your week and pick out five things that you loved about it.
1. During John and I's Bible study on Tuesday night, he challenged me to finish my work week out by being positive, and just reminding myself that my job is making a difference in lives, despite what I may think. When I got to work on Wednesday morning, I wrote a "You are doing God's work" on a post-it and stuck it to my computer. It has been a really great little motivator, and I have had a fantastic work week.

2. I found this old picture that I am probably 4 or 5 years old in. That's Honey, who was my very first dog, and she was such a sweetie! We got her when I was really little, and she lived to be a very old girl. I just love this picture. The fact that it's Christmas and she's wearing an elf hat just makes it even better.

3. Easter weekend always has a way of reminding me even more of God's love and Jesus' sacrifice. One of my cousins posted on Facebook earlier encouraging everyone to read Matthew 27 today, since it's Good Friday. I pulled it up and read it for the first time in a while. What a reminder of the love that Jesus had for us.

4. I bought these new sandals earlier in the week...from Walmart of all places! I don't remember the last time I found cute shoes at Walmart, but I love them! I even braved the cold weather and wore them two days this week, ha ha.

5. John and I swapped a couple of funny pictures via Facebook chat on Tuesday. Conversations with him are always so entertaining. He may look like a weirdo in that picture, but he's a very cute weirdo. :)

Enjoy the rest of your FRIDAY!



Facing the Inevitable

I have been realizing something more and more lately. Wait...are you ready for it?

I really am an adult. 

There, I said it. No matter how badly I want to be carefree and void of responsibility, it's not going to happen. Ever again. Because time just doesn't work like that. I'm 23 years old. I'm definitely not a teenager anymore. In fact, I'm not even a student. I'm officially...the "a" word. Yikes.

From my experience, your early 20's are the time period that you can really feel yourself molding into a responsible citizen of society. You're treated with a little more respect, you make your own money, you quickly learn how important your credit score is. Heck, I have even already had an issue with the same grey hair growing back, over and over again. It's depressing.


You know what else? I get asked on a weekly basis if I'm married. Why do I feel like that's such a terribly thing to be asked? I mean, I have friends that have been married for years now. Getting married young is fine, if that's what you want. There's nothing wrong with it. But every time someone asks me that, all I can think is "Marriage? Um...no! I'm only 23 years old!" And then I realize, 23 is a pretty average age to get married. Maybe the most average. Yikes. I'm old enough to get married and it be a socially acceptable thing to do.

Want to know what freaks me out the most though? Let me just give a little recap.

A couple of weeks ago one of my coworkers was standing in the doorway of my office, telling me a story about what a pain in the butt her grown daughters are. I was being friendly and listening, laughing every now and then. She then stops and asks me the question to end all questions.

"Do you have kids?"

Excuse me...what? 

I'm pretty sure my mouth fell open a little. After staring at her with wide eyes for a second I finally said, "Ha ha, no, no kids for me! Not for a while anyway!"

But, what I really wanted to say was, "NO! Of course I don't have kids. I am a kid!"

Of course, that's not true. I don't know why that bothered me so much. People I graduated high school with have kids. Some of them already have two or three. Also, a lot of people my age are trying to have kids. So really, it's not a big deal.

Still though, the rest of that day I was distracted thinking, do I really look old enough to have children? 

Please tell me I'm not the only person who feels that they shouldn't be at this point in their life yet! Ha ha.

What the Professional World Has Taught Me (Thus Far)

It has already been about seven months since I have graduated from college. That is insane! This also means that I have been in the full-time professional world of desks, ringing phones, and windowless offices for seven months. Actually, if you include my part-time position I had before this job, I have been in a professional setting for about two years now. 

I'm still in the process of figuring out what I am supposed to do with my life. Do I feel that I'm supposed to stay in a desk job for the rest of eternity? Um, definitely not. I have no doubt that this is where I'm supposed to be at this point in time, but bigger things are yet to come, I can feel it. For now, I just have to make the most of the experience. After all, nothing you do in life is done without learning something, right?

Which had me thinking earlier today, what has working in an office environment taught me so far? I mean, besides how to make a perfect cup (or five) of instant coffee, or the truth that you can never have too many file folders. 

1. Office environments can be intimidating.
Business environments are all work and no play. And...that's kind of the point. The walls are white, the chairs are squeaky, people walk up and down the hallways focused on nothing but accomplishing their next task. Not to mention, the constant drone of copy machines and the clicking of keyboards are enough to drive you crazy if you let it. You feel like you have to just kind of melt into this alternate version of yourself when you're at work...which really isn't the case. If you do this...you'll be miserable. The office doesn't have to be a scary place. Just stay calm and work hard. 

2. If you look better, you'll feel better.
No, I don't mean that to be as bad as it sounds. I'm just speaking from experience. I'm really good (or, bad I guess would be the better word) at sleeping until the last possible minute in the mornings, and then showing up to work with wet hair and an outfit that I threw on in two seconds. I can honestly say that when I do that, my days aren't as good because I feel like I look terrible and unprofessional. Sometimes I think this even contributes to the level of productivity that I have in a day. On days that I wake up, make my hair and make-up look decent, and put on a really work appropriate outfit, I feel more confident, leading me to be in a better mood all day long. There's an old saying that says "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I kinda have to agree with it. 

3. It's okay to be friendly, but don't let people walk all over you.
Most jobs out there require you to have a certain amount of sternness about you. You have to know your stuff, and know how to stand your ground. This is a good thing, but often difficult to do, especially when you're like me and you're afraid to give someone bad news. There's nothing wrong with being firm and sticking to your guns, but you don't have to be rude when you do it. Be friendly to people you talk to, whether it's co-workers or clients over the phone, but know where you stand. People will treat you with the same level of courtesy you treat them with., and if they still want to scream at you...they're just jerks. And unfortunately, a lot of people out there are jerks. 

4. Don't sweat the small stuff.
I stress at work A LOT because I just want to be good at what I do. The thing I'm slowly learning though is, worrying to death about every little thing is unnecessary...not to mention unhealthy! Things are going to go wrong every now and then...that's just life! All you can do is do your job, and do it well. Try your hardest, and deal with the bumps in the road as they come. Otherwise, you will wake up every morning and shed a few tears over the idea of another nine hours at your work desk. 

5. High school never really ends.
It's unfortunate, but true. There's still going to be gossip in the hallways. People are going to blame things on others just to keep themselves out from under the spotlight. Coworkers aren't always going to be friendly...some won't even say anything when you tell them hello in the hallways. Everyone has different personalities. However, there will be people you can depend on to. There is always going to be someone that you can go to for advice or encouragement. 

These are just things that I have been thinking on a lot lately. I am on a journey to being more positive, and realizing these types of things make that journey a lot easier! It's just always important to remember...every job is important, even if you feel like it's not. You're helping somebody, somewhere, even though you may not be able to see the results. The present is not necessarily the future. I have a lot of life ahead of me, and most likely a lot of different career opportunities. They just have to be reached one step at a time. 

I hope this maybe encourages someone who may be in a similar situation with their job. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel!

Have a great evening!

My Blog Button Isn't Sick Anymore!


Hey y'all! A few weeks ago I had shared a post with my new blog button. However, after a couple of people had added it to their page I realized that it didn't work correctly! No me gusta!

So, I introduce to you my new and improved blog button...that actually works!


Young Progress



If you have one of my buttons already, I would appreciate it if you switch it out with the new one. If you don't have one of my buttons, and want to swap, just let me know and I would be more than happy to go grab yours and add it to my sidebar!

I hope you all had a fantastic day!



Take Me Back to the College Days: First Things First

It's Tuesday, Tuesday, gotta get down on Tuesday.
Okay, so it's not Friday, but it's still a step up from Monday, right?
Today, I'm linking up again with Miss Halie for First Things First! Today we are taking a step back in time to the college days...which really isn't that big of a step for me considering I graduated less than a year ago! :p
First Things First
First roommate:
My freshman year of college, I briefly lived with some of my high school friends when I went to community college in Gainesville. Unfortunately, that didn't work out very well, so a couple of months later I was back at home, commuting to school every day, which was definitely for the best. My first actual roommate was this girl right here:
Can we not judge my eyebrows in this picture?
Kaylla was my roommate for my first couple of years here in Tallahassee. (I didn't begin at FSU until my junior year.) I knew Kaylla from church back home. She is sassy and funny and was so great at helping me adjust in a new city. We shared a lot of laughs, and even went on a trip to NYC together, which is where the picture above is from.
First time living away from home:

Moving to Tallahassee before my junior year at FSU was definitely my first official move out. Of course I had been away from home before that for mission trips and such, but this was my first step into truly being on my own. I was extremely home sick during my first year in Tallahassee. It took a lot of adjusting, and at one point I felt that I wasn't going to make it! (Dramatic...gotta have a little drama.) However, things in my life started to change...I found a new job that made things a lot easier, I rushed a sorority and became more involved, I made tons of new friends, and my senior year at FSU was the best of my life so far. I also grew to love Tallahassee as a city...and I'm still here working for the state as a post graduate!

First dorm room at college:

I never had the pleasure of living in a dorm room. Some would say I missed out, and others would say I'm lucky, ha ha. I'm sure it could have been a fun experience, but I don't really regret not ever being able to live in a dorm room. 

Instead, I will share my first apartment that I shared with Kaylla!

One of the move-in specials was free accent wall painting. We chose red!

Our little dining room and kitchen. The light above the table was so low that we hit our heads every time we stood up!

My bedroom. Check out the stuffed animals in the corner! Ha ha.

What was I thinking with that green and blue bathroom?
Not too shabby for a first place! I have moved on since then, but that apartment will always hold a place full of memories in my heart. Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past...I can't wait to read all about yours!



Double Headers, Boyfriend Birthdays, and Sunshine

Hey hey hey!

How are you all doing on this Monday? Hopefully the day wasn't too rough! Mine went pretty smoothly, but I'm still not sad to see it come to an end!

This past weekend was thoroughly fantastic. I was sad to see it end! It was one of those weekends that just remind you of how much you truly have to be thankful for. 

After work on Friday I met John at Zaxby's for a quick bite to eat. I had some chicken tenders and fries...not very healthy, but the weekends can be a little more lenient, right? After dinner we drove across the street to campus for the FSU baseball game. There was a double header against Georgia Tech, and we made it just in time for the second game. We had lost against them 10 to 0 in the first game, but were able to come back for an 11 to 2 win in the second. It was really exciting! After the game I came home and watched  Bride Day on TLC until I fell asleep. Party. Animal.

Saturday I woke up around 8:30 and made some scrambled eggs. I know, the eggs really aren't relevant to my weekend, but I tend to ramble in posts like this, okay? I then proceeded to watch The Golden Girls for an hour or so, then get dressed and headed out the door to run some errands. John's birthday was on Sunday, and I had a few things left to do to prepare for his surprise party on Saturday night. 

I was originally going to get some really yummy gourmet cupcakes from a local bakery here in Tallahassee...but that was before I realized cupcakes are now worth a million dollars. I would have paid over sixty bucks for just two dozen cupcakes! Am I the only person in the world who thinks that's a little crazy? Sorry, but I'm 23 years old and on a budget.

So, I did what any good Floridian would do...I went to Publix. And I found these:


Because Easter had thrown up on everything in that store. But, the cupcakes looked yummy...vanilla with cream cheese frosting. (I can attest now that I have eaten one...or three...they were yummy! Maybe better than gourmet bakery cupcakes!) Don't worry, I didn't take my loving boyfriend and his friends Easter cupcakes. I performed a little surgery, and came up with these!


John is a baseball nut, so I found some precious little baseball picks at Party City. Super easy, affordable, and cute if I do say so myself. ;)

After the cupcake adventure I went to Target to pick up stuff to wrap John's gift. I got him a Nike FSU baseball jersey. I was also able to find a card that looked like a baseball. I was so excited! Also related to running errands, do you ever have one of those days where everyone you encounter is just so super nice? That's how it was for me on Saturday. Everyone was so friendly! The girls at Publix, the barista at the Starbucks in Target, the Party City employees...they were just fun to talk to. I love things work out like that. Actually, it was kind of ironic that people were in such good moods, considering Saturday's weather looked like this:


Oh, the weather looks GOOD in this picture! It was a torrential downpour for most of the day...which had me so anxious that people would cancel on John's party!

I should probably try to move this post along a little quicker. I apologize, I just like to talk! Lol. I pretty much spent most of the afternoon doing stuff for John's party and getting ready. I had a chance to do my nails, so that was nice!


When I was ready I headed over to Longhorn Steakhouse, where John's party was going to be, to get our party's name on the waiting list. I waited around there, talking to my mom on the phone and letting my hair frizz in the rainy weather because the only room to wait was in the outdoor waiting area. Things can't always go smoothly I guess. :p My friend Amber met me at the restaurant and took my waiting spot for me, and I headed to John's house to pick him up. He thought just him and I were going out to celebrate, so imagine the surprise on his face when we arrived at the restaurant and 15 of his friends were sitting there waiting for him! It worked out so nicely...even after I had worried to death about it going wrong! Dinner was delicious, people were fun, and John was so adorably excited. 

This picture is too funny not to share. I have a lot more from the party, but don't want to share without the permission of the people in them!
At my house after dinner. How do you like the broken sheep key ring in the background?  :p
Sunday was John's actual birthday. Instead of going to church I slept in a little and then headed over to campus for another FSU baseball game. I told you John was a crazy baseball nut, remember? ;) It was the third game of the weekend series against Georgia Teach, and we were down 5 to 0 pretty early in the game.

The weather was absolutely perfect! I got my first sun of the year!
But somehow, we came back and won 8 to 6, making FSU the winners of the weekend series! It was an awesome, awesome game. John has quickly turned me into a baseball fan. I really enjoy going to the games with him and his family!

Go 'Noles! John is wearing his new jersey I got him. :) And he looks quite handsome in it.
After the game I went to John's house and hung out for the rest of the day. We watched a movie, a little basketball and an episode of Chuck. We also grubbed on some yummy birthday burritos and a crazy delicious peanut butter gooey cake. (Mrs. Turner, if you're reading this, both things were delicious!) I came home fully of sugar and more in love with my boyfriend than ever. I guess that's how you know it was a great weekend. :)

Now that I have shared my weekend shenanigans, you should go link yours up with Sami!



Friday's Letters

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Dear Weekend,
I'm so excited you are finally here! I live for you lately. I really wish you didn't always take so long to come around!

Dear Saturday Morning,
Thank you for allowing me to sleep in tomorrow. I am so looking forward to not opening my eyes until at least 10:00...hopefully.

Dear John,
It's your birthday weekend, and I'm so excited to celebrate with you! You are the best boyfriend in the world, and 24 is going to look so good on you. :)

Dear TLC,
All of the bridal shows on Friday night make for the best night of the week for television. However, when there are so many reruns it makes me sad. :( But, of course I'm going to watch them again anyway, ha ha. 

Dear Florida,
Your weather has been the definition of perfect the past couple of days. Spring is truly here, and I am loving it! Just please don't let it rain tomorrow night! I don't want my plans to be ruined!

Dear Paycheck,
Thanks for making your way into my bank account today. Sadly, you will be gone within just a few days. But, I'm thankful that you help me pay all of my bills comfortably.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Bloggy Firsts

Good morning! :)
I hope you are all having a fantastic morning! I suppose I can't really complain about mine so far. ;)
It's Tuesday, which means it is time to link up with the lovely Halie for First Things First. Go check her and this week's co-hosts out, and join in! It's always a good time.
This week's questions are all about blog firsts. Let's get started!
(For some reason the new button never wants to work for me. It always shows up as the old button...I'm sorry! Click here to go to Halie's blog.)
First ever blog post.
Well, I mentioned in my first post on this blog that this is actually not my first attempt at a blog. It's my third! :o But, the first post on Young Progress is your typical short and sweet introduction/intent post...nothing to exciting, but necessary I suppose. :p
First ever blog comment.
Let's be real...it was from my mom! Ha ha. If you all are anything like me, your family and friends were the first ones to know about and read your blog. You can always count on your mom to make you happy in life, even if it's with something as small as a blog comment. :)
First ever blog friend or friends.
I can't say that I have any close blog friends yet. I mean, I have people that I love to keep up with, but I don't have anyone that I communicate with often. It's not because I don't want to, I guess my blog just hasn't really reached that point of taking off and branching out. It is one of my goals to meet people through this activity, and I'm sure that will come in time!
So I guess my answers weren't too exciting, with Young Progress still being a newer blog and all. But, we all have to begin somewhere!


Another Monday Conquered

It is well past 5:00 y'all. That's both a good thing and a bad thing.
Good, because we survived another Monday. Bad, because it's that much closer to waking up at the crack of dawn and going back to the office for another nine hours. 

Nah, I'm just kidding. Today was pretty smooth, and the week is actually looking like it's going to be pretty relaxed, which is great because it gives me time to get back on my feet after last week's craziness. Hooray!

Did you all have a fabulous weekend? I sure hope so! Mine was lovely. My mom came into town on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend with me. I always love when family comes to visit me. They are such a blessing!


For some reason I always feel the need to start Friday off with a selfie. Maybe it's because it's the only day of the week that I actually wake up in time do in my hair.
I mean...Friday deserves to be celebrated with a smile, right? 
As you can see, I took full advantage of casual Friday. I'm wearing a Florida State t-shirt. 

Anywho, my mom arrived at my house right behind me when I got off of work...perfect timing! We immediately left and went to pick up John, and then went to dinner at Tallahassee Smokehouse, which is John and I's new favorite BBQ restaurant. I had a rib sandwich and some french fries...definitely not part of my healthy eating lifestyle. But....they sure were delicious.

After dinner we quickly made our way over to the movie theater to see Oz. 


We were really impressed with it! It was a really good job on Disney's part; very creative and a cool insight to the events that happened before the original Wizard of Oz movie. It probably helps that there were so many great actors/actresses in it. 

Saturday my mom and I slept in, and then slowly got ready to head out the door. We went to Goodwill and did some thrift shopping. (My mom is pretty much a professional thrifter. You can check out some of our treasures here. :) )  I'm typically NOT a fan of thrift stores, but I found something really awesome...so I'm thinking I will have to start attempting to do it more often.


If you know me personally, you know that I love Geography, and maps, and anything to do with the two. I found these adorable vintage coffee cups! It's a little difficult to see, but they are clear, with sort of an etched globe on them. My mom looked them up for me, and they were made by Nestle back in the...1970's I believe. There was a set of six, and I only bought two, but I really wish I would have bought them all. I may go back and see if the rest are still there. 


My mom also walked out with several finds. She hates this picture, and probably won't be very happy that I put it on here, ha ha. I don't think there is anything wrong with it though! Goodwill was pretty good to us. 

After our thrift shopping, we went to lunch at Pepper's, which is a Mexican restaurant, and then went to another movie. This time we watched Identity Thief, which was hilarious!


Melissa McCarthy is so ridiculously funny. I knew the movie would be funny, but it also had some great serious messages in it too. Overall, it was much more than I expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

After the movie, we did a little more shopping at World Market, one of my favorite stores in the world. I didn't buy anything too exciting, just a pair of earrings...which I don't have a picture of handy, or I would show you! When we were all shopped out we got a movie from Redbox and some groceries and came back to my apartment where we made soup and cookies and watched Playing for Keeps, which has my husband Gerard Butler in it, so of course I thought it was good. ;)

Sunday morning, we went to church and then had breakfast for lunch at The Village Inn, and then my mom left to head back home! I spent the rest of the day on the couch reading blogs and watching YouTube videos. Oh, I also watched Anna Karenina, and was a little disappointed in it. Regardless, it was a much needed lazy day!

That was pretty much my weekend! It ended too quickly, as always, but it really was fantastic. 
Go join in and share your weekend shenanigans with Sami!


Sunday Social!

I just got in from church and lunch with my mom and John. My mom has been in Tally with me this weekend. I will post tomorrow about what we got into! 

But for now, it's time to link up for the Sunday Social!

Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
I really prefer not to leave my couch or my bed! It's all about TV, the computer, and napping. The weather is actually pretty dreary today. Guess I know what the next few hours will consist of, ha ha.

2. What is your favorite thing to do on a summer weekend?
I love going on little adventures to the beach, or new places that I've never been. A car full of people I love, some good music, and a little sunscreen make for great summer memories.

3. What is your favorite spring activity?
Spring is such a perfect time. It's so nice to slowly transition into the beautiful weather. It's the best time of year to do anything outdoorsy. 

4. What is your favorite way to spend a winter day?
I really love just snuggling up inside, maybe watching a good movie and baking with some friends. It also doesn't get super cold here in Florida, so our most recent favorite activity is making a fire in the fire pit and sitting around and making s'mores. 

5. What is your favorite season and why?
Definitely spring. The weather is perfect, and almost begs you to be out in the sun. 

6. What is the best birthday you have ever had?
I don't think I could choose one!

Are you joining in and answering the questions?

Ranting, Raving, and Mini Road Trips

Today has been the worst day of the year for me so far. Hands down. 

I had a pretty rotten day at work. If you read my blog often, you've probably gotten the vibe that my job stresses me out a lot, and that's true. I can't really go into too much detail about what I do, but the gist of it is that I work doing audits for a small portion of one of the biggest programs in the state of Florida. This is not a job that I ever imagined myself doing, and I mean ever. I felt like it was just the right opportunity to take at the time, but with the way it makes me feel sometimes...I'm just not so sure. 

I'm trying my hardest, I really am. I just don't feel like I'm capable of handling some of the things that I have to do. However, at the same time, it's become kind of a personal goal to become more knowledgeable and capable. Something I am very thankful for, however, is my coworkers. They are so helpful and encouraging, and I really couldn't ask for a better boss. 

I think it bothers me a little more than it should because I'm just feeling so far away from fulfillment. I know I'm only 23, and I have my entire life ahead of me to find the career I'm meant to be in, but sometimes it's a little depressing. I have friends that are already in their dream careers. I see people my age that are travelling, and landing these amazing internships, and going to grad school, and truly following their calling, and I'm just stranded behind my desk all day. 

I don't want to sound ungrateful, because I'm not. I am so blessed to have landed a good job right out of college, especially one that pays the bills. I just don't want to feel like I missed out on something, and I really don't want to feel so stressed about my job that I can't function. 

When I was in school, I thought I wanted to teach. That was always my goal. Now, I'm not so sure. What I feel like I'm truly meant to do is write novels, and I can only work on that so much, because let's face it...freelance writing doesn't exactly cover the rent check every month. Sometimes I wish I had been one of those business minded people that could be perfectly happy living life in an office setting, or someone who was smart enough to go to law school or med school. But those just aren't the qualities that I was given, and I am just going to have to make the most of the circumstances until I can do what I'm meant to do. I know God has a plan for me, I just have to be patient and focus on him while I'm going through the harder stuff. 

Anyway...enough negative stuff! Are you all having a good week? This time change still has me thrown off. In fact, I'm heading to bed as soon as I publish this, ha ha. It probably didn't help that I didn't go to bed until about 2 AM last night. John and I made a quick trip to Gainesville (as quick as 2 and a half hours there and back can be anyway, ha ha) to see our Noles play the Gators in baseball. We met up with my family to watch the game since they live pretty close to Gainesville. My cousin Shelby who is a student at the University of Florida also met up with us. The poor girl was the only Gator fan in the sea of Seminoles we chose to sit in, but she was a trooper, cheering them on and doing the Gator chomp even while they were losing. It was exciting to see FSU win in Gainesville for the first time in six years. It's pretty darn fun being a Seminole. :)





Keep your chins up, ladies! The week is more than half over! 

Baseball, Horses, and Small Coastal Towns

I'm back...after another week long blogging hiatus. How do I keep letting myself do that? I seriously need to free up some time during my evenings during the week, because I really miss blogging daily!I don't want to be one of those people that only blog on the weekends...I want to be able to do it several times during the week.
Did you all have a nice weekend? Do anything exciting? I hope so! Mine was packed full, but still fairly relaxing.
After work on Friday, I had to run a couple of errands. While doing so I got distracted by the DSW shoe store as I was driving by, and decided to go in to "look" around. Yes...I did end up buying shoes. You guessed right. But, it wasn't your typical impulse purchase. I bought a new pair of running shoes, which I have desperately been needing for my work outs. My other ones have seen much better days. And lucky me...DSW knew my needs because I walked out of the store with an adorable pair of Nike running shoes, for only $35! They were originally $70, so I was pretty darn excited. I started breaking them in yesterday, and I already love them.
After my impromptu shoe purchase, I drove over to the FSU baseball game to meet up with John. We were playing Boston College, and we won! FSU is 18 and 0 in baseball now! John is a baseball nut, and I'm really starting to love the game as well. He even taught me how to keep score on Friday night. I'm pretty good at it, if I do say so myself.

After the game we watched half of Catch Me If You Can at his place, and then I crashed. I woke up early Saturday morning, and John and I headed over to the Red Hills Horse Trials, which is a riding competition that Tallahassee hosts every year. Riders (some of them were even Olympic competitors!) come from all over the place to compete in events such as dressage, show jumping, and cross country. John and I watched the cross country event, in which riders compete for the best completion time of an obstacle type course with different jumps. It was really entertaining!




We arrived back at John's place around 1:00, and I got in my car and left to drive two and a half hours to meet up with my family in Suwannee, which is a really small coastal town where the Suwannee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. It's near my hometown here in Florida. My parents, brother, cousin, and Grandma were all spending the weekend fishing there for my Grandma's birthday. It was nice hanging out, soaking up a little sun, eating some seafood, playing with my Grandma's dog Elvis, and just being with my family.

My Grandma's dog Elvis. He is so spoiled!

Where all the fishing magic happened.

A view of some of the larger houses on the coast. There is a rumor that Billy Ray Cyrus (the country musician) just purchased the big blue one back there!

My family is a bunch of fishing fools. :p
Around 3:00 on Sunday I left and made the drive back to Tallahassee, where I spent the remainder of my weekend being lazy and watching TV with John.

And on a completely unrelated note, does the time change have anyone else down for the count? I am exhausted! Ha ha.

Have a great day!