12 Things I’m Thankful For

Today on Thanksgiving I am thankful for 12 things! (There are more than 12, but I am going to list 12!)

  1. I am thankful that I had multiple jobs this summer that have allowed me to live a less stressful life this semester!
  2. I am thankful to have met so many great health care professionals through working.
  3. I am thankful to be in a 4 year nursing program.
  4. I am thankful to be doing well in said nursing program.
  5. I am more than thankful to be 1.5 years away from graduating!
  6. I am thankful that I have been blessed with such supportive family near my school.
  7. I am thankful to be able to spend time with my youngest cousins, they always make me smile.
  8. I am thankful to have made friends who care about me for just being me!
  9. I am thankful to have found a profession I love.
  10. I am thankful that I have a wonderful best friend in California and some in Indiana that have helped me plan a big surprise!
  11. I am thankful that I have a wonderful little brother (who is really not so little) who has helped me plan this surprise!
  12. I am most especially thankful that I was able to pull off the biggest surprise of my life! I was able to surprise both of my parents and come HOME for Thanksgiving.

I hope that this Thanksgiving finds you all well and comfortable at home! This was a premeditated post therefore the next post I put up will have pictures from my time at home. I’m eager to tell the story of leaving for home and coming back to school!

From a Dark Desert Highway

The cool wind in her hair…

Okay, maybe the package I received in the mail did not come from a dark desert highway, but it did come from the West coast! Hell, it might have crossed a dark desert highway!

Ever heard of a blog called Annie’s Musings? I hadn’t before I received an incredibly special package in the mail from Annie herself! Annie was contacted by my mom who is an avid reader of Annie’s blog. My mom knows that being away from family is taxing, especially being away from my baby, Mojo.

Mojo is my two year old dusky headed conure and he’s a real piece of work! He’s got attitude and spunk! I like to refer to him as my little dork bird because he does a beak walk and snorts in my ear at the same time. He’s real special. He can say one word, ‘Sweet!’ it’s the only word he’s deemed worthy of learning!

I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful this postcard is or how wonderful I felt receiving it!

All I can really say is I am so blessed to have my mother who loves me and so blessed to have wonderful crafters in the world who care for other people (that’s you Annie!)

Thank you both!


That’s right… For those who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles and guess who ran one!


I made it in 3:25:00 which is not bad for my first half and minimal training :PPP Gives me a good start for training though!

Here are 5 things that I learned about running such great distances!

  2. Do not each much before running
  3. Drink the little cups of water they give you at EVERY stop because it will be another mile until you see those watergivers again!
  4. Read the funny signs and laugh at them
  5. Just keep pushing through it. You will finish and feel like you will die, but you will finish!

My aunt also ran the half marathon however she finished much quicker than I did!

Unintended Hiatus

I’ve been gone for so long! I’m so very sorry! These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of CRAZY!

When I was in California I was lucky enough to share a Starkid experience with my friend C! I told her I bought general admission tickets when I really bought VIP tickets. I surprised her the day of the concert and told her about the VIP tickets. Needless to say, she was excited!

So here are some pictures! We had such a great time! I really can’t imagine not having spent this time with her. We used to just lay around on her bed or mine talking about everything, some days I really miss that. Most days I just miss having her within driving distance!

That’s us with all of the Starkids who were performing!

That’s me with Jim Povolo who is one of my favorite Starkids. Can you guess why? No, it’s not JSUT because he’s ridiculously attractive, it’s because he’s a tall guy! :) So what did we talk about? The fact that his ex-girlfriend from Montana had pet wolves. It’s a long story.

This picture is of me and Joey Richter. He’s such a nice guy!

That’s Joe Walker and myself! His outfit was HYSTERICAL. The whole concert had an archaeology vibe to it and he wore these super short khaki shorts!  Absolutely had me cracking up the whole time!

You can see Joe Walker’s shorts on the right!

Then I worked for a very long time (with some crafting!) Then it was time for a few days of birthday celebrations!

My birthday was this past Sunday June 10. I made a stop at the Starbucks in the morning and patiently waited for my aunt to text me the “all-clear.” My cousins are 6 and 9 years old right now and obsessed with surprising people on their birthdays!

I figured I’d play along and I played right into their hands. I thought that I would be working hard to act surprised by my cousins however I was completely floored by the fact that my mom and brother were sitting in the living room when I arrived!

We spent the past few days doing lots of things! We went out to eat, had fun with family, went to Holiday World, and I even made a stop at Trader Joe’s after I dropped my mom and brother off at the Louisville airport!

All in all, I was completely shocked and I had so much fun! It was a very good way to spend the past few days! Especially since the last two weeks I worked 81 hours! These upcoming 2 weeks I’ll be working 88 hours… Remind me not to overschedule myself again!

Don’t worry, amidst all of this crazy fun I have been crafting! I’ve been busy with yarn and floss (are you scared yet?) Within the next few weeks I’ll be trying to catch you guys up to speed on my crafting adventures!