Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day Monday – I hope everyone is enjoying a day off and soaking in this last day of “summer” like I am. I hate that Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the school year. Although I’ve already started classes, I used this weekend as a final send off to summer and a final “binge” weekend before me and a few classmates go alcohol free and work with each other to make better food and exercise choices.

Let’s chat about this weekend before I get in to all of that!

Yesterday was two of my friend’s birthdays and so we decided to take a weekend trip down to Ocean City, Maryland to stay at a classmate’s condo on the beach. Friday after class, the 6 of us departed and made our way out to the Eastern Shore. We luckily missed most of the traffic because we left before 2. Once we arrived at the condo, we wasted no time making some drinks and heading down to the beach!

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Soon after we finished our first round of drinks, we headed back up to keep the party going while we got ready to go out. Friday night led us to Fishtales for some more drinks, some dinner and lots of dancing. We were all exhausted but rallied. The best part of heading out to the bar early – no cover! Also we  didn’t feel the need to stay out until closing time which means getting to bed early in preparation for Saturday’s festivities.

Saturday we woke up to a huge breakfast prepared by our friend’s mom – she was awesome all weekend. And then before you know it, we were in our bathing suits and ready to head to Seacrets! All of my classmates are from all over the country, so 4/6 of us had never experienced Seacrets before. I  have to say that it was fun living the experience through their eyes. Working there for a few summers, you get pretty annoyed with the place and I’ve honestly only ever day drank there twice, but it was so much fun.

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If you’re familiar with Seacrets, you know that any holiday weekend will look like this on the bay. It slowly got more crowded as the day went on but it never got as packed as I was expecting.

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We spent a solid 7 hours there drinking our fair share of beers, pains and J’s. I also ran in to a bunch of people that I went to college with that I hadn’t seen since graduation which was awesome. And of course I know many of the bartenders and managers from working there so it was great to see them too! Once we made it back to the condo, we were all exhausted and napped (after devouring pulled pork sandwiches our friend’s mom had cooking for us in the crockpot). We had huge plans to make it out to another bar later that night, but it did not happen. We ordered pizza and ordered The Other Woman on-demand and just sobered up and relaxed. It would have been great to go out to the bars for another night of dancing, but I was more than happy to be asleep by 11:30 and to wake up Sunday not hung over!

Sunday we woke up to the smell of bacon again and then headed out to the beach after filling up on breakfast. We lounged in the sand for a few hours before we decided to head down to the boardwalk. I have to say, showing people Ocean City for the first time can be pretty cool when it’s like a second home to you. You see things differently and want to show them everything that reminds you of good times.

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We rode some rides My friends rode rides while I watched. (I’m not a big carnival ride person). We got some typical boardwalk food – Dumser’s ice cream, Thrasher’s fries, and wrappers. And we made fun of the random YOLO and stupid saying t-shirts in all of the shops. After a few hours walking around, we headed back to the condo to get ready for a big birthday dinner! My friend’s mom cooked a huge dinner and all of her family joined us at the condo. It was a great time with great food celebrating one of my best friends.

We wanted to miss traffic so I offered to not drink Sunday at the dinner and we drove back to DC after dinner. We left around 9 (after I drank coffee) and made it back to DC around 11:45. Not too shabby considering we drove straight through a torrential downpour/lightning storm while driving over the Bay Bridge.. Talk about terrifying. Overall it was a great weekend and a great summer send off!

Now it’s back to reality and time to get serious about this school work. Our professors have already started talking about our comp exams and preparing for the board exam which is majorly freaking out us type-A people. On that note, a few classmates have decided to go alcohol free until Fall break (October 11th). I’m joining in with the exception of one weekend in September when I am attending a wedding. I’m still nursing this calf injury and am still unable to run so I really just want to be making healthier choices and binge drinking on the weekends just isn’t really high on my priorities to do anymore. School is on the top of my priority list as we get down to this last semester of classes and prepare for the next step – starting our careers.

Sorry this post is crazy long. I’m done now. Enjoy your Labor Day!

 

Thinking Out Loud – Back To School

Thursday already? I guess I slacked on posting this week, but with it being the first week of classes, I am still trying to work on getting a schedule down. Thursday around here means one of my favorite link ups from Amanda over at Running with Spoons. Let’s get right in to it – and since we’re back to school, it’ll mostly be about school and plans for a routine!

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1. I got another reminder of why I love this profession this week. I might have mentioned before an older patient who I treated this summer who was always a ball of sunshine and never failed to put a smile on my face when I was treating him. He had decided to call my department and express how he felt about my PT skills – this is the email I get from my professor who returned his call…

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Yes, it’s quite hilarious due to the last sentence – but the fact that he took the time out of his day to say these kind words about me just made my day. Things like this remind me why I chose physical therapy as a career.

2. This semester we are in a brand-spanking-new building. It’s definitely taking some getting used to, but is it wrong that I’m bitter I’m only getting the new digs for a year?! At least my tuition money is going towards some great progression at our school. The rooms are super high-tech with tons of outlets (our old building had about 2-4 in each room), drop down screens, touch screen controls on the wall, swipe in access to our lounge and to a new parking garage we have access to. It’s pretty awesome.

3. Monday they didn’t hesitate to throw us back in to things. I was in class from 8-4 with just a 40 minute break for lunch. Luckily, this semester seems like it’s going to be fun and interesting – all neuro rehab and pediatric rehab. (Sorry, I get excited easily about nerd things)

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5. In Neuro lab on Tuesday we learned how to juggle and how to pop wheelies in a wheelchair. Sounds awesome right? It was so hard and so frustrating. The whole point was to discuss motor learning and how people learn new tasks, etc. But also it was functional since we may need to be able to teach patients how to get up curbs in wheelchairs – so it wasn’t total play time ;).

6. It’s fun being a third year. It’s kind of crazy. And scary. But fun at the same time. We now have two classes looking up to us and asking us questions. We have the professors full trust and they treat us more like their peers than their students. But seriously, in a year from now I’m going to be on my own treating my own patients – SCARY.

7. Wednesdays are clinic days this semester, so right now it’s just a day off. It’s like a mini weekend and I love it. Yesterday I woke up after 11 hours of sleep, made some coffee and a fantastic breakfast and watched the Today Show. It was great.

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8. With not being able to work out like I want to due to my calf still not being 100%, I am struggling with a little bit of insecurity. I just don’t feel like myself and I don’t feel comfortable. So I’m doing something about it. I’m taking out the crap from my diet and am getting focused on myself and becoming more comfortable in my body. Now that I’m back at school, I have at least 4 days during the week that I can get to the gym and work out. Since I’m not able to run yet, weights have become my best friend and I’m slowly remembering how much I loved lifting in college.

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10. Yesterday I spent the day writing out my calendar of exams, project due dates, deadlines, and just planned out my whole semester. It makes me feel so much better when I’m organized and have things on paper. When I know deadlines and exams, then I can easily plan for the fun activities!

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’m doing my first free intro class to Crossfit on Saturday with my brother-in-law and I’ll let you all know how it goes! I’m leaving you with this cover of my jam right now Bang, Bang. I love how these two harmonize and I think I like this version better than the original!

Thinking Out Loud

Well, it’s been two weeks since I last posted and since I really just need to catch you all up, Amanda’s link up is a perfect one for today since I will be all over the place with lots of pictures! So here we go…

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1. I finished clinic since we last spoke and went out for a night of awesome celebrations with colleagues and classmates. I had a great last day in the clinic. A patient had flowers delivered to me at the office since he didn’t have an appointment and they were beautiful. It’s patients like that and peers like those I worked with the last 12 weeks that make me so happy I chose this profession.

2. That next day, we had my sister’s baby “sprinkle” for baby B. It was just a small get together with some of her friends and we hung out pool side, played cornhole, ate some snacks and just enjoyed the day.

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3. A lot of that next week was spent relaxing and letting my calf heal up a little more. I did a whole lot of nothing. I read some books, watched House of Cards, and laid by the pool. I definitely took full advantage of the break time that we have before classes start.

4. I wanted to make sure I was healed by this past Saturday because I had a sand soccer tournament with some of my best friends from college and I didn’t want to miss out. I headed up to Philly on Thursday to one of my friend’s places and then Friday we headed out to Avalon, NJ where we stayed for the night. We feasted on pasta, then drank way too many beers and jello shots. Nothing like a night full of drinking and dancing before a beach soccer tournament all day. :)

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5. Saturday we drove down to Brigantine Beach, right near Atlantic City, for our tournament. It turned out to be such a perfect day with perfect weather.

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There’s me in goal. I decided that playing in goal would be best since I wouldn’t be running in the sand as much and it would be less intense on my calf. Good decision, I think, on my part and it worked out great because….

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We won! We all payed so great, as if it hadn’t been years since we have been on the same team together. We won a bottle of champagne, an awesome trophy, and $500 towards next year’s tournament. It was the best day ever – so much fun! After we stuffed our faces with Greek food at a nearby restaurant, we headed back to Avalon and went out to celebrate! Such a fun weekend with some girls I wish I lived closer to so I could seem them more often.

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6. On Sunday, we headed back to Philly, then I trekked up the coast to Point Pleasant, NJ with one of my closest friends to join her family for a little beach vacation. It was the perfect relaxation I needed before starting school this coming week.

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7. I started, and finished, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and I loved it. I loved the realness of the plot and how Moyes interprets the main characters reaction, as well as the thought process of the other main character. With my profession, I actually deal with patients such as the one discussed in the book, and you would be surprised at how much of what we do is actually psychological, as well as physical. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone needing a great, quick read.

8. Me and Corrin played bartender for her family with Three Olives Coconut Water vodka. So. Good. We mixed it with Fresca and mashed up mint in it as well.

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9. I watched the sunrise Wednesday morning, which was amazing. I just sat in one of the rooms of the house we were staying in and watched the sun peak over the horizon. I don’t know if I can say I’ve done that before so that was pretty awesome to see.

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Then enjoyed my coffee on the back porch of this incredible house.

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10. And I just enjoyed the week with one of my best friends. Her family just took me in like I was one of them and it was such a perfect vacation before things start getting crazy next week with school starting.

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11. Oh, and I took selfies like this on the beach all week…

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Because, why not.

12. I start classes on Monday. I just looked up my schedule and I’m in class from 8-4:20. K, great. Ugh. BUT – it’s my last first day of school, ever. EVER. That’s something to be excited about!

I think that’s enough for you all right now. I just dumped photos all over you and recapped my last 2 weeks. Once school starts I’m sure I’ll be posting more regularly like I normally did last semester. So have a great weekend, I know I’ll be enjoying my last weekend of freedom :)

 

Thinking Out Loud

It’s Thursday which means another wonderful link up with Amanda over at Running With Spoons. Head on over and see what other people are thinking about on this Thursday, and let’s dive right on in to my thoughts!

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1. We had a class yard sale last Saturday to raise money for our mission trip to Costa Rica in the spring. We raise money to buy medical supplies that we bring along with us to use to treat patients. We have actually already raised a good amount of money so the $200 we made this weekend was just a great addition!

2. After the yard sale, I hung around Arlington with classmates, drank some beers, and had my calf worked on (perks of being in PT school, you always have someone to work on you!)

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My compression socks have been getting some great use with this calf injury. It’s been so swollen so compression, ice and rest was definitely the best option for me. I am now walking without a limp (small victories here, people) and have been told I can start swimming and can walk.

3. I went for a walk last night, about 2 miles. It felt great and I wasn’t pushing it too much at all. Afterwards it was definitely a little sore because sitting on your butt for 2 weeks doing nothing tends to atrophy your muscles a bit. So after some ice and compression, it was feeling back to how it was before. Slowly but surely I’m healing. Unfortunately, running is off the plate for at least another few weeks :(. At least my view on my walk never gets old….

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4. No running also means not playing in my sand soccer tournament next weekend in Atlantic City. My college roommates/teammates and I put together a team for the tourney and I’ve been so excited. Now I will be the best coach/cheerleader because in the long run, my health and my calf healing is more important than potentially tearing things over a beach soccer tournament.

5. This is my last week of clinic. It’s definitely bittersweet. I’ve learned so much from this clinical placement and have met some amazing people, both patients and peers. I’m definitely going to miss coming in everyday to see these friends I’ve made, but I’m looking forward to a little two week break to mentally prepare for what this semester is going to bring. Tuesday we went to trivia at a local bar, and tomorrow we are planning on a good-bye happy hour and night out!

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6. I’ve started House of Cards. Currently on episode 11. It took a few episodes to get in to it but I’m officially hooked. It will definitely be finished by next week.

7. I’ve also been reading a lot. I got my hands on a few good ones at the library. A new-t0-me author Tana French; currently reading Faithful Place. So far, I am loving it! Right up my alley with the mysteriousness of the story line. In my queue (aka, in my pile on my bedside table..) I have Jennifer Weiner’s All Fall Down, which I am excited to get started on as well.

8. This weekend is my sister’s “sprinkle”. Her friends are throwing her a Beer-baby-Q. Since it’s her third boy, she really doesn’t need all that much, so we are all just getting together, grilling out, bringing diapers, and celebrating Baby B, who is due in early October!

9. My favorite drinking game came out in full force on Saturday night. If you’ve never played Heads Up, you probably live in a box. If you’ve never played Heads Up while drinking, you are seriously missing out. It was just me and 3 other classmates and we had the best time ever just laughing hysterically and drinking some beers. It was one of my favorite nights ever. I’m not one who needs to go out to bars to have a great time – that night to me was perfect.

10. I’m in a good place right now, mentally and emotionally. And I’m ready to get started back up with school and get in to a routine of things. Physically, I feel like I’m slacking. And once I’m fully healed, I can’t wait to get back in to a workout regimen. Yes, I know, I’m not getting chubby – but you know how you just feel gross when you don’t work out? That’s what I’m getting to at this point and it’s making me anxious and irritable.

There’s my thoughts for this Thursday, have a great weekend!

Friday (Not So) Favorite

Friday is generally a time for happy, favorite things happening in life lately. But I’m a little down on myself right now, so I’m just gonna come out with a Friday Favorites Unfavorite.

Remember when I said I was having some calf/achilles pain? And I assumed it was from my shoes? Well, I went and got new shoes…

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I went back to the Brooks Defyance. I had them for my first two half marathons and never had any problems with excessive pains besides the normal training soreness. They are great and I love them. But I guess my calves were just in too bad of shape. Even with nearly 2 weeks off of running, my calf just never got better. It felt okay so last week I went for a light 2 mile run. I felt fine after, stretched and was doing fine. Ran again this past Saturday, a light 2.5 miles – just trying to ease myself back.

Enter Sunday: I wake up with a weird tightness in my calves. I run some errands with my sister and as we are walking in to a store I begin to have a searing, shooting pain in my calf – as if someone was either gripping my muscle and squeezing while simultaneously stabbing it with a knife. Every time I pushed off. Its now Friday, and I still cannot walk. I guess my body finally decided to stop taking the beating I continued to give it. Potential diagnosis/most likely diagnosis is a severe strain with some micro tears throughout the muscle. Luckily, I’m still in clinic so I’ve had my peers work on it a bit and I’ve been icing it like mad. My compression socks are also getting a lot of use.

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So. If you know anything about me – I don’t do well when I can’t exercise. I get irritable, I get anxious, I get chubby (literally, I can’t stop eating everything in sight.) This week has been rough for me – not being able to let off some steam with a run or a swim is slowly driving me crazy. I’m glad it’s Friday and I can spend the weekend with friends to take my mind off it all. I’m bummed because I have a sand soccer tournament in two weeks with some of my best friends from college and that’s not going to be happening.

Lesson: listen to your body and stretch a lot and change your running shoes often. Because this sh*t sucks hard.

Tuesday Tunes

Not much to chat about and I have nothing clever to start out this post with soooo here’s two songs I’m currently loving…

Afrojack – Ten Feet Tall. So obsessed with this song right now.

And Jessie J’s new song with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. You can never go wrong with any of those names and this is a new song that I think will be a good end of summer jam.

 

25 Things You -Probably- Don’t Know About Me

I saw this post over on Carrots ‘N Cake not too long ago and I thought it would be a fun post to do. So here’s 25 fun facts that you may, or may not, have known about me.

  1. I’ve known I wanted to go in to physical therapy since high school when we had to pick a pathway to focus on – I chose sports medicine.
  2. I’m a huge introvert and would prefer a night in over a night out 75% of the time. Even if it’s drinking at home with close friends over going out to the bars. But I do enjoy my occasional night out dancing with my lady friends.
  3. I tend to get caught up in my emotions very easily. It can get me in to trouble. And it makes my life a roller coaster ride.
  4. I go on book binges, where I read anywhere from 2 to 4 books a week. Sometimes I read so many and don’t keep track, that I’ll pick up the same book and not realize it until I’m halfway through.
  5. I have a tendency to curse a lot. Way more than a lady should.
  6. I hated high school. But I’m thankful I am still so close with three of my best friends from high school.
  7. I want to move somewhere once I finish PT school. I want to live somewhere else for awhile. Experience a different part of the country. I have a few places on my radar, but I still have  a year to figure that out.
  8. I’ve seen every episode of Friends multiple times. And I still crack up laughing at every episode.
  9. I currently am obsessed with all things headbands. They are just so easy to make you look presentable when you don’t feel like washing your hair (TMI?). Check out these headbands, I have 4 and I want more.
  10. One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls work out with their hair down.
  11. I really like crafting, but I don’t have the patience for it most times.
  12. I sometimes wish technology wasn’t as advanced as it was. And we still had to call each other’s houses, and we would go outside more, and we wouldn’t rely on our cell phones so much.
  13. I tend to memorize lyrics very easily and very quickly – and I will call you out if you sing the wrong words. Then I get embarrassed if I sing the wrong words and someone calls me out.
  14. I love the water – beaches, lakes, creeks, rivers – and I can’t imagine living somewhere that doesn’t have a body of water near it.
  15. People watching is one of my favorite things to do.
  16. I prefer beer over liquor 9 times out of 10.
  17. I’m a really bad shopper. As much as I love it, I easily talk myself out of buying things if I don’t absolutely need it and I will walk out of stores empty handed most shopping trips.
  18. I became lactose intolerant sophomore year of college. It’s literally the worst ever.
  19. I’m a sucker for a sweet talker and it gets me in trouble more times than not.
  20. I may almost be a Doctor of Physical Therapy, but I will run through pain until I can’t run for weeks due to injury – worst patient.
  21. I am the worst decision maker. Period.
  22. I get anxiety over a lot of stuff. And have panic attacks occasionally. But can talk myself out of them before it gets bad.
  23. My nephews are my everything.
  24. I can’t imagine not working out. My body starts to hurt if I am not physically active for too many days in a row. Whether it’s just a long walk or a long run, I would be lost without exercise.
  25. I don’t eat the very bottom of bananas.

 

Tell me something about you.