february wrap-up.

Holy cow, that was fast! I cannot believe that February has come and gone.

Here’s a quick look back at one of my favorite months:

  1. I went to the gym 17 times and hiked Raven Rock State Park once
  2. I attended my first baby shower
  3. I had 2 snow days where I didn’t change out of my pajamas and huddled in a blanket nest
  4. I’ve saved the $42 required for the 52-week money challenge
  5. I spent $173.43 on gas — down $113.49 from last month! Yay for shorter months and snow days.
  6. I made a dozen muffins
  7. I paid tuition for the second to last time!
  8. I earned an A in my first class of the semester
  9. I’ve gone 6 days without talking to my mom 😦
  10. I ate the most incredible peanut butter bacon banana sandwich
  11. I joined the Kate Spade New York watch club!
  12. I ate 1 slice of strawberry cake and 3 triple chocolate cupcakes
  13. The Furicane returned to North Carolina!
  14. I purchased a FitBit yesterday and I’ve taken 1,532 steps since I set it up last night at 7:00

So that was my month! Let’s see what March has to offer!



Oh, little blog. You’re giving me quite the challenge this year. My last two birthdays, I offered wisdom and challenged myself…however this one kind of snuck up on me. It’s not that I didn’t realize I was about to turn 24, but I just have been swamped with doing this and that. This being finishing up class number 9 of my MBA program and that being preparing for everyone and their brother to visit Raleigh. I apologize, sincerely.

Instead, I’ve decided to make a list (surprise, surprise!) of 24 little things that I love about life.

  1. Being able to say “There’s nothing I really don’t enjoy about my job” 90% percent of my work days
  2. Waking up a few hours before my alarm and realizing I get to sleep a little big longer
  3. Knowing how to get to a destination without looking up directions or using Google Maps
  4. Going to Target with my mom 🙂
  5. Having Jasmine curl up in a ball on me and sleep
  6. Writing notes and letters and cards to people I appreciate and love
  7. Knowing keyboard shortcuts – seriously, how did I go 22 years without utilizing them?!
  8. Becoming an emotional ball with legs around holidays – (my money is on me crying at least twice today)
  9. Going to the gym and soaking up 45 minutes of uninterrupted “me” time
  10. Waking up to a thunderstorm and lightning
  11. The overwhelming feeling of joy and sadness every time I drive across the Virginia state line
  12. Having best friends who can complete my sentences even if we haven’t spent time together in months
  13. Being known as the “sparkly” one
  14. The satisfaction of cooking a really good meal
  15. Opening shipping boxes – even if they only contain textbooks, it’s still like opening a present
  16. Checking off things on a to-do list
  17. Planting flowers and enjoying them when they bloom
  18. Feeling the perfect amount of refreshed after a nap
  19. Eating a warm peanut butter sandwich – yum!
  20. Not wearing make-up and being able to rub my eyes
  21. Bear hugs from Shane ❤
  22. Earning an A on a paper that caused a huge amount of stress
  23. A successful trip to the grocery store – complete with grocery list that lists items in according to the layout of the store and saving over $25
  24. Riding with the car windows down on a Spring day

I do remember saying something about 24 random acts of kindness; however, my planning has been poor (along with my wee-little bank account) so that will have to stay put for now. I did scrub the floors, counters and buy flowers in preparation of the Virginia & West Virginia visitors this weekend. That counts, right?!

I hope your day is happy! 🙂


23 things, an update

Just an update on the list of 23 things I challenged myself to do on my last birthday. While I didn’t accomplish as many of these as I thought I would, I did accomplish many things I never dreamed I would do! Things I did are highlighted in bold font. 🙂

  1. Run in the Dirty Dan Dash
  2. Become responsible enough to own a pet
  3. Get a tattoo (I’ve been saying this for years) – the older I get, the happier I am that I haven’t done this. 
  4. Learn to sew
  5. Read 100 books –  this was extremely lofty – I didn’t take into account that I would have to read a book every 3.5 days
  6. Watch my big sister get married – there’s a giant, goofy grin on my face in the pictures too!
  7. Bake cakes for friends on their birthdays and accomplishments
  8. Pay off my last student loan!
  9. Learn how to make chicken fried rice – AND chicken pad thai!
  10. Make my own sushi – this on the list of things to do soon!
  11. Run in a color 5K
  12. Start writing a book
  13. 52 Week Money Challenge
  14. Recycle more!
  15. Go on a spur of the moment vacation
  16. Take a painting class –  more like 4!
  17. Embrace the Anti-Diet
  18. Take a dance class
  19. Cook dinner at least once a week
  20. Make a painting like Mia & her mom in Princess Diaries
  21. Re-read all of the Harry Potter books (gotta keep the kid in me alive somehow) – best. decision. ever.
  22. Hike to a waterfall in North Carolina
  23. Become the most positive person I know

So I didn’t get a lot accomplished. Here’s to a more productive year. I’m feeling quite optimistic about 24. 🙂

pepperoni rolls.

I think the boyfriend’s West Virginia-ness has rubbed off on me a little bit. The first time I went up to see his family, we were at his dad’s house and he offered me a pepperoni roll. Now I wasn’t hungry at the time, so I declined and used my deductive reasoning skills to figure out that it was bread and pepperoni. Apparently, they are a big deal in West Virginia. Shane told me he didn’t realize they were just a WV thing until he moved out West and couldn’t find them anywhere.

Fast forward a few months and I decided I would attempt to make them one weekend when I was going to Virginia. Well now I can’t stop. They’re so addicting! Seriously, don’t make these. You’ll regret it.


  • Bridgford Parkerhouse Style Roll Dough (located in the freezer section)
  • Deli sliced pepperoni
  • Will power & self control


  1. Let the roll dough thaw and rise following the instructions on the bag
  2. Flatten out the balls of dough
  3. Put a whole slice of pepperoni in the center and roll close
  4. Bake at 375 for 13 minutes

Per roll; calories 106, carbs 15 g, fat 4 g, protein 3 g, sodium 236 mg, sugars 2 g

For extra spicy goodness, I make half of them with pepperjack cheese.

Oh, and this is Henry when he’s not being disgusting: