The Past Few Days in a Nutshell

Hi everyone! How has your weekend been going? Mine has been going really well. Sorry I haven’t stopped by to do my usual daily post the past two days. Sometimes it can be nice to detach from social media, right? It almost feels as if I am on vacation with my family and I am focused on spending quality time with them, disconnected from most electronic devices. Of course I have been home alone without my parents while they have been in Chattanooga visiting my sister, so I’m not on a vacation, but it still feels like a break away from things that might get my mind working on overdrive. 

Well anyways, Here is a bunch of pictures from the past two days! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

1. Friday morning I woke up and quickly grabbed the things I packed for the day at work and then got changed to go pull the tarp at the ballpark at 8. I never pulled the tarp before so I was nervous I was going to be in the way, but it was super easy and I didn’t fall so I was happy! It felt good to work on a team. It was funny because they all were making bets on who would be the last person to show up or who would show up late. Apparently if that person shows up late they are automatically nominated to go get breakfast for everyone haha. No one was late, but it came close and I got in a few laughs from some of the remarks made. After tarp was pulled I went in to the store to begin working on online orders. I then ate my blackberry overnight oatmeal for breakfast. It was creamy and delicious! 

2. For lunch on Friday I had my quinoa mixture (green beans, pepper, onion, hard boiled egg, italian dressing) with an apple. Pretty good for a quick concoction.

3. Kind bar on my way home for my snack. You can kind of see the ballpark in the background!

4. When I got home around 6:20 I decided to go on a little run. I was going to go to the barn but I was certain that the arena would be too wet to ride in. Renee said it wasn’t but when I heard back from her it was too late. Oh well.

5. I combined my dinner and snack. I had a chicken salad bagel-wich, veggies (green beans, peppers, onions), strawberries, and key lime greek yogurt. 

6. Yesterday morning I decided to relax in bed before I got the day started, but I guess I relaxed too much because I ended up having to rush to leave on time to be to work at 9. I had my green smoothie and bagel with cinnamon cream cheese as I drove in. 

7. My lunch yesterday at work was a warm delicious sweet potato, green bean, onion, pepperjack cheese and queso flavored laughing cow mixture. Plus greek yogurt and an apple on the side. 

8. My kind bar as a snack on my way to the barn after work. 

9. I rode Vinnie while Renee rode G. We started off in the arena and then went down the road. We discovered that Vinnie really doesn’t care for barking dogs. There was a great dane that came awfully close to us and Vinnie started to dance around and then he did some spinning and threw in a buck. Then he did the same thing when some dogs on the way back got into a little dispute. I don’t think he trusts having his back to strange dogs. Another thing he did that was kind of a shock was he took off galloping up this one big hill. To be fair, when G started trotting up the hill Vinnie decided he needed to pee. So I think he just didn’t want to be left behind. The surprising part was that I was actually able to stop him and make him trot. We walked down the hill and then trotted calmly back up it, with him leading the way, which was excellent! I had to correct him and let him know that we don’t gallop up the hills unless I ask him to. So there were a few glitches on the trail ride, but that’s alright. I ended the trail ride with him walking at an easy going pace so I considered it a win. After we let Vinnie and G out in the pasture we got Ray and Renee gave me another lesson on him. I am loving him more and more haha!

So last night after the barn I showered and then Evan came over to hang out. I fixed my dinner, but take a picture. I had another chicken salad bagel-wich and then had carrots and baby peppers with guacamole. What a delicious combination! 

For my late night snack I had strawberries, greek yogurt and a Kashi bar. 

This morning I woke up and did a few chores before I fixed my breakfast. I made a veggie scramble, a chai latte and oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts. Super yummy and filling! Image

Being home alone has gone a little differently than I expected. I was picturing having all this time to make delicious new creations for my dinners since I mostly worked day hours, but then my evening always became busy and then I ended up not having enough time to do much other than put together a sweet potato mixture or make a bagel sandwich. I think the only meat I have been eating has been the chicken salad haha. Plus my mom took the new recipe books we got with her to Chattanooga so I lost a lot of my inspiration to make new things. I can’t blame her though. I can only blame my laziness haha. 

Well, it is time for me to go get ready for work! I am scheduled noon till close so it could be a late night or it could be decent. It all depends on the game! I hope you have a fantastic day! 


Rain Out


Today has been a good day with no major complaints. I woke up and relaxed before making my breakfast. I had a big bowl of oatmeal topped with berries and almonds, a veggie scramble and a chai latte.Image I took the rest of the morning pretty easy, doing dishes and prepping my lunch, snack and dinner for the rest of the day.Image At 11:30 I headed in to work! 

Work went pretty well. I helped Megan finish up a few online orders, got the upstairs store straightened up and restocked and then added new product to the stock room. It started raining around 1 and it hasn’t stopped since. They ended up canceling the game tonight around 5 o’clock so Megan and I stayed and finished up a few things before we clocked out. 

I had my yogurt and peanuts for my snack as I drove home. When I got home all I wanted to do was relax. The rain had me feeling super lazy! I watched TV and then spent some time battling the wireless router trying to get it to connect. I eventually called my dad and had him help me figure it out. I then decided to go ahead and have all of my final transcripts sent over to Carolina. Since I didn’t end up working late tonight I decided to save the meal I made for my lunch tomorrow and so I whipped a plate of cheesy sweet potato cubes and veggies for dinner. It was yummy!Image

I am going to be up early in the morning to help with tarp pull at the stadium since my boss is going to be out recovering from his surgery today. I am kind of excited about it haha. I am scheduled to work 9-5 but I will probably end up working later than that since there is now a double header tomorrow and I just want to make sure we aren’t understaffed at the beginning. Well I think I am going to go have my snack and hit the hay! Hope you had a great day! Enjoy your friday!

On my own for a few days



Hi everyone! I hope the past two days have been wonderful for you. Mine have been pretty low-key, but great. 


After breakfast yesterday I went out to the barn. I rode Vinnie while Renee rode G. We began our ride in the arena and actually spent a decent amount of time in there. Then we headed down the road! We went all the way to the end of the road and we even through in a little trotting. There is a massive open field at the end of the road and we actually spent a few minutes riding through it. Vinnie was such a good boy! I was so proud of him for being so well behaved. On the way back we both jumped off when ever a big, scary tractor drove past us, but then we hopped right back up to go the rest of the way back to the barn. Vinnie was SO sweaty so I hosed him off real quick. ImageImageImageRay is such a goof ball! Vinnie of course had to roll after I hosed him. Horses… 

I was going to ride Ray as well but I was completely out of time! I had to rush home and I only had 15 minutes to get a shower and get all my things ready to go to work. 

After working for a bit I took a break to have my lunch. I had an apple, carrots, and a chicken salad bagel-wich. Image Work went well. It wasn’t a busy night at all but we still managed to do a good amount of business in the store! On my break I had a chicken sausage, spinach and sweet potato mixture but I didn’t take a picture haha. When I got home from work after 11 I made a quick snack of strawberries and an almond butter tortilla shell.Image



This morning I woke up and relaxed for a bit before I fixed a big breakfast! It was a yummy one. My mouth is watering just thinking about those fresh berries!


I was lazy pretty much the rest of the morning and a good bit of the afternoon. I watched Rehab Addict and read some of my book.Image My parents left a little before two to take the RV to get worked on before they continue on with their trip to Chattanooga to see my sister. I am sad that I couldn’t tag along with them but in this case I felt work was a priority. I will get another opportunity to visit with her soon! For lunch I made myself another chicken salad bagel-wich that I ate with an apple, carrots with guac and a greek yogurt. Yum! ImageI did a couple things at home before I ran a few errands in Durham. One of those things was getting registered for the Running of the Bulls 8k in Durham at the end of the month! Yippee! After my errands I got changed for the barn and grabbed my snack! Image

I was at the barn for about 3 hours this evening. I began by riding Vinnie and he was kind of a butt head today. I blame the full moon haha. There was just one spot in the arena that he acted up in almost every time we passed through it. It was annoying and I ended up working him about twice as hard and as long as I intended, but I still had a good time with him. After I finished with Vinnie I worked with Renee and Ray. Renee warmed him up first and Ray was a little off as well, so she actually worked him the majority of the time and then she gave me another mini lesson. I enjoyed both of my rides so much!

When I got home I took a shower and then made myself dinner. I cooked a sweet potato and then loaded it up with peppers, onions and cheese. I also threw a little salsa on the plate for some spice. It was super yummy! ImageNow I am just relaxing for a few minutes on the couch before I go find something for my snack. I am glad that I will be working tomorrow, I felt like I didn’t have much to do today! Hope everyone has a great Thursday! 


I am bad at celebrating Mother’s Day…

Good morning, friends! How are you on this gorgeous Monday? I woke up in a great mood this morning so I can’t wait to take on the day with this feeling of positivity! Perhaps the great day I had yesterday has me walking on sunshine this morning 🙂

How I spent Mother’s Day

So first of all, I am an awful daughter because I didn’t get my mom anything special for Mother’s Day. I could be cheesy and say but every day is Mother’s Day! Mothers should be treated special EVERY day of the year! which is totally true, but still I think the notion of having one special day dedicated to mothers is nice. But back to why I am an awful daughter. I didn’t get my mom a card or flowers or anything. I feel like the “holiday” completely snuck up on me. In my mind I thought i would do something really heartfelt and make her something special, but I never got around to being crafty. We ate breakfast together and then we did a few chores around the house before we went to the Al Buehler trail at Duke to do a little exercise.Image Add this to the list of reason’s why I am a bad daughter: I made my mom jog! Ok, so I guess that’s not a bad thing, but I felt bad pushing her so hard on Mother’s Day. Maybe she appreciated it. She hasn’t jogged that much in YEARS so she was huffing and puffing. She said something about not wanting to have a heart attack on mom’s day so maybe that is why I felt bad about it haha. She did really good though and it is definitely something she needs to be super proud of! We did 5 minute increments of jogging and walking for 35 minutes and then she said she needed to walk the rest of the time. I was proud of her. I had fun doing it as well. I wasn’t winded at all so I enjoyed giving her words of encouragement all throughout the jogging intervals. Image

After our time on the trail we went to Costco and Harris Teeter before going back home for lunch. At Costco I got these little chicken salad cups to try so I made a chicken salad bagel-wich. I had an apple, some carrots and half a pepper and a cheese stick as well.Image Then I threw on my bathing suit and headed outside to wash the Jeep and Old Blue. I wanted to wash and vacuum my car so I figured it would be a nice little gift for my mom to do her Jeep as well 🙂 So I cleaned my mom’s car and almost gave her a heart attack from jogging… all in celebration to her! 🙂

Once I finished up the cars I got changed and grabbed a Kind bar to have for my snack on the way out to the barn.Image I had a great time with Vinnie! It was still really hot out so I only did a light ride. He was so good though 🙂 He also loved the new treats my mom got for him. And he got to go out on the front pasture with the other horses so he was just as happy as could be!Image

When I got home I chatted with my parents for a few minutes before I jumped in a cold shower. Yes, a cold shower. My shoulders and back are very badly sunburned from this weekend’s activities so the cold water felt so nice on my burning skin. After my shower I helped my mom do a quick clean up before my neighbor friend came over. We all talked for a bit before I fixed my dinner plate. My parents made pork chops, roasted veggies and rice.Image Evan already ate dinner so I just took my plate out to the couch and we watched a little TV and chatted before we finished watching The Dark Knight Rises. So I felt bad again for not spending the entire night with my mom, but I don’t think she minded. (If you did mind, Mom, then I will make it up to you!) I had a great time though! After Evan left to walk back to his house I fixed a snack and then worked on a sudoku puzzle before heading off to bed.Image

It was such a full day!

Today’s Plans

So after I have my breakfast I am going to get ready for my advising appointment at UNC. I am so excited for it! I can’t wait to get my classes sorted out and develop a good plan. After that I am going to bring my mom lunch at her school and then I have my appointment with Mary. Then this evening I will more than likely go to the barn. Bring on the day, world. Bring. It. On. 🙂 🙂 🙂 

6 mile walk with my mom plus a trail ride = one great Saturday :)

Hope everyone had a great Saturday! Mine was absolutely amazing! 

So last night was a bunch of fun! We went out to The Wooden Nickel in Hillsborough. It was a small little place that was so packed when we first got there. We eventually snagged a table. It looked like a lot of people there ordered a burger, so I decided to go with just that! My dad thought it would be funny for us to trade drinks for a picture haha. It was a good burger and I think I got my burger fix for a while. We walked around the rest of the main street area and we looked at other restaurants that looked like they would be really good. It was a great challenge and I was so happy we went somewhere new for all of us 🙂ImageImageImageImageSorry the pictures are dark! 

I woke up early and made my breakfast and ate it with my mom. I made a veggie scramble, oatmeal and a chai latte. It was warm, filling, and just right.Image After I finished eating we quickly got ready to head out to the barn. Renee had a woman coming to look at Ray later in the morning so I was hoping to get a ride in before, but I ran out of time. I gave him a good grooming and fed him an apple before my mom and I talked to Renee for a bit of time. 

When we got back home we got changed and headed outside to go on a long walk! It was so nice out and it was a great change of scenery. I was growing tired of looking at the neighborhood haha. There are some beautiful views out there! We saw a few horses and even a turtle along the way. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

When we got back from our walk we stretched and then I made banana bread before fixing my lunch. I made a sweet potato topped with pepperjack cheese and then carrots, salsa, an apple and Greek yogurt. It was yummy!Image Right when I finished eating Renee texted me to tell me that Ray was not sold and that it was actually a good thing! Apparently the woman had no idea what she was doing. I was planning on going out later in the day, but storms were in the forecast so I went back out to the barn early. I had such an amazing time! I did a quick ride in the arena before I headed down the road with Renee and G. I couldn’t believe how well behaved Vinnie was! I hadn’t taken him down the road in several years because he would always freak out and take off galloping. Every little think would put him on edge. Today he couldn’t have been better! A motorcycle rode by and there was thunder and he wasn’t bothered one bit! Today was just such a great day at the barn. I was so proud of Vinnie and I had such a great time talking to Renee. I think tomorrow I might even ride Ray! That will be so exciting. We will see though. I am not sure if the arena will be dry enough after the rain we got. And I don’t know what my mom will want to do for Mother’s day! 

After the barn I came home and did a small organization project before jumping in the shower and then having my snack. Image

I relaxed and then got started putting all of the hats online for the Bulls. I took a break for dinner, which was so flavorful. My mom made a homemade tomato sauce, tortellini and chicken. Delicious!Image We ended up watching a movie, The Internship, which was actually really good. I multitasked and finished the hats while I watched. 

Now I am about to go have my snack before I call it a night! I hope you all have something incredible planned for Mother’s day! 🙂

I can’t wait to have a relaxing weekend!

Hi guys! I thought I would drop in real quick to do a recap of the past two days before my parents and I head out to have our dinner at a new-to-us restaurant. I worked yesterday and today so that pretty much sums up my days haha.

Yesterday I woke up and went to the gym early with my mom before I went in to work. For breakfast I had overnight oatmeal as I drove in to Durham. At the Y I did a 30 minute run with a 5 minute cool down followed by a few planks.Image It was a sweaty morning! There were a few small things I worked on in the morning and then I had strawberries and a greek yogurt for my snack.Image The Bull City Summer books finally arrived so I spent the rest of the day moving around 150 boxes that were 45lbs each. It was a good thing I didn’t do arms at the gym! I took a break for lunch. I packed leftover sausage, veggies and hoppin’ john rice. Plus an apple.Image

When I got home at 6 I had a Kashi bar as I enjoyed the company of my cat.Image I relaxed the remainder of the night which felt really nice after an active day at work. For dinner my mom made delicious potato wedges, roasted veggies and chicken.Image

I didn’t take a picture of my bedtime snack but I had raspberries and trail mix.

Today I slept in a tiny bit before getting up to make my breakfast and pack my lunch for work. I had oatmeal topped with berries, a chai latte and some sliced bell peppers.Image

For lunch I had the last of the hoppin’ john rice along with chicken and veggies from last night and an apple.Image

Work today went really well. I got the online orders completed before I worked on tagging apparel that arrived in boxes. My boss stopped by for a little bit today (he has been out sick) so it was nice to see him up and moving around. 

When I got home I had yet another Kashi bar for my snack.Image I am so happy to have the next three days off! I hope to spend lots of time with Vinnie and my mom for Mother’s Day. It is just going to feel so nice to relax before the next homestand begins! 

May the Fourth

May the Fourth be with you! Tonight was Star Wars night at the ballpark and it was a HUGE success! We had the fourth biggest crowd in ballpark history, we had great business in the store, and the auction for the R2D2 jerseys raised a ridiculous amount for the Autism Society of North Carolina. I went in to work at noon and left by nine. It was a busy day, but it was a good one.

I felt much better today, but I still sounded like I was a little sick. I will take it though! I didn’t make it out to barn this morning before work, but my mom went out with my dad and so Vinnie still got a nice grooming 🙂

I feel like I don’t have anything else to share haha! So here are the pictures of my eats thus far.ImageImageImageImage

Hope you had a great weekend and feel free to share if you did anything exciting! 🙂