Nico the flirty Beluga Whale. Georgia Aquarium
Fourth of July, Atlanta's Centennial Park fireworks celebration.
A rare, but beautiful, snowy morning in Georgia.
South Beach, Miami, Florida
I love cows.
Thrift store finds
Sunset, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Spring blooms, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trio in Black and White
Caribbean Sea, Westpunt, Curacao
Orchid, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Water Lilies, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Morrison Springs, Ponce de Leon, Florida
Water Droplets, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Sunrise, Ponce de Leon, Florida
Beautiful Blooms, Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Monday, July 31, 2006
I had two horrible lunches yesterday! I met some friends at Front Page News in Little 5 Points for lunch. Shannon & I both had burgers and they were awful. His was barely cooked and mine, although cooked, was just bad. Afterwards, my aunt and cousins were on their way home from Florida and called. I met them at Doc Green's in Atlantic Station where I had a really bad Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. So, I cooked my own dinner last night. I was afraid not too!
Charter has had cable internet and cable tv outages off and on all weekend long. My cable internet has been questionable since Friday. It's been steady for about 90 minutes now, hopefully it's back up for good.
I've already read one book over the last couple of days, and am about 1/3 of the way through another. I'm enjoying that.
Today, I had my bikini wax. It wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated. I would totally do it again. Afterwards, I did a little shopping/browsing. Picked up a purse and 2 wallets on sale at Dillard's, a really cute and colorful passport cover, restocked my Aveda shampoo/conditioner, and restocked my face powder. All in all, a good day. Since I've been home I've been reloading iTunes. I lost all my songs when my computer crashed. They are still in my ipod, but if I add songs, it will delete my entire ipod library. So, I'm reloading what's on my ipod so I can add new things to it. It's taking forever!
I'm very excited about Project Runway this week. I think Keith is getting kicked off. "A Socialite's Life" had a blog entry a while back about Keith possibly being a cheater. That entry is here: http://socialitelife.com/2006/07/17/project_runway_how_do_you_say_cheater_in_german.php , and if you follow the link to the VH-1 blog, there's a lot more. This week's episode is when everything is supposed to go down. I hope I get to watch it. I'll be in Tennessee at my Mom's. So, it will be tivo'd just in case.
Other than all this and working out, nothing too exciting! I leave for Tennessee Wednesday, and come back to pack for Florida on Friday. I'm looking forward to the beach. This trip is my Dad, Step-Mom, step-brother, sister-in-law, and my 3 1/2 year old nephew. We always have fun. Then, on the 13th, my Mom and I are leaving for Barbados! This is how I chose to spend my graduation money. I'm really, really excited for that trip. I can hear the rum calling my name as we speak!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Afterwards, several of us met at a classmates loft and started celebrating the fact that we were finished. We ended up walking down to a really cool neighborhood bar called 97 Estoria. I crashed at the loft, came home early this morning and went back to bed.
Today I plan to catch up on my tivo'd shows. Currently, I'm watching the new season of Project Runway. I like Kayne, Robert, Uli and Alison. After Project Runway, I'm starting on Season 3 of Rescue Me. Today is a totally lazy day. Tomorrow I may be going to Six Flags with some friends. After that, I need to clean my apartment. Once that's done, I plan to start reading all the books I've put off for the last 3 months.
No more countdown!!!
Friday, July 21, 2006
Monday is my relaxation day. I have a bikini wax & massage scheduled, with the wax first of course! This will be my first bikini wax, so I'm a little nervous. But, I don't want to deal with that crap during my 2 weeks at the beach! The massage is simply to relax me pre-exam. We've been told not to study on Monday, just to let our brains rest.
I've had a horrible grass allergy the last couple of days. I finally had to break down and go to the doctor this morning for some allergy medication. My legs were swollen yesterday and I've got tons of little red welts. Thankfully, it's already better --shots work wonders.
Today was the last day of bootcamp for this month. I really would love to do August, but since I'm going to be gone for 2 1/2 weeks, it's pointless to pay for it and miss that much. However, September through November I'm there. The first and last days are PT tests: 1 mile run, stair sprint, 1 minute of push-ups & 1 minute of sit-ups. I improved across the board, which is nice. It's nice to see improvements, especially since I can't tell physically. I'm really proud of my mile time, it went from 13:24 on the first day to 10:15 today -- that's 3 minutes! I never thought I'd be close to running a 10 minute mile!
Countdown to Exam: 3 days! (Have I mentioned the panic attacks, indigestion, shakes? Ah, they're not that bad!)
Saturday, July 15, 2006
I've also officially turned off my phones with a polite message that I'll have a life again on July 27th, and not to expect a return phone call before that date unless it's an emergency. Hopefully no one's offended, although I doubt anyone will be.
I'm looking forward to catching up on Season 3 of Rescue Me and the new season of Project Runway. I've Tivo'd both and can't wait to watch. I'm sure I'll have a marathon TV session a day or two after the exam. I'm also looking forward to reading all the books I've accumulated over the last few months. I swear, I have roughly two bookshelves full of books I've yet to read! Hopefully, during my two weeks at the beach in August I'll get much of those read.
In interesting legal news, Valerie Plame Wilson and Joseph Wilson filed suit against VP Cheney, Lewis Libby, and Karl Rove for allegedly outing her classified CIA status. I've been slowly reading through the complaint during meals. If you're interested, you can find the complaint here: http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/iraq/wilsonlibby71306cmp.html .
Countdown to exam: 10 days!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Yesterday, I came home from taking another simulated MBE. I entered my apartment to the phone ringing, had a couple of phone calls about election candidates. While talking to my Mom later, my ex called. I called him back. While I was on the phone with him, the call waiting on my house phone beeped in AND my cell phone started ringing. Of all these calls, only one was exam related and it was my study partner. I've now turned off the ringers on my house phone. I've instructed my study partners, parents and my aunt that if they need me to call my cell, which I will check frequently for messages.
At the same time, I'm very lucky and thankful for my friends and family. My automatic response has turned into this: "I really would love to talk to you, or hang out, but I only have [insert days to exam here] left and I have to work. I'll talk to you after July 27th."
I literally feel like I'm losing my mind! I can't wait until this is over! This rant has made me feel just a tad bit better. Can you imagine how wound up I'd be if I wasn't working out? I shudder at the thought!
Countdown to exam: 12 days.
Monday, July 10, 2006
I have a three day review course Wednesday through Friday of this week. Hopefully that goes well. I don't know if I'm going to like being around 300 really stressed out people. I've scheduled a massage for the weekend prior to the exam and one for the day after the exam.
Bootcamp is still going well. People are telling me they can tell a difference in my weight. I can't. I'm so glad I decided to sign up for this. It's given me an outlet for my stress, which I desperately needed.
Some friends of mine are planning on seeing "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" at Atlanta's Shakespeare Tavern either this Saturday or next Saturday. It's supposed to be hysterical -- three actors do all of his works in 90 minutes. I really hope they decide to go this weekend, so I can go too. It will give me a couple hours of normalcy. There's no way I could go next weekend, it's too close to the exam.
The Red Sox/White Sox game yesterday went 19 innings! That's a doubleheader! Can you imagine 6 hours in those uncomfortable stadium seats? Unfortunately, Boston -- who was primed to sweep the White Sox -- couldn't hold out. The All-Star break has arrived which is always fun to watch. Speaking of sports, what's up with the French footballer headbutting the Italian? (I'm not much into World Cup, but saw the story online.) Crazy!
Countdown to the Exam: 14 days! (Sheesh -- it's only 2 weeks away!)
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
The 4th was good, I grilled out with some friends. We didn't watch any fireworks since it was raining, but we still had a good time.
Countdown to exam: 20 days!
Sunday, July 2, 2006
I've done nothing but study all weekend long, save for tiny message board breaks, meals, and exercise breaks. I miss my friends! I just keep reminding myself that I get to have a life again starting July 27th! I hope to see my friend T next Friday, we're planning a little girls afternoon. I also need to schedule a massage just before the exam and just after the exam. I already know I'm going to be in knots!
Tomorrow starts week 2 of bootcamp, although we have Tuesday off for the holiday. My knees are just now starting to heal and are itching like crazy. Thank goodness for Benedryl! I'm very glad that I signed up for this. I'm sure I'll need the workouts to deal with the stress as it gets closer to the exam.
Countdown to the exam: 23 days!