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Busy, Busy

Phew, what a morning!  I’ve been in my New Hire Orientation since 9 am, and then I have an afternoon of meetings from 1-3, so I’ve got a little over an hour to update you all on life!  Last night was pretty uneventful, stopped at the store on the way home, picked up a couple of bottles of wine and some snacks, changed into pajamas and cooked dinner.

Originally I though I had one bottle of teriyaki marinade left, but turns out it was Caribbean Jerk, so my initial idea of teriyaki chicken stir fry was scrapped.  Instead, Caribbean Jerk chicken stir fry haha.  I already had the veggies and chicken so I just used a different marinade, and you know what it was still fantastic.  A lot spicier, but delicious. 

It still pretty much looked like this

I used a pre-packaged bag of stir-fry veggies (with the water chestnuts picked out because I hate those), three boneless skinless chicken breasts (thin slice), and two servings of whole wheat spaghetti (leftovers!).  Definitely a success in my book.

This morning I made it to the gym for the third day in a row, hooray, and actually had a decent run on the treadmill.  So decent that I’m sort of thinking the treadmill was broken, because 8:06 pace is usually not a comfortable pace for me, but for my last mile it was.  Oh well, I’ll take it.  Three miles in total, which is officially my longest run since the half marathon on the 21st.  Looks like my desire to take a running break is starting to wear off, which is probably why I registered for the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run lottery yesterday.  I’ll find out in about two weeks whether I got in or not.  Should be fun if I do!

Ok, now I need some help from anyone in the Northern VA/DC Metro area.  I need to find a new hairdresser, I am super picky, and nervous about switching and I want someone good with long, wavy, thick hair, and color.  Anyone have someone they absolutely love, or know of a great place?! Help a girl out!  Alright, time for lunch, only one more day until Friday!

Big News!

Three and a half years ago I was a 22 year-old recent graduate, with no job, moving home to live with my mom.  That was never my plan, I had all these dreams of moving to NYC and living a Devil Wears Prada type life while working at a magazine.  Three  months after moving home, I met a boy, fell head over heels in love, and all dreams of moving away were pushed to the back of my head.

Seven months after I graduated, I was finally offered a job at a pharmaceutical company, ironically the same one my boyfriend at the time worked at (although different campus locations).  I accepted, and here I am, still working the same job three years later.  Eventually that boyfriend and I called it quits, and I was smacked in the face with the realization that for the previous two years the only friends I had in the area were his, and that was why I was miserable.  I wasn’t living my life, I was living his, and it was never the life I wanted for myself.  Then I met Alex, and the convenient trip on NJ Transit from here to NYC kept me here longer.

Around six months into mine and Alex’s relationship he began applying to law schools, and at one point had committed to one in VA (he has since decided not to go).  It was a few months after that, when I woke up from the fog I was living in and went “what the fuck am I doing?!”  I’m working at a dead-end job, I’m constantly jealous of all my friends who still live near each other in Virginia, and I am miserable here in Pennsylvania.  It was a random weekday, when I emailed my friends and told them, “I’m going to move down there, job or no job, in November when Dani and Adrienne’s lease is up, and live with them.”

The next few months, I scrimped and saved, putting as much money as I could in my savings account each month to make sure I would have a buffer if I happened to move before finding a job.  As November drew closer and closer, I began to become more nervous and stressed about money, and trying to decide whether making this move was a smart decision or not.  Then, in the middle of October the girls and I found the PERFECT house, and signed our lease last weekend.  It became real, I had a 15 month lease on my hands and rent to pay now, I was going.  While I could have moved in last Sunday, my plan was always to stick it out here in PA at least until after Thanksgiving, it still is, only now the whole situation is a little less stressful.



Yesterday, after a month of interviews, two phone and one in person, and two weeks of waiting I was offered an amazing job near my new home :).  The weight that had been sitting on my shoulders for months, worrying about finances, and how I would pay my bills was lifted, and I have never been so happy about something in my entire life.  It may have taken me three years longer than I thought it would, but I’m doing it, I’m moving out and away from home.  I’m finally moving back down south, to be with the people I spent the best four years of my life in college with, and the subsequent three years after visiting.  I’m starting a completely new chapter in my life, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where everything goes from here!  Arlington, Virginia here I come!

Needless to say, after my endorphin powered work-out, I was celebrating!  I did 2 miles on the elliptical and then a fast 2 miles at 8:45 pace on the treadmill.  Then it was to the liquor store where I splurged on my favorite bottle of Malbec, Layer Cake.  Besides the one glass I kicked over, I finished the whole bottle :).  I’m not sure whether I should be proud I could do that, or ashamed that I could do that and not have a headache today, haha.

Alex is coming in tonight, I think, my sister is coming home, and we will be opening the bottle of champagne my mom bought to celebrate.  Then tomorrow we are all off to my cousin’s wedding, which will bring more celebration I’m sure.  Somewhere in this weekend, I need to fit in my second to last long run of half marathon training, so that should be interesting.

Happy Friday everyone, what are you all up to this weekend?! Oh and good luck to everyone running the NYC marathon on Sunday!