Twenty-Nine

What better time to try and make a comeback from such a long hiatus than on my birthday?! I know I have been negligent with blogging the last few months. There has just been so much going on and it’s been a whirlwind of a year, with so many changes and emotions that I can’t even begin to describe in one post. But I will share one of the exciting and scary things that is happening as I enter my 30th year of life: I am going back to school!I

My first degree was in Elementary Education, which I used for all of 9 months. That was 7 years ago, and after many jobs, life events, and just stroke of luck, I’ve found myself in a job that is sort of IT related, and I am really enjoying it. However, if I want to continue in this field, and especially open future doors, I feel I need a degree to back up my experience, so I’ve decided to get a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

The nice thing is that even though it’s going to be another bachelor’s degree, I’m going to the same university I went to the first time (The University of North Carolina Wilmington) and a lot of my credit hours from my first degree count towards this one. I am a little terrified because I was never the best at school – I tried hard but I’m just not academically minded – and I have to take not one, but TWO, calculus classes for this degree. Math is not my strong suit at all, but thankfully Jeff loves math so I have a good tutor that’s also free!

Another reason I figured I should go back to school is that my current employer has an Educational Assistance program where they will reimburse me for 2 classes per semester as long as I pass. Plus, I work on the UNCW campus, so getting to the classes will be easy. I also have a truly amazing boss who is very flexible with me about my hours and schedule, so I can work around my class times. I just kept asking myself, “If not now, when?”

Until classes start in January, though, I’m taking full advantage of my free time, which is one of the reasons why I haven’t been blogging as much. I do hope to get back to posting more often, but I doubt I will be posting more than once per week.

I truly appreciate those of you that have stuck around during this break. I’m truly thankful for each and every one of you that read this little blog of mine. Now I’m off to enjoy my birthday!

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Friday Five

Hi friends! Hope you all had a great week! We had an absolute blast at Universal Studios this weekend. I’ve still not fully recovered as we got back Tuesday and went back to work Wednesday, but the tiredness is worth it.

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Obligatory vacation-recap photos. Just keep scrolling right by if you don’t care about them. It won’t hurt my feelings. 🙂

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I need your opinions. Have you heard of ItWorks? I’ve been hearing about it for some time, and am curious about the Hair, Skin and Nails since I’ve been growing out my hair. I’d love to know if it is legit or not!

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FINALLY watching the season premiere of Walking Dead as I write this post. Don’t worry, I won’t give out any spoilers, but OH. MY. GOSH. I can’t wait for the next episode!

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Seriously, Netflix.

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I really want to try the dark lipstick trend. It just seems so perfect for fall. Think I can pull it off?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! It’s supposed to get in the 40s here, so I am SO excited!!!

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Friday Five

It’s Friday and Fall Break is just mere hours away! I am one happy girl!

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I’m always behind on these things, but I just discovered the brilliance that is Podcasts. Specifically, the Limetown and Serial podcasts. Limetown has me sitting on the edge of my chair during each episode, and then checking my phone every day to see if the newest episode has released. Serial revisits a real murder case from 1999 and looks into whether the right person was convicted. I love crime dramas, so both of these are right up my alley.

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The amount of times per day that I lose my keys is pretty ridiculous. 90% of the time they’re just buried in the bottom of my work bag, but sometimes, I lock them in my car or leave them in a random office in a random building on campus and then I have to spend 30 minutes retracing my steps. But not anymore! This thing is basically the “Find My iPhone” for your keys. Hallelujah!

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We are headed to Orlando, Florida tomorrow! My sister and her husband are coming, as well as some friends and we are going to spend two days at Universal Studios. The tickets my parents got us for Christmas last year are annual passes, so we figured we should take advantage of them, especially since we are all such huge Harry Potter fans. But we are also going to Halloween Horror Nights while there which will be interesting to say the least. I don’t do too well with haunted houses but as long as there aren’t too many spiders, hopefully I will be ok.

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Pumpkin pie martini. Need I say more?

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Last Saturday I had the honor to throw my best friend a baby shower. It was a small, intimate shower with mainly her husband’s family and some friends. It’s still so weird to think that in a few weeks, she will be a mom, but I cannot wait to meet her baby boy!

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What fun plans do you have for the weekend?

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