Hopin’ for Raleigh

While I live in Charlotte (and I love it), Raleigh will always be my favorite city. North Carolina is my favorite state, so life is pretty good that I at least live in the state again!

Downtown Raleigh at night
I just wrapped up a visit to my favorite city and got to see (almost) all of my favorite people. Only a few friends were missing, and that is just because they live out of town (note to self: need to plan a trip to Washington DC and Nashville after graduation).

Some highlights of the trip…

Delicious dinners at Sushi Blues, Shiki Sushi, Buku, and Jimmy V’s

Dynamite appetizer at Sushi Blues
Big Red (aka my car) got her oil changed, tires rotated, a bath, and a vacuuming. She is so happy and clean but tired of driving. She told me she needed a rest for a few days…

Scott’s Mill Oktoberfest and family fun

Oktoberfest fun
One-on-one time with some of my best friends that I have not spent time with in far too long.

Obligatory pre-going out pic – not in a mirror, courtesy of Mom!
Recruiting at my alma mater NCSU with another one of my best friends.

Betsy and I outside of the College of Management

And enjoyed a delicious post-recruiting dinner with another good friend (ref. above one-on-one time)…

Pretty centerpiece and Michael’s to-go short ribs

Look how cute and professional I am!

Butternut Squash and Chicken Pierogis

Creme Brulee Sampler – Vanilla, Chocolate, Ginger (l to r)
Meatloaf sandwiches – multiple times (at least once for breakfast, don’t judge me til you’ve tried it). Thanks for fixing the meatloaf, Dad!

Nom nom nom.
A new camera! Hopefully I will continue to have more pictures in my blog (not taken with my HTC EVO…)

Sometimes, there is just no place like home. This was one of my more enjoyable trips to Raleigh because I got to see everyone that I love! Not that my trips are not typically enjoyable – this one was just particularly fun. Since my old room has been taken over by my brother’s crap, I sleep on the pull-out bed in the bonus room. Look at what my sweet mom did my first night of recruiting!!

Yes, that is a Kit-Kat on my pillow…
It is sad that my next trip home is not until Christmas, but I hope it is another fun-filled trip. I have a lot to keep me busy (and to look forward to) from now until then, but I certainly cannot wait to get back! And hopefully more often after I am done with school.

Looking Forward

One thing I am very good at is having a pity party for myself… Currently in one now – I feel like I have been good diet and exercise-wise this week and I am getting no results. As I discussed in my weight loss journey, I need to redirect my thoughts and remember that I am healthy – and sometimes the scale does not always reflect ‘health.’ I jogged two miles today!

So in a public attempt to redirect my thoughts, I am going to list out a few (non-scale) things that I am looking forward to during the rest of 2011! A central theme: lots of good family time!

Disclaimer: this pic is from November 2007 – holy cow I am getting old!
This weekend/part of next week in Raleigh. Two words: State Fair. Ok, I am excited about more than that! I get to see almost all of my friends, my family, and my little brother (see above: not so little) turns 21! Hopefully he will let me celebrate with him.

I am going to Raleigh for work (a recruiting trip at NCSU), which is one of my favorite things to do (work-wise). I really should be a recruiter… I am good at it! My family happens to live in the Raleigh area – very convenient!

Also, this Friday I am taking a vacation day! Sometimes I think I forget what ‘vacation’ is, and while I will be doing some schoolwork… I am looking forward to a three day weekend.

I miss you, NC State!
Las Vegas. Somehow, I convinced my parents to take us to Vegas for Thanksgiving this year. I gently suggested it (read: started brainwashing) around Christmas last year, so there was plenty of time to plan and process. I am BEYOND excited. This will be my first trip to Las Vegas, and my brother will finally be 21, and something tells me my parents will be having just as much fun as he and I will be 😉

My 24th birthday happens to be on Thanksgiving this year (24 on the 24th! This is gonna be an awesome birthday), and my goal is to not spend a single dollar on drinks (and hopefully get free dessert everywhere we go). For the cherry on top of this alcohol infused sundae, by the time I get there, I will have taken my last final (ever) and completed my last presentation (ever).

Which brings me to…

Graduation. On December 16th (65 days), I will officially have my MBA and this long journey will finally be over! I am very grateful though that my final semester I only have to take one class, and it has not been excruciatingly painful (like other classes *ahem* management science). I chose my professor wisely; the other sections have a 140 page paper to write. No thank you. Mom, Dad, start planning my baller graduation party!!! Yes, I am having one because Dad did, and mine had better be epic!

While my life is completely different than when I started this blog, I am glad things turned out the way that they did. And in 65 days I will be able to say I survived grad school while working a full time job. Never thought I would say that! It is hard for me to believe that it is mid-October. Where has the time gone?!

Thanks for letting me share some things that I am looking forward to this year. How about my readers? What plans are you looking forward to the most for the rest of this year?