Friday, November 30, 2007

I'm still alive

Well's been a while. I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings. I know I sure it. It was great being home and seeing the family.

I was able to get some rest in, which was also definitely a plus. For the most part I'm feeling much better. No more headaches, sore throats, etc. etc. I am still feeling a little bit run down though and have been taking a decent amount of naps. I think that may be in part due to the fact that it's the end of the semester and projects and papers and tests are stressing me out. But I know some of it's my own fault.

Because I only have two weeks left of being a "kid," I've been trying to cram as much into all of my days as possible. That tends to lead to early mornings and late nights, which leave me sapped of energy and not so much up for working out.

Being realistic, I know I'm not going to be getting very many good workouts in until after graduation. I will try to squeeze in one or two here and there, but with these last few weeks, I really just want to be spending time with my friends and soaking up the last bit of college that I can.

On that note, I know my posting has been fairly sporadic lately because I've been sick, but I can't promise it will be too much better in the next two weeks because when I don't get a good workout in I feel like I don't have too much to post about.

Quick soccer note: Don't know if anyone is following the NCAA soccer tournament, but some good things happened in the Terps bracket. First off, we won our second round game against Loyola, (MD). (We were seeded 13th, so we had a first round bye.) Tied zero zero through two over time period and went into penalty kicks. We came out on top 4-2. I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest from the adrenaline. PK games are way too intense.

Because we won. we were set to play the winner of #4 Indiana and unranked Bradley. We all figured we'd be road tripping to Bloomington this weekend. But Bradley knocked IU off 5-4 in PKs, and because Bradley is unranked, they come here tomorrow night for our third round game.

Win or lose, it's going to be my last home game as a student. That makes me sad. There have been a lot of good memories from Ludwig Field. I've made some of my best friends there and I'm sad to see it come to an end.

If we win we will play the winner of UC-Santa Barbara and Ohio State, both of whom are ranked higher than us, so we will be traveling. I'm pulling for OSU because realistically we can get there. Realistically, we cannot afford to travel across the country. (knock on wood, this is dependent on us winning)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Maybe starting to finally get better

After being stuck with a seriously long illness of some mysterious origin, I think I'm finally starting to see the end of the tunnel. For the most part I can breath out my nose again. My throat has stopped hurting and my head isn't quite as congested. Although, my sinuses are definitely still back up more than they should be.

I've been taking these last few weeks off from working out because when I had tried, it'd been making me too tired and I think it was slowing down the healing process. I'm still a little leery about picking it back up again, but at the same time I'm frustrated because I know I've lost a lot of fitness ability because it's been weeks since I've been able to work out.

I'm really nervous about jumping back in though because I don't want to get sick all over again. Not with only four more weeks until I graduate. I want to be able to have without being sick all the time.

Tonight I'll be teaching yoga and FitTrek (Check out the link for more info on what exactly it is.) And then Tuesday I'm driving home for Thanksgiving! YIPPPIE! I am pumped to get home. My plan is to take it easy at home so that I can be back to full health by the time I get back to campus.

In other exciting updates: This weekend I went to the bars in Annapolis with my friends, and every time we go to Annapolis I always say, "Wouldn't it be funny if I run into my friend from high school who is in the Naval Academy?" Well in four years of going to Annapolis, I never have. But on Saturday night at like 1 a.m., my roommates and I bumped into him at Federal House. It was so random and so fun.

As for a soccer update, after an embarrassing loss in the first round of the ACC tournament, the Terps obviously haven't had any games. But the bracket for the NCAA tournament will be announced tonight between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on ESPNews. Unfortunately, I will be smack in the middle of teaching a yoga class at the time. I've asked about three people to text message me with the details though so I can check it out right after class. The main reason being, I may have to plan a road trip over Thanksgiving break for the first round.

Things are really up in the air with the team's potential seeding. They could get a great seed and have a first round bye and not have to play until November 28. Or they could get a so-so seed and have a game over Thanksgiving break at Maryland. Or they could get a really crappy seed and have a game over Thanksgiving break who knows where. Obviously I'm pulling for the first round bye so I can stay home, but if that doesn't work out I at least home the game is at UMD.

Anyway, guess that's all on the updates for now. I'm hoping I can get back to working out soon, but it's going to be frustrating as hell knowing I'm going to have to basically start from square one to build it all back up again.

Friday, November 16, 2007

So don't colds usually go away?

Still sick. It succcccks!

I'm sure I'm not doing anything to help it by doing things like driving to UNC for soccer and standing in the cold at football and then Wed. driving down to Cary, NC for the first round of the ACC soccer tournament. (We played like crap and lost 3-0 to Va. Tech....this could explain why.) Made for an extremely miserable car ride home.

Really nothing else to report on. Being sick for this long sucks. As a result, I haven't worked out in ages. I've been sleeping a ton and not reading any blogs at all.

Thanksgiving's just around the corner though and I'm looking forward to going home and getting some quality R&R.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ick Sick

Earlier this week I came down with a cold of some sort. Nothing too bad. I still did yoga Monday and attempted to get my run in on Tuesday (got some wicked shin splints though and ended up having to walk most of the way back home :o(

But then Wednesday, oh boy, did that cold kick in. It's a good thing I don't have class Wed. because I slept in and tried to nurse the cold, while studying for the test I had coming up Thursday morning.

If I hadn't had that test on Thursday, I wouldn't have gone to any of my Thursday classes. I woke up and my glands were swollen and I couldn't breathe out my nose. I popped some Advil for the pain and a Sudafed for decongestion, headed to class, took the test, stayed for the next class (b/c I have two classes back to back in the same room) and then came back home to sleep, skipping my last two classes of the day. I was not a pretty sight.

I ended up missing my friends 21st birthday in Annapolis on Thursday night because I was sick too.

Friday I woke up feeling like hell, but the soccer Terps were playing UNC at UNC and we had arranged a huge road trip. I was one of the drivers, I couldn't really back out. We drove down there and on the way I went through almost an entire roll of toilet paper (we didn't have tissues) because I had to blow my nose so much.

Best decision ever to go though: Terps beat UNC 2-1 with six seconds left in the second overtime period. The guys were pumped we had gone down and the coach bought us pizzas after the game because he's cool like that.

Yesterday my parents came down for the Boston College vs. Maryland football game because it was my last home game as a senior. We all tailgated it up before the game (yes I just made tailgate a verb), and then by some grace of God, the Terps upended the number 8 or 9 seeded BC. Pandemonium ensued. We rushed the field. Got high-fives from Darius Heyward-Bey and a ton of other people. Got a hug from Chris Turner, QB1. See photo gallery here.

Matt Ryan is gone from the running for a Heisman thanks in great part to our defense being all over him all night.

Oh right and I was still sick for all of that on Saturday. Now it's Sunday morning. I have zero voice. I can breathe out my nose a little bit, but my throat is killing me. But yes, it was totally worth it.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Weekend Wrap and Outlook!

As noted in my last post, I had a lot going on this weekend, and needless to say the entire weekend was a blast.

Friday night I went out dancing with some of my friends, which is always a blast.

The entire day Saturday was dedicated to soccer. Waking up early to go buy food for the tailgate, then tailgating for 6 hours before the game, followed by the game itself. Terps win 4-1. All three seniors on the team scored, which was the perfect ending for senior night. My roommate let me borrow her camera because as well all know mine got broken a few weeks ago. I'll try to get some pictures up soon, but for now you can check out the photo gallery from the game here.

Saturday working out didn't happen so much, unless you count playing cornhole for two hours straight (my friend and I completely dominated!).

Sunday I planned to study for a test I have coming up this week, but instead I practiced the art of procrastination. I went to lunch with my friend. I posted pictures from the weekend on Facebook. When I finally cracked my notes, I got through one chapter before falling asleep for a much needed three hour nap.

I ended up sleeping through most of the Pats vs. Colts game. Caught the last two minutes when I got to the gym for demo team practice, but only one other girl showed up.

Got home and then watched the Eagles get killed by the Cowboys. My sports teams were not kind to me this weekend. Notre Dame lost to Navy for the first time in like 43 or 44 years, MD football lost to UNC, and well the Eagles. Thank goodness for soccer salvaging my weekend.

As for workouts this week, I've got Yoga and Trekking tonight and then I think I'm finally going to be able to get to Muscle Works on Tuesday (after many weeks of not going!). Wednesday I'm hoping to get a run in. I'm crossing my fingers that it will all work out.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Real World Update

First off thanks everyone for your really encouraging and supportive comments about the job salary/tension with my Mom issues.

I think she's sort of coming to accept the fact that I will not be making that much money as a journalist, although she does still throw in the occasional snarky comment about how I was so good at math and science, why didn't I major in a more technical field.

I have officially found someone to sublease my apartment when I move out in December. She came to visit last night and my roommates loved her (which was really important to me because they will be living with her.) So that's good news and one less thing for me to stress out about.

Now I just need to find a place to live in York. I've been following up some leads on Craigslist and there seems like there are some decent possibilities out there.

Still haven't really been having too much time to work out. I played flag football the other night with friends and that was a good time, even though we lost again. I know I'd probably be way less stressed if I fit in time for working out so I'm really going to try to make a better effort this upcoming week.

Exciting weekend line up: Party tonight with friends. Senior night at soccer tomorrow. My very last home game as a student :o( So that means tailgating all day and then the game at night. The Eagles play the Cowboys Sunday...maybe we won't get blown out!

Have a great weekend everyone!