Thursday, November 15, 2007

How Long Gone Are You Gonna Be?

I know you are all wondering. The truth is, while I have enjoyed starting this blog, I have yet to start to view my life in terms of my next blog entry. Not to mention that I've been so busy experiencing things to blog about, I haven't had the time nor energy to do so.

But may this serve as a life lesson to all:

Anything good is worth waiting for!

Monday, November 5, 2007

West Virginia, Mountain Mama

I had been looking forward to our camping trip to the Shenandoah Valley for a month. But the journey started out a little rough. With over 15 people going, we all had to leave at different times in order to accomodate everyone's schedules. Brittany was driving my group and right on schedule we left my house at 7 pm. We stopped at Papa John's to grab a pizza and curb our hunger, but ended up running over the curb and got a flat tire instead. David and Jason changed the flat tire and by the time the pizza was done, so were they. We headed back to my house to switch cars.

LeBron, my trusty cavalier, was ready for his first road trip with friends. We loaded up the car and were making good time until we hit Harper's Ferry and got stuck in a massive traffic jam due to a very bad accident. There were at least 7 emergency vehicles on site. We turned off the car and tried to keep warm with the blankets. It was chilly, but beautiful. Living in DC, I had forgotten that stars could shine so bright.

An hour and a half later, we started driving again. A couple wrong turns and a few deer in headlights later, we made it to the Big Meadows campsite. It was nearly 1 am! We bundled up quick and tried to stay warm as it was freezing outside. I was sad to have missed the Friday night campfire, but happy to climb into my sleeping bag as I was quite tired.

There was only one problem - I couldn't sleep. I was too cold. Layered and still shivering, I tossed and turned in order to find the warmest spot. It didn't exist. To the car was my next thought, but then I remembered that Jason had my keys and he looked so cozy, I didn't want to wake him. So I headed to the bathroom instead. The hand dryer saved me as I stood in front of it pushing the button over and over and over and over and over.....

Yes, I was that cold!!!

But lest you think the camping trip was a total bust, let me reassure you - I had so much fun! The fall colors of the leaves were spectacular. The hike to the Dark Hallow Falls was dangerously fabulous (see picture below). And most of all, getting away from the city with some of the greatest friends ever - PRICELESS!

View from our tent in the morning

Not wanting to get up in the morning

Warnings along the trail

Brittany, Stephanie, April and beautiful waterfalls.

All the girls

Some of the boys

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I Am a Cereal Girl

Anyone who knows me well can attest to my love for cold cereal. It's quick, easy and tastes so good. During college I lived on the stuff. Since then, I've dropped my addiction to one daily dose of breakfast and sometimes a few bites for an after-dinner snack (no milk included).

But recently, in an ongoing effort to healthify my diet, I came to the conclusion that cold cereal is not the best option for an energizing start to my day. So, I have given it up! Farewell Raisin Bran. So long Golden Grahams. Adios Cheerios.

All week I have been eating a brand new breakfast. 1 egg, spinach and a whole-wheat, no sugar, pumpkin muffin (recipe upon request). It takes just a little more time, but it is scrumptious.

The only problem I currently see is I am no longer getting my daily requirement of milk. I rarely drink milk by the glass, not because I don't like it, but mostly because I never think of it. So now I need to find a way to incorporate milk into my diet sans cereal.