Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up!

So for the first time in about a month, I am starting trying to feel like a normal functioning member of society. I got up an went to work like a normal person and went to class and did my homework, and ya know showered. I am also on this kick where I am trying going to the gym and eating better and stuff, so that happened today. We will see how long this lasts. 

But for once I had the weekend of a normal college student, well, kind of. Two weekends ago I got to spend at the beach, so that deserves a whole post of its own, but this weekend had a lot of ups too, and so I'm excited to share them with you guys! 

(Also I realize I stink for not posting this til Tuesday, woops, not even sorry. Not one bit. I'm busy, so we can all deal. Also I know no one is actually upset if a blog post in my life doesn't go up for a day, if that was the case, I would have a huge hoard of mobs outside my window, and thankfully I don't :) 

So Friday started the weekend out great, my professor had already canceled my only class of the day a whole week in advanced, so I had just been anticipating not having class and it was amazing. Taylor and I had been planning to go hiking for a while, but we both just got so busy we couldn't find a day, but alas, FRIDAY! Friday was the perfect day for a hike. It was kinda chilly but sunny and amazing. We got our butts up around 8:30, got some McDonalds breakfast (seriously, it's my guilty pleasure, I am helpless against it) and make the 45 minute drive out to McAfee's Knob. 

I wish pictures could even do this view justice, but in reality, it just doesn't. It was just really nice to get out and enjoy nature, things have been kinda crazy lately so it was a great relaxer. Later that night involved a halloween party, but ya'll will get to read all about that in my "I Don't Do Halloween" post coming up later this week

Then Saturday involved lots of Hokie Football and great friends. It was also thef first football game since I came off my antibiotics so I was allowed to enjoy myself a few adult beverages, and by that, I mean lots and lots and lots of mimosas! :) :) :) I was a happy camper, and despite the fact that we LOST TO DUKE :( it was the perfect fall day and I really loved enjoying one of my last fall football Saturdays in Blacksburg as an undergrad. *cue bawling*

And last, but certainly not least, I got to spend the day on Sunday with my best friend Courtney and her mom. This was my sorority's parents weekend and so Courtney's mom and her boyfriend and Courtney's boyfriend too, made the trip down from home for the weekend! It was so great to see them, Courtney's mom is like one of my second mom's so I am always happy to spend time with her :) We spent some time together at the tailgate on Friday, and then Sunday was the Parent's weekend brunch and Mother's Pinning Ceremony. I had never participated in the Mother's Pinning Ceremony but this year I was excited to be going with Courtney and her mom and pinning her as my honorary Zeta Mom :) I can't really explain how happy it made me, and it was kind of emotional, but it was just an amazing experience that I am so thankful for my wonderful sisters in my life and all they do for me.

I am so happy to finally report a good weekend, and all the fun I had with my amazing friends, and yes, family. Hopefully this will also cue me getting back on here everyday (but we will see) ;) until later, and hopefully sooner, have a great week! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Good Day

I really don't have that many exciting things to say. This is just gonna be some kind of ramble/thought dump post, cause that's what I really need right now. 

But really, all you need to know is, today was a good day. 

The past few weeks have been an up and down roller coaster of a lot of good and a lot of bad. 

The bad being me spending 4 days sick in bed and then another 4 nights in the hospital after that.

The good news is now that my doctor's are realizing the treatment plan we had originally set isn't working, we can start with a new one and hopefully get me healthy again. 

The "bad" news is that since my insurance company isn't the greatest, I had to call for the authorization of my medication and wait for them to approve it (which took an extra 48, and of course on a Friday I have to wait with the weekend) and then once they approve it, I can only get it from a speciality pharmacy so I have to wait for them to ship it to me. 

The good news is that tomorrow is Monday so hopefully it will only be another day or two until I have my medicine. 

The bad news is that there is a little bit of a limbo period between when my antibiotics ending and me starting my new meds, hopefully my body will stay calm for a few days as to not end up in the hospital again. 

There is lots of good other good news too though! 
1. I finally finished a paper that was pushed back a week because I was sick and I finally sat down and got it all done today. TOO STOKED. 
2. I leave for the beach in T MINUS 4 days and I couldn't be more excited...really though Thursday afternoon can't come soon enough! 

3. I have plans to visit one of my BFFS Stevie in November and I'm so excited. She lives about 4 hours north of me so it's always a treat when I get to see her :) 
4. My sorority's main philanthropy event was today, and it was the most gorgeous fall day ever! I was so excited to be spending time with sisters while helping out a great cause. 

Like I said, I know this was kind of a dump of a post, but it was a good day and I am excited to elaborate on all of the things here! :) 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness 1 in 8

I bet a lot of you wouldn't have guessed that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed by breast cancer at some point in their lives. For those of you who are lucky enough to have not been affected by this in your life yet, you are just that, lucky. Millions of women (and men too!) suffer from this awful disease each year. Now I promise this isn't going to turn into just a normal Public Service Announcement where you feel all guilty like when those Sarah McLaughlin commercials with the sad puppies come on, but I'm going to warn you now, this  isn't going to be all rainbows and butterflies. 

For those of you who don't know, October is breast cancer awareness month, and it is still freaking me out a little bit how quickly September just passed by. But I am getting more and more excited about October, not just for the fall weather, but for the chance to celebrate life and spread awareness about Breast Cancer. My sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha's philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, and we are currently getting all set up and ready for our first annual Crown Classic. This will be our philanthropy on campus in which other organizations get to participate in helping us raise our goal of donations to help breast cancer awareness and education. 

Breast cancer is a very serious cause, yes, that is true, but it is also something we fight everyday. One of our motto's is "fight until pink is just a color again". Many of my sisters and friends here at school have been affected by breast cancer, and other cancers of many kind, and I am no exception. 

Although the loss I have felt through my family was not related to breast cancer, cancer is still cancer. I know what it is like to lose a loved one due to this disease, and have close family friends who have fought, are fighting, and will always be remembered for their courageous fight. 

Someone very near and dear to my heart, a family friend named Marta, is one of those strong amazing and brave women that I keep in my heart everyday and think of in times like this. Marta was my boyfriends mom, but she was so much more than that. She treated me like one of her own daughters and I loved her for that. She let me into her home and her family like I was family, and when I was with them, I felt like family. So after my boyfriend at the time, Frank, and I broke up, I went away to college, and we didn't see much of each other since I was so far away. 

About a year ago, Marta was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was completely heartbroken for the family, for her, for her children, and selfishly myself. I can't imagine losing another person so close to me to cancer, especially a mother figure like that. Like I said, I wasn't home much, and we had really lost contact, so it was hard to hear this news. I felt helpless and upset and sorry for the family, I wanted to be there, I wanted to help. The only way I knew how, was fighting still. I knew Marta wouldn't give up, she is a fighter and one of the strongest women I know. She doesn't take crap from anyone, and I mean anyone, and cancer was no exception to her rule. 

Like I said, I felt terrible that I couldn't be around to support Marta through her progress, but I am so glad she fought like hell and is new celebrating life! I think if everyone just took a minute of their time to think about all the important people in their life, and how different your lives would be without them, we would all act a little better, smile a little bigger, and love a little stronger than we normally do, and trust me, that is worth it. 

My friend/roommate Caitlin and I at her Think Pink Dressage Horse Show two October's ago, to help raise money and awareness for her coach who was diagnosed.  
My beautiful sisters and I showing off our Think Pink spirit during recruitment!  

Passing out awareness ribbons at donation booth around campus!
There is still so much fighting left to do, and so many people to remember and help. I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing sorority that gives so much to this great cause. I am proud to call myself a Zeta sister, and dedicate my time and effort to helping women (and men!) beat breast cancer.

This year, each sister is to raise $100 of her own funds to go to our donation for the year. If you would like to donate, it would be VERY much appreciated. I have attached the link here: 


and all you have to do is make sure you put my name as the chapter member. Hopefully i will be able to post more pictures and an update of how our first Crown Classic went!