11.09.2011

Living in Fast Forward

Happy Hump Day, sweet readers!

These days, my life really is moving in fast forward.


Bryce and I had a fabulous weekend, but I told him that we were going to have to work to settle down a bit.  Moving at this social pace all the time is tough for me--I've always been someone that loves to go, go, go, but I also need my down and alone time to re-energize.  That being said, I'll update you on what's been going on in this fast-paced life of mine.

Friday night, I literally hopped right into the shower as soon as I got home to get ready for the evening.  ALG's beau was in town for the weekend, so as always, the four of us had some fun plans made.  We started the evening at Kobe, a Japanese Steak & Sushi restaurant.  Hibachi is one of ALG and my favorite foods and Bryce loves sushi, so we all had a wonderful meal.  After that we headed to The Tobacco Company, a Richmond classic, for Happy Hour of $1 Rails.

It was a successful happy hour, for sure!

Saturday morning, Bryce had to get up early for a work day at one of his hunt clubs.  I used the morning time to clean my room (which was piled high with laundry that needed to be put away) and get ready for the rest of our weekend.  

When Bryce got home we headed to Lukefest, an annual fundraiser for the McShin Foundation that helps recovering addicts.  


Luke Cockey, who the event is in honor of, was a good family friend of Bryce so it was an event that was really special to him.  The event had multiple live bands, a silent auction, multiple vendors (including Stella & Dot--I had to restrain myself) raising money, and delicious food (barbecue, crabs, oysters, mac-n-cheese, beans, coleslaw, and desserts galore).  I really enjoyed meeting Luke's family and helping such a great cause.

Bryce enjoying an oyster!

Allie & Bryce

Bryce bought a tee shirt and also bought me some Mac's Smack chapstick.  I love my rosebud, but need something for school when I don't want to put my germ-filled hands into a jar of lip balm.  Mac's Smack was founded by Luke's sister and is a line of all natural chapsticks and lip glosses.  I got the "Mighty Mint" Smack Stick and love it!


After Lukefest, we headed to my house.  One of my family's best friends, that is like a second mother to me, was in town and I wanted her to meet Bryce.  We had dinner and visited with my family, and then finally ended the night at one of Bryce's best friends new apartments.  It was quite the busy Saturday!

Sunday we relaxed in the morning and took a walk around Bryce's neighborhood.  That afternoon, we headed to Bryce's dad's house to go skeet shooting.  It was a great day for shooting and I was glad to have the chance to get to know Bryce's dad a bit more.  As soon as we got back from shooting, we had to change and get ready for dinner at Bryce's mom and stepdad's house.  We were celebrating his stepbrother's birthday and this was my first time meeting the stepfamily (he has 3 stepbrothers, 2 step sister-in-laws, and 5 step nieces and nephews).  Bryce's mom prepared the most delicious meal and I really seemed to click with his family!  

Since that whirlwind weekend, I have been taking it easy.  Monday was a teacher workday and yesterday I had the day off.  I spent the entire day lounging around, reading blogs, and watching Hart of Dixie (has anyone else checked out this new show?).  I really realized how much I miss blogging and am excited that in a few weeks when student teaching is over, I will have a lot more time to devote to the blog and also reading all of yours.  I thank each and every one of you who has stuck with me though, during this busy time!

I also thought I would update you all that last night I found out I was accepted into Teach for America.  I have been placed in Memphis and have not yet decided if I will accept or decline the offer.  Memphis was not one of my top choice regions and it is a really big commitment to consider, especially given the fact I will already have my Master's of Teaching.  I will keep y'all updated as I make my decision.

Hopefully the rest of the week will fly by and I am looking forward to a low key weekend this weekend.

How do you stay sane when things get crazy busy?

Also, be sure to snap pictures this week and next for "Lately Blog Hop #2" that will post on Friday, November 18!

28 comments:

  1. I LOVE Hart of Dixie! It is the one show I look forward to every week. Congratulations on Teach for America! Accept or decline that is such an accomplishment!

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  2. I LOVE Hart of Dixie! It is the one show I look forward to every week. Congratulations on Teach for America! Accept or decline that is such an accomplishment!

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  3. Congratulations on Teach for America! If you already will have your masters I say jump into the job field. You get your benefits, retirement, and most likely a bigger paycheck! :)

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  4. You HAVE been busy! Things have been crazy here as well...I've been such a bad blog friend! :) Congrats on Teach for America! What an honor for you!

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  5. Congratulations on TFA! My good friend is finishing up her assignment in Houston and absolutely loves it all. I'm sure you'll make whatever decision right for you :)

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  6. Congratulations on the TFA. Get some rest! I am hoping for a low-key weekend, too.

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  7. WOW! that is one busy schedule!! I can understand the need for re-energizing. With the holidays around the corner .. build up your energy reserves,my friend.

    Congratulations on the acceptance! you will make the right decision for you!

    Sounds like things are going wonderful for you and Bryce!!! I'm so happy for you! Hugs, HHL

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  8. Sounds like you had a busy weekend! I looovee Hart of DIxie as you saw in my post yesterday, such a good show :)

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

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  9. Congrats on Teach for America!!! Your weeks sound like mine, I can't remember the last time I just hung around and I really need to do that!!! I have heard Heart of Dixie is amazing I really want to get into it...one of these days haa

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  10. Whoooopie Allie. So proud of you getting accepted into Teach For America. I almost did that prior to Law School...but did Law School instead. It sounds like the two of you had a whirlwind weekend...definitely proud of you realizing that you might need to slow down for a bit, especially with the busy Holiday season approaching. Happy Hump Day. oxo

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  11. wow you have been very very busy!! I hope you get some relaxation time soon!

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  12. Yall are just toooooo cute! Glad yall had fun at Lukefest! And congrats on getting accepted into Teach For America...keep us posted on what you decide.

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  13. Congrats on teach for america! When I graduated I worked with Americorp and worked very closely with a teacher who worked for teach for america! Such a wonderful accomplishment to be accepted into the program!

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  14. Congratulations on getting accepted into Teach for America! I hope you get a little bit of time to re-charge yourself, especially as you're making this decision. I taught for three years. I'm convinced that there isn't anything more rewarding, but it is very intense. Everything that you do truly matters every day.

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  15. WOOOOAHHH! Life is crazy for you! Congrats again! We'll need to schedule a phone date soon. Things are a little hectic right now for me, but I'm hoping that once I'm moved, it'll be better.

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  16. Wow such fun going on! Congratulations on TFA-- I have a bunch of friends in it this year and they are all having amazing experiences. It is a huge decision and commitment though, so best of luck!!

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  17. You have been such a busy girl!!! Congrats on the big accomplisment, coudn't have gone to a nicer and more deserving person. I believe one brings their own luck and good fortune and your goodness and kindness is being rewarded!! Fantastic news......enjoy!

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  18. i know exactly what its like to be so so busy...i cannot believe this semester is almost over despite how challenging it has been.

    thats such a tough decision whether to accept the teach for america or not :/

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  19. Congrats on TFA! Good luck with your decision.. I'm sure it will work out the way it's supposed to!

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  20. What a great weekend. The kids are going crazy right now, but wanted to say congrats on Teach for America. Looks like you are busy, busy.

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  21. Congrats on TFA, Allie! Memphis is so far away, but I've heard TFA is such an amazing experience! I know that whatever you choose to do will be great. It sounds like you've been so busy lately! I'm glad you were able to relax on Monday!

    P.S. I LOVE Hart of Dixie! There's tons of eye candy, too!

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  22. A. CONGRATS on teach for America! That's a huge decision but such a big honor to be chosen for it!
    And B. Woah - when did your life get so busy?! I would definitely need some rest after a weekend like that! :)

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  23. Sounds like you have been super busy lately! I think its always that way with teaching as there's always something to do. I stay sane by making time for myself. I use my planning periods to get as much done as possible and try to get to school an hour before the students in the mornings to grade and enter my grades, make copies, etc. and then I try to stop doing all things school related by 5:00 and do something for myself - hang out with friends, spend time with my fiance, go to the gym, get a mani/pedi

    Congrats on TFA! Memphis is so far away from your family and Bryce but I'm sure whatever you decide you'll end up in the right classroom next year.

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  24. Congrats on getting into TFA! That is no easy feat!
    It sounds like you'll make the right decision either way ;)

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  25. You're really on the go girl. My best advice is to find a day or an evening and just relax and disconnect. Or if you're time crunched go for a quiet walk. I love, love, love Hart of Dixie, I'm so glad to see Rachel Bilson back on t.v.

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  26. Congrats on Teach for America, but tough decision! Cant wait to hear what you decide.

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  27. Congratulations on Teach for America. I havea few friends who are in the process of interviewing so I've heard what a great organization it is! Enjoy your weekend and get some rest!

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  28. wow! you have been busy. I love Heart of Dixie

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