New Years Resolutions

Happy New Years ! It’s time for me to commit to some resolutions for 2012. I’m so ready for the year ahead – there’s just so much about which I’m excited!
1) First off, this is a blog. A not-very-often-updated or well maintained blog. I’d like to try to post a couple times a week. Hopefully, it’ll be some exciting stuff, but I hope to keep track of my workouts and runs better, share fun work stories, and talk about my travels more.
2) Along with the blogging, I’d like to spruce it up some and take more pictures! I’ve got a plan in the works to do so, but more on that later this week.
3) The Boyfriend and I are signed up for the Cooper River Bridge Run in March. I ran it for the first time in 2009 and it was my first distance (it’s a 10k) race. I finished in 1:06:45. Since then, I’ve run 2 half marathons, another 10k, and numerous 5k’s. I’ve made some significant progress in my running since that first race and over the past year, so I want to finish this year’s Bridge Run in less than an hour.
4) The Boyfriend and I are ALSO signed up for the 2012 ING Rock ‘n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September. I PR’ed the hell out of that race in 2011 and I’d like to take another 10 minutes off my time in 2012.
5) I lost a significant amount of weight in 2011, but have been stuck at a certain point for the past few months I’d realllly like to get to or under a specific number: the amount I weighed when I graduated from high school 10 (gah!) years ago.
6) There’s a specific amount of money I’d like to save this year. I know this crass to talk about funds, but I would like to establish a nice nest egg in the coming year.
7) I signed up for classes in December and they begin in 2 and a half weeks. Since I haven’t been in school in 5 and a half years, I’m starting out slow with a College Algebra class (jealous much? I know you are!). I’m excited to begin and I also want to do well. I can already tell I’m more serious
8) I was lucky enough to receive a Kindle Fire from my company for Christmas and let me tell you: this device rocks. I spent last week loading up on a number of books I cannot wait to read and I hope to get through at least 2 a month this year.

9) Most importantly, I’d like to chill the heck out. It’s probably not shocking to anyone I’m admitting to being uptight (commence judging and laughing at me here), but I’d really like to spend 2012 being a little more positive, a little more relaxed, and a simply, a little bit happier than I’ve been in the past. If it means an extra pedicure or massage here or there, then so be it! 😉
Ambitious? It’ll keep me on my toes this year. Tell me: What are your New Years Resolutions for 2012?
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Slow News Week

This message was sent to the information email at the travel company where I work. Enjoy!

Dear [travel company],

I love your company and have booked several clients through you.

I just read Obama is taking a trip to Hawaii that will cost us taxpayers 4 MILLION DOLLARS.

Can you please save us taxpayers and send them on one of [travel company]’s trips?

Just the land portion, since I’m sure they will want to take Air Force One.



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What is the matter with me?

Two weekends ago, I spent some time in Hoboken with the Boyfriend. We went to NYC, ate pizza, enjoyed a Rangers Game, and then explored the Jersey side of the Hudson River. Eventually. I think we’d like to move their together, but I had never been. I really enjoyed everything I saw. Hoboken isn’t too big and is very easy to navigate, the brownstones are beautiful, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from New York – which means enjoying all the wonderful restaurants in the city, being closer to many people I deeply care about, and eventually being a part of the New York Road Runners and the Junior League of New York City.

One of the afternoons we were there, I was messing with my iPhone and noticed a Facebook status from a gal, with whom I went to high school. Turns out a girl I was decently friendly with in high school is getting married and this other girl is going to be a bridesmaid. For whatever reason this just threw me for a loop and it’s had me thinking ever since. I don’t have many friends. I had some ladies with whom I was close in high school, but I peaced out and went to college as far away as possible. While we didn’t necessarily lose contact with one another, I’m not nearly as close with them since I wasn’t a car ride away.

I continued this trend in college by studying abroad. I met some great people when I first moved to Germany, but I was far away from the people I knew in Charleston and in Pennsylvania, and when I returned home from Germany, I was promptly far away from the people I met while I was there. After college, I moved back to Germany and thus, the trend continued. I met a bunch of great people, but over time have lost touch with them. I moved home in 2008, went back to Charleston with the intention of being there permanently, and came crawling back to my parents less than 2 years later. Until now, I have always prided myself on my inability to sit still but now, at 27, I’m not so sure it’s been worth it.

Now, I have a wonderful Boyfriend, people at work who are great, some lovely ladies I’ve met through the Junior League, but yet, I often feel so alone. Maybe it’s just a weird funk and I certainly not the first person who has ever felt this way before, but I just don’t know what to do to make new friends.

Tell me: what is wrong with me? how do you get out and meet people your own age?

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Merry Christm, er Happy Halloween!


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Cinque Terre On My Mind

This morning, I was startled to read the most recent post by Aspiring Kennedy, regarding flooding Italy. It has affected one of my favorite places in the whole world: Cinque Terre.

According to news reports, there have been serious flooding and mudslides, with Monterosso and Vernazza (where my family stayed on our first trip to Italy in 2007) being affected the most. The mayor of Monterosso has been quoted as saying:

“Monterosso no longer exists”

Cinque Terre first came into my life by way of Rick Steves, who would regularly feature the villages on his public television programs about Italy.

When my father began planning our family vacation to Italy in 2007, my mother, sister and I were very insistent on visiting the 5 villages. Over a two day period of time (side note: not nearly enough time to appreciate all the cities have to offer), we hiked some, rode the train some, swam some, and ate as much seafood as we could.

I actually had to dig through old facebook photos to find some pictures, it’s so hard to choose from allll the pictures I had.

I was back the following  summer and was fortunate to spend a full 5 days, mainly eating, swimming and hiking.

I’ve really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Now my wish is for my 3 whole readers to keep this special place in their hearts, as I will be doing too. Hopefully, they will recover and future generations will be able to enjoy them, as I have been fortunate to do.



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Chicago in 3 Pictures

Wrigley Field!

Nothing Says "Sisters" Than Looking Nothing Alike

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How Kate Needs Her Groove Back

In the past 3 weeks since my 2nd half marathon, I have lost the desire to move from my couch. I went from running 3-4 a week plus working out at the gym 2 times a week to working out with Grant once a week. And that’s about it.

And I can tell. My jeans are a little tighter and my stomach a little flabbier. My attitude has been shot to hell and I’m not nearly as happy overall.

But I don’t know how to fix it. I’m signed up for more races. I have a training schedule. Now I just need to get my groove, my mojo, whatever the hell you want to call it, back. As soon as possible please.

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