January 19, 2011

new adventures for 2011.

i've started a new blog about my adventures going through all of the coupons in the 2011 entertainment book for richmond, virginia and other money-saving tips. come visit me at: http://livingfrugallyblog.com


April 07, 2010

again, i apologize.

i am still very sorry for being m.i.a. 
i can tell you a little bit about what i have been doing.

i accepted a new position at a new consulting company
in richmond, virginia
that i am very excited about! 
a little bit more responsibility
and a little less stressful environment. 
i am very excited! 

but this meant saying goodbye to all of my wonderful coworkers
i hope to keep in touch with them
and would like to publicly thank them
for all that they have taught me in the last four years! 

i also took and passed the praxis 2 for earth science, 
in the hopes that in the next few years 
i may move on towards the teaching field. 
i have extensively been researching evening classes
for teacher licensure programs
and met with education professionals in the area about my future transition.
(becoming a teacher is hard work...!)

i will have a little more "rachel time"
to accomplish my hugely-long to-do list 
finally upload pictures from JANUARY
i have to start that etsy shop
finish a lot of craft projects
get ready for my baby sister's graduation
potentially start marathon training
start organizing curriculum
plan some vacations
(including obx with my family,
beach with the girls,
and to chicago in a week and a half
to see my fav les!)

so happy spring,
and here's to new beginnings ( : 

March 15, 2010


sorry i have been m.i.a. 
SO much going on.
good stuff! 
just a lot of stuff! 
(no longer sure i could handle 2!)
trying to set up my etsy shop
(clearly not as timely as i would have liked)
exciting surprises from my main man
visiting friends
learning to fry wontons
running 1/2 marathons
you know,
the usual ( :

i saw this today.
thought it was too cute! 

the following was found posted very low on the refridgerator door: 

dear dogs & cats:

the dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. 
the other dishes are mine and contain my food.
placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, 
nor do i find it aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

the stairway was not designed by nascar and is not a racetrack.
racing me to the bottom is not the object.
tripping me doesn't help because i fall faster than you can run.

i cannot buy anything bigger than a king-sized bed. 
i am very sorry about this.
do not think i will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.
however, dogs & cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
it is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other,
stretched out to the fullest extent possible.
i also know that sticking tails straight out 
and having tounges hanging out on the other end to maximize space
is nothing but sarcasm. 

for the last time, there is no secret exit to the bathroom!! 
if, by some miracle, 
i beat you there and manage to the get the door shut, 
it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob
or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door.
i must exit through the same door i entered.
i have been using the bathroom for years. 
canine/feline attendance is not needed.

the proper order for kissing is:
kiss me
THEN go smell the other dog or cat's butt
(or your own)
i cannot stress this enough. 

( : 

February 17, 2010


we are spoiled, rotten Generation Y kids 
born between 1978 and sometime in the early 90s
think MTV before “The Hills,” 
and baseball with long hair, mustaches and no steroids.
 We’ve experienced Nintendo, 
AOL when it was dial-up 
and all the girls in the chat rooms were models
Windows (or MAC)
Doom on a 3.5″ floppy
boy bands
 & college degrees that stuck us with a mortgage in student loans.

credits: blast

February 10, 2010

but trust me on completing a triathlon.

in college i was part of
jmu club triathlon. 
i did it for the motivation
there were always people to work out with
great cycling classes
reserved pool times. 

i didn't find the other members particularly friendly, 
but maybe i was too busy
with my own friends to notice. 

i was cleaning out some of the folders
on my mac
to free up some space
and found this document - 
triathlon advice
(based off the sunscreen song);
surprisingly fitting
for my
half marathon race
on feb 28! 

here it is:

Ladies and gentlemen of JMU Triathlon Club, if I could offer you only one tip for the future, completing a triathlon would be it. The benefits of this sport have been proven. The rest of my advice is nothing more than my own meandering experience which I will now impart.
Beware of train tracks, especially those on Route 11. But it is acceptable if you do not. Chicks dig scars. Go to meetings. Enjoy road trips. It is the best way to get to know your teammates since they have nowhere to hide and they can not escape. Secure bike racks.

Your sleep and meals two days/nights before the race are the most important. Expect to toss and turn the night before the race. Name your bike. Stay away from high fiber, greasy, caffeinated, or different foods from your normal diet that may cause stomach problems. Unless, of course, you want to spend the race in a port-a-potty.

 Carbo load. Eat bread. Garlic bread. What your body does not need, you will get rid of race morning. Don’t forget to have your run number on when you cross the finish line.

Give positive comments to others during your race. Cheer for people before and after you race. Thank volunteers. Make lots of noise. Remember, the crazier the better. Do not be surprised if you pass buff studs. Do not be surprised if you get passed by a 50 year old.

Enjoy your body. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. Use it every way you can- try three ways within an hour (swim, bike, run). And remember, you look hot in spandex.

Wear purple and gold. Use body glide. On your feet, in between your toes, inner thighs, behind armpits, between your butt. Anywhere to prevent chaffing. Fundraise.

Expect to be hit with propelling objects like arms and legs during the swim. Expect your legs to become Jello when transitioning from the bike to the run; feeling like you are moving backwards is normal. Expect the unexpected (like a flooded transition area).

 Drink water. Drink Gatorade. Eat Cliff Bars and Cliff Shots. But do not do anything differently race day if you have not done so in training.
Do not attempt to put on a tight jersey or shirt after the swim unless you want to give spectators a good laugh. Have an extra of everything.

Don’t forget to smile, have fun, and realize you are doing something few are ever able to dream of. Stay in sketchy hotels. Enjoy the post race food. Consuming twice the amount of calories you burned can be expected. Keep your old race bibs.

Do not shower for as long as possible. You will want to show everyone your body markings. If showering is a must, then I suggest getting some sun. This will cause your numbers to appear white on your red skin.

 Don’t agonize over times. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. After all, it’s the experience that counts.

But trust me on completing a triathlon.

February 09, 2010

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february playlist
inspired by all sorts of 
love for a significant other
a woman
a great year (this year's love)
love for those less fortunate 
(esther, world on fire)
love for a sister (caroline)
love for a better life
or a higher power (love in the remains)
love for your favorite [childhood] place 
(shady grove, blue ridge mountains, 29 [inspired by rt 29 in virginia])
or your favorite morning ritual
(two cups of coffee). 

so without further ado,
& in alphabetical order (for lack of a better option)... 

accidentally in love - counting crows
ain't no reason - brett dennen
all you need is love  - the beatles
arms of a woman - amos lee
at last - etta james
better love - steel train
blue ridge mountains - fleet foxes
bulletproof weeks - matt nathanson
caroline - old crow medicine show
cheek to cheek - frank sinatra
cheer up - ten shekel shirt
crazy love - van morrison
do you remember - jack johnson
drifting - bebo norman
esther - sara groves
everybody's gotta learn sometime - beck
falling slowly - glen hansard & marketa irglova (once soundtrack)
for emma - bon iver
free - phish
the heart of life - john mayer
how to save a life - the fray
i and love and you - the avett brothers
i'll be - edwin mccain
if there's love - citizen cope
if you never got sick - the wallflowers
if you see her, say hello - bob dylan
jealous of the moon - nickel creek
jeanne - air
kodachrome - paul simon
light my candle - original broadway cast of rent
little room - norah jones
lonelilly - damien rice 
love in the remains - dave barnes
masterfade - andrew bird
mexico - james taylor
nothin' special - del mccoury band
omaha - counting crows
on your porch - the format
paperweight - joshua radin & schuyler fisk
pink moon - nick drake
please come to boston - joan baez
please read the letter - robert plant & allison krauss
sea song - lisa hannigan
sere nere - tiziano ferro
sex on fire - kings of leon 
shady grove - doc watson
some kinda love - the velvet underground
swallowed in the sea - coldplay
there is you - dailey & vincent
this year's love - david gray
true companion - marc cohn
two cups of coffee - josh kelley
world on fire - sarah mclachlan
29 - justin rosolino

i hope you're inspired, too! ( : 

February 04, 2010

say hello!

we finished setting up our flickr site today: