First off, whoa! Blogger updated their posting section! So forgive me if this post is haphazard.
Yesterday I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders!
Last Tuesday, I got the sh*t knocked out of me by a cold/flu. Funny how that happens the week I have a final! Oh, and it was final with a time-crunch. I had less than an hour and a half to take it (it usually takes about two hours), as I was going back to Ohio for a very special occasion for a very hot minute.
|With her handsome fiance!|
is getting married in a few short weeks, and we were celebrating her bridal shower.
Though we went to the same high school, Sara and I didn't become friends until college. Then it was "love" at first site, and after freshman year we were inseparable. It also didn't hurt that telling people our names, Sara & Tara, made us very memorable, so I think we had to stick together to get people to recognize us. I don't have a college memory that doesn't involve Sara.
(p.s. Homegirl got engaged after my wedding reception! Since we called each other "Wifey" in college, I think it only appropriate that the night as I became someone else's wife, she was on her way too!)
I felt like a bad bridesmaid being all the way down here. Luckily the MOH, Cara, asked me to take care of favors and game gifts, so I felt I was somewhat involved.
With my mind swirling with acupuncture points and herbal medicine formulas, it was nice to get to be creative.
I didn't get to Cincinnati until late Friday night and the shower was on Saturday, so I needed something easy and supplies I could transport via carry-on. So I came up with these:
|So fun and so easy to make!|
My mom helped late into the night on Friday, and I was very pleased with how they turned out.
And I did eat any of them (in full contest prep!)!
The game gifts were these:
Though you can microwave the cakes (which is what I did) I think I want to try it by baking, as I think it would taste better. Though with the amount of icing in the jar, I don't know if you'd care what the cake tasted like. :)
It was a beautiful shower and it's always nice to be around my friends and spend some QT with family.
The beautiful bride-to-be awaiting her gifts :)
Especially since I had to come back to a new class (my herbal medicine board review class, which I have to take the exam a week early for, so its a bit scary considering I need to review 75 weeks worth of notes in 4 weeks!), and an exam yesterday.
But the exam is done and I feel like I am handling the study load okay for right now.
Plus, I might have blinders on since I have a show coming up next weekend (man, and I CRAVING frozen yogurt and potato salad right now ... Bikini competitors crave strange things during prep).
This show, only a national qualifier (which I since my third place win in March), is huge. A lot of my team will be there, as well as my coaches. Whether I place or not, it's a big deal to get in front of national judges, as well as possibly get direct feedback from my coaches. So far I look better than my last show and I get to meet/see a lot of my teammates.
Oh yeah, my last show! I decided to do a second show a fews ago. It was last minute and it was suppose to keep me on track for this show (dieting for 6 weeks seems like forever, so breaking it up with another show helped.)
Again, lucky number 3, because I placed third (out of 9 competitors). It felt good to get first call out and to beat out 6 other competitors.
So here's to Pittsburgh!