Spring? Is that you????

Well, we’re starting to see some more sunshine here in central New York, which is a relief…I think my extremities are STILL thawing out from the long winter!  My rowing team took a two week training trip to Florida to kick -off our spring season and let me tell you, it was not easy coming back from 80 degree weather to a foot of snow on the ground.  In fact, this winter has been particularly brutal.  Usually when the team comes back from Tampa they are able get right on the water (which is a good thing because there’s only one week from the time we come back to our first race, yikes!!), but this year there was still ice on the river and except for groups that went to unload the trailer and break up ice, nobody went to the boathouse during the first four days back.  We were lucky enough to get out for a short row on friday, the day before we raced.  The first weekend back we headed  to another school in NY on Saturday and to a school in Boston on Sunday for a solid weekend of racing.  We were luck enough to get some time on the water this past week and we concluded the week with another tough weekend of racing.  For me, the race this weekend was a chance to see my family, which is always nice.  And although the weather was very cold and wet for all three races so far, I can say one thing for sure: I love racing as a part of this team.  The other girls are great, and so are the coaches.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

In other news, it’s supposed to be 72 degrees here tomorrow!! WOO HOO!!!!!  Then again, it snowed today so I’ll believe it when I see it.  Classes are good and I think I’ve got the hang of managing a college work load.  I also just got accepted to be an on campus EMT for my school and I’m SO excited.  That means that this summer I’ll get to take an EMT class and when I get back to campus I’ll be able to start work as part of their agency.  One of my best friends from high school also got accepted to me an EMT so It’ll be really good to share the experience with her.  At this point I’m also picking classes for next semester (I have a pretty good registration time!) and I now know where I’ll be living next year!

So as the days get longer and (hopefully) warmer, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, springy spring!  Only one more month until summer vacation (and the end of my first year of college…….um…..wut??)!!

Cheers!

P.S. In case it ISN’T looking like spring in wherever you are reading this from, here’s a picture of me in a snow storm.

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New Beginnings

Well…here I am one and a half weeks later. AT COLLEGE!! And let me just start out by saying that it is AWESOME here.  I spent a week in the Adirondacks with a group of 8 students from my college.  We went on an amazing backpacking trip and we all became really close friends.  The trip took us to the high peaks region where we hiked across Indian Pass.  The views were beautiful and it was a ton of fun.  But now, I’m back on campus for orientation.  I’ve met my roommate (who is very nice) and I’m starting to adjust to college life.  But I swear…If the orientation leaders make us play any more dumb games, I may cry!!  I may not have time to update for a little while just because of everything thats going on but I’ll try!  Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Life is a Highway

Today was a very big day for me!  It was my last day at home and I got to spend it with my closest friends and family.  My dad cooked my favorite dinner for my mom and I and I got to see my grandma, aunt, cousin and my really good friend Sarah.  The car is all packed and ready to go except for a few last minute items.  Everything feels surreal right now and bittersweet.  I’m going to miss my family and friends but I look forward to the promise of new friendships and I can’t wait to see what life brings me starting tomorrow.  Now, if that was too sappy for you, I also told you that I did something really big and exciting today.  What was that? MY ROAD TEST!!  And I passed (finally, it only took me a year and a half to actually try and take the test!).  It feels nice to have the extra freedom (even if my school doesn’t allow freshmen to have cars…and not like I have one anyway :P) and I celebrated with a solo trip to the grocery store.  So needless to say, today was pretty exciting and I can’t wait to see what new adventures begin tomorrow. I foresee a change in my blog name too!  I guess what started as only one summer of blogging is going to become something bigger.

5 Days and Olympics Hangover

5 days left, it’s crunch time!  I just sent about ten billion emails to every department on campus that exists to get some information for this week.  Today I also watched the olympic basketball final and the closing ceremony.  And as I sit here typing this, I’m thinking to myself: what am I going to do with myself for my last ever 5 days before college?  Now that the olympics are over my life will have no excitement (except for my surprise event on thursday…any guesses to what it is??).  Seriously, every night I say “just 15 more minutes of olympics and then I’ll go to bed” but I say that multiple times before it actually works and the next morning (for the past 17 days) I wake up with olympics hangover.  However, there is packing to be done and many things to do, time to start being productive again.  So congratulations to every athlete that participated in the 2012 London Olympics, especially team USA.  You inspire me, you motivate me and you never cease to amaze me.  Good luck in Rio!

Awake My Soul…MUMFORD AND SONS CONCERT!!!!!

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the Mumford and Sons concert with my family and some of my friends.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Mumford and Sons is a british folk-rock band and they just happen to be my favorite band EVER!  This was also my first concert ever so that was pretty exciting in itself.  Their sound is really unique and their music is hard to classify but the music makes you want to stand up and dance and the poetry of the lyrics is beautiful.  But seriously, if you don’t know Mumford and Sons you should really stop reading and check out their music on iTunes  RIGHT NOW (then continue reading :)).  Currently they only  have one album (Sigh No More) and their second album is coming out on september 24th.  Last night was an experience I’m never going to forget.  It was nice to spend time with friends and family and to laugh a lot while singing along to my favorite band.

Oh Canada!!!

This past weekend I took a two day and one night trip to Canada.  It was a “going to college trip” from my aunt Janet and 9 year old cousin Ronan.  So on Friday we loaded up the car and drove three hours to Niagara Falls.  This trip was pretty exciting for me considering that the last time I was at the falls was 14 years ago when I was 4.  Even just driving there and spending time with my family was so much fun but once we got there it got even better.  We were lucky enough to have a room with a view of the falls.  Really the falls are truly AMAZING, if you haven’t been, you really should go sometime during your life.  The amount of water that cascades over the falls (5.5 million gallons per hour) is magnificent and powerful, it mesmerizes you.  So after we gawked at the falls for a while, we made a trip to a huge, nearby arcade called “Dave and Busters”.  We played games for a couple of hours and laughed so hard we cried (this was one of the highlights of the trip for Ronan).  After that we had dinner overlooking the falls and went to bed early (or tried to go to bed, I won’t even try to describe the challenge of sharing a bed with a flailing nine year old).  The next morning after breakfast at the hotel we headed for the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride where we were able to get a great spot right in front.  This trip is another reminder of the great power and strength of the falls and gives you a really close look (if you can keep your eyes open amidst the spray).  Not only was it an incredible and educational experience, it was nice to cool off from the 97 degree heat!  After the boat ride we headed for the “Journey Behind the Falls”.  For this adventure, you take an elevator down to some tunnels deep below the earth and you literally watch the back side of the falls fall right in front of your face!  You can also stand on a viewing platform for another nice shower, just in case you didn’t get wet enough on the “Maid of the Mist”.  And after that we got in the car and headed back home with a quick stop for dinner at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY (home of the original buffalo chicken wings).  Although it was short, it was a really fantastic trip and it was great to spend time with my aunt and cousin.  Since my cousin and I are both only children, we’re really close and even though Ronan is only 9, he already wants to go to college at the same school I’m going to!

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Weekend up at Camp :)

This weekend I am up at Lake Ontario to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.  She has a house up here that acts as our “camp” and I LOVE coming up here to visit.  In the winter she lives in Florida but in the Summer she comes back to NY state and gets to live in this beautiful location on the lake.  There is so much to do here like kayaking, swimming off of our dock, hiking, sailing, just hanging out, or even going up to Canada for a day.  I’ve been coming up here since I was a little kid and I have so many great memories of this place.  This is where I learned to sail, kayak and play the piano and it is a place where I have spent so many great summers with my family.  This weekend I also brought my friend Sarah up to camp.  She is a great person and quite possibly the funniest person that I know and have ever met. Her and I are like two peas in a pod so this is a nice visit for us to have before we both go off to two different colleges.  Sarah and I are currently  watching the entire series of the TV show “Lost” which I have already seen and am a big fan of but last night was really fun because it was the beginning of the Olympics (as I’m sure you probably know).  After we went out for ice cream (at the best ice cream shop on the east coast ❤ ❤ <3) we came back home and watched the opening ceremony.  Today we are just relaxing around the house and having birthday cake, we’ll probably go for a swim later.  But it really is nice to be up here both visiting my grandma Betty on her 76th birthday and spending time with one of my best friends.

Summer Job

20120724-130730.jpg. This summer I have three summer jobs. One is working at my mom’s office (she’s a lawyer). Another is babysitting my little cousin. And the last one is to walk this guy. This dog belongs to my aunt and uncle and his name is Cliffden. He’s super cute and he’s really sweet. I love sending time outside and hanging out with him during the day. My only complaint: must he sniff every rock and blade of grass on the hottest days of the summer???

Visiting Emma <3 <3 <3

It just so happens that one of my very best friends in the world lives very far away…in England.  Her name is Emma and her mom and my mom have been friends since the sixth grade.  Emma and I have known each other since we were little kids and our friendship is really a great one.  Every year, she and her mom come to the USA to visit her mom’s family who live here in NYS.  And for one weekend out of the entire year (minus Skype conversations) we get to see each other.  We usually do normal stuff like going shopping and swimming in the pool but this trip is special because she is looking at colleges in the US.  In the UK, there is a thirteenth year of high school before university.  And after one more year, Emma wants to move to New York and go to college here in the USA.  So let the college search begin…again!  Tomorrow we will spend the whole day shopping (thank you grad party money :))  but on monday we hope to go have a look at my college!  And who is the tour guide???  ME!  I’ve already promised that it will be the best college tour ever, ever, EVER.  But for now, we’re just hanging out, enjoying each other’s company and celebrating our amazing friendship.  ❤

Entering the World of College Athletics

Today I got an email from the captains of my new rowing team which was pretty exciting. I’ve always wanted to row in college and was a recruited athlete. My school is NCAA devision III so it isn’t as much of a time commitment as a devision I school but like any college sport, the training is intense and time consuming. That being said, I can’t wait to row next year!!! In the email the captains said that the coach would be sending out a summer work out plan this coming Wednesday…yay?? Hopefully it’s fun stuff like running and biking outside because I don’t know if I can handle an entire summer on the indoor rower. But no matter what, I’m ready for the challenge and the summer work out plan is just the beginning of it.