Signs of Life

Yes, I am still here just inundated by…well, by life. I realized that I never got around to making the big announcement I had talked about in my last post (and was wondering why some ppl were asking me on instagram, until I realized that I never announced on here). The FI and I are moving to Michigan!!!!


He is going back to school at the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and I accepted an appointment as assistant professor at a liberal arts college nearby. We’re so excited because Ann Arbor is just a fantastic place to live–and I say that not just because I am from there. We will totally miss all of our Cville friends and everything that makes living here unique: vineyards, mountains, music, southern charm, UVa. But I have this inkling that we may be back in the future.

What else is new in my world:

My fourth bride blogger post is up today on Charlottesville Wedding Blog. It highlights the engagement sessions we had with two photographers so you’ve probably already seen all the pictures here on my blog, but I like how that post puts them all together. So go take a gander.


I’ve been super busy trying to fit in all that is Cville before I have to move in August. In just a week and a half I’ve gone to a wedding at Keswick, the Pink Polo Charity Match (remember last year’s?), a charity dinner by Hill and Holler, summer solstice party (flowers in hair required! 🙂 ), picnicked at Jefferson Vineyard, and dined alfresco on my friend’s rooftop patio. WHOA we’ve been busy!

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On the fitness front, I’ve still been running–although my knee is acting up again. I’ve also been doing a lot more yoga this summer. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. My arms are getting a little too muscular for my taste so I might scale back a bit. Making that difficult is the fact that we have a new yoga studio here in town, Opal Yoga. It is soley a vineyasa studio, which I love. It’s the only kind of yoga I do. None of that heated, Bikram bull for me (sorry, but the whole heat thing is kind of a bunch of malarky). Opal has a whole bunch of different iterations of vineyasa and even one class that has a live DJ. AMAZE!

opal opalrunningSo tons of stuff going on in my world right now. Just trying to balance it with the research projects I am working on this summer. I can’t believe it is already the end of June, time has just flown by. I’ll be heading back to Michigan for a week next week and I’m so excited, we’re going to go to our lake house on Lake Michigan for the 4th of July weekend. We bought the house when I was 6 years old and have been spending summers there every since 🙂 The FI has never been and I can’t wait to take him!


The back of our house (with my parent’s frenchie Zinnie!)


View from the house 🙂

What’s new in your world?

Has summer flown by for you too? What fun summer activities have you done so far?

Plans for 4th of July?


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Still Kickin’

I’m still here, I’m still around. Promise! I’ve been finalizing a job offer (eeek!) and figuring out where the FI and I will be living. Keep an eye out for a big announcement soon here on the blog 🙂

First, check out my race schedule on the right sidebar. This might give some things away, but I will push through my hatred of running in the summer to continue my #yearofthehalfmary

I’ll also leave you with some pretty pretty pictures that our future wedding photographer Jen Fariello took for us a little over a month ago.

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❤ how these came out!

What’s new in your life?

Summer races? 


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Happy National Running Day!

National Runners Day How are you celebrating? 

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GoT got you down?

Um, you and everyone else! Me included. Wow, what a depressing week to be a Game of Thrones fan. Here’s something to cheer you up

gotNothing like the Lannisters in their snuggies to lighten the mood. Or Jon Snow (swoon) as a hipster



Want more cheering up? Check this out

Back this week with my race and weekend recap as well as some new tunes! 🙂

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A2 –> WV

Happy Friday friends!


I’m just wrapping up another busy week of writing, interviewing, teaching (yup, along with talking about my research I get to teach grad students on my on-campus, day-long interviews, yipeee!), and very little sleep. I’m actually feeling pretty good right now despite the lack of sleep so let’s roll with it.

I have 2 conference calls today for my research jobs and then I’m OFF to drive to Pittsburgh to pick up my sister who is flying in from NYC. Then we will be driving one more hour to Morgantown, where the FI will be waiting for us 🙂 I haven’t seen him all week and I miss him!!! (<— that is overly mushy and annoying, I know).

mcWe won’t be getting into Morgantown until really late…that always seems to happen to me the night before a race! I’m excited although admittedly a little hesitant about this race for other reasons too. If you’ve been with me long enough on here, you know the troubles I have running in the heat and humidity (last summer: fainting, migraines, heat exhaustion, etc). It’s actually the main reason why I decided not to train for and run any full marathons this year. It just wasn’t worth having to put in all the mileage during the crazy hot and humid Virginia summer. Saturday in West Virginia looks like it will be 90 degrees so I’m really nervous about how I’ll feel when I am running. There’s no “pushing through” my heat sensitivity since I feel like I will faint (literally I will feel like I am blacking out), so I might just have to implement a walk-run strategy. UGHHHH not what I was planning but I gotta work with my body.


heat exhaustion during the Alexandria Half Marathon

I still have fond memories of that race even though it was hotter than a mother and I had to walk-run the last 4 miles. It’s so fun to do these things with my twin sis. I just can’t believe it’s been a year since we ran this race in D.C.!


looking fresh and ready to go at the start of the race

 After the race on Saturday we’re driving back up to Pittsburgh and staying there for the night. We have tickets to go see a Pirates game so that should be fun! Last time I was in Pittsburgh it was summer of 2009, before I moved to Charlottesville, so it’ll be cool to go back.

me in pittAlright, I’m off to go on the first of 2 conference calls today then I’ll be jamming in my car all the way to Pennsylvania.

What do you have on tap for this weekend? Any fun plans? 


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What This Week’s All About

Thank you for all of your kind words on my last post about my PhD graduation!!! Real quick, head on over to the Charlottesville Wedding Blog to check out my 3rd post (a short one) as bride blogger 🙂


I know, the posts are getting few and far in between. I’ve been traveling all over the darn place going on interviews and trying to figure out where the FI and I will be moving to later this summer. I have major issues with change, something I can’t even start to write about today. But I have been formulating this post in my head about my issues with change and I can’t wait to get it out (maybe later this week). For now, I’m back in Ann Arbor for a final interview. Then on Friday I drive to Pittsburgh to pick up my sister so we can run the Decker’s Creek Half Marathon on Saturday in Morgantown, WV. Looks like it is going to be a scorcher! <–let’s not forget what happened last year when I ran that crazy hot half marathon with my sister over Memorial Day weekend. I don’t do well in the heat!

deckers2013So I have another fun weekend planned (this past weekend was my friend’s birthday and we had a two day celebration!).



Typical Sunday afternoon in Cville: Hanging at at Polo at King Family Vineyards

I just have to get through this week first!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? 

What are you most excited for this summer? 


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That’s all she wrote

After 4 years of writing, studying, presenting,  analyzing…and writing, it’s officially over. I have graduated with my PhD, an incredible feat, especially considering the imposter syndrome I used to struggle with. Getting a PhD–the highest degree a university confers–is not easy, if it was everyone would do it. I’m more proud of myself today than I ever have been. I have worked so hard toward something great, persevered through many challenges, and accomplished something BIG 🙂

I feel very emotional when I think about the past 4 years. My first year was ROUGH personally but the rest were all so memorable (if not just ridiculously stressful). I grew up big time over the past 4 years and accomplished many personal and professional things.  This past weekend was a celebration of everything I worked toward and it feels like it’s the end of an era.

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I hope writing about my new experiences on this blog will help me to figure out the new chapter that is starting in my life. Thank you to everyone who has read this blog and provided such encouraging, supportive comments over the past two and a half years. It’s been an incredible ride and I can’t wait to set my next goal…and get after it.

Have you ever struggled with a “post-event” or “post-race” depression (where you worked hard toward a goal, achieved the goal, and felt a bit depressed after it was all over)? 

What is your favorite way to celebrate a big accomplishment? 


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