Lazy Sunday

Today was the laziest of Sundays. Yesterday I drove down to the eastern shore in Maryland to visit one of my friends. He had a barbeque at his house on the bay and it was amazing to see old friends and make some new ones. Needless to say I indulged in some great beer, food, and fun. After leaving the bbq, my old college roommate and I went to her apartment in Annapolis and spent the rest of the night catching up on eachothers lives. We stayed up late laughing and ended up sleeping until 1:30 today. YES. ONE freaking THIRTY. How is this even possible? I don't know, but I slept like a rock and it felt great to sleep past 6 am for a change. We then proceeded to lay on the couch and watch three hours of "The World According to Paris". Yes, I am okay with admitting that show entertains me. I ended up back in Philly around 8 and I am certain I will sleep like a rock again tonight.

Must be hard for my friend to wake up to this every day!

The sunset over the Chesapeake:

Here's a couple more pictures I want to share just because they are pretty. I've been running a lot on Kelly Drive just because I find it easier to run with so many distractions and it's generally safer than the park. I live in such a beautiful city and although the adventurous side of me would love to live somewhere else one day, I really can't imagine loving a place as much as I love Philadelphia.

A shot of the sunset over the Schuylkill River:

And of course, the obligatory photo of the cutest nephew EVER. I feel so lucky that I get to spend every day with this kid and watch as he grows and changes:

As for the week ahead, it will be very busy. Watching Jimmy Rollins break the world record for longest batted ball on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tomorrow. Tuesday I get to see Cliff Lee take on the Red Sox in a World Series preview. Wednesday I am going to happy hour with my bff to see DARREN DAULTON (woot!) broadcast his segment with 97.5. And of course the excitement of one of my absolute favorite holidays, Independence Day this weekend :)

Yay for friends. Yay for food and beer. And yay for being healthy to participate in celebrations of all kinds. Hope your week is as action packed as mine.


I'm still alive...

I never thought the day would come but I am kind of tired of talking about Crohn's and being sick and my ostomy. I guess I am just at the point where it's so much a part of my life that I no longer have daily revelations or frustrations over the changes that have taken place. I have even stopped trying to reach out to other people or google this or that about ileostomy surgery. The bottom line is, I am at peace and mentally okay so there really is no need to compare myself to others because ultimately, everyone copes differently.

As per the past couple of posts, I really don't have much to say. I went on a job interview on Saturday at a local brewery/restaurant. I told myself after my last restaurant job that I would NEVER, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, waitress again, but now I find myself trying to do just that. I think it had a lot to do with where I was in my life at the time health-wise that made my last experience what it was. I know that I have genuinely enjoyed my other serving jobs and the idea of working at a brewery has got me excited. I am looking forward to meeting new people and working in a fun environment. I will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday if I got the job.

Of course, along with thinking about entering the work-force again, I had myself a tad stressed. It is scary to think about working again and being responsible to someone other than my sister for showing up to do my job. The security of working for my family right now and the peace of mind associated with knowing they understand my limitations gives me incredible comfort. But I also know that since surgery, there hasn't been one day when I have been unable to watch my nephew. Really, when I think about it, there are no limitations. The only thing that can limit me is my attitude.

Well, with the job prospects on my plate and my fall classes registered for, it's looking like a lot is about to change really soon and I am incredibly excited, nervous, and anxious to see how everything plays out, all with good health on my side, of course.


The past month, in photos.

Life is continuing down the awesome path that I am creating for myself. I feel incredibly in control and I am enjoying this present stagnant period before I begin school in the fall. I have had a lot of excitement in the past month involving weddings and visits from friends I don't normally see often. I have met a lot of new people, drank a lot of new alcoholic beverages, and appreciated that my body is allowing me to do so. I am trying desperately to run a half-marathon on my birthday, August 7th, in Providence, RI. I really think it would be an amazing way to celebrate my 27th birthday and also the perfect statement about the new chapter in my life I will begin. Twenty-seven is going to be my year and I want to start it with a bang. Hopefully I can get my body there in time, but I will be okay if I have to hold off until September when there is a Philly half-marathon. So consider telling you all of this my way of making myself accountable for following through now that I have said it aloud.

Anyway, I don't have much else to say so I will share some pictures from the past month of my life.

Natalie and I at the Phillies/Nationals game on May 5th.

Me, Anne, and Grace

Me and cutest baby ever

Me and Matt

That's all for now.