busy week!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The past week has been a whirlwind! It has been so busy, but so great. Last friday I finally summoned enough courage to press "SEND" on my PA school application. I have been working on that bad boy for months. Every hour I have spent shadowing had to be written down and explained, all my extracurricular activities explained, volunteer experiences, "personal statement", reference letters, transcripts, coursework, grades, etc. etc. Needless to say, after Garrett convinced me that nothing could possibly be done to make it any more "perfect", we went to Mellow Mushroom for celebratory beers and pizza.

Then we headed to my favorite place on this earth: the beach. I can't quite put into words how much I love being there. I literally feel myself starting to relax as I drive over the AB bridge. The weekend was amazing, as always. We went to dinner at my favorite place on the water, Front Street Grill, with mom and my aunt, uncle, and cousin.

I woke up Sunday to this view:

(this is Heaven to me... coffee and the beach)

I came to the sad realization that the weekend was over and it was time for Garrett to head back to Raleigh and for me to start studying for my microbiology test. Micro was my last of 12 PA prerequisite classes, thank goodness. I needed a 58 or higher on my test Monday to make an A in the class and not have to take the final exam on Wednesday. I left my test confident that I made at least a 59 and headed straight back to the beach for my very short 48 hour break before second summer session started.

My best friend since 6th grade, Kate, and her momma, Kathy, met me there. Lucky for us, our moms are best friends too! The 4 of us had such a fun time, as we always do. [Side note: Kate's brother, Shain, is Cam Newton's personal assistant... how cool is that?! Go Panthers!]  Kate and I are complete opposites, but that's why we get along so well... she is my very best friend and always will be :)

After a full day of babysitting at the beach on Wednesday I headed back to Greenville to get ready for the first day of second session class, which started this morning at 8am (shoot me in the foot). Then the driving continued as I headed to Fremont to drop Bella off with Garrett's parents. They are going to keep her for a week to give me a break (yes she is only a dog, and yes you would need a break too. she is exhausting). It would be embarrassing if I told you how much I miss her...

Garrett's Nana lives right across the street from his family so I stopped in to say 'hey' and give her a hug and I left with a belly full of delicious food. Her amazing cooking is one of the many reasons we love her so much :) She is Garrett's favorite person on this earth, hands down. Every time he goes home she is the first and last person he sees. The other day I was joking with Garrett and asked if I was getting on his nerves, and he said "there is only one person in the world that doesn't ever get on my nerves". I clearly thought he meant me... but he said "my Nana". I am A-ok with being 2nd place to her... she is an amazing grandma and an amazing lady. If you have a grandparent half as great as Garrett's Nana, you are lucky.

The traveling continues tomorrow as I head back to the beach right after class. 9:30am can't come soon enough. Have a great weekend!

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