I’m Back! …What I’ve Been Up to Recently

Yikes! Long time, no post!

These last few weeks have been SO hectic with school, traveling and the holidays, that the blog, unfortunately, got put on the back burner. But have no fear! I’m back and ready to share what I’ve been up to.

So, on that note…

Lately, my life has been a stressful, surreal blur (yes, I did just quote Mean Girls for all of you plastics fans out there) of library tables and text books and staring at computer monitors thinking of things I’d rather be doing than studying/writing papers and presentations.

Anyway, on to more exciting things, I finally got to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday and it was marvelous!

…I went to see Catching Fire with my family. Loved it! Yes, I read the books and of course the movie is never as good but I admit the producers do a very fine job of capturing the essence of the book and… PLOT TWIST… they actually follow the story line. Crazy, I know.

…I made my first pumpkin pie. I know you’re thinking“What?! This girl never made a pie before?!” well, pumpkin I haven’t. Better to learn late than never. I just followed the directions on the canned pumpkin pie filling… super easy. And my mom walked me through how to make my grandpa’s homemade pie crust. It turned out so delicious!

…My mom, sister, and I all woke up early on Thanksgiving to start the cooking! Turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, corn, green bean casserole… the list goes on. It was fun to spend the day cooking and eating with the people I love. Of course there was plenty of wine, music, football, and good company. My dad and I even made paper head dresses for fun… it’s the kindergartener in me…

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…This brings us to BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING. Ugh, always such a craze! My friends and I have a little tradition to go every year at midnight to scope all the deals… and maybe people watch, just a little bit. This year it was just four of us but we had a good time and it was so good to catch up with old friends!

…My last home WVU football game as a student aired Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t in town for the game but I still couldn’t help but reminisce on the past four years and how blessed I’ve been to share it with so many great people.

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That pretty much wraps it up. How were your holidays?!

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Mountaineer Week

Last week marked the 66th annual Mountaineer Week (AKA my dad’s favorite week of the year). What on earth does that mean? Basically, it’s a unique week-long celebration of Appalachian culture. The intent is to educate the WVU students and surrounding communities about the traditions that make West Virginia what it is today.

Events lasted all week long including:

The Mountaineer Week Craft Fair (so many talented vendors, but my favorites were definitely the hand-crafted jewelers!)

Mountain Music Concert featuring “the instruments and sounds of Appalachia”

the infamous PRT Cram (yes, I did cram myself into that PRT)

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The Festival of Ideas Speaker Event Series

Beard Shaving Contest (hosted by none other than the Mountaineer himself, Jon Kimble)

Mountaineer Idol

Mountaineer Week Football Game

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This list goes on. So, I’ll stop and just give you the link to go see what else Mountaineer Week has in store! It’s truly a unique experience and an amazing feeling to be part of something like this.

Oh yeah, and how could I forget to mention a whole week of this parked in the center of campus…

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Kettle corn, deep-fried Oreos, funnel cake, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Try walking past that every day and not give in… it’s nearly impossible.