Monday, December 31, 2012

Aruba: Day Three, Four, & Five

Here are days numero tres, cuatro, y cinco!

Day Three:
MERRY CHRISTMAS from Aruba! We went to mass at 10am at a local Catholic Church. They didn't speak English (nor Spanish) so we really didn't understand half of the mass. They did play some Christmas songs in English. The rest of the day we had a relaxing day at the beach and pool. Best way to spend Christmas if you ask me :). Nick and my Dad golfed in the afternoon. 

Day Four:
If you were wondering about the weather, just the first two days weren't the best, but the rest of the week was gorgeous. Sunny with some clouds and windy like it is every day. On Wednesday morning, we went to the far west side of the Island where there is a lighthouse called California Lighthouse. It's inactive now. There was a beautiful view of the coast from the lighthouse, so I took plenty of pictures. After, we went to the pool the rest of the day. Lots of good tanning for sure! That night, my parents went out to eat together. Nick, Chris, and I went to an Italian restaurant. The pizza was delicious! We shopped around a little bit too that night.  
California Lighthouse

Golf Course
By the lighthouse. Awesome views!
Day Five: 
That morning we went for a tour of the local Brewery: Balashi Beer. We arrived and they said we needed to have tennis shoes, which my Mom and I both weren't wearing, so we couldn't get in. Boo! We turned around and went to the beach the rest of the day. Another relaxing and sun-filled day! 

The rest of the trip is next!

Aruba: Day One & Two

My family and I arrived back from Aruba late last night. It was an awesome vacation and I would definitely like to visit Aruba again. I'm going to separate my posts because I have lots to share about each day. 

View from our Condo

Day One:

We left at the crack of dawn to catch our flight out of JFK. It was a straight flight to Oranjestad, Aruba which was a little over 4 hours. Let me tell you, there were some very rude and annoying people on our flight. Lots of plastic guidos and their kids. We were keeping our fingers crossed that they weren't at our resort. We arrived in Aruba in the afternoon. It was warm, but it rained on us the first day. Since it was freezing on our way down our pictures looked like we didn't belong in Aruba. That night we went out to dinner, went grocery shopping, and checked out our resort and condo. There were three pools and an ocean view. Absolutely beautiful! 

After dinner the first night 

Day Two:

The weather wasn't the best, but at least it didn't rain on our second day. We went on a fun Safari Jeep ride for four hours in the afternoon. Since there was only one tour guide/driver and several tourists, my Dad drove us in our own Jeep. It was interesting to learn about the country and explore areas that weren't "just for tourists." We saw the Natural Pool at their state park, saw several Natural Bridges, rock formations, and a gold mine from the early 1800's. Driving in the countryside was SUPER SUPER bumpy! At some points we thought our Jeep was going to flip over! It was fun. Nick drove some and it scared me a bit! Ha! That night we went to a Soprano Piano Bar, which was cool! The piano guy wasn't that great but it was entertaining. Here are some facts I learned about the Island:
1. Aruba is only 16 miles wide
2. 75% of in their industry is tourism
3. Motto is "One Happy Island"
4. They learn 4 different language: Spanish, English, Dutch, and Papiamento (mostly used)
5. 120,000 live in Aruba

Dad driving the Jeep through the State Park 
At the Natural Pool

Nick driving us
Baby Bridge, next to the Natural Bridge that collapsed in 2005
Tallest point on the island
Coming up... review of the next few days!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Preview of Aruba

Hello from Aruba! Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I sure did! Here are some preview images of Aruba so far.

I will write more about our vacation once I arrive home.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook

I went to see Silver Linings Playbook with my Mom this morning. I really didn't have a clear idea about the plot of the movie. But since it received high ratings (90% on wow!) and my mom said it would be good, I went. I have to say it exceeded my expectations and it was really good! I would definitely recommend it. A little bit on the chick flick side, but I think anybody would like it. I thought both Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper did a phenomenal job! 

Here is a synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. -- (C) Weinstein


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Praying for Newtown

It is so hard to talk about that tragedy that happened on Friday morning. It's even more unreal that it happened only 7 miles away from my house. (I live in Southbury and Newtown is the neighboring town). The community around here has been really quiet and depressing. It seems so unreal because all the places they have been showing on the news, especially St. Rose Catholic Church is familiar to my family. Chris attended 8th grade there, it truly is close to home. Thankfully we didn't know anybody that was immediately affected. I have been saying many prayers to those children and families. My heart truly goes out to them. I don't think I've seen so much news in my whole life, than I have these past few days. It just makes me sick to keep listening about it. 

On Saturday night, my home parish, Sacred Heart Church hosted a inter-faith prayer vigil for the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. There were over 400 people. After a few songs, reflection, and prayer, we had a luminary vigil outside the church and we laid the candles out into the word HOPE. It was beautiful and a great sign to show our support for all those suffering. The community has really come together to aid those in need and it is great to hear positive stories. 

Luminary Vigil at night
Luminary Vigil at night (people in front afterwards)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Onto Winter Break

Last fall semester as an undergrad, COMPLETE! This semester flew by, just like all the others. It was a good semester. Definitely different than all the other ones and more stressful, I think? This semester I've put into practice what I've been learning for the past couple of years, and started my first clinical experience. It has been a great learning experience and I'm looking forward to doing it again next semester. Here is a previous post about it. Knowing that I had to prepare things every week for therapy was a lot harder and stressful than just reading a textbook and showing up for a lecture. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. This semester has been different too because I lived off campus in apartment, so I see less people I know, graduate school applications, more ESL and Hilltoppers for Life involvement, visit to Kevin's, and I'm sure some other things I can't think of! 

Let's just say I am so ready for a break and relax! What will I be doing this break, you ask?

Big Highlights:
1. I'll be going to Aruba with my family for the week of Christmas. I'm super excited! 
2. January 8th I will going to LIVE! with Kelly and Michael in NYC! I can't wait :)

Other this and that:
1. Lots of scrapbooking
2. Apply to graduate school
3. Lots of reading
4. Blogging
5. Starting to train for a mini-marathon?
....I think I'm forgetting some other things, I will probably add some more later. 

I'm currently waiting the airport to catch my flight home! See you in CT! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My New Garmin Watch

I'm excited that I got a Garmin Watch!! My boyfriend, Kevin gave it to me for Christmas (because that's what I requested)! I tried it out yesterday morning and it's so cool! It amazes me how a little watch can detect where you are aka distance, your time, pace, and calories. I've been wanting  one of these for awhile and now I can't wait to go running and be able to KNOW how far I've gone instead of guessing! 

It is called Garmin Forerunner 10 of course made by Garmin. 
Here is a description from Amazon...

Every mile matters. And now there’s a stylishly simple way to capture each one. Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and provides motivation along the way.

Ready to Run

Forerunner 10 is so easy to use, you can start your run with the press of 1 button. As you run, you can see your time and distance clearly displayed on 1 screen and calories and pace on another. You can also customize the settings to show pace and distance on the same screen.

It Fits

It’s our lightest, most comfortable watch yet and is available in sporty green, pink, or black with red accents. The black and red model has a slightly larger watch face and wider wristband. All models can be worn as a regular watch, so your running partner is always on hand.

Motivating Feedback

As you run, Forerunner 10 automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a friendly beep and a screen that flashes your time for that mile. When you complete your run and save it, you’ll see a summary of how you did, including your total time, distance, average pace and calories. The watch even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date.

Training Tools

For runners who want a little more, Forerunner 10 has a couple of simple training features like Virtual Pacer™, which compares your current running pace to your target. It also has a run/walk feature that’s helpful if you’re just starting out or your running plan includes walk breaks.

Store and Share

With a simple connection to your Mac or PC, you can upload your runs to Garmin Connect™ to see your run on a map, get more detail on each mile and share it with friends — all for free. You’ll be even more motivated when you see your miles add up in Garmin Connect and can go back and see how you’ve improved from last week, last month or last year.
I set my account up on the Garmin Connect and let me just tell you, it's SO COOL! It shows a map of where I ran, my exact pace throughout each mile, the incline, etc. I can also share goals and my training plans. I'm so impressed and I'm ready to take advantage of this awesome resource. 
SO....overall I would say this was a good pick!

Not too big for my wrist!

I love the pink!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pizza Quesadilla (aka Pizzadilla)

Check out this awesomely delicious recipe! Pizzadillas! Hannah and I decided that we were in cooking mood and wanted to try a new recipe. One of the blogs I follow Closet Cooking had this recipe so I thought I'd try it. It seemed easy and didn't take too many ingredients (which I like!). 
I modified the original recipe a little bit and made ours vegetarian, but any pizza topping will work. 


  • 2 (10 inch) tortilla
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup of onions
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

  • Directions:
  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Place one tortilla in the pan, add half of of the pizza sauce, followed by half of the shredded cheese, half of the olives, half of onions and peppers.  
  3. Cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce over the top of the quesadilla followed by the remaining cheese, onions, peppers, and olives.
  5. Bake in a preheated 400F oven until the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.
  6. ENJOY!

12 Days of Christmas- Weim style!

As many of you know, I have a dog named Bailey who is a weimaraner. Weimarner's have gained some fame from William Wegman, an artist that uses weimaraners in his photographs. They are pretty awesome! (I may be biased considering I have a weim :) ). I follow him on Facebook and every year he uploads the 12 Days of Christmas with Fay, one of his dogs. I think they are so funny, because Bailey acts like a human just like them! Above is Day One. ENJOY!

Video from YouTube

Monday, December 10, 2012

Immaculate Conception

Saturday the Catholic Church celebrated the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation on December 8th every year. In 1854, Pope Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."
From New Advent

A lot of people may be confused as to what we are celebrating. Every year I would go to mass on this day, but a lot of times not fully aware of what is being celebrated. Below is from and explains it all very clearly :)

The Immaculate Conception
It’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what "immaculate" means: without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings. 
When discussing the Immaculate Conception, an implicit reference may be found in the angel’s greeting to Mary. The angel Gabriel said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28). The phrase "full of grace" is a translation of the Greek word kecharitomene. It therefore expresses a characteristic quality of Mary. 
The traditional translation, "full of grace," is better than the one found in many recent versions of the New Testament, which give something along the lines of "highly favored daughter." Mary was indeed a highly favored daughter of God, but the Greek implies more than that (and it never mentions the word for "daughter"). The grace given to Mary is at once permanent and of a unique kind. Kecharitomene is a perfect passive participle of charitoo, meaning "to fill or endow with grace." Since this term is in the perfect tense, it indicates that Mary was graced in the past but with continuing effects in the present. So, the grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit. In fact, Catholics hold, it extended over the whole of her life, from conception onward. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence. 
For the mass on Saturday, I went to the 75th anniversary mass of the Diocese of Owensboro, KY. There were hundreds of people there to celebrate including all the priests and nuns in the Diocese. What I thought was cool too, was the bishop spoke in Spanish to the Catholic Hispanics. Seeing a bunch of Catholics in one place makes me happy! I'm glad I went! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Matthews Band Concert

I finally got to see Dave Matthews Band last night!! It was an AMAZING concert! Here's a recap of the night...

Kevin and I 
Maggie and Zach 
Kevin plus two other friends, Zach and Maggie, and I headed up to Louisville in the early afternoon. We went to Impellizeri's for dinner which serves delicious pizza! I also met up with my friend Maura. I was excited to see her, because it had been months and it was great to catch up. Two other pluses about the restaurant besides the delicious food were they played DMB music the whole night and it was a 2 minute walk from the Yum! Center where there concert was held. YES!

After dinner we headed to the arena. The opening was some reggae guy (is it bad that I don't remember his name?). He was good, but not my type of music. Finally after waiting for an hour, it was Dave time!! We were pretty high up, but at a good angle so I thought our seats were not too bad. Kevin is a DMB expert and this was his 9th concert I think? And he said he was a great concert as well!

Here was his setlist: 
1. Don't Drink the Water (Fav)
2. Eh Hee
3. Rooftop
4. Seven
5. #41
6. Mercy
7. Grey Street (Fav)
8. Belly Belly Nice
9 You & Me (Fav)
10. The Riff 
11. Spaceman
12. Jimi Thing
13. Digging a Ditch
14. Drunken Soldier
15. Everyday
16. Two Step
17. Christmas Song
18. Country Blues Improv
19. Halloween
20. Tripping Billies (Fav)

I shared my favorites in case you were wondering :) 

I think this post fulfilled the Music Monday I missed the other day! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

White Chili

Looking through my blogs as I do daily, I came across a white chili recipe from Plain Chicken. It looked easy and delicious so Hannah (one of my roommates) and I decided to try it out tonight. 

We adapted a few things from the original recipe. Here it is!

4 seasoned and cooked chickened breasts 
1/2 cooked onion
3 cups chicken broth
2 cans cannellini beans, drained
1 can green chiles
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a big pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Optional: Top with Monterey Jack cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

My dinner!

I have to say I was really impressed on how it turned out. It was quite delicious and tasted great on a chilly night! I would highly recommend it because it's really easy! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Music Monday: Catch My Breath

New song by Kelly Clarkson. I like it! (Although I may get tired of it soon...if that makes sense....)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sibling Love

Since the whole family was home for Thanksgiving my Mom wanted to get a picture of us to use for this year's Christmas card. This is it! What do you think? We took several shots and this one was the best. Bailey's eyes do some creepy things when we use the flash. 

I sure like it a lot! :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Candy

This Thanksgiving Break was once again filled with lots of candy making for Christmas. I always enjoy making it all and my family/friends usually love them ;). 

Here is what I made this year....

- Chocolate with toffee
- Vanilla with rice crispies
- Chocolate with rice crispies
- Vanilla with raisins
- Pretzel with rolo and peacan
- Chocolate covered peanut butter crackers
-Peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate
- Chocolate dipped pretzels 

That's sure a lot of sweets! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 in Pictures

Thanksgiving was spent at home with my Mom, Dad, Nick and Chris. It was a relaxing day full with lots of food! 
Lots of this action happening all day! Bailey looking for some scraps. 
Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip 
Turkey, of course! 
Mushroom Spinach Casserole 
Blue Cheese Bacon Mashed Potatoes 
Dessert #1 Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownie
Dessert #2 Pumpkin Trifle 
 And this is what happened after the food was eaten....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful to be Home after the LONGest day ever!

I had been looking to this day ALL semester. November 21st was the day I could finally come home for Thanksgiving. It would be the first day home since starting school in August and I was ready! The plan was that I would land in Hartford, CT at noon.....little did I know that didn't happen! 

Here's the story:

I left Bowling Green at 3:45 am to catch my flight in Nashville. I did not sleep well that night because I kept checking the clock, so I was running on little sleep. I arrived in Nashville, ready to board my flight to Chicago, where my layover was, and then onto Hartford. At 5:30, they announced that my flight would be delayed to 6:30 am because of the severe fog in Chicago. I thought "Ok 30 minutes won't hurt anything." Fifteen minutes later they announced that the flight was completely cancelled because of the fog. What was I supposed to do?! So I wanted in line for 45 minutes to talk to the flight peeps, they told me I will get on the 7:45 am flight to Baltimore and then after that the next available flight wasn't until 6pm to Hartford. 6PM!? What was I going to do for that long? They said there were 3 earlier flights that I could standby for. 11:05, 2:35, and 3:30. So, I was off to Baltimore.

Once I arrived in Baltimore, I ran to the 11:05 flight which was completely booked. Then it was time to wait for the 2:35 flight. So I had to figure out what to do for the next 3 hours. I had my homework with me and LUCKILY they had free wi-fi (my first "thank you" of the day). The flight time rolled around and they once again were booked, boo! So off to wait for the 3:35 one....I worked on some more homework and crossed my fingers that I would get on this flight. Waiting by the desk at 3:30...they announced my name!! (my second "thank you" of the day). I called my Mom and told her I was on my way home! I arrived in Hartford at 5 pm. 

Once in Hartford, I went to claim my luggage...once again, my unlucky-ness struck. My bag wasn't on that flight! I went to the luggage workers and asked them where it was. They said that it was probably on the 6 pm flight which I was originally booked. That flight wasn't arriving until 7:10 pm so my Mom and I went to a mall and dinner to kill some time (FYI: We live 45 minutes from the airport  so it wasn't worth going home). We ate dinner at P.F. Chang's (third "thank you" of the day). I didn't eat lunch, so I was ready to eat. It was quite delicious! After, we walked around a really nice mall. I received a text saying the flight wouldn't be in until 7:40 more time to kill, yay! (that was sarcastic by the way). We arrived at the airport at 8 pm to get my bag, to only find out that the flight was delayed until 8:30. So we sat in the cell phone lot until 8:45 rolled around. I went inside to get my bag... and guess what?? It wasn't there! I talked to the luggage people and they said they had no idea where my bag was. How did they have no idea where my bag was?! Crazy! They informed me that they would bring the bag to me that night or the next day. The good thing was I had a carry-on as well that had all my important things (fourth "thank you" of the day) like my running shoes and clothes for the 5k race the next day. After that ordeal, we were headed home. 

On our way home we go (bag-less, of course), but I was finally on in the car driving towards Southbury, CT.   As soon as I opened the door Bailey greeted me. I sure missed her! I also, saw Dad, Nick, and Chris, missed them too! My whole family is home now! (Best "thank you" of the day). I was FINALLY HOME! (at 10 pm) It sure was a long day. Looking back, even though I was stressed about getting home (and could have driven home in that amount of travel time), I was productive at the airport and made it safely home. I thank God for all my blessings and that I could be with my family for Thanksgiving! 

Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 5K = Complete! 

Take One of after race! (Sun in eyes=wrong angle)

Take TWO- Much better! We did it!

I am very thankful that I completed it, although I didn't meet my goal. The Gym, in Southbury (which is literally 3 minutes from my house) put on the Turkey Trot 5K and there were 1,000 runners/walkers. It was a big race, which I enjoy. I ran with my Mom who always motivates me when I run (once again she beat me!)

I don't want to make excuses, buttttt it was quite chilly out (low 30's) and I have not run in that kind of weather yet this year, so I think that may be one of the reasons it didn't go as well as I would have liked. Also, my breathing was terrible! I need to learn to breath through my nose and out through my mouth a lot better. That is going to be my new running goal, learn how to control my breathing when running faster!

So, my final time was 27:55 (pace 9:12) which is under 30 minutes! So I'm happy about that. My goal was 26:30, but what I did wasn't too shabby. I came in 415/1050 (all) and 35/120 in my age group. 

I have to say, it was a great way to start Thanksgiving (considering I lots and lots of food was planned for later). Hopefully I can do the race again next year!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Music Monday- Mistletoe

So I've kind of been in a Christmas mood lately and I wanted to share a song that I really like. Yeah, I know it's Justin Beiber (not a huge fan) but I do really like this song. I hope I can find a Bowling Green radio station that plays only holiday music, probably after Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oops to Music Monday

So I forgot that I was going to do music Monday, oops! It is going to be Music Wednesday this week. 

The news in music  is I'm will be going to a Dave Matthews Band concert on December 4th in Louisville. I'm very excited! We just ordered tickets a couple of days ago. I'm going with Kevin and two other friends, Maggie and Zach. We are all looking forward to it! Because of that, here is one of my new favorite songs of DMB, Tripping Billies

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Week CINCO (5) T-Giving 5K

WOWZER! Look at the 21 miles I managed this week! It was a beautiful week for running and I'm glad I got to run that much! Definitely a stress reliever with the semester winding down, with lots and lots of work! 

Here's how it went...
11-4-12: Ran 6.5 miles 65:00 (Ican't believe it and I'm very proud of myself :) )
11-5-12: Ran 2 miles 19:48, elliptical 40 minutes
11-6-12: Ran 4.5 miles 45:00
11-7-12: Ran 1 mile 9:38, Elliptical 50 minutes
11-8-12: Ran 3 miles 30:00, Walked on incline 20 minutes
11-9-12: Ran 4 miles 41:00
11-10-12: REST

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pro-Life and the Election

So being pro-life and all you could probably figure who I voted for in the presidential election yesterday...I honestly could not believe the results because I was so hopeful for a good outcome. This morning my Twitter and Facebook were full of election comments and I couldn't stand reading them, so I just logged off. And the news this morning talked about it so I turned off the TV. Basically I was feeling really negative....until I received an email this morning from Susan B. Anthony List....

Dear Pro-life Friend,

We have work to do.

The most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history was re-elected.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we have heroes in Congress – some long-time warriors and some just elected just tonight – who are willing to take him on and fight for unborn children and women. But they are going to need our help.

Now is not the time to give up, but instead, I hope I can count on you to join me in fighting the President’s radical pro-abortion agenda for the next four years.

Let me make one thing clear: the pro-life cause did not lose tonight, Mitt Romney did. It is with a heavy heart that I say that he ran a campaign purely on economic issues – and time and time again did not go on offense on our issue. Polling this cycle and historical voting trends show that the pro-life issue isn’t only the right thing to do, but it is the winning thing to do politically. I’m afraid Mitt Romney and his team failed to recognize this. We will need to work on this too.
Now, let’s talk about the silver lining:
  • In the U.S Senate, Deb Fischer was elected by Nebraska voters tonight. This is a major victory for unborn children and women – she joins our hero Senator Kelly Ayotte as just the second pro-life woman Senator we have in Washington. She replaces Senator Ben Nelson, a self-described pro-life Democrat who betrayed unborn children by voting for Obamacare.
  • In Indiana, three major victories: Jackie Walorski won a Congressional seat. I can’t tell you how fired up she is to stand up for unborn babies and their moms in the House. Meanwhile, at the statewide level, Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann were elected Governor and Lt. Governor. They are heroes to our cause.
  • In Missouri, Ann Wagner joins the ranks of our pro-life women in the House. I’ve known her for years and can’t wait to work with her next January.
  • In Iowa, Rep. Steve King is re-elected, despite a strong challenge from Christie Vilsack, a major supporter of abortion who even once directed a Planned Parenthood program. Working with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Steve King was a true, selfless hero in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood. I am so thrilled that we can count him in as one of the courageous leaders who will fight Obama’s radical abortion agenda in the House.
More victories – and more losses – will come in into the wee hours of tonight. And you can bet I’ll keep you posted as they come in.

Finally, Pro-life Friend, I’ve saved the best for last: Thanking YOU. I want to thank you for your enduring support of unborn children and women. I want to thank you for your enduring support of the SBA List. I want to thank you for everything you did to protect Life and Religious Liberty. I want to thank you for committing yourself – right now – to fighting Obama’s radical agenda and electing pro-life leaders who will pass laws that will save lives.

I can’t say it enough – thank you. Together, we will win this fight. Don’t lose faith. Unborn children and women are counting on us.


Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

This turned me into a better mood. The Pro-Life Movement is still strong and going. We can do this and I know we can! I'm proud to say that I am a member of Hilltoppers for Life on WKU'S campus and little by little we are making a difference in our community....which will eventually spread to the whole country. 

If you were wondering, The Susan B. Anthony List is...

"The Susan B. Anthony List, and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women." 

I'm on their email list so that's why I received the above email :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Music Monday: Live Like That

So I think I'm going to start this new thing called Music Monday where I will post about a song that I like right now or just thoughts on music in general. I think this will help me keep blogging consistently, since I've been so busy. 

This week I wanted to talk about this awesome radio station I've recently discovered in Bowling Green. It is 88.1 WAY-FM aka the Christian radio station in town. The songs are very uplifting because I was getting tired on some of the "hit" songs out right now. They do play some popular musicians such as Lifehouse and Daughtry that most people know. 

Here is one for today called Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets. Enjoy! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 4 Thanksgiving 5K

This week it was officially THREE weeks until Thanksgiving and I get to see my family! I'm super excited! You know what else that means? The Thanksgiving 5K is in three weeks too! This week wasn't so good for running...I'm blaming it on the cold weather that came through this week. I hate cold weather! (I ran 6.5 miles today week 5 is off to a great start!)

Here's my not-so-many-miles week:
10-29-12: Ran 3 miles, weights 30 minutes
10-30-12: OFF
10-31-12: Ran 2 miles, elliptical 50 minutes
11-1-12: Ran 2 miles 20:00, elliptical 35 minutes
11-2-12: OFF
11-3-12: OFF

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Halloween...a few days late

Happy Halloween! I really should be saying Happy November! But since I never posted anything for Halloween, it's going up today. I didn't do anything on Halloween night, but I did go to a party last Saturday night at the Catholic Center. We did lots of hanging out, haunted house, voting on best costumes, dancing, and musical chairs.

Kevin and I dressed up as gangsters, since he's a huge fan of Boardwalk Empire. He was Jimmy Darmondy and I was Angela Darmondy. How do we look?!

Some other interesting costumes were: Hobos, Richard Simmons, Pillsbury Dough Boy, Peter Pan, Sheldon...just to name a few.

Here is the group photo from the night...

How was your Halloween? What was your costume?