Five Friday Facts and Another Cake Recipe

Five Friday Facts:

  1. I eat eggs every morning for breakfast – without exception. I buy my eggs in bulk….

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2. I’m insanely inflexible and I’m really not a fan of yoga. But I saw this picture on Instagram the other day and it’s one of my new relationship goals…just need to talk the hubs into practicing.

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3. Starbucks is already selling pumpkin drinks. It’s too early. I feel like you shouldn’t partake in the pumpkin until September. Just like I don’t think Christmas decorations should appear in stores before November.

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Also found this little nugget – they’re adding, what? REAL pumpkin you say? Pshhahh…

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4. The U.S. Open starts in just a few weeks on August 31. While I’m not terribly good at tennis, I really, really love watching it. I grew up watching my dad play on the weekends and watching the major tournaments with him – bonding time. I’m a huge fan.

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Serena Williams is going for a calendar grand slam, meaning she is trying to win all four major tournaments in the same tennis season. She has already won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year. The U.S. Open is the last major of the season. No matter what anyone thinks about her personality or her attitude, her playing style, there is no denying that she is the most dominant female tennis player, probably ever. I’ll be rooting for her!

5. My Falcon’s held off the Tennessee Titans last week for their first preseason victory. We are playing the New York Jets tonight. So you’ll find me plopped in front of the TV with a beer in hand tonight, cheering on Matty Ice!

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I’ve got yet another dessert recipe to share with you this week – don’t even act like you’re disappointed.

Two people at my office had birthdays last week. We do a monthly birthday celebration and another lady and I take turns making the cake each month. August is my month. By special request, I made this Key Lime Pound Cake.

13No, that is not my cake – it’s a picture of a WAY prettier cake that I was trying to make mine look like. Mine actually broke – it split in half when I took it out of the pan. Fail. But what was NOT a fail was this recipe from Rosetta Bakes. A little more complicated recipe than the No-Bake Butterfinger Lush Cake from earlier this week. I’d give it a 6 on the difficulty scale. But the end result is well worth the effort!

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I’ve got a long 11-mile run this weekend. Since I’m doing the Rugged Maniac on Saturday, (nope, still hasn’t fallen off my calendar yet) I’m moving my long run to Sunday. Which actually works out perfectly because my marathon in January is on a Sunday. This weekend is a perfect transition to push my long runs back a day and getting used to doing them on Sundays.

Needless to say, I need some motivational words to get through this 11-miler.

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Tell me a Friday Fact!

What are your plans this weekend? 

When you’re training for a race, do you plan your longest run of the week on the same day as your race? 

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Five Friday Facts College Theme and My Little Bro

This week’s Five Friday Facts are college themed. You’ll see why, just keep reading.

  1. I finished college in 3.5 years. And graduated before I turned 21. I did a program called Joint Enrollment which allowed me to simultaneously complete my senior year of high school and freshman year of college.

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2. Kennesaw State University, my Alma Mater, recently acquired (I’m not sure if that’s the technical term, but speaking in legal terms, that’s what happened) Southern Polytechnic State University, and the new KSU will be one of the 50 largest public universities in the United States. It wasn’t that big when I was there.

kennesaw-state-football3. 2015 will be KSU’s inaugural football season. Until now, the school sold shirts that said “KSU Football: Still Undefeated” – get it? Because we never had a team?

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uga*750xx4368-2457-0-2285. My favorite college (even though I didn’t attend) is the University of Georgia. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last week that this year’s incoming freshman class at the University of Georgia is the smartest class it’s ever had. The average GPA of the freshman class is 3.91, and the average SAT score is 1301. LOTS of geniuses over there. Go Dawgs!

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So, why all these college facts? Because, dear friends, this little brother of mine is starting college in just one week.

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The just grow up so fast! So Andy is the middle of my three brothers. He’s goofy, hilarious, artistic, musically gifted, smart smart smart, kind, and just the sweetest. I really can’t believe he’s going off to college.

Before I get sappy, I scrolled back through my Facebook history and found some pictures of me from college. Ah, memories.

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  • Do NOT pick a major based on projected economic success. Money is great, but there’s nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, worse than not following your passion in your career. Pick a major you love. And also remember, you can still change your mind at this point in life. Spend time really finding what you love.
  • Along that same route, take courses that interest you. Colleges offer so many different classes. Take at least one class that randomly interests you outside of your major. I love musicals, so my last year I took a “From Broadway to Hollywood” class. It was in the drama department, no where close to my major. But it was one of my favorite classes I ever took. Take advantage of the choices you have.
  • DO A STUDY ABROAD! Did you hear me? DO A STUDY ABROAD! Part of your tuition – part of every student’s tuition – goes toward scholarships for those students smart enough to do a study abroad. You’re guaranteed to get at least a little financial help. But even still, please please please, go see another country and learn. I missed the boat on this one, and it’s one of my biggest regrets.
  • Don’t rush through college. I know you’re beyond excited to move into the city and become your own person. Embrace this time before you have responsibilities. Mom and dad are helping you and giving you a very nice cushion while you’re in school. Please embrace this lack of responsibility and continue to explore every avenue of yourself and your creativity.
  • Be nice to people, especially your teachers. Your fellow classmates and your professors have their own stories to tell, have fought their own battles, and all have something you can learn from. Be kind to them. Oh, and your roommates.  Be extra kind to them. And be a good roommate.
  • Do your homework. Don’t slack off just because you can, just because no one is taking attendance. Your parents are helping you pay for this education. Don’t disrespect them by not doing your absolute best.
  • Call (text) your parents, and come home for the holidays. Be grateful and remember to thank them, and everyone else who offers you help (this includes bus drivers, dining hall workers, professors, counselors), thank everyone.
  • Have fun Andy. Please, have the time of your life. Enjoy the city life, eat the food, see the sites, and enjoy every second. Even the struggles. These are NOT the hardest struggles you will face, by any means. Remember when it feels really hard, really bad, you have so many people who love you and who will help you. Don’t forget about us!

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1781811_10152938447637775_2531008347764581756_oI love you buddy, and I’m so terribly proud of you!

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Tell me about your college experience!
Do you have any advice for my little bro?