Alma Mater

This weekend was an Alma Mater kind of weekend. On Friday night, I was back at my old stomping grounds–Penn State–to watch my sister receive an award for achieving a 4.0 GPA. On Saturday night, I went to Jimmy’s old high school to watch a girl from my church compete in gymnastics!

Watching Hannah receive her award and visiting my old college was great. I’m so incredibly proud of Hannah. Seeing my old professors and walking around the halls I spent hours studying in had me feeling a mix of nostalgia and relief. Nostalgia because I can look back on those days and smile. Relief because I’m glad I don’t have homework anymore 😉

Penn State Awards Ceremony Penn State Awards Ceremony

The gymnastics meet was awesome. It was actually the level three states competition! If you’re not familiar with gymnastics lingo, that probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it’s definitely a big deal!

I watched her and her teammates compete, took pictures with my DSLR camera for the parents, and missed the days when I used to do gymnastics! I’d love to get back into it, but I’ve been saying that for years now. Maybe someday 😉

gymnastics meet states

Besides spending time and mine and Jimmy’s respective alma maters, I also reached a whole new level of cat obsession.

Malcolm’s new toy came in the mail, and I filmed him tearing it apart (complete with hardcore background music) to show just how much he loves these bird toys! Lola even made a little appearance since she likes the bird toys, too. Actually, I suspect she just likes to play with Malcolm’s toys because they’re his.

My mom and I also filmed a vlog together earlier in the week. She got a new job with the PA Department of Environmental Protection and had to buy some new work clothes. I helped her pick some outfits out and we had a fun day together. I love filming days like that so I can look back on them!

I also pet sat over the weekend. I took one client’s dog to the pet store just for fun and bought her a treat. That was my wild Saturday afternoon–taking someone else’s dog to the pet store 🙂

Jimmy and I had church on Sunday and were able to grill and eat outside since it was so warm out. I love this season!

How was your weekend?

Felix and randomness

Here’s my family’s new kitten, Felix! He’s now 10-weeks-old. felix2

My mom and Hannah made a deal a few weeks ago: If Hannah could run a 5k within 24 minutes, our family could get a kitten. Hannah ran a 24:50 in a (freezing cold) 5k last weekend and we literally got Felix that night. No local shelters or humane societies had kittens, but we found one for free on Craigslist. felix1

Felix is honestly one of the most relaxed kittens I have ever met. He’s already blending in very well with our two dogs and other cat, Lily.


Other random updates:

I’ve been making some care packages lately! IMG_4974

All of the the above goodies went into a care package for Jimmy. He was away for the whole week last week at a job site about three hours from his house. Because he’s a welder, he often has to work outside. I knew it was going to be freezing, so I packed him some hand warmers!


This care package and card is for a special friend who is spending some time dealing with something in Florida. I really miss her!


Other randomness:


I found my old grips from gymnastics! Grips are what a gymnast wears on their hands when they perform routines on the bars; they basically protect the skin on one’s hands from ripping open.

A few posts back, I mentioned rejoining gymnastics. I’m looking to sign up for my old gym’s new adult class that begins in March. The only problem is that not enough people have signed up for the class yet. If enough people don’t sign up, they won’t run the class. Hopefully people will sign up soon because the class is supposed to start a week from tomorrow!


Alright, that’s enough randomness for today. I’m off to get ready for church.

What are you doing today?