Today, I recorded my first video for book-tube.  I always enjoyed watching other people’s book reviews and hauls, so I figured that I should start recording videos.

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

So Saturday was the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, one of the largest 10k’s in the country and the most popular race in town.  Although, this year, it was kinda wet.  However, I ran/jogged the entire thing in an hour and 15 minutes, which I’m very proud of because I’ve never been able to jog the whole race before.  I shaved 12 minutes off from my time last year.

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It was a lot of fun.  Some people even dressed up for the 10k.  I can’t imagine how much work they put into these costumes.  I don’t think I’d like to wear these kind of things in the rain though.

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Friends’ birthday celebration

A few weeks ago, three of my friends decided to have a birthday celebration because their birthdays are around the same date.

Steven’s birthday was March 9th, while Robyn and Shannon’s birthday was on March 17th.  So Steven decided to have all of our friends to get together for dinner and bowling.  We had dinner at a local pho place in town called Pho 1 Grill.  It was good.  I got fried dumplings, plus the dish I usually get at other pho places in town (pork chop with broken rice).  Steven and Shannon both ordered a dish that caught on fire.

We all joked around, talked about life, etc.

Then most of us went to the bowling alley, while some of the group decided to go home.  I went to the bowling alley mainly because of cake.  Robyn and Emma baked a cake in three sections.  This is what it looked like:


Robyn beat everyone in bowling, while Emma, Shannon’s coworker Emily and I were near or at the bottom of the pack.  I think I bowled somewhere between 60-80 ish.


Book Review: I Am Malala



Summary: This book is about Malala Yousafzai, a young political rights activist who fought for education for young girls in Pakistan.

Before the Taliban took control, she and thousands of other young women had the opportunity to learn, but that was taken away when the Taliban took control.  Her dad, who owned the school she went to, urged her to speak out against the Taliban and to fight for education and rights for young women.

When the Taliban found out about her, they tried to silence her by shooting her in the head at point-blank range at the back of a school bus.  Eventually, she was taken to a hospital in England, where her family eventually relocated.

In this book, she talks about her journey from her village to presenting a speech in front of the United Nations.  Also, at age 16, she became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Thoughts: I found this book to be inspiring.  Malala proves that young girls can make a difference in this world.  However, there are some graphic details in this book you should be aware of.

Rating: 5/5

My Playlist

I’ve been using Spotify for a while now, and it’s a great way to discover new music. So I thought I should share my playlist with you guys. Enjoy!

11 things

Today, I’m doing the 11 things questions found on Amanda Rose’s blog.
These are the rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and ask people to answer them.

1. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

My favorite letter of the alphabet is M.

2. If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be and why?

Beyoncé because she’s Queen Bey.

3. What is the current song on loop on your i-Pod?

I don’t have one right now, but a while ago, I had “Brave” by Sara Bareilles on loop.

4. Who is your favorite actor?

Brad Pitt

5. What’s your favorite blog to read?

I have a few: A Complete Waste of Makeup, Amanda Rose blog, What Ari Said, 53blonde, Keeping Up With Kaitlyn

6. What was the worse thing you could remember about the decade you born?

I was born in the late 80′s, and I was almost 2 at the end of the decade–so I don’t remember witnessing anything.  However, the worst thing that happened in my lifetime was 9/11.

7. Living or Dead, who are three people you’d want to have a dinner party with?

Beyoncé, Prince William, George Washington

8. What’s a pet peeve of yours?

People not cleaning up after themselves.

9. What was your best subject in school?


10. What’s the first thing that comes to your head when you see the words “movie quote”? 

“Life’s like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  I used this as my quote in my high school’s senior yearbook.

11. What do you do for a living? Does it make you happy?

Right now, I’m a production assistant and news editor at a local TV station.  I also tape sports segments for a school system.  I’m thankful to have both jobs, but I do want to move up the ladder.


11 questions for you

1. What was your favorite childhood memory?

2. What book are you reading right now?

3. What’s your favorite TV show?

4. What decade were you born in?

5. Do you have a song stuck in your head right now?

6. What are your goals for this year?

7. What’s your favorite magazine?

8. When you were younger, what did you want to be when you “grow up?”

9. What is your favorite color?

10. Do you play any instruments?

11. Who’s that one special person that you hold close to your heart?


My birthday celebration

Today is my 26th birthday.  Ugh, I’m so old!

Since I’ll be working later today, we celebrated my birthday yesterday.  We decided on P.F. Chang’s because my mom thought it was reasonably priced.  I originally suggested Bonefish Grill or a French restaurant, but my mom thought they would be too expensive.  My mom was planning on having my dinner at Tara Thai, but her Groupon deal only worked Sunday through Thursday.  Plus, my dad didn’t want to go to Tara Thai because he doesn’t like Thai food.  Sigh…

We had a reservation for 8:30 p.m. because I got off work at 7:30.  I invited my cousin Garrick to join us, and he invited my aunt and uncle.  So there were 7 of us total and a lot of food to go around.  We ordered a couple of appetizers, a couple of meat dishes, shrimp and rice.  The dinner costs about $118.  My mom wasn’t too happy that I invited Garrick (and he invited his parents) because she ended up having to pay for it all.

Well, at least there was one thing she didn’t have to pay for.  Because I was celebrating my birthday, P.F. Chang’s gave me a dessert for free.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Sweet Treat

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Sweet Treat

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

I saw this quiz on Kaitlyn’s blog, so I thought it would be fun.The Blogmopolitan Quiz.

Goals for 2014

Designs-for-Kids.-Happy-New-Year-2014-n-32013 has come and gone, and it’s time to start the new year and set new goals for myself.


  1. 52 week challenge – I did the challenge last year, and I plan on doing it again.  This time, I’m going to start at $52 and work my way down
  2. In addition to the 52 week challenge, I’ll still deposit $100 to my savings account every other week.  Last year, I saved $3,778.
  3. Don’t have credit card bills more than $350 a month.
  4. Actually follow budgets I set on


  1. Lose another 10 lbs.
  2. Train for the Monument Avenue 10k. - DONE
  3. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
  4. Run/walk at least a mile a day.


  1. Take a photography class. – DONE
  2. Project 365


  1. Find a boyfriend
  2. Worry less, love more
  3. Cherish moments with my family
  4. Find a full-time job
  5. Move out of my parents’ house


  1. Blog once a week.

2013 year in review

1/3 – My mom, dad and Michelle took me out to P.F. Chang’s to celebrate my 25th birthday.  My dad got me an iPad for my birthday.

1/4 – My actual birthday.

1/5 – Katherine’s baby shower at her in-law’s house in Smithfield.

1/10 to 1/12 – Family went to Boston to check out an optometry school.  Michelle had an interview and later got in, but she decided to go to Philadelphia instead.

1/12 – Katherine’s second baby shower at Robyn’s house.

1/30 to 2/2 – Family went Philadelphia to check out another optometry school.

2/3 – The Baltimore Ravens win the Superbowl.

2/10 – Chinese New Year celebration at my Aunt Gloria’s house.

3/1 – One year anniversary at my job.

4/3 – Ran my 2nd 10k.

4/15 – Robyn and I went to visit Katherine and her baby boy, Christian, in Newport News.  This also happened to be the day of the Boston Marathon bombing.

4/21 – Met Catherine Gidici, Sean Lowe’s fiancé from “The Bachelor,” at the Southern Women’s Show.

4/28 – Segway tour around Richmond.

6/1 – Lauren’s wedding.

6/12 – GRE test day.  Blech….

6/13 – Garrick’s high school graduation.

6/21 – Garrick’s graduation party at Joy Garden.

6/28 to 7/2 – Cape Cod/Boston with Robyn.

7/24 to 7/29 – My family went to Miami.

8/3 – My mom’s surprise party.  My dad spent a lot of money for it.

8/4 to 8/8 – We moved Michelle up to Philadelphia for optometry school.

8/6 – My mom’s birthday.

8/7 – Jersey Shore.

8/12 – Kesha concert with Teresa.

8/25 – My dad’s birthday.  Also, *NSYNC reunited on the VMA’s.

9/18 – Tom’s last day at work.  He directed the 6 pm and 11 pm shows.  We went to Capital Ale House after work.

9/27 – Maegan and I went to go see fun. in Raleigh.

9/28 – The next day, we drove to Charlottesville to see fun. again.

9/29 – Maegan and I went to D.C.

10/10 – Finn Hudson tribute on Glee.  Cory Monteith, the actor who played Finn, passed away back in July.

10/13 to 10/15 – We drove to Philadelphia for Michelle’s white coat ceremony.  It’s part of the process of becoming a doctor.

10/16 – Michelle’s birthday.

11/5 – Election night.

11/28 – Thanksgiving at Aunt Gloria’s house.

11/29 – Black Friday.

12/14 – Wreaths Across America at the Arlington National Cemetery

12/16 – Got a second job with the local school system.

12/24 – Christmas Eve.

12/25 – Christmas.

12/30 – Was offered a weekend editing position.

12/31 – New Year’s Eve.