Saturday, May 22, 2010

Summer Blog

I am going to blog about my experiences at the USOC on this blog:

My Life as a USOC Intern

If you're interested follow me there!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Anxiety and Anticipation

Less than two weeks from today, my mom and I will be driving from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs so that I can begin my adventure as an Intern for the USOC.  While I am really excited about it and really excited to get there and get working, I have this weird anxiety about it.

I've never really just picked up and moved for three months leaving the majority of my life somewhere else.  Yes, I went to college away from home but every summer I can home and worked at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) and I have worked at the Park for part or all of every summer since that first year (2004).  I don't know what it is going to be like to not go back there and work for at least part of the summer.  It was my safety net, where I learned more about myself and met some of the most amazing people I know, and it has always felt like home to me.  No matter where I went, I knew that my UOP family was always there in the end.

Likewise I've always had two separate lives wherever I came and went.  I had a life at Michigan when I left for the summer, and it was still there (and more exciting) when I came back.  I also had a life at home with my UOP family and my skating friends.  My skating friends have now become my family out here and they are always there for me and I love them for that more than they probably know.  I don't have a life in Colorado Springs, and I am starting to realize that this is going to be like when I first went away to college and had to make all new friends.  I haven't had to do that in 7 years and that is what is making me anxious...  I really am ready to take this step but its the butterflies in my tummy that make me a little uneasy.

Just wanted to get that out in writing...  On the lighter side, my sunburn is turning to tan and I had the best week in Florida with my family!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What I have been doing with on my vacation...

Reading, tanning, and having pool time!

Mother's Day in Seaside, FL

We went to ArtsQuest in Seaside for Mother's Day.  This was the cutest town I have ever experienced and everything is steps from the Gulf!  I could live there forever :)
Gulf of Mexico

Some of the buildings in which I would like to live :)

Cute arch

This pot at the antique store was so old it had spider webs

The resteraunt where we ate lunch.  I had yummy balsamic salmon salad, but I also tasted my brother's cheese grits and wanted some to take home!

Everyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE Vera Bradley!  They have an Inn in Seaside...  So cute, we didn't go in because the make members of my family were not interested, but I was salivating!  I love Vera, which makes me want to live there too!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Study Break

Yesterday was the first Monday in May, which means FREE REDBOX day!  Since I just finished an exam and was needing a little mental break, I went to redbox and rented this gem.  It was such a fantastic movie!  I didn't want it to end...  Movies about real people, and the things that happened in their life so long ago, are just so fascinating to me.  It was such a beautiful love story and it also made me think about letter writing because Victoria and Albert wrote so many letters to one another.  I think letter writing is one of the most romantic thing that has fallen by the wayside in our technological world.  Getting a letter is so much better than a text or an email, there is just something so personal about letters!  I will now try to write more letters to the people in my life (plus getting mail is so fun!) :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My First Team

I coach skating at the Utah Olympic Oval.  I choreographed and coached this program to Circle of Life from the Lion King.  We only had 3 weeks, 6 sessions together, 30 minutes each.  The first time we didn't even have any music!  So basically these girls learned this minute and a half program in 2 and a half hours...  This weekend we had the ice show and they did so well!  The amazing thing is that we had girls from Basic 1 through Freeskate 1, but they all worked together so well, I couldn't have been more proud of them!