Amazing August

Summer seriously flew right by me. I feel like the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day was gone before I even had the chance to get a solid summer tan.  My roommates and I talk about the issue of time flying by all the time, but our overall feeling is that we have so many things going on that it’s hard to not focus on “what’s next.” This summer, and especially August, I tried to slow it down and focus on the present as opposed to looking towards the next week or weekend. Below is a quick recap of my August.

Asheville: During the second weekend of August, I visited Hendersonville and coincidentally, my sister was on her med-school summer break, so she and Sam joined.  On Friday night, we ventured into downtown Hendersonville to play pool and somehow wound up in the middle of an after-party of a rehearsal dinner.  This was a new experience for me because the soon-to-be newlyweds were two men. We mingled with the guests, well-wished the grooms and headed back home.

Merr and me in Hendo.

Instead of sticking around Hendo on Saturday, Robert and I decided to spend the day/night in Asheville. We headed up in the Jeep and checked-in to the Crown Plaza (za za za za) before exploring Asheville in the daylight.  We went into all of the cute shops, listened to the street singers and admired the street performers.  Merrick and Sam met us for lunch/drinks at LAB and then we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.  After a drink at the downstairs bar, Robert and I got all dressed up and headed back to downtown Asheville for a nice Italian dinner.  I love our quiet dinners because it gives us both a chance to relax and talk about random things.  After dinner, we went to a few bars and walked around the lit city. It was a beautiful night and I don’t think that we could have asked for better one-on-one time. 🙂

Date night in Asheville!

Big 10 Pub Crawl- My roommate, Lauren, went to Penn State.  When she moved to Atlanta, she became part of the Big Ten Alumni Association and recruited us to celebrate the Fall football season kick-off with a The Big Ten Pub Crawl in Buckhead.  Now, it’s become a tradition for us. The Big Ten Pub Crawl always benefits a charity and is filled with football spirit, excited fans and wonderful beer/food specials.

This year, Lauren chose to co-chair the Big Ten Pub Crawl and started working on it in February.  When she was searching for a charity to serve as the recipient of the funds raised at the pub crawl, Lauren asked me if YES!Atlanta would be interested.  I immediately said YES! 🙂 I serve on as the public relations chair on YES!Atlanta’s board.  YES!Atlanta is a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of at-risk teenagers through mentorships.  One of its main goals is to lower the drop-out rate of inner-city high school teens.

So, this year’s Big Ten Pub Crawl benefitted YES!Atlanta.  It was held in midtown and raised more than $17,000. Lauren did a great job and I’m so proud of the amount of money that she and her co-chair were able to raise!

Group of girlfriends at the Big Ten Pub Crawl

YES!Atlanta + Big Ten

Company offsite– On Friday, Aug. 24, my company held our off-site retreat at Dad’s Garage where we attended “Spy School.”  At the offsite, I was able to get to know my colleagues better and use my creativity.  Afterwards, we went to Barcelona Wine Bar for drinks and appies and I got the chance to talk to my colleagues in a different, more relaxed type of setting.  Robbie and I will definitely be going back to BWB in the Fall to sit by the outdoor fire and drink wine. Oh la laaaaa.  The offsite was such a nice and fun way to spend my Friday.

Three months in the A!

August 24th marked my three month period at Edelman and man has the time flown.  I had my three-month review and made goals for my next year.  I’m excited that my goals are set, and I’m ready to start reaching them!

As far as my life in Atlanta, it’s as crazy and as busy as I thought that it would be.  A couple of weeks ago, my roommates and I participated in the Cuervo Games of Atlanta.  We learned of the games through our friend, Danielle.  (Danielle always seems to know the fun events going on in Atlanta.)  Cuervo Games was held in the Olympic Park right next to my building!  The games consisted of different physically challenging obstacles (think Wipeout) with an end goal of acquring as many points as possible at each obstacle (think Family Double Dare).

The first obstacle was to ring a bell at the top of a 25-foot wall by climbing on “rocks” screwed into a wall rock.  Now I’m no rock climber, but I’ve harnessed up and scaled the rock wall at Galyans (now Dick’s) a time or two.  BUT, I forgot to mention that there were 8 gallons of water falling on us per second during this climb. AND everyone had to try to ring the bell within 45 seconds.  Needless to say, no one on our team made it to the top to ring the bell. (Points available: 25 Points earned: 0)

The next obstacle  was to race another team while running up a bouncy mountain and grabbing flags in a relay-race style.  AND Cuervo Games helpers were throwing soft barrels at you the whole time (think Donkey Kong).  Our team lost to the 30-year old men’s team that we raced against. (Points available: 25 Points earned: 0)

The third, and final obstacle was to walk across swinging platforms, grab leaves off of a fake palm tree, and tag your partner to walk back.  The platforms were 30-feet in the air.  My team grabbed 5 leaves before we finished.  (Points available: Tons Points earned: 5)

We left before the winners were announced, but we weren’t losers! We won grey-blue shirts to add to our t-shirt drawers. Yay!  After getting back from the Games, we grabbed dinner, showered and hopped on MARTA to meet my roommate’s boyfriend and friends at the Braves game.  I think this may have been my most favorite Braves game yet for three reasons: 1. I had no idea who the Braves were playing. 2. We showed up during the 5th inning. and 3. We didn’t sit and watch the game, we stood in the Chophouse and overlooked the outfield when we chose to do so.

I know this post is getting long, but one more thing to add: Last weekend, my roommate Margo, JD, and I joined my roommate Lauren and her boyfriend Brandon as Nittany Lions for the day.  We participated in the “Big 10 Pub Crawl” and took on the Penn State fan roles pretty well. (Margo and I added a little southern style by rocking our cowboy boots).  We wandered all around Buckhead chanting “WE ARE… PENN STATE”.  I learned that Big Ten fans love their teams as much as ACC and SEC teams. Who knew?

I’m heading to Washington State on Wednesday for my cousin’s Labor Day weekend wedding. More to come soon.