1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14….Count them with me. Seriously it’s already been 14 days since I last posted?! Days are ZOOOOOOOMMMING past. Let’s see how interesting I can make my days sound without actually remembering the small stuff, let’s go!
Thursday and Friday nights from what my pictures are showing me is that I really didn’t do much of anything. I’ve begun to check off all the things I meant to experience while here, so the days seem to become increasingly easier going. It’s what I’m used to so honestly I’ll never complain about that!
In continuation, on the 14th of every month, which was a Thursday this month, Gabe celebrates a fantastic day, her “Dianniversary” and this is a very important day to her. She has made a promise to herself to eat a cupcake every 14th of every month to commemorate the date of the month that she was diagnosed with diabetes. I think it’s a really neat idea and others should definitely start – really so that I can just have an excuse to join 😉 Anyways, we went to a place called Magnolia Bakery. It was a fun experience and happened to be the bakery’s anniversary as well, which means more reasons to enjoy. After this, I really wanted to keep the mushy, gushy feelings flowing so I decided that I needed some puppy bonding time. Lucky for me, there were two stores nearby… I planned this secretly once I found out the location of the cupcake date. I ventured off on my own to two different puppy stores and had the best time with the cutest little guys! I am heartbroken I had to leave them all, especially since their price tags were about two months of rent here, good lord! We met back up to go eat at an Italian restaurant and then went home to settle in for the night. After all, the next day was Friday! YAY!
Friday night was a GREATT time! Natalie, Gabe, and I went to go see a comedy show that was called “Art School Acid Dropout”. If that name alone doesn’t grab your attention, then I don’t know what will. It was different and a fun little adventure. I found the link on the site Time Out NY and this site has been my savior when I have no plans and want something fun to do. Such a good time! We had big plans for Saturday, so we just went home afterwards to get some rest.
Saturday we made plans to visit Coney Island, which I was warned by others was a not so nice place. We were told to go in the morning and make sure to return by 6:00PM. We went bright and early, had some hot dogs… DUH, walked along the beach while some of the group even jumped in (Natalie and Kat, hello!) and then went to see the Freak Show. All of this was fun, but I have to admit, I probably will not be returning. Another thing checked off my list and another Instagram photo, CHECK. After this, Natalie, Kat, and I decided to go even more out of our comfort zones. Let me start this little story from the beginning. One day Natalie volunteered her time at a kayaking place, in turn, she met some locals. Hold on, wait. Let’s be honest, have you ever heard of someone visiting an area and then volunteering their time during it? No? Me either. But Natalie would, go NAT! YGG! Anyways, she met a woman with a very specific job who sparked an interest in trying something new. Alright, I’ll get right to it – we went to a pole dancing class in Brooklyn, NY that was instructed by her new found friend. Pole dancing is honestly the hardest thing I have ever done and it was SOO much fun!!! I would highly recommend everyone try it sometime.
Sunday, all the work from pole dancing hit me hard. I was a lump, but somehow managed to make a trip to Target and Marshalls. Okay, really I didn’t. I took around 8 breaks on the way back home as my little biceps had had enough of my shenanigans. Once home, I stayed put. I rested up and did some laundry for the next week.
Monday – Wednesday, I really decided I didn’t need to be going out every single night so I finally took some days during the week to unwind. I basically went to work, came home, cooked, showered, and slept. Literally only have pictures of a work outfit, a meal I ate, and a screen shot of a text from my little brother, Tanner, that melted my heart. I miss him so much. Clearly, uneventful during those days though.
After all of that relaxing, Thursday was a very eventful night. Dan, another intern, was somehow in contact with the people from Beyond Type One, who gave us five free tickets to a charity basketball game. I had no idea beforehand, but this was a big deal. Beyond Type One was one of the charities being represented and by none other than their founder, Nick Jonas. We were allowed in what I would consider the VIP section. Such a neat experience and at the beginning of the day I was planning on doing absolutely nothing again, so this was definitely unexpected. So glad it happened, I learned a lot about some interns I haven’t had a lot of interactions with and about myself.
Friday, I made a random decision to go see Cirque De Soleil and it was AMAZING! I didn’t realize that there would be a story line. I really thought that we would be dazzled with crazy tricks and flexible maneuvers, but the story came as an added bonus! I was completely amazed and once again, got student tickets so the price wasn’t bad. Highly recommend if you are considering a show to see. Made me want to go back to FSU and pursue a circus degree instead of my science background. Physics plays a role right? Let’s do this.
Saturday, I finally went on a ferry ride to drive by the Statue of Liberty and then went to another comedy show at the Comedy Cellar. Let me tell you what, the statue was a great experience, but the comedy show was hands down the best thing I’ve been to. They have a two drink MINIMUM per person and guess who isn’t so experienced? Me. Honestly, did I enjoy it because of the alcohol or the actual show? We’ll never know since the drinks are a requirement and I will not waste money or a drink, who do I think I am? Bring it. Either way, it was absolutely awesome! I plan on returning as soon as I can.
Sunday is the reason for this blog’s title. I went on a hiking adventure after added myself to a group Natalie had going. Hi new friends! We went to an area called Breakneck ridge and it was absolutely beautiful. I struggled, I laughed, I sweated, I cleaned off in a river, and as usual, I fell. We were in the home stretch after about a 4 hour journey and I stepped on the wrong rock at the wrong time on the wrong incline. I have rock rash on my leg and it doesn’t currently appreciate any contact, but I am so proud to say I did this. I know it was a beginner’s trail, but dang was it tough on my weak, uncoordinated body. AWESOME experience! I’m planning on going somewhere else that my boss recommended in late August.
Monday I of course had work and then had originally planned for a night in, but I walked into work to a new email event – HAPPY HOUR. Oh if I must Outlook, but really these are great events where you truly get to know the other coworkers who are all beyond fabulous. I really don’t like to drink, but just attending is great. Anyways, I went home around 7PM and ate McDonalds ® and Oreos® for dinner…. I am adulting people, bear with me as I make this transition. Who am I kidding? I’m a child at 22, nothing’s changing.
Today, I am definitely making a trip to the store and then crashing at home. I am tired and so happy that each day is passing so smoothly. I have exactly a month left of the internship, solely based on dates, which is exciting and sad really. I miss my home, my family, and my friends, but I know I’ll be forever bored once I return. Get ready for those posts… Today I went to the beach and didn’t move, or today I sat in my bed and watched movies till my eyes melted into my head. Honestly though, Destin is awesome. I am so grateful for this opportunity as it has shown me where I should be and what I have interests in.