Miss Riley Mae <3

My apologies for being MIA for the last couple weeks. I’ve been wrapping up the end of my senior year in college and it’s been a little crazy! I officially finished my last college project on Tuesday and it’s been a wonderful two days of watching Netflix and relaxing since then. Well…relaxing besides this new little cutie that I adopted last Thursday. I present to you my new sweet (but sassy) puppy friend, miss Riley Mae.

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I know. She’s probably the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. At least that’s how I feel about her. Riley was at the mall a couple weeks ago with an organization called Second Chance, a pet adoption organization that uses what they call foster homes for cats and dogs until they find their “forever home”. Second Chance was at the mall with a bunch of dogs and cats and, after months of looking online for a puppy to adopt or rescue, I saw little miss Riley. She was the only pup of the bunch and was only 8 weeks old when I met her. Three hours later I found myself rolling around on the floor with her and rubbing her belly, only to be told that she had to leave to go back to her foster home. Something drew me to her immediately, so I filled out the adoption paperwork. Two weeks later, I picked her up from her adorable foster mommy’s home and she’s been with me since! :) I quickly realized that having a puppy is a LOT like having a little toddler but I couldn’t be happier with her. I’m interested to see how she interacts with my pup that lives back home with my parents, Mr. Nugget.

Besides introducing Riley into my life, everything else is on the verge of change as well. Graduation is this weekend and I move across the country to Denver in less than three months to start my big girl job. AH! It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years already, but I’m just as excited to see what the future holds as I am scared of leaving all that I know behind. More on that when I’ve had a chance to wrap my head around it :)

In other news, I’ve posted a new stuffed chicken recipe on my recipe page – basil pesto & mozzarella stuffed chicken. It was delicious!

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One Year Older

Well, I must say I had a wonderful birthday/Easter weekend back home with my parents and hometown friends. As much as I love being away at school, it’s always nice to go back home. I went out for a delicious birthday dinner with my parents and had some extra time on my birthday to take Mr. Nugget (my adorable little cocker spaniel, pictured below) to the dog park. He was in doggy-heaven-on-earth, let me tell ya! Little Nuggers made so many friends and was exhausted by the time we left…not to mention covered in mud all over his paws (which I miraculously was able to keep from getting ALL OVER my car)! He happily sat with his face in the air conditioner vents the whole way home.

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I ended my awesome birthday/Easter weekend with good company and a birthday strawberry martini up on the new rooftop bar in town at school. So perfect :) 22 feels a lot better than I thought it would. It’s about time to leave behind the good ole days of college life and look forward to my future, grown-up life. It’s coming MUCH faster than I thought it would, but I can’t help but think I’ve got a beautiful life ahead of me.

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