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High 5 for Friday / Friday Favorite Things / Happies and Crappies / Fab Five Friday

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1. I had a job interview on Monday. I haven’t heard back yet so I’m gonna assume I didn’t get it but I’m still holding out a little hope…

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2. On Tuesday I took a road trip with my brother, sister-in-law, and their friend. We stopped in Concord on the way and had lunch at Olive Garden (I chose something from their “Lighter Italian Fare” menu… good job me), watched a commercial being filmed at Outdoor World, enjoyed some froyo, and played games at Dave & Buster’s. Then we continued on to Chapel Hill where we had dinner at Spanky’s before the Carolina vs. Wake Forest basketball game.

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3. Wednesday I took a hike and Riley came with me. How sweet! She loved climbing on all the logs.

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4. Wednesday was also my BFF Tessa’s birthday. She lives in Tampa so I couldn’t celebrate with her but I’m meeting her in Chicago in May. 🙂

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Washington DC

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Baltimore

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Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

St. Pete Beach, FL

St. Pete Beach, FL

Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise

5. Yesterday I got my student loan check in the mail, and bought my plane ticket to Greece! I will be spending September 21-30 in Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. I booked an awesome place to stay in Athens yesterday too: City Circus Hostel.

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As for the crappies this week…

I’ve been pretty depressed. Being on a budget and a diet means I am basically not leaving my house. I’ve been feeling really antisocial anyway so the plans I’ve had I’ve cancelled. I feel like I’m never going to find a job in a library and I’m wasting $50,000 on my master’s degree… Pity party for me!

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B is for Big Bend, Balmorhea, & Baltimore

Big Bend National Park, TX

Daniel and I visited Big Bend in March 2009. West Texas is awesome!! So desolate and remote.

First we stopped in Marfa, which was becoming pretty famous at the time as No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood were filmed there. We went to see the middle-of-nowhere Prada “sculpture” and even saw the Marfa Lights!

While visiting Big Bend, we stayed in Terlingua. We hiked several trails and went rafting down the Rio Grande. We even got to stop on the Mexican side! An awesome trip, and definitely the nicest part of Texas.

Balmorhea, TX

My mom and I stopped for a night in Balmorhea on our way back from her Grand Canyon 50th birthday trip in May 2008. Balmorhea is famous for its huge spring-fed swimming pool and we definitely enjoyed it!

Baltimore, MD

My friend Tessa and I visited Baltimore in October 2009 when she was living about an hour away in Maryland. Don’t let The Wire fool you, Baltimore is an awesome city! We went to the harbor, Edgar Allen Poe’s grave, dinner and bar hopping in Fells Point, and topped off the awesome day at The Brewer’s Art.