Did You Hear I Graduated?

HOORAY! And yes, I know y’all probably realize I graduated this past weekend because I have been shouting it from the rooftops, via Twitter and Instagram, and all over my Facebook page. Yup, I’m that excited about it!

After finally printing out all 71-pages of that beastly document, I literally ran to the post office and overnighted my thesis to my adviser. I even paid the extra money to certify it and insure it– who cares if it was like a million dollars? I was done with that ridiculously large stack of papers FOREVER!

Since last Thursday, I have been on an “I just graduated!” binge. I’ve been able to justify almost anything by saying, “It’s fine. I just graduated!” I’m now realizing that this needs to wear off at some point, largely for the sake of my wallet. However, it’s been a lot of fun enjoying the freedom and release I feel by not having school looming over me.

How have I celebrated? Glad you asked!

#1: I took Cindy out for dinner. Yes, counter intuitive since I graduated, I know. But my dear friend spent like 6 hours formatting my thesis because I had royally jacked up the pagination and margins. She is quite the tech-savvy woman, and even she said I had made quite the mess. I love my friends!

#2: I’ve been drinking ridiculous amounts of Starbucks. And wine. Not necessarily in that order.

#3: I went shopping. Quite honestly, most of my wardrobe consists of running clothes or outdoor gear, but I do like to actually dress up and go out for dinner/drinks with friends. Unfortunately, I have been so busy lately that this portion of my life has disappeared. I realized I hadn’t purchased any decent clothes in awhile, so I decided to remedy that!

Orange and lace? Always a good combo!

#4: I participated in the Denver Oyster Race. I probably shouldn’t have done this one because of my knee (more on that later) and it did cause quite a lot of pain, but I have wanted to do this adventure race for years! Plus, if I backed out, Cindy and Craig were going to have to find a replacement team member. No bueno. The race was so fun and we had a blast (I’ll recap it next week). Any type of urban adventure that requires beer pong as an obstacle is okay in my book!

Cindy and I at one of the obstacles

Wearing my Reebok SmoothFlex shoes during the race

#5: I had my graduation party. Technically, my parents threw the party for me, but that’s just semantics. My mom arranged this whole deal on Sunday night, and my close friends and family came over to help me celebrate. Not only was there a ridiculous amount of food, wine and, most importantly, cake, but we also had a rousing game of croquet in their backyard. Nope, I’m not joking at all!

In case you’re curious, I’m pretty awful at croquet. That whole hand-eye coordination thing? I don’t have it.

I also was excited to see some beautiful flowers that my sister sent from Hawaii! She was pretty bummed that she couldn’t make it back to the mainland for the party and to help me celebrate, but she sent some flowers in her place. Not quite as good as sissy being here, but I sure do love me some flowers!

To top it off I get to go do something pretty cool later this afternoon….but I’m not sharing just yet. Is that a good cliffhanger? Are you going to come back and read my blog tomorrow for sure?!

Have you ever played croquet?
Seriously, this set was my dad’s from when he was a kid. Everything is made of wood (include the balls) and has this old-fashioned paint job on it. I love it! The only problem is that the balls were super heavy and impossible to hit farther than two feet (Or maybe that was the wine kicking in…. hard to tell!)
How would you choose to celebrate a big event?


  • Reply Ed at

    Look at you all graduated and such…congrats!

  • Reply Holly Johnson at

    Looks like fun! Congrats!!

  • Reply Becky at

    Congratulations on graduating! That’s such an awesome feeling. I celebrate the same way you do–with friends and family! It doesn’t matter what we are doing as long as we are together and enjoying each other’s company.

  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers at

    Congrats! You deserve to be proud. 🙂 I’m sure it’s a huge weight off your shoulders.

    By the way, I hope you don’t mind my asking, but where did you find the dress? As a Clemson girl, I’m alllllways looking for more orange.

  • Reply Big Daddy Diesel at

    Congrats on the graduation

  • Reply ~*katy beth*~ at

    congrats!!! that is huge! and celebrate as long as you like, you totally deserved it:)

  • Reply Kait - @runkaitrun at

    congratulations! i finished up my masters last summer, and remember like it was yesterday the mixed feeling of relief and excitement. enjoy!

  • Reply Lena @Fit on the Rocks at

    I am in love with that orange top!!! It’s so cute! I’ve said it like a bazillion times, but I don’t think it gets old: CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply misszippy at

    All quite well earned! Congrats on your big accomplishment!

  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner at

    Yayyyy! Congratulations!!!!

  • Reply Teamarcia at

    Congrats! So glad you are celebrating such an auspicious accomplishment.

  • Reply Kerri O at

    You had me at ridiculous amounts of Starbucks.
    CONGRATS!!!!!!! So amazing.

  • Reply Charissa at

    CONGRATS girl! That must feel so good!

  • Reply Lisa at

    Congratulations!! That dinner looked amazing! Yum. You worked hard and deserve to spoil yourself.

  • Reply Caitlin C. at

    Starbucks and wine? Definitely necessities. Congrats, girl!!!!

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    Congrats!!! We used to play croquet ALL the time!!! My parent’s set was about as old as yours…but I don’t know if they still have it anymore.

  • Reply Marathon Mom at

    Congrats! Way to celebrate 🙂

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    So very happy for you. Your hard work has paid off! Looks like you have some awesome ways to celebrate. As for croquet, never played and have no ideas what the rules are. Ha!

  • Reply JENNA at

    absolutely love that tank top, and congrats on your graduation!!! that’s so awesome! you should be so proud of yourself!! SPA LOVE!

  • Reply Bean at

    Congrats! So exciting!

  • Reply Zaneta at

    Congrats!! That’s got to be an amazing feeling… being done with school!! 🙂 YAY YOU!!

  • Reply Heidi Nicole at

    Happy Graduation!

    And personally I think you get to use “I just graduated” as an excuse for everything for about a month… 😉

  • Reply Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog at

    Congrats on graduating! Love the shoes and good luck with whatever is next!

  • Reply Jamie at

    Sounds like great ways to celebrate your graduation! Congratulations!

  • Reply Alyssa at

    Congrats!! That is amazing! I’m only a tad jealous 🙂 I think I played croquet as a kid?

  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    Congratulations!!!! I know you must feel on top of the world right now.

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