Bitches Get Stuff Done

Monday, July 22, 2013

Welcome to Monday... and the last 4 weeks until my MCAT! 

::cue frantic running around and arm flailing::

Okay, now that we're done with that (for the moment) we can move on with our lives. This weekend was a blur. Friday... I got my eyebrows waxed by a terrible aesthetician. Seriously. She left wax on my face and wouldn't stop saying how coarse my eyebrows were. I don't think she was trying to be mean, but like, I'm paying you to wax my eyebrows, not comment on their quality. At least now I know not to go back to that one!

After my hair removal adventure, I returned things to the mall that had been hanging out in my old apartment, got moved to the new condo, and then lived in my car for a bit (I'm such an adult!) and I didn't have the receipts (adults x2!) so I was concerned that I wasn't going to be able to return things. Fortunately, New York and Company will take a return if you show them your online receipt, so I got the full price back for the pants that I bought online (even though it came back to me as a gift card, but oh well), and then at The Limited, I somehow made money on the return because the selling price of the skirt that I returned was more than what I paid online. I then bought 4 new items with the credit I got from returning my 2 items, and only paid an additional $5. Win. Today, I'm wearing one of the tops that I bought and I'm very pleased with it.

Friday night... I forget what else I did. Knitted. Watched a terrible horror movie on Netflix. It was a relaxing evening, and given the hellish week that I had, I deserved it.

Saturday was a flurry of activity because Ken and I were heading to his cousin's wedding. I got up and went to Target to get a wedding card, toilet paper, and nude heels (which are being returned because I am not in love with them, even for $22). Then I somehow managed to shower, wash my hair, shave my legs, dry and semi-flatiron my hair, pack a bag, feed the cats, and get out of the house in an hour. We stopped at Wawa for sustenance and cash, and then we were on our way to King of Prussia to get ready for the wedding at Villanova. Of course, we hit inexplicable traffic on 76, but we managed to get to the hotel in time to meet up with Lynn (sister-in-law) and get ready for the wedding. We had an adventure getting to the church because of road closures, but we were still a few minutes early. It was about 105 degrees out with the heat index, but the church was air conditioned (and gorgeous). Here are some shots that I grabbed during the ceremony and right after:



Wedding bells were ringing! Bubble guns were blowing!

Lori and Steve with Steve's family

We clean up pretty nice...
Lynn, Ken, and me
The ceremony ended at 2:30, but the reception didn't start until 5, so we headed back to the hotel and I studied for the MCAT while Ken and Lynn went down to the hotel bar to hang out with their relatives (no thank you). At 5, I dragged myself away from my studying (I actually didn't want to stop) and went to the cocktail hour, which was pretty good. The reception started at 6, went until 10, and was a crazy dance party of epic proportions. It was a fun time, but my body was (and continues to be) incredibly angry with me for dancing. Yet another reason why autoimmune disease sucks. :(

Sunday, we had brunch with everyone before getting back on the road to go home. Once we got home, we returned a desk to KMart (what a clusterfuck), cleaned the old apartment again, turned in our keys, and ate lunch at Panera with Levi. Here is us with our first apartment:

We'll miss you! Kind of?
The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning the second bedroom up and hanging the curtains so Lynn could sleep in there while she's staying with us. I'm pretty convinced that if Lynn wasn't staying with us, the curtains would have stayed in their bag forever, haha. Levi came over to the condo later to see it, and the four of us went to The Cheesecake Factory (which means there's cheesecake in the fridge at home!)

And so that brings us to Monday and the title of this post. Bitches get stuff done!


I love Tina Fey simply for existing, but it's true. Bitches get stuff done. And the name of the game for the next 27 days is GETTING IT DONE. I also might have to read this book, even though I hate the word "betch" simply because they make Mean Girls references and I think it might be vaguely interesting:


Anyway. The next 27 days are going to be intense. This is what it looks like:

Weekly MCAT Goal: Finish Physics Section Review
Monday, 7/22 - Work, class, seeing Oliver Sacks at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Tuesday, 7/23 - Work, class, open house at PCOM, studying
Wednesday, 7/24 - Off from work to study, teaching piano, more studying
Thursday, 7/25 - Work, shadowing my DO, studying
Friday, 7/26 - Work, rheumatologist appointment, studying, Mary Kay facial by my friend Amy
Saturday, 7/27 - Practice MCAT exam, baby shower, more studying
Sunday, 7/28 - Studying, lunch with Jenn, book club, studying

Weekly MCAT Goal: Finish Chemistry Section Review
Monday, 7/29 - Work, class, studying
Tuesday, 7/30 - Work, class, studying
Wednesday, 7/31 - Dermatologist appointment (7:45 am, ugh), work, allergist appointment, teaching piano, studying
Thursday, 8/1 - Work, class, studying
Friday, 8/2 - Off from work to study, practice MCAT
Saturday, 8/3 - Studying for physio final, possible trip to NY
Sunday, 8/4 - Studying for physio final, practice MCAT

Weekly MCAT Goal: Finish Organic Chem Section Review
Monday, 8/5 - Work, Physio Final
Tuesday, 8/6 - Work, class, studying
Wednesday, 8/7 - Off from work to study, teaching piano
Thursday, 8/8 - Work, Cell Bio final
Friday, 8/9 - Work, studying
Saturday, 8/10 - Practice MCAT
Sunday, 8/11 - Studying

Weekly MCAT Goal: Finish Bio Section Review
Monday, 8/12 - Work, studying
Tuesday, 8/13 - Work, studying
Wednesday, 8/14 - Work, studying, teaching piano?
Thursday, 8/15 - Work, studying,
Friday, 8/16 - Off from work, TEST DAY
Saturday, 8/17 - HONEYMOON STARTS!




Yayyyyyyyyy!
So, that sounds like a barrel of fun, doesn't it? As my friend Emily said, "Do you have an IV of Xanax? Because I would need one to get through that schedule!" Alas, I do not have Xanax... just coffee, my kitties, my husband, my therapist, my friends, and wine, haha.  And then at the end of all that, I get to go on our belated honeymoon! We booked our hotels last night, and I'm pretty excited. We're flying in San Francisco around 10 am and driving straight out to Napa. Our first 2 nights will be spent here:

Ivy Hotel
Napa Valley


It's technically part of the Best Western Premiere line of hotels, but it has amazing reviews and the accommodations look lovely. It's also right in Napa, so we'll be in a good position to see a lot in the valley, and the photographer that is doing our "honeymoon/anniversary shoot" lives near there, so it will be convenient for that, too. After 2 days in Napa seeing various wineries, we're heading back to San Francisco (going to Muir Woods, of course, and exploring Sausalito on our way) and staying for 2 nights here:


The Inn at Oyster Point
San Francisco
One of our goals in San Francisco was to find a hotel that had free parking, because the things I've heard about San Francisco so far have been:

- It's cold there in the summer, bring a jacket!
- You have to go to Ghiradelli! And see the sea lions!
- Bring good walking shoes
- Don't drive ANYWHERE

This hotel seemed quirky and cute, had free parking, complimentary breakfast delivered to the room, and is on the San Francisco Bay. I also accidentally booked us for one night online, but when I called, they were really helpful and added a second night to our reservation without any problems. After sightseeing around San Francisco, we're heading down the Pacific Coast Highway to Monteray and staying here:

Monteray Plaza Hotel and Spa
Monteray
This was our "splurge" hotel, as we upgraded to an ocean view room. I cannot WAIT to stay here... and possibly get a massage, haha. They have a jazz piano bar there, which we will definitely be checking out. And of course, we'll be hitting up the aquarium and other local attractions! After our night and day in Monteray, we're driving southward again, stopping at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and ending up in Santa Clarita, which is where my uncle/aunt/cousin live. We'll be staying with them for the rest of the trip, and on the Friday before we leave, we're taking a day trip down to the San Diego zoo!The entire trip will be just over 1000 miles of driving, and I can't wait to see everything and just spend time with Ken. It will be so nice after this summer of craziness. 

But of course, between now and then, I have a lot to get done... so I am going to go start that right this instant. As soon as I find lunch and reheat my coffee, of course. If anyone out there has recommendations for places to eat and things to see on our trip, leave me a note in the comments! I'd love to hear from you!

- A

2 comments:

  1. Hi! This is Rebekah, from APW Happy Hour today.
    First off, your trip will be fun.
    I have a Bay Area Bucket List and thought if you are interested, we can kill two birds with one stone and hit a couple places on there.
    1. Bi-Rite ice cream
    2. Bourbon and Branch (because it has a "secret" back room with a password)

    Travelzoo has some walking tours on special right now, and sf.funcheap.com has local deals by the day (no gimmicks, just regular free stuff that's going on)

    Enjoy!

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  2. Yay!! That sounds so fun. If you'd like, you can find me on Facebook and message me, or email me directly and we can communicate more about plans! I have to make sure my husband is up for that, but Bourbon and Branch sounds AWESOME!

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