I’ve waited for the light at the end of the tunnel all year and at last, this week has arrived. I finished my hours at my internship last Monday evening, and I’m telling you, it was a glorious feeling. And this morning, I submitted my last assignment. Only two finals stand in the way of me and my degree. It doesn’t even feel real. All this hard work will pay off soon.

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In the meantime, I’m prepping for graduation: making plans with friends back home and working on my cap. Still need to pack but at least we meal-prepped for the week and by meal prep I mean make turkey spaghetti and pasta salad. All the carbs, please! My “diet” is gonna turn to shit this weekend after I gorge myself with all the barbecue and fried chicken I can get my hands on. I’m still consistent with the gym, but the diet’s out the window this week, and I’m totally okay with that.

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There’s so much on my mind, so much to do in this short week before we fly to Nashville, and I am truly over the moon. Wrapping up school and completing my internship feel like milestones. Keegan and I celebrated at Pellegrini’s in Greeley and come to found out, family sized pastas are half off on Wednesday’s. Who knew? It was awesome. Not only that, but TIKA scheduled a business trip in Cheyenne, Wyoming the day after I finished my hours at the ATU. On Tuesday afternoon, I met her halfway in Wellington at a neighborhood bar serving half pound burgers served between two donuts–not one donut cut in half, but two whole donuts grilled to perfection.  Between that and their drink specials, we had a great time! Wellington Grill has a Beer-O-Meter where you buy one get one according to the high temperature the day before. The day before, the high was 45 degrees. So I ordered a Malibu with OJ, buy one get one for 45 cents. And this deal only runs on Tuesday’s, so we definitely lucked out.

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Who knew almost exactly 8 years ago that we would be chilling in Northern Colorado grabbing dinner together while Tika takes a business trip? Crazy how time flies!!!

I have plenty to be grateful for from our trip to South Dakota for Thanksgiving to our recent 5 year anniversary. As the year winds down, my spirits begin to lift. Back in February and March when I desperately sought an internship, I started to wonder if I would graduate this year. I had my doubts with the difficulties of finding a reliable placement. All in all, it was a very stressful time for my husband and I. But now we’re doing so much better, and I thank my lucky stars. Shout out to my close friends and family that listened to me vent and dealt with my occasional mood swings. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them!