Ragnar Diaries: Road to Ragnar

If you had told me a year ago that I would be gearing up to run a 200-mile relay race with 11 of my friends. I would have told you that you were on crack. Yet here I am running around getting everything ready to pack up for what I am expecting will be one crazy weekend. (if you don’t know what Ragnar is Click the link here and take a look at the insanity that will be happening this weekend)

You may be wondering how I found myself doing something so outside my comfort zone. Well, it all comes down to the ” year of yaaaassss” and my love of pizza. ( yes. I agreed to this for free pizza- this is not the first time I agreed to do something because of the promise of free pizza)

When my friend asked me back in November ( I think, dates are hard.) I looked at him like he was insane. But since I wanted to stick to my ” year of yaaaassss” I said sure why not. Thinking of course that there was still time to back out.

I started training on my own around that time. At my first run, I thought I was going to die and my average mile time was around 17 minutes. I remember sitting on the floor at the gym thinking “there is no way in hell I can do this. JK is going to kick me off his team.”

Yet I kept going because I had talked about it so much with everyone that I started to get excited. I mean who wouldn’t be excited to be jammed in a van with their friends while all gross and sweaty….( partial sarcasm).

We started doing Saturday runs together outside to get used to running not on a treadmill. Somewhere in the training it got to a point where I really started to look forward to Saturday runs and not dread everything about them. My miles and speed slowly started to increase without me even noticing it and my confidence about the race started to get a little higher (not much.. but a little)

I’m excited and nervous about how this weekend is going to go. Either way, it is going to be an interesting story to tell for a long time. And for those who know me, know how much I love bragging rights 🙂

The last two days have been filled with packing, prepping snacks, prepping amazing playlists and trying to tune out the nerves while I get ready to spend 36 (+) hours with my VanFam!

Don’t worry blog friends- I will updated you on how everything goes!**

Xo- C

 

** If you follow me on Instagram I will be posting and Insta-streaming events of the weekend!  If you don’t follow and want to check it out- My insta username is Cupcakenova. ( I will be making my Insta public for this weekend only for those who want to check out the craziness!)

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…And I’m back..

As you might have noticed I have been a little silent in the blogosphere the last few months

Mostly because July and August were a crazy time of :

“omg my vista year is ending and now I have to figure out what I am going to do with myself?!?!?”

Which to be honest wasn’t as hard of a question as I thought it was going to be.

For those who don’t know. I have decided to stay in Huntsville at least for the next year. (because I only have the ability to look at things one year at a time.)

I have work, It may not be exactly what I thought I would be doing at 26- but it pays the bills and I actually enjoy going to work. – and that is always a plus.

This past year was way crazier than I thought it was going to be. Living the life of an Americorps VISTA is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything.

Yeah I spent the last year broke, stressed and constantly worried if I was going to have to choose between paying my bills or eating dinner that night-

But also in that same year. I did some great work with the United Way, Autism Resource Foundation and NAMRC, I got to get out of the little bubble that was my safe place of New England, I learned the wonders of Ke$hmas, I became addicted to the world that is southern food (even if it has made me a little fat), and I have made friends with some amazing people that I never would have met if I didn’t take this job.

I am very excited to see where the next year leads.!

xoxo-Cassi

Karaoke Queen

At some point in my life, karaoke has become a go to for every emotion.

Got Dumped??

Let’s go to karaoke and sing angry chick music

Promotion?!

Let’s go celebrate at karaoke

Engaged?!?

We have to go to karaoke to and sing love songs

Random Thursday night?!

LET’S SING ALL THE SONGS

During this time of karaoke craziness I have learned there are two kind of  karaoke people. Those who take karaoke WAY too seriously and those who give no fucks and just want to have fun.

 Yet even with those two extremes,  personally I believe that every die heart karaoke queen (or king) has the same basic pattern when choosing the perfect karaoke songs.

We all have:

Our “Never fail go to song/artist”:

No matter how “bad” a singer you are, we all have that one song or artist that we can feel pretty comfortable doing as a karaoke song. For me that is Pat Benatar. It is a scientifically proven fact that if it is a karaoke night I will start the night with one of her songs. Why.. because I like to think I live in the 80’s and because she has a similar vocal range.

Our “Audience Favorites”:

After 3 years of doing karaoke at a sports bar I have learned that this can change weekly. Depending on the age of the crowd that is there.(or if you are at a sports bar it can depend on if the home team won or lost). But of course there are some never fail songs.. ” Don’t stop believing” ,  Any Boy Band or Pop star from the 90’s, or ” Pour Some Sugar on Me.”  have always proven to be instant crowd favorites.

Basically anything that at least 80 percent of the people in the bar can sing along with is usually a good starting point.

I like to go with “I think were alone now” or if I am with Miss Jaime “Wanted Dead or Alive”

Our “Random Group Sing Along”:

Every group of girls who goes to karaoke has this song. It is the one song that you don’t really  sing as much as you can just say all the words. (or if you have had enough to drink you- just yell the chorus because it is the only part you know) But it doesn’t matter because you are just here to have fun.

(this is usually not a song choice that the “I take karaoke way to seriously” people usually have fun with)

And lastly:

 Our “I don’t even care I’m drunk and I’m going to sing it no matter what you say” songs:

These are the songs you’ll hear at about an hour an a half before closing time. No matter what you tell yourself, you sound terrible.  Worst part is, deep down you know you sound terrible. But  you sing these songs no matter what. And everyone else is also drunk so really there isn’t anyone who is going to stop you.

When my liquid courage kicks in I like to convince myself that I can be both Aretha Franklin and Katy Perry.(not at the same time, though I’m probably sure I have tried)

 I can not be either of them.. ever. Not matter what Jack Daniels says

 When those words come out of my mouth you know it is time to take the sign up pen away from me and hand me a water.

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X0Xo-Cassi

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall..

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This past week has been a weird roller coaster of emotions. It has been a lot of worrying about my job/pay due to the Furlough and stressing about money. Then add in almost getting in a car accident and trying to figure out how you belong and it is surprising that my head hasn’t exploded yet. But with the help of the start to my favorite month and a little support from a new, but very inspiring, friend I have decided to stop waiting to find out how I fit in here, and just start getting involved and just doing more things. So October is being re-named my month of “Yes” (and YES I’m aware of how corny that sounds). This month if asked to do something, go somewhere, or try something outside my comfort zone- the answer will be yes!(as long as it is not something TOTALLY outrageous or something I cannot financially or physically do).

Along with that I am bringing back the Fall-Venture bucket list! This is something I created maybe about three or four falls ago as a list of things I want to do before the end of the most amazing season ever.

So for your reading pleasure the 2013 Fall-Venture list

  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Favorite Halloween Movie Marathon
  • Make Apple Cider Sangria
  • Hiking- WITHOUT getting lost!
  • Carmel Apple Making Date
  • See a Scary Movie in theaters (Carrie! )
  • Fall Themed Baking Night
  • Find and Explore a “Haunted” Area
  • Go to the Pumpkin Farm
  • Read a Stephen King Novel (I won’t lie I have only read like 2 of his short stories and was not impressed. But I figured I’d give a novel a shot.
  • “Nightmare Before Christmas “movie night!

 

I’m excited for the upcoming adventures that October will bring!

XoXo-Cassi

 

Any suggestions of fun things to do in the Huntsville area in the fall- Leave them in the comment section or tweet to @davistodixie #fallventure

Vista Update: One down 11 to go!

With my first full month as an AmeriCorps Vista coming to an end, it seems fitting to give a little update of the things that have been going on in my world. For those who do not know. I am working for the United Way of Madison County. I work mostly with their Youth Leaders Council and with the Healthy Children’s Initiative, but sometime I get to help out at really cool events.

United Way Kick Off Party:

This was one long and hot Saturday filled with all of the Partners of United Way, some Board Members and a TON of community support. This event was a great way for community members to get out and enjoy the nice weather while learning more about United Way and the programs we help fund. Each of our Partners set up a table with information for community members and activities for the kids. There was a ton of awesome food, a GIANT cake, and the coolest activities. Like a bouncy house (pictured below) that sadly I was not able to play on because I am a “grown up” and had to be working. #lame.

Vista Members From Big Brother Big Sister and Myself

Bouncy Houses!!!

Autism Resource Foundation: Golf Tournament Fundraiser:

I also had the chance this month to help out with the Autism Resource Foundations Gold Fundraiser. This allowed me not only to DRIVE a golf cart but to actually figure out some of the rule of golf. I only stayed for about half of the event but from what I saw it was a huge success and helped to raise a lot of money for the foundation and the work that they do.

“They see me rolling”

Other than work and work events, life is pretty normal. Since it is now officially fall, I am getting SUPER excited for “scary” movies, PSL, Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING, and of course HALLOWEEN. It may not feel like fall outside, but that does not mean it is not that amazing time of the year. And I won’t lie- I’m really enjoying that it is almost October and I can comfortably wear sandals still. 🙂

XoXo-Cassi

Here we go..

Happy Monday Lovies!,

Today marks my third week since starting my adventure to the south and is the first week that I am DONE with the “settling in “process.  We have moved into our apartment, my car has been purchased and I am as unpacked as I can be. Yeah I still need to decorate and make the place feel homier. But other than that I am ready to start exploring the place I will be calling home for at least the next 12 months. And most importantly start to create a group of friends here that will make things a feel a little more like home. With the internet finally up and running properly, I can focus a little more time here with all of you.

This past weekend has been a glimpse into what I hope weekends will start looking like. With a free concert on Friday and night out dancing Saturday it almost felt like I was back at home. I’m actually started to become excited about going out again and meeting new people. Which is not something that has been high on my list of things I enjoy doing. I’m starting to realize that it is amazing the things a person can force themselves to do when they no longer feel like they are being held back by something.

Hope everyone has a great Monday. And don’t worry lovies the weekend is only four days away.

XoXo- Cassi