“thanks for beautifying the bahamas, ladies”

Welcome aboard the Carnival Fantasy!

"Wanna build a sandcastle?" "I've got a better idea"

"I mean, first I got a hickey from a stingray! And then I got to gut a fish!"

"First we're going to hit the beach...and then we're going to hit another beach"

"Atlantis? As in the lost continent?"

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a fun-packed week & weekend

This is a pre-scheduled post. I am writing it while sipping coffee in my comfy bed. By the time you see it, I will be out and about- buying new jeans, grocery shopping, watching football 🙂

  • Met a new friend for coffee at Starbucks {still on a quest to become the Foursquare Mayor while limiting the amount I spend on coffee. Tough choices}. We pondered what you call “extracurriculars” after you graduate…
  • Went to The Pit for the first time with Sara. I enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away. Definitely fun in terms of atmosphere though! After dinner I got to see Sara’s sick loft apartment.
  • Took a long walk with Maddie and a friend. I always feel productive combining socializing with exercise…even better when I’m getting my dog exercise too!
  • Made Mussel, Clam, & Shrimp Soup in Spicy Broth
  • Enjoyed a fun lunch at Gravy with all of the members of The Raleigh Forum. We’re a very male-dominated group, so I’m on a mission to bring in some estrogen 🙂
  • Hosted an open coworking day at The Forum- we saw tons of new faces! Things went smoothly except for the fire alarm going off mid-day. Whoops!
  • Got back into the gym with a long yoga class. My back has been hurting so I was itching for  a deep stretch. Yoga was just the cure I needed!
  • Set date for a LivingSocial employee get together
  • Chose the winner of the Night in Raleighwood giveaway
  • Birthday dinner for my sister’s roommate, Sarah, at Humble Pie. I ordered the butternut squash conchiglioni- amazing! It was like manicotti, stuffed with ricotta in a sauce with charred tomatoes, capers, and pesto. I told everyone at the table a really gross story and Sarah thanked me after for helping to bring everyone together. Haha!
  • Went to the Rembrandt Exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. Admittedly, I’m not much of an art appreciator. Maybe I should have taken a class in college….but I did really enjoy the exhibits (particularly the photography section) in the other wing. I’m about enjoying art, not taking it too seriously
  • Doing some serious training and exercise with Miss Maddie
  • Game night (charades!) with a few friends. Such a fun way to spend a freezing, rainy Saturday night

from drab to fab…almost

I was THRILLED when I walked into my new apartment. First of all, it’s HUGE. Like a palace. So big, in fact, that I have to do some creative thinking to FILL the space (I’m used to buying furniture and accessories that serve double duty so I can fit everything, but now I need more things so it doesn’t look empty).

beautiful dilapidation

In addition to taking the cable car up to the top of Ulriken, we also did a short hike up a mountain near my family’s house. There used to be a petting zoo and cafe at the bottom, but unfortunately, it was shut down. Apparently someone bought the property and is planning to revamp it! I got some great pictures in the meantime though. Do you know what I mean when I say beautiful dilapidation? I always think of this computer wallpaper.

in just one day, i will be here….

boston

then here….

amsterdam

then finally, here!

 rubens skattkommer (my uncle’s toy store in bergen)

bergen

bergen

anddd…you will get to see it all from the lens of my brand spankin’ new nikon d3100 aka my first “big kid” slr camera

raleigh: a narrated walk through downtown

Well, I am (happily) overwhelmed after a very fruitful day wandering the streets of downtown Raleigh. So overwhelmed, in fact, that I have to write not one, not two, but three blog entries today in order to get everything down in writing.

My adventure started at 2:30pm when I took the R-Line bus to Morning Times (see entry below). I then decided to walk home and managed to find out about a million cool places. I felt like a stranger in the city, even though I’m from the next city over and I lived here all summer. And I mean stranger in the best way possible. I felt enlightened and fascinated to discover so much about the thriving downtown area.

For example, who knew there were five named districts? There is Glenwood South, Capital District, Warehouse District, Fayetteville Street District, and Moore Square District.

Follow me on my walk:

  • Porch Rockin’: lunchtime meal delivery of sandwiches and sides to busy professionals. Veryyy similar to my business idea; emailed the founder about collaborating
  • Design Box: a “workplace, gallery, and design shop.” In a funky warehouse-like building full of unique art and bright colors. Might be a possibility for part-time office space for me, my sister, and a few of my co-workers. Must follow up with staff
  • The Roast Grill: Their limited hours could mean it’s a possibility for a commercial kitchen rental
  • My future apartment building *fingers crossed*: I dropped by and spoke to several residents. They said it was a great community and they love their apartments. They mentioned the hassle of no laundry in the apartments and no central air, but as a current resident of DC, I reassured them I could handle those factors! Besides, I have my sister’s laundry room to use 🙂
  • The Cupcake Shoppe: I know I said I was over cupcakes, but it might be worth checking out!
  • Dress: an adorable consignment store on Glenwood, where everything is organized by color (my kind of place!)
  • Tutti Frutti: a forthcoming frozen yogurt place. Raleigh may be a little behind on the fro-yo trend, but it’s just in time for summer!
  • Zaky: an express Mediterranean restaurant
  • Zely & Ritz: fresh, organic, and locally grown restaurant offering tapas and a wine bar
  • The Rockford: a famed (and pretty well-hidden) sandwich place on Glenwood
  • Skirt Magazine: I was re-introduced to this magazine somewhere along my walk on Glenwood. It’s “all about women. Their work, play, families, creativity, health and wealth, bodies and souls…skirt! is an attitude”
  • Peace Camera: a slightly run-down store that is full of both character and characters. I plan to take a few of their workshops once I invest in a good digital camera
  • The Sahara Cafe: I’m not a huge fan of hookah bars, but this one seems to have a neat environment. And I can practice my Arabic!
  • nearing the end of the semester…

    …which means:

    • Long nights out on patios with friends, beautiful weather…and Coronas!
    • Camping with frolfing [frisbee golf!], s’mores, campfires, country music, and Bojangle’s
    • Art museum to see the Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families exhibit
    • Long walks through the city
    • Last minute extra credit assignments
    • My first and last afternoon in the library this semester
    • Last day of classes tomorrow!
    • Finishing up my final photo assignment
    • Resolving last minute graduation issues
    • Finally downloading Google Chrome [such an upgrade over Safari!]
    • New recipe inspiration [coming soon!]
    • Awesome multimedia presentation on GW Bites and two other GW-based businesses. Thanks to Andrea, Rachel, and Scott 🙂
    To my awesome sister, Miss Sara Rose Roman: kudos for how incredibly strong, proactive, and inspirational you are! Love you so much.

    the good, the bad, & the senior year

    This week has been a bit up and down- mostly great but some hard things as well.

    The Bad:

    • Horrible tornados hit Raleigh and Eastern NC this weekend, killing at least 45 and injuring many more. It was really scary to be on the phone with my sister as she heard the tornado coming, but thank goodness she (and everyone else I know down there) is okay. One neat thing is how the community is apparently really coming together to help each other. Donate to the Triangle Red Cross here and find Raleigh volunteer events through Change the Triangle.
    • I came down with another cold!

    Good:

    • My friends and I spent Sunday on a Crab Boat Cruise in the Potomac. Sunny day, lots of crab, and new friends- can’t complain!
    • I found out that my new niece or nephew will be a…NEPHEW! So excited for baby #2 🙂
    • I’m being flown to Raleigh on Thursday to work an event for my company. I feel like such a grown up taking a business trip 🙂 So excited to see everyone down there, especially my sister of course.
    • I met Ben Stein in Starbucks! He walked over to me and said “You’re going to be the most successful person in here because you’re the only one smiling.” Wooo that definitely made me smile even more!
    • My professor loved the first draft of my Human Services paper. I’m writing a diversified funding plan for my sister’s organization Change the Triangle, and I think I have some good fleshed out ideas. Best of all, it’s a memo, so in the “From” part, I put “Roman Enterprise Consulting.” Foreshadowing, anyone?
    Coming up:
    • Raleigh!
    • Camping for one night in Pohick Bay
    • Last week of classes
    • Final photography portfolio
    • Getting back to cooking
    • More blogging