Monthly Archives: January 2015

Death at Dawn

It’s exactly the title.

No exaggeration.

We wake up at dawn and experience almost death.




1. The time each morning at which daylight first begins.

… this actually needs some revision, because there is no daylight when we first start running at 5:30 a.m.

This event is hosted twice a year in Cookeville, by the local high-school’s soccer team. But it is now on it’s eleventh year, and has expanded its participants to Tech students, local residents, and anyone wanting to get into shape.

It is basically a boot camp that runs a course of ten days. If you attend at least nine out of the ten, you get a DAD t-shirt. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. You have to intentionally want that shirt to get it. It is not easy.

Today marks day three for me, and I was actually bumped up a level. So I guess I’m improving? Any who, I think this event is a must for any one wanting a little exercise pick-me-up. Also, you can come see me wobbling around the place, as I try to look super cool running. (WARNING: I actually do not look super cool running).

Below are some screenshots of the weather this morning as I headed out, also make sure to check out that the sun in fact rose fourteen minutes after the session was over.

I can only say three words.

Back to bed!

(sorry if the top of the photos look janky, I had to blur out my address)

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College Crash

College crash.

That’s what I did today.

If you’ve been in college, or are in it now, you know what I mean.

Food. Netlfix. Blankets. Brain dead.

Sometimes that’s just the only result of constant homework, work, and studying.

Today was a bit rainy too, so that may have increased the factors of this sudden onset of CC.

Even though I have hills mountains of homework and a to-do list over my head, I am breathing easy because it is FRIDAY.

Sure, chances of me crashing again any time soon is likely, but it’s what makes me a student.

We work HARD. We don’t just skim by, or ride easy, we work for it. We work for our grades, our hours, our tests, and our social life.


Sometimes, you find yourself under an electric blanket, eating oatmeal and watching Shark Tank. It just happens.

I’m curious, what do you do when you “college crash”?

(P.s. shoutout to my tour groups this morning at Tech, I promised I would mention y’all :))


Below are pictures of my rainy walk home:

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If you’re wondering if I accidentally put my title in all caps, don’t worry – it was my full intention.

I can’t help but leap for joy at the thought of becoming a TTU graduate.

Maybe backflip? I am more excited than a leap.

Yesterday was my first day back this semester, and after three classes I am waist deep in homework, and avoiding drowning at this point. No one said a college degree was easy – but I know five months from now it will be worth it.

Even though I am debbie-downing this article a bit, part of me is aching over the family I’ve built here.

Part of me never wants to leave.

So as far as this semester goes, I am going to stay above water when it comes to homework, and really embrace whatever else I find myself doing here, because I’ve got 108 days left.

(and for those of you who watch LOST, the fact that it is 108 days is kind of freaking me out!)

Oh and on top of other big changes in my life – I just got married a little over a month ago 🙂

Cheers to my last semester!