25 Things About Me

Happy Hump Day…. woot wooooooot! (Sorry, that will never get old).  This week as been pretty productive in the Nagel household, and it’s only Wednesday! We got our North Carolina drivers licenses yesterday…well…a paper saying that we will be getting our actually drivers license in a few weeks.  Once we do that we’ll have to go to a different place to register our car and all of that fun stuff.  We thought we were going to have to take a written test, but when we got there they said we only had to know street signs (in which we both replied, ‘but we studied!!’…I know, we’re both nerds).

We also got our new living room furniture yesterday!!! It literally took the guys two minutes to get our sofa and love seat up a flight of stairs and unpacked, but I started laughing hysterically as I remembered one of my favorite Friends episodes.  Say it with me now: “Pivot….pivot….PIVOT”.

But anywho, I saw one of those survey thing things on Julie’s blog yesterday and thought it would be fun:

25 Things About Me

1. I’m happiest when… 1. Andrew and I are in the same state, and 2. I can run without pain (i.e. I’m not injured)

2. …Especially if it… 1. involves just chillin’ spending time with each other 2. means I can train for a race (like maybe my first marathon?! one can dream, right?)

3. I’ve always wanted to… work with athletes, so I’m hoping my physical therapy career will take me in that direction. If not, I would love to work on a military base and help military members and their families.

4. My family and I… are all the sam-ish! That’s an inside joke, but I love that I’m part of a large family (I mean huge: my Mom is one of four kids and my Dad is one of six kids, so I have so many cousins!!).

5. I was a terrible… art student.  Like seriously, zero artistic abilities.

6. My first job was… a Hostess at Bob Evans.  It lasted a month before I moved on to scooping ice cream at Baskin Robins.  People get really angry when they’re hungry…and plus I wasn’t getting any hours so I needed to find a better job anyways 🙂

7. I could probably (or most definitely) eat chocolate everyday.  Anyone that knows me even a little bit knows this is true.

8. I stole… nothing! Sara and I did ‘share’ clothes (as in I’m pretty sure she still has one of my Steelers T-shirts…ahem, Sara).

9. I was born on the same day as… Lorde and David Guetta.  I had to Google this, so who knows if it’s actually true haha.

10. My all-time favorite film is… Forrest Gump.  It’s so good!

11. I do a pretty mean… Aunt Mary Grace impression (she was an old family friend).  Just ask my Dad.

12. I’m still mad… that my Dad faked timing me when I would ‘race’ outside when he would want to kill time (usually at a restaurant that had a long wait…Mom always put Dad in charge of keeping Sara and I entertained…poor Dad…haha).  He knew how competitive I was (yes, even as a little kid), so he said he would time me to see how fast I could either run around the outside of a restaurant, as long as there was a sidewalk, (this was before there were tons of crazy people around so you could trust your kid being out of sight for a second), or up and down a sidewalk (trust me, he would find something safe for me to run on/around…haha).  After I would race back he would usually tell me that I should be a second or two faster (or he would tell me that I was perfect…usually because our name had been called to be seated at the restaurant).   He did say sometimes he would actually time me, but still, not cool Dad! I guess he was making me a competitive runner early on 🙂

13. I met my husband… through my friend Megan and her husband Luke.  Yup, we were set up, and I think it worked out nicely 🙂

14. I always knew I wanted… to not have a desk job.  It only took me seven years to finally start a new career!

15. I’m not afraid to… move to a new place.  I moved to Chicago after college and did not know a single person, and it was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

16. I make the best… sugar cookie bars and chocolate chip cookies.  Just ask Andrew 🙂

17. I have almost no… Flexibility (I stole this from Julie, but it’s also, sadly, very true).

18. I always cry when… I’m sleep deprived. I think I’m going to have to get over this right quick since the next three years I will definitely be sleep deprived!

19. I’m (now) a North Carolinian, but I will always be a Maryland girl at heart. 

20. I spent the first 12 years… of my life moving every three to four years.  This was normal for a military family and I wouldn’t change it for anything! 

21. I wish my folks… would just move to North Carolina already!!

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with Disney movies and The Elephant Show (anyone remember this?)

23. I believe if everyone smiled a little more , the world would be a better place. (sorry for the ‘Miss America’ answer…but I couldn’t think of anything less corny haha).

24. I can’t stand… when people complain about anything on Facebook. I just feel like they’re asking for attention and it drives me crazy!

25. Whenever HGTV is on, I’ll watch it.


Answer any of the questions above 🙂

Favorite Friends episode or quote?


A few things I’m going to miss about Maryland

Since I’m officially moved to North Carolina (as of yesterday), I thought I would list the things that I’m going to miss about good ol’ Maryland.

1. My family.


What I won't miss about Baltimore are those yucky Ravens fans ;) Except Mom. And Sara. They're Ok ;)

What I won’t miss about Baltimore are those yucky Ravens fans 😉 Except Mom. And Sara. They’re Ok 😉


Mom and I :)

Mom and I 🙂


Is it normal for a 28-year-old to have a ‘I miss my Mommy’ moment a few hours after driving away from your parents house?! Having my parents around has been awesome. My Mom is the coolest person to be around and my favorite wine drinking buddy, and my Dad has been one of my favorite running buddies since forever. It’s going to be really hard to have them so far away, but any time they want to move to North Carolina that would be great 😉

2. The running group.

At the Baltimore 10 Miler start line

At the Baltimore 10 Miler start line

Typical runner selfie at the start line :)

Typical runner selfie at the start line 🙂

This awesome group of people has pushed me to be my best in the running realm. And they’re also just really fun to be around. We’re already discussing the possible races we can run together in North Carolina (ahem::Tarheel 10 Miler…which is so much more fun than Boston. Maybe? Just kidding…I’ll be searching for another race that doesn’t conflict 🙂 ).

3. CRABS (and good seafood). No one does crabs (and crab cakes, crab soup, etc) the way Maryland does. I tried to get my fill before I left but it’s never enough.

These are a few of my favorite things...

These are a few of my favorite things…

Real crab cakes can only be found in Baltimore, trust me.

Real crab cakes can only be found in Baltimore, trust me.

4. This girl (and her kiddos).


Megan and I after the Disney Princess Half Marathon a few years back (pre kids for her and pre-marriage for me (Andrew and I were engaged at the time)

Megan and I after the Disney Princess Half Marathon a few years back (pre-kids for her and pre-marriage for me (Andrew and I were engaged at the time))


Me and Megan's daughter, Noelle, sometime last year

Me and Megan’s daughter, Noelle, sometime last year

Megan has been my best friend for over 10 years (I don’t really know why she’s put up with me for that long…but she has). Although we’ve both been crazy busy with school (me) and raising some awesome kids (her) she’s been an awesome running buddy and has let me vent to her about various things. Any time she wants to come down and visit and/or move to North Carolina I would totally be alright with that 😉

I’m sure more things will come to mind as the weeks go on, but this is what I was thinking of in the days leading up to my move.  Don’t get me wrong though, I’m definitely excited to be down in North Carolina chasing my dream of becoming a Physical Therapist at my favorite University 🙂

Today Andrew and I are going to a farmer’s market down the street from our apartment, so I’ll let you know how that goes!


For those living in Maryland, what are some of your favorite Maryland-related things?

For those living in North Carolina, what are some of your favorite North Carolina-related things that I need to check out?





Moving madness

Oh hey! Remember me? Sorry for the lack of posting. My life lately has been somewhat crazy because it’s been looking like this:


And this:


But…it’s also included this fun stuff:








Our stuff (and Andrew) moved to North Carolina almost two weeks ago. Andrew drove down the night the movers showed up at our Maryland apartment because they planned to get to our new apartment at ‘o-dark-30’ the next day and we wanted to make sure someone was there. My parents and I stayed back and cleaned the place so that we didn’t have to deal with it when we got back. The whole process was exhausting and I missed Andrew like crazy since I decided to drive back up to Maryland and work two more weeks.  We were reunited today (yay!).  I can’t believe I’m officially a full time student and won’t be working at the Agency where I worked for seven years.  It’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m so excited to finally be a UNC Tarheel 🙂    

In other news, my sister is home from her deployment!!! I haven’t seen her in six months so I’m glad I get to spend the next few days with her. She wanted pizza as her first meal when she got back to the states.



And then we all got pedicures (my feet are the flat ones with green nail polish…I’m sorry I subjected you to such ugliness).


I’m still so exhausted from the drive down today (I woke up at 4:00am and left at 4:30am) so I think I’m going to give myself a break and take a little nap…or maybe watch some cable TV (which we have again….eeekkkkk!). 

Hope you’re all having a happy Friday!!


Have you moved recently? If so, where?

Any North Carolina runners in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area want to go for a run?!




I kicked it.

Today is my Friday…woo hoo!! The work day felt longer than usual today…probably because I knew there was a three day weekend waiting for me once the day was over! Anywho, my exercise so far this week consisted mostly of classes, which the exception of a run on Monday. I took an X-fit class yesterday and a kickboxing class called ‘Kick It’ today. During the X-Fit class we did a few sprints and I ran ‘against’ Mrs. Linda.  She’s super speedy so it was good competition!  Today’s Kick It class really kicked my boo-tay.  The instructor, Sean, added around 10 minutes of ab work at the end and I swear my abs were literally on fire.  It was a ‘good hurt’ though.

After work, my parents and my in-laws met at our apartment and we all drove downtown to Abbey Burger Bistro.  My in-laws brought their mini-van so we could all fit in one car.


The crew. P.S. I promise my Dad was not giving me the finger in this picture….he was waving.

Abbey Burger Bistro seriously has the best burgers ever, and apparently have $3 drafts during happy hour (and it was happy hour when we got there…score!).  You’re able to build your own burger, so I got a turkey burger with swiss, spouts, avocado, sautéed onions and Makers Mark BBQ sauce all on a pretzel roll.  And of course I got a side of sweet potato fries.  Their ‘meat of the month’ was either wild boar or camel.  Yes, camel.  I was not adventurous enough to try either one, but Andrew got the wild boar and thought it was ok.


I know. I’m so sexy in this picture. Andrew is so lucky…haha.

Over all, it was a really fun evening.  I’m ending the evening with a few loads of laundry and possibly an early bed time in the hopes of getting a long run in tomorrow morning.  It’s supposed to be a decent temperature tomorrow so I want to take advantage of it before it gets too hot again!


If you could build a burger, what would you put on it?

Take any good exercise classes lately?