Memories Made

Ramblings Travel

Well it’s back to real life this week. I am so thankful Matt and I were able to take a big trip together before he has two years of nonstop work. Looking back on the trip, the past ten days were truly amazing:

Number of miles traveled: ~ 5,000

Number of hangovers: 0

Number of sunburns: 2 (arms and legs on different days)

Number of delicious pounds gained: 3

Number of times a view left me speechless: 4

Number of margaritas consumed: 8

Number of phenomenal meals: 9

Number of friends I was thrilled to see: 10

Number of times I thought I saw a scorpion: 12

Number of pages read in my book: 87

Hottest temperature experienced: 110

Highest altitude reached (not in a plane): 8,000

And there’s no way to know how many memories were made:)

But now I’m excited to just live in and explore our new home!


Matt started his math class on Monday, so it was a bit lonely in my semi-empty space. I built two furniture pieces, did laundry, and went to the gym and then the day was over! My workouts have really suffered since moving – I miss spinning and the stair climber. My apt has a small gym, but it’s mostly ellipticals and the bikes are not in good condition. I’ve tried running a few times, but it’s so humid that running is unpleasant unless I can get my act together first thing in the morning. Duke orientation starts in two weeks though, and I’m hoping I can get my Duke card and go to the real gym (partners get access!). Oh, and I’m having a really hard time waking up because there are no windows or natural light in my room. The only solution I can think of is a getting a timer so the light will turn on in the morning…

There’s not too much going on these days, but there are a ton of events planned for incoming partners and students in August, so I’m about to get really busy!

Until then, I’m just going to enjoy some free time and attempt to get this place feeling like home!

Any news out there? I have a lot of catching up to do.

  • Charline
    July 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    They make daylight alarm clicks now that slowly turn the light on to simulate the sun rising

    • Laura
      July 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      oh cool! Any idea where I can get one?

  • Sara
    July 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    How did you manage to only gain 3 lbs with all the lavish food and drink!? I’m jeal…!

    • Laura
      July 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Bc you can only eat so much in ten days – the rest is just water:)

  • Layla
    July 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    There’s really no windows in your bedroom? That’s actually illegal on the part of the landlord/developer…. my dad is a developer and the law is, you can’t call something a bedroom unless it has at least one regular-sized window. It’s unsafe! What if there’s a fire while you’re sleeping? You and Matt would be trapped.

  • Kat
    July 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Oh, goodness! Welcome home, lady. Good luck with the settling in and figuring out what your new “normal”/routine will look like.

    p.s. Delicious pounds happen. We Embrace It.

  • sarah (the SHU box)
    July 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    hi! just checking in — we actually stayed at the same resort you two did in scottsdale 🙂 (clearly similar taste in living quarters!).

    running in the AM here really isn’t bad if you get it done early! you can do a nice loop around east campus (and add laps depending on mileage you’re looking for). i am sure i will see you out or at the gym some time!

    • Laura
      July 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

      The kimpton? I’ll def try running the loop, although I just bought a bike so I’ll prob be avoiding running for a while:)