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What’s Getting Us Through the Week!

It’s almost Friday! Is it me, or has this week been kinda short? Oh wait, I forgot I only had a 3-day week 🙂 hehe. Even though I’ve had some time off this week, we all still need something to get us through & keep us motivated – here’s what Elyse and I have been using to keep us going all week!

Shianne says…

1. Family

My lovely fam at Nishant’s graduation last year!

As you all know, Mother’s Day was last Sunday and I was lucky enough to have my mom and brother drive down from PA last weekend to spend some time with me! It was so nice because we didn’t do the normal touristy run-around-the-city-non-stop thing….we just hung out and relaxed like we would if we were all at home in Pottstown! With all the stress from trying to find an affordable apartment in this crazy town, my ever reliable and laid-back mom is the only one keeping me sane! AND this weekend, I drive up to Rochester to see my dad – aka the older, male, slightly crazier version of me! I’m a total daddy’s girl, so I can’t wait to get some good father-daughter time in!

2. Politics

This is where my true DC-girl comes out! I CANNOT stop reading about everything going on this week! Benghazi, the IRS scandal, AP – it goes on and on! I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what will happen with each of these stories. I’m so passionate about politics that actually LIVING in DC and working in this sector at a time like this just makes me think about how awesome my life is and how lucky I am to be right in the thick of things with a chance to make a difference.

Elyse says…

1. Gummy Vitamins

I can’t remember if I’ve discussed these before, but when you’re working long days, taking public transportation and staying awake off of coffee only 2 of these little guys a day will be a GAME changer. Seriously they perk me up like a flower. Also fun fact, if you take them when you get home from a night of partying with some water before going to sleep your hangover will be almost non-existent. Well worth their little weight in gold!!

2. Office Decorations


Found this gem in our supply closet – so tacky but adds so much character! -S

If you’ve seen my room, you’ll know that I’m not the type of person who comes into a space and instantly make it their own i.e. pictures on the walls, little knick knacks everywhere etc. I want to be that person, I’m just not. Infact last year my college room had like NOTHING on the walls. It was downright weird in retrospect.
Everyone in the new office has CRAZY decorated desks… there are even flags coming from the ceiling if you really LOVE your sports team. I think it’s a bit early for me to be decorating, but they did leave me a star golden banner thing! And in the mean time I’m figuring out slowly what I want to get or bring to make my space my own. So far…a mug that holds my pens. Little steps people! Do you think that having your space personalized helps you work? Any suggestions??
[S: I AM that kind of person! It’s so nice to have decorations around the office to make it a more comfortable and fun environment! And it helps people get to know more about you!]

& we both agree on…

Moleskine Products


My Moleskine notebook for work & personcal calendar on top! – S

Our post last week stated that we both have new opportunities at work – Elyse a new job completely, and me an opportunity to be lead on my first event! However, that meant that this week we both really had to kick into gear and get our acts together. We’ve both started/restarted using moleskine products to keep us organized and it’s been AH-MAZ-ING. As you can see, I’m kind of the queen of list making…but it works! Once you find a product you like, it’s so much easier to stick to using it and to make a habit of being organized!

What do you use to keep motivated & organized throughout the week?

xO S&E

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Up and Down the East Coast

In the past week I’ve gone from 86 degrees to 13 degrees. I started my week in Atlanta and then moved to Naples, FL before heading back to DC for 12 hours and taking off again for Philadelphia and Rochester, NY!

After a delayed flight, we arrived in Atlanta and stopped off at a Zaxby’s for some real southern fried chicken…and it did NOT disappoint. Atlanta was our best and most exciting event in my opinion – and I got to reunite with my roommate from the U of R who is living there now! We didn’t have much time, but we did get to catch up a little and it was so refreshing to see a familiar and encouraging face!


Our award-winning costume from D’Lion year – Cowboys and Indians (hah – get it?)

In Florida we stayed at a resort in Coconut Point, where we were offered complimentary mimosas or champagne upon check-in…um, that’s my kind of establishment! Luckily the hotel grounds were gorgeous, because we didn’t have all too much time to explore the surrounding area….but we didn’t need it with this surrounding us:


the treeeeees!

Then it was back to DC for the last Presidents’ Tour event. Though I was stressed and tired from working all week, mostly I was sad to see it end! The tour was so fun and I got so close to all my coworkers that it was disappointing to see it all end.

But I didn’t have too much time to dwell on the sadness. After our celebratory lunch, I headed up to PA. Back in Philly, I got to search for a bridesmaid dress for my friend Jenn’s wedding in September. I’ve never even been to a wedding, so this was totally new and exciting territory for me! We went to Alfred Angelo’s and after trying on a couple of different options, Jenn decided on this one:


And finally I arrived in Rochester Saturday night, where I spent the rest of the weekend catching up with my family and friends from school. One of the highlights was getting to go out to my favorite Rochester bar, Mex, with a bunch of friends.


Reunited with AKPsi!

And Sunday night I had a reunion with my former summer housemates. Though we hadn’t all been together in over a year, we spent the entire night reminiscing about old times and catching up on all our exciting current lives.


So much love!

I also got to have a movie marathon with the rents and even painted my dad’s keys so he could tell them apart using the method I posted about here earlier! But this time I left out the glitter…

Anyway, it’s off to bed for now (finally)! Hopefully I can spend this week catching up on everything I missed while I was gone!

-xO S

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