I Graduated!

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A lot has happened since the last time I have posted on here so where to begin? I graduated from college not only that I graduated summa cum laude so that was pretty exciting! And best of all? I didn’t trip going across stage! Yes! So finally after all those years of typing papers, studying for test full of information that I will never use in real life.168275_10151701203618140_1441474733_n I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in communication for the University of Pikeville.

 

 

Here is an awesome snap shot after graduation of me and my fellow Com alumni Olivia!

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So what I accomplished while at school

 

  • Started a communication honors society XOM (Chi Omicron Mu)
  •  Worked on the school newspaper
  • Produced the first ever student news broadcast, Bear TV News

 

So all and all not to bad I don’t think!

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Over Night Oats

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So I have seen this on pinterest and have thought about trying this out for a year now and today I am going to! I found the recipe on Lauren Conrads Blog and it looks good so here it is!

 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

 

Instructions

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
  3. Wake up and enjoy the next day!

 

Sounds pretty easy and you can always add fruit or some sugar in it in the morning! But there are tons and tons of recipes for this out there so google it some time if you want to get a little daring! So I’m excited I’m off to the store in a little bit to get my ingredients! Wish me luck! I’ll post some pictures later!

Faith in humanity restored!

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So stuff like this makes me have hope for the world. I was mindlessly scrolling through my facebook newsfeed and I stumbled across this photo and something about it made me stop and read it. After I read it I had to share! I really want to be able to do this for someone one day!

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This is the photos caption: “I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today! Came out of Dunkin Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper. There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them. ♥”

In case your wondering after wading through a lot of comments on this picture I found what the sticker says, “1/2 my heart is in Afghanistan”

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/kind-gesture-toward-girlfriend-of-deployed-soldier-becomes-internet-sensation-162557907.html

Kind Gesture Toward Girlfriend of Deployed Soldier Becomes Internet Sensation

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The story of a good deed has spread like wildfire online since Sunday, when an anonymous do-gooder left a kind note and $40 on a woman’s windshield in a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot.

“I noticed the sticker on the back of your car,” the note read, referring to a “Half my Heart is in Afghanistan” bumper sticker. “Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting.” It was signed “United States veteran” and “God Bless.”

The woman, Samantha Ford, a mother of two who lives outside of Boston, quickly snapped a photo of the note and the cash, and shared it on the Facebook page “Our Deployment: 101,” a sort of online support community for people affiliated with the military.

“I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today!” Ford wrote when she posted the photo. “Came out of Dunkin’ Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper. There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them.”

By Tuesday morning, the post had a million and a half “likes,” had inspired more than 43,000 comments, and had been shared nearly 200,000 times.

“It was crazy!!” Ford said in an email to TODAY.com, adding that she’d spoken to her boyfriend Sunday night and told him about the gesture. “He was so touched, and he said it’s people like this that make him proud to be an American Soldier. We are forever grateful and we will DEFINITELY be paying it forward! God bless our troops!”

According to TODAY.com, her deployed boyfriend, Albert DeSimone, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Ford also said she hopes the photo will inspire others to appreciate the country’s military.

“They are all heroes,” she said. “I just happen to be in love with one.”

 

 

The Breaks

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This is the view at the end of a 1.3 mile hike I went on last Sunday when our weather was actually being nice and warm! Pretty right? Well if you are ever in Eastern Kentucky or in Virginia near Kentucky take a moment and check it out!  This is a state park that is half in KY and half in VA wild right? In summer and fall this place is rocking!

Breaks Interstate Park

The History

180 million years ago, in an area now lying across Kentucky and Virginia, a vast inland sea receded, leaving in its wake a veritable cradle of botany. Meanwhile the river that is now Russell Fork got about the work of carving out an immense, spectacular gorge, renowned as the largest east of the Mississippi. Here fractal ferns, galax, colts foot, tea berries and a profusion of fungi and moss species dot an undergrowth of rich greens with their bright yellows, oranges and pinks.

Hikers, be prepared for the catch of breath as you lift your eyes from the delicate landscape underfoot to the wonder of a raptor soaring overhead. Boaters, rafters, horseback riders, take a moment to rest in awe of these timeless mountains, as their undulating profiles resolve into the distance in ever-paler shades of blue.

Biking, hiking, riding, rafting…no matter how you choose to move through The Breaks Interstate Park, you will find yourself exploring, just like those who came here first. Passing through the ancient hunting grounds of the Shawnee and Cherokee, one might just as easily be tracking the 18th century legend of the lost silver mines of John Swift. Or following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he searched for a new way into Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. In 1767 Boone finally discovered the single passage through the 125-mile stretch of Pine Mountain, and thus gave the area its name: The Breaks.  Like these early wanderers, today’s visitors are greeted by hidden ponds and craggy rock faces, by awesome critters, and starry nights scented by bloom…in short, by wonders at every turn. But, as exciting as their early explorations surely were, Mr. Swift and Mr. Boone may have wished for the cozier accommodations to be found here these days—as well as the welcoming smiles of an extraordinary park staff.

Do come visit us. If you have never been here, it’s time to make plans. If you’re returning soon, read through our website to discover new ways to spend your time well. Remember, 4600 acres of pristine beauty are ready to welcome you back.

Frontiersmen used to call a passage through the mountains a “break.” Such breaks were a rare thing indeed, offering the early settlers an opportunity to take their frontier lives to a new level. Layer upon layer of history welcomes today’s visitor, as does the still resplendent beauty of this unique 4600-acre park. Established in 1954 by an act of Congress initiated by the efforts of the two states it crosses, Virginia and Kentucky, it is now one of only two such interstate parks in the USA.

Visitors come to us year-round to enjoy the many recreational delights, whether they are bent on an active, sporting experience, or one more contemplative, such as our seven gorgeous overlooks. Wildlife abounds, as does the warm welcome, in cozy accommodations that feel just right in their setting.

Hours of operation vary depending on the season. Call for specific times.

Fees: A $2 day-use fee per car for admittance; $10 per bus (15-passenger or more)

How to get here

From Lexington, KY:
Approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes
Take I-64 E / I-75 S via left ramp toward Knoxville/Ashland – 16.4 miles
Merge onto Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East via Exit 98 toward Campton/Prestonsburg – 75.3 miles
Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East becomes East Mountain Pkwy – 1.2 miles
East Mountain Parkway becomes KY-114 – 17.3 miles
Merge onto US-23 S / US-460 E toward Pikevelle – 29.5 miles
Merge onto US-460 E / KY-80 E – 14.4 miles
Turn slight right onto KY-80 / KY-80 E – 3 miles
Turn left onto Patty Loveless Dr. / KY-80 continue on KY 80, crossing into Virginia to park entrance on right – about 8 miles

From Cincinnati, OH

Approximately 4 hours, 35 minutes
Take I-75 S crossing into Kentucky – 25.7 miles
Take I-75 S toward Lexington – 62 miles
Keep left to take I-64 E via Exit 111 toward Winchester/Ashland – 16.4 miles
Merge onto Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East via Exit 98 toward Campton/Prestonsburg – 75.3 miles
Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East becomes East Mountain Pkwy – 1.2 miles
East Mountain Parkway becomes KY-114 – 17.3 miles
Merge onto US-23 S / US-460 E toward Pikevelle – 29.5 miles
Merge onto US-460 E / KY-80 E – 14.4 miles
Turn slight right onto KY-80 / KY-80 E – 3 miles
Turn left onto Patty Loveless Dr. / KY-80 continue on KY 80, crossing into Virginia to park entrance on right – about 8 miles

From Charlotte, NC

Approximately 4 hours, 45 minutes
Take I-77 N toward Statesville, crossing into Virginia – 137.4 miles
Merge onto I-77 N via Exit 72 toward Bluefield/Charleston WVA, crossing into West Virginia (portions toll) – 27.2 miles
Take the US-52 N exit, Exit 1, toward Bluefield – 0.3 miles
Turn Right onto US-52 N / John F. Nash Blvd – 2 miles
Merge onto US-460 W toward Bluefield, crossing into Virginia – 38 miles
US-460 W becomes US-19 S – 13.4 miles
Turn right onto Redbud Hwy / VA-80 – 5.7 miles
Turn right onto Redbud Hwy/VA-80. Continue to follow VA-80 approximately 35 miles to park entrance

Bear TV News

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Published on Mar 1, 2013

The inaugural episode of the new student news show from the University of Pikeville.

Students from UPIKE’s Advanced Broadcasting class have finished their first edition of the student news show Bear TV. Enjoy the first episode and see the hard work UPIKE students have put into the production! The broadcast is also playing on Pike TV channel 99.

 

So this is what I do in one of my classes!

Little Boy Steals the Show & I saw it live!

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So on  Feb 23, 2013 I went to a Rascal Flatts concert and in between sets this little boy started dancing and well ge got a lot of attention and well see for yourself it made it to Yahoo and Insider Edition! He actually lives close to me lol. Go Keaton!

Little Boy’s Offstage Performance Steals the Show at Rascal Flatts Concert

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When you go to a concert, you’re obviously there to see and experience the entertainment of the professionals on stage. Sometimes though, the action offstage can be an experience all in itself. That was the case at a recent Rascal Flatts concert in Pikeville, Kentucky.

little boy stole the show when he started dancing in the aisle during an intermission. He drew so much attention that one of the venue staff members decided to point the spotlight at him. The boy, whose name is not known at this time, does a near three-minute dance routine. At the end, the crowd applauds his impromptu performance.

The applause keeps coming on YouTube, where the little guy is quickly becoming an online star. One commenter wrote, “go viral, little man, and don’t look back.” Another person thinks the video could be great entertainment in the future, writing, “a smart momma would save this to play at a graduation party. Too cute.”

The young kid’s video has received close to 60,000 views in only a couple of days, as people still find themselves entertained by his dance moves and enthusiasm to perform in front of thousands of strangers.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/little-boy-offstage-performance-steals-show-rascal-flatts-185825400.html