bon voyage!

Tomorrow my family is headed to New York to celebrate my brother Bland's graduation from Parsons with a MFA in Transdisciplinary design (I will so enjoy not having to try and explain what that means, I am sure he feels the same!). Pretty impressed with him. He is on a mission to make those pesky New York sidewalk sheds a more beautiful, artful area. Click here for more info!
From New York my sister Liz, our cousin Hannah and I are headed to London to visit our other cousin William and his bride Paige. Oh, and of course do some William and Kate stalking. naturally.
Last, but certainly not least we will be in Paris for a few days before returning back to the states. Not a bad schedule if I say so myself! I will hopefully be posting photos on my Instagram, so if you feel like checking in, my username is "padgetthoke". Talk soon!
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travel essentials

I am so lucky that I get to travel a lot in the next few weeks! I pulled together some of my essential travel items. of course there are so many more, but these seemed important to me right now!
1. Always need a light jacket, as I am perpetually cold. this packs up nice and small. I have had my eye on this particular one & might just have to get it for my trip next week. (a present to myself for passing that test?!)
2. Always need my trusty shades. nuff said.
3. iphone running band. With Ragnar coming up, I will be running wherever I am so this is essential! My favorite app right now? Cyclemeter. I am obsessed.
4. Sneakers. Classic.
5. A good scarf that can serve so many purposes.
6. My kindle - I wouldn't step foot on a plane without it. I love it.

time to relax!

Last week was a big week. a tiring week. an exciting week. sort of a bit of everything week.
Real Estate class Monday through Thursday. 8 - 10  hours a day. No fun.
5:00am morning runs to prepare for the Half Maraton.
Flew to Salt Lake early Friday morning.
Took the Real Estate Brokers Exam and PASSED! Graduated from Salesman to Broker, a Huge relief after studying my buns off!
Celebration dinner for Liz's graduation!
Ran in the Provo Half Marathon with Liz and her friend Marisol, after having slept about 20 minutes the night before. my mind was running it's own Marathon...

Completed the Half Marathon in under 2 hours, yipee!

Inaugural City Creek adventure (we were both a little tired - clearly)
Played "Friends Scene It" for the first time.
Free Yoga class at Lululemon - might be more sore from that than from the run!
Flight home last night & a morning spent sleeping in. phew!

Hopefully I will be back to normal blogging - whatever that may mean! Oh, if you get a chance - I did a little guest post over at The Egg, go on over and check it out. Some tantalizing summer photos will make you happy!