Wait it’s Fall?

Yesterday, September, 23, was the official date where Summer transitioned into Autumn (even though it does not feel like Fall, it is still
100 degrees here in Vegas).  After my summer school course ended I really did not keep up with blog writing for Splendid Seasons. The summer school course subject was “Social Business,” which is the main reason why I started my blog. The blog was an assignment for the class and it was graded. Although it was a requirement, I actually found a huge liking for blog writing I just did not seem to keep up with it.

Ricks’ Tip #14: If you start something finish it. So I thought to myself…..what would be more perfect to start writing in my blog again then the official mark of the seasons changing! Although it is fall now I would like to recap you all with what I did with the rest of my summer after my class ended.

  • I finished up my internship with Nevada Athletics with the Director of Special Events with the 47th Annual Governor’s dinner, where I got to assist with the entire event. I even got to meet the keynote speaker Colin Kaepernick.
  • I packed up and moved back to Vegas, which I still am adjusting to. It was pretty hard to leave Reno (a place I called home for four years), but I did it and I am still adjusting. I am lucky enough that I made so many great friends in my years in Reno. They even made sure my departure was one to remember by throwing me a surprise going away party where everyone was wearing black (kind of morbid if you ask me, but also very punny)
  • I visited one of my closest friends in Portland. It was such an amazing city with good company, delicious food, authentic beers, and a perfect mix between city and nature.
  • I picked up a new hobby, yoga. I found that practicing yoga is much more than what meets the eye. I want to thank my best friend for introducing me to something that I really enjoy.
  • Finally, I started an internship at Make-A-Wish. Although I am not a student anymore, with this internship I am still learning new things everyday and I find it very fulfilling. I was even able to be the celebrity escort for a wish kiddo and her family at this year’s I Heart Radio Music Festival

Governors Dinner Going Away Portland

Portland and Yoga    I Heart Radio Music Festival

 

 

Hopefully as fall proceeds my blog writing will as well. I do have a few fun fall activities planned within the next couple of months. Let me know if you have anything fun activities planned for this season.

‘Till Later
Rickie

 

 

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Summer Move

This morning I woke up to a dream that I moved back to Las Vegas. Which is really weird because that is exactly my plan. I am moving back to my hometown at the end of summer and that has been apart of the game plan for a while. After waking up from that dream I was pretty overwhelmed and I felt like reality punched me in the face. This week my last class here at the University will end, my internship will also come to a finish, and I submitted my letter of resignation at my current place of employment yesterday. It is crazy to think that my life here in Reno is coming to a close and that I need to prepare for the next chapter of my life. Where did the time go?

Grad PictureRicks’ Tip #13: Embrace the time you have and do not take anything for granted. With only 18 days left here in Reno I need to make sure I am soaking in the things I love about this city, such as the activities I normally do and most importantly the food at all my favorite local restaurants. I really want to leave this city on a good note and not regret anything once I get back to Vegas. Although it seems like I am trying to cram everything fun in the last couple weeks here I have to not avoid the reality of moving back home. First things first, I need to start looking for a big girl job. Like I mentioned earlier on, this week two major summer duties I had (class and internship) will be ending, so I now have free time to start my job hunt. I decided to look up blogs that could possibly help by providing real-life stories and tips for unemployed, recent college graduate. That is when I found AfterCollege. I found myself searching through the website and finding some pretty awesome articles. One that was recently posted felt like was meant for me (considering I am now on the job hunt) called 11 Job Searching DOs and DONTs. I definitely want you to check it out this post and blog especially if you are in the same boat as me.

If you have any tips for job searching from your own personal experiences I want you to comment below.

‘Till Later

Rickie

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Biggest Little City Wing Fest

Wing FestThis past Fourth of July weekend there was a special event in Downtown Reno known as the Silver Legacy’s Biggest Little City Wing Fest. In my opinion, this event is the second best food festival in Reno, following the Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The foot traffic the wing fest brought was astonishing with around 65,000 attendees and serving up to 20,000 pounds of wings. Unfortunately this year I was unable to attend. Here is why…Friday was a very hectic day for me I was all around Reno running errands and working. Saturday we were at the lake celebrating the Fourth of July, but Sunday was the day! I worked that morning, but my best friend and I had our hearts set on going after I got off, since it was the last day for the event. We decided to head downtown and get us some tasty wings, until we found out we were too late. Sunday had shorter hours than previous two days.

Ricks’ Tip #12: There are so many fun things to do during the Fourth of July weekend in your city, so make a game plan. I was mad at myself for not finding time to fit it into my schedule this weekend. We were both pretty bummed out because we were looking forward to getting some tasty wings. IMG_3466The dynamic duo loves their food…so I wasn’t going to let my craving for good wings not get fulfilled. Instead of wing fest, we headed to one of my favorite place to get wings Noble Pie. In fact, Noble Pie’s booth probably would have been the booth I would have gotten my wings from if we actually made it to the fest. Together we ordered a half pound of wings, a slice of pepperoni pizza, and garlic fries. Not the healthiest summer meal, but it sure was delicious. The wings were my favorite part of the meal. They are covered with a tangy hot sauce, parmesan cheese, scallions, and minced garlic. I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but I am a sucker for garlic. Needless to say, going to Noble Pie was better than making it to the wing fest.

I want you to comment below and tell me what your favorite food festival is in your town.

‘Till Later

Rickie

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Happy Fourth of July!

July is here, another summer month. When I think of July I think of one day the Fourth of July. Here in the Reno-Tahoe area there are so many different activities to do for the holiday, specifically the whole weekend. Click here to see the many activities people can choose from that are in my area. I did not have anything too special planned I had more of the go-with-the-flow mentality until…I found out my best friend, Danika, was visiting from Las Vegas. She decided to surprise me as a birthday present considering she wasn’t able to hangout with me on my actual birthday (June 22 for those of you that don’t know) because it was the first time I was not in Vegas for my birthday.

Danika has visited me here in Reno once, but has never been to Lake Tahoe. IMG_3368We decided to have a little group of us come together to go to Tahoe for the holiday. If any of you are from the Reno-Tahoe area you are probably thinking to yourselves that it probably was not the smartest idea due to the fact that the weather forecast described the entire day to be rainy and full of thunderstorms. We decided to still go for it because like I mentioned she has never been to Lake Tahoe! We headed to Sand Harbor and the weather wasn’t too bad, until we hit a good 10 minutes of pouring rain and heavy fog while driving. We were all thinking the same thing, but no one said it. We were all thinking this probably wasn’t the best idea.

Ricks’ Tip #11: Just Do It! Everybody that didn’t have canopies or umbrellas looked at us funny when we arrived as they were packing up their belongings to head home. Sand HarborWe walked to the beach while it was still sprinkling. By the time we found a secluded area and put our stuff down, the rain had completely stopped and continued to stay dry for the rest of the time we were there. We spent around 5 hours there relaxing, snacking, getting into the freezing cold water, and climbing the boulders. The day turned out to be a success and we were all glad we took the risk to drive down to Tahoe. I was happy Danika was able to see how beautiful Tahoe is, although it was not the ideal, sunny destination it normally is. We then made our trek home stopping at Raley’s to pick up some steaks to grill. What is more American than that?

I want you to comment below and tell me what you did for the Fourth of July!

‘Till Later

Rickie

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Summer Haircut

Hairstyles change all the time especially in regards to different seasons. Trends with cuts and colors are constantly altering specifically depending on the time of year. As we are deep into the summer months with temperatures at an all time high it is a necessity to keep cool. I know I have mentioned this numerous times before, but to me it is important. I just absolutely HATE being hot and uncomfortable, but I believe nobody particularly likes that. With that being said for ladies, even men, our hair can really weigh us down and put a damper to our summer. I know my own hair has definitely gotten in the way and became annoying to deal with. So I decided I wanted to get a haircut, and when I say hair cut I mean a drastic cut.

Ricks’ Tip #10: Summer is the perfect time to experiment a new hair cut or color, so go for it! Always remember hair grows back! Long Cheer HairThis past Monday I had a hair appointment with my hair stylist, Kelsie. She does an amazing job and is very personable. I told her I wanted to chop my hair off for summer and she was instantly excited, since I have always said I wanted to do it. The reason I actually followed through with chopping it off was because of the perfect timing: 1) it was summer and 2) I do not have to worry about achieving the perfect cheer hair. Personally liked my hair long when I was a cheerleader because I loved the look of long curls. Now that I am no longer a cheerleader it was the perfect opportunity to do something to my hair that I have wanted to do for a while now.

I was excited and have been mentally prepared for short hair for the past couple of weeks as I awaited my appointment. My appointment finally arrived and Kelsie talked me through the whole process considering I have not gotten my hair cut that short in a long time. After about 45 minutes the transformation was done and I could not be happier, in fact I think I could have maybe gone shorter. My new hairstyle is much easier to control and makes my head feels so light, which makes me a very happy girl. Below are pictures from before, during, and after of my hair appointment.
Before Haircut  During Haircut  After Haircut

I want you to check out this list of 7 reasons why it is a good idea to cut your hair during the summer.

‘Till Later

Rickie

 

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Sweet Summertime Treat

Whenever the weather is extremely hot I always crave an ice cold treat. Recently the weather in Reno has been in the mid 90’s even reaching to the triple digits. With that being said I am always trying to find different ways to cool down whether it means go to the pool, go to tahoe, stay-inside-my-nice-air-conditioned-apartment-while-watching-Netflix, or eat refreshing dishes/snacks. I notice whenever I go out to eat or grab a cup of coffee the season really depicts what I am going to choose. For example, when I go to Yard House my palette craves different dishes depending on the season we are in. The summer dish I like is the Summer Salad, which is made of romaine lettuce, strawberries, avocado, oranges, candied walnuts, and leeks. For a winter dish, I would order Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque, which is made from roasted tomato, cheddar, gorgonzola, swiss, fontina, and artisan bread. This is just an example of how we eat different things depending on the season even if we do not realize it. Normally, when I think a summertime snack I think of something frozen.

IngredientsRicks’ Tip #9: If you feel like you’re overheating from the hot weather lookup online recipes for treats that will cool you down, specifically recipes that call for ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Like I mentioned earlier with the weather reaching the 100’s in Reno I have been dying for something to cool me down. I came across a Buzzfeed article called “21 Summer Breakfasts That Don’t Require A Stove” and I knew I was going to find a recipe I would want to try. As I scrolled down the list Yogurt Granola Banana Pops stood out to me because they sounded delicious and easy to make. As I looked further into the recipe I realized I had everything I need 2 bananas, 4 wooden sticks, 1 carton (6-ounces of fat-free yogurt), and granola mix with dried fruit. Click here to find the full recipe including the instructions. Preparation time was about 7 minutes. After assembling the Yogurt Granola Banana Pops, I set them in the freezer where they will freeze for two hours.

Granola Yogurt Banana PopsI was not sure that this dish would fill me up for breakfast, but I definitely think it is a nice for snack, especially after the gym today. I could eat this frozen treat to cool down and not feel guilty about myself like I would if I were eating a sugary/syrupy popsicle, Otter Pop, or ice cream.

I want you to tell me your favorite homemade summertime snack.

‘Till Later

Rickie

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Summer Hiking

This past Father’s Day I was not back home in Vegas to spend it with my dad. Even if I was there he was working all day so he was unable to celebrate it anyway. So while I was here in Reno I thought to myself “what would dad want to do today?”Dad Hiking Narrows That was a pretty simple question to answer. The answer is hike. We always hiked throughout my childhood and still do. My dad is an adventurous guy and likes to try new things all the time. He loves to fly fish, hike, camp, road bike, read books, practice yoga, watch sports (Specifically the Dodgers), and stay up-to-date with the latest Apple technology. He recently went on a camping trip to Zion National Park, the image to the left is him hiking through the Narrows. He is such an independent person and free spirit. I believe he is reason I like to stray away from the norm and try to do new things. Backtracking to the Father’s Day subject, I unfortunately had to work on the holiday too but the fact that hiking has been on my mind all week meant I had to go.

MapRicks’ Tip #8: Get up early one morning and go on a hike. It is a great form of exercise. This morning I woke up early and decided to hike the “N” starting at the Reno Sports Complex, which is 5 minutes away from where I live. You would be surprised how many places there are in Reno you can go to for a easy or moderate hike. In fact, even walking along steady trails can be found right in your own backyard. There are many different paths and trails at the Reno Sports Complex. I started going through the Nature Trail leading toward Evans Canyon Loop. Following the loop I veered off onto a narrow, steep trail to the “N.” After making it to the top I looked at my iPod Nano (that was tracking my time and distance with Nike+) and it had only taken me 24 minutes. Normally when I hike I like to enjoy my final destination, so I relaxed for about 15 minutes. I started to feel the sun beaming down which was my cue to start heading back down the mountain. I continued on a Trail to the Ndifferent part Evans Canyon Loop, eventually leading me back to the Nature Trail. I like to hike, but I am not too crazy into hiking yet like my dad. I do not have fancy gear or have a lot of knowledge about trails, but that does not mean I can’t do it. I really like it because I love the way I feel after being outdoors and getting some exercise.

I want you to check out this website explaining why hiking makes you happier and healthier.

‘Till Later

Rickie

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