It’s Celebration Time!!!

First, I want to say thank you to you all for your wonderful comments on my last post. It’s scary to put yourself out there, but the support from you all makes me feel so much better. You all are so great and I meant it when I said I loved my blogging family!

Now, moving on to the exciting news.

I can’t believe it. I actually did it. I wrote a 112-page Master’s thesis in less than a year while taking a full load of classes (and even threw in a half ironman and a full racing schedule in there for good measure). After hole-punching 350 pages 5 pages at a time and getting everyone from the Dean of the college to the Pope to sign off on my thesis, they tell me that I am actually going to graduate in a couple of weeks with a Master’s degree!

I am not going to lie, it feels pretty good to know I survived this school year. I survived numerous all-nighters, drinking so much coffee I started shaking like a 50-cent mall massage chair, occasional fits of sleep-deprived insanity, and nightmares of not graduating after a whole year of stress and hard work.

I would NOT have been able to survive this year without the support of my amazing husband, family, and friends. That includes you guys! Thanks for being patient with me when I disappeared for a few days at a time and turned into the occasional stress monster.

It’s been a wild and crazy year, but a great one, at that. Now I am ready to move on, celebrate, and find out what the next chapter of my life will hold!

Stage one celebration was some champagne, asiago crackers, and quince paste that my lovely sister brought home for me! What a sweetheart!

Cheers!(Kali wanted to celebrate, too! No, she’s not allowed on the dining room table. You turn your back for one second to take a picture…)

Stage two celebration was heading over to Truckeroo II on Friday night (even though I hadn’t packed a thing yet). Truckeroo is a big DC food truck festival, and it was awesome.

My sister and I split some Ethiopian food; a grilled brie, apple, and honey sandwich on multi-grain bread and a watermelon, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar salad from Big Cheese; and an amazing cookies and cream cupcake from curbside cupcakes.

And bright and early Saturday morning, my husband and I got on a plane to San Francisco to celebrate our one year anniversary and me being done with grad school. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!

(If there are any creepers out there reading this, you should know know that people are living in our house while we are gone:P Sorry, am I the only one that worries about that?)

So if you don’t hear from me a lot this week, it’s because I’m off enjoying my vacation. I’m still thinking of you guys, though. Especially those of you who are racing today!

Oh, and please go check out my guest post over at Peanut Butter Bandit. Thank you!:)

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
-Doing my Half Ironman and getting my Master’s degree might be tied right now…:)


About Erin @ untilyoutri

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49 Responses to It’s Celebration Time!!!

  1. Congrats on the thesis, that’s a fantastic accomplishment! I suspect that this dissertation, if I ever finish it, will be the hardest thing I ever do, even if I do attempt a marathon someday.

    I want to eat a cupcake so bad after reading this post.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS ERIN! What a year! I can’t wait to hear about your SF travels. Enjoy a fabulous trip celebrating your many accomplishments this year!!!

    • Thank you so much, Jess! We’re having an amazing time in San Fran! Can’t wait to share all my pictures (I am already trying to figure out how to blog about it…I already have SOOOO many pictures!:)

  3. Heather Keaton says:

    Congrats!!! That’s super exciting! AND I didn’t realize it’s been a year for you and your husband! Yay! We’re coming up on our two year, crazy! I def laughed at your creeper side note… I totally understand that, I’m the same way ;-p
    PS. You’re blog is very enjoyable to read 🙂

  4. Samantha says:

    Congrats!! I think it’s amazing that you did all that and you are still such an amazing blogger. Always responding to comments and everything is pretty impressive with such a full schedule. Enjoy your vacation!

  5. Stephanie says:

    ONMGGG YAYYYYYYY! Does that sum it up? When I read this I gasped out loud. Yay you!!! I think law school and getting through the bar was the hardest for me! have fun.

    • Aw thanks Steph, you are one of my biggest cheerleaders! I love it:). And yeah, I still am in awe that you got through law school and passed the bar! So impressive! I can’t even imagine the work involved in that.

  6. Stephanie says:

    PS read your post. i have soo many of your recipes to try!!! i bought eggplant this week to make eggplant parm yay!

    • Yayy! let me know how it goes! I already bought another eggplant (but then ended up not having time to cook it before we left for CA). But that was eggplant parm was seriously amazing! i looooved it!

  7. Congrats girl! You have so much to celebrate!

  8. Feerlessfood says:

    Way to go on finishing! I hope you are enjoying San Francisco! It’s an awesome city- I did Escape From Alcatraz there. Make sure you go to Ghiradelli square and get a sundae…. no lie, they are epic. Of course I DIDN’T get one… (we won’t go into why- damn eating disorder…) but you deserve one… or more like eight!

    • That’s awesome that you did escape from Alcatraz! We just did the Alcatraz tour yesterday:). I have heard a lot about these Ghiradelli shops…we might have to check that out today! I already ate a homemade donut (first time I’ve had a donut in years), but it was AMAZING. It was filled with a chocolate almond custard…wow. Just wow.

  9. Lauren says:

    Congratulations!! I know how amazing you must feel at the moment – turning in my master’s thesis gave me the biggest high. It was like this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I felt so free!

    Glad you had a fun celebratory weekend and are now out relaxing in San Fran (weird thing – my parents are actually out there right now. Must be the spot to go! haha) Have an awesome vacation!! You deserve it! 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, that’s so funny that your parents are here! Maybe I’ve seen them and didn’t even know it! (I know I have seen pictures of them on your blog before, but I still don’t think I’d recognize them on the street).

      Ugh, yeah, totally a weight lifted off my shoulder! I am SO happy to relax without that weight of knowing you should be working on it hanging over my head!

  10. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on finishing and turning in your thesis!!!!

  11. Anastasia says:

    Congratulations!!!! How awesome! I can’t believe how quickly you finished your thesis with a full class schedule, ironman and running training. That is insane and you are a badass! 😀

    Happy anniversary and have fun celebrating!

    • Thank you, Anastasia! I didn’t really have a choice, haha, or I wouldn’t graduate! I wish they had given us more time, but I’m glad it’s over:). I was a little worried I wouldn’t make it for a while…but I did!!:)

  12. Priyanka says:

    Congratulations! Writing a masters thesis is not an easy job, and spouses support is pretty vital in stressful times like these. I can’t believe you kept a racing schedule and managed to write the thesis.

    • Thank you, Priyanka! Part of me can’t believe it, either…but to be honest while it was tough, it was great to have something else to focus on for some of the time…helped keep me sane:)

  13. DiningAndDishing says:

    major congrats erin!!! i hope you guys have a BLAST in cali. i cannot wait to hear all about it and relive my time there through your sure-to-be-amazing travels!! 🙂

    – Beth @

  14. Congrats!!! What an awesome accomplishment. Enjoy San Fran and the continuation of the celebration. Can’t wait to hear all about it. And enjoy your anniversary!
    Truckaroo! Nice – sounds like the Vendy Awards I just attended! I have been wanting to try Ethiopian food – I heard its a big deal down in DC, huh? And those cupcakes look awesome.
    The hardest things I’ve ever done have also been the most rewarding – starting my business and finishing my first marathon!!

  15. Blond Duck says:

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation! It’s so inspiring you got your masters and did a ironman….I’m recovering from a running injury, and I can’t imagine being so proficient in swimming and cycling as well! So inspiring!

  16. Blond Duck says:

    Loved the guest post at PB bandit!

  17. Peanut Butter Bandit says:

    I really want on of those cupcakes… and the hardest thing I have ever done was learning how to walk again/regain my independence/retrain my vision following a bad flare of Lupus that occurred in my brainstem.


    CONGRATS AGAIN! Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

  18. lindsay says:

    tuckeroo? how cool! i hope you continue to celebrate for weeks!! you deserve it!

  19. jeri says:

    wowsers, I bet that’s an awesome feeling! I’m just getting ready to start my masters in august, so I’ll use you as inspiration that I can survive while still being a studly athlete! 🙂

    • Oh, that’s great! I didn’t realize you were starting your Master’s soon! What will you be studying? You definitely will survive. It’s tough, and you’ll most likely miss a few workouts here and there, but for the most part the workouts are a great way to blow off some stress/steam and clear your mind during the stressful school year!

  20. Congrats, Erin!!! I hope that you and Eric are having a super fun time in San Francisco! =)

  21. Hey lady 🙂 As you can probably tell I’m SUPER behind on my blog-reading but CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so proud of you! Every time I turn around you’re accomplishing another amazing feat! The hardest thing I ever did was studying for and passing the bar exam…I think I actually went mentally insane for a few months while I was studying and then waiting for the results lol. I can’t wait to read about your San Fran trip…I’m sure you’re having a blast! Happy Anniversary!
    PS…Not gonna lie, that sandwich looks effing delicious.

    • Hey Ali! It’s okay, I am falling super behind, too, now that we’re on vacation. What can you do?? Thank you so much, you are so sweet! I am so impressed by you lawyers…I don’t know how you do it! So impressive!

      And, the sandwich was pretty effing delicious;). It didn’t have quite enough apples on it for my taste, but I’m thinking about recreating it at home and making it even better;).

  22. Janice says:


    I totally worry about creepers too.

  23. I think the hardest thing I have ever done was move to Buffalo (where I knew nobody) for my dietetic internship. I was on edge about moving before I took the leap but after all was said and done it allowed me to grow and change as a person. Changing in ways that prob wouldn’t have been possible if I stayed home.

  24. Allison says:


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