Two months ago, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I watched as the girl I’ve competed with, had lunch with, discussed platforms with, and judged a local pageant with was crowned Miss America. It was fricken amazing, and I’m still in shock. New York won twice. Upstate New York. First Bollywood Talent. First Indian descent. It was just truly unbelievable.
Two Miss Americas in a row seems like a great reason to Party. So in line with Miss America tradition, after beginning her reign as Miss America, she would return to where it all began.
After a quick evening in New York City to jump start the Homecoming celebration, Nina and her gang flew (or drove) upstate to the place where it all began: Syracuse. Here, the real celebration began. I of course wanted to be involved and chose two of the events to attend: the autograph signing and the breakfast.
While volunteering at the Yeah Baby expo with pageant sister and friend Bianca, she mentioned that she would be helping out at the Little Miss Finger Lakes pageant. I had received the email a few weeks back, looking for helpers. However, I was going to walk in a making Strides Against Breast Cancer that day. But when my plans to walk fell through, I shot the director an email asking if he still needed help; he did! So I made the trip down to Corning, NY. The pageant was to find not only Miss Finger Lakes’ Outstanding Teen, but also the Little Royalty girls who would help backstage a hostesses. The entire pageant serves as a fundraiser for the Miss Finger Lakes pageant Scholarship.
Recently, while on a random escapade in Syracuse, I found myself on University Hill. Basically, that is where the bulk of the Syracuse University buildings are. There are also little diners and shops for students to to on breaks between classes or on weekends.
Originally it was a trip for lunch. I would give lunch a review, but numbers can’t go low enough to describe how awful it was. I almost walked out, but I have a conscious. I wont even mention the name. Good riddance.
Then we considered getting tattoos. By we, I mean me. One day I hope to get a tattoo with someone, instead of just someone watching. It would be neat to have that sort of bonding experience. But I digress. But thankfully, despite really wanting to get another, I didn’t have any cash on me. I knew that if I went to a bank that the impulse would wear off. I also couldn’t decide what I wanted. Don’t get me wrong, I have like 6 planned out. But with pageant season approaching quickly, and the fact that I was wearing a dress so my placement was limited, I suppose it worked out for the best. Plus, I had no idea how good anyone at the shop was. I’d rather go somewhere I trust.
So instead, I walked the streets. I checked out the shops, was approached by a homeless man, again, asking for money. It took a few shops, but I was finally able to buy a Syracuse Orange tumbler. After my lovestruck wanderlust visit to Cincinnati, where I bought a Bearcat’s cup, I suddenly fell in love with University tumblers. I found an awesome cup that resembles a Solo cup, however is much sturdier. I snatched it up right away.
But when I was finished purusing, I did what anyone would do: I took pictures in front of the University buildings like a tourist. I was only an hour from my house, but I was totally in tourist mode. Continue reading
It’s pageant season for Salt City Royalty. The 4th annual benefit pageant was held October 6th in North Syracuse where 28 beautiful girls and half a dozen of their moms competed for Royalty titles. This year the theme was the Power of Love. In addition to the standard Beauty category, contestants were able to compete in an outfit of choice; their personal expression of love.
This past weekend was the 30th Lioness hosted Apple Festival in Central Square. Salt City Royalty was asked to host a Miss Apple Festival pageant, and of course they jumped on Board. Twenty-six beautiful girls between the ages of 1-12 showed up in their sparkles and tulle to walk across the stage. Continue reading
At the beginning of the summer I had it placed in my mind that I was going to start running. I am tall, I ran track in school (even if I wasn’t any good because I had not heart in it). I also decided that I wanted to run a 5k fun run.
Around the same time, possibly slightly after, my mom began adding running into her lifestyle as a weight management system. As a mother who is just over 5 feet tall, and has never ran in her life, I often sent mental kudos as she posted her stats on Facebook. Her times were impressive!
After debating the type of run, debating which dates would work, and trying to recruit as many family members as possible, my mom and I finally chose a Color Me Rad run which would take place at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Albany. There would be less stress than a competitive race, it is close to my parents’ house, and the pictures online looked like it would be a blast: literally.
As the months got closer, I added running into my fitness routine, but in the weeks leading up to the race my workload was doubled and I suddenly dfound myself busy every weekend (whether it was from driving to Ohio or Atlantic City, running wasn’t in my abilities). When the week of the race finally came, I realised that I was not ready. I worried my mom was going to beat me, as she had literally been running every day, rain or shine, and i don’t think that is ever an option, I just hoped my legs and lungs would be on the same page.
For about a month now I have been training for the Color Me Rad 5k run that is going to be held TOMORROW in Albany. My mom had been training for quite some time, despite her short stature. I decided that if I didn’t want to be embarrassed by a time that is significantly longer than my mom, I would have to step up my game. Although I am still running from zombies, and keeping up on my missions on Zombies, Run, I downloaded a few more apps to help motivate me along the way.
10k for Pink, I downloaded the free version, gives a daily running plan to help get you to a position where you can run a 10k. Even though I have little plans to run a 10k race (or maybe I do…?) I thought that it would be a better goal than just lowering my 5k time. The app has 3 workouts per week, however I simply ran one every day. Each week the 3 workouts are the same sets of intervals, buy change weekly. The app vibrates and tells you whether to walk or run, and plays music between intervals. Its a good way to pace yourself for long distance running. Continue reading