Poppin’ Bottles!

Well friends, it’s official — I am DONE with the coursework portion of my Masters of Public Health in Nutrition here at UNC-Chapel Hill! How time flies. It seems like FOREVER ago that I was just starting the long road of prerequisites with Chem 1 and 2, taking the GRE, and applying to schools… but at the same time I feel like it has all flown by. It’s pretty crazy that 3 years ago I basically knew nothing about science and yesterday, I took an advanced biochemistry final exam. How things have changed!

Before the exam yesterday, I met my girls Lauren and Elle for one last morning run. It feels like summer out there — even by 7 a.m. it was already HOT and humid!


Oh hi, awkward morning photo

We did our usual very hilly 4-ish mile loop, chatting away the whole time. Can’t say I’m sorry it’s the last time I’ll have to run the mile long hill of death. ;)



  • Mile 1: 9:43 (endless hill of death)
  • Mile 2: 9:01
  • Mile 3: 8:27
  • Mile 4: 8:51

Total time: 37:53. Average pace: 8:58. We had a great run, even with all the hills — I’ll really miss having these two as early morning running buddies! :( After the run, I spent the rest of the morning cramming for the biochem exam at noon, and then, 1.5 hour of intense writing later… and I was free!!!!

Immediately after the exam, it was time to celebrate.


I’ll see some of the girls again tonight for a yoga + dinner date, but some of them were leaving today, so we made sure to have one last hurrah yesterday with all of us together. After the test was over, all of us (+ Matt and Elle’s man, Rob) met at Elle’s house aka “The Clubhouse” for some grilling, swilling, and chilling.


Gosh, I’m going to miss these girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go through grad school with. (Kort, we missed you!)


It makes me so sad to think I won’t be seeing them every day anymore!

We spent about 3 hours at Elle’s laughing, eating, and sipping on champagne (/beer for the boys). Since it was approximately 800 degrees out yesterday, I decided it was the perfect occasion to bust out the new dress that my friends over at Five Bamboo sent me to review for the blog! This is called the Hopscotch dress and I’m in love with it.

It’s super comfy and soft, fits nicely, AND it has pockets. Dresses with pockets > dresses without pockets. Fact of life.



It also has a racerback, which I love!


A big thank you to Five Bamboo for the dress — it’s my new favorite. :) (Psssst: if you’re buying anything on their website, enter the code “fannetasticbamboo” for 15% off!)

The rest of last night was spent at the Durham Bulls game!


The weather cooled off and we had quite a nice night for baseball watching. Jill and Lauren’s men joined us as well, so we had quite the crew!




What a fun last day with all of my grad school buddies. We’re already planning a weekend beach reunion for this summer — and of course we have a built in reunion with our wedding in October!

Anyway, it’s time to buckle down over here — Matt and I need to spend the day packing and starting to load our UHaul because we push off for DC tomorrow! Gah.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


  1. 1

    I ADORE that dress – the color, the shape, and the Five Bamboo material is supposed to be divine.

  2. 2

    Congrats!! This is the start of an exciting new adventure for you!

  3. 3

    Love the dress! I only buy dresses with pockets now, a total must :)

  4. 4

    LOVE the dress. I tried to buy it on their website but your promo code didn’t work :( any suggestions?

  5. 9

    Omg that’s so exciting you’re leaving for DC soon! Congrats on getting your masters! What a huge accomplishment!

  6. 10

    Sooo proud of you! I remember the day we bonded over ketones :)

  7. 11

    Congrats!!!! That is awesome :) and btw I love your dress! Looks great and the color is gorgeous. I totally agree that dresses with pockets are by far superior!

  8. 12

    YAY!! Congrats girl!!

  9. 13

    That dress is gorgeous on you, Anne. It looks like a salmon color, and it is your color. Have fun packing and U Hauling

  10. 15

    I love your dress! The color is so trendy for this season and perfect for spring :)

    Great job getting a run in. I think it’s wonderful you have a wonderful group of friends around you!

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    Pat Elsberry says

    Congratulations Anne!!! It seems just like yesterday when you arrived in Chapel Hill and now you’re done and on your way back to DC! So excited for you! Safe driving to you and Matt tomorrow! BTW, love the dress – the color rocks and I love that it has pockets, too! :)

  12. 17

    Totally agree on the dress with pockets equation ;)

  13. 18

    Congratulations, the hard part is over!! I hope to never see a Biochem/Organic Chem book again! As an RD now I hardly ever refer to these things!

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  15. 21

    Congratulations! That must be so exciting.

    Love the dress too! I feel like I need one.

  16. 22

    Here’s to more popping’ bottles in honor of finishing Grad school, and starting your next phase of life in DC ;-)

  17. 23

    My dad was at that Bulls game :)

  18. 25

    You look so amazing Anne! I love the dress! Not to freak you out but your back side looks really good too! Go girl!

    I’m off to do some lunges. :)

    Eat Live Move

  19. 27
    Lauren K says

    This post is so happy and so sad at the same time. Definitely one of my favorites! Cougs clan forever, xoxo

  20. 29

    Congratulations Anne!! you did it, its great. A stage of your life ends an another start, well done Anne, go ahead!!

  21. 30

    I am SO proud of you, my friend!!! Congratulations!!!

  22. 31

    Sorry, I’m not sure if you wrote this before, but did you get an undergrad in Nutrition or in another major? I’m a second year nutrition major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It’s scary to think of applying for D.I.’s because no one I know got into one…congrats on finishing your masters and good luck with the DI!

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