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Guest Post: Derek's Ramblings

by Meghann on July 5, 2009

Hello everyone, Derek here. Right about now, Meghann and I are cruising around somewhere in the Caribbean. Unlike Meghann, this is my second cruise but my first in a tropical paradise. My first cruise was to Alaska around 14 or 15 years old with my family. No doubt, Alaska was a pretty cool place to visit…but let’s be honest…how often do ‘cruise ship’ and ‘alaska’ go together in a sentence? My point exactly. That’s why I was really looking forward to this cruise. Nothing but sun, fun, endless food options, and best of all, Meghann!

So why am I here? Meghann asked me to do a guest post while we’re vacationing and I couldn’t say no. Hopefully by the end of this guest post, you will know a little more about the guy that shows up on Meghann’s blog every few weeks or so. I must warn you though…what you’re about to read may leave you questions to ask or could leave you wondering why you just took time to read this. It’s basically going to be whatever decides to flow out of my fingers. Get ready for sporadic and random, here goes…

I’m 25 years old and live in Tampa. Born and raised Floridian! Not many people can say that. I know all you non-Floridian readers are jealous! =) I’m going to begin with the topic of my diet and exercise since that’s what most of ya’ll are interested in. I’ve always been pretty content with my weight. I don’t have the rock hard abs or biceps that could curl 50 lbs and I’m ok with that. I’ve been lucky enough to eat what I want and not gain a crazy amount of weight. My diet consists of a lot of boxed, canned, and frozen food. Pasta is my favorite. Give me any kind of pasta, red or white sauce, and chicken/veggies/seafood/etc and I’m good. There have been times where I’ve knocked out an entire bag of Doritos and called it dinner. Yes, dinner. I might as well be back in college working on my beer gut right?

Thing is, I’m not creative at all. I can’t think up the things Meghann does. She uses ingredients that I’ve never heard of. I remember one weekend at Meghann’s where she made jicama. Ji what? She only had to pronounce it about 5 times before I got it….and that’s only one thing. Sometimes, as you know, she’ll list out her ingredients and, no joke, most of the time I won’t know what half the stuff is. It’s sad, but true. Another thing I love is rice and beans. You wouldn’t know it from Meghann’s photos, but I’m 1/2 honduran. I like to think that I get my ridiculous obsession for arroz amarillo con frijoles negros (yellow rice with black beans) from my latin heritage. Anyway, from the few examples I’ve listed, you can probably tell it’s not the healthiest diet in the world, but this is where I segway into exercise.

I don’t get exercise through the traditional workout in the gym. I get out and rollerblade, play basketball, football, a round (maybe two) of golf. Real quick side note…for those that may not think playing golf is a workout, carry a 30 lb bag on your back for 18 or 27 holes in addition to swinging a club 200-300 times (including practice swings) and you may think differently. It’s just a different kind of workout. As far as running goes, I’ve never been into distance running. It was always more about shorter distances and quick bursts of speed that didn’t have to be maintained. It really worked in baseball! Give me 40 yards and I bet I’ve got you beat. =) Despite all that, I have been trying out the longer distance running thing. There was one thing that Meghann said that convinced me to give it a shot. I said to her one day, “I’m not a runner…I can’t run long distances”. So she said, “I didn’t think I could either but I wanted to see what I could do so I gave it a try”. The part about ‘wanted to see what I could do’ was the key. I like the idea of a challenge so I’m presently running towards my first 5k. Now, I really don’t see this turning into anything more than maybe a 15K at some point, but why not give it a go and see what kinda times I can post. Who’s with me?!?

The last thing I want to talk about (and hopefully entertain you with) is my memory of how I met and got to know Meghann. I owe it all to our mutual friend, Emily. Emily and I lived in the same dorm complex at FSU. I didn’t know her at all but randomly decided one day to friend her on facebook. Truth be told (and Meghann knows this), I was interested in Emily at that point…and my only defense is that I didn’t know Meghann yet. One particular night I was invited to go out with Emily and some of her friends…Meghann being one of them. I honestly can’t say that I remember the details of that night, but I do remember meeting Meghann that first time. I’m not going to sugarcoat the story and tell you that sparks flew from the moment we met. By nature, I’m a shy person. I’m not extroverted in a way that I can meet a stranger and feel comfortable around them. It takes time for me to feel someone out and settle in with them. So, that’s what I did with Meghann. We continued to go out in groups and, slowly but surely, found ourselves getting closer as time went on. It actually got to the point that while predrinking one night, the 3 of us came up with a nickname…DrHannEm (dr being my initials). Come to think of it, we probably had a good amount of shots in us when we came up with this, but it’s college.


We dated for a bit and I really enjoyed the college times I spent with her. From line dancing to flippin tuesday’s at AJ’s to Bullwinkles to 80s night at Yianni’s…it was all very memorable. But, reality set in and I graduated. Some time passed after graduation and I missed what I had in Meghann…so I wanted to march myself up to FSU and talk to her about it. Sadly, too much time had gone by and she began dating someone else. I never made the trip. For those of you that have been reading her blog for many many months, you may remember us running into each other at, go figure, Bullwinkles. I can’t tell you what it was like to see her again. In short, we began talking again, making visits to each other in Tampa and Orlando…at which point I showed up on her blog here and there, and magically, here I sit at 12:30am talking to you, her readers.

So, it is time for me to wrap this up and say goodbye. It’s hard to imagine Meghann typing up a post 2-3 times a day for over a year. This is tough work. In closing, I’d like to wish all of you the very best in your respective eating lifestyles, your running/exercising, and really just your goals in general.

Until next time (if she lets me),


1 Courtney July 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks, Derek! Adorable story of how you and Meghann met! And have a great time on the cruise! (Both Meghann and Derek) Make sure you stop by the soft-serve ice cream station… cruise ice cream is better for some reason. =D

2 j July 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

that was a great post derek, it was nice to learn more about the guy meghann speaks of so greatly haha ๐Ÿ™‚

3 emmieluvzyou July 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Kudos! Sounds like Meghann found a pretty nice guy. It’s always good to hear about the men in my favorite bloggers life!

4 carolinebee July 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Great post Derek!! I love the Latin flava ๐Ÿ˜€ Arroz con frijoles= the beesssst! Have fun on your cruise!

5 caitlin July 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

i have been waiting all weekend for derek’s post!! yay!

6 runnerskitchen July 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Aww, what a cute post! Hope you two are having fun on the cruise ๐Ÿ™‚

7 inmytummy July 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Derek, I’m interesting in knowing how you feel about the way Meghann eats. My finance eats more like you do (although it’s slowly changing) and I think sometimes he really wishes that I’d go out and have buffalo wings or something with him.

Do you enjoy eating healthy? Do you think that being with Meghann will ultimately change the way you eat?

8 Derek July 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

inmytummy, I’m very supportive of the way she eats. I had a teacher once that described european cuisine and customs as “it’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s different.” That’s probably the way to explain how I look at it. I think everyone enjoys eating healthy…question is…how often. So far, she HAS had an impact on how I eat. I spent over $100 at publix about a week ago and didn’t buy any pasta. Frozen and canned foods are a little different story though. But, I did buy more fruit and healthier bread among other things. When we saw your question we had a little discussion about it. I mentioned that it’s sort of how I look at people and religion. I’m very open to someone sharing and offering their viewpoints…but when you cross the line of forcing those viewpoints…then it becomes something bigger. But all in all, I really like trying her creations and concoctions and definitely support her healthy eating lifestyle.

9 Kimberly July 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Great post!! It is nice to “meet” you!! Good luck you your 5K! I never thought I would like distance running either, but I am now training for my first half marathon in Oct!

10 Kiki July 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm

aw you guuuuys! that’s so sweet, i love stories like that. Welcome Derek – hope Meghann lets you post again! x

11 biz319 July 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Great post – you seem like a very nice guy and how lucky you bumped into her again!

Hope you are having fun!

12 Ashley C. July 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

aw cute post- Meghann told us the story of how you met when I met with her in long beach & I thought it was adorable- you guys seem very happy together & I hope you’re having the best time on the cruise!

13 smallchangesaddup July 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Nice to ‘meet’ you Derek! It was really interesting to hear how you two met, I’m such a romantic! Hope you’re having fun on the cruise and I look forward to more posts. Good luck with the 5k!

14 Natalie M. July 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Haaaaa the Easter Bunny speaks! ๐Ÿ™‚

You did a fantastic job Derek.. I appreciate your honesty and speaking from the heart. Meghann is lucky to have a guy like you in her life… and the fact that you like golf makes you uber cool in my book! This was a great guest post.

15 *Andrea* July 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm

derek, you’re adorable! and meghann is amazing and a huge inspiration for me.

16 D July 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Meghan, he is a keeper!!! Hope y’all had a lovely cruise!!!!

17 caronae July 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

thanks for the post — I love learning how people met!
PS- — good luck with the running. You’ll be loving it before you know it!

18 kristi (sweet cheeks) July 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm

cute guest post!!

19 Matt July 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Derek gets my seal of approval ๐Ÿ™‚

20 MarathonVal July 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm

What a sweet thing to do! Such a good boyfriend ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are both having fun on the cruise!

21 Kaye July 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

You seem like such a great guy! Meghann is lucky to have you. Have tons of fun on the cruise and eat lots of good food.
Hope to hear more from you!

22 leslie July 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm

this was so sweet! it’s always interesting to hear a guy’s perspective!

23 Sarah July 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

yay derek, i love your post!! you covered all the hot topics — food, exercise, how you met meghann. such a sweet story. come back for more any time ๐Ÿ™‚

24 Christina July 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I love this post. Your eating habits sound a lot like my boyfriend’s!

25 Sarah July 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for sharing! Nice to “meet” you, Derek!

26 Sweet and Fit July 6, 2009 at 12:23 am

awww, great post! thanks for clearing up some things for us! hope you have a great trip =)

27 Courtney July 6, 2009 at 3:16 am

That’s so cute how you two met and how things worked out in the end – awww! ๐Ÿ™‚


28 Susan July 6, 2009 at 6:42 am

Wonderful post Derek!! I love hearing from my favourite blogger’s “other halves.” Hope you two are having a great time on your cruise!

29 Danielle July 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

Fantastic post Derek, great to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Carrie July 6, 2009 at 10:51 am

I went to FSU as well and all that talk about Bullwinkle’s has me nostalgic! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have a great time on your trip.

31 greenbean July 6, 2009 at 11:45 am

Sweet! That was a nice post Derek! Meghann seems like such a sweetheart and it’s nice to see that she’s dating such nice guy. Hope to see you posting again!

32 Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Very sweet story!!!

33 Rose July 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Hey Derek! Loved your post. I really enjoy hearing stories like these ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you guys are a good match.

34 Whit July 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Good job Derek! Ya’ll have such a cute little story!

35 Danielle July 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm

What a cute story! Good luck training for your 5K!

36 Kaitlyn July 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm

That was adorable!!

37 Nate July 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

Nice work, Easter Bunny.

38 Susan July 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

really liked this post and the cute story!!

39 Raya July 9, 2009 at 11:37 am


40 Raya July 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

It is SO CUTE that you took the time to write up such a sweet post. Do you have a brother? Haha j/k.

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