Friday, September 21, 2012

Nights Like These


I know the days are getting shorter but for some reason, maybe I'm taking longer breaths and exhaling more slowly today, but for a split second the light seems to linger on the the horizon and life doesn't feel like it's flying by as quickly as usual.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The things you miss

The things you miss are usually the things you take for granted.

I have been thinking a lot about my Phi Mu sisters lately. We are all so spread apart - separated now by distance and differences. Though I feel like the same person I was two years ago, some sort of change comes with graduation that is inherently evil. Like the call to grow up could not be kept at bay - and I am envious of those who seem to be able to walk hand in hand with maturity and happiness. It's so boring!

Anyway, I do get to see my Taylor and Brittany (fingers crossed for Leah) in a few weeks, and I could not be more excited.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

A Letter


Dear September,

You are almost my favorite month. Thank you for sneaking in after a hot August and promising cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the resolution to what seemed like an endless summer.

I am looking forward to boots and sweaters, frosty grass, crunchy leaves, warm breath on night-time air, and burning my impatient tongue on hot chocolate as winter draws slowly nearer.

You bring a season full of promise, absent of stifling heat and brimming with fun-filled weekends, road trips, friends, family, and holidays - all of which top the list of my favorite things, but not necessarily in that order.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

On Being a Spoiled Brat

You guys.

The iPhone 5 was announced on Wednesday as we all knew it would be. We are ordering Mike's on Friday as his early b-day present. He's been working with a busted @$$ Droid, complete with cracked screen and no case for 2 years now, so he deserves it. But I am SO jealous.

I just got the iPhone 4s back last October, so I am nowhere near due for an upgrade. Getting the iPhone 5 would cost me nearly $700 and that's just not in my cards.

*cue temper tantrum*

I have been in serious pout mode.


What do you guys think? Are you getting it? I have to wait until at least August, and by then the iPhone 6 will be half way here. It is impossible to keep up with technology!
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

If you follow me on Instagram

my blog is probably pretty boring.


Last Thursday was Fashion's Night Out. I actually escaped the monotony that is Aiken and went to an event in Columbia with my South Carolina titleholders!


Yes, I wore heels. And put on an actual outfit.


I also got to spend some quality time with my mom doing what we do best...shopping.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm Tired

I didn't write a post yesterday and I had two topics that were both worthy.

The big one obviously, 9/11/01. The less obvious to you, my mom's birthday.


Yesterday was filled with somber Facebook posts and tear-inducing videos. Everything has already been said.


When I read this letter written by Tina Fey, I always think of my mom.


First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her
 when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance.
 Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
 “My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Amen.”
Althought my mom is way funnier than Tina Fey.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Gail Parkins Ovarian Cancer Walk

Do any of you live in Raleigh? Did any of you go to the Ovarian Cancer Walk on Saturday?

If you did, we were rubbin' elbows. I went to the walk on Saturday with my NC titleholders to support Ovarian Cancer research and also walked 2 miles despite my better judgement. Why was it so muggy on Saturday AM?


We had a blast. The girls signed autographs and chatted with visitors for HOURS. 

Oh, and Shannon Miller was there. You know, Shannon Miller? The one from the Magnificent 7 of the '96 Olympics? Yes. 


She fought her own battle with Ovarian Cancer and was also signing autographs at the race (right next to OUR table!) Naturally I got a photo. She's all of 3 feet tall and feels even smaller in person but she was so nice!


How was your weekend?
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Friday, September 07, 2012

Regional Trotting

Not to be confused with globe trotting.

I know many of you spend a lot of time wondering where I am when I'm not updating the blog. Hopefully this post will remedy that.

You know how sometimes you look at your life and realize you never do anything, like...ever? As in...when you're not at work or in the shower you are firmly planted on the couch, playstation remote in one hand, block of cheese in the other, fat/happy/purring like a cat. That's my life 95% out of all the days.  But then fall comes along. And September - December promise weekends of non-stop fun having.

I LOVE FUN HAVING. LITERALLY LOVE IT.

I decided to give you a quick look into my weekend line-up for the next few months. Sure, this probably seems normal for many of you, but when compared to my "normal," (which is finding excitement in a spur of the moment trip to Wal Mart) THIS IS INSANITY.


And even though it slows down in November, it doesn't stop! I have two pageant weekends back-to-back, followed by Thanksgiving! 

So now you know. If you find yourself wondering, you can check back at anytime this fall! =) Happy Friday! Hope you are having as much fun as I am.
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Camping at Hamilton Branch

Like I said, we we went camping over the holiday weekend. Yes, my BFF flew out from sunny California to brave the hot and sticky conditions of a South Carolina Labor Day.

We had 24626262 bottles of bug spray, citronella candles and box fans in every corner of the tent.

But it is beautiful out there. The area we usually go to is on Clarks Hill Lake (AKA Thurmond Lake, depending on whether or not you are on the SC or GA side)


We spent a lot of time frolicking by the water, playing with Bella (and Ginger) and of course, EATING.




It was a pretty good weekend...and now Kelsey is GONE and I don't know what to do with myself.

I'm busying myself with plans for my next trip to San Diego.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Mid-Week Must Haves V.4


What do you think? 
Is any of this on your list?

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Our Weekend: Instadition

So, Kelsey came to town on Friday and we promptly packed our crap and headed to the lake.

Moose helped.


We got to the campsite around 5:00 (because I forgot to leave my car keys for Mike. He needed to drive my car. So I had to call AAA to send out a locksmith. But then we ended up sending a friend back to the house with them. So then I called AAA and cancelled the locksmith. Woops.)

This is what we woke up to every AM:


On Sunday, when we got back in town, we decided to kick it pool side.


Moose really enjoyed Kelsey's visit...


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