Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Wishlist

Bravo TV has got to cut it out. I mean really, why must they tempt me with their reality shows while I am trying to get work done? My guilty pleasure tonight: Millionaire Matchmaker Reunion. I love me some Patti Stanger, that girl keeps it real.

Watching this show gives me the chance to think about what I look for in a guy. If I had my own personal Patti, who would she match me up with? We all know I don't necessarily have a "type" per se, but there are a few things that my potential new beau must have.

-- A sense of humor. I need a guy who can laugh with me and make me laugh in return. How boring would a relationship be without laughter?
-- A backbone. I have been in a few relationships where the guy had absolutely NO backbone. This is nowhere near attractive, it's actually a huge turn-off. Not to get this confused with just being a total jerk either. There needs to be a happy medium.
-- Manners. I don't get all bent out of shape if the guy has a few mishaps here and there during our relationship. But there are some things guys should always do. Like pay for the first date (believe it or not, this issue has arisen in my previous dating life), or initiate conversations instead of waiting on you to make the first move. Pride should never get in the way in a relationship.
-- Height. I know I'm a little bit on the tall side, but shorties need not apply. I usually date guys around my height, but have yet to find the super tall stud of my dreams.
-- A close relationship with his family. You can tell a lot about a guy by the way he treats his mama.
-- Goals. There isn't a bigger turn-off in my book than a guy that has no ambition or goals in life. I certainly don't float around aimlessly, I don't want my partner to either.

Obviously there are more requirements to my ever-growing list: I like guys with nice teeth, guys that drive big non-girly cars, a guy with a sense of style, intelligence (duh, he has got to be able to keep up with me), and the list goes on. Unfortunately for me, I don't have Patti Stanger to help me with my quest. Fortunately for me, my mother proves to be even tougher than my girl Patti. You ask how this is possible? Just take my word for it.

For the first time in my life I am not settling. In just a few short weeks I will have been a single girl for an entire year. That sounds silly saying, but coming from a "relationship-girl" it is definitely a feat. Luckily for me, I have plenty of things to do to occupy my time, and as we all know I already have my number one man: George. And who needs more than a loving feline in life? All I want for Christmas is my perfect match. No biggie, a girl can dream right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

What a Tease

Thanksgiving break is such a tease. A few days of bliss, then I'm thrown right back into my same-old-same routine. Buzzkill. But with Thanksgiving coming and going, Christmas is right around the corner, and a month of me-time is what I am needing right now. With school becoming more and more of a chore on a daily basis (weird concept there, right?), I need a week or two to forget about school-related obligations.

This past weekend was the perfect opportunity to just relax with family, eat some good food, and catch up with a few old friends. This was also my first Black Friday shopping experience, and it wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be.. Maybe due to the fact that my target stores to hit were a few boutiques and my all-time fav, Anthro. And as per usual, Anthropologie did not disappoint. To say I got some fabulous deals is an understatement. So, waking up for this beauty (which I snagged at a fraction of the original price) was well worth it.

I also managed to snag up another adorable jacket by Daughters of the Liberation, an assortment of tops and sweaters, a fur vest I've been searching for high and low, a BIG pocketbook (and guess what? it's NOT a sidebag), and some pretty new jewels. And when you get these things while they are on sale, the thrill of the hunt is that much sweeter. Unlike some other people I've been hearing about in the news, I didn't get too crazy over finding a good deal. This lady even maced a few people in order to be the first in line. Nothing spreads Christmas cheer like a good can of mace!

Shopping also served as a means to walk off some of those carbs I inhaled at the dinner table on Thanksgiving (and practically all weekend to be frank). Finally, I have come out of my turkey-induced food coma and if I never see another piece of turkey again in my life I will be completely content. Trying to eat healthier was a bad idea right before the holidays. Portion control, what in the world is that? 

I thought I wouldn't be able to bring myself to drive back up the mountain this morning. The only real motivation I had was this little guy sleeping beside me on the couch as we speak. George is such an angel pie, just wanna gobble him up! But I still wish the two of us were back home blogging, instead of one top of this mountain where everything is flooding. How am I supposed to accomplish anything with this dreary weather and an illness that is quickly approaching. Of course I would get sick right before finals.

The good news is: We only have one full week of school left. My last Fall semester of graduate school is coming to an end. Holy moly, where has the time gone?! I will get to see all of my favorite gals in just a few short weeks. Getting us all into one room is a recipe for disaster, but I cannot wait to see them. The bad news: time. is. going. to. d.r.a.g....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Lot of Reasons to Smile

Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and the anticipation is killing me. I just want to pack up my stuff, pack up my tiny infant George, and head home. However I can't do these things because: a. I still have class next week, unfortunately and b. George isn't "allowed" to come home with me because everyone in my family is "allergic" yeah, yeah. Poor baby George.

Seeing as how I don't have time to blog when I am home (my time with mommy consists of eating, shopping, eating some more, and shopping some more), I figured this work-free Saturday would be the perfect opportunity to verbalize what I am thankful for this year. And blogging really gets the creative juices flowing, which I will need for the rest of the day while I work on my thesis... Envious of my Saturday now aren't you?

First and foremost, I am thankful for my wonderfully supportive, caring family. Having such a close relationship with my Mom is something I value very highly. I know I have said this before, but without her guidance and support there is honestly no telling where I would be today. The other members of my family have also helped me become the person I am today. Blessed is such a cliche word, but it's the only one that comes to mind when I think of family. I can't wait to spend some qt with them and eat some of my grandpa's delicious Thanksgiving feast. Here we all are on his 70th birthday last year. Like Elton John down there on the end in the green jacket?

Secondly, I am thankful for such great friends in my life. Modern technology has made it so easy to keep in touch with one another. Whether it's blogging, skyping, group texting (thanks to my inventive friend Louise), or the old-fashioned way of calling, we are all able to keep in touch with one another. Given our hectic lifestyles and sometimes differing time zones, it is so special when we are able to forget all of our cares and just be ourselves. I love you gals! And I love your rockstar bangs Ash, and wish that you would bring them back.

I am also thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me throughout my life. One of my classes has really opened my eyes to the opportunities (or lack thereof) available to human beings everywhere. Do you ever think of your life in other terms? Like what your life would be like if you had been born in a different country or into a different, more oppressive culture? Sometimes it is easy to forget how lucky we are. And although I may not be part of the "1%", I am rich in all the ways that truly matter.

So smile, life is what you make it. What are you thankful for these days?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bring Some Color Into Your Life

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that I am obsessed with prints. To be more specific, I am totally, completely, utterly obsessed with tribal prints. I swear, I must be an Indian at heart, but aren't we all (this was their land before we came here people)!

After a quick glance in my closet, I realized that I have gotten in the habit of purchasing clothes that are far from plain. Don't get me wrong, I still have the staple "plain" pieces that should make up anyone's wardrobe; I just am not necessarily drawn to these options when they are hanging up in the store.

My current home here in Boone also has led me to start liking things I would have never thought twice about beforehand. Honestly, I am glad for this fact. I know my friends may say I have a weird sense of fashion as of late (ahem, Ashleigh Cates), but I like being a little different. And thanks to Pinterest I have been able to drool over some new pieces that will come into my possession in the near future. All I have to say is, thank goodness for this website.

From shoes, to tops, to skirts, to jewels, there is no way you can go wrong with tribal prints. They even have moccasins lined in tribal print -- double whammy for this girl who absolutely loves her moccasins. Tribal prints from head to toe. God Bless America, how can anyone not like these things! Mom, Christmas is quickly approaching. I hope you're taking notes ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On

Coming back from vacation always leaves me feeling sort of blaaah. I know most of my working friends will say, "But Jamie, your whole life is a vacation, you are still in school!" But this only has some semi-truth to it. School is hard, especially when you procrastinate. But like the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", I have learned to stick with methods that work. And if procrastination gets me a 3.8 GPA in grad school, I'll take it.

After my eventful trip to NYC this past weekend, coming home was surreal. The extended weekend flew by way too fast, and now it's time to get back into the swing of things. Back to school, back to work, back to research. Oh, the little joys in life!

This is where my most recent realization comes into play: I have got to take a break from school. Although dreams of one day getting my PhD are not completely being thrown away, they may be placed on the back burner for a little bit. I am at a stage in my life where I am ready to face the real world and start a career, or at least try a few jobs out.

Being in a city like New York makes me crave a fast-paced lifestyle. While I know I could never permanently live in a city that big (I'm a Southern girl at heart), I know that at this point in my life there is a perfect opportunity to explore a few options. After some careful thought, NYC may be a little too big for this mama's girl. So I guess for now, I will have to suffice with a visit or two (or three, or four....) a year.

Seeing as how NYC may be out of the question, I have been toying with a few other cities to reside in. On the top of my list is DC. Not too far from home, a metropolitan area, many job opportunities, this city seems to have it all. And I know the perfect place for me to live. I'll give you a few hints: it's big and it's white.

Considering some recent job opportunities, I've also contemplated moving to Knoxville, Raleigh, or even Atlanta. I guess when you live in a town like Boone anything seems more fast-paced. Now comes the application process; just another activity to keep me from school work. Speaking of activities keeping me from school work, today I stumbled upon this...

I just have to keep reminding myself to keep my eye on the prize and in no time I will be finished with school, probably wishing I was right back in the position I am currently in. But don't we always want what we don't have?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Working for the Weekends

Well, after a few days of 'me' time, I'm back. Phew, you can all rest easy now. Only kidding.... After a very eventful weekend, it is nice to be back to my second home in Boone. This weekend flew by, but isn't that always the case when you're having a good time?

Greenville never disappoints, and this weekend was no exception. After going out on the town, running into some old high school friends, attending a blowout game, and catching up on some much needed quality time with old friends, I am excited to get back to my routine. Wow, I sound old. But seriously, sleep tonight is much anticipated.

Southern Miss absolutely killed ECU on Saturday, but it was nice to be in the company of good people in a town where my Mom attended college. It was so weird to think about me being in the same spots she had been just a few very short years ago. I would love to plan another trip down there with her sometime, to let her relive her college days and share a piece of her history with me. How fun and so very special.

Maybe not as much fun as the guy who decided streaking would be a good idea on Saturday... And yes, there was a streaker. And yes, we were sitting in the third row. And yes, any pictures I managed to capture are too obscene for a PG rated blog. Let's just say that was my first real-life encounter, and hopefully my last.

After a weekend like this past one, anyone would need to catch up on their sleep. Needless to say, this upcoming weekend is sure to include no sleep at all. It happens to be Brooklyn's annual electronic music festival this weekend in New York. Electronic music? Me? No way. Only kidding once again... This girl will be in heaven.

In preparation I will be listening to this song on repeat. And if you don't like it you're crazy.

So here it is, not even Monday, and I'm already working for the next weekend. Friday simply cannot come soon enough. Time for me to rest up!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A GOOD Case of the Mondays

I woke up today feeling a little less stressed than I have been in the past few days. Instead of procrastinating, like I have been so accustomed to my entire life, I decided to get a head start on my midterm that is due tonight. Now instead of waking up feeling anxious and stressed, I can actually have a good Monday, crazy right?

It is always better to start the week out on a positive note rather than having a "case of the Monday's"... so here is what I am loving today:

1. I love waking up to a cold apartment. No, seriously, I love it. I dread turning on the heat -- I hate hot air blowing on me for some reason -- however, I had to turn the heat on (finally) Saturday when we got snow flurries here. Our apartment is set to a cool 64 degrees, the perfect temperature.

2. I love having a completed workload for the week. I started my work early, and have finally finished (after a long and somewhat delirious night at the library) my 18 page midterm. That's right, 18 pages for an exam. And surprisingly it went smoother than I could have ever imagined.

3. I love reading blogs that aren't full of pictures and fashion. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at these blogs for inspiration, but I like hearing about what my friends are doing. When you get older, you separate from your friends. You move to different cities, work in different industries, and lead different lives than you used to. That is where modern technology comes in handy. It helps me keep up with friends close and far away. In this way, I can vicariously live through girlfriends and feel as if I am right there with them, even if our new lives don't allow that right now.

4. I love being independent. I know I have said this before, but now the word seems to have some new meaning as of late. After recently being able to let go of some of the bottled up emotions I have had stored for quite some time, I am able to look at my life in a completely different perspective. Sometimes you spend your life wanting something so badly, only to realize you were wrong (or misguided) on what it was you actually wanted. Everything comes in due time and rather than focusing my wants on something new, I am enjoying just being me.

5. Finally, I am loving the fact that I have my flight to NYC booked. Thanks to the quick service of Bank of America, I received my new debit card in the mail on Saturday. Who knew I could go an entire week without needing one?! After booking my flight today, I am set and ready to visit the Big Apple again in less than two weeks. It doesn't hurt that it there is a huge electronic music festival that weekend either. Trouble is surely to follow.... Only kidding mom.

Happy Halloween! And Happy Monday! Start your week out on the right foot.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Do It Yourself

Recently, my obsession with Pinterest has gotten a little out of hand. I will catch myself pinning instead of getting reading done, or browsing the website for a new outfit idea. And now thanks to my roommate, I have enabled mobile Pinterest, so the pinning never stops. Just when I thought nothing could top Facebook....

I honestly could not live in a time without modern technology. Just the thought of surviving without a cell phone or a computer makes me feel ill. Therefore, I am utterly thankful for websites such as these that afford me with a little break from much dreaded "real life".
With that being said, I have been in a very crafty mood lately. I want to make something. I want to do something that makes me happy. I want to craft people! Whether it be making something in the kitchen, a piece of jewelry, or something to help me organize my life, tomorrow has been set aside as a "me" day.

Given some recent events that have taken place in my life, I have been thinking a lot. Thinking drives me crazy. I need to stop driving my own self crazy. What better way to take my mind off of things than to spend a day making things?
The fact that tomorrow is also the last nice day we will have in Boone for a few months doesn't hurt either. Who knows... maybe I will take my crafting outdoors! I really am not looking forward to the 40 degree weather coming our way. How do you look cute in 30 mph winds?! With a website like Pinterest, I'm sure there is an answer to this question.

Here are a few ideas that have really drawn my interest. Starting out small, I hope to make all of these things sooner than later.

Given my interest in "hippie bracelets" as my friends would like to call them, these DIY wrap bracelets would be the perfect addition to my collection. And instead of dropping big bucks to build a collection this big, I can make them for a fraction of the cost. And add a personal touch.

My jewelry obsession doesn't stop with bracelets, I have recently begun to purchase chunky necklaces. Thus far, I have been storing them in a jewelry organizer which can tangle them and bend them out shape. This easy DIY project consists of things I already have at home: A towel bar and shower hooks. How easy is that? Put this little number in my closet and complete organization will surely ensue.

This idea is one of my favorites. Instead of searching through your cosmetic bag, take an old frame, paint it whatever color your little heart desires, get a magnetic backing and some magnets and you are set to go. I am a very visual person, so being able to see everything right in front of my face is essential. Whoever came up with this idea, many thanks.

This idea is sew cute! Clever, eh? Take all those bobby pins that I use on a regular basis and add some flare. I love the vintage feel here. This DIY project may be asking a little too much out of my unexperienced self, but the idea is still tempting for the over-achiever in me.

Lastly, this little diddy is perfect for the monogramming inner freak in me. As I have stated before, I am completely obsessed with monograms. This DIY project is so easy. Take a backless frame and some stick-on decals and you have a masterpiece. With the right material and good monogramming skills, you could take this idea in many different directions.

Who knows? I may even get really adventurous and try my hand in the kitchen. But I think I already know how well that would turn out. I'm no Suzy Homemaker, so God bless the poor soul that has to eat anything I make. Pictures of my DIY project coming soon. Let's just keep our fingers crossed I don't injure myself in the time being trying to create a masterpiece.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bye Bye Birdie

After a very long, eventful weekend, it is back to reality. Fortunately for me, my school week is over. Having only two classes a week does come in handy (grad school does have its perks after all). And now that I have had time to process last weekend's festivities, I think it's time for me to get out of this town for a little while... One of many little vacations if you will.

First on the departure list is a quick trip to Athens for Halloween weekend. Going to see a good show with some good friends is exactly what I need right now... Forget schoolwork and a midterm I have on Monday, right? You are only young once...
Next weekend it's time for a road trip to visit some old college friends and enjoy a weekend of fun, laughter, brews, and football (that sounded manly). I am a little hesitant traveling to Greenville again, we don't really have a great history -- hopefully that will change upon my arrival next weekend.

And the trip I'm most looking forward to is only a few short weekends away.. NYC. After visiting this past summer, I literally could not get enough. Being there for only four days definitely was not enough, and I need my fix. On the agenda for the NYC trip is to just let loose with my main girl, maybe see a few shows, hit the town, and fix that little problem on Wall Street.

I'm really hoping these adventures will help me clear my head, not think about school for a while, and just remind me that there is more out there than this teeny tiny town. I'm starting to go crazy here with all of these teeny tiny boppers. Bye bye birdie, this girlie's gotta fly.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pay It Forward

You know that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else? You don't necessarily have to go out of your way or exert much effort at all, the smallest of acts is really all it takes. And what you are left with is an overwhelming sense of happiness and reward.

I recently stumbled upon a blog about a woman who celebrated her 37th birthday by doing 37 different random acts of kindness. Some of the acts were small gestures, while others were really just refreshing to hear about. This story opened my eyes to the way I have been living lately, and really encouraged me to make some positive changes in my life.

Recently, I have really been letting people get to me (one person in particular... ahem my advisor). It has taken the encouraging words of wisdom from my mother to help me push forward when all I really want to do is just lay down and cry. But why do I let people get to me on this level? Why am I not able to shake things off and keep on moving?

The random acts of kindness story really made me question what is important in life. It's not the small things, it's not a grudge you have been holding onto, it's not deadlines and work; the important things in life revolve around genuine happiness. And there is nothing in this world that makes me feel so good as when I do something for someone else.

I started my own version of 'paying it forward' today with a customer at work. Something as small as giving someone a discount for the next time they visit really made them happy, which in turn made me very happy. I have had a smile on my face for the entire day because of this, and I plan to make an effort to do something small for someone everyday from now on.

What has made you happy today? And, more importantly, what have you done to bring about happiness today? Everyone can use a smile.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Parents Say the Darndest Things

With the advance of technology, some parents are left in the dust when it comes to keeping up with modern times. And texting is definitely no exception. I have recently stumbled upon a website that illustrates what happens when parents learn to text. After spending several minutes (ahem, it was more like several hours) perusing what the website had to offer, I found myself close to tears just because it was so funny.

This made me think of my own Mom and the stuff that she says sometimes. I can remember when she first learned the art of texting on her beloved Razor phone (R.I.P. Razor, for you are still dearly missed by her). Starting out as a beginner, she has most definitely worked her way up to professional status in the texting department.

She also has provided me with endless entertainment with her texts. Just a simple text status update can really make my day. To be highly entertained check out this website: When Parents Text. I promise you will not be disappointed!

And I will leave you with a few personal favorites from my Mom from the past text cycle:

Mom: Have you been abducted?
Me: No response...

Mom: I'm starving.

Mom: We can go on a walk now. I'll put my sports shoes on.

It's funny how simple texts like these can really make my day. So thank you Mom! I love you, and keep the texts coming!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gotta Have It....

Well, the end of summer does come with perks after all... The change in weather requires a few must haves for this season (and in my ideal world, these would be ideal in any season.. although I know a few who may beg to differ).

The first essential is a nice pair of riding boots. After looking high and low, I have finally found the perfect pair (and for the perfect price)! I am very particular about my boots, and I don't like anything flashy... just a classic pair with no extra bells and whistles. Where on Earth did I find this perfect pair? Why, Facebook of course. Thanks to an old high school friend, I was able to purchase these puppies over the phone and they are en route as we speak.

These beauties will look perfect with any cute little dress and tights, or skinny jeans and an oversized poncho... Which I happened to purchase while I was at home last weekend. A few dresses from Francesca's, another hidden treasure of a dress found at Express (much to my mother's chagrin), a few cardis from little boutiques, and a few tops and ponchos from Target (love!) have recently been added to my wardrobe... All of which will look great with these boots. I sure do love a good deal.

Another Fall essential is a nice oversized bag. While I am particularly partial to my sidebag collection (which consists of all of two bags thus far), I am in search for a bigger option. Rather than opting for a new Longchamp, I have been eyeing a few JPK bags. Something that could serve as a purse and a book carrier is ideal for the student in me.
 Not too big, not too small, this bag is simple yet elegant with the chunky gold hardware... And, if I decide to add on to my sidebag collection, they even make those! A dream for this girl! And while the deep red color is perfect for Fall, it may not be the perfect color for my next Fall must-have... so maybe I will stick to a more neutral color, like a taupe or a black.

Now I know I have you wondering what on Earth this cute little red bag couldn't go with... And without further adieu I bring to you THE FALL MUST HAVE... Hatsacks! And for those of you who are wondering what these 'hatsacks' are, let me fill you in on the best kept secret around (at least here in Boone). These hatsacks are actually berets, which have definitely come back into style. I started my hatsack collection with one lone orange hat... That orange hat sparked an addiction I can't seem to shake. Since the first purchase of my admired hat, I have added 3 more hatsack friends to the equation (one of which was a Christmas gift from my own Mother)!

As my girls Beyonce, Riri, and Fergilicious point out: these hats are here to stay. So get one before they're all gone (probably by me).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just Another Reason to Love Ke$ha

As if this little bundle of joy couldn't get any sweeter.... she does. Ke$ha has been named the Humane Society's first global ambassador! Although she may seem to be a completely disheveled mess, she really has some compassion in there somewhere (sounds like someone I know)..

Even though she may be off the wall, and sometimes in need of a make-over, I have loved this girl since her hit song Tik Tok stole my heart (and followed me around everywhere I went). And I guess it's not too appropriate to call her a "girl" since she is about my age (actually, a little older.... which still makes me cool). But when I say "girl", I mean she is my "homegirl". And by protecting the rights of animals, she is even more of my homegirl.

So in honor of our new global ambassador, I am going to be listening to Ke$ha non-stop and spreading the word about how selfless she is. I may even try to incorporate her into my thesis: Ke$ha and Politics... it has a nice ring to it.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

I'll Drink to That....

So, if I haven't said it enough, I am getting too old for this college town (first time hearing that one right?).. Although I cherish my friendships with my somewhat younger girl friends here, going to Klondike just isn't my thing anymore (yes, I said it). It's just something about that trailer that makes me feel like.... a pedophile. Although I have some very fond memories of the trailer we like to call a "bar", it just lacks a luster it once had. Maybe this is due to the fact that I am now of a legal drinking age and am not looking to "scope out the scene".

However, with a few visits from some old friends, I'm sure to make an appearance there once or twice to relive my glory days. And this, my friends, is the really exciting part. I love having visitors, enjoying a care-free weekend, and momentarily forgetting about school obligations. That is why the next few weeks are going to be phenomenal. Every weekend until November I have something lined up either visiting friends, or having them head this way.

What I am most looking forward to is Homecoming, and a jam-packed apartment. What is better than one or two friends visiting you? A whole bunch of them. And believe me, I am in much need of some QT with some of these people. Back to normalcy, kind of. A few trips to Wilmington won't hurt either... One perk to being older: you have friends scattered all around the place (and infinite mini-vaca opportunities).

And even though it is only Sunday, here's to the weekend! And a little musical motivation...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall is in the Air!

This time of the year has to be one of my favorites. This bittersweet time of bidding farewell to Summer and welcoming Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, especially here in the Boonies.

It should come as no surprise that I love cold weather. I would much rather prefer freezing to death than drenching in sweat. And adding some new Fall pieces to my wardrobe doesn't hurt either ;)
Although I talk about how ready I am to get out of this college town (and trust me, I am ready), I really will miss the beauty of this place. The summers are absolutely perfect... and the winters, well I won't necessarily miss those.

I love the Fall because I love what you can wear in the fall. I am a cardigan and scarf kinda gal. I love layering and effortlessly throwing on something and heading out of the door. I go for comfort, so give me a pair of leggings and an oversized tee and I'm happy.
Another perk to the Fall is the fact that the leaves start to change colors and eventually fall off of the trees. And guess who loves that? You got it, my main man George. And anything that makes him happy makes me happy. As if he couldn't get any cuter right?

So here is to Fall! To pumpkin cheesecakes, college football, spiced lattes, and a spiced up wardrobe... Cheers!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I Need People to Take Me Seriously

So it comes as no surprise that I like to have fun. I think laughing is one of the ultimate cures to any blues you may be experiencing. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed joking around and making people laugh.

However, recently it seems as if I am the butt of all the jokes. Sometimes people take my sense of humor too literally. They think that this characteristic is the only thing that I am. This could not be further from the truth.

Believe it or not, there are other sides to me. There is a very affectionate side that is always there when a friend is going through a hard time or I simply want to show someone how much I appreciate them. There is the studious side, where I kick it into gear and really crank out a lot of work. Why else would I elect to be in school for so long? There is also a very calm, serious side where I do a lot of thinking and reflecting.

But most people don't know any of this. Why? Because even if I am having an awful day, it comes naturally to throw on a big smile and pretend nothing is wrong. So here lies the dilemma... How do I get people to take me seriously when I'm so used to goofing off?

While most people wear many different masks, I seem to be too attached to this silly one where I can't stop goofing off. Maybe it's time to exchange it for a more serious one...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wishful Thinking

Lately I have just been feeling, blah. It's another year in the same town where teeny boppers are flowing in from all corners of the state. I guess this would be fun, if you are in fact a teeny bopper yourself. But let's face it; I am not. Being 23 isn't the tough part.. The tough part is being in a college town when you technically aren't in college anymore. I think I can say I have gotten everything out of this ride.

I don't know if it's the being "old" part that I am having trouble with. After spending years bidding farwell to friends, I have sort of gotten used to losing people I care about. I am lucky to still have those rare moments when I can let loose with friends. Whether it be a weekend trip home, or a much anticipated visit from college friends, I treasure the times when I am around people I truly feel at ease with.

This realization has left me feeling a bit out of sorts. Usually I am a happy-go-lucky kind of gal, but lately during this transition period, I am lost. I know this is all a part of growing up and finding out who you are, but I have never been good with transitions. I absolutely, positively hate change. I get comfortable and snuggle into something and never, ever want to leave. Obviously this isn't the healthiest thing, but ignorance is bliss.

It just makes me wonder why we can't just be babied all of our lives? Can't I just move back home and earn my keep babysitting my baby brother, or my dog? I wonder what my Mom would say if I proposed this idea to her.. I'm sure I know the answer. But man, does this girl look happy! Just living the dream....

But more importantly, I just want to know if it will be acceptable to drink Four Lokos when I am 30. I'm approaching that checkpoint faster than I ever thought was possible, and I want a reward when I cross that finish line.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Everyone Has a Passion

So after taking a night off from work, I was left with many options to occupy my time. Naturally, I chose to do some decorating and unpacking since I have become so boring lately. The old me would have definitely chosen something along the lines of drinking and dancing, the new me not so much. This led me to question what are some of the things I still really enjoy, despite my age.

1. I love laughing. There is nothing better than smiling. It is always better to find the good in something rather than letting the little things get to you. And if you even know me a little bit, you know that I can make a joke out of anything and enjoy making others laugh. It is the best exercise afterall.
2. I love dancing. Whether it is in the shower or in the car, dancing is something that will never get old. Although my dancing styles have changed over the years (going from dancing with my lower body to now strictly using my upper body), the dancing has ceased to stop.

3. I love music. Duh, how else could you dance without the stuff? I guess you could dance to the music in your head but it wouldn't be nearly as fun. Music can appeal to any emotion. Whether you're feeling sad, happy, mad, or funky, there is always something out there that can tickle your fancy.
4. This one probably goes without saying, but I love my little boy Georgie. He brings so much entertainment into my life and he gives me unconditional affection. He plays hard to get at times, but that's what I like about him. He makes you fight for his attention; he truly takes after his mother.

5. Speaking of mother, I love mine. After years of my teenage angst, we have finally reached such a peaceful and happy point in our relationship. There is absolutely nothing like a mother's love and guidance. I can only hope to be as strong and supporting as she has been.

6. I love rainy days. Most people would prefer a beautiful day outdoors. I am the complete opposite. Give me a rainy day off of work and the possibilities are endless. Finish up a book you haven't had time to read, light some candles and put on a good playlist, find time to finish a project you've been meaning to complete. Rainy days like these are few and far between.
7. I love a good book. I have always enjoyed reading (for fun only, school is a completely different story). There is nothing better than finding a book that you simply cannot put down. Does this make me sound like an old fart? Oh well. My author of choice is Jodi Picoult. I don't think she has ever written a book that I didn't like.

8. I love being self-sufficient. As much as I hate working recently, I really enjoy being able to make my own money. Given my online shopping habit, it is essential that I am able to balance the budget... Could this be a calling? Jamie Duncan, the next Republican presidential candidate? Not this year folks, but keep an eye out.
9. I love good friends. Being able to keep in touch with close friends is something I value deeply. I am fortunate enough to have close relationships with best friends from high school as well as college. Maintaining a good friendship requires effort, and if your friends are true friends, the effort is well worth it.

10. I love being passionate about life. I do everything big; I laugh big, I cry big, I love big, and I get mad... BIG. I have noticed lately how emotional I become about things. Luckily, due to the guidance of my mother, I am able to put things into perspective. I am truly blessed in this life and constantly feel the need to celebrate in a BIG way.
To sum it all up, I guess you could say I have somewhat settled into my skin and have become very content with life in general. Don't get me wrong, I will never get tired of having a good time. I just think my definition of a 'good time' has changed over the years. And I am perfectly, undoubtedly content with that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jumping on the Bandwagon...

For as long as I can remember, I have always been adamant that I would never get married. It seems as if everyone my age is in some big rush to tie the knot and start their 'happily ever-after'. Not that I don't wish all of these love-sick puppies well, I just think it's silly personally.

Having a girlfriend who writes for a bridal magazine doesn't help much either. It's like everywhere I turn, I come face to face with the dreaded 'M' word. Being confronted with happy people makes me re-evaluate my feelings on the marriage topic. Lately, I have begun to think of what my life will be like years from now. Although I have goals that consist of being financially stable and happy in my career, I would also like to be happy in my personal life. And my current mood is telling me that I would be happy with a husband and a family.

Don't get me wrong, George is clearly a lifelong companion. However, the likelihood of him raising a family is slim to none. He poops in a box for goodness sake!

My recent change of heart on the marriage idea has led me to fret over a new problem: WHERE AM I GOING TO FIND A HUSBAND? Don't get me wrong, I am by no means out on the prowl interviewing potential candidates, but the idea has crossed my mind a time or two. I have just started to wonder how people meet each other outside of the college experience. If you think about it, in college you meet people of the opposite sex at bars (usually when you are under the influence). My friend, alcohol, is the perfect ice-breaker. Once you're out of college it isn't very appropriate to dance on the fireplace of Klondike (not that I have ever done that Mom).

But in all seriousness, fretting over my imaginary wedding has become an everyday issue. For those of you who know me, you know that I have never been very good with relationships, per se. I seem to jump into things without thinking and only once I'm in a situation do I begin to think things through (ME? NO WAY)! I suppose this is yet another hurdle to overcome in life. Growing up. I guess I will just have to sit back and let nature run it's course. Cross the 'marriage' bridge when I get to it (if I ever do). Maybe I am destined to be a cat lady, which would mean I need to start stacking up on my collection.....

In all honesty, I just want to be able to think of someone when I hear a sappy love song. And the song I simply can't get enough of during my 'wanttobeinloveandgetmarried' phase is 'Never Gonna Leave This Bed' by Maroon 5 (love). Until I find you Mr. Right, I'll be listening to this song on repeat.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Some Things Never Change

Howdy folks! Coming at you live from my brand new home in beautiful Boone-town. It's 1 in the morning (a little late for this grandma) and I'm a little loopy. After finally getting settled in after a short-lived trip to The City, my apartment is finally starting to come together. After getting everything unpacked and put away (because everything has a home), I needed a new project. You know, something new that I can buy. Big surprise. The focus of this new obsession became my bed.

Now for all of you who don't know, Anthropologie happens to be one of my favorite stores. I'm fairly certain that if my pocketbook allowed it, I would own one of everything from the store. However, this is real life and I am still a college student (sort-of). It is essential that I find a cute, yet sophisticated bedding set that still allows me to care for my tiny child. Anyway, back to the issue at hand here, I started perusing the internet to get some good mix-n-match ideas. Needless to say, I didn't even have to look far for bedroom style inspiration, I have a mother who has impeccable taste. Honestly, she needs to be an interior decorator. Her styling tips have been much needed, and this 'vision' is slowly but surely coming together.

After snagging a great duvet from Pottery Barn, I realized I would need a new sheet set to add on to this new look. What came to my mind? Monogramming. Duh. And unlike the sheet set I have now (with a dinky little monogram on the edge of the pillow), I plan to go all out on this new sheet set. If I could monogram everything I would. I have even seen a small child's dresser on display that I contemplated buying, for the sole reason that it was monogrammed. If I could get a hold of George for more than 2 seconds, I would probably try to monogram his initials into his fur. 

CWG. Curious George Washington, duh.

A classic monogram is something that will never go out of style. And as long as I have something that can be stamped with my initials, let me at it. Too much is never enough. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Moooovin' on up

For as many years as I have lived in Boone, I have lived in a different location each year. At first this concept seemed like a fun idea; I get to redecorate every year, buy new things for the apartment, and simply get a change of scenery. However, now the idea has lost it's luster to me. For the sixth year in a row, and unfortunately not the last, I am in the process of moving. I used to like a little physical labor every now and then, but I am to the point now where I just want to hire a professional crew to do the dirty work for me. Although I wouldn't necessarily say my brother and his friend qualify as a "professional crew", their help was much appreciated nonetheless. 

George has also been traumatized by the moving experience (it is his first move after all)! Every time I go to take a new load to the new apartment, George runs to the door and "meows" as if to say, "Why are you leeeeaving meeee?" As if this little guy couldn't get any cuter, right? But his cuteness has recently been outshined by the fact that he has destroyed this once brand new apartment. He can't help the fact that he likes to dig up the carpet or scratch holes in the window screen. And certainly I cannot get mad at the tiny infant for doing what he was born to do. But phew, he is going to have to get a second job to pay for these expenses (and if you're wondering what his first job is, it's providing me with entertainment, which he never fails to do).
The only thing that is pushing me to keep on keepin' on is the fact that my closet at the new apartment is atleast twice the size of my current closet. This is essential due to the fact that I have a new obsession with buying practically anything that is on sale, but also comes with dire consequences. Extra room means extra space for extra clothes/shoes/whatever. Uh oh! But my motto has always been out with the old and in with the new. Haha, yeah right, this is my mother's motto that I have recently been referring to. Due to the fact that I have a mild hoarding obsession, I have accumulated a lot of, well, junk. After throwing away bag after bag of who knows what, and taking numerous bags of clothing to Goodwill, I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that I am a little less cluttered.

I am simply looking forward to getting settled in to the new place and giving George his first change of scenery. And knowing me, this definitely won't be his last change of scenery. Really wishing I could take him to New York with me next week, but he will have to suffice with Turtle Creek.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Give Your Ears a Treat

If you haven't heard of this West Coast based band... take a quick break to give your ears a little treat for the day. Now I know not too many people agree with my musical selections, but this is a band that has serious potential. A definite summer jam. Too all music lovers, enjoy!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Serious Case of the Monday's

Someone's got a case of the Monday's... today. And that someone is me. Whether it is due to the amount of time I have spent at the workplace, the anticipation of an upcoming trip (and a few days at home), or the fact that everyone in any customer service center seems to speak broken english, I have a serious case of the Monday's.

You know the days when you just don't feel like interacting with the outside world? Well ladies and gentlemen, that's where I am today. Just a blah, yucky old day for me. Maybe I still have not yet gripped the fact that even some people will still only leave you 13% for the best service possible. Sometimes working in the food industry really turns me into quite the pessimist. 
However, just when I'm feeling like sitting down and having a good cry for no good reason, I open the top to a nice cold Magic Hat #9. And, no, this is not what made me feel better. For goodness sake, the beer wasn't even mine, it was for a customer I tell ya! However, if you're familiar with this particular brewing company, you know that they are known for putting little sayings underneath all of their bottle tops. Granted, most of the time these sayings either don't make sense or are silly, today's saying could not have hit home in a more direct manner.

Four simple words. "No rain, no rainbows." These four little words brought everything back into perspective for me. Life isn't always rainbows and butterflies, it's compromise that moves us along (credit to Maroon 5 for the lyric interjection here). Just when I am thinking how bad of a day I am having, I realize that it's not so bad afterall. I should be thanking the high heavens that I don't have more serious issues on my plate instead of complaining about the trivial things in life. Have I reached some sort of enlightenment today?
Whether it's the slogan on the bottle cap, or this delicious Magnum chocolate ice-cream bar, I'm feeling a little bit perkier. All I know is when you're down, just be glad you're not out. Be thankful for what you do have, rather than crying about what you don't. And for now I'll step down off of my soap box and get back to reading my book about Dewey the library cat.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It was just brought to my attention that I am almost a quarter of a century old. A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OLD, PEOPLE! Next year I will be 25, and I cannot even begin to tell you how uncomfortable that makes me feel. Granted, my birthday isn't until the last month of the year, the timeline is approaching at the speed of light.

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was getting ready for a themed Friday night football game, or buying a new dress for prom, or having sleepovers with my best girlfriends, or even sitting in the parking lot of the local Harris Teeter (hey, I didn't say I had the most eventful high school experiences).
And now here I am, a quarter of a century old wondering what in the heck am I going to do with my future. I guess you could say it's crunch-time (I can only stay in school for so long.... or can I?), it's that time where the rubber meets the road and I need some direction.

I recently heard on the morning radio news that the number one way to becoming a millionaire is to start your own business at a young age. You just have to have some good ideas. And I, my friends, am full of good ideas. I suppose if I put one of these great ideas into motion, I won't have to grow up too quickly.
A wise person once told me, "You're only as old as you feel." And I suppose I'm just choosing to feel younger than my other quarter-century counterparts who have faced their destiny in the real world. And hey, who knows, maybe one day I will grow up....

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello 1990s!

Boone is such a beautiful place in the Summer. Although it is approaching 80 degrees, the wind makes it the perfect temperature. I can't imagine a place I would rather be in the summer months than this amazing town (the winter months are a completely different story).

On my day off I decided to run a few errands. And instead of driving, I decided to be eco-friendly and walk instead. This not only helps the environment, but it also promotes a healthier lifestyle for yours truly.
And what did I wear on my adventure around town? An honest Boone outfit consisting of: a headband, air-dried hair, graphic tee, neon shorts, side bag (of course), and these puppies...
So yes, I did just bring these back. Not only do they provide ultra comfort, but let's face it people, these are a hot ticket item. And if anyone is stylin' and profilin' in Boone, it's me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's Now or Never

I have met my true love. We bonded Saturday night over a conversation that emerged due to the fact that I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe. What can I say, I have always been so graceful. After a quick exchange of numbers, I was off to sit on top of rooftops.

After a few days of texting (which is my preferred method of communicating), my dream-boat and I decided we would get lunch today. However, this presented numerous obstacles. First and foremost, I don't necessarily remember his name. I know it is either Alex or John (maybe Steven), and I am utterly incapable of recalling what he looked like. Give me a break people, it was dark when I met him and approaching 2 am.
So I did what any other girl does, I asked my friends for their support. After getting a brief description of what they thought he looked like, I agreed to meet this mystery man. Until today. At 11: 33 I backed out on our "meeting" (a date involves a meal that doesn't have an option of a lunch combo). So in this fight or flight scenario, I decided to fly.

Rather than dealing with the awkwardness that comes along with getting to know someone new, I decided to conveniently 'be sick for the day'.  What is wrong with me? I meet a guy who has all the qualities I look for:

1. He was tall. This is one instance where I like when people look down on me.
2. He was sober. I like a guy who will be able to take care of me if duty calls.
3. He is college educated. I've run into some issues here in my previous dating life.
4. His job involves two of my favorite activities; drinking and dancing. And no, I was not initially attracted to him because he worked in a bar.

Regardless, all of these benefits still weren't enough for me to meet with him today. I guess my mom was right, George should be the only boy in my life. I'm starting to question her motives for the purchase of George in the beginning.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm Human Again

Due to a very eventful weekend, the Blackberry has finally had it. Numerous 'drops' of my beloved phone have led to her ultimate demise. And although the replacement phone I have now is nowhere near what I had before, I'm not really in a position to be too picky.

After an agonizing two days without a cellular device, I have returned to civilization. Although the ordeal was short-lived, my time without a phone led me to an enlightenment of sorts. I now realize that I do not need a phone to live, I do not necessarily have to text every minute of the day, and mobile uploads of George can wait...

Honestly, if you thought I was serious, that last comment should have re-directed your suspicions. If anything, my time without a phone showed me how utterly incapable I would have been living in a time when this type of technology was just a dream. And even though my temporary phone isn't as 'smart' as I would like it to be, at least I don't have to deal with this guy's issues...