Friday, April 20, 2012

Fuuuuurever Friends

Okay guys, I got a new cat. I don't know why it has taken me so long to blog about it, seeing how cats take up 90% of my life. 

This little bundle of joy wasn't always that way. In fact, when my mother and I would go visit her she wanted nothing to do with us, and she thoroughly enjoyed gnawing my poor mother to death. However, her disagreeable temperament reminded me of someone I know all too well. I like to think of her like a Sour Patch Kid; first she is sour then she is sweet.

It's not surprising that this little gal didn't have families chomping at the bit to take her home. Scared that little Piggy would never find a home, I had to get her. 

It has taken George a little while to get used to this new creature invading spaces that were once his. Although I think he enjoys the company, he would much rather go back to the good old days where he was the only child. White girl problems I tell ya.

Doesn't it just break your heart that there are so many pups and kits that don't have good homes? The thousands of them that have never known true love or companionship? Rachael Ray has teamed up with the ASPCA to help save more lives across the country, offering $100k to the shelter that saves the most lives between August 1 and October 31. I am over the top ecstatic that the Watauga Humane Society is a part of this challenge; even more ecstatic to know that others care about this topic as much as I do. Check out the website and learn more! Rachael Ray $100K Challenge 

In the meantime, I leave you with pics of the new addition. Try not to let your heart melt right out of your chest!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blast From The Past

Life has been moving pretty fast recently. It was nice to enjoy time with old friends last weekend and celebrate some of the last "single girl days" my old roommate, Mishelle will ever have. That's right ladies and gents, Mishelle is taking the plunge and is getting married in Chucktown this coming weekend. Looking back on all of our college memories, it is hard to believe that this gal will be Mrs. White in a few short days. Where does the time go?!

Being around all of my old friends this past weekend was really a treat. It reminded me of what they mean to me; although we may go long periods of time without catching up, once we do it's just like we stepped into a time machine right back to when I first got to college. So surreal this experience is almost over for me.

In just two days I will be heading to the hopefully sunny beach of Charleston (Mishelle's wedding is outside, so we're praying that the rain will subside for a few measly days). After the stress that was once my thesis has been surpassed I am in need of a vacation and a few drinks on the beach. And hanging out with these gals won't hurt either ;)

From our first adventures in the sorority...

To the memories we made during our three years together...

 To saying goodbye to the older girls, and starting families of our own...

We have been through it all. It's funny to see how we have all grown up without really changing that much.
I guess some things will never change! Here's to the memories that we have made and the ones that are sure to come in the future! And congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. White!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Small, Important Moments

Life is moving slow again. After a very busy and hectic few months, I can finally relax... at least for a few days. It's funny how time seems to escape you in the hustle and bustle of life, but it is so important to take pleasure in the small, important moments.

Lately I have been enjoying a lot of small, important moments. For starters I have finally finished the daunting task of writing my Master's thesis. At one point in time I thought these 78 pages would be the death of me, but now that I look back on all the work that I put into this piece of writing I couldn't be more proud of myself. This is one of the biggest accomplishments I have achieved in my entire life, and it is such a good feeling to relish the moment. Now all that's left is the defense of my work and I will be on my way with a Master's degree in only one month. Goodness gracious, the time really does fly!

If you know me, you know once I got that school stuff out of the way I would be ready to celebrate. This weekend was a vacation for me. A few of my closest friends and I headed to Charleston for a weekend of relaxation, fun, and a little bit of running. It was so nice to just let loose and not have to worry about a deadline or an assignment or grading papers.. I just got to be myself with some of the people I love the most. After running a 10k on Saturday morning we celebrated with victory drinks and celebratory dancing (two of my very most favorite things on the planet). Leaving Charleston was a very hard thing to do but I foresee many upcoming trips in the near future.

It seems like more and more small, important moments have been happening a lot lately. Or maybe they have always been there and I haven't really appreciated them as much as I could have. I am continually learning more about myself on a daily basis. Who I am, who I have been, who I will be... all of these things are fun to think about. I guess being 24 isn't such a curse after all.

I have learned to live more in the moment and less in the future; everything will work out. Why waste your time stressing over things? Maybe this is just my inner hippie self emerging, my "one with nature" personality as my friends would say. Or maybe I just need to get out of Boone as my mother would say. Whatever the reason, I'm loving these small, important realizations in life and I couldn't be more content.