Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 8 - a photo that makes you sad

Day 8 - A photo that makes you sad

This photo makes me sad and happy. This is at my college graduation back in Dec. 2009. It's me with my two best friends in a group hug. I think this picture sums up that day. I remember not wanting to let go of them. The 3 of us had been through so much to get to that day. We held each other up and carried each other through our 3 and a half years at CU. It was hard letting go at the end of that day knowing that was the end of our adventures there. I love those girls so much. Even though I know we will be friends for life and we still try to talk on a regular basis, that picture shows the end of an amazing chapter for us. I know the Bermuda Triangle will be strong forever but the emotion in that picture is so strong.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 7- a photo that makes you happy

Day 7- A photo that makes you happy.

This is one of my and Chris’s engagement pictures. My sister did a photo shoot with us on Leonardtown square so we could get some nice shots. This is one of my favorite pictures from that group of pictures. I think it captures me and Chris perfectly. ♥ LOVE.

Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things

Day 6- 20 of my favorite things

In no particular order:

  1. My soon to be husband
  2. My family
  3. My friends
  4. Hawaiian Punch Jelly Beans
  5. Theatre
  6. Weekends
  7. Chai Tea
  8. Organization stuff (planners, labels, etc.)
  9. Christmas time
  10. Sleep
  11. Chipotle burritos
  12. Writing/editing
  13. My iPod
  14. Facebook
  15. Baseball
  16. Italian ice and custard from Rita’s
  17. Reading
  18. Finishing a to-do list
  19. Roller coasters
  20. North Carolina

Day 5 - your favorite quote

So I got busy this weekend and didn’t have time to post Friday or Saturday’s entry for the 30 day challenge. Since we got an extra hour today thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time, I figured today would be a good day to catch up on the posts I missed and do today’s as well.

Day 5- Your favorite quote

“Don’t dream it, be it.”- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Choosing this quote may be a result of the fact that Halloween was last week and I watched Rocky Horror about 5 times that day, but it is one of my favorite quotes. Pretty self-explanatory and I think that one quote sums up what makes Rocky Horror so amazing.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blog Journal Challenge, Day 4 - your favorite book

Day 4 - Your favorite book

This is another tough question. I can tell you that I tend to gravitate toward series of books. I love being able to really get into the lives and stories of characters and looking forward to finding out how their stories continue. I've always loved picking up a new series and reading every book. My favorite book series when I was in elementary school was the Baby Sitters Club:

I loved these books so much I was even a member of the fan club. I read every book in this series and even read the spin-off series, California Diaries. I loved reading about their friendships and adventures.

As I got older, I moved on to Gossip Girl. In middle school, I was a total GG fanatic.

I enjoyed keeping up with the fabulous adventures of Blair and Serena and all their Upper East Side drama. I tried reading the spin-off series The It Girl (which follows Jenny Humphrey to boarding school) but just couldn't get into it. I think the TV series ruined the Jenny character for me. But I do love me some Chuck Bass.

Finally, a favorite book post could not be complete without my hands down favorite series of all time (yes Kanye, OF ALL TIME), Harry Potter.

I'll admit, I totally hated Harry Potter when the books first came out. My mom bought me the Sorcerer's Stone soon after it came out. I read the first 3 chapters and HATED it. It ended up collecting dust under my bed for a couple of years. When the movies came out and there was even more hype surrounding the series, I thought it was the most annoying thing ever. My friend convinced me to watch the first movie one day and I was intrigued. I decided to dust off my book and give it another try and WOW! As soon as I finished the Sorcerer's Stone, I went out and bought books 2-4 (all that was out at the time) and I was hooked. I have never been so mesmerized. I became one of those people at the midnight releases who would get the book and then stay up all night reading it. I hadn't been that excited about reading since elementary school. Truly magical.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blog Journal Challenge, Day 3 - your favorite television program

Day 3 - Your favorite television program

This entry will be short and to the point:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blog Journal Challenge, Day 2 - your favorite movie

Day 2 - Your favorite movie

This question is a bit easier than yesterday's but it is still impossible to pick just one. Leaving out movies that I love that are a part of a trilogy or series (Star Wars, Harry Potter) since those movies are in a category of their own, I still have a 2-way tie for my favorite movie. 2 very different movies.

Donnie Darko is one of the first movies that comes to mind when someone asks me what my favorite movie is. I always take something new away from it and it never fails to make me cry. It's an intense movie but it's one that stirs up so many emotions that it's hard to pull away from it.

As much as I love Donnie Darko, it is one of those movies that's hard to just sit and watch over and over. One movie and can just sit down and watch is The Notebook.

Quite a departure from the darkness and intensity of Donnie Darko, The Notebook still manages to pull just as many emotions from me. It is just a pure and simple love story.

Those are my top 2 choices for sure. Some honorable mentions go to Rocky Horror, Saved, and The Dark Night. All movies that I could watch over and over and all movies that pull different emotions out.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blog Journal Challenge, Day 1 - your favorite song

Day 1 - Your favorite song:

Starting this challenge with a tough one! I definitely can't narrow down just 1 favorite song. I have several that take me back to certain time or memory. If I had to give one answer though, I'd probably say Of Greetings and Goodbyes by AFI.

I am a huge AFI fan and this song is the perfect example of everything I love about this band. It may not be their best song of all time, but it makes me want to dance around and sing along. I think this song is absolutely perfect.

Of course, AFI have had a long career and have a song for every mood. A very close second on my Favorite Song List is Fainting Spells by AFI.

I think this is another song that showcases everything that drew me to this band in the first place. The screaming chorus that comes out of nowhere. The quirky, electronic bridge that seems out of place but totally right at the same time. Everything.

Moving away from AFI songs, most of the songs I love are a result of them transporting me back to particular time. Paparazzi by Lady Gaga does just that. I consider this the theme song of the Bermuda Triangle (the most powerful force in the world AKA my two best friends and me).

This song is all kinds of awesome but mostly it reminds me of my last semester in college. Our trip to New York (where there were endless Gaga references), driving around Raleigh, staying up late trying to finish our final college projects. We made the most of our last semester of college and Lady Gaga seemed to be the perfect soundtrack to that.

Finally, we have my favorite radio song. You would think if someone liked a song enough to put it in the favorites category, they would be sure to buy it or download it or whatever so they could listen to it over and over. But some songs are even better when you can't just cue it up on your iPod on demand. The anticipation of listening to the radio and hoping that song will come on. Since songs in this category are tied to what's popular on the radio, this is another case where the song is special for the memories it stirs up. In this case, my current favorite radio song is one that was popular a few months ago. Jars by Chevelle.

Hearing this takes me back to when I was still working in Tysons and spent what felt like forever in my car. I heard this song at least 2-3 times every day. I don't hear it as often any more but when I do, I feel compelled to blast it. It's also a reminder of how far I've come in just the last few months since finishing college and entering the working world. I'm sure in a few months I'll have a new favorite radio song that will take me back to all the moments and memories being created now and that will be added to the list.

There are so many other songs that could go on this list and if I were to re-compile this list another day, it may be completely different. I could go on for days about songs I love and what they mean to me and why but those are some of the basics that represent some of my favorite songs.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello again

Looks like I abandoned this blog again. Hard to believe that it was February and there was a blizzard going on the last time I posted. Since that last post, I started a new job much closer to where I live (driving to Tysons Corner everyday made me insane), we've made some progress in wedding plans, changed our wedding date, and got our plans back on track after that. Still living at home for the time being, but Chris recently found a full-time job which means we can start apartment hunting in the near future. So that's the last 8+ months in a nutshell.

Now that I'm a bit more settled into post-college life a little better, I decided to try to revive this blog. I spend most of my lazy Sundays reading random blogs and that always inspires me to pick up this blog again. This time, I decided to actually act on it. I may revamp this blog and make it a bit easier to update/navigate, but for now, I will just take the first step of actually posting on a regular basis. To help with that, I am going to try the 30 Day Blog Journal challenge that I have found on several blogs. There are different variations and they have been done at different times but I figured this would at least give ms some kind of direction for an entry every day and get me into a habit of updating more often. I found this particular challenge by reading Happy Hour With a Housewife.

Here is the list of entries so you can keep track and participate if you'd like:

Day 1 - your favorite song
Day 2 - your favorite movie
Day 3 - your favorite television program
Day 4 - your favorite book
Day 5 - your favorite quote
Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 - a photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - a photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - a photo you took
Day 10 - a photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 - a photo of you recently
Day 12 - something you are OCD about
Day 13 - a fictional book
Day 14 - a non-fictional book
Day 15 - your dream house
Day 16 - a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 - a talent of yours
Day 20 - a hobby of yours
Day 21 - a recipe
Day 22 - a website
Day 23 - a youtube video
Day 24 - where I live
Day 25 - your day, in great detail
Day 26 - your week, in great detail
Day 27 - my worst habit
Day 28 - whats in my handbag/purse
Day 29 - hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - a dream for the future

I can't say that I will post every single day, but I will try to make up those posts that I miss. I may also intersperse regular entries with the challenge entries but each topic will be a separate entry.

New month, new attempt at keeping up a blog!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snowmageddon 2010!

That's right, epic snowstorm of doom just got underway. Another weekend of snowy goodness. 30+ inches possible and the possibility of thunder snow! I would say "snowmageddon" is a pretty accurate name for this storm. I love the excitement and anticipation surrounding snow storms. I love watching the snow fall. I don't love having snow on the ground for the majority of the winter. I also don't love the cold that comes along with the snow.

I'm also not loving this particular storm because I am supposed to start my job on Monday. It's looking more and more like Monday will be a snow day for me. Which is fine with me, but I would kind of like to get my first day over with. I'm super excited about the job, I'll be a recruiting specialist, but I have no idea what to expect on my first day. I also have a lovely 1.5 hour commute to look forward to every day. Fun fun.

I did have a weird moment of realization the other day though. I went to Jazzercise with my future mother-in-law and I had to fill out an information card. It asked for occupation. Out of habit I almost wrote "student" but then realized that isn't true anymore. I actually had an occupation to write! Not student, not unemployed or seeking employment, not leaving it blank. It was a weird but exciting moment.

Speaking of Jazzercise... I had a BLAST. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it. I am seriously out of shape from 3.5 years of living the life of a college student. Even the Wii Fit left me out of breath and wanting to fall over. 3+ years of Chick Fil A and Papa John's will really catch up to you. Anyway, I was excited to try something new but was worried I wouldn't make it through the class. By the end though, I was pumped up! Future mother-in-law gave me a coupon for 12 free classes so I have 11 more sessions to attend for free. I can't wait to use the rest of them.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New beginnings... (again)

So I obviously didn't do a very good job at keeping last year's resolution. Oh well, life happens. I've had an urge to blog recently so I decided to return to my trusty old blogspot account and see where that takes me. I can't say how often I'll update, but I do hope to update more than I did last year (and look, I'm already a third of the way there!) This time I hope to have a bit of a direction for this blog. I'm a college graduate now and I'm entering the next phase of my life... true adulthood. It's a scary but exciting prospect. I hope this blog will be a good record of this crazy time in my life. Job hunting, wedding planning, and everything else that goes into life after college.

So that's a basic overview of what I hope this blog will be. Kind of general and all over the place, but true to life. All the ups and downs, excitement and anxiety, and everything in between.