Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Countdown

I've never been much of a countdown person, but there is so much coming up that I am SO excited for. Such as...
1 day until our 4 year anniversary!!
So these next two, I'm not actually excited for. I'm really sad that they're leaving. But at the same time, I'm excited for the adventures that they're going to have in new cities!
2 days until one of my friends moves halfway across the country to start an amazing new job.
3 days until one of my other friends starts a cross-country road trip, eventually settling down in a new apartment on the other side of the country. (Guys, stop leaving me!)
10 days until I am out of crazy, college apartment life for good and moved into quiet, suburb house life.
15 days until I can start using my Day Designer on the daily.
17 days until my best friend stops for a sleepover on her way down to Georgia. (I should probably start stocking up on champagne now, most definitely Andre because we’re classy like that.)
43 days until my last first day of school EVER. (Wait, do I have to grow up?)
44 days until Ryan and I road trip to St. Louis to visit my friend who’s moving halfway across the country. I’ve never been to St. Louis before – does anyone have any good suggestions of restaurants/bars/tourist-y activities?
126 days until Mockingjay Part 1 is released.
And because it’s my favorite holiday, 162 days until Christmas! I have a lot of knitting to do between now and then!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Day With Taylor Swift

Have you read the Op-Ed piece that Taylor Swift wrote for the Wall Street Journal? It’s good. It’s like, really good. If Taylor Swift wrote a lifestyle blog, I would read it every day.
So call me a fan girl or whatever, but I would love to have dinner, coffee, a shopping day, you name it, with T-Swift. Ideally it would be a baking day, complete with wine, awkward dancing, and boy talk because, duh, it’s Taylor. This is how I think that day would go:
Upon arrival, Tegan and Sara would be playing in the background. Throughout the day, Taylor would put on other albums that I’d never heard of. I’d instantly fall in love with every song. At some point, I’d start sneezing because even though Meredith and Olivia Benson are tiny, their dander is mighty.  Taylor and I would refill our glasses and head outside to relieve my allergies and try to get some color on our impossibly pale bodies. Taylor, how do you never sunburn?
I’d tell her that I think it’s awesome that she dances like a fool at all the awards shows. 

Because, yes, people make fun of her, but who cares? She reminds girls everywhere that it’s okay to have fun and be embarrassing. I’m willing to bet she has more fun at these events than Kristen Stewart.
I’d ask her how her life has been since she took Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s advice. 
And she’d look at me like:

If she doesn’t kick me out after that, I’d get really embarrassing and tell her how her music touches my soul or something. I’d tell her that I love that she loves so hard, because don’t we all? Don’t people dream of having the type of romances worth writing songs about, even if they don’t always work out? Isn’t that the point?
By the end of the day, we’d be best friends, and we’d be planning sleepovers, and I'd be invited to her next girl's night. I'm just saying, Abigail doesn't have to be the only red head she sings about.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oh, the Places You'll... Fall?

Today I’m linking up with Juliette to share one of my most embarrassing stories!
I feel like I should start by saying that, as an introvert, I don’t like to put myself in situations where things have the potential to become embarrassing. I have my share of embarrassing college stories, but I feel like at this point, that’s water under the bridge. I look at those moments a rite of passage, but more importantly, I don’t remember care. There’s one incident though, that always comes to mind when I think of embarrassing stories. Let’s go back to sixth grade…
There I was, just 12 years old, getting ready to graduate from sixth grade and go on to middle school. My school had a graduation event planned where family and friends could come watch us walk across the stage, get our little diploma and D.A.R.E. completion certificate. My mom had blow-dried my hair so it was poofy smooth (I wasn’t allowed to use a straightener yet), and I had a new skirt, blouse, and sandals to wear for the day. I was killing it.
My principal calls my name. I flounce walk across the stage, shake everyone’s hand, and just as I start to walk down from the stage… WHOOSH. My feet go flying up from underneath me, and I fall in front of everyone and their mother. (Literally.) I went back to my seat, trying not to cry. I was mortified.
I’ve since asked my friends if they remember this happening, and no one does. They remember getting their first copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, being so happy to be done with sixth grade, and how amazing our teachers were that year. No one remembers me wiping out on the stage steps.
Even though no one remembers, that fall marked my transition into middle school. That awkward, embarrassing, mortifying fall. Someone should have told me at the time, “You know how you’re feeling now? You’re going to feel a little like this all the time for the next two years of your life.” Nothing else could have prepared me for middle school more.   


Monday, July 7, 2014

Things That Make Me Smile

So as you can see over on the monthly archives, I’ve been slacking when it comes to blogging. I feel like it happens to most of us at some point – we get in a rut, we get busy, we can’t come up with post ideas etc. I was so excited to discover Juliette’s Blog Everyday in July challenge – her motivation and fun post topics were just the kick I needed to get writing again. I’m definitely not committing to writing every day for the rest of the month, (you go, girl) but I am excited to link up with some of the prompts!
Today’s topic: Things That Make You Smile
1.)    Holidays with the family, the fiancĂ©, and the tequila.

2.)  Wedding planning. (Although if I’m being honest, I’m overwhelmed already.)
3.)  Sunsets over the water. I’m assuming sunrises over the water too, but I wouldn’t know because I’m not a morning person and sunrises happen early.
4.)  Finishing a good book.
5.)  The few times a year that all of my high school friends are back in town at the same time.
6.)  “That’s what she said” jokes.

7.)  Sassy Gay Friend videos. I know these are old, but I heard them again on the radio this morning. I wouldn’t say they made me smile, so much as they made me laugh so hard it was hard to see the road through the eye watering and squinty-ness.
8.)  Weekend brunch.
9.)  Seeing my dog’s tail wag. And hearing him howl when he’s hungry.
10.) Getting fun mail. (Online shopping orders, surprises, engagement cards!)