Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spontaneous Trip

For some reason, I've been missing Raleigh like crazayyyy.  Which is odd to me because when I lived there, I wasn't a huge fan and didn't think I would ever want to go back.
I honestly don't know if it's actually Raleigh specifically that I miss.  I think it's more the fact that I went from always having something to do, and being able to find someone to hang out with at all times to living in a house with a brother and dad who go to bed at 8 and 9:30 and a town where everything closes at 9.  My tiny little town is definitely not a happening place, and I'm so thankful that I went away to school where I could have a different experience.
So, spontaneously on my drive to work this morning I decided to go to Raleigh next weekend.  There are three home baseball games (my student ID is valid till next year, lucky me!).  My BFF isn't on duty.  Everyone else will be there since it's the weekend after Easter and they all just went home.  Seems pretty perfect to me.
The only thing that makes me nervous is my driving anxiety, but I'm feeling pretty good these days.  I'll make sure to take some headache medicine and any other medicine I can ever think of needing, and it will be a nice weekend to enjoy some Wolfpack baseball, and my best friends.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Can't Believe Wednesdays

I can't believe I woke up at 7:12, curled my hair, dressed, put makeup on, poured a Sundrop, grabbed a doughnut, and walked out the door by 7:33 (to a warm car too, because I have the best little brother anyone could ask for).

I can't believe I turn 22 in 2 days.  I'm really just practicing denial about the whole situation though.

I can't believe how much work I have to do now that I've gone full time.  When will I ever accomplish all of this?

I can't believe it's already 11:00 and I feel like I just got here and haven't done anything.

I can't believe my little brother is going to be doing the driving portion of driver's ed next week (Scary stuff right there!)

I can't believe it's almost April.  Sure doesn't feel like it outside.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Remembrance

Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)
Goodreads Synopsis:  Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.
Review:  While I enjoyed the idea behind the book, I can't honestly say that I enjoyed reading it.  There were parts that I thought were super cheesy, and it was really predictable.  It was also based on Taylor Swift's Love Story.  While I could see the connection, I definitely think they are two completely different things. 
I just didn't like it, and I had to force myself to finish it.  So, I definitely won't be reading the rest of this series.
I give it 2/5 stars.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend was the best weekend I had in awhile. 
Friday I got off early (1:30) and went to Kohls, Old Navy, and Target looking for the perfect shirt to wear to the GEORGE STRAIT concert.
I found this dress:
For $4 I might add.

And this precious bathing suit:

And a shirt for the concert that I didn't take a picture of.

So at 4:30 we leave for Greenville.  I was pumped.  George Strait is my man.  I am obsessed.  We got to Greenville around 5:30 and spent 45 minutes trying to decide where to eat.  We finally settled on a Mexican restaurant that wasn't anything special, but it worked.  We made it to the concert and our seats were SUPER close.  I mean like reach out and touch them.

Martina sang first, but she was sick so she only sang four songs.  Which was fine.  I like her, but she's not who I was there for.

Then came my man George:
This is how close we were.  I wasn't joking.
Ain't he just gorgeous?!

I had the time of my life!!

Saturday, I went to a birthday party for my cousin.  She turned 13, so it was quite the middle school party.  She had a bonfire, and Just Dance.  It was a fun night.

Sunday was a lazy day.  Church, my mawmaws, and a nap in the afternoon.  Perfect!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Cleaning

If you haven't noticed I'm trying to do some spring cleaning on the blog. 

-New Header (which I made myself, and I love!)
- New social buttons to the right! Go follow me! I also made all of my accounts non-private, just for you guys.  Pinterest isn't working now, but if my button doesn't work when it comes back up, lemme know and I'll work on fixing it.
- I'm working on a new About Me
- And a new signature.

And, I am more than proud of myself for doing all of these things by myself.  


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten for Tuesday

Today's Top Ten for Tuesday topic is books you have bought, but never got around to reading.  Either they're sitting on your bookshelves or in your Kindle just waiting for some loving.
The Host (The Host, #1)Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
Pledged: The Secret Life of SororitiesOff SidesChill Factor
So, I don't have ten.  These are just the ones I can think of that are sitting on my shelf off the top of my head, but it's a pretty good start.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up!

Jim Valvano is one of the greatest men in the history of NC State. This ESPY speech is watched over and over again throughout campus even today. I watched it in one of my business classes, and many more times since then. It NEVER gets old.
ESPN did a 30 for 30 special on the 1983 NC State Basketball team winning the NCAA championship under the leadership of Jim Valvano.  It was life changing.  You want to see a school that values their history?  Look at NC State.  You want to see a team of players who love what they do?  Look at NC State.  And you want to see the most dedicated group of fans in the whole wide world?  That's definitely NC State.  We back the pack whether they win or lose.
I love the school I went to.  I love the enthusiasm of the fans.  I love the history that surrounds you when you walk through campus.  I love the NC State WOLFPACK! 
And, in the words of Jim Valvano, "Don't give up, don't EVER give up!"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Top Ten for Tuesday (late)

I realize that it's not Tuesday, but I just found this link-up right before I went to bed last night.  I've gotten back into reading recently, so I figured this was perfect.  Not that I ever stopped, my life just got busy so reading fell to the side.
Today's topic is Books on my Spring TBR list.
1.  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.  I've liked Jodi Picoult's books for many years, and this one looks amazing.
2.  The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin.  This book has been out forever.  But, it looks like an easy read that could be enjoyable.
3.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  It's been getting pretty good ratings on Goodreads.  And, it just looks like a fun read for Spring.
4.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I always love a good spin on a classic fairytale.  And, I've heard great things about this one so far.
5.  Taken by Erin Bowman.  This is the first of a new series about a sort-of dystopian society.  I've always enjoyed books that put my world in a different perspective.
6.  How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer.  It's about a girl with an internship at an amusement park.  How much more do you need?
7.  Crossed by Ally Condie.  This is the second book in the Matched trilogy.  I enjoyed the first one enough to want to know what happens at least.
8.  The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  I've heard great things about this one as well.  But currently I'm reading The Fault in Our Stars.  So, we'll see if I want another sad one so soon.
9.  Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly.  This was recommended by a family friend.  I enjoy history, so we'll see how it goes.
10.  Reached by Ally Condie.  This one is conditional.  If I like Crossed enough to continue, I'll read it, but if not I'll probably skip it. 
The StorytellerThe Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1)Eleanor & ParkCinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Taken (Taken, #1)How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come TrueCrossed (Matched, #2)The End of Your Life Book Club
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America ForeverReached (Matched, #3)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pay It Forward

I've been trying to do nice things in 2013.  Not noticeable things.  Just things that I wouldn't otherwise do, that might put a smile on one persons face.  So, in line with that here's a new thing I'll be throwing in there.

The first 5 people to comment with their email and blog address will receive from me, sometime in this calendar year, a gift - perhaps a book, a baked good, music - a surprise! There will likely be no warning, it will happen when the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer on their blog. 


Best News Ever!!!

Last week, I got the best news ever!!  I haven't shared it with all of you yet, because I needed time to process it on my own first.
Right now, I work 8:00-2:30, which is pretty darn perfect.  I loved it!  And on Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to the law office from 3:00-wheneverigetdone.  Usually around 6:30 or so.
Well, the law office is starting to stress me out.  I dread going, and I don't even know why.  I guess it's because it's just "busy work."  I just sit there and type these slips into a computer so they can bill at the end of the month.  It had nothing to do with the accounting side of it, and it was just getting extremely boring.  I was loving going to work at my big girl job though, so I know it's not just I don't like work.  I do like work, if it's what I'm qualified to do.  She also wasn't taking out taxes when she paid me, so it was really hurting me more than helping.
But, the thing that was holding me back from leaving the law office was that I love the people there, and they really do need and appreciate what I'm doing.
Well, by the Grace of God, I was presented with the perfect solution to all of my problems.  Holy Angels asked me to go full time starting next Monday.  I am more than thrilled, and can't wait to start this next step in my journey.
I am also applying to go back to grad school, so we'll see how motivated I am if I can work full time, and get my master's at the same time.  I'm pretty confident that it can be done.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My attempt to make it up to you...

I know it seems like I've fallen off the face of the earth, but never fear.  I'm still kickin.  And, I'm going to attempt to make it up to you by telling you the story that is my soap opera life during my absence. 
Okay so let's recap.  Most recently in this post I vaguely mentioned my flavor of the week.  And, that's absolutely all he was.  He texted me on Monday to tell me that he was so sorry he was being a terrible friend, and could he take me to dinner to make it up to me.  So, being the sucker I am, I said sure, and we made plans for Saturday night.  Well, we texted all week, and then Friday he started getting sketchy.  I knew exactly what was coming.  (He'd done it twice before, but I'll get to that in a minute.)  So, I knew that I would have no date on Saturday like I had thought.  But, I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and wait till Saturday to be sure.  I was sure.  Come Saturday by the end of the game I was coaching, I hadn't heard a word.  So, I finally confronted him about it, and at first he said something along the lines of 'I can't believe you think that cause it's not true at all.'  And then the story changed to 'you're right. I'm sorry.'  And that's all I got.  And that's all I'll ever get from him.  I met Travis on my cruise this summer.  I thought he was the cutest boy from the minute we walked on the boat.  (He was in line behind us.)  He had his Sundrops just like us, and he was a firefighter.  So, we just looked at each other for 5 days.  And 2 nights before we were supposed to get back home, there was a deck party.  Honestly, I had no intention of going to it, because I was sure it was going to be full of twelve year olds.  But, when he leaned over our people watching table to ask me if I was going, how could I say no?  So I went, and we talked for hours.  We talked for 3 hours before I ever knew his name.  I found out he lived about 40 minutes from me at home.  I found out he worked for Sun-Drop! (perfect).  And, then the big announcement.... I found out he was married!!! At 20 years old, this kid was married.  He was in the process of a divorce and just waiting for his separation date to come around.  She doesn't even live in this country, and she'd been out of his life for a year.  So, I decided to say "what the hell?"  I mean, we had to go all the way to the Bahamas to meet when we lived 40 minutes from each other.  I was convinced it was fate.  He was wonderful when we got home.  A week after the cruise, I got sick and he was there through it all.  My mom didn't want me seeing him till he was divorced so all he could do was text me, but he did it all day long.  Well, a week before surgery his divorce was finalized.  I was so excited cause he could finally come over.  He came over and slept all day cause that's all I did, and then watched me choke down the yogurt I had to eat with my antibiotics and I thought everything was fine.  Well, I was wrong.  Completely.  That was the minute he started running for the first time.  It's like now that he was available he was terrified to have anyone else.  And, he always acted like I did everything just like her, when I didn't even come close.  I slept all day every day, how could I get mad when he went on a fire call?  I didn't even know he was on one.  So, 3 days before surgery he just quit talking, and this great guy was not so great anymore.  So, I had surgery and that was that.
A couple months later, he pulled the same thing that happened two weeks ago.  I'm so sorry for not being a good friend.  You know the routine.  We went to lunch twice, and then he ran away again.  3 strikes you're out buddy.  So, there's drama #1.
On to drama #2.  So we all remember my deep thoughts on love, here.  Well, in that post, I talk about both Seth and Chris.  (Chris was from symphony camp and Seth from the party at church.)  Alright well just to give you a preview, Seth is drama #2 and Chris is #3.
So Seth.  Well he started texting me one day saying how much he missed me blah blah blah.  I've heard this story from him about a hundred times since we broke up.  Literally.  And, every single time it's been a lie.  Well this time he said it wasn't.  He said he still loved me (and he hasn't said that since we broke up.)  But, I knew that he just wanted to say whatever he thought would get me to do what he wanted.  And, I wasn't havin it.  So, to make a long story short this went on for dayssss.  The I love you.  I want a life with you.  And then the next sentence would be something about so when can I see you?  And, I knew it was just I'll say this cause then it'll pull her in.  So, I was done.  I told him we wouldn't work out about 6 times and he finally took the hint so I haven't heard from him in about a week now.
Enter drama #3.  Christopher.  Now, this is my dream boy.  Regardless of what has happened the boy can always put a smile on my face with just a text message.  He's so tall and manly, but he's so sweet to me it makes him adorable.  Well, I hadn't talked to him in awhile and the last time we had talked, it hadn't ended happily.  And, I hate to be on bad terms with anyone especially someone I liked as much as him.  So, I texted him Monday.  And, I don't know what that sparked in him, but it's like I flipped a switch.  We basically fought about how he wouldn't tell me what happened with his girlfriend (who cheated on him, and he took her back ridic I know) and he said he was swamped with homework and he would tell me tomorrow.  Well, I honestly didn't care what happened I just wanted to know how he could pick her over me when he told me 'you're perfect and she's far from it.'  Well he didn't say anything all day Tuesday.  (which I figured would happen.)  So, I texted him Wednesday with something along the lines of I hate being right. And, I knew nothing would happen.  Well he waited about six hours and all he said was "I'm single."  And that'as where we started yesterday.  He said a bunch of stuff about how I'm perfect and I'm the key to happiness.  (Like I said, the guy knows what to say.)  But, then he got drunk and all we did was fight.  So, he just asked for today to prove it, so I'm going to give it to him.  What do I have to lose honestly? 
I'll try to keep you more updated on my soap opera life, so I don't have to go into these huge long posts to catch everyone up.  It would be much easier to tell it as it happens, but I usually need time to process it before I can talk about it without getting pissed off again.  But, I'm happy for the moment, so we'll see.