Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall Favorites

Last night, I was curled up on the couch with my peach green tea and my favorite blanket watching my favorite TV show, Gossip Girl, (I'm addicted, what can I say) and as I was sitting there, I realized how great it was. I was doing the simplest of things. Just drinking tea on a fall day. Then I started thinking about all the other simple things that I love about Fall.
I love when I come home to my apartment and find little gifts my mom has left for me, especially when the gift is homemade snickerdoodles. :) I love walking down the sidewalk with the colorful fall leaves cascading to the ground around me. I love the smell of leaves. I love hot cocoa on a chilly night. I love being covered by layers upon layers in blankets. I love when the temperature is just right and you can throw on your favorite sweatshirt and just walk outside. I love taking long drives into the country and seeing the mountains and valleys with tree that look like a painting. Reds, yellows, oranges. Those colors never look more beautiful together than on a perfect fall day.
Next to Summer, Fall is my favorite season. The sun is shining and leaves are crunching under your shoes while walking down Elmwood with a great friend. it just doesn't get much better than loving the simple things in life, such as a fall day.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I finally feel like an adult

I love days when I don't have anything to do and the sun is shining! Like today for instance. I got to sleep in, which is always nice especially when I have to wake up early during the week for classes, and then I just relaxed for a bit before going to the men's soccer game- they kicked butt by the way! Now I am relaxing once again, waiting for the Bills game to begin! Lets go Buffalo! I'm sitting in my favorite chair listening to music in my apartment. Yes, my apartment!!! I moved into the apartment a week after school started. It was so unexpected! The girls that lived here before me needed a fifth roomie, thats right there are five of us girls, so they asked me! Of course, I was so excited and started moving in the next day! So far it has been so much fun! The apartment is adorable, the girls are awesome and school is going great! Not only is everything just incredible, but I feel incredible. I feel grown up and responsible and independent. I am working a few days a week and saving up my paychecks to pay for rent. To me its empowering. I am sustaining my living arrangements on my own. I recently opened a checking account and I already have enough money to pay for next months rent and then some! That is a great feeling to know I am on mark with my money and rent and not worrying how I am going to make ends meet! Granted my family would help me if I needed it, but its good to know I am not burdening my dad with having to pay extra of expenses. Plus, I am learning how to be careful with my money and I am not wasting it on frivolous things.
Well, the Bills game is about to start and then I have some studying to do, so I better get a move on. :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

It's the Little Things

Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when you stop and think, "My life is perfect"? Well, I have had that epiphany, if you will, before, but it came over me once again the other day.
I was in Syracuse for the weekend with all my friends from college to visit our amazing friend Molly! We are all so close that we are like family, and I can't imagine where I would be without them!
We left for our incredible adventure on Friday morning. We packed up our duffel bags, stopped at Tim Horton's, and we were on our way! There were quite a few of us so we had to take two cars. Eric drove my car and Missy and I sat in the back seat listening to music and reading Cosmo. Eric had quite a lesson on beauty, health, and of course women's best friend, her period. Joe and Emily drove in the other car. The fun began as soon as we hit the highway. Joe would drive right up next to us and we would make funny faces and take pictures!
Before heading straight to Syracuse, which is only about 3 hours away, we made a not-so-quick detour to Bath, NY. That is where Eric lives and he wanted to stop in and see his family since he has been living at school all summer taking classes. We got to Bath around 1:30. The rest of us have never been to Bath before so we didn't know what to expect.Well... It was adorable! It was such a cute little town! After meeting Eric's grandparents (the cutest people in the world), we stopped at Arby's for lunch. I had the most delicious sandwich. It was a turkey bacon club with a mandarin peach iced tea, which would have been very good except that it tasted just like peach schnapps mixed with tea and I didn't care for it very much.
Around 3:30, we were back on the road. Missy and I were pretty tired at this point, even though all you do is sit on a road trip, it makes you so tired. Maybe it's because your muscles are not working and your body just isn't exerting any energy so it gets tired. That's my theory at least.
Finally around 6 o'clock, we had made it to Molly's house! We walked in to the smell of homemade pasta and a view that I fell in love with.



I knew Molly lived on the lake, but I had no idea how beautiful it would be! We ate Molly's delicious dinner and went onto her dock to take in all the fresh air and beauty. We did some fishing and the girls and I went paddle boating! It was quite an adventure! There were five of us in this little paddle boat, Molly, her sweet as pie friend from high school, Casey, Missy, Emily and myself. The boat could not be steered for the life of us and it would only go anywhere when we paddled backwards, but when we did that, the back would flood and the girls sitting in back would get soaked. But it was a great time! Once the sun set, the drinking festivities began! There was beer pong, of course!, and King's Cup. Even a few of Molly's good friend's stopped by to join. After a long, exciting day, we were all pretty wiped out and went to bed early.
On Saturday, after eating breakfast and saying goodbye to Joe, who had to head home, we went to Molly's family cottage on Lake Ontario about an hour from her house. It was a perfect day, which made it all the more wonderful because it was supposed to storm. When
we first arrived, we were all introduced to Molly's family, who were very kind and welcoming. After we all went onto the dock to soak up the sun. Some of us went kayaking, and some of the kayakers pulled people around in water tubes. That was one of my favorite parts of the day! At one point Eric was kayaking and the four of us girl were all attached to a rope and
being carted along. It was so fun! Molly's grandpa took us for a ride on his boat. At first glance you would never think it was made for speed, but that boat was fast! Once we got back to shore, we went right back in the water. We made friends with the neighbor's who invited us to come hang out with them on their various water tubes. This was my absolute favorite part of the day! We laid floating in the water for what seemed like hours and it was so much fun and so peaceful. Surrounded by my friends and the beautiful Lake Ontario, it hit me. My life is perfect! And wonderful, amazing, incredible, I could go on forever. It's moments when you are doing the simplest of things that you realize how wonder your life is and how blessed you truly are. I will never forget that weekend and I will always cherish my memories there.



Around 7, it began to sprinkle so we made our way to shore and ate dinner. Everything was delicious! There was grilled chicken and corn on the cob and the best couscous I have ever tasted! We ate everything, cleaned up and then our other two great friends from school, Sean and Liz, arrived! Shortly after their arrival, we decided to head back to Molly's house because a storm was headed our way. We made it back to Molly's house around 10.
The best thing about warn days are the warm nights. We sat in Molly's "screen room," where we could feel the breeze and hear the waves without being attacked by mosquitoes and reminisced about the day before going to bed. But the fun didn't end there, we still had all day Sunday!
Sunday morning we woke up and everyone seemed to be in a great mood. I guess that's what fresh lake air will do to a person. We started off the morning with an Egg Off! Sean and I had challenged each other to an egg duel weeks ago because whenever Molly would come stay with me, she would rave about how good my scrambled eggs were. In the end, it was a tie. I had made the simple, original version, while Sean went crazy with spices and hot sauce (it doesn't sound very good, but to my surprise they were great!). So Sean's recipe was unique, while my eggs were fluffy and moist.



After our delicious breakfast, we all got ready for the day, sat on the porch and looked out over the lake before we set off on our next adventure. We decided to go to Dinosaur BBQ! I had never been there so I was very excited because Molly had told us it was pretty famous for their pork. Plus I love to eat out! Dino BBQ was so busy when we got there and it was one in the afternoon! The inside of the restaurant was so vibrant and fun. There were murals on the walls and signatures every where from people who wrote their name on the wall. I left my mark too! When we were finally seated we were all so hungry. Everything on the menu looked and sounded so delicious. I ended up getting a pulled pork sandwich with mashed potatoes and homemade mac n cheese. It was amazing! I can't wait to go back!
After we all stuffed out faces, we headed over the mall to see The Ugly Truth. The show didn't start until 4 so the girls and I did some shopping! I immediately went to H&M! I found a rhinestone bow necklace for about 4 bucks and an awesome pair of purple rimmed aviators! I wear them everyday! Then it was time to see the movie! It was hilarious! We all laughed so hard! Katherine Heigl was brilliant, and Gerard Butler was great too! He did a great job. I was surprised because the last film I saw him in was P.S. I Love You. A very different part from the one in The Ugly Truth. It was a perfect ending to a perfect weekend. Once the movie ended it was time to so goodbye to Molly and to Syracuse. Everyone hugged and said their goodbyes and then we were back on the road homeward bound.
That was definitely the best weekend of the entire summer and I can't wait for next summer when we can go again! But I don't want to rush things because will still have all school year to make plenty more lasting memories!

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Little Inspiration

I love quotes! I adore quotes! I keep paper and a pen in my purse just in case I come across a quote that inspires me or gives me a new perspective on things. Today was one of those days when my pen and paper came in very handy. I was browsing through Barnes & Noble for about an hour looking for some good summer reading, when I stumbled across some quotes that made me smile and reminded me that I life is good! 

"Life isn't about finding yourself, its about creating yourself." 
-Anonymous

"What would you attempt to do if you could not fail?"
-Unknown

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

The first quote really grabbed my attention because for a while I felt as though I needed to find myself. And maybe in some ways people do have to do that. Maybe finding yourself is figuring out what college to go to or trying to decided what to do with your life. But I think once you have made those tough decisions, or at least thought about it, then maybe that is when you start creating yourself. Creating the person you want to be through the choices you make and the direction you go in life. 
The second quote I though was empowering. Not only is it a great question, but its a challenge. If you believe you can do something, if you believe you can achieve your dream, then I honestly believe it can be done. 
The third quote I have known and loved forever! I love Eleanor Roosevelt. I wish I had been able to meet her. She was a strong, graceful, gracious, and intelligent woman. This quote is one of my many favorites of hers. 
The fourth and final quote was said by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He is another influential person in my life. He has many famous quotes that deal with a person and their internal strength. I love this quote because it reminds me that no matter what comes my way I can handle it. 
I have tons of quotes that I love and live by. But not all the quotes are deep and life changing, sometimes I just jot down things my friends have said that are just plain hilarious! 
Well, I'm off the celebrate the 4th of July the way it should be celebrated, hot dogs and sparklers! 
Happy Independence Day!




Thursday, July 2, 2009

What Friends Are For

So, yesterday I did a lot of running around. I got my oil changed, went to the store to pick up brownie mix, and made homemade veggie stir fry with white rice! Yum! But in the midst of all my running around, I was really looking forward to later that night! My best friend since freshman year of high school and I were going to hang out! My BFF Megan/Megz/Maggels and I have always been there for each other. Of course, we have had our fights, well, actually only one fight, which I think is pretty awesome. I mean to be friends with someone for almost 6 years and only have one fight, that just shows how compatible we are and how well we get along. I guess I never really thought of that until now. :)
Megan and I have gone through a lot together. We matured together, shared our dreams and accomplishments together, survived high school together, but now that we are both off at college its hard for us to find time to hang out. When we do get a chance to see one another, we just pick up right where we left off. Its like we were hanging out the day before, when really there have been times when we haven't hung out for 2 or 3 months. Crazy, I know!
Now that Megan and I are in college and doing our own thing, it is so much fun to see her and catch up on each others lives! But half of the time we just act like complete goofballs! Like when we decided to have our own photo shoot in Meg's backyard and took some ridiculous photos! It was a blast! We always have a great time together and can make each other laugh so hard to the point wear Megan snorts and I can barely breathe.
Megan and I share so much in common and we even look alike that people always mistake us to be sisters. The funny thing is though, we pretty much are sisters. That is how I have always felt.
Megan was there for me when my mother and I were going through our rough patch. She would do my make up and hair when we would go out. We would go see kids movies together like Over the Hedge and even High School Musical 3. I will never forget the times we had together, and I know she won't either. We are both busy and working on our future, so we don't have a lot of time to see eachother, but I hope that changes because Megan is the sister I have always wanted and I don't want to lose her just because we are both busy.
I love ya Megz and I miss you! Thank you for being a great friend to me! I hope I have been as good a friend to you! The picture below is of Megan and my senior prom. I love this picture so much!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Reminiscing


Summer is finally here! The weather is beautiful and the beach is the place to find me! So far it has been a great summer, but every once in a while I get a little sad. For three summers, starting in June 2005, I used to work on a ranch in Dubois, WY. But it wasn't your typical ranch, it was the Trial Lawyers College a.k.a. TLC. It also wasn't a typical job when you think of working on a ranch. I helped cook and bake food for about 100 lawyers 7 days a week all summer. Sounds like a lot of work, I know, but it never felt like work. I had more fun at that job than I could have imagined! The people I worked with were all amazing! Gabe, Joshface, and of course Kay! There were also a few people that came and went each year; Eric, the lawn boy, Kyle, and Taylor. The summers I spent on the ranch are precious and incredible memories I will never forget.
Some of my favorite mem
ories took place was I wasn't even on the ranch. Flyboy a.k.a. Raymond a.k.a. my dad away from home let me fly co-pilot in a private jet he flew for one of the lawyers. We flew from Riverton, Wyoming (about an hour from the ranch) to Salt Lake City, Utah. It was amazing!!! And to top it off, I saw a rainbow! And it wasn;t just a piece of the rainbow, it was the entire arc! It was beautiful! That same summer I bought my first pair of authentic cowgirl boots! Speaking of shopping, every year Raymond and I would go shopping in Jackson, Wyoming. Not only are there beautiful clothes and turquoise jewelry, but the ride into Jackson is gorgeous! There is wildlife every where and the natural landscape is breath taking! And lets not forget about the best part! The Grand Tetons! My favorite part about Wyoming was arriving. The jackson airport is right next to the Grand Tetons and my favorite part is getting off the plane because I have finally arrived to my favorite place in the world (and I get off the plane and walk on the runway to the entrance of the airport, which I think is really cool).
The rec room, playing pool, the egg war, baking 1ooo's of cookies each summer, the incredible food (Did I mention Gabe and Josh were the best cooks ever! They both graduated from Johnson & Wales University for culinary arts), the lawyers, drivin
g into town, being snuck into the local bar, going to Denver for the weekend (My second favorite place! It is so beautiful!), watching the sunset, driving to the top of the mountain to get a signal on our cellphones, going to the hot sulfer springs in Thermopolis with Clay, and feeling alive and knowing that when I was there I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Wyoming and the ranch is my home away from home and I miss it very much.
I will never forget my experiences and I hope to visit or maybe even work there as often and as soon as possible. I love Wyoming and I am a cowgirl at heart!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Expressions


I found this cool idea floating around the internet so I thought I would try it out. 
If you want to do it too, here are the instructions:
-Answer the following questions below and type in answer into Google. pick out a picture and copy the url.
- Use this website to make your own mosaic (http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php)

QUESTIONS:

1. What is your name? 
2. What is your favorite food? 
3. What is your hometown? 
4. What is your favorite color? 
5. What is your favorite movie? 
6. What is your favorite drink? 
7. What is your dream vacation? 
8. What is your favorite dessert? 
9. What is one word to describe yourself? 
10. How are you feeling right now? 
11. What do you love most in the world? 
12. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Have fun!!

Relationships

This is a very personal subject, but I am sure it is a topic that a lot of people deal with: relationships. I have been seeing my boyfriend for ten months now and he is a great guy. Unfortunately, lately our relationship has not been so great. For the past two months things have been very rocky. We have been arguing a lot and just the other night things were the worse I have ever seen them. Things were said that were hurtful, tears were shed and I was sure we were over. After letting things cool down for a day or so, I called him. To my complete surprise, my boyfriend still wanted to be together and work things out. This time around I really want to do things right, so I am doing my research. I found a great article on how to maintain a healthy relationship. There were parts of the article really hit the nail on the head when it comes to what I need to work on, which is understanding that you cannot always expect the other person to see things your way. I have a hard time remembering that just because my boyfriend and I are together does mean we are the exact same person. I have a lot of ideas and opinions on how things should be. Lets just put is this way, I am the oldest and only daughter of four. Being the only daughter and the oldest made me princess of the household, and I hate to admit it, but I sometimes still am and do take advantage.(I am not proud of this and am truly working on it.) The point is, because of this I expect things to always go my way. I have to remember there are two people in this relationship, it's not just me. I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't throw tantrums if we do not go see the movie I want. We are very good at compromising. I guess the issue is that I expect to be a top priority a lot of the time and when I'm not, that is when the problems start. That sounds so terrible when put like that, but this is my understanding of being loved and cared for. Growing up if I wanted something, I got it, and to me that was my parents showing me that they loved me.
So, this short and sweet article really helped because even though a lot of the keys to the healthy relationship are no brainers, sometimes people just need a reminder in order to get back on track. :)

Thanks for listening!

Here is the link to the article. Enjoy!

http://www.enotalone.com/article/2246.html

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Day One

So, this is my first time ever blogging, but I'm pretty excited.
Yesterday was my last day of classes, which is very exciting because that means I survived my first year of college!!! But I can't get ahead of myself because I still have three exams next week. Luckily, two of the exams are take home essay and the other one is open book so thats not too bad.
Now to the exciting part about yesterday! It was Quad Party! Quad party is celebrated on the last day of class when students wake up and start drinking. There is also a mini carnival with bounce houses and tons of free carnival food like funnel cakes!!!! The carnival was my favorite part, as well as hanging out with all my fabulous friends!! I can't wait until the picture are posted on Facebook. I'll be sure to post some with this blog as well. :)


This is a majority of our group of friends.
From left to right: Erin, Me, Missy, Molly, Sean & Liz