Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friendship

I've always known that I have a great group of friends, but sometimes they do little things that really make me feel blessed. Last night, for example, I had to take my first open book exam for an online Geography class I am taking. It was pretty difficult, even with the book and access to the internet right in front of me. I was having quite a bit of trouble and was reading a question to myself out loud (like I do sometimes when I have no idea what's going on), and then next thing I know my girlfriend Molly is reading me the answer that she found on the internet. I was so surprised that she just took the initiate to look that up for me and so thankful! She helped me for a bit longer until I finally felt like I was getting somewhere with the exam. Then a little while later, my other girlfriend Erin came home from dinner with her boyfriend, and we all took a break from homework to eat the bread sticks she brought home for us. We started chatting and Erin asked me what I was doing. I told her about my ridiculously hard exam and a minute later she grabs my book and a pencil and helps me find the answer! Thanks to my awesome girlfriends I got an A on that darn exam! Thanks girls!
Besides helping each other with homework, the girls and I are always doing fun things with one another and for one another. I don't think I have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner at my apartment in weeks. I will grab a granola bar to eat on the way to class, Molly and I meet at the corner to walk to campus together, she will invite me over to lunch, and then I will offer to make dinner, or vis versa. Its pretty great!
Last Friday was the best dinner I have had in awhile! Erin, Molly, Trina and I went to the Saigon Cafe on Elmwood. The food was great, people watching while sitting at our table outside was great, and the company was the best part! Enjoying a delicious dinner with my friends was a great way to unwind after a long week.
This week has been pretty busy and I cannot wait until the weekend gets here! Luckily, I don't have to wait very long, because tonight some of the girls and I are going to our bar, also known as Fathers! Then tomorrow, Friday night, we are all going to partake in our first bar crawl! It's the Save the Boobies Bar Crawl and a majority of the proceeds go towards Breast Cancer research! I am so excited about my first bar crawl! On Saturday, the girls and I will be going to the Market like we always do to grab some fresh produce and flowers, and that night we are going to Heenan's! This weekend is going to rock! And I get to enjoy every second of it with my friends! I better get my camera charged, I have a feeling this is going to be a memorable weekend! :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Sometimes, I forget that happiness can be found in very simple ways. I like to think of myself as a simple girl, for the most part. I don't have to be doing something or buying something to be happy, I can just enjoy things that happen in my everyday life. Here are some of my most recent simple pleasures...

1. Waking up to the sun shining into my bedroom on a cool fall day.
2. Getting into bed that has just been made with clean, fresh sheets.
3. Drinking a hot cup of tea after a long day.
4. Having fresh flowers throughout my apartment that I bought at the market.
5. Waking up and realizing there is nothing you have to do that day.
6. Lighting your favorite candle and having its heavenly scent fill the apartment.
7. Smelling apple cider and cinnamon and it takes you back to your favorite fall memories.
8. Having a not-so-good day and then your favorite song comes on the radio and lifts your spirits.
9. Getting a cheerful and unexpected call or text from a friend that puts a smile on your face for the rest of the day.
10. Doing a kind act that puts a smile on someone else's face.

What are your simple pleasures?

Friday, September 3, 2010

10 Things That Are Going On In My Life

1. Classes began on August 23rd, so I have been diligently keeping up with my studies and learning new things.
2. My new roommate has officially moved in and cooks amazing dinners for our friends quite often.
3. I got another job right on campus that pays a great hourly wage.
4. I have been on health kick for a while that involves eating well and exercising. {I need to work on the exercising part a bit more :)}
5. I have discovered that Aldi is the cheapest place to grocery shop and I rave about my great finds all the time.
6. I also found out that there is a cute little market right down the street from me that I will be going to all the time to pick up fresh produce and people watch.
7. I have been seriously considering studying aboard in London next semester, and just the thought of it makes me so excited.
8. I have been doing a little clothes shopping here and there and my new favorite place to find great accent pieces for a bargin is Charlotte Russe.
9. A new "hobby" I have decided to take up is writing people letters and sending them in the mail. So far I have written my girlfriend who moved to NYC this summer a cute letter in a fun card I found at Michael's craft store.
10. I am looking forward to the next few months to see where it takes me, whether it be London, England or a few trips to NYC to visit a good friend, and what I can accomplish.