Rewind Time

Several months ago I received a precious gem in the mail.

I read it, laughed out loud about 93875028475 times, and then set it down. And meant to publish this post, you know, forever ago.

Then I read on Katelyn’s blog that she got her letter too, and I really enjoyed seeing what her goals were as a 17 year old. Kate and I have had some funny times looking back on how much we have changed since we were in high school and even college, and so this letter was like icing on the cake.

My “short termgoals were:

- Graduate high school and go to college (check)

- Get a 4 or 5 on AP Calc Exam (Got a 3)

- Get a 5 on AP Psyc Exam (Got a 4)

- Be able to do a full (check)

- Place in the top five at FCC Nationals (Top 2 & 3 at NCA College Ntnls, bam)

“Intermediate” goals:

- Go to cosmetology school (HAHA)

- Get a puppy (DAD, see, I need it…)

- Study Abroad (I tried to go to Thailand but that got shot down)

- Maintain my high school friends through college (well…)

And finally, my “Long Term” goals:

- Get married & have at least 3 kids (LOL)

- Own a lake house and boat (With whose money?)

- Work as a genetic counselor (I hated my intro to genetics professor)

- Travel to Europe (Rome, Italy, Paris, ect. check)

- Go to Australia (Katelyn?)

- Go skydiving

Sure is funny to look back on the things you were looking forward too :)

How much have your goals changed since high school?

Bangz

Ever wonder what it would be like if you had bangs?

Well, today I wondered.

Err, I guess I did a little more than wonder.

There was some major cutting of my very long side bangs/face layers involved.

Whose next ?!?

Raleighwood

Sunday afternoon as I was swinging in the backyard, I decided that I REALLY missed my middle sister and needed to go visit her in Raleigh. So I did.

I am so glad I decided to come visit Casey. I have really missed being able to spend quality time together like we did when we were both living in the same city. I know that a part of growing up means leaving your nuclear family and creating your own, but she is my sister; we share so much more than our genetics.

We had a great day yesterday enjoying the beautiful weather in Raleigh… I even discovered a new pet to keep her company…

A lizzy !!!

After a trip to the grocery store we came home for a quick snack and then headed off to NC States campus to reminisce about college and see all of the changes, of which there are many.

If you are a current NCSU slash college student and are reading this- -YOU ARE SO LUCKY! The campus was beautiful, Hillsborough St has a Chipotle now, college is so easy, you have so much free time, not many responsibilities besides staying alive, the bookstore is underneath Harrelson Hall, the Atrium has a second floor (?!?!) and Talley is getting a major makeover.

Since we were already feeling nostalgic, we went to the observatory at RDU airport to watch planes take off and land, something that we did as kids with our dad, and something that we do with kids that we nanny. As much as I make fun of my dad for craning his neck when planes fly over, I do the same thing.

I am currently sitting in Helios, my all time favorite spot from my senior year of college to get coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks, spend time with M, and get work done.

Many places in Raleigh hold a special place in my heart, and this is certainly one of them!

Well amigos, looks like it’s time for me to head back to Winston so that I can babysit my favorite leetle boys tonight :)

Girl on Fire

Of course I am referring to the Hunger Games.

When I read the trilogy during college, I was instantly obsessed, and have been counting down the days to see the movie for a long time.

Mom, Emily and myself bought our tickets ahead of time, and went to the theater 4o minutes before showtime… and it paid off. We had the best seats; in the middle of the middle.

I loved every second of the movie.

The casting was perfect, setting almost exactly how I imagined, the acting was actually decent, the movie stuck to the book pretty well and it made me cry (Rue). I will definitely be buying this movie on DVD when it comes out and can’t wait to see if they make Catching Fire into a movie as well!

This Week is … Special

This week. It’s special. In a really not so special way.

I really miss my two best friends. Neither of them are quite as accessible as would be preferred for dramatic life events.

Good thing for skype though. And good thing for people like my mom who will willingly walk into my room, ask me why and I am sulking and accept me when I immediately start crying.

I have alternated between the following emotions: disappointed, mad at myself, frustrated with other people, mad at a cake, filled with uncertainty, and so on.

But you know what… it’s beautiful outside, I am really excited about things happening in upcoming weeks, my birthday and my two best friends birthdays are soon (23?!?!?!?), and certainty can be boring.

I want to my life to matter, to be exciting, stimulating and impact other peoples lives in positive ways. I know no matter what, I’m going to make sure that I am growing and changing in good and healthy ways, so poo poo on my bad moods shoes.

Copy Cat, Meow

I dislike cats so much, I cringed at even titling my post something so feline.

Okk, bye!

However, I am being a copy cat. The other day Katelyn posted things she would tell her 16 year old self and I thought it was clever and interesting. Without further ado, here are 10 things I wish I could go back and tell my 16 year old self.

1. Stop dating people in high school, ultimately it is just a bad idea and will end.

No picture necessary.


2. Light wash, boot cut jeans are not cute. You are short.

My outfit is horrible.

3. Stop wearing Ralph Lauren Polo’s, they are also not cute on your short waist. Popping the collar is totally unacceptable.

4. Matching every single one of your friends is stupid.

5. Fried Chicken Fingers and French Fries with is not a healthy meal choice.

Neither is that.

6. Additionally, eating Cheese Dip and Chicken and Cheese Quadrilles from La Caretta multiple times a week should be outlawed.

7. Stop complaining about cheerleading practice, it is SO not hard, and you are all so lazy.


8. Be better friends with Katelyn, you will regret missing out on all of the years of mischief you could have had with this person who happens to understand you completely.


9. Love on Kipper so hard, because her years are few.


10. Don’t ever give up on yourself!

Fleet Foxes Say it Best

“Lie down with me, my dear. Lie down Under stormy night. Tell nobody.”

“My brother, where do you intend to go tonight? I heard that you missed your connecting flight, to the Blue Ridge Mountains, over near Tennessee.”

“You’re ever welcome with me any time you like, Let’s drive to the country side, leave behind some green-eyed look-a-likes, So no one gets worried, no. So no one gets worried, no.”


“But Sean don’t get careless, I’m sure it’ll be fine. I love you. I love you, Oh brother of mine.”

“In the quivering forest, Where the shivering dog rests, Our good grandfather Built a wooden nest. And the river got frozen, And the home got snowed in. And a yellow moon glowed bright Till the morning light.”

“Terrible am I, child. Even if you don’t mind, No.”

- Fleet Foxes

Emma Keys

This past week, M & I spent some time in Greensboro enjoying the beautiful, spring-like weather. I have never really spent much time there, besides just going to the airport, and had based all prior assumptions on limited information. After spending a whole day enjoying the city, my former opinion has changed.

I really like Greensboro.

I used to judge it based on what I saw from I-40, or my experiences flying in and out of Piedmont Triad Itn’l, or from what other people had said. In my quest to get into graduate school, I had dismissed UNCG due the fact that I “didn’t like” the city. Well, as it turns out, I do.

Matt showed me once of his favorite places he used to go as a little kid called the Bog Gardens. It was absolutely beautiful! There was a wooden/bridge path that ledge through a pretty dense “forest” of trees & ect., benches for relaxing, and even a pond.

These little ducks were so friendly :) I never expected such a pretty place to exist here in this place that I was not sure if I liked or not. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover people. The Bog Gardens very much reminded me of the bike path behind my childhood neighborhood where I spent endless hours playing with my sisters and friends.

Later that night we went to dinner at Emma Keys, a trendy burger joint on Market Street. Since it had been such an unusually warm day, we ate outside in comfortable “back porch” type furniture. Ella Keys is a dog friendly establishment, and the gorgeous golden retriever that greeted us when we arrived won me over immediately.

The food was amazing and affordable; both of the burgers that M & I had were about $5.00. I had half of the “Hotel California” (angus steak burger topped with provolone, house-made guacamole, grilled onions, grilled tomatoes and Sriracha pepper sauce) and half of a “El Diablo” (angus steak burger with melted cheddar cheese over jalapenos with house made spicy mayonnaise, Tabasco ketchup, lettuce and tomato), sweet potato waffle fries and flat top fries.

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I am not one who loves ground beef on any level, but I have got to say, those were the best burgers I have ever had. I will definitely be going back ASAP!

AATGT Pt. Duex

My sweet boy and his friends are off of their great adventure across the country…

The fruits of their trip are promising; they hope to make a chapbook filled with poetry, short stories and photographs, as well as a CD of music. If you feel the need to help three very talented kidz out, you can, here!

Help me wish them all safe travels and inspired creativity :)

“And now, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Storm Chasers

M & I are the ultimate storm chasers.

See that funnel cloud forming?

We had quite the adventure chasing it, while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Good thing I enjoy thunderstorms.

It was quite the adventure, feeling so close to the huge streaks of lightning that were illuminating the grey sky.

Maybe I have a career in storm chasing?