Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On My Way...

...to accomplishing one of my August goals!

Today I spent hours working on my scrapbook. I am really excited about how it is coming along! Scrapbooking is a great way for me to relax, and it's a creative outlet for me too! Plus I love to look through photos and reminisce.

I have also decided that I will one day have an Art Studio in my house (i.e. scrapbooking studio), because it gets a little messy! My stuff is everywhere! But the dining room table will have to do for now.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

August Goals

Wow, I cannot believe it is almost AUGUST!

Here are some things I have to look forward to in the coming weeks:

July 29-August 1: Myrtle Beach with the family
August 7: Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival
August 8: Brian's parents are in town!
Mid-August: Classes begin
September: Maryland for Labor Day/Annual OBX vacation

Busy month ahead! I love it.

Here are some goals that I have for the month of August:
-Regularly update my blog with weeknight dinner ideas (I have been cooking a lot lately and want to share my easy and delicious dinner recipes, photos, etc.)
-Begin saving money for a camera (Nikon) and take more photos!
-Finish my 2009-2010 scrapbook
-NOT buy any clothes. Period.
-Finish the books I have started (1. The Hour I First Believed 2. Women, Food, and God 3. Love Your Life) And yes, I'm guilty of starting all three without finishing any of them. I never do that!

I think that's (more than) enough goals for now!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Life Right Now

Since I rarely get to catch up with all my friends and update them on my life right now...here is an update....

I quit BB&T in June to nanny for the Phillips kids this summer. My weeks have been spent poolside and driving those children EVERYWHERE! I love, love, love it! Although I definitely miss the bank, I am still technically a "zero-hour" teller, which means I can work when I want to or if they need an extra hand!

In August I start classes at UNC. I originally thought that I would go to Alamance Commmunity College to take my dental pre-requisites, but found out that it would be best if I took them at Carolina. Last week (very last minute) I went over to UNC to apply for THIS FALL semester. Luckily, everything went smoothly and I was accepted (again) to be a student in the Land of the....long sigh....Tarheels. I am both excited and anxious to be a student again!

So life is basically wonderful at the moment - happiness and health - really what more can you ask for? Colby is awesome and keeps me laughing. Brian and I have been dating a year now (most of you are probably as shocked as I am about that). I enjoy spending time with old friends, new friends and most importantly, my family. Back and forth between Raleigh and Durham most of the time, with an occasional trip to Mebane here and there.

Oh, and this is big news....
Stepped on the scale yesterday and weighed in the 120's! Woohoo! Okay, so 129.4 to be exact, but I can still be excited! I haven't seen numbers that low since sophomore year of college! I wish I could tell you I'm doing some miraculous diet, but I'm not. I just gave up caring about my weight, and that's when I started to lose the pounds! Funny how that works.

So if you're reading this, and wanna know more about my life right now, we can catch up over lunch or something...cause the Lord knows I love to talk about myself :-)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Books

Those who know me well know I LOVE to read. I want to share with you some of the books I have read this year, some that are worth reading and some that are not.

Going Rogue (Sarah Palin)- Worth reading, for those who love her AND hate her. But how could you possibly hate her? Especially if you read the book :)

The Politician (Andrew Young)- Worth reading, if you take interest in the John Edwards scandal. I was definitely interested in all the juicy details from someone who worked so closely with John Edwards, however, with all the different stories and contradictions, who can you really trust?

This Much I Know Is true (Wally Lamb)-DEFINITELY worth reading. I personally LOVE Wally Lamb. He is one of the most talented authors I have ever read. With over 900 pages, this book is the longest book I have ever read. It took me a couple weeks, but it went by so quickly because it was so great.

So Long, Insecurity (Beth Moore)- Eh, not so much worth reading. I found that this book was very generalized and did not hold my interest. I felt like Beth Moore was saying a lot, but at the same time not really saying much at all. If that makes any sense.

How to Make Love like a Porn Star (Jenna Jameson)- Surprisingly well-written and worth reading. Obviously not someone I can relate to, but a good story either way. Her autobiography is a perfect read for someone interested in psychology (i.e. me). And I think this book has the potential to spice up your own personal love life, as it goes into steamy rated-R detail about sexual encounters. And if reading about sex for a week straight doesn't get you in the mood, then i don't know what will!

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)- This book is in-progress. Surprisingly I have never read it, but the 50th anniversary of this American classic is this year, so I figured it is about time for me to break down and read it. So far, so amazing! I definitely can relate to Scout, love that the book is set in the South, and the writing is phenomenal. I've been reading this book very slow because the vocabulary is surprisingly advanced and because I found myself digesting each sentence with awe and admiration. I can already tell that this will be a new favorite!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy 4th!

Here are some highlights of the wonderful weekend in Wrightsville beach...

-Simmering hot days followed by cool, breezy nights
-Drinking one too many on Friday night
-Lounging around Saturday morning with coffee, munching on delicious food, and mingling with friends
-A relaxed Saturday afternoon on the beach complete with swimming, corn hole, bocce ball, and beer
-Treading water in the sound (and sometimes fighting against the current), laughing and horsing around on the boat, and soaking up the rays on Masonboro island
-Spending time with wonderful people, enjoying each and everyone's company, and appreciating the personalities that were brought together for three nights of delirium.

My personal favorite memory from the trip was devouring the most delicious piece of fried chicken my lips have ever tasted. And, of course, sharing that moment with Brian :)