Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my friends. Which means I am thankful for YOU!


Friends have a way of speaking without words.


I hope everyone has a safe Halloween weekend and a wonderful time celebrating with friends!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Pioneer Woman

I live and breathe The Pioneer Woman.

If you aren't familiar with her blog, it's probably for the best.

You will spend hours of your life admiring her photography, studying her recipes, and reading her "Confessions."

And if you're like me, you will be extremely envious.

A husband she adores. A fabulous career. A house full of kids. And a yard full of dogs.

Oh, and let's not forget....

One huge kitchen.


Does life get any better?!?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mission: Accomplished

In November of 2005, Erin Hemric and I participated in the Turkey Trot 5K at Elon University. After 0.03 miles of trotting, we contemplated catching the tram, riding it through the Danielley loop, and then exiting inconspicuously and continuing the race. Mission: Failed.

On Sunday October 17th, 2010, Brandon and I ran the Heels for Hope 5K at the University of Chapel Hill.

WOOHOO!!! WE DID IT!!!!

Race results were posted on the website. Out of those running competitively, I came in 217th place with a time of 33:37 minutes. Sounds pretty lousy, yet I finished before 100 other people and was able to run the entire 3.1 miles! Mission: Accomplished.

Here is the proof:



It was a very fun event and I am so proud of myself (and Brandon)!!!

In April, we will be participating in a 10K in Cary, NC. Let the training begin!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I want to preface this post by saying that honesty is not always the best policy. But when it comes to blogging, I firmly believe that honesty is what makes for a great blog. Real, brutal, I-can't-believe-I'm-thinking-this-much-less-sharing-this honesty. And now that I have your attention....

Today, surprisingly, I am thankful for Facebook. 


I usually loathe Facebook and find it to be a complete waste of my time. When I waste time reading a friend's status or  end up spending half of an unproductive hour flipping through a stranger's photo album, I feel like...well...I don't know...like I've just spent half of an unproductive hour flipping through a stranger's photo album. 

But there are benefits of Facebook, too. Obviously there must be or it wouldn't be so darn popular. In another world way back when, if your best friend in 4th grade moved away to another state you would cry, mourn, and then life would move on. 

I found my 4th grade best friend on Facebook a few years ago and we've been "friends" ever since. 

Also, Facebook makes party planning a breeze. And birthday reminders are always a good thing. 

But Facebook brought me happiness today for other reasons. 

I will admit that I am a confident person. I use the word "admit" because confidence is not always a good thing. Sometimes it can be synonymous with arrogant--in my case at least. 

It wasn't until I was one year into my current relationship (Okay, my only relationship. Those nine weeks freshman year don't count.) that my confidence started waning and I started seriously battling insecurities. Some people might think that that is a warning sign--a flashing red light that screams "STOP," because aren't you supposed to feel better about yourself in a relationship?

Well, yes and no.

No, because there is such a thing as ex-girlfriends. And the whole "the past is the past" thing just doesn't cut it sometimes.

Thinking about my boyfriend's previous girlfriends makes me feel insecure. 

Ouch. 

That is embarrassing for me to even type. 

To even think about his ex-girlfriends makes me cringe. And I will admit there are times that I wonder if he is comparing me to them. I wonder what they look like, if they are better looking than me, if they have better bodies, a better income (ha!), a better you fill in the blank. I wonder if they are smart, funny, kind. I wonder why their relationship didn't work out. And I wonder if I will one day be just another girl from his past that his future girlfriend will be wondering about. 

Well today I decided to Facebook stalk a girl from his past (Remember the brutal honesty I mentioned earlier? Yeah. Not my proudest moment). Curiosity got the best of me. You see, this girl, this stranger, is the one that I wonder about the most. 

And in that moment, I was thankful for Facebook. And thankful for a lack of privacy settings on her profile. 

So there I was. Like an idiot. Perusing through her pictures. 

And these were the thoughts that were running through my head:

You are gorgeous....Do you always look so perfect?....finally a bad picture.....Why can't my boobs be that big?!....You have really pretty teeth...My mom would say your smile is "gummy"....My mom would have a field day with you actually...Cute outfit....In five years you'll be fat....

And then I came to it.

A picture of her and her current fling.

And I had to smile. Laugh, actually. Because he looked like a cross between Jack Black and Oliver Platt.

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In my moment of laughter, I realized how absolutely pathetic I was being, how dumb it was to even waste one minute of my life wondering about her life. I re-connected with that confident self that dwells inside of me (I may have also connected with that arrogant self, too). So I smiled, I laughed, and I confessed my pathetic Facebook-stalking moment to Brian, hoping that he would find humor in it too! 

Today I am thankful for Facebook simply for the realization that life is so amusing. In my pathetic, self-depreciating moment, I was able to realize how amazing my life is, how amazing I am, and how amazing she probably is too!

I personally don't doubt that Brian is a good judge of character. I mean, after all, he is dating me....

I once heard that if God made man in His image, then he must have a sense of humor. I thought about that today when I was looking through her pictures. Not only was I laughing at the guy she was dating, but I was laughing at myself for being so ridiculous. I decided right then and there that my jealousy is accomplishing nothing, my self-doubts are ludicrous, and my fears are often irrational.

If I were to update my Facebook status right now, I think it would read: Kelly Lawrence is blessed, because "blessed" is how I felt when I realized that I am about to get into my car, roll down the windows on this gorgeous Fall day, blast Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A", and go babysit for three of the most awesome kids in the world. 

And tonight I'm going to say "I love you" to my boyfriend....
who (according to some) is a cross between John Mayer and Shia LaBeof. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

State Fair 2010

Brian and I shared a fabulous night at the State Fair!

Rides:
The Fireball
The Drop Zone
The Swings
and The Ferris Wheel

Food/Drinks:
Country ham biscuits
French Fries
Blooming Onion
Hot Apple Cider
Roasted Corn
Krispy Kreme Donut Hamburger
and my personal favorite: Campfire Ice Cream (delicious thick, creamy ice cream with graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and chocolate chunks)

Funniest Moment:
Watching a teenage boy have an absolute meltdown/panic attack while riding the Fireball

Highlights of the Night:
-Brian won me a goldfish!
-We happened to be stopped ("stuck", according to Brian) at the top of the ferris wheel at the same time of the firework show finale! It was such a spectacular moment!
















Can't wait until the fair rolls around again next year!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dave Ramsey Live!

Last Saturday, Brian and I waited an hour and a half in traffic to attend the Dave Ramsey Live Seminar at the RBC center. 

About one hour in to our traffic halt, Brian's car started to overheat. 

Brian was frustrated.

 I, in turn, became frustrated. 

I thought for sure Brian was going to give up, drive home, and miss the show. Or maybe we would be on the side of the road for a few hours waiting for AAA due to an overheated car. 

Either way, the outcome looked dim. 

But we made it. Finally. An hour late, but we made it! And it was awesome!!!

Yes, most of Dave's financial plan is more like common sense. But it's common sense that most of the world ignores, which is why America is in a financial debt crisis. 

I am truly inspired to live like no one else so that one day I might live like no one else!

And my credit card is going to be the first thing to go.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for random acts of kindness.

In a world that is so terribly depressing and filled with anger and hate, it's so uplifting to see someone do something nice for someone else.

Random acts of kindness make my world a little brighter.

Walking to class the other day, I walked right past a guy on crutches. He was attempting to carry a heavy backpack and books. In the rush of people that were headed to class that morning, I don't think anyone stopped to ask him if he wanted help. I'm guilty, too. And that guilt stayed with me all day long--actually all week long since I'm sitting here thinking about it now.

How simple it would have been to just ask if he needed help.

On another note, a friend of mine recently posted a Facebook status that read "the person in front of me in the Starbucks drive-thru just paid for my drink. What an awesome start to my day!"

That made me smile. So I got to thinking...I will do that! That is such a simple act of kindness I can do for a stranger. So next time I am in the Starbucks drive-thru I am going to also pay for of the unidentified person in the vehicle behind me.

Only it will be my luck that this person is a mom.

Of four.

And all her kids are buying lattes and muffins.

And the Lord knows I ain't covering that bill.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Update

Goodness Gracious.

My ear hurts really bad. 

Lucky me, I have a morning off! Well, technically I will be doing school work. Funny how I work more now than when I had a full time job. 

Weekend was fun, but my expectations may have been a little high. 

Avett Brother's were great, but I would have definitely enjoyed it more had Brian been there.

I got to see Meg and Rachel! And I got to see Jaci, too! It was a little Elon reunion, but I would have definitely enjoyed it more had I not been feeling sick. 

Despite my ear infection, I do need to be productive today. 

But first, I will start my day off on the right foot by listening to the Avett Brothers.

I recommend Track 8: "Laundry Room." Music doesn't get any better than this. 


Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday is Here!

I have a lot to look forward to this weekend!

On Fridays I get to work at the bank, which is one of my favorite things all week! I love getting to spend a few hours with my co-workers--usually goofing off or catching up on the latest gossip--of course while working really hard! They are some of my very best friends.

I get to see our clients too, which makes me very happy!

This may seem silly to many people, but at BB&T we are like family. In fact, every job I've ever had somehow turned into more than just a job. Grey Stone Day Camp, Lonestar Steakhouse, Carver Street Animal Hospital, and Mill Creek Golf Club all hold such meaningful memories. I've made life-long friends at work and I've always loved what I do, and for that I consider myself blessed.

After work...

I will be heading to Raleigh for the Avett Brothers concert!

And after the concert....

Brian will be home!!!! And I have missed him SO MUCH these two days while he has been in Vegas!

And after I crash hard tonight after an exhaustingly fun day, I will wake up....

And Meg will be in town!!!!! Yep, she is coming to North Carolina this weekend for a visit and I could not be more excited!!!

So there you have it--my exciting weekend ahead.

Now let's get this show on the road......

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for unanswered prayers.

As probably all who are reading this know, there was a time in my life when I stayed up at night praying, begging and pleading for God to answer just one prayer:

Him would fall madly in love with me and we would live happily ever after. 
("Him" is the code name for the boy I've loved since third grade). 

Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday. 
Someday.
Someday God would intervene and answer my prayer. 

Well, someday is either really far off or let's face it - that shit ain't gonna happen. 

But I am happy now. Thrilled, in fact. Because I could not be more grateful that God had other plans.......



...Just because He doesn't answer, doesn't mean He don't care.
Some of God's greatest gifts
are unanswered prayers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On Being Creative....

Creative is synonymous with Ingenious.

I remember one week during my senior year at Elon when I needed to come up with a creative title for the chapter I was writing for our Senior Seminar book about the psychology of counterfactual thinking. I spent hours, which turned into days, racking my brain for a title. It had to be creative. You see (in typical "humble Kelly" fashion), I had been given the responsibility of writing the chapter on regret--the first chapter and most important chapter in the whole book. And I was the only person in the whole class chosen by the professor not to work with a partner. He later pulled me aside to confess that he had confidence in my writing abilities and knew that I could carry the burden of the regret chapter on my own.

So now I felt pressure. This had to be good. And my mom can probably recall the conversations I had with her about being desperate to think of a title.

In the end, it was "Regret Regardless" followed by an awesome quote which I no longer remember.

And no, it doesn't sound too impressive now, but let me tell ya....it was perfect. And when it hit me, I just knew.

The moral of this story is that I get a lot of pleasure out of being creative. I also get a lot of pleasure out of other people being creative. Reading Jennifer Hambrick's blog, for instance, is one of my favorite things because I enjoy the simple creativity of her writing. My wonderful boyfriend Brian is one of the most artistically creative people that I know. My mom--well, her creativity and mine are practically the same. I guess it's in the gene. She once wrote a pretty impressive poem for my dad on his 40th birthday. And I don't know if you've read "Ode to my Macbook," but.....

Whatever the creative flare--be it decorating, teaching, music, etc--it is always something I admire in people.

And I want my blog to be creative.

You may remember the previous title of The Sweet Tooth--"Peeing in the Shower: Because NOT Peeing in the Shower would be a Waste of Money, Time, and Toilet Paper."

Clever, eh?

Well the change to The Sweet Tooth was decided on simply because I am a hopeful future dental professional (yes, hopeful), I have a sweet disposition (some would say), and I have an undeniable love for all things sweet (I am eating candy corn as I write this).

Clever, eh?

So now I want to make my blog posts creative. And I thought about doing a similar sweet- food-theme for all blog titles. For instance, one day the post may be titled "The Icing on the Cake." A post on a Monday may be titled "The Weekend Scoop." But that would just take too long. And my brain already hurts just thinking about the creative ingenuity that would require.

Well, the purpose of this entirely too long blog post is to tell you that tomorrow I will be introducing "Thankful Thursday" and next week I will hopefully be introducing some more themes that correspond to the day of the week. No, this is not my creative idea. There are a lot of bloggers who do this. Simply because it makes blogging easier and actually makes it more fun!

But I hope that you will enjoy it!

Stay tuned. And stay creative.

Monday, October 4, 2010

I've Come A Long Way (Cue: Pat on the Back)

There was a time (sixth grade) when I used to have full blown panic attacks (crying, shouting, and slamming textbooks) after school when my sister would try and explain to me the concept of  unknown variable "X" (as in X + 3 = 5).

I mean, seriously.  Full. Blown. Panic. Attack.


And now I can tell you all four quantum numbers of an electron in a given orbital of any element in the periodic table based on the quantum mechanics of an atom.

If you cared to know.

Just saying. I've come quite a ways.

So to 7th grade teacher Ms. Hemric (soon-to-be Mrs. Snyder!), the kids will one day thank you for providing the foundation for perhaps quantum physics. And if they're anything like me, right now they're wanting to scream.