Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Royal Headache

Most of my friends know about my not-so-romantic view of wedding ceremonies. I find them highly entertaining for the sole fact that people spend months of planning and loads of money on something so absolutely ridiculous.

Not that I think marriage is ridiculous...just the ceremony part.

Reason One: The Cost
Fictional scenario #1: A couple gets married in a courthouse, gets a marriage license, and lives happily ever after.
Fictional scenario #2: A couple gets married in a lavish ceremony, drops $15,000, and lives happily ever after .

Both couples are happy, both couple are married, and one couple just saved 15 grand.

Interesting fact: $47.8 million is the unofficial estimate of the cost of Prince Charles' 1981 wedding to Diana. 

Reason Two: The weight loss
For some odd reason I have yet to figure, people other than the bride always feel the need to lose weight for a wedding. Seriously. Even the guests. When I hear "wedding," I hear "weight loss." The two are synonymous. I'll be in the gym everyday in July, simply because I'm gonna be in a wedding July 31st. But I plan on eating at least 2 slices of cake when it's all said and done.

Reason Three: The Drama
My mom used to always tell me that they didn't have a television show titled "Bridezilla" for no reason. And I'll leave it at that.

Ok, now that I've stated my reasons for thinking that wedding ceremonies are silly, I will admit that I am guilty of the following:
1. I enjoy wedding and bridal blogs, especially Nancy Ray Photography
2. "Say Yes to the Dress" is one of my favorite shows on television 
3. I was looking at cake decorating blogs recently and I stumbled across this wedding cake topper. It made me grin.


No, there is no wedding in my future. 
And no wedding-watching in my future. 
When my dad was asked if he was going to wake up at 4am to watch the royal wedding, he responded "I wouldn't wake up for that wedding if it was taking place next door."

My thoughts exactly.

Call me a cynic, but I think I'm more curious about how the royal marriage will end....

not how it will begin. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I have two more days of classes and two final exams. And then Spring semester is over.

This would be more exciting if
a) I wasn't taking summer courses
b) I wasn't living in fear that I'm going to have a bad physics grade

But it is still a little exciting.

Easter weekend was fun. Brian and I visited with his parents in Annapolis. We went to the Baltimore aquarium, did a little shopping, saw The Source Code, failed to understand The Source Code, and decorated Easter eggs.

Oh, and we met up with an old friend for dinner Thursday night! It was great seeing Karen again after all these years. She said I looked exactly the same. I said she looked exactly the same. And you know what else is exactly the same? How much we both enjoy talking. I'm pretty sure we coulda sat in that booth another three hours without one minute of silence.

In other unimportant news:
-I feel like revamping my entire blog, which means I will have to subsequently revamp three blogs in total, which may take a lot more time than I'm willing to spend on blog revamping. So for now...I'll leave it pink.
-I'm on a P90X kick. And by kick I mean I reallllly want to start doing P90X. I haven't actually done it. Although I may or may not decide to do the "P90X Stretch" today.
-I've been introduced to a new concept today. FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. I, personally, do not suffer from FOMO, but I'm pretty sure I will start diagnosing people (mostly Brian) with this.
-J-E-A-L-O-U-S (not to be confused with jelouse)
Brian, I'm confident that if you focus on the spelling of this word and persevere despite your previous failures, you will have success in spelling it correctly.
-Brian may not be the world's best speller, but he is the world's best looking 29 year old.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter (Top Five Reasons I'm Turning into My Mom)

I may still have my dad's looks, his charming personality, his tendency to worry, and his amazing bull-shitting capabilities, but in many ways...

I'm turning into my mom. Here's the proof:

5. I can't sit still. Okay, I can sit still if I'm reading or laying poolside, but that's about it. Otherwise, I'm up doing something. Anything. The other day I worked at the bank, babysat in the afternoon, went to class, went to my Kaplan review session, came home at 9:30, and immediately started pulling pans out of the cabinet to bake a cake. My dad commented on how I was just like my mom. And that comment only made me think....now I'm going to have to write a blog about how I'm like my mom. But I waited a couple weeks to write the blog (this blog), because I can't keep my eyes open past 11pm (again, like my mom).
4. I can make any food item last over a month (or more!). For example, say my mom receives a chocolate candy bar. Weeks later, she is still eating off the same candy bar! I may eat a lot of ice cream, but I can make a pint of Ben and Jerry's last a month (if Brian doesn't eat it all first).
3. Now that I have lost most of my college weight, once again I have my mother's figure. And we both have the figure of a not-yet-developed thirteen year old. I can't fill out a bra and my pants sag in the rear. But hey, at least I have no cellulite.
2. Have you seen me play cornhole? Clearly, running is the only "sport" I will ever master. I think I get that from my mom...
1. I went to Southpoint a couple weeks ago, and the cutest outfit I saw was in Talbots. Talbots!!!! Really?! I never thought there would come a day where I would be window shopping at the mall and find myself drooling over a Talbots outfit. Oh Lord, I thought. I'm turning into my mother....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Smooth Criminal

Yesterday, as I was placing my new Miller Lite keychain on my key ring, I got to thinking.

Side story: The Miller Lite keychain magically appeared in my purse a couple weeks ago, and Brian spent almost eight minutes trying to solve the mystery of the Miller Lite keychain. Let's just say, he's no Sherlock Holmes.
Unsolved mystery.
So it must have magically appeared.
That, or too much Miller Lite was involved to remember the real reason it came into my possession.

Anyways, I got to thinking--a Miller Lite keychain is so perfect for me. It is nothing short of miraculous that it appeared in my purse that night.

And then I was like, wait.

All my keychains are so perfect for me.

Exhibit A: The preppy, nautical thingy that I always have on my keys


Exhibit B: My new Miller Lite bottle opener keychain


Exhibit C: The "I heart Brian" keychain I bought at the Dollar Tree


Whether you carry a lot of keychains, no keychains, or just your Vic card, your keys really do say a lot about you.

If I ever commit a crime, I need to be sure not to leave my car keys behind. I think they'd find me.

Can you tell I'm currently reading a book about crime scene investigations?

I think I'd make for a lousy criminal.

But then again, I am the new owner of a Miller Lite keychain, and nobody's come after me yet.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This is Honduras.
On the right side of the photo you can see the village, where a few lines of government "houses" form a tiny community--Nuevo Esperanza--or "new hope".
The houses were built as temporary shelter by the government in response to a hurricane Mitch in 1998.
The temporary one-room, cement shelters were actually much better than their previous houses, so the people moved into the new homes and are still living there today.

And to think....
So often I complain, moan, and groan about my "struggles." And I often fail to thank God for all my blessings on a daily basis.


I hope that you are reminded of your many blessings today, and that you will have a wonderful, joyful Thursday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Fabulous Weekend

Although it already feels like so long ago, last weekend was a wonderful time spent with wonderful friends.

The concert was amazing.

The birthday party was.....cold.

The Korean BBQ was out of this world!

And I'm definitely gonna have to step it up a notch with my birthday cakes.

The Avett's. Live at Trask Coliseum.

The birthday cake

Pony ride for the birthday boy!

Brian and I after the concert

With completion of an ice luge shot, you received a tattoo.

If you were lucky enough to take multiple ice luge shots, you probably thought it wise to turn your fiery heart tattoo into flaming balls. 

Thats me. In shorts. With frost bite.

Loggerheads 


Handsome fellows

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Five Reasons I'm Ready for Summer

5. I will be done with class at 11:15am every day. No more of this nighttime class crap.
4. I will hopefully be spending most afternoons by the pool (doing homework, I suppose). No more of these pale, white legs.
3. Wedding season. There will be a lot of love in the air this summer!
2. There's never a dull weekend. Whether it's my birthday, July 4th, a beach trip, Iron Gate Winery, or simply a Saturday spent poolside, summer weekends are always the best.
1. Clothes. My summer wardrobe is 1,000 times better than my winter one. Thank God for sundresses!


Bring on the sunshine!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tar Heal Reader

A while back, I made UNC.edu my Safari homepage.

Most often, I click immediately to email, Google, or WRAL's website.

Which makes me wonder why I chose UNC to be my homepage.

At any rate, today I glanced at the front-page story of the UNC site, and an article about reading grabbed my attention

It grabbed my attention because I'm obsessed with reading.

Which makes me wonder why I'm currently enrolled in Physics and Chemistry courses.

At any rate, there's this relatively new site called The Tar Heel Reader. It helps people in every country learn how to read simple books, create their own simple books, etc.

What I loved about the site is that you can read/create books in Spanish. I read one of the books called "Friday! Partyin' Partyin' Yeah!" in Spanish and it was an easy, simple Spanish refresher course.

This is a really neat tool that has been created and over 2 million books have already been read!

Speaking of good books....


Si quieres un libro leer este fin de semana, The Help es muy bueno!

And speaking of good cake....

That delicious seven-layer caramel cake was ordered from Caroline's Cakes in Annapolis, MD. YUM!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for a lot of things.

Here it goes....

1. I am thankful that my week is officially over. Classes are done. Beach tomorrow!
2. I am thankful that I am done with my Chem 2 lab!!! It's over. Dunzo. And only one more physics lab to go!
3. I am thankful for this beautiful Spring day. It's gotten me all antsy in anticipation for Summertime.
4. I am thankful that I don't have to attend my Kaplan review course today. It's three hours of boredom every Tues/Thurs night. But nope--not today!
5. I am thankful that I have my book club this weekend! I always look forward to book club, and I'm anxious to start a new book!
6. I am thankful for Colby. I'm always thankful for Colby.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prayer

I've been diligently doing my daily "Power of Praying Woman" bible studies each morning, and I have already seen the difference it is making in my life.

For starters, I have been flooded with an overwhelming amount of peace regarding dental school.

The fact that I just put the words "peace" and "school" in the same sentence is proof enough that God has been working.

Not that I still don't have my worries, and my melt-downs, and my days that I just fall apart. Last Thursday was one of those days. But overall, I have settled into the idea that everything happens for a reason, and I need to fully trust that God knows what He is doing. All I can do is try my very best, apply, and see what happens. And then go from there.

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:6

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Top Five Avett Brothers

This Friday I am heading down to Wilmington with my friends to see  The Avett Brothers in concert at The Azalea Festival! I am so excited, as they are one of my absolute favorite bands.

If you want to hear some really great music, go to Grooveshark and check out my Top Five songs:

5. The Weight of Lies
4. When I Drink
3. November Blue
2. Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
1. Laundry Room

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wine and Design

On Saturday, Brian and I went to Wine and Design for a very fun date night! For $35 each, you get all the supplies you need to paint a canvas. You can also bring your own beverages to enjoy while you paint. Saturday evening was Dogwood night (although I painted a Cherry Blossom), and our class was filled with about 30 girls....and Brian. Not that Brian minded being surrounded by girls one bit.

An instructor guided the class through each brush stroke, and everyone's painting turned out unique and fabulous. As instructed, the entire class painted the background of the canvas blue....except Brian. He chose a bright orange color, which got him a lot of attention from all the ladies. Not that Brian minded the attention from all the ladies one bit.

We painted.
I drank my wine.
Brian drank his Four Loko.
And then Brian drank my wine, too.

It was a very fun, creative night and I'm excited that I now have my very own piece of artwork decorating Brian's house!



Friday, April 1, 2011

April Goals

April is a busy month for me! School is thankfully winding down, and I will  be done with all my labs in a couple of weeks! I've gotten a lot more comfortable with Chemistry, and I've also discovered that I have zero understanding of physics. Oh well, life goes on.

April Goals
-Save $500
-Do better on my physics exam 2 (I'm not sure you can do worse than an F!)
-Practice my cake decorating
-FINISH MY SCRAPBOOK!
-Continue my daily bible study The Power of a Praying Woman
-Start seriously preparing for the Dental Admissions Test
-Start seriously thinking about where I am willing to apply
-Spend a day with my sister (I miss her.)
-Allow myself to get a manicure
-Have more fun with Brian

OK, that's it for April.

And all of these goals are very vague, which isn't good--I need to be more specific in my goal planning. "Do better" and "have more fun"? I'm not sure myself what that entails, but I will try to nail something down here soon.

Happy April Fool's Day!