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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Another Give Away!

Hey everyone!
Life's been insane the last couple weeks and I'll have plenty of updates soon!
I wanted to let in you on a little giveaway we're doing with Whitney over at Keeping Up With the Cyperts!

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Whitney is hilarious and gorgeous and you should check out her blog now!
Also, who doesn't love free stuff?? There are some great gifts coming your way!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Stories of My Tattoos

So I think tattoos can go many different ways.
I think they can wind up being terrible and trashy and you regret them 5 years from now.
I think you can have glaring errors and regret them immediately.
Now I'm not judging tattoos here but I think we can all agree that spelling mistakes are a no go for tattoos. 
I think you can have classy ones with meaning that you look at fondly
I think you can have tattoos that look like works of art

I think they can be put in classy places

And I think we can all agree this tattoo on Chris Brown is terrible

I'm going to tell the stories of my tattoos and why I got them. 

When you turn 18 you kind of want to do something adult. I don't smoke so buying cigarettes was not a realistic option.  I'm not really into going to a strip club, so tattoo it was. 

My first tattoo I got in high school with one of my best high school friends.  We both wanted to commemorate a big moment in our lives and our faith.  Now, I wanted to make sure I got a tattoo somewhere you can't see in a wedding dress. That's a thing for me. If I have a tattoo I want to be able to cover it when I want to look super classy. I also have family members who aren't super tattoo supportive. 
Anyway, at this point in my life, I had gone through a big religious moment. I don't like to get preachy here, but this was a big moment in my life that really shaped who I am today and decisions I would make for the rest of my life. 

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I got a tattoo of am ichthys or a "Jesus fish" as some people would say with the word agape (ἀγάπη) written inside in Greek.  Agape is a word used in the Bible to mean unconditional love: divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love. Different from philia which usually relates to friendship, brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection and different from eros, meaning sexual affection. To me this was important because it's not the love that people let go of, it is love that fills your life regardless of what you do and why you do it. You always have a heart to come back to and a home.  I knew no matter if my beliefs changed or were challenged through my life, I could look at this and remember the type of love that changed me from making some terrible decisions and the kind of love that we should be displaying to one another in life.  I truly believe that if the world had more love, it'd be a more beautiful place, regardless of religious beliefs.

My second tattoo I got when I was about 21 years old. How appropriate.  I wanted a tattoo to connect some really important parts of my life when I was in college. I am a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and ladybugs are our thing. So I wanted a tattoo of a ladybug to show off my Alpha love and to be a symbol of the group I am so proud to be a part of.
Inside the ladybug, though, I had music notes instead of dots.  Music has always been a part of my life. I love singing. My first two years of college I was in my undergraduate choir. That was an amazing experience for me and I made a lot of good friends through being a part of it.  My junior and senior year I was in our all female A'Cappella group, Mainstreet.  This meant a lot to me and I developed even better friendships here and made some amazing memories with outstanding women. I can't tell you how special it is to me and how amazing it is to make amazing music with a talented group of women and to work so hard on something and hear it all come together into one great sound. This was my way to bring together some important pieces of this part of my life into one tattoo.

Now a lot of people will say "Can't you have the memories without putting it on your body?" 
Yeah, you can! 
I think some people are tattoo people and some people are not. 
I'm a moderate tattoo person.
I can't tell you how many people ask about  my tattoos and it becomes an ice breaker. I like representing important parts of my life this way. I might get one or two more, that's all. 

Also, I won't lie, it does hurt.  The worst is if you get anything that needs to be colored in. 
I'm impressed with people with face tattoos. Not that I want one, but that has to hurt like woah.

I know people have strong feelings about tattoos for different reasons, but I love mine, and I don't regret either of them.  Maybe one day I will, but I try not to regret any of my decisions, instead treat them as learning opportunities.

Will I get another tattoo? Yep - I have plans for at least one more, and I love it but I'll always keep mine what I consider to be classy, although I will always envy edgy people who get away with some kick ass tattoos.

ALSO - Don't forget to enter the GIVE AWAY I'm doing!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Heavens to Meighan! It's a Give-away!

Hey everyone!
Today I'm hosting a give-away on Meighan's blog!
If you want to win you can enter here, but you should head over and check her out!
Her blog is pretty awesome and I'm pretty sure we're secretly soul sisters! Just click her picture below!

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday Currently (5)

reading I'm trying to reread The Great Gatsby like everyone else. I didn't really enjoy it in high school, but maybe I'll like it more now as an adult. 

writing  a new post for Tuesday about my tattoos

listening to one of the XMen movies on FX. I have no idea what's going on I haven't paid attention at all.

thinking About how much stuff I have in the upcoming months.  Here is my travel schedule: 
May 17: Valdosta, GA
June 6-7: Washington, D.C. (tentative)
June 15: Seabrook Island
June 22: PA for a friend's wedding
June 28: Moving to D.C.

smelling Sunless tanner - this will probably be what I am smelling through the end of summer

wishing This last semester hadn't gone so fast. This year has had a lot of ups and downs, but it's been a great one and this semester has flown by. I'm really going to miss working at Oxford and the students here.  The students leaving has just super made this a reality. Summer on a college campus is so uneventful.

hoping I can just keep my faith strong for another month and trust that everything is going to work out.

wearing a Spirit Week Tshirt and my new gray and highlighter yellow running shorts with leggings under them - sorry my legs rub together like half the women in America and if I don't wear leggings my shorts ride up in the front and my legs rub together, and it's really uncomfortable.

loving How gorgeous the weather is outside right now. I'm going for a run/walk/jog after this post, hence the outfit.

wanting to have all of the answers to everything that is in the air right now

needing Focus and energy to make it through the next few weeks

feeling  rested

clicking Around on bathing suits - I'd like to get a new one this summer but don't forsee that happening.

I went out to dinner with my RAs last night. It was our end of the year hurrah! I know I keep talking about the end of the year, but I didn't imagine leaving my job at the end of this year. It's so bittersweet only working with students for 2 years before they move on to another campus. I'm so glad I got to experience this time in my life with them.

My blog is getting a make-over later this month! I'm really excited about it!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Steve's Visit:

Finally the update on Steve's weekend!
We are approaching the end of the semester here, so my posts are going to be a little all over the place!

Steve came to visit last weekend.  He arrived on Saturday and left on Wednesday. I tried to plan some fun stuff without allowing us to get overwhelmed and not have any quality time just at home.

Saturday I made meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas for dinner - one of the meals he's been asking for and evidently misses the most.  How 1950's housewife of me! We had some Holly's cupcakes - probably some of the best I've ever had! I had coconut with a cream cheese frosting and Steve had red velvet.  We watched Les Miserables as well, because Steve hadn't seen it yet.

Sunday we went to the Renaissance Fair. It was a blast! The weather was disgusting  It was in the 60s and raining. The good part was that it wasn't busy and a lot of stuff is inside, and I have a pretty stellar rain jacket, so we still had a lot of fun.  We got a pretty awesome marshmallow catapult that made Steve feel like he was 6 years old.  He said he's going to load dog treats on it when we have a dog and shoot them across the room. 
The fair was a lot bigger than I thought. They had tons of booths with jewelry, decorations for your home, Renaissance style attire and things like elf ears, horns, dresses, boots, and more for you to purchase if you like to dress up for the fair. They had places where you could get your palm read or tarot cards read and there were tons of live acts and music!
Of course, we had delicious fair food! We had CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON. Yes, you read that right. I literally could have eaten my way through the fair. I'm not even joking. There were so many different booths and foods to try. We decided to share a smoked turkey leg and conch fritters and shared a beer. It was delicious.
They also had this guy in stocks where you could throw a tomato at him, the booth was called "Vegetable Justice." First of all, I ignored his heckling. Second of all, I am terrible at throwing for things like this. The first one I threw so hard I let the tomato go too late and it smashed the ground like 15 feet in front of me. The second one I threw so high it hit the stupid awning. It was embarrassing. Steve also missed but came MUCH closer.
Pirate give away at the Renaissance Fair - we got a "trust the pirate" knife for $10.

One of the bands at the fair - The Ded Bob Sled. They were really good!

Throwing the tomatoes at the "Vegetable Justice" booth

Fair food! Conch fritters, turkey leg, and beer.
Look at that chocolate covered bacon!

Monday night we went out to Two Urban Licks in Atlanta.  It's one of my favorite restaurants.  Steve and I went there in November 2011 as our last "date" as fiances before we got married so we wanted to go back. I didn't take any pictures of food. We were really close to another couple and I thought that would be embarrassing and tacky. I do have this one not so great picture of us taken by the valet. Also, we forgot cash to tip the valets. I usually remember but this time I totally forgot and then I felt like such an asshole. I guess I deserved the terrible picture.

Tuesday night we just kind of kept it low key since he was leaving the next morning.

I'm so glad we had all this time together, but I really hate it when he has to leave.  It's even worse now the the uncertainty of when I'll be up there. I know it will all work out in the right time. I just have to make peace with it right now.

I'm also connecting to this link up:

We all need to start following each other on bloglovin' with this transition away from GFC. This is a great way to do that and find new blogs!

I did a really cool project this weekend that I stole from Pinterest that everyone has done - it's super easy! I'll be posting about that later this week! Make sure you check back for updates!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Currently (4)

Linking up with Lauren

Today is blog day. I've been working on a bunch of random bloggy stuff so I won't be so absent with this being one of the busiest times of the year for me with work.  It's been a pretty uneventful week but full of banquets and preparations for the end of the year.  I'm glad I'm back to linking-up and I'll actually remember to connect to the link up this time, unlike Friday when I forgot!! I hate that! I've been doing that a lot lately, forgetting random things. It drives me nuts!

reading umm not really reading anything unless you count recipes!

writing  tons of end of the year move out of your room emails

listening to Iron Man on in the background. Who else is excited for Iron Man 3 this weekend??

thinking Today was the perfect day to sit around in cozy clothes and listen to the rain outside

smelling The best chocolate chip cookie dough ever. 

wishing I could make the fun parts of the last weeks of the semester go slow so I can cherish the good times with these students I won't get to interact with next year but that I could fast forward through all the stupid decisions that occur at the end of the year and all of the move out drama. 

hoping  the package for work I ordered that was SUPPOSED to arrive Friday gets here at a reasonable time tomorrow. I have adjustments to make to what arrives and I need it for Tuesday!!!

wearing A school Tshirt, striped gray and blue sleep pants and fuzzy blue socks. Even when I'm sitting around, I have to color coordinate

loving BRIGHT toe nail polish and nude finger nails. I would post a picture but I still have color all over myself from the campus' HSA Holi event on Friday.  See, this is what I looked like.  It's still stained in certain places on my body, like my nail beds. 

wanting to eat all of the cookie dough in the fridge

needing a major professional massage at the end of this year

feeling curious about what it will be like when Steve and I live together again. Now I'm used to being able to watch what I want all day and he's used to being able to play XBox whenever he wants. Will we be able to negotiate and fall into a pattern again?

clicking on to websites looking for Mother's Day gifts. Of course, I wait until almost the last minute. typical me!

Additionally I have not showered at ALL today and was fine until about now and I'm starting to feel kind of gross.  I really hate that I have to shower every day or I feel disgusting. I'm sorry mother nature! 

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Why I Blog

Why did I start blogging?

Weelll, in high school I had a livejournal. Remember that?? I would write thoughts that to me were SO deep and through provoking. 
Actually they weren't. 
It was me passively trying to break up with my boyfriend (that was so terrible, i can't believe I did that) or being all moody and angsty about basic high school issues like heart break, friends, drama, you know.

I got back to blogging in college with some friends through Xanga. Same song different tune.  I was writing about what I thought was this deep, thought provoking stuff, a lot of it about faith and choices. I was going through a lot my sophomore year of college and it was a great outlet for me.  Not as embarassing as high school but still pretty uncomfortable. 

I've thought about blogging on and off for a really long time, and always have tons of ideas, because I always think my life is so interesting that I need to share tons of it with the world. In grad school my friend and I wanted to start a Maybe that's narcissistic  but whatevs I love writing it and I love sharing it! I love reading about other people's lives so clearly it's just because it's our nature to be interested in the human process!

I started my blog officially last summer. I started it under another blog name that I've now changed to this. I actually started the blog to keep our friends and family updated on our lives.  Steve and I moved to Georgia in July of 2011. When I graduated from grad school I searched everywhere for a job and I loved the opportunity I had here.  We both moved here while most of our family is in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  I wanted to be able to update them on what was going on. I also love to write. I was an English major in college and while this dream would never come true, if I could have one thing in life magically happen, I would write for SNL or be a writer on a TV show. So now the blog is kind of a modgepodge of life events and fun topics.  

Why do I keep doing it?

I keep blogging because I love it. It's  a great way to look back on moments in my life.  There aer some life events, like my wedding, that I wish I had been blogging through to have a documentation of that process.  I am really excited to blog about future life events, though. I know one day I'll blog about buying a house (if I ever feel adult enough to do so), when we buy a dog, or having a child, and so much more.  I'll have all of that written down. My friends and family from college read it, and it gives us a way to connect in life when we can't always call each other.

I also love connecting with other bloggers. I think it's hard to navigate at first but I've found some other bloggers that share a lot of things about life with me.  We get to know each other a little bit through reading posts, we encourage each other, and I hope I get to know some of these great bloggers even more.  

When I don't blog after a while, I don't feel complete. This is how I know I should keep blogging. While I may not update as often as I like, I know that I always try to contribute often and try to give all my readers the best  experience I can.

I hope this link-up gave you some insight into why I blog and I hope you keep stopping by!

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