Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Goodbye Manning

Manning has been my home for the past two years at Clemson. I have lived there, worked there, partied there etc... I did not have a big apartment but it was just right for one person. I felt very comfortable there and it was all mine! This was my first apartment since I had always lived in regular residence halls while at college (which the exception of two months one summer). I moved out two days ago even though I don't graduate till Friday since they are doing major construction and needed everyone out. Not only did I have to move early ... I don't have access to lots of things in my office which makes finishing up everything for the year EXTREMELY difficult! I am not going to lie def on the bitter bus with that one.

Because this is the first and only place that will ever be just mine naturally I was sad to leave. I didn't think I would be as sentimental as I was but I definitely almost cried leaving that apartment. I have such good memories there and the idea that now I will not live on campus anymore is scary. I have never once seen an electric or phone bill. I have never paid for cable or water or really cooked for that matter. I am used to being able to always walk to anything that is necessary AND being a hot second away from a friend when needed. Needless to say, living off campus is going to be a HUGE adjustment. I guess I have to grow up sometime!

Back to Blogging and update on my life!

Ok so I stopped blogging for a long while but I am BACK! I stopped for a combination of reasons mainly because my life has been going at 100 mph and I felt like I was so behind that I couldn't start again. However, I realized how much I love reading other people's blogs and getting to know their stories sooo I should share mine too! I am hoping to have a job soon enough so that I can blog at the office when there is down time (I have an interview tomorrow... prayers needed!!!)

So much has happened since my last post.

Kaylen's Bachlorette Party in NJ/NYC! My last post was all about how I lost my phone BUT the rest of the weekend was AWESOME! We stayed in a sweet hotel in NYC, got ready, had hotel security tell us we were too loud, went to dinner, took pics with NYC firefighters, found an Asian guy named Mike to drive us around in his SUV,went to a sweet club, and overall had a crazy good time. Kaylen was an awesome bachlorette and did almost everything on her scavenger hunt list :) The other miracle is that Tori and I found our way from Manhattan to LaGuardia airport via subway and buses... AND we made our flights!!

Kaylen's Wedding
To say this was an awesome wedding is definitely an understatement ... words cannot to describe! I felt so honored to be apart of her big day and support such an amazing couple. Their ceremony was beautiful and full of love for each other and for God. The reception was an unbelievable party that I will always remember. Daniel danced with me more than he ever has before!!

Three of us getting ready!

Bridal Shower

My bridal shower was such a beautiful display of love! I am so blessed to have such awesome women in my life. A family friend threw the shower for me and worked so hard to make every detail perfect including baking cupcakes that color coordinated with my wedding colors :) My mom surprised me with a limo ride so that we could arrive in style! This was the first time my Mom and Aunt had ever been in a limo :) I was soo excited that my Aunt from Washington State flew out here to come! Unfortunately, she can't come to the wedding but wanted to be apart of the celebrations in some way. I had so much fun getting to spend time with her the day before at Yorktown beach and the day of the shower.

Daniel and Stacey come to Clemson!!

I was so excited to see both of them in Clemson... especially happy that Stacey got to experience Clemson before I moved out. They got here Friday night and we went out downtown... It was a blast! Unfortunately, Stacey got sick :( I felt soooo bad but we went to a movie and played Wii on Saturday night. It was nice to just relax and chill. Sunday morning we went to church and drove to the car dealership to pick out a new car.. and they were closed :( I really should have known this since EVERYTHING is closed around here on Sundays. Honestly, I cannot wait to be somewhere where things are open on Sundays... bring on VA! They were so gracious and helped me move a good amount of stuff (I filled up Daniel's car completely). :) I can't wait to see both of them again!

Surprise Bachlorette Party

Last Thursday, my friends from Clemson and I had planned to have a girls night in Greenville to celebrate the end of the school year. I love going out in Greenville and have felt that we haven't done it enough so I was SOOO excited. We had our last class at a restaurant, went to our supervisor's house for dinner, and then got ready for a girl's night out. We got to the hotel and it was actually a surprise bachlorette party for me complete with the sash, fake ring, sangria, and a scavenger hunt list :) I was SOOO surprised - I had absolutely no idea. We went out and had an awesome time till 5 am! I completed almost everything on my scavenger hunt list EXCEPT for finding someone named Daniel (who would have thought that would be hard????) and getting a police officer to propose to me ... o well I guess I will have to save those things for my next bachlorette party :) I will post pictures as soon as I get them!

More of an update to come in a later post!

Friday, March 5, 2010

I lost my phone ... oooo

Sooo I made it safely to the LaGuardia airport and Kaylen's fiancee Sean picked me up! I was so excited to be here and get this weekend started (well I still am super excited and this weekend is starting in an hour YAYAYAYAY!!) We met Kaylen at this bar called The Office and I got to eat. It was so good to catch up on life, work, and of course our upcoming weddings :) We get into the car and I realize I don't have my phone. I run back into the restaurant and can't find it anywhere. I ask the staff and they are like We haven't seen an iphone all night ... blah blah. I am not too panicked at this point and figure it is probably in Sean's car and I will get it in the am. Sean checks his car and it isn't there... so I am like it has to be at the restaurant and figured I'd call them in the morning. I woke up this morning and called Daniel from Kay's house phone and he did was able to use feature on the phone that can locate it. It was last located at 3 am (probably before it died) on 7th Ave. of Patterson, NJ... I didn't know this but according to Sean that is a really bad area. My phone is officially gone :( I have no idea when or how it got stolen but it definitely did... the good news of the day is 1) I have the best fiancee in the world because he took care of wiping all the information from the phone so nothing got stolen 2)He called AT&T and got all the information needed for me to get a new phone 3)I am eligible for an upgrade so I am just going to get the iPhone3GS YAYAY! All in all its not a terrible situation BUT I will not have a phone for the rest of the weekend so my goal is to not get separated from the group in NYC! Epic stories to come.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Many Travels

This school year has definitely been the year of traveling :) Starting with the trip to Charleston with the love of my life, Tampa Bay for the ACC championship, Jacksonville for AFA conference, Charleston with the Clemson crew, Virginia Beach for Engaged Encounter, New Orleans with my Clemson favs, Greenville for Valentine's day, Williamsburg for SEAHO, and this weekend I am off to NJ/NYC one of my fav's bachlorette party!! YAY! This is definitely going to be an epic weekend. I leave tomorrow around 4 to go to Charlotte, NC then get into LaGuardia at 8 pm. Though she has to go to work on Friday, I am saving a ton of money by flying in a day early and so it is gonna be awesome! More info and of course exciting stories to come.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shhhh... Don't Ask

So if you don't know, I LOVE politics... I am genuinely obsessed with the news. I watch election results like other people watch football. I read all sorts of online news sources such as USA Today, NY Times, CNN.com etc... I flip through Foxnews, CNN, and sometimes MSNBC every night so that I can get different perspectives. I can tell you every show on cable news from 3 pm on.. It is pretty ridiculous but that is just me. I love to talk about controversial issues and debate with all sorts of people but get frustrated because most people are ill informed. At this point in my life, I am thinking of going to law school and begin working on political campaigns. I am a huge conservative that leans to the libertarian side. I am passionate about conservative issues most of all about government intervention into peoples ordinary lives.

Here is the shocker: I do not understand why conservatives are against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't tell". There is NO good reason to not let gay people serve in the military. I do understand that in a large part this is a generational issue. People my parents age did not grow up around openly gay people and thus have limited exposure to them. They only think of the stereotypes. I keep hearing people say if we let gay people serve openly we might as well get ride of gender specific baracks and bathrooms. As someone who works in gender specific housing, let me tell you that is ridiculous. Gay people live with people of the same gender in university housing ALL over the country and use the same bathrooms. These people are generally accepted members of their communities. Though their roommate might have an initial problem, In two years I have not had ONE person request to move because of sexual orientation (and I know that I have lesbians living in my building). Not only have I not had anyone request, I haven't heard any of my fellow RDs friends having anyone either. Normally, it is the parents that are more upset about their son/daughter roommate being gay then the student is. The fact is is that these communities are not hurt by the sexual orientation of these members...The contrary is normally true. This is not just in housing but LGBT students are more and more frequently joining gender specific Greek letter organizations and I have NEVER heard these organizations complaining that their "unit cohesion" is damaged because of their membership. The only thing that matters is that these people give their time and energy to benefit the organization. Even more so in the military WHO CARES about their sexual orientation if these people are doing their job and keeping us safe?? The idea that people walk around being "scared" of being hit on by fellow soldiers is ridiculous in the light of the fact that men and women have been serving together in the military for a long time. Men and women also live in very tight quarters oversees when deployed. Though I am not a fan of the argument that other countries are doing it (especially in regards to health care), in this case all the military has to do is look at other countries and see how this works for them. I seriously doubt that any of the arguments will hold up.

Wedding Craziness

So the main reason I stayed in town after the conference was too do wedding appointments, on Saturday I met with the lady who is doing the invitations and the wedding planner. My parents came down from Fredericksburg, Daniel's parents were there, and two of my bridesmaids. It was so nice to have everyone in the same place at the same table going over important details. Finally the invitation drama has ended. I am still not happy with the process and will never recommend this lady HOWEVER I am happy with the final product. People should be getting their invitations in two weeks :) SOO excited for that! My coordinator brought everyone schedules of the wedding day broken up by 15 minute intervals. It was awesome to see that she had it together and knew exactly what we were supposed to do. She also went over details such as the cake, limo, timeline, musicians for the ceremony etc. Overall, everything is coming together and I CAN'T WAIT to stop planning my wedding and start living my marriage :)