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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why, hello there


It's been quite a long time since I last visited this little blog of mine. It saddens me because I'm really quite fond of it. The thing is, I just haven't had the time to sit down for more than five minutes and think of something to blog about. My life is the same every week with school, interning and freelancing. I just didn't feel the need to write about the same things day in and day out. I was lacking spontaneity.

But now, as the semester is coming to a close, and my work is piling up, I feel that I'll be able to find time in the near future to dedicate to this little thing.

Before I go, I just wanted to recommend a movie. If you haven't seen "Like Crazy" yet, I highly advise you to see it- preferably as soon as you can. I cried, laughed and had a smile on my face throughout its entirety, so please, do yourself a favor and see it too.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

What's Goin' On?

 {Fall is finally here!}

I really need to find time to dedicate to my blog. I think it might be getting a little lonely...

So what's going on with me? Same old, same old. Nothing too new going on here. Except a few new projects I've picked up! Yay, freelance! I'm pretty excited about that!

Thomas is also visiting me this weekend, but that's become the norm around here. He's staying the entire weekend, too! Excitement.

I also got a Tumblr (follow me!). In just two short days, I've found my addiction. I don't know why I didn't make one before, because wow, it's fun. Granted I'm just reblogging pictures I like, but still, I can't pull myself away from it. This probably isn't a good thing...

Class is about to start, so I better go. Have a great Thursday!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Winning


So remember how much I love with Einstein's iced coffee?

Well now I can love it for free! Yesterday, I received a phone call from a private number, which turned out to be a representative from Einstein Bros. Bagels telling me that I had won a $100 gift card. Cool, right! I was so shocked! Apparently I submitted a slogan in a motto contest, and mine was selected out of 6,000 applicants!

Now, let me just say that I never win anything. I don't think I've ever won a game of Bingo, and I'm pretty sure board games are not my forte. However, yesterday I was fully embracing my newly renowned status as a "winner." Not only did I win the gift card, but I won a bracelet giveaway from Jaime's blog.

Yesterday was a great day. Why can't every day be like yesterday?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Surprise!


Because it's been almost a week since I've last said "hello," I figured now would be a great time. So, "hello!"

I received a nice little surprise Saturday at around 1 a.m. Thomas standing on my porch, greeting me with a surprise visit. Two weekends in a row with him? It's getting crazy over here.

No, but really, it was great. 

We went to my new favorite breakfast spot (and had to get it to go because the wait for a table was half way out the door), held hands and kissed in a Target aisle. It was magical. And then he had to leave.

Goodbyes are hard, but here's to hoping he's feeling antsy this weekend and just happens to drive two hours to come see me. I'm crossing my fingers.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Recap of Thomas' Visit


I know I've said it before, but goodness do I love my boyfriend.

It was such a treat spending the entire day with Thomas in the little, eclectic college town of mine.

As soon as we woke up, we headed to a mom and pop breakfast shop that has easily become a favorite, browsed the mall for Labor Day deals, saw "Our Idiot Brother" (which was surprising so good and totally not what you think it is) and then we came home, where he cooked a nice, big dinner for the two of us.

Although the time we spent together was rather short, it was still such a wonderful day. Just being together (after such a long separation) was enough for us. But of course we wouldn't mind seeing each other more frequently...

Long distance relationships are hard, but we make it work. We put in a lot of effort because we both mean the world to one another. Besides, I can't imagine calling anyone else my best friend.
Have a wonderful night.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

When Boredom Strikes, Survey Time!


As you read this, I'm currently spending QT with my wonderful boyfriend. Last night I was up late waiting for him, and decided to kill some time and do a little Q&A. I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day!

Five Words to Describe Myself:
-Shy
-Sarcastic
-Hard-working
-Health-conscious
-Athletic

Four Favorite Foods
-Bananas
-Iced coffee
-Anything Italian
-Desserts of all kinds

Three Things I'm Most Proud of Accomplishing
-Getting into my first choice of universities
-My internships
-I know this isn't an accomplishment, but I wouldn't have done any of the above without the support of my friends and family. I feel accomplished in the fact that I have created such a fantastic support system.

Two Favorite Workouts
-High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts
-Yogalates

One Thing to Expect From My Blog
- Recaps of time spent with family, friends and my boyfriend. This blog is also a diary of sorts, documenting my college years.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Just So Excited

In just a few hours, I will be reunited with my boyfriend.

It's been weeks since we've last seen each other, and days since we last talked (he dropped his phone in the toilet. Lovely, no?). I'm so incredibly excited to see him and wrap my little arms around his 6'3" frame.

But until then, I have a few errands to run and most importantly, a story to write.

Here's to hoping I can check off everything on my to-do list before he gets here! Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Striving For Perfection

 
Some days I struggle with my ability to write. And write well.

I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, but most days I suffer from the comparison trap. There are so many talented bloggers, writers and people out there, and I can't help but feel inadequate when compared to their way with words. 

I'd give anything to be able to put pen to paper and just....let it flow.

Most of this stems from a lack of self confidence that has trailed behind me, much like a rain cloud, for most of my life.

Growing up, I've always felt less intelligent (or pretty or skinny) as my peers, and it's clearly something that's bothered me. I would compare grades, reports and GPAs with friends and classmates, and would always end up with an overall feeling of emptiness. Don't get me wrong, I earned good (okay, great) grades, but there would always someone who did better, and it would leave me unsatisfied at the end of each grading period (semester).

Now that I'm in my third year of college, I can't help but feel pressure to earn perfect grades, perfect the perfect story and just be perfect. I wish I were like some of my classmates who can bang out 'A' stories in a matter of an hour, but I'm not. I wish I could get my stories published as soon as I write my last word. I wish I were better.

I know I have a lot to learn in my final years at my university, but I just want to be perfect now.

I think I may need a pep-talk.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hello, New Internship

This past week has been one big ball of stress. School has only just begun, and it has already swallowed me whole.

I don't want to make my blog a place where I continuously complain, but sometimes that's just all I've got. BUT I'm going to make a conscious effort to actually discuss the interesting aspects of my life.

So, first up: My new internship starts this week! I'm very excited to be working on a project that genuinely interests me- an online woman's magazine. My job will be to conduct research (read: creating and conducting random surveys and polls), write two stories a week and attend weekly meetings with the staff.

I'm so excited to be diving into a project that focuses on exactly what I want to do in life! I can't wait for it to begin!

I guess my internship takes the cake with the interesting part of my life as of lately. That's all right, though. I know this semester will be filled with exciting adventures and stories, so keep an eye out!

Until then, it's back to reading for a few of my classes and missing these guys. Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Current State of Mind


There have only been two days of the fall semester so far, but in those two days I've felt like I've reached maximum capacity. This semester will be quite the adventure, so I'm preparing for a bumpy ride. Wish me luck.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back To School

Based on the title of this post, you can probably guess where I am...back on the 'ol college stomping grounds.

Yesterday morning {FOUR THIRTY IN THE MORNING}, my family and I got up, ate my favorite breakfast as of late {my mom's chocolate banana pancakes with an over-easy egg on the side}, packed up the last of my stuff in our cars and headed off to take me to school. Let me just say, I have a lot of stuff! I never realize how much I have until it's time to move {or pack}, but now that I know, I never want to move again. It's not realistic, but hey, maybe my roommates will want to live with me for forever, too...

The good news is that I'm all unpacked, organized and ready to tackle the town today! I've got a long list of to-dos, so I'm going to head out. But first, here are a few photos of my new room! I love it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On a "Mini Vacation"

 {Random pictures taken during errands with my sister}

This past week I've been at home, doing nothing but relaxing. It's the first time in what seems like forever that I have don't have a significant thing going on in my life. It feels amazing to bask in my own laziness, without a single thing on the agenda.

I may have even cut down on the time I normally dedicate to working out. But that's okay, I'm considering the short amount of time at home as a sort of "mini vacation," where it is completely acceptable to slack off. For now. Once school starts back up next week, I'll be back in the swing of things. But until then, my bed is beckoning me.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Short, But Sweet Visit

It was reeeally bright!

Yesterday I was one happy girl. Why? Because Thomas came to visit me at home! {I've been home for the past week getting ready for school in the upcoming week. I'm not that excited and a little unprepared, but it's all right. It'll pass.}

This visit was a special one because Thomas is such a busy guy that if I didn't live with him this summer, I probably wouldn't seen much of him. Not only is he a full-time college student {in culinary school!!!}, but he also works as a full time line cook {sometimes over 40 hours a week}. Needless to say that I was very happy to see that Thomas decided to drive two hours to come visit me one of his only free days.

I'm already counting down the days until I see him again, although I'm not really sure when that'll be just yet. But until then, I'll just have to rely on the photos I made him take with me this morning.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Awkward Sunburns


A few days ago, my family and I enjoyed a lovely day at the beach. We spent many, many hours basking in the hot, draining sun, and cooled off in the refreshing ocean water. During all of this fun in the sun, I sorta, kinda neglected to put on enough sunscreen. You don't need to tell me how horrible this is, believe me, I know, but yet I still forgot to put enough on.

Needless to say, hours later, I was burnt. On only half of my face. Awkward. Believe me when I say that I've learned my lesson. I will always wear more than enough sunscreen on my next trip to the beach. And no, I am not posting a picture of my sunburn...

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Banana Cream Pie

On my recent trips home, my mom has been greeting me with one of my favorite desserts: banana cream pie.

One of my reason why I love it so much is because it's made with my favorite fruit: the banana. Plus, I love the simplicity of the banana cream pie; it calls for only four ingredients, all under $5.

If I could eat banana cream pie every night without turning into a banana myself, you better believe I would. But until then, I'll happily indulge in weekly slices.

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm Home

Meet my sister. 
She's weird. I'm weird.
I love her.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Long Distance Thing

{Yes, Thomas didn't want to pose with me, so I did what any sneaky photographer would do: take the picture anyway without him noticing, during his extreme gaming marathon. It's okay, he loves me. Also worth noting, in terrible light, the front-side camera on my iPhone suuuuucks.}

My room is bare, the car is packed and the fridge is empty. I'm ready to go home. 

Except that I'm not.

I don't want to leave Thomas. I know, I know, it was only a few months ago that I was wishing I were at home with my family, but now I can't imagine being away from T. We've spent the entire summer together {every. waking. moment.}, and now that I have to leave, it just feels wrong. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than thrilled to be in the company of my friends and family again {even if it is for two weeks}, but there's a part of me that would very much like to stay and continue going on dates with my favorite guy.

After tomorrow we will once again be in a long distance relationship. We've successfully defeated the cliche {you know, the one that claims we'll never make it?} for well over two years now, but I'm ready for us to permanently reside in the same zip code for more than three months at a time. Just two more years of waiting and finally we'll be able to make that happen.

Until then, late night phone calls and surprise visits are on the agenda. This I can handle, I suppose.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chain Restaurant Love

Thomas and I had originally made plans to get breakfast together this morning, but due to some alarm clock mishaps {he set it for p.m.}, that never happened. Instead, we went out for a late lunch/early dinner at my favorite chain restaurant, Olive Garden.

There's just something about warm breadsticks, extra-large portions of pasta and over-priced tiramisu that makes my heart melt {and my tummy very happy}.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Downer Mood


I'm feelin' pretty blue today.

I don't know what it is that's got me down, but I'd really like it to go away. It might have to do with the fact that work wasn't all that great today. I felt as if my presence was insignificant, and my work, quite frankly, a little under-appreciated.

I have never felt this way about my position as an intern before, but I guess there's always a first for everything.

Right now all I would like to do is cuddle under the covers with a big 'ol bowl of cookie dough ice cream and eat my feelings. So I think that's what I'll be doing for the remainder of the day.

Sorry for the downer post. I promise I'll be back and happier than ever tomorrow.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Swoon Worthy


Earlier today Thomas and I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love. If you didn't already know, Ryan Gosling stars in the film. If also didn't know, I'm in love with Ryan Gosling. Not only he is extremely attractive {read: GORGEOUS}, but he's an incredible actor. Every role I've seen him in, he's nailed- his role in Crazy, Stupid, Love didn't disappoint. In fact, it may have led me to have fallen more in love with him...

Marry me, Ryan Gosling? Thomas won't mind...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Survey Time


I'm currently sitting in my cubicle crashing...hard. Thankfully I've found something to occupy my time!

1. What song I’m currently listening to: 
I'm actually not listening to music, but the last song I heard was "Lights" by Ellie Goulding.
 
2. My plans for this summer:  
Finish my internship, move back home for two weeks and hit the beach!
 
3. Biggest turn ons:  
Sense of humor, bright eyes, intelligence, nice smile, must be taller than me and arms.
 
4. How my last kiss went down: 
I gave Thomas a kiss on my way out the door this morning.
 
5. A description of someone I love:  
 TALL, funny, smart, selfless and loyal.
 
6. The last time I cried and why:  
This morning on my way to work. There was a dead animal in the road, and I think it may have been a cat. :(
 
7. Something I’m excited about: 
Going home! I love my momma!
 
8. What I want to do when I leave school:  
Work for a women's magazine.
 
9. My last text and who it was from: 
"I'm going in at five thirty." -Thomas
 
10. The last thing I ate: 
Black grapes. Yum!
 
11. A description on someone I miss:  
The greatest woman I know, my mom.
 
12. Something that is currently irritating me: 
The fact that I have to pee, but I haven't gone yet...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back In Action


I had a wonderful time at home {even if it was only for a few days}, but I'm back and ready to finish out my summer internship. Just four more days left to go, and then I'm homebound!

With my internship coming to an end, I'm beginning to feel a little sad. I've had such an amazing time working for great people, gaining tons of experience and finally finding my calling.

I could go on and on about how much I've loved my internship, but I think I'll just finish up by saying how thankful I am that Orlando Weekly took a chance on me. I came in with little to no experience, and they accepted me with open arms. I thought that going in without clips would hinder me, but in fact, it helped me. OW gave me many story assignments confident that I could do them all- and I did! 

I've loved every minute of my time spent with OW. A part of me would love to stay with the paper even longer, but I know that it's time for me to find what works best for me. Writing for an alternative publication is fun, but my interest in writing tends to swing towards magazine-style writing.

So here's to hoping I find a great opportunity with a magazine that's just as fun and exciting as working for OW!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy List

 {Crazy, happy day picture!}
Although I've been going, going, going all day long, I can't help but to notice some things that are keeping a smile on my face. I couldn't help but share!

1. I tried out my new cereal this morning. It was delish! (FiberOne Honey Squares with banana- yum.)
2. I stopped to get my morning iced coffee today- I got it in less than 2 minutes! Hooray for no lines!
3. I brought my laptop to work today to get some more work done. I love non-lagging Macs!
4. Lunch was provided today. Oh, happy day! I'm in lurrrrve with spinach and ricotta pizza.
5. I completely annihilated my school inbox today. Seriously, there's just something about an empty inbox that makes me feel so much more whole.
6. I wrote a new cover letter, updated my resume, compiled all of my clips and wrote story pitches for an internship I'm interested in for the fall. Just sent my email/application!
7. I have an hour left to kill at work....and it feels amazing!
8. And finally, I'M GOING HOME TODAY! At least for a couple of days. My best friend is heading to Albania on the first, so I decided to go home and visit with her before her trip. Plus I get to see my fam and cuddle with my kitties. Win.

Obviously I'm having a great day today. I hope you are, too! I'm definitely feelin' the good vibes today!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Photobooth

So I may have dragged Thomas into a photobooth for an impromptu photo sesh, but it was totally worth it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Keke's and IKEA

This morning I met up with two girlfriends {whom I will be living with in just a few weeks} for brunch and a trip to IKEA.


We met up at Keke's Breakfast Cafe {what can I say? I love it.}, and I ordered one banana chocolate chip pancake, egg whites and home fries. Seriously, it was fantastic, but way too much.  I think I may have only eaten a fourth of all the food. Totally delicious, though!

After brunch, we headed next door to IKEA for some much needed apartment shopping! To say we were excited is an understatement. We couldn't stop jotting down all sorts of affordable Swedish products. However, when it came down to actually buy said items, I just couldn't do it. It's alright, though, because I ended leaving with this gem.


I can't wait to decorate my room with this funky, little mirror! I'm in love!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Short On Words


Sometimes, I just don't have much to say. 

I could tell you that this morning Thomas and I awoke early to get some breakfast together, and then went swimming while the weather was relatively nice.

I could also tell you that Thomas made us both dinner. And that we may have picked up dessert at one of our favorite ice shops.

 But since I don't have much to say, I'll just say goodnight.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY: Mason Jars


Before school was out for summer, I began collecting mason jars {and haven't stopped since!} in the hopes of finding a cool project to use them for. I just love them; they're such simple, little glass jars, but hold many opportunities for DIY projects {like the ones above}. My favorite is the black and white photo holders. So classy and chic, yet so affordable {and completely doable!}.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Insomniac


Sleep gives me anxiety.

First off, let me start off by saying how much I love to sleep. I love napping, sleeping in and going to bed early {sometimes...}, but lately sleep and I have not been seeing eye to eye on some things.

For a couple of weeks now, I haven't been able to fall asleep at a decent hour {read: before midnight}. I understand that my body is used to being up late {I am a student you know}, but lying wide awake in bed at 4 o'clock in the morning just isn't ideal. Especially when I have to be up at 8 a.m. for my internship.

This leaves me dreading having to go to bed every night, because I know that I will be up longer than I'd like to be, trying to fall asleep. This then results in more stress, leaving me anxious and upset that I can't fall asleep in the first place. It's a vicious cycle. {One that I'd like to end...soon.}


Normally, I have no problem falling asleep. In fact, I'm usually the first one out {most of the time}, but I just don't know why this is happening to me all of a sudden.

So if there's anyone out there that can give me some tips on falling asleep {and getting to bed before the sun rises}, I'd love to hear it!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

HARRY POTTER

It's no secret that the latest (and final) installment of the Harry Potter movies came this week. It's also no secret that I'm in love with the series (books and movies). Which means that I was obviously one of the diehard fans who braved the crowds for the midnight premiere on Thursday night.

It was magical. (pun intended)


Thomas and I went on a mini date before heading to the theatre, which was also magical. I was craving a big, leafy salad, but after a failed attempt for Sweet Tomatoes (it was closed), we hurried (and made it just in time before closing) to Panera. I ordered the strawberry poppyseed salad, but was quite surprised when I received a salad with....no strawberries. (It was ten minutes to closing, so I understand that they were probably short of supplies.) It was delicious nonetheless.

After a quick (think scarfing down our dinners in t-minus ten minutes or less) dinner, we went for dessert! It was the second time this week that we've been to Menchie's, but it's just so delicious we couldn't resist!

Once out bellies were full, we headed to the PACKED theatre. Um, wow, to say it was crowded is an understatement. But we quickly found seats and waiting patiently for our beloved movie to begin (yeah right, we were so excited, we couldn't sit still!).

The movie was amazing, but bittersweet. I was so happy that the movie turned out to well (and accurate), but I'm so sad it's finally over. I feel like a piece of my childhood has ended. I guess this means I need to re-read the books so I can forever feel like a kid!

Have you seen the new Harry Potter movie yet? Do you plan to?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Down Time

 
 {The first photo is post-beach, if you can't tell!}
On a whim, I decided to head home for a couple of days for some much needed down time. 

I spent my time at home with my loving family, wonderful friends and my favorite furry babies {I really am I crazy cat lady....}. I also worked on my tan a bit with several trips to the beach and some refreshing time in the pool. Of course there was some shopping that may have taken place too...

I'd say that my impromptu trip home was one of the best decisions I've made in a while. I firmly believe that a little bit of love and comfort from family and friends can ease even the most stressful stresses. I really don't know what I'd do without them. I'm so grateful to have a group of supporters who bring so much love and happiness into my life on a daily basis.

Thank you, family. I love you.

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