18 December 2011

under the sun

So I commend the enjoyment of life because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. 
- Ecclesiastes 8:15

so, stop being so hard on yourself. get out there and grab this life by the horns.

13 December 2011

little this, little that.

Books, love, a slight melancholia, and an overwhelming excitement for the next few months... I think it all fits rather well together.

11 December 2011

my front porch...

my front porch this semester
has been a place for me
to laugh
to escape
to read
to breathe
to talk
to study
to embrace the sun
to kiss
to welcome
to take a nap
to reflect
to watch the seasons change
the cars pass by
the sun set
the squirrels and birds play

i'll miss it.

09 December 2011


... is incredible and gave me goosebumps.

I'm starting the final stretch into finals, then home next Wednesday. 
Hope you have a great weekend <3

02 December 2011

and ode to the family

There are dreamers and there are realists in this world, you think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. See the dreamers need the realists to keep the dreamers from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.” 
- Cameron (Modern Family)

I've been writing this blog all semester for class, so I've been paying a lot of attention to the writing on Modern Family. Yes, it's a comedy. Yes, I've become a bit of a softy. But I love this quote from the Thanksgiving episode. Check out the blog if you, like me, love the Pritchett and Dunphy clans. 

01 December 2011

best post ever.

... juuuuuuuust kidding. 

Somehow another week is coming to an end and I still haven't unpacked from Thanksgiving. Two weeks from now, I'll be home. Strange.
Thanksgiving Break was really great! I did some fun things, studied and enjoyed time with family and my friends! Pretty typical.
Here's my Cousin, Mom, Sister and I!

Did I mention I ran my first 5K? It was awesome.

Went to my first NFL game- Falcons vs. Vikings at the GA Dome

My dad went Black Friday shopping at bought an Internet TV. I was on Pinterest, on TV.
My Mom & Her Cousin, Sallie with my sister and cousin. Only kid missing was Bonne, who got married earlier this year!


22 November 2011

bon hiver

I'm sick and studying for finals, not a great way to be spending my Thanksgiving Break. There are so many great things that have been happening for me lately. I leave for Rome in two months from today. I don't know what that looks like. I'm not scared, but I'm anxious, and I'm thinking about all the implications of being away from home for 4 months. I'll have great friends in Europe, some in Spain, others scattered throughout England, Italy and France. How cool is that? Every weekend, I have the freedom to hope on a train and be in a beautiful place. But in America, life will go on. My friends will be continuing their lives, without me. My family will have dinner parties and long for my attendance and sometimes, I'll probably wish I was there, as well. 

The Holidays are suppose to be the "most wonderful time of the year" and I think they are. There's a lot of Joy and Love in the air, and a lot of Hope in people's hearts about what the future may bring. And there's a lot of pressure. What food to be served at Thanksgiving? What do we buy (insert crazy family member here) for Christmas? It can turn into drama, drama, drama. Yet, somehow the question drilling in the back of my head is "Why aren't they here?" 

It's tough being from a blended family and a family who has dealt with some serious loss over the last few years. The holidays have the ability to rip open that gaping hole left in someone's absence. Sometimes I understand why Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon packed up and headed to the tropics for Christmas. Is that terrible? 

My favorite Christmas song is "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". It's simple, quiet, unassuming, realistic. We all will be together, if the fates allow. I'm just living in such a time of transition. I feel like big things are happening for me. I don't want to dwell on the negative, and instead, I want to simply appreciate the things that are right in front of me without the longing of more, more, more. 

Let's see where this road leads. 

16 November 2011

money over everything, money on my mind

Dear Aubrey Drake Graham,

Should I thank you later? Or thank you now? The new album rocks. With "Take Care", a song from the album with the same name, you bring back Rihanna in her recent style of actually being happy. It's a welcomed change. Headlines is just brilliant. Every line speaks like you have something to prove to people, but I'll just go ahead and say, from all of us, you're off the hot seat. We've almost forgotten you're a Canadian TV Star & spent most of your time in front of the screen in a wheelchair. Stop being defensive and just keep making music like this. Welcome back. And thanks.

11 November 2011

Hangout Festival & New Media

I made this Flash Project for my New Media Class and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!! I can't figure out how to put a flash project on Blogspot, so this will have to do for now! The lineup for the 2012 Festival comes out in 3 hours!!!

I'll finish my classes in Rome 4 days before the festival starts, so who knows if I'll come home, but I'm excited to see who will be performing regardless.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

09 November 2011

eBay & ootballFay

I just put my first item up on eBay, it's a brand new travel wallet. I'm crossing something off my 21 Before 21 list and hopefully going to make some money!! Fingers crossed!

Saturday is the Georgia/Auburn game, one of the oldest rivalries in college football! We've already won seven game in a row! A win would almost guarentee the Bulldogs the SEC East & going to the SEC Championship.

74 days till Rome!!

04 November 2011

Welcome to the World's Largest Cocktail Party

A guy in one of my Mass Media Art's classes made this video of the chaos on the beach and the excitement at the game. He didn't expect it to spread as fast as it has! A few incredibly popular blogs picked it up, since Wednesday night, it's gotten over 60,000 views!!! Don't let it lessen your opinion of UGA students. We rock.

01 November 2011

"Be happy...while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth."
-Ecclesiastes 11:9

27 October 2011

headed down south

I really love roadtrips. There's time to sit back, see interesting things and hopefully make fun memories with people you love. This weekend, I'm heading down to St. Simons Island for the epic Georgia Florida Football Game. I have high hopes for the Bulldogs this year. I even have a ticket for the game on Saturday in Jacksonville. 

It's gonna be a looooong and wonderful weekend. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, as well.

11 October 2011

The Hunger Games

Near the end of the summer, I was babysitting for four kids between the ages of 2 and 12. It was a stressful night, but after all the younger kids were asleep, I asked the oldest daughter what she was doing on the computer.

"Summer Reading! I'm doing a project on this book I read called The Hunger Games! Have you heard of them? You have to read it! It's set in the future and all these kids have to go battle as slaves and fight to the death! I'm almost done with the second book! ", she exclaimed.

I don't usually like getting my book recommendations from 5th graders, but I decided to make an exception with this one. Luckily, my roommate had the books at home and brought them to me the first weekend in September. A month later, I'm finished with all three books totalling over 1,000 pages. The Hunger Games, Chasing Fire and Mockingjay are about Katniss Everdeen, a strong young woman in a 22nd century North America. The United States no longer exist, instead, the Capitol is in control and the twelve surrounding districts live mainly to continue the lifestyles of the residents of the Capitol. The Hunger Games occur for their enjoyment, selecting 2 tributes from each district to train, and fight to the death in a manipulated environment. Only one tribute can be the champion, then Katniss kicks ass and starts a rebellion that spreads throughout the Districts.

Fear, suspense, rebellion. I loved these books. They made me question, Where is our society going? If I was faced with death, would I fight it? Still, they're books created for Young Adults, so nothing was super risque. It's more psychologically scary than anything and the older you get, the more it hits you. Anyone with an imagination would love this book.

A movie based on the first book premieres in March. I won't be here to see it, hopefully they'll have it playing in Rome, home of the original "fight to the death" Gladiators. That'd be so cool!!

may the odds be ever in your favor.

05 October 2011


I'm going to the beach this weekend to visit my parents, making this week every more difficult to get through than usual.

29 September 2011

28 September 2011

I'm not stepping out of my comfort zone, I'm practically running.

I'll be studying at the American University of Rome, beginning in January until May. I couldn't be more thrilled. Get ready, this blog (and my life!) are about to get a lot more exciting.

22 September 2011

Modern Family Marvels

At the University of Georgia, there's this awesome major called Mass Media Arts. We study digital media: cameras, stories, production, in hopes of one day creating a screen play that wins an Oscar, or making commercials that just make people laugh. I have no idea what I want to do in 20 months, when I graduate, but the stuff I'm doing in class is so fun, I forget I may have to find a job one day.

For my Writing for Digital Media class, we have to keep a blog about a television series and follow the storylines, discuss the characters and other information pertaining to the show. I chose the best show on television (in my own and the Academy's opinion)... Modern Family. 

The season premiere was last night and I could hardly wait. Especially after those 1-2-3-4-5 Emmy wins on Sunday. Here's a link to my blog if you'd like to follow it. I'll be posting about the season premiere shortly.

14 September 2011

it feels like fall

I'd love to do everything on this list! Fall is the best!
I'm going to make the roommates do all this with me.

I got some really amazing news today. Can't wait to share!

13 September 2011

feeling restless

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”
— Marcel Pagnol

20 August 2011

Cross It Off

#15. Restore a piece of furniture. 

I decided I wanted the furniture in my room to be pieces that had some sentimental value. I had a lot of great furniture at my house, stored in the garage or in our basement and during the garage sale this summer, I set aside the pieces I liked the most and fixed them up.

My bedside table, desk & chest of drawers all belonged to my grandmother. Each piece needed work, but by bringing them back to their original beauty, I felt a bit closer to her.

Bedside Table: It needed to be cleaned and sanded then I streaked it green but kept the original pull. The lamp next to my bed was hers as well.

Desk: The desk had been in my room when I was younger and was my cats favorite scratching post. My dad helped me with this one and glued back the piping that had been torn off and repainted it. I bought new knobs at Anthropologie.

Chest of Drawers: I had painted the cabinet in 2000, (I know because I signed the back of it, so proud) and at the time I thought it was the coolest thing ever. And, yes, those are star and sunshine stencils on the sides of the cabinet.
Step 1. Sanding & Cleaning
I decided on Green for the accent pieces in my room because I love bright green and it works with so many different colors.
Step 2: Painting

I bought more knobs from Anthropologie, and drilled the holes for them. Total, it probably took me about 6 hours to do the chest of drawers but it was so worth the time, especially considering the only money I spent went towards paint and knobs. I love waking up and looking at it!

The Big Reveal...

This definitely gave me the inspiration to want to restore more old furniture. So fun!