Well– I’m sure ALL Bama fans have seen this new ESPN commercial, but I just LOVE it! So much I’ve brought it to the blog to share. After all my experience at this University inspired the name of this blog. ; )


Roll Tide!

Isn’t it hard to believe that we’ve nearly said goodbye to another football season. RTR to the bowl game!

Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

The Truth About Living In A Hotel

Springhill Suites in Alpharetta, GA

I’ve been living in a hotel for about a month now. Which means I’ve been eating nearly every meal out for about a month now. Which means… well, I’ll let you figure that one out.

The Fairfield Inn in Montgomery, AL

Needless to say I NOW know how to pack the perfect bag. I know that it’s better to travel after 9:00 PM if you’re wanting to avoid traffic. I also know that hotel breakfast really isn’t that healthy… or tasty for that matter.

When I was little, I got excited to spend the night at a hotel. A.) You got to go SWIMMING– even if it was the middle of winter. B.) You got to sleep in a big, comfy bed.  C.) FREE HOT BREAKFAST.  D.) You’d most likely be eating at a yummy restaurant. AND E.) You were usually on VACATION.

In the last month, I did not go swimming, but I did sleep in a big, (not so comfy) bed, Hot breakfast was free, but questionable, I did eat at probably 30 yummy restaurants and NO I wasn’t on Vacation. I DID get to run into several friends though– which was FANTASTIC!!

Oh… by the way, Hello!! It’s been a while hasn’t it? A lot has been going on in my life these last few weeks.. I started intense training for Verizon, had a birthday, saw Michael GRADUATE, moved into a new apartment… oh, and GOT ENGAGED! (Please tell me y’all have had fabulous month’s like this).

More on that in a different post, back to hotels…

I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Montgomery, Alabama. I really have been meaning to blog but just haven’t had a lot of time. I’m actually usually ‘tired’… I know, I know… I’ll sleep when I’m old. Nope. When you get up at 6 you simply get tired at 9. That’s the fact of life.

For the most part it’s quiet. (almost too quiet– it gets lonely, sometimes) The last two weeks I’ve been right by the elevator– boo. The person in the room above me keeps coughing– they REALLY need some cough syrup. I hate that I have just been watching a lot of T.V. because if I were in Birmingham I’d be getting a lot more accomplished. (I’ve never really been a very good planner– if I were I’d be researching things like finding a dentist or maybe planning my wedding–crazy).

I’m happy that I only have 2 more days of this. I’m really pumped and excited to begin applying my new knowledge to the actual job. I am ready to challenge myself and of course… make some money. Alright– I finally blogged but this is beginning to not make sense.

Oh– the TRUTH about living in a hotel. It’s fun for a little bit, but REALLY makes you appreciate your own home. I can’t wait to simply make a sandwich and drink out of my own glassware. Maybe take a trip or two to the workout center in my apartment complex too…

I’m sleepy.


Currently listening to: Jessica Simpson, “My Only Wish”

Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 12:56 am  Leave a Comment  

What’s for Christmas?

You’d think that I would have learned by now.

As Thanksgiving comes to a close and I grow one year older I should expect my Mother to ask me the age old question. “What do you want for Christmas?”

As a child the answer was simple. Give me the Toys R Us Wishbook and I’d circle the items I wanted. As I headed into early teen hood I couldn’t escape the big black sharpie, I transitioned magazines and circled outfits in the “Delias” catalog. Some years I would sort of plan early and type out a list of things I wanted. One year I was really great and found the images online and put them in list format for easy shopping.

This year. I’m not prepared– nope- not one bit.

I’m at this age where I don’t really NEED anything and if I do, I’ll run out and purchase it myself. (Within reason, I suppose).

So friends… What ARE we asking for for Christmas this year?

(Really– tell me what you’re asking for.)

I can certainly think of things to ask for but they are a little pricey.. hehe. Netbooks? Tablets? A new car?

Oh! I know!! This:

Okay.. maybe I’ll do a little Christmas shopping this week and find more realistic gifts to ask for.

Currently listening to: Dean Martin, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy December

It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year!

I can hardly believe that December is in full swing! This holiday season seems to be escaping me already– let’s just hope I can catch up! I still am just feeling overwhelmed by everything that’s going on in life these days. Don’t get me wrong– I’m INCREDIBLY BLESSED! Not only am I trying to learn my new job, I am also still in transition and moving to a new city, trying to purchase holiday gifts, balance my relationship with Michael, make friends/reconnect, and enjoy some “me” time.

I do LOVE the holidays though and want to enjoy every minute that I can. I’ve enjoyed seeing the holiday decorations appear around town. As I drove back from my training in Atlanta this week I noticed that the Bass Pro Shop was decorated with Christmas lights. I was so excited!! (When Michael get’s home tomorrow, I’m going to make him take me over there to enjoy the decorations for my Birthday– I don’t think he’ll mind). Last year, we drove through the “extended” entrance and it was beautiful. (I’m not kidding it takes like 10 minutes to drive through this “Grand” entrance– it’s worth it– if you aren’t in a hurry). I hope that this will cure my pre holiday stress.

I really do think that decorations help give me the Christmas Spirit. I love the beauty of ornaments on a tree. Handmade ornaments from my childhood bring back memories from a simpler time. I love seeing wreaths with big bows on the doors of my neighbors. Christmas lights twinkling everywhere I look. Green garlands draped over porch railings. Let’s not forget the presents wrapped under the tree. ; ) I really can’t wait to move into my apartment next weekend! You better believe that I’ll be decorating. This too will put me in the Christmas mood!

Today, my friend Whitney and I headed out to a Craft Bazaar that was held around local shops in Birmingham. I can’t begin to explain how much I needed this trip. It really helped to put me into the Christmas mood. I was inspired by all of the handmade crafts that people had made. SO MUCH TALENT! I wish I was motivated to craft.

We had such a wonderful time catching up (it was much needed). She took me around to some really neat places in Birmingham that I had never visited. This I truly enjoyed! I love discovering little places that hold what I like to think of as little treasures. We certainly found many today. I can’t wait to reconnect with Whitney more now that we are living in the same city again.

Tomorrow is my 23rd birthday. Woo! I love Birthdays, although like everything else, this one snuck up on me. 22 was a fabulous year! For my own benefit, I’d like to recap some major events that happened to me this past year.


Note: Michael's beard in this photo... he was so proud.

One year ago (tomorrow) The University of Alabama had won their 22 SEC Championship game, with their star player, Mr. Mark Ingram, #22, on my 22 Birthday and were headed to the National Championship game. In January, that same team WON the game and became National Champions. I celebrated. A few months later, my life as I knew it changed. I graduated from UA and celebrated with friends and family. I had no “9-5” job and no real plan. Thank Goodness, because that meant that I could head back to Strong Rock Camp for another fantastic summer. The summer flew by but not before I could see two of my best friends tie the knot with their prince charmings, Hanna and Kelly! Then I panicked. I applied to too many jobs that turned me down, my confidence crashed and I turned into a hermit due to low funds and motivation. After a few months of that pathetic state, I landed a fabulous job! I started a blog, created a twitter (as of 12/2/10) and paid my first student loan bill! (I don’t know how that tied in with the events that were listed before). I also have applied for my own insurance, set up a 401k and signed the lease on an apartment for the first time without a co-signer. I guess you could say that 22 was a “growing up” year.

I am looking forward to the year 23! I’ve loved my 20’s so far and each year continues to improve as I grow into the responsible adult that I am turning into. I will be watching Michael graduate next weekend, moving into my new apartment and taking down training one week at a time. ; )

I hope to really get back to blogging again. I have about 100 random topics to bring up although they may not be of interest anymore.

Oh– find me on twitter @jacquelinburch

I will explain this decision in a later post.. just be patient with  me. Once life calms down I’m going to reattempt my blog marathon too.

Have a good rest of your weekend!!

Currently listening to: Andy Williams, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

Summer Gagnon, do you remember when you, James, and I performed this song in our sign language class last year– hahaha. I can’t listen to this song without thinking of us scrambling in the Ferg trying to learn how to sign this song and some of the stares we received from people. oh gosh– I miss you!

Published in: on December 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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