Happy First Birthday!!

Wow, time slipped my mind– I was still just trying to justify my diet choices and remembered that today marks the one year anniversary of When Elephants Fly!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOG!!!

I am so glad that I treated myself today! Sweet Justification!

Wow, what a wonderful year it has been! I am so thankful for each and every one of my readers! I feel so much love and support.

I am actually quite proud of myself, too. I’m allowed to write that, right? I mean really– I poke fun at myself, but I am not really one for consistency. I usually have these grand ideas about projects, such as this blog, but lack the follow through.

And now, for my award speech:

I’ve said it before and will say it again. This blog has been a good outlet for me to just write, think, piece together life– really just keep me grounded through so much change. Since starting a year ago, I’ve found myself a job, apartment, fiance, dog… and a sense of purpose. My heart longs to inspire and encourage people and the fact that I’ve had people tell me that they enjoyed reading something I’ve written makes my heart soar. Thank you God, for giving me the desire to write and the ability to. Thank you Mom and Dad for letting me live at home and be unemployed for a few months so I could start this journey, and thank you Michael for letting me write and ignore you for so many hours, it’s okay to read it one day if you want to! I love you all!

So, what now…?

I’m gonna keep on writing.

yeah. I think I will.

Now– I KNOW this is cheesy, but I actually would like to share some of my accomplishments from the blog– a year in review if you will.

1.)For Memory 2.)For Accomplishment 3.)Benchmark? (that’s such a Verizon term)

Total Views: 26,024

268 on the busiest day– January 20, 2011

66 Posts

17 Subscribers

Top web search that brought up my blog: Fail — 7,917 (wow… I hope I didn’t write that word THAT many times– I’m a little sad so many people were looking up that word on the internet).

Most traffic: clicks from Facebook

Most popular blog: Top 10 Things to do while your Boyfriend plays Call of Duty, Black Ops

If only I could make money doing this… wouldn’t that be the life?

Hope y’all have a great week!!

Current music: “Runaway Car”, Mat Kearney

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Published in: on August 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Here’s an Answer for you

Why is it so easy to start things, but so difficult to finish?

This is the project that I posted about here— MONTHS ago that is finally hanging up on my wall. Funny thing– it’s still not finished. I fully planned on staining a frame to go around it but I desperately was wanting my dining room table back and thought, what the heck– this is art.

I am actually quite pleased with how it turned out. I am not really a fan of bright colors but I think it brightens up my apartment a bit.

Unlike this:

Let me review this image with you. Yep, that’s a pair of sandals, just out of reach of Chaco’s mouth. You aren’t blind, there are only two legs assembled to the trunk. I asked Michael what happened, but I can’t remember what he told me… something with the frame? Maybe the screw got stripped? idk. What I do know is that it’s bothering me that it’s sitting in the middle of the living room unfinished. I ask him if I can work on it but it appears that it’s maybe more work than it’s worth? Sad.. I was really hoping to turn the old trunk into a neat filing cabinet. I have a lot of clutter that is getting to me over in my makeshift office. It would have been nice to eliminate it. ONE DAY– just like the painting up there. It eventually made it’s way to the wall.

Disclaimer: Do not judge me for the pizza box in the background. It makes a GREAT barrier for the wires that Chaco most definitely would chew through if  given a choice. (This is not the proper time to talk about the new heels that now have little teeth marks decorating the point).

This is next… I actually cleaned the old window up– mold is gone. Just need to work on it’s better half.

This is the look I’m going for… sort-of.

Anyway.

Let me tell you about my new form of inspiration. It comes from Pinterest. It’s this really great social networking site that displays photos. You “pin” things to various boards that you set up on your profile. For example… I have a “Home Sweet Home” board where I pin photos I come across that strike my fancy in regards to my future abode. The site has a fantastic reserve of photos that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I can literally search for ANYTHING; word, phrase, vision, room– and it comes up with dozens of pictures. (Michael even made me search for a gun that he was interested in– only one photo, but still, one!)

Maybe by the time my lease is up in a few months I’ll have things hung on the wall. Let’s hope I renew if this happens. ; )

Now, I will leave you with this:

Isn’t that just precious.

That’s Chaco on the right and his brother Beaux on the left– yes they share chew sticks. I had so much fun puppy sitting a few weeks ago!

Currently listening to: “Signature of Divine (Yahweh)” NeedtoBreathe

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm  Comments (1)  
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Feelin’ hot HOt HOT!

…and this is how I know that it is summertime in Alabama

1.Entering my car to go to work at anytime of the day nearly suffocates me. (Yes, even at 8:00AM)

2.My sunglasses fog up as soon as I walk outside.

3. The knob on my car’s air conditioner is stuck on full blast– and I’m okay with that.

4.I basically have to change my clothes once arriving at work b/c I’ve sweat so much. (Okay– and my AC isn’t fast enough)

5. My pin-straight hair, now has a slight curl from the humidity.

6. There is no such thing as “laying out” — you must actually get in the pool.

7.My electric bill has skyrocketed out of sight.

8. My dog smells like sweat after going outside for 5 minutes.

9. I haven’t seen a person jogging in months.

10. I actually asked Michael if we could go to a waterpark…

11. I feel a strong urge to purchase Coke Icee’s on a regular basis.

12. I ‘get’ why so many people “Go to the lake” every weekend.

13. I also ‘get’ why the windows in my apartment are basically painted shut.

14. I’ve stopped making “hot meals” in order to keep the apartment cool.

15.Wal-mart has 3 aisles dedicated to “Grilling out” and reminds me that I can’t enjoy this luxury in an apartment.

16. I have burns on my hands and chest from buckling my seatbelt and driving my car.

17. Fashion has escaped me once again, and it appears that shorts are much shorter than I remember.

Please, fill me in on some of your observations… but MAN is it HOT, HOT, HOT!

Published in: on July 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Well, Hello there…

I HATE that I’ve abandoned my blog.

Writing on here is like therapy for me. It gives me some ‘me’ time– reflection, more or less. I appreciate my readers too– and I hate to disappoint anyone. I had the pleasure of FINALLY getting to return home to visit my family this past weekend (first time in over 6 mo.– thank you very much). While I was sitting in my room, I remembered how often I’d sit at my desk and write out these lengthy-soul bearing-super long-“thought provoking”-(well to me) posts. –And realized that I missed that.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have time to blog. I CHOOSE other things. Plain and simple.

Just like I had to choose which flavor of Graeters Ice Cream to purchase at The Fresh Market, a few weeks ago. IN ALABAMA.

No– seriously. It was tough– They say new item, but what if this is a joke, some kind of a sick joke and they stop carrying it? jk.

Well I guess I should catch you up to speed on my life… My post college graduation life, since, afterall, that is why I started this.

Work is AWESOME– I love my job, if I didn’t well, I’d look for another one. I’ve recently really been inspired by the idea of really loving what you do for a living. I am just so blessed to be lead by a phenomenal team of leaders who not only teach me, but look forward to helping me succeed in my career path. I mean really, how great is that? (Can I please get an applause for this).

Getting Married. Well, like I mentioned I went home for the weekend and had the privilege of attending my eldest cousin, Betsy’s wedding. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! (I am planning to write a whole post on this subject once my photos from my camera are uploaded– so stay tuned). When you go to a wedding, the questions concerning your own almost smack you in the face. It was a good chance for Michael and I to really discuss with my parents the deep desires for our own wedding. (Okay, let’s face it- neither of us really have these well-thought out plans). Michael likes the courthouse idea at this point… I’m not a fan.

I’ll tell you why it’s hard for us to really start planning. We can’t figure out a location. Do I go home? (yes– that’s the tradition, I’m well aware). Do we go destination? (ehh- I may sacrifice some good friends most importantly, family not coming). Okay, how about half way between our families? (Would you plan the most important day of your life in some random city you have no connection to?) Just saying. This is a choice, a hard one at that– that Michael and I will have to make as a couple.

So what does that mean– you guessed it– still no date. (We are taking suggestions though…) ; )

Now onto far more important things…

Who has the cutest dog on the planet?

Oh, why it appears that I do.

Meet Chaco. He’s a Cockapoo. That’s a Cocker Spaniel mixed with a Poodle AND I love him very much. He brings a smile to me everyday. You should see me with my phone. It’s like a little brag book of how cute he is. (I now understand those things now).

Let me start off by saying that this is high on my list of rebellious things that I’ve done. (My parents have told me for the last 2 years to stay away from puppies, well pets in general due to the high maintenance) Michael introduced me to his friend, who is now one of my dear friends, Abby. She lives in the same complex that I reside in. When we got wind of her recent purchase of an adorable little puppy, Mr. Beaux Jangles, I had to meet the fella for myself. LOVE– immediately. Michael asked if I was interested… or rather bet me, that I’d leave wanting to go get a puppy.

So let’s see… that was a Wednesday, and we made the drive to Tuscaloosa on Friday. To not only purchase a puppy, but Mr. Beaux Jangles BROTHER!

He truly has been fabulous. I’ve gained a lot from having him this last month. We’ve met a good majority of the neighbors– he’s allowing (forcing) me to meet people. ; ) No, I actually love that. I live in a very pet friendly complex. I’ve gotten more laundry done than anyone could ever have imagined. (Ask my water/electric bill). I also have gotten to enjoy the early morning. Making it to work at 8:00AM is NEVER a problem anymore.

I mean really though… How can you say no to this:

Told ya…

Chaco, will be 13 weeks old on Friday. I am so proud of him– thanks to my friend, Alison, he knows how to sit and lay down. He also has become a champ at using the puppy pads– which I like despite the cost. I am just reflecting on my experience with a puppy and it makes me smile. Fun Fact, Poodles are one of the smartest breeds out there– so I have no doubt that little Chaco Baby, will be performing some great tricks in the near future.

Well, the little pup is giving me the evil eye right now– he doesn’t like technology. He needs me to throw his favorite toy– a ratty old plastic water bottle. So much for the 50 toys Michael and I’ve purchased. (He’s not spoiled or anything).

Currently Singing Along to: (Don’t Judge) Lady GaGa: The Edge of Glory

I was one of the lucky ones who purchased her entire, Born This Way, album from Amazon for .99 — not too bad.

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm  Comments (3)  
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Sweet Sunday

I really wish you could see me right now…No, I’m not eating cinnamon rolls– I ate those earlier this week. ; ) The photo was fitting for my title of this post.

I am having the most spectacular weekend! I hope you can say the same. The weather is beautiful– I can smell spring– and I LOVE IT!

Friday, I made a call to my twin brother, Neil. We had spoken about his plan to propose to his girlfriend and I couldn’t remember if this was the weekend. He answered– “Jackie– I’m practicing– it’s happening in an hour!”

So, what do I do…

I call my Mom and tell her to skype with me so we can all be together to get the word… (Sorry Mom, I know you told me not to post this picture but you look fine.) 😉

So here we are waiting… and waiting… and waiting some more. It was a great time to catch up. Michael came over– my Dad made it home from his golf game. We were all there to here the end result, which was YES! Woooo I’m not going to ruin Neil’s moment, but he really did plan the most perfect proposal. (well.. besides my own.– y’all know how competitive we are, right?) ; )

I can’t help but wonder what thoughts are going through my parent’s heads right now.. Did they ever expect their twins to really get engaged within months of one another? I certainly didn’t.. I thought Neil would be wayyyy before me. Turns out I was  wrong.

I can tell you one thing my Dad thought that I shot down immediately– “Double Wedding” — Not going to happen.

Saturday morning was lazy but filled with excitement. I was finally going to meet up with two of my very best friends from college. Ashley was flying in from Seattle, so Kelly and I volunteered to pick her up from the airport and hit up a much needed mexican lunch date. Chuys. (So yummy– but probably the worst customer experience possible).

I really have missed those girls. I can’t believe how much has changed since those first few weeks as freshman at Alabama. We went from talking about classes and football to buying houses and planning for the long term future… crazy. I wish our time could have been longer, but I loved every minute of it.

As I was giving my friends the grand tour of my apartment, Michael gave me the news that we had acquired tickets to see, A Chorus Line, via Birmingham’s Broadway Series.

I love Broadway Shows but have to admit that this is probably not one of my favorites. I kept telling Michael I appreciate the show because I know how much hardwork has gone into putting it together, but this one really drug on. (I’m pretty sure he fell asleep at one point.)I also didn’t appreciate how many people kept getting up in the middle of the show– although I guess the producers did it to themselves because there was no intermission… a 2 hour show probably needed one.

What I did like was the dancing. There really was a lot of phenomenal dancing in this show.

Ah, now here we are– Sweet Sunday.

I’ve got a yummy breakfast– Egg/Cheese/Turkey Sausage Scramble… (I was trying to make breakfast tacos, which I always enjoyed during my childhood years, but we were out of taco shells).

A beautiful– peaceful view accompanied by my quickmix pandora radio station.

…and sunshine which changes my Del Sol nail polish colors. (This picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Then you have me… who is procrastinating on going to the grocery store/running errands. It’s such a lovely day to just sit on my porch, take in the fresh air and dream. I don’t get to do this very often so I guess I should take advantage of every minute of it.

Enjoy this beautiful Sunday, Friends!

Sweet Sounds for Sunday: Amos Lee, “Sweet Pea”

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The Pizza Pocket

I really don’t like cooking.

You may or may not have known that about me.

What I do like is the “idea” of cooking. If someone were to ask me if I liked to cook, my answer would probably be yes. What I mean by that is that I like to heat things up or make sandwiches… or cereal. (yes… you make cereal happen).

My Mom has tried very hard to teach me the basics of cooking over the years. (She’s a great cook– especially sweet treats). I always got distracted or felt that I had something more important to do to really understand her teaching. I survived college or cereal and sandwiches as I mentioned before but thinking about being a wife soon (in terms of cooking) is kind of scary.

Michael has been so sweet, cooking meals for me while I’m at work. It’s so thoughtful and cute. He gets excited about going to the grocery store and picking up all the ingredients to make that special meal. He EVEN buys me vegetables… (something he despises completely– please understand that this is a VERY BIG deal).

He probably would kill me if he knew I was posting this– haha. Anyway, the point of this post.

Michael LOVES pizza and the other day I was watching House Hunters on my very short lunch break and saw a Pillsbury commercial for their Crescent Rolls. A “Pizza Pocket” is a great way to turn crescent rolls into a fun meal for your family to enjoy. It noted the website and I stored it in the ole’ noggin for future use.

I can't get the picture to rotate, but I wanted to share anyway.

Yesterday marked the official 2 year anniversary of our relationship. Michael surprised me with beautiful flowers and a massage (you know.. the one I’ve been saying I’d get myself for the past 5 months). Oops– and what did I have for Michael?

As I was getting the lovely massage I pondered what I could purchase Michael. He’s been talking about a motor kit that you put on a bicycle that will allow you to hit a top speed of 30mph. (Call me practical, but I don’t understand the point). He talks about guns but we all know I could NOT pick that out.

I could cook him dinner. The “Pizza Pocket!”

pizza+crescent rolls= Michaels 2 favorite things!

It wasn’t a surprise or anything. I pulled up the recipe on pillsbury.com went into the kitchen and followed the 3 whole steps in the directions.

This is what the recipe looked like:

This is what I came up with:

Not quite the same right…

Yeah– the crescents really stuck to my pizza stone too.

ahh- these pictures make me laugh so hard. I wish I would have captured Michael’s face. He was like “uhh, they don’t really look like the ones in the picture you showed me.”

The main reason I don’t like to cook comes into contact with my patience.

I have none.

I guess this is something I’ll work on in the future.

Oh, How did it taste? You ask… Very, Very good. Michael liked it- so that’s all I care about. : )

Currently listening to: Dixie Chicks, “Cowboy Take me Away”  (This was such a great CD)

Published in: on January 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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A few thoughts for my day off..


I’m still trying to figure out how to exactly balance my life… between a 40 hour + work week, (not to mention actually learning the in’s and out’s of my job), house work, and “personal” time– it can really be a challenge.  It’s hard to really find motivation when you’re getting home at 7:30PM.

Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to today.

I am down to the final last few boxes to unpack– then onto hanging things on these bare walls! I have a few tubs full of things I need to giveaway to the Goodwill, so I’ll need to find a donation center for that. I need to write Thank You notes. I need to come up with a system to paying bills. I need to do the laundry. Clean the bathroom. Oh, and wait for this giant snow storm that’s about to hit Alabama.

Thought #1: Will this storm really come?


The National Weather Center has issued a winter storm warning for the state of Alabama on January 9th and 10th. We are expected to get a half inch of ice covered with 3 to 6 in. of snow followed by freezing rain. Michael and I made a trip to Walmart on Wednesday, (4 days before the storm) and I can’t really explain what I experienced. The milk cooler was near empty and several people were crowded around the cooler contemplating whether or not they needed that last jug of milk. The bread isle– empty. I managed to sneak a peak at an endcap that had a few remaining loafs, but even those were going quick. People. EVERYWHERE. Grocery carts full to the rim with food to face the storm. Panic.. yes. There was plenty of that emotion to go around as well.

I’m eager to see what happens. Growing up in Cincinnati where snow was a guarantee each winter I never panicked about a snow storm. I do see why Birmingham, AL would freak out though. It’s awfully hilly here and there aren’t snow plows or stock piles of salt for the roads. One major reason I wanted to move south was to escape the bitter cold of winter– guess I didn’t go far enough south. It’s exciting though at the same time– maybe I’ll get my first “snow day”.

Thought #2: Off Days


The last few off days I’ve had, I created these grandiose plans for getting things accomplished and I’ve failed each time. It’s nice to have the down time to sleep in, sit on the couch, and not have to worry about any real obligation. Finally after months of saying so, I went to get my haircut. It’s simple things like this that you place on the back burner until you just snap, (or at least I did). I had a 3 hour break in-between a staff meeting and having to be back at work so I just went. I wish I would have done more research, but I’ll get used to the cut. The lady who cut my long hair kept commenting that she LOVED cutting long hair short– I gave a small smile and shook my head in agreement ” yeah, it REALLY needs it” I said. “AND I will gladly keep chopping away.” she replied. And that’s just what she did. She gave me side bangs, kind of. One side is about a half inch longer than the other and I’m pretty sure it’s layered on one side. I told her to keep it simple and easy to style but that is not really the case. I’ll experiment over the next few days and see if I’m happy in the end.

Today, I’d like to get a pedicure . My feet hurt SO BAD! They are also beginning to turn into quite a sight. Is it bad that half the reason I want to go is to have them pamper me? I need to find the right nail salon to go to. I’ve never been one to go to the nail salon on a regular basis, but I think it may start to turn into a new priority. I am constantly using my finger nails to pick open the back of cell phones, peel tape off accessories, and pull batteries. I’m not kidding when I say that figuring out how to take apart a phone is probably the most challenging part of my job. I feel silly standing there for a minute or two  in front of customers looking like an idiot who can’t figure out how to pull out the battery, but EACH PHONE IS DIFFERENT! My beautiful, natural nails are diminishing quickly, and I need a solution!

Thought #3: Pillows


I’ve been to Bed, Bath and Beyond two times now to find the perfect sleeping pillow. I currently have a perfect pillow, but think that it needs to be replaced. After a few years of college it’s time to dispose of the old and bring in the new. I returned one because it was too thin and now I’m afraid I found one that’s too thick. This new pillow is made out of latex and reminds me of trying to sleep on an inflated balloon. I suppose time will tell with this situation…

Currently listening to: Birmingham Mountain Radio– http://bhammountainradio.com/

If you loved Live 100.5 — CHECK THIS OUT!! Fabulous online radio station that has branched from the shut down of that station last year. If only it would play through my car speakers again.

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm  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.

Goodnight!

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!

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