Monday, May 28, 2012

Home of the Free Because of the Brave

Happy Memorial Day!

This weekend has turned into a BBQ, Camping, Party filled weekend. However this is not what this weekend is about. It's about honoring those soldiers who are serving and have served our nation. Those men and women are the reason we are all here and safe. Not only should this day recognize the soldiers, but the soldiers families. Those families stand behind their soldiers and go through months, possibly years, apart but still support their soldiers and this country. I have so many family members who have served as well as friends who have spouses in the service. Today is a day that I want to thank them for being so brave for me and this country. Thank you!!!!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Thank you over and over to the Brave Men and Women who serve the USA!!!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

101 in 1001

Hi Loves,

I've seen these 101 in 1001 lists floating around all over the place several times before. Well I decided that I want to do so many things that I am going to do 101 in 1001 and see how far I get. So here it is.

Start : May 22, 2012

End: February 17, 2015

1.       Find a job that makes me happy

2.       Move out of parents house

3.       Get a new car

4.       Train for a 5k

5.       Lose muffin top

6.       Have a girls getaway weekend

7.       Go on some dates

8.       Send just because cards to 5 friends

9.       Dress more professional  & put together

10.   Go wine tasting

11.   Go to a football game

12.   Ride a horse

13.   Go back to the South: visit or move

14.   Enjoy where I live by exploring

15.   Sleep under the stars

16.   See a sunrise and sunset in the same day

17.   Make a new friend

18.   Go on a road trip

19.   Get a mani/pedi

20.   Don’t eat fast food for one month

21.   Read 50 books

22.   Take a spin class

23.   Take a zumba class

24.   Write a handwritten letter to somebody

25.   Try something new with my hair

26.   Try meatless Monday for a month

27.   Take a picture of each letter of the alphabet

28.   Shop at a Farmer’s Market

29.   Go on a picnic

30.   Lose 30 pounds

31.   Visit a new state

32.   Go to Disney World

33.   Take part in a scavenger hunt

34.   Go tailgating
35.   Complete a 30 day photo challenge

36.   Make a sand sculpture

37.   Carve a pumpkin for Halloween

38.   Create a floral arrangement for each holiday

39.   Complete 100 Pinterest projects

40.   Try 50 new recipes

41.   Go to the top of a lighthouse

42.   Try 10 new foods

43.   Make a wish on a shooting star

44.   Give up baked goods for one month

45.   Give up Diet Coke

46.   Go fruit picking

47.   Eat veggies from my own garden

48.   Watch Every Disney Animated Movie to Date

49.   Go explore a new place

50.   Be positive for an entire week

51.   Go to a concert

52.   Make a Gingerbread house at Christmas

53.   Start a new holiday tradition

54.   Floss every day for a month

55.   Do 15 situps every night for a month

56.   Become better organized

57.   No shopping for things other than food for a month

58.   Attend a Baseball game

59.   Play tennis

60.   Learn how to play golf

61.   Own a Cast Iron Skillet

62.   Cook something delicious in Cast Iron Skillet

63.   Have a dinner dash party (each course at different house)

64.   Sit on a front porch rocking chair and enjoy the surroundings

65.   Eat at 10 new restaurants

66.   Go to a Kentucky Derby party

67.   Go to a festival/fair

68.   Go Sailing

69.   Go kayaking and SUPing

70.   Go to SeaWorld

71.   Ride a bicycle on a leisurely stroll

72.   Eat at home for every meal for a week

73.   Take a picture of the same scene during all four seasons

74.   Get a massage

75.   Professionalize my resume

76.   Go Geochache-ing

77.   Fall in love

78.   Start collecting Marine Science children’s books

79.   Visit 5 historical places

80.   Spend a day in Forsyth Park

81.   Learn that I’m worth total happiness

82.   Have a bonfire

83.   Have makeup professionally done

84.   Dance in the Rain

85.   Kiss in the Rain

86.   Keep fresh flowers in my house for a week

87.   Fly a kite

88.   Stay in a Bed and Breakfast

89.   Use Pinterest to decorate new living area

90.   Join a Co-ed sports team

91.   Find a solution to my dark circles under my eyes

92.   Enjoy a candlelight dinner

93.   Learn to grill food by myself (the whole process of the grill)

94.   Clear out inbox and keep email organized

95.   Spend a day enjoying the outdoors

96.   Get to a healthy BMI

97.   Have a bigger bed than a twin

98.   Go on a hike

99.   Do something completely impulsive

100.  Run a Disney run

101.  Start a new 101 in 1001 List

My hope is to complete all of these but I know life can get in the way so hopefully I can get the majority of them done. I will update them as I go along. What are your 101 in 1001 things that you'd like to do? If you decide to make a list, post a link in the comments so I can see what you are working on.


When a Friend Visits

Hi Loves,

So this past Thursday I got a wonderful treat. One of my favorite people I met while in Georgia was in Oregon for a two week field course with her grad school program. That friend was.....
Melissa! Also known as MQD!!!

I just love this girl. She's always so bubbly and full of fun! I met her and her class down in Newport at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It was so great spending the day with her reminiscing about the Georgia North End times and hearing all about life. Here are a couple photos from the day...
View of the Ocean from the roadside

They must've known the turtle girls were coming

Marine Debris is no bueno! However I do enjoy studying it

Oh you know, just got eaten by a Great White

Otter cuteness!

Birds and I don't get along but these Puffins are so darn cute

I just love turtles, even if they are carved out of wood.
Side note: The turtle biologists in us thought this turtle must've been hit by a boat :( Notice the boat strike notches in the carapace (shell)

Just crabbin' around the gift shop

This day was one of the best I've had in a really long time. The day before I was not in the best of moods because I was depressed about not using my marine science degree. This day gave me a whole new excitement to push myself to get back to the marine science field. The next morning I applied for a job to get me back there, so fingers crossed I will get back into the field.
Thank you Melissa for being in grad school and taking a field course in Oregon so that I could see you. It was such a fabulous day and I wish we could've had more than a day. Until next time my friend....


Oh BTW....What do you call a fish without an eye? (Leave your answer in the comments and I'll let you know if you're right)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Busy and Tired

Hi Friends,

Sorry I've been MIA. I've been one busy girl. After my two week trip to Cabo I jumped right back into work. Then my next two weekends have been filled with busy activities. One of those including working on wedding things for which I am a MOH in 2 months from today. I think I've helped get most everything done.

I must tell you though, I'm exhausted. I feel like I need to go back to sleep and stay there for 2 days. Ha. Unfortunately I can't do that, so I'm just truckin' along until I get to sleep this weekend.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

99 Things

Hi Loves,

I am back from my two week vacation in Cabo. There will be an update on that eventually. For now, I saw this little bloggy over on Perfectly Imperfect and wanted to join in on the fun. The items in pink are the things that I've done. So here goes nothing...

1. Started your own blog (twice)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (it was middle school but it counts)
4. Visited Hawaii (lived there for 4 years)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Scotland and Ireland in 2009)

35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (does a rock wall count)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (I bought the person behind me at Starbucks their order)

44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (worked on the beach in moonlight)

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie (I was on the Ramblin Rod show when I was younger but no movie)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (When I worked at GSTC during a release)
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (two times)
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

How many have you done?