Monday, February 27, 2012

Staying Positive

This Monday morning didn't get off to the best start.

I woke up in my clothes and makeup, as usual. On top of the covers. Not ideal for a good night's sleep.

Got ready through all the mess that is my room.  I've been meaning to clean it for MONTHS. It's horrible. But I just can't find time to do it!!!!!!! UGH. It realllllly frustrates me.

Also, still looking for my prized gold watch - my new favorite accessory.  Can't find it anywhere.  I remember last taking it off at dance rehearsal, but I was sure I put it in my bag... NOT GOOD. I'll never find it in all the mess! I've been mad at myself all weekend about that.

The weather is COLD and RAINY. Boo.

And I don't have my umbrella.

I don't get to go home til like 10 tonight. After teaching today, I have a three hour class at HPU.

My clothes don't match.

So needless to say, I had a bad attitude coming in to teach today.


I had a fantastic weekend (as usual).

The students are watching A Knight's Tale in all three periods, so I have time to catch up on grading, work, and (blogging) haha.

I'm starting to like this rainy day.

Lunch is in ten minutes and I have Chinese rice.

I'm probably taking myself to Krispy Kreme after I leave here.

My three hour class tonight isn't so bad. I like the teacher a lot. And Kacie sits with me.

AXO is having a cookie party after I get out of my class tonight.

I'm going to the first playoff basketball game after that.

So I'm finding little things to be HAPPY about and get me through the day!
(even though nothing I'm wearing matches. yikes.)

Highlights From This Weekend

Saw my HPU theatre department's production of The Glasses, and it was awesome!

Hung out with friends at the arcade on campus.

Got started with my executive board (AXO) plans and duties.  Hit it off with my advisor. I love her! (And I LOVE my position as VP Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation. It's perfect for me.)

Went to my cousin's wedding shower.  Had a great time with my family and family friends.

CRAFTED with some BFFs! Made another Lilly bathroom set to sell!

Had our first AXO meeting with the new executive board.  So I got to help lead the meeting!

Lunch with some sisters.

Got a cool panhellenic shirt for $5. And a cupcake.

Helped take down the stage from The Glasses with my theatre buddies.  I've missed them :/

Did homework (sort of), had pizza, and watched the Oscar pre-show with some sisters.

Watched the Oscars and started graduate school applications with Alex.

It was a fun weekend :)

^ Just some Monday motivation!! ^


Sunday, February 19, 2012

What a Weekend

This weekend has been crazy! Friday was "Senior Skip Day" at Ledford (where I student teach), so we had like three students all day, since English IV is all seniors.  After school, I hurried to HPU for dance rehearsal, got all sweaty, and then hurried home to get ready and pack for Disciple Now 2012.

Once Ashley and I finally got to the church for the weekend and sat down to our delicious (free) meal, I got really excited about the weekend.  Disciple Now is somewhat of a youth retreat, where the middle and high schoolers stay at homes of church members and students from Liberty University come, along with an awesome speaker, and we have events and services all weekend.  It's always a very powerful weekend, and I was excited that it was Ashley's first DNow, since she's in sixth grade (I was more excited than she was, but she ended up loving it haha).

Our Friday night service went well, and our speaker, Jody Jennings, was great.  When we got to our host home (I was with sixth and seventh grade girls), I found out that two girls from Liberty were staying with us.  I made friends with them quickly - they are so cool!! We had lots in common.  :)

(more pictures to come!)

Saturday morning we all got up and our host mother had made the most wonderful breakfast, so we scarfed that down, had our quiet time, and headed back to the church for another great service!

After that and pictures (love the pictures every year haha), I headed home to get ready for our AXΩ tea party at the O'Henry hotel in Greensboro. It was so much fun to be dainty (or try to be, for me at least haha) and bond!

After an important Target run and some relaxing time, Ashley and I headed back to the church and had scrumptious fried chicken, etc.  Following that was a very powerful service.  The Saturday night candlelight service is always great.  AND WE SANG "OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD." I kept thinking on Friday and Saturday night, "I wanna sing 'Our God is an Awesome God'" but I feel like we don't sing that as much as we should, and that is one of my absolute favorite worship songs.  It gives me goosebumps! When the band started playing it, I got so happy!!

This morning, we ended the weekend on a strong note, and then I went straight to AXΩ chapter meeting.  Very nervously, I ran for VP Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation and VP Philanthropy.  I had prepared both speeches, but wasn't sure which one I wanted more.  It wasn't until the actual meeting today that I realized how much I wanted VP Ritual.  That position deals with teaching the history of our sorority and establishing and carrying out traditions, special days, etc.  All day after the meeting, I was hoping to get the position, because this is my ONE chance at an executive board position since I'm graduating in May.

After the meeting, about 12 or so of us went to The Point (on campus) for lunch.  We had some GREAT conversation and I found out how much I have in common with these girls! It was so much fun.

As I was driving home, it started to snow!! I got really excited, and didn't know why.  Usually I hate snow.  I'm a warm weather girl.  But there's just something about the first little snow flurry of the season...

THEN I GOT TO TAKE A NAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I had forgotten what a nap was, obv.)

The nap was so nice.  Napping in a warm bed next to the window and watching the little white flakes.  Yessss.

THEN I went to dance rehearsal and that was pretty fun.  On the way back, trekking through the snow, Kacie texted me and said "Congrats on ritual!!"

YAY!!!!!!!!!! I got it!!!

I'm so happy! I feel like the position is perfect for me, and I hope I'm right! I can't wait to get started.  I'm stoked to be a part of the very first executive board and hold the first VP Ritual position for our chapter!

So now I'm at home, excited and content.  I have some free time and I think I'm about to watch a movie with Zach :)

This is probably my favorite version of this song:


Friday, February 17, 2012

Why I Love Alpha Chi Omega

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In an earlier post, I told y'all that I just joined 100-some other girls in founding a chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at our school, High Point University.  Listed here are some of the reasons why I
Alpha Chi Omega!

1.  Our motto is "Real. Strong. Women." That's what all women should strive to be.  Be yourself. Don't let anyone walk all over you.  Stand up for what you believe in.  "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything" rings in my mind. Be strong!!

2.  We were founded by music majors at DePauw University in Indiana.  I love this because I am very into the arts and music.  I've played the piano since I was 11 and took drum and guitar lessons here and there.  I'm also very into art and I'm a theatre minor.  I think it's wonderful that AXΩ still puts emphasis on supporting the arts.

3.  Going along with the musical theme, our symbol is a lyre (like a harp).  There are many other musical allusions in our organization, including our "Symphony" and much more.  We strive to create harmony by allowing each other to express ourselves fully and admire the differences and similarities we have.

4.  Our philanthropy is domestic violence.  This is something that I am passionate about.  I firmly believe in our cause, and am very excited to start helping people out!  I enjoy giving to others so much.

5.  We have high standards as far as academic progress.  We hold each other accountable to promote good grades (I could've used that kind of support freshman year haha)

6.  I love the fact that the badges are lyres with pearls.  Pearls are classy, and like they told us at preference night, each one of us is a pearl in the sand, and in the moonlight we can all shine together!

7.  Our colors are scarlet and olive.  THAT MEANS I CAN HAVE AN EXCUSE TO WEAR RED AND GREEN ALL THE TIME!!! You don't even know how much I love Christmas, and I have so many red and green clothes and accessories, it's not even funny.  Now it will be like Christmas all the time :)

8.  I love the fact that I am a founding member of a chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.  Enough said.

9.  I love how friendly all of the Alpha Chi Omegas I have met are.  The National President and other chapter members and alumnae were with us during recruitment, and they were some of the nicest people I've met, with the best manners.

10.  I love being part of something that was started over 125 years ago.  I love history and carrying on traditions.  So essentially, I am helping start a chapter where we make our own traditions and choose how we want things to be, AND at the same time recognizing, appreciating, and carrying on traditions that have already been set over a century ago by the strong women that founded us.

And that's why I love my sorority.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Link Up!

As usual, I'm late on posting something haha. I actually did this post yesterday, but I'm just getting around to publishing it.  This is a link-up with Becky at "From Mrs. to Mama." I've added the link-up button to the side of my page and I'll leave it there for a few days in case there are any procrastinators like me that still wanna take the survey haha.

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Zach and I have been together since August 1, 2010

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
Well, during my second sophomore year in college (hahaha) - Spring 2010 to be exact - I had a radio show with two friends, Shannon and Nick.  One Friday night in March, Nick decided to bring his friend Zach to Libby Hill Seafood (where I work) to visit me.  From then on, things just kinda grew...Alex and I hung out with Nick and Zach and their friends a lot, and by June, Zach and I decided that we really liked each other :)
[[mushy mushy]]

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
Not married, but he's definitely a prospect ;)
Haha jk...
Zach is everything I've ever prayed for in a guy, so I think that God is probably telling me something.

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?
I want a HUGE wedding, and I want it to be in a large, traditional church (i.e., my childhood church home, Green Street Baptist)

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
Ummm...he likes to call me C.O.W. - Crazy Old Woman.
So loving hahaha

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
1. The thing I love most is his love for God and the way it exudes from him through his everyday actions.  To me, that is the most important attribute to look for in a significant other.
2.  I also love his sense of humor - that is a must. I love to laugh. I have to laugh.  Sometimes he acts like he's 12 and I love that.
3.  I love how much we have in common, but also our differences.  For example, we're both very childlike at times, and we both know how to be serious when we need to be.  But when it comes to math, business, finances, whatever, I know nothing and Zach is great at all that.

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
I'm not gonna lie - my ideal proposal would be with a flash mob singing "Everlasting Love." JUST LIKE ON THAT TV SHOW!!!!!!!!!

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Flowers and teddy bears, definitely.  And not just on special occasions - a lot of times I get stuff like that just because.  That's the best.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
BOTH! I like to have the best of both worlds.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Star in a movie together (get us the hook up, Chanelle)

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
Well we went to the basketball game at HPU for a little while, then we had reservations at Bravo! at Friendly Center.  It was really yummy.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Noooo. Just a fun evening :)

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
PRAY TOGETHER. Keep God first in the relationship, and if it's His will, everything else will fall into place.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
This picture means love to me.  It is a telegram that my grandfather sent my grandmother many Valentine's Days ago.  This is their first Valentine's Day together in Heaven.  They were a wonderful example of Christian love and devotion in a marriage, and I hope that one day my marriage will be just as wonderful as theirs was.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Reflecting on 2011

So I know it's a little late for this, but I wanted to write a reflection on 2011.  Hey, it's only February, right?? Haha so here's my 2011 - the good and the bad.

-Nina came to hang out in High Point!!
-I hung out with my grandma a lot

-Grandma broke her hip and had to go back into the hospital. She never got to go back home :(
-First Valentine's Day with Zach - he cooked dinner and we ate with candles and I tried to show him how to ballroom dance :)

-Ashley wanted to go to Build a Bear for her birthday. That was fun!
-Cotillion Spring Ball (I'm an assistant with the National League of Junior Cotillions in High Point.  We teach kids to ballroom dance and have manners haha)

-Worked Furniture Market with Alex, Brooke, and Amber
-FREAKED OUT with finals (as usual)
-GirlTalk concert at HPU
-USHER CONCERT in Charlotte

-Attended my cousin's baby shower for little Ellie Blair :)
-Watched as college friends (and friends from elementary school) graduated from HPU

-saw the Beach Boys in concert!
-Ashley graduated from elementary school - SO SAD!!!!!!!
-Went to the pool a lot. I LOVE JUNE.
-Took a costume and makeup class for my theatre minor.  It was such a fun class.
-Little Ellie Blair was born!!!! (my cousin's baby) I got to hold her at the hospital
-Had the best 4th of July ever - Old Salem and church cookout with my favorite people
-Spent a day at Myrtle Beach with the Aumans and Culbertsons
-Saw the BACKSTREET BOYS in concert with my sister, Alex, Chanelle, and Zach.  A lot of our other friends went too! GREAT concert.
-Went to Myrtle Beach with my mom, brother, sister, and Granny - so much fun! I could live there

-Zach and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy <3
-Saw Keri and Daniel get married!
-I started my senior year of college
-Chanelle moved to LA :(

-September's not one of my favorite months to begin with, but this one was the worst by far.  Grandma got worse and was sent to Hospice.  She lived there for a week, barely hanging on.  It was by far the worst week of my life.  You never wanna watch one of your best friends and role models slowly pass away.  It was something I had been dreading for a long time.  The good thing is, Grandma is in Heaven now, and not suffering anymore.  September really changed my life, though.  It was an eye-opening month.
-One fun thing I did do in September was attend the Jason Aldean concert in Raleigh with Holly

-October's always a super busy and fun month. 
-Dixie Classic Fair with Zach and Ashley
-Scotty McCreery concert/birthday with Ashley W.
-Got hooked on The Kardashians in October because of that wedding special hahaha
-Fall break!
-Worked furniture market again, with Alex and Katie. Had lots of fun hanging out with Zach and Matt as well.  Katie met her future husband.
-My 23rd birthday/party! I dressed as Kate Middleton and Zach was Prince William.  My sister was Pippa. Honeygirl got a bumblebee costume.

-Started getting ready / excited for Christmas
-Made the very most of every single moment
-Got my wisdom teeth out

-CHRISTMAS!!! Did so many fun Christmas things (refer back to my December blog entries haha)

*ALSO IN 2011:
I acquired a taste for tomatoes and barbecue sauce.

So I made New Year's Resolutions last year, but they were silly.  I decided to make some serious ones for this year, haha. 

New Year's Resolutions

1.  Make the very most of every single day. Appreciate each day.
2.  Keep a positive attitude.
3.  BE ON TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!
4.  Get into graduate school
5.  Eat lots of seafood (even more than I already do haha).
6.  Eat healthier in general. Take vitamins daily. Work out more.
7.  Go back to Disney World!
9.  Have at least 200 followers on my page by December (is this realistic? haha)
10.  Listen to at least one Christmas song every day.
11.  Go to the beach 7 times.
12.  Eat a hamburger on June 18th.

Okay I'm getting silly so I'm gonna stop.

I know I'm really late on New Year's Resolutions, but what are yours for 2012? Did you keep yours from last year? Was 2011 a good year for you?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Alpha Chi Omega

I did something I didn't think I would ever do. 
I joined a sorority.

Let's go back to the beginning.
When I started college, I went to UNC-Greensboro.  I didn't like college at all.  I don't think it was UNCG - I just didn't like college (I told you I have adjustment and transitional issues).  So I didn't try to get involved at all, but I knew what sororities we had IN CASE I ever broke down and decided to join one.  I had a friend who was in one, and I had decided that if I did join, I would join Chi Omega or Alpha Chi Omega. 

Well I left UNCG and came to High Point University.
HPU did not have Chi Omega or Alpha Chi Omega.  They had four other great sororities, but if my heart was set on something else, I didn't want to join another one if my heart wasn't fully in it.  That was my reasoning.  Also, I have never lived on campus at HPU, and I thought it would be weird for me to join a sorority as a commuter (idk, that was just my reasoning haha).  Besides, I had a job (sometimes two) and church and other activities I was involved in, and I just didn't have time.

It wasn't until this past August when I really started wishing I had joined a sorority.  Being the nostaglic super senior that I am, I started to get emotional about my last year at HPU and wanting to get more involved.  I decided I would rush in the spring, my LAST semester. Yeah, weird but okay.

Well I was looking at the Greek Life part of the HPU website and I came across something:
Alpha Chi Omega (coming Spring 2012)

I was shocked at first.  Then excited.  Then I thought, "Of COURSE. How ironic that we get the sorority I wanted during my LAST semester in college" (when I should have graduated last year anyway).  Clearly, this was for me.  It was meant to happen. 

I immediately emailed the girl whose contact info was posted, and got a quick response.  By the end of the night, I decided that January couldn't come soon enough.

I couldn't see any reason not to do it.  Founding a sorority chapter seemed really fun to me.  We got a new chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma two years ago, and I knew girls who had been founding members of that organization and said it was a wonderful experience.

So here were the pros of Alpha Chi Omega's new chapter at HPU:
- I probably would've joined at UNCG anyway.
-I will have founding member status.
-As a founding member, I can help make the rules. 
-My dad always told me, "Be a leader, not a follower."
-It won't matter that I'm a senior because it will be different than joining a chapter that's already been established on campus. 
-I can't work in the spring anyway because I will be student teaching, so I will have time to devote to AXO.
-What better way to leave my mark on HPU as I'm headed out??

After doing more research on AXO, I found even more reasons why I wanted to join (I'll mention those in another entry :). 

Since that day, I've been getting pumped for A Chi O and talking to our wonderful chapter advisor, Jennifer.  Two weekends ago we started our whole process and I joined! It's been fun so far.  I kind of wish I wasn't graduating now, but five years in undergrad is plenty, haha.  I wish I had more time in AXO at HPU, but I'm so glad I waited for it.  And I feel like I appreciate it a lot more right now than I would have as a freshman (with the attitude I had freshman year, ha). 

I have made new friends, and one of my education department buddies who is also a senior (Kacie) was given a bid and joined last night!! I'm so excited for the rest of this semester :)

So there you have it.  The story of why I joined (founded) a sorority in my last semester of college.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ALSO (Celebrity Birthdays)

I like to celebrate birthdays and traditions, and since I saw on the Google home page that it is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday, I thought I'd post about it.  (Then I got interested and found lots of other famous birthdays today)

Charles Dickens is considered one of the most celebrated writers of the Victorian Era.  He wrote memorable pieces such as A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist.

Another birthday today - Laura Ingalls Wilder, most famous for writing Little House on the Prairie.

The writer in me is excited about these birthdays.

Ironically, as I was thinking about the first two birthdays, I heard from a teacher I was observing (one of my old teachers who now teaches at the school I'm student teaching at right now) that it is John Deere's birthday, haha.  He does "birthdays today" with all of his classes.

John Deere is famous for inventing the steel plow, thus paving the way for countless pieces of farm machinery.  He made many farmers' lives and work easier.  He is now associated with green and yellow tractors, farming, and Southern life.

The Southerner in me is excited about this birthday.

ALSO, it is Garth Brooks' 50th birthday! He sings some of my favorite songs, with "Shameless" and "Calling Baton Rouge" definitely being two of them.  Happy birthday Garth Brooks!

The country music lover in me is excited about this birthday.

One more:  Ashton Kutcher.  Although I don't agree with a lot of the things he does, I do think he is a great actor, and he is in one of my favorite movies, What Happens in Vegas.

The wannabee movie star / Hollywood enthusiast in me is excited about this birthday.

FINALLY, it looks like I missed a really important birthday yesterday, February 6 - Ronald Reagan.  One of the best presidents (if not the very best) we've ever had.

The Republican in me is excited about this birthday (but not excited about missing it. Oops.).

Okay, that's all for today.  I'm going to share some of these birthdays with my classes (since I'm student teaching in an English class. I'm in my planning period right now).
I think I might celebrate birthdays on my blog more often!


My Weekend

It was such a nice weekend.  Friday night, I was able to go eat with my family (minus my brother) at my favorite place, J&S, since I don't work on Fridays anymore.  Later, since it was Family Weekend at High Point, Zach and I took Ashley to the arcade in the University Center, and she went crazy.  (I'll take her back again even when it's not Family Weekend because she loved it so much haha.)  It was so adorable.  She was running from game to game, and took like 12 sheets of pictures in the photo booth.  The ones she took by herself are HILARIOUS.  It was a whole lot of fun.

Saturday, I worked at Libby Hill til 4.  I can honestly say, I really look forward to and appreciate working there a whole lot more than I already did, now that I only work there one day a week, and have such a busy schedule now.  It's nice to kind of slow down.  You wouldn't think a job would help me relax, but it does!

Saturday night, Zach, Alex, Ashley and I went to the HPU basketball game.  What a game.  It was SO close and ended up going in to overtime, and High Point won! Yay!

We went to eat at Ham's (interesting experience...won't go into that haha), and Jason, my brother, and Katie met us there.  Then went back to the arcade to play some games. 

Sunday I went to church, and then my AXO meeting (more about that later!).  Then I went home and spent an hour on the computer.  Let me tell you, this was a BIG deal to me.  With my new super busy schedule, I hardly ever have time to get on here and just look at Facebook or blog or whatever.  It was really really nice to just relax for a little while.  That's what Sunday afternoons should be for, after all!

After I chilled for a while, Ashley and I went to WalMart to get more ribbon to make bows.  WalMart on Super Bowl Sunday - craaazy!

We grabbed some food from Panda Express and headed over to Alex's to watch the game!!  Zach, Jason, and some other friends were there, and it was fun! We were all pulling for the Giants, so we were all happy with the outcome. 

Even though I had homework, I was too sleepy to get up off my caboose and go home to do it, so we stayed and watched The Voice afterward.  I don't regret my decision. 

So it was a wonderful weekend.  Those are the times that I live for :)

What did you do for Super Bowl Sunday?


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One Year and a Half

Today, February 1, 2012,  means that Zach and I have been dating for a year and a half! I haven't ever had a serious relationship that lasted this long, and it's been a blast.  We're best friends and we have so much fun together.  Here's to many more special days!!!

I love you!!!

"Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale."