Whirlwind

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Has it really been a year since I last wrote a post?

Close enough.

I wrote the previous post sitting on the futon in our one bedroom apartment looking out our deck doors at the highway that ran alongside the apartment complex. I’m writing this one sitting at my grandparents’ old table with a newly refinished top in the kitchen of our 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath house nestled in a lovely, little quiet neighborhood.

May 11th, 2013 came and went, and I’m now a college graduate with a pretty degree in a green folder. (Most expensive piece of paper, ever.)

I’m job hunting now and I’m learning that there are worse things than being ‘almost’ done with college. I had senioritis something awful this spring and now I understand why some people stay in school for years. Right now, I’ve thought to myself I would go back as long as I could do it for free. Job hunting is just not fun, there is an unknown element to it that makes it much more stressful and frustrating than I could’ve imagined. I trust that God has something great planned for me but the lesson in patience is a hard one.  I’ve currently decided to let it go for a bit and just try to enjoy the time I have at home (I’ll work all my life, right?) but that’s easier said than done for a person with my personality.

I’ve opted for projects and reading to take over my time. I refinished the top of a table last week, and I have more odds and ends things that I found at my aunt and grandparents’ houses that will occupy my time. The only other thing I wish I knew more about is general shop techniques, my quarter of wood shop in 8th grade will only get me so far. Had I known Pinterest would come along and give me so many ideas. I probably would have taken wood shop every year of high school, but alas I didn’t.

In the evenings about 4 nights a week I’m a server at a local pizza place.  I’ve learned so many lessons as a server that could be a post in its self (it might be one day). For the most part I love it but there are a few things I’m not a big fan of. It’s mostly the fact that everyone’s schedule is the opposite of mine, when they are working during the day, I’m not and when they’re off and want to do things, I’m at work. It’s kind of terrible if you want to have a social life but my coworkers are pretty awesome people so I manage.

Back. At. It.

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I need to get back into this. It’s quite the release and there is so much going on in my life right now that I would love to share about :)

To catch you up to speed:

I finished summer semester with all 3 A’s and 1 B.

I interviewed for two internships, and was selected for one at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

I am the PR intern for the Event Manager/Board Liaison and I LOVE it !

I started my last year (2 semesters) of college in August.

I am enrolled in 16 hours this semester. 2 once a week, night classes. 1 twice a week, afternoon class. My internship (counts as 3 hours) and I’m there Monday – Thursday.  Then I have a work out class 3 days a week in the mornings.

Last week I completed my application for degree. Here I come, May 11th 2013!

I have already started thinking about designing a cool announcement for myself and what we’ll do after the ceremony to celebrate.

I am starting to love my morning workouts, and will be excited when I can fit something like them into everyday of my schedule. Getting fit! :D

Zach and I are fantastic and loving, living our little married life.

Now for some pictures:

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Sign outside my office.

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 Milk Carton Kids. The Lumineers. Old Crow Medicine Show. Show 9/23/12

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Holding baby Justin at 1 day old was so special. This is our friend’s little boy.

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First Alabama game was a success! And we had great seats.

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 Bring ‘em out!

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Yes. I am from Missouri. No. That does not make me a Mizzou fan. I will forever be against the decision to let them into the SEC.

(BTW, their SEC record right now is proving my point that they didn’t know what they got themselves into.)

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FroYo treat from Yogurt Mountain. Cake batter flavor with sprinkles, gummi bears, strawberries and whipped cream.

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A breakfast wrap from Purple Onion. Just looking at this makes me want one. Perfect breakfast yumminess.

ImageWent to “Pull-A-Part” with Zach a few weekends ago looking for a power steering pump. This picture is all we took away from the car graveyard.

He ended up just buying a new one, oh and a new (to us) hard-top for the Jeep!

Thursday

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So close to the weekend, but still a day away. This week I’ve been figuring out some college financial aid things. I ordered Zach’s birthday present, I’m ready for it to come in. I think he will love it. I got some new little red sneakers from Old Navy. The Scentsy that I ordered last week arrived and my wall plug-ins have been on ever since I got them out of the box. Our house has never smelled better. Currently I’m working one of my first writing assignments for a small local paper, so far I feel like I’m off to a pretty good start and it will be ready to go by my May 1 deadline.

I’m also wanting to get more organized with my blogging. Create more of a direction, a running theme, post more and more often with more pictures. I’m excited for a class I’m taking this summer to help me out with that, Social Media Communication could quite possibly be the most interesting class I’ve taken. My hope is that this blog will keep improving, even if it is just my ramblings on.

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Pick My Brain.

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Obsession: Lace shoes. I want a pair so badly. Old Navy has some very cute lace flats that I love. I just need to go there so that I can try them on and then order them online, mostly because I don’t think the store will have any of my size left.

Thoughts: Thinking about what I have to do this week. The school things that I need to do, and the article that I need to start working on about a restaurant.

Anticipating: The end of the semester. It. Has. Been. A. Long. One. I’m just ready for things to slow down a bit. I’m also ready to go to MO for my little sister’s graduation. Can. Not. Wait.

Listening To: Well it was an episode of Shark Tank but the Hulu loading circle on the Xbox has been spinning for like the last five minutes… (fixing to work on that.)

Wishing For: More patience for both Zach and myself. We both want things that we can’t really have yet. He has truck fever and I have puppy fever. We are definitely both learning the importance of waiting on the things we want but it is still so hard and un-fun.

The Microwave

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I thought I would write a little today while waiting for people to get done with the microwave, it took a long time the other day, and I think it will give me just enough time to write a quick post. I checked off everything on my Spring Break list that I had made.

Our plants are doing pretty well, except for the strawberries, I followed the directions on the bag we got the bulb-things in but they have been planted for over a week and still aren’t doing much of anything. The concerts we attended were both a lot of fun. I will post more on them later. The Avett Brothers was definitely an experience, so many different types of music piled into one show was well worth the ticket price.

My school meetings went well. After speaking with my advisor, I discovered that if I get all of the classes that I want to get this summer, and this upcoming fall I will be able to graduate in May of 2013. I was SO EXCITED to find that out, I can’t believe I’m this close to being finished. I also met with one of my professors and she reassured me that I was well on my way, and on the right track to set myself up for a good job coming out of school. Now I just have to work on making connections and finding yet another internship. I also made a decision because of these meetings and an exciting opportunity that I have been given, to leave my job at Plato’s.

We are so very blessed as a young married couple, that currently I don’t have to be working, with this knowledge along with that I can be done with school in a year. I decided that it would be best for me to spend my time working toward my end goal, instead of using that time on a smaller goal. I will be taking 9 hours this summer, and 15 again in the fall and I really want school, interning, and finding my future “job job” employer to be my focus during that time.

I am now quite the brunette after my hair appointment on Wednesday at first it was shockingly dark but the more days that pass, the more I like my new hair color.

I finished most of my abstracts after I turn these in today I will have only one left to do. I also have finished all of my Marketing quizzes, all that’s left for me work wise in that class in the final.

The Hunger Games was awesome and the soundtrack and is really good mix of different music styles that all tie in with the theme of the Hunger Games books and the movie.

This week is going well, just getting back in to the swing of things from spring break. Hope everyone is doing well.

I think they’re done with the microwave now…

Plans…

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I have a lot of plans for my Spring Break so I’m hoping it is as productive and restful as it can be at the same time.

What I’m doing on my spring break:

  • starting on our balcony garden
  • getting a hair cut
  • finishing my abstracts for MC 494
  • finishing reading for my Marketing Quizzes
  • meeting with my advisor and one of my professors to talk about classes to take this summer and next fall
  • going to the Will Hoge show at WorkPlay
  • go see The Hunger Games and buy the soundtrack

It will be busy but it will be a fun type of busy, not a work kind of busy.

I’ve been trying to read up online about balcony gardening and how to grow container fruits and vegetables. It’s looking like our garden will consist of some herbs (cilantro, basil, mint), some veggies, (tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, salad greens) and some strawberry plants. We have a really large balcony that would be a great space for it, and it would also add a little decoration.

I’m really excited for Wednesday because that’s when I’m meeting with everyone at UAB and then going to get my hair done. (It needs it, I haven’t been since December…)

I’m meeting with my advisor and my professor to figure out what is best for my schedule. It’s exciting to see that slowly but surely I’m getting closer to the end of college and the beginning of my career. After this semester, I will only have two classes left in finishing my Marketing Minor and I will have more than that to go on finishing my Major but still they’re getting finished.

We’re going to two concerts over the break. The Avett Brothers tonight and Will Hoge on Thursday. Zach loves The Avett Brothers and they have really grown on me. I’m excited that we’re getting to go because all those times that Zach came to see me in Missouri, The Avett Brothers were playing a show in Birmingham. It never failed that he would miss them when coming to see me so we are FINALLY getting to go.

Will Hoge is probably not so widely known but he wrote Eli Young Band’s new single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”. I’m excited to go to his show, plus it’s at WorkPlay in the Theater and every concert there is amazing.

I really want to go see The Hunger Games opening weekend, and I wish that Callie could come with me. I loved the books and from what I’ve read about the movie, the movie will be just as good. I’m also excited about the soundtrack, it was produced by the same people as the Oh! Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and the list of artist’s on it is great. To name a few, The Civil Wars, Kid Cudi, The Secret Sisters, The Decemberists, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert. I Can’t Wait.

More posts about my week to come…  Have a good weekend!