Thursday, December 29, 2011

Big Trip

Hey bloggers! This holiday season has been extremely busy for me and I'm sure it's been busy for you too. I had a wonderful Christmas with both parents, and now I'm in the process of celebrating Christmas with my other family, Mary and Richard! I'm sure I haven't mentioned any of this in any of my blog posts. Mary and Richard are taking Megan and me on a cruise!!! Megan and I drove to Dallas this afternoon and we are flying to Florida bright and early in the morning. We will be gone for a whole week, and I am so excited to get away for a little while. Of course, the hardest part will be the lack of cell phone service meaning I won't get to talk to Andrew for a whole week. It's difficult enough not getting to see each other for a month, and not talking makes it seem unbearable. But I know that I'm going to have a wonderful time on this trip, and I can talk to Andrew as much as I want to when I get back! I promise I will take dozens of pictures and post every last one to Facebook! See you in a week or so! And I will remember to blog more on my phone too :)

PS. In grad school related news, I did not get an invitation to interview at UTHSCSA. One OT school down, three to go. Keep your fingers crossed that someone wants me :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'd Rather BE....


10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Proverbs 31:10-31

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thankful

(via pinterest)

Even though it's been a few days since Thanksgiving (and an EXTREMELY LONG TIME since I've updated my blog) I gave thanks for several wonderful things in my life....

.....a great boyfriend who loves me,
a mom and sister who spent part of their Thanskgiving with me,
wonderful new friends,
a (not so great) end to a long-standing tradition,
a promotion at work,
fabulous roommates,
completed Occupational Therapy applications,
my boyfriend's extended family and their welcome arms,
the exact words that I needed to hear at church (God is AMAZING!)
exciting classes for the spring semester (I'm taking boot camp!),
and learning to accept that I have no idea where I'll end up after graduation.

After church, Andrew's mom told a quick story over lunch about how her Sunday school teacher discussed all of the Thanksgiving posts on Facebook on Thursday, and then come Friday and Saturday there were lots of angry posts about the game or shopping troubles. It made me think of how everyone (including myself) need to be more thankful for the little things in life, and I'm going to start working on that more often. Hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Kidding

I lied...it's Wednesday and I don't have pictures up yet. Oops. I've had 2 exams this week and I am beyond exhausted. I thought I'd been getting enough sleep but apparently not. I don't know if I've ever been this tired. I nearly fell asleep at work today!! That's a little ridiculous. I have no desire to study at all, I just want to go home, shower, and fall into bed. Thank goodness tomorrow is Thursday (even though I have 3 papers due Friday). And I can sleep all weekend! If I really wanted to...which I just might! I hope I don't turn into an old lady who goes to bed at 9pm and wakes up at 6am. Here's hoping!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yes I Did!

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Yep, I broke down and got a Twitter. I'm still trying to figure it all out. We'll see how it goes. You should get one too that way I'm not the only one behind on these things :)

Obviously I haven't updated in awhile, and these next few days are going to be very hectic. But I will return (hopefully on Wednesday) to post pictures from the weekend and fill you in on all the boring details of my life!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Super Long Day

Today could possibly be the longest day of my life. This morning I woke up at 5am to pull football tickets for the Baylor game on Saturday. Last night I got in bed around 11, and then got a text from my sister around midnight saying that she didn't know if she could come to the game or not. And here I am trying to sleep and now I have to figure out what in the world I'm going to do. It was STRESSFUL. Anyways, it all worked out with her. I had planned to get on campus by 6 for ticket pull at 7, but that didn't quite happen. After I woke up and got ready to go to campus, I decided to sit on my bed and just relax for a few minutes. Said few minutes turned into a half hour nap. Good thing I had a backup alarm set! I made it to campus and an hour later I had 9 tickets in my hands. And the seats are surprisingly good considering how everyone and their mama has been going to the games. Thankfully I had enough time left over to get home and make my lunch before I had to catch the bus. I've got a night permit and had to pay to park in Koldus while waiting to get tickets and I didn't want to leave my car there all day. Whew. The bus ride always makes me sleepy, and now I'm afraid I might not make it through the day. Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Worst EVER.

Today, for the 2nd time, I had the worst bus driver EVER. I'm not normally one for bashing people that the university hires, but can't you have some standards? Like training the bus drivers to slow down when turning or not to pull out in front of someone?? Last week he was driving and almost missed my stop because he was cruising way too fast and had to slam on the brakes after my stop had passed. Thankfully not many people were on the bus, but everyone in their seats did go flying. Then this week he didn't miss my stop, but almost managed to. It was all I could do to hang on for dear life and hope that nobody would fall on top of me with the bus being packed. People went flying. One girl fell down. It was ridiculous.

So thank you fat bus driver for not being able to drive and almost letting us get in a wreck. You're an idiot and don't need to be driving. AT ALL. I also think that everyone should learn how to drive on a manual rather than an automatic, but that's just me :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Just What I Needed To Hear

I asked God to take away my pride, and God said, “No.”
He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, “No.”
He said his spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience, and God said, “No.”
He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted,
it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness, and God said, “No.”
He said He gives blessings. Happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me pain, and God said, “No.”
He said “Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you
closer to me”.
I asked God to make my spirit grow, and God said, “No.”
He said I must grow on my own. But he will prune me to make me fruitful.
I asked God to help me love others, as much as He loves me.
And God said, “Ah, finally you have the idea.”
I asked for Strength. . .
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom. . .
and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for Courage. . .
and God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for Love. . .
and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors. . .
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.
My prayers have been answered.

--Author Unknown

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mommy Wow....

....I'm a big kid now!

Please tell me you remember those commercials? If you don't go to youtube right now and search for Huggies Pull-Ups. Just kidding. Tomorrow is Friday, which means I'm going to Bartlett not only to visit Sammie but to help her move out of her parents' house and out into the real world! She will finally be a big girl on her own! I am so happy for her :)

In other important news, my mom had minor surgery yesterday morning. Some sort of genetic/hereditary gum disease (its not really gum disease, but I don't know what to call it) runs in my family, and my mom HAS IT BAD. The problem is that as we age, our gumlines recede and there's nothing anyone can do about it. My mom, who has always brushed her teeth after every meal, is now suffering those consequences. Her gumline has receded so much on some teeth that you can see her roots. It's kinda gross and a little scary. In the past they would do a skin graft to get rid of this problem. Now they have something new and improved and ten times safer. So, my mom had her gumline fixed and she is all better! Or will be! Of course, it's difficult to eat and you absolutely cannot brush your teeth for a week or so. She's got 2 rows of stitches, and texted me today, saying that she "woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and looked like an actor from the Planet of the Apes movie set...haha! My upper lip looks like a botox mishap, but its getting better". I wish that I could have been home for her surgery, but she had a close friend take care of her. I'll keep you updated on how she does :)

Perhaps my most important news is that I have (almost) completed one of my OT school applications (specifically TWU's app) and I will be mailing it TOMORROW! Scary! I hope I get in somewhere! If not, then I'm sure God has something even better in store for me. I'm thinking that by January time frame I might know where I'll be going...if anywhere.

Cheers to the weekend! And tomorrow is Friday! Yay!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Birthdays Galore!

Apparently this time of the month was the time to be having kids back in the day!! As in late 1980s... I have 14 friends on Facebook who have a birthday in the next 3 days. Kinda crazy. But I am so happy for each and every one of them to be blessed with another year of wisdom and life! Most importantly, today is Ashley's birthday along with Shala's birthday (I'm still adjusting to the fact that they are both married and when I talk to people I constantly correct myself). Hooray!! Friday is even more important because not only is it my cousin Lindsey's birthday and my friend Alli's 21st birthday, but it's also Andrew's birthday! He's gonna be an old man! Just kidding, 23 is NOT OLD. So I'm having a party on Friday night for Andrew and Shala complete with homemade cake, friends/family, maybe some alcohol, and great memories to be made! Please feel free to drop by! The more the merrier!

If you're one of the lucky persons with a birthday this week, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shoutout to you!

PS. I may make an event on Facebook and you'll be invited :) if not just come by whenever!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just a Quick Second!

Hey bloggers! It has been 2 weeks since my last update, and that is just not acceptable! School has been crazy busy, and I feel like I do nothing but homework every night as soon as I get home. It's kind of ridiculous because at the end of the night I always still feel behind on my work. The trip to Colorado was amazing and fabulous and I had a great time! I promise I will get pictures up soon! On a side note, I forgot to take my camera with me everywhere so iPhone pictures will have to suffice.

The first round of exams is NEXT WEEK. Already. I can't believe that. So I'm trying to study my butt off all the time because my goal for the semester is to make a 4.0 :) we'll see if that actually happens or not, I am really struggling in physics. This weekend I am going to Huntsville to visit Megan for Bearkat Family Weekend!! Super excited about that! Friday happens to be RING DAY IN AGGIELAND!! I know dozens of people getting their rings and I am ecstatic for every one of them!

Thursday night is mentor hangout night at my place, and we are having a spaghetti dinner! My exec for FOCUS, Nate, is really excited about it. Delicious food with great company, it can't get any better!

Sigh, I must get back to work :( enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Senioritis Times Ten

So far the first week of class is going smoothly, except for the fact that I STILL haven't unpacked a lot of my stuff and there are dozens of things that need to find a new home. I've already got online homework but I am seriously procrastinating!! It's so much worse than it was last year. Who knows if I will ever get any work done. Just kidding. I really like all my classes....but maybe not physics...and I am really excited about Human Diseases! Mostly because I just had my gallbladder taken out and the professor and I talked about it for like 20 minutes after class. Pretty cool :)

So for classes, I am taking physics, basic astronomy, psychology of sport (online), and human diseases. Sounds easier than it really is.

And now for my huge news (which I'm sure I've already mentioned but now its a huge deal)! TOMORROW IS THE DAY I'M GOING TO COLORADO!!! Just to refresh your memory, one of Andrew's cousins is getting married on Saturday, and his parents are taking me (along with Austin's girlfriend, Audrey, cause technically we are NOT family, but it's close enough!) to the wedding! Our flight leaves tomorrow evening, and we must drive to Houston to catch our flight. I am so excited because everyone has told me how beautiful Colorado is, and it will be a nice change from this extreme heat! My camera is currently charging and I will try to take as many pictures as possible!

Have a great weekend! I know I will!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Night Home

My mom, dad and I successfully got Megan all moved into her new dorm. It's extremely small but she will get used to it. Her dorm room is by far the smallest I've ever seen. I think she's really going to love it at Sam Houston.

As for me, I have a doctor's appointment early in the morning as I have to get back to CS by noon. My job always has a mentor retreat and it starts at 8am but because of my appointment I'll be a few hours late :( but I'm all packed up, gassed up, and ready to roll out in the morning. Time for another semester!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Moving Day!...Again

So tomorrow is Megan's big day to move away to college! We are almost all packed up, although I haven't packed an overnight bag yet. It seems like I had sooo much more stuff when I moved to school than what Megan has. The only downside about moving her in is that since I'm only 10 days post-surgery I get tired easily. And we can't start moving in until 11am, almost the hottest part of the day....gross. And I've had the chance to meet several of my freshmen that I will be mentoring and they will more than likely be moving in tomorrow as well. Plus Audrey (Andrew's brother's girlfriend) is also moving to CS tomorrow. Hooray!

Here's hoping that everyone gets moved in smoothly and that nobody gets too hot while moving in. And I hope that I can handle tomorrow without wearing out too quickly. I'll be moving back on Monday, but since I have to go to a work retreat I won't really be back until Tuesday afternoon. But I will be back! Sooner or later!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All of a Sudden I'm Overwhelmed....

..........and school hasn't even started yet. The stress didn't start until about 20 minutes ago when I found out that the weekend that I'm supposed to be going to Colorado with Andrew's family for a wedding is the same weekend that I'm supposed to work the Occupational Therapy Society table for Open House. People that have been at A&M for more than a year SHOULD remember that Open House is always the first weekend after classes start. And the thought never even crossed my mind. I'm the vice president for OTS. I should be more responsible than this. Ugh!

On top of that, when I got my new iPhone at the end of June I never had the chance to transfer all of the dates on my calendar and I got an email from my supervisor this morning reminding all of us about the upcoming overnight training retreat that we have EVERY YEAR. How did I forget this too??? It turns out that I scheduled a doctor's appointment (specifically to get my new retainer fitted so my teeth don't get crooked!) on the first day of the retreat. Obviously I'm going to call their office as early as I can in the morning and if I can't pick up my retainer Friday morning then I won't get my new retainer until Christmas break. And by then my teeth will have shifted more and my mom will have to shell out another $135 for another new retainer and I know she will not like that. Besides the retainer appointment, now that I no longer have a gallbladder I may need to be on a special diet for a few months. Too bad I won't know until I see the doctor on Thursday and I already emailed my supervisor that I wouldn't have any special dietary needs a month and a half ago--before I even knew that I had gastroesophageal reflux disease and that I was going to have my gallbladder removed.

Most importantly, Megan is moving to Sam Houston on Saturday, and now that I have the retreat I pretty much will have to leave from Hunstville and go back to CS, unpack my stuff and repack for the retreat. How the heck am I going to have time to do all this when I still have weight restrictions on me???

AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! HELP MEEE!!!

*************UPDATE************

To make me feel more stressed out, most of my OT school applications are due by October 1st and I have no idea how I'm going to fill them all out and get all my paperwork in before the deadline!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Feeling Crafty

Since Megan is leaving for SHSU on Saturday, she started packing things today and I was able to help her out a little bit! And now I'm in the mood to make crafts and get super organized. But the problem is that I have no money to buy anything and all of my stuff here is already organized (although all my stuff in CS still needs a bit of work). Like today I helped Megan decide what clothes to take with her to school and tomorrow we will try to get all of her hangers on her clothes. AKA she bought green, blue, and pink hangers and wants to use them!

I have no idea how or why this put me in a craft-making mood, and like I said, I have no clue what to make. I've considered the option of making more friendship bracelets, but now that I think about it, I have no idea where the string is. So that's not an option. I also still have weight restrictions on me (no more than 5 pounds!) so using my mom's Singer is out of the question. But I can use a glue gun! Who knows what I might come up with. Maybe nothing since everything costs money and I don't have a job lol. Got any crafty suggestions for me?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Almost One Week!

It's been almost a whole week since I had my gallbladder taken out, and things are almost completely back to normal--minus the whole not eating much at every meal and not being able to stand up all the way--and I am definitely thrilled! On Wednesday, Andrew drove up from CS to check on me and he told me two very important things #1 being that he saw a huge improvement in me physically in the few days that he was here, and #2 he could tell that I've lost quite a bit of weight from not eating and from surgery. Not quite the way I wanted to start losing weight but I suppose it's a start! Andrew left Friday evening and went back to Houston so that he could enjoy a little time home before classes start up again.

Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a hole and things don't seem like changing any time soon? That's where I'm at right now. I moved into a new place with new roommates and a new school year is about to start. It will be my FIFTH year at A&M, and with the exception of 2 or 3 people my age, most of my friends have graduated and even though I have lots of friends through my health classes and work, I feel like I've lost everyone and that makes me HATE this upcoming school year. I mean, yes I know lots of people, and yes, Andrew's brother Austin and his girlfriend Audrey will both be there too, but all of the people I was super close to at school have graduated and moved home. And I know Sammie feels the same way, with living at home and being away from all her friends, so I'm sure some of you are feeling the same way. Plus, with it being my 5th year at A&M, I'm actually feeling burned out with school. I should have graduated in May, and I should be starting OT school. I know God has a plan for me, but I really don't like where I'm at right now.

So I either need to work hard and make new friends or work harder and make some of my friendships more than what they are. Here's hoping that I can do both (or try really hard)!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Successful Surgery

Everything went really well this morning with my gallbladder surgery! I had to be at the hospital at 7am for surgery at 9 and I spent most of my time waiting in the pre-op room, operating room holding area, and two different recovery areas. Once I was in the OR they realized I was too tall for their beds. Go figure lol. They laid me out and stretched both my arms out and put an oxygen mask on. Everything was blurry without my glasses but it didn't matter cause I was out ASAP. The last thing I remember was asking them to adjust my oxygen mask (it didn't reach far enough for me lol). After that I went to recovery where someone monitored me for awhile and I drifted in and out of consciousness. Finally I went downstairs where my family was able to see me. I stayed there for about 3 hours and when things first got started, the anesthesia made me so nauseated that I was to the point of tears but I needed the OK from the doc to take something stronger. And I got it after what felt like an hour or two. So now I'm home, almost ready for another nap. I'll keep you posted as to how I'm feeling! Thanks for all the sweet thoughts and prayers!!

PS: THIS IS MY 200th POST!! YAY!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Reckless Abandonment

I have been such a bad blogger! Things have been crazy since my last post. I managed to survive my OT shadowing at the hospital, moved back to CS and into a lovely house with two of the most fabulous girls around, went on an amazing church retreat with Andrew and God is doing UNBELIEVABLE things in my life, and now I'm back home for surgery tomorrow. Yes, you read that right, I am having SURGERY tomorrow at 9am. In a nutshell, my gallbladder isn't functioning at all and its leaking bile into my abdomen and could potentially harm my other organs. Meaning that this surgery can't wait any longer. I have to be up at the hospital at 7am, the procedure is scheduled for 9;00 and should take about an hour, then they can keep me as long as they want but I will be able to go home tomorrow rather than staying overnight. Yay! Everything with surgery should go smoothly, but in case they don't they will have to cut me open and I've already signed DNR paperwork (if things go horribly wrong) as well and medical power of attorney paperwork. So please pray for me tonight/tomorrow and this whole week that I have great surgeons and a quick recovery! After surgery (and summer school finals) Andrew is planning to come visit and make sure I'm doing okay. I love him so much and I hope that we get to spend the rest of our lives together ♥

Sorry for not updating sooner, but I promise if I feel up to it I will be blogging every day this week! There are so many awesome things that I can't wait to tell you all about!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Hate Being Away....

....from my boyfriend, friends, people I love (besides the fam) and even school. It's the worst feeling in the world. Today was Andrew's dad's birthday and I called Andrew so I could talk to his dad. We only chatted for a few minutes, but he mentioned that I was the only person missing from the celebration. It warmed my heart to hear him say that and I smiled to myself but after that feeling was gone all I could think about was what I missed out on and how I should have tried to be there. Perhaps this is God's way of telling me what I have to look forward to after I graduate in May and I loathe it already. On top of all that I had made plans to go visit Sammie but then I got sick with a nasty cold and a mild fever. The last time I saw her was in early May for multiple graduations. So I made plans to see her towards the end of August. And I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm really ready for school to start back up so that I can get back into a normal routine. Doesn't sound too crazy right?

August can't seem to get here fast enough! The only downsides of August are that I have to get all my stuff moved back to College Station and I have to have my gallbladder taken out. Definitely not looking forward to those, but it means I get to see the people I care about! And that can't be beat :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Almost in the Working World

Tomorrow starts my first day as a volunteer at one of the hospitals here in Longview. After nearly two months of paperwork and testing I have finally been cleared to volunteer, and I'm only left with two weeks. How sad to think that I started this whole process on May 17th and now that the summer is almost over, I can finally get to work on getting my last few OT shadowing hours in before submitting my applications.

Volunteering at the hospital is plenty complicated. Besides the strict clearance policy that every person has to go through, the uniform is just as irritating. Volunteers are required to wear a white shirt, white pants, white shoes, and a yellow vest or blouse given to you by the hospital along with your name badge. I had the hardest time finding white pants. Eventually I just decided to order a pair of white scrub pants and they are perfect! Granted, I don't know what I'll do when I need to wear those same pants every day for the next two weeks (whether to wash the every day or every other day, etc..) but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Or I'll just start to smell weird! Just kidding :)

Wish me luck on my first day of volunteering!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bad But Good News

This morning I had my upper endoscopy procedure done to try and find out what's been making me sick for the last few years. The result from the short procedure determined that all of my problems have been caused by my gallbladder. The doctor told me that a normal gallbladder functions at 35% or greater and mine is functioning at 2% which is no bueno. In addition to my gallbladder, I'm having acid reflux issues. They don't have any way to reverse the damage that's been done and the only thing I can do now is have my gallbladder removed before I go back to school. Hopefully that will cut down the acid reflux too. Having gallbladder problems means that I have to go on a lowfat diet, starting ASAP. So no cakes, cookies, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate, candy and I have to try to cut out any processed foods. If you didn't know, I have the worst sweet tooth cravings ALL THE TIME. I haven't ever been able to get control of the cravings either. Additionally, the doctor says I have to lose weight, there is no other option.

So today has been really rough on me with having to take all of this in. I feel like it's going to be impossible to squeeze this in before school starts. And I have no idea how to change my diet because I don't have the time to cook a lowfat meal every day. A consultation has been scheduled for next Thursday and then we will go from there. But I know I ABSOLUTELY MUST move into my new place before the surgery because afterwards I won't be able to lift much for a week or two. On the upside, last night my mom and I went to see the Harry Potter double feature at the movies, with part one showing at 9pm and part two at midnight. I've been a fan since the books first came out and I'm really sad that it's ending. Oh! And I was quoted in the local newspaper :) pretty exciting!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't You Think of Babies.....

when you hear the word sonogram? That's what Megan asked me last night when my mom and I were talking about my sonogram appointment. Mom looked at her like she was crazy. So this morning I have a sonogram to check for stomach inflammation. On top of that I found out that besides the sonogram they will be injecting dye into me to make sure everything is functioning properly. Tomorrow they will put me under for an upper endoscopy and they will knock me out to put a scope down my throat. Can't wait for that one! Just kidding. Did I mention that I haven't been able to eat or drink anything since midnight? I'm starting to feel parched. Here's hoping they find nothing wrong with me!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Raise Your Right Hand

Yesterday I showed up at the city courthouse for a trial that was about a car accident from 3 and a half years ago. The wreck happened over Christmas break of my freshman year, I was dropping Megan off at school and was headed home afterwards. I happened to be driving Megan's car because she didn't have her license yet and I was tired of driving a stick shift. So we took her car to school. I ended up accidentally t-boning a 16 yr old in his pickup truck. The damage was minor to both vehicles and a police report was written. A month later my dad had back surgery and shortly after that the guy who I had hit (and his family) came after my dad personally, since the title of the vehicle was in his name, for ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Obviously my dad does not have that kind of money and I don't remember what happened except that they tried to go after his home and business. Almost 2 years after the wreck I got served with paperwork stating that the guy and his mother are sueing my dad and me for several things, including mental and physical anguish as well as future expenses. The insurance company offered therm $11,000 but they decided not to take it. I had no idea what would happen. In May 2010 I got a call from my attorney (provided by the insurance company) saying that I would have to come home and answer questions about the wreck. Summer school was going on but I got a break and came home. In that time my dad had gone through quintuple bypass surgery and later was dropped from the case. Another year goes by and a trial date is set for April 11, 2011. No clue what happened with that. And now it's July. Did you follow all that?

So after arriving to court at 8:15 in the morning, I sat there and listened and watched, thinking that I had so many better things to be doing than sitting there. The plaintiffs requested compensation of about $80,000. Things were finally over around 5:30 and I couldn't wait to hear what had been decided. The jury concluded that the guy I hit should only receive about $8,000 which is less than the original offer. It was obvious that they were very irritated and frustrated at the small amount of money they had received. It was the longest day in court I've ever been to and I hope I never have to do anything like it again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Back From Vacay

Hello blogosphere! I can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since my last update! It feels so great to finally stop for just a minute and take a break. In case you don't remember, I made 2 trips to Florida. One was with Mary and Megan and the other was with my dad and Andrew. The first trip included several beach days, a trip to Disneyworld, and tons of fireworks. My trip with dad and Andrew was a once in a lifetime trip. The only downside to coming home and turning back around to go back to Florida in less than 24 hours was that I was exhausted and on the way back the first time I nearly had a heart attack. Richard told me that he couldn't get my car started and it was dead. So the next hour and a half was spent figuring out how I was going to get home in time to repack and go back and decide if I needed a rental car. Turns out nobody knew that in order to turn on a manual vehicle you MUST push the clutch in. And voila! The car started without any problems and we got home sooner than I had expected. Not to mention the turnaround time was less than 24 hours. The trip with my dad and Andrew was something that none of us will ever forget. Getting to watch the final shuttle launch was amazing especially since NASA had been saying that they wouldn't launch until Sunday and I was afraid we wouldn't get to see it. But we did! And the best part was that I got to spend 3 days with Andrew!

I spent today unpacking and sorting through clean and dirty clothes as well as picking out clothes to wear for my court appearance tomorrow. But I'll tell you all about that tomorrow! I also had an appointment with a gastroenterologist about my nausea and vomiting that I've been having for quite some time. He mashed on my stomach and I told him all the problems I'd been having. So I get to have a sonogram done on Thursday to check for any inflammation and an endoscopy on Friday to take tissue samples. So keep your fingers crossed that they find out what's wrong with me. I'll keep you posted as to how things go!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Last Post for Awhile

So it's super early and I've been awake since about 5am. No idea why, so I figured I would update one more time before I'm on vacation. Today Megan and I are headed for Dallas to celebrate Mary's birthday (it's today!) and as we've done in the past go to Florida for a week always around the 4th of July. They've got crazy fireworks on the beach, I've never seen anything like it. Anyways, we'll be flying out Monday morning and be back on the 5th of July. I'm so excited to be going because it's been several years since I've been to Florida (when Mary and my dad were together it was our big annual family vacay) and it's my first time back since all that happened.

On another fun note, my dad is taking me and Andrew back to Florida to watch the final shuttle launch. Even though Andrew is majoring in aerospace engineering, he's never seen a real launch. I know he's thrilled to be going and I can't wait to watch his face as Atlantis roars into the sky. I don't think I mentioned that the launch is on July 8 which means after Megan and I get home I'll be flying back to Florida the very next day. Crazy, right? I'll post lots of pictures because I've got my camera and charger all packed!

But the most exciting news of all is that......I GOT AN iPHONE!! Eeeeeeeeek! Thursday night my phone bit the dust, unable to make calls or send texts and I kept getting the error message of "network out of order". It was so strange. So I told my mom about it when she came home for lunch and we decided that it was okay for me to FINALLY get an upgrade (I've been eligible since February but I held our as long as I could) and I'm the proud new owner of an iPhone 3 :) aaaaand my mom agreed to pay for my data plan! She said I deserved it. I feel so special! I doubt I'll have a chance to update while I'm gone but feel free to text me all you want!

I'll be back Sunday July 10th! Happy early 4th of July!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

4 More Days!

...or 3 more days if you count today over UNTIL I LEAVE FOR FLORIDA!!!!

The last few days have included spending time with my dad and Megan, doing laundry and packing for the trip (okay, I haven't really started packing), and catching up on all the juicy details of my friend Sammie's life. These last few days I've really been missing Andrew. I started adjusting to seeing him every few days during the school year, but now that the summer is here and he is in CS and I'm 4 hours away things are different than they were the last 2 years. In case you don't remember I was in CS for summer school which put me only an hour and a half away from Andrew's home. But I know that I will get to see him in 2 weeks. Sammie has been through a while lot these last few weeks, and I'm sooooooo glad that she finally opened up and told me EVERYTHING (or I hope everything).

So in order to get ready for Florida, I've been shopping for swimsuits and cover-ups, but I've had no luck whatsoever. So I guess I'll just go with what I've got even though Megan has what seems like twice as many swimsuits and cover-ups as I do. I'm really excited to go and I promise to take lots of pictures!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time for a New Doctor

Hey friends! Things have been rather uneventful, but still busy nonetheless (hope you don't mind how boring things sound). Thanks to my mom's great job, they provide a free clinic that covers just about everything. I haven't been in over a year, and I was extremely skeptical to go due to the fact that the last time I went the doctor on staff provided me with some meds that really screwed me up. I'll save that whole story for another day. Thankfully, they have a new doctor on staff who seems to really know what she's doing. So we went because I'm still having problems with nausea. Like, constant problems for years! I eat breakfast and feel nauseated, after dinner I sometimes feel sick, and nearly every night when I lay down to go to sleep I feel really bad. Compared to other people, I've thrown up way more times than anybody else I know (on average I throw up every month, but usually only once or twice a month). The doctor told me that she could prescribe me some stuff to help with the nausea, but without really knowing what's wrong inside of me she is just giving me meds for the symptoms. She highly recommended that I see a gastroenterologist, and my mom acted like that was the worst thing in the world to do when all along I've been asking her to check around town for the best GI doc for me to see for over a year. And I'm finally getting to see one. I'm hoping that they can figure out what's wrong with me, whether its ulcers or acid reflux or something else. My appointment isn't for a few weeks, and I'm sure it will take a few more weeks for them to actually do anything.

Pray for the doctors to figure out what's been wrong with me!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Latest Obsession

[we <3 it]

Don't judge me :) thanks to my mom's new Blu-Ray player and our Netflix subscription, I can watch all the seasons instantly! I just started Season 2, and I used to wonder why girls ever liked to watch this (and of course Andrew is asking me the same question)

What's your latest guilty tv pleasure?

Monday, June 20, 2011

UTMB and Florida

Whew! What a busy week its been. I worked all last week and on Thursday my mom and I drove to Galveston to attend UTMB's Open House. There are only 5 or 6 Masters OT programs in Texas, and I think UTMB is now one of my top choices. Mostly because the building looks very nice and new plus a lot of my family lives in the Houston/Galveston area and I would really enjoy being close to them. But I'm really skeptical about actually getting into to OT school because it is extremely competitive. I found out that there are only 54 spots for students entering in the fall of 2012 and they get an average of 100-150 applicants every year. Hearing that makes me really nervous especially because I don't look great on paper as I do in person. Make sense? But perhaps things will go smoothly and it will all work out.

More exciting news is that Megan and I only have ONE WEEK until we leave for Florida!! My beach body is definitely not ready, but its too late now. Besides, I'm not out to impress anybody except for Andrew :)

Can you believe that we are almost in JULY?!?! Where is the summer going??

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tis the Season for Weddings

Hey friends! Sorry it's been forever since my last update, I haven't been home much and it seems like I've been going somewhere or doing something every single day. This past week was a blur, filled with running errands, filling out paperwork, and doing chores. On Friday I drove to Dallas for my friend Ashley's wedding. You can check her blog out here but considering that she's on her honeymoon she may not be updating for a little while. Her wedding was amazing and beautiful and her dress was SO GORGEOUS and it was PERFECT for her! And the wedding reception was so cool at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (especially since I like the Rangers but haven't ever actually seen a MLB stadium) and it was exactly the way I think a wedding reception should be. On top of how fantastic it was, I had a great time with my friends who I haven't seen since mid-May and it was so good to catch up with them. There hasn't been a whole lot going on with everyone, but everyone is staying busy. And everyone loved my new haircut! I promise I will post pictures within the week from my haircut appointment!

On top of the wedding celebration, I got to spend the weekend with Richard and Mary aaannnnd ANDREW! It was wonderful to see them and I'm counting down the days until I get to see each of them again :)

I don't have too much going on this week but I am headed to UTMB Thursday evening for a campus visit on Friday to see what their OT Masters program is like. I'll fill you in later!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New York City

I was finally able to get through all of the pictures from my trip to New York, and here are a few a lot of my favorites! And just to give you a little background about the trip (in case you don't read frequently) my mom, sister, aunt and cousin went up to New York 2 days before I did, and unfortunately I missed some of the art museums and nicer weather.

standing in Rockefeller Center. Behind us is where the film the Today SHOW!

Prometheus sculpture at the Rockefeller Center. During the Christmas season, he is surrounded by ice and a giant tree

beautiful fountains around Rockefeller Center

St. Patrick's Cathedral



giant stain-glass window inside St. Patrick's

sculpture of Atlas, holding up the world

Radio City music hall, where dozens of musicians have performed, as well as the Rockettes.

dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waiters & waitresses are aspiring singers/performers trying to make it to Broadway. It was delicious!

Times Square! Our cousin Madeline is between us (and she is standing on a bench). Need I say more?

while waiting to catch the ferry to head to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we walked through Battery Park and before boarding the ferry saw this sculpture that represents sailors from the US fleet saving a drowning man

Megan, my mom, and me in front of the Statue of Liberty! She wasn't as massive as I thought she would be and unfortunately the weather was terrible so we didn't stick around too long

Megan and me excited to be in front of Lady Liberty

Megan next to the infamous Wall Street Bull. Several people were touching the bull testicles on the other side, perhaps it brings good luck in other countries?

9/11 Memorial Wall next to the fire station




Me and Megan at Grand Central Station. The ceiling was so cool! It was turquoise and covered in gold painted zodiac animals


Me, Madeline and Megan in front of the Guggenheim Museum. My favorite piece of art was Wassily Kandinsky's "Several Circles"


Inside the Guggenheim. Left to right: me, Megan, Madeline, and my aunt Angela

Amazing view of Central Park from the top of the Rockefeller Center. Did you know that the Rock is 800 feet tall??

I have the cutest mom in the world! Us at the top of the Rock

Wicked on BROADWAY! It was amazing, words cannot describe how great it was. Plus, I got a few signatures!

My aunt, Megan, Madeline and me on the TODAY show! Being on tv was super exciting and totally worth waking up around 5:30am!

Can you say Matt Lauer and Al Roker on the Today show!??! Right there in person!

From left to right: Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker, and Meredith Viera on the Today Show!

And then to make things even cooler we got to be on "Who Knew" with Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show a few hours late. You can see our segment that was aired here.

Kathy Lee Gifford up close and in person!

Me, Madeline, Megan and my aunt at FAO Schwartz. Biggest and most expensive toy store I've ever seen

Central Park! We didn't actually walk inside the park because you can get lost in there and it was really hot outside and I don't think anybody really wanted to walk through it, but it was still really cool!

Megan and I at the Highland Park. This park was built over an abandoned rail road track and was built using only recycled materials. Pretty awesome place!

Our last big stop before leaving New York was Chinatown! We did quite a bit of shopping but didn't buy very much.

Last but not least is the loft that we stayed at. It was rather tiny, here you can see the kitchen on the right, the bathroom behind the kitchen table, and to the left are bunk beds and further back was a king size bed. There was also a couch on the right by the tv that you can't see.

Going to New York was an unforgettable vacation that I will never forget! If you can ever get the chance to go to New York DO IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN! There were tons of people, and even some people that wanted to take pictures with Megan and me because they had never seen people that tall. It was almost like being a celebrity, but not quite. Hope you enjoyed the pictures! And just FYI, it is now Tuesday night which means it took FOREVER for these pictures to upload. Better late than never though!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Locks of Love

I'm still sorting through all my New York trip pictures and I promise to get them up as soon as possible. Hopefully if you're my friend on facebook (or you like to creep) then you've already seen some of the pictures my cousin took, and if not, then you should go look at them!

Tonight is the last night I get to wash all my gorgeous hair. In this post I revealed that I'm cutting my hair to donate it to Locks of Love. Well, the day has finally come. On Saturday morning I will be sitting at my usual hair salon but it won't be the usual trim. Honestly I'm starting to have second thoughts, but I am so ready to be rid of a foot of hair. I'm sure I will grow it out again soon. And there will be pictures on facebook immediately of course, thanks to my sister. I've had long hair for what seems like forever. When I was 10 or 11 years old I had shoulder length (or a little longer) hair and managed to get a big wad of gum stuck in my hair and I had to have all my hair cut off. Since then it's only grown, and it really started to grow when I got to college and was only getting my hair trimmed once a year or so. And now it's four years later and things are about to change. So keep your eyes peeled for pictures! I'll get pictures up here too (probably sooner than I get the New York photos up) so all of you can enjoy my new haircut!

I just want to take a second out of this post and talk about HOW AWESOME THE MAVS WERE TONIGHT over the Heat. Dirk scored the last 9 points for the Mavs and he was on fire!! I was really skeptical that they wouldn't be able to come back, they were killing the grass and doing nothing on the court and for them to turn around and make such a comeback, I'm amazed and impressed. Way to go Mavs!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Finally Done Traveling

Hello friends! I'm finally back from traveling around the world! Okay, not really the whole world but you know what I mean. New York was unbelievably amazing and I loved every second but I don't think I would want to live there for long. I promise I will post pictures as soon as I go through the 558 pictures that I took. In addition to the trip, I got to spend quite a bit of time with Andrew. After getting back Thursday evening, I joined him and his college church group at the Kemah boardwalk, which was certainly not as exciting as I thought it would be.

On Friday, I was a bum and did nothing until we needed to leave for a wedding in College Station (one of Andrew's aerospace engineering friends) and it was lovely! I was so happy to finally be able to meet a few of Andrew's friends and the people he spends all his time with in the aero lab. Saturday was really exciting as it was Audrey's (Andrew's brother's--Austin--girlfriend) graduation! I am thrilled to say that she will be going to Blinn next year and I am ecstatic that we will be able to hang out so much more cause she is such a sweet girl! Plus most of my friends have graduated and I have no idea what I'm going to do without them. I'm also beyond excited that Megan will be so close too!! Super exciting! Sunday was the same as any other Sunday, except that Megan and I headed to Lake Charles (Louisiana) to visit some family (same family that went to NY with us) and we had a blast! Sunday night we went to see Bridesmaids which was HILARIOUS! On Monday we took their boat out and had a blast plus I think I was finally able to get a start on my summer tan! Hooray! We finally came back today and it feels wonderful to not have to go anywhere.

This week should be pretty relaxing, but I have quite a few things to get done. I should start OT shadowing this week, and I'm chopping off my hair on SATURDAY!! I can't believe its almost here. I might be having second thoughts. Or at least I can't decide how to have my hair done (layers or one length?) Plus I'm still debating on if I should find a summer job with everything I've got going on this summer. I'll keep you posted and pictures of everything will be coming soon!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Big Vacation to the Big Apple

So a few weeks ago I put up this post which had a list of upcoming dates and everything that was going on in my life. The most exciting thing on that post is the NEW YORK TRIP! I am super excited to be going there along with my sister, mom, aunt, and one of my cousins! They are currently on an airplane headed to NY but since Erik and Shala have their wedding tomorrow, I will be flying out early Sunday morning to join them.

A few things we will be seeing on our trip:
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Central Park
  • The Guggenheim (I think I spelled that wrong?)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Ground Zero
  • Fifth Avenue
  • possibly the Yankees Stadium
  • some giant cathedral (I can't remember the name)
  • lots of other places - maybe Little Italy & Chinatown just to name a few
I am so excited! I will be taking thousands of pictures!! And I'll be back on Thursday!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Another Year Gone By

In case you didn't know my birthday was this past Friday, and it was a really busy day. I was supposed to be out of my apartment by 5pm Friday or 7am Saturday, and I figured I might as well just go ahead and get the heck outta there. Being around CS while all of my friends graduate was not cool or fun. But I suppose I can't complain too much.

**PS I started writing this on Monday and it is currently Thursday night/early Friday morning. Sorry everyone!

Thursday night we (being me, Megan, Andrew, Blake, Erik, and his brother Andrew) went out to Ozona for dinner and I was quite surprised at how tasty it was! The rest of the evening I packed which sucked. After moving out of my apartment and driving home and unloading EVERYTHING we had cake at my dad's house and then another cake at my mom's house about an hour or so later. Unfortunately that was the extent of my birthday celebrations.

Anyways, 21 was a big year for me. First off, finally legal! Second, I moved into my first apartment! School remained the same, and it still is. I finally got my Aggie ring in November! The Aggies played LSU at the Cowboys Stadium (and got spanked) but it was awesome to see the stadium. Andrew and I celebrated 2 years together in April and shortly after that andrew got his Aggie ring. And now I'm here at 22 years of age. How time flies. I would post pictures of all of these events but I'm in Houston and didn't bring my laptop with me. Maybe next year?

The next few weeks will be extremely busy for me. Tomorrow is the rehearsal & dinner for Erik and Shala's wedding and then the wedding is on Saturday afternoon! Hopefully I will be able to take tons of pictures, but with being in the wedding party I'm not sure how that will work exactly.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coffee Makes Me Sick

Words cannot express how tired I am feeling right now. I have a final at 8am that I studied all day yesterday for but I still don't feel prepared hence why I'm awake so early. This whole 4-5 hrs of sleep for the last few weeks ain't workin out. Thankfully I only have one more final after this. However, both finals (today and tomorrow) will determine what grade I make in the class, and I would love to have B's rather than C's or at least one. Gotta make it happen!

Even though I'm exhausted, I have no way to wake myself up. Energy drinks do nothing, caffeine doesn't keep me awake, coffee makes me sick to my stomach and gives me jitters, and hot tea just doesn't cut it. Any suggestions on what you do for your morning fix to keep your eyes open?

****UPDATE****
I managed to stay awake until now (it is 4pm) and my final this morning was a piece of cake! I totally rocked it :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hey Chicken, You're Awesome

The trip to Houston for the weekend was a success! Granted Andrew had so much work to finish so we didn't leave CS until about 10 and I was slightly grumpy about that. Freebirds for dinner made it a little better. Oddly enough when we got to Andrew's house his family was still awake. I think everyone stayed up a little too late because we were all tired the next morning. Austin's HCYA (Homeschool Christian Youth Association, better known as heck yeah or hey chicken you're awesome) graduation was held at a HUGE church in Houston, and the gentleman that gave the speech for it was extremely boring. I didn't understand any of it, and I still don't. Maybe it's because he enjoys giving lectures (since he is a professor. ugh) and always manages to make people sleepy. The ceremony lasted not quite three hours, and it was waaaaaay different than my high school graduation...that's home school for ya! Afterwards, they had a reception room set up and served punch, cake, fruit, cheese, and crackers. It was so nice! After the reception, we all went out for lunch at Saltgrass. Now I've never been there, Megan is obsessed with it, and I must say that I wasn't that impressed. The salad was delicious, but the steak was not. Andrew's steak was much better than mine, and that made it better :) the rest of the afternoon/evening was spent napping and studying.

Sunday was Mother's Day, and even though I couldn't be with my mom, I got to spend time with Andrew's mom. She has been so sweet and she did such a good job raising Andrew to be a gentleman! Well, most of the time at least. His family now has a running joke talking about "what I see in this guy" and "why I started dating him" because there are things he does in front of me that his family doesn't approve of (like talking about having to go poop) and they enjoy teasing him and Andrew's mom apologized and said that she "tried her best but some things just don't work out" and Austin said that Andrew is "a reeeeeeally slow learner". I love his family so much :)

I have two finals left, and I have to be out of my apartment on Friday. 4 DAYS UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY!

Friday, May 6, 2011

April Showers Bring....

May flowers and MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! My birthday is exactly one week from today. Can you believe I'm going to be 22? It sounds strange. But its just another year gaining wisdom and growing up! I feel like it has been forever since my last update. OK, it really has. But there has been so much going on that I have to tell you about!!

About half of the stuff on my list from my last post is done, but here's what I have left:

Tomorrow - Austin's high school graduation
May 11 - end of finals
May 13 - MY BIRTHDAY! (and the day I have to move out of my apartment)
May 14 - graduation
May 16 - Aggie Mom's Club meeting
May 21 - Erik & Shala's wedding
May 22-26 - New York Trip!
June 4 - the day I'm chopping off my hair & donating it to Locks of Love
June 11 - Ashley & Phillip's wedding
June 17 - UTMB visit

First off, Andrew's Ring Day! He finally got his ring around 7pm, and of course all of his family was there. And he dunked his ring in beer, but ate so much for dinner that he didn't have enough room in his stomach to even drink half of his pitcher. So. It took him about 2 and a half minutes, and over half of it immediately came back up. Gross.

Super excited to have his ring!

Starting to drink....

Happy to be finished! Erik's goal (and maybe mine too) was to get Andrew slightly drunk off this pitcher since he's never been drunk, but unfortunately that didn't happen. And his parents DID NOT APPROVE of the beer dunking. Wuups.

Easter (which feels like forever ago) was extremely busy! The Wednesday before Easter I left College Station early and drove to Dallas to meet my sister and cousin. We drove all the way to Chickasha, Oklahoma and then to Fort Sill (Lawton) OK, to visit my other cousin and watch him graduate from basic. It was the longest driving trip of my life. The round trip tallied about 1300 miles. But it was totally worth it!

This was on the drive there, Megan got a little bored and decided to whip her hair and dance in the car :)

Ben, Megan, Seth, me, and Seth's girlfriend Devon. Aren't we so cute?

One last picture with Seth before we left. The next morning he flew out to Virginia for AIT and he will be there for 9 weeks. Megan and I are considering making a trip to Wilmington (North Carolina) and get close to Virginia haha.

So we left Oklahoma on Friday, and drove back to Dallas and then home. And of course then it was time to celebrate Easter with the fam! Sunday morning Megan and I went to church with Dad, and had lunch with Mom. Even though the weekend was super short and really busy, I had a fabulous time.

Love my mommy :) she's so cute

Obligatory sister picture. I think we took about 7 or 8 pictures, and you can see more on Facebook (if you haven't already)

The weekend after Easter was Ring Dance! So much fun! I was super excited to wear my new dress (that actually slightly drags the ground) and see Andrew in a suit. Sammie and Shala both stayed with me, and all day Saturday was spent getting ready. Sammie and I did each other's hair, and I have found the most amazing hairspray ever. Its made by Bed Head, y'know, for those folks that have straight-as-a-board hair and can never hold curl. My hair stayed gorgeous all night long (big thanks to Sammie for that)! The dance is normally at the MSC, but since it is under construction it was held at the Hilton. At first I was very disappointed and underwhelmed, but the people I was with made it unforgettable and fantastic! I ordered professional pictures, and those should be coming to my house in the near future. I saw several people there that I hadn't seen in at least a year, and some people that I hadn't seen since high school. Crazy, right??!!

This may just be my favorite picture of Andrew & I to this day! ♥ Maybe it's because he's standing on a taller step that I am and I really like the way it looks haha. Is it bad if I wish Andrew was taller?

Infamous pictures under the ring by the Alumni Center. The very bottom of my dress has an extra 5ish inches of silky black fabric to make it longer

Best friends from college :)

Oh yes. We're definitely best friends :)

This week has been pretty relaxing. Monday night was the last community event for my freshmen, and very few kids showed up but it was great anyways! Tuesday night was the end of year banquet for work, and dinner was delicious! Today I was productive and finally filled out Ashley & Phillip's RSVP invite, it had just been sitting on my desk all week. Plus I found out that some other ladies (who I haven't seen in awhile) will be attending the wedding. YAY!

Finals started today. Boo. I had one final today, and I have two left. Then it will be my birthday! Wooo! Andrew and I will be leaving in the next hour or so to head to Houston for his brother's graduation (which is tomorrow). It seems like he has grown up so much from the first time I met him. When I met him, he had a curly afro, was about as tall as me, had bad acne, and braces. And now he has a buzz cut, is as tall as Andrew, and has no more acne or braces. He has grown into a handsome young man!

If you have read this far, congratulations! Whew. That was a whole lot.