Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Here is Bellamy's gorgeous guitar, Glitterati. I want one so bad. In fact, I don't think a picture alone does them justice. Enjoy this little snippet of Muse as well...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
1. What is your dream job? I have tons of dream jobs, since I day dream a lot. I would love to be able to work with Native Americans and build a relationship between them and museums. I would love to work out in Washington state, preferably the Seattle area for a few years...just to get that bug out of my system. If not, I want to stay in the South, near my family. I would also like to be a stay at home mama for a while. My Mama did this until I was in 1st grade and I cherish those memories.
2. What is your favorite drink? Hands down, a Coke Icee from RaceTrac. In fact, I'm drinking one right at this moment.
3. What is your most important beauty secret?
Washing my face. I had acne problems growing up and have been through three rounds of Accutane. I was told yesterday that I had beautiful skin and I did one of those internal fist pumps of happiness.
4. If you had an all-expense paid vacation to go anywhere, where would you go? Could it just be a round trip around the world? I would love to go back to Seattle, but Great Britain is my big travel goal.
5. If a genie popped up right now, what would your three wishes be? 1. To make me a more confident person.
2. To solve all my friends and family's problems.
6. If you could only have one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh goodness, this is hard, but it would probably be Italian. I never get sick of it.
7. What one talent do you wish you had? If I could sing, I'd be so stinkin' happy. I like to describe my singing voice as a dying cow. It's that horrible. But when I go out for karaoke, I like to think that I have enough enthusiasm to make up for it.
8. Who is your biggest celebrity crush? I have a lot of celebrity crushes and it varies from day to day. At the moment, I'm totally enamored with RPatz again. Seriously, those interviews for Water For Elephants make me so happy.
9. If you could look into the future, would you? I would like to say yes, but I'm scared to see what it holds. I think I would like to see if I end up finding my other half and if I was truly happy, but I'm afraid that I would stress out about the future if I knew what it was. I'm also one of those people who can't stand flipping to the last page of the book to see what the ending is...why ruin the surprise ending? Half of the fun is the journey to get to it.
10. What made you start a blog? I had a lot of internet friends who were doing it and I wanted to document my college graduation trip with my bestie J. I thought it was a great way to relieve stress and start a new hobby. I'm so grateful for the people I have met through blogging. I love ya'll!
Tag! You're it! Want to play along?
Kelsey - Eat, Drink, Be a Tourist
Emily - Daily Eday
Kate - Kismet & Kate
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
So I may have stolen this off my bestie's facebook page...
1. I'm an only child.
2. I worry way too much. I worry when I don't have anything to worry about.
3. One day I will make it across the pond to a fabulous land where they speak in a gorgeous accent.
4. I procrastinating at the moment.
5. I'm have the tendency to fall in love with fictional characters.
6. In two weeks I'll be back home for spring break! YAY!
7. I can do the eyebrow of speculation with one eyebrow...I'm told I do this a lot unconsciously.
8. My favorite colors growing up were lime green and a sickly shade of orange.
9. I'm an anglophile.
10. I am currently addicted to Dubble Bubble's Egg shaped bubblegum.
PS: I see I have some new followers! ::waveshi:: Hope ya'll are having a fantabulous day!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
5 things I love about living in a pueblo in España
I live in a tiny pueblo in the south of Spain called Puente Genil. It is not exciting. It is not a travel destination. If you visited Spain, you would never visit Puente Genil. But it is where I was placed to live and teach this year, and I have grown to love bits and pieces of it.
1. I love seeing the kids I teach all over town. They will call out my name (Kah-tay!) and I will greet them and wave…but inevitably, no matter that we’ve completely acknowledged each other’s presence and existence, they will run up to me in bouncing excitement the next day at school to say “¡te vi!” (“I saw you!”) and then tell me all about it as though I wasn’t there. It’s completely random and adorable.
2. Barely anybody in my pueblo speaks English and it’s definitely a blessing in disguise. Every little day to day thing I need to do has to be done in Spanish. Living here forces me to really practice all the time—which is what I want, even though some days I wish I could be lazy and just speak English.
3. I love that I can be removed from modern, busy life here when I chose to be. Yes, this is a modern town with internet and indoor plumbing (ha!) but there are little things about the overall atmosphere that feel set aside from the frenetic pace that technology sometimes causes. I love going to get a coffee in one of the plazas on Sunday afternoon and seeing the large families gathered outside to have a meal that will last all afternoon, the little children left to their own devices to run wild around the fountain and build trains out of chairs. And the children are always dressed in little sweater sets, the boys with suspenders and the girls in little dresses and tights and big bows. Sometimes it’s a little Stepfordian, but it’s also precious.
4. Kind of along the same lines as 3, but I have grown to love having a more simple life without some of the luxuries I am used to at home in the States. At first I resented having to walk across town to buys groceries (well, for the cheaper ones—there’s a market on my street for quick buys), or lug laundry up to the roof and wait a day or two for it to dry, but now I appreciate the process of these things. I use the walk to the store or other errands as a chance to people watch in town, listen to the Spanish around me, and get some exercise. (I also buy less junk that I don’t need when I know I have to carry it! Ha!) And now I love hanging my laundry and catching glimpses of the views of my pueblo and the countryside. Everything looks so different far up on my rooftop.
5. The community in my small town can be frustrating, because everyone has known everyone since birth practically, but it can also be really rewarding because the right people are anxious to take in the rare outsider. Through giving private English lessons I got to know one particular family and I feel so blessed to know them. They always invite me for meals and send me home with not only my payment but little treats. I feel so comfortable with them and I am grateful that they were so eager to treat me more like family than their tutor.
Living abroad in general is a challenge. Living abroad and trying to learn a language can be even more challenging. Add to these things living in a tiny town, and you have yourself one big adventure.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Recipe: Fail Proof Girls' Night In
From the kitchen of: Kelsey @ Eat, Drink, Be a Tourist
1 group of girlfriends
1 pair ultra comfy sweatpants
1 super soft hoodie
1 pair girly slippers / uggs
1 dvr with recordings of reality tv shows ie: The Bachelor, The Jersey Shore, Cupcake Wars, etc. and/or an assortment of rom coms
1 couch and/or love sac, love seat, big fluffy pillows and cozy blankets (if cold)
Additional ingredients - feel free to be creative with your "side dishes":
1 - 3+ bottles of wine (depending on # of friends in attendance)
assortment of chocolate candies
cold fuji apples
an assortment of cheeses (my favorites = blue cheese, cheddar, muenster, swiss)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Anywho, I'd like to take a second to tell you about my other blog. It's called "The Incredible Shrinking Elyse" and it's all about my weightloss journey. Today, my sorority sister and dear friend, Karen, has taken the time to write an inspiring post about her weight loss journey over there. You can view it here...
PS: Since I'm wearing a Beatles tshirt today, I feel like I should share some Beatles love with ya'll.
Friday, March 4, 2011
1. The phrase or punctuation I overuse most is ellipses. I love them. I'm not sure when my obsession began, but they're definitely overused in my typing.
2. Today I am thankful it is Friday. I'm so happy that I get to sleep in tomorrow morning.
3. My best friend isn't just one person. I've got a handful of best friends. I love them all and couldn't live without them. They definitely keep me sane.
4. A quirky thing about me is oh goodness...what isn't quirky about me? I have an obsession with even numbers, I'm double jointed almost everywhere (especially in my feet), I don't like my food to touch.
5. This weekend I am going to sleep in, do homework, work on some posts, have some long overdue skype dates, do some "fun" reading, and just generally take it easy.
6. Something that worries me is what people think of me. It's a constant worry that I can't be myself around certain people because of the fear of rejection.
7. On my night stand you would find my glasses and case, alarm clock, lamp, box of tissues, UGA journal where I keep all my lists, hair clip, bracelet, coaster, Diet Coke, my little manicure set, contacts, and Bare Minerals and my MAC blush (I'm dawdling and doing this while I'm supposed to be getting ready for work).
If ya'll decide to play along, make sure you link up with Lauren's blog!