Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 14

Day 14 - A Picture of Someone You could never Imagine Your Life without

My Paw-Paw has been one of the most influential people in my life. He watched me when I was little once my Mama went back to work and when she just needed a day to get errands done. The amount of love that he has shown me is astounding. I love him so much.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 13

Day 13 - A Picture of Your favorite Band or Artist Goodness, I love music. It's hard for me to pick a favorite band, but I must say it's Muse.

I've been lucky enough to see them in concert twice and both times have been one of the best times of my life.

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

Day 12

Day 12 - A Picture of something You Love

My dog, Patches. He means the world to me. I've had him for 15 years and it's amazing how much a furry little creature can capture your heart.

Georgia is music to my ears...

So we all know that I love my home state of Georgia. While on the flight home, I picked up my Delta Sky Magazine and saw that they have their own radio channel dedicated to the Peach State. So this is my take on it...look at all these awesome musicians from Georgia.

The B-52s

Cee-Lo Green

The Black Crowes



Justin Beiber (umm, not so awesome, but his homebase is now in Atlanta)

Ludacris...well it's hard finding a clean Luda video, so I guess you can just watch him on Bieber's. I love me some Luda.

Outkast (watch out...this isn't the clean version, but this song is just too awesome not to put up)

Otis Redding

Gladys Knight (and yes, we're home of Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles too)


And this list keeps on going...just more evidence of how awesome Georgia is.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 11!

Day 11 - A Picture of something You Hate

I absolutely loathe brussel sprouts. The smell, texture, and taste...gag.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

10 Questions!

I got tagged from the lovely Mel from Perfect Peace...Thanks ma'am!

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.

3. Happiness.

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

Day 9!

Day 09 - A Picture of the Person who has gotten You through the most

There are a lot of people that have gotten me through my rough spots in life. All my friends, yes each and every one of them, have gotten me through a moment at some point or another. But I must say that my Mama and Daddy are the ones who have gotten me through the most. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times they have talked reason into me, when I didn't think reason existed. I love them so much.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 8

Day 08 - A Picture that makes you Laugh

Goodness gracious, I don't know what I'm doing in this picture. But it seriously makes me laugh, just because I know whatever my J said had to be epically awesome.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 10!

Day 10 - A Picture of the Person You do the oddest things with

I do a lot of odd things with my besties. But for three years of my college life, my Sarah Grace was my partner in odd crimes. Such crimes include constantly singing show tunes. Making videos of river of deaths. Playing frisbee in the middle of the anthro department...

I love my Goober Twin!

30 Day Challenge...Day 7

Day 07 - A Picture of Your Childhood Crush

This is a hard one, but one of my first childhood crushes was this guy name Kippy Druce. Since I don't have a picture of him with me, here's my first Hollywood crush. JTT.

Flowers for me, JTT? You really shouldn't have.

Photo Challenge Day 6

Day 06 - A Picture of a Person You'd Love to Trade places with for a day

I would give anything to trade places with Taylor Swift for a day. Her life seems so enchanting.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo Challenge...Day 5

Day 05 - A Picture of Your Favorite Memory

So, I don't have a lot of my photos with me here in St Louis, so I'll pick one from my collection I have here.

This is a sunset at Ruby Beach in Washington. My bestie, J, and I had spent the day hiking in La Push...just sitting there watching the sunset and marveling in the beauty of the scenery was just amazing. I daydream about going back to this moment often.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

...Day 3

Day 03 - A Picture of the Cast from Your Favorite Show.

This one is a toughie...because I don't know if I can narrow it down to just one show. So let's go with the show I was the most upset about getting cancelled.

American Dreams. I was in love with show and I still am. I love the '60s and American Bandstand, so this show was perfect for me. It also inspired the majority of my outfits in high school (a-line skirts, cardigans, and ballet flats).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

30 day photo 2

Day 02 - A Picture of You and the Person You have been Closest with the Longest.

This is my cousin Colin. He is my other half. Together we are Frick and Frack. I love him to pieces. He's actually the one who gave me the nick name Elysie Piecie. So of course he had to have a rhyming nickname, so he is now dubbed Colin Polin.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photo Challenge...Day 4

So apparently I forgot to hit the publish button...

Day 04 - A Picture of Your Night

Ugh...homework. It consumes my life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

30 day photo 1

So I may have stolen this off my bestie's facebook page...

For thirty days, I will be posting photos of whatever the list prompts me to do. It seems like a fun little challenge to do, so here goes nothing.

Day 01 - A Picture of Yourself and Ten Facts.

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

So blessed...

It's not very often that I sit down to think how blessed I am. I often take things for walking, talking, or even having full mental capacity. Friday was one of those days that made me think long and hard about how my life. I'm not a very good story teller, especially when it comes from getting things from my head onto paper, but here goes nothing.

Friday, my friend and I went out to lunch at a tea room. It was adorable, but your typical tea room...all delicate with a quiet atmosphere. As my friend and I were just tucking in to our meal, a lady at the table next to us randomly swiped her arm across the table, sending the sugar bowl, salt and pepper shaker, her drink, and various other glass items across the room. The lady quietly sat there for a minute, then just looked at us and said "I'm sorry." The two ladies who were with her quickly said, "Come on, let's go home. I think we've had enough for the day" and left. She was at the table alone, refusing to go, despite their entreaties. Eventually she did leave. After she left, one of the women came back to make sure everyone was okay. Everyone was, but glass was everywhere (in our food, drinks, jackets, etc). She whispered on the way out that the women had been out for somebody's birthday and the lady who had the episode was schizophrenic. After the women vacated the tea room, some older ladies in the corner began to talk about how that behavior was so inappropriate.

While I was shaken by the incident, as it is not everyday something like this happens, I began to count my blessings. My heart goes out to the women there, especially the one with schizophrenia. She had no control over her actions. A disease is a disease, whether it effects a person physically or mentally. I feel a sadness for those who are not open minded enough to realize that they should be counting their blessings rather than being so demeaning to a person's character. I am also thankful for this incident, for it really did remind me to count my blessings and be thankful for what I have.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Where everybody knows your name!—if not how to pronounce it.

I'm am so thankful for Kate doing this post. It means so much to me that she squeezed it into her busy day. Make sure you visit her blog. And now, for Kate's post...

So I wanted to do a little guest post for the darling Elyse, but in reality I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off today as I prepare to leave town for 2 weeks tomorrow. Therefore, I’m going to keep this short and sweet and tell you…

5 things I love about living in a pueblo in EspaƱa

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

My Secret Recipe

Hey gurrrrrrrls, Kelsey here - So excited to be posting on Elyse's blog today, I just love it. Thought I'd share with you guys a recipe for one of my favorite things on the face of the planet - a perfect girls' night in. I love girls' nights. Whether it's going out for dinner, out to the bar for a drink and some dancing, or hanging out in sweats on the couch, as long as you are surrounded by a great group of girlfriends you are bound to have a great time. (unless someone spits gum in your beautiful long hair when you are out, which happened to my friend Ali, total night ruiner). As much as I love going out with my girlfriends, I secretly am a bigger fan of a night in. No fancy clothes, high heels, make up or perfect hair.

Anyways ... back to the recipe for a perfect girls' night in, according to me, since I'm obviously an expert at having a good time, duh.

Recipe: Fail Proof Girls' Night In

From the kitchen of: Kelsey @ Eat, Drink, Be a Tourist

Ingredients for your "main dish":
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)

girls night in

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
wheat thins
an assortment of cheeses (my favorites = blue cheese, cheddar, muenster, swiss)


Combine all ingredients together. Add lots of great conversation, laughs, inside jokes and silly dance moves to songs that bring back funny memories. Serve with a warm heart and big smile. Enjoy!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Hey ya'll! I've been in such a homework rut and my poor blog has been neglected. Keep an eye out for a couple of guest posts I have scheduled.

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...
Thanks for being patient with me and my lack of updates lately. I hope ya'll are have an fantabulous Tuesday.

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!