Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad (because I don't have a job)
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad...

Along with "cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels" here are a few of my favorite things.

1. Rita's Italian Ice
Have you ever had it before? SOOOO yummy! They just opened one by us and I am so excited. I recommend the Gelati. This is a layer of custard then a layer of Italian ice topped with another layer of custard. I also recommend the vanilla custard with some orange flavor of Italian ice- then it's like a creamscicle.

2. Joy of Tokyo
The greatest invention ever: Fast food/hibachi to-go! They don't cook at your table like at the restaurants but you can still watch it being made while you wait, or you can call ahead and order it. It's ready in max 5-10 minutes and they still have that yummy white sauce that every hibachi place has. The best part is- they are putting in a new one right around the corner from me!

3. Sex and the City
Opens in theaters today!!! I can't wait to go see it this afternoon with my sister!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shannon's Summer Workout

So in a previous post I wrote about how I don't really exercise... at all (basically shopping is my cardio). Now it's not that I don't like the way I look but I have been feeling pretty lethargic and just plain out of shape. I used to do ballet and since I stopped that I really have not worked out (in about 4 years ago). Now I eat more than my fair share of junk food, and I LOVE candy. Fortunately I am very blessed to have a speedy metabolism and I never picked up the freshmen 15. But regardless of how I look on the outside, I know that my body probably could use a recharge. I think exercising would help me have more energy, feel healthier, and I've heard good things about endorphins.

So here is my plan. I think most people limit exercise to running or lifting weights, but I hate running and I especially don't like running in place on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Instead I want to try swimming and yoga. Swimming is really good cardio and yoga is good for pretty much everything! The PAC (physical activity center) on campus has a pool and it has group exercise classes. Yoga is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 starting June 8th and the pool is open in the evenings from 5 -8.

Yesterday was my first day of swimming. I only did 15 laps (and by 15 I mean 14) which isn't even a quarter of a mile but this was the first exercise I've done in basically 4 years. Today I am going to try to do 18 laps which is a quarter of a mile. I'm going to take it slow and work up to a mile! Wish me luck!

Confession: I bought a nose plug (much to my sister's embarrassment) because I tend to inhale a lot pool water. Believe me, a nose plug is a lot less embarrassing than coming out of the water and belching really loudly (which is what I use to do when I was younger, ask anyone in my family).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blame Charter

I am sorry Blog followers. I have been a bad blogger. My internet broke...thank you Charter.

In other news who watched the Bachelorette??
This season looks crazy dramatic. I feel like each new season gets more and more extreme. This season be sure to watch for: arrests, secret girlfriends, hospital visits, and lots of inappropriateness. I wasn't really a fan of Ali last season but I just can't help it-the show sucks me in every time! Don't worry, I'll be sure to let you know who my favorites are.

Now the job hunt is on!
I am looking for a job that is at least somewhat relevant to my majors. I would love to do event design/planning. I am also looking at some non-profits. Really I can't be all that picky. So wish me luck! (if you know anyone hiring a graphic design/communications major in the SC area let me know).
Post grad life has been pretty good so far! But...
...I miss these girls!!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"No, I'm Sorry She Just Ironed It"

I just remembered this really funny thing that happened to me. It was actually more frustrating at the time, but looking back I can definitely laugh. While doing some shopping the other day I was reminded of an interesting shopping experience that my mom and I had in England.

Once upon a time...
My mom and I were at this mall and we walked past a shop window and I see a dress on a mannequin in the store that was pink and really adorable. So we popped into the store specifically to try on this dress. We walked over to the display and looked through all the sizes and they didn't have my size and they didn't have any in the back. So I checked the dress on the mannequin and just my luck it was the right size but instead of taking it off myself (which I totally could have done no sweat) we did the polite thing and asked a store clerk standing near by to take it off for us.

She looked really puzzled and said she doesn't know if she is allowed to and that she'll have to check with the manager. Um... ok? So we waited and she came back with the manager who says that a girl just ironed it and put it on the mannequin so they can't take it off right now- If we come back tomorrow they could probably take it off then, or maybe even in a few hours.

Now we are even more puzzled. Isn't the point of having it on the mannequin to draw in customers? Does it make sense to put the only extra-small dress in stock on the mannequin??

And it's a really simple cotton-stretchy dress that probably didn't need to be ironed in the first place!

Yep. We left the store without the dress...Isn't that crazy!?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: I Loved College

These are songs that no matter where I go will always remind me of tailgates, dancing in the basement of the fraternity house, beach weekends, movie nights with the girls, formals, road trips, moving onto campus, tiny dorm rooms, late nights in the art building, roommates, sisters, cookouts, laying out. Best friends. Best times!

Your Love-The Outfield
Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
Carolina-Corey Smith
Wagon Wheel-The Old Crow Medicine Show
Take Me Home Tonight-Eddie Money
If I Could Do it Again-Corey Smith
Snow (Hey Oh)- Red Hot Chili Peppers
I Go Blind- Hootie & The Blowfish

Friday, May 14, 2010

Beach Reads

There is nothing better than sitting on the beach with a good book. I really had no time during the school year to read for fun so here are some the books I've finally gotten around to reading.

Sarah's Key
My mom gave me this for Christmas and I just read it two days ago. But Oh. My. Goodness. it was worth the wait. I read it in less that 24 hours and I could not put it down! It's two stories both set in Paris (one based during the Holocaust, one in present day) that overlap and you just have to find out what is going to happen and what the connection is. I don't want to give too much away but seriously, if you read nothing else this summer, READ THIS!

American Wife
I know a bunch of bloggers have read this and it was definitely a good recommendation. It's about a woman who becomes the First Lady. It's supposedly loosely based around Laura Bush's life and I was worried it would be too political but only a very small section of the book is set during their time in office. The majority of the book is about the relationship between the main character and her husband, their love story, how they met, their family dramas, etc. It was really very entertaining and it's interesting to think about all that we don't know about the private lives of the people in the spotlight; who they were before they became public figures.

The White Queen
I love Phillipa Gregory. She writes historical fictions set mostly during the Tudor era (The Other Boleyn Girl, for example) and I love them all! This particular one (which I am about half way through) is part of her new series which chronicles the people who ruled before the Tudors. Living in England, these books were always so interesting because they helped me know a little bit more about the history of the places I would visit, plus they are wildly entertaining. There was so much drama and scandal and romance and juiciness going on. How many of you have visited the Tower of London? Remember the story the guards told you on the tours about the unsolved murder of the two princes? This book/series is about that, but more so about their mother and the events that lead up to the Tudors taking the crown. Sorry, I am a bit of a dork when it comes to this stuff. I just love all that history. (I also love the Showtime series "The Tudors", the fourth and final season is on now and it's so scandalous!).

I hope everyone finds some time to prop up by the pool with a good book. Pleas pass along any good recommendations!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Goodbye College, Hello Vacation

I am a college graduate.
I wonder if people can tell when they look at me? Surely I look different.
And here I am with the happy family. The actual ceremony was a blur. I was out of my chair and across that stage before I knew what was up. I'm pretty sure I was majorly cheesing it, I just couldn't help but beam.
Peter is also really jealous proud.
After some awful and tearful goodbyes that I was definitely not prepared for, it was time for a much needed vacation.
That's me... yep... now aren't you all jealous proud?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Summertime is Calling Me!

"Want a towel on a chair in the sand by the sea
Want to look through my shades and see you there with me
Want to soak up life for a while
In laid back mode
No boss, no polite, no stress, no dress code..."

Thank you Kenny Chesney, I couldn't have said it better myself!
I am finally free and ready to enjoy some fun in the sun with the family!
Here is a great mix to listen to with your toes in the sand or while you're lounging by the pool.

1. Summertime is Calling Me- The Catalinas
2. Myrtle Beach Days-Fantastic Shakers
3. Amber-311
4. Island in the Sun- Weezer
5. I Love Beach Music- Embers
6. Wouldn't It Be Nice-The Beach Boys
7. Ms. Grace- Tymes
8. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy- The Tams
9. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems- Kenny Chesney
10. When the Sun Goes Down- Kenny
11. Toes- Zac Brown Band

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I Love You Mom!

I can never put into words how much I love you, but I am going to do my best.
You are my biggest fan, the best support system I could ask for (and I didn't even have to ask).
I know you are always praying for me and loving (even from a far).
I so admire your positivity, your faithfulness and your unapologetic love for Jesus. I thank you so much for sharing it with me and I hope I can be more like you.
I know I don't tell you thank you, or I love you, or I miss you as often as I should. But I do appreciate you, love you, and miss you every single day and especially when we're not together-and I always will.
I love traveling with you and I love reminiscing about all our family adventures. And I am looking forward to the many many more adventures to come!
I love how we are becoming more and more like best friends as I get older and I know that I have so much more to learn from you!
I love you!
Happy Mother's Day!
I am so glad I get to spend it with you!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Let the Commencement Commence

Yep... that's right folks.

Today is my college graduation day!

I just absolutely cannot believe it. I keep thinking I'm going to get an email saying "oops sorry we made a mistake" or "actually you didn't pass this class so never mind, you have to stay."

I paid all my parking tickets and library fines and checked my academic status online like at least 7 times just to be sure I didn't forget something because, as I already said, I just absolutely cannot believe that I am graduating.

But I had rehearsal already this morning, they gave be a folder of information with my name on it and my assigned graduation seat number, so I guess this is real.

This is really happening. Really and truly.

I am going to walk across campus to the stadium in my cap and gown and funny sash thing, sit in my assigned seat, hear my name called, walk across a big stage, and get MY diploma.

What the heck!?

Well it's inevitable, I will be crying A LOT today!
They will be happy/sad/excited/scared/overwhelmed tears.

I hope I don't trip.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Excuses.

Here is the run down of my last few days and the reasons for my absence and for being a very bad blogger. (you may be thinking-"but didn't she post this morning?" well yes I did but I actually cheated and wrote that post over a week ago and scheduled it to go up today)
WARNING: This may stress you out.

I had my last Young Life club (which is too sad to think about right now). Then I was up until 4:30 am doing work for my Ad Design class project. The project that we have been working on alllll term that was due in two days.
(Above: Me, Leah and Liz- all senior YL leaders and the sweet mom who gave us those cute carriers as a graduation gift)
Woke up at 8:30 studied until noon for my Political Economy of Mass Media exam, which I did well on (however, even after an entire term in this class... I could not tell you what the title Political Economy of Mass Media means). Then I spent the entire day in the art building switching back and forth from finishing ad design work and preparing the presentation to studying for my Arts of Japan exam. And by "entire day in the art building," I meant I did not sleep. At. all.
Left art building around 7:30 am, slept for 30 minutes. Took a shower (tried not to fall asleep and slip). Threw on a dress, pulled my damp hair into a bun, tried to ignore the bags under my eyes. Went back to art building to meet my ad design project partner and to run through out presentation once more. Presentation at 9 am- actually went really well- sleep deprivation is a funny thing! It would have felt so good to be done with that but... I had Arts of Japan exam hanging over me-did I mention it was cumulative? So I went back to my apartment to study some more and set my alarm because I just knew I would fall asleep while studying... which I did. Arts of Japan exam was at noon and was actually not as bad as I anticipated. Drove through Wendy's and then headed straight back to my apartment. Slept from 3 in the afternoon until the next day.
Peter's fraternity had the last function of the year. It's called Woodser. You go tubing in the morning on the Green River (it was kind of rainy so Peter and I opted out of that). Then in the afternoon everyone dresses up like rednecks (don't judge me by the costume), we hang out in a big field roast a pig, play corn hole and have fun! After the function, which ended around 8 I went to bed, because all-nighters take multiple days to recover from.
(Above: all the seniors at the function. Below: all the ADPis at the function)
Are you a exhausted as I was? I got tired just thinking about it. Fortunately I don't think I'll have any more all-nighters. I don't know too many jobs that require that, and if they do at least you're getting paid. Well my parents get here tomorrow and I have my LAST exam! Then I am officially DONE!


Tuesday Tunes: Bonnaroo

I Want To Go!

So Badly!

Bonnaroo is a 4 day festival in Manchester, TN and I want to go more than I can put into words!
Tickets are kind of pricy (around $250 dollars) but that gets you access to all 4 days of concerts and the campgrounds.
Here is the AMAZING lineup!
(The one's highlighted are the acts I am most excited about!)

  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Kings of Leon
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Jay-Z
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Tenacious D
  • Weezer
  • The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon featuring Stardeath and White Dwarfs
  • The Dead Weather
  • Damian Marley and Nas
  • Phoenix
  • Norah Jones
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • John Fogerty
  • Regina Spektor
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Ween
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Galactic
  • Rise Against
  • Tori Amos
  • The National
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Les Claypool
  • John Prine
  • Umphrey's McGee
  • The Black Keys
  • Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Jeff Beck
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • She & Him
  • Against Me!
  • Deadmau5
  • Daryl Hall & Chromeo
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Margaret Cho
  • Clutch
  • Bassnectar
  • Kid Cudi
  • Aziz Ansari
  • The Disco Biscuits
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Medeski Martin & Wood
  • Brandi Carlile
  • The xx
  • Jeffrey Ross Roasts Bonnaroo
  • John Butler Trio
  • Ozomatli
  • GWAR
  • Dan Deacon Ensemble
  • Los Amigos Invisibles
  • JB Smoove
  • Tinariwen
  • Wale
  • Baaba Maal
  • The Melvins
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Miike Snow
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • The Gossip
  • Greg Giraldo
  • Dr. Dog
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
  • Isis
  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Blues Traveler
  • Aterciopelados
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Calexico
  • Gary Chardonnay
  • OK Go
  • Bo Burnham
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Martin Sexton
  • Lotus
  • Doug Benson
  • Baroness
  • Dave Rawlings Machine
  • Mayer Hawthorne and the County
  • Nick Kroll
  • Japandroids
  • Jay Electronica
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • The Dodos
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • The Temper Trap
  • Paul Scheer & Rob Huebel
  • Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • Circa Survive
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
  • John Roberts
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • The Entrance Band
  • Rob Cantrell
  • Local Natives
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Rebelution
  • Baron Vaughn
  • Diane Birch
  • Monte Montgomery
  • Fanfarlo
  • Julia Nunes
  • The Postelles
  • Julian McCullough
  • Mexican Institute of Sound
  • Lucero
  • Here We Go Magic
  • Chelsea Peretti
  • Hot Rize
  • Neon Indian
  • Bomba Estéreo
  • B.O.B
  • Alyssa Bonagura
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Boy Crisis
  • Danny Barnes
  • Dawes
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Elmwood
  • Everest
  • Frank Turner
  • Frontier Ruckus
  • Harper Simon
  • Imelda May
  • Jessie Baylin
  • Jill Andrews
  • Joe Robinson
  • Jonathan Sexton & The Big Love Choir
  • Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
  • Joshua James
  • Kevin Devine
  • Lissie
  • Mike Posner
  • Morning Teleportation
  • Orgone
  • Paper Tongues
  • Red Cortez
  • Royal Bangs
  • Samantha Crain
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Supagroup
  • Tamarama
  • Tiny Animals
  • The Bakerton Group
  • The Bridge
  • The Constellations
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • The Middle East
  • The Moondoggies
  • The RBC
  • The Young Veins
  • Truth & Salvage Co.
  • Warpaint

  • Anyone planning on going, or ever been before?