Friday, February 26, 2010

Soon...

Soon it will be spring! And I have so many things to look forward to, spring term is jam packed with fun functions and events! I will probably be doing individual posts on all these activities but here is a preview of what I am going to be up to during my last view months of college.


Spring Break: It cannot get here soon enough! I am going to Destin, Florida with a bunch of people. We rented houses all close by to each other and I cannot wait to unwind at the beach and get a tan! This is my first (and last, I guess) spring break to stay in the country. The past three years I went home to England. (Last year my boyfriend came with me and got to my parents for the first time!) Destin will be a completely different kind of break, for starters it will actually feel like spring, which comes a little later in England.


Carolina Cup: This is like a less classy, less expensive version of the Kentucky Derby, and a much much more Southern version of Preakness. It's like a horse race in that everyone dresses up in Vineyard Vines and Lilly (except I don't own any Lilly, I know right, how do I live in the South?) The girls wear hats and the guys wear bow-ties and there is a lot of pastels and seersucker floating around. The thing is though... I've never actually seen the horse race. Fraternities rent lots on a big field around the track, bring couches and grills and corn-hole and everyone just hangs out. I'm usually too busy socializing to bother with the horses. The below picture is me at cup freshman year. I have a great hat that I wore last year, but I'm going to wear it again this year so I don't want to spoil the surprise. Freshmen year was the only year it didn't rain, I'm holding out hope for senior year.
Formals: I am so excited for my last sorority formal but I am probably even more excited for my boyfriend's fraternity formal. Fraternity formals are a weekend-long extravaganza. And this year it is in Charleston! We drive down on Friday and spend Saturday at the beach and then that night is the actual dance. It is SO MUCH FUN!
(picture of bf and I at my formal)
(picture of bf and I at his formal)


Beach Weekend: Best weekend of college. Fraternities rent hotels out in Myrtle Beach and everyone who signs up pretty much skips Friday (sometimes Thursday) classes and heads to the beach (it's not really supported by the school...). Also the fraternities rent bands to play in the evenings! It is so much fun to hang out with all of your best friends at the beach! Plus it's usually the same time as biker week in Myrtle which always adds to the entertainment.
(Last beach weekend Needtobreathe played and that's what is pictured above- if you don't know who they are you should, I've included a clip for your listening pleasure.)
So, in conclusion, even though we may actually be getting more snow this week, I have the promise of these fun spring activities to keep me going!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Would You Rather...

Ever play the game "would-you-rather" before? It's easy to understand. Let's try it together.

Would you rather...
be studying for your Political Economy of Mass Media test?
or
be working on perfecting your portfolio and resume so you can hopefully find a job?

Would you rather...
get up extra early so you can shower and study more for the above mentioned test before your 8:30 class?
or
skip the shower and get pitying looks in said 8:30 class?

Would you rather...
never need to sleep again?
or
never need to eat again?

That's an example of a question from a typical game of "would-you-rather," really tricky and one without an easy answer. However, at the moment, I think I would say never need to sleep again because it would mean I would have time to study for my test and blow dry my hair. I could go to the Career Services center with my wonderfully completed portfolio and still have time to go for a walk-and maybe even take a trip to Target.

Although, is there anything better than getting under the covers and finally laying your head down on the pillow after a long day? Not to my knowledge.

We sang the below song in church on Sunday, one of my favorites. It's been a nice reminder this week-keeping me focused and comforted.

"Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light."

Sincerely,
Shannon

Notice Anything New?

I told ya'll I was excited for spring didn't I? Well, this is a blog header that yours truly (that's me) made! I made it a while ago and was saving it for the warmer weather. While I don't think we're completely done with all the cold I am very hopefully that we've turned a corner. If it snows again I'll take it down... but it better not! I paired it with a simpler background by Shabby Chic blogs because the header is really busy but I think it works.
So this little guy is Jordan (but I don't really think that is a good dog name so I am going to call him Bear because that it what I would name him). Bear is my friend's adorable 4 month old Bernese Mountain Dog, isn't he adorable?! He is going to be huge, around 100 pounds! My boyfriend and I babysat him for a few hours yesterday. It was so much fun! We went for a really long walk around the lake on campus in the beautiful sunshine so we could wear him out (and show him off-we had so many people coming up to us to pet him and he is soo fluffy).
I am sad these pictures are so blurry but he absolutely worked himself into a frenzy over the camera strap and the flash and I couldn't get him to stay still!

After the walk the three of us had dinner in my apartment! I used my new slow cooker for the first time! I made a delicious brisket and mashed potatoes! There is nothing better than coming back to your apartment and opening the door to that yummy smell! And it's the easiest thing in the world-I made it in the morning before church in approximately 5 minutes, turned the crock pot on low and left it for the day!

I am so excited about using my crock pot so if anyone has any good recipes for a slow cooker I would love to give em' a try!





Sunday, February 21, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun and I say, it's alright...
Yep. Thank you South Carolina. It has been beautiful for the past three days! Sunshine and low 60's. I literally almost wept when I stepped outside and it wasn't cold. Now I remember why I came to school here.
I'm going to get off my computer now and go for a walk! Hope everyone can find sunshine in their days too!

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Flashback Friday

My mom wrote a really amazing post over on her blog.
It told a story about me. And my family.
She tells it pretty darn well.
Someone said I should write the same story from my perspective.
I have a lot of perspective now.

Twenty two days before the last day of August 2003, mom and dad said to sister and I, we're moving to England.

Excuse me? You have to be kidding me? If you don't mind I'm going to stay at home.

We packed up everything. The movers were not good.
I laid on the floor in a ball where my bed should have been but was now in a box, and cried.

Went to a lot of going away parties. Played a little fast and loose with the word "party."

We had a lot of luggage. Sister and I cried in the airport, cried on the plane- but only for a little, I like flying. Watched a movie on the plane. Was distracted. Clung to sister.

Landed in a new place. Heathrow Airport. England. Home? Not quite.

Felt more like a vacation. I felt a little nauseous. Very tired.

Finally got to the rented house. Slept in my rented bed. In a room that has curtains I really don't like.
Went to school the next day.

I was not a happy camper. Begged not to go. I was still jet lagged, still reeling.

Mom and Dad drove us to school-the first of many interesting rides on the left side of the road.

Arrived at the new school that I was determined not to like that happens to look like a mansion.

Took a French exam. Thanks parents.

Also determined not to cry.

Was the new girl.

Got lost going to homeroom. Didn't know who I was going to eat lunch with. Didn't know where the cafeteria was.

I still remember what I wore that day. I met a lot of people.

I wanted to go back to the states.

Go into London instead. Take the tube for the first time.
(Left that purse on the tube.)

London is nice.

Amazing actually. Maybe this isn't so bad.

First thanksgiving on a train to Paris, no turkey dinner. But it's Paris right?

I am stubborn. Dealt with big time sophomore slump. I take a while longer than sister.
But I stop crying. Stop complaining.

No longer just a house.

Actually like the school.

Actually not that bad at French.

Friends move. More new people come all the time. Every year make new friends
No longer the new girl. Become the girl who shows around the new girls.
Introduced to Young Life.

Realize I wasn't as happy as I thought I was at the big high school in America.

Change my attitude.

Thank my parents! Still thanking them today.

Love to travel. Get to travel A LOT! Love my passport.
Love new foods. New places. New people. New experiences.

Never ever bored!

Love my home.
Our garden.
Our town.
The highstreet.
Our pub.
London.
Covent Garden.
Tea with milk and my mom.
Learn to drive on the left side.
Renew my visa.
Love my friends.
Brought closer to my family.
Wish I had lived there longer, moved there earlier.
Don't know who I'd be if I never had.
Wish I lived there now.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Free Time

Nope I don't really have any. I am overloading this term and I am a double major Studio Art and Communication Studies (don't know if I ever shared that tid-bit before) which means a lot of work outside of the classroom plus a senior show. I am also doing an internship at a local graphic design firm and I am trying to figure out what the heck I'm going to be doing next year.

I could so easily let this overwhelm me and stress me out but I'm going to stay on the bright side. I am actually really excited about finding a job. I feel that leaving college is going to be very freeing- I can do what I want, a job that I really love, that I am passionate about! No more GERs or major requirements or exams! Yes I know that the "real world" comes with a whole new slew of things like bills and mortgages and bosses but I'm ready.

I have started making a list of things that I want to do, am excited to do and hopefully will have time do once I am out of school. It helps minimize stress and stay positive and focused about graduating!
Here is what I have so far:

1. Scrapbooking- I started making a scrapbook of all my sorority pictures from events and functions and things so I want to finish that (I am missing junior and senior year pages). I also want to make a whole college scrapbook that is just filled to the brim with pictures from all four years. And I want a young life scrapbook of my team and my kids! These three books should keep me pretty busy...

2. I want to learn web programming. HTML, XHTML and CSS code so that I can make web pages. Today I went to Barnes and Noble (I could spend weeks there) and I bought a book that will help me teach myself. It's for the absolute beginner so I feeling hopeful that I can learn. I might start looking through this book before graduation because knowing this is going to be really helpful in the graphic design industry.

3. I want to sew and maybe make some of my own clothes. I look at clothes in stores and online and just think why in the world does that dress or shirt or skirt that is a single piece of fabric cost a hundred dollars? I'm being economic plus I think it just be totally cool to make my own clothes and then everything would fit me right!! Maybe I'll ask for a sewing machine- birthday/graduation?

4. Learn to play the harmonica. I got one for my birthday a while ago but I never really mastered it. This is probably a reaction to seeing the Holcombs play this weekend.... but it would still be really fun if I could play my guitar and harmonica simultaneously.
That's all I have on my list so far.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Updated: Best Weekend of Your Life!

This past weekend I took some awesome kids to Windy Gap!
It was epic!
Getting there however, was quite the unexpected adventure. Windy Gap is a Young Life camp in North Carolina, only about an hour and a half away from where I live. However, it happened to be snowing pretty darn hard on Friday when we left. We barely made it out of the parking lot....
Yep, as you can see in the picture above, one of the buses bus went too far to the left and got stuck in a ditch, then the bus behind him tried to go around and got stuck on the other side.... that should have been our first hint that this was not going to be a simple drive. (Fortunately for our bus, our driver was from Alaska so the snowfall that some of our kids called a blizzard was no big deal for him.) In total the bus ride ended up taking close to 7 hours! I KNOW! And we had to walk the last little bit because the buses couldn't make it up the hill inside the camp gates. We ended up eating "dinner" at 12:30 am and then we had club! It was pretty awesome actually to see just how much excitement my high school friends and fellow leaders could muster after sitting on the exact same part of the high way for around 4 hours...Of course we crashed pretty much immediately after club at 3 am.

I don't know if any of you all have ever been to Windy Gap but it is one of the most beautiful places! This is what I walked out of my cabin each morning...

I have never been to Windy Gap when it was covered in snow before but it just made God's presence even more amazingly obvious.
Above are most of the kids from the highschool that I am a leader at but overall there were 250 kids there. I can't really explain just how amazing young life camp is- it's life changing. I couldn't do it justice so I'm not going to try tonight because I am drained from this weekend. Maybe another time.

But I do want to tell you all about the musical guests that played at all the clubs this weekend-I am in love! Drew and Ellie Holcomb.
They are awesome!

* I attached one of their songs to this post! This song is called Mercy and it should play. All their music is on itunes and it is soooo worth it. Enjoy.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Picture Perfect

I'm not feeling creative today so I'm just going to share some pictures of all the stuff I've been up to! Enjoy!

My Pledge Class at Pref Tea
After Pref Tea all the seniors dress in crazy costumes and the whole chapter goes to Monterry's to hang out and celebrate the end of rush! I am wearing my friends NASA jumpsuit! She went to space camp when she was younger!
This is my pledge class on bid day this year- I'm in the very front row. I'm really awkward in the "crazy" shot I never know what to do and I usually end up being picked up as you can see below.
Eighties Prom Pictures!







Monday, February 8, 2010

So Not Fair


Dear Winter Weather Front,

I am quite disappointed in your recent display of favoritism towards the North. I do not think it is fair of you to cover only the DC area in snow and to completely neglect the beautiful state of South Carolina-specifically the area around my school. We would definitely appreciate the snow more than those people in the North. All I am asking for is 2-3 inches-that's all it would take to freak people out down here. Just one day off from classes, please. Preferably a Monday or a Friday so that we can have a long weekend. If you could please speak with your supervisor about possibly relocating your focus a little further south I would be ever so grateful.

Sincerely,
Shannon

PS. This is a picture of my friends and I enjoying the snow a few years ago! Please make this happen again!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Random Day, Random Post

If someone asked me which character from Friends I am most like- this weekend my answer would definitely be Monica. Thursday, while my boyfriend was busy studying I got into an absolute cleaning frenzy! Remember how I said my closet was in desperate need of attention? Well that's were I started and before I knew it I was actually on my hand and needs with a sponge cleaning the baseboards. Let me tell you, nothing felt better than getting into my bed (which had newly washed sheets, by the way) at the end of the day. It was like a purge!

Last night my sorority had an eighties themed function- 80's Prom to be specific. We have it every year and it is so much fun because we all get so into it! I got ready with my girlfriends and we all teased our hair, put on blue eye shadow and I wore this great gold sequin-y dress. At the function we picked prom queen and king too! I love fun themes!

Since I spent last night dancing the night away in hot pink heels that are much too high I was exhausted this morning. So today was a mellow day. I slept in and watched a few episodes of Lost. I know the premiere of season 6 was this past Tuesday but I didn't watch it (Gasp!) I had made the decision to re-watch all the previous seasons so that all the crazy details and connections and secrets would be really fresh in my mind- My goal is to be done in time for this week's episode. Thank you Hulu for making this possible. Yes I know, I'm crazy.

While watching Lost this afternoon I cut recipes and home decor inspiration from Southern Living and Pottery Barn catalogs. Does anyone else do this? I teat out pictures of rooms that I like and crafts and tips and keep them in a Home binder. This is so that one day when I have my dream house
on the battery in Charleston
or a rustic-chic cabin on a lake in the mountains
or you know, my castle in Scotland,

I can get started on decorating!
P.S. My daddy came to town today to get my sister a car and then the three of us had dinner together at a local Indian restaurant. The only really important thing missing from today was my mom!