Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Target Here I Come!

I have a very deep love affair with Target. It's like that bulls eye is calling my name. I am just glad that the closest one is 15 minutes away and not right around the corner or I would have even less money than I do. I could spend the entire day there and then come back the next. I have dreams about entering the code on the back of the receipts and actually winning the thousand dollar shopping spree. Can you even imagine?!

So my mom came down yesterday to start our Easter vacation early.... and tomorrow... we are going to Target! I can't wait. I know I am a little late hitting up the Liberty of London brand (which, by the way, is a great store!) but here are a few items I hope are still in stock: (ps. did you know they make adorable pj's?)



Whenever I go to Target I always browse/ wander aimlessly for hours in the home goods section daydreaming about how I could make my apartment cuter... So along those lines tomorrow I am going to be looking for a new doormat. It is beyond critical that I get a new spring mat because I am embarrassingly still using a Christmas one, it's green and red and has an ornament on it and says JOY in big letters (it was also from Target)... don't judge me, my neighbors already do. Here are two really cute possibilities!
I am so excited to spend some quality time shopping with my mom!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Peter

Today my sweet boyfriend is 21! I am so excited to celebrate with him!

In honor of him here are ten things you didn't know about Peter:

1.
He is a Biology major and he wants to pursue Marine Biology. This summer he will be doing research with a professor from our school. Also he was recently accepted into a Marine Biology study away program in Belize. He's going to get to spend 3 weeks next spring term scuba diving on the barrier reef there (among other things)! I am so jealous proud of him!
2.
He LOVES Bulldogs! He had one when he was a little boy. It was a girl and he got to name her- Scud. I think he is going to maybe get a puppy this summer when he moves off campus!
3.
He would really like to live in Scotland one day.
4.
His favorite TV show is According to Jim.
5.
We share a love of Maryland crabs- especially the ones eaten at Cantlers (best crabs anywhere! I swear!)
6.
He plays/played (the season is over now) rugby. Position number 8.
7.
He loves his family! He has one older sister and is really really close to his cousins. He treats my sister as if she was his own little sister and I love that.
8.
He always opens my car door.
9.
He has such a giving heart- that worries about his friends and family and he puts others first all the time.
10.
He is the best boyfriend I could ask for! I am so thankful that he was born today and that I get to have him in my life!

Happy Birthday Peter! I have a feeling this is going to be a great year for you!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Updated:Award and More Pictures

(Updated: Links to other blogs are now working! Enjoy!)

My new sweet blog friend Julie from Brown Eyed Belle gave me this adorable award! She always leaves me the nicest comments and her blog is so cute. You should definitely check it out
I am going to pass this along to some of my newest followers and friends!

More pictures as promised...

Pia, Peter, Prank, Party

The title gives a preview of the subjects of this post! It was a particularly great weekend. It was beautiful, high 70's and sunny all weekend, and just jammed pack with fun-ness. Here we go!

Last year I think we had maybe 5 candle light ceremonies in my sorority. We have a lot of girls in my pledge class who are in serious relationships but we've had zero this year. Pia was the closest, her boyfriend has been graduated for a while and they have been together for a long time. She was definitely our best chance for a candle light. And... as of Friday night... she is engaged!! It was so much fun hearing the proposal story, seeing the beautiful ring, and celebrating with her and all our friends downtown!

Saturday night was my sorority's formal and my last sorority function. ever. My boyfriend (who's name, by the way, is Peter) was getting back kind of late in the day from a rugby game in Charleston. I knew he was going to be tired from the game but I was determined to make this the best function ever. I was getting ready at my girlfriend's apartment and Peter and the other dates were going to meet us there before the function. So Peter calls me about an hour before we are supposed to leave and tells me the tux rental place gave him the wrong one! I tell him that's it ok because I don't really care what he wears, I am just happy he's going with me. He calls me back a few minutes later and says he's on his way over. He also tells me he's just going to wear khakis and button up! I explain, calmly at first, that what I meant was I didn't care if he didn't wear the tux jacket, or if he wore just a regular suit. He says no the tux looks so stupid and his suits are wrinkled, he's going to wear khakis. That's when I lost my cool and started crying. He says he's on his way over and if I'm going to be mad at him he'll just find a ride back to his place. He hangs up. I'm still crying. A minute later he calls me back and our conversation went a little something like this:
Peter: "are you crying?"
Me: sobs, heaves "yes"
Peter: "please stop crying. I was just kidding. I'm wearing the tux."
Me: pause, sobs, hiccup "what?"
Peter: "don't cry, you'll mess up your makeup. I'm not wearing khakis."
Me: sob, hiccup, laugh "That was not funny!" sob, laugh
Peter: "well.. it was a little funny"

Yep, I am not good at picking up on sarcasm but I got over it. Anyways, Peter looked great! We danced and had so much fun. He was the best date ever and it ended up being my favorite function! Here is a picture. I haven't uploaded mine to the computer yet so this is just a preview of what's to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon




Friday, March 19, 2010

As They Forgive

At my university we have to attend these required events called CLPs which stands for Cultural Life Programs and we have to do 32 by the time we graduate. They're usually boring and they get progressively more difficult to sit through as it gets closer to the end of the year because people are desperate to get the required number so you have to go to whatever is offered. That's where I am right now, desperate for CLP's. So last night I went to see a movie (movie's are quality CLP's because they tend to be shorter and more entertaining than a speaker).

The film is As We Forgive and it is one of the most powerful stories of hope that I have heard in a long time and I just have to share it with you all because this is something that we all need to celebrate and learn from. I don't know how much you all know about the genocide that happened in Rwanda in 1994 but my knowledge was pretty limited (I'd seen Hotel Rwanda and that's pretty much my only source). Here's the deal though, deep seeded conflict and ethnic tension between the Hutu and Tutsi lead to the slaughter of an estimated 1 million people (roughly 20% of the entire population) in less than 100 days. Neighbors killed neighbors, brutally in cold blood.

Maybe you already knew all this, but did you know that due to prison overcrowding, of the more the 100,000 people imprisoned "the government has returned over 60,000 genocide perpetrators back to the very communities they helped to destroy"? Did you know that the president of Rwanda is asking the unimaginable of his country: forgive the people who murdered your families.

Now former killers and victims are living as neighbors and moving towards reconciliation, finding peace through forgiveness. The movie focuses on two women who lost everyone they loved in the genocide. Both women have faced the men who killed their husbands, their fathers, and their children and they have forgiven them. The men came to these women with broken hearts wracked with shame and guilt and fear and asked on their knees to be forgiven, and just like our God forgives us for everything we do, these women forgave them.

Does this make your heart burst? Can you even imagine?
I just think about the people I struggle to forgive, or the things I've done that I don't feel deserve forgiveness. I think about our country, so divided by political and cultural differences and wonder what Rwanda's process of reconciliation can teach us?

For more information on the movie and on the reconciliation and divine forgiveness that is occurring in Rwanda, here are some links that I urge you all to check out:
(Living Bricks is a project started by the filmmakers and it "equips repentant genocide perpetrators with the tools to build much-needed housing for their victims' families, establishing new villages where former killers and survivors live together again as neighbors through practical reconciliation...To date, over 10,000 ex-prisoners have asked for the supplies to build these houses of hope. Living Bricks exists to make this happen.")

This is an amazing, encouraging story. Pass it on. Share it with friends.
"To err is human, to forgive divine." (Alexander Pope)

Have a very happy Friday! I hope everyone is having equally beautiful weather as we are!
Sincerely,
Shannon



Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Back!

So today I am trying something new and linking up to Not Me Monday. I have been on Spring Break so I am sure there are things I should deny.
I did not skip out of town for a whole week and completely neglect my blog. I was not on spring break in Destin, and I was not being lazy at all.
I did not enjoy my week away from school and homework and assigned reading. Nope, in fact I was really productive on my break: I got up early and used all my free time studying ahead for the Arts of Japan test that I have tomorrow so that it wouldn't all be left for when I got back.

Also I did not forget my camera this week and only make it in to two pictures, and those two pictures are not horrible, my hair looks great in both of them and I don't look like a complete slob.

I was completely over my flu by the time I got to Destin so I definitely did not pass it on to my boyfriend. He was completely healthy the first few days of break so he did not have to blame me for his illness. I did not feel guilty.

So I am totally back now- I am not in spring break lazy mode anymore. I am focused and ready to get back into the groove of classes. By the way, I don't feel stressed about school at all. I mean it's not like I only have 30 days of classes left, or only 54 days until graduation. I have plenty of time!

I also did not watch E's new really classy and intelligent show Pretty Wild last night... and if I had I would not have liked it.

Sincerely,
Shannon

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Texting My Parents-Missing Home

Lately (as in Monday) my mom and I started to text each other with increased frequency! We were both watching the Bachelor and sending our comments back and forth and it was really fun. She also relayed all my dad's hysterical comments to me! It made me really wish I was home watching it with them. And it's not really stopped. I have had a flu-like thing for a couple days and my whole family will tell you that I don't handle discomfort well- just ask them about the time I got my wisdom teeth out! I am kind of dramatic. So anyways mom has been constantly checking in on me and asking me what I think about American Idol, or Say Yes to the Dress, and "make sure to drink lots of tea" and all of it has made me feel tons better. My dad is in Taiwan so a text from him is always entertaining and it always brightens my day!

Like I said in my previous post, this will be my first Spring break that I do not go home. Maybe it's because I am sick and really want someone to mother me (my sister, boyfriend and roommate have been taking good care of me, but I am kind of avoiding them because I don't want to pass this on to them). Or maybe it's because this is usually the time during spring term when I have a whole long week at home to regroup and relax. This year has been more stressful than the past years. I have less free time, less me time and more things in my schedule that I wish were not there. So I feel like a break at home would have been just the ticket. There is something about going home, being able to sleep in (in your own bed), not having to cook for yourself or anyone else, going out to lunch, chatting and shopping with mom, eating dinner at the table with both my parents, that just sounds so nice to me right now.

Don't get me wrong, I am excited to go away to Florida (really I would go anywhere right now just to get away from school)! I am excited to be with my boyfriend and my sister and friends not on campus. I am praying for warm weather (which is one thing I would not find at home) and I really want to lay out by the pool or on the beach and be able to relax.

But I think it's still OK for me to say that I guess I just miss being home!
... sorry for bringing people down, I know it was probably too much of an emotional roller-coaster and I complained a little too much in this post and I shouldn't because I have so much to be thankful for... but... I'm sick, and like I said up above: I am kind of dramatic.
P.S. Last spring break was actually the last time I was in England.... but I can't go there right now. Here are some pictures from that break.
(The last time at my house...why did I write this post?)

Funny Story

This is a funny story that one of my sorority sister's mom sent her. Disclaimer (for you mom): it has nothing at all to do with my life. I don't know the people in the story, don't even know if they are real people. Also I actually don't believe in living with a boyfriend before marriage. This is meant to be purely for entertainment!


HAVING MOM OVER FOR DINNER:

Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's roommate, Jennifer, was. Brian's Mom had long been suspicious of the platonic relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Jennifer than met the eye.

Reading his mom's thoughts, Brian volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.'


About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, 'Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?' Brian said, 'Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote:


Dear Mom,

I'm not saying that you 'did' take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Love, Brian


Several days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read:


Dear Son,

I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Jennifer, I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.

Love, Mom



AHAHA!

Sorry, please excuse my slight immaturity.

I just thought this was really funny and wanted to share. I've been sick and needed a laugh.