Saturday, July 31, 2010

Why, Hello There!

No I have not forgotten how to blog.
(at least I don't think so... we'll see how this post goes)

It has been a busy busy week... I have not had a single day off and I didn't get a weekend.

But I am not complaining (I am really tired though) because things are happening at work and it's exciting. This is what I like about post-grad life. I have no idea what is coming next. Everything is new. It's sort of like my freshmen year- when I started college, and was nervous and anxious and excited and I was meeting new people and making big decisions. Yes I have a job with a schedule but that's what going on right now and that could change. Who knows where I'll be next year or 5 years from now.

I like to plan. I love love love to make to-do lists and then check things off as I finish them. Not knowing what the next year will bring doesn't really fit with my plan. But it has taught me trust and forced me to have faith that things will work out the way they are supposed to.

Faith that God is bigger, so much bigger, than my lists or my timeline. And that's pretty darn cool.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Featured Header

My dear friend Whitney over at The Curtis Casa let me design her new blog header. Her blog is set up through Wordpress so I was a little limited in size but I think it turned out cute. It's a little snapshot of some of the things she loves and some of the subjects of her blog: her pup, gardening, newlywed life, etc. I made a bunch of variations and the first image below is the one she decided to use.

This is the one she chose.
This was another option, which I've decided is not quite as clear.

*If you have a Wordpress blog and want a custom header too this website has a list of themes that support that. Oh and I'd love to make you one! (Blogger or Wordpress)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Free Music!


Thanks to my online shopping at Urban Outfitters I stumbled upon their music blog. And if you follow this link you can download over 40 free tracks of music!


You are welcome.

Once the page opens click on the LSTN link. A bunch of numbered playlists will open. LSTN#10 and LSTN#9 have not yet expired. Click on them and they will fill your itunes with new music awesomness.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday

Actually today wasn't manic but I'm not good at coming up with titles.

Here's what's going on...
I don't work Tuesday or Wednesday this week! YAY! I will pretty much be stuck in my apartment though because I got into a fender bender on Thursday and I'm taking my car to be worked on. What? Did someone say something about a fender bender? Who me? No, I didn't get into my third car accident in two years. No, of course it wasn't my fault...

I might be lying but I'm not going to go into details because I think my driving deserves it's own post.

Um... Did I warn you this post was random?
Well I'm warning you now.

That funny blog-turned-book called Stuff White People Like suggests that white people like to read a book before seeing the movie. I flat out refuse to see the movie before I've read the book. And even then I am super hesitant about seeing the movie because it is never better than the book. I don't care what people say. It's never ever better!!

I like to try to read the books before I even know who's being cast in the movie because I like to form my own picture of the characters. Well I just finished reading Water For Elephants and it's a good thing because it's being made into a movie as I type. Reese Witherspoon is going to be one of the leads, which is good because I personally think she can do no wrong. But the main guy, the absolute main character of the whole story, is going to be played by Robert Pattinson.

aka Edward Cullen
hmm...
I just don't know.
I'm worried that a bunch of tweeny twi-hearts are going to come to the movie and you just know they wont have read the book. Plus, I don't want them to tone down the dark grittiness of the story to please "Team Edward."

In other news...
Can someone please tell me why Lifetime did not get together with the Bachelorette people? Why would Lifetime premiere their new awesome looking movie, The Client List, staring Jennifer Love Hewitt on the same night as the Bachelorette (and Real Housewives of New Jersey)? I am positive they share an audience base.

So that is what's on my mind tonight.
I'm sorry for the randomness.

Sincerely,
Shannon

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dream Office

One day I would love to work for myself. I really want to do creative event planning. By this I mean designing all the creative details for weddings-using design to make them personal and unique and special. Making mood boards and personal monograms and event logos and stationary. I especially love all the cute DIY wedding projects. Fortunately my current job is going to allow me to learn a lot about event planning. When I think about having my own business I mostly think about organizing my space and having my own office to work from. I envision floor to ceiling bookshelves stuffed with books of inspiration, plus tons of cubbies for my design and craft tools.

Here are some images of my favorite office inspiration:
How compact and organized! I lust!
So trendy and yet cozy and warm.
These clipboards are a cute change from the usual cork-boards.
I love the idea of transforming a shed into an adorable work space-this way you can be at your own house but a little more separated.
Wouldn't this be the perfect space to be creative and meet with clients?!

Maybe I'll see one of these ideas or a combination of all of them become a reality one day...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Grown Up Girl Job

I previously mentioned that I recently joined the work force- full time. I was lucky to have made some good contacts at my job last summer and managed to score an interesting and relevant position that I think is going to open a lot of doors and that I'm actually going to enjoy.

Things I am learning so far:
1. How to stretch my pay check to cover rent, my electrical bill, my Charter bill, and my now higher cell phone bill that was handed over to me post graduation. (Plus gas, food and...you know...trips to Target).

2. How good it feels to not have homework hanging over me when I get home from work.

3. What exactly a 401k is (or as I like to call it a "four-o-wonk").

4. How to make southern summer dresses and college-girl clothes translate into appropriate and mature work wear so that I will be taken seriously. (Solution: cute but professional cardigans and high heels to push me over 5ft tall. Plus I've resolved to no longer get up ten minutes before I have to walk out the door like I may or may not have done for classes.)

5. At the end of the day, even if it was a rough day and I am really tired and my feet ache, I remember that I am very blessed to have a job at all!! (especially a job that allows me to be home in time to have dinner with my honey and to be able to watch the Bachelorette-which is on right now by the way.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Forget Twilight...

I am so ready for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Get here already!
Just try and tell me this doesn't look awesome....


Until the first part comes out this will be me....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

I am stuck at work this holiday while Peter is off with our friends in Charleston... boo. So to cheer myself up and to perhaps give you all a bit of a laugh, here are a couple jokes from an English comedian named John Oliver about the Fourth of July (and some events leading up to it) that reminded me of the feelings towards this day in other parts of the world and what it was like to celebrate the 4th in England.

To get the full affect it's best if you read these out-loud in a really posh British accent.
"I took a tip from your history books, and, the day after election day, I got a truckload of Dr. Pepper and just drove it straight into Boston Harbor. See how you like your favorite beverage being drowned."

"Frankly, I could not believe I was not allowed to vote. Three and a half years I've lived here! I work hard -- relatively speaking for someone who does this for a living. I pay my taxes. I try to fit in. I've learnt your rudimentary* language. I don't know what more you could reasonably expect me to do. And that's when it hit me. I know why I'm so angry. I know what this is -- taxation without representation. Now I get it. Now I see why you got so pissy about it all those years ago. It is annoying. You were right. It is annoying and consider that as close to an apology as you are ever going to get. "

*in British speak this is said like so: rudiMehnn tree

Since I don't get to see any fireworks tonight please enjoy my mini 4th of July blog celebration. Imagine sitting on a picnic blanket in a field with the remains of bbq and red white and blue jello jigglers. Cue lots of cheering, the Star Spangled Banner playing in the background.Top it off with loud exploding crackling fireworks illuminating our flag....

Happy Independence Day!