Friday, July 29, 2011
Back then I didn't have a drivers license, wasn't in a sorority, hadn't declared a major, or decided what I was going to do with my life (not that it's all that clear now either). We were still underclassmen, new to college and life on our own, oh, and she wasn't engaged. It's crazy to think how much has changed in just 4 years! I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden we're no longer teenagers, we're done with school, she's getting married, and I've somehow ended up in Maryland again after 8 years of being elsewhere.
I've planned to stay the night at her house tonight, or what I used to refer to as a sleepover. Just like in elementary, middle and high school days. It will probably involve less time on AIM, talking about mean girls and crushes, and a little more time catching up on the past 4 years, wedding plans, and life now.
Old friends are comfortable. They knew you before life got a little more complicated, back when our only responsibility was homework.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
1. July is National Ice Cream Month. What is your favorite flavor?
I love homeade peach ice cream. But it has to be homemade, other wise my favorite is Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia.
2.When you travel do you tend to pack too much or too little?
I have to be honest and say I tend to pack too much. If I going somewhere and I don't really know what I'm going to be doing each day I tend to just throw in clothes and shoes that I may potentially end up needing and I usually don't need half of it. If it's just a short weekend jaunt to my parents I can usually keep it under control. It always looks like more when you throw in a hair dryer, hot rollers, and a curling iron though, so that's really not my fault.
3. What is your favorite cleaning product?
Clorox wipes! Such a cleaning lifesaver!
4.Which is a greater tragedy an innocent person imprisoned or a guilty person set free?
An innocent person imprisoned (which basically means that the actual guilty person is free). I can't imagine how frustratingly unjust it would feel to be sitting in prison for something you know you did not do. And ultimately a guilty person will be judged.
5. What's the longest trip you've taken by car?
Does a bus trip count? Yes, I think it does. I was on an 18 hour bus ride from Budapest, Hungary to Lupeni, Romania. Technically, in mileage it shouldn't take that long. But if you figure in sitting at the border for no less than 4 hours, and winding your way through the precariously narrow roads in the Translyvanian Alps, on a charter bus from the 1960's, with 40 other high school students hopped up on way too much caffeine and adrenaline, having to make bathroom breaks in the middle of no where, it adds up. It was also the funnest trip. Ever! Because at the end of it we got to get our hands dirty and do some real service for a deserving community.
6. Tennis, golf, canoeing, biking.
Listening to other people chew/ smack their food loudly. Gah... makes my skin crawl.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Plans change. I think I've said this before but I'm a big list maker. I like the satisfaction of writing down a task and then crossing it off when it's completed. It's sometimes hard for me to not have a plan, to not know what's next on the to-do list. But I know God probably gets a kick out of my plans and just smiles and shakes his head and sighs, "oh Shannon, when will you learn?"
There are things you can't plan for.
Peter's grandfather passed away on Friday. It was something the family had expected but something you can never be prepared for. I am so thankful that I got to know him for a short while and that I'll get to hear stories about him for years to come. Peter is actually named after his granfather but they share more than that. Peter got his papou's kind heart and for that I am so grateful. I know his grandfather had such a huge role in making Peter into the boy that I love.
Friday, July 22, 2011
- Deep clean my bedroom and bathroom. And I am embarrassed to say this... but I still have some boxes that remain unpacked. Taunting me. I have got to do something abou that.Buy new ballet slippers and maybe a new leotard. I'm hoping that purchasing these items will give the kick in the butt that I need to get myself to ballet class. I don't know why I'm dragging my feet (probably because I haven't worked out in 5 years and I'm going to pay for that at the first few classes...) but I am dying to dance! Plus the school I'm planning to take adult classes at is soooo convenient: on my way home from work on the same metro line. And they are drop in and therefore fit with my changing schedule.
- Go to Barnes & Noble. I am out of things to read and I don't know what to do with myself.
- Make time for quiet time, maybe while I'm at B&N.
- Set up/ plan out blog posts for next week so I don't have to bore you all with any more lists trying to mascarade as posts.
- I also am planning to make these: Thumback covered styrofoam balls! (courtesy of Landee See Landee Do blog):
**I plan to fill all these glass vases with them and then use them as centerpieces for a casual anniversary celebration at work. I like the metallic gold and silver look but also think it would be fun to spray paint them the company's colors. I'll post pictures of the final product!
Monday, July 18, 2011
I don't know if maybe you've noticed, but my boyfriend is very tall...
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
I am always on the look out for side dishes to add to my "repertoire". Yesterday while pinning I found some great ones that I can't wait to pair with summer meals.
Avocado Fries Avocados. Parmesan Cheese. 'Nuff Said.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Later that evening we met up with one of my best girlfriend's mom. My friend Fiona unfortunately couln't make the trip over but it was still such a nice treat to catch up with her mom and dinner! We reminisced over high school days and times shared together in England, and places we miss and people we love. We definitely got ourselves all pumped up for the wedding/mini-highschool-reunion.
Sunday arrived and since the wedding wasn't until the evening we headed to this great shopping center. It had the coolest Tommy Bahama with a bar inside of it and I actually got a new dress and pretty necklace from JCrew that I can't wait to wear to work: I just love coral and aqua colors together and you'll notice I wore that color combo to the wedding as well! And here we all are: The 5 Hillingdon alumn who could make it to Sam's wedding! It has been 5 years since I've seen any of these friends (with the exception of the blonde boy in the back row-I got to meet up with him and introduce him to one of my friends when I went home to England for spring break sophomore year of college.)
5 YEARS!!! And it was like no time had passed! Please notice how big Sam (in the bow-tie) is smiling. He was seriously beaming the entire evening! It was just so surreal that the first time I saw Sam in 5 years was when he walked down the aisle and became a married man. And even though the ceremony was outside, in July, in Texas, I was so thrilled that I got to be a part of the start of his new life and reconnect with these old friends.
Unfortunately it was a very short visit. My flight back to D.C. was Monday morning so I had to miss the brunch at his parent's house. I got in to Reagan around 2:30 and metroed to my office where I dropped off my suitcase at my desk. Then I slapped on some sun screen and headed to the National Mall with my roomie!
We definitely got our work out in and walked from the White House, to the Washington Monument, to the FDR memorial (very cool, peaceful place that I'd never seen before), past the Jefferson memorial and back to the Washington monument. We had hot dogs and listened to the amazingly talented Air Force Band with guest Jo Dee Mesina. It was so fun to be in the hub of the city's festivities and the crowds weren't nearly as bad as I was expecting! Plus how cool do the fireworks look with the Washington Monument as their backdrop??
All in all a very celebratory focused weekend! Hope y'all enjoyed it as much as I did!