Friday Funday (and links)

Happy Friday! Thought I would share this nice message I saw this morning:

I loved seeing this and it definitely brightened my day.

In other good news I finally finished my grad school application, requested my transcripts and finished my personal essay! Now I’m just waiting for my recommendation letters to be submitted to IUPUI and cross my fingers the rest works out fine!

It’s been a little bit of a rough week. I let my emotions get the best of me one day and I had a little bit of a breakdown. But I know sometimes I need to cry and I need to be comforted. I tend to be stubborn and not want to rely on others. I know I’ve pushed people away hoping they would push back and still be there for me…stupid I know. But it’s all part of growing up. I’ve realized these things about me, good and bad, I know what works and what doesn’t and sometimes I need hard reminders of how much support I do need.

I was searching for templates and ideas earlier for Recipe cards. I love to cook and I think these are great gift ideas. Here is a website that I found that has 30+ printable cards! It’s called Tipnut.

I found this a couple weeks ago and I LOVE IT! One day when I have a house I will do something like this … amazing! It’s from a blog called Running from the Law. So creative

When we go to California in October we will be hitting up San Francisco and when we do we WILL be visiting this bakery, Miette! We have a cookbook of theirs at work and it is beautiful. They bake with organic and local products and I love it. I love places like that!

Back to work I go! My sister and family are visiting this weekend and I can not wait! My nephew brightens my life and can make me smile like non other! 8 year olds truly say the funniest things!

Friday Fun! (on a Saturday!)

It’s Saturday! (and I need sleep…I’m too old to be up late 2 nights in a row)…So I tried to finish this on Friday but time got away from me and I ended up at the Apple Store which means nothing got finished!

As I mentioned last Friday our house has another inhabitant:

This is Loretta! she is a Mini Lop bunny! How adorable?! She was very skiddish at first but she is coming around to us and loves to cuddle!

I am in full planning mode for my friends bridal shower!?! I won’t give away the theme on the random chance she decides to read my blog! But I’m super excited and I am loving this…my mind is in creative mode these days, I feel like I’m doing something so important and I want her to enjoy this day to the fullest! If you have any ideas I would love them!

Along with the theme I am looking up recipes like crazy these days. I wish I had money to just buy all the ingredients and cook all the time. I’d be one happy girl. I have spent my morning at work look at foodgawker. Such great ideas and so many new things!

I FINISHED MY GRAD SCHOOL ESSAY! That in itself was a great thing since I haven’t written an essay in like 3 years.

I know everyone has been talking about “Watch the Throne” album but I must say it is amazing. I’ve been listening to it a lot while at work and I love it.

I found this link on another blog and loved it. A Beautiful Mess. I also love the name of her blog. Sometimes I feel it’s in vain to say I feel like I’m a beautiful mess but its the truth I am. Sometimes I think I’m more of a mess than beautiful but life would be boring if it was the same every day.

Well I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Spend it with some people you love and enjoy it!

Jennifer Hudson

I was listening to some Alicia Keys early and went to youtube to check out a video and as usual I got distracted by their suggestions. I found this video which is a new song by Jennifer Hudson and I really really like it!

Almost 6 months in Indy!

So here we are, it’s almost been 6 months in the city and I feel like I’ve learned and experienced soooo much; here are just a few things in no particular order:

1. Just because there is a ‘gate’ at the front of your apartment complex … it doesn’t mean people won’t break into your apartment or you won’t be woken up at 1:30 by a domestic disturbance.

2. Indianapolis has tried to break me down but I won’t let it. First someone breaks into my car while running the mini then someone hits my brand new car in a DQ parking lot. Now the first incident I have no idea why that happened obviously if I owned a 99 Mountaineer I won’t have much in the car for you to steal. The second incident I equate to God saying stop going to DQ it’s not good for your health.

3. Southern accents are fabulous. I get excited when I hear someone else with a great accent. It adds personality… Also, I’ve learned I don’t get offended too easily by people making fun of my accent. Or by saying I have a huge forehead. Or by saying I talk like Sandy the Squirrel from Spongebob.

4. Running a mini marathon is a great achievement. 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 40 mins is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Probably only third to graduating from UK and meeting Micah Johnson…twice.

5. Another thing I’ve learned from Indy is local establishments are the best. If you are ever in Indy you should definitely eat at Scotty’s Brewhouse downtown or at the Monan Food Company. Scotty’s has one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever encountered. I love to go there for dinner or just for drinks. Total all around package! (not an ad just a place I love!)

6. Staying in touch with friends in far away places is hard but the truest of friendship will survive. Even if the convo is only for 5 mins I love every time I talk to Ashley. For 3 years she was my family in Lexington. We did just about everything together. Almost every Target, Wal-Mart and especially Qdoba run was together. So I’ve learned making time for those that matter is extremely important.

7. Experiencing Indianapolis at a freshman and sophomore at Butler is extremely different from experiencing it at as 24 yr old graduate. So many things and places I didn’t even know existed!

8. While I already knew this moving here just reaffirmed it. The Big Ten sucks and I dislike just about every team in the conference. SEC all day!

9. Just like moving here was a ‘following the heart move’ I now am about to go back to school in a ‘follow the heart decision.’ Who knew this part-time job in a library would turn into a life changing career decision and meeting some of the best people in my life right now. They encourage me to think outside the box and be the best me I can be. They are accepting and gracious and TONS of laughs. So I’m trying to go into new situations with an open mind and see where it could lead.

10. I have been so proud of the fact that I hadn’t seen Twilight, Harry Potter or read any of the books. Well what I will blame on pure manipulation of birthday privileges I have read the first 2 Twilight books and watched the first movie. I have until November 18th to finish the books and watch 2 more movies. But as retribution I am thinking of something that neither one of the culprits will like and demand we do that for my birthday. I am thinking an underground hip hop concert is my best bet to make them uncomfortable!

11. The last but most important thing is that I have realized how strong I am. I believe in myself a lot more than ever before and I am trusting my instincts to get me through a lot of situations. I am learning that being 24 isn’t so bad and that I should experience life to the fullest potential and not be scared. I have no idea what the future holds but I’ve made it through this 6 months of major highs and lows. Looking forward to the next 6 months of nothing but pure entertainment, it’s my life and I love it!

Helllo!

Sorry to have been gone for so long. Took a little time to figure out a job situation and which way I wanted my life to head. It’s something I’ve been alluding to for a while but I think I’ve always know the right decision, I was just worried about what people would think. I’ve decided to completely follow my heart and go back to school for my MLS. So when I graduate I will be a full fledge librarian! I’m actually really excited about the future. People have these preconceived notions about librarians (which I will readily admit I did too) but it is a really fun job. It’s all about the person you are and how you portray yourself. The library that I work in right now allows me to guide and help students everyday. It allows me to be me and have a smile on my face and talk with them. There isn’t really any “shushing” in this library. The students are able to ask any questions they need to and not feel like they are being patronized because what I want most for them is to succeed. To do something in their life that matters. Using a computer can be taught to them, how to cut potatoes can be taught; having the motivation and determination is on them. So if they have that then I am more than willing to help them learn.

All along when people ask me what I want to do I don’t really have a certain job in mind. I just want to help people. I want to give others the great opportunities I’ve had in my life. I want to make a difference. That’s the type of job I want to do for the rest of my life. Right now being a librarian gives me that opportunity. This might not be the ‘rest of my life’ job but it is very fulfilling for me at this time. Being in this job has taught me so much; it made the decision that much easier. Also, I can be myself and be the extrovert that I’ve become. So now that I’ve got that little spill out of the way.

In other exciting news we will be getting a bunny in our apartment. Technically it is for my roommates 6th grade classroom BUT I am going to claim weekend duties of watching the little baby. Her name is going to be Loretta! So now we have baby Loretta and baby Murphy. They will always be babies in my eyes ha ha.

Sadly, I have missed the last 3 weeks of So You Think You Can Dance. I watched an episode from a while ago and literally cried during the Melanie and Marko dance. Just beautiful and passionate. Still so jealous I don’t have that ability but hey we all can’t be dancers!

Also, in sad news I will be giving up my Kentucky drivers license soon…this depresses me soooo much. I was supposed to get my Indiana license within 60 days of moving up here but I am Kentucky proud ha ha. I’ll probably cry when I hand them my license. Why did I move to this state again? (kidding just kidding) but if they’d let me keep my license I would be the happiest girl that day!

Ok last two things I am in countdown mode until I leave for California 70 days! I am getting to see my cousins I haven’t seen in forever. Also, we have a 2 hour and 40 min layover in LAX! Jessica and I will be celebrity watching hard core! and will probably take more pictures in that short amount of time that the rest of the trip! Yesterday marked the release of Luke Bryan’s new cd “Tailgates and Tanlines”! It is such a good cd! I’m really becoming a big fan of this guy and the songs are great. Right now my favorites are ‘Drunk on You’ and ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’. Not that I need more reason to love the south but his voice and accent make me miss it so much. Oh sweet Georgia thanks for giving us Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean!