Friday, October 26, 2012

Funny How Time Changes Things...

I saw this a while ago on Heather's blog and thought it looked fun!

Four Things I Did Ten Years Ago: (2002)
1. Graduated high school
2. Broke up with the last boyfriend I'd have for several years
3. Moved to Chapel Hill and started college
4. Played in the marching band for UNC football games

Four Things I Did Five Years Ago: (2007)
1. Finished my second year of law school and started my third
2. Got my first real adult job clerking for a law firm
3. Went to the beach with some good friends
4. Drove my favorite car ever (a 2004 Nissan Altima) that I wish I still had...

Four Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Went to court to defend some clients on petty criminal charges
2. Walked around the mall with my boo and ate dinner at Olive Garden
3. Had lunch with BFF Emily
4. Researched things to do in Jamaica

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch:
1. Parks & Recreation
2. Big Bang Theory
3. New Girl
4. The Good Wife

Four Things I Adore Doing:
1. Hanging out with Donny, my family, and friends
2. Reading
3. Going to sporting events
4. Traveling

Feel free to play along!  Happy Friday, everyone!  :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From Where I Stand.

From Where I Stand...

...November 10 is both much too far away and much too close.

...Something needs to change with my job.  Either it or me or both.

...This election needs to be over.  Like now.

...I'm not ashamed to admit that I've tuned to the Pandora Christmas station.   I'm usually pretty strict about not allowing Christmas to happen before Thanksgiving in my world, but not this year!

...Life is pretty great.

Monday, October 22, 2012

This Weekend I...

How is it Monday already??  I feel like I just left work on Friday afternoon, and I'm already back again!  I had an amazing weekend, and I was super sad to see it end.  Sidenote-- I just realized there are only two more until the wedding weekend!  Eeek!

This weekend, I...

... Had a celebratory engagement dinner thrown by my firm Thursday evening.  We all went to Firebirds (my fave) and had a great time.

... Had my second real date ever with Donny where he picked me up and dropped me off.  (Well, first if you require the place where I am picked up and dropped off to be my residence...)  He arrived at the door of my temporary apartment with flowers and a card.  :)  Then we headed to Greensboro for a yummy dinner, then went bowling.  I've been bowling one other time in the last ten years, but it is super fun!  I'm terrible at it, and Donny beat me pretty badly.  But I made up for my lack of bowling prowess when we got to the air hockey table, where I beat him 4 games in a row!

... Spent a significant amount of time in traffic.  We decided to go to the mountains this weekend-- specifically Boone, Blowing Rock, and Grandfather Mountain.  Of course, I didn't realize that there was a home game at Appalachian that day, so we got stuck in a little bit of gameday traffic...  But we made it.  We went to lunch at the Dan'l Boone Inn, which sadly was not as delicious as I remember.  Although the biscuits were amazing!

This is Donny's "Chenandeler Bong" smile.

... Got our "First Christmas" ornament!  After lunch in Boone, we headed to Blowing Rock to walk through town.  There's a super cute Christmas store there, and we picked up this ornament!  I love it so much!

... almost had a heart attack driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grandfather Mountain.  Y'all, it's scary out there.  I am not a fan of heights, and there are parts of the BRP that make me feel like I'm about to go careening over the side of a mountain. But it does make for some pretty pictures.

We finally got to the top of Grandfather Mountain to discover that a mile above sea level is significantly cooler than even in the lower mountains.  It was 54 degrees in Blowing Rock, but only 39 at the top of the mountain.  Oh, and there were 30mph sustained winds.  Fun times!

Yay for windblown hair!  :)

... made it across the Mile High Swinging Bridge (which in 30mph winds actually does SWING...) and back down the mountain again without dying of either a precipitous fall or a panic attack, so I was happy!

...watched a funny but not great movie, Here Comes the Boom.  After spending quite a bit of Sunday working out a lot of wedding details, I wanted to see a funny movie.  I love Kevin James, so I was hoping this would be as amazing as Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Yes, I love that movie.  Don't judge me.).  Sadly, it wasn't as good.  Donny and I got some great laughs AT the movie, not as many WITH it though... Hahaha.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend.  Hope you guys had a great weekend too!  :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Club Friday-- 11/22/63.

GoodReads Synopsis:   If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?  Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

My Thoughts:   This book was seriously amazing.  It's really long (over 800 pages), and in the middle I just wanted it to be over so I could find out what was going to happen.  But after it was over, I was sad that there wasn't any more to read of this book!   I've never read any other Stephen King books, but if I could find another one that wasn't horrific, I absolutely would.    I HIGHLY recommend this book!

Monday, October 8, 2012

This Weekend I...

This was the first weekend in a while that we didn't go anywhere, and it was great!  This weekend I...

... spent a nice relaxing evening by myself on Friday.  I haven't had an entire night to myself in a month, and this weekend my temporary roommate Emily was out of town.  So, I had the whole place to myself.  It was lovely.  I came home, immediately put on my PJs, popped some popcorn, and settled on the couch to watch the Ranger game on tv (which I won't talk about) and Revenge on Netflix.  I missed Donny a lot, but it was good that I had some time to recharge.

... got addicted to Revenge.  I don't know why I didn't start watching this when it came on originally, but it's awesome.  Thank goodness for Netflix, which has the entire first season streaming, and Hulu, which will hold the season 2 premiere for me for five weeks.  I'm only six episodes in, but I love it.

... was unable to sleep past 8:30am.  I tweeted Saturday morning that I'm apparently getting older since I can't sleep late anymore, and it seems I'm not the only one.  I used to be able to sleep 'til 11am or noon, and I loved it.  Sadly, I think those days are over.  Guess I'll have to become productive before lunch on the weekends now.  Being a grown up is hard...

...had a great meeting at our reception venue with our wedding planner and their site coordinator.  We nailed down the reception timeline, picked out our reception foods for a tasting later this week, did a walkthrough of the venue, and set up the layout of the room.  It was great because they were setting it up for a reception later that evening, so we got to see what it will look like with all the tables, chairs, and food stations set up.  I also thought it was particularly helpful to have both my planner and the site coordinator in the same room so I  could get both of their expertise on some of our questions.  Less than five weeks away-- this is starting to get real, y'all.

... watched both my Tar Heels and Gators beat up on some conference rivals on Saturday and the Yankees take Game 1 of the ALDS last night.  It was a great sports weekend for me!  Not so much for Donny though... :(  

... we went back to the same Sunday School class again this Sunday.  There were a lot more people this week, and it was really great.

... realized my car needs some work desperately.  The check engine light came on this week, and it's started surging forward when it's idling in first gear.  Not good.  I'm taking it to the shop after work tonight, so say a little prayer that it doesn't need a $1500 repair or something ridiculous...

Hope you all had a great weekend!!  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wedding Wednesday-- Engagement Photos!

We did the first half our engagement photos at our local baseball team's stadium.  Obviously, Donny and I love baseball, but our photographers Jonathan and Renee do too.  They were almost as excited as we were to be there doing our engagement photos at the stadium.
After we had played at the stadium for a while, we went to this old section of our town to do some non-sports photos.
We could not have been more thrilled!!  Jonathan and Renee were so great to work with, and I'm so in love with our photos!

Monday, October 1, 2012

What a Weekend...

This weekend was super busy, but awesome.  In fact, all of last week was so, so busy, and this weekend was no different.

We got rolling on our weekend on Thursday night.  My parents, Donny and I all bought living social deals to a local dance studio for dance lessons.  We got three individual dance lessons plus a group lesson and some other "group social" event.  I was a little disappointed when we got there to discover that with this deal, they weren't going to teach us an actual dance but the "basic steps" of the eight (?) social dances (fox trot, rumba, cha cha cha, etc...).  So what we learned was one step of each dance-- aka, not enough to actually do a real dance.  Then, of course, they wanted us to buy their wedding package, which would us get a choreographed dance to our song and some lessons to learn it.  All for $400.  Um, no.

Friday was a big day.  Our amazing photographer called to let me know that our engagement pictures were ready!  So, while I was already in Greensboro that day, I swung by to pick up our CD!  Of course, I'll do a post with them soon, but here's a quick sneak peek.  :)

Friday afternoon, we went to our second pre-marital counseling session, where we learned that we rocked the assessment that we took.  Basically, we learned (what we already knew) that we think almost exactly the same way and agree on just about everything.  So, we're allowed to get married now, hahaha.

My friend April's boyfriend works for Wrangler, so he got us all free tickets to the PBR rodeo on Friday night!  It was quite different than the one I went to in Fort Worth.  This one was only bull riding-- no calf roping or barrel racing or anything.  But the bull riders were professionals, so were WAY better than the guys I saw in Fort Worth.  I don't think any of the riders then stayed on the bull for the full 8 seconds, but a lot of these guys did.  It was so fun!  It was also VERY long.  We were there until after 11pm, and I was exhausted by the time we got home.  

Saturday morning, we woke up to the sound of rain.  Which ordinarily would've been great, but we had football tickets to the UNC vs. Idaho game in Chapel Hill.  But, we didn't let the rain stop us!  We put on our rain gear and make our way to campus.  When we got there, I discovered a bunch of decorative cows all over the campus.  I still have no idea what they're for, but they're cute! 

And of course, I stopped at Sugarland to get a gameday cupcake!

Our ticketed seats were lower level, row K, which is NOT under the second level overhang.  So we ditched our seats in search of a place to be dry because by kickoff it was raining pretty hard.  We managed to stay dry through the entirety of the game, although we had to move around a bit as people came to their seats (including some hoodlums that came after the first quarter and started smoking in the stadium during the game...).  

Carolina scored a touchdown in less than a minute and were up 28-0 by the end of the first quarter.  It was very cold and windy, so we ended up violating my normal sporting event rule and left in the third quarter (at which point, Carolina was up 45-0, I think?).

But before we left, Mia found me!  She's a true coach's wife-- sitting out in the rain for the duration of the game.  I love meeting blogging friends in real life!  :)

Sunday, we went to a new Bible fellowship class at church for engaged and newly married couples.  We liked it, but there weren't many people there (although we were told that was unusual).  So, I'm looking forward to more people being there for us to meet.  That afternoon, we went to see Trouble With the Curve.  I had really high expectations for this movie, but sadly they were not met.  It was 100% predictable and a little cheesy.  If you're going to watch it, save your $10 and wait until it's at the redbox.

And just like that, it's Monday again!  Hope y'all had a great weekend!  :)