missing: one chicken head

Do you ever have those moments where you’ve realized you stretched yourself so thin, you just want to scream and crawl in a hole until it’s all over? Because that’s my life right now. I’m complaining, but I’m not. Because while it’s stressful I know I signed myself up for all of this for a reason – because I wanted to do it.

I just got an email from a friend at church asking if I was organizing the Egg Dying for this year (as it’s a young adult league tradition, and I’m in charge of YAL this year). I totally forgot about it and this morning I was calling and emailing like 40 different people trying to make sure we had everything together before Saturday. So far, it’s all worked out.

I’m also doing about 60 things (okay, that’s a lie. Like 3) for my sorority/our alumnae chapter. And again, I’m not complaining. Because I like doing all of it. It just seems to all get busy at the same exact time. Being Academic Advisor, I’m starting to get into panic mode with finals coming up – is my chapter going to make their goal GPA? How many girls will be on academic probation? Will we qualify for awards at convention and if we don’t… is it solely because of our GPA? How do we make the program better? How do we work with Panhellenic? Yeah, it’s a lot.
Then I start to worry think about all of the ways we can improve the marketing/promotion of the Think Pink Luncheon for next year, since I’m in charge of that. And oh yeah, I signed up to say I’m interested in being Webmaster for our alumnae chapter – and the work isn’t hard, I’m good with websites/the Internet. But I just have a list of things I want to do/change/improve upon. And I start to feel like that chicken with a missing head.

Honestly, I need a new planner to keep track of it all. I have a small pocket one that’s just monthly and long wallet sized and it works well for me to see the overall day, but I need to be able to write everything out. I always do this.. I always think I don’t need a planner until it’s like mid-year and now I can’t find one to save my life – or I can, but I have 3 months worth of extra pages just hanging around. Or they’re insanely expensive, like the beautiful Erin Condren ones are. And I need a planner now, so I can’t buy the ones that start in July. Yes, I know. Just use your phone. Which I also do. Because honestly if it isn’t written in 16 places I forget to go to/do something.

Sigh. Anyways, I just needed to spill my thoughts out into an endless stream of crazy. OH! And don’t forget about work. That’s an entire series within itself.

rodeos & sisterhood.

Like I mentioned last week, I made a little road trip up to Martin, TN for my sorority’s statewide convention. It was about a 2.5 hour drive, but it wasn’t terrible – really scenic and I was belting out some Eric Church on my way there (& back!). I did have to stop at a rest stop because I swear my bladder is the size of a dime.

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Friday night all of the alumnae that got in that day went out for dinner at a local Mexican place, and it was so. good. I’m very picky about the mexican food I eat, but I ate every last bit off my plate. The friends I was staying with went to school at UT Martin, so they knew the town inside and out – plus it was Rodeo weekend. Which, if you’re a yankee like me, you’re super confused. Basically if you want to get a slice of what America really is, you’ll come to Martin. UT Martin has a Rodeo team, and essentially this past weekend was like what I think of Homecoming as – a bunch of people coming into town, watching a sport and getting really, really drunk. We ended up spending the night at a really fun bar in town which was absolutely packed all night. I only got 1hr & 40 minutes of sleep that night but I had so much fun.

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Saturday was the convention, which was a ton of fun too. One of the most special honors we have is the Order of the Shield, which recognizes a member who has been active for 50 and/or 75 years. We were blessed to have a member there who hit the 75 year mark. This means if she started college/joined our sorority when she was 18, she’s now 93 years old. I definitely started to cry like a baby when they were honoring her. Just to be alive for that long… how many things she’s seen and experienced blows my mind.

The rest of the day was filled with awards, food, fun and general sisterhood. I was honored by receiving the Outstanding Recent Grad Award, and it was so unexpected but very appreciated. I cut out right after the event was over because I was so tired, I knew I needed to get home so I could sleep forever. I actually ended up stopping in Jackson and sleeping in my car for 15 minutes because I was just so exhausted. I got back on the road, but was stopped in traffic for an extra 30-ish minutes on I-40 because of “construction”, which basically means no one was working because it was a Sunday. I eventually made it home and slept for over 11 hours Saturday night.

Overall, it was a really great weekend and much needed getaway. How was your weekend? Do anything fun? :)

 

weekend getaway.

This weekend I’m getting out of town and heading to Martin, TN for my sorority’s state-wide convention. If you recall, I’m going to our national convention in LA (I’ve only talked about it a bajillion times) but this is just for the state of Tennessee. I’ll only be gone for about a day and a half, so I don’t need anything major. I’ve packed the basic essentials (bath stuff, etc) but I figured I’d give you a glimpse at what else I’m throwing in my bag.

 

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I’ll be wearing the black top on the way up/Friday evening, so technically I’m not packing it. But you get the point. Also, I’m packing it all up in this Coach bag, which my sister got me for Christmas and I absolutely love (I’m taking it to Cali too, it’ll be my other carry-on item). If you can’t really tell, the bag folds up into the smaller bag, and the smaller bag will button into the bigger bag when the bigger one is unpacked. It’s awesome. :)
 
I hope you all have an awesome weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather (if you have some)!
 

spring wish list.

As of yesterday, I’ve put myself on a spending freeze. I have about 2.5 months until I leave for California and I know I’m going to need every penny I can. Not because I plan to go crazy buying things, but just the cost of getting around will be alot. I’m not renting a car, so I plan on relying on Uber/public transportation which can add up really fast if I’m not careful.

So since I’m not spending money on anything but gas and food, I can’t help but lust after pretty much everything. Let’s pretend I have a bunch of extra money to spend and go virtual shopping, shall we?

wishlistKeurig K10 Personal Brewer // Globe Watch // TARDIS Tea Pot
ASOS Abstract Print Midi Skirt // ASOS Cross Body Bag // Wildon Home Dana TV Stand

One day I’ll be able to afford all of these at once. Sigh… 

Happy International Table Top Day!

“Huh? What is Table Top Day?” Table Top Day is a day worldwide to celebrate table top gaming – essentially board games, but it can be card games.. anything that isn’t video games. This is the second year for it, and it’s hosted by Geek & Sundry/Wil Wheaton.

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Last year I had a few friends over (who are now all moved away from Memphis) and we played Settlers of Catan, which was my first time playing the game. I’m addicted to it, it really is a gateway game. I’ve been watching Table Top for a while now and I really love seeing the guests and Wil play all these amazing games. I want to get into playing them, but sadly I have no one to play with. I know, I know. Just go out to the Meetup events and meet people and play them there. Well I can’t. Because I have this thing called social anxiety disorder and lately, it’s becoming an issue.

But I digress – this isn’t a post about my anxiety, that’s another novel for another time. If you’re interested in finding a Table Top Day event near you, click this link! If you want to watch a few episodes of Table Top, click through the videos on the playlist I made. These are a) some of my favorite games and/or b) some of my favorite episodes of Table Top.

You can also tune into Geek & Sundry’s channel for the live stream of Wil & famous friends playing various games starting at 12PST!

And remember… “Play more games!” – Wil Wheaton :)

spring inspiration

It’s finally spring here! And not a pseudo-spring either, as in it’ll be 83 today and 24 degrees tomorrow. The temperatures won’t drop below 60 for the next 1o days. We are getting severe weather today, but that really means its spring, right?

Since I’ve been cooped up in my apartment, trying to ignore the fact that we actually got a real winter here in Memphis, my entire place is a hot mess. Not Hoarders style, but just a general mess. Which means this weekend is 100% dedicated to Spring Cleaning. I know I’ll be throwing away tons of stuff and my goal is to not bring anything more into my place, aside from food.

But if I could completely redecorate (and have an apartment with no standard grade ugly carpet/cabinets/etc), these looks are what I’d go for. If you didn’t know or can’t tell from these pictures.. my style is very contemporary/modern.

simple + contemporary work space.

bookcases behind a couchI want to know why all of my knick knacks and accessories never look this good. Sigh. If only I could live inside Pinterest & HGTV…

What’s your favorite home trend for spring? 

 

My Collection(s) & some updates!

I bet you thought I was dead. Well too bad – I’m 100% alive. I was just in training for work this entire past week, 8:30 – 4:30 on the other side of town (aka I had to deal with real rush hour traffic and so it was a 30-40 minute commute). But now training is over and I have to go back to the real world of work on Monday. I’m going to take this entire weekend to just relax, sleep and clean my apartment. And possibly get some “exercise” in -and by exercise I mean going to the park and just taking a really long walk.

Aside from being in a training class for my full-time job, I’m going off the deep end and applying to get a second, part-time job. I’ve only applied to one place and had an interview, so I don’t know if I’ll even actually get that job or job. But the true fact of the matter is that while I do get paid a really solid salary, my debts are so much greater. I’m not just talking about my one credit card (gag), but my student loans and my car loan. I don’t get as sick over those as my credit card, but I really would love to start paying them down as fast as I can. I really do have too much time on my hands in the evenings and weekends, so I figure why not make some extra cash. I’m mostly focusing on retail jobs because forget dealing with food.

Anyways! I was bored so I figured I’d make a little video for you all showing off my collectables. No, they aren’t toys. They’re collectable figures and I love them. 

Do you have any collectables or a collection of thinga-ma-jigs? Let me know below. :)

SPOILERS – Divergent Movie Review

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I’m going to review Divergent, the movie. I will be pointing out specific parts and what they left out. If you haven’t read the books and/or are planning to see the movie and don’t want to see spoilers.. stop reading now. But come back and don’t leave me forever! :)

Seriously. You’ve been warned. Spoilers ahead.

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Exploring Elvis.

This past weekend one of my best friends, Tabitha, made the road trip down from Pittsburgh to visit me for a few days. They were full days packed with shopping (aka spending way too much money I don’t have), eating and just exploring. Friday afternoon we went shopping for a bit, grabbed some dinner at Soul Fish Cafe (I hate fish, but I will totally eat their catfish) and did more shopping.

Me and Tab!

Saturday we went to Graceland, since last time Tabitha was here we didn’t go and that’s one of the two things you do when you come to Memphis – visit Graceland. The second is to stuff yourself full of BBQ. When my Mom and I came just to check out the city before I moved, we visited Graceland. I grew up on Elvis’ music, especially his Christmas album “Blue Christmas”. I think the fact that everything is still in it’s place, as it would have been when he was alive, is amazing. If you’ve never been or don’t think you’ll be able to ever visit, feel free to live vicariously through my pictures.

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Graceland 3

 

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There’s so many more I took, but you really do have to see it all in person. You get to tour both his planes and see all the cars he owned, as well as several other exhibits which show off different eras of his life (one of the ones I went through was all about his Las Vegas shows – jumpsuits and all).

What is your favorite Elvis song? My two are Jailhouse Rock and All Shook Up. :)

Currently Reading: March Edition

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to read 52 books. Sadly, according to Goodreads I’m 9 books behind schedule. UGH. I really wanted to get Clash of Kings read by the end of February but that hasn’t happened yet. So to keep myself accountable, I want to give you a little update on what books I’m reading for the month.

Currently reading:

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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter in the service of “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation–and triumph over it–ever written.

 

On deck:

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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body [or "sleeve"], making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City [formerly San Francisco], Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.
* This is the March pick for The Sword and Laser book club.

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The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of Anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death–a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining…
* This is the March pick for Vaginal Fantasy book club.

 

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi literature. My Priest recommended to me The Screwtape Letters, which is very much a religious text (obviously). I’m only 10 letters (or chapters) in, and already I really know I’m going to enjoy it. Even if you aren’t very religious, I think you should still read it.

Any recommendations for books (of any genre)? Let me know so I can add them to my list!